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HoL vocab 2

06/04/2010

tourmaline: A complex black or dark coloured borosilicate mineral; A transparent gemstone cut from it

vituperative: scathing: marked by harshly abusive criticism; “his scathing remarks about silly lady novelists”; “her vituperative railing” (Wordnet at Princeton)

proscenium:

  • the part of a modern theater stage between the curtain and the orchestra (i.e., in front of the curtain)
  • the wall that separates the stage from the auditorium in a modern theater (WNP; helpful image below from the U of Washington’s drama site)

gnomonic: Gnomon (γνώμων) is an ancient Greek word meaning “indicator”, “one who discerns,” or “that which reveals.” Also the part of the sundial that casts a shadow.

amaurotic: Blindness is the condition of lacking visual perception due to physiological or neurological factors. (wiki)

Mead Hall: well, wikipedia says: “In ancient Scandinavia a mead hall or feasting hall was initially simply a large building with a single room. From the fifth century to early medieval times such a building was the residence of a lord and his retainers. The mead hall was generally the great hall of the king. As such, it was likely to be the safest place in the kingdom.”

preadamite: A member of any race that predates Adam; an inhuman being (wiki)

gak: Speed, meth, twick, crank, methamphetamine, Desoxyephedrine. (urban dictionary, but the definition below it says that it’s coke).

toke: To take a drag or puff of a marijuana joint/spliff. (U-D)

blunt: Cigar hollowed out and filled with marijuana, can be smoked in public (somewhat)inconspicuously.¹ (U-D)

ell: an extension at the end and at right angles to the main building (WNP. Makes sense).

zonules of Zinn:

The zonule of Zinn (Zinn’s membrane, ciliary zonule) is a ring of fibrous strands connecting the ciliary body with the crystalline lens of the eye.

The zonule of Zinn is split into two layers: a thin layer, which lines the hyaloid fossa, and a thicker layer, which is a collection of zonular fibers. Together, the fibers are known as the suspensory ligament of the lens. (wiki)²

talaria: a winged sandal (as worn by Hermes in Graeco-Roman art) (WNP)

Samuel o’Reilly@ 1891: “Samuel O’Reilly invented the electric tattooing machine in 1891. O’Reilly improved upon an earlier tattoo machine invented by Thomas Edison that did not succeed commercially.” (thank you About.com)

QRS complex: The part of an ECG rhythm showing electrical activity in the ventricles. (ambulancetechnicianstudy.co.uk)

infarction: s tissue death caused by oxygen deprivation. When it occurs in the heart, it is called a myocardial infarction. The common term is heart attack. (www.irmc.org) ³

acoustic impedance: acoustic impedance is the resistance of a medium to the propagation of sound, and is largely a function of density and the speed of sound in the medium. In a slightly different sense, it is a measure of the resistance of an interface to the propagation of sound from one medium to the next. (www.palaeos.com)

umber: A brown or reddish pigment used in painting, obtained from certain natural clays variously colored by the oxides of iron and manganese; a reddish brown colour, like that of the pigment; of a reddish brown colour, like that of the pigment (wiki)

¹ Literature is the only way I will learn about this stuff. Probably.

² And I thought this was going to be about sci-fi allusions. Dude.

³ I thought I had looked this up before for IJ, and it turns out I had on two separate occasions in this blog.

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