Sunday, 27 March 2011

Words of Note; flux, visile, node

flux
A flow or flowing: A continued flow; a flood. The flowing in of the tide. The rate of flow of fluid, particles, or energy through a given surface. The lines of force of an electric or magnetic field. Constant or frequent change; fluctuation



visile
1. An obsolete term denoting the type of mental imagery in which one recalls most readily that which has been seen.
Compare: audile, motile.
2. A person with such mental imagery.
Synonym: visual.

node
1.  a knot, protuberance, or knob.
2.  a centering point of component parts.
3.  Anatomy . a knotlike mass of tissue: lymph node.
4.  Pathology . circumscribed swelling.
5.  Botany .
  a.  a joint in a stem.
  b.  a part of a stem that normally bears a leaf.
6.  Mathematics . knot ( def. 12 ) .
7.  Geometry . a point on a curve or surface at which there can   be more than one tangent line or tangent plane.
8.  Physics . a point, line, or region in a standing wave at   which there is relatively little or no vibration.
9.  Astronomy . either of the two points at which the orbit of a heavenly body intersects a given plane, especially the plane of the ecliptic or of the celestial equator. Compare ascending node, descending node.
10.  Linguistics . an element of a tree diagram that represents a constituent of a linguistic construction.
11.  Optics . nodal point.
12.  Engineering . panel point.
13.  nodus.  Origin: 1565–75;  < Latin n┼Źdus  knot

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