commonly used or practiced; usual
The Master’s daemon had the form of a raven, and as soon as his robe was on, she jumped down from the wardrobe and settled in her
accustomed place on his right shoulder.
of or characteristic of high rank or importance
Then he smoothed the hair over his ears with both palms and said something to his daemon. He was a servant, so she was a dog; but a
superior servant, so a
motivation deriving from ethical or moral principles
You’re supposed to know about
conscience, aren’t you? How can I just go and sit in the library or somewhere and twiddle my thumbs, knowing what’s going to happen?
excessively or hypocritically pious
The two of them sat in silence for a while, Lyra uncomfortable on the hard floor of the wardrobe and Pantalaimon self-righteously twitching his temporary antennae on one of the robes.
have an argument about something
Lyra felt a mixture of thoughts
contending in her head, and she would have liked nothing better than to share them with her daemon, but she was proud too.
Lord Asriel was a tall man with powerful shoulders, a fierce dark face, and eyes that seemed to flash and glitter with savage laughter. It was a face to be dominated by, or to fight: never a face to
patronize or pity.
having or revealing little emotion or sensibility
He moved away with the Chaplain, leaving Lyra with a clear view of the Master’s face. It was
impassive, but the daemon on his shoulder was shuffling her feathers and moving restlessly from foot to foot.
She knew the Scholars well: the Librarian, the Sub-Rector, the Enquirer, and the rest; they were men who had been around her all her life, taught her,
chastised her, consoled her, given her little presents, chased her away from the fruit trees in the garden; they were all she had for a family.
an organized group of people undertaking a journey
In fact, my real aim was to go further north still, right on to the ice, in fact, to try and discover what had happened to the Grumman
any state or process known through the senses
One of Grumman’s last messages to the academy in Berlin spoke of a certain natural
phenomenon only seen in the lands of the North.
relating to the investigation of existence and knowledge
Beside the hut stood an array of
philosophical instruments, which looked to Lyra’s eye like something from the Anbaric Park on the road to Yarnton: aerials, wires, porcelain insulators, all glittering in the moonlight and thickly covered in frost.
a body having finite mass but negligible dimensions
It registered as light on the plate because
particles of Dust affect this emulsion as photons affect silver nitrate emulsion.
the lack of knowledge or education
ignorance,” said the shaky voice of the old Precentor, “but if I ever knew what the Aurora was, I have forgotten. Is it what they call the Northern Lights?”
softly bright or radiant
It has many names. It’s composed of storms of charged particles and solar rays of intense and extraordinary strength—invisible in themselves, but causing this
luminous radiation when they interact with the atmosphere.
of or relating to the sky
The German Academy sent him up there to go as far north as the magnetic pole and make various
wild and menacing
And his daemon growled with a deep
savage rumble that made Lyra suddenly aware of what it would be like to have teeth meeting in her throat.
a manifestation of God's foresightful care for his creatures
The question was whether doing that would be worse than the consequences of not doing it. Well, some
providence has intervened, and it hasn’t happened.
a phenomenon that is caused by some previous phenomenon
The alethiometer warns of appalling
consequences if Lord Asriel pursues this research.
not capable of being violated or infringed
Ever since Pope John Calvin had moved the seat of the Papacy to Geneva and set up the Consistorial Court of Discipline, the Church’s power over every aspect of life had been
maintain or assert
the Holy Church teaches that there are two worlds: the world of everything we can see and hear and touch, and another world, the spiritual world of heaven and hell. Barnard and Stokes were two—how shall I put it—renegade theologians who
postulated the existence of numerous other worlds like this one, neither heaven nor hell, but material and sinful.
a belief that rejects the orthodox tenets of a religion
The Holy Church naturally disapproved of this abominable
heresy, and Barnard and Stokes were silenced.
the rational and systematic study of religion
It was important to keep the chapel up to date, because Jordan College had no rival, either in Europe or in New France, as a center of experimental
high status importance owing to marked superiority
She was proud of her College’s
eminence, and liked to boast of it to the various urchins and ragamuffins she played with by the canal or the claybeds; and she regarded visiting Scholars and eminent professors from elsewhere with pitying scorn, because they didn’t belong to Jordan and so must know less, poor things, than the humblest of Jordan’s under-Scholars.
elevation of mind and exaltation of character or ideals
But she always had a dim sense that it wasn’t her whole world; that part of her also belonged in the
grandeur and ritual of Jordan College; and that somewhere in her life there was a connection with the high world of politics represented by Lord Asriel.
laugh at with contempt and derision
A rumor had been filtering through the streets for some weeks: a rumor that made some people laugh and others grow silent, as some people
scoff at ghosts and others fear them.
He is in the form of a monkey, but no ordinary monkey: his fur is long and silky and of the most deep and
provoke someone to do something through persuasion
Children from the slums were easy enough to
entice away, but eventually people noticed, and the police were stirred into reluctant action.
take on a certain form, attribute, or aspect
As people became adult, their daemons lost the power to change and
assumed one shape, keeping it permanently.
a friend who is frequently with another
Each of the other skulls, they found, had its own daemon-coin, showing its owner’s lifetime
companion still close to him in death.
remorse for your past conduct
When Lyra was younger, he had taken an interest in her spiritual welfare, only to be confounded by her sly indifference and insincere
make peace with
Roger’s daemon anxiously wagged her terrier tail to
expressing extreme scorn
Everyone’s daemon instantly became warlike: each child was accompanied by fangs, or claws, or bristling fur, and Pantalaimon,
contemptuous of the limited imaginations of these gyptian daemons, became a dragon the size of a deer hound.
struck with fear, dread, or consternation
The trouble was that because no one knew what these Gobblers looked like, anyone might be a Gobbler, as Lyra pointed out to the
appalled gang, who were now all under her sway, collegers and gyptians alike.
troubled emotionally and usually deeply
Some of the women were crying loudly, and the men were standing in angry groups, with all their daemons
agitated and rising in nervous flight or snarling at shadows.
slow and apathetic
The two female Scholars sat up very slightly, though their daemons, either well behaved or
torpid, did no more than flick their eyes at each other.
firmness of purpose
There’s a lot of goodness and sweetness in your nature, and a lot of
determination. You’re going to need all of that.
the guidance of ships or airplanes from place to place
Mrs. Coulter laughed and said, “Possibly. But you know you’ll have to work very hard. You’ll have to learn mathematics, and
navigation, and celestial geography.”
navigational instrument for finding directions
When he unfolded the cloth, Lyra saw something like a large watch or a small clock: a thick disk of gold and crystal. It might have been a
compass or something of the sort.
the quality of being reproducible in amount or performance
It was very like a clock, or a compass, for there were hands pointing to places around the dial, but instead of the hours or the points of the compass there were several little pictures, each of them painted with extraordinary
precision, as if on ivory with the finest and slenderest sable brush.
straying from the right course or from accepted standards
Lyra spent a long time turning the hands to point at one symbol or another (angel, helmet, dolphin; globe, lute, compasses; candle, thunderbolt, horse) and watching the long needle swing on its never-ceasing
errant way, and although she understood nothing, she was intrigued and delighted by the complexity and the detail.