A Family Encyclopaedia: Or, An Explanation of Words and Things Connected with All the Arts and Sciences ...

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Page 156 - ... numberless series of pilasters, arches, castles, well- delineated regular columns, lofty towers, superb palaces, with* balconies and windows, extended alleys of trees, delightful plains, with herds and flocks, armies of men on foot...
Page 179 - A diameter of a circle is a straight line drawn through the centre, and terminated both ways by the circumference.
Page 144 - And the tables were the work of God, and the writing was the writing of God, graven upon the tables.
Page 171 - Hence the arrangement was as follows:- — zinc, silver, and wet cloth; zinc, silver, wet cloth, and so on. The silver plates were chiefly silver coins, the plates of zinc and the pieces of cloth being of the same size. He found this pile much more powerful when the pieces of cloth were moistened with...
Page 120 - Thia bird was formerly domesticated in somo parts of Europe. CURATE. Properly, one who has the cure of souls ; now applied in England to one who officiates for hire in the place of the incumbent. CURB OF A BRIDLE. A chain of iron that runs over the horse's beard. CURFEW. Literally, cover feu or fire ; a law introduced from Normandy into England by William the Conqueror, that all people should put out their fire and lights, at the ringing of the eight o'clock bell. CURLEW. An European water fowl of...
Page 178 - ... the eruptions of mountains. Besides the rocky fragments and insulated hills above mentioned, the strata above these primitive rocks contain also organic remains. In those immediately above, called transition rocks, fossil remains of corals and shells are found in small quantities, as also in the carboniferous limestone that lies next to these rocks. The coal strata, which follow, abound with vegetable remains of ferns, flags, reeds of unknown species, and large trunks of succulent plants, which...
Page 24 - APPEAL (in Law). The removal of a cause from an inferior to a superior court.
Page 161 - FLAMBEAU, a kind of large taper, made of hempen wicks, by pouring melted wax on their top, and letting it run down to the bottom. This done, they lay them to dry, after which they roll them on a table, and join four of them together by means of a red-hot iron ; and then pour on more wax, till the flambeau is brought to the size required. Flambeaus are of different lengths, and made either of white or yellow wax. They serve to give light in the streets at night, 'or on occasion of illuminations.
Page 72 - The burning glass of M. de Villette was three feet eleven inches in diameter, and it burnt at the distance of three feet two inches; by it were melted a silver sixpence in seven minutes and a half; a King George's halfpenny in sixteen minutes, which ran in thirty-four minutes; a diamond weighing four grains lost seveneights of its weight.

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