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prep. short for "doing business as," when a person or entity uses a business name instead of his/her/its own. All states have requirements for filing a certificate of "doing business under a fictitious name" either with the county clerk, the state Secretary of State or some other official to inform the public as to the real person or entity behind a business name. It is not necessary if the business includes the name of the true owner and is not to be confused with the use of a corporation name, since that is registered with the state.

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THE OFFICE Normal office noise comes in at 50 decibels, but a noisy office can be as loud as 80, twice the recommended level.
Like measuring the strength of earthquakes, increases in the rating of decibels are not linear.
In a study published by the Naval Health Research Center, scientists found that 24-hour exposure to low-frequency sonar at only 77 decibels produced "adverse effects on health, performance, and morale" on human sailors.
Under the new criteria, employers will record 10-decibel shifts from the employee's baseline hearing test when they also result in an overall hearing level of 25 decibels.
This is Seb Clarke in full swing at the Godiva Festival, but reader P Anslow wonders if the audience needed the decibel level to be quite so high.
lath and plaster wall can attain the same decibel rating as 4 7/8th in.
The Comfort Program is composed of three collections: Marmoleum Decibel.
Decibel level of a shriek emitted by tennis prayer Maria Sharapova during a Wimbledon match in July.
Liverpool averaged 97 decibels - louder than a lawnmower (90 decibels), but not quite at chain saw decibel levels (110 decibels) - while Manchester 14.