• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Tossing (Mining) A process for refining tin by dropping it through the air while melted.
    • Tossing (Mining) A process which consists in washing ores by violent agitation in water, in order to separate the lighter or earthy particles; -- called also tozing, and treloobing, in Cornwall.
    • Tossing The act of throwing upward; a rising and falling suddenly; a rolling and tumbling.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The record for the world?s worst drivers is a toss-up between two candidates: First, a 75-year-old man who received 10 traffic tickets, drove on the wrong side of the road four times, committed four hit-and-run offenses, and caused six accidents, all within 20 minutes on October 15, 1966. Second, a 62-year-old woman who failed her driving test 40 times before passing it in August, 1970 (by that time, she had spent over $700 in lessons, and could no longer afford to buy a car)
    • n tossing In the refining of metallic tin, the dipping up of the melted metal in ladles. and pouring it back into the pot whence it came, thus by exposure to the air causing oxidation of the foreign metals and other impurities which accumulate as a scum on the surface of the refined tin.
    • n tossing The act or operation of one who or that which tosses; specifically, a mining process (also called chimming) which consists in dressing ores by the method described under toss, v. t., 3.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: If you toss a penny 10,000 times, it will not be heads 5,000 times, but more like 4,950. The heads picture weighs more, so it ends up on the bottom more often.
    • ns Tossing the act of tossing or throwing upward: :
    • ns Tossing (B.) violent commotion
    • ns Tossing (mining) process of washing ores
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  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “It is a toss up whether it is worse to be old and bent or young and broke.”
  • Dorothy Parker
    “This book is not to be tossed lightly aside, but to be hurled with great force.”
  • Dorothy Parker
    “This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force.”
  • William Morris Hughes
    William Morris Hughes
    “Without the Empire we should be tossed like a cork in the cross current of world politics. It is at once our sword and our shield.”
  • Mark Twain
    “A habit cannot be tossed out the window; it must be coaxed down the stairs a step at a time.”
  • Arnold Edinborough
    Arnold Edinborough
    “Canada has never been a melting pot; more like a tossed salad.”


Argue the toss - (UK) If you argue the toss, you refuse to accept a decision and argue about it.
Toss-up - A result that is still unclear and can go either way is a toss-up.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Celt., as W. tosio, to jerk, tos, a quick jerk.


In literature:

For two or three minutes Ned was tossed about at will, momentarily expecting his frail craft to upset.
"Canoe Boys and Campfires" by William Murray Graydon
Sidney Prale put up a hand, tore the grasp loose, and tossed Rufus Shepley to one side.
"The Brand of Silence" by Harrington Strong
She tossed her head back to watch the flight of a single swallow; she caught a handful of green leaves and buried her face in them.
"Wisdom, Wit, and Pathos of Ouida" by Ouida
Like a cork in a mill-stream we tossed and spun around.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
The wind came up again, tossing the canoe about considerably.
"Across Unknown South America" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
The reminder which Brophy had tossed at her carelessly had served to rouse her to desperation.
"Joan of Arc of the North Woods" by Holman Day
At the same time tossing back her hood, she shows her face unveiled.
"The Death Shot" by Mayne Reid
I was lifted and tossed high into the air.
"The Scalp Hunters" by Mayne Reid
It was only that it seemed such a pity to toss the Crowninshield offer aside without even considering it.
"Walter and the Wireless" by Sara Ware Bassett
She tossed her head, flinging her hair back behind her shoulders.
"The King's Mirror" by Anthony Hope
At this Sir Arthur groaned aloud, and tossed down three or four glasses of champagne in rapid succession.
"The River of Darkness" by William Murray Graydon
And Mary tossed her head, and Sophia sneered.
"The Beth Book" by Sarah Grand
You've heard, no doubt, of vital things turning upon the tossing of a coin.
"Cleek, the Master Detective" by Thomas W. Hanshew
To give himself a respite, he tossed it to the flagstone floor before Lorenzo's hound.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
Beale, will you toss them for me?
"A Man to His Mate" by J. Allan Dunn
He laughed in a sort of excited triumph, and tossed the stuff into the air.
"Gold" by Stewart White
She took time to smile and toss her head to get a lock of hair out of her eye.
"Polly's Senior Year at Boarding School" by Dorothy Whitehill
Nell tossed back her head indifferently.
"Mistress Nell" by George C. Hazelton, Jr.
PROCESS: Melt butter in hot water, add to bread crumbs, toss lightly with a fork.
"Fifty-Two Sunday Dinners" by Elizabeth O. Hiller
He did not sit down, as she had bidden, but tossed aside his rough jacket and leaped to the lower branch of the pine.
"A Daughter of the Forest" by Evelyn Raymond

In poetry:

Not she who lightly laughed is there,
With scornful toss of midnight hair,
Her dark, disdainful eyes,
And proud lip worldly-wise.
"The Maids Of Attitash" by John Greenleaf Whittier
The winds wailed wild, and wilder billows beat;
The bark was tossed:
Shall all be lost?
But Mary's Son slept on, serene and sweet.
"The Master's Voice" by Abram Joseph Ryan
The night winds howled--the billows dashed
Against the tossing chest;
And Danae to her broken heart
Her slumbering infant pressed.
"Version Of A Fragment Of Simonides" by William Cullen Bryant
But when I am tossed and driven,
And feel like I'm all alone;
I think of mother and that city,
Which long since she's made her home.
"Motherly Emotions" by Frank Barbour Coffin
Our Order, like the ark of yore,
Upon the raging sea was tossed;
Secure amid the billow's roar,
It moved, and nothing has been lost.
"Masonic Hymn." by George Pope Morris
All round the deep, wave-tossed and blown,
Led by the Lady Fame,
Our fleet shall make the world its own,
Reckless of shame or blame.
"A Dream Of Romance" by Maurice Thompson

In news:

Beachy tosses shutout, Braves beat Marlins.
Or do they just eat the stuffing and toss out the vegetable.
SALT LAKE CITY — Kody Brown and his four wives just want to live like any other family — free from the threat of being tossed in prison.
BIS tosses one to softball.
Judge erred in tossing Smith case verdicts.
TadashiGlen Coe tosses a nosebonk on to the trashcan where Nieratko would like all the world's blank decks to go.
Like many of the inside baseball terms tossed about the edtech space, "virtual" and " blended " learning mean different things to different audiences.
Judge tosses BP fuel dealers' brand-name claims.
Toast fresh bread shavings and toss with pasta or vegetables to transform the dish.
Toss in ½ gulp of water every 20 minutes.
But first, we've got some local bits and pieces from around the Web to toss at you.
The author tosses all these balls in the air and keeps them spinning with complete control.
In a major ruling, Federal judge Harold Baer this week tossed the Authors Guild case against the HathiTrust.
Do you toss and turn until you finally sit up and flip on the light.
Then Justin Verlander nearly tossed his third no-no of his career, and it felt weird.

In science:

Bernoulli (κ) variables n(αt (x))t≥1 (cid:12)(cid:12)(cid:12) x ∈ Zd o, such that under Pπ the Markov evolution of the environment (ωt (x, ·))t≥0 at a site x ∈ Zd is obtained by the above description using the κ-coin tosses (αt (x))t≥1 .
Random Walk in Dynamic Markovian Random Environment
Brassard, Quantum cryptography, Public key distribution and coin tossing, in Proc.
Noise Secured Internet
We write tr(·) for averaging over ΣN (i.e., the coin-tossing expectation if we identify ΣN with {H, T }N ).
On a nonhierarchical version of the generalized random energy model
It is clear that there is a bijection between the tuple (P , coin-toss process) and the tuple (P1 ,P2 ).
On entropy for mixtures of discrete and continuous variables
The last sum can be identified as sum of the entropy rate of the original Poisson process and the entropy rate of the coin tosses.
On entropy for mixtures of discrete and continuous variables
Given the outcomes of the coin-tosses C(T ), {r(T ), b(T )} is a permutation of a(T ).
On entropy for mixtures of discrete and continuous variables
This is due to the fact that after the initial coin toss, the coin register is in the state F|D| |si = ||D|i.
Quantum walks with random phase shifts
That is, if the probability distribution induced by a1 and a2 is the same, no method can recover both a1 and a2 more accurately than by a toss of a fair coin.
Inverting Random Functions III: Discrete MLE Revisited
The solution is to make the coin quantum too, and give it a unitary twist instead of a random toss.
A random walk approach to quantum algorithms
Its conditional action on walker states realizes the coin-tossing and the subsequent move of walker.
Quantum Optical Random Walk: Quantization Rules and Quantum Simulation of Asymptotics
Vcl (ρc ⊗ ρw )Vcl → T rc(Vcl (ρc ⊗ ρw )Vcl ) ; the latter constitues the dynamical realization of the coin tossing process.
Quantum Optical Random Walk: Quantization Rules and Quantum Simulation of Asymptotics
The percolation process is defined by the following procedure: toss a (possibly biased) coin at each vertex and – according to the outcome – put either a Dirichlet or a Kirchhoff boundary condition on this vertex.
Uniform existence of the integrated density of states for random Schr\"odinger operators on metric graphs over $\mathbb{Z}^d$
The “quantization” of the random walk was performed in Ref. as a controlled permutation on H, with an additional register holding the result of the coin toss (unitary operation).
Quantum Parrondo's game with random strategies
For consistency, we can also use the quantum coin tosses for the simulation of random choice of strategies.
Quantum Parrondo's game with random strategies
Since the strategy B requires dependence of the coin toss on the state of |xi modulo 3, we need an additional control qubit |oi which determines whether x is divisible by 3 or not.
Quantum Parrondo's game with random strategies