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  • consumer (biology)

    zoology: Ecology: Animals are called consumers because they ingest plant material or other animals that feed on plants, using the energy stored in this food to sustain themselves. Lastly, the organisms known as decomposers, mostly fungi and bacteria, break down plant and animal material and return it to the environment…

  • consumer advocacy

    Consumer advocacy, movement or policies aimed at regulating the products, services, methods, and standards of manufacturers, sellers, and advertisers in the interests of the buyer. Such regulation may be institutional, statutory, or embodied in a voluntary code accepted by a particular industry, or

  • consumer confidence (economics)

    Consumer confidence, an economic indicator that measures the degree of optimism that consumers have regarding the overall state of a country’s economy and their own financial situations. It is a vital source of economic information, as private consumption constitutes about two-thirds of all

  • Consumer Confidence Index (economics)

    consumer confidence: …in the United States, the Consumer Confidence Index (CCI), is based on a monthly survey of 5,000 households that is conducted by the Conference Board, an independent research association. The CCI is closely watched by businesses, the Federal Reserve, and investors.

  • consumer cooperative (organization)

    Cooperative, organization owned by and operated for the benefit of those using its services. Cooperatives have been successful in a number of fields, including the processing and marketing of farm products, the purchasing of other kinds of equipment and raw materials, and in the wholesaling,

  • consumer credit (finance)

    Consumer credit, short- and intermediate-term loans used to finance the purchase of commodities or services for personal consumption or to refinance debts incurred for such purposes. The loans may be supplied by lenders in the form of cash loans or by sellers in the form of sales credit. Consumer

  • consumer customer (economics)

    marketing: Consumer customers: Four major types of factors influence consumer buying behaviour: cultural, social, personal, and psychological.

  • consumer demand (economics)

    Supply and demand, in economics, relationship between the quantity of a commodity that producers wish to sell at various prices and the quantity that consumers wish to buy. It is the main model of price determination used in economic theory. The price of a commodity is determined by the interaction

  • consumer durable (economics)

    consumption: Consumption and the business cycle: Durable goods are generally defined as those whose expected lifetime is greater than three years, and spending on durable goods is much more volatile than spending in the other two categories. Services include a broad range of items including telephone and utility service, legal and…

  • consumer electronics

    industrial design: American hegemony and challenges from abroad: …leader in the export of home electronics and automobiles in the 1980s. Other countries also developed in terms of consumer product design after World War II. In Denmark, for instance, architect Arne Jacobsen established an international reputation with his iconic plywood-and-steel Ant chair (1951), and Jacob Jensen designed minimalist Bang…

  • Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (United States government agency)

    Elizabeth Warren: …championed the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which was established under the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. As interim director, Warren structured and staffed the bureau tasked with protecting people from financial fraud and chicanery, but she was not nominated as its permanent head…

  • consumer fraud

    Consumer fraud, illicit activities that involve deceit or trickery and are perpetrated against an individual purchaser or group of customers, resulting in financial loss or physical harm. Consumer fraud takes many forms. Examples of consumer fraud that are frequently investigated and prosecuted by

  • consumer good (economics)

    Consumer good, in economics, any tangible commodity produced and subsequently purchased to satisfy the current wants and perceived needs of the buyer. Consumer goods are divided into three categories: durable goods, nondurable goods, and services. Consumer durable goods have a significant life

  • consumer price index (economics)

    Consumer price index, measure of living costs based on changes in retail prices. Such indexes are generally based on a survey of a sample of the population in question to determine which goods and services compose the typical “market basket.” These goods and services are then priced periodically,

  • Consumer Product Safety Commission (United States government agency)

    regulatory agency: …Health Administration (OSHA; 1971), the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC; 1972), the Federal Election Commission (FEC; 1975), the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC; 1975), and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB; 2010).

  • consumer protection

    Consumer advocacy, movement or policies aimed at regulating the products, services, methods, and standards of manufacturers, sellers, and advertisers in the interests of the buyer. Such regulation may be institutional, statutory, or embodied in a voluntary code accepted by a particular industry, or

  • consumer psychology

    Consumer psychology, Branch of social psychology concerned with the market behaviour of consumers. Consumer psychologists examine the preferences, customs, and habits of various consumer groups; their research on consumer attitudes is often used to help design advertising campaigns and to formulate

  • Consumer Reports (American magazine)

    Consumer Reports, monthly American magazine providing original reviews of a wide range of consumer products. The publication has been a source of impartial product ratings for consumers. The magazine, published by the nonprofit organization Consumers Union, first appeared in 1936. A Web version has

  • consumer surplus (economics)

    Consumer surplus, in economics, the difference between the price a consumer pays for an item and the price he would be willing to pay rather than do without it. As first developed by Jules Dupuit, French civil engineer and economist, in 1844 and popularized by British economist Alfred Marshall, the

  • consumer’s risk (statistics)

    statistics: Acceptance sampling: …this error is called the consumer’s risk.

  • consumer’s surplus (economics)

    Consumer surplus, in economics, the difference between the price a consumer pays for an item and the price he would be willing to pay rather than do without it. As first developed by Jules Dupuit, French civil engineer and economist, in 1844 and popularized by British economist Alfred Marshall, the

  • consumerism

    Consumer advocacy, movement or policies aimed at regulating the products, services, methods, and standards of manufacturers, sellers, and advertisers in the interests of the buyer. Such regulation may be institutional, statutory, or embodied in a voluntary code accepted by a particular industry, or

  • Consumers International (international organization)

    Consumers International (CI), international consortium of consumer-advocacy groups that promotes the rights and interests of consumers. CI was founded as the International Organisation of Consumers Unions (IOCU) in 1960 and by the early 21st century had grown to include more than 200 member

  • Consumers Union (American organization)

    Consumer Reports: …published by the nonprofit organization Consumers Union, first appeared in 1936. A Web version has been available to subscribers since 1987. The magazine’s combined print and electronic readership exceeded six million at the turn of the 21st century.

  • Consumers’ League (American consumer organization)

    Maud Nathan: …helped to found the National Consumers League.

  • consumption (economics)

    Consumption, in economics, the use of goods and services by households. Consumption is distinct from consumption expenditure, which is the purchase of goods and services for use by households. Consumption differs from consumption expenditure primarily because durable goods, such as automobiles,

  • consumption (pathology)

    Tuberculosis (TB), infectious disease that is caused by the tubercle bacillus, Mycobacterium tuberculosis. In most forms of the disease, the bacillus spreads slowly and widely in the lungs, causing the formation of hard nodules (tubercles) or large cheeselike masses that break down the respiratory

  • consumption accelerator (economics)

    John Maurice Clark: …developed his theory of the acceleration principle—that investment demand can fluctuate severely if consumer demand fluctuations exhaust existing productive capacity. His subsequent study of variations in consumer demand as a source of fluctuations in total demand raised some of the issues later treated by Keynes. A wide-ranging theorist, Clark also…

  • consumption expenditure (economics)

    consumption: Consumption differs from consumption expenditure primarily because durable goods, such as automobiles, generate an expenditure mainly in the period when they are purchased, but they generate “consumption services” (for example, an automobile provides transportation services) until they are replaced or scrapped. (See consumer good.)

  • consumption function (economics)

    Consumption function, in economics, the relationship between consumer spending and the various factors determining it. At the household or family level, these factors may include income, wealth, expectations about the level and riskiness of future income or wealth, interest rates, age, education,

  • consumption tax

    Consumption tax, a tax paid directly or indirectly by the consumer, such as excise, sales, or use taxes, tariffs, and some property taxes (e.g., taxes on the value of a privately owned automobile). Advocates of consumption taxes argue that people should pay taxes based on what they take out of the

  • Consus (ancient Italian deity)

    Consus, ancient Italian deity, cult partner of the goddess of abundance, Ops. His name was derived from condere (“to store away”), and he was probably the god of grain storage. He had an altar at the first turn at the southeast end of the racetrack in the Circus Maximus. The altar was underground

  • Contact (film by Zemeckis [1997])

    Jodie Foster: In 1997 Foster starred in Contact, an adaptation of the science-fiction novel by Carl Sagan. Subsequent films in which she acted included the thrillers Panic Room (2002), Inside Man (2006), and The Brave One (2007); the satirical comedy Carnage (2011); and the dystopian drama Elysium

  • contact (electronics)

    semiconductor device: Schottky diode: …one that has a metal-semiconductor contact (e.g., an aluminum layer in intimate contact with an n-type silicon substrate). It is named for the German physicist Walter H. Schottky, who in 1938 explained the rectifying behaviour of this kind of contact. The Schottky diode is electrically similar to a p-n junction,…

  • contact (astronomy)

    eclipse: Lunar eclipse phenomena: …diffuse, and the times of contact between the Moon and the umbra cannot be observed accurately.

  • Contact (novel by Sagan)

    Contact, science-fiction novel by Carl Sagan, published in 1985. Sagan, an astronomer who was inextricably tied to the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (the SETI program), was one of the most famous popular scientists of the last century, as respected by his fellow professionals as he was

  • Contact (literary magazine)

    Contact, literary magazine founded in 1920 by American authors Robert McAlmon and William Carlos Williams. Devoted to avant-garde writing of the period, it led to McAlmon’s important Contact book-publishing enterprise. Contact began as a mimeographed magazine in New York and relocated in Paris in

  • contact adhesive

    adhesive: Contact cements: Contact adhesives or cements are usually based on solvent solutions of neoprene. They are so named because they are usually applied to both surfaces to be bonded. Following evaporation of the solvent, the two surfaces may be joined to form a strong bond with high…

  • contact aureole (rock zone)

    amphibole: Contact metamorphic rocks: Amphiboles occur in contact metamorphic aureoles around igneous intrusions. (An aureole is the zone surrounding an intrusion, which is a mass of igneous rock that solidified between other rocks located within the Earth.) The contact aureoles produced in siliceous limestones and dolomites, called skarns or calc-silicate rocks, characteristically…

  • contact cement

    adhesive: Contact cements: Contact adhesives or cements are usually based on solvent solutions of neoprene. They are so named because they are usually applied to both surfaces to be bonded. Following evaporation of the solvent, the two surfaces may be joined to form a strong bond with high…

  • contact chemoreception (sense)

    Taste, the detection and identification by the sensory system of dissolved chemicals placed in contact with some part of an animal. Because the term taste is commonly associated with the familiar oral taste buds of vertebrates, many authorities prefer the term contact chemoreception, which has a

  • contact chemoreceptor (biology)

    chemoreception: Arthropods: …is usually referred to as contact chemoreception rather than taste.

  • contact dermatitis (dermatology)

    Contact dermatitis, localized redness and swelling of the skin, together with the formation of vesicles (blisters) in more severe cases, caused by skin contact with irritating chemical substances. Certain chemicals, such as lime or nitric acid, produce inflammation in all persons on first contact.

  • contact goniometer (measurement instrument)

    goniometer: Contact goniometers: A contact goniometer consists of two metal rules pivoted together at the centre of a graduated semicircle. The instrument is placed with its plane perpendicular to an edge between two faces of the crystal to be measured, and the rules are brought into…

  • Contact Group (international organization)

    Kosovo conflict: The Contact Group—an informal coalition of the United States, Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy, and Russia—demanded a cease-fire, the withdrawal of Yugoslav and Serbian forces from Kosovo, the return of refugees, and unlimited access for international monitors. Milošević, who had become president of Yugoslavia in 1997,…

  • contact guidance (physiology)

    human nervous system: Neuronal development: …guidance cues are involved in contact guidance, or the migration of immature neurons along a scaffold of glial fibres.

  • contact hypersensitivity (pathology)

    immune system disorder: Contact hypersensitivity and dermatitis: In contact hypersensitivity, inflammation occurs when the sensitizing chemical comes in contact with the skin surface. The chemical interacts with proteins of the body, altering them so that they appear foreign to the immune system. A variety of chemicals can cause…

  • contact icing (agriculture)

    vegetable farming: Precooling: In contact icing crushed ice is placed in the package or spread over a stack of packages to precool the contents. The vacuum cooling process produces rapid evaporation of a small quantity of water, lowering the temperature of the crop to the desired level. Air cooling…

  • contact insecticide (chemistry)

    insecticide: …of the body covering (contact poisons). Most synthetic insecticides penetrate by all three of these pathways, however, and hence are better distinguished from each other by their basic chemistry. Besides the synthetics, some organic compounds occurring naturally in plants are useful insecticides, as are some inorganic compounds; some of…

  • contact lens (ophthalmology)

    Contact lens, thin artificial lens worn on the surface of the eye to correct refractive defects of vision. The first contact lens, made of glass, was developed by Adolf Fick in 1887 to correct irregular astigmatism. The early lenses, however, were uncomfortable and could not be worn for long. Until

  • contact metamorphism (geology)

    amphibole: Contact metamorphic rocks: Amphiboles occur in contact metamorphic aureoles around igneous intrusions. (An aureole is the zone surrounding an intrusion, which is a mass of igneous rock that solidified between other rocks located within the Earth.) The contact aureoles produced in siliceous limestones and dolomites,…

  • contact metasomatism (geology)

    amphibole: Contact metamorphic rocks: Amphiboles occur in contact metamorphic aureoles around igneous intrusions. (An aureole is the zone surrounding an intrusion, which is a mass of igneous rock that solidified between other rocks located within the Earth.) The contact aureoles produced in siliceous limestones and dolomites,…

  • contact microphone (musical instrument device)

    stringed instrument: Electronic technology: …provided by a “pickup” (or contact microphone) that creates artificial resonance through its connection to amplifiers and loudspeakers. Pickups are often attached to violins, lutes, and other instruments, as well as to guitars, making these instruments usable in noisy environments and vast amphitheatres. Musicians who use such instruments (especially electric…

  • contact movement

    new religious movement: Scientific NRMs: UFO groups and Scientology: Many NRMs claim to be not religions at all but rather “scientific truth” that has not yet been acknowledged or discovered by the official scientific community. In the search for authority for new teachings, certain NRMs have thus tapped into what…

  • contact nucleus (meteorology)

    atmosphere: Condensation: …of three types: deposition nuclei, contact nuclei, and freezing nuclei. Deposition nuclei are analogous to condensation nuclei in that water vapour directly deposits as ice crystals on the aerosol. Contact and freezing nuclei, in contrast, are associated with the conversion of supercooled water to ice. A contact nucleus converts liquid…

  • contact poison (chemistry)

    insecticide: …of the body covering (contact poisons). Most synthetic insecticides penetrate by all three of these pathways, however, and hence are better distinguished from each other by their basic chemistry. Besides the synthetics, some organic compounds occurring naturally in plants are useful insecticides, as are some inorganic compounds; some of…

  • contact potential (electronics)

    electricity: Thermoelectricity: …electrostatic potential is called the contact potential ϕ12 and is given by eϕ12 = W1 − W2, where e is 1.6 × 10−19 coulomb.

  • contact printing (photography)

    motion-picture technology: Film processing and printing: In contact printing, the master film (or negative) is pressed against the raw stock; this combination is exposed to light on the master film side. In optical printing, the master film is projected through a lens to expose the raw stock. In continuous printing, the master…

  • contact process (chemistry)

    Contact process, modern industrial method of producing sulfuric acid; it has largely replaced the chamber, or lead-chamber, process. Sulfur dioxide and oxygen, passed over a hot catalyst, unite to form sulfur trioxide, which in turn combines with water to make sulfuric acid. Contact-process plants

  • contact screen (printing)

    photoengraving: Contact screens: Perhaps the most significant recent advance in the halftone process has been the use of contact screens—films bearing a gray or magenta-dyed image of the light-distribution pattern behind a conventional halftone screen. The screen is placed in contact with the surface of a…

  • contact-stabilization method (sanitation engineering)

    wastewater treatment: Activated sludge: Extended aeration and contact stabilization systems omit the primary settling step. They are efficient for treating small sewage flows from motels, schools, and other relatively isolated wastewater sources. Both of these treatments are usually provided in prefabricated steel tanks called package plants. Oxygen aeration systems mix pure oxygen…

  • contactin-associated protein-like 2 (genetics)

    autism: Neuropathology: …in a gene known as contactin-associated protein-like 2 (CNTNAP2), which normally is expressed in the frontal lobe during development and facilitates neuronal connectivity. Because the frontal lobe is associated with higher cognitive functions, such as reasoning and processing of emotions, CNTNAP2 variants resulting in a lack of neuronal connectivity may…

  • contactor (electrical device)

    Circuit breaker, automatic switch in an electric circuit. Its function is similar to that of a fuse—to open the circuit if abnormal current conditions occur, usually overloads—but it is not destroyed in operation and can be closed again. The simplest circuit breakers are operated by a solenoid that

  • contado (Italian history)

    Italy: The rise of communes: …expanding their power into the contado (the region surrounding the city), elements drawn from town and countryside continually struggled for control of the commune. Alliances shifted depending on the success or failure of these efforts. At Lucca the bishop and the commune were jointly concerned about the claims of the…

  • contador (furniture)

    furniture: India: …type known in Portugal as contador, the inlay ornament being either geometrical or semiabstract. The Indian contribution to this style is more inhibited and lacks altogether the charm and fancifulness of northern Indo-Portuguese furniture.

  • Contador, Alberto (Spanish cyclist)

    Alberto Contador, Spanish cyclist who twice won the Tour de France (2007, 2009) and had a third Tour victory (2010) stripped from him after he was found guilty of doping. Contador competed as an amateur from his mid-teens and made his professional debut in 2003. He showed early promise, winning a

  • Contagion (film by Soderbergh [2011])

    Steven Soderbergh: Ocean’s series and Magic Mike: …and the big-budget ensemble thriller Contagion (2011), which portrayed the rapid spread of a deadly airborne virus. The adrenaline-fueled spy film Haywire (2011) focused on a female covert-operations specialist.

  • contagion theory (psychology)

    deindividuation: Origins of deindividuation theory: …loss of control leads to contagion, in which a lack of responsibility spreads throughout the crowd and everyone begins to think and act in the same manner. Finally, people in crowds become more suggestible.

  • contagious disease

    Infectious disease, in medicine, a process caused by an agent, often a type of microorganism, that impairs a person’s health. In many cases, infectious disease can be spread from person to person, either directly (e.g., via skin contact) or indirectly (e.g., via contaminated food or water). An

  • contagious pleuropneumonia (animal disease)

    Lung plague, an acute bacterial disease producing pneumonia and inflammation of lung membranes in cattle, buffalo, sheep, and goats. It is caused by Mycoplasma mycoides. See also m

  • container

    basketry: Uses: Baskets are used as transport receptacles; they are made easier to carry by the addition of handles or straps depending on whether the basket is carried by hand, on a yoke, or on the back. The two-handled palm-leaf basket, common in North Africa and the Middle East, existed in ancient…

  • Container Corporation of America (American corporation)

    Mobil Corporation: (then the parent company of Container Corporation of America and Montgomery Ward & Co.), and two years later Marcor merged into Mobil. Mobil sold the Container Corporation of America in 1986 and sold Montgomery Ward & Co. in 1988, thus clearing the way for Mobil to concentrate on its core…

  • container ship (transportation)

    Container ship, oceangoing vessel designed to transport large, standard-sized containers of freight. Rail-and-road containers were used early in the 20th century; in the 1960s containerization became a major element in ocean shipping as well. Container ships, which are large and fast, carry

  • container-on-flatcar

    railroad: Development: …European railroads concentrated initially on container-on-flatcar (COFC) intermodal systems. A few offered a range of small containers of their own design for internal traffic, but until the 1980s domestic as well as deep-sea COFC in Europe was dominated by the standard sizes of maritime containers. In the 1980s an increasing…

  • containerization (transport)

    Containerization, method of transporting freight by placing it in large containers. Containerization is an important cargo-moving technique developed in the 20th century. Road-and-rail containers, sealed boxes of standard sizes, were used early in the century; but it was not until the 1960s that

  • containership (transportation)

    Container ship, oceangoing vessel designed to transport large, standard-sized containers of freight. Rail-and-road containers were used early in the 20th century; in the 1960s containerization became a major element in ocean shipping as well. Container ships, which are large and fast, carry

  • containment (foreign policy)

    Containment, strategic foreign policy pursued by the United States beginning in the late 1940s in order to check the expansionist policy of the Soviet Union. The term was suggested by the principal framer of the policy, the U.S. diplomat George F. Kennan, who wrote in an anonymous article in the

  • containment (plasma physics)

    plasma: Containment: Magnetic fields are used to contain high-density, high-temperature plasmas because such fields exert pressures and tensile forces on the plasma. An equilibrium configuration is reached only when at all points in the plasma these pressures and tensions exactly balance the pressure from the motion…

  • containment (criminology)

    Walter Reckless: …generalized this finding into a containment theory, which argued that there are inner and outer forces of containment that restrain a person from committing a crime: the inner forces stem from moral and religious beliefs as well as from a personal sense of right and wrong; the outer forces come…

  • containment cap (engineering)

    Deepwater Horizon oil spill: Leaking oil: …in May to place a containment dome over the largest leak in the broken riser were thwarted by the buoyant action of gas hydrates—gas molecules in an ice matrix—formed by the reaction of natural gas and cold water. When an attempt to employ a “top kill,” whereby drilling mud was…

  • containment dome (engineering)

    Deepwater Horizon oil spill: Leaking oil: …in May to place a containment dome over the largest leak in the broken riser were thwarted by the buoyant action of gas hydrates—gas molecules in an ice matrix—formed by the reaction of natural gas and cold water. When an attempt to employ a “top kill,” whereby drilling mud was…

  • containment structure (nuclear physics)

    nuclear reactor: Containment system: Reactors are designed with the expectation that they will operate safely without releasing radioactivity to their surroundings. It is, however, recognized that accidents can occur. An approach using multiple fission product barriers has been adopted to deal with such accidents. These barriers are,…

  • containment time (plasma physics)

    plasma: Containment: …magnetic field is by measuring containment time (τc), or the average time for a charged particle to diffuse out of the plasma; this time is different for each type of configuration. Various types of instabilities can occur in plasma. These lead to a loss of plasma and a catastrophic decrease…

  • Contamin, Victor (French architect)

    Western architecture: Construction in iron and glass: …exhibition) by Ferdinand Dutert and Victor Contamin, a series of three-hinged trussed arches sprang from small points across a huge space, 385 feet (117 metres) long and 150 feet (45 metres) high. Similar spaces had already been created in railway stations in England such as St. Pancras, London (1864–68, by…

  • contaminated tradition (textual criticism)

    textual criticism: Recension: This is called “horizontal” transmission, and a tradition of this kind is called “open” or “contaminated.” The practice of critics faced with contamination tends to vary, for historical reasons, from field to field. Editors of classical texts generally adopt a controlled eclecticism, classifying the witnesses broadly by groups…

  • contamination (literature)

    Contamination, in manuscript tradition, a blending whereby a single manuscript contains readings originating from different sources or different lines of tradition. In literature, contamination refers to a blending of legends or stories that results in new combinations of incident or in

  • Contandin, Fernand-Joseph-Désiré (French actor)

    Fernandel, French comedian whose visual trademarks were comic facial contortions and a wide, toothy grin. After a brief career in banking, Fernandel became a music-hall singer in Nice, France, toured in a vaudeville show, and was a pantomime comedian in Parisian music-hall revues. His appearance i

  • Contarelli Chapel (chapel, Rome, Italy)

    Caravaggio: The Contarelli Chapel and other church commissions: On July 23, 1599, Caravaggio signed a contract to paint two large paintings for the side walls of the Contarelli Chapel of San Luigi dei Francesi, the church of the French in Rome. The commission was secured for him…

  • Contarini family (Venetian family)

    Contarini family, distinguished Venetian family, one of the 12 that elected the first doge in 697 and later gave Venice eight doges and many other eminent citizens. The first of the family to be invested doge was Domenico, during whose reign (1043–70) Dalmatia was subjugated and the rebuilding of

  • Contarini Fleming (novel by Disraeli)

    Benjamin Disraeli: Early life: His novel Contarini Fleming (1832) has considerable autobiographical interest, like many of his novels, as well as echoes of his political thought.

  • Contarini map (geography)

    European exploration: The sea route east by south to Cathay: The Contarini map of 1506 shows further advances; the shape of Africa is generally accurate, and there is new knowledge of the Indian Ocean, although it is curiously treated. Peninsular India (on which Cananor and Calicut are named) is shown; although too small, it is, however,…

  • Contarini, Domenico (doge of Venice)

    Venice: The new order: …the Venetian spirit, under Doge Domenico Contarini (1043–70), an energetic defender of the religious independence of the duchy.

  • Contarini, Gasparo (Venetian scholar, theologian, diplomat, and Roman Catholic cardinal)

    Gasparo Contarini, Venetian Humanist scholar, theologian, diplomat, and Roman Catholic cardinal (1535–42), was an advocate of extensive reform within the church and a leader in the movement for reconciliation with the Lutheran Reformers. Initially engaged in polemics with Martin Luther, he later

  • conte (literature)

    Conte, a short tale, often recounting an adventure. The term may also refer to a narrative that is somewhat shorter than the average novel but longer than a short story. Better known examples include Jean de La Fontaine’s Contes et nouvelles en vers (Tales and Novels in Verse), published over the

  • conté crayon (art)

    Conté crayon, drawing pencil named after Nicolas-Jacques Conté, the French scientist who invented it late in the 18th century. The conté crayon is an especially hard pencil, made of an admixture of graphite and clay that can be varied for different degrees of hardness. It is usually made in black,

  • conte di Carmagnola, Il (work by Manzoni)

    Alessandro Manzoni: …tragedies influenced by Shakespeare: Il conte di Carmagnola (1820), a romantic work depicting a 15th-century conflict between Venice and Milan; and Adelchi (performed 1822), a richly poetic drama about Charlemagne’s overthrow of the Lombard kingdom and conquest of Italy. Another ode, written on the death of Napoleon in 1821, “Il

  • conte du Graal, Le (work by Chrétien de Troyes)

    Chrétien de Troyes: …Le Chevalier au lion; and Perceval, ou Le Conte du Graal. The non-Arthurian tale Guillaume d’Angleterre, based on the legend of St. Eustace, may also have been written by Chrétien.

  • conte fantastique (literature)

    French literature: Nodier, Mérimée, and the conte: Nodier specialized in the conte fantastique (“fantastic tale”) to explore dream worlds or various forms of madness, as in La Fée aux miettes (1832; “The Crumb Fairy”), suggesting the importance of the role of the unconscious in human beliefs and conduct. Mérimée also used inexplicable phenomena, as in La…

  • Conté, Lansana (president of Guinea)

    Lansana Conté, Guinean strongman (born c. 1934, Loumbaya-Moussaya, Dubréka prefecture, French Guinea—died Dec. 22, 2008, Conakry, Guinea), was the autocratic ruler of his country for almost 25 years after initially taking control as the head of the Military Committee for National Recovery (CMRN)

  • Conté, Nicolas-Jacques (French inventor)

    Nicolas-Jacques Conté, French mechanical genius who developed the method on which the manufacture of modern pencils is based. At 14 he took up portrait painting, from which he derived a considerable income. Passionately interested in mechanical arts and science, he began displaying his inventive

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