• WordNet 3.6
    • n joss a Chinese god worshipped in the form of an idol
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Joss jŏs A Chinese household divinity; a Chinese idol. "Critic in jars and josses ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n joss A Chinese god or idol.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Joss jos a Chinese idol
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Chinese, corrupt. fr. Pg. deos, God, L. deus,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Pidgin-English corr. of the Port. deos, god.


In literature:

A kind of altar faces the worshippers, with a box of sand, in which are stuck the burning joss-sticks.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 6, No. 6, December 1864" by Various
On deck there was an erection like a diminutive caboose, but which was a temple or joss-house.
"The Three Midshipmen" by W.H.G. Kingston
Its key-note was struck by an anecdote which Joss introduced at the outset of his discourse.
"Faces and Places" by Henry William Lucy
The joss house was an interesting place.
"Complete Story of the San Francisco Horror" by Richard Linthicum
The joss-houses at Amoy are not remarkable, and one description of these buildings will suffice for all.
"Borneo and the Indian Archipelago" by Frank S. Marryat
The reasons they gave for not attacking the town, or returning the fire, were that Joss had not promised them success.
"Great Pirate Stories" by Various
After consulting Joss, he agreed, and I thus had constant employment at a lucrative price.
"Reminiscences of Queensland" by William Henry Corfield
At one end is an elaborate joss-house, with a great bronze bell near by.
"The Critic in the Orient" by George Hamlin Fitch
It ought to be smelling of musk or pastilles or joss-sticks.
"The Rough Road" by William John Locke
When they mounted the joss house stairs she lagged behind; and Bertram lagged with her.
"The Readjustment" by Will Irwin

In poetry:

Some deem that others there be,
And to them humbly bend the knee;
To Mumbo Jumbo and to Joss,
To Bud and Allah - but the Boss
Is mine . . . While there are suns and seas
MY timeless God shall dwell in these.
"Rosy-Kins" by Robert W Service

In news:

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Joss Stone plays in concert Saturday, Oct 13, at the Shubert Theater in New Haven.
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Joss Whedon knows how to spend his capital well.

In science:

Joss (1978) and Shara (1982) suggested that ignition of a burst occurs at a local spot on the star, and not simultaneously over the whole surface.
Rotational Evolution During Type I X-Ray Bursts
During the burst, the temperature at the base reaches ∼> 109 K, high enough that radiation pressure is important (Joss 1977).
Rotational Evolution During Type I X-Ray Bursts
As clearly argued by Joss (1977), the convection zone cannot extend all the way to the photosphere. A radiative layer is always needed to transport the heat to the photosphere.
Rotational Evolution During Type I X-Ray Bursts
This notion, first emphasized by Joss (1978), led to the study of lateral propagation of the burning front over the neutron star surface (see Fryxell & Woosley 1982, Nozakura, Ikeuchi & Fujimoto 1984, and Bildsten 1995).
Oscillations During Thermonuclear X-ray Bursts
Calculations indicate that the ∼ 10 m thick pre-burst shell expands to ∼ 30 m during the flash (see Joss 1978; Bildsten 1995; Cumming & Bildsten 2000), which gives a frequency shift of ≈ 2 νspin(20 m/R), where νspin and R are the stellar spin frequency and radius, respectively.
Oscillations During Thermonuclear X-ray Bursts