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Battlestar Galactica Terminology

The Colonials and Cylons employ a distinct nomenclature of military jargon, colloquialisms, sayings, and technical terms to create a culture distinctly "alien" to the audience. This article serves to organize and summarize this terminology, leading to different articles if the term needs to be further expanded upon.

The formatting of this article allows for its use in conjunction with the Lingo extension used throughout Battlestar Wiki. This includes multiple spellings, each listed on its own line, preceding the definition of the definidendum.


Original Series definition: Computer, Oral Response Activated; an artificial intelligence capable of operating a Viper (TOS: "The Long Patrol")


Original Series definition: a title of nobility (e.g. Count Iblis)
Original Series definition: a title of nobility (e.g. Lord Baltar)
Original Series definition: a title of nobility akin to "Sir," typically ascribed to a civilian of the male gender (e.g. Sire Uri, Sire Solon)
Original Series definition: a title of nobility, typically ascribed to a civilian of the female gender (e.g. Siress Tinia, Siress Blassie)


Original Series definition: buttocks (TOS: "The Living Legend, Part I")
Barge Lice
barge lice
Original Series definition: disparaging term for prisoners on the Prison Barge
Original Series definition: disparagement, perhaps akin to "cretin"; Boomer refers to Sire Bogan's men thusly, after said men burgle Siress Belloby's energizer from Boomer and Starbuck's sled (see: felgercarb)
equinus' atrum
Original Series definition: disparagement, akin to "horse's ass"; Apollo reveals feeling thusly for disbelieving Chameleon's suggestion that he might be Starbuck's father (TOS: "The Man with Nine Lives")
Original Series definition: expletive, similar to "crap" (see: felgercarb)
Original Series definition: expletive, similar to "shit" (see: frack)
Original Series definition: an expletive, possibly similar to "asshole" or "God damned" (see: galmonging)
Hades hole
Original Series definition: hell hole; used to describe the Red planet (TOS: "War of the Gods, Part I")
Original Series definition: an expletive; after thwarting their attack on Galactica, Cain comments that "those mong-raking Cylons are in a state of shock right now" due to the appearance of Pegasus (TOS: "The Living Legend, Part II")
plant vapors
Original Series definition: a psychoactive drug familiar to the Colonials; Boomer comments that the Blonde Taurus woman on Carillon was probably "smoking plant vapors" (TOS: "Saga of a Star World")
Original Series definition: expletive, similar to "shit" (TOS: "The Living Legend, Part II")
Original Series definition: a sex worker, escort, prostitute (TOS: "Saga of a Star World")

General Jargon[edit]

Original Series definition: agriculture (TOS: "The Magnificent Warriors")
Original Series definition: an expensive alcoholic intoxicant (see: ambrosa)
Original Series definition: auto-pilot; Brie is instructed by Starbuck to activate this after having problems on her first launch from Galactica (TOS: "Lost Planet of the Gods, Part I")
bio-pulse line
Original Series definition: an unspecified body function, possibly an emotional state; Starbuck attempts to use this as an excuse to not join Apollo's mission to clear the Cylon minefield (TOS: "Saga of a Star World")
Original Series definition: a liquid that extinguishes fires (TOS: "Fire in Space")
Original Series definition: a breathing mask, or a life support system supplying air (TOS: "Lost Planet of the Gods, Part I")
Original Series definition: bureaucrat, politician (TOS: "Saga of a Star World")
Original Series definition: a likely term for carbon dioxide or carbon monoxide (TOS: "Lost Planet of the Gods, Part I")
Original Series definition: possibly an expression related to percentages; "If we just let him lie in that life pod he doesn't have a chance in a centura" (TOS: "Fire in Space").
Chief Opposer
Original Series definition: a prosecuting attorney in a trial (TOS: "Murder on the Rising Star")
Original Series definition: a time keeping device, essentially a watch (TOS: "Saga of a Star World")
Original Series definition: a video recording; Sire Solon watched computapes of the triad match between Ortega and Starbuck (TOS: "Murder on the Rising Star")
Original Series definition: a spider (TOS: "Lost Planet of the Gods, Part I")
Original Series definition: a communication channel between ships
Original Series definition: a form of coined currency (see: cubit)
Original Series definition: a domesticated canine, e.g. dog (see: daggit)
death stone
Original Series definition: tombstone (TOS: "The Long Patrol")
Original Series definition: a term for a robot, such as Muffit II (TOS: "Saga of a Star World")
Original Series definition: a type of prepaid voucher used on the shuttle Canaris, typically collected at the end of the shuttle trip (TOS: "The Man with Nine Lives")
flight slumber
Original Series definition: unintentionally sleeping while flying a craft, like a Viper; Apollo attempts to write off John and his second visit to the Ship of Lights as being a dream from a flight slumber (TOS: "Experiment in Terra")
Original Series definition: a small cigar that Starbuck typically smokes (see: fumarello)
Original Series definition: a furlough, or short leave of absence for Warriors in the Colonial Military service (TOS: "The Man with Nine Lives")
Original Series definition: a diagram; Ravashol shows Apollo a geogram of the pulsar with instructions on how to destroy it (TOS: "The Gun on Ice Planet Zero, Part II")
Original Series definition: coined currency on Equellus (TOS: "The Lost Warrior")
Original Series definition: an intoxicating beverage, likely similar to beer (see: grog)
Homemade Buzzer
Original Series definition: a version of "moonshine" on Equellus, see: Homemade Buzzer (TOS: "The Lost Warrior")
Original Series definition: form of ground transportation that can be hot-wired (TOS: "Fire in Space")
ion field
Original Series definition: a stellar phenomenon, which can cause scanner echoes (TOS: "The Living Legend, Part I")
ion vapors
Original Series definition: likely term referring to the trail of a turbo engine (TOS: "The Long Patrol")
Original Series definition: a type of intravenous fluid given to patients, see: isoldin (TOS: "Lost Planet of the Gods, Part I")
Original Series definition: a vacation or leave of absence, similar to a furlon (TOS: deleted scene, "Saga of a Star World")
Note: An alternate spelling, "liesuron," appears in the comic book adaptation.
lextrium III
Original Series definition: a fuel used by the Eastern Alliance destroyer (TOS: "Experiment in Terra")
life pod
Original Series definition: a life support bed used in Galactica's life center (TOS: "Fire in Space")
Original Series definition: a wolf-like animal (see: lupus)
mega star
Original Series definition: a star; in a deleted scene, Omega reports of the "mega star" they detect as they leave the magnetic void (TOS: "Lost Planet of the Gods, Part II")
mega sun
Original Series definition: a star; the Nomen come from the "land of the mega sun" (TOS: "The Man with Nine Lives")
med tech
Original Series definition: a medical technician, such as a nurse or orderly (e.g. Cassiopeia)
meteor fire
Original Series definition: meteor storm; Starbuck likens the readouts on his instrument panel "lighting up like a meteor fire" upon coming across the magnetic void (TOS: "Lost Planet of the Gods, Part I")
Original Series definition: an unknown term, likely of endearment; Cain asks Apollo how Adama is by asking, "Well, how is he? How is that old modocker?" (TOS: "The Living Legend, Part I")
Original Series definition: a food (see: mushies)
Original Series definition: an owl-like creature on Equellus that hoots; Red-Eye asks Vella and Puppis about the "strange sound" heard by Lacerta in town, to which Puppis offers that he heard a "nightflyer hoot down by the woods" (TOS: "The Lost Warrior"). (TOS: "The Lost Warrior")
Original Series definition: someone who oversees a triad game (TOS: "Murder on the Rising Star")
Orion hasher
Original Series definition: something that is black and blue; Cassiopeia comments that Starbuck looks like one after his matches with Ortega (TOS: "Murder on the Rising Star")
Original Series definition: a rancher (TOS: "The Lost Warrior")
Original Series definition: a radioactive material whose radiation breaks down food (see: pluton poisoning) (TOS: "Saga of a Star World")
Original Series definition: a Cylon outpost (TOS: "Lost Planet of the Gods, Part I")
Original Series definition: basic food groups (TOS: "Saga of a Star World")
Original Series definition: a defense attorney in a tribunal (TOS: "Murder on the Rising Star")
Original Series definition: another type of food
Original Series definition: the equivalent of saying "objection" in a Colonial Tribunal (TOS: "Murder on the Rising Star")
pulse scrambled code
Original Series definition: secure method of communication used by the Colonial Fleet (TOS: "The Lost Warrior")
Original Series definition: a card game, similar to poker (see: pyramid)
Original Series definition: region of space, see also Sector. Usually named after a Greek letter, or (less frequently) a star system or planet.
Original Series definition: scorpion; Maga comments that Borellian Nomen have the patience of such a creature, he also comments that the name "Borellian Nomen" strike fear at the hearts of those who hear it like the scorpius (TOS: "The Man with Nine Lives")
Original Series definition: region of space or planet, see also Quadrant. Usually named after a Greek letter (space sectors), or a geographic formation on the surface of a planet (geographic sector, e.g. Sector Hekla on the planet Arcta")
sleep period
Original Series definition: bedtime
Original Series definition: marriage
Original Series definition: term for bed rest when one is recovering from an illness (TOS: "The Young Lords")
Original Series definition: a type of starship (TOS: "Saga of a Star World")
Original Series definition: a type of fuel (see: solium)
Original Series definition: an explosive used in demolitions (see: solonite) (TOS: "The Gun on Ice Planet Zero, Part II")
Original Series definition: a planet-based space port (see: spacedrome) (TOS: "Saga of a Star World")
star speed
Original Series definition: a speed which is used by Eastern Alliance (TOS: "Greetings From Earth")
Original Series definition: internal communications phone aboard Galactica (TOS: "Fire in Space")
Original Series definition: epithet used to describe Cylons (TOS: "The Living Legend, Part I")
Original Series definition: a Colonial court hearing (see: Law of the Twelve Colonies)
Original Series definition: Warrior slang for their Viper's high-velocity booster engines, e.g. "hit your turbos"
Original Series definition: a toilet (TOS: "Baltar's Escape")
turboram thruster
Original Series definition: a type of engine or thruster; in a deleted scene where Serina completes her first landing, Serina turns off this part of the Colonial shuttle as a part of her landing sequence (TOS: "Lost Planet of the Gods, Part I")
Original Series definition: a shower (TOS: "Murder on the Rising Star")
Original Series definition: a travel agent (TOS: "Saga of a Star World")
Original Series definition: a contact sport, similar to football or basketball (see: triad)
Original Series definition: a highly combustible fuel (see: tylium) (TOS: "Fire in Space")
Original Series definition: "war dog" (TOS: "The Living Legend, Part I")


gyro capacitors
transmit tek
zonar modules
Original Series definition: component of a Viper's stabilizer system (TOS: "The Living Legend, Part I")[1]
laser controller
otron extension
point diverters
proton activator
Original Series definition: component of a Viper's weapon system (TOS: "The Living Legend, Part I")[1]
proton energizer
Original Series definition: a type of weapon on an Eastern Alliance destroyer (TOS: "Experiment in Terra")
Original Series definition: interchangeable term for a computer monitor and television set (see: scanner)
tape coder
Original Series definition: a voice recording device; Thane successfully passes off a hand mine as a device (TOS: "The Gun on Ice Planet Zero, Part II")

Military Jargon[edit]

flash inspection
Original Series definition: an inspection of military assets that is performed without prior notice by a superior officer (TOS: "Saga of a Star World")
four-point peel off
Original Series definition: a maneuver performed with a group of four Vipers (TOS: "War of the Gods, Part I")
free flight jump
Original Series definition: an infantry parachute landing, having jumped out of a shuttle (TOS: "The Living Legend, Part II")
life station relief
Original Series definition: sick call (TOS: "Lost Planet of the Gods, Part II")
maximum G-climb
Original Series definition: a maneuver done near a celestial body, which may cause the pilot to blackout; Starbuck orders C.O.R.A. to perform this maneuver, which causes the pursuing Raider to crash into the loading docks on Proteus (TOS: "The Lost Warrior")
stand alert
Original Series definition: Colonial term for "attention" (TOS: "Lost Planet of the Gods, Part I")
stripped and moduled
Original Series definition: a consequence of severe infractions in military law, likely similar to being stripped of one's rank and thrown in hack; Greenbean expresses a fear of this happening as Giles asks where he got the alcohol from (TOS: "Lost Planet of the Gods, Part I")
Original Series definition: an all-purpose term for Colonial soldier and Viper pilot (see: Warrior)


By your command
Original Series definition: a typical Cylon response to an order (see: By your command) (TOS: "Saga of a Star World," et al.)
By your leave
Original Series definition: a Colonial response to an order (see: By your leave) (TOS: "Saga of a Star World," et al.)
clear as the Nubian sun
Original Series definition: a saying, similar to "as clear as day"; Cain uses this saying when referencing to the non-existent Raiders he allegedly pursued when he made his attack on the Cylon fuel tankers (see: Nubian sun) (TOS: "The Living Legend, Part I")
daggit drivel
Original Series definition: a term used to describe someone's lies, similar to "garbage" or "bullshit"; Lucifer uses this term when asking if Baltar believes Specter's false reports (TOS: "The Young Lords")
For the glory of Caprica
Original Series definition: saying used by the Colonials, particularly those from Caprica (TOS: "The Gun on Ice Planet Zero, Part II")
Go rust yourself
Original Series definition: Colonial equivalent to "go fuck yourself," typically used towards Cylons; Cadet Cree says this to Vulpa while the Cylons interrogate him (TOS: "The Gun on Ice Planet Zero, Part I")
laser in their side
Original Series definition: analogue to "thorn in their side," Starbuck uses this term to describe how the actions of Megan's surviving children have kept their father alive at Cylon hands (TOS: "The Young Lords")
like a daggit on a sunspot
Template:Te`rmfidgety; Apollo points out that Starbuck acts this way during his pre-flight meeting on destroying the mines in the Straits of Madagon (TOS: "Saga of a Star World")

Units of Measure[edit]


Original Series definition: unit of time akin to a "year" (see: Yahren)
Original Series definition: unit of time akin to a "month"
Original Series definition: unit of time akin to a "week"
time cycle
Original Series definition: unit of time akin to a "day"
Original Series definition: unit of time akin to an "hour"
Original Series definition: unit of time; approx. 10 minutes
Original Series definition: a unit of time akin to a "minute"; in earlier episodes (e.g. "Saga of a Star World," "Lost Planet of the Gods, Part I"), centon is used as the Colonial equivalent of a week before being retconned in later episodes
Original Series definition: unit of time akin to a "second"; Microcenton is likely another term for "micron"; Starbuck uses this term when he says "switching off of you for a microcenton to scan ahead" (TOS: "Lost Planet of the Gods, Part II")


Original Series definition: a unit of distance, the Earth measurement being equivalent to 90 million miles
Original Series definition: a unit of distance, the Earth measurement being equivalent to 9 million miles (i.e. 1/10th of a parsec)
Original Series definition: an unspecified measure of distance, interchangeably used as an unspecified measure of time (see: sectar (unit))
Original Series definition: a unit of distance, the Earth measurement being equivalent to a kilometer
Original Series definition: a unit of distance, the Earth measurement being equivalent to 10 meters (see: maxim)
Original Series definition: unit of distance of smaller denomination than maxim, the Earth measurement being equivalent to meter; used in a deleted scene as Serina approaches the starboard landing bay (TOS: "Lost Planet of the Gods, Part II")

Scientific measurements[edit]

Original Series definition: unspecified unit of radiation (laser) energy, used to measure output of energizers and laser weapons (TOS: "Murder on the Rising Star")
Original Series definition: unit of weight, akin to a megaton
Original Series definition: unit of energy, akin to a rad
Original Series definition: unit of energy, akin to a volt
Original Series definition: unit of energy, akin to wavelength


See also[edit]

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Battlestar Galactica Terminology

This is a list of terms in Galactica 1980. Some of these terms are specific to the Galactica 1980 television series, and not to the Original Series from which it was spun-off, although there may be overlap from the Original Series into this listing.

This list also includes Earth terms that the Colonials have apparently never encountered before.

The formatting of this article allows for its use in conjunction with the Lingo extension used throughout Battlestar Wiki. This includes multiple spellings, each listed on its own line, preceding the definition of the definidendum.

Earth terms[edit]

The following are Earth terms that the Colonials do not immediately understand, thus having to learn about them through experience or by using their wrist computron.

Galactica 1980 definition:  all points bulletin; Dillon goes to look this term up, but is stopped by Jamie Hamilton, who informs them about the general meaning of the term (1980: "Galactica Discovers Earth, Part III")
Galactica 1980 definition:  Troy mispronounces this as the word "am," which is corrected by the desk clerk (1980: "The Night the Cylons Landed, Part I")
Galactica 1980 definition:  after being called this at the police station for asking to speak to Dr. Donald Mortinson, Dillon asks what a bigshot is (1980: "Galactica Discovers Earth, Part I")
Galactica 1980 definition:  Dillon is called both a terrorist and a chauvinist by Jamie Hamilton during their phone call from the police station; he asks Troy "what's a terrorist chauvinist?" (1980: "Galactica Discovers Earth, Part I")
Galactica 1980 definition:  Dillon looks up this term after Jamie Hamilton orders a coffee at a diner, upon their return to 1980 Earth (1980: "Galactica Discovers Earth, Part III").
Galactica 1980 definition:  When two hijackers first make their demands aboard Flight 2, Dillon looks up this place, but Troy replies they don't have time to go there (1980: "The Night the Cylons Landed, Part I")
department store
Galactica 1980 definition:  Troy looks this up when attempting to find a place to procure clothing for the Super Scouts (1980: "The Super Scouts, Part I")
Galactica 1980 definition:  When Hamilton asks Troy and Dillon for a dollar, Dillon looks the term up and then replies "No, I'm sorry, but we just used our last denomination of currency ourselves." (1980: "Galactica Discovers Earth, Part I")
Galactica 1980 definition:  Moonstone looks this up after Colonel Jack Sydell mentions that he used to be an Eagle scout; there is subsequent humor over the term as it literally means "a large bird," and does not provide the definition of the Boy Scout level (1980: "The Super Scouts, Part I")
Galactica 1980 definition:  After being told by the stewardess that the FBI would want to talk to them regarding their involvement in thwarting the Cuban hijackers, Dillon is told to look up this term (1980: "The Night the Cylons Landed, Part I")
Galactica 1980 definition:  Dillon looks up this term after Gloria Alonzo asks if he has one (1980: "Space Croppers")
Galactica 1980 definition:  Dillon goes to look up this term when the stewardess announces that the delayed passengers will be at their Halloween parties in plenty of time, but is stopped by Troy who tells him to look up the term FBI (1980: "The Night the Cylons Landed, Part I").
Galactica 1980 definition:  Troy and Dillon look up this word after the desk clerk explains the reasons for the metal detectors. Unsurprisingly, a hijacking by Cuban nationals subsequently occurs on their flight (1980: "The Night the Cylons Landed, Part I")
Galactica 1980 definition:  When John Steadman asks if the Warriors know anything about these creatures, Dillon looks this up (1980: "Space Croppers")
Galactica 1980 definition:  After discovering the ineptitude of Dillon and Troy in driving an automobile, she asks if they are Martians. After consulting the computron, Dillon replies: "Close." (1980: "Galactica Discovers Earth, Part II")
Galactica 1980 definition:  Troy attempts to use a phone booth near a gas station prior to their first run-in with Jamie Hamilton (1980: "Galactica Discovers Earth, Part I").
Galactica 1980 definition:  Dillon is called both a terrorist and a chauvinist by Jamie Hamilton during their phone call from the police station; he asks Troy "what's a terrorist chauvinist?" (1980: "Galactica Discovers Earth, Part I")

Colonial terms[edit]

These are terms directly relating to Galactica 1980, some of which are based from the Original Series. For terms from that series, please refer to List of terms (TOS).
airfoil deflection
Galactica 1980 definition:  a piece of equipment on a Viper that reduces air drag in an atmosphere (1980: "The Return of Starbuck")
alpha waves
Galactica 1980 definition:  type of signals used in correcting disturbed brainwave patterns (1980: "Space Croppers")
ascension tube
Galactica 1980 definition:  elevator; Dillon refers to the elevators at the WQSL radio station building as these (1980: "The Night the Cylons Landed, Part II")
astral wind
Galactica 1980 definition:  wind; Starbuck experiences these on planet Starbuck (1980: "The Return of Starbuck")
Galactica 1980 definition:  gold; cubits are minted from this (1980: "The Super Scouts, Part I")
auto flight
Galactica 1980 definition:  automatic piloting system aboard a Viper, which can be loaded with coordinates (1980: "Spaceball")
automatic beacon
Galactica 1980 definition:  an electronic device that automatically transmits a distress signal (1980: "The Return of Starbuck")
automatic detonator
Galactica 1980 definition:  a self destruct mechanism; such a mechanism is inside the A-B Raider and is activated by Andromus upon crash landing outside of New York City (1980: "The Night the Cylons Landed, Part I")
battle urgent
Galactica 1980 definition:  a term for high military alert, particularly in relation to crisis condition (1980: "Galactica Discovers Earth, Part II")
Galactica 1980 definition:  a personal safety device on shuttles; i.e. safety belts (1980: "The Super Scouts, Part I")
breaking skip
Galactica 1980 definition:  a maneuver done in an atmosphere; three of these are used by the Cylon A-B Raider to reduce speed to ensure a non-fatal landing (1980: "The Night the Cylons Landed, Part I")
cerebral mutation
Galactica 1980 definition:  Adama describes Doctor Zee as being this in his log when touching upon the topic of Zee's advanced intelligence, as well as scientific expertise that is far in advance of the Colonials (1980: "Galactica Discovers Earth, Part I")
chromosome count
Galactica 1980 definition:  a result from a remote scan that can discern a person's gender; Galactica's sensors indicated that one of the Viper carries a female occupant (1980: "Galactica Discovers Earth, Part II")
Galactica 1980 definition:  a unit of temperature; 2000 degrees chronic would be the skin temperature of the A-B Raider at maximum upon entering Earth's atmosphere (1980: "The Night the Cylons Landed, Part I")
Commander's Court
Galactica 1980 definition:  a court of law, probably over military disputes (1980: "The Return of Starbuck").
communication media
Galactica 1980 definition:  Colonial term vis-à-vis journalism (1980: "Galactica Discovers Earth, Part II")
Galactica 1980 definition:  computer (1980: "Galactica Discovers Earth, Part I")
Crisis condition
Galactica 1980 definition:  a high-military alert; Adama uses this in light of Xaviar's escape into Earth's past to Nazi Germany circa 1944 (1980: "Galactica Discovers Earth, Part II")
distress beacon
Galactica 1980 definition:  the Cylon variant of the automatic beacon; a portable version of this is taken from the A-B Raider and attached to Centuri before Andromus and the Centurion escape the crash (1980: "The Night the Cylons Landed, Part I")
Galactica 1980 definition:  a power source (see: energizer); Dillon voices his concern that the energizer feeding power to the invisibility field hiding their Vipers needs to be recharged before the ships are rendered visible (1980: "Galactica Discovers Earth, Part I")
epidermal transformation
Galactica 1980 definition:  a process of changing one's outward appearance to look like someone else; Xaviar used this process to make himself look (and sound) like Lieutenant Nash (1980: "Spaceball")
Galactica 1980 definition:  vulgarism equivalent to "shit" (see: felgercarb); Dillon uses this when discovering that his laser pistol wasn't set to stun (1980: "Galactica Discovers Earth, Part II")
force field
Galactica 1980 definition:  a safety device that restrains the Viper pilot in their seat (1980: "The Return of Starbuck"), Troy and Dillon refer to the invisibility field as thus (1980: "Galactica Discovers Earth, Part I")
  • frack
Galactica 1980 definition:  a term meaning "rats" or "shit" (see: frack); it is only used by Starbuck (1980: "The Return of Starbuck")
Galactica 1980 definition:  mild derogatory term, essentially equivalent "dummy" or "idiot" (1980: "The Super Scouts, Part II", "The Night the Cylons Landed, Part I")
function guard mechanism
Galactica 1980 definition:  a mechanism in a Viper that transfers control from automatic to manual should any automatic function malfunction (1980: "Spaceball")
Galactica 1980 definition:  a member of the Fleet; Hamilton first uses the term when replying to Stockwell's question regarding Xavier's affiliation (1980: "Galactica Discovers Earth, Part II")
Galactican fleet
Galactica 1980 definition:  Cylons' term for the Fleet (1980: "Space Croppers")
Galactic war
Galactica 1980 definition:  a Cylon term for the war with the humans, which may refer to either (or both) the Thousand-Yahren War or their pursuit of Galactican fleet (1980: "The Night the Cylons Landed, Part I")
Galactica 1980 definition:  a unit of measuring distance; the Earth's radius measures 6,378 of these (1980: "The Night the Cylons Landed, Part I")
Galactica 1980 definition:  a device that limits the energy sent to a Viper's turbo charger (1980: "Space Croppers")
navigational computron
Galactica 1980 definition:  navigational computer; Adama says that coordinates to uninhabited landing zones on Earth are programmed in these (1980: "Galactica Discovers Earth, Part I")
neuro-transmitter anogram
Galactica 1980 definition:  a medical testing technique meant to test some aspects of neuro-transmitters; Troy requests Dr. Spencer run such a test, but he is unfamiliar with it (1980: "The Super Scouts, Part I")
nutrient monitor
Galactica 1980 definition:  a device capable of monitoring the growth of plants (1980: "Space Croppers")
Priority Red
Galactica 1980 definition:  high priority (1980: "Spaceball"); Captain Kanon tells Britton to contact the Galactica with a Priority Red message regarding the A-B Raider (1980: "The Night the Cylons Landed, Part I").
pulse jet
Galactica 1980 definition:  a rocket; Dillon sees the V-1 flying bombs launching and calls them this (1980: "Galactica Discovers Earth, Part II")
respiratory readout
Galactica 1980 definition:  a result from a remote scan that can discern the number of people inside a ship; Colonel Boomer discerns from this readout that two people occupy one of the incoming Vipers (1980: "Galactica Discovers Earth, Part II")
six-carbon-chain supplement
Galactica 1980 definition:  a term for glucose, introduced intravenously (1980: "The Super Scouts, Part I")
sleep mode
Galactica 1980 definition:  sleep (1980: "Spaceball")
study period
Galactica 1980 definition:  a time where children are instructed, similar to instruction period in the Original Series (1980: "The Super Scouts, Part I")
support vapors
Galactica 1980 definition:  air produced by a life support system (1980: "The Return of Starbuck")
time warp synthesizer
Galactica 1980 definition:  a device of Doctor Zee's that allows travel back and forth in time (1980: "Galactica Discovers Earth, Part II")
tractor gear
Galactica 1980 definition:  the landing gear of a Viper (1980: "The Return of Starbuck")
Galactica 1980 definition:  the "flying motorcycles" used by Troy and Dillon (1980: "Galactica Discovers Earth, Part I")
turbo charger
Galactica 1980 definition:  a powered component of a Viper (1980: "Space Croppers").
transmission band
Galactica 1980 definition:  Colonial equivalent to "television channel" (1980: "Galactica Discovers Earth, Part I")
wrist computron
Galactica 1980 definition:  wrist computer, a device with a multitude of different capabilities (1980: "Galactica Discovers Earth, Part I")


acron ions
Galactica 1980 definition:  unit of measurement in determining signal strength (1980: "The Night the Cylons Landed, Part II")
Galactica 1980 definition:  a unit of astral distance; Boomer tells Troy that the Fleet is 30,000 Mega-Kays[1] from Alpha Centauri (1980: "The Super Scouts, Part I"). Coincidentally, the term is also used as a measure of astronomical distance in the Buck Rogers in the 25th Century episode "Twiki is Missing." Of particular note, the term is used in relation to measuring the distance between Twiki and a star called Alpha Centari: that number, 33,000 Mega-Kays.
Galactica 1980 definition:  a unit equivalent to 1 hectometer[2]


May God go with you
Galactica 1980 definition:  a salutation used upon departure to a serious mission; Adama uses this after Zee's presentation on the invisibility field (1980: "Galactica Discovers Earth, Part I")
The glory of the universe is intelligence.
Galactica 1980 definition:  a saying Dillon imparts on Stockton when encouraging him to enter the anti-gravity ship (1980: "The Super Scouts, Part II")

Terms from the scripts[edit]

Galactica 1980 definition:  the log-keeping device Adama useres to dictate his journals, basically a form of voice recognition speech-to-text technology[3]


  1. Script for "The Super Scouts, Part I," p. 15
  2. In the Original Series, a metron is defined as equivalent to 1 meter. See the metron article for additional information.
  3. Script for "Galactica Discovers Earth, Part II", p. 1
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Battlestar Galactica Terminology

This is a listing of acronyms, initialisms, jargon and terminology used in both the Re-imagined Series and its prequel, Caprica.

The formatting of this article allows for its use in conjunction with the Lingo extension used throughout Battlestar Wiki. This includes multiple spellings, each listed on its own line, preceding the definition of the definidendum.

Abbreviations, Acronyms and Initialisms[edit]

Re-imagined Series definition: Anti-aircraft artillery (pronounced "Triple-A"), such as a battlestar's point defense batteries (TRS: "He That Believeth in Me").
Re-imagined Series definition: Anti-aircraft unit. Weapons emplacement used to destroy aerial targets (TRS: "Fragged").
After Cylon Holocaust
Re-imagined Series definition: denotes any time following the Fall of the Twelve Colonies, e.g. 1 ACH (see: Timeline (RDM))
Re-imagined Series definition: Air combat maneuver. The positioning of a plane to acquire a firing solution on an adversary; a required skill taught to Viper pilots during flight training (TRS: "He That Believeth in Me").
Re-imagined Series definition: Artificial Intelligence, research into such technology was deemed illegal by the Colonies after the First Cylon War (TRS: "Miniseries")
Re-imagined Series definition: As soon as possible. Usually pronounced "a-sap."
Before Cylon Holocaust
Re-imagined Series definition: denotes any time preceding the Fall of the Twelve Colonies, e.g. 40 BCH (see: Timeline (RDM))
battlestar group
Battlestar Group
Re-imagined Series definition: Battlestar Group (TRS: "Water"). It also doubles as an acronym for the television series itself.
Commander Air Group
Re-imagined Series definition: the senior pilot on a battlestar
Combat Air Patrol
Re-imagined Series definition: standard deployment of craft on defense posture, an anachronistic colloquialism used to refer to patrols in space
Re-imagined Series definition: Constant Bearing, Decreasing Range. Indicates object on a collision course (TRS: "Final Cut", "Pegasus")
Re-imagined Series definition: Colonial Fleet (TRS: "Final Cut")
Re-imagined Series definition: Colonial Fleet Reserve (TRS: "Final Cut")
Combat Information Center
Re-imagined Series definition: nerve center or "bridge" of a battlestar, see: Combat Information Center
Re-imagined Series definition: Colonial Marine Corps (TRS: "Final Cut")
Re-imagined Series definition: Colonial Marine Corps Reserve (TRS: "Final Cut")
Re-imagined Series definition: Chief Medical Officer; e.g. Major Sherman Cottle is Galactica's
Command Navigation Program
Re-imagined Series definition: operating system on military and civilian ships exploited by the Cylons (TRS: "Miniseries, Night 1")
Re-imagined Series definition: Commanding Officer; e.g. William Adama
Damage Control
Re-imagined Series definition: generally related to the CIC station and related locations
Damage Control Team
party of individuals handling damage containment aboard a ship, consisting of deckhands and other NCOs (TRS: "Miniseries, Night 1").
Re-imagined Series definition: "Direction, Range, and Distance", Colonial equivalent of radar or lidar
Electronic Countermeasures Officer
crew member handling electronic countermeasures of a craft; ECOs are standard crew aboard Raptors (see: ECO)
electromagnetic interference
Re-imagined Series definition: high-energy electromagnetic radiation from binary stars is known to interfere with DRADIS (TRS: "The Captain's Hand")
electromagnetic pulse
Re-imagined Series definition: A powerful electrically-disruptive surge that typically accompanies a nuclear detonation.
fresh off the boat
Re-imagined Series definition: new crewmember who is reporting to their assignment; William Adama is referred to thusly by Armin Diaz after embarking on Galactica (TRS: "Blood and Chrome")
Faster Than Light
Re-imagined Series definition: technology enabling travel across distances faster than the speed of light would permit, see: FTL
Global Defense Department
Caprica definition: a civilian outfit on Caprica in operation prior to the First Cylon War handling large-scale enforcement throughout the colony, akin to the FBI, see: Global Defense Department
Identification Friend or Foe
Re-imagined Series definition: transponder-based system to positively identify friendly spacecraft (TRS: "Kobol's Last Gleaming, Part II")
Killed in Action
used to refer to military personnel who are confirmed deceased during a military engagement, see: KIA (TRS: "Sacrifice")
Landing Signal Officer
Re-imagined Series definition: officer responsible for flight operations of either a battlestar or battlestar group
Multiple Independently Targetable Reentry Vehicle
Re-imagined Series definition: a missile conveyance system; Cylons deployed these for orbital bombardment during the Fall of the Twelve Colonies (TRS: "The Plan")
Meta-cognitive processor
Caprica definition: hardware used by Dr. Daniel Graystone in the integration of the sentient AI that Zoe Graystone created into the U-87, see: MCP (CAP: Pilot).
New Caprica Police
Re-imagined Series definition: pseudo-civilian law enforcement agency overseen by the Cylon Occupation Authority on New Caprica, see: New Caprica Police (TRS: "Occupation")
Re-imagined Series definition: medical term for the use of medication to fatal, or near fatal, effect (TRS: "Faith")
Officer of the Deck
Re-imagined Series definition: a watch officer aboard a ship, when the CO or XO are off-station (TRS: "Scattered")
Playing the Field
Caprica definition: an advice column on dating in the Twelve Colonies (The Caprican: "Playing the Field: A Guide to Love in the Colonies," et al).
Right Frakking Now
Re-imagined Series definition: directive to execute an order with alacrity, often used in a heated situation (TRS: "Scattered", "Valley of Darkness")
Surface-to-air missile
Re-imagined Series definition: ordnance launched from a planetary surface or other stellar form; Silas Nash names this piece as something to be avoided when briefing Coker Fasjovik and William Adama (TRS: "Blood and Chrome")
Search and Rescue
Re-imagined Series definition: the act of finding missing persons in the hopes of their rescue, see: SAR (TRS: "Fragged")
Soldiers of the One
Caprica definition: a monotheistic terrorist organization in existence for more than a decade prior to 58 BCH ((CAP: "Pilot"), et al).
Re-imagined Series definition: distance measurement similar to "astronomical unit," speculated to stand for "solar unit" (TRS: "The Captain's Hand").
Re-imagined Series definition: Executive Officer, e.g. Saul Tigh

Military Jargon[edit]

Re-imagined Series definition: callsign used in wireless communications to denote a ship's commanding officer
Re-imagined Series definition: air-to-air ordnance provisioned for Raptors (TRS: "Blood and Chrome")
Re-imagined Series definition: visual indicator used in a battlestar's Instrument Landing System during a hands-on approach (TRS: "Miniseries", "Act of Contrition", "Final Cut", "Black Market")
Re-imagined Series definition: confirmed hostile contact, typically either or both a fighter and shuttle sized craft (TRS: "Final Cut", "Razor")
Re-imagined Series definition: initial skills training; can refer to basic military indoctrination, and arms and ground training (TRS: "Fragged"); and basic flight training (TRS: "Miniseries")
bent bird
Re-imagined Series definition: damaged fighter craft (TRS: "Occupation")
bingo fuel
Re-imagined Series definition: minimum fuel level required to safely return to base (TRS
 "You Can't Go Home Again", "Scar")
bird farm
Re-imagined Series definition: Colonial pilot jargon for a battlestar (TRS: "Final Cut")
bug out
Re-imagined Series definition: retreat, usually hastily and disordered (TRS: "Valley of Darkness")
Re-imagined Series definition: a nickname used as a substitute for an aviator's given name in wireless communications and in conversation
Re-imagined Series definition: to fire on an enemy during a fighter engagement (TRS: "Valley of Darkness"); active wireless communications traffic
code blue
Re-imagined Series definition: request for assistance due to potential Cylon agent sighting (TRS: "Lay Down Your Burdens, Part II," Podcast:Lay Down Your Burdens, Part II)
command authority
Re-imagined Series definition: the senior rank in a command, such as an Admiral (TRS: "Pegasus", "Precipice")
Re-imagined Series definition: navigation controls, but also used to refer to command in general (TRS: "The Captain's Hand")
dress and cover
Re-imagined Series definition: military term for personnel to form an ordered rank-and-file formation during ceremonies, derived from "dress right" and "cover down" (TRS: "Pegasus")
Re-imagined Series definition: informal phonetic abbreviation for Lieutenant (LT) (TRS: "Valley of Darkness", "Fragged")
eyeball run
Re-imagined Series definition: likely refers to targeting or aiming missiles manually, without the use of targeting computers (TRS: "Home, Part I")
fire team
Re-imagined Series definition: basic fighting element used in small-unit ground tactics (TRS: "Valley of Darkness")
five-'graph order
Re-imagined Series definition: five paragraph operation order, the standard format taught in basic training (TRS: "Fragged")
Re-imagined Series definition: power generator; Tyrol asked Cally to "find the genny" to power up the lights on Ragnar Anchorage (TRS: "Miniseries")
Re-imagined Series definition: the brig
hard deck
Re-imagined Series definition: the threshold in a massive gas planet's dense atmosphere below which the atmospheric density and pressure becomes too great for a Viper to be able to reach orbit again and maintain structural integrity (TRS: "Maelstrom"); adapted from the original definition of minimum safe altitude
intra-atmos entry
Re-imagined Series definition: a jump maneuver that places the ship within a planetary body's atmosphere, in either powered flight (TRS: "Home, Part II") or free fall (TRS: "Exodus, Part II")
Re-imagined Series definition: a Colonial Marine (TRS: "Blood and Chrome")
jock smock
Re-imagined Series definition: flight suit (TRS: "He That Believeth in Me")
Re-imagined Series definition: the process of using the FTL engines to make an near-instantaneous apparent faster-than-light transport of a ship from one point in space to another
Re-imagined Series definition: one kilometer
knuckle dragger
Re-imagined Series definition: inoffensive slang for a mechanic or deckhand
Re-imagined Series definition: student pilot (TRS: "Act of Contrition", "Scar")
Mark One Eyeball
Re-imagined Series definition: the unaided eye (TRS: "You Can't Go Home Again", "Scar")
no joy
Re-imagined Series definition: no success in establishing visual contact with the target. Opposite of "tally". Can also mean no success in general (TRS: "The Hand of God""[[|]]", "Maelstrom")[[Category:]]
Old Man
Commander William Adama's nickname, used by officers aboard Galactica (TRS: "33")
Re-imagined Series definition: in military parlance, directive to continue the attack; otherwise used to refer to journalists (TRS: "Maelstrom")
recovery line
Re-imagined Series definition: imaginary boundary within which a fighter can return to a landing bay within a given time (TRS: "33")
Re-imagined Series definition: "rookie," typically refers to those on their first tour of duty after initial training (TRS: "Miniseries"), q.v. nugget
Re-imagined Series definition: slang for launch officer, responsible for deployment of craft from a battlestar (TRS: "Miniseries, Night 1")
Sierra Alpha
Re-imagined Series definition: "suspicious activity" (TRS: "Scattered")
Re-imagined Series definition: "situation report"
skids up
Re-imagined Series definition: "take off" or "launch"; often used by the CAG to end a mission briefing
Re-imagined Series definition: radio code meaning "out of ammunition," analogous to modern-day NATO brevity code "winchester." Skosh is also a real-world NATO brevity term meaning "Aircraft is out of or unable to employ active radar missiles".(TRS: "The Captain's Hand")
Re-imagined Series definition: slang for a certain piece of Cylon equipment; Silas Nash names this piece as something to be avoided when briefing Coker Fasjovik and William Adama (TRS: "Blood and Chrome")
Re-imagined Series definition: slang for Cylon Raider (TRS: "Maelstrom")
Re-imagined Series definition: engineering component of a battlestar's FTL drive (TRS: "The Captain's Hand")
Re-imagined Series definition: decoy drone deployed by Raptors (TRS: "Miniseries")
Re-imagined Series definition: engineer (TRS: "The Captain's Hand")
Re-imagined Series definition: contraction of "screwed the pooch," describing a serious pilot error (TRS: "Scar")
Re-imagined Series definition: abbreviation of tally-ho; the sighting of an enemy target, such as a craft, landmark, or position (TRS: "The Hand of God", "Scattered", "Maelstrom")
Re-imagined Series definition: battlestar landing bay mechanism that arrests a landing Viper, Raptor or other small craft (TRS: "Final Cut")
Two Alpha
Re-imagined Series definition: designation for an extremely risky and hence voluntary mission (TRS: "Lay Down Your Burdens, Part I")
slang for a Cylon Heavy Raider (TRS: "Maelstrom")
underway replenishment
Re-imagined Series definition: refueling and replenishment between ships away from dock, usually during flight. Taken from the contemporary term for the resupply of military vessels at sea while en route (TRS: "Water", "Maelstrom")
war porn
Re-imagined Series definition: gun camera footage from engagements, typically played back by Colonial Marines for their enjoyment (TRS: "Blood and Chrome")
weapons free
Re-imagined Series definition: weapon control order indicating weapons systems may be fired at any target not positively recognized as friendly (TRS: "Resurrection Ship, Part I")
weapons hot
weapons status indicating that safeties are off and weapons systems are armed (TRS: "Final Cut")
Re-imagined Series definition: "will comply," the typical terse acceptance to an order given

Religious terminology[edit]

Caprica definition: a belief held by members of the STO, including Clarice Willow, with various view points (CAP: "Reins of a Waterfall"). Willow believes that the STO can prevail if they use Zoe Graystone's program to offer real eternal life to their members in the form of holographic avatars. One of the Hybrids also uses this term during the Fall of the Colonies, stating "Apotheosis was the beginning before the beginning" (TRS: "The Plan"). (See: resurrection program)
temple group
Caprica definition: a religious group akin to a "church group"; Lacy Rand tries telling a security guard that her temple group missed their flight to Picon (CAP: "Retribution")
Caprica definition: a being in three different states; Zoe-R considers herself to be a trinity, as she is "Zoe, and the avatar, and the robot" (CAP: "Rebirth")

Other Colloquialisms[edit]

The Beast
Re-imagined Series definition: nickname for Pegasus given by Galactica's crew (TRS: "The Captain's Hand")
Big G
Re-imagined Series definition: nickname for Galactica
The Bucket
Re-imagined Series definition: nickname for Galactica given by Pegasus' crew (TRS: "The Captain's Hand")
Re-imagined Series definition: slang for a Cylon Centurion (TRS: "Downloaded")
Re-imagined Series definition: slang for a Cylon Centurion
chrome job
Re-imagined Series definition: slang for a Cylon Centurion (TRS: "The Resistance")
Re-imagined Series definition: a set of steps leading from a ship's deck down to a cabin or lower deck (TRS: "Valley of Darkness")
Caprica definition: occurrence of a holographic avatar's loss of either cohesion or deletion from the Virtual World, see: derez (CAP: "Pilot", "There is Another Sky", "The Imperfections of Memory", "End of Line", "Unvanquished" and "False Labor")
Re-imagined Series definition: equivalent of "square," a socially awkward person (CAP: "The Imperfections of Memory")
Download City
nickname used by Diana Seelix to describe the unknown or figurative place where humanoid Cylons are resurrected on New Caprica (TRS: "Exodus, Part I")
Re-imagined Series definition: all-purpose vulgarism; Colonial version of "fuck" (see: frak)
freight monkey
Re-imagined Series definition: crewmen on Colonial freighters (TRS: "Scattered, deleted scene")
hard six
Re-imagined Series definition: taking large risks; literally, rolling 2 threes with a pair of dice
Re-imagined Series definition: used to signify a civilian transport vessel over a certain gross weight/mass, i.e. Colonial Heavy 798
Re-imagined Series definition: Aerlionian slang for hayseed (TRS: "Blood and Chrome")
skin job
Re-imagined Series definition: derogatory term for humanoid Cylons; homage to the movie Blade Runner (TRS: "Downloaded")
[1] derogatory term for a prisoner in a labor camp (TRS: "Bastille Day")
Re-imagined Series definition: derogatory shorthand for sympathizer, vis-à-vis Cylons; Strohmeyer refers to Jenna McGavin and Nina Leothe thusly during a heated discussion about his war porn (TRS: "Blood and Chrome")
Re-imagined Series definition: derogatory term for Cylons in general
toaster shopping
Re-imagined Series definition: searching and destroying Cylons (TRS: "Valley of Darkness")
Go Panthers!
C-Bucs Rule!
Re-imagined Series definition: passphrase between Sharon "Athena" Agathon and Samuel Anders, referring to two pyramid teams, the Picon Panthers and the Caprica Buccaneers (C-Bucs), the later being Anders' former team (TRS: "Exodus, Part I")

Battlestar Galactica Specific Terms[edit]

Re-imagined Series definition: a type of alcoholic beverage, see: ambrosia
Re-imagined Series definition: term used in conjunction with a DRADIS contact read; analogous to the term "mark"
Re-imagined Series definition: a hallucinogenic plant used in religious ceremonies and medical treatments, see: chamalla
Re-imagined Series definition: unit of currency, see: cubit
fumarella leaf
Re-imagined Series definition: tobacco or a type of tobacco (TRS: "Water")
Re-imagined Series definition: plastic explosive similar to modern C-4, see: G-4 (TRS: "Water")
Re-imagined Series definition: a unit of measure for liquid, approximately 1 pint (TRS: "Water")
Re-imagined Series definition: Colonial version of "mayday"; in practice, the term is usually repeated three times, see: krypter (TRS: "Miniseries", "Hero")
Re-imagined Series definition: Colonial equivalent of morphine, see: morpha (TRS: "Valley of Darkness", "Epiphanies")
Re-imagined Series definition: popular Colonial ball game, see: pyramid
Red Line
Re-imagined Series definition: a point in space behind which an accumulative error creeps into FTL jump calculations (TRS: "Miniseries", "Pegasus")
Re-imagined Series definition: stimulants or a type of stimulant (TRS: "33", "Final Cut")
Re-imagined Series definition: card game similar to Poker, see: triad
Re-imagined Series definition: mineral that can be refined to a powerful fuel, see: tylium
Caprica definition: alternate term for the spring season (The Caprican: "Argentum Bay: The Ultimate Vernal Break")
Vernal Break
Caprica definition: a period of time when students from educational institutions are released to celebrate vacation, c.f. spring break (The Caprican: "Argentum Bay: The Ultimate Vernal Break")


Caprica definition: a program in advanced sports courts, including the private tennis court on the Graystone Estate (CAP: "Pilot")
line sensors
Caprica definition: sensors in the grid of a tennis court that can track a ball in play (CAP: "Pilot")
Re-imagined Series definition: a magnetic acceleration feature in a battlestar's launch tube, thus allowing the Vipers to launch at high rates of speed for rapid deployment in combat situations (TRS: "Daybreak, Part I")
movie tile
Caprica definition: storage media on which movies are stored; Amanda Graystone instructs Serge to find old home movie tiles of Zoe Graystone (CAP: "Rebirth")
wireless mobile pack
Caprica definition: equipment used by Zoe-R for her work into reconnecting with the V-World (CAP: "Reins of a Waterfalldeleted scene)
Re-imagined Series definition: Colonial equivalent of radio


  1. This is a Battlestar Wiki descriptive term.