- Also called altar slab, altar stone. the flat stone forming the top of the altar in a Roman Catholic church.
- (initial capital letter) Astronomy. the Table, a southern constellation near Octans.
Origin of mensa
- an international fellowship organization for people with IQ's in the top 2 percent of the general population.
Origin of Mensa
a mensa et thoro
- pertaining to or noting a divorce that forbids spouses to live together but does not dissolve the marriage bond.
Origin of a mensa et thoro
Examples from the Web for mensa
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This track is so confusing and multi-layered, it would take a team of Mensa members with Ph.D.s in Ebonics to decode.Miley Cyrus’s Craziest Lyrics From ‘Bangerz,’ Analyzed
October 8, 2013
Curtis put up on his MySpace page a fake certificate proclaiming himself a member of Mensa, leaving Dutschke outraged.Ricin Suspect J. Everett Dutschke Arrested
April 27, 2013
As the lawyers say, is it a 'vinculo', or only a 'mensa et thoro?'The Complete Essays of C. D. Warner
Charles Dudley Warner
There was no provision for his mensa, for he was "a lover of poverty."
On this chart the Mensa is shown in a position which is unmistakable.Tent Work in Palestine
Claude Reignier Conder
A divorce a mensa et thoro could also be granted for cruelty.
He plunged into the declination of mensa with the fervour of a convert.The Soul of a Child
- a faint constellation in the S hemisphere lying between Hydrus and Volans and containing part of the Large Magellanic Cloud
- an international society, membership of which is restricted to people whose intelligence test scores exceed those expected of 98 per cent of the population
a mensa et thoro
- law denoting or relating to a form of divorce in which the parties remain married but do not cohabit: abolished in England in 1857
Word Origin and History for mensa
"altar top," 1848, Latin, literally "table," also "meal, supper," and "altar, sacrificial table," hence used in Church Latin for "upper slab of a church altar" (see mesa). With a capital M-, the name of an organization for people of IQs of 148 or more founded in England in 1946, the name chosen, according to the organization, to suggest a "round table" type group. The constellation was originally Mons Mensae "Table Mountain."
La Caille, who did so much for our knowledge of the southern heavens, formed the figure from stars under the Greater Cloud, between the poles of the equator and the ecliptic, just north of the polar Octans; the title being suggested by the fact that the Table Mountain, back of Cape Town, "which had witnessed his nightly vigils and daily toils," also was frequently capped by a cloud. [Richard Hinckley Allen, "Star Names and Their Meanings," London: 1899]