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punchcard commented on the word common weal
1. the common welfare; the public good.
2. Archaic. the body politic; a commonwealth
May 11, 2009
punchcard commented on the word cuttle fish
Cuttlefish are marine animals of the order Sepiida belonging to the Cephalopoda class (which also includes squid, octopuses, and nautiluses). Despite their common name, cuttlefish are not fish but molluscs. Recent studies indicate that cuttlefish are among the most intelligent invertebrate species.
March 6, 2009
punchcard commented on the word chimera
Typically seen in zoology (but also discovered to a rare extent in human beings), a chimera is an animal that has two or more different populations of genetically distinct cells that originated in different zygotes; if the different cells emerged from the same zygote, it is called a mosaicism.
punchcard commented on the word saddleback
a pass or ridge that slopes gently between two peaks (is shaped like a saddle)
September 27, 2008
punchcard commented on the word in flagrante delicto
The Latin term is sometimes used colloquially as a euphemism for a couple being caught in the act of sexual intercourse, as it is used in the film Clue; in modern usage the intercourse need not be adulterous or illicit
punchcard commented on the word flagon
New Zealand definition of flagon:
A glass vessel filled with draught beer available in public bars or bottle stores. Drinkers could take their own washed flagons or swap their empties for those pre-filled and corked ready for sale. The flagon was followed by the half-gallon jar and was preceded by the square rigger and the bluey. Most commonly used during the period of six-o'clock closing of bars.
punchcard commented on the word deiseil
The opposite of widdershins is Gaelic deiseil or right-hand-wise.
punchcard commented on the word tor
See also cairn
punchcard commented on the word succubus
A succubus (plural succubi) is a demon who takes the form of a beautiful woman to seduce men, especially monks, in dreams to have sexual intercourse, according the medieval European legend. Their male counterpart is the incubus. They draw energy from the men to sustain themselves, often until the point of exhaustion or death of the victim.
punchcard commented on the word pit wolfie
As in, "She's a low mileage pit wolfie".
Translates into young attractive woman.
punchcard commented on the word allele
The different forms of a given gene that an organism may possess. For example, in humans, one allele of the eye-color gene produces green eyes and another allele of the eye-color gene produces brown eyes.
punchcard commented on the word teletype
A teleprinter (teletypewriter, Teletype or TTY for TeleTYpe/TeleTYpewriter) is a now largely obsolete electro-mechanical typewriter which can be used to communicate typed messages from point to point and point to multipoint over a variety of communications channels that range from a simple electrical connection, such as a pair of wires, to the use of radio and microwave as the transmission medium.
punchcard commented on the word bit bucket
Originally, the bit bucket was the container on teletype machines or IBM key punch machines into which chad from the paper tape punch or card punch was deposited; the formal name is "chad box" or (at IBM) "chip box".
punchcard commented on the word key punch
A key punch is a device for entering data into punched cards by precisely punching holes at locations designated by the keys struck by the operator. Early keypunches were manual devices. Later keypunches were mechanized, often resembled a small desk, with a keyboard similar to a typewriter, and with hoppers for blank and punched cards. Some key punch models could print at the top of columns, the character punched in each of those columns. The small pieces punched out by a keypunch fell into a chad box, or (at IBM) chip box, or bit bucket.
punchcard commented on the word punchcard
A punch card or punched card (or punchcard or Hollerith card or IBM card), is a piece of stiff paper that contains digital information represented by the presence or absence of holes in predefined positions.
Early digital computers used punched cards as the primary medium for input of both computer programs and data, with offline data entry on key punch machines. Some voting machines use punched cards.
punchcard commented on the word logorrhoea
Logorrhoea — an excessively wordy style of abstract prose lacking concrete meaning, i.e. nonsense
Bet you thought it meant something else...
punchcard commented on the word livor mortis
Livor mortis or postmortem lividity or hypostasis (Latin: livor—bluish color, mortis—of death), one of the signs of death, is a settling of the blood in the lower (dependent) portion of the body, causing a purplish red discoloration of the skin: when the heart is no longer agitating the blood, heavy red blood cells sink through the serum by action of gravity. This discoloration does not occur in the areas of the body that are in contact with the ground or another object, as the capillaries are compressed.
punchcard commented on the word fetch
See also doppelganger
punchcard commented on the word doppelganger
A doppelgänger or fetch is the ghostly double of a living person, a sinister form of bilocation.
punchcard commented on the word doppelgänger
punchcard commented on the word manitou
Manitou is a term used to designate the spirits among many Algonquian groups. It refers to the concept of one aspect of the interconnection and balance of nature/life, similar to the East Asian concept of qi; in simpler terms it can refer to a spirit.
punchcard commented on the list punchcard-s-list
In his book It, Stephen King uses the word "glamour" in reference to the creature known as "It" or "Pennywise", saying that it means a creature able either truly to change its shape and/or physical appearance at will, or to be seen as different things by different people.
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punchcard commented on the word hectometric
A hectometric Transport or people-mover is a system of Tram or light transport per entirely automated rail.
September 26, 2008
punchcard commented on the word cryptesthesia
Cryptesthesia is a Paranormal perception, such as clairvoyance.
September 25, 2008
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