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The Watson's Go to Birmingham-1963 Vocabulary

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thermostat
device for controlling temperature
juvenile delinquent
person under 18 who gets in a loy of trouble
landlord
person who rents property from others
flypaper
stick paper made from flies
hostile
unfriendly, threatening
incapable
not able
assure
encourage by promising
intimidate
to bully or threaten
emulate
imitate, copy
bravo
very good
punctual
on time
desperate
wanting intensely
reinforcements
additional or supporting forces
radioactive
giving off dangerous levels of nuclear radiation
pliers
a toool used for gripping or bending objects
zombie
person in a sleeplike state and with a strange appearance
hypnotized
in a trance-like state
frostbite
freezing or partial freeing of part of the body
flamethrower
a weapon that shoots fire
traitor
betraying
peom
impoverished laborer, respecially one who does menial work
conscience
sense of right and wrong
linoleum
smooth floor tiles
tolerate
put up with
ultimate
something that is the greatest or highest possible
pinnacle
peak, highest point
seniority
privileage that comes from being older
dispersal
condition of being spread out or scattered
phonic
having to do with sound
exclusive
unique
grasped
understood, realized
haphazardly
randomly, by chance
hacked
carelessly cut, chopped
technician
person who is expert in the mechanics or some device or machine
enhance
improve; make better
patter
informal, rapid chatter
swoon
faint
maestro
master of an art, such as a musical conductor
accustomed
get used to something
eavesdropped
listened secretly
grapevine
an informal means of spreading information from person to person
transferred
moved, sent
offended
had one's feelings hurt, was insulted
sanitation
relating to hygiene, especially a clean water supply
facilities
rooms for builidings used for a special purpose, such as a restroom or resturant
pathetic
inspring pity
bad-dispositioned
unhappy, irritable
frequencies
the tone or level of sound vibrations
wilier
more crafty or sly
scolding
correcting angrily, nagging
whirlpool
dangerously spinning body of water
eletrocuted
killed with an eletrcical shock
sonic boom
an explosive sound caused by planes moving faster than the speed or sound
fluttered
shook rapidly; trembled
curveballs
baseball pitches that unexpectedly change direction
amended
changed; revised
discrimination
show of prejudice or bias against a group of people or an indivisual in the group
pervasive
widespread
prohibited
outlawed; forbidden
interracial
between people of different races
sepgregation
practice of keeping different races or groups of people apart
strove
tried hard
sit-ins
protests in which people sit down in place and refuse to leave
boycotts
protests in which people refuse to buy someone's merchandise or use someone's services
picketing
marching or standing outside a buisness, government building, or other place and carrying signs to show opposition to a policy or practice
demonstrations
public meetings or parades in which people show how they feel abut an issue
confrontations
acts of opposing or standing face to face against someone or something