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  • n. Plural form of penumbra.


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  • It's a double-edged sword: Once they started finding "penumbrae," the courts turned it around on us and made up all sorts of stuff to NARROW our rights and expanded the power of government.

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  • My view is that this would suggest a possibility that such statutes would in essence end up with penumbrae.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Thoughts on the Oral Argument in City of Ontario v. Quon

  • From the top of the terrace he gazed upon this vague form standing up like a phantom in the penumbrae of the evening.


  • That which on earth is called diffusion of light, that luminous matter which the air holds in suspension, which creates the twilight and the daybreak, which produces the umbrae and penumbrae, and all the magic of chiaro-oscuro, does not exist on the moon.

    Round the Moon

  • When the ascending currents are powerful, they create those appearances which astronomers designate the nuclei, the penumbrae, the faculae.

    The Story of the Herschels

  • Her steps became feebler, and she strained her eyes to look afar upon the naked road, now indistinct amid the penumbrae of night.

    Far from the Madding Crowd

  • When the ascending currents are powerful, they give rise to the nuclei, to the penumbrae, to the faculae.

    Biographies of Distinguished Scientific Men

  • But large nuclei, large penumbrae, wrinkles, faculae, do they indicate an abundant luminous and calorific emission, as Herschel thought; that would be the result of his hypothesis on the existence of very active ascending currents, but direct experience seems to contradict it.

    Biographies of Distinguished Scientific Men

  • The waves have left gray penumbrae of themselves at the point where the beach abruptly changes its declivity to a twenty degree angle diving into the sea.

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  • Unreal Lightmass produces high-quality static lighting with next-generation effects, such as: soft shadows with accurate penumbrae; diffuse and specular interreflection; and color bleeding. - Articles related to US jobs data, Greece fears hit global shares


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