Encyclopaedia Britannica: Or, A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and Miscellaneous Literature, Enlarged and Improved

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A. Constable, 1824 - Encyclopedias and dictionaries
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Page 31 - Have not the small particles of bodies certain powers, virtues, or forces, by which they act at a distance, not only upon the rays of light for reflecting, refracting, and inflecting them, but also upon one another for producing a great part of the phenomena of nature?
Page 258 - As the cold of snow in the time of harvest, so is a faithful messenger to them that send him: for he refresheth the soul of his masters.
Page 408 - The warp was placed perpendicularly ; the reed fell with a force of at least half a hundred weight ; and the springs which threw the shuttle were strong enough to have thrown a Congreve rocket ; in short, it required the strength of two powerful men to work the machine at a slow rate, and only for a short time.
Page 408 - Now you will not assert, gentlemen/ said I, ' that it is more difficult to construct a machine that shall weave, than one which shall make all the variety of moves which are required in that complicated game.
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Page 31 - I do not here consider. What I call attraction may be performed by impulse, or by some other means unknown to me. I use that Word here to signify only in general any Force by which Bodies tend towards one another, whatsoever be the Cause.
Page 66 - I presently found that, by means of this lens, air was expelled from it very readily. Having got about three or four times as much as the bulk of my materials, I admitted water to it, and found that it was not imbibed by it. But what surprised me more than I can well express was, that a candle burned in this air with a remarkably vigorous flame...
Page 408 - ... three movements, which were to follow each other in succession, there would be little difficulty in producing and repeating them. Full of these ideas, I immediately employed a carpenter and smith to carry them into effect. As soon as the machine was finished, I got a weaver to put in the warp, which was of such materials as sailcloth is usually made of. To my great delight, a piece of cloth, such as it was, was the produce.
Page 336 - Glory is the reward of science ; and those who deserve it scorn all meaner views.
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