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symbol for the element berylliumberyllium
[from beryl ], metallic chemical element; symbol Be; at. no. 4; at. wt. 9.01218; m.p. about 1,278°C;; b.p. 2,970°C; (estimated); sp. gr. 1.85 at 20°C;; valence +2.
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The country code for Belgium.


(1) (Be, Inc., Menlo Park, CA) A software company founded in 1990 by Jean Louise Gassee, former head of R&D at Apple, that specialized in the BeOS operating system. BeOS was originally developed for Be's own PowerPC-based machine known as the BeBox. An advanced object-oriented operating system that supports multiprocessing and multithreading, BeOS was designed for multimedia applications, including 3D graphics.

The BeBox hardware was later dropped, and BeOS was made available for the Mac and x86 machines. An Internet appliance version (BeIA) was developed that lived a short time in a Sony handheld. Throughout 2001, BeOS was distributed by Gobe Software, which was the developer of an office suite for that environment (see gobeProductive). In late 2001, the technology assets and intellectual property of Be were acquired by Palm.

(2) (Big Endian) See byte order.
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Well, I'm a-goin' ter be that rock, Timothy; I am, I am!" she vowed, as she turned and led Pollyanna up the broad steps.
"I'm interested to hear you blame self-indulgence in others," retorted Philip acidly.
"I'm going into Tercanbury this afternoon to sell the jewellery."
I'm good f'ler an' I knows when an'body treats me right!"
"He don' know I'm damn goo' f'ler," cried he, dismally.
"I'm so used to living nearer the sun," replied the Rainbow's Daughter, "that at first I feared I would freeze down here.
"I'm going to try to find my way to the Emerald City, which is in the fairy Land of Oz.
"I'm jealous sometimes, too," confessed Sara Ray, "and so my first resolution will be 'I shall try not to feel jealous when I hear the other girls in school describing all the sick spells they've had.'"
I promised my father; and besides that, I'm attached to the place.
Just as soon as I've decided that I'm pretty I begin to feel miserably that I'm not.
`Oh, I'm not particular as to size,' Alice hastily replied;
Not that I'm asking to be invited to lunch," she added, with a smile; "but I'm sure you understand my position."