from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A kind of thread for sewing leather, made of twisted strands of linen and brass, copper, or steel wire.
  • n. A compound for forming a lubricating-surface in journal-boxes. It is made up of metallic oxids, organic materials, wax, and fatty matters.
  • n. A trade-name of a non-rusting antifriction alloy, intended to be used as a lubricant in bearing surfaces. It is inserted as plugs or short pencil-like rods radially in holes in the bearing.


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  • This Image and stature was with euery blast of wind turned, and mooued about with such a noyse and tinkling in the hollownes of the metaline deuise: as if the mynte of the Queene of England had being going there.

    Hypnerotomachia The Strife of Loue in a Dreame

  • The _Pægma_ base or subiect for this metaline machine to stand vpon, was of one solyde peece of marble (of fit and conuenient breadth, heighth, and length, for that purpose accordinglye proportioned) full of streaming vaines, sondry coulered, and diuerslye spotted, maruelous pleasant to the eye, in infinite commixtures, confusedly disposed.

    Hypnerotomachia The Strife of Loue in a Dreame

  • Further, if you take any glutinous substance and run it exceedingly thin upon the surface of a smooth glass or a polisht metaline body, you shall find the like effects produced: and in general, wheresoever you meet with a transparent body thin enough, that is terminated by reflecting bodies of differing refractions from it, there will be a production of these pleasing and lovely colours.

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