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(both: äsh), city, W Czech Republic, in Bohemia, near the Bavarian border. It is a textile center and also manufactures lace, woolens, embroidery, and carpets.


symbol for the element arsenicarsenic
, a semimetallic chemical element; symbol As; at. no. 33; at. wt. 74.92160; m.p. 817°C; (at 28 atmospheres pressure); sublimation point 613°C;; sp. gr. (stable form) 5.73; valence −3, 0, +3, or +5.
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automatic sprinkler

A sprinkler head having a nozzle which is normally closed, but opens when exposed to a predetermined quantity of heat—either by the melting of a fusible element or by the rupturing of a liquid-filled glass bulb.
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1. an ancient Roman unit of weight approximately equal to 1 pound troy (373 grams)
2. the standard monetary unit and copper coin of ancient Rome
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The country code for American Samoa.
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(1) See autonomous system.

(2) See authentication server.

(3) (Application System) An IBM mainframe 4GL that runs under MVS. It was originally designed for non-computer people and includes commands for planning, budgeting and graphics. However, a programmer can also produce complex applications. It also provides computer conferencing.
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Herr Benjamenta closes himself down into this world of deer memorabilia - almost as though it was he who'd been wounded in the testicle.
His color, with its interfusions and hazy indirections, allies itself with that of late-19th-century Symbolism--the work of Odilon Redon, for example, who spoke of "the shudder of the colored surface by tone over tone."(7) The idea of synesthesia is central to this esthetic; it' as though Olitski wanted to render the experience of color as some far more intimate and indefinite exchange than seeing alone affords--as flavor or scent, perhaps.
Displayed in a room of their own were human bones, each outfitted with an engraved silver band Viewers were invited to handle the bones and, in so doing, to imagine a death, perhaps a violent one, as though it were their own; to engage in the perversity of holding someone's bones, as though they were art; to remember their own sublime moments of fear or terror or alienation, as though they belonged to another.
One feels that the paint has been patiently rubbed into the still-visible tooth of the canvas rather than laid on top of it, as though the evident mordancy of the imagery were assuaged by the bleak but forbearing tenderness of its execution.