a department in W France. 2792 sq. mi. (7230 sq. km).
Capital: La Rochelle.
a department of W France, in Poitou-Charentes region. Capital: La Rochelle. Pop: 576 855 (2003 est). Area: 7232 sq km (2820 sq miles)
a department in W France. 2306 sq. mi. (5975 sq. km). Capital: Angoulême. noun a department of W central France, in Poitou-Charentes region. Capital: Angoulême. Pop: 341 275 (2003 est). Area: 5972 sq km (2329 sq miles) a river in W France, rising in the Massif Central and flowing west to the Bay of Biscay. […]
Mathematics. the characteristic polynomial of a given matrix, equated to zero. Also called auxiliary equation. an equation with one variable and equated to zero, which is derived from a given linear differential equation and in which the coefficient and power of the variable in each term correspond to the coefficient and order of a derivative […]
charrette. a final, intensive effort to finish a project, especially an architectural design project, before a deadline. n. also charrette, c.1400, “a chariot, a cart,” from Old French charrete “wagon, small cart” (12c.), diminutive of charre (see car). Meaning “collaborative session” is by 1982.
noun Erwin. 1905–2002, US biochemist, born in Austria, noted esp for his work on DNA