Fahrenheit 451- Vocab #2 1. abyss- n. a bottomless gulf, pit We dropped the penny into the abyss and made a wish. 2. ravenous – adj. very eager or greedy for food, satisfaction or gratification Teenagers tend to seem ravenous when they eat. 3. jargon- n. confused unintelligible language We sat listening to the President’s jargon, with no clue what he was trying to say. 4. luminescent- adj. emitting or reflecting steady, suffused or glowing light The beautiful girl seemed to have a luminescent glow about her. 5. yammer- v. to utter repeated cries of distress or sorrow The blond girls yammered on because they didn’t understand the teacher’s joke. 6. centrifuge- n. a machine using centrifugal force for separating substances of different densities, for removing moisture or for simulating gravitational effects A centrifuge machine is used in the study of viruses, such as H.I.V. 7. nomadic- adj. roaming about from place to place aimlessly, frequently, or without pattern of movement Many of the teachers on campus have so many different classrooms that they almost seem nomadic. 8. dictum- n. a noteworthy statement, such as a formal pronouncement of a principle, proposition, or opinion. We all read Thomas Jefferson’s dictum on liberty. 9. serenity- n. utter calm and unruffled repose or peacefulness. The Buddha sat beneath the tree in a state of complete serenity. 10. pagan- adj. a follower of a polytheistic religion (with many gods, such as the ancient Romans) or one who has little or no religion, especially Christianity. Halloween is considered an evil, pagan holiday by some Christian groups.