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An equipment failure in which moving parts stick or jam because of friction, pressure, or excessive temperature.
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To justify the exhibition's peculiar slant, however, Virilio has offered only the elliptical observation that September II inaugurated an "inevitable confusion between a terrorist attack and an accident," in that the terroristic stratagem consisted of seizing upon "the accident" as a form of "disguise.
The calling in of past political officials, enlisting those who have no direct interest in the project and seizing upon the slightest thread of any issue that comes along is not the way to retain respectability.
Second, sixteenth-and seventeenth-century gentry men not only valorized gentry women's writing, but were not above seizing upon the piquant image of the woman writer (private realms exposed