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(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.



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.

vis, vice, vise

A spiral staircase generally of stone, whose steps wind around a central shaft or newel; a screw stair.


(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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A VIS takeover would give Inner Workings staff their best hope of keeping jobs.
After the ribbon cutting, David Gaggin, Cobham's president, and Ralph Marrone, Cobham's general manager, took Bradley on a tour of the Manchester facility, accompanied by Harrington, LTC Clyde Richards, PM DCATS' Product Manager, Defense Wide Transmission Systems, MAJ Ron Claiborne, who manages the effort to acquire VIS for PM DWTS, Suzanne Jenniches and David Watson of Northup Grumman Corporation Electronic Systems, which is the Army's prime contractor and integrator of VIS and Steve Collier and Nick Heyes of Cobham.
He said that the reason for the planned expansion into the Danish market is increased growth potential for VIS.
The move will see the VIS workforce expand to 300 by the end of the year 2000.
VIS players are connected directly to a television; stereo audio connections can also be established.
Mr Hustinx also pinpoints a potential data protection loophole caused by Ireland and the United Kingdom's opt-out of the EU's common visa policy and hence of the VIS.
Overall, the "user-friendly" nature of the system prompted faculty to take up VIS rather quickly, oftentimes training themselves via an instructional tape available on the system's menu.
Presenting the proposal, a Commission official was at pains to stress that its proposal would not allow police to 'trawl' the VIS i.
It should be noted that the Commission on February 12, 2004 tabled a draft Decision to enable VIS be funded from the EU Budget.
The proposal would make available Euro 30 million from the EU Budget to fund the project but the Committee wants to know what will be in VIS before giving the green light.
The draft Decision tabled on February 12 does not specify the data to be included in VIS, its technical make-up and who has access to it, as the EU Council of Ministers has not yet given the Commission guidelines on this.