Table-turning

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Table-turning movements of tables or other objects, attributed by spiritualists to the agency of spirits—by rational persons to involuntary muscular action—similarly Tā′ble-lift′ing, Tā′ble-rap′ping
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Quotations

  • Charles Baudelaire
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    “True Civilization does not lie in gas, nor in steam, nor in turn-tables. It lies in the reduction of the traces of original sin.”

Idioms

Tables are turned - When the tables are turned, the situation has changed giving the advantage to the party who had previously been at a disadvantage.
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Turn the tables - If circumstances change completely, giving an advantage to those who seemed to be losing, the tables are turned.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. table—L. tabula, a board.

Usage

In literature:

He turned to the dressing-table and began making such shift as he could to better his appearance.
"The Mississippi Bubble" by Emerson Hough
On the whole, the evidence for the turning of the wand is a shade better than that for the magical turning of tables.
"Custom and Myth" by Andrew Lang
The parlor-maid assists the butler in waiting at table, and washing dishes, and takes turns with him in answering the door and the telephone.
"Etiquette" by Emily Post
But now I smiled in turn, and pointed to the unopened note on the table.
"54-40 or Fight" by Emerson Hough
Then he turned to the men at the tables.
"The Honorable Peter Stirling and What People Thought of Him" by Paul Leicester Ford
As he turned back the flap, a small unmounted photograph fell out and lay face upward on the table.
"The Cab of the Sleeping Horse" by John Reed Scott
The tables had been turned upon them with a vengeance.
"Grace Harlowe's Sophomore Year at High School" by Jessie Graham Flower
It wasn't until Eleanor had turned the table the second time, that he made his first gambit in the game.
"The Real Adventure" by Henry Kitchell Webster
When he finished, her hand on the table had turned and was clasping his.
"Love Stories" by Mary Roberts Rinehart
Between the table and the fire, half turned toward Madison, sat the Patriarch.
"The Miracle Man" by Frank L. Packard
However, she turned aside, and got hold of a small writing-desk, which she placed on the table.
"Macleod of Dare" by William Black
She pushed her chair away from the table, turning it towards the fire.
"Verner's Pride" by Mrs. Henry Wood
WE TURN THE TABLES UPON MONSIEUR RENOUF.
"The Log of a Privateersman" by Harry Collingwood
He turned to the table and poured himself another glass of wine.
"Nicanor - Teller of Tales" by C. Bryson Taylor
A round oak table on six curiously turned legs stood in the middle, and on it some food was laid.
"In Kings' Byways" by Stanley J. Weyman
He turned to a late comer who had seated himself at a small table across the narrow aisle from them.
"The Fighting Shepherdess" by Caroline Lockhart
He turned from the window and moved slowly toward Ugolini's table.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
The players at Plimsoll's table turned to see what caused the suspension of the game, others followed their example.
"Rimrock Trail" by J. Allan Dunn
When sent to table, turn the pudding out of the dish.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
Payton turned to the table, and, with an unsteady hand, filled a glass.
"The Wild Geese" by Stanley John Weyman
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In poetry:

September
When apples an’ pears
Turn yellow an’ red,
Buy thi table,
Chairs an’ bed.
"A Luver’s Calendar" by Dorothy Una Ratcliffe
She moved the table of bottles
Away from the bed to the wall;
And tiptoeing gently over the stairs
Turned down the gas in the hall.
"Death In Leamington" by Sir John Betjeman
That's how we live, without forgetting,
Today it's him, tomorrow I.
The cup of death goes round the table
And each must wait his turn to die.
""That's how we live, without forgetting..."" by Konstantin Simonov
Hostess.
Yes; even after dark
He would sit on, and never call for lights.
The first night, I brought candles, as of course;
He let me set them on the table, true;
But soon's my back was turned, he put them out.
"Within and Without: Part II: A Dramatic Poem" by George MacDonald
The music mute,
The darkling lamps, the festal tables clear:--
Then,--glad as one who from pursuit
Breathes safe, and lets himself himself appear,--
Turns to the fireside jest, the laughing eyes,
The love without disguise,--
"A Home In The Palace" by Francis Turner Palgrave
Now someone driving through the rain will happen in, I bet;
So fill the fountain up again, and leave the table set.
For this was ours with pride to say—and all the world defy—
No stranger ever turned away, no neighbour passed us by.
"Around the Boree Log" by John O Brien

In news:

Plants That Turn the Tables .
For this month's report on "crazy," "weird" and "gross-looking/sounding" food items found at your local supermarket, the tables have been turned.
Inside a second-floor, windowless room, Mike Tannenbaum turned to the men at the white conference table for help.
We turn the tables, in more ways than one.
Le Miracle Turns Tables on Yeats in Marathon.
'Headhunters' review: the tables turn terrifyingly on a yuppie art thief.
Google turns tables, calls itself 'Topeka' for day.
Family takes turns giving thanks around the dinner table .
Family takes turns giving thanks around the dinner table.
Freedom Driver Turns Tables into Speakers.
When I'm in a rush to get dinner on the table (which is often), I turn to my freezer for help.
Robby DiOrio rushed for four touchdowns as visiting Shawnee turned the tables on Clearview with a 43-18 victory in the South Jersey Group 4 quarterfinals.
Gladstone 's Kamal Moummad turns the tables on a Gladstone 's employee with his whimsically wrapped leftovers.
CMU turns tables on Green Bay .
Last season the Black Raiders swamped the 'Horns 42-6 at McEwen Stadium, so JC might want to turn the tables this season.
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In science:

Table 7: main characteristics of the theories with 8 supercharges We now turn to the discussion of some speculative points related to the theories discussed above.
Little Theories in Six and Seven Dimensions
It turns out that the parallel is deeper than this, see Table 1.
Series expansion and computer simulation studies of random sequential adsorption
We now turn to a study of the example mAMSB spectra presented in Table 1. A sample of 105 signal events was generated; since the total signal cross section is 16 nb, this corresponds to an integrated LHC luminosity of 6 fb−1 .
Summary of the SUSY Working Group of the 1999 Les Houches Workshop
The derived ages of all clusters in the sample and their comparison with the ages derived from the main sequence turn-off point (MSTO) fitting are given in Table 1.
Mid-infrared studies of the AGB star populations in the Local Group galaxies : the Magellanic Clouds
One can then predict with no free parameters the tree level scalar masses 10) (See Table 2), which turn out to be not far from the lightest experimental masses, although the two quantities are not exactly the same as we stress in Sec. 4.
Summary talk at the conference on the sigma resonance
This integral turns into I2 and I4 in the limits mentioned in the text, respectively, but again there is no helpful formula in the GR Table, and thus I5 appears to be non-analytic.
Noninertial quantum mechanical fluctuations
In fact, it turns out that the combinations in square brackets can be expressed just in terms of the diagonal Yukawa couplings of doublets and in terms of the CKM matrix, as shown in Table 3.2.
The problem of neutrino masses in extensions of the Standard Model
Based on the ob ject’s proximity to the main sequence turn-off, its age can be estimated to be ∼ 2 Gyr, the approximate turn-off age of an M = 1.4M⊙ star with our adopted metallicity ([Fe/H] = 0.24; Table 4) from the Bertelli et al. (1994) isochrones used by Ng & Bertelli (1998).
Three Wide-Separation L dwarf Companions from the Two Micron All Sky Survey: Gl 337C, Gl 618.1B, and HD 89744B
The second step, of turning that table into a best estimate for Vub , is also needed.
Summary and Outlook for 9th International Symposium on Heavy Flavor Physics
At the end of that paper I discussed how this algorithm could be used to build the reflection table of minimal roots, which could in turn form the basis of a much more efficient multiplication algorithm.
Computation in Coxeter groups II. Minimal roots
The latter can be regarded as additional predictions of our model which one could also replace by other phenomenological relations or data tables obtained from wind tunnel measurements if this turns out to be more suitable.
A Continuum Saltation Model for Sand Dunes
In order to correct for the use of the standard flux conversion tables, which are based on point source extraction, we applied a correction that accounts for the aperture loss due to the narrowing of the extracting column as a function of wavelength used by SSC and that in turn feeds back into the FLUXCON tables.
The Ages of Elliptical Galaxies from Infrared Spectral Energy Distributions
Further, tables 2, 8 show that the energy as well as momentum density components of Einstein’s and Moller’s prescriptions turn out to be same in TPT.
Energy-Momentum Distribution of Non-Static Plane Symmetric Spacetimes in GR and TPT
Just to give an example, since, as immediately seen from the table when x = 0 and y = 0 it turns out that for any value of λ, a = b (implying a′ = b′ ) one gets EP R−H V (0, 0) = P (λ) (0) + P (λ) (1) = 1.
A simple note on the nonlocal structure of the PR-box
We discuss each of the phases listed in Table I in turn.
Models of Superconducting Cu:Bi2Se3: single versus two-band description
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