I could not figure out the accurate meanings of the three words below. Need your opinion, thanks.
Question 1 -- "rising" possibly means:
a) Ascending, sloping upward, or advancing.
b) An uprising; an insurrection.
Choose a or b?
(I prefer a, cos in the text of the article there is a paragraph:
Commanders have noticed that more attacks are being launched from a distance, said Odierno, head of the 4th Infantry Division. That is probably because attackers realize they will suffer more casualties if they come in direct contact with coalition troops, he said. )
Question 2 -- "spike" means:
A sharp-pointed projection along the top of a fence or wall -- it can be amplified as "barrier" in some context.
Thus, the spike here means "Chinese wall"?
(3) Last week, the White House threatened to veto the overall $87 billion aid package for Iraq and Afghanistan if any of the Iraqi reconstruction money was structured as a loan.
Question 3 -- "threaten" means:
a) To give signs or warning of; portend.
b) To announce the possibility of in a threat.
I prefer a, cos it is more relatively tenderer than b.
Am I right?
The context of all quotes above, check out the link below:
PS. The title of the report -- Bush: Iraq attacks signs of desperation
"Sign", noun, not verb -- why not use "sign"?