The act or capability of attracting. A physical force (gravitational, electric, magnetic, etc.) exerted by material bodies.
Attraction, n. from → attract.
Having the quality of attracting.
Verbal adj. from → attract.
Fr.: force attractive
The physical body that attracts. → Great Attractor.
1, 2) âbâž, âbâžé; 3) âbâžidan
Fr.: 1, 2) attribut; 3) attribuer
1) General: Something attributed as belonging to a person, thing, or group;
a quality, characteristic, or property.
Âbâž, âbâžé, from â- strength or nuance prefix + bâž "tribute, toll, impost," → distribute.
A type of → achondrite meteorite composed mostly of the magnesium silicate mineral → enstatite (Mg2Si2O6). The group is named for the small Aubres → meteorite that fell near Nyons, France, on Sep. 14, 1836. Outside Antarctica only about 10 aubrites are known, mostly the result of witnessed falls. Aubrites make up only 0.14% of all known meteorites in our terrestrial meteorite collection.
From Fr. Aubres, a commune in the Drôme department in southeastern France; + → -ite.
The Charioteer. A conspicuous northern constellation lying midway between → Perseus and → Ursa Major and in a region crossed by the → Milky Way. The brightest star is → Capella. Auriga is the site of the Galactic → anticenter. Abbreviation: Aur; genitive form: Aurigae.
L. auriga "a charioteer, driver," from aureæ "bridle of a horse" + agere "set in motion, drive, lead."
Arrâberân "charioteer," from arrâbé "chariot, cart"
+ rân "driver," from rândan "to drive."
Arrâbé probably from *arâba, from *râba,
from *râda, compare with Av. ratha- "chariot," akin to
Skt. rathah "car, chariot," L. rota "wheel,"
rotare "revolve, roll,"
Lith. ratas "wheel,"
O.H.G. rad, Ger. Rad, Du. rad,
O.Ir. roth; PIE *roto- "to run, to turn, to roll."
A phenomenon consisting of luminous colorful arcs, rays, and streamers that appear in the Earth's upper atmosphere during the night with the greatest frequency in the northern and southern polar magnetic zones. This → non-thermal radiation is caused by the emission of light from atoms excited by electrons accelerated along the planet's magnetic field lines at the magnetic poles. Fluorescent emission from atomic oxygen at 5557 Å results in a greenish glow, and there is a weaker effect from the red line at 6300 Å. Blue and purple colors are emitted by atomic and molecular nitrogen.
L. Aurora, the Roman goddess of dawn, akin to Av. uš-, ušah- "dawn," Skt. usas-, usah- "dawn," Gk. eos "dawn," Lith. ausra "dawn," O.E. east "east," PIE *ausus- "dawn," from *aus- "to shine."
Ušé, from Av. uš-, ušah-, as above.
Fr.: aurore australe
The aurora in the Southern hemisphere, also called as Southern Lights.
Fr.: aurore boréale
The aurora in the Northern hemisphere, also called as Northern Lights.
Pertaining to the → aurora phenomenon.
Fr.: émission aurorale
Fr.: raie aurorale
1) A prominent → forbidden line in the spectra of
the aurora at wavelengths of 5577 and 6300 Å giving the aurora its characteristic green and
Both are emitted by atomic oxygen, the former in its transition from the
second lowest excited electronic state (1S) to the lowest
excited electronic state (1D), the latter in its transition
from the lowest excited electronic state (1D) to the atomic
ground state (3P).
Fr.: zone aurorale
A roughly circular band around either geomagnetic pole above which there is a maximum of auroral activity. It lies about 10 to 15° of geomagnetic latitude from the geomagnetic poles.
1) To establish as genuine.
From L.L. authenticus, from Gk. authentikos "original, primary, at first hand," from authent(es) "one who does things himself," from aut-, from autos "self, one's own," of unknown origin, + -hentes "doer" + -ikos, → ics.
Râstin "genuine, authentic," from râst "right, true; just, straight"
(Mid.Pers. râst "true, straight, direct;" O.Pers. rāsta-
"straight, true," rās- "to be right, straight, true;" Av. rāz-
"to direct, put in line, set," razan- "order;" cf. Skt. raj-
"to direct, stretch," rjuyant- "walking straight;" Gk. orektos "stretched out;"
L. regere "to lead straight, guide, rule," p.p. rectus "right, straight;"
Ger. recht; E. right;
PIE base *reg- "move in a straight line," hence, "to direct, rule")
+ -in adj. suffix.
Computers: The process by which a user's identity is checked within the network to ensure that the user has access to the requested resources.
Verbal noun of → authenticate.
1) The writer of a book, article, or other text. One who practices
writing as a profession.
M.E. auctour, from O.Fr. autor, from L. auctor, "creator, enlarger, founder, master, leader," literally "one who causes to grow," from auctus, p.p. of augere "to increase," from PIE root aug- "to increase".
Dâtâr, from Mid.Pers. dâtâr/dâdâr "creator," from Av. and O.Pers. dâtâr "creator," from dâ- "to create, make, appoint," Skt. dhatr "author, creator, preserver, bearer." The Mod.Pers. form of this word in classical literary works is dâdâr, used mainly as noun or adjective for "God, the creator."
Of, relating to, or characterized by strict obedience to authority.
From authorit(y), → authority, + suffix -arian.
1) The enforcement or advocacy of strict obedience to authority at the
expense of personal freedom.
Fr.: qui fait autorité, digne de foi
1) Recognized or accepted as being true or reliable.
From authorit(y), → authority, + suffix -ative.