kahkešân-e adasvâr (#)
Fr.: galaxie lenticulaire
A lens-shaped galaxy, which is an enormous grouping of old stars with very little internal structure.
qânun-e Lenz (#)
Fr.: loi de Lenz
The direction of an induced current is such as to oppose the cause producing it. The cause of the current may be the motion of a conductor in a magnetic field, or it may be the change of flux through a stationary circuit.
Named after Heinrich Friedrich Emil Lenz (1804-1865), German physicist, who published the law in 1834; → law.
The Lion. One of the most conspicuous constellations in the northern hemisphere, at 10h 30m right ascension, 15° north declination. Leo is a constellation of the → Zodiac resembling a lion. Its brightest star, α Leonis or → Regulus, is of the first magnitude. Abbreviation: Leo; Genitive: Leonis.
L. Leo, from Gk. leon, from a non-I.E. language, perhaps Semitic (cf. Heb. labi "lion," pl. lebaim; Egyptian labai, lawai "lioness").
Mid.Pers. šagr "lion;" cf. Parth. šarg; Sogd. šarγu "lion."
Šir-e Kucak (#)
Fr.: Petit Lion
The Lesser Lion. A faint constellation in the northern hemisphere, at 10h 20m right ascension, 35° north declination. Abbreviation: LMi; genitive: Leonis Minoris.
→ Leo; Minor, from L. minor "lesser, smaller, junior," from PIE base *min- "small."
Šir, → Leo; kucak "small," (Mid.Pers. kucak "small"), related to kutâh "short, small, little," kudak "child, infant," kutulé, → dwarf, Mid.Pers. kôtâh "low," kôtak "small, young; baby;" Av. kutaka- "little, small."
Fr.: Lion P
A → dwarf galaxy recently discovered near the Milky Way in → neutral hydrogen → 21-centimeter line observations. Optical imaging observations indicate that it is located between 1.5 and 2.0 Mpc from the Milky Way. This places Leo P in the → Local Volume but beyond the → Local Group. The dwarf galaxy has extreme properties: it is the lowest-mass system known that contains significant amounts of gas and is currently forming stars (Katherine L. Rhode et al. 2013, AJ 145, 149).
A → meteor shower emanating from an apparent point in the constellation → Leo that occurs from November 14-20, with a maximum on November 17-18. It is due to the annual passage of the Earth through the orbit of the comet → Tempel-Tuttle and encounter with the dust debris from the comet.
From Gk. lepto-, combining form of leptos "thin, slight" + → kurtosis.
Boland-afrâšté "highly-elevated," from boland "high, tall, elevated, sublime" (variants bâlâ "up, above, high, elevated, height," borz "height, magnitude" (it occurs also in the name of the mountain chain Alborz), Laki dialect berg "hill, mountain;" Mid.Pers. buland "high;" O.Pers. baršan- "height;" Av. barəz- "high, mount," barezan- "height;" cf. Skt. bhrant- "high;" L. fortis "strong" (Fr. and E. force); O.E. burg, burh "castle, fortified place," from P.Gmc. *burgs "fortress;" Ger. Burg "castle," Goth. baurgs "city," E. burg, borough, Fr. bourgeois, bourgeoisie, faubourg; PIE base *bhergh- "high") + afrâšté "raised, elevated, erect," p.p. of afrâštan, → kurtosis.
An → elementary particle that does not participate in the → strong interaction. The Lepton family includes → electrons, → muons, tau leptons, → neutrinos and their → antiparticles. The lepton is a → fermion.
From Gk, lepto-, combining form of leptos "small, slight" + -on a suffix used in the names of subatomic particles (gluon; meson; neutron), quanta (photon; graviton), and other minimal entities or components.
Fr.: dégénérescence des leptons
Postulate that the magnitude of the lepton number density is comparable to or larger than the thermal radiation photon number density, so relaxation to equilibrium produces a degenerate sea of neutrinos. Degenerate neutrinos would suppress the number of neutrons relative to protons in the very early Universe; degenerate antineutrinos would suppress the number of protons relative to neutrons. Either case would affect BBNS (Peebles, P. et al., 2009, Finding the Big Bang, Cambridge: UK, Cambridge Univ. Press).
dowrân-e leptoni (#)
Fr.: ère leptonique
The era following the hadronic era, when the Universe consisted mainly of leptons and photons. It began when the temperature dropped below 1012 degrees kelvin some 10-4 seconds after the Big Bang, and it lasted until the temperature fell below 1010 degrees kelvin, at an era of about 1 second.
adad-e leptoni (#)
Fr.: nombre leptonique
In particle physics, a quantum number attributed to elementary particles which is conserved in nuclear reactions. It is +1 for a lepton, -1 for an antilepton and 0 for other particles.
The Hare. A small → constellation in the southern hemisphere at about 6h right ascension, 20° south declination. Abbreviation: Lep; genitive: Leporis.
L. lepus "hare."
Xarguš "rabbit, hare," literally "ass-ear," Mid.Pers. xargôš, from xar "donkey, ass" (Mid.Pers. xar "donkey;" Av. xara- "donkey;" cf. Skt. khára- "donkey, mule") + guš, → ear.
1) vât (#); 2) nâmé (#)
1) A symbol or character representing a sound of which words are formed
used in writing and printing a language.
M.E., from O.Fr. letre "character, letter; missive," from L. littera "letter of the alphabet," litterae (plural) "epistle, literature"
1) Vât "letter, word," from vat- "to speak, say;" cf. (Kurd.) wittin
"to speak, say," → article,
(Nâyin) vâte, (Qohrud) vâta, (Sangesar) -vât-/vân,
(Zazaki) vâtiš, (Awromani) wâtay/wâc-,
(Farizand) -vât/-vaj, (Gaz) vâ-/vât, related to Pers.
vâžé "word;" Mid.Pers. vâc, vâcak "word, speech;"
âva "voice, sound," âvâz "voice, sound, song,"
bâng "voice, sound, clamour" (Mid.Pers. vâng);
Av. vacah- "word," vaocanghê "to decalre" (by means of speech), from
vac- "to speak, say;" cf. Skt. vakti "speaks, says," vacas- "word;"
Gk. epos "word;" L. vox "voice;" PIE base *wek- "to speak."
A position with respect to a given or specified base. → energy level.
From O.Fr. livel, from L. libella "a balance, level," diminutive of libra "balance, scale."
Tarâz "level; a level," from tarâzu "balance, scales," Mid.Pers. tarâzên-, taraênidan "to weigh," Proto-Iranian *tarāz-, from *tarā- "balance, scale" ( cf. Skt. tulā- "scales, balance, weight," from tul- "to weigh, make equal in weight, equal," tolayati "weighs, balances," L. tollere "to raise," Gk. talanton "balance, weight," Atlas "the Bearer" of Heaven," Lith. tiltas "bridge;" PIE base telə- "to lift, weigh") + Av. az- "to convey, conduct, drive," azaiti drives" (cf. Skt. aj- "to dive, sling," ájati "drives," ajirá- "agile, quick," Gk. agein "to lead, guide, drive, carry off," L. agere "to do, set in motion, drive," from PIE root *ag- "to drive, move," → act).
level of significance
Fr.: niveau de significativité
Same as → significance level.
A rigid bar that pivots about a point and is used to move or lift a load at one end by applying force to the other end. → lever arm.
M.E. levere, levour; O.Fr. levier "a lifter, a lever," agent noun from lever "to raise," from L. levare "to raise," from levis "light" in weight.
Ahrom, of unknown etymology.
bâzu-ye ahrom (#)
Fr.: bras de levier
A physical process occurring in stellar atmospheres whereby → radiation pressure selectively pushes certain elements outward, leading to an atmospheric overabundance of such elements.
from levitate modeled on gravitate, from L. levitas "lightness," from levis "light."
A combining form meaning "left" and "counterclockwise," used in the formation of compound words, such as → levorotation, levocardia, levoglucose, etc. The variant lev- occurs before vowels. Compare → dextro-.
From L. laevo-, from laevus, cf. Gk. laios, Russ. levyj, + epenthetic vowel -o-.
Cap-, from cap "left," of unknown etymology.
The counterclockwise rotation of the → plane of polarization of light (as observed when looking straight through the incoming light) by certain substances.
Adj. related to → levorotation.