The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Glossary

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Glossary

pedestrian

a person walking along a road or in a developed area

shabby

in poor condition through long or hard use or lack of care

huddle

crowd together; nestle closely

Orion

a conspicuous constellation (the Hunter), said to represent a hunter holding a club and shield. It lies on the celestial equator and contains many bright stars, including Rigel, Betelgeuse, and a line of three that form Orion's belt

indecipherable

not able to be read or understood

ionosphere

the layer of the earth's atmosphere that contains a high concentration of ions and free electrons and is able to reflect radio waves. It lies above the mesosphere and extends from about 50 to 600 miles (80 to 1,000 km) above the earth's surface

raucous

making or constituting a disturbingly harsh and loud noise

decipher

convert a text written in code, or a coded signal into normal language

demolition

the action or process of destroying or being destroyed

sleek

smooth and glossy

scintillating

brilliantly and excitingly clever or skillful

fetid

smelling extremely unpleasant

callous

showing or having an insensitive and cruel disregard for others

sluggish

slow-moving or inactive

moil

work hard

cruise

sail about in an area without a precise destination, esp. for pleasure

finite

having limits or bounds

loll

sit, lie, or stand in a lazy, relaxed way

nagging

annoy or irritate a person with persistent fault-finding or continuous urging

binary system

a system in which information can be expressed by combinations of the digits 0 and 1

inquiring

showing an interest in learning new things

bleak

an area of land lacking vegetation and exposed to the elements

revelation

a surprising and previously unknown fact, esp. one that is made known in a dramatic way

menace

a threat or danger

vertigo

a sensation of whirling and loss of balance, associated particularly with looking down from a great height, or caused by disease affecting the inner ear or the vestibular nerve

salutary

producing good effects, beneficial

parsec

a unit of distance used in astronomy, equal to about 3.25 light years (3.08 × 1016 meters)

inkling

a slight knowledge or suspicion

thud

a dull, heavy sound, such as that made by an object falling to the ground

commotion

a state of confused and noisy disturbance

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