Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1[mass noun] A synthetic fluorescent or phosphorescent substance, especially one used to coat the screen of a cathode ray tube:‘a layer of phosphor is sandwiched between two electrodes’[count noun] ‘yttrium and europium are in demand for use in phosphors for colour TVs’[as modifier] ‘a phosphor screen’
- ‘To obtain good colour pictures on a TV screen, you need phosphors that produce rich, pure primaries.’
- ‘Compounds of the element are also used to make phosphors that coat the screen of television tubes and CRTs (cathode ray tubes).’
- ‘This invention relates to coated particles used as phosphor particles for a phosphor screen of a display and a coating method for such particles.’
- ‘Cerium is also used in the manufacture of lasers and phosphors used in cathode ray tubes.’
- ‘Fluorescent materials can be synthetic, such as phosphors, or occur in nature, for example, fluorescent minerals.’
- 1.1old-fashioned term for phosphorus
- ‘The term "phosphor" obviously is employed as well for the chemical element discovered by a Hamburg alchemist, Hennig Brand, in 1669.’
Early 17th century: from Latin phosphorus (see phosphorus).
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.
From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, discover surprising and intriguing language facts from around the globe.
The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.