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  • Cat, Mouse and Urn
    Cat, Mouse and Urn
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n urn a large vase that usually has a pedestal or feet
    • n urn a large pot for making coffee or tea
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Urn (Bot) A hollow body shaped like an urn, in which the spores of mosses are contained; a spore case; a theca.
    • Urn (Rom. Antiq) A measure of capacity for liquids, containing about three gallons and a haft, wine measure. It was haft the amphora, and four times the congius.
    • Urn A tea urn. See under Tea.
    • Urn A vessel of various forms, usually a vase furnished with a foot or pedestal, employed for different purposes, as for holding liquids, for ornamental uses, for preserving the ashes of the dead after cremation, and anciently for holding lots to be drawn. "A rustic, digging in the ground by Padua, found an urn, or earthen pot, in which there was another urn .""His scattered limbs with my dead body burn,
      And once more join us in the pious urn ."
    • Urn Fig.: Any place of burial; the grave. "Or lay these bones in an unworthy urn,
      Tombless, with no remembrance over them."
    • v. t Urn To inclose in, or as in, an urn; to inurn. "When horror universal shall descend,
      And heaven's dark concave urn all human race."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n urn A kind of vase, usually rather large, having an oviform or rounded body with a foot; by extension (since the ashes of the dead were formerly put into such vessels), any receptacle for the dead body or its remains.
    • n urn A place of burial; a grave.
    • n urn A Roman measure for liquids, containing one half the amphora.
    • n urn A tea-urn.
    • n urn In botany, the hollow vessel in which the spores of mosses are produced; the sporogonium or spore-case; the theca. See cut under moss.
    • n urn In the Dicyemida, specifically, a cup-like part of the infusoriform embryo of a rhombogenous dicyemid, consisting of a capsule, a lid, and contents. See Dicyemida, and cut under Dicyema.
    • urn To inclose in an urn, or as in an urn; inurn.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Urn urn a rounded or angular vase having a foot, a water vessel, an electoral vase, a tea-urn, &c.: a vessel in which the ashes of the dead were anciently deposited, hence the grave
    • v.t Urn to enclose in an urn
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  • Johann Friedrich Von Schiller
    “Not without a shudder may the human hand reach into the mysterious urn of destiny.”
  • Robert Pollok
    Robert Pollok
    “With one hand he put a penny in the urn of poverty, and with the other took a shilling out.”
  • William Faulkner
    “If a writer has to rob his mother, he will not hesitate; the Ode on a Grecian Urn is worth any number of old ladies.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. urne, L. urna,; perhaps fr. urere, to burn, and sop called as being made of burnt clay (cf. East): cf. F. urne,


In literature:

The two servants sat on and chatted together: so long, that Catherine openly wondered at the urn's not being called for.
"Verner's Pride" by Mrs. Henry Wood
Clemency said good morning almost rudely, then she hid her face behind the coffee-urn.
"'Doc.' Gordon" by Mary E. Wilkins-Freeman
Then, standing uncovered in that wonderfully lit room, he gazed down at the upstart's mighty urn.
"Bunker Bean" by Harry Leon Wilson
For a time all were faithful: as each day's supply was used the urn was made clean for the new.
"Allegories of Life" by Mrs. J. S. Adams
His heart was sent in an urn to be deposited in the royal tomb where his ancestors slumbered.
"The Empire of Austria; Its Rise and Present Power" by John S. C. Abbott
There is the white damask cloth, the little blue service, the silver gilt urn, the chiseled milk pitcher, and flowers all round!
"The Petty Troubles of Married Life, Complete" by Honore de Balzac
I shall not see the Pictured Rocks, their chapels and urns.
"At Home And Abroad" by Margaret Fuller Ossoli
No costly monuments nor storied urns were in that simple grave-yard.
"Watch--Work--Wait" by Sarah A. Myers
The firelight shone on the embossed brightness of the urn and teapot.
"The Upas Tree" by Florence L. Barclay
From behind the massive coffee urn at the head of her table she regarded her boarders as so many beneficiaries upon her bounty.
"The Voice of the People" by Ellen Glasgow
Mrs. Jardine placed herself behind the silver urn, and Mr. Touris was given the seat nearest the fire.
"Foes" by Mary Johnston
Can storied urn or animated bust: Back to its mansion call the fleeting breath?
"The World's Best Poetry, Volume 3" by Various
There are temples, sepulchral chapels, mausoleums, pyramids, altars, and urns.
"Paris: With Pen and Pencil" by David W. Bartlett
High white porcelain urn-like stoves heated the suite of rooms.
"Servia, Youngest Member of the European Family" by Andrew Archibald Paton
Back to your urn, ye phantoms, turn, And vanish o'er the lawn.
"Autumn Leaves" by Various
Yonder urn contained his ashes.
"The Adventures of Kathlyn" by Harold MacGrath
An urn-shaped vase with long neck, and without handles.
"Illustrated Catalogue of the Collections Obtained from the Indians of New Mexico in 1880" by James Stevenson
Some have two handles and are shaped like an urn or olla; others appear to be true pots.
"Illustrated Catalogue Of The Collections Obtained From The Indians Of New Mexico And Arizona In 1879" by James Stevenson
Mrs. Woburn had already taken her seat behind the urn, and the two boys who were sitting beside her rose to meet their cousin.
"Ruth Arnold" by Lucy Byerley
Trajan's ashes were laid to rest in an urn of gold under his monumental column.
"Seeing Europe with Famous Authors, Volume 7" by Various

In poetry:

Why should I know why I could weep?
The old urns cannot read
The names they wear of kings they keep
In ashes; both are dead.
"Why Sad To-Day?" by Rose Hawthorne Lathrop
And like an urn the heart must hold
Aims of an age gone by:
What the aims were we are not told;
We hold them, who knows why?
"Why Sad To-Day?" by Rose Hawthorne Lathrop
Judged by the issue we discern
God's blessing, and the bane.
Count Louis' dust would fill an urn,
His deeds are waving grain.
"Archduchess Anne" by George Meredith
Who would have dreamed a form that seemed
Proud Honor's templed shrine,
Could hold within an urn of sin
A soul so false as thine?
"I Give Thee Back My Heart" by Madge Morris Wagner
Dying for thee, there is in Death a Pride,
Let all the World thy hapless Lover know,
No silent Urn the noble Passion hide,
But deeply graven thus my Suff'rings show:
"Elegy IX: He has lost Delia" by James Hammond
He's gane! -- he's gane! -- Strevlinea, mourn!
Ah! drap the sant tear on his urn!
The light again will ne'er return
That cheer'd ye a'; The fire that bleiz'd nae mair will burn
In yonder ha'!
"On The Death Of David Doig, LL. D. Master Of The Grammar School, Stirling" by Hector MacNeill

In news:

A private urn burial will be in the Hillcrest Cemetery in Parishville.
The Antioch, Calif, woman lost her newborn and is begging thieves to return the urn holding the ashes.
A dying Oregon comedian's last words will be written on his cremation urns and the message will be sponsored by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
There's a company called Cremation Solutions that can make an URN that's a 3-D replica of your head, or the head of a loved one.
Many people keep the cremated remains of a loved one in an urn or scatter the ashes over a favorite place.
Urn Found at Salvation Army.
Fay Whitfield of Iva found an urn with "Mother 7-13-42" incribed on it.
An urn stolen in a burglary in the Black Forest area has finally been returned to the rightful owner.
NORTH KITSAP — An urn stolen from a 66-year-old Poulsbo man's house during a burglary Friday was returned to him Sunday night.
The man said the urn contained his late wife's ashes.
Urn with baby's ashes stolen in home robbery.
Stolen urn returned to grieving Scottsdale mother.
A stolen urn containing the ashes of a 19-year-old Scottsdale man has been returned to his family.
Garden Design looks at great gardening urns that were inspired by Victorian gardeners.
Ode on a Victorian Urn .

In science:

This is an urn model with M = λN balls in N urns.
Gibbs and Quantum Discrete Spaces
It can be interpreted as a random graph, if one calls urns vertices and balls edge-ends.
Gibbs and Quantum Discrete Spaces
Ferguson distributions via P´olya urn schemes.
Poisson-Kingman partitions
Central limit theorems for certain infinite urn schemes. J.
Poisson-Kingman partitions
Some developments of the Blackwell-MacQueen urn scheme.
Poisson-Kingman partitions
Karlin, S. (1967) Central limit theorems for certain infinite urn schemes, J.
Bernoulli Sieve
Some developments of the Blackwell-MacQueen urn scheme.
Two recursive decompositions of Brownian bridge
An urn contains some balls labeled by elements which generate a group G.
Random Multiplication Approaches Uniform Measure in Finite Groups
An urn contains some balls labeled by elements which generate a group G.
Random Multiplication Approaches Uniform Measure in Finite Groups
Assume the urn initial ly contains a set of bal ls whose labels generate the finite group G.
Random Multiplication Approaches Uniform Measure in Finite Groups
In other words, in the limit, the urn contains an equal fraction of all group elements.
Random Multiplication Approaches Uniform Measure in Finite Groups
To make this result effective, however, this lowest density must be nonzero, i.e., every element of G must have a representative in the urn.
Random Multiplication Approaches Uniform Measure in Finite Groups
Theorem 1 below assumes α is positive, and Theorem 2 in the next section shows that this assumption is eventually valid when the urn begins with a set of generators for G.
Random Multiplication Approaches Uniform Measure in Finite Groups
Suppose the urn is in a state with each ni ≥ 1.
Random Multiplication Approaches Uniform Measure in Finite Groups
If the urn initial ly contains at least one bal l labeled 1, then the densities of the two elements almost surely approach 1/2.
Random Multiplication Approaches Uniform Measure in Finite Groups