ruzuzu commented on the word vice-husband
That's great, ry. I like the bit about weeds, too.
July 7, 2015
ruzuzu commented on the word incyst
No, no. I insist.
ruzuzu commented on the list scalialese
July 6, 2015
One more thing, then I'll stop. (I swear!) Scalia has collaborated with lexicographer Bryan Garner: http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/books/2012/08/reading_law_antonin_scalia_and_bryan_garner_s_guide_to_textualism_reviewed_.html
And there's this thing about using dictionary definitions in opinions. (See "LOOKING IT UP: The Supreme Court's Use of Dictionaries in Statutory and Constitutional Interpretation" By Kevin Werbach http://werbach.com/stuff/hlr_note.html)
Here's a bit about "modify": http://www.nytimes.com/1994/11/20/magazine/on-language-scalia-v-merriam-webster.html
ruzuzu commented on the list oh-no--not-again
Ha! Haha. Thank you, slumry.
ruzuzu commented on the word overmaster
Gosh, I'm glad to have the Visuals back.
ruzuzu commented on the word advertise
It would be fun to have a list about advertising (ad, advert, advertise...), but I wonder whether it'd get all spammy. Do we have one already?
ruzuzu commented on the word Ruth Ann Harnisch
That is so cool!
ruzuzu commented on the word flageolet
Beans, beans. Or a musical flute.The more you eat, the more you toot?
ruzuzu commented on the word chicory
Not Centaurea cyanus (the "common cornflower"), and not Cichorium endivia (curly endive), though "chicory" has been used to refer to either.
ruzuzu commented on the list tennis
ruzuzu commented on the word erinmckean
A round of fufluns, on me!
July 2, 2015
ruzuzu commented on the list antelopes
Ach! How did I miss this list? I love it!
ruzuzu commented on the list spore
This is such a great list!
ruzuzu commented on the list for-fetter-or-hearse
I adore this list.
ruzuzu commented on the word Papaver
Also, see papaver.
July 1, 2015
ruzuzu commented on the word flip the shrimp
Is it anything like jump the shark?
ruzuzu commented on the word bully beef
ruzuzu commented on the word bully
Such an interesting word: mining, beef, football, pimps.
ruzuzu commented on the list words-ending-with--lky
Brackets around "bilky," please.
June 25, 2015
ruzuzu commented on the word plinth
Oh! Never mind. I see that the word plinth has already been adopted by reesetee. Thanks, reesetee.
June 23, 2015
And maybe don't mention it to TankHughes over on plosives-from-front-to-back.
Uh, anyone need a plinth? Free to good home (you provide transportation).
ruzuzu commented on the list plosives-from-front-to-back
Oh. That would be weird, wouldn't it? A birthday plinth. Ha. Who'd think that was a good idea?Um. Excuse me. I'll be right back.
*favorited*Also, how do you feel about the word plinth?
ruzuzu commented on the word feeling weird
I love everything you post, and I feel the same way about myself--all the time. More! Post more!
ruzuzu commented on the word adit
Found myself here after looking up the word sough.
June 22, 2015
ruzuzu commented on the word death by coconut
I prefer death by chocolate.
ruzuzu commented on the word rinderpest
Fine, fine. I guess I just nominated myself, didn't I?
I was going to yoink this for my cattle list, but I see that it's already there. Now I'm wondering whether there are any bison or buffalo lists anywhere--excuse me while I roam off to where the deer and the antelope play.
ruzuzu commented on the user ruzuzu
Thank you, bilby. As you know, I'm also fond of misheard-numa-numa-lyrics.
ruzuzu commented on the user erlome
I think this is a great place for comments and feedback, erlome. I'll note two things. First, our benevolent Wordnik overlords only track the number of words we've looked at when we're actively logged in to the site--and we can each change our own settings to decide how much of that information we'd like the rest of the world to see. Second, the venerable Century definitions are still here--but only for those words that are old enough to have been around before the dawn of lolcats and yolo. (My favorite Century definitions tend to have the word hence in them--I even made a hence list.)Anywho, I'm glad you're here!
June 18, 2015
ruzuzu commented on the word Blaschko's lines
"Blaschko's lines, also called the Lines of Blaschko, named after Alfred Blaschko, are lines of normal cell development in the skin. These lines are invisible under normal conditions. They become apparent when some diseases of the skin or mucosa manifest themselves according to these patterns."-- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blaschko's_lines
June 17, 2015
ruzuzu commented on the list unreal-laurens-friend-finder
Fabulous! Thank you.
June 16, 2015
ruzuzu commented on the list we-put-the
June 11, 2015
ruzuzu commented on the list procrastination--1
I'll make a comment about this later.
ruzuzu commented on the word resipsy
See res ipsa loquitur.
ruzuzu commented on the word deprivation cuisine
Anyone care for some fufluns?
ruzuzu commented on the word licuado
A mi me gusta mucho.
ruzuzu commented on the list words-ending-with--bite
The Latvians I know say something more like "BIT-eh." So, yes--it's more like "bitter" than it is like something which could produce honey.
In Latvian, bite means bee.
June 10, 2015
ruzuzu commented on the word coma
Or maybe a false cognate?
I know. I was trying to remember that, too. Is it just a false friend?
ruzuzu commented on the user janeandtonic
I like your lists.
ruzuzu commented on the word mone
Those etymologies are fun.
I just got comate as a random word--I had no idea coma can also mean hairy.
ruzuzu commented on the word grue
"Although nutraloaf can be found in many United States prisons, its use is controversial. It was mentioned by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1978 in Hutto v. Finney while ruling that conditions in the Arkansas penal system constituted cruel and unusual punishment. Prisoners were fed "grue", described as "a substance created by mashing meat, potatoes, margarine, syrup, vegetables, eggs, and seasoning into a paste and baking the mixture in a pan." The majority decision delivered by Justice Stevens upheld an order from the 8th Circuit Court that the grue diet be discontinued." -- http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Nutraloaf&oldid=658869419
ruzuzu commented on the list words-ending-with--board
Love this--it'll never get boring. Ha. Hahaha.
June 9, 2015
ruzuzu commented on the list imaginary-british-pubs
ruzuzu commented on the word whipsaw
"A frame-saw with a narrow blade, used to cut curved kerfs. See cut under saw."-- from the Century Dictionary
June 8, 2015
ruzuzu commented on the list it-ends-with-bow
ruzuzu commented on the word sleeper
Funny. I don't see anything here about tappens.
ruzuzu commented on the word from soda to hock
See from soup to nuts.
ruzuzu commented on the word from soup to nuts
"The old phrase "from soda to hock", meaning "from beginning to end" derives from the first and last cards dealt in a round of faro. The phrase evolved to the better known "from soup to nuts".-- http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Faro_(card_game)&oldid=663781630
ruzuzu commented on the word faro
"The faro game was also called "bucking the tiger" or "twisting the tiger's tail", which comes from early card backs that featured a drawing of a Bengal tiger. By the mid 19th century, the tiger was so commonly associated with the game that gambling districts where faro was popular became known as "tiger town", or in the case of smaller venues, "tiger alley". In fact, some gambling houses would simply hang a picture of a tiger in their windows to advertise that a game could be found within."-- http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Faro_(card_game)&oldid=663781630
ruzuzu commented on the user qms
Dear qms,I'm sorry I haven't written a get-well verse for you yet. Everything I try to rhyme betrays my dislike of cars and drivers--and since most of the people I know happen to be drivers, I thought maybe I'd cool off for a bit. Get well soon,ruzuzu
June 3, 2015
ruzuzu commented on the list cod
Thanks slumry. I'm adding haberdine, too!
June 2, 2015
ruzuzu commented on the list words-that-lost-me-spelling-bees
Thanks for making this an open list. I added chifforobe (a instead of o), which lost me a church spelling bee in my home county.
May 28, 2015
ruzuzu commented on the list set-1--1
Ha! Thanks, Erin.
May 26, 2015
ruzuzu commented on the user DonH
You might like this list: https://www.wordnik.com/lists/2015-new-words
May 22, 2015
ruzuzu commented on the word blet
Also see comments on medlar.
ruzuzu commented on the list erythronium
I'm fond of the toad lilies, too (especially Tricyrtis hirta).
May 18, 2015
What a lovely list!
ruzuzu commented on the word quodlibet
"n. A fanciful or humorous harmonic combination of two or more well-known melodies: sometimes equivalent to a Dutch concert." What's a Dutch concert?
ruzuzu commented on the user X2Zero
"X2Zero has looked up 0 words, created 0 lists, listed 0 words, written 0 comments, added 0 tags, and loved 0 words."
May 17, 2015
ruzuzu commented on the user ChristieMCNeill
Wow! In order for this sort of thing to be successful, we must have bunches and bunches of Wordniks in Jonesboro. Greetings, Jonesborers. Er, Jonesboravians? How did you find us? Is the mall at Turtle Creek all it's cracked up to be?
ruzuzu commented on the list that-really-takes-the-cake
Thank you, TankHughes. You inspired it!
May 15, 2015
ruzuzu commented on the list she-died-as-she-lived
Thank you for pointing me in that direction--I'd never read "The Lovers of the Poor." She's great!
ruzuzu commented on the word convuloquacious
I assumed it would be "convolocakecious."
ruzuzu commented on the word justificaketion
I believe qms just offered an emancicaketion proclamation.
May 14, 2015
That's the best use of arms akimbo I've ever seen!
ruzuzu commented on the word balsam copaiba
May 11, 2015
ruzuzu commented on the word plu 4627
Does anyone have a list of these somewhere? Have we looked up 7457?
May 4, 2015
ruzuzu commented on the word Lite-FM
April 30, 2015
ruzuzu commented on the list feathery
Nice list! I just added grail.
ruzuzu commented on the word britchka
That might bear repeating. *disappears into self*
Not what I was expecting.
April 28, 2015
ruzuzu commented on the list a-supposedly-fun-thing-ill-never-do-again--2
You're in good company. You might enjoy looking at this list: a-supposedly-fun-thing-ill-never-do-again.
ruzuzu commented on the word wholly independent
I had no idea Black's was online. (It looks like it's just the 2d edition, but still. Fun!) Thanks, alexz.
ruzuzu commented on the word cerf
"Cerf or Le Cerf is a French-language surname, derived from cerf, meaning "hind", "hart" or "deer"."-- http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Cerf_(surname)&oldid=642733208
ruzuzu commented on the word heel fly
See cattle grub.
ruzuzu commented on the word philter
Also see philtrum.
April 27, 2015
ruzuzu commented on the list latin-strings
I like this list. Arcades ambo.
ruzuzu commented on the list a-silent-letter-radio-alphabet-to-annoy-call-centre-staff
ruzuzu commented on the word zuihitsu
Wax on... and on... and on....
Eek! TankHughes, I'm glad I was able to point out that list to you, but I'm sorry to contribute to the demise of another. May I console myself with the thought that you'll eventually replace it with a new list for our amusement?
April 23, 2015
ruzuzu commented on the list footless--legless-or-ventrally-finless
Thanks, qms. :)
ruzuzu commented on the list location-based-objects
Have you seen http://wordnik.com/lists/location-slang? There might be some yoink-worthy things there.
April 21, 2015
ruzuzu commented on the word heart-root
This is adorable and freaks me out at the same time.
ruzuzu commented on the list found-in-keyboard
I just added glitter. Gross.
April 16, 2015
ruzuzu commented on the word Borromean
I found my way back here from monofilament of shoelaces, which I'd seen after looking up immixture (again).
ruzuzu commented on the word you're something of a hotdog, aren't you
I relish these comments.
ruzuzu commented on the list are-you-sad--misparse-me
This is fantastic.
ruzuzu commented on the word Hongkong Feet
ruzuzu commented on the word homish
What's a home circle?
March 25, 2015
ruzuzu commented on the list set-theory
March 5, 2015
ruzuzu commented on the word long time nothing
See long time no see.
March 3, 2015
ruzuzu commented on the word 42
I find it amusing that some of the earliest comments seem to be missing--does anyone remember how the whole Dara Torres Olympic horse jumping momentum started to build? Did it have something to do with skipvia and priapic elves?
March 1, 2015
ruzuzu commented on the word illude
I should note for those of you playing along at home that there are references here to Dara Torres, etc. See, e.g., 42.
ruzuzu commented on the word MRSA
The other examples for this one are interesting, too. One calls MRSA a "super bug" and others seem to come from an article about using maggots to combat it. Bugs versus bugs.
February 28, 2015
ruzuzu commented on the user klawisz57
Aw, thanks vm--you're making me feel bashful.
February 27, 2015
ruzuzu commented on the word ru open list zuzu
ruzuzu commented on the list show-me-missouri
Add as you like! As I'm sure you know, "open list" is my middle name.
ruzuzu commented on the word sesamoid
"Having the shape of a grain of sesame: especially applied in anatomy to small independent osseous or cartilaginous bodies occurring in tendinous structures."-- from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
February 26, 2015
ruzuzu commented on the word choux
"n. A name in the seventeenth century of the chignon."--from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
ruzuzu commented on the user abcedertree
Wait. Wikipedia says it's Paracelsus. "The dose makes the poison."
Your comment on homeopath reminds me of Galen. "The poison is in the dose," etc.
ruzuzu commented on the word rope-house
Are there no salt manufacturing lists on this site? Umbrage! I nominate vendingmachine to create one for us.
ruzuzu commented on the list ity--1
February 25, 2015
ruzuzu commented on the list rectal-foreign-bodies
I find the 2008 sionnach to be piquant and robust, but the new French varietals are charming as well.
ruzuzu commented on the word fyrd
Ready, aim... fyrd.
ruzuzu commented on the word boss of the plains
February 24, 2015
ruzuzu commented on the word mollusque
VM, the first thing to do is to get to mollusque's user page. There should be a spot with all the lists there--at the top. The other option is longer, but you can always type in "http://www.wordnik.com/users/mollusque/lists" (and follow that pattern for anyone else, too--just replace the username in the middle). Hope that helps!
ruzuzu commented on the list call-any-vegetable
A prune isn't really a vegetable. Cabbage is a vegetable.
February 23, 2015
ruzuzu commented on the list cottony
ruzuzu commented on the word food pellet
Yum! Thank you!
ruzuzu commented on the word Ziziphus jujuba
See giuggiola for citation. Also see jujube.
February 22, 2015
ruzuzu commented on the word wordnikwiki
We should have a wordnikwiki page! Wordnikipedia? (I think that's better than wordniquicky.)
ruzuzu commented on the user vendingmachine
*press*Ooh! Another delicious food pellet!You're the bestest vending machine ever, vendingmachine!
ruzuzu commented on the word agapanthus tub-hauler
Me too, vendingmachine.And me too, bilby.
February 19, 2015
It's spelt nebraksa, thankyouverymuch.
February 18, 2015
ruzuzu commented on the list zen--1
How did I miss this? Nice list!
ruzuzu commented on the word fennel
"The Greek name for fennel is marathon (μάραθον) or marathos (μάραθος), and the place of the famous battle of Marathon (whence Marathon, the subsequent sports event), literally means a plain with fennels."-- from Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Fennel&oldid=645159327)
ruzuzu commented on the word black death
See Black Death.
ruzuzu commented on the word giant fennel
From the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English: "n. (Ferula communis), has stems full of pith, which, it is said, were used to carry fire, first, by Prometheus."
ruzuzu commented on the word insomnia
ruzuzu commented on the word live baiting
I adore agapanthus. I was going to make a snarky comment about how it would take a very specific set of circumstances to see an African plant in the native habitat of an antechinus, but then I was having fond memories of how I used to haul tubs of agapanthus inside to protect them from Nebraska winters, so, there's nothing I can say to that.
Or cane toads. Amirite?
February 17, 2015
ruzuzu commented on the word glass-paper
I decided against making a comment about how I'm all about that bass-paper--so I still have the two cents I saved, if you'd like to borrow them.
February 15, 2015
Excellent idea. I nominate you to create that list, vendingmachine.
ruzuzu commented on the word iroquois
Now all I get is cabbaged.
Hm. I've gone through flotsam, chickabiddies, name-calling, and k-rad, but I haven't found that conversation yet. *presses the "Random word" link again*
Did we have a discussion somewhere about why we chose iroquoisy instead of fruit batty? I suppose I could consult the oracle.
ruzuzu commented on the word haptics
I always adore reesetee's comments about optics. I'll just add a funny* connection about how my 97-year-old neighbor just had cataract surgery and needs to put in eyedrops twice a day. It's hard for her to tell whether the medicine has actually gotten into her eye. A nurse suggested that she could keep the bottles in the fridge--then when she's putting the drops in, they'll feel cold and she can judge where they've landed.*iroquoisy and/or fruit batty
ruzuzu commented on the word haptic
I'm reading an old textbook called Drawing by Daniel M. Mendelowitz. In the introduction, he says that Viktor Lowenfeld, "one of the most systematic students of the development of pictorial expression," theorized, basically, that there are two types of "artistic personality" in this world--namely visual and haptic. "Using Lowenfeld's theory as a basis for classification, it becomes immediately evident that while Degas was essentially visual in his orientation, Van Gogh had a strong haptic bias--he imparted his strong bodily empathy through his art." To illustrate this (if you'll pardon the pun), he then quotes a letter from Vincent to Theo: "'The problem is--and I find this extremely difficult--to bring out the depth of color and the enormous strength and firmness of the soil. . . . I am affected and intrigued to see how strongly the trunks are rooted in the ground. . . . Therefore I pressed roots and trunks out of the tube and modeled them a little with my brush. There, now they stand in it, grow out of it, and have firmly taken root.'"
ruzuzu commented on the word proof of life
Also, is there not a list of "ransom jargon" already? I nominate bilby to create one for us (I'm sentimentally fond of the Kenyon Review, and I'm just itching to add "New Criticism" and "close reading").
February 12, 2015
ruzuzu commented on the user PHalloran16
I thought it would be funny to wait until today to comment about these. Welcome to Wordnik!
Ooh! A delicious food pellet! And two cents!!!
I wonder what would happen if I were to press the "Save" button below this comment box.
ruzuzu commented on the user Thuisman
Welcome to Wordnik! I just went over to the page for the word extranatory and quoted what you said below.
ruzuzu commented on the word extranatory
"Thuisman commented on the user Thuisman: My son wanted to submit this word for consideration: extranatory; adjective; when more information is given in a problem or set of directions than is actually needed"--February 12, 2015
Which makes *me* think of food pellets. Mmmm. Delicious.
February 11, 2015
For more, visit vendingmachine.
Ooh! Look! Delicious food pellets. Looks like you're my new bff, vendingmachine.
ruzuzu commented on the word zuzu, zuzuer, zuzuest
Yes, of course. Thank you, bilby. Ahem.The band is absolutely, positively, certainly, for sure, for realz, honestly not getting back together again for a stadium tour. Also, we are not opening for Fleetwood Mac in selected cities.
February 4, 2015
Oh, man. I knew I shouldn't have saved those almost Solveig rehearsal pictures to the cloud. Now all of us are going to be embroiled in tabloid headlines for months.
January 30, 2015
ruzuzu commented on the word transient
January 29, 2015
Brackets around "zuzu, zuzuer, zuzuest" please, bilby.
January 27, 2015
Do we suppose that the Century's "n. Specifically A transient gruest" is actually a transient "guest?"
January 26, 2015
ruzuzu commented on the word puttee
I wonder whether one could make them of lace. (You'd have to learn to puttee tat, of course.)
January 13, 2015
ruzuzu commented on the word putty
These are interesting: "n. A kind of gaiter of waterproof cloth wrapped around the leg, used by soldiers, etc." --from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English"n. A composition golf-ball, no longer in use." --from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
ruzuzu commented on the list of-or-pertaining-to-a-feather-or-feathers
Words of a feather....
ruzuzu commented on the word bilby
I'll note that wombat has already been adopted.
January 12, 2015
January 5, 2015
ruzuzu commented on the user readteach03
When sound and visuals are available for a word, you can find them at the bottom of the word's page (scroll down, or try the colorful "See" or "Hear" links at the top of the page).
January 2, 2015
ruzuzu commented on the word If Ruzuzu is infinitely powerful, can she also be infinitely good
Oh look! More tasty food pellets!
December 30, 2014
ruzuzu commented on the word emergency assembly point
I wonder what would happen if I press the "emergency exit" button.
Oooh! A delicious food pellet!
Hm. I wonder what would happen if I were to press that "save" button....
ruzuzu commented on the word community
Brackets around "Wordnik Safety Warden," please.
ruzuzu commented on the word aphotic
Sometimes I can't access the comments section on the word of the day--I was suggesting that we wander over to the word community. Whaddaya think?
December 29, 2014
That's fantastic, deinonychus! It feels like I put a message in a bottle and just received one in return. Where else should we leave tags and comments? I'll note that over on bilby's page, madmouth was suggesting that we could meet up on the word of the day.
Thank you for the update, Erin. And thanks for the encouragement, qms!
December 26, 2014
ruzuzu commented on the user erinmckean
So, in the meantime, I'm proposing that we all hang out over the word community. :-)
December 24, 2014
ruzuzu commented on the user bilby
It's not just you, madmouth. Shall we all meet up over on community?
ruzuzu commented on the user madmouth
Hi! I was just suggesting that in the meantime we could congregate over on community. What do you think? (502 Bad Gateway would be funny, too.)
Happy holidays, everybody!
Thanks, qms! I was thinking that in the meantime maybe we should just congregate on one of the word pages--community makes as much sense as any. See you there?
ruzuzu commented on the word dog-whipper
So strange that this hasn't been listed yet.
December 18, 2014
ruzuzu commented on the word lapis lazuli
I think the Spanish version should be lápiz azul.
ruzuzu commented on the word 502 Bad Gateway
I adore the images for this.
Have I ever told you how much I like your bagpipes list?
December 15, 2014
I especially admire your last few limericks. Keep up the good work!
ruzuzu commented on the word ragstone
The Visuals for this are pretty interesting. I'd swear chained_bear is here.
December 11, 2014
ruzuzu commented on the word fa**ot
The farrot was a popular pet back in the 60s and 70s, especialy because its scent glands yielded a cheap alternative to fragrances such as patchouli. Having your own farrot was a good way to avoid conformism and "stick it to the man."
December 7, 2014
ruzuzu commented on the list a-hive-for-the-honey-bee
December 2, 2014
ruzuzu commented on the list hence-called
Good thing I have caller ID.
ruzuzu commented on the word strass
ruzuzu commented on the word levulose
(I mention it only because yesterday I was reading this article about the "handedness" of RNA: http://www.quantamagazine.org/20141126-why-rna-is-right-handed/ )
"It is called levulose, because it rotates the plane of polarization of light to the left, in contrast to dextrose, the other product of the hydrolysis of sucrose." --from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
ruzuzu commented on the list my-favourite-words-encountered-while-reading-trollope
Nice list! (I was led here by mauvaise honte.)
ruzuzu commented on the word sal-soda
Carbonate of soda (per Soule's).
ruzuzu commented on the list remarkable-wikipedia-categories
List of botanists by author abbreviation?
November 19, 2014
ruzuzu commented on the word jean dimmock
ruzuzu commented on the list b-open-list--words-to-blurt-in-an-elevator-b
I was just in an elevator and said, "Hi. Do you have a sister named Lori?" I had a pretty good idea what the answer would be, but now I'm thinking I should just say it to everyone.
ruzuzu commented on the word ice wave
ruzuzu commented on the user johnandrus
November 12, 2014
ruzuzu commented on the list plans-for-the-weekend
I adore plinthing. In fact, I'm plinthing right now.
ruzuzu commented on the list lost-for-word
I'm reminded of neurotypical, but that might be too specific.
October 29, 2014
ruzuzu commented on the word Gambey
See comments on theodolite and the conical bearing of Gamhey. There was an inventor named Henri Gambey. Here's a Wikipedia article about him (in French): http://fr.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henri_Gambey
October 26, 2014
ruzuzu commented on the word theodolite
"A surveying-instrument for measuring horizontal angles upon a graduated circle. It may also be provided with a vertical circle, and If this is not very much smaller than the horizontal circle, the instrument is called an altazimuth. If it is provided with a delicate striding level and is in every way convenient for astronomical work, it is called a universal instrument. A small altazimuth with a concentric magnetic compass is called ^surveyors' transit. A theodolite in which the whole instrument, except the feet and their connections, tarns relatively to the latter, and can be clamped in different positions, is called a repeating circle. The Instrument shown in the figure follows the system of the United States Coast Survey of attaining simplicity of construction by adaptation to a single purpose—in this case to the measurement of horizontal angles only. This instrument Is low and consequently very steady. Within the upright pillar is a truncated cone of steel, and upon this and fitting to it turns the hollow brass pillar carrying the telescope and microscopes. Except for an excessively thin layer of oil, the brass movable part bears directly on the steel, and its weight tends to keep it centered. The pressure is relieved by a small plate of some elasticity fastened to the movable part over the axis and adjustable with Bcrews. It is thus made to turn, as nearly as possible, about a mathematical line. This is the conical bearing of Gambey. The base, which is as low as possible, consists of a round central part, and three arms having screw-feet with bindingscrews. A circular guardfor the circle (indistinguishable from the latter in the figure) forms a part of the base. The graduated circle is made slightly conical, so that the microscopes may be more convenient This circle, with its eight radii and interior ring, forms one solid casting,which bears upon the steel axis conically. It is held in place, in imitation of an instrument by Stackpole of New York, by the pressure of a ring above, which can readily be loosened so as to permit the circle to be turned round alone. The telescope is provided with a filar micrometer, with a view of facilitating reiterated pointings — a new principle of much value. The Instrument is leveled by means of a striding level. There are four micrometer microscopes (although some geodesists insist upon an odd number), made adjustable so that one division of the circle shall be very nearly covered by two and a halt turns of the micrometer-screw. The illumination for these microscopes 1b made through their objectives by light brought, according to the plan of Messrs. Brunner, by prisms from a point vertically over the axis, where a horizontal ground glass is hung in the daytime and a lamp with a porcelain shade at night, so that the images of the lines plowed by the graver in the polished surface of the circle shall not he displaced by oblique illumination. The clamp is attached to an arm from a ring about the brass upright, and bears upon the circular guard outside the circle proper. The tangent screw is contrived so as to eliminate dead motion. The arm carrying the clamp is balanced by another bearing a small finding microscope. Theodolites are made upon manifold models; but the one figured in preceding column is a good example of a modern firstclass instrument." -- http://books.google.lv/books?id=wUzpAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA6273&lpg=PA6273&dq=conical+bearing+gambey&source=bl&ots=s07DFPoPh6&sig=aX3BXQbMDldzyn2alcIj1akk7vI&hl=en&sa=X&ei=6fNMVIjJMYuXyQTEzoEw&ved=0CBkQ6AEwAA
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