(Greek: through, thoroughly; across; entirely, utterly)
This term is generally used to describe someone who takes the unpopular or opposite side in an argument either out of contentiousness or out of a zeal for the truth.
2. The therapeutic generation of local heat in body tissues by high-frequency electromagnetic currents.
2. A curved formed by the consecutive intersections of rays of light refracted through a lens.
3. That which burns by refraction, as a double convex lens, or the sun's rays concentrated by such a lens, sometimes used as a cautery.
2. In medicine, systematically observed over time in the same subjects throughout as opposed to synchronic or cross-sectional; the inferences are equivalent only where there is strict stability of all elements.
3. Pertaining to or designating a method of linguistic study concerned with the historical development of a language; historical, as opposed to descriptive or synchronic.
4. In archaeology, denoting actions or things which occur over time, as in the study of artifacts in a region as they change across sequential periods of time.
2. The existence within a single geologic formation of regions of rock that were laid down at different times; for example, by a sea that gradually covered a landmass.
3. In botany, having two periods of growth in the year.
2. Describing a lithological unit whose age varies from place to place, or a lithological unit (rock formation) which cuts across various times or biostratigraphic zones.
3. A geological deposit in which a sedimentary rock formation apparently consists of similar material, but varies in age from place to place.
For example, as a shoreline advances or retreats, a succession of continuous deposits representing different environments; such as, beach, shallow water, and deeper water, may be left behind as their ages vary depending on the positions of the shorelines through the various time sequences.
2. Indicating a change or modification in something; especially, in the way a printed letter is to be pronounced or stressed.
3. Capable of distinguishing, discerning, or showing a capacity for discerning.