• Centipede
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n centipede chiefly nocturnal predacious arthropod having a flattened body of 15 to 173 segments each with a pair of legs, the foremost pair being modified as prehensors
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Centipedes always have an uneven pairs of walking legs
    • n Centipede (Zoöl) A species of the Myriapoda; esp. the large, flattened, venomous kinds of the order Chilopoda, found in tropical climates. they are many-jointed, and have a great number of feet.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The longest species of centipede is the giant scolopender (Scolopendra gigantea), found in the rain forests of Central and South America. It has 23 segments (46 legs) and specimens have been measured up to 10.5 inches long and 1" in diameter.
    • n Centipede sen′ti-pēd a general name for the members of one of the orders of the class Myriapoda, being segmented animals bearing jointed appendages, having a well-defined head furnished with feelers and jaws, and breathing by means of air-tubes or tracheæ.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. centipeda,; centum, a hundred + pes, pedis, foot: cf. F. centipède,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. centum, and pes, pedis, a foot.


In literature:

I have just found a chocolate-colored worm, which looks like a centipede.
"Adventures of a Young Naturalist" by Lucien Biart
The woods abound with a number of dangerous reptiles, such as centipedes and scorpions.
"Narrative of a Voyage to India; of a Shipwreck on board the Lady Castlereagh; and a Description of New South Wales" by W. B. Cramp
A squirming, crawling mass of poisonous worms, centipedes, toads and tadpoles, who all fell into the jar of water.
"The Chinese Fairy Book" by Various
The ground is cavernous with the burrows of lizards and crawling forms, with centipedes and fierce formicidae.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
With a single motion of the knob he sent their centipede-machine crashing out into the clear circle at the mighty cone's center.
"Astounding Stories, April, 1931" by Various
With throttle wide open he sent the little car hurtling straight for the giant centipede.
"Astounding Stories, May, 1931" by Various
To meet a snake, a viper in the house, or a centipede crawling over the walls is also lucky.
"The Shores of the Adriatic" by F. Hamilton Jackson
He had no more need for a ready-reckoner than a centipede has of legs.
"The Bondboy" by George W. (George Washington) Ogden
Why, I feel all over centipedes and copper-lizards!
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 16, No. 93, July, 1865" by Various
Ye have as much use of yer hands as if ye was a centipede!
"The Story of Old Fort Loudon" by Charles Egbert Craddock
But in the early 'nineties no one but a centipede would have considered frequent calls at Silver Lake with any equanimity.
"In the Oregon Country" by George Palmer Putnam
Rowing like black centipedes, the Dorian hulls bore down on our outnumbered ships.
"The Big Time" by Fritz Reuter Leiber
The railroad seems like a huge centipede with rails for the body, ties for the limbs and smoke for the breath.
"Seeds of Pine" by Janey Canuck
I had been threatened with centipedes and scorpions in my bedroom.
"The English in the West Indies" by James Anthony Froude
Its action is characteristically serpentine, recalling that of a centipede.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 2" by Various
A centipede was the only tenant after the evasion of the iguana.
"Incidents of Travel in Yucatan, Vol. II." by John L. Stephens
At first he saw only a long straggling line of moving objects that resembled a giant centipede with countless legs and undulating back.
"Tahara" by Harold M. Sherman
Remains of centipedes closely related to existing forms have been recorded from Oligocene beds.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 6" by Various
There might be seen birds, fish, and rats, likewise the mantis, centipedes, and beetles.
"The Belief in Immortality and the Worship of the Dead" by James George Frazer
Well, set a torch to it and see if he is lurking anywhere about the crevices like a centipede in a crack!
"The Firebrand" by S. R. Crockett

In poetry:

Scorpions, rats, and lizards flabby,
Centipedes, and hydras scabby,
Asp, and slug, and toad, whose gem
Outlasts human diadem.
"Lita of the Nile" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
The Spider said good-morning, and pursued his way alone,
And as he went he murmured, in a thoughtful undertone:
"I'm a happy little Spider, and I'm very glad indeed,
That I was born an octoped and not a centipede!"
"The Two Friends" by Carolyn Wells
I'd hate to be centipede (of legs I've only two),
For if new trousers I should need (as oftentimes I do),
The bill would come to such a lot 'twould tax an Astorbilt,
Or else I'd have to turn a Scot and caper in a kilt.
"Resignation" by Robert W Service
A Spider and a Centipede went out to take a walk;
The Centipede said frankly, "I will listen while you talk,
But I may appear distracted, or assume a vacant stare,
Because to keep my feet in step requires my constant care."
"The Two Friends" by Carolyn Wells
"Ah! yes. Ah! yes," a heavy sigh escaped the Centipede;
"And I have other trials, too;--my life is hard indeed!
Why, sometimes when I'm very tired, a long, long time it takes
To ascertain with certainty which foot it is that aches.
"The Two Friends" by Carolyn Wells
Chorus: It's ah! for, etc.
I'm crook in the head, for I haven't been to bed
Since I first touched this shanty with my plunder;
I see centipedes and snakes, and I'm full of aches and shakes,
So I'd better make a push out over yonder.
"Across the Western Plains I Must Wander" by Anonymous Oceania

In news:

The owl & the centipede .
Can Animal Collective's ' Centipede Hz' Make Them Mainstream Stars.
It says a lot for Animal Collective's eclectic career that the new Centipede Hz could have headed in virtually any direction imaginable.
The Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence.
Animal Collective's ' Centipede ,' Little Big Town's 'Tornado'.
Animal Collective's 'Centipede Hz' densely layered.
Playing the Mad Doctor in Human Centipede.
Dieter Laser as Dr Heiter in "The Human Centipede".
Well if you missed "The Human Centipede" at midnight, it is returning to Landmark's Ken Cinema tonight at 11:00 pm.
Animal Collective's 'Centipede Hz' densely layered .
Animal Collective — Centipede HZ.
The Human Centipede (First Sequence)' divides audiences with creepy, twisted multiplication tale.
'Project Nim ' and 'The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence): Two Grim New Portraits of Our Species.
Meet Romany — a zombie from Chicago who's into Human Centipedes, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and meowing like a cat.
However, around here centipede gets affected the worse by far.

In science:

Thus, the bound guarantee and syncausality relations lead up to the centipede structure.
Causality, Knowledge and Coordination in Distributed Systems
Then the formal theory is developed that results with the Knowledge Gain Theorem, and thence the Centipede Theorem.
Causality, Knowledge and Coordination in Distributed Systems
Syncausality reduces to Lamport’s happened-before, and all possible centipedes collapse to message chains.
Causality, Knowledge and Coordination in Distributed Systems
As a first study of the role that protocols play in determining information flow in the synchronous contexts γmax , we have analyzed the full-information protocol and have shown that the definitions for syncausality and centipede are not only necessary but also sufficient for nested knowledge under such protocols.
Causality, Knowledge and Coordination in Distributed Systems
It follows that our characterization of coordination in terms syncausality and centipedes is, in a precise sense, tight.
Causality, Knowledge and Coordination in Distributed Systems
As illustrated above the existence of a centipede, even under the best of terms where messages contain all relevant information, may not suffice for ensuring common knowledge gain.
Causality, Knowledge and Coordination in Distributed Systems
The Centibroom Theorem can be seen as an extension of the Centipede Theorem that applies to the SR problem.
Causality, Knowledge and Coordination in Distributed Systems
Clearly, centibrooms are simpler structures than general centipedes.
Causality, Knowledge and Coordination in Distributed Systems
Every such nested knowledge formula implies the existence of a centipede. A nested knowledge formula is constructed whose centipede has sufficiently many nodes that at least one of them must be a centibroom for G at t(cid:48) .
Causality, Knowledge and Coordination in Distributed Systems
In Chapter 3 we defined the centinode, which is an instance of the centipede whose every “body” node is a bridge to the related “leg” node.
Causality, Knowledge and Coordination in Distributed Systems
We proceed to show that the centibroom indeed characterizes common knowledge gain in synchronous systems, in the same way nested knowledge gain is characterized by centipedes.
Causality, Knowledge and Coordination in Distributed Systems
Nevertheless, given the role of the centipede and centibroom structures in γmax , we now show that there are cases in which common knowledge is a finite conjunction under fip in γmax as well.
Causality, Knowledge and Coordination in Distributed Systems
Figure 4.4b shows a fragment of the described centipede.
Causality, Knowledge and Coordination in Distributed Systems
We define the centibroom, a simpler, tighter, communication structure than the centipede, and prove the Common Knowledge Gain Theorem that validates the centibroom’s causal nature.
Causality, Knowledge and Coordination in Distributed Systems
This chapter introduced the OGR problem, along with nested common knowledge and the generalized centipede.
Causality, Knowledge and Coordination in Distributed Systems