Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A magnetized globe of steel, or a spherical lodestone, with poles diametrically opposite each other so as to represent in miniature the distribution of terrestrial magnetism.

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Examples

  • Gilbert made a "terella," or miniature of the earth, as a magnet, and not only demonstrated how the compass needle sets along the lines joining the north and south magnetic poles, but explained the variation and the dip.

    The Story of Electricity

  • Oxford he was represented as holding in his hand a globe inscribed terella.

    Diary of Samuel Pepys — Complete

  • In his portrait of himself which he had painted for the University of Oxford he was represented as holding in his hand a globe inscribed terella.

    The Diary of Samuel Pepys, Sep/Oct 1663

  • [P.ofessor Silvanus P. Thompson, F.R.S., has kindly supplied me with the following interesting note on the terrella (or terella): The name given by Dr. William Gilbert, author of the famous treatise,

    The Diary of Samuel Pepys, Sep/Oct 1663

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  • The GQ ideal is athletic

    But master of matters noetic.

    He's quite the model fella,

    A masculine terella -

    Exemplar of forces magnetic.

    February 13, 2015