Laika by Nick Abadzis, Ch. 3-4

This is a list of 25 vocabulary words for the last two chapters of Laika by Nick Abadzis created by Mr. Brunken for the Happy Kids Middle School Program. Feel free to use it.

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definitions & notes only words
  1. docile
    easily handled or managed
    And while the herd isn’t totally docile, he is discovering that it is more eager to engage than to trample.New York Times (Sep 19, 2014)
  2. kennel
    a building or cage that serves as a shelter for a dog
    Northumbria Police visited the kennels of the dog breeder in Low Pittington to check the condition of his animals following the attack.BBC (Sep 25, 2014)
  3. sanitation
    the state of being clean and conducive to health
    They also said the agenda includes clean energy, climate change, medical collaboration to fight diseases and scientific efforts to improve sanitation and hygiene throughout India.Seattle Times (Sep 30, 2014)
  4. civilian
    a nonmilitary citizen
    Robert Bales killed 16 villagers in a 2012 rampage, one of the worst cases of civilian killings of the war.Los Angeles Times (Sep 30, 2014)
  5. pooch
    informal terms for dogs
    It also shows a trainer teaching shelters how to hold play groups for pooches.US News (Sep 10, 2014)
  6. fatality
    a death resulting from an accident or a disaster
    This is the 13th fatality in the park this year resulting from natural or accidental causes.Reuters (Sep 22, 2014)
  7. rigorous
    demanding strict attention to rules and procedures
    A military mantra, most known to be used by Navy SEALs during their rigorous training, “embrace the suck” communicates an important business message.Forbes (Sep 24, 2014)
  8. desertion
    the act of giving something up
    In 2001, a monument to British troops shot for alleged cowardice or desertion during World War I was unveiled in Staffordshire.BBC (Oct 2, 2013)
  9. nausea
    the state that precedes vomiting
    The truth is that women often do not experience crushing chest pain, but instead more often experience nausea and dizziness.Forbes (Sep 29, 2014)
  10. placid
    not easily irritated
    For even the most placid of motorists, it's a subject capable of sending anger levels soaring.BBC (Jul 27, 2014)
  11. matriarch
    a female head of a family or tribe
    Since moms are awesome, today’s post celebrates Marge Simpson, the blue-haired matriarch of the Springfield clan.Seattle Times (Aug 24, 2014)
  12. malfunction
    fail to work properly
    After them, robots tried to put out the fire, but the extreme radiation levels made the machines malfunction.Slate (Sep 26, 2014)
  13. confidential
    given in secret
    The disclosure came during a confidential meeting at its Washington headquarters for a federal working group on detention and enforcement policies.US News (Sep 26, 2014)
  14. purge
    oust politically
    Mr Zhou’s downfall has elements of a good old-fashioned purge in which rivals are eliminated and power is consolidated.Economist (Jul 31, 2014)
  15. egomaniac
    a person who is abnormally self-absorbed and self-centered
    She is a raging egomaniac, which should come as no shock since she is an actress.New York Times (May 18, 2014)
  16. unrequited
    not returned in kind
    But while some guns appear in Torbellino's music videos, his songs mainly focused on unrequited love, not drug gangs.US News (May 30, 2014)
  17. henchman
    someone who assists in a plot
    This one-sided journalism also cultivates a poor opinion of the west among Putin and his henchmen.The Guardian (Aug 4, 2014)
  18. contemptible
    deserving of scorn or disrespect
    Some of this goes to America’s fundamentalist streak, no less contemptible than Iran’s.Salon (Jan 16, 2014)
  19. telemetry
    automatic transmission of data from remote sources
    His car’s telemetry had ceased to work, so his team had no idea what was happening on the car.New York Times (Apr 20, 2014)
  20. erratic
    liable to sudden unpredictable change
    She could forgive the erratic heating and electrical systems near her unit, she said, because the rent “has always been so reasonable.”Seattle Times (Sep 27, 2014)
  21. implant
    fix or set securely or deeply
    Her body was identified through serial numbers on medical implants in her knee and spine.Washington Times (Sep 21, 2014)
  22. shrewd
    marked by practical hardheaded intelligence
    It’s about good taste, shrewd decisions and wise spending.Seattle Times (Sep 28, 2014)
  23. urinate
    eliminate urine
    "Oh. And I suppose they urinate on the rockets too, to mark their territory?" p. 159, Laika by Nick Abadzis
  24. jettison
    throw away, of something encumbering
    The president, you can be sure, will not suddenly jettison the entire law, which he considers his signature accomplishment.Washington Times (Sep 10, 2014)
  25. euthanasia
    the act of killing someone painlessly
    Belgium has allowed euthanasia since 2002 in cases where patients’ physical or psychological suffering is incurable and constant.Washington Times (Sep 16, 2014)

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