nutcracker

Definitions

  • woman, nutcracker and bottle
    woman, nutcracker and bottle
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n nutcracker speckled birds that feed on nuts
    • n nutcracker any of various small short-tailed songbirds with strong feet and a sharp beak that feed on small nuts and insects
    • n nutcracker a compound lever used to crack nuts open
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Nutcracker (Zoöl) A European bird (Nucifraga caryocatactes), allied to the magpie and crow. Its color is dark brown, spotted with white. It feeds on nuts, seeds, and insects.
    • Nutcracker An instrument for cracking nuts.
    • Nutcracker (Zoöl) The American, or Clarke's, nutcracker (Picicorvus Columbianus) of Western North America.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n nutcracker An instrument for cracking hard-shelled nuts.
    • n nutcracker A toy, usually having a grotesque human head, in the yawning mouth of which a nut is placed to be cracked by a screw or lever.
    • n nutcracker plural The pillory.
    • n nutcracker A corvine bird of Europe and Asia, Nucifraga caryocatactes, belonging to the order Passeres, family Corvidæ, and subfamily Garrulinæ. See cut at Nucifraga. The bird is about 12½ inches long, and is brown, with many bold oblong or drop-shaped white spots. The corresponding Asiatic species is N. hemispila.
    • n nutcracker The nuthatch, Sitta cæsia.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Nutcracker an instrument for cracking nuts: a genus of birds of the family Corvidæ
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hnutu; Ice. hnot, Dut. noot, Ger. nuss.

Usage

In literature:

He was not strong enough to throw it far and it only fell at her feet, but Mary's face looked as pinched as a nutcracker.
"The Secret Garden" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Although hand-operated nutcrackers have been devised to crack these and other wild nuts, they are not as fast as a hammer.
"Growing Nuts in the North" by Carl Weschcke
I wonder you did not call her the Nutcracker, for her present name rather suggests that idea.
"On The Blockade" by Oliver Optic
She was not really frightened and her nutcracker face illuminated itself with delighted smiles.
"Robin" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Then she looked lovingly at the result of her day's work and began to peel some bicarbonate of magnesia off her knuckles with the nutcracker.
"You Should Worry Says John Henry" by George V. Hobart
He was a young man with a clear, hairless face, a long thin nose, and rather nutcracker jaws.
"The Strand Magazine, Volume V, Issue 28, April 1893" by Various
NUTCRACKER AND MOUSE KING and other Stories.
"Wild Nature Won By Kindness" by Elizabeth Brightwen
He won't try to run, because he knows I should have to wipe his head with this little nutcracker.
"First in the Field" by George Manville Fenn
Twinkle Tail and Featherhead were old enough to find homes for themselves, so Old Squirrel Nutcracker thought.
"Little Jack Rabbit and the Squirrel Brothers" by David Cory
Their plan is to catch the Russian armies like a nut between nutcrackers.
"New York Times Current History; The European War, Vol 2, No. 5, August, 1915" by Various
The girls took nutpicks and bowls, and Mr. Maynard and Dick Fulton took the other two nutcrackers, and then work began in earnest.
"Marjorie's Busy Days" by Carolyn Wells
Prince Nutcracker and his followers were received in the most friendly manner by the good King of Root-Valley.
"The King of Root Valley" by R. Reinick
We may need a bigger nutcracker than we've ever seen.
"The Defiant Agents" by Andre Alice Norton
I think I must have mixed him up with the old godfather in the 'Nutcracker of Nuremberg,' without knowing it.
"Great Uncle Hoot-Toot" by Mrs. Molesworth
But Nutcracker's as much mine as yours, so hand him over!
"The Serapion Brethren," by Ernst Theodor Wilhelm Hoffmann
The nutcrackers turned somersaults, and the pencil jumped about in a most amusing way.
"Hans Andersen's Fairy Tales" by Hans Christian Andersen
Why should not soldiers meddle with nutcrackers?
"The Handbook of Conundrums" by Edith B. Ordway
Old Squirrel Nutcracker sat outside his doorstep while Mrs. Nutcracker hung out the rugs and beat the sofa cushions.
"Little Jack Rabbit and Chippy Chipmunk" by David Cory
Besides these, deer, marmots, conies, and Clark nutcrackers and other wildlife are abundant.
"Glacier National Park [Montana]" by United States Dept. of the Interior
CUT & ASSEMBLE A TOY THEATER/THE NUTCRACKER BALLET, Tom Tierney.
"Life Histories of North American Wood Warblers Part One and Part Two" by Arthur Bent
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In news:

Ballet West's 'Nutcracker': One to truly enjoy.
Moscow Ballet 's 'Nutcracker' is flat despite adorable children.
The Olympic Ballet just finished final dress rehearsals before taking "The Nutcracker" on the road.
Students power Milwaukee Ballet 's 'The Nutcracker'.
That's right, 150 students of high school age or younger, divided into two casts, will be an integral part of the Milwaukee Ballet 's annual, lavish production of "The Nutcracker," which opens Saturday.
Tickets for Saint Augustine Ballet 's upcoming production of "The Nutcracker" are now available online.
Lack of orchestra takes some of the magic out of Washington Ballet 's 'The Nutcracker.
The Washington Ballet 's holiday production of Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker," choreographed by Septime Webre.
American Ballet Theatre's The Nutcracker.
American Ballet Theatre, Nutcracker Photograph: Gene Schiavone.
'A Cleveland Inner City Ballet Nutcracker' comes to First Baptist Church in Shaker Heights.
Meet The 2012 Schultz & Dooley Beer Steins- Porter Penguin And Maltcracker Nutcracker.
The 2011 cast of the Nutcracker of Middle Georgia during a scene from Act II.
Classic, novel 'Nutcracker' performances set.
10 Things 'The Nutcracker' Won't Tel.
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In science:

For non-axially symmetrical modes there is no such nutcracker theorem to indicate that instability should set in at ω = 0 but the above arguments indicate that either ω = 0 or the mode structure is truly remarkable with modes of all real frequencies going unstable simultaneously.
Equiangular Spiral Modes of Power Law Disks
As a result, the two half-shells separate by freeze-out, and so (at least) two separate fireballs are actually produced. (We called this scenario a nutcracker.) Nothing like this happens for simple EOS, which always lead to matter distribution with a maximum at the center.
New phases of QCD, the tricritical point, and RHIC as a ``nutcracker''
Finally, let me emphasize it once again: the expected “nutcracker” pattern is supposed to be seen in typical non-central events.
New phases of QCD, the tricritical point, and RHIC as a ``nutcracker''
Teaney: Nutcracker Flow and HBT Flow in non-central collisions at the SPS has been studied experimentally and theoretically [4,5] and shows sensitivity to the EoS.
Last Call for RHIC Predictions
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