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confusionThe running together of the traces from different radio sources in the output of a radio telescope. Confusion becomes important at the value of flux density when there is, on average, more than about one source in the beam at once. The radio telescope becomes confusion limited when this flux density is appreciably higher than its sensitivity. Further increase in sensitivity will not then result in fainter sources being detected.
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where God confounded speech of mankind. [O.T.: Genesis 11:7–9]
from Hospital of St. Mary of Bethlehem, former English insane asylum. [Br. Folklore: Jobes, 193]
Comedy of Errors, The
amnesia victim whose identity becomes doubtful when the same identity is claimed by an insane woman. [Ital. Drama: Pirandello As You Desire Me in Sobel, 35]
two pairs of identical twins wreak social havoc in Ephesus. [Br. Drama: Shakespeare The Comedy of Errors]
half-divine priests of Cybele; celebrated noisy festivals in her honor. [Gk. Myth.: Howe, 67]
“the other Judas, not Iscariot.” [N.T.: John 14:22]
maze at Knossos where Minotaur lived. [Gk. Myth.: Hall, 185]
Pantagruelian Law Case
Milton’s capital of the devils. [Br. Lit.: Paradise Lost]
not understanding the defense, judge gives incomprehensible verdict. [Fr. Lit.: Pantagruel]
Egyptian morass, “where armies whole have sunk.” [Br. Lit.: Paradise Lost]
“We’ve looked and looked, but after all where are we?” [Am. Lit.: “The Star-Splitter” in Hart, 799]
Allusions—Cultural, Literary, Biblical, and Historical: A Thematic Dictionary. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.