What does joss mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. joss(noun)

    a Chinese god worshipped in the form of an idol


  1. joss(Noun)

    A Chinese household divinity; a Chinese idol.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Joss(noun)

    a Chinese household divinity; a Chinese idol

  2. Origin: [Chinese, corrupt. fr. Pg. deos God, L. deus.]


  1. JOSS

    JOSS was one of the very first interactive, time sharing programming languages. JOSS I, developed by J. Clifford Shaw at RAND was first implemented, in beta form, on the JOHNNIAC computer in May 1963. The full implementation was deployed in January 1964, supporting 5 terminals and the final version, supporting 10 terminals, was deployed in January 1965. JOSS was written in a symbolic assembly language called EasyFox. EasyFox was also developed by Cliff Shaw. JOSS was dubbed "The Helpful Assistant" and is renowned for its conversational user interface. Originally green/black typewriter ribbons were used in its terminals with green being used for user input and black for the computer's response. Any command that was not understood elicited the response "Eh?". JOSS II, was developed by Charles L. Baker, Joseph W. Smith, Irwin D. Greenwald, and G. Edward Bryan for the PDP-6 computer between 1964 and February 1966. Many variants of JOSS were developed and implemented on a variety of platforms. Some of these variants remained very similar to the original: TELCOMP, FOCAL, CAL, CITRAN, ISIS, PIL/I, JEAN, AID; while others, such as MUMPS, developed in distinctive directions.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Joss

    jos, n. a Chinese idol.—ns. Joss′-house, a temple; Joss′-stick, a stick of gum burned as incense to their gods. [Pidgin-English corr. of the Port. deos, god.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Joss

    a Chinese god or his idol.

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  1. JOSS

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of joss in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of joss in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Rajata Rajatanavin:

    We are trying to cut the risk to worshippers by issuing guidelines to make people aware that lighting joss sticks and paper during the Chinese New Year could have serious health effects.

  2. Sarah Michelle Gellar:

    Joss Whedon has Joss Whedon own sort of language that’s difficult for us mere mortals to understand, i grew up in New York. We did n’t have Valley girls, and constantly, I ’m asking Joss Whedon ‘ What does this mean ? I ’m not quite sure. ’ There’s a very funny story about [ my audition ] where the first line is ‘ What’s the sitch ? ’ And there I go walking in, and my first [ question was, ] ‘ What does this mean ? ’ No idea it meant situation. Talk about blowing a job instantly.

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