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restaurant resembling the railroad dining car. In the mid-19th cent., the first dining cars that appeared on trains were nothing more than an empty car with a fastened-down table. George M. Pullman, who had begun producing sleeping cars in 1858, soon began designing a dining car. By 1868, Pullman had designed the luxuriously and meticulously appointed "club car." Roadside diners, however, evolved from horse-drawn lunch wagons, whose origins date to the 1870s. Such wagons became more elaborate in the late 19th cent., and many became roadside fixtures on empty lots. Although some railroad dining cars were sold and turned into roadside restaurants, most roadside diners were factory-built restaurants that were assembled on their permanent site. Instead of the tables and white tablecloths of the early dining cars, they commonly had booths along one wall and a long counter down the other. In the 1920s and 30s, the diners that served America's growing highway system became a symbol of automobile travel. Diners from that era were sometimes art decoart deco
or art moderne
, term that designates a style of design that originated in French luxury goods shortly before World War I and became ubiquitously and internationally popular during the 1920s and 30s.
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 in design, sleek and streamlined.


See study by R. J. S. Gutman (1993).


A restaurant with a long counter and booths, originally sloped like a railroad car. Diners were designed as stationary evolutions of the railroad dining car minus the wheels. They usually had a counter with stools and a row of booths opposite. They featured large windows around the exterior above the level of the booths.


1. a person eating a meal, esp in a restaurant
2. Chiefly US and Canadian a small restaurant, often at the roadside
3. a fashionable bar, or a section of one, where food is served
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Dinor said: "Investors who had paid almost 90 per cent of the amount were urged to pay the rest to ensure a quick handover.
Mitsubishi Electric's DINOR flash memory enables customers to program using a single 3.
Programming occurs at a lower threshold voltage than erase in the DINOR flash architecture, the opposite of the NOR architecture.
which involves the cross licensing of Mitsubishi's DINOR and Hitachi's AND flash technologies, a joint effort with STMicroelectronics (formerly SGS-Thomson) to develop multilevel cell flash memory, and an agreement with Sharp Corporation, Intel Corporation, and Hitachi, Ltd.
DINOR offers the high-speed random-access capability of the NOR architecture, without NOR's over-erase problems or the need to set all bits to zero before erase.
As part of the extension of the agreement, SGS-THOMSON will also promote the DINOR product family.
BUSINESS WIRE)--May 19, 1997--Mitsubishi Electronics America's Electronic Device Group today announced an 8-Mbit DINOR MobileFLASH(tm) memory with BackGround Operation (BGO) that allows read operations to occur concurrently with program/erase operations.
Mitsubishi, inventor of the revolutionary DINOR flash memory architecture, developed the breakthrough BGO innovation to provide end users with multitasking capability, extended battery life and a more compact design for portable cellular, computing and communications applications.
today announced an addition to its MobileFLASH(TM) family of products with an 8-Mbit, CMOS boot-block DINOR Flash-memory device.
The company introduced the industry's first 16-Mbit DINOR Flash memory product in November 1995.
The module characterizes all FLASH topographies including NAND cells, NOR, DINOR and other electrically erasable architectures.