totem

Definitions

  • Running antelope. Personal totem
    Running antelope. Personal totem
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n totem emblem consisting of an object such as an animal or plant; serves as the symbol of a family or clan (especially among American Indians)
    • n totem a clan or tribe identified by their kinship to a common totemic object
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Totem A rude picture, as of a bird, beast, or the like, used by the North American Indians as a symbolic designation, as of a family or a clan; also, the object or animal itself, considered as an symbol of the family. "And they painted on the grave posts
      Of the graves, yet unforgotten,
      Each his own ancestral totem Each the symbol of his household;
      Figures of the bear and reindeer,
      Of the turtle, crane, and beaver."
      "The totem , the clan deity, the beast or bird who in some supernatural way attends to the clan and watches over it."
    • Totem Anything which serves as a venerated or mystic symbol or emblem.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n totem Among the Indians of North America, a natural object, usually an animal, assumed as the token or emblem of a clan or family, and a representation of which served as a cognizance for each member of it; hence, a more or less similar observance and usage among other uncivilized peoples. See totemism. The representation of the totem borne by an individual was often painted or figured in some way upon the skin itself, and upon his different garments, utensils, etc. The totem was also, in a sense, an idol or the embodied form of a deity or demon, or at least had a religious significance.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Totem tō′tem a natural object, not an individual but one of a class, taken by a tribe, a family, or a single person, and treated with superstitious respect as an outward symbol of an existing intimate unseen relation
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Idioms

At the bottom of the totem pole - (USA) If someone is at the bottom of the totem pole, they are unimportant. Opposite is at the top of the totem pole.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Massachusetts Indian wutohtimoin, that to which a person or place belongs
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Algonquin otem, which must be preceded by the personal article, as kitotem=the family-mark, nind-otem=my family-mark.

Usage

In literature:

They disembarked, approached slowly, peered at the totem, and saluted with upraised palms.
"Joan of Arc of the North Woods" by Holman Day
But most of us don't belong to the same totem with Jesus.
"The Faith Doctor" by Edward Eggleston
The clans also had their significant names and totems.
"The Discovery of America Vol. 1 (of 2)" by John Fiske
It is not impossible that totem posts may be connected with original totem trees or other sacred trees.
"Introduction to the History of Religions" by Crawford Howell Toy
Thus totemism has commonly been treated as a primitive system, both of religion and of society.
"India, Its Life and Thought" by John P. Jones
There are not less than one hundred common totems used in our streets today.
"Scouting For Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts" by Girl Scouts
The white men smile at the sacred totem!
"The Fiery Totem" by Argyll Saxby
The origin of other totems, equally strange, if not even stranger, is similarly accounted for, though otherwise unaccountable.
"Essays: Scientific, Political, & Speculative, Vol. I" by Herbert Spencer
Marriage, Totemism and Religion.
"The Truth About Woman" by C. Gasquoine Hartley
They were simply following the well-known savage custom that the totem of a tribe is sacred.
"Religion & Sex" by Chapman Cohen
He then went on to describe the totem pole, while his listeners became more and more excited.
"The Pony Rider Boys in Alaska" by Frank Gee Patchin
The totem-animal frequently enjoys great honor.
"Woman under socialism" by August Bebel
The totem name was inherited from the mother, and not the father.
"The Position of Woman in Primitive Society" by C. Gasquoine Hartley
Feuds raged between the different totemic families.
"The Story of Sitka" by C. L. Andrews
Nor can that have been the object of choosing the mosquito for a totem.
"An Introduction to the Study of Comparative Religion" by Frank Byron Jevons
It was an expression of the life of groups who had gods and totems.
"The Next Step in Religion" by Roy Wood Sellars
The gloomeroon that sold me yon totem told me that it was a sacred idol.
"The Bungalow Boys Along the Yukon" by Dexter J. Forrester
The family were of the totem of the beaver.
"Western Scenes and Reminiscences" by Henry Rowe Schoolcraft
It may, too, have been connected with the totemism of early tribes.
"Bible Studies" by Joseph M. Wheeler
Here is my totem as signal of alliance, as well as my feather of command.
"The Border Rifles" by Gustave Aimard
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In poetry:

"In the third night-watch I heard,
Far and low, a spirit-bird;
Very mournful, very wild,
Sang the totem of my child.
"The Truce of Piscataqua" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Well she knew its graven sign,
Squando's bird and totem pine;
And, a mirage of the brain,
Flowed her childhood back again.
"The Truce of Piscataqua" by John Greenleaf Whittier
"There is rust on Squando's knife,
From the warm, red springs of life;
On the funeral hemlock-trees
Many a scalp the totem sees.
"The Truce of Piscataqua" by John Greenleaf Whittier
"All the while the totem sang,
Lightning blazed and thunder rang;
And a black cloud, reaching high,
Pulled the white moon from the sky.
"The Truce of Piscataqua" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Thou hast beheld him fashion and adorn
The gorgeous altar and the totem pole;
With fervent zeal, and blind simplicity,
From base materials of wood or stone,
Carve out a God, then kneel and worship it.
"Metabole." by Alfred Castner King
Well, at last there came a schooner cruising round the Southern Seas
With a learned bloke on board collecting curiosities,
And when he saw the figurehead he cried, '"Now here's a find;
This here's a tribal totem of a most unusual kind."
"The Figurehead" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

The show will go on for the Totem Pole Playhouse as supporters surpassed the playhouse's fundraising goal by more than $80,000.
Cirque du Soleil's ' Totem ' Splashes and Soars.
Cirque du Soleil's latest extravaganza, " Totem ," burst onto The Plateau at National Harbor Aug 15.
Dynaudio DM2/6 or Totem Dreamcatcher.
Totem poles, maple syrup and Graceland win my vote.
A totem along the trail in Sitka National Historical Park in Sitka, Alaska.
Tracking the tale of the stolen totem pole .
Unknown fate for totem pole .
Carl Schurr and Wil Love both began acting at Totem Pole in the 1970s.
David Lewis with his sculpture "Totem" at his exhibition at the Mendelson Gallery in Shadyside.
This undated theater image released by Cirque du Soleil shows a scene from “Totem,”.
Tucson News NowCirque du Soleil's 'Totem' planned for New York.
Ed Galloway 's Totem Pole Park is Oklahoma's oldest (and largest) example of folk art.
The Vancouver Victory rallied from a five-goal deficit on Friday to defeat the Seattle Junior Totems 7-6.
Toby Frandsen and his mother carved a totem pole for the Pioneer Elementary garden when he was in Dorothy Peterson's second-grade class.
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In science:

The physics ob jectives of TOTEM in standalone mode (without the CMS central detector) are a measurement of the pp elastic scattering cross section dσ/dt in the range 10−3 < |t| < 10 GeV2 and the extraction of the total cross section at 14 TeV with an uncertainty of 1% using the optical theorem.
Summary of Working Group B: Diffraction and Vector Mesons
A detailed analysis of diffractive Higgs production has been presented by Royon , where model predictions for signal and background reactions were at the basis of simulations for the CMS+TOTEM detector setup.
Summary of Working Group B: Diffraction and Vector Mesons
Since the ATLAS detector does not have sufficient forward coverage to measure the total inelastic rate precisely enough, the collaboration follows a different approach than TOTEM, namely using the very challenging method of Coulomb scattering.
Summary of Working Group B: Diffraction and Vector Mesons
In the future, this programme will be extended to also cover diffractive and low-x physics, similarly to the CMS+TOTEM plans.
Summary of Working Group B: Diffraction and Vector Mesons
During the summer 2004 the TOTEM collaboration has performed tests on a prototype unit made of 2 vertical RPs.
Tests of a Roman Pot Prototype for the TOTEM Experiment
The LHC experiment TOTEM is designed for measuring the elastic pp scattering cross-section, the total pp cross-section and diffractive processes.
Tests of a Roman Pot Prototype for the TOTEM Experiment
Eggert described the status of the TOTEM detector and the prospects of measurements of total and elastic p p cross section.
Summary of the "Diffraction & Vector Mesons" working group at DIS05
Studies of diffractive physics at TOTEM require integration with CMS.
Summary of the "Diffraction & Vector Mesons" working group at DIS05
CMS and TOTEM together will provide the largest acceptance detector ever built at a hadron collider.
Summary of the "Diffraction & Vector Mesons" working group at DIS05
CMS/TOTEM physics menu will include also measurements of the centrally produced low mass systems (c-bosons, dijets, diphotons).
Summary of the "Diffraction & Vector Mesons" working group at DIS05
The TOTEM detector, integrated with CMS, will allow the study of diffractive physics with the largest acceptance detector ever built at a hadron collider.
Summary of the "Diffraction & Vector Mesons" working group at DIS05
Bozzo, et al., Design and construction of the tripleGEM detector for TOTEM, in: Proc.
The COMPASS Experiment at CERN
So far, three experiments, namely ATLAS and CMS-TOTEM have shown interest in diffractive measurements.
Understanding the structure of the proton: From HERA and Tevatron to LHC
The measurement of the total cross section to be performed by the TOTEM collaboration is shown in Fig. 54.
Understanding the structure of the proton: From HERA and Tevatron to LHC
The measurement of TOTEM will be of special interest to solve that ambiguity as well.
Understanding the structure of the proton: From HERA and Tevatron to LHC
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