… quiet areas and sensory bags with headphones … and other ways to help kids who are on the spectrum cope with unfamiliar, noisy surroundings.—Rachel Molenda
… Stephanie Adams, cofounder of the Autism and Asperger's Society, said: "We started the society because we wanted to make a place where people on the spectrum can spend their time and not feel isolated. …"—Kelsey Maxwell
beautiful scarves in all the colors of the spectrum
the complete spectrum of opinions on this hotly debated subject
Recent Examples on the WebOn the opposite end of the political spectrum, Igor Girkin announced his intention to run and unite all pro-war forces under his banner.—Ivan Nechepurenko, New York Times, 23 Nov. 2023 Capybara personalities span the spectrum, and their preferences for company, human or not, vary.—Katie Liu, Discover Magazine, 22 Nov. 2023 But Becker is generally convincing in showing the whole political spectrum’s reluctance to be caught trafficking in any direct invocation of the concept.—Thomas Mallon, The New Yorker, 20 Nov. 2023 Explore See latest videos, charts and news Naturally, a lot of music spanning the broad spectrum of the electronic genre was played during the conference.—Katie Bain, Billboard, 16 Nov. 2023 This revolt across the Republican ideological spectrum is something former Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) never had to face.—Cami Mondeaux, Washington Examiner, 15 Nov. 2023 While some tech leaders, such as Thiel, supported Trump and the GOP’s attacks on Big Tech, today the tech elite across the political spectrum fear that Washington has become overly meddlesome in industries such as cryptocurrency and artificial intelligence.—Hannah Knowles, Washington Post, 12 Nov. 2023 And many Israelis across the political spectrum may resist any early move toward peace with the Palestinians in the wake of the most deadly attack on civilians in their country’s history.—Ned Temko, The Christian Science Monitor, 9 Nov. 2023 That seemed a lot more human and relatable for people along the political spectrum.—Jackie Strause, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 Nov. 2023 See More
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New Latin, from Latin, appearance — more at specter
: the group of different colors including red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet arranged in the order of their wavelengths and seen when white light passes through a prism and falls on a surface or when sunlight is scattered by water droplets to form a rainbow