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  • tortilla (food)

    Tortilla, round, thin, flat bread of Mexico made from unleavened cornmeal or, less commonly, wheat flour. Traditionally the corn (maize) for tortillas was boiled with unslaked lime to soften the kernels and loosen the hulls. (This lime was the principal source of calcium in the Mexican diet.) The

  • Tortilla Flat (film by Fleming [1942])

    Victor Fleming: The 1940s: …solid adaptation of John Steinbeck’s Tortilla Flat, but Tracy’s portrayal of a gruff fisherman was less effective there than in Captains Courageous. Tracy returned for A Guy Named Joe (1943), costarring with Irene Dunne in an overlong but often moving love story.

  • Tortilla Flat (novel by Steinbeck)

    Tortilla Flat, novel by John Steinbeck, published in 1935. The first of his novels to be set in the Monterey peninsula of California, this episodic, humorous tale of the adventures of a group of pleasure-loving Mexican Americans contains some of Steinbeck’s most interesting characters. The men

  • tortoise (reptile)

    Tortoise, (family Testudinidae), any member of the turtle family Testudinidae. Formerly, the term tortoise was used to refer to any terrestrial turtle. The testudinids are easily recognized because all share a unique hind-limb anatomy made up of elephantine (or cylindrical) hind limbs and hind

  • tortoise beetle (insect)

    Tortoise beetle, (subfamily Cassidinae), any member of more than 3,000 beetle species that resemble a turtle because of the forward and sideways extensions of the body. Tortoise beetles range between 5 and 12 mm (less than 0.5 inch) in length, and the larvae are spiny. Both adults and larvae of

  • tortoiseshell (ornament)

    Tortoiseshell, ornamental material obtained from the curved horny shields forming the shell of the hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata). The marbled, varicoloured pattern and deep translucence of the plates have long been valued for manufacture of jewelry and other items. Tortoiseshell was

  • tortoiseshell ware (pottery)

    Tortoiseshell ware, earthenware with variegated, surface colour made in Staffordshire, England, in the 18th century. It was a subdivision of the “clouded” (agate) ware made about 1755–60 at Staffordshire, especially by Thomas Whieldon. The brown colour of the tortoiseshell ware is derived from

  • Tortola (island, British Virgin Islands)

    Tortola, largest of the British Virgin Islands, part of the Lesser Antilles chain, which separates the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea. Its name is from the Spanish tórtola (“turtle dove”). It lies about 60 miles (100 km) east of Puerto Rico. Tortola is composed of a long chain of steep hills

  • Tortona (Italy)

    Tortona, town and episcopal see, Piemonte (Piedmont) regione, northwestern Italy, on the Scrivia River, east of the city of Alessandria. Founded by the Ligurians, it became a Roman colony in 148 bc. A Guelf stronghold in the Middle Ages, it was destroyed by the emperor Frederick I Barbarossa in

  • Tortonian Stage (stratigraphy)

    Tortonian Stage, division of middle Miocene rocks, representing all rocks deposited worldwide during the Tortonian Age (11.6 million to 7.2 million years ago) of the Neogene Period (23 million to 2.6 million years ago). The stage is named for exposures in the region of Tortona, in the Italian

  • Tortosa (Syria)

    ?ar?ūs, town, western Syria, situated on the Mediterranean coast opposite Arwād Island. It was founded in antiquity as Antaradus, a colony of Aradus (now Arwād Island). It was rebuilt in 346 ce by Emperor Constantine I and flourished during Roman and Byzantine times. Crusaders occupied ?ar?ūs, then

  • Tortosa (Spain)

    Tortosa, city, Tarragona provincia (province), in the comunidad autónoma (autonomous community) of Catalonia, northeastern Spain, on the Ebro River, southwest of the city of Tarragona. Tortosa originated as the Dertosa of the Iberians; replanned by the Roman general Scipio Africanus, it was

  • Tortosa, Disputation of (Spanish history)

    Joseph Albo: …to have participated in the Disputation of Tortosa (1413–14), a definitive confrontation between Spanish Jews and Christians, in which he distinguished himself by his ability to explain Jewish scriptures. The Sefer ha-?iqqarim, completed in Castile about 1425 (although not published for some 60 years), was probably intended as a work…

  • Tortotubus protuberans (fungus)

    fungus: Evolution and phylogeny of fungi: Fossils of Tortotubus protuberans, a filamentous fungus, date to the early Silurian Period (440 million years ago) and are thought to be the oldest known fossils of a terrestrial organism. However, in the absence of an extensive fossil record, biochemical characters have served as useful markers in…

  • Tortricidae (insect)

    Leaf roller moth, any member of the worldwide insect family Tortricidae (order Lepidoptera), named for the characteristic leaf rolling habit of the larvae. The name bell moth arises from the shape of the adult’s folded, squarish forewings. These moths are characterized by their stout bodies, s

  • Tortricoidea (insect superfamily)

    lepidopteran: Annotated classification: Superfamily Tortricoidea 6,100 species in 1 family; adults with fairly broad, short-fringed wings that seldom span more than 2.5 cm (1 inch); most have cryptic coloration and patterns; larvae mostly leaf folders and rollers, but many bore in fruits, seeds, and soft stems. Family Tortricidae (leaf…

  • Tortrix viridana (moth)

    lepidopteran: Annotated classification: …leaf litter; larvae of the green leaf roller of Europe (Tortrix viridana) defoliate oak forests; the spruce budworm (Choristoneura fumiferana) is the worst forest pest of North America. Superfamily Tineoidea More than 4,000 species worldwide; a large group of families of mostly small moths of diverse habits; all have some…

  • Tortue Island (island, Haiti)

    Tortue Island, Caribbean island off the northern coast of Haiti opposite Port-de-Paix. European adventurers settled Tortue in 1629, in conjunction with trying to establish a foothold on the neighbouring island of Hispaniola (now comprising Haiti and the Dominican Republic). Known as filibusters and

  • tortuga (instrument)

    Geophone, trade name for an acoustic detector that responds to ground vibrations generated by seismic waves. Geophones—also called jugs, pickups, and tortugas—are placed on the ground surface in various patterns, or arrays, to record the vibrations generated by explosives in seismic reflection and

  • Tortuga, Isla de la (island, Haiti)

    Tortue Island, Caribbean island off the northern coast of Haiti opposite Port-de-Paix. European adventurers settled Tortue in 1629, in conjunction with trying to establish a foothold on the neighbouring island of Hispaniola (now comprising Haiti and the Dominican Republic). Known as filibusters and

  • Tortugas, Las (islands, West Indies)

    Cayman Islands, island group and overseas territory of the United Kingdom in the Caribbean Sea, comprising the islands of Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, and Cayman Brac, situated about 180 miles (290 km) northwest of Jamaica. The islands are the outcroppings of a submarine mountain range that extends

  • Tortula (plant)

    Screw moss, any member of the moss genus Tortula (subclass Bryidae), which form yellow-green or reddish brown cushions on walls, soil, rocks, trees, and sand dunes in the Northern Hemisphere. About 25 of the 144 species are native to North America; the best-known species in both North America and

  • torture

    Torture, the infliction of severe physical or mental pain or suffering for a purpose, such as extracting information, coercing a confession, or inflicting punishment. It is normally committed by a public official or other person exercising comparable power and authority. Although the effectiveness

  • Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, Convention against (international agreement)

    international law: Individuals: …Discrimination Against Women (1979), the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (1984), and the Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989). With the exception of the convention on genocide, these agreements also have established monitoring committees, which, depending on the terms of the…

  • Torture, Committee against (United Nations committee)

    torture: International response: …against Torture also established a Committee against Torture, which is composed of 10 independent experts who review reports submitted by state parties to the convention, initiate inquiries into apparent systematic practices of torture, and, if states explicitly agree, examine individual complaints of torture. Except for the power to initiate inquiries,…

  • Torula (genus of fungi)

    yeast: Torula is a genus of wild yeasts that are imperfect, never forming sexual spores.

  • torulosis (pathology)

    Cryptococcosis, a chronic fungal infection of humans caused by Cryptococcocus neoformans and C. bacillispora. The organism may be present in soil or dust and is often found in pigeon droppings, with resulting high concentrations on window ledges and around other nesting places. How humans become

  • Toruń (Poland)

    Toruń, city, one of two capitals (with Bydgoszcz) of Kujawsko-Pomorskie województwo (province), north-central Poland, on the Vistula River. A river port, rail and road junction, and cultural centre, it is the birthplace (1473) of the astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus (Miko?aj Kopernik) and the seat of

  • Toruń, Treaty of (1466)

    Thirteen Years' War: …and was concluded by the Treaty of Toruń (Thorn; Oct. 19, 1466). In 1454 rebel Prussian groups petitioned Casimir IV of Poland for aid against the Knights. Casimir declared war on them, and in 1462 won the decisive Battle of Puck. In the Treaty of Toruń, the Teutonic Order surrendered…

  • torus (physics)

    accretion disk: Physical description: …geometrically thick, resembling more a torus than a disk.

  • torus (mathematics)

    mathematics: Riemann: …of complex functions on a torus.)

  • torus molding (architecture)

    order: …profiles; these may include a torus (a convex molding that is semicircular in profile), a scotia (with a concave profile), and one or more fillets, or narrow bands.

  • Torvalds, Linus (Finnish computer scientist)

    Linus Torvalds, Finnish computer scientist who was the principal force behind the development of the Linux operating system. At age 10 Torvalds began to dabble in computer programming on his grandfather’s Commodore VIC-20. In 1991, while a computer science student at the University of Helsinki

  • Torvaldsson, Eirik (Norwegian explorer)

    Erik the Red, founder of the first European settlement on Greenland (c. 985) and the father of Leif Erikson, one of the first Europeans to reach North America. According to the Icelanders’ sagas, Erik left his native Norway for western Iceland with his father, Thorvald, who had been exiled for

  • Torvill and Dean (English figure skaters)

    Torvill and Dean, English figure skaters who revolutionized the sport of ice dancing. At the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia (now in Bosnia and Herzegovina), Jayne Torvill (b. October 7, 1957, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England) and Christopher Dean (in full Christopher Colin Dean;

  • Torvill, Jayne (English figure skater)

    Torvill and Dean: Torvill and Dean were already accomplished figure skaters with other partners when they first joined forces in 1975—Torvill was the British junior pairs champion, Dean the British junior ice dance champion. They built their partnership into a formidable dance team while working full-time, Torvill as…

  • Torwa (historical state, Africa)

    Southern Africa: Torwa, Mutapa, and Rozwi: In the second half of the 15th century Great Zimbabwe came to an abrupt end. Its successor in the southwest was Torwa, with its centre at Khami; in the north it was replaced by the Mutapa state. The new culture at…

  • Tory (United States history)

    Loyalist, colonist loyal to Great Britain during the American Revolution. Loyalists constituted about one-third of the population of the American colonies during that conflict. They were not confined to any particular group or class, but their numbers were strongest among the following groups:

  • Tory Party (political party, United Kingdom)

    Conservative Party, in the United Kingdom, a political party whose guiding principles include the promotion of private property and enterprise, the maintenance of a strong military, and the preservation of traditional cultural values and institutions. Since World War I the Conservative Party and

  • Tory Party (historical political party, England)

    Whig and Tory: Tory, members of two opposing political parties or factions in England, particularly during the 18th century. Originally “Whig” and “Tory” were terms of abuse introduced in 1679 during the heated struggle over the bill to exclude James, duke of York (afterward James II), from the…

  • Tory, Geoffroy (French printer)

    Geoffroy Tory, publisher, printer, author, orthographic reformer, and prolific engraver who was mainly responsible for the French Renaissance style of book decoration and who played a leading part in popularizing in France the roman letter as against the prevailing Gothic. His important

  • Torzhok (Russia)

    Torzhok, city, Tver oblast (region), western Russia, on the Tvertsa River, 37 miles (60 km) west of Tver. The first recorded mention of Torzhok dates from 1139. In the 14th century it became the centre of a small rural district in the Novgorod Feudal Republic, on the trade route between Novgorod

  • TOS (pathology)

    Thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS), name given for a spectrum of symptoms caused by compression of the brachial nerve plexus, which innervates the arm, and the subclavian artery and vein that provide blood circulation to the arm. The syndrome is typically diagnosed in people between 20 and 40 years of

  • Tosa (historical region, Japan)

    Tosa, Historic region of the Japanese island of Shikoku. It dates at least to the Heian period, when Ki no Tsurayuki (868?–945?), editor of Japan’s first imperially commissioned poetry anthology, wrote a fictional diary drawing on his experiences as governor of Tosa. In 1571 it became a unified

  • Tosa Diary, The (work by Ki Tsurayuki)

    Japanese literature: Prose: …for his Tosa nikki (936; The Tosa Diary), the account of his homeward journey to Kyōto from the province of Tosa, where he had served as governor. Tsurayuki wrote this diary in Japanese, though men at the time normally kept their diaries in Chinese; that may explain why he pretended…

  • Tosa Fujimitsu (Japanese painter)

    Tosa Mitsuoki, Japanese painter of the early Edo period (1603–1867) who revived the Tosa school of painting (founded in the 15th century and devoted to the Yamato-e, or paintings specializing in subject matter and techniques derived from ancient Japanese art as opposed to schools influenced by

  • Tosa Mitsunobu (Japanese painter)

    Tosa Mitsunobu, painter generally regarded as the founder of the Tosa school of Japanese painting. A member of an aristocratic family that had traditionally served as painters to the Imperial court, he was head of the court painting bureau from 1493 to 1496. In 1518 he was appointed chief artist to

  • Tosa Mitsuoki (Japanese painter)

    Tosa Mitsuoki, Japanese painter of the early Edo period (1603–1867) who revived the Tosa school of painting (founded in the 15th century and devoted to the Yamato-e, or paintings specializing in subject matter and techniques derived from ancient Japanese art as opposed to schools influenced by

  • Tosa nikki (work by Ki Tsurayuki)

    Japanese literature: Prose: …for his Tosa nikki (936; The Tosa Diary), the account of his homeward journey to Kyōto from the province of Tosa, where he had served as governor. Tsurayuki wrote this diary in Japanese, though men at the time normally kept their diaries in Chinese; that may explain why he pretended…

  • Tosa school (Japanese painting)

    Tosa school, hereditary school of Japanese artists, consisting of members of the Tosa clan and other artists adopted into the clan, forming an official school contemporary with that of the Kanō family. Both lineages claim descent from great 15th-century masters of Japanese art. The two schools

  • tosafot (Judaism)

    Tosafot, (Hebrew: “additions”), critical remarks and notes on selective passages of the Talmud that were written mostly by unknown Jewish scholars in Germany, in Italy, and especially in France during the 12th to 14th century. Experts are undecided whether tosafot were meant to be direct c

  • Tosafot Yom Tov (work by Heller)

    Yom ?ov Lipmann ben Nathan ha-Levi Heller: …his commentary on the Mishna, Tosafot Yom ?ov (1614–17, 2nd ed. 1643–44; “The Additions of Yom ?ov”). Heller’s commentary was intended to serve as a supplement to the commentary of Obadiah of Bertinoro; both works are found in many modern editions of the Mishna.

  • Tōsan (region, Japan)

    Chūbu: Tōsan—consisting of the inland prefectures of Yamanashi, Nagano, and Gifu—was the sericultural (silkworm-raising) centre of Japan before World War II. In addition to rice, fruit and mulberry trees are grown; the major manufactures are precision instruments. The area’s high mountains and deep gorges are a…

  • tosaphoth (Judaism)

    Tosafot, (Hebrew: “additions”), critical remarks and notes on selective passages of the Talmud that were written mostly by unknown Jewish scholars in Germany, in Italy, and especially in France during the 12th to 14th century. Experts are undecided whether tosafot were meant to be direct c

  • Tosar (Zoroastrian priest)

    Ardashīr I: …and he and his priest Tosar are credited with collecting the holy texts and establishing a unified doctrine. Two treatises, The Testament of Ardashīr and The Letter of Tosar, are attributed to them. As patron of the church, Ardashīr appears in Zoroastrian tradition as a sage. As founder of the…

  • Tosari (Indonesia)

    Java: Land: At Tosari (elevation 5,692 feet [1,735 metres]) in the interior highlands, the highs and lows average 72 °F (22 °C) and 47 °F (8 °C). Java’s soils are very fertile because of periodic enrichment by volcanic ash.

  • Tosca (opera by Puccini)

    Tosca, opera in three acts by Italian composer Giacomo Puccini (Italian libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa) that premiered at the Costanzi Theatre in Rome on January 14, 1900. Based on French playwright Victorien Sardou’s popular play La Tosca (1887), the opera is about political

  • Tosca, La (play by Sardou)

    Tosca: …playwright Victorien Sardou’s popular play La Tosca (1887), the opera is about political intrigue and romance in the days of the Napoleonic wars. (See French revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars.)

  • Toscana (region, Italy)

    Tuscany, regione (region), west-central Italy. It lies along the Tyrrhenian and Ligurian seas and comprises the province (provinces) of Massa-Carrara, Lucca, Pistoia, Prato, Firenze, Livorno, Pisa, Arezzo, Siena, and Grosseto. Tuscany is a transitional region occupying much of the former grand

  • Toscanella (Italy)

    Tuscania, town, Lazio (Latium) regione, central Italy, west of Viterbo. The ancient city was a prosperous Etruscan centre in the 3rd century bc, and Etruscan tombs have been found nearby. Until a disastrous earthquake in 1971, the town contained many relics and treasures of the Etruscan, Roman, and

  • Toscanelli, Paolo (Italian cosmographer)

    Leon Battista Alberti: Contribution to philosophy, science, and the arts: …friendship with the Florentine cosmographer Paolo Toscanelli was of comparable practical and scientific importance. It was Toscanelli who provided Columbus with the map that guided him on his first voyage. Alberti seems to have collaborated with him in astronomy rather than geography, but the two sciences were closely bound at…

  • Toscani, Oliviero (Italian photographer and advertising designer)

    Luciano Benetton: …“tastemaker” Luciano and creative director Oliviero Toscani began creating “shock” advertising campaigns—including a duck drenched with crude oil, a man’s naked derriere stamped “HIV Positive,” and the blood-soaked uniform of a soldier killed in Bosnia and Herzegovina—which focused not on the company’s products but on controversial social issues. Luciano argued…

  • Toscanini Orchestra (music organization)

    NBC Symphony, American orchestra created in 1937 by the National Broadcasting Company expressly for the internationally renowned conductor Arturo Toscanini. Based in New York City, the orchestra gave weekly concerts that were broadcast worldwide over NBC radio. Often billed as the Toscanini O

  • Toscanini, Arturo (Italian conductor)

    Arturo Toscanini, Italian conductor, considered one of the great virtuoso conductors of the first half of the 20th century. Toscanini studied at the conservatories of Parma and Milan, intending to become a cellist. At the age of 19, when playing at the opera house at Rio de Janeiro, he was called

  • Tosco-Emiliano Apennines (mountain range, Italy)

    Apennine Range: Physiography: …of the Apennines are the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines, with a maximum height of 7,103 feet at Mount Cimone; the Umbrian-Marchigian Apennines, with their maximum elevation (8,130 feet) at Mount Vettore; the Abruzzi Apennines, 9,554 feet at Mount Corno; the Campanian Apennines, 7,352 feet at Mount Meta; the

  • Tosefta (Judaism)

    Tosefta, (Aramaic: Supplement, or Addition), a collection of oral traditions related to Jewish oral law. In form and content the Tosefta is quite similar to the Mishna, the first authoritative codification of such laws, which was given its final form early in the 3rd century ad by Judah ha-Nasi.

  • Tōseiha (Japanese political group)

    Ugaki Kazushige: …War II headed the so-called Control Faction of the Japanese army, a group that stressed the development of new weapons and opposed the rightist “Imperial Way” faction, which emphasized increased indoctrination of troops with ultranationalist ideology. Ugaki’s faction was in control of the military most of the time between 1920…

  • Tosh, Peter (Jamaican singer and songwriter)

    Peter Tosh, Jamaican singer-songwriter and a founding member of the Wailers, a popular reggae band of the 1960s and early 1970s. Tosh, Bob Marley, and Bunny Wailer formed the Wailers in 1963 in the Kingston ghetto of Trench Town. In addition to his rich baritone, Tosh brought to the Wailers his

  • Toshiba Corporation (Japanese corporation)

    Toshiba Corporation, major Japanese manufacturer of computers and electronic devices for consumers and industry. Headquarters are in Tokyo. The company was incorporated in 1939 as Tokyo Shibaura Electric Company, Ltd. (Japanese: Tōkyō Shibaura Denki KK), in the merger of Shibaura Engineering Works,

  • Tōshirō (Japanese potter)

    Seto ware: …ware is usually attributed to Katō Shirōzaemon (Tōshirō), who is said to have studied ceramic manufacture in southern China and produced pottery of his own in the Seto district upon his return. The wares, clearly influenced by those of the Southern Sung dynasty in China and those of the Kory?…

  • Toshisuke (prime minister of Japan)

    Itō Hirobumi, Japanese elder statesman (genro) and premier (1885–88, 1892–96, 1898, 1900–01), who played a crucial role in building modern Japan. He helped draft the Meiji constitution (1889) and brought about the establishment of a bicameral national Diet (1890). He was created a marquess in 1884

  • Toshkent (national capital, Uzbekistan)

    Tashkent, capital of Uzbekistan and the largest city in Central Asia. Tashkent lies in the northeastern part of the country. It is situated at an elevation of 1,475 to 1,575 feet (450 to 480 metres) in the Chirchiq River valley west of the Chatkal Mountains and is intersected by a series of canals

  • Tōshō Shrine (shrine, Nikkō, Japan)

    Nikkō: …been dominated by the great Tōshō Shrine, which contains the mausoleum of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first Tokugawa shogun. Also important is the Daiyuin mausoleum, dedicated to Tokugawa Iemitsu, the third Tokugawa shogun, who died in 1651. The shrines and associated buildings are notable for their vibrant red colour (symbolizing blood),…

  • Tōshō-gū (shrine, Nikkō, Japan)

    Nikkō: …been dominated by the great Tōshō Shrine, which contains the mausoleum of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first Tokugawa shogun. Also important is the Daiyuin mausoleum, dedicated to Tokugawa Iemitsu, the third Tokugawa shogun, who died in 1651. The shrines and associated buildings are notable for their vibrant red colour (symbolizing blood),…

  • Tōshōdai Temple (temple, Japan)

    Japanese art: Sculpture: …outside the Tōdai Temple complex, Tōshōdai Temple (founded in 759) was constructed for him, by some accounts from a structure disassembled and moved from the imperial palace. Housed in Tōshōdai Temple are several works using the new wood-core lacquer technique, including a 210-inch- (534-cm-) high, 11-headed, 1,000-armed Senju Kannon (Sahasrabhuja),…

  • Tōshūsai Sharaku (Japanese artist)

    Tōshūsai Sharaku, one of the most original Japanese artists of the Ukiyo-e movement (paintings and prints of the “floating world”). Tōshūsai is said to have been a nō actor in Awa province (now Tokushima prefecture). His extant works consist of fewer than 160 prints, chiefly of actors. These prints

  • Tosk (language)

    Albania: Languages: …of the Shkumbin River, and Tosk, spoken in the south. Geg dialects are also spoken in Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo, and North Macedonia, and Tosk dialects, though somewhat archaic as a result of centuries of separation from their place of origin in Albania, are prominent in the Albanian communities of Greece…

  • Tosk (people)

    Albania: Ethnic groups: …in the north and the Tosks in the south. Differences between the two groups were quite pronounced before World War II. Until the communist takeover in 1944, Albanian politics were dominated by the more numerous Gegs. Renowned for their independent spirit and fighting abilities, they traditionally opposed outside authority, whether…

  • Tospovirus (virus genus)

    bunyavirus: Nairovirus, Tospovirus, and Hantavirus. Most of these viruses are transmitted by arthropods (e.g., ticks, mosquitoes, and sand flies) and cause serious human disease, including certain types of viral hemorrhagic fever.

  • T?ss River Bridge (bridge, Switzerland)

    bridge: Maillart’s innovations: … near Hinterfultigen (1933), and the T?ss River footbridge near Wulflingen (1934). The Felsegg bridge has a 68-metre (226-foot) span and features for the first time two parallel arches, both three-hinged. Like the Salginatobel Bridge, the Felsegg bridge features X-shaped abutment hinges of reinforced concrete (invented by Freyssinet), which were more…

  • tossa jute (plant)

    Tossa jute, (Corchorus olitorius), annual herbaceous plant in the mallow family (Malvaceae), cultivated as a source of jute fibre and for its edible leaves. Tossa jute is grown throughout tropical Asia and Africa, and its mucilaginous leaves and young stems are commonly eaten as a vegetable similar

  • tostada (food)

    Tostada, a crispy fried tortilla, often spread with refried beans or guacamole and topped with vegetables and other ingredients. Popular in Mexico, the tortilla—usually a corn tortilla—is flat or bowl-shaped after frying and given a layer of beans or guacamole thick enough to hold the other

  • Tosu (Japan)

    Tosu, city, Saga ken (prefecture), Kyushu, Japan, in the Tsukushi Plain, on the Chikugo River. It was a post town for centuries, connecting northern Kyushu and the Nagasaki area until the Edo (Tokugawa) period (1603–1867). Modern Tosu is a railway junction for the Kagoshima and Nagasaki lines.

  • tosudite (mineral)

    clay mineral: Interstratified clay minerals: , rectorite (dioctahedral mica/montmorillonite), tosudite (dioctahedral chlorite/smectite), corrensite (trioctahedral vermiculite/chlorite), hydrobiotite (trioctahedral mica/vermiculite), aliettite (talc/saponite), and kulkeite (talc/chlorite). Other than the ABAB . . . type with equal numbers of the two component layers in a structure,

  • TOT strip (mineralogy)

    amphibole: Crystal structure: …(t-o-t) strips, also known as I beams, are approximately twice as wide in the b direction as the equivalent t-o-t strips in pyroxenes because of the doubling of the chains in the amphiboles. The t-o-t I beams are schematically shown in Figure 4B. The structure ruptures around the stronger I…

  • Total CFP (French company)

    Total SA, French oil company that ranks as one of the world’s major petroleum corporations. It engages in the exploration, refining, transport, and marketing of petroleum and petrochemical products. The firm also pursues business interests in coal mining, nuclear energy, and alternative energy

  • Total Compagnie Fran?aise des Pétroles (French company)

    Total SA, French oil company that ranks as one of the world’s major petroleum corporations. It engages in the exploration, refining, transport, and marketing of petroleum and petrochemical products. The firm also pursues business interests in coal mining, nuclear energy, and alternative energy

  • total cost (economics)

    Total cost, in economics, the sum of all costs incurred by a firm in producing a certain level of output. It is typically expressed as the combination of all fixed costs (e.g., the costs of a building lease and of heavy machinery), which do not change with the quantity of output produced, and all

  • total curvature (geometry)

    curvature: The total (or Gaussian) curvature (see differential geometry: Curvature of surfaces) is the product of the principal curvatures.

  • total differential equation

    Exact equation, type of differential equation that can be solved directly without the use of any of the special techniques in the subject. A first-order differential equation (of one variable) is called exact, or an exact differential, if it is the result of a simple differentiation. The equation

  • total digestible nutrient (agriculture)

    feed: Determination: … (ME), net energy (NE), or total digestible nutrients (TDN). These values differ with species. The gross energy (GE) value of a feed is the amount of heat liberated when it is burned in a bomb calorimeter. The drawback of using this value is that a substance such as wood and…

  • Total Eclipse (film by Holland)

    Leonardo DiCaprio: …The Basketball Diaries (1995) and Total Eclipse (1995), which focused on poet Arthur Rimbaud’s homosexual relationship with Paul Verlaine.

  • total eclipse (astronomy)

    Moon: Principal characteristics of the Earth-Moon system: …inner shadow (umbra) see a total eclipse. If the Moon is near apogee, it does not quite cover the Sun; the resulting eclipse is annular, and observers can see a thin ring of the solar disk around the Moon’s silhouette.

  • total efficiency (radiation detection)

    radiation measurement: Detection efficiency: …further subdivided into two types: total efficiency and peak efficiency. The total efficiency gives the probability that an incident quantum of radiation produces a pulse, regardless of size, from the detector. The peak efficiency is defined as the probability that the quantum will deposit all its initial energy in the…

  • total factor productivity

    productivity: …type of ratio is called “total factor” or “multifactor” productivity, and changes in it over time reflect the net saving of inputs per unit of output and thus increases in productive efficiency. It is sometimes also called the residual, since it reflects that portion of the growth of output that…

  • total fertility rate (statistics)

    fertility rate: …in population growth is the total fertility rate (TFR). If, on average, women give birth to 2.1 children and these children survive to the age of 15, any given woman will have replaced herself and her partner upon death. A TFR of 2.1 is known as the replacement rate. Generally…

  • total football system (sports)

    Ajax: …playing style, known as “total football,” soon became famous around the world. From 1966 Ajax won the Eredivisie six times in eight years, and in 1969 it became the first Dutch team to reach the final of the European Cup (now known as the Champions League). The club won…

  • Total Group (French company)

    Total SA, French oil company that ranks as one of the world’s major petroleum corporations. It engages in the exploration, refining, transport, and marketing of petroleum and petrochemical products. The firm also pursues business interests in coal mining, nuclear energy, and alternative energy

  • total heat (physics)

    Enthalpy, the sum of the internal energy and the product of the pressure and volume of a thermodynamic system. Enthalpy is an energy-like property or state function—it has the dimensions of energy (and is thus measured in units of joules or ergs), and its value is determined entirely by the

  • total internal reflection (physics)

    Total internal reflection, in physics, complete reflection of a ray of light within a medium such as water or glass from the surrounding surfaces back into the medium. The phenomenon occurs if the angle of incidence is greater than a certain limiting angle, called the critical angle. In general,

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