disarrange or rumple; dishevel
The monitor lady smiled very nicely and
tousled his hair and said, “Andrew, I suppose by now you’re just absolutely sick of having that horrid monitor.
squeeze together tightly
He could feel his legs thrashing, and his hands were
clenching each other, wringing each other so tightly that they arched.
lurched to one side and fell off the examining table.
talk in a monotonous voice
It gave him something to do while the teacher
droned on about arithmetic.
lying face upward
So Ender walked to Stilson’s
supine body and kicked him again, viciously, in the ribs.
Loud, but with real
mirth, tears coming to his eyes.
an outline of a solid object as cast by its shadow
Ender heard the hushing sound of the toilet clearing; then Peter stood
silhouetted in the doorway.
partially excusing or justifying
“We’re willing to consider
extenuating circumstances,” the officer said.
demand and take for use or service
And so we
someone who is drafted into military service
Conscripts make good cannon fodder, but for officers we need volunteers.”
soldiers regarded as expendable under artillery fire
Conscripts make good cannon
fodder, but for officers we need volunteers.”
a fleet of small craft
“Battle School is for training future starship captains and commodores of
flotillas and admirals of the fleet.”
turn away from; give up
He changed his name,
renounced his religion, and vowed never to have more than the allotted two children.
the process of absorbing one cultural group into another
And you’re a badge of public shame, because at every step you interfere with their efforts at
assimilation into normal complying society.”
escape, either physically or mentally
Your parents resent you because of all the past they are trying to
moving and bending with ease
And all the while, during the interview, Ender and the TV guy would slink along smoothly in front of the cameraman, taking long,
pathetically lacking in force or effectiveness
feeble little minds, haven’t you picked up one little fact?
with extreme conscientiousness
The boy sitting next to Ender was
scrupulously careful not to touch him.
not transmitting or reflecting light or radiant energy
Ender found the scanner, a sheet of
pertaining to detailed maneuvers to achieve objectives
No way it’ll be
Tactical School for me.
release from entanglement or difficulty
Every time, though, he
extricated himself and went back, perhaps to a different spot, to get a different angle on the game.
one who suffers for the sake of principle
His accent made him exotic and interesting; his broken arm made him a
martyr; his sadism made him a natural focus for all those who loved pain in others.
feel extreme irritation or anger
But a few
chafed under Bernard’s rule.
a state of commotion and noise and confusion
There was a
tumult of complaint that it wasn’t fair how Bernard and Alai had shot them all when they weren’t ready.
shockingly repellent; inspiring horror
Not a choice between his own
grisly death and an even worse murder.