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Carborundum \Car`bo*run"dum\ (k[aum]r`b[-o]*r[u^]n"d[u^]m), [a trade name, from Carbon + corundum.] A beautiful crystalline compound, silicon carbide ( SiC), consisting of carbon and silicon in combination; -- also called carbon silicide. It is made by heating carbon and sand together in an electric furnace. The commercial article is dark-colored and iridescent. It is harder than emery, and is used as an abrasive.


Sic \Sic\, a. Such. [Scot.]


Sic \Sic\, adv. [L.] Thus.

Note: This word is sometimes inserted in a quotation [sic], to call attention to the fact that some remarkable or inaccurate expression, misspelling, or the like, is literally reproduced.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

insertion in printed quotation to call attention to error in the original; Latin, literally "so, thus, in this way," related to or emphatic of si "if," from PIE root *so- "this, that" (cognates: Old English sio "she"). Used regularly in English articles from 1876, perhaps by influence of similar use in French (1872).\n\n[I]t amounts to Yes, he did say that, or Yes, I do mean that, in spite of your natural doubts. It should be used only when doubt is natural; but reviewers & controversialists are tempted to pretend that it is, because (sic) provides them with a neat & compendious form of sneer.


\nSic passim is "generally so throughout."

"to set upon, attack;" see sick (v.).


Etymology 1 adv. thus; thus written vb. To mark with a bracketed sic."sic, adv. (and n.)" ''Oxford English Dictionary'', Second Edition 1989. Oxford University Press. Etymology 2

alt. 1 (context transitive English) To incite an attack by, ''especially'' a dog or dogs. 2 (context transitive English) To set upon; to chase; to attack. vb. 1 (context transitive English) To incite an attack by, ''especially'' a dog or dogs. 2 (context transitive English) To set upon; to chase; to attack.

  1. adv. intentionally so written (used after a printed word or phrase)

  2. v. urge a dog to attack someone [syn: set]

  3. [also: sicking, sicked]


The Latin adverbsic ("thus"; in full: sic erat scriptum, "thus was it written") inserted after a quoted word or passage, indicates that the quoted matter has been transcribed exactly as found in the source text, complete with any erroneous or archaic spelling, surprising assertion, faulty reasoning, or other matter that might otherwise be taken as an error of transcription.

The notation's usual purpose is to inform the reader that any errors or apparent errors in quoted material do not arise from errors in the course of the transcription, but are intentionally reproduced, exactly as they appear in the source text. It is generally placed inside brackets to indicate that it is not part of the quoted matter.

Sic may also be used derisively, to call attention to the original writer's spelling mistakes or erroneous logic.

Sic (album)

[Sic] is a jazz/ fusion album released in 2005 by Austrian guitarist Alex Machacek. The album features drummer Terry Bozzio.

SIC (criminal organisation)

Security Insurance Company (SIC) was a security and insurance company in Bulgaria. Thought to be a front for a criminal organisation. SIC, along with its rival VIS, was made up primarily of ex-wrestlers, policemen and members of the security apparatus. As well as extortion rackets, the groups also worked in "car insurance" and theft. The capital they earned in the emerging Bulgarian economy of the 1990s allowed them to build huge influence amongst the government.

Sic (band)

SIC is a modern hardcore/thrash metal band from Tórshavn, the capital of the Faroe Islands.

Sic (experimental musician)

[sic] (Jennifer Morris) is a Lausanne based visual artist and electronic noise artist originally from Montreal.

Usage examples of "sic".

Galli castra munire instituerunt et sic sunt animo confirmati, homines insueti laboris, ut omnia quae imperarentur sibi patienda existimarent.

I can tell you, ye will see her a frightsome figure, sic as I never wish to see again.

Quin etiam Caesar cum in opere singulas legiones appellaret et, si acerbius inopiam ferrent, se dimissurum oppugnationem diceret, universi ab eo, ne id faceret, petebant: sic se complures anuos illo imperante meruisse, ut nullam ignominiam acciperent, nusquam infecta re discederent: hoc se ignominiae laturos loco, si inceptam oppugnationem reliquissent: praestare omnes perferre acerbitates, quam non civibus Romanis, qui Cenabi perfidia Gallorum interissent, parentarent.

Sic in favore magni honoris injustitia quaedam a legibus venit, dum alienis excubiis praeponitur, qui alibi militasse declaratur.

Hoc avertere loci natura prohibebat: in infimis enim sic radicibus montis ferebatur, ut nullam in partem depressis fossis derivari posset.

Grizel, puir, saft hertit, winsome thing, wad hae lookit twice at ony sic a serpent as him!

I carena to thraw the keys, or draw the bolts, or open the grate to sic a clamjamfrie?

Sed meridie, cum Caesar pabulandi causa tres legiones atque omnem equitatum cum Gaio Trebonio legato misisset, repente ex omnibus partibus ad pabulatores advolaverunt, sic uti ab signis legionibusque non absisterent.

Tum Caesar omnibus portis eruptione facta equitatuque emisso celeriter hostes in fugam dat, sic uti omnino pugnandi causa resisteret nemo, magnumque ex eis numerum occidit atque omnes armis exuit.

There canna be muckle nourishment in sic a thin soil, but there maun be something that agrees wi' them.

Marques of Huntlie desyring the presbyterie to tak tryell of the witches, and consultares with them, and to send to his Lordship the delatioun, with the names of sic as were maist meitt to pass upon the assyse and tryell of them.

Sic et Cenabi caede et labore operis incitati non aetate confectis, non mulieribus, non infantibus pepercerunt.

I can tell you that, at sic a crisis, a Cameronian is a gay-an weel-bred man.

Sic igitur magni quoque circum moenia mundi expugnata dabunt labem putresque ruina.

The earliest edition of the Malleus in the British museum reads: Nam die dnico sotularia iuuenu fungia seu pinguedie proci vt moris e p restauratoe fieri pungut et sic vbi ecclesia intrat tadiu malefice exire eccias non poterut quo adusq: exploratores aut exeunt aut illis licentia sub expssione ut sup exeundi peedat.