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  • Alumnus

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    The Latin noun alumnus means “foster son” or “pupil” and is derived from the verb alere "to nourish". Pictured: Lorado Taft's Alma Mater in Illinois. An alumnus ( (masculine), an alumna ( (feminine), or an alumnum ( (gender-neutral) of a college, university, or other school is a former student who has either attended or graduated in some fashion from the institution. The word is Latin and simply means student. The plural is alumni () for men and mixed groups and alumnae () for women. The term is not synonymous with "graduate"; one can be an alumnus without graduating. (Burt Reynolds, alumnus but not graduate of Florida State, is an example.) An alumnus can also be and is more recently expanded to include a former employee of an organization and it may also apply to a former member, contributor, or inmate.

  • Alum Rock, San Jose

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    Alum Rock () is a neighborhood and census-designated place in San Jose, California, in East San Jose. The CDP, which excludes all annexed areas, had a population of 15,536 at the 2010 census. It is home to Alum Rock Park, the oldest municipal park in California and one of the largest in the United States. Formerly a separate town, much of the community is unincorporated surrounded by incorporated San Jose; neighborhoods between White Road and Capitol Avenue are part of a city/county agreement for annexation. James Lick High School, Mt. Pleasant High School, and William C. Overfelt High School (which are part of the East Side Union High School District), Joseph George Middle School, Ocala Middle School, and other schools in the Alum Rock Union School District serve the neighborhood. Near the center of the community is a small neighborhood commercial strip along Alum Rock Avenue at White Road.

  • Sizing

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    Sizing or size is any one of numerous substances that is applied to, or incorporated into, other materials—especially papers and textiles—to act as a protective filler or glaze. Sizing is used in papermaking and textile manufacturing to change the absorption and wear characteristics of those materials. Sizing is used for oil-based surface preparation for gilding (sometimes called mordant in this context). It is used by painters and artists to prepare paper and textile surfaces for some art techniques.

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