Vocab from:At the Fishhouses – Elizabeth Bishop
gloaming 1. a. Evening twilight.
shuttle, n.1. OE. A dart, missile, arrow. Obs. 2. a. An instrument used in
weaving for passing the thread of the weft to and fro from one
edge of the cloth to the other between the threads of the warp.
fly shuttle 3. transf. a. A thread-carrying device in the form of
a weaver's shuttle, used for knotting, tatting and embroidery.
fish-house (a) a place where fish are kept; (b) a place where fish is sold
cleat, v.1. trans. To fasten to, or with, a cleat; to furnish with cleats.
cleat, n.1. A wedge. (Now applied esp. to the small wedges used in
securing the movable parts of a scythe and a plough.)
gang-plankA landing-plank; a gang-board.
gable, n.1. a. The vertical triangular piece of wall at the end of a ridged
roof, from the level of the eaves to the summit. b. Any
architectural member having the form of a gable, as a
triangular canopy over a window or a doorway. 2. The
triangular-topped end wall of a building; a gable-end
opaque 1. a. Lying in shadow; dark, dim, not illuminated. b. Of an
object or surface: not reflecting or emitting light; not shining
or lustrous. 2. a. Not transmitting light, not transparent or
translucent; impenetrable to sight.
mast1. a. An upright pole or spar, usually raked, which is fixed or stepped
in the keel of a sailing ship in order to support the sails, either
directly or by means of horizontal spars. Also in extended use.
b. With the. A ship's mainmast as the usual place of assembly
for a court hearing, public sale, etc., on board ship
translucence 1. The action or fact of shining through.
shorewardfrom the direction of the shore.
iridescent Displaying colours like those of the rainbow, or those reflected
from soap-bubbles and the like; glittering or flashing with
colours which change according to the position from which
they are viewed.
sparse Separated by fairly wide intervals or spaces; thinly dispersed,
distributed, or scattered; placed, set, etc., here and there over a
relatively extensive area; not crowded, close, or dense.