Ray Bradbury: Short Stories

Ray Bradbury: Short Stories Glossary



a thing belonging or appropriate to a period other than that in which it exists, esp. a thing that is conspicuously old-fashioned

Ex: The play's set was filled with anachronisms.



the technical equipment or machinery needed for a particular activity or purpose

Ex: We needed a laboratory apparatus to successfully complete the experiment.



cause someone to become perplexed and confused

Ex: The difficult test bewildered him.



a large metal pot with a lid and handle, used for cooking over an open fire

Ex: The witch used her caldron to mix her potion.



sovereignty; control

It was man's attempt to establish dominion over nature.



(of a person) fussy about one's needs or requirements

Ex: Her daughter was a finicky eater.



(1) pitifully sad and abandoned or lonely

Ex: There were many forlorn figures at the bus stops.

(2) (or an aim or endeavor) unlikely to succeed or to be fulfilled; hopeless

Ex: It was a forlorn attempt to escape.



a passionate expression of grief or sorrow

Ex: She sang a song full of lament and sorrow.



describing a person who subscribes to the belief or desire that a country should maintain a strong military capability and be prepared to use it aggressively to defend o promote national interests

Ex: That man was a devout militarist.



thick, dark brown juice obtained from raw sugar during the refining process

Ex: They are moving slow as molasses.



the thick viscous substance secreted by the mucous membranes of the respiratory passages, esp. when produced in excessive or abnormal quantities

Ex: A warm phlegm gathered in Eckels' throat.



(1) of a brilliant red color

(2) (of an offense or sin) wicked; heinous



a warship with a streamlined hull designed to operate completely submerged in the sea for long periods, equipped with an internal store of air and a periscope and typically armed with torpedoes and/or missiles

Ex: Not even a submarine could reach the depths of where this monster lived.



existing, occurring, or done under the earth's surface

Ex: The monster emerged from the subterranean environment.



(esp. of a change or distinction) so delicate or precise as to be difficult to analyze or describe

Ex: His language expresses rich and subtle meanings.



(chiefly of vapor or smoke) containing or derived from sulfur

Ex: the air had a sulfurous smell.



shake involuntarily, typically as a result of anxiety, excitement, or frailty

Ex: Her hands trembled when she thought about the sun coming out.



shaking or quivering slightly; timid, nervous

Ex: Because she was afraid, Barbara's voice was tremulous.



making a loud, confused noise; uproarious

It was a tumultuous scene as the children tried to go play in the sun.



open, uncultivated country or grassland in southern Africa. It is conventionally classified by altitude into highveldt, middleveld, and lowveld.

Ex: Wendy and Peter imagine a veldt every time they enter the nursery.