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boomerang

Definitions

  • Hunting With the Boomerang and Fishing With The Double Harpoon in a Marsh Or Pool
    Hunting With the Boomerang and Fishing With The Double Harpoon in a Marsh Or Pool
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v boomerang return to the initial position from where it came; like a boomerang
    • n boomerang a miscalculation that recoils on its maker
    • n boomerang a curved piece of wood; when properly thrown will return to thrower
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Boomerang A very singular missile weapon used by the natives of Australia and in some parts of India. It is usually a curved stick of hard wood, from twenty to thirty inches in length, from two to three inches wide, and half or three quarters of an inch thick. When thrown from the hand with a quick rotary motion, it describes very remarkable curves, according to the shape of the instrument and the manner of throwing it, often moving nearly horizontally a long distance, then curving upward to a considerable height, and finally taking a retrograde direction, so as to fall near the place from which it was thrown, or even far in the rear of it.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n boomerang A missile weapon of war and the chase, used by the aborigines of Australia, consisting of a rather flat piece of hard wood bent or curved in its own plane, and from 16 inches to 2 feet long. Generally, but not always, it is flatter on one side than on the other. In some cases the curve from end to end is nearly an arc of a circle, in others it is rather an obtuse angle than a curve, and in a few examples there is a slight reverse curve toward each end. In the hands of a skilful thrower the boomerang can be projected to great distances, and can be made to ricochet almost at will; it can be thrown in a curved path, somewhat as a bowl can be “screwed” or “twisted,” and it can be made to return to the thrower, and strike the ground behind him. It is capable of inflicting serious wounds.
    • n boomerang Hence Figuratively, any plan, measure, or project the consequences of which recoil upon the projector, and are therefore the opposite of those intended or expected.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Boomerang bōōm′e-rang a hard-wood missile used by the natives of Australia, shaped like the segment of a circle, and so balanced that when thrown to a distance it returns towards the thrower.
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Quotations

  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Hatred is a boomerang which is sure to hit you harder than the one at whom you throw it.”
  • Florence Scovel Shinn
    Florence Scovel Shinn
    “The game of life is a game of boomerangs. Our thoughts, deeds and words return to us sooner or later with astounding accuracy.”
  • Grant M. Bright
    Grant M. Bright
    “You REAP what You SOW: Life is like a boomerang. Our thoughts, deeds and words return to us sooner or later, with astounding accuracy.”
  • Kirchenbaum
    Kirchenbaum
    “What do you call a boomerang that doesn't work? A stick!”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Australian.

Usage

In literature:

They saw Australian blacks clad with shields, long spears, and boomerangs, and nothing else.
"From Pole to Pole" by Sven Anders Hedin
Pu'tc-ko-hu Boomerang hunting stick.
"Eighth Annual Report" by Various
The "martyring," boomerang that it had proved, was over.
"The Madigans" by Miriam Michelson
He had discovered the divine boomerang; his sin had found him out.
"Eugenics and Other Evils" by G. K. Chesterton
Oh, I don't believe in your boomerang pasts!
"Representative Plays by American Dramatists: 1856-1911: The Moth and the Flame" by Clyde Fitch
This was the famous "boomerang," so effective a weapon in the hands of the natives, so useless in that of Europeans.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
And now the boomerang against which she was defending herself struck her from a most unexpected angle.
"The Loyalist" by James Francis Barrett
Either a club such as savages use or something to throw like a boomerang.
"Simon" by J. Storer Clouston
It's bound to be a boomerang.
"Baseball Joe Around the World" by Lester Chadwick
Stelton was the one man of the whole Bar T outfit who had suffered from the boomerang of his evil plans.
"The Free Range" by Francis William Sullivan
They were fine-looking men, but easily frightened, and only carried as a means of defence a shield and a large kind of boomerang.
"The Red True Story Book" by Various
The overmuch is indeed a boomerang.
"A Romantic Young Lady" by Robert Grant
He sends never an arrow, but a boomerang.
"The History of Dartmouth College" by Baxter Perry Smith
He jumped to one side and hurled a boomerang.
"In the Musgrave Ranges" by Jim Bushman
It's name is 'Henry of Navarre,' but we sees at once that sech'll never do, an' re-christens him 'Boomerang Bob.
"Faro Nell and Her Friends" by Alfred Henry Lewis
But what if like a boomerang, it fly Back to my hand, or, worse, into mine eye?
"Punch or the London Charivari, Vol. 93, September 3, 1887" by Various
And the first thing you know, the name that "Rus" has branded his team-mates with, comes back on him like a boomerang.
"Interference and Other Football Stories" by Harold M. Sherman
It will be garbled and twisted into all manner of shapes, and it will come boomeranging back at her from every quarter of the town.
"The Dominant Strain" by Anna Chapin Ray
Then we drove up to the cricket-ground to see them throw their boomerangs or kylies, which they did very cleverly.
"The Last Voyage" by Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
He fell, twisting like a boomerang.
"An Aviator's Field Book" by Oswald Bölcke
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In poetry:

He shelved me for a boomerang—
We never had a quarrel;
And, if a moral here doth hang,
Why let it hang—the moral!
"Peter the Piccaninny" by Henry Kendall
The wallaroos grope through the tufts of the grass,
And turn to their coverts for fear;
But he sits in the ashes and lets them pass
Where the boomerangs sleep with the spear -
With the nullah, the sling and the spear.
"The Last Of His Tribe" by Henry Kendall
But, if you study recent history, you'll note King Bill
Was most forlonly out of it; for they are at it still.
The daily fight for fatted grubs excites the same old gang;
And debate is mainly waddy, and division boomerang.
"In The First Elective Ministry" by C J Dennis
"I don't see 'er no more; 'cos I stopped one.
But, 'fore I sails, I gits a billy doo
Which sez, "Give my love to the dear ole Sun,
An' take an exile's blessin' 'ome with you.
An' if you 'ave some boomerangs to spare, Save me a pair.
"A Digger's Tale" by C J Dennis
"I thinks reel 'ard; an' then I lets it go.
I tell 'er, out at Richmond, on me Run --
A little place uv ten square mile or so --
I'm breedin' boomerangs; which is reel fun,
When I ain't troubled by the wild Jonops That eats me crops.
"A Digger's Tale" by C J Dennis
For the style of Party Government, in vogue about that time,
Was inclined to lead to discord -- not to mention down-right crime.
For boomerangs and waddies were used freely in debate;
And, as a rule, ex-Ministers were spoken of as "late."
"In The First Elective Ministry" by C J Dennis

In news:

Boomerang Generation Data Is Wrong.
" Boomerang Kids, Anxious Parents, and the Private Toll of Global Competition" (Encore presentation.).
The boomerang business is booming.
" Boomerang Kids, Anxious Parents, and the Private Toll of Global Competition".
' Boomerang ' kids and insurance: ensuring many happy returns.
I'm Not Seeing a Boomerang .
Our 20-somethings are referred to as the Boomerang Generation, noted for their failure to launch.
Review of Michael Lewis's ' Boomerang : Travels in the New Third World.
Boomerang, By Michael Lewis.
Boomerang Kids, Anxious Parents, and the Private Toll of Global Competition.
After a three-year licensing dispute over the Shoney's Inn brand name, Boomerang Hotels was given permission by the Tennessee appellate courts to go ahead with a relaunch of the iconic hotel brand.
Nearly 1 in 7 parents with grown children had a " boomerang kid" move back home last year, according to a new Pew Research Center report.
One in 7 parents of adult child have had a " boomerang " child return to the home last year.
" Boomerang " Bandit Targets Arizona Banks.
The " Boomerang " Bandit now has a new name: "Chameleon" Bandit.
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In science:

In the meantime new Boomerang results have branded this problem as a non-existent one.
Report to Anaximander: A Dialogue on the Origin of the Cosmos in the Cradle of Western Civilization
There have been some tantalizing indications from the recently completed 2dF survey for an interesting feature at the interesting scale of around 100h−1Mpc, a feature that has also been claimed to be observable in the APM power spectrum and as well in the new CMB Boomerang and Maxima data at k ≈ 0.06 − 0.6.
Report to Anaximander: A Dialogue on the Origin of the Cosmos in the Cradle of Western Civilization
The SNe Ia results very nearly constrain Ωv − Ωm, whereas the results of CMB anisotropies (from the Boomerang 98 data) favor a flat model with Ωv + Ωm ≃ 1.
TASI Lectures on Dark Matter
One could then ’see’ the dark matter everywhere! Cosmic shear data are optimized when they are used together with other surveys, like Boomerang, CBI, DASI, WMAP of Planck CMB experiments, SNIa surveys, or galaxy surveys (2dF, SDSS).
Gravitational Lensing by Large Scale Structures: A Review
The BOOMERanG (Balloon Observations Of Millimetre Extragalactic Radiation and Geomagnetics; see Figure 9) experiment used a 1.2 m microwave telescope carried to an altitude of 38 km by balloon launched from the US coastal station McMurdo by a US/Italian team.
The History of Astrophysics in Antarctica
Figure 3: Cross power spectrum of the temperature anisotropies and E-mode polarization signal from WMAP, together with estimates from DASI and BOOMERANG which extend to higher ℓ.
Cosmic Microwave Background Mini-Review
Note that the BOOMERANG bands are wider in ℓ than those of WMAP, while those of DASI are almost as wide as the features in the power spectrum.
Cosmic Microwave Background Mini-Review
Other combinations of data, e.g. including BOOMERANG and other newer CMB measurements, or improved large-scale structure data, lead to consistent results, sometimes with smaller error bars, and with the precise values depending on data selection .
Cosmic Microwave Background Mini-Review
Measures of CMB polarization using uncoherent detectors (namely, bolometers) have been delivered by BOOMERanG 03, a balloon borne experiment featuring a new generation of bolometers dubbed PSB (Polarization Sensitive Bolometers,), flown in 2003 from the McMurdo Antarctic base.
The CMB polarization: status and prospects
However, very little room is left for improvement in single detector technology: bolometers used in modern CMB missions (such as BOOMERanG and Planck HFI) are already photon noise limited, while coherent detectors (e.g., HEMT based radiometers) are not expected to improve significantly in the near future.
The CMB polarization: status and prospects
For instance, BOOMERanG 03 had to correct for noise correlated among different detectors, while WMAP has encountered problems related to gain variations .
The CMB polarization: status and prospects
Bal loon borne experiments— The data analysis from BOOMERanG is still ongoing and the balloon could in principle be flown again.
The CMB polarization: status and prospects
Shown are results from first-year WMAP data, threeyear WMAP data, and WMAP data combined with the bolometric experiments ACBAR and Boomerang.
The Cosmic Microwave Background for Pedestrians: A Review for Particle and Nuclear Physicists
In particular, the unambiguous detection of the position of the first peak by diffe rent experiments (Boomerang, MAXIMA ) determined that the geometry of the universe is close to flat.
An overview of the current status of CMB observations
Piacentini, F., et al.: A Measurement of the Polarization-Temperature Angular Cross-Power Spectrum of the Cosmic Microwave Background from the 2003 Flight of BOOMERANG.
An overview of the current status of CMB observations
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