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Pax \Pax\, n. [L. pax peace. See Peace.]

  1. (Eccl.) The kiss of peace; also, the embrace in the sanctuary now substituted for it at High Mass in Roman Catholic churches.

  2. (R. C. Ch.) A tablet or board, on which is a representation of Christ, of the Virgin Mary, or of some saint and which, in the Mass, was kissed by the priest and then by the people, in medi[ae]val times; an osculatory. It is still used in communities, confraternities, etc.

    Kiss the pax, and be quiet like your neighbors.

  3. Friendship, or a friend; -- esp. in the phrases to make pax with, to make friends with, to be good pax, to be good friends; also, truce; -- used esp. interjectionally. [Eng. Schoolboy Slang]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

mid-15c., "kiss of peace," from Latin pax (genitive pacis) "peace," in Ecclesiastical Latin, "kiss of peace" (see peace). Capitalized, Pax was the name of the Roman goddess of peace. Used by 1933 with adjectives from national names, on model of Pax Romana (such as Pax Britannica, 1872; Pax Americana, 1886, with reference to Latin America).


Etymology 1 interj. (cx UK schoolboy slang dated English) A cry for peace or truce in children's games. n. 1 A painted, stamped or carved tablet with a representation of Christ or the Virgin Mary, which was kissed by the priest during the Mass ("kiss of peace") and then passed to other officiating clergy and the congregation to be kissed. ''See also'' osculatory. 2 (cx UK schoolboy slang dated English) friendship; truce Etymology 2

n. 1 (context informal usually in the plural English) passenger; passengers 2 (context informal usually in the plural by extension hospitality industry English) guest (at an event or function)


n. (Roman Catholic Church) a greeting signifying Christian love for those assisting at the Eucharist [syn: kiss of peace]

Pax, WV -- U.S. town in West Virginia
Population (2000): 174
Housing Units (2000): 97
Land area (2000): 0.315477 sq. miles (0.817081 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 0.315477 sq. miles (0.817081 sq. km)
FIPS code: 62356
Located within: West Virginia (WV), FIPS 54
Location: 37.911042 N, 81.265224 W
ZIP Codes (1990):
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Pax, WV

PaX is a patch for the Linux kernel that implements least privilege protections for memory pages. The least-privilege approach allows computer programs to do only what they have to do in order to be able to execute properly, and nothing more. PaX was first released in 2000.

PaX flags data memory as non-executable, program memory as non-writable and randomly arranges the program memory. This effectively prevents many security exploits, such as some kinds of buffer overflows. The former prevents direct code execution absolutely, while the latter makes so-called return-to-libc (ret2libc) attacks difficult to exploit, relying on luck to succeed, but doesn't prevent overwriting variables and pointers.

PaX is maintained by The PaX Team, whose principal coder is anonymous.

Pax (Unix)

pax is an archiving utility created by POSIX and defined by the POSIX.1-2001 standard. Rather than sort out the incompatible options that have crept up between [[tar (file format)|tar]] and [[cpio]], along with their implementations across various versions of UNIX, the IEEE designed a new archive utility that could support various archive formats, including a new format which is basically tar with additional extended attributes. The name "pax" is an acronym for portable archive exchange. The command invocation and structure is somewhat a unification of both tar and cpio.

Pax (goddess)

Pax ( Latin for Peace), more commonly known in English as Peace, was the Roman goddess of peace, the equivalent of the Greek Eirene. Worship of Peace was organized as a goddess during the rule of Augustus. On the Campus Martius, she had a temple called the Ara Pacis and another temple on the Forum Pacis. She was depicted in art with olive branches, a cornucopia and a scepter. There was a festival in her honor on January 3. The daughter of Jupiter and Justice, Peace was often associated with spring.

Pax (liturgy)

Pax vobis ("peace to you"), or pax vobiscum ("peace with you"), are Latin salutations in the Catholic Mass and the Lutheran Divine Service.

Pax (Hyperion Cantos)
Pax (album)

Pax is the seventh album by American jazz pianist Andrew Hill, featuring performances recorded in 1965 but not released on the Blue Note label until 1975 as part of a compilation album One for One. The album features Hill's quintet performing six original compositions with one alternate take added to the 2006 CD release.

Pax (film)

PAX, is a Portuguese comedy directed by Eduardo Guedes over a screenplay of Bruno Heller. Is part of a film trilogy about Lisbon, ordered for Lisbon, European Cultural Capital of 1994.

Pax (2011 film)

Pax is a 2011 Norwegian Swedish film directed by Annette Sjursen. It was released on March 18, 2011. The film stars many well known Norwegian actors, but was not well received by critics and was considered a flop.

PAX (event)

PAX (originally known as Penny Arcade Expo) is a series of gaming festivals held in Seattle, Boston, Melbourne, and San Antonio. PAX was created by Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik, the authors of the Penny Arcade webcomic, because they wanted to attend a show exclusively for gaming.

Created in 2004, PAX has been hailed as a celebration of gamer culture. Defining characteristics of the festival include an opening keynote speech from an industry insider, game-culture inspired concerts, panels on game topics, exhibitor booths from independent and major game developers and publishers, a LAN party, tabletop game tournaments, and video game freeplay areas. Every PAX also features the Omegathon, a festival long tournament consisting of a group of randomly selected attendees competing for a grand prize. The final round of the Omegathon makes up the closing ceremony of PAX. Past games for the final round have included Tetris, Pong, Halo 3, and Skee ball.

Pax (liturgical object)

The pax was an object used in the Middle Ages and Renaissance for the Kiss of Peace in the Catholic Mass. Direct kissing among the celebrants and congregation was replaced by each in turn kissing the pax, which was carried around those present. The form of the pax was variable but normally included a flat surface to be kissed. Often the pax was held out with a long handle attached, and it seems to have been given a wipe with a cloth between each person. Some paxes are very elaborate and expensive objects, and most survivals fall into this class, but the great majority were probably very simple wood or brass pieces. It was usual to include an image, usually of or including the Virgin Mary or Jesus Christ.

The pax began to replace actual kisses in the 13th century, apparently because of a range of concerns over the sexual, social and medical implications of actual kissing. It is first documented in England, and the 17th-century historian of the Mass, Cardinal Giovanni Bona, associated the introduction with the Franciscan Order. The person holding the pax said "Pax tecum" and received the response "Et cum spiritu tuo" ("Peace to you", "And with your spirit"). The pax gradually fell out of general use, though the Catholic Encyclopedia in 1911 said it was still practised when "prelates and princes" were involved, but "not to others except in rare cases established by custom". In the 20th century the physical kiss, now more often a handshake, was revived in the Mass.

Usage examples of "pax".

I am a fully qualified Adjutor, authorized to sit at Supreme Council meetings and to advise the government on any and all matters dealing with the financial and economic well-being of the Pax, or of any group, sub-group, world, nationia, district, or sub-district within it.

The plan had been to avoid any Aenean, Pax, or Ouster worlds or strongholds found along their long voyage away from human space.

Pax or Ouster or Aenean elements without considering that we would meet up with humansor former humanssome eight thousand light-years outside the known sphere of human space.

Bin Ria Dem Loa Alem will be entitled to full medical care at the Pax base at Bombasino.

Ces Ambre, presumed killed in the Pax Base Bombasine massacre of Spectrum Helix civilians, had actually been shipped offworld with more than a thousand other children and young adults.

Nemes, Scylla, and Briareus move south on foot from the Pax Enclave at the Phallus of Shiva.

There had been rumors for the past four years centering on Pax Fleet forces chasing some heretic who had managed to activate the dormant farcasters.

With its population of one and a half billion souls, all born-again Christians carrying the cruciform, most employed by the Vatican or the huge civilian, military, or mercantile bureaucracy of the Pax state, the planet Pacem paused to listen with some interest.

Or had, before the Pax introduced the cruciform and physical resurrection to humanity.

People traveled between worlds in the Pax -- millionaires mostly, businesspeople and adventurers willing to spend months in cryogenic sleep and years of time-debt traveling by Mercantilus transport between the stars, smug in their cruciform certainty that job and home and family would be waiting in their steady-state Christian universe when they returned -- but it was rare, and no one traveled between worlds without money and Pax permission.

In a Pax universe where the vast majority of individuals chose the cruciform -- chose to attempt to be immortal -- birth control was a given.

Sol, Luna, Tellus, Neptunus, Orcus, Proserpina, in part of moral and social qualities and states, such as Febris, Salus, Mens, Spes, Pudicitia, Pietas, Fides, Concordia, Virtus, Bellona, Victoria, Pax, Libertas, and others.

Adding the name of a local city to our own had been the tradition of most indigenie families -- for my family was indeed indigenie, descended from those first seedship pioneers almost seven centuries earlier, third-class citizens on our own world: third now after the Pax offworlders and the Hegira colonists who came centuries after my ancestors.

De Soya must convince the garrison commander -- Pax Major Leem -- that an expedition has to be mounted.

Meanwhile, the lox was being steadily devalued, there was open hostility between the Jovians and Pax vessels which arrived at Callisto Station, and the aresians were complaining of being treated like poor cousins.