• George John, Second Earl Spencer
    George John, Second Earl Spencer
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Spencer English philosopher and sociologist who applied the theory of natural selection to human societies (1820-1903)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first Wimbledon Tennis Competition took place in 1877 solely as an amateur competition. Men's singles was the only event that took place. There were 22 competitors and the championship was won by Spencer Gore.
    • n Spencer (Naut) A fore-and-aft sail, abaft the foremast or the mainmast, hoisted upon a small supplementary mast and set with a gaff and no boom; a trysail carried at the foremast or mainmast; -- named after its inventor, Knight Spencer, of England [1802].
    • n Spencer A short jacket worn by men and by women.
    • n Spencer One who has the care of the spence, or buttery.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n spencer A man's outer garment or overcoat so short that the skirts of the body-coat worn under it were seen: a fashion introduced about 1800.
    • n spencer A woman's garment introduced a year or two later, and made in direct imitation of the above. It also was short, and formed a kind of over-jacket, reaching a little below the waist.
    • n spencer Nautical, a trapezoidal fore-and-aft sail set abaft the foremast and mainmast; a trysail.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Spencer spens′ėr a short over-jacket worn by men or women, named after Earl Spencer (1782-1845).
    • n Spencer spens′ėr (in ships and barques) a fore-and-aft sail abaft the fore and main masts.
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  • William Hazlitt
    “The characteristic of Chaucer is intensity: of Spencer, remoteness: of Milton elevation and of Shakespeare everything.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From the third Earl Spencer, who first wore it, or brought it into fashion


In literature:

Spencer is there and his famous Yellow Jackets.
"The Land of the Miamis" by Elmore Barce
What was it that the explorer had said to him in regard to Spencer's definition of reality?
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
John, I thought I saw Spencer Cavendish to-day.
"The Lieutenant-Governor" by Guy Wetmore Carryl
After these three Spencer Perceval stood up.
"The Greville Memoirs" by Charles C. F. Greville
The most systematic exponent of this view was Herbert Spencer.
"God and the World" by Arthur W. Robinson
Close upon the back of my discovery of Whitman, I came under the influence of Herbert Spencer.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 16 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
SPENCER (JUDGE) MRS., tries to sec.
"The Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony (Volume 2 of 2)" by Ida Husted Harper
Peter Spencer was called to the chair, and Thomas Dorsey appointed secretary.
"Thoughts on African Colonization" by William Lloyd Garrison
The first orderly of my company was William H. Spencer.
"Personal Recollections of the War of 1861" by Charles Augustus Fuller
In 1214, Robert Spencer, a mercer, was mayor.
"Old and New London" by Walter Thornbury

In poetry:

How vigilant was Spencer
As a literary censor!
He pointed out that there were too few Es
In Lyly’s Euphues.
"Clerihew – Spencer" by Edmund Clerihew Bentley
When with thee, Ariosto, or Tasso, I sport,
Or go with our Spencer to his Fairy-Court,
Or Cowley, or Oldham, or Davenant pursue,
Or spend a few Hours, neat Waller, with you.
"A Search After Wit; Or, A Visitation Of The Authors" by Richard Ames
And on the opposite side of her stood Lord Pembroke,
And Lord Salisbury, who wore a skull cap and cloak;
Also the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Rutland,
And Mr Balfour and Lord Spencer, all looking very bland.
"The Burial of Mr. Gladstone" by William Topaz McGonagall
Those that sent wreaths were but very few,
But one in particular was the Duke of Buccleuch;
Besides Dr. Herbert Spencer, and Countess Rosebery, and Lady Bennett,
Which no doubt were sent by them with heartfelt regret.
"The Death of Lord and Lady Dalhousie" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Weatherman Thom Spencer was suspended after his boss spotted him on another station, making an appearance-in station blazer-at a Republican rally has been exaggerated , according to General Manager Darrell Blue.
With Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Aaron Paul, Octavia Spencer (1:25).
The Spencer County FFA is lead by the Executive Council , which is made up of the chapter officers, committee chairmen, and co-committee chairmen.
David Chase, president and publisher of APPLIANCE magazine, and wife Sarah Chase announce the birth of their daughter, Gillian Spencer Chase.
American Red Cross, State Farm and high school volunteers will be placing fire safety information on doors in Spencer Saturday morning.
Seven-year-old Isabella Ball, Lawrence, performs with her music teacher Tricia Spencer.
And you thought Spencer Pratt and Tila Tequila used Twitter for odd reasons.
The coming-of-age tale of Sterling Spencer and Warren Smith.
Frank passed away on May 29, 2009 at his home in Spencer.
Sterling Spencer, Taj Burrow, Joel Parkinson and Laird head to Nor Cal.
Funeral services for Mrs Cecelia Franker , 90, of Spencer, will be held at 10:30 am Tuesday, Nov 25, 2008, at Grace United Methodist Church in Spencer.
Plus Bill Kirchen and Spencer Bohren from September of 2010.
Roy Book Binder, Bill Kirchen and Spencer Bohren pt 1.
The Gravestone Girls present a virtual tour of Spencer cemeteries.
The Gravestone Girls will present a virtual tour of Spencer's cemeteries at 6:30 pm Sept 27 at the Richard Sugden Public Library.

In science:

The exact sequence (2.2) does not split provided that the Kodaira-Spencer class of X is general.
A Simple Proof that Rational Curves on K3 are Nodal
However, not every vector in H 1(TS ) is the Kodaira-Spencer class of a pro jective family X .
A Simple Proof that Rational Curves on K3 are Nodal
Furthermore, for each v ∈ V , there exists a family X whose Kodaira-Spencer class is given by v .
A Simple Proof that Rational Curves on K3 are Nodal
The model of directed polymers in a random environment was introduced by Imbrie and Spencer .
Upper bound of a volume exponent for directed polymers in a random environment
The following conjecture proposed by Erdos is found in Alon and Spencer [AS92].
Linear Phase Transition in Random Linear Constraint Satisfaction Problem