Amorphism

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Amorphism A state of being amorphous; esp. a state of being without crystallization even in the minutest particles, as in glass, opal, etc.There are stony substances which, when fused, may cool as glass or as stone; the glass state is spoken of as a state of amorphism.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n amorphism The state or quality of being amorphous or without shape; specifically, absence of crystallization; want of crystalline structure, even in the minutest particles, as in glass, opal, etc.
    • n amorphism The anarchic, communistic system proposed by the Russian Bakunin; universal and absolute anarchy; nihilism; extreme communism.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Amorphism a-mor′fizm a state of being amorphous or without crystallisation even in the minutest particles
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Quotations

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    “The new organization is edgeless, permeable, amorphous... constantly re-forming according to need.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Amorphous
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. a, neg., morphē, form.

Usage

In literature:

A lead ore may be an amorphous compound with zinc, and successful concentration or smelting without great penalties may be precluded.
"Principles of Mining" by Herbert C. Hoover
Phosphorite is another name for apatite, but is chiefly applied to impure amorphous apatite.
"Manures and the principles of manuring" by Charles Morton Aikman
Grind the resulting mass into an amorphous powder.
"The Elements of Bacteriological Technique" by John William Henry Eyre
He found himself face to face with an amorphous, characterless sort of Peggy whom he did not know.
"The Rough Road" by William John Locke
Chalk is a soft amorphous substance of the same composition as limestone.
"The Economic Aspect of Geology" by C. K. Leith
Pastes, being amorphous, are singly refracting, as is diamond.
"A Text-Book of Precious Stones for Jewelers and the Gem-Loving Public" by Frank Bertram Wade
The current which fused these amorphic thoughts was generated in the most commonplace manner.
"The Readjustment" by Will Irwin
Everything was amorphous, yet everything repeated itself endlessly.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
He was not sure of his substance, though he could evidently experience human sensations with his amorphous body.
"Astounding Stories, April, 1931" by Various
Outside, in a glimmering night, I saw the black, amorphous hills shoot by unweariedly into our wake.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition" by Robert Louis Stevenson
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In poetry:

Along the avenue I pass
Huge piles of wood and stone,
And glance at each amorphous mass,
Whose cumbrous weight has crushed the grass,
With half resentful groan.
"Improvement." by Hattie Howard

In news:

With its panorama of scrawls, squiggles, and amorphous shapes, WMD: Remembering Sardanapalus is a conventionally abstract piece, though it retains Colescott's use of dramatic colors — a signature palette of oranges, yellows and reds.
Spray drying is a key process for manufacturing amorphous dispersions because of its breadth of applicability.
US challenge in Egypt is to guide ' amorphous mass' toward a process.
Pulp material is milled and then hydrolyzed to remove amorphous content.
In the early 1960s, Andy Warhol (1928–87) unleashed the brute mechanics of commercial reproduction upon the amorphous passions of fine art.
Morgan Spurlock's Super Size Me has inspired a wave of stunt documentaries in which filmmakers try to will a story line on an amorphous issue by putting themselves through some nutty gauntlet.
White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt knows the cyber threat is an amorphous landscape that's constantly changing, requiring him to always be reevaluating where to direct his most powerful resources.
There seems to be a certain comfort level in proposing income tax rate hikes on the amorphous category known as the "rich" as a part of a deal to avoid the so-called "fiscal cliff.
Bassnectar Laughter Crescendo Vava Voom Amorphous Music.
MAPET II sheet for thermoformed food trays is made from one substrate, mono amorphous polyethylene terephthalate, or MAPET.
Polymer 's about as basic a puzzler as they come, requiring players to slide tiles into place to assemble large, amorphous shapes.
Pool Party, the latest album from Atlanta's Ponderosa , bursts with neo-psychedelic sounds, amorphous guitars and earthen harmonies.
Protective film Toray Plastics North Kingstown RI USA PET Lumirror PS10 film is made with a co-extruded sheet consisting of a thin layer of an amorphous material over a thicker layer of crystalline polyester.
Obtained by the Chemistry and Mineralogy (CheMin) experiment on NASA's Curiosity rover, these data reveal crystalline feldspar, pyroxenes and olivine mixed with some amorphous (non-crystalline) material.
Particle-engineering technologies, such as crystal design for crystallization and producting cocrystals, particle-size reduction, and amorphous solid dispersions, help to optimize delivery of a drug.
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In science:

Random packings of identical spheres have been studied by biologists, materials scientists, engineers, chemists and physicists to understand the structure of living cells, liquids, granular media, glasses and amorphous solids, to mention but a few examples.
Is Random Close Packing of Spheres Well Defined?
The shape of the interstellar feature is broad and featureless both of which suggest that the silicate is amorphous.
Cosmic Dust in the 21st Century
However, hydrogenated amorphous carbon made by condensing carbon smoke also matches the 3.4 µm feature.
Cosmic Dust in the 21st Century
The hump particles seem to be best described at present as resulting from dehydrogenation of hydrogenated amorphous carbon and the PAH’s may well result from dehydrogenation of residues from photoprocessed ices (Mennella et al. 1998).
Cosmic Dust in the 21st Century
Physical examples include charge carrier transport in amorphous semiconductors, vortex motion in high temperature superconductors, moving interfaces in porous media, spin glasses and anomalous heat flow in heavy ion collisions. L´evy distributions have also find applications in biophysics, health-physics and finances.
Free Random Levy Matrices
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