\kˈɒndəm], \kˈɒndəm], \k_ˈɒ_n_d_ə_m]\
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1. The protective plastic bag that accompanies 3.5-inchmicrofloppy diskettes. Rarely, also used of (paper) diskenvelopes. Unlike the write protect tab, the condom (when lefton) not only impedes the practice of SEX but has also been shownto have a high failure rate as drive mechanisms attempt to accessthe disk - and can even fatally frustrate insertion.2. The protective cladding on a light pipe.3. "keyboard condom": A flexible, transparent plastic coverfor a keyboard, designed to provide some protection againstdust and programming fluid without impeding typing.4. "elephant condom": the plastic shipping bags used insidecardboard boxes to protect hardware in transit.
By Denis Howe
The intestinum caecum of a sheep, soaked for some hours in water, turned inside out, macerated again, in weak, alkaline ley, changed every twelve hours, and scraped carefully to abstract the mucous membrane, leaving the peritoneal and muscular coats exposed to the vapour of burning brimstone, and afterwards washed with soap and water. It is then blown up, dried, cut to the length of seven or eight inches, and bordered at the open end with a riband. It is drawn over the penis prior to coition, to prevent venereal infection and pregnancy. It received its name from its proposer, Dr. Condom.
By Robley Dunglison
By Willam Alexander Newman Dorland
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- Noting a compound containing four replaceable hydrogen atoms. acids or alcohols, containing four replaceable atoms of hydrogen.