• WordNet 3.6
    • n Joseph (New Testament) husband of Mary and (in Christian belief) the foster father of Jesus
    • n Joseph (Old Testament) the 11th son of Jacob and one of the 12 patriarchs of Israel; Jacob gave Joseph a coat of many colors, which made his brothers jealous and they sold him into slavery in Egypt
    • n Joseph leader of the Nez Perce in their retreat from United States troops (1840-1904)
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The pewter spoon handle at the top, unearthed at Jamestown, is the oldest dated piece of American pewter in existence. It was made by Joseph Copeland of Chuckatuck, Va., in 1675. The spoon on the bottom is a conjectural restoration of Copeland’s specimen The pewter spoon handle at the top, unearthed at Jamestown, is the oldest dated piece of American pewter in...
Device of Joseph Barnes Device of Joseph Barnes
Joseph Rodman Drake Joseph Rodman Drake
Book-plate of Joseph Smith Book-plate of Joseph Smith
Hans, Joseph and Three Asses Hans, Joseph and Three Asses

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Joseph Gayetty is credited for inventing toilet paper in 1857. Unfortunately, his invention failed and did not catch on until ten years later
    • n Joseph An outer garment worn in the 18th century; esp., a woman's riding habit, buttoned down the front.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In the spring of 1975, a baby in Detroit fell 14 stories and landed on Joseph Figlock, who was walking below. A few years later it happened again. Figlock and both babies survived
    • n joseph A garment made like a man's great coat, usually with a broad cape, and buttoning down the front, worn in the eighteenth century and later by women when riding on horseback and on occasions of similar exposure; sometimes, also, a similar garment worn by men.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Carbonated soda water was invented in 1767 by Joseph Priestley, the discoverer of oxygen.
    • n Joseph jō′zef one whose chastity is above temptation—from the story of Joseph and Potiphar's wife in Gen. xxxix.: a caped overcoat worn by women in the 18th century for riding—in allusion to Joseph's coat, Gen. xxxvii. 3.
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In literature:

Joseph himself never drinks between meals.
"People of Position" by Stanley Portal Hyatt
General Burnside was relieved from command of the army on the 26th of January, 1863, and was succeeded by Major-General Joseph Hooker.
"War from the Inside" by Frederick L. (Frederick Lyman) Hitchcock
Louis Joseph Vance Barbara of the Snows .
"The Heart of Thunder Mountain" by Edfrid A. Bingham
This was the desk of Joseph Whittier, great-grandfather of the poet, and son of the pioneer.
"Whittier-land" by Samuel T. Pickard
By Louis Joseph Vance.
"The Plunderer" by Roy Norton
That Joseph was not in the Ghetto was certain.
"Dreamers of the Ghetto" by I. Zangwill
The work of securing this petition was done chiefly by Mrs. Joseph M. Cary, wife of the Senator.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume V"
By Joseph C. Lincoln.
"The Crimson Tide" by Robert W. Chambers
Monsieur Joseph had entertained him very kindly, as his way was; but the shadow of the evening rested on Monsieur Joseph's face.
"Angelot" by Eleanor Price
Bishop Joseph Winthrop of Alden rose from his place in the rear of the room and walked briskly forward to the chair reserved.
"The Shepherd of the North" by Richard Aumerle Maher

In poetry:

The second night by lanthorn light
Thro' the church-yard as they went,
He whisper'd anew and shew'd them two
That Mister Joseph sent.
"The Surgeon's Warning" by Robert Southey
The third night as by lanthorn light
Thro' the church-yard they went,
He bade them see and shew'd them three
That Mister Joseph sent.
"The Surgeon's Warning" by Robert Southey
Whence did all that fury come?
From empty tomb or Virgin womb?
Saint Joseph thought the world would melt
But liked the way his finger smelt.
"A Stick Of Incense" by William Butler Yeats
Joseph and Sarah shall be brought;
They'll ratify the lesson taught;
Young people, who, in days of yore,
Labour'd for what they eat and wore.
"Happiness" by William Hutton
Let me just add to what I've said,
Six sheep upon the common fed:
These were friend Joseph's care, no doubt,
Who strove to keep the maggots out.
"Happiness" by William Hutton
The three holy kings are friendly and mild,
They seek the Mother, and seek the Child;
The pious Joseph is sitting by,
The ox and the ass on their litter lie.
"Epiphanias" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

In news:

Parents of the couple are Alan and Cathy Breitbarth of Truman, and Lord Joseph and Kim Bunyan of Minneapolis.
Born February 7, 1933 in Ireland, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Rebecca (Quigley) McGonagle.
And Lewis (Lidia) of Laurel Springs, N.J. Stephen Burley Jr, Nicole and Briana Burley and Erin, Joseph and Nicholas Burley .
Joseph Corter, of Peshtigo, Wis.
MISHAWAKA — In 65 years of marriage, Joseph and Mary Simeri never spent a day apart, said nephew Tony Rucano.
Joseph named Accolades Business Leader of 2010.
Zelna Joseph was named the 2010 Accolades Business Leader of the Year today by the Southern Colorado Women's Chamber of Commerce.
Monday was Kids' Day at the St Joseph County Grange Fair.
Christopher Meloni is Hunting Down Joseph Kony By Any Means Necessary (Video).
The St Joseph High girls basketball team found out the hard way Wednesday night that in the playoffs one bad quarter can cost you your season.
Kentucky State Police say they are unsure whether 34-year-old Joseph A Robinson of Wendell, N.C.
Chef Joseph Humphrey has spent the past couple of decades cooking up a résumé to be proud of.
Ancilla College and Calumet College of Saint Joseph (CCSJ) will be co-hosting an open house on Tuesday, July 20, at Ancilla to present two bachelor's degrees that will be offered at the Donaldson-based campus this coming fall semester.
Lenoir City's Joseph McCallie, right, tackles Austin-East quarterback Jaquil Williams during the Knoxville Orthopaedic Clinic KickOff Classic jamboree at Neyland Stadium on Thursday.
Joseph's/ Candler SC Cancer Specialists sets Oct 12 open house.

In science:

Joseph, Stability of fluid motions, Springer-Verlag, (1976).
Exactly solvable models of quantum mechanics including fluctuations in the framework of representation of the wave function by random process
Co-principal investigators on this project are Joseph Schmitz, and Scott Patterson.
Civic Engagement among Early Internet Adopters: Trend or Phase?
Introduction to Paral lel Algorithms. Joseph J´aJ´a.
Randomized Rounding without Solving the Linear Program
Joseph, A completion of the quantized enveloping algebra of a Kac-Moody algebra, J.
Quantum loop modules
Joseph, A., ” Derivations of Lie brackets and canonical quantization, ” Commun.
Weyl ordering rule and new Lie bracket of quantum mechanics