Availment

Definitions

  • GREAT HORNED OWL Rabbits constitute a favorite food when available. Poultry and other birds are also destroyed by this owl. Range: Eastern North America
    GREAT HORNED OWL Rabbits constitute a favorite food when available. Poultry and other birds are also destroyed by this owl. Range: Eastern North America
  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Availment Profit; advantage.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Public telephones in Israel are no longer operated by tokens as they were in the past. They are now operated by magnetic cards known in Hebrew as a telecart (tel-eh-cart). These plastic cards, the same size and shape as a credit card, are available at post offices, some hotel reception desks, street kiosks and dispensing machines.
    • n availment Profit; efficacy; successful issue. Bailey.
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Quotations

  • Daniel Francois Esprit Auber
    Daniel Francois Esprit Auber
    “Aging seems to be the only available way to live a long life.”
  • Ronald Reagan
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    “It's difficult to believe that people are still starving in this country because food isn't available.”
  • Robert J. Ringer
    Robert J. Ringer
    “There's a basic human weakness inherent in all people which tempts them to want what they can't have and not want what is readily available to them.”
  • John Milton
    John%20Milton
    “Nor aught availed him now to have built in heaven high towers; nor did he scrape by all his engines, but was headlong sent with his industrious crew to build in hell.”
  • James Russell Lowell
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    “There is no good in arguing with the inevitable. The only argument available with an east wind is to put on your overcoat.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “One of the benefits of a college education is to show the boy its little avail.”

Idioms

To little avail - If something is to little avail, it means that, despite great efforts, something ended in failure, but taking comfort from the knowledge that nothing else could have been done to avert or avoid the result.
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Usage

In literature:

But their cries and threats were of no more avail than had been the mother's tears and prayers.
"Historical Tales, Vol 5 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
He was willing; anxious to volunteer and offered himself in large numbers at every recruiting station, without avail.
"History of the American Negro in the Great World War" by W. Allison Sweeney
To it energy is available which is denied to the protozoon.
"The Birth-Time of the World and Other Scientific Essays" by J. (John) Joly
The mere forcing of food into the stomach would avail little.
"Pratt's Practical Pointers on the Care of Livestock and Poultry" by Pratt Food Co.
Priest, although in unison with the wishes of the King himself, were of little avail.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
However, I shall certainly avail myself of every occasion, which shall occur of doing so.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
While fortune places us then within striking distance, let us avail ourselves of it, to meet and talk over the tales of other times.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
A soil supplied with available plant food.
"The First Book of Farming" by Charles L. Goodrich
After much trading and discussing, the convention came to the conclusion that Abraham Lincoln of Illinois was the most "available" candidate.
"History of the United States" by Charles A. Beard and Mary R. Beard
Sometimes tea was available, but frequently without sugar or milk.
"Through Palestine with the 20th Machine Gun Squadron" by Unknown
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In poetry:

But what avails it to conceal
One charm, where nought but charms I see?
Their lustre then again reveal,
And let me, Myra, die of thee!
"To Myra" by James Thomson
As at a window of heaven thrown up,
All in a dazzling blaze are shown up,
Mellowing, ere our eyes avail,
To some soft enchanter's tale.
"Lita of the Nile" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
These but lived their little hour,
Filled with pride and pomp and power;
What availed them all at last?
We shall pass as they have past.
"Processional" by Madison Julius Cawein
For strung by Duty's steady hand,
And thrilled by Love's warm touch,
Slight forms and simple names may serve
At need, to avail for much.
"A Ballad Of 1812" by Sarah Anne Curzon
Behind the hill, behind the sky,
Behind my inmost thought, he sings;
No feet avail; to hear it nigh,
The song itself must lend the wings.
"The Foot-Path" by James Russell Lowell
Mistaken Marksman! now you may
Such idle bullets throw away;
For what avails your Pop-gun skill,
Your shot may wound—but hers can kill.
"To A Gentleman: Sitting Next to a Young Lady presents a Pop-Gun to the Author" by Samuel Bowden

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In science:

The same low-level security measures that are available to imperative code are also available to functional code: access-control lists, permissions, locks, exclusive channels, and so on.
Functional Programming and Security
Next, we consider the case when the uniform distribution on C (X) is not available and only a distribution P A on another module A is available.
Quantum wiretap channel with non-uniform random number and its exponent and equivocation rate of leaked information
When several more spin NR waveforms will be available, the spin EOB parameters (together with the nonspinning ones) should be explored and calibrated simultaneously against all the available NR waveforms.
Prototype effective-one-body model for nonprecessing spinning inspiral-merger-ringdown waveforms
Choosing the remaining arcs for A and A′ is equivalent to choosing a pair of disjoint configurations for trees on R in which there are xv points available for the targets of arcs entering v and dv points available for the sources of the arcs leaving v , for each v ∈ R.
The number of Euler tours of a random directed graph
The corresponds to replacing u and v by a single vertex v ′ which has dv points available for outgoing arcs and du + dv − 2 points available for incoming arcs.
The number of Euler tours of a random directed graph
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