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Vulcan \Vul"can\, n. [L. Vulcanus, Volcanus: cf. Skr. ulk[=a] a firebrand, meteor. Cf. Volcano.] (Rom. Myth.) The god of fire, who presided over the working of metals; -- answering to the Greek Heph[ae]stus.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

god of fire and metal-work in Roman mythology, 1510s, from Latin Vulcanus, Volcanus, according to Klein a word of Etruscan origin. Often with allusions to his lameness and the unfaithfulness of his wife, Venus. As the name of a hypothetical planet between Mercury and the Sun, it is attested from 1860. French physician Edmond Modeste Lescarbault claimed to have discovered it crossing the Sun's disk in 1859. The Roman feast of Vulcanalia was on Aug. 23.

Vulcan (hypothetical planet)

Vulcan is a small hypothetical planet that was proposed to exist in an orbit between Mercury and the Sun. Attempting to explain peculiarities of Mercury's orbit, the 19th-century French mathematician Urbain Le Verrier hypothesized that they were the result of another planet, which he named "Vulcan".

A number of reputable investigators became involved in the search for Vulcan, but no such planet was ever found, and the peculiarities in Mercury's orbit have now been explained by Albert Einstein's theory of general relativity. Searches of data gathered by NASA's two STEREO spacecraft have failed to find any vulcanoids that could have accounted for claimed observations of Vulcan. It is doubtful that there are any vulcanoids larger than in diameter. Other than Mercury, asteroid , whose orbit has a semi-major axis of has the smallest known semi-major axis of any known object orbiting the Sun.

Vulcan (Star Trek)

Vulcans are a fictional extraterrestrial humanoid species in the Star Trek franchise who originate from the planet Vulcan. In the various Star Trek television series and movies, they are noted for their attempt to live by logic and reason with no interference from emotion. They were the first extraterrestrial species in the Star Trek universe to observe first contact protocol with humans.

Vulcan (volcano)

Vulcan is a pumice cone in Papua New Guinea. It is a sub-vent of the Rabaul caldera and lies on the western rim of the larger feature. Its most recent eruption was in 1994, when in conjunction with another vent, Tavurvur, the eruptions of Vulcan forced the temporary abandonment of the city of Rabaul and the relocation of the local administrative centres of East New Britain Province, to a new capital, Kokopo. Today, the slopes of Vulcan are now forested, as a result of dormancy since 1994.

Vulcan (motor vehicles)

The Vulcan Motor and Engineering Company Limited, of Southport, England, made cars from 1902 until 1928 and commercial vehicles from 1914 until 1953.

Vulcan (Marvel Comics)

Vulcan (Gabriel Summers) is a fictional character, a supervillain appearing in Marvel Comics. He first appeared in X-Men: Deadly Genesis #1 (January 2006). He is the third Summers brother to be revealed, a younger brother of X-Men characters Cyclops and Havok.

Vulcan (DC Comics)

Vulcan, is a fictional character that appears in comic books published by DC Comics. He is the second character to star in a book titled Son of Vulcan, the first being Johnny Mann, who was created by Charlton Comics in 1965 and later purchased by DC Comics in 1983.

In the modern version, Miguel Devante is known simply as Vulcan and first appears in Son of Vulcan vol. 2 #1 August 2005. He was created by Scott Beatty and Keron Grant.

Vulcan (comics)

Vulcan, in comics, may refer to:

  • Vulcan (DC Comics) is the name of several characters published by DC Comics, one of whom featured in Son of Vulcan
  • Marvel Comics characters:
    • Vulcan (Marvel Comics), a character who is the brother of X-Men members Cyclops and Havok
    • Vulcan, another name for the Marvel Comics character Hephaestus (Marvel Comics)
    • Vulcan, an enemy of Black Goliath
    • Vulcan, a member of First Line
  • Vulcan, a character from Charlton Comics, who has also appeared in Son of Vulcan
  • Vulcan, a character from Fawcett Comics
  • Vulcan (Fleetway), a British comic
  • Vulcan, a character from Avatar Press

It may also refer to:

  • Vulcann, a character from X-Men 2099
  • Vulcanus, a DC Comics character who has appeared in Batman and the Outsiders
Vulcan (Fleetway)

Vulcan was a weekly British comic book magazine published by Fleetway and Swiss publisher Gevacur from 1975 to 1976.

Vulcan (EP)

Vulcan is the recording debut of bay area rock group Snake River Conspiracy. The five-song EP includes 3 versions of the title track, along with a b-side and a cover of the Beatles classic, She Said She Said. The song Vulcan was also included on the band's debut album, Sonic Jihad, which came out almost exactly six months after this EP.

Vulcan (barge)

The Vulcan, launched in 1819, was the first all iron-hulled vessel ( boat) to be built. It was designed as a horse-drawn passenger barge for use on the Scottish canals..

Vulcan (surname)

Vulcan is a Romanian language surname. People with the name include:

  • Iosif Vulcan (1841-1907), magazine editor and cultural figure
  • Samuil Vulcan (1758-1839), Greek-Catholic bishop, great-uncle of Iosif Vulcan
Vulcan (mythology)

Vulcan ( Latin: Volcānus or Vulcānus; , ) is the god of fire including the fire of volcanoes, metalworking, and the forge in ancient Roman religion and myth. Vulcan is often depicted with a blacksmith's hammer. The Vulcanalia was the annual festival held August 23 in his honor. His Greek counterpart is Hephaestus, the god of fire and smithery. In Etruscan religion, he is identified with Sethlans.

Vulcan belongs to the most ancient stage of Roman religion: Varro, the ancient Roman scholar and writer, citing the Annales Maximi, records that king Titus Tatius dedicated altars to a series of deities among which Vulcan is mentioned.

Vulcan (automobile company)

Vulcan Manufacturing Company was a brass era American automobile manufacturer based in Painesville, Ohio, founded in 1914.

Vulcan's first products were the Model 27 speedster and five-passenger tourer. They ran on a wheelbase and had a engine (3⅜×5-inch, 86×127 mm) and left-hand drive. The speedster was US$750, the tourer US$850, compared to US$650 for the high-volume Oldsmobile Runabout US$500 for Western's Gale Model A and Ford Model N, US$485 for a Brush Runabout, as low as $375 for the Black, and US$250 for the Success.

The Vulcan Power Wagon truck was produced circa 1915, at least some under license by Driggs-Seabury, and was rated at three to seven tons depending on model.

Vulcan (inactive volcano)

Vulcan, named after the Roman god of fire, is an inactive volcano on Albuquerque, New Mexico's West Mesa. It is the largest of the volcanoes in Albuquerque's Volcanic Field . Vulcan is a spatter cone, formed primarily by fire fountains that were active in the central vent and in smaller vents on flanks of the cone. These flank vents formed the arches and caves seen today. From a vantage point on top of the cone 600 feet above valley floor, the alignment of the 5-mile-long chain of vents is particularly noticeable. Spatter forms when blobs of lava are emitted from a vent. The blobs cool as they fly through the air, and the partially molten blobs then land on the side of the cone to weld together to form a hard crust. Fragmented cinder and spatter material and lava flows dip at angles as high as 55° away from the central vent on the eastern and southern side of Vulcan. The spatter material is thickest on the southeastern side of Vulcan, indicating that it was blown by the wind toward the south and east during the fountaining events. A solidified lava pond that consists of a massive gray basalt with weakly developed columnar jointing occupies the crater of Vulcan. Radial, sinuous lava tubes 8 to 20 inches across and 300 feet long are preserved on the northeast and northwest flanks of Vulcan.

Vulcan lies in a large geological zone known as the Rio Grande rift, which follows the Rio Grande from southern Colorado through El Paso, Texas, after which it becomes indistinguishable from the Range and Basin province of northern Mexico. This rent in the Earth's surface, where two land masses are pulling away from one another, is responsible for much of the volcanic activity and mountain-building that occurred throughout the area.

Vulcan lies in Petroglyph National Monument, with access to the volcanoes during business hours, after which any vehicles are locked in and subject to fines and impound. It rests in a volcanic field approximately 7 mi. northwest of Albuquerque. To the south are the volcanoes Black, followed by JA volcano. To the north lie Bond and Butte volcanoes and the Jemez Mountains. To the west is the giant stratovolcano Mount Taylor (Navajo: Tsoodził, The Turquoise Mountain), and to the east are the cities of Rio Rancho, Albuquerque, the village of Corrales, and the Sandia Mountains.

Vulcan is believed to have last erupted around 150,000 years ago. It was once believed to be extinct. After Earth and space-based geodetic measurements indicated ongoing surface uplift above the Socorro Magma Body at approximately 2 mm/year, it was reclassified as inactive or dormant.

Vulcan (Turku shipyard)

Aktiebolaget Vulcan was an engineering works and shipbuilding company that operated in Turku, Finland between 1898–1924.

The company was founded by local businessmen, who bought the production facilities from previously ceased Åbo Mekaniska Verkstads Ab. The company produced ships, engines, pumps and other engineering products. Vulcan had a facility also in Saint Petersburg, where it produced military supplies for the Imperial Russian Army. The company struggled due to losses caused by the Russian Revolution and declined orders.

The company manager Allan Staffans joined Vulcan with its competitor Ab Crichton, creating Crichton-Vulcan shipyard.

Vulcan (rocket)

The Vulcan rocket is an American heavy-payload launch vehicle under development since 2014 by United Launch Alliance (ULA), funded by a public–private partnership with the US government. ULA expects the first launch of the new rocket to occur no earlier than 2019.

To date, the ULA board of directors has made only short-term (quarterly) funding commitments to the rocket development project, and it is unclear if long-term private funding will be available to finish the project. As of March 2016, the US government has committed to Vulcan development, and ULA is working to obtain additional government funding for development of the launch vehicle.

Usage examples of "vulcan".

Jack, torn between grief and laughter, went to see to Vulcan before the ancient Baldrick tried to attend to the matter and cut a life of loyal service untimely short.

This three at the main table uttered simultaneous inarticulate cries while Vulcan looked to Coan for direction.

But the Vulcans knew from their own bitter experience with one another that once one paid Danegeld, one never got rid of the Dane.

I distinctly recall noting its ethnocentricity in naming the transporter for the human god Janus rather than the Vulcan goddess Yelanna.

Garden of Diana, or go farther down the valley through the Gardens of Hermes and Vulcan.

She and Spock were huddled against the hull of the Tholian ship, the Vulcan correlating her information while Glasser and her team continued to work over the vessel.

So easily do our standards adjust themselves to our circumstances that whereas on her first night at the Vulcan the Greenroom had seemed a blessed haven, her hours of precarious security had bred a longing for a bed and ordered cleanliness, and she began to dread the night.

So, just after the Romulan War, the Starfleet Bureau of Standards and the Vulcan Science Academy arbitrarily chose the center of our galaxy as the center point of a hypersphere with .

In Thebes, in Upper Egypt, he was represented as emitting it from his mouth, and causing to issue from it the first principle of heat and light, or the Fire-God, Vulcan, or Phtha.

Ambassador, given that you have spent the last several years attempting to reunify Romulus and Vulcan.

The other planet, shortchanged on the denser elements, was able to settle into an orbit with its partner that would seem, to those unfamiliar with the physics and densities involved, to bring it dangerously close to Vulcan.

His dad had done everything a human could do to prove that we were ready for space, just as good as the Vulcans or whatever slimers were out there, and still the pointers wouldnt teach the important stuff, like they thought we were just puppies in clothes who couldnt learn.

A wind got up in the night and found its way into the top of the stagehouse at the Vulcan.

Talking sense to a swashbuckling Talaxian was tougher than frightening a Vulcan.

Paraagans on tetrazine reactions as well as what we have in the Vulcan database, but the information is limited on that side of the equation.