verb, transitive. To compress a soft material into a lump or bundle. To stop up an aperture or a gun barrel with a bundle or lump of soft material.
"What did you find out?"
Seth didn't respond to Kyle's question for a moment. He wadded the note he had taken from Marcy's desk blotter into a smaller ball in his pocket as he considered.
"She wasn't there." He met Kyle's gaze, careful to keep his own face neutral. Kyle wasn't going to like it later when he learned what Marcy had revealed in the note, but Seth felt that he owed it to her to keep it a secret, for now. He had enough to do this morning without dealing with one of Kyle's tantrums.
Kyle sighed and turned his attention to his monitor. "I guess we'll know when she sees fit to enlighten us," he said, his displeasure evident in his tone. His posture dismissed Seth more than words could have done, as he raised his hands to the keyboard and mouse.
Relieved, Seth made his way to his own desk, wondering when Marcy would return and whether or not she would call the staff together and make an announcement. He had a feeling that the note may have been meant for his eyes alone. On reflection, that idea seemed farfetched. Marcy hadn't concealed it. She had left it in plain sight, where anyone could see it.
He sat and pressed a cursor key to awaken his computer from its slumber. Maybe she had emailed him. He realized that he didn't really know much more than Kyle did at this point. The note had raised more questions in his mind than it had answered.
Definitions adapted from The New Oxford American Dictionary, Oxford University Press, Inc., 2005 (eBook Edition, copyright 2008), and from Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam Company, Publishers, Springfield, Massachusetts, USA, 1965, depending on which is more convenient to hand.