Attic

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj Attic of or relating to Attica or its inhabitants or to the dialect spoken in Athens in classical times "Attic Greek"
    • n attic (architecture) a low wall at the top of the entablature; hides the roof
    • n attic floor consisting of open space at the top of a house just below roof; often used for storage
    • n attic informal terms for a human head
    • n Attic the dialect of Ancient Greek spoken and written in Attica and Athens and Ionia
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Attics were invented in Attica.
    • Attic (Arch) A low story above the main order or orders of a facade, in the classical styles; -- a term introduced in the 17th century. Hence:
    • Attic (Arch) A room or rooms behind that part of the exterior; all the rooms immediately below the roof.
    • Attic An Athenian; an Athenian author.
    • a Attic Of or pertaining to Attica, in Greece, or to Athens, its principal city; marked by such qualities as were characteristic of the Athenians; classical; refined.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • attic Pertaining to Attica, or to the city or state of Athens; Athenian; marked by such qualities as were characteristic of the Athenians.
    • n attic A native or an inhabitant of Attica, the territory of the ancient Athenian state, now an eparchy of the kingdom of Greece; an Athenian.
    • n attic The Attic dialect; Attic Greek.
    • n attic In architecture, a low story surmounting an entablature or the main cornice of a building. Also called attic story.
    • n attic A room in the uppermost part of a house, immediately beneath the roof or leads; a garret.
    • n attic The upper portion of the tympanic cavity of the ear.
    • n attic Figuratively, a man's ‘top story’; the skull
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Attic at′ik pertaining to Attica or to Athens: chaste, refined, elegant like the Athenians
    • v.i Attic to use the idioms of the Athenians: to side with the Athenians, to affect Attic or Greek style or manners
    • n Attic at′ik (archit.) a low story above the cornice that terminates the main part of an elevation: a room in the roof of a house.
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Quotations

  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
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    “I consider that a man's brain originally is like a little empty attic, and you have to stock it with such furniture as you choose.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
In sense (a) from F. attique, orig. meaning Attic. See Attic (a.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Introduced in architecture from the idea that the feature to which it alluded was constructed in the Athenian manner.

Usage

In literature:

You'll stay in the attic until you choose to answer my question.
"A harum-scarum schoolgirl" by Angela Brazil
An extract from "First Steps in Collecting," by Grace M. Vallois, gives an interesting glimpse of an old French attic.
"Quilts" by Marie D. Webster
And it was up four flights of stairs like that celebrated attic in Thackeray's poem.
"The Opal Serpent" by Fergus Hume
Margaret hunted about in the attic, and found a box of ninepins.
"Margaret Montfort" by Laura E. Richards
Over the two stories was an unfurnished attic.
"The Young Bank Messenger" by Horatio Alger
There was a ladder to the attic.
"At Good Old Siwash" by George Fitch
This was a kind of Greek cross; the external order was the Corinthian, with Attic above.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of St. Paul" by Arthur Dimock
I think your tallest attic window faces the east.
"Explorers of the Dawn" by Mazo de la Roche
It was still too dark to distinguish objects, but he knew that he was not in his little attic.
"Jack" by Alphonse Daudet
Theresa recalled that there was an old desk up in the attic that had been standing there for years.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
I'll fit it on to one of you, and then you jump out of the attic window.
"New Treasure Seekers" by E. (Edith) Nesbit
As to your trunks, they will be unpacked and put away in one of the attics.
"Betty Vivian" by L. T. Meade
The attic probably had one or two of those tunnel-like dormer windows built in the curving roof of all French houses.
"Heroes of the Middle West" by Mary Hartwell Catherwood
Solomon John found she had fled to the attic in terror.
"The Peterkin Papers" by Lucretia P Hale
She learns them by heart out of history books, and then dresses up and spouts them to me in our attic.
"Last Words" by Juliana Horatia Ewing
You'se can ask her right out if she wants to sell any old thing she's got in the attic or cellar.
"Polly's Business Venture" by Lillian Elizabeth Roy
He paid several visits to the attic during the day and evening, finding on each occasion that all worked well and steadily.
"Illustrated Science for Boys and Girls" by Anonymous
These were attic rooms at the top of the house.
"Girls of the Forest" by L. T. Meade
Let's trap him with an open door up attic.
"American Poetry, 1922" by Edna St. Vincent Millay
There was no little chamber in this attic like his at home.
"Nine Little Goslings" by Susan Coolidge
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In poetry:

What made me launch from attic tall
A kitten and a parasol,
And watch their bitter, frightful fall?
Avitor!
"Avitor" by Francis Bret Harte
In a dim and dingy attic,
Away from the pomp and glare,
A widow sits by a flickering lamp,
Bowed down by toil and care.
"Christmas Eve" by Hanford Lennox Gordon
Attic maid! with honey fed,
Bear'st thou to thy callow brood
Yonder locust from the mead,
Destined their delicious food?
"On The Swallow (From The Greek)" by William Cowper
The Sheepmen tried to steal the maid,
The Villain sought the attic,
The Hero fifteen bad men slayed
With his blue automatic.
"Western" by Ellis Parker Butler
The harvest of Hymettus drips
As sweet as when the Attic bees
Swarmed round the honey-laden lips
Of heavenly-human Sophocles.
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
The dew is bright upon the hill,
And bright the blossoms overhead,
But ah! the grasshoppers have fled,
The little Attic song is still.
"By The Arno" by Oscar Wilde

In news:

"There was so much memorabilia up in that attic," owner Gary Churchill said Monday about Oxford's nearly 50-year-old bowling alley.
Julie Otsuka's 'The Buddha in the Attic' wins 2012 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction.
Julie Otsuka's 'The Buddha in the Attic,' reviewed by Ron Charles.
'The Buddha in the Attic,' by Julie Otsuka.
' Buddha in the Attic' is tale of veiled hardship.
Brooks Harrington had lived in his home on Broadell Drive for nearly a year before he discovered the briefcase, boxes and large trunk tucked away in the attic.
The woman found sealed behind drywall in the attic of an Oroville house is now saying she was never held against her will.
Lawson Rankin, a registered sex offender, allegedly held his ex-wife captive for two weeks in an attic sealed with drywall KOVR's Nick Janes reports.
Woman held captive in sealed attic for 2 weeks.
A woman held against her will for two weeks was found inside the sealed attic of an Oroville home, Butte County sheriff's deputies said Wednesday.
Mom starts Andy's Attic in son's memory.
Lisa Reese, center, poses at Andy's Attic warehouse with several student volunteers.
It is believed a battery charger used to re- charge a Smart Car caught fire and sent flames quickly throughout the garage and into the attic space.
The flights have been booked, the suitcases retrieved from the attic and your vacation itinerary has been set.
A Paradise man's attic was on fire Mon.
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In science:

Dick, J., Sloan, I. H., Wang, X., Wo ´zniakowski, H.: Good l attice rules in weighted Korobov spaces with general weights.
Lower Error Bounds for Randomized Multilevel and Changing Dimension Algorithms
Each conferee had a little apartment with a tiny attic.
My Life with Fisher
Some of the improvement terms extend over more than one timeslice, so there are small violations of reflection positivity for the l attice action.
New lattice action for heavy quarks
Our best values are the method two determinations on the fine l attice, which compare well with the PDG values mPDG (mc ) = 1.25(10) GeV and mPDG (mb ) = 4.25(15) GeV.
Heavy quark masses from Fermilab Fermions
Gamalr, “Cooperative l attice coding and decoding in half-duplex channels,” IEEE J.
Resource Allocation for Wireless Fading Relay Channels: Max-Min Solution
Here, we want to deal with two specific questions: Has a given l attice wellrounded sublattices, and if so, what are the well-rounded sublattices and how many are there.
Well-rounded sublattices and coincidence site lattices
The first question is answered in Sec. 2 for planar l attices and a partial answer is given for d > 2.
Well-rounded sublattices and coincidence site lattices
This effect has been con firmed in numerous model calcula tions, as well as in QED-like theories and – at least at zero temperature – in QCD l attice calculations.
"Strongly interacting matter in magnetic fields": an overview
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