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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 ?
These were not expressions to do Fanny any good; for though she read in too much haste and confusion to form the clearest judgment of Miss Crawford's meaning, it was evident that she meant to compliment her on her brother's attachment, and even to appear to believe it serious.
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.
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.
Besides, what can prevent confusion on the bench when one judge thinks a fine should be different from what another has set it at; one proposing twenty minae, another ten, or be it more or less, another four, and another five; and it is evident, that in this manner they will differ from each other, while some will give the whole damages sued for, and others nothing; in this situation, how shall their determinations be settled?
The confusion and hesitation which she had already noticed began to show themselves in his manner once more.
Now we have yet to see that our political system is free of multiple confusions and present time is displaying worst model of confusion.
However, WF-nets suffer from a class of faults that are called confusions such that the disappearance of conflicts occur, which implies that the conflicting transitions in a conflict become disabled before the resolution of the conflict in a WF-net.
Pasture Prime Players will perform "Confusions" beginning at 7:30 p.m.
But it has also codified two major confusions in the law of church and state.
"I wanted to create a character who's not clear-cut, like, `Oh, he's the repressed gay man.' I wanted a man who had a lot of confusions in his mind.
To Lucian this detail had not mattered; but amidst the often bitter confusions of the Renaissance, several artists, knowing and emboldened enough to think grandly of their situation, used this allegory as a justification and consolation, picking its parts for their own use, the Judge with his Midas-like ears and his companions, Ignorance and Suspicion, Calumny and Envy, Artifice and Deceit, shamed only in their wickedness by Repentance who turned her eyes away before the solitary, yet approaching figure of Truth.
We do not want open discussion because--as we have already touched on--we are basically afraid, reluctant, and otherwise hostile to facing the truths, conflicts, and confusions which might surface when we do communicate with each other naturally.