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  • Session, Court of (Scotland)

    Scotland: Justice: …same as those of the Court of Session, the supreme court for civil cases. An appeal may be directed to the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom from the Court of Session but not from the High Court of Justiciary. The Court of Session, consisting of the lord president, the…

  • sessions (law)

    Assize, in law, a session, or sitting, of a court of justice. It originally signified the method of trial by jury. During the Middle Ages the term was applied to certain court sessions held in the counties of England; it was also applied in France to special sessions of the Parlement of Paris (the

  • Sessions Settlement (Utah, United States)

    Bountiful, city, Davis county, northern Utah, U.S., between the Wasatch Range and Great Salt Lake, just north of Salt Lake City. The second Mormon settlement (after Salt Lake City) in Utah, the city was originally called Sessions’ Settlement (for Perrigrine Sessions, a Mormon pioneer who arrived in

  • Sessions, George (American environmentalist)

    environmentalism: Social ecology and deep ecology: …Devall, and the American philosopher George Sessions, share with social ecologists a distrust of capitalism and industrial technology and favour decentralized forms of social organization. Deep ecologists also claim that humans need to regain a “spiritual” relationship with nonhuman nature. By understanding the interconnectedness of all organisms—including humans—in the ecosphere…

  • Sessions, Jeff (United States senator and attorney general)

    Jeff Sessions, American lawyer and politician who served as U.S. attorney general (2017–18) in the administration of Pres. Donald Trump. He previously represented Alabama in the U.S. Senate (1997–2017). Sessions grew up in Hybart, Alabama, where he was active in the Boy Scouts, eventually becoming

  • Sessions, Jefferson Beauregard, III (United States senator and attorney general)

    Jeff Sessions, American lawyer and politician who served as U.S. attorney general (2017–18) in the administration of Pres. Donald Trump. He previously represented Alabama in the U.S. Senate (1997–2017). Sessions grew up in Hybart, Alabama, where he was active in the Boy Scouts, eventually becoming

  • Sessions, Roger Huntington (American composer)

    Roger Sessions, American composer of symphonic and instrumental music who played a leading part in educating his contemporaries to an appreciation of modern music. He studied at Harvard University and at the Yale School of Music and later took composition lessons from Ernest Bloch. After several

  • Sessions, The (film by Lewin [2012])

    Helen Hunt: …Surfer (2011) and the drama The Sessions (2012), in which she played a sex therapist who helps a disabled man lose his virginity. She also wrote, directed, and starred in Ride (2014), about a writer who follows her son to California when he drops out of college. In 2018 Hunt…

  • Sessiz ev (novel by Pamuk)

    Orhan Pamuk: …it with Sessiz ev (1983; Silent House), relying on multiple narrators to shape the story of a family gathering on the eve of the Turkish military coup of 1980. Pamuk first achieved international fame with Beyaz kale (1985; The White Castle), his third novel, which explores the nature of identity…

  • Sesson Shūkei (Japanese painter)

    Sesson Shūkei, Japanese artist who was the most distinguished and individualistic talent among the numerous painters who worked in the style of Sesshū, the 15th-century artist considered the greatest of the Japanese suiboku-ga (“water-ink”) painters. Sesson was a monk of the Sōtō sect of Buddhism

  • Sesson Yūbai (Japanese monk)

    bokuseki: …Zen monks Musō Soseki (1275–1351), Sesson Yūbai (1290–1346), and Tesshū Tokusai (fl. 1342–66).

  • Sestao (town, Spain)

    Sestao, town, Vizcaya provincia (province), in the comunidad autónoma (autonomous community) of Basque Country, northern Spain. Long a part of the mancomunidad (union of municipalities) of Somorrostro Valley, Sestao became independent in 1805. It has shipyards and ironworks and steelworks, supplied

  • sesterce (ancient coin)

    aureus: (In 89 bc, the sestertius, equal to one-quarter of a denarius, replaced the bronze ass as a unit of account.) In Constantine’s reform of ad 312, the aureus was replaced by the solidus as the basic monetary unit.

  • sestertius (ancient coin)

    aureus: (In 89 bc, the sestertius, equal to one-quarter of a denarius, replaced the bronze ass as a unit of account.) In Constantine’s reform of ad 312, the aureus was replaced by the solidus as the basic monetary unit.

  • Sestigers, Die (African literary group)

    African literature: Afrikaans: The Sestigers (“Sixtyers,” or writers of the 1960s) attempted to do for prose what the Dertigers had done for poetry. Jan Rabie, Etienne Leroux, Dolf van Niekerk, André P. Brink, Abraham de Vries, and Chris Barnard experimented with the novel and moved into areas largely forbidden…

  • Sestina (work by Krenek)

    Ernst Krenek: In Sestina (1957) he used total serialization, in which not only pitch but all musical elements are arranged in basic series. In his Piano Concerto No. 3 (1946) he temporarily abandoned the 12-tone method for traditional tonality; his Symphony No. 5 (1950) is atonal but avoids…

  • sestina (poetic form)

    Sestina, elaborate verse form employed by medieval Proven?al and Italian, and occasional modern, poets. It consists, in its pure medieval form, of six stanzas of blank verse, each of six lines—hence the name. The final words of the first stanza appear in varied order in the other five, the order

  • Sesto San Giovanni (Italy)

    Sesto San Giovanni, town, Lombardia (Lombardy) region, northern Italy. A northeastern industrial suburb of Milan, it has blast furnaces, foundries, glassworks, and aircraft assembly plants and manufactures railway and electrical equipment. With one of the largest concentrations of organized labour

  • SET (medicine)

    in vitro fertilization: Ethical issues: The technique of single embryo transfer (SET) is available, though less than 10 percent of women opt for SET because it has a lower rate of success relative to multiple embryo transfer—in many cases at least two cycles of SET are necessary for success. Furthermore, many women are…

  • Set (Egyptian god)

    Seth, ancient Egyptian god, patron of the 11th nome, or province, of Upper Egypt. The worship of Seth originally centred at Nubt (Greek Ombos), near present-day ?ūkh, on the western bank of the Nile River. Nubt, with its vast cemetery at nearby Naqādah, was the principal predynastic centre in Upper

  • set (mathematics and logic)

    Set, In mathematics and logic, any collection of objects (elements), which may be mathematical (e.g., numbers, functions) or not. The intuitive idea of a set is probably even older than that of number. Members of a herd of animals, for example, could be matched with stones in a sack without members

  • set (theatre)

    environmental theatre: The sets were usually based on multilevel platforms, balconies, ramps, and scaffolds surrounding a stage that encroached on the audience’s territory, providing a wider range of space for the actors and a greater flexibility of interaction between the audience and performers. The audience of the environmental…

  • SET (evolutionary theory)

    Lynn Margulis: …Amherst, Massachusetts), American biologist whose serial endosymbiotic theory of eukaryotic cell development revolutionized the modern concept of how life arose on Earth.

  • set (physical conditioning)

    exercise: Strength and endurance: …12 reps is called a set, and two or three sets of a given exercise are recommended for each training session. The average individual should perform strength and endurance training two to three days per week. Super circuit weight training refers to a program in which running or other aerobic…

  • set (psychology)

    personality assessment: Personality inventories: …to the ways in which response sets and test-taking attitudes influence behaviour on the MMPI and other personality measures. The response set called acquiescence, for example, refers to one’s tendency to respond with “true” or “yes” answers to questionnaire items regardless of what the item content is. It is conceivable…

  • set inclusion (set theory)

    formal logic: Set theory: The relation of class inclusion, however (to be carefully distinguished from class membership), is transitive. A class x is said to be included in a class y (written x ? y) if and only if every member of x is also a member of y. (This is not…

  • set kick (Australian rules football)

    Australian rules football: Play of the game: …of a set kick, or mark, when a player manages to catch the ball directly from the kick of another player who is not less than 15 metres away. The player who makes the mark is allowed an unhindered kick at the goal from anywhere behind where he marked. The…

  • set of indiscernibles (mathematics)

    metalogic: Ultrafilters, ultraproducts, and ultrapowers: Those elements of the set that lie in the same class cannot be distinguished by the property defining that class.

  • set square (tool)

    Square, in measurement, device consisting of two straightedges set at right angles to each other. It is used by carpenters and machinists for checking the correctness of right angles, as a guide when drawing lines on materials before cutting, or for locating holes. The tools shown in the Figure

  • Set the Twilight Reeling (album by Reed)

    Lou Reed: …mid-1990s, resulting in the playful Set the Twilight Reeling (1997) and the harder-hitting Ecstasy (2000).

  • set theory (mathematics)

    Set theory, branch of mathematics that deals with the properties of well-defined collections of objects, which may or may not be of a mathematical nature, such as numbers or functions. The theory is less valuable in direct application to ordinary experience than as a basis for precise and adaptable

  • set yogurt

    dairy product: Yogurt: For set, or sundae-style, yogurt (fruit on the bottom), the cultured mixture is poured into cups containing the fruit, held in a warm room until the milk coagulates (usually about four hours), and then moved to a refrigerated room. For blended (Swiss- or French-style) yogurt, the…

  • set-aside scheme (law)

    environmental law: Set-aside schemes: A final method of environmental protection is the setting aside of lands and waters in their natural state. In the United States, for example, the vast majority of the land owned by the federal government (about one-third of the total land area of…

  • Set-Up, The (film by Wise [1949])

    The Set-Up, American film noir, released in 1949, that was noted for its indictment of crime’s influence in boxing and for playing out in real time. The Set-Up is a gritty drama centring on washed-up boxer Bill (“Stoker”) Thompson (played by Robert Ryan). Thompson’s attempt at a comeback is

  • seta (biology)

    annelid: …(or coelom), movable bristles (or setae), and a body divided into segments by transverse rings, or annulations, from which they take their name. The coelom is reduced in leeches, and setae are lacking a few specialized forms, including leeches. A major invertebrate phylum of the animal kingdom, the annelids number…

  • setae (biology)

    annelid: …(or coelom), movable bristles (or setae), and a body divided into segments by transverse rings, or annulations, from which they take their name. The coelom is reduced in leeches, and setae are lacking a few specialized forms, including leeches. A major invertebrate phylum of the animal kingdom, the annelids number…

  • Sétante (Irish literature)

    Cú Chulainn, in medieval Irish literature, the central character of the Ulster (Ulaid) cycle. He was the greatest of the Knights of the Red Branch—i.e., the warriors loyal to Conor (Conchobar mac Nessa), who was reputedly king of the Ulaids of northeast Ireland at about the beginning of the 1st

  • Setaria (plant)

    foxtail: …genus Setaria, also known as bristlegrass, includes nearly 125 species of annual and perennial grasses, mostly of tropical Africa but found in warm areas of all the continents. The plants are taller than those of Alopecurus, with bristly flower clusters and flat, thin leaf blades. More than 40 species are…

  • Setaria faberi (plant)

    foxtail: The name giant foxtail is applied to two weedy annuals: S. faberi and S. magna.

  • Setaria glauca (plant)

    foxtail: Yellow foxtail (S. pumila) and green foxtail (S. viridis), named for the colour of their bristles, are common in cornfields and disturbed areas. Bristly foxtail (S. verticillata), whose barbed bristles stick to animals and clothing, is also found in those places; the flower clusters from…

  • Setaria italica (plant)

    foxtail: Foxtail millet (S. italica; see millet) is the only economically valuable species. Yellow foxtail (S. pumila) and green foxtail (S. viridis), named for the colour of their bristles, are common in cornfields and disturbed areas. Bristly foxtail (S. verticillata), whose barbed bristles stick

  • Setaria lutescens (plant)

    foxtail: Yellow foxtail (S. pumila) and green foxtail (S. viridis), named for the colour of their bristles, are common in cornfields and disturbed areas. Bristly foxtail (S. verticillata), whose barbed bristles stick to animals and clothing, is also found in those places; the flower clusters from…

  • Setaria macrostachya (plant)

    foxtail: …are forage grasses, such as plains foxtail (S. macrostachya). Foxtail millet (S. italica; see millet) is the only economically valuable species. Yellow foxtail (S. pumila) and green foxtail (S. viridis), named for the colour of their bristles, are common in cornfields and disturbed areas. Bristly

  • Setaria magna (plant)

    foxtail: The name giant foxtail is applied to two weedy annuals: S. faberi and S. magna.

  • Setaria verticillata (plant)

    foxtail: Bristly foxtail (S. verticillata), whose barbed bristles stick to animals and clothing, is also found in those places; the flower clusters from different plants may stick together, forming dense tangles. The name giant foxtail is applied to two weedy annuals: S. faberi and S. magna.

  • Setaria viridis (plant)

    foxtail: pumila) and green foxtail (S. viridis), named for the colour of their bristles, are common in cornfields and disturbed areas. Bristly foxtail (S. verticillata), whose barbed bristles stick to animals and clothing, is also found in those places; the flower clusters from different plants may stick together,…

  • setback (architecture)

    Setback, in architecture, a steplike recession in the profile of a high-rise building. Usually dictated by building codes to allow sunlight to reach streets and lower floors, a setback is incorporated because the building must take another step back from the street for every specified added height

  • setback buttress (architecture)

    buttress: angle, clasping, and setback—that support intersecting walls.

  • Setchellanthus caeruleus (plant)

    Brassicales: Other families: Setchellanthaceae contains only one species, Setchellanthus caeruleus, a shrub found in Mexico. It may be recognized by its large blue flowers, with their parts usually in sixes that are borne in the axils of leaves. Vegetatively, the plant is rather undistinguished, although it has T-shaped hairs and rather small leaves…

  • Sète (France)

    Sète, town and a principal French Mediterranean commercial port, Hérault département, Occitanie région, southern France, southwest of Montpellier. It occupies the lower slopes and foot of the isolated Mont Saint-Clair, which lies on a tongue of land between the Mediterranean Sea and the large

  • Sete Lagoas (Brazil)

    Sete Lagoas, city, central Minas Gerais estado (state), eastern Brazil. Sete Lagoas lies in the Brazilian Highlands near the Espinha?o Mountains. It is a commercial centre for an agricultural region that raises corn (maize), feij?o (beans), sugarcane, cassava (manioc), and rice, as well as

  • Sete Quedas do Guaíra, Salto das (waterfalls, South America)

    Guaíra Falls, former waterfalls on the Upper Paraná River at the Brazil-Paraguay border, just west of Guaíra, Brazil. Visited by Jesuit missionaries in the 16th century, the falls were supposedly named for a Guaraní Indian chief. The Portuguese name refers only to the seven (sete) principal

  • Setekh (Egyptian god)

    Seth, ancient Egyptian god, patron of the 11th nome, or province, of Upper Egypt. The worship of Seth originally centred at Nubt (Greek Ombos), near present-day ?ūkh, on the western bank of the Nile River. Nubt, with its vast cemetery at nearby Naqādah, was the principal predynastic centre in Upper

  • Seteria italica viridis (plant)

    foxtail: pumila) and green foxtail (S. viridis), named for the colour of their bristles, are common in cornfields and disturbed areas. Bristly foxtail (S. verticillata), whose barbed bristles stick to animals and clothing, is also found in those places; the flower clusters from different plants may stick together,…

  • Setesh (Egyptian god)

    Seth, ancient Egyptian god, patron of the 11th nome, or province, of Upper Egypt. The worship of Seth originally centred at Nubt (Greek Ombos), near present-day ?ūkh, on the western bank of the Nile River. Nubt, with its vast cemetery at nearby Naqādah, was the principal predynastic centre in Upper

  • Seth (Egyptian god)

    Seth, ancient Egyptian god, patron of the 11th nome, or province, of Upper Egypt. The worship of Seth originally centred at Nubt (Greek Ombos), near present-day ?ūkh, on the western bank of the Nile River. Nubt, with its vast cemetery at nearby Naqādah, was the principal predynastic centre in Upper

  • Seth (Gnosticism)

    gnosticism: Apocryphon of John: …the spiritual Adamas, his son Seth, and the race or offspring of Seth.

  • Seth Siegelaub Contemporary Art Gallery (art gallery, New York City, New York, United States)

    Lawrence Weiner: Weiner began exhibiting at the Seth Siegelaub Contemporary Art gallery in New York City in 1964. In 1968, for an out-of-state exhibition organized by Siegelaub that also included works by Carl Andre and Robert Barry, Weiner installed what he saw as an unobtrusive work titled Hay, Mesh, String in a…

  • Seth, Vikram (Indian author)

    Vikram Seth, Indian poet, novelist, and travel writer known for his verse novel The Golden Gate (1986) and his epic novel A Suitable Boy (1993). The son of a judge and a businessman, Seth was raised in London and India. He attended exclusive Indian schools and then graduated from Corpus Christi

  • Sethathirath (king of Lan Xang)

    Setthathirat I, sovereign of the Lao kingdom of Lan Xang who prevented it from falling under Burmese domination and whose reign was marked by notable achievements in domestic and foreign affairs. As the son of King Photisarath, Setthathirat was placed on the throne of the principality of Chiang

  • Sethi I (king of Egypt)

    Seti I, ancient Egyptian king of the 19th dynasty (1292–1190 bce) who reigned from 1290 to 1279 bce. His father, Ramses I, reigned only two years, and it was Seti who was the real founder of the greatness of the Ramessids. In the early years of his reign, Seti led his army northward to restore

  • Sethi, P. K. (Indian orthopedic surgeon)

    P.K. Sethi, Indian orthopedic surgeon (born Nov. 28, 1927, Benares, British India [now Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India]—died Jan. 6, 2008, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India), coinvented, with artisan Ramchandra Sharma, a prosthetic foot that could be made cheaply, looked like a bare foot, and had sufficient

  • Sethi, Pramod Karan (Indian orthopedic surgeon)

    P.K. Sethi, Indian orthopedic surgeon (born Nov. 28, 1927, Benares, British India [now Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India]—died Jan. 6, 2008, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India), coinvented, with artisan Ramchandra Sharma, a prosthetic foot that could be made cheaply, looked like a bare foot, and had sufficient

  • Sethnakhte (king of Egypt)

    ancient Egypt: The early 20th dynasty: Setnakht and Ramses III: Order was restored by a man of obscure origin, Setnakht (ruled 1190–87 bce), the founder of the 20th dynasty, who appropriated Tausert’s tomb in the Valley of the Kings. An inscription of Setnakht recounts his struggle to pacify the land, which…

  • Sethon, Alexander (Scottish alchemist)

    alchemy: Modern alchemy: …imprisoned and tortured the Scotsman Alexander Seton, who had been traveling about Europe performing well-publicized transmutations. The situation was complicated by the fact that some alchemists were turning from gold making not to medicine but to a quasi-religious alchemy reminiscent of the Greek Synesius. Rudolf II made the German alchemist…

  • Sethos I (king of Egypt)

    Seti I, ancient Egyptian king of the 19th dynasty (1292–1190 bce) who reigned from 1290 to 1279 bce. His father, Ramses I, reigned only two years, and it was Seti who was the real founder of the greatness of the Ramessids. In the early years of his reign, Seti led his army northward to restore

  • SETI (scientific project)

    SETI, ongoing effort to seek intelligent extraterrestrial life. SETI focuses on receiving and analyzing signals from space, particularly in the radio and visible-light regions of the electromagnetic spectrum, looking for nonrandom patterns likely to have been sent either deliberately or

  • Seti I (king of Egypt)

    Seti I, ancient Egyptian king of the 19th dynasty (1292–1190 bce) who reigned from 1290 to 1279 bce. His father, Ramses I, reigned only two years, and it was Seti who was the real founder of the greatness of the Ramessids. In the early years of his reign, Seti led his army northward to restore

  • Seti II (king of Egypt)

    Seti II, king of ancient Egypt (reigned 1204–1198 bce). Seti, the immediate successor of his father, Merneptah, was one of the last rulers of the 19th dynasty (1292–1190 bce), which was marked by short reigns, dynastic intrigue, and usurpations. One of his most serious threats was a rebellion by a

  • [email protected] (scientific project)

    SETI, ongoing effort to seek intelligent extraterrestrial life. SETI focuses on receiving and analyzing signals from space, particularly in the radio and visible-light regions of the electromagnetic spectrum, looking for nonrandom patterns likely to have been sent either deliberately or

  • Sétif (Algeria)

    Sétif, town, northeastern Algeria, near the Wadi Bou Sellam. As ancient Sitifis, it became important when the Roman emperor Nerva established a veterans’ colony there in 97 ce. Sitifis became the chief town of the province of Mauretania Sitifensis (created 297 ce) and remained so under Byzantine

  • Setifer setosus (mammal)

    tenrec: The lesser and greater hedgehog tenrecs (Echinops telfairi and Setifer setosus, respectively) have densely spined upperparts and can curl into a protective ball. The lesser hedgehog tenrec weighs up to 250 grams and has a body up to 18 cm long. The streaked tenrec is about the same…

  • Setnakht (king of Egypt)

    ancient Egypt: The early 20th dynasty: Setnakht and Ramses III: Order was restored by a man of obscure origin, Setnakht (ruled 1190–87 bce), the founder of the 20th dynasty, who appropriated Tausert’s tomb in the Valley of the Kings. An inscription of Setnakht recounts his struggle to pacify the land, which…

  • Seto (Japan)

    Seto, city, Aichi ken (prefecture), central Honshu, Japan, northeast of Nagoya. Seto, established about 1230, is known for its porcelain (Seto ware). Since the Meiji period (1868–1912), the pottery industry has expanded to include over 900 factories and 1,000 kilns. Tableware, electric insulators,

  • Seto Bridge (bridge, Honshu-Sakaide, Japan)

    Seto Great Bridge, a series of suspension bridges spanning the Inland Sea (Seto-naikai) between the islands of Honshu and Shikoku, Japan. The double-tiered rail and vehicular roadway is a network of six bridges, straddling a chain of five small islands, and extends 5.6 miles (9 km) over water to

  • Seto Great Bridge (bridge, Honshu-Sakaide, Japan)

    Seto Great Bridge, a series of suspension bridges spanning the Inland Sea (Seto-naikai) between the islands of Honshu and Shikoku, Japan. The double-tiered rail and vehicular roadway is a network of six bridges, straddling a chain of five small islands, and extends 5.6 miles (9 km) over water to

  • Seto ōhashi (bridge, Honshu-Sakaide, Japan)

    Seto Great Bridge, a series of suspension bridges spanning the Inland Sea (Seto-naikai) between the islands of Honshu and Shikoku, Japan. The double-tiered rail and vehicular roadway is a network of six bridges, straddling a chain of five small islands, and extends 5.6 miles (9 km) over water to

  • Seto ware (Japanese pottery)

    Seto ware, ceramics manufactured in Seto by one of the so-called Six Ancient Kilns of Japan. It was first produced in the later Kamakura period toward the close of the 13th century. The origin of Seto ware is usually attributed to Katō Shirōzaemon (Tōshirō), who is said to have studied ceramic

  • Seto-guro ware (Japanese pottery)

    Seto-guro ware, Japanese ceramic ware created at Mino during 1573–96. A black ware, it stands in contrast to the contemporary pure-white Shino ware. Seto-guro (“black Seto”) was produced by a process that involved firing the iron-glaze ware in an oxidizing kiln from which it was suddenly removed

  • Seto-Naikai (sea, Japan)

    Inland Sea, the body of water lying between the Japanese islands of Honshu, Shikoku, and Kyushu. It is composed of five distinct basins linked together by channels. Its east-west length is about 270 miles (440 km), and its waters are easily navigable. The sea has an irregular coastline and is

  • Seton Hall College (university, South Orange Village, New Jersey, United States)

    Seton Hall University, private, coeducational institution of higher education in South Orange Village, New Jersey, U.S. It is affiliated with the Roman Catholic church, specifically the Diocese of Newark, and offers more than 80 undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree programs. Seton Hall

  • Seton Hall University (university, South Orange Village, New Jersey, United States)

    Seton Hall University, private, coeducational institution of higher education in South Orange Village, New Jersey, U.S. It is affiliated with the Roman Catholic church, specifically the Diocese of Newark, and offers more than 80 undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree programs. Seton Hall

  • Seton, Ann (American author)

    Anya Seton, American author of best-selling, exhaustively researched, romantic historical and biographical novels. Seton was the daughter of Ernest Thompson Seton, the English naturalist, writer, and cofounder of the Boy Scouts of America, and Grace Gallatin, an American travel writer. She enjoyed

  • Seton, Anya (American author)

    Anya Seton, American author of best-selling, exhaustively researched, romantic historical and biographical novels. Seton was the daughter of Ernest Thompson Seton, the English naturalist, writer, and cofounder of the Boy Scouts of America, and Grace Gallatin, an American travel writer. She enjoyed

  • Seton, Ernest Thompson (American writer)

    Ernest Thompson Seton, naturalist and writer who was an early practitioner of the modern school of animal-fiction writing. Seton was raised in North America, his family having emigrated to Canada in 1866. Drawn to nature, Seton resisted his family’s attempt to make an artist of him. He gained

  • Seton, George Seton, 5th Lord (Scottish noble)

    George Seton, 5th Lord Seton, one of the most loyal supporters and friends of Mary, Queen of Scots. He was the eldest son of the 4th Lord Seton (d. 1549) and was educated in France. He was present at Mary’s marriage with the dauphin (afterward Francis II of France) in 1557, and three years later he

  • Seton, St. Elizabeth Ann (American saint)

    St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, ; canonized 1975; feast day January 4), first native-born American to be canonized by the Roman Catholic Church. She was the founder of the Sisters of Charity, the first American religious society. Elizabeth Bayley was the daughter of a distinguished physician. She devoted

  • Seton-Thompson, Ernest (American writer)

    Ernest Thompson Seton, naturalist and writer who was an early practitioner of the modern school of animal-fiction writing. Seton was raised in North America, his family having emigrated to Canada in 1866. Drawn to nature, Seton resisted his family’s attempt to make an artist of him. He gained

  • Setonix brachyurus (marsupial)

    Quokka, marsupial mammal, a species of wallaby

  • Setophaga picta (bird)

    redstart: …strikingly marked form is the painted redstart (S. picta), found from southern Arizona to Nicaragua. Both sexes are primarily black, with large white patches on the wings and the sides of the tail and a bright red belly. Its grassy, cuplike nest is built on the ground, usually on a…

  • Setophaga ruticilla (bird)

    redstart: The common, or American, redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) breeds from Canada to the southern United States and winters in tropical America; the male is mostly black, with red wing and tail markings. Another strikingly marked form is the painted redstart (S. picta), found from southern Arizona to Nicaragua. Both…

  • Setouchi (region, Japan)

    Setouchi, industrial region, southern Japan. Setouchi includes the southern portion of Chūgoku chihō (region) on the island of Honshu, the northern part of Shikoku, and many nearby industrial areas on islands of the Inland Sea. Setouchi is neither an administrative nor a political entity; it

  • sets closed under unions of chains (mathematics)

    Zorn's lemma: …is said to be “closed under unions of chains” if whenever a chain C is included in S (i.e., C ? S), then its union belongs to S (i.e., ∪ Ck ? S). A member of S is said to be maximal if it is not a subset of…

  • setscrew (machine component)

    screw: The setscrew in the Figure fits into a threaded hole in one member; when tightened, the cup-shaped point is pressed into a mating member (usually a shaft) and prevents relative motion. Setscrews are also made with conical and cylindrical points that fit in matching holes and…

  • Settat (Morocco)

    Settat, city, central Morocco. Situated on the coastal plain immediately south of Casablanca, the city is the largest market centre in the fertile Chaouia coastal plain. Settat’s most notable feature is a late 17th-century casbah built by the ?Alawī ruler Mawlāy Ismā?īl. The city is connected by

  • settee (furniture)

    Settee, an upholstered seat with back and arms (sometimes upholstered), designed to accommodate two or more people in a sitting or reclining position. The earliest surviving types, dating back to the 17th century in Europe, have sides that let down for conversion into a bed. Variations of backrests

  • Settembrini, Luigi (Italian author)

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