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miliShah

noun;
The actual formation is based on the resemblance of the name Mili Shah to a unit name due to the other meaning of “mili.” The formation process actually exemplifies a sort of back formation for a unit of measure so that it would coincide with the name of a lecturer. Its usage is limited to a group of students in a certain class at Rice and generally used for humorous purposes and therefore is not expected to ever carry any widespread scientific value as a real unit. It was a nonce derivation that represented an effort to give a humorous name to a seemingly absurd unit, m^(5/6), that showed up in an elec 261 problem.
 
If there’s a unit called a Shah, then a miliShah would be one-thousandth of it. We need a special unit for m^(5/6) so that’s a Shah.
Etymology : The term appears derived based on the metric prefix mili- 'one-thousand' applied to the unit of measure, Shah
Source : Conversation at problem set work session
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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