from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A gold coin of the Roman Empire used in Europe until the 15th century. Also called bezant.
- n. Printing A virgule; a slash.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The line between the numerator and the denominator of a fraction.
- n. A forward slash or virgule.
- n. A late Roman gold coin (after 3rd Century CE); a bezant.
- n. a line, in a phase diagram, below which a given substance is a stable solid and above which solid and liquid are in equilibrium
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A gold coin introduced by Constantine the Great to take the place of the aureus, previously the chief coin of the Roman currency.
- n. A sign (/) used to denote the English shilling, representing the old lengthened form of s., as in 2/6, for 2 s. 6 d.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a gold coin of the Byzantine Empire; widely circulated in Europe in the Middle Ages
- n. a punctuation mark (/) used to separate related items of information
It is less often remembered that he built a third pillar, almost as important as the other two: he issued a new gold coin, called the solidus in Latin and the nomisma in Greek, which remained the basis of Byzantine coinage for 700 years.
It's similar to but not the same as the solidus, which is the diagonal line in a fraction.
Charlemagne and later the solidus was the equivalent in value of twelve denarii.
The earlier denarius, worth about eightpence, clearly will not do; and the matter is made more difficult by the fact that Cassiodorus is talking about the ancients (veteres), whereas the solidus was a comparatively modern coin.
I agree with you solidus, that is perhaps the most frustrating thing about iTunes.
And I would say that the British pound "knit" the world economy together long before the birth of Ben Bernanke, while the golden solidus of ancient Byzantium circulated as global money ages before the reign of Queen Victoria.
The excellence of Byzantine administration—hardly Byzantine at all by our usage—is nowhere clearer than in the power of the Byzantine standard gold coin, the solidus known as the bezant in medieval Europe.
A virgule is closer to the vertical than a solidus, but usually one has to see them side by side in the same typeface to know the difference.
The relationship between infectivity of Schistocephalus solidus Cestoda and anti-predator behavior of its intermediate host, the three-spined stickleback, Gasterosteus aculeatus.
Phenotypic manipulation by the cestode parasite Schistocephalus solidus of its intermediate host, Gasterosteus aculeatus, the threespine stickleback.
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