• WordNet 3.6
    • n emanation the act of emitting; causing to flow forth
    • n emanation (theology) the origination of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost "the emanation of the Holy Spirit","the rising of the Holy Ghost","the doctrine of the procession of the Holy Spirit from the Father and the Son"
    • n emanation something that is emitted or radiated (as a gas or an odor or a light, etc.)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Emanation That which issues, flows, or proceeds from any object as a source; efflux; an effluence; as, perfume is an emanation from a flower. "An emanation of the indwelling life."
    • Emanation The act of flowing or proceeding from a fountain head or origin. "Those profitable and excellent emanations from God."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n emanation The act of flowing or issuing from a fountainhead or origin; emission; radiation.
    • n emanation In philosophy: Efficient causation due to the essence and not to any particular action of the cause. Thus, when the trunk of a tree is moved, the branches go along with it by virtue of emanation. Hence — The production of anything by such a process of causation, as from the divine essence. The doctrine of emanation appears in its noblest form in the Enneads of Plotinus, who makes sensible things to emanate from the Ideas, the Ideas to emanate from the Nous, and the Nous to emanate from the One. Iamblichus makes the One to emanate from the Good, thus going one step further. The Gnostics and Cabalists pushed the doctrine to fantastic developments.
    • n emanation That which issues, flows, or is given out from any substance or body; effiux; effiuvium: as, the odor of a flower is an emanation of its particles.
    • n emanation In algebra, the process of obtaining the successive emanants of a quantic.
    • n emanation Specifically, in radioactivity, an unstable gaseous disintegration-product spontaneously produced from a radioactive substance. The radioactive elements thus far known to give off an emanation are thorium, radium, and actinium. The emanations are inert gases resembling in their chemical relations the gases of the argon group, but differing from these and from all other known chemical compounds in the fact that they are produced as disintegration-products continuously at a rate which is independent of the temperature and the chemical and physical state of the compounds from which they are formed and which are converted spontaneously into other and non-volatile disintegration-products at a constant rate. The existence of an emanation, which is produced only in very small quantities, is detected by means of its radioactive effects. The rate at Which it is produced and at which it disappears by disintegration is determined from the change in the intensity of these effects, and it is by such observations that the emanations of radium, thorium, and actinium are distinguished from one another. The radium emanation differs from the others in that it is the first disintegration-product of that element, whereas with thorium and actinium the emanation in the case of the former is the fifth, and in the case of the latter the third, disintegration-product to be produced. These three emanations differ greatly in the degree of instability which they exhibit. The rate of decay (which measures the rate at which the radium emanation is converted into the next following and non-volatile disintegration-product) is comparatively slow, about 3.7 days being required to reduce its activity to one half; whereas the thorium emanation suffers the corresponding reduction in about one minute and the actinium emanation in 3.9 seconds. The properties of the emanations, which are in the main, similar, have been most completely studied in the case of radium emanation. Its chemical inertness is shown by the fact that it will pass through tubes containing reagents which absorb all gases except those of the argon family, that it is unaffected by the electric spark in an atmosphere of oxygen, and that it may be kept in contact with incandescent magnesium or calcium for hours without loss. Both radium emanation and thorium emanation are capable of condensation at low temperatures, the point of liquefaction of the thorium emanation being—120° C. and that of the radium emanation —150° C. All three emanations are radioactive, giving off α-rays, and they possess the property of imparting temporary radioactivity to all substances with which they come in contact. This imparted radioactivity disappears much more slowly than the emanation itself, having its own law of decay, and the imparted radioactivity is of the same character, whatever the nature of the substance affected. The imparted radioactivity, or excited radioactivity, is ascribed to the formation, on the surface of the body made active, of a solid disintegration-product; and it has been found possible to remove this product by rubbing the surface with sandpaper, and to transfer the activity to the latter. The radioactive matter can also be dissolved by certain acids. However, it is not destroyed, but reappears on the surface of the dish after the acid has been evaporated. Thus it appears that a film of radioactive matter is deposited upon surfaces with which the emanation comes in contact, and that this active deposit consists of a series of successive disintegration-products of the emanation. A series of changes of this sort has been traced, and the successive disintegration-products, which differ as regards their stability and radioactive character, have been studied. They are known respectively as radium A, radium B, radium C, radium D, radium E, radium F, radium G; thorium A, thorium B, thorium C; and actinium A, actinium B, and actinium C. These disintegration-products behave as solids, being in general volatilized at a white heat They are soluble in strong acids, and separable from one another by electrolysis. Each disintegration-product is spoken of as the parent at the one which it produces, and the first of the series is known as the parent substance. In most of these changes in radioactive bodies rays are emitted; but certain changes (known as rayless changes) unaccompanied by radiation have been recognized. The emission of β-rays and γ-rays appears to be characteristic of the last of the succession of changes to which the radioactive elements are subject, and to result in the appearance of a product more stable than those which have gone before.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Emanation a flowing out from a source, as the universe considered as issuing from the essence of God: the generation of the Son and the procession of the Spirit, as distinct from the origination of created beings: that which issues or proceeds from some source
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  • Malcolm Muggeridge
    “Television was not invented to make human beings vacuous, but is an emanation of their vacuity.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. emanatio,: cf. F. émanation,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. emanāre, -ātume, out from, manāre, to flow.


In literature:

She could feel, beating upon her, the emanating waves of his personality.
"Hilda Lessways" by Arnold Bennett
A charm emanated from them which brought back all hearts to them.
"Doctor Pascal" by Emile Zola
This I believe to be the case with the scheme of emanation in Plotinus.
"Coleridge's Literary Remains, Volume 4." by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Dark hints emanated from him at these times concerning a surprise in store for her at no distant date, hints which were at once explained away in a most unsatisfactory manner when she became too pressing in her inquiries.
"At Sunwich Port, Complete" by W.W. Jacobs
The invitations will be issued ostensibly by me, but they will really emanate from you.
"Phantom Fortune, A Novel" by M. E. Braddon
The worthy Germans, who think everything excellent that does not emanate from themselves, copy this custom most conscientiously.
"A Woman's Journey Round the World" by Ida Pfeiffer
Yet, who could say that harm did not emanate from that bar?
"The Expedition of the Donner Party and its Tragic Fate" by Eliza Poor Donner Houghton
He decided that it was not beauty, in the strictest sense of the word, but a sort of radiance which emanated from her like an aura.
"Bambi" by Marjorie Benton Cooke
Force of character, overmastering personality, emanation of sheer will, she could not say in what terms it should be described.
"Big Timber" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
Antipathy derives its origin from the opposition of spiritual spheres which emanate from subjects, 171.
"The Delights of Wisdom Pertaining to Conjugial Love" by Emanuel Swedenborg

In poetry:

Like a bridegroom the sun
Dons his robe that is spun
Of light,
Which from Thee emanated
Yet in no wise abated
Thy light.
"The Sun" by Shlomo ibn Gabirol
Ye stars! whose faint and feeble fires
Express my languishing desires,
Whose slender beams pervade the skies,
As silent as my secret sighs,
Those emanations of a soul,
That darts her fires beyond the Pole;
"The Secrets Of Divine Love Are To Be Kept" by William Cowper
Therefore, holiday makers, I'd have ye resort
To Newport on the braes o' the Tay for sport,
And inhale the pure air with its sweet perfume,
Emanating from the flowery gardens of Newport and the yellow broom.
"Beautiful Newport on the Braes o' the Silvery Tay" by William Topaz McGonagall
Morningside is lovely and charming to be seen;
The gardens there are rich with flowers and shrubberies green
And sweet scented perfumes fill the air,
Emanating from the sweet flowers and beautiful plants there.
"Beautiful Edinburgh" by William Topaz McGonagall
I'm sure very little good emanates from strong drink,
And many people, alas! it leads to hell's brink!
Some to the scaffold, and some to a pauper's grave,
Whereas if they would abstain from drink, Christ would them save.
"The Funeral of the Late Ex-Provost Rough, Dundee" by William Topaz McGonagall
Hooray, the echo will resound throughout the wide square,
When a sincere drunkard's song emanates from my throat;
Tonight I'll be lapping up a smoky pub's atmosphere,
I'm bloody well going to get sloshed, buzzed and somewhere float.
"The Saturday Night Song" by Julian Tuwim

In news:

If you walk through Old Town Park City you may have encountered a steady but small stream of water emanating from seemingly nowhere.
Voyager 1 has crossed into an area where the velocity of hot ionized gas emanating outward from the Sun has slowed to zero.
The failed stimulus packages, and even the talk emanating from the Occupy Wall Street crowd, tend to revolve around one economist's viewpoint – John Maynard Keynes .
Look at the life emanating from these comic books.
One was the brain-blasting music emanating from his room, the other was the axe with which he greeted the manager at his door when asked to turn it down.
Especially if there's a peculiar smell emanating from them.
33 year old Susanne Eman is from Casa Grande.
There are a million pawnshops in Houston, and most of them emanate an aura of bleakness that makes your whole transaction feel hopeless, whether you're buying or pawning.
Emanating from the Clean Water Act, the NPDES permit program has long been an effective means of regulating point-source pollutants discharged into US waters from public and private industrial and wastewater infrastructure.
You can decide to be a positive person, and can choose how much positive energy you want to emanate.
Lo Scorpione A pair of Heterometrus spinifer basks in the warmth emanating from a Lancia Scorpion 's 1.8-liter twin-cam engine.
This month's Money Shot features a pair of Heterometrus spinifer basking in the warmth emanating from a Lancia Scorpion 's 1.8-liter twin-cam engine.
Like most meteor showers , they get their name from the constellation from which they appear to emanate.
Meteor showers get their names from the constellations from which they appear to emanate.
Those sonorous words did not emanate from The Washington Post's Donald Graham or Arthur Sulzberger Jr of The New York Times, but from William Dean Singleton , one of the most controversial figures in the newspaper world.

In science:

When pro jected on the (Σ+ , Σ− )H plane, the frame transition sets form parallel straight lines, while curvature transition sets form straight lines emanating from one corner of a triangle superscribing the Kasner circle (Figure 5).
New explicit spike solution -- non-local component of the generalized Mixmaster attractor
If we know the weights and the position of the walk at time n, we choose an edge emanating from Xn with probability proportional to its weight.
Transient Random Walks in Random Environment on a Galton-Watson Tree
Second, the HST spectra suggest that stellar wind gas emanating from parts of the photosphere facing the X-ray source attains only a small velocity before becoming photoionized.
Stellar Wind Variations During the X-ray High and Low States of Cygnus X-1
In order to parametrize different bases in spaces of conformal blocks one needs to choose for each vertex p ∈ σ0 a distinguished edge emanating from it.
Nonrational conformal field theory
The term marking will henceforth be used for graphs σ as defined above together with the choice of a distinguished e dge emanating from each vertex.
Nonrational conformal field theory