• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Comparator (Physics) An instrument or machine for comparing anything to be measured with a standard measure; -- applied especially to a machine for comparing standards of length.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: People are marrying younger today than they did before the turn of the century. In the United States, in 1890, the average age of men at their first marriage was twenty-six years, compared with twenty-three today. For women, the corresponding figures are twenty-two then and just under twenty-one now.
    • n comparator An apparatus for making comparisons; especially, an instrument for comparing the lengths of nearly equal bars, either from end to end or between lines engraved upon them. The usual optical comparator has two microscopes, firmly attached to a bar or something of that sort, with their focal planes coincident and furnished with filar micrometers, whose screws lie virtually in one right line. There is also a carriage moving at right angles to the screws, so as to bring first one bar and then another under the microscopes. In Saxton's comparator a beam of light is caused to fall on a mirror delicately supported on its axis, round which a very fine chain is wound, the other end being attached to a lever provided with a spring in such a way that the mirror is turned one way or the other as the bar contracts or expands, or is replaced by a shorter or longer bar. The mirror throws the beam upon a large scale at some distance, where it indicates by a large movement the very minute movements of the mirror. One form of color-comparator employs a glass prism, which may be filled with a colored liquid, and a series of glass tubes containing colored solutions of known tints and shades.
    • n comparator A vessel in which liquid is kept rapidly stirred and at a uniform constant temperature so that thermometers immersed in it must all be maintained at the same temperature. Simultaneous readings of the secondary thermometers and the standard are made, and the corrections to the former are thus determined for a wide range of temperatures.
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  • Amelia Earhart
    Amelia Earhart
    “Women must pay for everything. They do get more glory than men for comparable feats, But, they also get more notoriety when they crash.”
  • Bertolt Brecht
    “What's breaking into a bank compared with founding a bank?”
  • Salvador Dali
    “The first man to compare the cheeks of a young woman to a rose was obviously a poet; the first to repeat it was possibly an idiot.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Of all the things that tax a man's patience, there's nothing to compare with a stuck zipper.”
  • Stephen Sondheim
    Stephen Sondheim
    “The fact is popular art dates. It grows quaint. How many people feel strongly about Gilbert and Sullivan today compared to those who felt strongly in 1890?”
  • Mahatma Gandhi
    “Let everyone try and find that as a result of daily prayer he adds something new to his life, something with which nothing can be compared.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., a comparer


In literature:

Is its brightness comparable to that of the actual scene?
"Inquiries into Human Faculty and Its Development" by Francis Galton
He has come back, as I hear, comparatively a rich man.
"John Caldigate" by Anthony Trollope
A member of Campbell's party tells me that the trenches at Ypres were a comparative picnic.
"The Worst Journey in the World, Volumes 1 and 2" by Apsley Cherry-Garrard
How is it with Comparative Philology and Comparative Anatomy?
"Ten Great Religions" by James Freeman Clarke
I have chosen a line composed of forms taken from the comparative anatomical series.
"The Whence and the Whither of Man" by John Mason Tyler
I shall afterwards be able to compare the Himalayan chain at very distant points.
"Journals of Travels in Assam, Burma, Bhootan, Afghanistan and TheNeighbouring Countries" by William Griffith
But such military or commercial invasions are insignificant compared with the spread of Indian thought.
"Hinduism and Buddhism, Vol I. (of 3)" by Charles Eliot
Others, like Galeazzo Visconti, indulged a comparatively innocent taste for magnificence.
"Renaissance in Italy, Volume 1 (of 7)" by John Addington Symonds
Quo, as a rule, is employed only when the purpose clause contains a comparative or a comparative idea.
"New Latin Grammar" by Charles E. Bennett
His mental caliber could not be compared with Hannah's in capacity.
"Ishmael" by Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
Compare the manner of introducing subsequent paragraphs.
"De Quincey's Revolt of the Tartars" by Thomas De Quincey
The leopard, hyaena, lynx, and beaver are comparatively rare.
"The Seven Great Monarchies Of The Ancient Eastern World, Vol 2. (of 7): Assyria" by George Rawlinson
All overgrowth must be guarded against, for crowded plants will be comparatively worthless.
"The Culture of Vegetables and Flowers From Seeds and Roots, 16th Edition" by Sutton and Sons
In this connection the appearance under reflex eye-movement compares interestingly with that under voluntary.
"Harvard Psychological Studies, Volume 1" by Various
Compare the following passages: B/ri/.
"The Vedanta-Sutras with the Commentary by Sankaracarya"
To do so now was comparatively easy.
"Renaissance in Italy, Volumes 1 and 2" by John Addington Symonds
The antelope tribe is represented by comparatively few species, as compared with the great number peculiar to Africa.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 14, Slice 4" by Various
Compare these answers with the law of liquid pressure in Art.
"Physics" by Willis Eugene Tower
But among the ancient nations new laws were comparatively very rare.
"British Quarterly Review, American Edition, Volume LIV" by Various
To build this pathway is comparatively a simple matter, once the sub-grade is finished.
"The Modern Railroad" by Edward Hungerford

In poetry:

a secular faith: he compares its dogmas
with his, and decides whether
he would like to see more of us. (Spotless rooms
where nothing's left lying about
"The Common Life" by W H Auden
If ever two were one, then surely we.
If ever man were lov'd by wife, then thee.
If ever wife was happy in a man,
Compare with me, ye women, if you can.
"To my Dear and Loving Husband" by Anne Bradstreet
How fair are her pearly-white teeth!
Compared to them ivory's "stuff";
Let me drink the fresh balm of her breath -
By thunder! I'm sneezing! 'Tis snuff!
"To The Fair" by Anonymous Americas
All beauty and delight.
Skin like a rose, a beauteous shape, an air
Free and enchanting, give my weary sight
Glimpses of Thee, Thou Beauty past compare.
"The Image" by Katharine Tynan
"From such sights," said my friend, "we may draw
A lesson, for look at that bee;
Compared with the wasp which you saw,
He will teach us what we ought to be.
"Wasps In A Garden" by Charles Lamb
Compared with all Earth's heroes I may say
He was, with even half his virtues hid,
Greater in what his hand refrained than they
Were great in what they did.
"Arms And The Man - Pater Patrae" by James Barron Hope

In news:

Of the 78 percent of voters who have seen a Bloomberg TV ad, 47 percent said they are annoying , compared with 41 percent who called them informative, a Quinnipiac University survey found.
Weird reactions among right-wingers to President Obama's re-election continue apace almost a week later, but few can compare with what the pastor of a megachurch in Dallas said even before the election.
People already compare him to entrepreneurial heroes Gates, McNealy, and Jobs.
Companies tend to use the broad term "ORAC" in comparing their products with the ORAC values of foods known for their high antioxidants .
That's because the antioxidants are more concentrated, due to popcorn's lower water content compared to fluid-rich produce.
While there was variability in antiviral use across geographic regions, use of antivirals during the H1N1 season was comparable to past flu seasons, and there was little indication of hoarding.
Service says comparing the two events would be 'misleading.'.
The study compared the ability of FFRct and CT alone to identify flow-restricting lesions by assessment of fractional flow reserve, a measurement recognised as the gold standard for determining which lesions require treatment.
189 (Previous rank: 190) Compare tool: Pepsi Bottling vs Top 10 CEO: Eric J Foss Address: 1 Pepsi Way Somers, NY 10589 Phone: 914-767-6000 Website:
Comparing the 2011 and 2012 Astros needs more than just apples and oranges.
How does last night's Manhandling in Bolton Landing compare to previous political scuffles involving New York Post bureau chief Fred Dicker.
Some lunatics compared him to Dylan but he is no Dylan, he is no Tom Petty either.
Lincoln also captured 58 percent of Benton County's Democratic vote, compared to Halter 's 35 percent, and 52 percent in Washington County, compared to Halter 's 42 percent.
Comparing them is a lot like comparing women because what is considered attractive is up for considerable debate.

In science:

Practically, we have to measure fluxes within bounded spectral bands, and in order to compare objects at different redshifts we will do our best to compare the same restframe bands which implies measuring high-redshift objects through redder (observer) bands than nearby objects.
The expansion of the universe observed with supernovae
One set of tests compares properties of nearby and distant samples, and the other set compares properties of events at similar redshifts in different environments, i.e. different stellar ages.
The expansion of the universe observed with supernovae
The KS test shows that distributions of fX /fR ratios are consistent with having been drawn from the same parent population (KS probability 0.94 when comparing ω Cen CV candidates to the 11 brightest candidates in NGC 6397, and 0.71 when comparing to all NGC 6397 candidates).
HST/ACS Imaging of Omega Centauri: Optical Counterparts of Chandra X-Ray Sources
Also, M ∪ {c} is a chain: if z ∈ M , then z and c are comparable, for either z < x(cid:48) (in which case z < c), or z > y (cid:48) (in which case z > c), or z ∈ [x(cid:48) , y (cid:48) ] (in which case z ∈ M (cid:48) , hence z ∈ C , and z and c are again comparable as elements of the chain C ).
Pruning a poset with veins
In part B, the frequency of the rotating bias field, ωrot , is chosen to be low compared with the frequencies of transitions between different magnetic substates but large compared with the effective radial trap frequency.
Vortex pump for a Bose-Einstein condensate utilizing a time-averaged orbiting potential trap
This greatly increases the period of the LFG, to M P − M Q for suitably chosen P , Q and M ,27 compared to approximately M 2P for a comparable LFG using subtraction.
Analysis of Random Number Generators Using Monte Carlo Simulation
Thus, it is natural to smooth ρc (µ, ν ) by integrating over intervals δµ and δν large compared to O(N −1 ) but small compared to O(N 0 ) centered around µ and ν respectively.
Correlation Functions in Disordered Systems
Note that the advantage of having a readily understandable scale in your fit (θc ) is also a disadvantage when it comes to comparing experiments, since values of C0 for different (arbitrary) θc cannot be directly compared.
Quoting Experimental Information
At very low fields where the vortices are far apart compared to the magnetic penetration length there is also an amorphous glass phase due to the vortex-vortex interactions becoming small compared to the random pinning; this is indicated as “reentrant glass”.
Topological Defects in the Random-Field XY Model and the Pinned Vortex Lattice to Vortex Glass Transition in Type-II Superconductors
The model is directly applicable to a superconductor in the clean limit (mean free path in S large compared to the superconducting coherence length ξ ), or to a point-contact junction (formed by a constriction which is narrow compared to ξ ).
Random-Matrix Theory of Quantum Transport
For uniform external perpendicular magnetic fields large compared to the random field we observe a strong enhancement of conductance compared to the ordinary Drude value.
Classical Advection of Guiding Centers in a Random Magnetic Field
The fewer degrees of freedom used when implementing Eq. (3) when compared to Eq. (13) is most likely what leads to the larger error bars in Figure 1 when compared to Figure 2.
Direct Numerical Observation of Anomalous Diffusion in Random Media
We build operators based on dual-rail compatible implementation of logic gates. This eliminates the large number of c-gates and ensures a completely time invariant design. In figure 6 both implementations are compared. The complexity of a c-gate (circle) and a dual-rail AND-gate is comparable.
Flysig: Dataflow Oriented Delay-Insensitive Processor for Rapid Prototyping of Signal Processing
This exemplifies the difficulties in comparing the features seen in optical absorption with arc-second resolution with those seen in radio emission using a comparatively large beam.
The interstellar clouds of Adams and Blaauw revisited: an HI absorption study - I
To determine the successor and predecessor relations of the chain C , the entries in the standardisation of D of certain pairs of dominoes in Dom(D) had to be compared, which is equivalent to comparing their entry-ordinate combinations using the Semitic order.
Some bijective correspondences involving domino tableaux