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  • n. Plural form of parietal.


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  • Around that time, the same SDS chapter demonstrated against "parietals," the rules on times when female undergrads had to return to their dormitories at night or face disciplinary charges.

    The Brown Daily Herald RSS

  • The strictures were not imposed only on women; Harvard had instituted parietals by 1770, after a student — distinguished by the overweening ambition and ample pocket money of his kind — entertained not one but two prostitutes in his dorm room.

    The Age of Innocence

  • To an extent, the history of higher education for American women can be traced through the gradual erosion of parietals.

    The Age of Innocence

  • Both of these entities, the porch and the switchboard, were relics of the days when the university had observed parietals, the rules by which a college dormitory monitors the comings and goings of its students.

    The Age of Innocence

  • By blending them, the New York Times is coming down strongly on the side of political parietals: If you are an older man, in a position of power, don't have close relationships with younger women.

    Zephyr Teachout: Political Parietals?

  • We're an adult enough culture, I hope, that we don't need parietals for our political candidates.

    Zephyr Teachout: Political Parietals?

  • The course of the sagittal suture is grooved, and above the angle of the occipital bone the parietals are depressed.


  • It includes almost the whole of the frontal bone, both parietals, a small part of the squamous and the upper-third of the occipital.


  • Others again train four parallel lines from nape to forehead, forming two cushions along the parietals.

    Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo

  • They were obviously the parietals the bones that form the top of the skull, but they did not have a sagittal crest, and I said to Mary, ‘No sagittal crest.’

    Ancestral Passions


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