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[edit] octothorpe

OCK-tuh-thorp

noun

Etymology

from octalthorpe, probably humorous blend of octal, an eight-point pin used in electronic connections (from the eight points of the symbol) and the name of James Edward Oglethorpe [1]

Definition

The symbol (#) [2]


[edit] odyssey

ODD-i-see

noun

Etymology

1601, from Latin Odyssea, from Greek Odysseia, name of the Homeric epic poem of ancient Greece, relating the 10-year wanderings of Odysseus, king of Ithaca, after the Trojan War. Figurative sense of "long, adventurous journey" is first recorded 1889. [3]

Definition
  1. a long wandering or voyage usually marked by many changes of fortune
  2. an intellectual or spiritual wandering or quest [4]

[edit] ohm

OME

noun

Etymology

1867, from the German physicist Georg S. Ohm (1789-1854), who determined the law of the flow of electricity. Originally proposed as ohma (1861) as a unit of voltage [5]

Definition

the practical meter-kilogram-second unit of electric resistance equal to the resistance of a circuit in which a potential difference of one volt produces a current of one ampere [6]


[edit] onanism

OH-na-nizm

noun

Etymology

1727, from Onan, son of Judah (Gen. 38.9), who spilled his seed on the ground rather than impregnate his dead brother's wife: "And Onan knew that the seed should not be his; and it came to pass, when he went in unto his brother's wife, that he spilled it on the ground, lest that he should give seed to his brother." Somehow this was twisted by prudes into a prohibition of masturbation. [7]

Definition
  1. withdrawal of the penis in sexual intercourse so that ejaculation takes place outside the vagina
  2. coitus interruptus
  3. masturbation [8]


[edit] orphic

ORE-fick

adjective

Etymology

1678, from Orpheus, master musician of Thrace, son of Eagrus and Calliope, husband of Eurydice, whose name (of unknown origin) was associated with mystic doctrines [9]

Definition
  1. of or ascribed to Orpheus: the Orphic poems; Orphic mysteries.
  2. relating to, or characteristic of the dogmas, mysteries, and philosophical principles set forth in the poems ascribed to Orpheus.
  3. capable of casting a charm or spell; entrancing [10]


[edit] ottoman

AH-tuh-mun

noun

Etymology

of or belonging to Arabic masculine proper name Uthman, which in Turkish is pronounced Othman, name of the founder of the dynasty and empire. The type of couch so called (1806) because one reclined on it, which was associated with Eastern customs [11]

Definition
  1. an upholstered often overstuffed seat or couch usually without a back
  2. an overstuffed footstool
  3. a heavy clothing fabric characterized by pronounced crosswise ribs [12]


[edit] oxford

OCKS-ferd

noun

Etymology

from the city of Oxford, England [13]

Definition
  1. a low shoe laced or tied over the instep
  2. a soft durable cotton or synthetic fabric made in plain or basket weaves —called also oxford cloth [14]
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