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  • Vogel, Sir Julius (prime minister of New Zealand)

    Sir Julius Vogel, New Zealand statesman, journalist, and businessman known for his bold project to regenerate New Zealand’s economy in the 1870s through large-scale public works financed by British loans. Attracted by gold discoveries in Victoria, Vogel emigrated to Australia in 1852 and became

  • Vogelberg (mountain, Germany)

    Germany: The barrier arc: …great eroded cone of the Vogelberg, rising to 2,536 feet (773 metres), the volcanic Rh?n mountains, and the forested Bunter Sandstone plateaus of northern Hessen. The Rhine Rift Valley continues northward through Hessen, with a series of discontinuous basins filled with sediments from the Paleogene and Neogene periods (i.e., about…

  • Vogeler, Heinrich (German artist)

    Worpswede school: …am Ende, Fritz Overbeck, and Heinrich Vogeler. Clara Westoff, a talented sculptor, also worked at Worpswede, where she met the German poet Rainer Maria Rilke, whom she married in 1901. Two years later Rilke published a book, Worpswede, discussing the artists and the landscape.

  • Vogelsang, Karl, Freiherr von (German Roman Catholic social reformer)

    Karl, Freiherr von Vogelsang, Roman Catholic social reformer whose writings helped shape the ideas and actions of the Austrian Christian Social Party. Vogelsang studied law, then entered the Prussian government service, but he retired after the Revolution of 1848. In 1850 he became a Catholic and

  • Vogelstein, Bert (American oncologist)

    Bert Vogelstein, American oncologist known for his groundbreaking work on the genetics of cancer. Vogelstein was raised in Baltimore and attended a private middle school from which he was often truant, preferring to teach himself by reading at the public library. He received a bachelor’s degree in

  • Vogelvrij (work by Ostaijen)

    Paul van Ostaijen: …prose, such as that in Vogelvrij (1927; “Outlawed”) and Diergaarde voor kinderen van nu (1932; “Zoo for Today’s Children”), consists mainly of grotesque sketches that demonstrate his keen imagination. Its lucidity, stubborn analysis of a theme, and underlying restlessness sometimes recall the prose of the Austrian writer Franz Kafka. Not…

  • Voghera (Italy)

    Voghera, town, Lombardia (Lombardy) region, northern Italy. Voghera is located on the Staffora River, just southwest of Pavia. Probably the site of Iria, a Roman colony, it was fortified by the Visconti family, whose castle there dates from 1372. The 17th-century church of S. Lorenzo and the unused

  • Vogl, Johann Michael (Austrian singer)

    Franz Schubert: Early life and career: …1817 Schober brought the baritone Johann Michael Vogl to his home to meet Schubert. As a result of this meeting, Vogl’s singing of Schubert’s songs became the rage of the Viennese drawing rooms. His friendships with the Huttenbrenner brothers, Anselm, a composer, and Josef, an amateur musician, and with Josef…

  • Vogler, Abbé (German official)

    Carl Maria von Weber: …his studies under the influential Abbé Vogler, through whom he was appointed musical director at Breslau (now Wroc?aw, Pol.) in 1804. After many difficulties, occasioned by the inexperience of a young director in putting through reforms, and a near-fatal accident in which he permanently impaired his voice when he swallowed…

  • Vogt (Holy Roman official)

    Vogtland: …an imperial official called a Vogt. The Vogt’s castle in Plauen, the region’s main city, dates from 1250. After Hohenstaufen rule ended, Vogtland fragmented into many petty states. By 1466 the Wettin family controlled most of the region, and Vogtland’s political fortunes thereafter followed those of Saxony.

  • Vogt, A. E. van (Canadian-American author)

    A.E. Van Vogt, Canadian author of science fiction who emerged as one of the leading writers of the genre in the mid-20th century. His stories are characterized as fast-paced adventures with complex, sometimes confusing plots. Van Vogt attended the University of Ottawa and began his writing career

  • Vogt, Alfred Elton van (Canadian-American author)

    A.E. Van Vogt, Canadian author of science fiction who emerged as one of the leading writers of the genre in the mid-20th century. His stories are characterized as fast-paced adventures with complex, sometimes confusing plots. Van Vogt attended the University of Ottawa and began his writing career

  • Vogt, Johan Herman Lie (Norwegian geologist)

    Johan Herman Lie Vogt, Norwegian geologist and petrologist who pioneered in the use of physical-chemical methods in the study of the origin of igneous rocks and ores. Vogt was appointed professor of metallurgy at the University of Christiania in 1886. His first important work, Studier over slagger

  • Vogt, Karl (German philosopher)

    materialism: Modern materialism: these were Ludwig Büchner and Karl Vogt. The latter is notorious for his assertion that the brain secretes thought just as the liver secretes bile. This metaphor of secretion, previously used by P.-J.-G. Cabanis, a late 18th-century French materialist, is no longer taken seriously, because to most philosophers it does…

  • Vogt, Klaus (German neurobiologist)

    photoreception: Refracting, reflecting, and parabolic optical mechanisms: …with crayfish eyes, German neurobiologist Klaus Vogt found that these unpromising jelly boxes were silvered with a multilayer reflector coating. A set of plane mirrors, aligned at right angles to the eye surface, change the direction of rays (in much the same way as len cylinders), thereby producing a single…

  • Vogt, Marguerite Maria (American biologist)

    Marguerite Maria Vogt, German-born American biologist (born 1913, Berlin, Ger.—died July 6, 2007, San Diego, Calif.), conducted research with 1975 Nobel Prize-winning scientist Renato Dulbecco, who pioneered the growing of animal viruses in culture in the 1950s and investigated how certain viruses

  • Vogt, Nils Collett (Norwegian author)

    Nils Collett Vogt, Norwegian novelist and poet who dealt with the conflict between the generations and the struggle for intellectual freedom. Vogt was a rebel in a conservative family, and his first novel, Familiens sorg (1889; “A Grief to His Family”), is about youth in rebellion against a social

  • Vogtland (region, Germany)

    Vogtland, physical and cultural region of southwestern Saxony Land (state), southeastern Germany, lying between Bavaria Land and the Czech Republic. A wooded, hilly plateau drained northward by the upper Weisse Elster River, Vogtland is cradled by the higher ranges of the Ore Mountains to the east,

  • Vogue (American magazine)

    Vogue, influential American fashion and lifestyle magazine. It was founded in 1892 as a weekly high-society journal, created by Arthur Baldwin Turnure for New York City’s social elite and covering news of the local social scene, traditions of high society, and social etiquette; it also reviewed

  • Vogue (British magazine)

    David Bailey: …began to photograph for British Vogue, where he worked for about 15 years, first on staff and later as a freelancer. He also freelanced for other magazines and newspapers.

  • Vogul (people)

    Khanty and Mansi: Mansi, Khanty formerly called Ostyak, Mansi formerly called Vogul, western Siberian peoples, living mainly in the Ob River basin of central Russia. They each speak an Ob-Ugric language of the Finno-Ugric branch of the Uralic languages. Together they numbered some 30,000 in the late 20th…

  • Vogul language

    Ob-Ugric languages: …Uralic language family, comprising the Mansi (Vogul) and Khanty (Ostyak) languages; they are most closely related to Hungarian, with which they make up the Ugric branch of Finno-Ugric. The Ob-Ugric languages are spoken in the region of the Ob and Irtysh rivers in central Russia. They had no written tradition…

  • Vogulka (river, Russia)

    Ob River: Physiography: …the Northern (Severnaya) Sosva, the Vogulka, and the Synya rivers from the left. These main channels are reunited below Shuryshkary into a single stream that is up to 12 miles (19 km) wide and 130 feet (40 metres) deep; but after the confluence of the Poluy (from the right) the…

  • Vohor, Rialuth Serge (prime minister of Vanuatu)

    Vanuatu: History: …and two brief terms for Rialuth Serge Vohor of the UMP. Several of the administrations (notably Carlot Korman’s and that headed by Barak Sope of the Melanesian Progressive Party in 1999–2001) came apart amid charges of official corruption and criminal activity. Despite the ongoing political turmoil, the government in 1997…

  • Vohor, Serge (prime minister of Vanuatu)

    Vanuatu: History: …and two brief terms for Rialuth Serge Vohor of the UMP. Several of the administrations (notably Carlot Korman’s and that headed by Barak Sope of the Melanesian Progressive Party in 1999–2001) came apart amid charges of official corruption and criminal activity. Despite the ongoing political turmoil, the government in 1997…

  • Vohu Manah (Zoroastrianism)

    Vohu Manah, (Avestan: “Good Mind”), in Zoroastrianism, one of the six amesha spentas (“beneficent immortals”) created by Ahura Mazdā, the Wise Lord, to assist him in furthering good and destroying evil. According to Zoroastrian doctrine, because the prophet Zoroaster was, in a vision, conducted

  • Voi che ’ntendendo il terzo ciel movete (work by Dante)

    Dante: Dante’s intellectual development and public career: …il terzo ciel movete” (“You Who Through Intelligence Move the Third Sphere”) he dramatizes this conversion from the sweet old style, associated with Beatrice and the Vita nuova, to the rigorous, even severe, new style associated with philosophy. This period of study gave expression to a series of canzoni…

  • voice (philosophy)

    philosophical feminism: Nature and scope of philosophical feminism: …by “speaking in one’s own voice”—i.e., only by thinking and acting in ways that genuinely reflect one’s perspectives, experiences, feelings, and concerns as an individual. 3. The domination or subordination of women in any social setting or in any walk of life is a political issue, not a private one.…

  • voice (grammar)

    Voice, in grammar, form of a verb indicating the relation between the participants in a narrated event (subject, object) and the event itself. Common distinctions of voice found in languages are those of active, passive, and middle voice. These distinctions may be made by inflection, as in Latin,

  • voice (sound)

    Vocalization, any sound produced through the action of an animal’s respiratory system and used in communication. Vocal sound, which is virtually limited to frogs, crocodilians and geckos, birds, and mammals, is sometimes the dominant form of communication. In many birds and nonhuman primates the

  • voice (phonetics)

    Voice, in phonetics, the sound that is produced by the vibration of the vocal cords. All vowels are normally voiced, but consonants may be either voiced or voiceless (i.e., uttered without vibration of the vocal cords). The liquid consonant l and the nasal m, n, ng (as in “sing”) are normally v

  • voice box (anatomy)

    Larynx, a hollow, tubular structure connected to the top of the windpipe (trachea); air passes through the larynx on its way to the lungs. The larynx also produces vocal sounds and prevents the passage of food and other foreign particles into the lower respiratory tracts. The larynx is composed of

  • voice coil (electroacoustical device)

    loudspeaker: …frequently called the motor, or voice coil. The motor vibrates a diaphragm that in turn vibrates the air in immediate contact with it, producing a sound wave corresponding to the pattern of the original speech or music signal. Most frequently the motor consists of a coil of wire moving in…

  • voice disorder (pathology)

    speech disorder: Voice disorders: …the voice are described as dysphonia. Depending on the underlying cause, the various types of dysphonia are subdivided by the specifying adjective. Thus, a vocal disorder stemming from paralysis of the larynx is a paralytic dysphonia; injury (trauma) of the larynx may produce traumatic dysphonia; endocrine dysphonia reflects the voice…

  • voice identification (police technique)

    Voice identification, police technique for identifying individuals by the time, frequency, and intensity of their speech-sound waves. A sound spectrograph is employed to record these waves in the form of a graph that may be compared to graphs of other individuals and differentiated. Though voice

  • voice mail (communications)

    Voice mail, Electronic system for recording oral messages sent by telephone. Typically, the caller hears a prerecorded message and then has an opportunity to leave a message in return. The person called can then retrieve the message at a later time by entering specific codes on his or her

  • Voice of America (United States radio network)

    Voice of America (VOA), radio broadcasting network of the U.S. government, a unit of the United States Information Agency (USIA). Its first broadcast, in German, took place on February 24, 1942, and was intended to counter Nazi propaganda among the German people. By the time World War II ended, the

  • Voice of Asia, The (work by Tursunzade)

    Tajikistan: Literature: …lyric cycle Sadoyi Osiyo (1956; The Voice of Asia) won major communist awards. A number of female writers, notably the popular poet Gulrukhsor Safieva, circulated their work in newspapers, magazines, and Tajik-language collections.

  • Voice of the People, The (novel by Glasgow)

    Ellen Glasgow: With The Voice of the People (1900) she began a series of novels depicting, with what she intended to be Zolaesque realism, the social and political history of Virginia since 1850. The series continued in The Battle-Ground (1902), The Deliverance (1904), The Romance of a Plain…

  • Voice of the Turtle, The (film by Rapper [1947])

    Irving Rapper: Heyday at Warner Brothers: The Voice of the Turtle, from John Van Druten’s play, was a rare romantic comedy for the director. Ronald Reagan was appealing as a soldier on leave, and Eleanor Parker played an actress who falls in love with him. Rapper’s contract with Warner Brothers expired,…

  • Voice of the Yankees (American sports broadcaster)

    Mel Allen, announcer and sportscaster who was a pioneer in both radio and television broadcasts of baseball games. Although Allen announced other sporting events, he is best known for his work in baseball. The owner of one of the most recognizable voices in radio, he was the play-by-play announcer

  • voice over Internet protocol (communications)

    VoIP, communications technology for carrying voice telephone traffic over a data network such as the Internet. VoIP uses the Internet Protocol (IP)—one half of the Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP), a global addressing system for sending and receiving packets of data over the

  • voice over IP (communications)

    VoIP, communications technology for carrying voice telephone traffic over a data network such as the Internet. VoIP uses the Internet Protocol (IP)—one half of the Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP), a global addressing system for sending and receiving packets of data over the

  • voice substitution (cinema)

    Dubbing, in filmmaking, the process of adding new dialogue or other sounds to the sound track of a motion picture that has already been shot. Dubbing is most familiar to audiences as a means of translating foreign-language films into the audience’s language. When a foreign language is dubbed, the t

  • Voice Through a Cloud, A (work by Welch)

    Denton Welch: …works have been published posthumously: A Voice Through a Cloud (1950), considered by many his best novel; Journals (1952), an account of his wide travels, taken despite his bad health; I Left My Grandfather’s House (1958), which is only a very rough draft; and Denton Welch—Selections from His Published Works…

  • voice transmission

    telecommunication: Quantization: In digital transmission of voice, 256 levels are commonly used because tests have shown that this provides adequate fidelity for the average telephone listener.

  • voice type (music)

    musical variation: In Renaissance vocal music there were two principal variation techniques: contrapuntal variations following the stanzas of strophic chants; and sets of variations over a single, often quite lengthy, foundation voice in a mass or motet. In instrumental music a quite different sort of variation began to appear,…

  • Voice, The (painting by Munch)

    Edvard Munch: Paintings of love and death: Love’s awakening is shown in The Voice (1893), where on a summer night a girl standing among trees seems to be summoned more by an inner voice than by any sounds from a boat on the sea behind her. Compositionally, this is one of several paintings in the Frieze in…

  • Voice, The (novel by Okara)

    Gabriel Okara: His first novel, The Voice (1964), is a remarkable linguistic experiment in which Okara translated directly from the Ijo (Ijaw) language, imposing Ijo syntax onto English in order to give literal expression to African ideas and imagery. The novel creates a symbolic landscape in which the forces of…

  • Voice, The (American television program)

    Christina Aguilera: …on the television singing competition The Voice; she remained with the show until 2016. During this time Aguilera continued to act. Her notable TV credits included a guest role (2015) on Nashville. She also appeared in such films as Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) and Life of the Party (2018) and…

  • Voice, The (British newspaper)

    Val McCalla: …Jamaican-born British publisher who founded The Voice, an influential British newspaper focusing on black issues and interests.

  • voice-stress analyzer (technology)

    police: Lie detectors: Voice-stress analyzers (VSAs), which became commercially available in the 1970s, rely on the detection of minute variations in the voice of the subject. Advocates of voice-stress analysis contend that inaudible vibrations in the voice, known as microtremors, speed up when a person is lying. During…

  • voiceband modem (communications)

    modem: Most modems are “voiceband”; i.e., they enable digital terminal equipment to communicate over telephone channels, which are designed around the narrow bandwidth requirements of the human voice. Cable modems, on the other hand, support the transmission of data over hybrid fibre-coaxial channels, which were originally designed to provide…

  • voicegraph (police technique)

    Voice identification, police technique for identifying individuals by the time, frequency, and intensity of their speech-sound waves. A sound spectrograph is employed to record these waves in the form of a graph that may be compared to graphs of other individuals and differentiated. Though voice

  • voiceprint (police technique)

    Voice identification, police technique for identifying individuals by the time, frequency, and intensity of their speech-sound waves. A sound spectrograph is employed to record these waves in the form of a graph that may be compared to graphs of other individuals and differentiated. Though voice

  • Voices (work by Prokosch)

    Frederic Prokosch: His final work, Voices (1983), was a memoir of his encounters with leading 20th-century literary figures, including T.S. Eliot and Thomas Mann, who were among his admirers.

  • Voices (poetry by Stead)

    C.K. Stead: >Voices (1990), Straw into Gold: Poems New and Selected (1997), The Right Thing (2000), and The Red Tram (2004). Stead composed the poems in The Black River (2007) after suffering a stroke. The Yellow Buoy: Poems 2007–2012 (2013) deals largely with his European travels.

  • Voices in Time (novel by MacLennan)

    Hugh MacLennan: His seventh novel, Voices in Time (1980), is the story of a man’s attempt to reconstruct the history of a Canada destroyed by nuclear holocaust.

  • Voices of Silence, The (work by Malraux)

    André Malraux: Life: …his monumental meditation on art, Les Voix du Silence, which was published in 1951.

  • Voices of the Civil Rights Movement: Black American Freedom Songs 1960-66 (American music collection)

    Bernice Johnson Reagon: …included a three-record collection called Voices of the Civil Rights Movement: Black American Freedom Songs, 1960–66 and the Wade in the Water series, a long-term project focusing on the history of African American sacred song and worship traditions. In 1989 Reagon received a MacArthur Foundation award. She was appointed distinguished…

  • Voices of the Night (work by Longfellow)

    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: The Song of Hiawatha, Paul Revere’s Ride, and other poetry: In 1839 he published Voices of the Night, which contained the poems “Hymn to the Night,” “The Psalm of Life,” and “The Light of the Stars” and achieved immediate popularity. That same year Longfellow published Hyperion, a romantic novel idealizing his European travels. In 1842 his Ballads and Other…

  • Voices, The (film by Satrapi [2014])

    Marjane Satrapi: …directed the English-language dark comedy The Voices (2014), which concerned a man who, having failed to take his medication, becomes a murderer.

  • voicing (music)

    stringed instrument: The production of sound: …final process in piano manufacture: voicing. To voice a piano, a skilled worker adjusts the timbre of the instrument by the simple expedient of pricking the felt hammers with needles until a unified quality has been achieved throughout the range of the instrument. The tone of an instrument is also…

  • voicing (phonetics)

    Voice, in phonetics, the sound that is produced by the vibration of the vocal cords. All vowels are normally voiced, but consonants may be either voiced or voiceless (i.e., uttered without vibration of the vocal cords). The liquid consonant l and the nasal m, n, ng (as in “sing”) are normally v

  • void (philosophy)

    Democritus: …asserted that space, or the Void, had an equal right with reality, or Being, to be considered existent. He conceived of the Void as a vacuum, an infinite space in which moved an infinite number of atoms that made up Being (i.e., the physical world). These atoms are eternal and…

  • void (mysticism)

    Emptiness, in mysticism and religion, a state of “pure consciousness” in which the mind has been emptied of all particular objects and images; also, the undifferentiated reality (a world without distinctions and multiplicity) or quality of reality that the emptied mind reflects or manifests. The

  • Void Field (art installation by Kapoor)

    Anish Kapoor: …Venice Biennale with his installation Void Field, a grid of rough sandstone blocks, each with a mysterious black hole penetrating its top surface. The following year he was honoured with the Turner Prize, a prestigious award for contemporary art. Kapoor continued to explore the idea of the void during the…

  • void set (mathematics)

    formal logic: Set theory: …same, there is only one null class, which is therefore usually called the null class (or sometimes the empty class); it is symbolized by Λ or ?. The notation x = y is used for “x is identical with y,” and ~(x = y) is usually abbreviated as x ≠…

  • Void, A (work by Perec)

    Georges Perec: Perec’s novel La Disparition (1969; A Void) was written entirely without using the letter e, as was its translation. A companion piece of sorts appeared in 1972 with the novella Les Revenentes (“The Ghosts”; published in English as The Exeter Text [1996]), in which every word has only e as…

  • Voie royale, La (work by Malraux)

    André Malraux: Literary works: La Voie royale (1930) is a thriller set among the Khmer temples of Cambodia that Malraux himself explored. Malraux’s masterpiece is La Condition humaine (1933), which made him known to readers all over the world. This novel is set in Shanghai during the crushing by…

  • Voie Triomphale, la (thoroughfare, Paris, France)

    Paris: The Triumphal Way: Northwest from the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel (Carrousel Triumphal Arch), located in the courtyard between the open arms of the Louvre, extends one of the most remarkable perspectives to be seen in any modern city. It is sometimes called la Voie Triomphale…

  • Voight, Angelina Jolie (American actress)

    Angelina Jolie, American actress and director known for her sex appeal and edginess as well as for her humanitarian work. She won an Academy Award for her supporting role as a mental patient in Girl, Interrupted (1999). Jolie, daughter of actor Jon Voight, spent much of her childhood in New York

  • Voight, Henry (American engineer and inventor)

    ship: Early examples: …1788 Fitch and his partner, Henry Voight, had made repeated trips on the Delaware River as far as Burlington, 20 miles above Philadelphia, the longest passage then accomplished by a steamboat.

  • Voight, Jon (American actor)

    Jon Voight, American actor who achieved stardom with his portrayal of the street hustler Joe Buck in the groundbreaking film Midnight Cowboy (1969) and went on to have a successful career taking on challenging leading and character roles in a wide range of movies and television shows. Voight began

  • Voight, Jonathan Vincent (American actor)

    Jon Voight, American actor who achieved stardom with his portrayal of the street hustler Joe Buck in the groundbreaking film Midnight Cowboy (1969) and went on to have a successful career taking on challenging leading and character roles in a wide range of movies and television shows. Voight began

  • Voigtl?nder, Friedrich (Austrian inventor)

    history of photography: Development of the daguerreotype: …same period, József Petzval and Friedrich Voigtl?nder, both of Vienna, worked on better lens and camera design. Petzval produced an achromatic portrait lens that was about 20 times faster than the simple meniscus lens the Parisian opticians Charles Chevalier and N.M.P. Lerebours had made for Daguerre’s cameras. Meanwhile, Voigtl?nder reduced…

  • Voile d’Orphée, Le (work by Henry)

    electronic music: Establishment of electronic studios: …One Man Only) and Henry’s Orphée (1953), a ballet score written for the Belgian dancer Maurice Béjart. These and similar works created a sensation when first presented to the public. Symphonie pour un homme seul, a descriptive suite about man and his activities, is an extended composition in 11 movements.…

  • Voilemont, comte de (French military officer)

    Ferdinand Walsin Esterhazy, French army officer, a major figure in the Dreyfus case. Esterhazy had posed as a count and served in the Austrian army during the 1866 war with Prussia. He then served in the French Foreign Legion before being commissioned in the regular French army (1892). Having

  • Voiles (work by Debussy)

    harmony: Dissonance after Wagner: , “Voiles” (“Sails”), from the first book of preludes for piano—can be said to exist without harmonic resolution and, therefore, without traditional tonality. Other Debussian devices include the regarding of the seventh chord (e.g., dominant seventh, diminished seventh) as a self-sufficient harmony instead of as a…

  • Voillaume, René (French religious leader)

    Little Brothers of Jesus and Little Sisters of Jesus: …were founded in 1933 by René Voillaume in southern Oran, Alg.; the Little Sisters were founded in September 1939 at Touggourt, Alg., by Sister Madeleine of Jesus. Both congregations live in small groups, called fraternities, in ordinary dwellings among the poor labouring classes. They hold the same type of jobs…

  • Voinovich, George (United States senator)

    Rob Portman: George Voinovich announced in 2009 that he would not seek reelection, Portman sought the seat and received the backing of several Tea Party groups as well as the state’s Republican establishment. Greatly outspending his opponents, Portman won nearly 57 percent of the vote in the…

  • Voinovich, Vladimir (Russian author)

    Vladimir Voinovich, Russian writer and dissident known for his irreverent and perceptive satire that often ran afoul of Soviet authorities. Voinovich’s father was a journalist who spent several years in a forced-labour camp, and his mother was a teacher. Vladimir served in the Soviet army from 1951

  • Voinovich, Vladimir Nikolayevich (Russian author)

    Vladimir Voinovich, Russian writer and dissident known for his irreverent and perceptive satire that often ran afoul of Soviet authorities. Voinovich’s father was a journalist who spent several years in a forced-labour camp, and his mother was a teacher. Vladimir served in the Soviet army from 1951

  • Voiotía (district, Greece)

    Boeotia, district of ancient Greece with a distinctive military, artistic, and political history. It corresponds somewhat to the modern perifereiakí enótita (regional unit) of Boeotia, Central Greece (Modern Greek: Stereá Elláda) periféreia (region), northern Greece. The regional unit extends

  • VoIP (communications)

    VoIP, communications technology for carrying voice telephone traffic over a data network such as the Internet. VoIP uses the Internet Protocol (IP)—one half of the Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP), a global addressing system for sending and receiving packets of data over the

  • voir dire (law)

    Voir dire, in law, process of questioning by which members of a jury are selected from a large panel, or venire, of prospective jurors. The veniremen are questioned by the judge or by the attorneys for the respective parties. The voir dire attempts to detect bias or preconceived notions of guilt or

  • Voir-Dit (work by Machaut)

    Guillaume de Machaut: …among the longer works is Voir-Dit, which relates how a young girl of high rank falls in love with the poet because of his fame and creative accomplishments. The difference in age is too great, however, and the idyll ends in disappointment. Machaut’s lyric poems also are based on the…

  • Voirier, Jean (French clergyman)

    Erasmus: The wandering scholar: …Erasmus met the fiery preacher Jean Voirier, who, though a Franciscan, told him that “monasticism was a life more of fatuous men than of religious men.” Admirers recounted how Voirier’s disciples faced death serenely, trusting in God, without the solemn reassurance of the last rites. Voirier lent Erasmus a copy…

  • Voisin (automobile)

    automobile: The age of the classic cars: Hotchkiss, Talbot (Darracq), and Voisin of France; the Duesenberg, Cadillac, Packard, and Pierce-Arrow of the United States; the Horch, Maybach, and Mercedes-Benz of Germany; the Belgian Minerva; and the Italian

  • Voisin (airplane)

    bomber: …aircraft such as the French Voisin, which carried some 130 pounds (60 kg) of small bombs that the observer simply picked up and dropped over the side.

  • Voisin, Gabriel (French aviation pioneer)

    Gabriel Voisin, French aviation pioneer and aircraft manufacturer. Voisin was one of the most colorful figures in the early history of aviation. Trained as an architect and inspired by the work of the French aviation pioneer Clément Ader, he began to pursue an interest in flight as early as 1898.

  • Voisin, La (French criminal)

    Affair of the Poisons: …to death, including the poisoner La Voisin (Catherine Deshayes, Madame Monvoisin), who was burned on Feb. 22, 1680.

  • Voisin-Farman I (biplane)

    Voisin-Farman I, aircraft built by the French aeronautical pioneer Gabriel Voisin for the French aviator Henri Farman in 1907. Like the Wright brothers’ aircraft, the earliest powered Voisin airplanes were pusher biplanes with elevators located forward of the wings. The first of these machines,

  • Voit, Carl von (German physiologist)

    Carl von Voit, German physiologist whose definitive measurements of gross metabolism in mammals, including humans, helped establish the study of the physiology of metabolism and laid much of the foundation for modern nutritional science. A pupil of the German chemists Justus von Liebig and

  • Voiture, Vincent (French writer)

    Vincent Voiture, French poet, letter writer, and animating spirit of the group that gathered at the salon of the marquise de Rambouillet. Voiture completed his education in Paris and early made the acquaintance of the aged poet Fran?ois de Malherbe and of Jean-Louis Guez de Balzac, whose zeal for

  • voivodate (duchy)

    Romania: Romanians and Hungarians: …overwhelmed the Slavic-Romanian duchies, or voivodates, that they encountered there. In the 11th century they made the territory north of the Carpathians, which was to become known as Transylvania, a part of the Hungarian kingdom. To the south a number of small voivodates coalesced by 1330 into the independent Romanian…

  • voivode (Rom chieftain)

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    André Malraux: Life: …his monumental meditation on art, Les Voix du Silence, which was published in 1951.

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