pica

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Pica magpies
    • n pica a linear unit (1/6 inch) used in printing
    • n pica an eating disorder, frequent in children, in which non-nutritional objects are eaten persistently
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Pica (R. C. Ch) A service-book. See Pie.
    • Pica (Print) A size of type next larger than small pica, and smaller than English.
    • Pica (Med) A vitiated appetite that craves what is unfit for food, as chalk, ashes, coal, etc.; chthonophagia.
    • Pica (Zoöl) The genus that includes the magpies.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pica A genus of oscine passerine birds of the family Corvidæ and sub-family Garrulinæ, having an extremely long graduated tail, the nostrils covered with antrorse plumules, and the plumage iridescent black and white; the magpies. The common magpie of Europe is P. rustica, P. caudata, or P. pica. That of America is commonly called P. hudsonica, but it is scarcely a distinct species. The yellow-billed magpie of California is P. nuttalli. See cut under magpie.
    • n pica [lowercase] A bird of the genus Pica; a pie; a magpie.
    • n pica In medicine, a vitiated craving for what is unfit for food, as chalk, ashes, or coal.
    • n pica Eccles., same as ordinal, 2 .
    • n pica An alphabetical catalogue of names and things in rolls and records.
    • n pica A size of printing-type, about 6 lines to the inch, intermediate between the sizes English (larger) and small-pica (smaller). It is equal to 12 points in the new system of sizes. (See point, 14 .) The sizes of type respectively called 2-, 3-, 4-, 5-, and 6-line pica have bodies that are equal to 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 lines of pica. Leads are described by their numerical relation to the pica body, as 6-to-pica or 10-to-pica, according as 6 or 10 set together make a line of pica.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Pica pī′ka a size of type smaller than English and larger than Small pica, equal to 12 points in the new system of sizes, about 6 lines to the inch, used by printers as a standard unit of measurement for thickness and length of leads, rules, borders, &c
    • Pica as 6-to-pica or 10-to-pica, according as 6 or 10 leads set together make a line of pica
    • n Pica pī′ka a magpie.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. pica, a pie, magpie; in sense 3 prob. named from some resemblance to the colors of the magpie. Cf. Pie magpie
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Pie.

Usage

In literature:

Ain't Pica County your range?
"Bucky O'Connor" by William MacLeod Raine
Printed on small pica it would run to eight hundred pages, and could never pay.
"Waverley" by Sir Walter Scott
Printed on small-pica it would run to eight hundred pages, and could never pay.
"Waverley, Or 'Tis Sixty Years Hence, Complete" by Sir Walter Scott
However, she says it is only Pica who is going up for it this time.
"More Bywords" by Charlotte M. Yonge
Nagcal-logong nag pica nagcaballo tallot sacana.
"A Little Book of Filipino Riddles" by Various
Of birds Pica vagans, Haematornis, and several Sylviae were observed.
"Journals of Travels in Assam, Burma, Bhootan, Afghanistan and TheNeighbouring Countries" by William Griffith
Bernardone, on his return, went so far as to strike Pica in punishment for her weakness.
"Life of St. Francis of Assisi" by Paul Sabatier
I have already given you several reasons for my wish that you should retain, in classifying birds, the now rejected order of Picae.
"Love's Meinie" by John Ruskin
The present volume contains seven short stories by RubA(C)n Dario, Jacinto Octavio PicA cubedn, and Leopoldo Alas.
"The Best Short Stories of 1920" by Various
Pica, the mother of Francis, is said to have been of noble origin and of a deeply religious nature.
"Italy, the Magic Land" by Lilian Whiting
On a type page 20 picas wide by 30 picas deep would a panel 18 picas wide by 8 picas deep be proper?
"Applied Design for Printers" by Harry Lawrence Gage
Madonna Pica, his mother, trembled for his future, while she adored him and in spite of herself believed in him.
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 15" by Various
His last work was a corrected edition of the Welsh Bible issued in small pica by the Bible Society.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 8" by Various
But the wild goats, marmots and picas were the sole owners of this castle.
"Among the Canadian Alps" by Lawrence J. Burpee
The smallest size for practical use is 48-point, or 4-line pica.
"Type" by A. A. Stewart
Birds should be encouraged, particularly the Picae tribe, which destroy many grubs of the wood-boring insects.
"American Pomology" by J. A. Warder
The point is 1/12 of a Pica; Nonpareil would accordingly be called six points.
"Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 4 of 4: S-Z and supplements)" by Various
Water is brought by pipes from Pica, 50 m. distant.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 14, Slice 6" by Various
His status should be differentiated and embalmed in due longitudinal sections of small pica.
"The Army Mule and Other War Sketches" by Henry A. Castle
At Florence his companions and friends were Chalcondylas, Aurispa, and John Pica de Mirandola.
"History of the Reformation in the Sixteenth Century (Volume 1)" by J. H. Merle D'Aubigné
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In news:

PICA volunteers received their Service Awards at the Sept 10 City Council meeting.
More than 50 Fort Dodge Senior High student athletes helped PICA volunteers spruce up the FDSH campus on Aug 14 and 16.
In the photo are several PICA members are several members of the FDSH football team and cheerleading squad.
Fort Dodge is very fortunate to have a group of such dedicated volunteers with the PICA .
That's a Wrap: Vegetarians can find a little of what they're looking for, but Pica Fresh Mex presents a meat-lovers fantasyland in Oldtown Salinas.
Pica Fresh Mex does tasty flavor in Oldtown Salinas.
To celebrate the festival's 10th anniversary, PICA invites back some artistic greats and introduces a host of new artists from around the world.
PICA Announces the Initial Lineup for TBA 2012.
The three-year-old is normal in many ways, but her appetite for non-edible items — a rare medical condition called Pica — is a real cause of concern.
Pica , Vestigial Tails: Fave Icky Obsessions Bad for Finding Love.
In its first year under the curation of artistic director Angela Mattox, the PICA fest got more thematically unified—and just plain better—as it progressed.
Pica, Vestigial Tails: Fave Icky Obsessions Bad for Finding Love.
As our coverage of PICA's TBA Festival continues, we spend some time with the group Whoop Dee Doo.
PICA had assigned an attorney to represent Flint-based Hanczaryk in a chiropractic -malpractice claim.
"Whether to approve this pipeline is the most important environmental decision President Obama will make before the election," said Erich Pica, president of Friends of the Earth, an environmental advocacy group, in an E-mail Friday.
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In science:

Las civilizaciones t´ıpicas de las galaxias t´ıpicas estar´ıan cientos de miles, o millones, de a˜nos m´as evolucionadas que la nuestra y, consecuentemente, los observadores inteligentes t´ıpicos ser´ıan ´ordenes de magnitud m´as inteligentes que nosotros.
Brane Worlds, the Subanthropic Principle and the Undetectability Conjecture
Pero nuestra galaxia es s´olo una galaxia t´ıpica de nuestro Universo observable.
Brane Worlds, the Subanthropic Principle and the Undetectability Conjecture
Las civilizaciones t´ıpicas de las galaxias t´ıpicas est´an cientos de miles, o millones, de a˜nos m´as evolucionadas que la nuestra y, consecuentemente, los observadores inteligentes t´ıpicos son ´ordenes de magnitud m´as inteligentes que nosotros.
Brane Worlds, the Subanthropic Principle and the Undetectability Conjecture
Generalizando esta situaci´on, teniendo en cuenta que vivimos en una galaxia t´ıpica, llegamos al Principio Subantr´opico, que dice que nosotros no somos t´ıpicos entre los observadores inteligentes del Universo, sino que nos encontramos muy por deba jo de los est´andares.
Brane Worlds, the Subanthropic Principle and the Undetectability Conjecture
Pica, Higher representations on the lattice: numerical simulations.
Natural fourth generation of leptons
Pica, Higher representations on the lattice: numerical simulations.
Topcolor-like dynamics and new matter generations
For example, Pica & Smith (1983) use a χ2 and the so called Q –statistics, based on the di fference between the brightest and the dimmer observations, to investigate long term variability in approximately 6000 photographic observations of 130 AGNs of different types monitored during 13 years.
Testing tests on AGN microvariability
This C –statistics resembles Pica & Smith (1983) Q – statistics, but is less sensible to the spurious effect of a single discrepant point.
Testing tests on AGN microvariability
Pica, Correlation functions of the energy-momentum tensor in SU(2) gauge theory at finite temperature, Phys.
The ultraviolet limit and sum rule for the shear correlator in hot Yang-Mills theory
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