by contrast with efficient cause: the mechanical cause of an event (per Aristotle). Efficient causes pull up their socks & make the event happen. Inefficient causes mean well, but when they try to cause an event they succeed only some statistical fraction of the time.
also, person following such a path, with implication they are less concerned with the specific path than with achieving a sense they are in pursuit of the divine. Subscriber to the "religion of the month club".
Ice-nine is a fictional material conceived by science fiction writer Kurt Vonnegut in his novel Cat's Cradle. It is supposed to be a more stable polymorph of water than common ice (Ice Ih) which instead of melting at 0° Celsius (32° Fahrenheit), melts at 45.8°C (114.4°F). When ice-nine comes into contact with liquid water below 45.8°C, it acts as a crystal "seed", and causes the solidification (freezing) of the entire body of water which quickly crystallizes as ice-nine.
I found this in the Burton translation of the Arabian Nights, checked the 2nd edition of the OED, which listed it as having only one source, the Burton translation of the Arabian Nights! Apparently a hapax legomenon.
I found negromancer, presumably black magician, in the Burton translation of the Arabian Nights. Looked it up in the 2nd edition of OED & found it was listed as having occurred only once -- in Burton's translation of the Arabian Nights!
A snivitz is a computer problem, related to either hardware or software. The problem is usually smaller than a "glitch", or a "bug". A "bug" or a "glitch" is a known issue that can be solved, while a "snivitz" is something totally unexplained and unexpected. "Snivitzes" are usually individual and random problems, because if they are repetitive, then chances are it is a programming defect. Some examples of "snivitzes" can be a window closing unexpectedly or a random nonexpected error message. -- en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snivitz
female chav.sterotypical chavette has bleached hair,short skirts,fake designer tops.and ugg boots.also has scraped back hair,fake gold hoops,smokes continulously,drinks,admi res her fellow chavs and rarely not seen wit a baby.
The state of being one around which the Pattern is woven. The Pattern and the Wheel both protect ta'veren jealously, making them nigh-immortal, a ta'veren can be reduced to a crippled vegetable, but somehow will still complete their task.
The method of the invention can be used to unhair, dewool, or debristle animal hides and skins generally. To carry out the method, the cured skins are first thoroughly soaked. Thorough soaking is an absolute necessity if the method of the invention is to be fully effective. Dried hides and skins are soaked overnight while salted hides and skins are advantageously soaked enzymatically for from 4 to 6 hours. The soak liquor is usually discarded after the soak.
The thagomizer, or tail spikes, is an arrangement of four to ten spikes on the tails of particular dinosaurs of the clade Stegosauria, of which Stegosaurus stenops is the most familiar. The tail arrangement is believed to have been a defensive weapon against predators.
The term "thagomizer" was coined by Gary Larson in a 1982 Far Side comic strip, in which a group of cavemen in a faux-modern lecture hall are taught by their caveman professor that the spikes were named for "the late Thag Simmons". The term was picked up initially by Ken Carpenter, a palaeontologist at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, who used the term when describing a fossil at the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology in 1993.
Thagomizer has since been adopted as an informal anatomical term, appearing, for example, on the website of the Smithsonian Institution. The term has been used in displays at Dinosaur National Monument in Utah, in the book The Complete Dinosaur, and in the stegosaur display at the Smithsonian Institution. As of 2007, however, the term does not appear to have been published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal.
[From Latin praevisus, past participle of praevidere (to foresee), from pre- (before) + videre (to see). Ultimately from the Indo-European root weid- (to see) that is the source of words such as wise, view, supervise, and wit.]
Jun 6, 2007
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