• WordNet 3.6
    • v cone make cone-shaped "cone a tire"
    • n cone any cone-shaped artifact
    • n cone a visual receptor cell in the retina that is sensitive to bright light and to color
    • n cone cone-shaped mass of ovule- or spore-bearing scales or bracts
    • n cone a shape whose base is a circle and whose sides taper up to a point
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Ice Cream cone was invented in the summer of 1904 by Charles Menches. It made its debut one year later at the St. Louis World Fair
    • Cone (Zoöl) A shell of the genus Conus, having a conical form.
    • Cone (Geom) A solid of the form described by the revolution of a right-angled triangle about one of the sides adjacent to the right angle; -- called also a right cone. More generally, any solid having a vertical point and bounded by a surface which is described by a straight line always passing through that vertical point; a solid having a circle for its base and tapering to a point or vertex.
    • Cone Anything shaped more or less like a mathematical cone; as, a volcanic cone, a collection of scoriæ around the crater of a volcano, usually heaped up in a conical form. "Now had Night measured with her shadowy cone Half way up hill this vast sublunar vault."
    • Cone (Bot) The fruit or strobile of the Coniferæ, as of the pine, fir, cedar, and cypress. It is composed of woody scales, each one of which has one or two seeds at its base.
    • v. t Cone kōn To render cone-shaped; to bevfl like whe circwlar segoent of a cone; as, to cone the tires of car wheels.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Ancient Egyptian women used to wear perfume cones made of wax that would melt in the heat letting out a nice fragrance
    • n cone In geometry: A solid generated by the revolution of a right-angled triangle upon one of its sides as an axis. In the flgure thus generated the base is a circle, and the line passing through the vertex anil the center of the base (the axis) is perpendicular to the plane of the base; it is specifically termed a right cone.
    • n cone A solid the surface of which consists of a circle, which forms its base, and the envelop of all the limited straight lines which join the circumference of the circle to a fixed point lying without the perpendicular to the circle from its center: specifically termed an oblique or scalene cone. See conic.
    • n cone In modern geom., any surface generated by a line one point in which is fixed.
    • n cone Anything shaped like a cone. Specifically— In botany, a dry multiple fruit formed of densely imbricate scales, as in the hop, but more especially in the pine, fir, and spruce, in which a pair of naked seeds is borne upon the upper side of each scale: technically called a strobile; in a more general sense, an inflorescence having a conelike shape. See cut on following page.
    • n cone In anat.: The conarium, or pineal body of the brain.
    • n cone One of the minute cone-shaped structures forming with the so-called “rods” a layer of the retina. See retina.
    • n cone In conchology, a shell of the family Conidoe, characterized by its obconic form.
    • n cone The hill surrounding the crater of a volcano, formed by the gradual accumulation of the ejected material.
    • n cone A storm-cone.
    • n cone The vent-plug in the barrel of a firearm.
    • n cone In spinning, one of the taper drums in the head-stock of a mule, known respectively us the backing-off and drawing-up cones.
    • cone To shape so as to resemble the segment of a cone, as the tire or tread of a car-wheel.
    • n cone The crystalline lens of the compound or faceted eye (ommateum) of an insect.
    • n cone A pair of equal cones with parallel axes, but with the small base of one in line with the large base of the other, at such a distance that an endless belt on their surfaces or an idle transmitting-wheel between them can transmit power from one to the other. In either form the device may be used to transmit a varying velocity ratio by adjusting belt or wheel so that a large circumference of driver is opposite a small circumference of driver, or the reverse.
    • cone To bear cones: said of coniferous trees.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Squirrels eat through 40,000 pine cones a year.
    • n Cone kōn a solid pointed figure with a circular base: fruit shaped like a cone, as that of the pine, fir, &c.: anything shaped like a cone
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  • Yogi Berra
    “Yogi saw three of his players in the locker room wearing Cone Head hats. Yogi said, Those guys make a pair.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. conus, cone (in sense 1), Gr. kw^nos; akin to Skr. çana, whetstone, L. cuneus, wedge, and prob. to E. hone,. See Hone (n.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. cone—L.,—Gr. kōnos, a peak, a peg.


In literature:

We began to stick on the cones, &c., as fast as we could, while the glue was hot, and for this part of the work I can give no special directions.
"Little Folks (October 1884)" by Various
I could tell the species by the large spinous cones and light-green needles.
"The Quadroon" by Mayne Reid
As they proceeded they passed groups of stalagmitic cones of all shapes and sizes.
"The Mines and its Wonders" by W.H.G. Kingston
A wild dog crept down from a cone-topped spitzkop, and stood, sniffing the blood-tainted air eagerly, whining a little in its throat.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
The slopes of Etna present more than 700 small cones, and on Hawaii there are several thousands.
"The Beauties of Nature" by Sir John Lubbock
In the early vocabularies it is called "Pin-treow," and the cones are "Pin-nuttes.
"The plant-lore and garden-craft of Shakespeare" by Henry Nicholson Ellacombe
The lid is a high cone surmounted by a small vase-shaped finial, and is hinged to the upper socket of the handle.
"All About Coffee" by William H. Ukers
It will be noticed that the cone A and the part of B above the orifice O contract downward.
"How it Works" by Archibald Williams
It may be that the cone in which it matured was crushed into the earth by the hoof of a passing deer.
"Wild Life on the Rockies" by Enos A. Mills
It boasted two cones, from one of which smoke was lazily trailing.
"A Man to His Mate" by J. Allan Dunn

In poetry:

OVER old walls the Laburnums
hang cones of fire;
Laburnums that grow out of old
mould in old gardens:
"Laburnums" by Padraic Colum
"Must write the story of her seething youth—
How lizards paddled in her lukewarm seas;
Must show the cones she ripened, and forsooth
Count seasons on her trees;
"Honours -- Part I" by Jean Ingelow
I dreamed I was in fair Niphon.
Amid tea-fields I journeyed on,
Reclined in my jinrikishaw;
Across the rolling plains I saw
The lordly Fusi-yama rise,
His blue cone lost in bluer skies.
"A Dream Of Bric-A-Brac" by John Hay
The shrines of our pilgrims are not like your own,
Where white Fusiyama lifts proudly its cone,
(The snow-mantled mountain we see on the fan
That cools our hot cheeks with a breeze from Japan.)
"At The Banquet To the Japanese Embassy" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Yes! we confess it! 'mong the sons of Fate,
Earth's great ones, thou art great!
As that tall peak which from her silver cone
Of maiden snow unstain'd
All but the bravest scares, and reigns alone
"Willelmus Van Nassau" by Francis Turner Palgrave
On russet floors, by waters idle,
The pine lets fall its cone;
The cuckoo shouts all day at nothing
In leafy dells alone;
And traveller’s joy beguiles in autumn
Hearts that have lost their own.
"XL: Tell me not here, it needs not saying" by A E Housman

In news:

There will be games and prizes, craft activities, pet photos, snow cones, cotton candy, and hot dogs.
The XAER air atomizing spray nozzle provides a full cone round spray pattern that is especially suited for liquids with a high viscosity (100+ cP).
Volta Park Day lived up to its familiar, neighborhood charm: hamburgers, hot dogs, coconut cake, popcorn, snow cones with the slide, water dunk, sprinklers, band and flea market.
McCrometer Introduces Direct-Mount Wafer Cone Flowmeter.
The new direct-mount configuration for McCrometer's Wafer Cone flowmeter minimizes installation labor while ensuring accuracy.
Orange construction cones are what Gloria Ussery had to look at in her front yard for three weeks since a city contractor started replacing her water meter and then stopped.
What else can come in a cone.
To find crossbills, you need to know where the cones are.
The "Party Hats" look suspiciously like stolen traffic cones.
Clint Eastwood explained his much-discussed speech in his hometown paper, saying he was aiming for the political middle and detailing broken promises by President Barack Obama, according to a story in The Carmel Pine Cone.
Drivers can be cited for removing traffic cones and barricades through a closed/flooded area, according to Linda Clerkson, City of Palo Alto public communications spokesperson.
Cones and sawhorses block Shepherd Canyon Road following heavy rains on Sunday, Dec 2, 2012, in Oakland, Calif.
The '80s were about mystery and wonder: How do people like Dee Snider or Madonna or the Beastie Boys spring up from nowhere in cone bras and clown makeup to pour beer out on people's heads.
From cabinet to cone, here's how one Velodyne subwoofer rounds out your sound with thunderous bass.
So What Exactly Is A 'Cone Of Uncertainty' Anyway .

In science:

By definition hγ ∗ ⊗A δ∗ , πA γ ∗ ,δ∗ i is a universal cone on the diagram P A γ ∗ ,δ∗ and therefore h(γ ∗ ⊗A δ∗ )∗ , (πA γ ∗ ,δ∗ )∗ i is a universal cone on the diagram (P A γ ∗ ,δ∗ )∗ .
The categorical theory of relations and quantizations
These lectures begin very simply by describing, through an example, some important features of light-cone perturbation theory in QCD, and they end by describing some rather sophisticated equations which govern light-cone wavefunctions when parton densities are very large.
Parton Saturation-An Overview
In the case of a homogeneous polynomial P of degree m then the algebraic cone decomposes as V (P ) = R+ × K where K is the trace of the cone on the sphere.
On certain generalized Hardy's inequalities and applications
Such a situation corresponds to having the cone C |lk(σ0 (k))| over the link lk(σ0 (k)) realized by a Euclidean cone of angle 0.
The modular geometry of Random Regge Triangulations
Working with cones instead of hyperplanes, our method should be able to handle mixing on cones, as in .
The Point of View of the Particle on the Law of Large Numbers for Random Walks in a Mixing Random Environment