• WordNet 3.6
    • n pretzel glazed and salted cracker typically in the shape of a loose knot
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Milton Bradley originally wanted to name the game Twister, Pretzel; but he could not since the name was copyrighted
    • n Pretzel A kind of German biscuit or cake in the form of a twisted ring, salted on the outside.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Pretzels were originally invented for Christian Lent. The twists of the pretzels are to resemble arms crossed in prayer
    • n pretzel A small brittle biscuit, usually baked in the form of a knot, and salted on the outside; a cracknel.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Pretzel snacks have been around for over 1300 years. A European monk invented the snack using used leftover bread dough
    • n Pretzel pret′sel a brittle biscuit, cracknel.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
G. pretzel, bretzel,. Cf. Bretzel
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ger.,—Old High Ger. brizilla, prezitella—Low L. bracellus, also braciolum, a kind of cake.


In literature:

Then I saw that the curled pretzel, lying there on the floor, was very like a little coiled-up snake.
"The Damnation of Theron Ware" by Harold Frederic
I landed on it last night; it's twisted like a pretzel.
"Where There's A Will" by Mary Roberts Rinehart
Stewart, lowering a window, bought from a boy on the platform beer and sausages and a bag of pretzels.
"The Street of Seven Stars" by Mary Roberts Rinehart
When the time comes for the banquet, usher the guests with due ceremony to a repast of beer and pretzels.
"My Memories of Eighty Years" by Chauncey M. Depew
It's dollars to pretzels that the grip germ is the brainiest little bug that was ever chased by a doctor.
"You Should Worry Says John Henry" by George V. Hobart
He was gettin' himself as twisted as a pretzel, when Old Hickory breaks in.
"Torchy" by Sewell Ford
Oftentimes a salted pretzel is just the thing, or a salted wafer will greatly help.
"The Mother and Her Child" by William S. Sadler
So if you ever happen to accidentally get mad at me you'll tie me right up into a pretzel?
"Subspace Survivors" by E. E. Smith
I invented an explosive pretzel that would win the war.
"The House of Torchy" by Sewell Ford
Dewforth's foot caught in this chain as he stepped over it, and it shattered like a chain of stale pretzels.
"In the Control Tower" by Will Mohler

In news:

In a large bowl, combine pretzels and sugar.
Pretzel Chips Kills Anorexia Ads.
Recent news and coverage of Pretzel Chips.
A Taste Of Philly Pretzel Bakery.
Philly Pretzel Factory 'tentatively' expected to open in Hackettstown in mid-November.
Place pretzels on baking sheet lined with wax paper.
Kaneland High School boys cross country snacked on their competitors at the Pretzel Invite on Saturday.
Jean Pretzel Moder Kiesow 88, passed away Aug 11, 2012.
Using glue guns and pretzels , the builders of the four best models will compete against each other to build a replica of the theme park's Verbolten ride.
There are lots of ways to enjoy pretzels , I like them dipped into a fresh, ripe avocado.
(If you used salted pretzels , you may not need to season at all.
) In a small saucepan, heat the milk almost to boiling and pour it over the cubed pretzels .
Go here to get a coupon from Chili's for a free pretzel sticks order or sweet potato fries.
But a " pretzel bun".
Obviously, outside of Halloween, you can make regular soft pretzels with this recipe.

In science:

Solid pretzel can be obtained, for instance, by gluing two solid tori of subsection 10.2 over one boundary triangle.
A simple topological quantum field theory for manifolds with triangulated boundary
Thus, the state sum for the solid pretzel is just the product of two state sums for tori — (66) without the factor 1/2, with the three Grassmann variables at the edges forming the boundary of the mentioned triangle identified.
A simple topological quantum field theory for manifolds with triangulated boundary
Goppa code decoding algorithms, say from Pretzel’s book .
Error Correcting Codes on Algebraic Surfaces
Very recently Hyung-Jong Song has observed that the 1-surgery of the (−3, 3, 3)pretzel knot is a Seifert fibered surgery, but does not arise from the primitive/Seifertfibered construction.
Seifert fibered surgeries which do not arise from primitive/Seifert-fibered constructions
Mattman; The Culler-Shalen seminorms of pretzel knots, Ph.D. thesis, McGill University, Montr´eal, 2000. K.
Seifert fibered surgeries which do not arise from primitive/Seifert-fibered constructions