Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1British A sleeveless garment worn under or instead of a shirt; a vest.
- ‘Tommy is wearing a baseball cap, a singlet and combat shorts, revealing several tattoos.’
- ‘Winter has settled in, you're not wearing a singlet under your business shirt and you have your first sneeze… she thinks you caught pneumonia and you're going to die.’
- ‘Equally as beautiful as his womenswear, this featured plain white singlets studded with gold sequins, low-slung cream trousers and kimono print shirts.’
- ‘Others had on only singlets and cotton trousers as they jumped into the water.’
- ‘Alas, after a while, the sight of board shorts, singlets, jandals and sunglasses will make you wince.’
A single unresolvable line in a spectrum, not part of a multiplet.
- ‘The singlet is detectable as a quintet at room temperature in methemoglobin with identical spectral features to those of the well characterized tyrosyl radical in photosystem II.’
- ‘Superimposing such a diffractive structure on an aspheric surface yields an achromatic singlet whose spherical and chromatic aberrations are corrected.’
- ‘To break supersymmetry using the F-term, one can add chiral multiplets that transform as singlets under the gauge symmetries in the theory.’
- 2.1 A state or energy level with zero spin, giving a single value for a particular quantum number.
- ‘Energy can be transferred from the singlet state to the triplet state via intersystem crossing.’
- ‘The reorganizational energy of the singlet ET was also calculated from the temperature-dependent data and found to be 0.89 eV.’
- ‘A small singlet-triplet energy gap is known to favor intersystem crossing.’
- ‘Do aggregates of A2E have a higher singlet-oxygen quantum yield rather than monomers?’
- ‘Its superconductivity is often assumed to be unconventional in that the Cooper pairs are not in a spin singlet state with s-wave symmetry, as with conventional superconductors.’
An atomic or molecular state in which all electron spins are paired:[as modifier] ‘singlet oxygen’
- ‘The study of the excited states properties has shown that its photoreactivity in neutral aqueous medium is singlet initiated.’
- ‘It can thus be regarded as a simultaneous excitation of two triplets, whose coupling generates an overall singlet state.’
- ‘The origin of the initial spike observed upon detection of singlet oxygen luminescence remains unresolved.’
- ‘However, reactive oxygen species generated by UVA radiation, particularly singlet oxygen, can also damage nucleic acids.’
- ‘And where does the singlet oxygen, the energy source, come from?’
Mid 18th century (originally denoting a man's short jacket): from single (because the garment was unlined) + -et, on the pattern of doublet.
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.