from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A plural of calx.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • See calx.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Plural of calx.


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  • The colours used in Enamel, are all metallic calces, mixed and melted with certain proportions of a vitreous substance, which, in the instant of fusion, discovers the colours and fixes them to the Enamelled Plate.

    The Creation of Color in Eighteenth-Century Europe

  • Qui terram colunt equi paleis pascuntur, qui otiantur caballi avena saginantur, discalceatus discurrit qui calces aliis facit.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • A large proportion of the Balonda, indeed, have heads somewhat elongated backward and upward, thick lips, flat noses, elongated ‘ossa calces’, etc., etc.; but there are also many good-looking, well-shaped heads and persons among them.

    Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa

  • Now, coal and charcoal are both almost completely combustible, leaving very little residue; hence, according to this theory, they must consist very largely of phlogiston; and, as a matter of fact, metals can be obtained by heating their calces with either of these substances.

    Alchemy: Ancient and Modern

  • I confess there is a lazy kind of learning which is _only Indical_; when scholars (like adders which only bite the horse's heels) nibble but at the tables, which are _calces librorum_, neglecting the body of the book.

    Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3)

  • BESIDES being found with circumstances thus corresponding to the natural facility, or to the impediments attending the metallization of those different calces, the native metals are also found in such a shape, and with such marks, as can only agree with the fusion of those bodies; that is to say, those appearances are perfectly irreconcileable with any manner of solution and precipitation.

    Theory of the Earth~ Part 2 (historical)

  • Absorption is increased by the calces or solutions of mercury, lead, zinc, copper, iron, externally applied; and by arsenic, and by sulphur, and by the application of bitter vegetables in fine powder.

    Zoonomia, Vol. II Or, the Laws of Organic Life

  • This acidifying principle is found in all the metallic calces, as in lapis calaminaris, which is a calciform ore of zinc; and in cerussa, which is a calx of lead; two materials which are powerful in healing excoriations, and ulcers, in a short time by their external application.

    Zoonomia, Vol. II Or, the Laws of Organic Life

  • These metallic calces stimulate the absorbents into stronger action, whence the fluid has its saline part reabsorbed, and that before it has access to the air, which probably adds to its acrimony by oxygenating it, and thus, producing a new acid.

    Zoonomia, Vol. II Or, the Laws of Organic Life

  • One part of either of these calces is put to ten, sixteen, or twenty parts of the flux, according to the depth of colour required.

    The Botanic Garden A Poem in Two Parts. Part 1: the Economy of Vegetation


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