Light ball


  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Light ball (Mil) a ball of combustible materials, used to afford light; -- sometimes made so as to be fired from a cannon or mortar, or to be carried up by a rocket.
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  • Ezra Pound
    “Properly, we should read for power. Man reading should be man intensely alive. The book should be a ball of light in one's hand.”


In literature:

The end of the table stuck oddly from the ball of light.
"Astounding Stories, March, 1931" by Various
The submarine had moved up to within a few feet of them, and the light from it played full on the ball.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, December 1930" by Various
There was a huge ball of smoke and a flash of light, but it was not brighter than the sun.
"The Hate Disease" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
Two cups light brown sugar; one-half cup water; boil together until a little dropped in cold water forms a soft ball.
"Stevenson Memorial Cook Book" by Various
To this is attached by a long string a worsted, or a very light rubber ball.
"What Shall We Do Now?: Five Hundred Games and Pastimes" by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
Candles are used in such profusion that I am told thirty thousand are required to light up an Imperial ball.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 16, No. 93, July, 1865" by Various
It must be the gas-light in the ball-room, it must be the sunlight in the day-time, which makes all the difference.
"Belford's Magazine, Volume II, No. 8, January, 1889" by Various
The balls are rather hard, but very light and quite round.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 24 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
We generally met every day, either at dinner, ball, or supper, and our hearts were as light as our pockets.
"Memoirs of the Extraordinary Military Career of John Shipp" by John Shipp
McCarthy saw a flash of light and threw up his hands just in time to keep the ball from hitting him.
"Jimmy Kirkland and the Plot for a Pennant" by Hugh S. Fullerton

In poetry:

The laden waggon tinkles by,
The post is going out,
The lights are lit, the coaches ply
To tavern, ball, and rout.
"A Town" by Jane Taylor
Benmore shall woo him to the ball
With lighted rooms and braying band;
And he shall hear and understand
"Dream Faces" better than us all.
"Possibilities" by Rudyard Kipling
And that fierce Day-star's blazing ball their sight
Sears with excess of light;
Or through dun sand-clouds the blue scimitar's edge
Slopes down like fire from heaven,
Mowing them as the thatcher mows the sedge.
"A Crusader's Tomb" by Francis Turner Palgrave
An' there, while she, wi' runnèn tongue,
Did talk unzeen 'ithin the hall,
I thought her like the rwose that flung
His sweetness vrom his darken'd ball,
'Ithout the wall, an' sweet's the zight
Ov her bright feäce by mornèn light.
"The Rwose In The Dark" by William Barnes
My tears are all of April, my laughter is of May,
My sorrow's all a cowslip-ball, so light to toss away:
My heart is bright with Easter light, my face is fair to see.
Because God's risen, and out of prison the whole round world goes free.
"Easter" by Nora Jane Hopper Chesson
Strange is the tale that the fishermen tell,–
They say that a ball of fire fell
Straight from the sky, with crash and roar,
Lighting the bay from shore to shore;
That the ship, with a shudder and a groan,
Sank through the waves to the caverns lone
"The Phantom Light Of The Baie Des Chaleurs" by Arthur Wentworth Hamilton Eaton

In news:

A bequest of $1.8 million to Clarkson University will be used to update lighting in campus buildings and build a new ball field for the new women's softball team.
"All I ever wanted to do was make pies and bread like my Mom," she says lightly sprinkling flour over a smooth ball of pastry dough.
A crowd of over 500 people turned out to support the Nevada county Law Enforcement and Fire Protection Council's 13th annual Red Light Ball Saturday evening at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.
Second Annual Purple Light Event- Masquerade Ball .
The MFA Oil Foundation has awarded a grant to the Lions Club of Russellville to help pay for new lights at the local ball field.
Turn the risen dough out onto a lightly floured surface and divide into 8 pieces, forming each into balls.
Friendship Ball symbolizes God's light to one and all .
SCH defender Kenny McArthur (#7, light jersey) guides the ball between Episcopal's Walter Buckey (left) and Abe Watson (right).
Denise Copeland/Betty the Bike I've attached Energizer 's little red blinky lights to my shoes, the straps of my backpack, and my ball cap for night walking.
Second Annual Purple Light Event- Masquerade Ball.
Fayette's annual Chili Bowl flag football games are scheduled to begin at 6:30 pm Friday under the lights on ball diamond one at the park.
Without proper outdoor lighting, the batter can't see the ball.
Imagine a locomotive for the road-momentum in its purest form-then add a white ball of light under the hood for limitless power.
Here some juniors (light color) go after the ball while seniors look on.
Dear Maija, My friends and I recently spent an entire Saturday drinking Coors Light and whacking golf balls against a rental property.

In science:

Say that a bin is light (at a given time) if it contains < k white balls, and heavy if it contains ≥ k .
Asymptotic normality of the $k$-core in random graphs
We start by coloring a random light ball red.
Asymptotic normality of the $k$-core in random graphs
Each row of the triangular array consists of i.i.d. random vectors, whose distribution matches a power law on a ball of radius going to infinity, and outside that it has a light-tailed modification.
Effect of truncation on large deviations for heavy-tailed random vectors
However, this resolution is intuitively unsatisfactory because according to the classical picture of electromagnetic energy propagating at the speed of light (unity), any field energy within this ball must have been emitted between t = −r0 and t = 0.
Radiation from a Charge Uniformly Accelerated for All Time
Likewise, a light φ field cannot have weak interactions because it would violate the precision measurements at LEP of the Z width. Q-balls can interact strongly with ordinary matter if mφ > 50 MeV.
Q-ball candidates for self-interacting dark matter