oasis

Definitions

  • View of the Oasis Of Wady FeÎkÂn in The Peninsula Of Sinai
    View of the Oasis Of Wady FeÎkÂn in The Peninsula Of Sinai
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n oasis a shelter serving as a place of safety or sanctuary
    • n oasis a fertile tract in a desert (where the water table approaches the surface)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Oasis A fertile or green spot in a waste or desert, esp. in a sandy desert, where the water table approaches the surface. "The Arab does not love the desert; the Arab loves the oasis and green fields."
    • Oasis Any refuge from a prevailing stressful, unpleasant, or annoying situation.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n oasis Originally, a fertile spot in the Libyan desert where there is a spring or well and more or loss vegetation; now, any fertile tract in the midst of a waste: often used figuratively.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Oasis ō-ā′sis a fertile spot in a sandy desert: any place of rest or pleasure in the midst of toil and gloom
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Quotations

  • Kahlil Gibran
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    “Faith is an oasis in the heart which will never be reached by the caravan of thinking.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., fr. Gr. 'o`asis; cf. Copt. ouahe,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—Gr. oasis, an Egyptian word; cf. Coptic ouahe.

Usage

In literature:

Despite the smiling oasis immediately surrounding it, it cannot have been choice.
"The Lone Ranche" by Captain Mayne Reid
Ghat, well situated in the centre of an oasis, was next reached.
"Great African Travellers" by W.H.G. Kingston
The wood formed an oasis in the wilderness; for farther on the country assumed the same barren, arid aspect as before.
"Hendricks the Hunter" by W.H.G. Kingston
We staggered onward in the direction, I supposed, of the oasis.
"Manco, the Peruvian Chief" by W.H.G. Kingston
The centre is laid out as a public garden, and forms a green and pleasant oasis in a very poor district.
"Holborn and Bloomsbury" by Sir Walter Besant
In all lives now and then an oasis is liable to fall.
"Comic History of the United States" by Bill Nye
Still the oasis, if such it was, appeared as far off as ever.
"Roger Willoughby" by William H. G. Kingston
There are five Sellalas, and one is really an oasis.
"Southern Arabia" by Theodore Bent
At least this was an oasis in it.
"Impressions of a War Correspondent" by George Lynch
The Colonel and the three women gave one backward glance when they came to the edge of the oasis.
"A Desert Drama Being The Tragedy Of The "Korosko"" by A. Conan Doyle
A little door in the park-wall gives access to this oasis.
"French and Oriental Love in a Harem" by Mario Uchard
Mr. Trennahan, you happened upon him in the oasis of his life; you never could stand it to dine here now.
"The Californians" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
In two hours the preparations were completed and the twenty men moved off from the oasis.
"The Dash for Khartoum" by George Alfred Henty
Reaching an oasis, the captives were tied to the trunks of trees, and their limbs hacked off by the murderous Khouans with their yataghans.
"The Son of Monte-Cristo, Volume I (of 2)" by Alexandre Dumas père
This oasis is all the more charming to the sight because it is only an oasis.
"A Literary History of the English People" by Jean Jules Jusserand
First short story, "The Lost Oasis," Everybody's Magazine, Nov., 1910.
"The Best Short Stories of 1920" by Various
The evening was a social oasis in a strange land and quickly taught me how they live and what they do in Cairo.
"A Fantasy of Mediterranean Travel" by S. G. Bayne
My father's tribe live in the oasis ten miles east of the old lake.
"At Aboukir and Acre" by George Alfred Henty
It had been much the same way on their entrance to the oasis; but then they were not so well posted up in the peril of their position.
"The Boy Slaves" by Mayne Reid
Upon reaching it, Warruk found it a veritable oasis in the desert.
"The Black Phantom" by Leo Edward Miller
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In poetry:

Life is a desert dry and drear,
Undewed, unblest;
This hour is an oasis, dear;
Here let us rest.
"The Gift Of Life" by Edith Nesbit
Thus, parched by desert heats, a wanderer
Spies an oasis, but he doubts it yet;
Is it not some mirage in yon blue sky
Alluring him to rest and to forget?
"Timid Love" by Semen Yakovlevich Nadson
Art thou late fruit of spicy savor and scent?
A funeral vase awaiting tearful showers?
An Eastern odor, waste and oasis blent?
A silken cushion or a bank of flowers?
"L'Amour Du Mensonge" by John Hay
The thought of death to me
Is like a well in some oasis dim—
Cool-hidden, hushed, and hidden gratefully
Among the palms asleep
At silver evening on the desert's rim.
"Antepast" by Clark Ashton Smith
Beyond our tents the sands stretch level and far.
Around this little oasis of Tamarind trees.
A curious, Eastern fragrance fills the breeze
From the ruinous Temple garden where roses are.
"Reverie OfMahomed Akram At The Tamarind Tank" by Laurence Hope
LIKE yon star that hangs lone in the desert of space,
An oasis of light 'mid the dark of its blue,
With the clouds of the gloomy night near on its trace,
And the ray of its brightness all dimmed by their hue:
"The Poet's Bride" by Ernest Jones

In news:

Last Call At The Oasis.
For Americans' Water, It's 'Last Call At The Oasis'.
Erin Brockovich joins a protest in Last Call at the Oasis.
LAST CALL AT THE OASIS.
Last Call at the Oasis Directed by Jessica Yu ATO Opens May 4, Lincoln Plaza and Landmark Sunshine.
Gil Riegler and his wife, owners of Oasis Camel Dairy in San Diego County, opened 12-day run at the fair with all things camel .
With their recent transition to the adults-only market, Cancun 's Grand Oasis Viva and Oasis Viva are offering a perfect balance of grown-up fun.
Not long ago, this green oasis was a bustling tourist destination.
An oasis of care in the central city .
As you might expect, Michael Malcolm's home theater is a video oasis.
) Oasis will offer a small percentage off services or a sample-size product to those who check in at the spa using Foursquare this holiday season.
A potter's pint-size Victorian oasis.
Toy collection at tollway oasis.
There haven't been any DUIs, drug charges or Oasis-like Jesus comparisons.
Available as single vases 18", 24" and 32 tall, in sets of three, or as part of a kit with the Oasis Fountain Basin.
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In science:

Conditional logic is expressed using If construct. Although previously existed, the Switch construct is not part of BPEL version 2.0 OASIS standard . Updates to variables are achieved using the Assign construct. BPEL uses Invoke to request a service or delegate a computation to another Web service.
Comparative Studies of 10 Programming Languages within 10 Diverse Criteria - a Team 10 COMP6411-S10 Term Report
Figure 3(b) shows the design of XACML+, which is an extension of the original oasis XACML model .
Cloud and the City: Facilitating Flexible Access Control over Data Streams
There is a selection of gratings and filters within OASIS, giving low and medium spectral resolution modes within the 0.43 µm to 1 µm wavelength range.
OASIS High-Resolution Integral Field Spectroscopy of the SAURON Ellipticals and Lenticulars
Since most of the objects in the SAURON sample of E/S0s do not have a bright enough nearby guiding source (mV < 16), we decided to use the f /8 (no AO) mode of OASIS.
OASIS High-Resolution Integral Field Spectroscopy of the SAURON Ellipticals and Lenticulars
As a complimentary data-set to the SAURON survey, OASIS was con figured to give similar spectral coverage and resolution as SAURON, resulting in a wavelength range of 4760 – 5558 ˚A, with a resolution of 4.2 ˚A FWHM sampled at 1.95 ˚A pix−1 .
OASIS High-Resolution Integral Field Spectroscopy of the SAURON Ellipticals and Lenticulars
From the representative sample of the SAURON survey, objects with central velocity dispersion less than the instrumental dispersion of OASIS (∼ 120 km s−1 ) were excluded, removing almost all the early-type spiral bulges from the sample, and six of the 48 SAURON E/S0 galaxies.
OASIS High-Resolution Integral Field Spectroscopy of the SAURON Ellipticals and Lenticulars
Figure 1 presents the final observed OASIS sub-sample of the E/S0s of the SAURON survey, and shows that the plane of ellipticity versus absolute B -magnitude is covered quite homogeneously by the OASIS sub-sample.
OASIS High-Resolution Integral Field Spectroscopy of the SAURON Ellipticals and Lenticulars
Filled symbols indicate the subset of objects also observed with OASIS.
OASIS High-Resolution Integral Field Spectroscopy of the SAURON Ellipticals and Lenticulars
The OASIS spectral range contains a number of key absorption features which can be used as diagnostic tools to determine the distribution of stellar populations within a galaxy, based on measurements of their age and metallicity.
OASIS High-Resolution Integral Field Spectroscopy of the SAURON Ellipticals and Lenticulars
Figure 3 shows an example of how the OASIS data can be used to reveal central features of galaxies in the SAURON survey.
OASIS High-Resolution Integral Field Spectroscopy of the SAURON Ellipticals and Lenticulars
The OASIS data (right panel) clearly reveal this as a counterrotating kinematically decoupled component (KDC), which appears almost aligned with the galaxy’s main body.
OASIS High-Resolution Integral Field Spectroscopy of the SAURON Ellipticals and Lenticulars
We have conducted extensive high-spatial resolution observations of the E/S0 sub-sample of the SAURON survey using the OASIS IFS.
OASIS High-Resolution Integral Field Spectroscopy of the SAURON Ellipticals and Lenticulars
The OASIS data set will be published as a complimentary project to SAURON, relating the inner properties of these galaxies with those of the outer regions, as well as providing a high-resolution catalogue of a substantial sample of early-type galaxies.
OASIS High-Resolution Integral Field Spectroscopy of the SAURON Ellipticals and Lenticulars
Voronoi 2D-binned SAURON velocity field of NGC 4382 (left map) with a box showing the out line of the OASIS field (right map).
OASIS High-Resolution Integral Field Spectroscopy of the SAURON Ellipticals and Lenticulars
OASIS stellar (left) and ionized-gas (right) velocity fields for t he polar-ring galaxy NGC 2768.
OASIS High-Resolution Integral Field Spectroscopy of the SAURON Ellipticals and Lenticulars
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