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sable

Definitions

  • Brushes.—Red Sable, Round
    Brushes.—Red Sable, Round
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj sable of a dark somewhat brownish black
    • n sable marten of northern Asian forests having luxuriant dark brown fur
    • n sable a scarf (or trimming) made of sable
    • n sable an artist's brush made of sable hairs
    • n sable a very dark black
    • n sable the expensive dark brown fur of the marten
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Brushes.—Red Sable Brushes.—Red Sable
Brushes.—Red Sable, Flat Brushes.—Red Sable, Flat

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Sable (Zoöl) A carnivorous animal of the Weasel family (Mustela zibellina) native of the northern latitudes of Europe, Asia, and America, -- noted for its fine, soft, and valuable fur.
    • Sable A mourning garment; a funeral robe; -- generally in the plural. "Sables wove by destiny."
    • a Sable Of the color of the sable's fur; dark; black; -- used chiefly in poetry. "Night, sable goddess! from her ebon throne,
      In rayless majesty, now stretches forth
      Her leaden scepter o'er a slumbering world."
    • Sable The fur of the sable.
    • Sable (Her) The tincture black; -- represented by vertical and horizontal lines crossing each other.
    • v. t Sable To render sable or dark; to drape darkly or in black. "Sabled all in black the shady sky."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sable A digitigrade carnivorous quadruped, Mustela zibellina, of the family Mustelidæ and subfamily Mustelinæ, closely related to the martens. It inhabits arctic and subarctic regions of the Old World, especially Russia and Siberia, having a copious lustrous pelage, of a dark-brown or blackish color, yielding one of the most highly prized of pelts. The animal is about 18 inches long, with a full bushy tail nearly a foot long; the limbs are short and stout, with small paws. The nose is sharp, and the ears are pricked. There are three kinds of hairs in the pelage—a short soft dense under-fur, a second set of longer hairs, kinky like the first but coming to the surface, and fewer longer glistening hairs, bristly to the very roots. The pursuit of the sable forms an important industry in Siberia. The pelt is in the best order in winter. The darkest furs are the most valuable. None are dead-black, nor is the animal ever uniformly dark-colored, the head being quite gray or even whitish, and there is usually a large tawny space on the throat, which color may be found also in blotches over much of the under surface. Some other martens, resembling the true sable, receive the same name. Thus, the American marten, M. americana, is a sable hardly distinguishable from that of Siberia, except in some technical dental characters. Its fur is very valuable, though usually not so dark as that of the Siberian sable. M. melanopus of Japan is a kind of sable. See also cut under marten.
    • n sable The dressed pelt or fur of the sable.
    • n sable The color black in a general sense, and especially as the color of mourning: so called with reference to the general dark color of the fur of the sable as compared with other furs, or from its being dyed black as sealskin is dyed.
    • n sable A black cloth or covering of any kind; mourning-garments in general; a suit of black: often in the plural.
    • n sable A fine paint-brush or pencil made of hair from the tail of the sable.
    • n sable In heraldry, black; one of the tinctures, represented when the colors are not given, as in engraving, by a close network of vertical and horizontal lines. Abbreviated S., sa. See also cut under pall.
    • n sable A British collectors' name of certain pyralid moths. Botys nigrata is the wavy-barred sable, and B, lingulata is the silver-barred sable.
    • sable Made of sable: as, a sable muff or tippet.
    • sable Of the color of a sable; dark-brown; blackish.
    • sable Black, especially as applied to mourning, or as an attribute.
    • sable To make like sable in color; darken; blacken; hence, figuratively, to make sad or dismal; sadden.
    • n sable A Spanish name of the cutlas-fish.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Sable sā′bl a Siberian species of Marten, with lustrous dark-brown or blackish fur: its fur: a fine paint-brush made of sable: the colour black:
    • adj Sable of the colour of the sable's fur: blackish, dark-brown: made of the fur of the sable
    • v.t Sable to sadden
    • n Sable sā′bl (pl.) black clothes, mourning clothes
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. sable, F. zibeline, sable (in sense 4), LL. sabellum,; cf. D. sabel, Dan. sabel, zobel, Sw. sabel, sobel, G. zobel,; all fr. Russ. sóbole,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. sable—Russ. sabolĭ.

Usage

In literature:

Standing before the long mirror, Laura looked with a frown at the sable coat, which gave her, as Gerty had said, the air of a tragic actress.
"The Wheel of Life" by Ellen Anderson Gholson Glasgow
Tea-set and sable coat missing.
"The Burglar and the Blizzard" by Alice Duer Miller
There is, beside, the 'link-man', a lank, dark-faced, black-haired man, in a sable suit, with a link or torch in his hand.
"Uncle Silas" by J. S. LeFanu
His sister, Mrs. Gerard, stood there in carriage gown and sables, radiant with surprise.
"The Younger Set" by Robert W. Chambers
The Labrador marten, or "sable," is a sub-species, generally distributed in the forested parts, like the weasel.
"Animal Sanctuaries in Labrador" by William Wood
The pines stand in black platoons upon the hillsides, with a tinge of red or orange on their sable.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece" by John Addington Symonds
Along the North Shore and from Yarmouth to Cape Sable, over a hard bottom, cod abound.
"Fishing Grounds of the Gulf of Maine" by Walter H. Rich
But, for from one woe springs a second, I behold thee having thy head shorn of its locks, and these sable garments; alas me!
"The Tragedies of Euripides, Volume I." by Euripides
At length the sable covering had spread itself over the earth.
"The Fugitive Blacksmith" by James W. C. Pennington
As a token that thou wilt forget it, accept this cloak of sable.
"Young Folks Treasury, Volume 2 (of 12)" by Various
He was clad in a gown of black silk, covering an inner vest of sables.
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 1 (of 2)" by John Roby
In the course of that afternoon, a very well-dressed woman, in the deepest of sables, was seen going down the road to the farm.
"Gladys, the Reaper" by Anne Beale
At the same time I had a present from his daughter of a handsome sable muff.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume 17" by Robert Kerr
On that occasion thou wilt have a sight of him, clad in a sable deerskin, and wearing his hair in the form of a matted mass.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
Sable as the black clouds, thy face is beautiful as that of Sankarshana.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2"
I suppose it is well enough known, that the fur of sables is not black.
"Notes to Shakespeare, Volume III: The Tragedies" by Samuel Johnson
His horse was a white one, and his comrade's was Sable Satan, and to the latter he ran.
"Beadle's Boy's Library of Sport, Story and Adventure, Vol. I, No. 1." by Prentiss Ingraham
Where he had been king of his own domain he became a sort of gentleman footman, carrying her sables and her satchels.
"The Gay Cockade" by Temple Bailey
He seemed to hear the sable angel's wing-beats over the house.
"Poor Man's Rock" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
You mis'sable, lyin' 'whelp o' Satan!
"The Skipper and the Skipped" by Holman Day
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In poetry:

Broke! Broke! Broken!
Your stubborn will is broken
You will dance no more on the sable floor,
O Lilly Willy Woken!
"Lilly-Willy-Woken" by Henry Clay Work
When the great sower, Night,
Lets down his sable bars,
He goes into his endless fields
To plant his seed, the stars.
"In The Meadows Of The Sky" by Charles Hanson Towne
Touch'd at her tears that streaming flow
(Just tribute to the good and brave)
Britannia, wrapt in sable woe,
Bend o'er her Abercromby's grave.
"On The Death Of Lieut. Gen. Sir Ralph Abercromby. Killed At The Battle Of Alexandria, In Egypt, Marc" by Hector MacNeill
O! then how pale the BARON grew,
His eyes wide staring fearful!
While o'er the Virgin's image fair
A sable veil was borne on air
Shading her dim eyes, tearful.
"Golfre, Gothic Swiss Tale" by Mary Darby Robinson
Where rocks with sable brows o'erhang the main,
And foaming surges lave the slimy shore,
Where echo screams the lengthen'd sound again,
Where o'er the heath the winds unfetter'd roar.
"Meditation" by Charlotte Dacre
"Why, cruel WHITE-MAN! when away
"My sable Love was torn,
"Why did you let poor ZELMA stay,
On Afric's sands to mourn?
"No ! ZELMA is not left, for she will prove
"In the deep troubled main, her fond—her faithful LOVE."
"The Negro Girl" by Mary Darby Robinson

In news:

Sable is a friendly gal who loves to ride in the car, go on walks and be with her family.
Sable needs an active family, preferably with Corgi experience.
Sable is crate-trained and loves to be inside.
Publicis' Murray Heads to Young & Rubicam Hire is Sable 's biggest since becoming CEO By Andrew McMains.
Au Sable Forks — Shortly after mourners had left to attend a funeral, the Zaumetzer-Sprague Funeral home was engulfed in flames.
Au Sable Forks funeral home fire.
Sierra Club and Anglers of Au Sable win nine-year battle to protect the Mason Tract of the Au Sable River from oil and gas drilling threat.
Northern Michigan's Mason Tract of the Au Sable River Protected.
Elizabeth Dubben, who runs the Amrose Sable Gallery at 306 Hudson Ave in Albany, recently sent an e-mail telling patrons the arts space will be closing on May 24.
Sable & Rosenfeld Port Cranberry Sauce.
Feds Probe Taurus, Sable For Stuck Throttles.
In this image taken on Monday, Nov 5, 2012, chocolate black pepper sable cookies are shown in Concord, N.H.
DETROIT (AP) — Federal safety regulators are investigating some older-model Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable sedans because the throttles can stick.
With its new Sable Kitchen & Bar, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants hopes to broaden the concept of gastropubs beyond beer.
Latest Sable Elementary School In Aurora Items.
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In science:

In SABL ECC (Gagnon, 1998) specifications are multitargeted, which is achieved by having no semantic actions: a developer has to manually process parse trees using visitors.
Extensible type checker for parser generation
We would like to thank Inderjeet Mani, Wlodek Zadrozny, Rie Kubota Ando, Joyce Chai, and Nanda Kambhatla for their valuable feedback. We would also like to thank Carl Sable, Min-Yen Kan, Dave Evans, Adam Budzikowski, and Veronika Horvath for their help with the evaluation.
Centroid-based summarization of multiple documents: sentence extraction, utility-based evaluation, and user studies
Structures ordonn´ees et dynamiques de piles de sable.
On computing fixed points for generalized sandpiles
The proof is an application of the results of Monique Sabl´e-Tougeron about the propagation of microlocal singularities for nonlinear boundary value problems.
Remarks on the Well-Posedness of the Nonlinear Cauchy Problem
Sabl´e-Tougeron, R´egularit´e microlocale pour des probl`emes aux limites non lin´eaires, Ann.
Remarks on the Well-Posedness of the Nonlinear Cauchy Problem
Dunes et bancs de sables du plateau continental: observations in-situ et mod´elisation num´erique.
Singularly perturbed degenerated parabolic equations and application to seabed morphodynamics in tided environment
Idier, ”Dunes et bancs de sables du plateau continental: observations in-situ et mod´elisation num´erique”, Ph.D. thesis, INP Toulouse, France 2002.
Long term behaviour of singularly perturbed parabolic degenerated equation
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