• WordNet 3.6
    • n spininess the quality of being covered with prickly thorns or spines
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The fins of the Spiny Dogfish Shark are sometimes used as sandpaper for wood products
    • n Spininess Quality of being spiny.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n spininess Spiny character or State. Thorniness.
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In literature:

The compact soil was covered with wild and spiny vegetation.
"The Dead Command" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
All about them was sand, with here and there a spiny shrub standing up stiff and erect and solitary.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science February 1930" by Various
Even as the realization flashed across his mind he saw that the spiny sphere was opening.
"The Copper-Clad World" by Harl Vincent
Shortly after the arms had appeared, the spiny head cap was cautiously extended a few inches forward from the main shell.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science September 1930" by Various
It has long and wide leaves, waved along the margins, and very spiny.
"The Mayflower, January, 1905" by Various
The devil's club of Alaska is untouchable, it is so encased in a spiny armor; but what purpose the armor serves is a mystery.
"Under the Maples" by John Burroughs
She had been stooping to gather the fruit that clustered on a long, low, spiny stem.
"The Side Of The Angels" by Basil King
There was not another spiny tree in the vicinity, and I came away relieved.
"Upon The Tree-Tops" by Olive Thorne Miller
I'm going to get that son of a spiny sea walrus.
"The Wailing Octopus" by Harold Leland Goodwin
You must eat the head Of said spiny back.
"Folk-lore of Shakespeare" by Thomas Firminger Thiselton-Dyer

In poetry:

I might have been a worker, but I'm nothing but a drone.
I tell my idle stories in a philosophic tone.
In a fuzzy, spiny mantle of remoteness softly furled
I lie and watch with half-shut eyes the stupefying world.
"The Drone" by Gamaliel Bradford

In news:

Spiny water flea threatens fish in Lake Champlain .
Local fishermen are pulling up traps, one day after the open to the commercial spiny lobster season.
To date, nearly 10,000 spiny-tailed iguanas have been caught and euthanized, mostly from the northern end of the island.
In recent years, the threats posed by the emerald ash borer, Asian clam and spiny water flea have been well documented.
Whether it's turtle tots or baby otters, spiny sharks or trippy jellies—just search our archives.
Chinese demand for spiny lobsters falls, pushing prices down.
0 Terese Pearson of Pearson's Port in Newport Beach holds a couple of spiny lobsters.
Elizabethtown — Mark Malchoff believes that the presence of the spiny water flea in local lakes and canals is only a warning.
Some of those divers will also be vying for the title of Lobster King of the 2012 Miami Spiny Lobster Tournament, sponsored by Sunset Tavern and Deli Lane in South Miami.
Officials say this year's spiny lobster season is one of the best on record in a decade.
Commercial fishermen in the Florida Keys are optimistic as spiny lobster season begins.
The 2012 recreational and commercial spiny lobster seasons will open July 25-26.
Spiny lobster season opens soon.
Spiny lobster season begins in local waters.
Ticonderoga — The presence of the spiny water flea , an aquatic invasive species, has been confirmed in Lake George, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced.

In science:

A0 αi = |spini ⊗ |A0 αi, where α specifies the state of the whole universe, with the exception of the initial state of the micro–particle and the initial “position” of the pointer; |spini is the initial state–vector of the particle.
A General Argument Against the Universal Validity of the Superposition Principle
Initial Setup = { |spini ⊗ |A0 αi, where p(α) gives the probability distribution of the remaining, uncontrollable, degrees of freedom.
A General Argument Against the Universal Validity of the Superposition Principle
When Γ = 0, the linear susceptibility is represented by the spini i2 ] as χl = β (1 − q), and glass order parameter q = [hσz the nonlinear susceptibility can be expressed by the spinglass one as χnl = β (χsg − 2β 2/3).
Effect of random fluctuations on quantum spin-glass transitions at zero temperature
The one on the left classifies pixels into three classes: riparian woodland, green herbaceous vegetation, and spiny aster.
A Near-Term Quantum Computing Approach for Hard Computational Problems in Space Exploration
The six clusters correspond to the three classes used riparian woodland, green herbaceous vegetation, and spiny aster, plus three new classes corresponding to stressed herbaceous vegetation, sparsely vegetated/bare soil, and water.
A Near-Term Quantum Computing Approach for Hard Computational Problems in Space Exploration