Geometrical entities characterized by basic patterns that are repeated at ever decreasing sizes. For example, trees describe an approximate fractal pattern, as the trunk divides into branches which further subdivide into smaller branches which ultimately subdivide into twigs; at each stage of division the pattern is a smaller version of the original. Fractals are not able to fill spaces, and hence are described as having fractional dimensions. They were devised in 1967 by French mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot 1924-86, during a study of the length of the coastline of Britain. They are relevant to any system involving self-similarity repeated on diminishing scales, such as in the study of chaos, forked lightning or the movement of oil through porous rock. They are also used in computer graphics and in lossy image compression,
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A steel or wood cover-plate, fitted one to each side of a fished joint between successive lengths of beam or rail. Also fish-bar, fish yiece, shin, sylice yiece.
A gauze or grid of wire, or coiled corru
A length unit equal to 10
Thickening of varnish in the can, esp the appearance of gelatinous bits. Also curdling, livering.
The fixed headstock of a lathe,
One resembling a flexible cable,
The concentration c of adsorbate is related to the equilibrium partial pressure p as c=aph, where a and h are empirical constants.
The semi-sitting position in which the patient may be placed in bed after an abdominal operation with head elevated and knees drawn up so that the pelvis is the lowest part of the body,