Serpentine

1 Descriptive term for an undulating profile, especially in furniture. Serpentine fronts, with a convex curve in the centre flanked by slightly concave sides, were seen on rococo chests of drawers, cabinets and sideboards in the 18thC. From the late 17thC, some chairs had curving serpentine stretchers. 2 Mineral which ranges in colour from various …...

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(from the article `matchlock`) ...igniting gunpowder developed in the 15th century, a major advance in the manufacture of small arms. The matchlock was the first mechanical firing ... ...with the development of mechanisms that applied match to hand-portable weapons. German gunsmiths apparently led the way. The first step was a ... [2...
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serpentine

[adj] - resembling a serpent in form
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Serpentine

• (a.) Resembling a serpent; having the shape or qualities of a serpent; subtle; winding or turning one way and the other, like a moving serpent; anfractuous; meandering; sinuous; zigzag; as, serpentine braid. • (v. i.) To serpentize. • (n.) A mineral or rock consisting chiefly of the hydrous silicate of magnesia. It is usually of an...
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serpentine

snaky adjective resembling a serpent in form; `a serpentine wall`; `snaky ridges in the sand`
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Serpentine

[video game] Serpentine is a {vgy|1982} action computer game developed by David Snider and published by Brøderbund. The player controls (rides, by game description ) a multi-segmented blue `good` serpent in a maze with the objective of eating all computer-controlled `evil` (red or orange or green) serpents. Eating the tail segments of serp...
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Serpentine

Ser'pen·tine adjective [ Latin serpentinus : confer French serpentin .] Resembling a serpent; having the shape or qualities of a serpent; subtle; winding or turning one way and the other, like a moving serpent; anfractuous; meandering; sinuous; zigzag; as, serpentine braid. «...
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serpentine

1. <chemical> A mineral or rock consisting chiefly of the hydrous silicate of magnesia. It is usually of an obscure green colour, often with a spotted or mottled appearance resembling a serpent's skin. Precious, or noble, serpentine is translucent and of a rich oil-green colour. ... Serpentine has been largely produced by the alteration of ot...
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Serpentine

A commercial marble characterized by a prominent amount of the mineral serpentine. Most commonly dark green in color, but may be brownish-red. Or, a hydrous magnesium silicate matonal of igneous origin, generally a very dark green color with markings of white, light green, or black; one of the hardest varieties of natural building stone.
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Serpentine

A compound curve with convex center and concave ends used for the fronts of chests, desks, cupboards, and similar pieces.
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serpentine

A curve named and studied by Isaac Newton in 1701 and contained in his classification of cubic curves. It had been studied earlier by de L'Hopital and Christiaan Huygens in 1692. The curve serpentine given by the Cartesian equation y(x) = abx/(x2 - a2...
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Serpentine

A greenish, metamorphic mineral consisting of magnesium silicate.
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Serpentine

A hydrous magnesium silicate (H4Mg3Si2O9). Usually green, lustrous, and translucent, but could also be red, yellow, black or white. Serpentine stone takes a high polish but can crack or discolor easily.
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Serpentine

A hydrous magnesium silicate material of igneous origin, generally a very dark green color with markings of white, light green or black. It
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serpentine

any of a group of hydrous magnesium-rich silicate minerals. The composition of these common rock-forming minerals approximates Mg3Si2O5(OH)4. ... [3 related articles]
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serpentine

Descriptive term for an undulating profile, especially in furniture. Serpentine fronts, with a convex curve in the centre flanked by slightly concave sides, were seen on rococo chests of drawers, cabinets and sideboards in the 18thC. From the late 17thC, some chairs had curving serpentine stretchers.
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serpentine

Furniture form characterized by a undulating, central, convex (protruding) surface with concave ends. Reverse serpentine forms exhibit a concave center portion and convex edges. (See also arbalette.)
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serpentine

Member of a group of minerals, hydrous magnesium silicate, Mg3Si2O5(OH)4, occurring in soft metamorphic rocks and usually dark green. The fibrous form chrysotile is a source of asbestos; other forms are an...
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Serpentine

One of the smaller natures of artillery piece of bronze or iron long in proportion to the diameter of the bore. Often but not invariably breech-loading. Also a late 15th-century term for a type of fine soft gunpowder.
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Serpentine

refers to soils that are low in calcium and high in magnesium and iron, derived from greenish or gray-green rocks that are essentially magnesium silicate, other characteristics of which are a high nickel and chromium content, and a low content of nutrients such as nitrogen
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Serpentine

refers to soils that are low in calcium and high in magnesium and iron, derived from greenish or gray-green rocks that are essentially magnesium silicate, other characteristics of which are a high nickel and chromium content, and a low content of nutrients such as nitrogen
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Serpentine

School movement in which the horse, at any pace, moves down the center of the school in a series of equal-sized loops.
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Serpentine

Series of half circles and straight lines crossing from one side of the centerline to the other, requiring a change of direction each time the horse passes over it
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serpentine

serpentine (sûr'puntēn, –tīn) , hydrous silicate of magnesium. It occurs in crystalline form only as a pseudomorph having the form of some other mineral and is generally found in the form of chrysotile (silky fibers) and antigorite and lizardite (which are both tabular). C...
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Serpentine

Serpentine is a common mineral group with a relative hardness of 4. It is usually an alteration product of some magnesium silicate, especially olivine, pyroxene, and amphibole. It is frequently associated with magnesite, chromite, and magnetite. It has the formulae Mg6(Si4O10)(OH)8.
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