Novel Novel: Slaughterhouse Five

pneumatic

containing or operated by air or gas under pressure; of or relating to air, gases, or wind; of or relating to the spirit.
"We were connected to the institutions that supported us by means of _____ tubes which ran under the streets of Chicago" (8).

mimeograph

a printing machine with an ink-fed drum, around which a cut waxed stencil is placed and which rotates as successive sheets of paper are fed into it; a duplicating machine that produces copies from a stencil, now superseded by the photocopier; a copy produ

rumpus

a recreation room, especially one for children, as in a house; a room, typically in the basement of a house, used for games and recreation; a noisy disturbance; a commotion.
"Billy was working on this letter in the basement _____ room of his empty house

flibbertigibbet

a frivolous or excessively talkative person; a chattering or flighty, light-headed person
"All this responsibility at such an early age made her a bitchy _____" (29).

chaplain

a member of the clergy attached to a private chapel, institution, ship, branch of the armed forces, etc.; an ecclesiastic attached to the chapel of a royal court, college, etc., or to a military unit; a person who says the prayer, invocation, etc., for an

attach�

a small, flat, rectangular case used for carrying documents; a flat, usually rigid, rectangular briefcase for carrying business papers, documents, or the like.
"Billy also had charge of a portable altar, an olive-drab _____ case with telescoping legs" (31

anodized

to coat (a metal, especially magnesium or aluminum) with a protective film by chemical or electrolytic means; coat (a metal, esp. aluminum) with a protective oxide layer by an electrolytic process
"It was lined with crimson plush, and nestled in that pass

furlough

leave of absence, esp. that granted to a member of the armed services; a temporary release of a convict from prison; a layoff, esp. a temporary one, from a place of employment; a vacation or leave of absence granted to an enlisted person.
"Toward the end

howitzers

a short gun for firing shells on high trajectories at low velocities; a cannon having a comparatively short barrel, used especially for firing shells at a high angle of elevation, as for reaching a target behind cover or in a trench.
"'How many _____ have

prophylactic

intended to prevent disease; defending or protecting from disease or infection, as a drug; preventive or protective.
"He had a _____ kit containing two tough condoms 'For the Prevention of Disease Only!'" (40).

waif

a person, especially a child, who has no home or friends; a homeless and helpless person, esp. a neglected or abandoned child.
"All those prosperous, solid men out there would discover now that they had elected a ludicrous _____" (50).

patina

a green or brown film on the surface of bronze or similar metals, produced by oxidation over a long period; a gloss or sheen on wooden furniture produced by age and polishing; an impression or appearance of something; a film or incrustation, usually green

androgyne

an individual who is partly male and partly female in appearance; a person of indeterminate sex; a hermaphrodite; a being of ambiguous sexual identity; one that combines major aspects of both the male and the female
"Billy was helped to his feet by the lo

cupola

a small dome, esp. a small dome on a drum on top of a larger dome, adorning a roof or ceiling; a gun turret; a small domed hatch above a gun turret on some tanks; a light structure on a dome or roof, serving as a belfry, lantern, or belvedere
"It was hous

fourrag�re

an ornament of cord worn on the shoulder; such a cord awarded as an honorary decoration, as to members of a regiment or other unit that has received a requisite number of citations.
"The spit hit Roland Weary's shoulder, gave Weary a _____ of snot and blu

hasps

a clasp for a door, lid, etc., especially one passing over a staple and fastened by a pin or a padlock; a device that is used to fasten a door, lid, etc.
"Other Germans were securing the _____ on the car doors with wire and spikes and other track-side tra

madrigal

a secular part song without instrumental accompaniment, usually for four to six voices, making abundant use of contrapuntal imitation, popular especially in the 16th and 17th centuries; a lyric poem suitable for being set to music, usually short and often

gangrene

necrosis or death of soft tissue due to obstructed circulation, usually followed by decomposition and putrefaction; moral or spiritual corruption and decadence that pervades an individual or group.
"Roland Weary died--of _____ that had started in his mang

impresario

a person who organizes and often finances concerts, plays, or operas; a person who organizes or manages public entertainments, especially operas, ballets, or concerts; any manager, director, or the like.
"It had a fur collar and a g of crimson silk, and h

rodomontades

boastful or inflated talk or behavior; vainglorious boasting or bragging; pretentious, blustering talk.
"They wrestled the Americans toward the shed door affectionately, filling the night with manly blather and brotherly _____" (95).

opalescent

reflecting an iridescent light; having a milky iridescence.
"They had a ghostly, _____ similarity" (96).

frowsy

dirty and untidy; slovenly; ill-smelling; musty.
"There was silence now, as the Englishmen looked in astonishment at the _____ creatures they had so lustily waltzed inside" (97).

frumpish

dowdy; drab; unattractive; dull; old-fashioned.
"Those beloved, _____books gave off a smell that permeated the ward-like flannel pajamas that hadn't been changed for a month, or like Irish stew" (100).

lugubrious

mournful, dismal, or gloomy, especially in an affected, exaggerated, or unrelieved manner; full of sadness or sorrow; very sad especially in an exaggerated or insincere way.
"Derby now came to _____ attention" (105).

harlequin

a mute character in traditional pantomime, typically masked and dressed in a diamond-patterned costume; a comic character in commedia dell'arte, usually masked, dressed in multicolored, diamond-patterned tights, and carrying a wooden sword or magic wand;

geodesic

made of light straight structural elements mostly in tension; pertaining to the geometry of curved surfaces.
"He was forty-four years old, on display under a _____dome" (111).

stereophonic

of, relating to, or constituting sound reproduction involving the use of separated microphones and two transmission channels to achieve the sound separation of a live hearing; pertaining to a system of sound recording or reproduction using two or more sep

phonograph

any sound-reproducing machine using records in the form of cylinders or discs; a record player.
"There was a stereophonic _____" (112).

epitaph

a commemorative inscription on a tomb or mortuary monument about the person buried at that site; a brief poem or other writing in praise of a deceased person.
"It would make a good _____for Billy Pilgrim-and for me, too" (121).

monograph

a treatise on a particular subject, as a biographical study or study of the works of one artist; a highly detailed and thoroughly documented study or paper written about a limited area of a subject or field of inquiry; an account of a single thing or clas

avuncular

like an uncle; kind or friendly like an uncle; of, relating to, or characteristic of an uncle.
"But the officer's contempt is not, as in other armies, _____ theatricality" (130).

voluptuous

full of, characterized by, or ministering to indulgence in luxury, pleasure, and sensuous enjoyment; derived from gratification of the senses; directed toward or concerned with sensuous enjoyment or sensual pleasure.
"The skyline was intricate and _____ a

amoretti

a little cupid; cherub; someone (such as a child) who is thought of as being like a small angel.
"Merry _____ wove garlands above windows" (150).

golliwogs

a grotesque black doll; a grotesque person.
"They looked like _____, like white people pretending to be black for the laughs they could get" (156).

pylons

a marking post or tower for guiding aviators, frequently used in races; a relatively tall structure at the side of a gate, bridge, or avenue, marking an entrance or approach; a steel tower or mast carrying high-tension lines, telephone wires, or other cab

bucolic

of or relating to the pleasant aspects of the countryside and country life; of or relating to shepherds; pastoral; of, relating to, or suggesting an idyllic rural life
"The sun had just gone down, and its afterglow was backlighting the city, which formed

halitosis

technical term for bad breath; a condition of having offensive-smelling breath.
"It was about a robot who had bad breath, who became popular after his _____ was cured" (168).

canap�s

a thin piece of bread or toast or a cracker spread or topped with cheese, caviar, anchovies, or other savory food; a small piece of bread or a cracker that has cheese, meat, fish, etc., on top of it and that is often served at a party.
"Trout was in Billy

psychosomatic

of or relating to a physical disorder that is caused by or notably influenced by emotional factors; pertaining to or involving both the mind and the body; caused by mental or emotional problems rather than by physical illness.
"Billy had powerful _____ re

nacreous

mother-of-pearl; lustrous; pearly.
"It was a _____ pink" (177).

calcimine

a white or tinted wash of glue, whiting or zinc white, and water that is used especially on plastered surfaces; a white or tinted wash for walls, ceilings, etc.
"All that happened down there was an occasional shower of _____" (177).

barometric

of or relating to an instrument for determining the pressure of the atmosphere and hence for assisting in forecasting weather and for determining altitude; of or relating to something that indicates fluctuations (as in public opinion).
"There was food in

epigraph

an inscription, especially on a building, statue, or the like; an apposite quotation at the beginning of a book, chapter, etc.
"Which is why the _____ of this book is the quatrain from the famous Christmas carol" (197).

suffragette

a woman who worked to get voting rights for women in the past when women were not allowed to vote; a female advocate for women's voting rights.
"Lucretia A. Mott was a famous American _____" (198).

tawdry

(of finery, trappings, etc.) gaudy; showy and cheap; low or mean; base; having a cheap and ugly appearance; morally low or bad.
"Billy left his room, went down the slow elevator, walked over to Times Square, looked into the window of a _____ bookstore" (2

celluloid

a tough kind of plastic that was used in the past to make photographic film and other products; a tough, highly flammable substance consisting essentially of nitrate and camphor, used in the manufacture of motion-picture and x-ray film and other products;

importuned

to press or beset with solicitations; demand with urgency or persistence; to make improper advances toward (a person); to beg for (something) urgently or persistently.
"Billy did not want to see what happened next, and a clerk _____ him to come over and s

lethargical

of, relating to, or affected with the quality or state of being drowsy and dull, listless and unenergetic, or indifferent and lazy; sluggish; apathetic.
"Primeval bubbles surfaced it with _____ majesty as Billy Pilgrim stared" (95).

perforated

having a hole or a series of holes; pierced with holes.
"The tag was like a salt cracker, _____ down its middle so that a strong man could snap it in two with his bare hands" (92).

azure

the blue color of the sky; of the tincture or color blue.
"The only space open to them was up on the stage, and they went up there, pulled the _____ curtains down, made nests" (183).