falcon

Definitions

  • The Falcon Saves Pinocchio
    The Falcon Saves Pinocchio
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v falcon hunt with falcons "The tribes like to falcon in the desert"
    • n falcon diurnal birds of prey having long pointed powerful wings adapted for swift flight
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Ian and the blue falcon Ian and the blue falcon
THE FALCONER AND THE PARTRIDGE THE FALCONER AND THE PARTRIDGE

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The fastest bird in the world is the Peregrine Falcon, which can reach speeds in excess of two hundred miles per hour
    • Falcon (Gun) An ancient form of cannon.
    • Falcon (Zoöl) Any species of the genus Falco, distinguished by having a toothlike lobe on the upper mandible; especially, one of this genus trained to the pursuit of other birds, or game.
    • Falcon (Zoöl) One of a family (Falconidæ) of raptorial birds, characterized by a short, hooked beak, strong claws, and powerful flight.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Five NFL teams have bird nicknames: Arizona Cardinals, Philadelphia Eagles, Atlanta Falcons, Baltimore Ravens and Seattle Seahawks.
    • n falcon A diurnal bird of prey, not a vulture; especially, a hawk used in falconry. The birds used in hawking belong to one of two groups: Falcons proper in an ornithological sense (see def. 2 ), belonging to the restricted genus Falco, of which the peregrine is the type. These birds rise above the quarry and stoop to it by dashing down from on high; they are most highly esteemed for hawking, and called noble.
    • n falcon In ornithology:
    • n falcon One of the Falconidæ.
    • n falcon One of the Falconidæ.
    • n falcon Specifically, a bird of the genus Falco. The species are numerous, and are found in nearly all parts of the world. One of the best-known and most nearly cosmopolitan is the peregrine falcon, Falco peregrinus, which has many varieties or subspecies, as the duck-hawk of North America, F. peregrinus, var. anatum. (See cut under duck-hawk.) The gerfalcons are a race of boreal falcons, of large size and usually of more or less white or light coloration. Most of the falcons have special English names, as saker, jugger, merlin, hobby, etc. See the phrases below.
    • n falcon In falconry, a female falcon, as distinguished from the male, which is about a third smaller, and is known as a tercel, tiercel, or tiercelet. See haggard.
    • n falcon A kind of cannon in use in the sixteenth century. It is said to have had a bore of two and a half inches and to have carried a shot of two pounds weight. The French regulations of Henry II. fix the weight of the shot at one pound one ounce poids du roi (not quite one and a quarter pounds English).
    • n falcon Same as femoral falcon.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The fastest land animal is the cheetah, however the fastest animal in the world is the prerigine falcon, which can dive at 217mph
    • n Falcon fol′kon or faw′kn a bird of prey formerly trained to the pursuit of game: a kind of cannon
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Quotations

  • Sun Tzu
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    “The quality of decision is like the well-timed swoop of a falcon which enables it to strike and destroy its victim.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. faucon, faucoun, OF. faucon, falcon, . faucon, fr. LL. falco, perh. from L. falx, falcis, a sickle or scythe, and named from its curving talons. Cf. Falchion
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. faucon—Low L. falcōn-em—L. falx, a hook or sickle.

Usage

In literature:

On his left hand he bore a hooded falcon.
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 1 (of 2)" by John Roby
HAGARD HAUKE, a wild, untamed falcon.
"Spenser's The Faerie Queene, Book I" by Edmund Spenser
THE CUP AND THE FALCON.
"A Little Pilgrim" by Mrs. Oliphant
Of the hawk, falcon, and bustard kind, there are great numbers.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume 17" by Robert Kerr
There are also four falcons, large patereroes, which were brought in the said ship.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898: Volume XIV., 1606-1609" by Various
Five minutes later he was being introduced, as Captain Falconer, to Mrs. Winwood.
"Philip Winwood" by Robert Neilson Stephens
As ye are the noblest of all knights, I pray you help me to recover my falcon.
"Stories from Le Morte D'Arthur and the Mabinogion" by Beatrice Clay
Flint glanced about him with the falcon-glance that nothing escapes.
"Slippy McGee, Sometimes Known as the Butterfly Man" by Marie Conway Oemler
But back of the some people he saw Falconer in her mind, and Falconer's instinctive distaste of all strangeness and sensation.
"The Palace of Darkened Windows" by Mary Hastings Bradley
Little by little the eagle gains on the falcon.
"Myths That Every Child Should Know" by Various
O'Rourke, better known by his stage name of Falconer, was an actor as well as a dramatist.
"The Life Story of an Old Rebel" by John Denvir
Captain Falcon was also shown, directing the fire-fighting.
"The Moving Picture Girls Under the Palms" by Laura Lee Hope
The falcon was well named, Rupert.
"The Cornet of Horse" by G. A. Henty
Let us take a turn up yonder hill and swoop down upon them like a falcon.
"The Days of Mohammed" by Anna May Wilson
There are several buzzards and falcons and a few kites, but vultures are conspicuous by their absence.
"Letters from Mesopotamia" by Robert Palmer
Although not much larger than sparrows they are as fierce as falcons.
"A Bird Calendar for Northern India" by Douglas Dewar
He pounced on it like a falcon on its prey.
"The Vicomte de Bragelonne" by Alexandre Dumas
It was Sir Maurice Falconer, a man he longed to boast his friend.
"The Terrible Twins" by Edgar Jepson
Thinking over the apparition Elsa noted a falcon circling over her head.
"Famous Tales of Fact and Fancy" by Various
Your leters I have received, with 8. hoggsheads of beaver by Ed: Wilkinson, master of y^e Falcon.
"Bradford's History of 'Plimoth Plantation'" by William Bradford
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In poetry:

Round us rolls the heather's sheen,
Heather's sheen,
'Neath the falcon of our queen,
Of our queen.
"Hunting Song" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson
Over much like gods! Serene they saw
The wolf-waves board the deck,
And headlong hull of Falconer,
And many a deadlier wreck.
"Off Cape Colonna" by Herman Melville
Our hopes like towering falcons aim
At objects in an airy height:
The little pleasure of the game
Is from afar to view the flight.
"To The Honourable Charles Montague, Esq." by Matthew Prior
The noble boy!—how proudly sprung
The falcon from his hand!
It seem'd like youth to see him young.
A flower in his father's land!
"The Vassal's Lament For The Fallen Tree" by Felicia Dorothea Hemans
There shines upon the third good shield
A falcon, blazing with gold;
And that by Helled Hogan is borne;
No knight, than he, more bold.
"The Tournament (From The Old Danish)" by George Borrow
I know a falcon swift and peerless
As e'er was cradled In the pine;
No bird had ever eye so fearless,
Or wing so strong as this of mine.
"The Falcon" by James Russell Lowell

In news:

Q & A with Ian Falconer .
Helen Marie Falconer of Keota, 83, died Tuesday, Aug 28, 2012, in Spiro.
On the Job with a Falconer .
Fall in Love With Edward Romeo and Kick Out Grand Falconer .
It's time to kick Grand Falconer out of town.
Ralph Raymond Falconer , 87, of 1539 Martin Road, formerly of Sugar Grove, Pa.
Falconer was born on August 18, 1924 in Warren County, Pa. A son of the late Stewart Falconer and Rosemond Hinsdale Falconer .
Throughout the Olivia books, Falconer 's hammy piglet has played such roles as circus performer, experimental music dynamo, and fashionista.
Falconer turns childhood dream into reality.
Gross Out and About Grand Falconer is Hard to Hate.
Growing up steeped in the rich, fiery tradition of rock music about broken bottles and broken homes, I wanted to hate Boise indie-folk band Grand Falconer .
The Annual Falconer Natural History 2011 Lecture Series begins March 15 at 8 pm at the University at Albany John J Sullivan Auditorium, CESTM building, 251 Fuller Road.
Phoebe Falconer articles from The New Zealand Herald.
San Clemente officials say a 30-day, $9,000 experiment using falcons and hawks to shoo away seagulls from a pond at polluted Poche Beach did not result in cleaning up the ocean as hoped.
Darryl Smith / Special to Courier & Press Falconer Jason Mooney of Boonville, Ind.
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In science:

The MIUSCAT stellar spectra were implemented in the models as described in Vazdekis et al. (2003, 2010) and updated in Falc´on-Barroso et al. (2011).
MIUSCAT: extended MILES spectral coverage. II. Constraints from optical photometry
Falconer K.J.: The geometry of fractal sets, Cambridge University Press, 1985.
Critical Gaussian Multiplicative Chaos: Convergence of the Derivative Martingale
Falconer, Fractal geometry, John Wiley & Sons Ltd., Chichester, 1990, Mathematical foundations and applications.
Local limit theorems for sequences of simple random walks on graphs
Falconer, Fractal geometry: Mathematical foundations and applications, Second Edition, John Wiley & Sons, 2003. W.
Inductive topological Hausdorff dimensions and fibers of generic continuous functions
In Orponen uses this fact to solve the Falconer’s distance set problem for self-similar sets in R2 , namely that if the self-similar set has Hausdorff dimension greater than 1 then the distance set has dimension 1.
Projections and dimension conservation for random self-similar measures and sets
The first application is a generalisation of Falconer’s dimension formula to include typical infinitely generated self-affine sets and show the existence of an ergodic invariant measure of full dimension whenever the pressure function has a root.
Multifractal analysis of Birkhoff averages for typical infinitely generated self-affine sets
It has also been used in connection with finitely generated self-affine sets; see Feng and Falconer and Sloan .
Multifractal analysis of Birkhoff averages for typical infinitely generated self-affine sets
The dimension theory of self-affine sets of this form was first investigated in the finitely generated setting by Falconer . A central tool in Falconer’s analysis was the singular value function ϕs .
Multifractal analysis of Birkhoff averages for typical infinitely generated self-affine sets
For example, if s ≥ 0, then γ s Falconer [7, Lemma 2.1] showed that the singular value function is ϕs is sub-multiplicative.
Multifractal analysis of Birkhoff averages for typical infinitely generated self-affine sets
In our second main theorem, we generalise Falconer’s dimension result to infinitely generated self-affine sets.
Multifractal analysis of Birkhoff averages for typical infinitely generated self-affine sets
Falconer, Fractal geometry, John Wiley & Sons Ltd., Chichester, 1990.
The scaling limit of the minimum spanning tree of the complete graph
Falcone et al. (2001)] Falcone F, Tramontano F, Leptogenesis and neutrino parameters, Phys.
Spatio-temporal Chaos and Vacuum Fluctuations of Quantized Fields
Hayabusa (“Falcon”), which was supposed to rendez-vous with asteroid Itokawa, is the most difficult to classify, and was the sub ject of at least half a dozen news items through the year. A series of eight short papers (Science 312, 1326) testifies that it got there and imaged the asteroid as a sort of rubble pile (R.A.
Astrophysics in 2006
Infarct volume assessment The method for quantification of infarct volume was performed exactly as previously reported (Yang et al. 1998;Gonzalez-Falcon et al. 2003;Candelario-Jalil et al. 2004;Candelario-Jalil et al. 2005).
Post-ischaemic treatment with the cyclooxygenase-2 inhibitor nimesulide reduces blood-brain barrier disruption and leukocyte infiltration following transient focal cerebral ischaemia in rats
Buckley, J., Byrum, K., Dingus, B., Falcone, A., Kaaret, P., Krawczynski, H., Pohl, M., Vassiliev, V., Williams, D.A., “The Status and future of ground-based TeV gamma-ray astronomy. A White Paper prepared for the Division of Astrophysics of the American Physical Society”, [arXiv:0810.0444].
Section on Extragalactic Science Topics of the White Paper on the Status and Future of Ground-Based TeV Gamma-Ray Astronomy
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