cryoseism (pl. cryoseisms)
- A seismic event caused by sudden glacial movements or by a sudden cracking action in frozen soil or rock saturated with water or ice.
Also known as an “icequake”.
In one NSA briefing:
“To date we have prevented 49 attacks using our surveillance network. 48 led to the prevention of the Horde from raiding Azeroth. 1 was a terrorist plot to steal the online passwords of key players.”
“It could very well be a six-hour play session with James Ellroy paper dolls.”
Hank Stuever of the Washington Post, reviewing TNT’s Mob City
cor·bel (kôrbl, -bl)
A bracket of stone, wood, brick, or other building material, projecting from the face of a wall and generally used to support a cornice or arch.
To provide with or support by a corbel or corbels.
[Middle English, from Old French, diminutive of corp, raven (from the similarity of its shape to that of a raven's beak), from Latin corvus.]
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