1. to look through in the hope of finding something usable.
The boys scavenged the dump for car parts.
2. to find or gather by searching, esp. through refuse.
They scavenged any food they could find from the bins behind the restaurant.
3. to gather garbage from; cleanse.
Seagulls scavenged the area near the docks.
to search through refuse for food or usable objects.
The bears were scavenging for food in the campground.
to cause (someone) to be unable to think of what to say, do, or decide; perplex; bewilder.
He was nonplussed by the sudden and extreme change in her mood.
1. to stop suddenly and refuse to proceed.
The horse balked at the unfamiliar gate.
2. to refuse or be unwilling to do some act (usu. fol. by “at”).
My son tends to balk at doing any chores around the house.
The Senator had done some dishonest things in the past, but he balked at accepting this bribe.
to block the progress of; hinder; impede.
The committee’s work was balked by one member’s repeated objections.
to attack with vigor or violence; assault.
The sound of explosions assailed our ears.
She was assailed by a gang of ruffians.
The politician was assailed with accusations amid the scandal.
1. to decrease or abate, as noise, emotion, or the like.
Her anger subsided once the situation was explained.
When you’ve gained some experience, your fears will subside.
When the din subsided, we went back to our conversation.
2. to sink to a lower or to a normal level.
Once the waves had subsided, we went out again in the boat.