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n. pl. an·frac·tu·os·i·ties
1. The condition or quality of having many twists and turns.
2. A winding channel, passage, or crevice.
3. A complicated or involved process.
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1. the condition or quality of being anfractuous
2. a winding, circuitous, or intricate passage, surface, process, etc
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(ænˌfræk tʃuˈɒs ɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties.
1. the state or quality of being anfractuous.
2. a channel, crevice, or passage full of windings and turnings.
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The Koch snowflake is a complex figure; it is not possible to map all its points, because every time you improve the resolution, new anfractuosities appear where before there was apparently only one line segment (Mendonca et al., 2007).
These limestone anfractuosities are partly filled with reddish sand-clay deposits, resulting from the process of incipient karren formation, which will have occurred at the time when those rocky formations were outcrops.
For both steel sheets, we first measure their surface roughness and then determine the dimensions of the most critical anfractuosities, that is to say those which are the most difficult to fill.
19, we consider only the temperature variation of the polymer at the interface, near the substrate, on a thickness of 10 [micro]]m (mean depth of the anfractuosities).
Hard to tell given the anfractuosities of global (mis)understanding.
When Brice and Kip are making discoveries, the sentences become a landscape and we climb along anfractuosities of syntax with the characters:
Tieck, following Friedrich Schlegel, had postulated a continuity of 'Eine Poesie' throughout the undulations and anfractuosities of the historical process.
At times, his book resembles an encyclopedia entry when it delves into the anfractuosities of anticommunist movements.
More roughly, we consider the topography of the steel sheet 2 as a series of cylindrically shaped anfractuosities or pores, of various radii R and depths L, as shown Fig.
I translated the sixth one myself--The Major Ordeals of the Mind and the Countless Minor Ones--and I can testify to the corruga tions and anfractuosities of surface which must discourage the reader in search of entertainment and (given the ostensible subject) delight.
During the cure (which is below [T.sub.g]) and before the end of the reaction, on one hand the macro-network is stiff, on the other it is filled with anfractuosities (PVAc + unreacted resin separated phase), inside which the continuing polymerization induces shrinkage because the stiffness of the macro-network is much higher than that of the PVAc phase.
The effect of water is just symmetrical: the swelling proceeds into the anfractuosities, where are the thermoplastic PVAc and eventually the loose part of the UP network, the tight part of which being the rigid continuous matrix.