• WordNet 3.6
    • n fosse ditch dug as a fortification and usually filled with water
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Fosse (Fort) A ditch or moat.
    • Fosse (Anat) See Fossa.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n fosse see foss.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Fosse (fort.) a ditch or moat, either with or without water, the excavation of which has contributed material for the walls of the fort it protects: an abyss
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. L. fossa, fr. fodere, fossum, to dig
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. fosse—L. fossafodĕre, fossum, to dig.


In literature:

The fosse and rampart belong to the Roman period.
"In Doublet and Hose" by Lucy Foster Madison
That it was defended by the stream of Walbrook on the west, and by a wide fosse on the northern side, seems certain.
"Memorials of Old London" by Various
I acted the part of Corporal Foss.
"The Surrender of Napoleon" by Sir Frederick Lewis Maitland
You can't set in one spot and wait for luck tew come to you like old Zeke Foss does.
"David Dunne" by Belle Kanaris Maniates
Mr. James M. Foss, assistant superintendent and master mechanic of the Vermont Central railroad, is also able to confirm this.
"Prairie Farmer, Vol. 56: No. 4, January 26, 1884" by Various
How David Foss, poor man, was thrown Upon an island all alone.
"Whittier-land" by Samuel T. Pickard
Fosse Dyke Canal, 263.
"England, Picturesque and Descriptive" by Joel Cook
Foss (Edward) on collar of SS., 16.
"Notes and Queries, Index of Volume 5, January-June, 1852" by Various
Mrs. Cyrus D. Foss is president.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume IV" by Various
Foss, Samuel Walter, 328.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume V"

In poetry:

Secret was the garden;
Set i' the pathless awe
Where no star its breath can draw.
Life, that is its warden,
Sits behind the fosse of death. Mine eyes saw not,
and I saw.
"The Mistress Of Vision" by Francis Thompson
There was muster and roll-calls, and repairing city walls,
And filling up of fosses:
And the captains and the majors, gallant and courageous,
A-riding about on their hosses.
"The Legend Of St. Sophia Of Kioff" by William Makepeace Thackeray
Half hidden in a sheltered bay,
Where tiny skiffs at anchor ride,
How different is the scene to-day
Reflected in its waveless tide,
From that which this historic foss
Showed mailèd soldiers of the Cross!
"Isola Comacina" by John Lawson Stoddard
The sexton asked, ``What may this be?''
``A Kapellmeister.'' ``Pass it in:
This common grave to all is free,
And for one more is room within.
It fills the fosse. Now tread it down,
With pauper, lunatic, and clown.''
"Mozart’s Grave" by Alfred Austin
And its massive proportions is very imposing to see,
Because the arched entrance is secured by a drawbridge and a fosse;
And visitors will be allowed all over the grounds to roam,
Besides shown over the castle if the Earl is not at home.
"Beautiful Nairn" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Food Chain / Food & Drink Phillip Foss hits the road.
Full Circle and Lukas Foss .
MINOT AIR FORCE BASE Being in the military is a family tradition for Erik Foss .
Racer > SCCA > Club Racing > Foss is Boss in Spec Miata.
Archive by Jennifer Foss .
What's the Fuss About FOSS .
In this lesson, students will collect information about Fosse , read reviews of his work, and write their own review after watching one of his films.
FROM BROADWAY: " FOSSE " premiered on January 23, 2002 on PBS (check local listings).
With a theatrical and cinematic legacy that includes "Damn Yankees," "The Pajama Game," "Sweet Charity," "Pippin," "Chicago," and "Dancin'," the genius of Bob Fosse will always cast a long shadow over Broadway and Hollywood.
'Side Man,' ' Fosse ,' Judi Dench and Brian Dennehy Win Top Honors.
In a New Fosse Vehicle, A Headlong Joy Ride.
To 66 artists, writers, entertainers and other people who had "at one time or another during my life been very kind to me," Bob Fosse , the choreographer and director who died last month, has left $25,000 "to go out and have dinner on me.
As Bob Fosse explained it, the impetus for "Big Deal," his last production before his death in 1987, was a repudiation of his own success.
Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon.
The page was a hit among his former students, and soon Ms Foss said she was connecting with other former choir members.

In science:

The analogous result to Theorem 2 for the case γ = 0 requires the slightly stronger condition that F belong to the class S ∗ introduced by Kl¨uppelberg (1988)—see Asmussen et al (2002) and Foss and Zachary (2004).
On the exact distributional asymptotics for the supremum of a random walk with increments in a class of light-tailed distributions
Foss, S., Palmowski, Z. and Zachary, S. (2005).
On the exact distributional asymptotics for the supremum of a random walk with increments in a class of light-tailed distributions
The proof of Theorem 2 is based on a new technical tool (see Lemma 2) and significantly differs from the proof of Theorem 1 in Foss and Korshunov , where the particular case τ = 2 was considered.
On lower limits and equivalences for distribution tails of randomly stopped sums
For instance, we have the following result (see Denisov, Foss and Korshunov for the proof ).
On lower limits and equivalences for distribution tails of randomly stopped sums
Some local aspects of this problem for heavy-tailed distributions were discussed in Asmussen, Foss and Korshunov , Theorem 6.
On lower limits and equivalences for distribution tails of randomly stopped sums