a crime that undermines the offender's government
“Sir, those words sound like
the main part, especially of a force or shock
Only one of Ender’s boys was completely frozen—one of C toon, which had borne the
brunt of the assault—and only five were disabled.
dignified and somber in manner or character
He looked very
solemn as he offered Ender the teacher hook that was ritually given to the victor in the game.
mercifulness as a consequence of being tolerant
Let the boys leam that
leniency comes from their toon leaders, and harshness from their commander—it will bind them better in the small, tight knots of this fabric.
the side of military or naval formation
If that had been a good army, C toon, your approach was so slow they would have had you from the
flanks before you got into good position.
without respect; in a disdainful manner
“Of course,” Ender said,
immune to attack; impregnable
He was certainly not
invulnerable, but he would have time.
unskillfulness resulting from a lack of training
This had not been a fair fight, even though they had won—the teachers had meant them to lose, and it was only Bonzo’s
ineptitude that had saved them.
not straightforward or candid
“Do not be
disingenuous with me, Colonel Graff.
naturally disposed toward
Americans are quite
apt at playing stupid when they choose to, but I am not to be deceived.
not in keeping with accepted standards of what is proper
When it is his life or health that is in danger, I do not think it
untoward that the military police take some interest in preserving and protecting the boy.
the tendency of something to stay in rest or motion
Ender had helped them with some techniques from gravity personal combat—many things had to be changed, but
inertia in flight was a tool that could be used against the enemy as easily in nullo as in Earth gravity.
complex system of paths in which it is easy to get lost
They won, of course, but it was a grueling affair, with the battleroom so filled with a
labyrinth of stars that hunting down the enemy during mop-up took forty-five minutes.
the recovery of useful substances from waste products
It had been launched in one piece, as a low-orbit satellite, packed full of the water
reclamation equipment; it was designed to have no wasted space.
support with evidence or authority or make more certain
As if to
corroborate Bean’s statement, the enemy began to call out to them.
making or willing to make concessions
Demosthenes is definitely the girl, but Graff says the girl was rejected for Battle School because she was too pacific, too
conciliatory, and above all, too empathic.”
a person with a prejudiced belief in his own superiority
Appointing him pleases a large number of Russian-haters and
try to gain favor by cringing or flattering
She thought of that, worried about it for a few days, and then wrote a column using that as a premise, to show that politicians who
toadied to the Russians in order to keep the peace would inevitably end up subservient to them in everything.
She thought of that, worried about it for a few days, and then wrote a column using that as a premise, to show that politicians who toadied to the Russians in order to keep the peace would inevitably end up
subservient to them in everything.
a steerable self-propelled aircraft
Ender turned his face to the window and watched the helicopters and
dirigibles rise and fall.
giving careful attention to detail
There were still waterbirds taking their
fastidious little steps in the saltwater, where mossy trees dipped down as if to drink.
expressing contempt or ridicule
“I will overlook your
derisive language to a superior officer.
the ratio of reflected to incident light
albedo is only slightly brighter than a black hole.
a decrease in size of an organ caused by disease or disuse
Even the he is uncertain—the most likely thing, in fact, is that most bugger soldiers are females, but with
atrophied or vestigial sexual organs.
not fully developed in mature animals
Even the he is uncertain—the most likely thing, in fact, is that most bugger soldiers are females, but with atrophied or
vestigial sexual organs.