• WordNet 3.6
    • n joss a Chinese god worshipped in the form of an idol
    • ***
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Joss jŏs A Chinese household divinity; a Chinese idol. "Critic in jars and josses ."
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n joss A Chinese god or idol.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Joss jos a Chinese idol
    • ***


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
The bassoon himself, the son of Josse Lietrinck the apothecary, a well-bred young man, seemed to lose his self-control.
"A Winter Amid the Ice" by Jules Verne
That fellow has a Joss in his cabin, and very likely a prayer-wheel; but he's a capital cook.
"In the High Valley" by Susan Coolidge
The joss-house is hard by, heavy with incense, packed with quaint carvings and the paraphernalia of a foreign ceremonial.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition" by Robert Louis Stevenson
This was the St Josse Ten Noode Cemetery, on the south side of the Chaussee de Louvain.
"A Week at Waterloo in 1815" by Magdalene De Lancey
In one corner stood a vase, from which poured the incense of smoking joss-sticks.
"Molly Brown's Sophomore Days" by Nell Speed
When Schmidt entered, followed by Friend Langstroth, De Courval was struck by the truth of Gainor's reference to the joss.
"The Red City" by S. Weir Mitchell
He was fat and crass and ugly, that joss, a fit deity for such a den, and he seemed to nod and to listen!
"Where the Pavement Ends" by John Russell
Every joss house will be the head of a secret society.
"From Sea to Sea" by Rudyard Kipling
The smoke of many cigarettes and joss-sticks had steeped the gloom with Arabian airs.
"Carnival" by Compton Mackenzie
They'll be in here before you can light a joss stick.
"The Gray Mask" by Wadsworth Camp

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:

"Firefly" director Joss Whedon and actor Nathan Fillion, among others, plan to attend the show's 10-year anniversary panel.
Joss Whedon supports Mitt Romney… because of the zombies.
Joss Whedon's "endorsement" of.
Hilarious Reason Why Joss Whedon Wants to See Mitt Romney Elected.
Joss Whedon Makes the Case for Mitt Romney: Zombie Apocalypse Now.
Joss Whedon's endorsement for president of the zombie apocalypse, and other awesomeness.
Joss Whedon "Endorses" Romney, Zombie Apocalypse.
Joss Whedon's forthcoming ABC pilot everyone hopes becomes a series, is starting to shape assemble itself a cast.
Bombay Launching On Joss & Main Site.
Shubert Just One Stop In British Soul Singer Joss Stone's Dream.
Joss Stone plays in concert Saturday, Oct 13, at the Shubert Theater in New Haven.
My joss is trying to kill me, part II.
H3 hires Joss DeWaele as assistant editor.
Latest from Katy Perry, Joss Whedon.
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
The number of flips, however, cannot be bound as a function of the number of vertices n of the polygon, as first proved by Joss and Shannon [Gr¨u95].
Locked and Unlocked Polygonal Chains in 3D
The number of flips, however, cannot be bound as a function of the number of vertices n of the polygon, as first proved by Joss and Shannon [Gr¨u95].
Locked and Unlocked Polygonal Chains in 3D
With Mike Bessell, Tim Beers, Norbert Christlieb, and Joss Bland-Hawthorn, we have embarked on a long-term program using the 6dF Facility at the United Kingdom Schmidt Telescope to identify large numbers of suitable (distant) halo probes aligned with (potenially) foreground HVCs.
The Infall of Gas onto the Galactic Disk
Rappaport, S., Podsiadlowski, Ph., Joss, P. C., DiStefano, R., and Han, Z., “The relation between white dwarfs mass and orbital period in wide binary radio pulsars”, Mon.
Testing General Relativity with Pulsar Timing
At any given point on the surface of the neutron star, the critical column density is a function of the composition (including metallicity) of the accreted gas, the core temperature of the neutron star and the local accretion rate (Taam & Picklum 1978; Joss & Li 1980; Fujimoto, Hanawa & Miya ji 1981).
An Unusual X-ray Burst from the Globular Cluster M28
During the outburst the burning layer expands by a factor of about 10 (Joss 1978; Paczy´nski 1983) and according to Strohmayer et al. (1997b) the subsequent contraction accounts for the observed frequency shifts.
The centrifugal force reversal and X-ray bursts
The debate on whether the LSC is a physical system or a chance alignment of galaxies has continued over several decades (e.g., Bahcall & Joss 1976; de Vaucouleurs 1976, 1978) and was settled with the advent of large redshift surveys of nearby galaxies (Sandage & Tammann 1981; Fisher & Tully 1981; Davis et al. 1982).
Constrained Simulations of the Real Universe: the Local Supercluster