• WordNet 3.6
    • n Chara green algae common in freshwater lakes of limestone districts
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Chara (Bot) A genus of flowerless plants, having articulated stems and whorled branches. They flourish in wet places.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n chara A genus of cellular cryptogamous plants, natural order Characeæ (which see). They grow in pools and slow streams, rooting in the ground and growing erect. Some species, as Chara.fœtida, when taken out of the water emit a very disagreeable odor, like that of sulphureted hydrogen. They occur all over the world, but chiefly in temperate countries.
    • n chara [I. c.] A plant of this genus.
    • n chara The name of the southernmost of the two hounds in the constellation Canes Venatici.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., of uncertain origin


In literature:

What I know is this: if there is sich a thing as a Author, I'm his favourite chara'ter.
"Robert Louis Stevenson a Record, an Estimate, and a Memorial" by Alexander H. Japp
In the water Scirpus, Cyperaceus, Charae two species, Potomogeton two species, Valisnaria, Typha.
"Journals of Travels in Assam, Burma, Bhootan, Afghanistan and TheNeighbouring Countries" by William Griffith
It was this Asanga who wrote the Yoga-chara Bhumi.
"The Religions of Japan" by William Elliot Griffis
Veneranda et chara nobis praesulum procerum atque consiliariorum cohors quos communis reipublicae atque regni nostri administrandi cura conjunxit.
"The Reign of Henry the Eighth, Volume 1 (of 3)" by James Anthony Froude
But all agree that they're just desp'rate chara'ters all round.
"Kiddie the Scout" by Robert Leighton
At Pluto's oracle at Charae, the priest took a dream, and in the morning told you what he chose.
"The Humbugs of the World" by P. T. Barnum
And the name of choir, choral dance, (we may believe,) came from chara (delight).
"The Crown of Wild Olive" by John Ruskin
I'm on'y a chara'ter in a sea story.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson, Volume XXI" by Robert Louis Stevenson
The stems of Charae occur fossil in the Scotch marl in great abundance.
"Principles of Geology" by Charles Lyell
The limestone also abounds in the so-called "seeds" of Chara.
"The Geological Story of the Isle of Wight" by J. Cecil Hughes

In news:

Boston Bruins' Zdeno Chara (33) celebrates after winning the hardest shot event more.
Zdeno Chara expressed excitement Friday for Bruins coach Claude Julien, who's back in his hometown to coach Chara 's All-Star squad.
Enlarge Dave Sandford/Getty ImagesAll-Star captain Zdeno Chara selected Bruins teammate Tim Thomas with his second pick.
As expected, the Bruins will have captain Zdeno Chara back in the lineup for Saturday's afternoon tilt against the Eastern Conference-leading Philadelphia Flyers, according to media reports from Philadelphia.
Zdeno Chara possible for tomorrow's game.
B's can win without Chara .
Bruins' Zdeno Chara not charged for hit on Max Pacioretty.
Bruins captain Zdeno Chara is normally a very serious person.
Resolution imminent in Zdeno Chara 's case.
There has been a lot of talk over the Boston Bruins' $156,679.74 bar tab, but captain Zdeno Chara said the team's actual tab wasn't even close to what is being reported.
One of our photographers grabbed this historic shot Thursday morning of Boston Bruins Captain Zdeno Chara exiting the charter plane at Logan Airport while hoisting the Stanley Cup into the air.
Zdeno Chara on Game 1.
Richards could be thorn in Chara 's side again.
Mike Richards is ready to take on Boston's Zdeno Chara , if necessary this series.
View full size The Associated Press Diego Chara of Colombia's Deportes Tolima, left, fights for the ball with Raul Iberbia of Estudiantes de La Plata during a Copa Libertadores soccer match in in Ibague, Colombia, March 30.

In science:

Multifractal Local Behavior The multifractal formalism [62 –65] further involves chara cterizing subsets ∂ C α of sites of the frontier ∂ C by a H ölder exponent α, such that the H -measure of the frontier points in the ball B (w, r) of radius r centered at wα ∈ ∂ Cα scales as H (∂ C ∩ B (wα , r)) ≈ (r/R)α .
Conformal Random Geometry
Our sample being 94% complete (we are only missing data for 3 galaxies over the 48 we had selected, which could not have been observed), we can describe statistically significant chara cteristics for a sample of isolated galaxies.
Star formation in isolated AMIGA galaxies: dynamical influence of bars
High-precision interferometric observations have been obtained in the near-infrared K band with the FLUOR instrument installed on the CHARA Array.
A near-infrared interferometric survey of debris disc stars. II. CHARA/FLUOR observations of six early-type dwarfs
We first derive a global probabilistic model for a network con figuration which chara cterizes jointly the statistical spatial dependence of a physicaland a logical-con figuration.
Randomized Distributed Configuration Management of Wireless Networks: Multi-layer Markov Random Fields and Near-Optimality
Spatial information will be conveniently encoded in one direction on the detector chip, with spectral dispersion on the orthogonal axis, in much the same manner as a number of interferometerspectrographs such as the MIRC instrument32 at CHARA.
Photonic Technologies for a Pupil Remapping Interferometer