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Synonyms for prism

a polyhedron with two congruent and parallel faces (the bases) and whose lateral faces are parallelograms

optical device having a triangular shape and made of glass or quartz

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Her rapt eyes were still on the dancing flecks of color from the prism pendants swaying in the sunlit window.
Perhaps; but I'm thinking that the very finest prism of them all is yourself, Pollyanna.
Well, from my remembrance of your aunt, Miss Pollyanna, I must say I think it would take something more than a few prisms in the sunlight to--to make her bang many doors--for gladness.
As soon as this occurred, the bees ceased to excavate, and began to build up flat walls of wax on the lines of intersection between the basins, so that each hexagonal prism was built upon the festooned edge of a smooth basin, instead of on the straight edges of a three-sided pyramid as in the case of ordinary cells.
41421 (or at some lesser distance), from the centres of the six surrounding spheres in the same layer; and at the same distance from the centres of the adjoining spheres in the other and parallel layer; then, if planes of intersection between the several spheres in both layers be formed, there will result a double layer of hexagonal prisms united together by pyramidal bases formed of three rhombs; and the rhombs and the sides of the hexagonal prisms will have every angle identically the same with the best measurements which have been made of the cells of the hive-bee.
We have further to suppose, but this is no difficulty, that after hexagonal prisms have been formed by the intersection of adjoining spheres in the same layer, she can prolong the hexagon to any length requisite to hold the stock of honey; in the same way as the rude humble-bee adds cylinders of wax to the circular mouths of her old cocoons.
The bees, of course, no more knowing that they swept their spheres at one particular distance from each other, than they know what are the several angles of the hexagonal prisms and of the basal rhombic plates.
To become accustomed to the novelty of my life, was all I meant,' said Little Dorrit, with her loving eyes upon her father; whom she had very nearly addressed as poultry, if not prunes and prism too, in her desire to submit herself to Mrs General and please him.
Having delivered this exalted sentiment, Mrs General made a sweeping obeisance, and retired with an expression of mouth indicative of Prunes and Prism.
So in Nicolete's bower it illuminated with strange radiancy the dainty disorder of deserted lunch, made prisms out of the wine-glasses, painted the white cloth with wedge-shaped rainbows, and flooded the cavernous interiors of the half-eaten fowl with a pathetic yellow torchlight.
I take the liberty of differing from Madame Prunes and Prisms, and, as your physician, I order you to run.
According to Barry Lathan, president/COO at Prism Software, Hyland Software and Prism Software possess excellent qualities for a successful partnership: "Hyland's Web-enabled solution and Internet strategy blends with Prism's directive to provide customers with a solution that combines paper and electronic solutions for more efficient, cost-effective document management.
The agency sees this feedback and discussion as an important process in the introduction of the Prism model and welcomes the opportunity to provide additional detail and clarification.
Prism is a market-leading, economic capital model for the insurance industry.