(civil engineering) the maximum angle at which soil will lie in a bank without slipping
noun 1. theology based on knowledge of the natural world and on human reason, apart from revelation. noun 1. the attempt to derive theological truth, and esp the existence of God, from empirical facts by reasoned argument Compare revealed religion, fideism, revelation (sense 3)
noun 1. See under (def 2). [vahr-nish] /ˈvɑr nɪʃ/ noun 1. a preparation consisting of resinous matter, as copal or lac, dissolved in an oil (oil varnish) or in alcohol (spirit varnish) or other volatile liquid. When applied to the surface of wood, metal, etc., it dries and leaves a hard, more or less glossy, […]
noun 1. (especially among the scholastics) any moral virtue of which humankind is capable, especially the cardinal virtues: justice, temperance, prudence, and fortitude.
- Natural wastage
noun 1. another term for attrition (sense 3)