A few people lingered round and praised her playing, but finding that she made no reply, dispersed to their rooms to write up thieir diaries or to sleep.
1. linger [ˋlɪŋgɚ] (v.) to stay somewhere longer or spend longer doing something than necessary for your own enjoyment or benefit
Example: Many students lingered after class.
Example: I like to linger over breakfast and read the newspaper.
Example: She let her eyes linger on him.
Example: The smell of fish lingered in the kitchen.
linger in the mind/ memory
Example: His face lingered in her memory.
lingering (adj.) lasting for a long time, especially when this is unpleasant or not necessary
Example: lingering doubts/ fears
2. disperse [dɪˋspɝs] (v.) if a crowd of people disperses, or someone disperses it, the people separate and go in different directions
Example: Soldiers fired tear gas to disperse the crowds.
(v.) to spread or make things spread in different directions over a wide area
Example: Birds disperse a large proportion of the seeds.
dispersion (n.) the process of dispersing something
She opened the window to inspect, and a cold blast entered the room, drawing a plaintive cry from Miss Catharine Alan, who entered at the same moment by the door.
3. blast (n.) a strong current of air, wind, heat etc
Example: A blast of cold air hit them as they opened the door.
(n.) [ mainly journalism ] an explosion, especially one caused by a bomb
Example: The force of the blast threw bodies into the air.
(n.) a sudden short loud sound, especially on a musical instrument, a car horn, or a whistle
Example: There was a sudden blast of music as the car sped by.
(n.) [ usually singular ] a piece of strong criticism
Example: The press responded to his remarks with a blast of criticism.
(n.) a sudden strong attack by a team or player, in which goals or points are scored
full blast as loudly or with as much power as possible
Example: They had their music going full blast.
(v.) to damage or destroy something with a bomb or gun
Example: They had to blast their way through the mountainside to build the tunnel.
(v.) to hit something with a lot of energy or force
Example: Rain blasted through the windows.
(v.) if music blasts, or it is blasted, it plays very loudly
(v.) to make a loud sound with a car horn
Example: He was an impatient driver and kept blasting his horn.
(v.) to criticize someone very strongly
(v.) to kick or hit a ball very hard
4. plaintive [ˋplentɪv] (adj.) a plaintive sound is high and sad
Example: a plaintive melody/ cry
In her heart also there are springing up strange desires.
5. spring up ( phrasal vb ) to appear or be produced suddenly and quickly
Example: In southern California new Internet companies were springing up every day.