• WordNet 3.6
    • n relict geological feature that is a remnant of a pre-existing formation after other parts have disappeared
    • n relict an organism or species surviving as a remnant of an otherwise extinct flora or fauna in an environment much changed from that in which it originated
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Relict A woman whose husband is dead; a widow. "Eli dying without issue, Jacob was obliged by law to marry his relict , and so to raise up seed to his brother Eli."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n relict One who is left or who remains: a survivor.
    • n relict Specifically, a widower or widow, especially a widow.
    • n relict A thing left behind; a relic.
    • relict Left; remaining; surviving.
    • relict To leave.
    • relict In phytogeography, persisting in a limited area only: said of an endemic plant which at an earlier period had a much wider range.
    • relict In physical geography, left as a result of erosion; residual: said of mountains the form of which is due to the erosion of neigh boring valleys, as mountains of circumdenudation, and especially isolated residual mountains or monadnocks.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Relict rel′ikt a woman surviving her husband, a widow.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. relicta, fr. of relictus, p. p. of relinquere, to leave behind. See Relinquish
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. relictarelinquĕre.


In literature:

Relict (widow) = vidvino.
"English-Esperanto Dictionary" by John Charles O'Connor and Charles Frederic Hayes
She's the relict of the late senior warden.
"August First" by Mary Raymond Shipman Andrews and Roy Irving Murray
Then began the partition of these disconsolate relicts among the royal family.
"Captain Canot" by Brantz Mayer
One of our Relicts prided herself upon her English, and criticised ours.
"Lippincott's Magazine, November 1885" by Various
I'm Belinda Dodd, relict of Benjamin Dodd, deceased.
"At the Sign of the Jack O'Lantern" by Myrtle Reed
This was the last that was ever seen of the unfortunate relict.
"Graham's Magazine Vol XXXII No. 1 January 1848" by Various
Death seemed entirely to have forgotten the relict of the original William.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine -- Volume 57, No. 351, January 1845" by Various
What a jointure-house it would be for a relict!
"Recreations of Christopher North, Volume I (of 2)" by John Wilson
Elizabeth, relict of Jervis, married third a Mr. Mole.
"History of the Colony and Ancient Dominion of Virginia" by Charles Campbell
In 1517 was born my sister Anne, the relict of Peter Frubos, Burgomaster of Greifswald.
"Pictures of German Life in the XVth XVIth and XVIIth Centuries, Vol. I." by Gustav Freytag

In poetry:

Delightful widows, dressed in black,
Complain with modest sighs they lack
That coveted expression,
That sort of Indian Summer air
Which "relicts" always ought to wear
By general concession;
"All the Rage" by Hattie Howard

In news:

270,000 to be spent on Relict Leopard Frogs in Southern Nevada.
"Sagebrush Rebellion, Home Rule, Wise-Use Movement, Ranchers, water, cattle, Jim Nelson, overgrazing, " Fish: cutthroat trout, dace, relict dace.

In science:

It’s density is compared on the order of value with the one of relict photons and can be estimated as σT 4/kT = σT 3/k , where σ is the StephanBoltzman constant.
Macroscopic Einstein equations for a system of interacting particles and their cosmological applications
Again a block resembling the Vandermonde determinant appears and is again a relict of the former zero modes.
Mixing of orthogonal and skew-orthogonal polynomials and its relation to Wilson RMT
The resulting attractor relict network may show ongoing autonomous latching dynamics.
Generating functionals for autonomous latching dynamics in attractor relict networks
We propose to use two generating functionals for the construction of attractor relict networks.
Generating functionals for autonomous latching dynamics in attractor relict networks
The resulting dynamical network is an attractor relict network and the dynamics involves sequences of continuously latching transient states.
Generating functionals for autonomous latching dynamics in attractor relict networks