Definition of Faculae

1. Noun. (plural of facula) ¹

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Definition of Faculae

1. facula [n] - See also: facula

Medical Definition of Faculae

1. Groups of small shining spots on the surface of the sun which are brighter than the other parts of the photosphere. They are generally seen in the neighborhood of the dark spots, and are supposed to be elevated portions of the photosphere. Origin: L, pl. Of facula a little torch. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Faculae

faculae (current term)
facultative aerobe
facultative anaerobe
facultative biped
facultative bipeds
facultative heterochromatin
facultative hyperopia
facultative parasite
facultative ponds
facultative quadruped
facultative quadrupeds
facultative species

Literary usage of Faculae

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Report of the Annual Meeting (1901)
"... and therefore presenting less difficulty for the identification and following of the several groups of faculae than in a maximum year. ..."

2. Technology Quarterly and Proceedings of the Society of Arts by Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Society of Arts (1893)
"in the faculae preceding the group. The changes indicated on the photographs of the following day were confined principally to the faculae surrounding the ..."

3. The Sun by Charles Greeley Abbot (1911)
"faculae.—Granulation.—Sun-spot Spectra.—Coolness of Sun-spots.—Sun-spots and Magnetism.—Radial Motion in Spot Penumbras. ALTHOUGH occasionally seen ..."

4. The Sun: Ruler, Fire, Light, and Life of the Planetary System by Richard Anthony Proctor (1871)
"... I sa'.v,' he says, ' a great number of elevated bright places, making various figures. 1 shall call them faculae, with Hevelius; but without assign- ..."

5. Astronomical Register (1884)
"In about two minutes these dots were transformed into two oblong faint clouds surrounded by faculae, and three minutes later the whole of this very unusual ..."

6. Astronomy for High Schools and Colleges by Simon Newcomb, Edward Singleton Holden (1881)
"faculae.—Groups of minute specks brighter than the general surface of the sun are often seen in the neighborhood of spots ..."

7. A Treatise on the Sun's Radiation and Other Solar Phenomena: In Continuation by Frank Hagar Bigelow (1918)
"... faculae, and spectra, all testify to the complex internal structure of the solar gases in the neighborhood of the photosphere, and some progress has ..."

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