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Vis (vēs), Gr. Issa, Ital. Lissa, island, 35 sq mi (91 sq km), Croatia, off the Dalmatian coast in the Adriatic. A popular resort, its chief industries are fishing, citrus farming, and wine making. Its chief town, also named Vis, is a picturesque village on the north coast. Ancient Issa was a Greek colony from the 4th cent. B.C. and later prospered under the Romans. From 996 to 1797 it was a Venetian possession, and in the Napoleonic Wars (1803–15) it changed hands among the Austrians, the French, and the British. From the Congress of Vienna (1815) until 1918 the island belonged to Hungary. Two important naval battles occurred off Vis: in 1811, the British won a victory over the French, and in the Austro-Prussian War of 1866 the Austrians under Admiral Wilhelm von Tegetthoff thoroughly defeated the Italian fleet. There are many ancient remains on the island, notably Roman baths, mosaic pavements, and several old Roman Catholic and Orthodox Eastern churches.
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an island in the Adriatic Sea, in the group of Dalmatian Islands, belonging to Yugoslavia. Area, 90.3 sq km; population, about 7,000 (1961). The island is composed of chalky limestones. Its relief is a strongly karsted plateau reaching 587 m in altitude in the west. The average January temperature is about 19° C and that of July is 24° C. Precipitation is about 560 mm a year. Vis is covered with evergreen oak forests and shrubs. There is viticulture and sea fishing. The town of Vis is in the north.

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vis, vice, vise

A spiral staircase generally of stone, whose steps wind around a central shaft or newel; a screw stair.
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(1) (Voice Information Service) A variety of voice processing service applications.

(2) (Visible Image Size) The actual viewing area on a CRT. In the late 1990s, the CRT industry had an honesty attack and began to provide the actual viewing size along with the overall designation (14", 15", 17" etc.) which had always been slightly exaggerated. See viewable image.
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VIS will contain all the Schengen visa applications, as well as all the decisions made regarding these applications.
The sale price of the holdings in VIS totals ISK15.9bn, of which Kaupthing Bank will book ISK7.0bn as profit.
The VIS iTV joint venture, in which Telewest and VIS are each investing up to GBP2m, will commission games both from VIS and third party games developers.
A takeover would give VIS a back-door route to a stock market listing.
In its prototypical design, VIS consisted of 180 remote locations linked via fiber optics to a central media distribution facility on campus.
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Vis Divide allows for the placement of multiple cables into a single conduit, and it includes a fabric divider, molded directly into the conduit allowing operators flexibility in deployment and high efficiency--optimizing network infrastructure space and easing cable replacement.
Industry executives say that VIS has landed more drive IC orders than expected mainly due to Renesas Electronics Corp.'s withdrawal from supplying drive ICs for large LCDs, and brisk tablet PC demand fueling the migration of the process technology for the drive ICs to 0.18-micron node.
Department of Commerce Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP), and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law Center for International Legal Education (CILE), the Vis Middle East Pre-Moot saw participation from teams including the University of Baghdad, University of Bahrain, University of Jordan, Qatar University, Sultan Qaboos University in Oman, the Faculty of Legal, Political and Social Sciences of Tunis, and the United Arab Emirates University.
Amit Gupta - Director, vis a vis, played host at a successful cocktail evening that witnessed the presence of eminent architects, interior designers, builders and developers alike.
The sites feature improved navigation and downloadable brochures on VIS's brake safety products and robotic wheel polisher.