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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 ?
Shelby from her chamber window alternately laughed and wondered,--not without some inkling of what lay at the bottom of all this confusion.
Emma's confusion, and the acknowledged intimacy, seemed to declare her affection engaged.
For some minutes the whole court was in confusion, getting the Dormouse turned out, and, by the time they had settled down again, the cook had disappeared.
In the first place, it is to be remarked that, however small the republic may be, the representatives must be raised to a certain number, in order to guard against the cabals of a few; and that, however large it may be, they must be limited to a certain number, in order to guard against the confusion of a multitude.
Everything still seemed grey, but presently I remarked that the confusion in my ears was gone.
But the Martian machine took no more notice for the moment of the people running this way and that than a man would of the confusion of ants in a nest against which his foot has kicked.
All these books, no doubt, were tossed about in confusion, thus forming a visible emblem of the manner in which their contents were crowded into Cotton Mather's brain.
At the proper season, the whole field was laid low, when a scene of hurry and confusion succeeded, to which I find it exceedingly painful to turn in memory.
To see the expression of her eyes, the change of her complexion, the progress of her feelings, their doubt, confusion, and felicity, was enough.
The confusion became then so great that D'Artagnan could no longer distinguish anything.
Till the 25th October Crete, as all our planet knows, was the sole surviving European repository of "autonomous institutions," "local self-government," and the rest of the archaic lumber devised in the past for the confusion of human affairs.
I have told him that I am not quite well, and must be alone; and should he call again there might be confusion, for it is impossible to be sure of servants.