greenhouse

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj greenhouse of or relating to or caused by the greenhouse effect "greenhouse gases"
    • n greenhouse a building with glass walls and roof; for the cultivation and exhibition of plants under controlled conditions
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Without any greenhouse effect, Earth would be cold and lifeless with an average temperature of 0.4 degrees Fahrenheit.
    • n Greenhouse A house in which tender plants are cultivated and sheltered from the weather.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n greenhouse A building, the roof and one or more sides of which consist of glazed frames, constructed for the purpose of cultivating exotic plants which are too tender to endure the open air during the colder parts of the year. The temperature is generally kept up by means of artificial heat. It differs from a conservatory chiefly in that it is built to receive plants growing in pots and tubs, while those contained in a conservatory, in the proper use of the term, are grown in borders and beds; but in common use the latter name is applied to a greenhouse attached to a dwelling especially for the display of plants.
    • n greenhouse In ceramics, a house in which green or unfired pottery is dried before being submitted to the fire of the kiln.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Greenhouse a building, chiefly covered with glass and artificially heated, for the protection of exotic plants, or to quicken the cultivation of other plants or fruit
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Quotations

  • Jerry Adler
    Jerry Adler
    “It's a morbid observation, but if every one on earth just stopped breathing for an hour, the greenhouse effect would no longer be a problem.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. gréne; Ger. grün, Dut. groen, green, Ice. grænn, allied to grow.

Usage

In literature:

Indeed, they came out into a great open greenhouse, in which the smell of flowers was heavy.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, August 1930" by Various
The tail gunner had his greenhouse blown into his face and is in the hospital.
"A Yankee Flier Over Berlin" by Al Avery
Do not ask for greenhouse plans.
"The Mayflower, January, 1905" by Various
You have sufficient knowledge to keep the greenhouse in order until one is found.
"A Noble Woman" by Ann S. Stephens
The greenhouse ought to be all one mass of green and bloom all round.
"Trading" by Susan Warner
This wasn't Washington's greenhouse, but a brand new one, which looked like a spring bonnet worn with a ten-year old dress.
"Phemie Frost's Experiences" by Ann S. Stephens
One window looked out on the greenhouses, another toward Thorley's Pond.
"The Side Of The Angels" by Basil King
His little garden and greenhouse are playthings lent to him for a time, and soon to be left.
"Hours in a Library" by Leslie Stephen
I have not time to enter into detail of these or her greenhouses.
"Before and after Waterloo" by Edward Stanley
Greenhouses vary as much in style and cost as dwellings.
"Soil Culture" by J. H. Walden
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In poetry:

But those are just two stories
and I have more to tell
from the outhouse, the greenhouse
where you draw me out of hell.
"Cripples And Other Stories" by Anne Sexton
Last night, at sunset,
The foxgloves were like tall altar candles.
Could I have lifted you to the roof of the greenhouse, my Dear,
I should have understood their burning.
"Vespers" by Amy Lowell
Within the greenhouse dim and damp
The heat floats like a cloud.
Pale rose-leaves droop from the rust roof
With rust-edged roses bowed.
As I go in
Out flies the startled wren.
"The Wren" by John Freeman

In news:

"Natural gas" is mostly methane (CH4), a relatively potent greenhouse gas.
Lower Makefield Supervisors grant land development approval for greenhouse.
One of the problems with debating the cap-and-trade approach to greenhouse-gas emissions is that few people understand its complications.
NASA Unmanned Aircraft Measures Low Altitude Greenhouse Gases.
Luther Burbank 's greenhouse is an icon of Santa Rosa, but the famed horticulturalist actually did most of his ground-breaking work at another site—his 18 acre Goldridge Farm in Sebastopol.
John Gallagher pinches a pod from the long-stemmed plant in the greenhouse next to his office, cracks it open and pops the BB-sized seeds into his mouth.
AmeriCorps volunteers built new benches for this old greenhouse, which had fallen into disrepair.
Beginning Friday and Saturday, Oct 12-13, The Greenhouse of Teays Valley presents "The Murdered Mistress".
Powdery mildew diseases cause serious damage to many floral and ornamental crops in nurseries, greenhouses and landscapes both outdoors and indoors.
Students from the Powell Township School District tried their hand at gardening Wednesday at the Hiawatha National Forest's greenhouse in Marquette.
Kevin Wildermuth, Greenhouse Tavern, Cleveland.
Pending auctions of greenhouse-gas permits will benefit only California's government.
Finally I have discovered a valid reason to support electric cars, and it's not to reduce greenhouse gases.
(Over the course of their life cycle, the EPA found, palm-oil fuels emitted 11 to 17 percent less greenhouse gases than regular gasoline.).
Aquatic art colony — with greenhouse — to set sail in May.
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In science:

So far, we have considered only the strict case of a runaway greenhouse.
The Runaway Greenhouse: implications for future climate change, geoengineering and planetary atmospheres
However, there exists an intermediate atmospheric state, the so called “moist greenhouse” (Kasting, 1988) in which water vapour is a ma jor constituent of the troposphere and the stratosphere becomes moist (figure 3).
The Runaway Greenhouse: implications for future climate change, geoengineering and planetary atmospheres
In principle, a moist greenhouse is a stable climate—just one much hotter than today.
The Runaway Greenhouse: implications for future climate change, geoengineering and planetary atmospheres
A moist greenhouse would also increase climate sensitivity.
The Runaway Greenhouse: implications for future climate change, geoengineering and planetary atmospheres
Getting to a moist greenhouse simply requires warming, not exceeding radiation limits: more greenhouse gases could certainly get us there.
The Runaway Greenhouse: implications for future climate change, geoengineering and planetary atmospheres
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