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Libra

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Libra the seventh sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about September 23 to October 22
    • n Libra a small faint zodiacal constellation in the southern hemisphere; between Virgo and Scorpius
    • n Libra (astrology) a person who is born while the sun is in Libra
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Libra lī"brȧ (Astron) The Balance; the seventh sign in the zodiac, which the sun enters at the autumnal equinox in September, marked thus ♎ in almanacs, etc.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Libra [capitalized] An ancient zodiacal constellation, representing an ordinary pair of scales. This constellation was not commonly used among the Greeks, its place being occupied by the Chelæ, or Scorpion's Claws. It is found, however, in all the Egyptian zodiacs, going back to 600 b. c.; but there is reason to believe that it is not as old as the rest of the zodiac (that is, 2,000 years or more b. c.). Its principal stars, Kiffa borealis and Kiffa australis, 2.7 and 3.0 magnitude respectively, are at the base of an isosceles triangle of which Antares forms the vertex.
    • n Libra [capitalized] The seventh sign of the zodiac, represented by the character #214, which shows the scale-beam.
    • n Libra An Italian or Spanish pound. The Roman pound was 327 grams or 5,046 grains troy, and the Italian light-weight pounds seem to be derived from it, their heavy weights having another origin, as is shown in the following table:
    • n Libra All these statements are taken from the work of the Russian Commission, and differ in some cases from Italian official figures. The Castilian libra was 7,101 grains; that of Portugal was 7,083.3 grains.
    • n Libra A money of account at Alicante in Spain; the peso, worth 10 reals.
    • n Libra A new gold coin of Peru, struck under a decree of January 10, 1898, and of the same standard and weight as the pound sterling.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Libra lī′bra the balance, the seventh sign of the zodiac.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., a balance
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.

Usage

In literature:

They ask one hundred ducats for a pico of quicksilver, the equivalent of one hundred and thirty Castilian libras.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898, Volume VIII (of 55), 1591-1593" by Emma Helen Blair
Plutarch has translated the Latin word Librae by the Greek Litrae.
"Plutarch's Lives, Volume II" by Aubrey Stewart & George Long
Four catapults, two discharging stone balls of twenty-five libras, and the other two of thirteen libras, new casting of Manila.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898: Volume XIV., 1606-1609" by Various
Quid Versus trutina, meos iniqua Libras?
"The Lives of the Most Famous English Poets (1687)" by William Winstanley
An eighteen-libra ball entered one of the ports, struck the tabernacle of the image, and knocked it into a thousand splinters.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898" by Emma Helen Blair
It lies just under the Serpent Bearer, between Sagittarius and Libra.
"A Field Book of the Stars" by William Tyler Olcott
Libra, Scorpio, and Sagittarius.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Libra is the house of Venus.
"Myths and Marvels of Astronomy" by Richard A. Proctor
Tamar, were the Virgin like thee, never would the sun Pass out of Virgo to shine in Libra.
"Jewish Literature and Other Essays" by Gustav Karpeles
A pico of one hundred cates is equivalent to five arrobas, twelve and one-half libras, in the new arrangement.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898 - Volume 40 of 55" by Francisco Colin
Nay, his complexion shows that Venus touches Libra.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 7" by Various
The ships were twelve in number; our flags were the twelve celestial signs, and we sate in Libra.
"Mysteries of the Rosie Cross" by Anonymous
Libra, description and mythology of, 52.
"Astronomy with an Opera-glass" by Garrett Putman Serviss
The Libra qualities assigned to those born in October were all his.
"Edgar Saltus: The Man" by Marie Saltus
The scales of Libra shall hang obliquely, till Aries puts his crooked horns under them.
"Old English Chronicles" by Various
Thursday, Libra 6 deg.
"Scientific American, Vol. XXXIX.--No. 24. [New Series.], December 14, 1878" by Various
Et est summa dictarum acrarum in valore denariorum 9 librae 12 solidi.
"Villainage in England" by Paul Vinogradoff
Libra, the Balance, is one of the "signs" of the Zodiac, but originally formed the claws of the Scorpion.
"Astronomical Curiosities" by J. Ellard Gore
The Sunne being in {Leo, Virgo, Libra} no current.
"The Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques, and Discoveries of the English Nation, Volume XIV (of 16)" by Richard Hakluyt
Quadraginta libras argenti in grossis et iiij^xx.
"The Paston Letters, Volume IV (of 6)"
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In poetry:

Do you now ask at what I aim ?
From these I seek to know the name
Of that twelfth portion of the year
When Sol in Libra doth appear.
"Enigma XXXVII." by Elizabeth Hitchener

In news:

We are in Libra now, the sign of creating Right Relations with our world and all we encounter.
Libra is also the sign of balance.
In Libra, we make a serious, spiritual life choice.
Libras have a reputation for being pleasure-oriented and lazy.
To that end, a consumable item will appeal perfectly to a Libra 's relaxed sensibilities.
I encourage you to be inspired by his efforts, Libra .
Mass of Christian Burial for Martha M Libra, 87, of Glencoe was held Wednesday, Dec 29, from the Church of St Pius X in Glencoe, with the Rev.
Libra died on Sunday, Dec 26, 1999.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY 2 BEAUTIFUL LIBRA 'S Click to enlarge.
Libra says it regrets any offence the advertisement caused.
Bradley Sabin and Libra LaGrone work in the art world, but when the two friends decided to purchase, raise and completely renovate a double shotgun in Mid-City after Hurricane Katrina, they also became entrepreneurial homebuilders.
This is one of the best years for Libras like Gwyneth, with Jupiter in their houses of fame, luck and romance.
JUEGOS-Figuras ceremonia cobran una libra pero suben popularidad.
Saturn in Libra By Risa D'Angeles.
The "Light Skin Libra Birthday Bash" which was to take place at Detroit's Club APT on Woodward Avenue was the brainchild of a Detroit DJ and party promoter.
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In science:

Nodes are colored according to their assignment to domain categories in Microsoft Academic Search7 (Libra).
Development of Computer Science Disciplines - A Social Network Analysis Approach
The annual modulation data of DAMA/LIBRA was given not only in two bins but in 36, thus a raster scan was not justified and using all data bins the conclusions on light WIMPs change somewhat (see e.g.
Direct Dark Matter Searches: Fits to WIMP Candidates
However, dynamical models realizing a much smaller splitting of O(10) MeV could in principle account for the DAMA/LIBRA signal, along the lines of .
iTIMP: isotriplet Technicolor Interacting Massive Particle as Dark Matter
The DAMA/LIBRA collaboration has been taking a different - in this respect more favourable - route by looking for a characteristic WIMP signature, an annular modulation using a much larger target mass than other direct dark matter experiments.
Solar and Atmospheric Neutrinos: Background Sources for the Direct Dark Matter Searches
The DAMA/LIBRA collaboration observes a modulation with the same phase as the expected modulation of the WIMP intensity.
Solar and Atmospheric Neutrinos: Background Sources for the Direct Dark Matter Searches
In addition, and even more important, the phase of the expected modulation of the solar neutrino flux, due to the elliptic orbit of the earth around the sun, is shifted by about half a year compared to the modulation observed by DAMA/LIBRA.
Solar and Atmospheric Neutrinos: Background Sources for the Direct Dark Matter Searches
The light WIMP with large cross section is also favored in the recent DAMA/LIBRA annual modulation signal .
Light neutralino dark matter in light Higgs scenario related with the CoGeNT and DAMA/LIBRA results
The only other direct detection experiment to report the observation of an annual modulation in their event rate is DAMA/LIBRA.
Implications of CoGeNT's New Results For Dark Matter
In particular, the DAMA/LIBRA collaboration reports a high significance (8.9σ) detection of annual modulation with a phase and period consistent with elastically scattering dark matter .
Implications of CoGeNT's New Results For Dark Matter
The spectrum of the signals reported by DAMA/LIBRA and CoGeNT each point toward a similar range of dark matter parameter space .
Implications of CoGeNT's New Results For Dark Matter
The COUPP collaboration has very recently begun operation of their 4 kg chamber at SNOLAB (3.3 kg fiducial). A dark matter particle near the center of the region preferred by CoGeNT and DAMA/LIBRA is predicted to generate ∼0.7 events at COUPP per day, when running with a recoil energy threshold of ∼7 keV.
Implications of CoGeNT's New Results For Dark Matter
If the true phase peaks in early May, this would represent a modulation consistent with that reported by the DAMA/LIBRA collaboration .
Implications of CoGeNT's New Results For Dark Matter
Nygren, “A testable conventional hypothesis for the DAMA – LIBRA annual modulation,” private communication. 14. M.
Recent results on the low mass dark matter WIMP controversy: 2011
We discuss the scenario of light neutralino dark matter in the minimal supersymmetric standard model, which is motivated by the results of some of the direct detection experiments — DAMA/LIBRA, CoGeNT, and CRESST.
Light neutralino in the MSSM: An update with the latest LHC results
The DAMA/LIBRA and CoGeNT collaborations show an annual modulation of signal events, which can be interpreted as the change of the relative velocity of the detectors against the DM halo.
Light neutralino in the MSSM: An update with the latest LHC results
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