Mirfak (α Persei)
The brightest star of Perseus, with a visual magnitude of 1.8. It is a giant of spectral type F5 lying some 590 light-years away.
From Ar. al-Mirfaq (
Merfaq, from Ar. al-Mirfaq, as above.
A smooth, highly polished surface, for reflecting light, that may be plane or curved. The actual reflecting surface is usually a thin coating of silver or aluminum on glass.
From O.Fr. mireor "a reflecting glass," earlier miradoir, from mirer "look at," from V.L. *mirare, from L. mirari "to wonder at, admire."
Âyené, from Mid.Pers. êwênag "mirror," from *âdênak, from Proto-Iranian *ādayanaka-, from prefix ā- + the root of Av. dā(y)- "to see," didāti "sees" (cf. Mod.Pers. didan "to see," Mid.Pers. ditan "to see, regard, catch sight of, contemplate, experience;" O.Pers. dī- "to see;" Skt. dhī- "to perceive, think, ponder; thought, reflection, meditation," dādhye; Gk. dedorka "have seen") + suffix -ak.
Fr.: disque miroir
The material on which the reflecting coating is applied. It may be glass, quartz, or metal.
→ mirror; blank "a piece of metal ready to be drawn, pressed, or machined into a finished object," from M.E., from O.Fr. blanc (adj.) from Gmc; cf. O.E. blanca "white horse," O.H.G. blanch "bright, white."
Fr.: ébauche de miroir
Same as → mirror blank.
âzmun-e âyené (#)
Fr.: test d'un miroir
The observation and measurement of the flatness of a mirror surface. The process generally is done before coating so as not to damage the delicate coated surface. For coated and curved surfaces, non-contact methods are often employed, generally using interference techniques.
Mirzam (β Canis Majoris)
The fourth brightest star in the constellation → Canis Major. It is a B1 → giant of magnitude 2.0 lying about 500 → light-years away. Mirzam is one of the brightest of the → Beta Cephei variable stars.
From Ar. al-Mirzam (
From mis- a prefix meaning "ill, mistaken, wrong, wrongly" + → alignment.
An object or weapon for throwing, hurling, or shooting. → ballistic missile.
From Fr. missile, from L. missile "weapon that can be thrown," from missus, p.p. of mittere "to send."
Mušak, literally "little mouse," or "mouse like," from a firework explosive that was likened to a mouse, from muš, → mouse, + -ak diminutive or similarity suffix.
jerm-e gomšodé (#)
Fr.: masse manquante
The unseen mass whose gravitational influence is needed to account for the way galaxies rotate, and also to bind clusters of galaxies together. It is thought to consist, in part, of giant halos of dark matter that surround the visible portions of galaxies, and similar material that invisibly occupies the intergalactic voids. Same as → hidden mass; → dark matter.
Missing, from miss "to fail to be present," from M.E. missen, O.E. missan; cf. O.Fris. missa, M.Du. missen, Ger. missen "to miss, fail;" → mass.
Jerm, → mass; gomšodé "lost, missing," from gom "missing, lost" + šodé p.p. of šodan "to become" (from Mid.Pers. šudan, šaw- "to go;" Av. šiyav-, š(ii)auu- "to move, go," šiyavati "goes," šyaoθna- "activity; action; doing, working;" O.Pers. šiyav- "to go forth, set," ašiyavam "I set forth;" cf. Skt. cyu- "to move to and fro, shake about; to stir," cyávate "stirs himself, goes;" Gk. kinein "to move;" Goth. haitan "call, be called;" O.E. hatan "command, call;" PIE base *kei- "to move to and fro").
missing satellites problem (MSP)
parâse-ye bandevârhâ-ye gomšodé
Fr.: problème des satellites manquants
The observed underabundance, by one or two orders of magnitude, of → dwarf galaxies orbiting → spiral galaxies compared to their number predicted by the standard model. The → cold dark matter (CDM) model predicts that dwarf galaxies are the building blocks of large galaxies like the Milky Way and should largely outnumber them. Dwarf galaxies form first, they merge into bigger and bigger galaxies, and galaxies into groups of galaxies. The dark matter halos, however, are very dense, and dwarf halos are not destroyed in the merging, resulting in their large predicted number, in numerical simulations.
An operation designed to carry out the goals of a specific program, such as a a space flight or voyage.
Mission, from L. missionem (nominative missio) "act of sending," from mittere "to send," of unknown origin.
Gosilân, from gosil, variant gosi "sending away, dismission;" Mid.Pers. wisé "to despatch" (Parthian Mid.Pers. wsys- "to despatch;" Buddhist Mid.Pers. wsydy "to despatch;" Sogdian 'ns'yd- "to exhort"), from Proto-Iranian *vi-sid- "to despatch, send off," from prefix vi- "apart, away, out," + *sid- "to call" + -ân nuance suffix.
A very thin fog consisting of an aggregate of microscopic water droplets or wet hygroscopic particles (of diameter not less than 0.5 mm), in which the visibility at the earth's surface is greater than 1 km.
O.E. mist "dimness, mist," from P.Gmc. *mikhstaz (cf. M.L.G. mist, Icelandic mistur), from PIE *migh-/*meigh-; cf. Pers. miq "fog, mist;" Gk. omikhle, O.C.S. migla, Skt. megha- "cloud, mist." → nebula.
Nezm "mist, fog," variants nezu, nezvâ "mist," nam "moisture, humidity;" Av. napta- "moist," nabās-câ- "cloud," nabah- "sky;" cf. Skt. nábhas- "moisture, cloud, mist;" Gk. nephos "cloud, mass of clouds," nephele "cloud;" L. nebula "mist," nimbus "rainstorm, rain cloud;" O.H.G. nebul; Ger. Nebel "fog;" O.E. nifol "dark;" from PIE *nebh- "cloud, vapor, fog, moist, sky."
To combine (substances, elements, things) into one mass, collection, or assemblage, generally with a thorough blending of the constituents.
From M.E. myxte, from O.Fr. mixte, from L. mixtus, p.p. of miscere "to mix;" cognate with Pers. âmixtan, âmiz-, as below; from PIE *meik- "to mix."
Âmixtan, âmizidan "to mix," from Mid.Pers. âmêz-, âmêxtan (Proto-Iranian *āmis- ,*āmiz-; PIE *meik- "to mix"); cf. Av. mayas- "to mix;" Skt. miks- "to mix, mingle," miśr- "to mix, blend, combine;" Gk. misgein "to mix, mingle;" L. miscere (p.p. mixtus) "to mix;" O.C.S. meso, mesiti "to mix," Rus. meshat, Lith. maisau "to mix, mingle."
Fr.: fusion mixte
In the → superheterodyne technique, the electronic component that lowers the frequency of the input signal and combines it with the signal coming from the → local oscillator to produce the → intermediate frequency signal. The lowered frequency, when amplified, has little chance to escape back into the antenna and produce feedback. Moreover, it is easier to make efficient amplifiers, filters, and other components for lower frequencies.
Agent noun from → mix.
1) General: The process or result of irregular fluctuations in fluid motions on all
scales from the molecular to large eddies.
Verbal noun of → mix.
Fr.: longueur de mélange
In a → turbulent flow, the average distance traveled by a → convective cell before it dissolves into its surroundings and deposits its energy. The mixing length is of the order of the → pressure scale height (HP), l = αHP, where α is the → mixing length parameter. See also → mixing length theory.
mixing length parameter
pârâmun-e derâzâ-ye âmizeš
Fr.: paramètre de la longueur de mémange
In the → mixing length theory, a parameter, α, that relates the → mixing length, l, to the → pressure scale height: α = l/HP. It is usually supposed that α is of order unity. Changes in α correspond to variations in the efficiency of the → convection, hence the transfer of heat.
mixing length theory (MLT)
negare-ye derâzâ-ye âmizeš
Fr.: théorie de la longueur de mélange
A theory dealing with heat transport by → turbulence which includes an elementary treatment of → convection. The central idea is that an unbalanced → buoyancy force drives a → convective cell to move through a distance, called the → mixing length, before the cell dissolves and joins the ambient medium. In this theory an adjustable → mixing length parameter α is used. The theory, originally due to L. Prandtl (1925), was first applied to the Sun by L. Biermann (1932, Z. Astrophys. 5, 117).
Fr.:rapport de mélange
Mass of water vapor per mass of dry air; expressed as grams per kilogram. → humidity