Ice in the transition stage between nilas and first-year ice, 10 to 30 centimeters in thickness. Young ice may be subdivided into GRAY ICE and GRAY-WHITE ICE.

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Seriesoperation energy economizer system in which heat from the steam generated (evaporated liquid) in the first stage is used to evaporate additional liquid in the second stage (by reducing system pressure), and so on, up to 10 or more effects; commonly used in the pulp and paper industry.


[ENG ACOUS] An audio-frequency transformer which matches impedances and transmits audio frequencies between one or more plates of an audio output stage and the grid or plate of a modulated amplifier.


A storage stage consisting only of transistors and resistors connected as flip-flops between input and output gates, and working with charge-storage transistors; gives a definite output even when both inputs are 1.


Vertical distance from the chart sounding datum to the water surface at any stage of the tide. It is positive if the water level is higher than the chart sounding datum. The vertical distance from the chart sounding datum to a high water datum is called RISE OF TIDE.


A series of stages in which the output of one stage is the input of the next stage.


Any non-frontal line or band of convective activity in the atmosphere. This is the general term and includes the developing, mature, and dissipating stages. However, when the mature stage consists of a line of active thunderstorms, it is properly called SQUALL LINE; therefore, in practice, instability line often refers only to the less active phases. Instability lines are usually hundreds of miles long (not necessarily continuous), 10 to 50 miles wide, and are most often formed in the warm sectors of wave cyclones. Unlike true fronts, they are transitory in character, ordinarily developing to maximum intensity in less than 12 hours and then dissipating in about the same time. Maximum intensity is usually attained in late afternoon.


A platform attached to the shore for landing or embarking passengers or cargo. In some cases the outer end of the landing stage is floating. Ships can moor alongside larger landing stages.


In an impulse turbine, the stage is a set of moving blades behind the nozzle. In a reaction turbine, each row of blades is called a 'stage'. A single Curtis stage may consist of two or more rows of moving blades.


An extensive body of air with fairly uniform (horizontal) physical properties, especially temperature and humidity. In its incipient stage the properties of the air mass are determined by the characteristics of the region in which it forms. It is a cold or warm air mass if it is colder or warmer than the surrounding air.


The tidal datum to which soundings and drying heights on a chart are referred. It is usually taken to correspond to a low water stage of the tide. Often shortened to CHART DATUM, especially when it is clear that reference is not being made to a geodetic datum.

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