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  • n. Plural form of isthmus.

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Examples

  • Oh, the winner of this week's contest is Matt Bradshaw from the isthmuses of Gmail.

    Strangeways: The Thirsty – Friday Update 6/12 | Robot 6 @ Comic Book Resources – Covering Comic Book News and Entertainment

  • Peter Plagens has written metaphorically about Francis' paintings of the late 50s as pilot's-eye views over an ocean, characterizing them as "mural-sized canvases whose oceans of glaring white are interrupted by continents, islands, peninsulas, and isthmuses of intense blue, red, and yellow..."

    John Seed: "Basel Mural I" by Sam Francis: An Artist at the Height of His Powers

  • With respect to their towns, later on, at an era of increased facilities of navigation and a greater supply of capital, we find the shores becoming the site of walled towns, and the isthmuses being occupied for the purposes of commerce and defence against a neighbour.

    The History of the Peloponnesian War

  • Take, for example, Africa and the region of Peru with the continent stretching to the Straits of Magellan, in each of which tracts there are similar isthmuses and similar promontories, which can hardly be by accident.

    The New Organon

  • The ground plan, as seen from a balloon, would represent a round head to the north, a thin neck, and a body rudely triangular, the whole measuring a maximum of five miles in length: the sandy northern circlet, connected by the narrowest of isthmuses, sweeping eastward, forms the noted port.

    The Land of Midian

  • With respect to their cities, later on, at an era of increased facilities of navigation and a greater supply of capital, we find the shores becoming the site of walled cities, and the isthmuses being occupied for the purposes of commerce and defense against a neighbor.

    THE LANDMARK THUCYDIDES

  • The overland route took months; trips across the isthmuses of Panama and Nicaragua knocked 7,900 miles off the Cape Horn route but were notorious for malaria, cholera, and yellow fever; the golden spike at Promontory Point, Utah, was still three years away.

    A Furnace Afloat

  • Strategically, the same was true: Europe, the traditional enemy, lay to the eastward, and European island bases watched the eastern seaboard; in the 1880s, with memories of the French in Mexico still green, the subdivision of Africa drew fresh attention to European capabilities, while the British occupation of Egypt and the presence of Ferdinand De Lesseps in Panama emphasized what attractive nuisances isthmuses could become.

    Interpretations of American History

  • Time and again he found narrow isthmuses of city, lines of buildings half a mile across following old superhighways.

    World of Ptavvs

  • The North Zirks have ridden all the way around it, on hipposaur-back, in the high latitudes, and the thalassic peoples at the Equator have sailed all the five equatorial seas and portaged all the isthmuses between.

    Uller Uprising

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