Popper

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n popper a container for cooking popcorn
    • n popper a container of stimulant drug (amyl nitrate or butyl nitrite)
    • n Popper British philosopher (born in Austria) who argued that scientific theories can never be proved to be true, but are tested by attempts to falsify them (1902-1994)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Until the late 1800's, people roasted their coffee at home. Popcorn poppers and stove-top frying pans were favored.
    • n Popper A dagger. "When he himself might his quietus make
      With a bare bodkin ."
    • n Popper A utensil for popping corn, usually a wire basket with a long handle.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n popper A utensil for popping corn; a corn-popper. It is made of wire gauze with a cover and a long wooden handle.
    • n popper Anything that pops or makes a popping sound, as a firecracker or pistol.
    • n popper A dagger.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Popper anything that makes a popping sound
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Imit.

Usage

In literature:

I'll be real glad to see you, and I guess popper'd like to talk to you about things in the East.
"The Spinner's Book of Fiction" by Various
I called my stepfather popper.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves, Arkansas Narratives, Part 4" by Work Projects Administration
He says he come down an' hunt wif me an' you an' Popper!
"Frank of Freedom Hill" by Samuel A. Derieux
Have your popper made with a swinging wire, hanging from the ceiling down over the furnace to save labor.
"One Thousand Secrets of Wise and Rich Men Revealed" by C. A. Bogardus
I always said I'd be a soldier like my popper.
"Winning the Wilderness" by Margaret Hill McCarter
With kind regards, Yours most sincerely, DAVID POPPER.
"Violin Making" by Walter H. Mayson
He nodded in reply, and sprinkled the popper with kernels again, and she went back to her bench, carrying the pan under one arm.
"The Biography of a Prairie Girl" by Eleanor Gates
I'll nurse you; and popper says I am just a natural-born nurse, if there ever was one.
"Lippincott's Magazine, September, 1885" by Various
Next day Valentia went to say good-bye to the old French painter whom all the American girls called Popper.
"Orientations" by William Somerset Maugham
He don't have to, with popper bossin' a couple of trunk lines.
"Side-stepping with Shorty" by Sewell Ford
I shall be in 'Society' sometime, when Popper makes money again.
"Dorothy on a House Boat" by Evelyn Raymond
Let him have a chance, popper.
"The Competitive Nephew" by Montague Glass
Nell told on me, and Popper said he'd spank me if I troubled older people any more.
"Harvard Stories" by Waldron Kintzing Post
Hadn't you better take that popper and set to work?
"Winter Fun" by William O. Stoddard
I have to stand on a chair if I want to see myself popperly.
"Little Miss Peggy" by Mrs. Molesworth
Polly liked to shake the popper.
"Peter and Polly in Winter" by Rose Lucia
New tips, called "poppers," or "crackers," had to be provided.
"The Indians' Last Fight" by Dennis Collins
The founder of El Paramo was one Julius Popper, one of the pioneer prospectors of Tierra del Fuego.
"The Gold Diggings of Cape Horn" by John R. Spears
Their "popper and mommer" didn't forget them.
"The Idiot at Home" by John Kendrick Bangs
Don't take in no bad money while your popper's away.
"Local Color" by Irvin S. Cobb
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In poetry:

He grinned mighty cheerful and said to his wife,
"I'll give them old waddies the start of their life.
I'll wear my old chaps and my boots and cross L's
I was wunst a brush popper, a rider from Hell."
"His Old Clothes" by Bruce Kiskaddon

In news:

Popper 's Penguins' review: Jim Carrey mars otherwise charming cute-animal movie.
Barry Wetcher Thomas Popper , played by Jim Carrey, enjoys dinner with his new friends in "Mr. Popper 's Penguins".
Mr Popper 's Penguins finds Jim Carrey choosing option No.
Jim Carrey warms up to the Antarctic type in Mr Popper 's Penguins.
Mr Popper 's Penguins Directed by Mark Waters.
See that little off-set where we list all the stars of Mr Popper 's Penguins.
Popper 's Penguins' Pretty Poopy.
In tournaments, poppers consistently put bass in Mason's livewell spring through fall.
Popper 's Penguins / The Smurfs.
I loved the movie "Mr. Popper 's Penguins," and everything about it.
Mr Popper 's Penguins / The.
Perfect Popper pulls in prizes.
Tonight The Green Lantern and Mr Popper 's Penguins open in theaters.
The Green Lantern isn't getting the 4 star rating and surprisingly, Mr Popper 's Penguins gets a high mark.
Jalapeno Popper Bites & Cheese Wontons.
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In science:

Our analysis shows that, to some extend, Popper’s test can indeed be conclusive to discriminate between his own approach and the standard version of quantum mechanics.
Popper's test of Quantum Mechanics
Popper K R (1982) Quantum Theory and the Schism in Physics.
Popper's test of Quantum Mechanics
Popper K R (1984) Open Questions in Quantum Physics.
Popper's test of Quantum Mechanics
The experimental setup proposed by Popper is quite simple.
Popper's test of quantum mechanics and two-photon "ghost" diffraction
Popper further assumes that the source decays at rest and the two photons are thus emitted with opposite momenta, ~k1 + ~k2 = 0.
Popper's test of quantum mechanics and two-photon "ghost" diffraction
Popper concludes that, for coincident detections, standard QM predicts that the right-side momentum dispersion, ∆k2 ≃ 1/2a, remains and can be further increased by narrowing the width 2a of the still in situ left-slit.
Popper's test of quantum mechanics and two-photon "ghost" diffraction
By contrast, Popper’s ob jective interpretation of QM —based on propensities rather than on sub jective knowledge— predicts a decrease of ∆k2 when the left-side slit is narrowed.
Popper's test of quantum mechanics and two-photon "ghost" diffraction
In this sense, our state is the closest analog to Popper’s proposal, which naively assumed a perfectly fixed and localized source.
Popper's test of quantum mechanics and two-photon "ghost" diffraction
Once this constraint is imposed, the analyses of Refs. [6, 7] —based on simple geometrical arguments— claim that Popper’s proposal is no longer able to discriminate between the two approaches.
Popper's test of quantum mechanics and two-photon "ghost" diffraction
In spite of all these claims, we have recently argued that the above criticisms —which are fully reasonable, at least in principle— do not necessarily destroy the whole “falsifiability” potential of Popper’s proposal.
Popper's test of quantum mechanics and two-photon "ghost" diffraction
There is an ambiguity in Popper’s proposal —a new feature which has not been considered in previous analyses— that plays a central role.
Popper's test of quantum mechanics and two-photon "ghost" diffraction
Therefore, QM predicts an increase in the momentum spread of the right-moving photon when narrowing the left-slit width, which is precisely the same conclusion that Popper himself derived from standard QM.
Popper's test of quantum mechanics and two-photon "ghost" diffraction
Since there are no reasons to modify Popper’s conclusions about the opposite behaviour predicted by his own approach, we agree with Popper in that the test is crucial.
Popper's test of quantum mechanics and two-photon "ghost" diffraction
Unfortunately, in the experimental realization of Popper’s test by Kim and Shih the width of the slit is kept fix, 2a = 0.16 mm.
Popper's test of quantum mechanics and two-photon "ghost" diffraction
By contrast, the experiment by Strekalov et al. is more interesting because the slit-width is modified (from 0.1 and 1.1 mm) and this allows to discriminate between the a-dependence predicted by standard QM, Eq. (6), and the opposite behaviour attributed by Popper to his own approach.
Popper's test of quantum mechanics and two-photon "ghost" diffraction
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