from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In photometry, a unit of intensity of light equal to one twentieth of a Violle unit; one bougie décimale. At the congress held in Geneva in 1896 the pyr or bougie décimale was provisionally declared to be the equivalent of the Hefner unit. See light standard.


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  • Hmm. That's what they get for playing with pyr, I suppose.

    Burning Down the House

  • The name pyrophyllite comes from the Greek words pyr meaning fire and phyllon meaning leaf, a reference to the fact that it flakes when heated.


  • The use of similar flaming concoctions as weapons and magic tricks (pyr automaton, or self-lighting fire) is described by many ancient authors.

    Fiery Finery

  • "[Greek: To pyr to aiônion: -- eis xôên aiônion.]"

    The Bay State Monthly — Volume 1, No. 3, March, 1884

  • The name was originally given to the sulphuret of iron, known as iron pyrites, in consequence of its striking fire with steel (from the Greek _pyr_, fire), and it was used for kindling powder in the pans of muskets before gun-flints were introduced.

    Golden Days for Boys and Girls Volume VIII, No 25: May 21, 1887

  • All three passages are drawn from _Il_ XV 674-746, the description of how Ajax repulsed Hector's attempt to set the Greek ships afire, and in particular from 730-31 '[Greek: enth ar' ho g 'hestêkei dedokêmenos, encheï d' aiei/Trôas amyne neôn, hos tis pheroi akamaton pyr] '.

    The Last Poems of Ovid

  • [Greek: andras men kteinoysi, polin de te pyr amathynei tekna de t 'alloi agoysi, bathyzônoys te gynaikas.]

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine — Volume 53, No. 328, February, 1843

  • It is warm vapour (pneuma), or fire, yet fire distinct from the element of this name; it is primitive fashioning fire (pyr technikon), God.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 7: Gregory XII-Infallability

  • It was the technic fire presiding over the genesis of the world; it was the Divine seminal principle from which all things were born (pyr technikon, Logos spermatikos).

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 7: Gregory XII-Infallability


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