Lyra

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Lyra a small constellation in the northern hemisphere near Cygnus and Draco; contains the star Vega
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Lyra (Astron) A northern constellation, the Harp, containing a white star of the first magnitude, called Alpha Lyræ, or Vega.
    • Lyra (Anat) The middle portion of the ventral surface of the fornix of the brain; -- so called from the arrangement of the lines with which it is marked in the human brain.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Lyra An ancient northern constellation, representing the lyre of Hermes or of Orpheus. Also called the Harp. The brightest star of this constellation is Vega (a Lyræ). It is the seventh in order of brightness in the heavens and the third brightest in the northern hemisphere, being half a magnitude brighter than a standard star of the first magnitude. It forms, with two small stars near it, an equilateral triangle, one of the most striking configurations of the summer sky. Vega, Arcturus, and Polaris form a large triangle, nearly right-angled at Vega.
    • n Lyra [lowercase; pl. lyræ (-rē).] In anatomy, a tract of the brain beneath the corpus callosum, on the under surface and between the divergent posterior pillars of the fornix. There the fibers are so arranged as to present certain longitudinal and transverse lines, fancifully likened to the strings of a lyre. The lyra is merely the appearance or formation of a surface, not a distinct part of the fornix. It is also known as the psalterium or corpus psalloides.
    • n Lyra In zoology: A genus of fishes.
    • n Lyra A genus of brachiopods.
    • n Lyra [lowercase] See lira.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Lyra one of the northern constellations
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. lyra, Gr. . See Lyre
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. lyra—Gr.

Usage

In literature:

A few years later, Picard, a French astronomer, attempted to find the parallax of Alpha Lyrae, but was unsuccessful.
"The Astronomy of Milton's 'Paradise Lost'" by Thomas Orchard
Lyra Heroica, William Ernest Henley.
"Scouting For Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts" by Girl Scouts
The direction in which it is advancing is towards a point in the constellation of Lyra, not far from its chief star Vega.
"Astronomy of To-day" by Cecil G. Dolmage
If now in turn we take our four-inch glass, we shall see something else in this strange family group of epsilon Lyrae.
"Pleasures of the telescope" by Garrett Serviss
Joy of the Lyra, was on board nearly all day.
"A Narrative of the Mutiny, on Board the Ship Globe, of Nantucket, in the Pacific Ocean, Jan. 1824" by William Lay
Lyra offered to take them with us, but they refused because they had not packed up!
"An Account of Our Arresting Experiences" by Conway Evans
It will be seen that we accept the explanation of the twenty-seventh verse given by all expositors down to the time of De Lyra and Calvin.
"The Expositor's Bible: The Epistle to the Hebrews" by Thomas Charles Edwards
D. Godley.= LYRA FRIVOLA.
"Evolution" by Frank B. Jevons
The most famous of these is in the constellation Lyra, not far from Vega.
"A Text-Book of Astronomy" by George C. Comstock
LYRA SACRA: A Book of Sacred Verse.
"Here and Hereafter" by Barry Pain
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In poetry:

Her white robe floats upon the air;
My Lyra hears the dashing oar:
Ye floods, oh! speed me to my fair!
My soul is with her long before.
"To The Moon" by Sir John Carr
The planets rush towards Lyra in a lion's charge. Can
Hate so securely bind? Are they dead here? Yes.
And the wish to wound has the power. And tomorrow
Comes. It's a world. It's a way.
"As We Like It" by W H Auden

In news:

LYRA, the acclaimed a capella vocal ensemble of two women and three men, soprano, mezzo-soprano, two tenors and a deep bass from St Petersburg, Russia, will return to Hope for an evening of Russian music.
Lyra Skinner 23, of Marion, IN was traveling south bound on Olive Road approaching 11thRoad and activated her signal to turn west.
Mandeville's Krewe of Lyra going co-ed for 2013 parade.
LYRA , the acclaimed a capella vocal ensemble of two women and three men, soprano, mezzo-soprano, two tenors and a deep bass from St Petersburg, Russia, will return to Hope for an evening of Russian music.
Back in 2000, when Lyra introduced the Helikon moving-coil cartridge, which replaced the then six-year-old Clavis DC, the company inexplicably retained the Clavis D.C.'s retail price of $2000.
The meteors of the Lyrid meteor appear to originate on the border between Lyra and Hercules.
The meteors of the Lyrid meteor appear to originate on the border between Lyra and Hercules (Starry Night Software).
This photograph of the recently discovered carnivorous harp sponge, Chondrocladia lyra, was taken in Monterey Canyon, off the coast of California, at a depth of about 11,500 feet.
A decade ago she was an astrophysics student at Michigan State University, where she coauthored a paper on RR Lyrae, a low-mass star that pulsates light.
Peter Couture and Lyra Solochek Tampa bay times.
The beauty, granddaughter of beloved author Roald Dahl , and jazz singer Cullum are already parents to 20-month-old daughter Lyra, and now Dahl is pregnant with a sibling for the youngster.
The 35-year-old gave birth to her first child, Lyra, in March 2011.
Cygnus with Deneb, Lyra with Vega and Aquila with Altair are now low in the northwest.
As lovely as the evening view is from Lyra's Newport mooring, we're ready for a change of scenery.
As lovely as the evening view is from Lyra's Newport mooring, we're ready for a change of scenery .
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In science:

As a corollarium, it follows that the mean magnitude of a sample of RR Lyrae stars IS NOT the mean magnitude of the HB.
Modern Stellar Evolution Models for Low Mass Stars
The RR Lyrae population also shows a minor but signi ficant pop ulation with [Fe/H]<∼ −2 (Cseresnjes 2001).
The Planetary Nebula population of the Sagittarius Dwarf Spheroidal Galaxy
We take α = 2 × 10−3 , the approximate azimuthally and vertically averaged value at Jupiter’s heliocentric distance in the global MHD turbulence simulations of Lyra et al. (2008).
Ice Lines, Planetesimal Composition and Solid Surface Density in the Solar Nebula
Lyra, W., Johansen, A., Klahr, H., and Piskunov, N. 2008.
Ice Lines, Planetesimal Composition and Solid Surface Density in the Solar Nebula
The next most reliable distance determination technique is the use of so-called ‘standard candles’ – stars with particular properties such as RR Lyrae and Cepheid variables, whose luminosities are a reasonably sharply-defined function of observables such as period and colour.
Stellar distances from spectroscopic observations: a new technique
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