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confusion

The running together of the traces from different radio sources in the output of a radio telescope. Confusion becomes important at the value of flux density when there is, on average, more than about one source in the beam at once. The radio telescope becomes confusion limited when this flux density is appreciably higher than its sensitivity. Further increase in sensitivity will not then result in fainter sources being detected.

Confusion

Babel
where God confounded speech of mankind. [O.T.: Genesis 11:7–9]
bedlam
from Hospital of St. Mary of Bethlehem, former English insane asylum. [Br. Folklore: Jobes, 193]
Cia
amnesia victim whose identity becomes doubtful when the same identity is claimed by an insane woman. [Ital. Drama: Pirandello As You Desire Me in Sobel, 35]
Comedy of Errors, The
two pairs of identical twins wreak social havoc in Ephesus. [Br. Drama: Shakespeare The Comedy of Errors]
Corybantes
half-divine priests of Cybele; celebrated noisy festivals in her honor. [Gk. Myth.: Howe, 67]
Jude
“the other Judas, not Iscariot.” [N.T.: John 14:22]
Labyrinth
maze at Knossos where Minotaur lived. [Gk. Myth.: Hall, 185]
Pandemonium
Milton’s capital of the devils. [Br. Lit.: Paradise Lost]
Pantagruelian Law Case
not understanding the defense, judge gives incomprehensible verdict. [Fr. Lit.: Pantagruel]
Serbonian Bog
Egyptian morass, “where armies whole have sunk.” [Br. Lit.: Paradise Lost]
Star-Splitter, The
“We’ve looked and looked, but after all where are we?” [Am. Lit.: “The Star-Splitter” in Hart, 799]
References in classic literature ?
The confusion between discomfort and pain has made people regard discomfort as a more substantial thing than it is, and this in turn has reacted upon the view taken of pleasure, since discomfort and pleasure are evidently on a level in this respect.
But it has also codified two major confusions in the law of church and state.
But the part of the book about a hermaphrodite is a correlative for adolescence and confusion of identity and the confusions of emotion and longing that happen in adolescence,'' Eugenides says.