a yellow oil expressed or extracted from babassu nuts, used chiefly in the manufacture of soaps and cosmetics and as a cooking oil.
Charles, 1792–1871, English mathematician: invented the precursor of the modern computer. Contemporary Examples In 1821, Babbage had the idea for his first Difference Engine, the predecessor of the modern computer. Great Weekend Reads The Daily Beast March 4, 2011 Babbage never had the chance to complete his groundbreaking calculating machine. Great Weekend Reads The Daily […]
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babbage, charles Babbage (bāb’ĭj) British mathematician who is considered a pioneer of computer science. In 1837 Babbage described an idea for the analytical engine, a machine that could be programmed with punched cards to perform complex calculations. Although Babbage never finished building the analytical engine, his idea is recognized as the forerunner of the modern […]
Babbittry. the attitude and behavior of a Babbitt. Contemporary Examples The battle against Babbitry, carried out in the 1950s through the assault on mass culture, grew more intense. The Revolt Against the Masses and the Roots of Modern Liberalism Fred Siegel January 25, 2014
Babbitt metal. a bearing or lining of Babbitt metal. pertaining to or made of Babbitt metal. to line, face, or furnish with Babbitt metal. Irving, 1865–1933, U.S. educator and critic. Milton Byron, 1916–2011, U.S. composer. (italics) a novel (1922) by Sinclair Lewis. (often lowercase) a self-satisfied person who conforms readily to conventional, middle-class ideas and […]