• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Molasse (Geol) A soft Tertiary sandstone; -- applied to a rock occurring in Switzerland. See Chart of Geology.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: There was a molasses flood in Boston on January 15, 1919 that killed 21 people and injured 150 people
    • n molasse In geology, a name given in Switzerland to an important geological formation belonging in part to the Miocene and in part to a position intermediate between the Eocene and the Miocene. The formation is in places over 6,000 feet thick, and chiefly of lacustrine origin. The fossil vegetation of the Molasse is of great interest, being subtropical in character, containing palms of an American type, and also the coniferous genus Sequoia, now limited to California. It is the upper member of the Molasse which contains these plant-remains, and this part of the series is made up of red sandstones, marls, and conglomerate (nagelfluh). The lower division of the Molasse is a sandstone containing marine and brackish-water shells.
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    “Any sufficiently advanced bureaucracy is indistinguishable from molasses.”


Slower than molasses going uphill in January - (USA) To move extremely slowly. Molasses drips slowly anyway but add January cold and gravity, dripping uphill would be an impossibility, thereby making the molasses move very slowly indeed!


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. molasse, prob. fr. mollasse, flabby, flimsy, fr. L. mollis, soft


In literature:

One pound of brown sugar, One cup of molasses.
"Mrs. Wilson's Cook Book" by Mary A. Wilson
Under it were three cold boiled potatoes, a dish of salt, a cup of molasses, and a big pone of corn-bread.
"Ole Mammy's Torment" by Annie Fellows Johnston
Two or three tablespoonfuls of molasses are put in, and a little salt, unless the pork is considerably lean.
"How to Camp Out" by John M. Gould
Others admit of no singular; as, scissors, tongs, vitals, molasses.
"Lectures on Language" by William S. Balch
Take equal quantities of soft lye-soap, alcohol or gin, and molasses.
"Our Deportment" by John H. Young
Prof. Wiley has made experimentally some fair samples of rum and alcohol from sorghum molasses.
"The Prairie Farmer, Vol. 56, No. 2, January 12, 1884" by Various
Fanny had gone out to the dining-room, and now she returned stirring some whiskey and molasses in a cup.
"The Portion of Labor" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Molasses and treacle are formed in the process of crystallizing and refining sugar.
"Public School Domestic Science" by Mrs. J. Hoodless
The objection to the New Orleans molasses is the sticky nature of the material in handling.
"Trees, Fruits and Flowers of Minnesota, 1916" by Various
To understand this, we must refer to the composition of cane-sugar molasses of 40 deg.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 315, January 14, 1882" by Various
At the same time a little boy had come in for some molasses.
"Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue Keeping Store" by Laura Lee Hope
When cool add one teaspoonful suet, one teaspoon butter, one-half cup molasses and one-half yeast cake dissolved in a little water.
"Good Things to Eat as Suggested by Rufus" by Rufus Estes
For him, the molasses-tapper did not exist.
"The Wit and Humor of America, Volume II. (of X.)" by Various
Such an issue was made up of three pounds of fat meat, one peck of meal, and one quart of black molasses.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
May is asking why they make molasses.
"The Insect Folk" by Margaret Warner Morley
Some was used to make molasses from our own sugar cane we raised.
"Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 1" by Various
James Reynolds, grocer, for selling molasses to a brewer, costs.
"A Treatise on Adulterations of Food, and Culinary Poisons" by Fredrick Accum
How would you like to have your curls all full of molasses?
"The Wrong Woman" by Charles D. Stewart
Taste the syrup in this smaller kettle; it is almost molasses.
"The Knickerbocker, or New-York Monthly Magazine, May 1844" by Various
They asked for and ate bread and molasses, as they had seen the children doing when they came in.
"Old Rail Fence Corners" by Various

In poetry:

"Pore thing!"
Floretty sighed, and with the turkey-wing
Brushed off the stove-hearth softly, and peered in
The kettle of molasses, with her thin
Voice wandering into song unconsciously--
In purest, if most witless, sympathy.--
"The Hired Man And Floretty" by James Whitcomb Riley
I can say to all mah troubles,
"Ah! fly, ah! fly away!" When I'm sitting by mah only,
That's whah I'd like to stay. Got a voice as sweet as New Ohleans molasses
An' I'll gamble you ain't seen Such incandescent 'lectric eyes
As those of Emmaleen.
"My Emmaleen" by George Ade

In news:

The "Great Molasses Flood" that followed the blast sent an avalanche of death into the streets.
A giant molasses tank blows up, sending a wall of thick, sticky syrup through the streets of a Boston neighborhood.
State mixes molasses , saltwater to de-ice roads.
Look for sorghum molasses in health food stores.
Big rig spills molasses on road.
For this sweet and tangy chicken, Marcie Turney blends tamarind and other Indian flavors into her molasses barbecue sauce.
Winter Squash and Molasses Muffins.
If you can't find tamarind concentrate, substitute 1/4 cup lime juice mixed with 2 teaspoons molasses.
True, on that molasses-sticky August afternoon in 2009 as he whistled north on Florida's Turnpike, he was still three months shy of his 48th birthday.
An oat filled molasses treat.
In 1757, a colonel in the Virginia militia recorded the way that thirsty soldiers had made a DIY beverage with some water, hops, and molasses.
Johns County Commission candidates, from left to right, Rachael Bennett, Merrill Roland and Randy Brunson take part in a public forum with the Molasses Junction Tea Party on Wednesday.
The season of ginger, cinnamon and molasses.
Cracker Jack's have been around for over a century offering delicious molasses flavored peanuts and popcorn.

In science:

Chu, Optical molasses and multilevel atoms: theory, J.
Mirror-mediated cooling: a paradigm for particle cooling via the retarded dipole force
By means of the two-level model, one can predict the equilibrium temperature, the socalled “Doppler” temperature TD , of atoms in molasses to be Γ, where Γ is the (half-width at half-maximum) linewidth of the transition from the excited to the ground level .
Scattering theory of multilevel atoms interacting with arbitrary radiation fields
Data from early three-dimensional molasses experiments contradicted this , showing that the achievable equilibrium temperature was in fact much lower.
Scattering theory of multilevel atoms interacting with arbitrary radiation fields
In that work we only considered the two-level atom model and showed, in particular, how our model can explain such mechanisms as standard optical molasses and mirror-mediated cooling .
Scattering theory of multilevel atoms interacting with arbitrary radiation fields
Random walks, liquidity molasses and critical response in financial markets.
The nature of price returns during periods of high market activity
Cs atoms effusing from an oven are slowed using a chirped counter propagating laser beam and captured in a lin ⊥ lin optical molasses.
Testing Lorentz Invariance using Zeeman Transitions in Atomic Fountains
These coils are surrounded by a first layer of 3 cylindrical magnetic shields. A second layer is composed of 2 magnetic shields surrounding the entire experiment (optical molasses and detection zone included).
Testing Lorentz Invariance using Zeeman Transitions in Atomic Fountains
The ma jority of the machine is located in the ‘Molasse’ (a local impermeable sedimentary rock), at a typical depth of 370 m.
ILC Reference Design Report Volume 1 - Executive Summary
The Molasse of the European site near CERN requires a reinforced concrete lining for the entire tunnel length.
ILC Reference Design Report Volume 1 - Executive Summary
The atoms are then illuminated with an optical molasses that serves to localize the atoms while fluorescence photons are collected by the high resolution optics.
Recent developments in Quantum Monte-Carlo simulations with applications for cold gases
An exception is the work by Castin and Mølmer who studied spatial and momentum localization via full quantum Monte Carlo wavefunction simulations in the case of optical molasses.
Anisotropic velocity distributions in 3D dissipative optical lattices
After turning off the loading, the atoms are further cooled in an optical molasses for about 20 ms.
Anisotropic velocity distributions in 3D dissipative optical lattices
From the optical molasses, an atomic cloud at a temperature of T = 3 µK is loaded into the optical lattice with a transfer efficiency of about 50%.
Anisotropic velocity distributions in 3D dissipative optical lattices
It should be emphasised that this does not arise due to the cooling of atoms in the optical molasses like configuration but due to the velocity selection as discussed above.
Fluorescence from doubly driven four-level atoms - A density matrix approach
This is the case, for example, of direct molasses capture or molasses expansion after magnetooptical-trap capture .
Bayesian inference of a negative quantity from positive measurement results