Definitions

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  • n. A discredited hypothetical form of radiation described in 1903.

Etymologies

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Compare X-ray.

Examples

  • (Listening to the complaints of merchants whose trade was pre-emptively hurt in advance of any unlawful gatherings was infinitely preferable to answering the questions of cynical reporters concerning the corpses of demonstrators charred to cinders by the N-ray cannons of the police.)

    Asimov's Science Fiction

  • At the heart of the N-ray generator was an essential nest of prisms and lenses.

    Asimov's Science Fiction

  • Quebec, Cuba, Mexico, the Sandwich Islands, all of them under French control and bristling with N-ray armaments.

    Asimov's Science Fiction

  • N-ray construction machinery was busy slicing through the earth to fashion Algiers's first Metro line, running from Ain Allah through downtown and on to Ain Naadja.

    Asimov's Science Fiction

  • So many had died in that holocaust, both Europeans and Arabs, before the soldiers of the Empire with their fearsome N-ray weapons and N-ray-powered armored vehicles had managed to restore order.

    Asimov's Science Fiction

  • When hostilities commenced in June of 1914, the French military had already secretly been embarked on a program of construction of N-ray weapons for some time.

    Asimov's Science Fiction

  • At one point the tracks bellied outward to accommodate a pedestaled statue of Professor Blondlot, holding aloft the first crude N-ray generator.

    Asimov's Science Fiction

  • There was a large military installation on the border with Niger, where N-ray research deemed too hazardous to be permitted in the homeland took place.

    Asimov's Science Fiction

  • With the descent of darkness, the place came alive with the violet-tinged N-ray illumination from large glass globes.

    Asimov's Science Fiction

  • In chronological order, here's to the losers: The N-ray (1903): At a time of great upheaval in the physical sciences, French physicist Rene Prosper Blondlot announces the discovery of "N-rays," a form of radiation he calls even more important than X-rays, discovered just a few years earlier.

    A Century of Spectacular Failure

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