scio-, sci-, scia-

(Greek: shade, shadow; ghost)


amphiscian (s); amphiscians (pl), amphiscii (pl)
1. A name given to inhabitants of the torrid zone, where shadows in one part of the year are cast to the north, and in the other part of the year to the south, depending on when the sun is south or north of their zenith.
2. An inhabitant of the tropics, where the shadow of the sun falls in different ways according to the time of year.
antiscians
antiscii
ascian
heliosciophyte
A plant which thrives in both sunlight and shade, but which grows best in sunny conditions.
sciagram
The art or science of projecting or delineating shadows as they fall in nature.
sciagraph
The science of projecting or delineating shadows as they fall in nature.
sciagraphy
The art or science of projecting or delineating shadows as they fall in nature.
scialytic
sciamachy, skiamachy (s) (noun), sciamachies, skiamachies (pl)
1. A sham or a false fighting for exercise or practice: Mary found Jack in his room at home doing sciamachy, or in other words, he was taking part in a skirmish against an imaginary foe!
2. The action of combating with a shadow or "shadow-boxing": When doing sciamachy, Sam prepared himself physically in which punches are thrown in the air, and at no one in particular.
3. Battles with imaginary enemies: Often a war on terror is pure sciamachy because we usually don't know who the enemy is, we have no defined conditions of victory, and it can't be a war as such because that is a conflict between nations.
4. Etymology: Greek skiamakhia, from skia, “shadow or shade”+ makhe, “battle”.
Combat with an imaginary foe.
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sciametry
sciascope
A device used for determining the refractive state of the eyes by observing the movements of the retinal lights and shadows.
sciascopy
1. A method of detecting errors of refraction of the eyes by illuminating the retinas and noting the direction of light movements on the retinal surfaces.
2. An objective method of investigating, diagnosing, and evaluating refractive errors of the eyes, by the projection of a beam of light into the eyes and observing the movements of the illuminated areas on the retina surfaces and of the refractions by the eyes of the emergent rays.
sciatheric
sciolism (s) (noun), sciolisms (pl)
1. A pretension of having knowledge or being well informed about something; all of which is really deceiving: Such people as palm readers, clairvoyants, crystal ball experts, and readers of tea leaves are just a few examples of individuals who are considered to be practitioners of sciolism.
2. Etymology: from Latin sciolus, "having knowledge"; from scire, "to know".
Pretending to know a great deal about something.
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