Viperous

Definitions

  • THE VIPER AND THE FILE
    THE VIPER AND THE FILE
  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Viperous Having the qualities of a viper; malignant; venomous; as, a viperous tongue. "This viperous slander."
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The longest fangs of a snake are found on the Gaboon Viper (Bitis gabonica), and can reach over 2 inches in length
    • viperous Having the qualities of a viper; viperish; venomous; malignant; spiteful: chiefly said of mental qualities, or used figuratively.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In ancient Rome, people found guilty of murdering their fathers were executed in a bizarre manner. The punishment was to be put in a sack with a rooster, a viper, and a dog, then drowned along with all three animals.
    • Viperous having the qualities of a viper: venomous: malignant
    • ***

Quotations

  • John Major
    John Major
    “I am walking over hot coals suspended over a deep pit at the bottom of which are a large number of vipers baring their fangs.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. vipera (contr. of vivipara)—vivus, living, parĕre, to bring forth.

Usage

In literature:

Ye offspring of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things?
"His Life" by William E. Barton, Theodore G. Soares, Sydney Strong
I want words sufficient to express thy viperous treason.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. II (of 3)" by Isaac Disraeli
It was a shell like a viper.
"Ladysmith" by H. W. Nevinson
Paolo is a snake, a venomous viper!
"Marzio's Crucifix and Zoroaster" by F. Marion Crawford
The poisonous kinds are distinguished by the epithet of ular bisa, among which is the biludak or viper.
"The History of Sumatra" by William Marsden
Ye snakes and vipers!
"I.N.R.I." by Peter Rosegger
In the chill of thy refusal I have known the viper.
"Frédéric Mistral" by Charles Alfred Downer
There is a plant similar to the hawthorn in its flower, and whose thorns prick like the viper.
"History Of Egypt, Chaldæa, Syria, Babylonia, and Assyria, Volume 3 (of 12)" by G. Maspero
He wanted revenge, and the word hissed in his brain as a viper hisses in the dark of its cave.
"The Adventures of Kathlyn" by Harold MacGrath
No lingering, or the viper will be in the bush from us.
"Lorna Doone" by R. D. Blackmore
***

In poetry:

A honey-shower rains from her lips,
Sweet lights shine in her face;
She hath the blush of virgin mind,
The mind of viper's race.
"Love's Servile Lot" by Robert Southwell
This ghastly worm is guilt for sin,
Which on the conscience feeds,
With vipers' teeth, both sharp and keen,
Whereat it sorely bleeds.
"Of Hell And The Estate of Those Who Perish" by John Bunyan
The sacred page my state describes
From volatile and reptile tribes;
From ugly vipers, beauteous birds;
From soaring hosts, and swinish herds.
"The Believer's Riddle; or, the Mystery of Faith" by Ralph Erskine
Sincere themselves, ah! too secure to find
The common bosom, like their own, sincere!
'Tis its own guilt alarms the jealous mind;
'Tis her own poison bids the viper fear.
"Elegy XV. In Memory of a Private Family in Worcestershire" by William Shenstone
Remember the Viper:--'twas close at your feet;
How you started, and threw yourself into my arms;
Not a Strawberry there was so ripe nor so sweet
As the lips which I kiss'd to subdue your alarms.
"Nancy" by Robert Bloomfield
Thou liquid fire! like that which glowed
On Melita's surf-beaten shore,
Thou'st been upon my guests bestowed,
But thou shalt warm my house no more.
For, wheresoe'er thy radiance falls,
Forth, from thy heat, a viper crawls!
"Hymns and Odes for Temperance Occasions III" by John Pierpont

In news:

RAW VIDEO- Kevin McHale Talks Vipers, Spurs.
The 2013 Dodge Viper is about to become a little more civilized, though not at the expense of tire-smoking performance and testosterone-fueled design.
Dennis Radford set a record behind the wheel of his Poison Viper during a Memorial Day weekend event in Meridian, Idaho.
Ron Moore in front of a "Battlestar Galactica" Viper.
LMPD to Target Violent Crime With New VIPER Unit .
Multiquip, Inc premiers the Viper at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2008.
A dozen members of the Viper Militia were arrested yesterday in Phoenix for allegedly plotting to blow up government buildings in that city.
Exclusive Top-Speed Test Of The Wickedest Street-Legal Viper Ever Created.
1997 Dodge Viper Buyer's Guide.
Bell to Produce Venom , Viper Trainers.
2013 SRT Viper Photo Gallery.
As for the chassis, a few laps around GingerMan remind that the old Viper 's high limits are best approached with caution.
Slide into the new Viper , and it's hard to believe it's just three model years removed from its predecessor.
The newest "Stryker" embodies the new Viper 's intent as a track toy.
In this feature article CAR CRAFT takes a look at Keith Anderson's 2009 Dodge Viper SRT-10 coupe which cleaned up at our Real Street Eliminator competition.
***

In science:

Sub-millimetre polarization measurements were also made using the SPARO polarimeter on the 2.1 m Viper Telescope, of the dichroic emission at 450mm from aligned, cold dust grains.
Astronomy in Antarctica
Butterfly knot, clove hitch knot, Gordian knot, hangman’s knot, vipers’ tangle - knots are familiar ob jects, symbols of complexity, occasionally metaphors for evil.
Review of "Knots" by Alexei Sossinsky, Harvard University Press, 2002, ISBN 0-674-00944-4
The Submillimetre Polarimeter for Antarctic Remote Observing (SPARO) was a 9-pixel 450 µm polarimetric imager developed by scientists at Northwestern University in Chicago for use with the Viper telescope, where it was installed from 2001–2003.
The History of Astrophysics in Antarctica
Among the instruments deployed on Viper were SPARO (see the sub–mm section, above) and ACBAR, the Arcminute Cosmology Bolometer Array Receiver, a 16 element bolometer array cooled to just 250 mK that was deployed in 2000 (Runyan et al. 2003).
The History of Astrophysics in Antarctica
DASI specifically complemented the Viper telescope, especially the mm and sub–mm capabilities provided by ACBAR.
The History of Astrophysics in Antarctica
***