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Koran \Ko"ran\ (k[=o]"ran or k[-o]*r[aum]n"; 277), n. [Ar.
   qor[=a]n; with the Ar. article, Alkoran, Alcoran; = Turk.
   Pers. qur[^a]n, from Ar. quran, qoran, book, reading, from
   q[^a]r[^a], read. See Alcoran.]
   The Scriptures of the Muslims, containing the professed
   revelations to Mohammed; -- called also Alcoran. [Written
   also Kuran or Quran, Also rarely Coran and Core.]

   Note: The Koran is the sacred book of the Muslims (sometimes
         called Mohammedans by non-Muslims, a term considered
         offensive by some Muslims). It is the most important
         foundation on which Islam rests and it is held in the
         highest veneration by all Islamic sects. When being
         read it must be kept on a stand elevated above the
         floor. No one may read it or touch it without first
         making a legal ablution. It is written in the Arabic
         language, and its style is considered a model. The
         substance of the Koran is held to be uncreated and
         eternal. Mohammed was merely the person to whom the
         work was revealed. At first the Koran was not written,
         but entirely committed to memory. But when a great many
         of the best Koran reciters had been killed in battle,
         Omar suggested to Abu-Bekr (the successor of Mohammed)
         that it should be written down. Abu-Bekr accordingly
         commanded Zeid, an amanuensis of the prophet, to commit
         it to writing. This was the authorized text until 23
         years after the death of the prophet. A number of
         variant readings had, however, crept into use. By order
         of the calif Osman in the year 30 of the Hejira, Zeid
         and three assistants made a careful revision which was
         adopted as the standard, and all the other copies were
         ordered to be burned. The Koran consists of 114 suras
         or divisions. These are not numbered, but each one has
         a separate name. They are not arranged in historical
         order. These suras purport to be the addresses
         delivered by Mohammed during his career at Mecca and
         Medina. As a general rule the shorter suras, which
         contain the theology of Islam, belong to the Meccan
         period; while the longer ones, relating to social
         duties and relationships, to Medina. The Koran is
         largely drawn from Jewish and Christian sources, the
         former prevailing. Moses and Jesus are reckoned among
         the prophets. The biblical narratives are interwoven
         with rabbinical legends. The customs of the Jews are
         made to conform to those of the Arabians. Islamic
         theology consists in the study of the Koran and its
         commentaries. A very fine collection of Korans,
         including one in Cufic (the old Arabic character), is
         to be found in the Khedival Library at Cairo, Egypt.
         [Century Dict. 1906]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Cor \Cor\ (k[^o]r), n. [Heb. k[=o]r.]
   A Hebrew measure of capacity; a homer. [Written also core.]
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Core \Core\ (k[=o]r), n. [F. corps. See Corps.]
   A body of individuals; an assemblage. [Obs.]
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         He was in a core of people.              --Bacon.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Core \Core\, n. [Cf. Chore.] (Mining.)
   A miner's underground working time or shift. --Raymond.
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   Note: The twenty-four hours are divided into three or four
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Core \Core\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Cord (k?rd); p. pr. & vb. n.
   1. To take out the core or inward parts of; as, to core an
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            He's like a corn upon my great toe . . . he must be
            cored out.                            --Marston.
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   2. To form by means of a core, as a hole in a casting.
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   3. To extract a cylindrical sample from, with a boring
      device. See core[8].

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Core \Core\, n. [Heb. k[=o]r: cf. Gr. ko`ros.]
   A Hebrew dry measure; a cor or homer. --Num. xi. 32 (Douay
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Core \Core\, n. [OF. cor, coer, cuer, F. c[oe]ur, fr. L. cor
   heart. See Heart.]
   1. The heart or inner part of a thing, as of a column, wall,
      rope, of a boil, etc.; especially, the central part of
      fruit, containing the kernels or seeds; as, the core of an
      apple or quince.
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            A fever at the core,
            Fatal to him who bears, to all who ever bore.
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   2. The center or inner part, as of an open space; as, the
      core of a square. [Obs.] --Sir W. Raleigh.
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   3. The most important part of a thing; the essence; as, the
      core of a subject; -- also used attributively, as the core
      curriculum at a college.
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   4. (Founding) The portion of a mold which shapes the interior
      of a cylinder, tube, or other hollow casting, or which
      makes a hole in or through a casting; a part of the mold,
      made separate from and inserted in it, for shaping some
      part of the casting, the form of which is not determined
      by that of the pattern.
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   5. A disorder of sheep occasioned by worms in the liver.
      [Prov. Eng.] --Halliwell.
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   6. (Anat.) The bony process which forms the central axis of
      the horns in many animals.
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   7. (Elec.) A mass of iron or other ferrous metal, forming the
      central part of an electromagnet, such as those upon which
      the conductor of an armature, a transformer, or an
      induction coil is wound.

   Note: The presence of the iron intensifies the magnetic field
         created by a a current passing through the windings.
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   8. (mining) a sample of earth or rock extracted from
      underground by a drilling device in such a manner that the
      layers of rock are preserved in the same order as they
      exist underground; as, to drill a core; to extract a core.
      The sample is typically removed with a rotating drill bit
      having a hollow center, and is thus shaped like a

   9. (Computers) The main working memory of a digital computer
      system, which typically retains the program code being
      executed as well as the data structures that are
      manipulated by the program. Contrasted to ROM and {data
      storage device}.

   Note: The term was applied originally to the main memory,
         consisting of small ferromagnetic rings, that were used
         to store data in older computers, where each ring
         representing one bit of information by virtue of its
         state of magnetization. They were superseded by
         electronic data storage devices.

   Syn: core memory, random access memory, RAM

   10. (Geol.) the central part of the earth, believed to be a
       sphere with a radius of about 2100 miles, and composed
       primarily of molten iron with some nickel. It is
       distinguished from the crust and mantle.

   11. (Engineering) the central part of a nuclear reactor,
       containing the fissionable fuel.

   Core box (Founding), a box or mold, usually divisible, in
      which cores are molded.

   Core print (Founding), a projecting piece on a pattern
      which forms, in the mold, an impression for holding in
      place or steadying a core.

   Core dump See core dump in the vocabulary.
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