• School of the Vestal Virgins
    School of the Vestal Virgins
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj virginal in a state of sexual virginity "pure and vestal modesty","a spinster or virgin lady","men have decreed that their women must be pure and virginal"
    • adj virginal untouched or undefiled "nor is there anything more virginal than the shimmer of young foliage"- L.P.Smith"
    • adj virginal characteristic of a virgin or virginity "virginal white dresses"
    • n virginal a legless rectangular harpsichord; played (usually by women) in the 16th and 17th centuries
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Palmer and the Wise Virgin Palmer and the Wise Virgin
The Virgin with four Saints The Virgin with four Saints
Death of the Virgin Death of the Virgin
The Virgin Crowned by two Angels The Virgin Crowned by two Angels
Portion of Carved Walnut Virginal Portion of Carved Walnut Virginal
Cover: Virginal by Giovanni Battista Boni, 1617 Cover: Virginal by Giovanni Battista Boni, 1617
2. Ruckers virginal: Plan view 2. Ruckers virginal: Plan view

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Daylight savings time started during World War I, so Americans could use as much natural lighting as possible and conserve energy needed for war production. Despite the Uniform Time Act, which Congress passed in 1966 to standardize the time change, several states within the United States do not observe Daylight Saving Time. They are Arizona, Hawaii, parts of Indiana, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and American Samoa.
    • n Virginal (Mus) An instrument somewhat resembling the spinet, but having a rectangular form, like the small piano. It had strings and keys, but only one wire to a note. The instrument was used in the sixteenth century, but is now wholly obsolete. It was sometimes called a pair of virginals.
    • a Virginal Of or pertaining to a virgin; becoming a virgin; maidenly. "Chastity and honor virginal ."
    • v. i Virginal To play with the fingers, as if on a virginal; to tap or pat. "Still virginaling upon his palm!"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In earlier times, virginity on one's wedding night was of the greatest importance. To prove that the bride was a virgin, it was customary that the couple would display the bloodstained bedsheet for all to see once the wedding was consummated.
    • virginal Pertaining to a virgin; maidenly: as, virginal reserve.
    • virginal In zoology, virgin; parthenogenetic: as, the virginal reproduction of plant-lice.
    • n virginal A spinet, or small harpsichord (which see), usually quadrangular in shape and without legs, very popular in England in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The word is much used in the plural, and also in the phrase a pair of virginals (see pair, 5).
    • virginal To finger, as on a virginal; pat or tap with the fingers.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The male gypsy moth can "smell" the virgin female gypsy moth from 1.8 miles away.
    • adj Virginal maidenly:
    • n Virginal vėr′jin-al an old keyed musical instrument, oblong in shape, one of the three forms of the harpsichord
    • v.i Virginal (Shak.) to finger, as on a virginal
    • adj Virginal (zool.) parthenogenetic
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  • William Shakespeare
    “Your old virginity is like one of our French withered pears: it looks ill, it eats dryly.”
  • William Blake
    “Every harlot was a virgin once.”
  • David Jenkins
    David Jenkins
    “I wouldn't put it past God to arrange a virgin birth if He wanted, but I very much doubt if He would.”
  • Edward Dahlberg
    “What most men desire is a virgin who is a whore.”
  • Madame de Girardin
    Madame de Girardin
    “Modesty is the chastity of merit, the virginity of noble souls.”
  • Harry F. Banks
    Harry F. Banks
    “Where does virgin wool come from? The sheep that runs the fastest.”


Virgin territory - If something is virgin territory, it hasn't been explored before.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. virginale,; -- probably so called from being used by young girls, or virgins,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O, Fr.,—L. virgo, virginis.


In literature:

The history of the veneration of Mary tells us that the Blessed Virgin Mary helped to win these victories.
"The Excellence of the Rosary" by M. J. Frings
In 1244 the queen presented an image of the Virgin with a ruby and an emerald.
"Arts and Crafts in the Middle Ages" by Julia De Wolf Addison
The Church of St. Mary the Virgin is mostly E.E.
"Hertfordshire" by Herbert W Tompkins
The first twelve pictures of the series are exclusively devoted to the apocryphal history of the birth and life of the Virgin.
"Giotto and his works in Padua" by John Ruskin
First you should know that I am proscribed as a duly registered virgin.
"The Sky Is Falling" by Lester del Rey
Earth gives a cave, the wilderness a manger, And we the Virgin-Mother bring.
"Christmas in Ritual and Tradition, Christian and Pagan" by Clement A. Miles
On the sculptured pillar of the central porch was the Virgin, with her divine Child and the Virgin's lily.
"The Life of Joan of Arc, Vol. 1 and 2 (of 2)" by Anatole France
Christ on the Cross, crowned; the Virgin on the north side, St. John on the south, holding a book.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Saint Albans" by Thomas Perkins
Mrs Jameson's note of it is: 'Above, in the centre, Christ and the Virgin are throned in separate glories.
"The Old Masters and Their Pictures" by Sarah Tytler
I saw something in the face of the Blessed Virgin that frightened me, and I knew I was in for something.
"My New Curate" by P.A. Sheehan
The site is said to have been previously occupied by an altar dedicated to the Blessed Virgin, Wykeham's patroness.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Winchester" by Philip Walsingham Sergeant
In Catholic days, this was the Church and Hospital of the Virgin Mary.
"Young Americans Abroad" by Various
The Virgin of Antipolo.
"The Philippine Islands" by John Foreman
Holy Virgin, what doest thou?
"The Well in the Desert" by Emily Sarah Holt
She prayed to the Virgin, to God Himself, to take care of her boys, and most for the little Crispin.
"An Eagle Flight" by José Rizal
At the end of a long room, between two rows of the Apostles, is seated the Virgin.
"Luca Signorelli" by Maud Cruttwell
Last of all, every Templar was to shun "feminine kisses," whether from widow, virgin, mother, sister, aunt, or any other woman.
"Old and New London" by Walter Thornbury
Both had virgin mothers.
"The Lords of the Ghostland" by Edgar Saltus
R. Chapel of the Presentation of the Virgin.
"Cathedrals of Spain" by John A. (John Allyne) Gade
Resolving to remain a virgin, she induced her sisters to join with her in vows of perpetual virginity.
"Women of Early Christianity" by Alfred Brittain

In poetry:

"How could you say my face was fair,
And yet that face forsake?
How could you win my virgin heart,
Yet leave that heart to break?
"William And Margaret" by Henry Morley
"Farewell", she said, "ye virgins all,
And shun the fault I fell in:
Henceforward take warning by the fall
Of cruel Barbara Allen."
"Barbara Allen" by Anonymous British
Such are the dang'rous thorns of love,
That strew the virgin's way,
While faithless as its roses prove,
'Tis they that first decay.
"The Lass Of Fair Wone" by Charlotte Dacre
"Alas! away, away!" she cried,
"For the holy Virgin's sake!"—
"Lady, I know who sleeps by thy side;
But, lady, he will not awake.
"The Eve of St. John" by Sir Walter Scott
My virgin sense of sound was steeped
In the music of young streams;
And roses through the casement peeped,
And scented all my dreams.
"A Birthday" by Alfred Austin
The virgin blush which spreads her cheek
With nature's purest dye,
And all those dazzling beams which break
Like morning from her eye.
"Sir Eldred Of The Bower : A Legendary Tale: In Two Parts" by Hannah More

In news:

San Juan to Virgin Gorda \xA0.
British Virgin Islands Tourist Board.
Lana and I went on our first missionary trip before we were married, down to the Virgin Islands in the Caribbean.
Zulus Eagerly Defy Ban on Virginity Test.
Wisconsin native Margaret George tackles the topic of the 'Virgin Queen'.
Enchant Customers Like Apple, Zappos & Virgin.
She speaks about the movie and Harry Smith's indifference to "The 40-Year-Old Virgin.".
We've all seen the stories: a Virgin Mary sighting in a grilled cheese sandwich, in the side of a tree, or Jesus' face on a tortilla.
BURLINGAME, Calif — Virgin America has awarded a two-year contract to Mission Linen Supply, which will supply white linen napkins for passengers flying the new airline.
JJAMZ, Virgins, Indians @ Brooklyn Bowl.
Extra virgin olive oil 2 Tbsps.
5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, more as needed.
4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil.

In science:

When i = 1, we would use tabulated values of time-independent virgin completeness, and no real-time computation would be required.
New Completeness Methods for Estimating Exoplanet Discoveries by Direct Detection
The virgin completeness c1,j = 0.46 is an accurate value, independent of time and computed in advance of simulations, using Eq. 5.
New Completeness Methods for Estimating Exoplanet Discoveries by Direct Detection
This is practically virgin territory for research.
Thin-Film Metamaterials called Sculptured Thin Films
H (within the AFM regime) along the virgin-curve is observed only at 2K (see Fig.4a).
First order transition from ferromagnetism to antiferromagnetism in Ce(Fe$_{0.96}$Al$_{0.04}$)$_2$: a magnetotransport study
Hirr(T) is suppressed, approaching that of the virgin sample.
Effects of proton irradiation and ageing on the superconducting properties of single crystalline and polycrystalline MgB2
Fig. 7a) exhibits some changes when compared to virgin InP.
Nanoscale Defect Formation on InP(111) Surfaces after MeV Sb Implantation
Figure 2. Difference between observed and predicted diameter increments for virgin stands (0) and stands logged once (1), twice (2) or three times (3).
Effects of Selection Logging on Rainforest Productivity
Now I have a feeling that if we went back to 30, 40 or 50 years ago, when particle physics was a virgin, people were working on precision measurements of electromagnetic interactions.
Round Table Discussion at the Final Session of FPCP 2008: The Future of Flavor Physics and CP
The inset shows the difference of magnetic moment between the first ((cid:4)) (second (⋆)) irradiation and the virgin state.
Proton-induced magnetic order in carbon: SQUID measurements
K up to T= 350 K for warming under an external field Hex = 100 Oe when the ML was (V) virgin (open circles) and when (BS) biased (solid circles). (b) Detailed magnetization m(T) curves from T= 2 K up to T= 350 K for warming under Hex = 100 Oe when the ML was V and BS.
Enhancement of Superconductivity by Exchange Bias
K up to T= 120 K for Hex = 0 Oe. (b) Zero field cooled and field cooled magnetization m(T) curves from T= 10 K up to T= 120 K under Hex = 10 Oe when the TL is virgin.
Enhancement of Superconductivity by Exchange Bias
Inset (d) presents isothermal m(H) curves obtained at T= 8 K when the TL was virgin (solid circles) and BS (open circles).
Enhancement of Superconductivity by Exchange Bias
The loop obtained under BS condition is shifted by 50 Oe when compared to the virgin one.
Enhancement of Superconductivity by Exchange Bias
FIG. 4: Representative voltage curves as a function of temperature (a) at Hex = −50 Oe when the TL is virgin and BS, (b) at Hex = −50 and 50 Oe when it is BS, and (c) at Hex = −300 and 300 Oe when it is virgin.
Enhancement of Superconductivity by Exchange Bias
T= 120 K, while in panel (b) presented are the zero field cooled and field cooled m(T) curves under Hex = 10 Oe when the sample is virgin.
Enhancement of Superconductivity by Exchange Bias