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The centimeter-gram-second electromagnetic unit of magnetomotive force, equal to 10/4 π ampere-turn.

[After William Gilbert.]
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1. (Biography) Grove Karl. 1843–1918, US geologist who pioneered the study of river development and valley erosion
2. (Biography) Sir Humphrey. ?1539–83, English navigator: founded the colony at St John's, Newfoundland (1583)
3. (Biography) William. 1540–1603, English physician and physicist, noted for his study of terrestrial magnetism in De Magnete (1600)
4. (Biography) Sir W(illiam) S(chwenck). 1836–1911, English dramatist, humorist, and librettist. He collaborated (1871–96) with Arthur Sullivan on the famous series of comic operettas, including The Pirates of Penzance (1879), Iolanthe (1882), and The Mikado (1885)


(Units) a unit of magnetomotive force; the magnetomotive force resulting from the passage of 4π abamperes through one turn of a coil. 1 gilbert is equivalent to π = 0.795 775 ampere-turn. Symbols: Gb or Gi
[C19: named after William Gilbert]
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(ˈgɪl bərt)

the centimeter-gram-second unit of magnetomotive force, equal to 0.7958 ampere-turns.
[1890–95; after William Gilbert (1544–1603), English physician]


(ˈgɪl bərt)

1. Cass, 1859–1934, U.S. architect.
2. Sir Humphrey, 1537–83, English navigator and colonizer in America.
3. Sir William Schwenck (ʃwɛŋk) 1836–1911, English playwright and poet: collaborator with Sir Arthur Sullivan.
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Noun1.gilbert - a unit of magnetomotive force equal to 0.7958 ampere-turns
magnetomotive force unit - a unit of measurement of magnetomotive force
2.Gilbert - a librettist who was a collaborator with Sir Arthur Sullivan in a famous series of comic operettas (1836-1911)
3.Gilbert - English court physician noted for his studies of terrestrial magnetism (1540-1603)
4.gilbert - English navigator who in 1583 established in Newfoundland the first English colony in North America (1539-1583)Gilbert - English navigator who in 1583 established in Newfoundland the first English colony in North America (1539-1583)
5.Gilbert - United States architect who influenced the development of the skyscraper (1859-1934)
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gave a farewell party in honor of Anne and Gilbert one evening at the home of Josie Pye, choosing that place, partly because Mr.
Diana Barry, rosy and dimpled, shadowed by the faithful Fred; Jane Andrews, neat and sensible and plain; Ruby Gillis, looking her handsomest and brightest in a cream silk blouse, with red geraniums in her golden hair; Gilbert Blythe and Charlie Sloane, both trying to keep as near the elusive Anne as possible; Carrie Sloane, looking pale and melancholy because, so it was reported, her father would not allow Oliver Kimball to come near the place; Moody Spurgeon MacPherson, whose round face and objectionable ears were as round and objectionable as ever; and Billy Andrews, who sat in a corner all the evening, chuckled when any one spoke to him, and watched Anne Shirley with a grin of pleasure on his broad, freckled countenance.
Anne had known beforehand of the party, but she had not known that she and Gilbert were, as the founders of the Society, to be presented with a very complimentary "address" and "tokens of respect" -- in her case a volume of Shakespeare's plays, in Gilbert's a fountain pen.
"I guess Gilbert Blythe will be in school today," said Diana.
"You'll have Gilbert in your class after this," said Diana, "and he's used to being head of his class, I can tell you.
"That's Gilbert Blythe sitting right across the aisle from you, Anne.
From the center booth hung the yellow flag of Tepus, the famous bow bearer of the King; next to it, on one hand, was the blue flag of Gilbert of the White Hand, and on the other the blood-red pennant of stout young Clifton of Buckinghamshire.
Not an arrow missed the targets, but in that of Gilbert of the White Hand five arrows were in the small white spot that marked the center; of these five three were sped by Gilbert.
"I would say thou hast done what I could not do," said the King, laughing, "for I tell thee there lives not in all the world three archers to match Tepus and Gilbert and Clifton of Buckinghamshire."
"Well, thank goodness that Anne and Gilbert really are going to be married after all.
"So Gilbert didn't go back on you after all," said Mrs.
Anne's surface pleasure in her pretty bridal things was temporarily shadowed; but the deeps of happiness below could not thus be disturbed; and the little stings of Mesdames Bell and Andrews were forgotten when Gilbert came later, and they wandered down to the birches of the brook, which had been saplings when Anne had come to Green Gables, but were now tall, ivory columns in a fairy palace of twilight and stars.