mole

Definitions

  • Mole Cricket
    Mole Cricket
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n mole small velvety-furred burrowing mammal having small eyes and fossorial forefeet
    • n mole a protective structure of stone or concrete; extends from shore into the water to prevent a beach from washing away
    • n mole a small congenital pigmented spot on the skin
    • n mole spicy sauce often containing chocolate
    • n mole a spy who works against enemy espionage
    • n mole the molecular weight of a substance expressed in grams; the basic unit of amount of substance adopted under the Systeme International d'Unites
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The Mole at Slyfield Place The Mole at Slyfield Place
Bridge over the Mole, Cobham Bridge over the Mole, Cobham

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A mole can dig a tunnel three hundred feet long in a single night
    • n Mole A mass of fleshy or other more or less solid matter generated in the uterus.
    • n Mole A mound or massive work formed of masonry or large stones, etc., laid in the sea, often extended either in a right line or an arc of a circle before a port which it serves to defend from the violence of the waves, thus protecting ships in a harbor; also, sometimes, the harbor itself.
    • Mole A plow of peculiar construction, for forming underground drains.
    • Mole A spot, mark, or small permanent protuberance on the human body; esp., a spot which is dark-colored, from which commonly issue one or more hairs.
    • Mole A spot; a stain; a mark which discolors or disfigures.
    • Mole A spy who lives for years an apparently normal life (to establish a cover) before beginning his spying activities.
    • Mole (Zoöl) Any insectivore of the family Talpidæ. They have minute eyes and ears, soft fur, and very large and strong fore feet.
    • Mole To clear of molehills.
    • Mole To form holes in, as a mole; to burrow; to excavate; as, to mole the earth.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Moles are able to tunnel through 300 feet of earth in a day.
    • n mole A spot; a stain, as on a garment.
    • n mole Specifically.
    • n mole A small permanent abnormal spot on the surface of the human body, usually of a dark color and slightly elevated, and often hairy; a pigmentary nævus; also, a vascular nævus See nævus.
    • mole To spot or stain.
    • n mole An insectivorous mammal of the family Talpidæ (which see for technical characters). There are at least 7 genera of moles, of which Talpa, Mogera, Parascaptor, and Scaptochirus are confined to the Old World, and Condylura, Scalops, and Scapanus to America. The several species are much a like in general appearance and habits, all living under ground, where they burrow with wonderful facility, and construct galleries often of great extent and complexity. They are stout thick-set animals, usually 6 or 8 inches long, with very small or rudimentary eyes and ears, sharp snout, no visible neck, strong and highly fossorial fore feet, and short tail. They feed chiefly upon earthworms. The best-known is the common mole of Europe, Talpa europæa. The Japanese mole is Mogera wogura. All the American moles differ decidedly from those of Europe and Asia; they are called shrew-moles, and the commonest is Scalops aquaticus, of wide distribution in the United States. The American moles of the genus Scapanus are nearest those of the Old World. There are two of these, the hairy-tailed or Brewer's (S. americanus or breweri) and S. townsendi; the latter is confined to western portions of the continent. The star-nosed mole of North America is Condylura cristata. See cuts under Talpa, Scalops, and Condylura.
    • n mole A kind of plow or other implement drawn or driven through the subsoil in making drains; a mole-plow.
    • n mole The rodent bathyergue or mole-rat of South Africa, Bathyergus maritimus.
    • mole To clear of molehills.
    • mole To burrow or form holes in, as a mole: as, to mole the earth.
    • mole To destroy moles.
    • n mole A mound or massive work, formed largely of stone, inclosing a harbor or anchorage, to protect it from the violence of the waves.
    • n mole A form of ancient Roman mausoleum, consisting of a round tower on a square base, insulated, encompassed with columns, and covered with a dome.
    • n mole A somewhat shapeless, compact fleshy mass occurring in the uterus, either due to the retention and continued life of the whole or a part of the fetal envelops after the death of the fetus (a maternal or true mole), or being some other body liable to be mistaken for this, as the membrane in membranous dysmenorrhea, or perhaps a polypus (a false mole).
    • n mole Coarse meal mixed with salt, in ancient times used in sacrifices.
    • mole To speak.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The pigmy shrew a relative of the mole is the smallest mammal in North America. It weighs 1/14 ounce less than a dime.
    • n Mole mōl a permanent dark-brown mark on the human skin, often hairy—a pigmentary Nævus (q.v.).
    • n Mole mōl a small animal, with very small eyes and soft fur, which burrows in the ground and casts up little heaps of mould
    • v.t Mole to burrow or form holes in
    • n Mole mōl a breakwater: any massive building: an ancient Roman mausoleum.
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Quotations

  • Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton
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    “The conscience is the most flexible material in the world. Today you cannot stretch it over a mole hill; while tomorrow it can hide a mountain.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. molle, either shortened fr. moldwerp, or from the root of E. mold, soil: cf. D. mol, OD. molworp,. See Moldwarp
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. moles.

Usage

In literature:

See that ye don't forget the mole on the side o' my nose.
"The Golden Dream" by R.M. Ballantyne
When the gods smile, mountains sink to mole-hills.
"Aurelian" by William Ware
The food of moles chiefly consists of worms, and the larvae, or grubs of insects, of which they eat enormous quantities.
"Anecdotes of the Habits and Instinct of Animals" by R. Lee
I asked her how she knew me from Rupert, and she said that one of us had a small mole on the shoulder.
"The Dash for Khartoum" by George Alfred Henty
Dawn found them in the Windward Passage, with the Mole of St. Nicholas on the starboard bow.
"Plotting in Pirate Seas" by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
The mole-run had brought him some two hundred yards, nearly to the edge of the marshland.
""Wee Tim'rous Beasties"" by Douglas English
On the right was the mole which Spanish slaves had built out of the ruins of the Spanish fort.
"The Story of the Barbary Corsairs" by Stanley Lane-Poole
Down at the mole a British sentry stopped the trio.
"Dave Darrin on Mediterranean Service" by H. Irving Hancock
Why, he hath thy very mole on his temple, and knew thy picture in a moment.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, No. 106, August, 1866" by Various
MOLES, OR ANIDIAN MONSTERS.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
On the 7th of January, 1622, the ship, being fitted, was hauled out of the mole.
"How Britannia Came to Rule the Waves" by W.H.G. Kingston
Mole crouched himself in a ring at his master's feet.
"Rookwood" by William Harrison Ainsworth
The two boys cared more for animals, so I answered their questions about the mole.
"Country Walks of a Naturalist with His Children" by W. Houghton
Caleb, we are building a mole.
"Caleb in the Country" by Jacob Abbott
And crack the skull of that mole with the pick and throw him out in the snow.
"The Snowshoe Trail" by Edison Marshall
And right before his eyes a long snout suddenly rose out of the dirt, followed by the squat form of Grandfather Mole.
"The Tale of Grunty Pig" by Arthur Scott Bailey
That is how Thumbelina came to live with the field-mouse and to meet Mr. Mole.
"Boys and Girls Bookshelf; a Practical Plan of Character Building, Volume I (of 17)" by Various
The great gateway of the building stands on the bank of the Mole, in the grounds of Esher Place.
"Highways and Byways in Surrey" by Eric Parker
The legs of the mole are short, and are so formed that it can not stand upon them and raise its body from the ground.
"Friends in Feathers and Fur, and Other Neighbors" by James Johonnot
His conversations with the thinking men who were then about him, M. Mole and the Duke of Vicenza, confirm this opinion.
"Memoirs To Illustrate The History Of My Time" by François Pierre Guillaume Guizot
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In poetry:

All but blind
In his chambered hole,
Gropes for worms
The four-clawed mole.
"All But Blind" by Walter de la Mare
Moment of Freedom
as the prisoner
blinks in the sun
like a mole
from his hole
"Wilderness" by James Douglas Morrison
Smoking, smouldering Tophets
Steaming hopeless plaints!
Dreary, mole-eyed prophets!
Mean, skin-pledging saints!
"False Prophets" by George MacDonald
On the mole the people gathered,
As they saw the troops return,
From their death-bed at Palermo,
To Napoli their urn.
"The March Of Freedom" by Ernest Jones
"The mole upon her dimpled chin
Is Satan's seal and sign;
Her lips are red with evil bread
And stain of unblest wine.
"The Witch of Wenham" by John Greenleaf Whittier
While wretched we, like worms and moles,
Lie grov'lling in the dust below:
Almighty grace, renew our souls,
And we'll aspire to glory too.
"Hymn 57" by Isaac Watts

In news:

It's a combination made with 4 different types of chiles that's somewhat a mix between BBQ sauce and mole .
Mention STLTODAY for $20.00 off initial pest service or $60.00 off for mole set up.
Rufus the naked mole rat achieved near celebrity status in the cartoon series Kim Possible.
That's a mole : Senor Tequila's opens new location.
They worked hard to keep it that way, and the appearance of moles really got them peeved.
Enter the sixth annual "I hate moles because " contest and your story could win you anywhere from $500 to a Sweeny's gift basket (wonder what's in that?
Sweeney's, a producer of DIY pest control products, announces the 6th annual launch of its "I hate moles because…" contest.
Mexican Mole , German cinema and Indian dance.
Every restaurant with a mole dish (pronounced MO-lay) boasts about it being the best in the city.
Often company moles are "overwhelmed by life crises or career disappointments," the sheet states.
Agent, Double Agent Or Mole .
Fox News ' Mole ' Joe Muto Scores Six-Figure Book Deal.
The Fox News Mole 's Wednesday morning tweets.
The Fox News Mole , on Twitter this morning.
There will be no more moles at Fox News.
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In science:

The resulting tunneling rate turns out to be extremely sensitive to the external magnetic fields applied to the mole cule.
Quantum nanomagnets and nuclear spins: an overview
Xj is the mole fraction of j-species; Dij is the binary diffusion coefficient .
Verification, Validation and Testing of Kinetic Mechanisms of Hydrogen Combustion in Fluid Dynamic Computations
Usually instead of using the excess polarizability one can use the dielectric decrement ˜β in units of inverse Mole per liter , defined as α = ǫ0 ˜β .
Electrostatic interactions mediated by polarizable counterions: weak and strong coupling limits
Nevertheless to the best of our knowledge, only Pex (with Moles) supports automatic stub generation as provided by CTGEN.
CTGEN - a Unit Test Generator for C
Jaakkola, T., Moles, M., Vigier, J. P. (1979) Empirical Status in Cosmology and the Problem of the Nature of the Redshifts.
FACTS AND IDEAS IN MODERN COSMOLOGY
Therefore, the minor merger hypothesis can also explain the observed diversity of the morphological properties of Seyfert hosts (Simkin et al. 1980; Arsenault 1989; MacKenty 1990; Moles, M´arquez, & P´erez 1995).
Does the Radiative Avalanche Fueling Work in Any Active Galactic Nuclei ?
Some examples may help clarify the concepts of systems and state spaces. (a) Γa : 1 mole of hydrogen, H2 .
The Physics and Mathematics of the Second Law of Thermodynamics
The state space can be identified with a subset of R2 with coordinates U (= energy), V (= volume). 2 mole of H2 .
The Physics and Mathematics of the Second Law of Thermodynamics
An example of non-comparable systems is one mole of H2 and one mole of O2 .
The Physics and Mathematics of the Second Law of Thermodynamics
The system consisting of one mole of hydrogen mixed with one mole of helium and the system consisting of one mole of hydrogen mixed with two moles of helium are different.
The Physics and Mathematics of the Second Law of Thermodynamics
Even if Γ(t) happens to coincide with Γ as a subset of Rn+1 (as it does, e.g., if Γ is the orthant Γ = Rn + ) it is important to keep in mind that the mole numbers that specify the material content of the states in Γ(t) are t-times the mole numbers for the states in Γ.
The Physics and Mathematics of the Second Law of Thermodynamics
Nevertheless, our previous analysis, namely Theorem 2.5, does tell us the entropy of the mixture—up to an additive constant ! The multiplicative constant can be, and wil l be henceforth, fixed by the entropy function of one standard system, e.g., one mole of mercury.
The Physics and Mathematics of the Second Law of Thermodynamics
In the differential technique a reference sample is compared with an undoped standard sample, both in the form of fine powders containing exactly the same number of moles of material (Loram et al. (1993)).
The pseudogap in high-temperature superconductors: an experimental survey
While the entropy change per mole ∆S/R depends only on B , αC0 and E , the discontinuity t0 depends on all four parameters separately: here, we use the two Anisimov parameters and fit C0 and E .
Two Experimental Tests of the Halperin-Lubensky-Ma Effect at the Nematic-Smectic-A Phase Transition
In analogy with metal alloys we can estimate the configurational energy as some 10 kJ/mole atoms .
Formulation of thermodynamics for the glassy state: configurational energy as a modest source of energy
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