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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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(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.





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.


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






The country code for American Samoa.


(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.
At that point we wanted it to appear almost as though Kraus were telling the tale.
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.
Klapheck's sewing machines, motorcycles, adding machines, and occasionally things less easily identified (The Party, 1992, depicts a gas mask of the type Israeli civilians used during the Gulf War) are rendered with great clarity of outline and volumetric concreteness, as though to flatter the eye's desire for something it can fully grasp, and yet they also take on a disturbing categorical opacity, an uncanny intimation that they merely disguise some other form of existence whose significance is completely inaccessible.
In contrast, the surfaces of the later, untitled grids seem almost inhumanly slick, as though made by a robotic hand.
It is as though the space were secretly alive however inert it appears.