Fr.: Meissa, Lambda (λ) Orionis
A → giant star of → apparent visible magnitude 3.54 in the → Orion constellation. λ Ori is of → spectral type O8 III, has a mass of about 28 → solar masses, a size of about 10 → solar radii, and an → effective temperature of around 35,000 K. Meissa is a → soft X-ray source with a → luminosity of 1032 erg s-1 and peak emission in the energy range of 0.2-0.3 keV, which is probably generated by the → stellar wind. Meissa is a member of the → Orion OB1 association. It is in fact a → double star with a → companion at an angular separation of 4.41 arcseconds. This fainter component has a magnitude of 5.61, is a → main sequence star of → spectral type B0.5 V. There is an outlying component, Meissa C, which is an F-type main sequence F8 V star. This star in turn may have a very low mass companion that is probably a brown dwarf. λ Ori, excites a fairly symmetric → H II region, Sh2-264 surrounding it. Many observational studies have found dark clouds external to this H II region.
Arabic al-maysan (
godâxtan, godâzidan (#)
(v.int.) To become liquefied by warmth or heat, as ice, snow, butter, or metal. (v.tr.) To reduce to a liquid state by warmth or heat; to fuse.
M.E. melten, O.E. meltan "become liquid;" cf. O.N. melta "to digest;" Gk. meldein "to melt," L. mollis "soft, mild."
Godâxtan, godâz- "to melt," from Mid.Pers. vitâxtan, vitâcitan "to melt," from Av. vi-taxti- "flowing away, melting," from vi- "apart, away from, out" (O.Pers. viy- "apart, away;" cf. Skt. vi- "apart, asunder, away, out;" L. vitare "to avoid, turn aside") + tak- "to run, to flow," taciāp- "flowing water," tacinti (3pl.pers.act.) "to flow," tacar- "course," tacan "current, streaming;" Mod.Pers. tâz-, tâxtan "to run; to hasten; to assault," tâzi "swift (greyhound)," tak "running, rush;" Mid.Pers. tâz-, tâxtan "to flow, to cause to walk," tc- "to flow, to walk," tag "running, attack," tâzig "swift, fast;" Khotanese ttajs- "to flow, to walk;" cf. Skt. tak- "to rush, to hurry," takti "runs;" O.Ir. tech- "to flow;" Lith. teketi "to walk, to flow;" O.C.S. tešti "to walk, to hurry;" Tokharian B cake "river;" PIE base *tekw- "to run; to flow."
Fr.: fusion du cœur de réacteur
A severe accident in a nuclear reactor which is caused by a major failure in the reactor cooling circuit leading to the melting of the reactor core. Without coolant, the core would overheat so that the uranium fuel would melt. If the core continued to heat up, the steel walls of the core would also melt. If the molten core escaped from the containment housing of the reactor, large amounts of highly radioactive materials would be released into the atmosphere. The radioactive contamination of the air, water, and soil can have disastrous consequences for life.
→ melt; down, M.E. doun, from O.E. dune "downward," short for adune, ofdune, from a-, of "off, from" + dune "hill."
Forugodâxt, from foru- "down, downward; below; beneath," as in forurixtan, forunešastan, foruraftan (Mid.Pers. frôt "down, downward;" O.Pers. fravata "forward, downward;" cf. Skt. pravát- "a sloping path, the slope of a mountain") + godâxt past stem of godâxtan, godazidan → melt.
noqte-ye godâz (#)
Fr.: point de fusion
The temperature at which a solid changes to a liquid.
A person or a thing that is part of a group body; e.g. a star which belongs to a cluster.
From M.E., from O.Fr. membre, from L. membrum "limb, member of the body, part."
Hamvand, literally "linked, joined together," from ham- "together, with; same, equally, even" (Mid.Pers. ham-, like L. com- and Gk. syn- with neither of which it is cognate. O.Pers./Av. ham-, Skt. sam-; also O.Pers./Av. hama- "one and the same," Skt. sama-, Gk. homos-; originally identical with PIE numeral *sam- "one," from *som-. The Av. ham- appears in various forms: han- (before gutturals, palatals, dentals) and also hem-, hen-) + vand "joined, tied," from bastan, vastan "to bind, shut" (O.Pers./Av. band- "to bind, fetter," banda- "band, tie" (cf. Skt. bandh- "to bind, tie, fasten;" PIE *bhendh- "to bind;" Ger. binden; E. bind).
The state of being a member.
From → member + -ship a native E. suffix of nouns denoting condition, character, office, skill, etc., from M.E., O.E. -scipe; akin to shape.
hamvandi, from hamvand, → member, + -i condition, character suffix.
Fr.: fonction d'adhésion
One of several functions used in the → fuzzification and → defuzzification steps of a → fuzzy logic system to map the → nonfuzzy input values to → fuzzy linguistic terms and vice versa. A membership function is used to quantify a linguistic term.
barmidan, az bar kardan
To commit to memory, learn by heart.
1) The faculty of the mind to preserve and recall past sensations,
thoughts, knowledge, etc.
M.E. memorie, from L. memoria, from memor "mindful, remembering;" cf. Gk. mermera "care," merimna "anxious thought, sorrow," martyr "witness;" Pers. šomârdan "to count;" Mid.Pers. ôšmârtan, ôšmurtan "to reckon, calculate, enumerate, account for;" from Av. base (š)mar- "to have in mind, remember, recall," pati-šmar- "to recall; to long for," hišmar-; Skt. smar- "to remember, become aware," smarati "he remembers."
Barm "memory," variant bar (az bar kardan "to memorize"), bir, vir, from Mid.Pers. varm "memory," variants vir, vârom "mind, conscience;" from Av. vārəma, vārəm "according to one's wishes," from var- "to choose."
Fr.: capacité de mémoire
The amount of information which can be retained in a memory, usually expressed as the number of words which can be retained. For comparison of different memories this number is expressed in bits.
jadval-e Mendeleev (#)
Fr.: tableau de Mendeleïev
See → periodic table.
Mod.L. meniscus, from Gk. meniskos "lunar crescent," diminutive of mene, → moon.
Menkalinan (Beta Aurigae)
Mankeb-zel-enân, šâne-ye arâbe-rân
A multiple star of magnitude V = 1.90 which is situated in the → Auriga constellation at 81 → light-years away. Other main designations: HR 2088 and HD 40183. Although the third brightest star of the constellation, it bears "Beta" designation. Menkalinan is composed of two main components, which make up a → spectroscopic binary. The combined apparent magnitude varies over a period of 3.96 days between +1.89 and +1.94, as every 47.5 hours one of the stars partially eclipses the other. Both are metallic-lined → subgiant stars of spectral type A2 IV. Each is about 48 times more luminous than the Sun and has roughly the same mass and radius (2.6 times that of the Sun). There is a third component of magnitude 14.1, which is separated from the main pair by 13'', corresponding to a projected distance of 330 → astronomical units.
From Ar. Al Mankib dhi'l 'Inan
Menkent (Theta Centauri)
Fr.: Menkent (θ Centauri)
Menkent, corruption of Ar. Mankib "shoulder," short for
Mankib al-Qanturis (
The Table Mountain. A faint constellation near the south celestial pole, at 5h right ascension, 80° south declination. It contains part of the → Large Magellanic Cloud, and its brightest star is of magnitude 5.1. Abbreviation Men; genitive Mensae.
First introduced by the French astronomer Nicolas Louis de Lacaille (1713-1762) under the name Mons Mensae, from L. mons "mountain" + mensa "table" to refer to Table Mountain in South Africa. Lacaille made important early observations of the southern sky from the Cape Town region.
Mizkuh, from miz "table," originally "preparations for entertaining a guest; guest;" Mid.Pers. mêzd "offering, meal" + kuh→ mountain.
Of or pertaining to the → mind.
M.E., from M.Fr. mental, from L. mentalis "of the mind," from mens (genitive mentis) "mind," from PIE root *men- "to think."
1) Mental capacity or endowment.
1) ayât; 2) ayâtidan
Fr.: 1) mentionner; 2) mention
1) To refer briefly to; name, specify, or speak of (Dictionary.com).
M.E. mencioun, from O.Fr. mencion "mention, memory, speech," from L. mentionem "a calling to mind, a speaking of," from root of Old L. minisci "to think," related to mens "mind," from PIE root *men- "to think;" cf. Pers. man, mân "thought, to think," → mind.
Ayât, from Mid.Pers. ayât, ayâd "remembrance, recollection, memory;" Mod.Pers. yâd.
Merak (β Ursae Majoris)
A blue → dwarf star of → spectral type A1 with an → apparent magnitude of 2.37 in the constellation → Ursa Major. It lies 79 → light-years away and has a → luminosity almost 60 times solar, and a mass about triple that of the Sun. Although Merak ranks fifth in brightness in the → Big Dipper, it received the Beta designation from Bayer, who lettered the Dipper's stars from front to back.
From Ar. al-Maraqq (
Fr.: télescope de Mercator
A 1.2 m semi-robotic telescope located at the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory on La Palma Island (Canary Islands, Spain). It is operated by the staff of the Institute of Astronomy, University of Leuven (Belgium). The telescope uses two modern instruments HERMES: a → high-resolution optical → spectrograph, and MAIA, a three-armed camera equipped with large → charge-coupled device (CCD)s and optimized for more specific rapid variability studies. The main science drivers of the research performed on the basis of Mercator data are related to a wide range of variable phenomena with a clear focus on stellar astrophysics, in particular the stellar internal structure by means of → asteroseismology.
Named after the Flemish cartographer Gerardus Mercator (1512-1594), who studied and taught at the University of Leuven before moving to Duisburg (Germany)