Dickens

Definitions

  • From Children's Stories from Dickens
    From Children's Stories from Dickens
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n dickens a word used in exclamations of confusion "what the devil","the deuce with it","the dickens you say"
    • n Dickens English writer whose novels depicted and criticized social injustice (1812-1870)
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Young Dickens at the Blacking Warehouse Young Dickens at the Blacking Warehouse
Dickens House by Furnival's Inn Dickens House by Furnival's Inn
No. 48, Doughty Street, Mecklenburgh Square. Dickens's Residence 1837-9 No. 48, Doughty Street, Mecklenburgh Square. Dickens's Residence 1837-9
Tavistock House, Tavistock Square. Dickens's Residence 1851-60 Tavistock House, Tavistock Square. Dickens's Residence 1851-60
No. 141, Bayham Street, Camden Town, where the Dickens Family lived in 1823 No. 141, Bayham Street, Camden Town, where the Dickens Family lived in 1823
No. 1, Devonshire Terrace, Regent's Park.—Dickens's Residence 1839-50 No. 1, Devonshire Terrace, Regent's Park.—Dickens's Residence 1839-50
Restoration House, Rochester, as it appeared in Dickens's time Restoration House, Rochester, as it appeared in Dickens's time
Charles Dickens Plaque Charles Dickens Plaque

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Charles Dickens grew up in extreme poverty. At the age of 10, his father was sent to debtor's prison, his mother forced into menial labor, this brothers and sisters worked in factories, and Dickens himself had to tie and label sacks of lamp black. He would later draw on these experiences in his novels.
    • n. or interj Dickens The devil. "I can not tell what the dickens his name is."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Before settling on the name of Tiny Tim for his character in "A Christmas Carol", three other alliterative names were considered by Charles Dickens. They were: Little Larry, Puny Pete and Small Sam.
    • n dickens The deuce: used interjectionally, with the definite article (formerly sometimes with the indefinite).
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Charles Dickens worked in a shoe polish factory at age 12.
    • n Dickens dik′enz the deuce, the devil, as in 'What the dickens.'—Play the dickens with, to play the deuce with.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Perh. a contr. of the dim. devilkins,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
For devil, confused with Dickon = Richard.

Usage

In literature:

Speaking of Dickens's readings, our informant relates a conversation with Charles Dickens's sixth son, Mr. Henry Fielding Dickens.
"A Week's Tramp in Dickens-Land" by William R. Hughes
But why the dickens should Shaw have a secretary?
"The Girl in the Mirror" by Elizabeth Garver Jordan
The two most famous literary men to whom Captain Basil Hall lent the narrative, were, however, Sir Walter Scott and Charles Dickens.
"A Week at Waterloo in 1815" by Magdalene De Lancey
Charles Dickens and Lord Lytton became rather intimate friends; but their origins and early experiences were curiously different.
"A History of Nineteenth Century Literature (1780-1895)" by George Saintsbury
Dickens will prove a profitable study in this connection.
"The Technique of Fiction Writing" by Robert Saunders Dowst
What the dickens was that?
"Cleek of Scotland Yard" by Thomas W. Hanshew
Goethe, Dickens, Schiller, and Scott.
"Methods of Authors" by Hugo Erichsen
When I give you the sign, run like the dickens for the ship.
"Dave Dawson at Dunkirk" by Robert Sydney Bowen
Mr. Dickens was not there; nor, indeed, was I.
"Christmas Eve and Christmas Day" by Edward E. Hale
CHIMES, by Dickens, plates, 18mo, fancy cloth.
"Endless Amusement" by Unknown
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In poetry:

It was a pity about Dickens’
Insane jealousy of chickens,
And one could really almost weep
At his morbid mistrust of sheep.
"Clerihew – Dickens" by Edmund Clerihew Bentley
We'll take a look at the country stock
And drink some milk from a dairy crock;
Look at the pigs and admire the chickens,
And try to forget it's hot as the dickens.
"The County Fair" by Edwin Carty Ranck
Nah, aw'll have a quiet pipe, just for once,
Aw'm soa thankful to think 'at they're shut;
An its seldom a chap has a chonce;--
Whear the dickens has th' matches been put?
"A Quiet Day" by John Hartley
And that is just what, as our butcher explains,
The dickens has played with our beef and our mutton;
But something is gained, for, with all of his pains,
The poor man won't make of himself such a glutton.
"Mrs. Merdle At Home" by Horatio Alger Jr
And there were twenty four roses distinct to be seen
Belonging to James Cocker and Sons Aberdeen
Also some beautiful roses as ever sprang from the earth
And some of them belonging to Dickens & Turnbull Perth
"The Dundee Flower Show:Dedicated to the Right Honourable Earl of Dalhousie" by William Topaz McGonagall
So your fugue broadens and thickens,
Greatens and deepens and lengthens,
Till we exclaim—-``But where's music, the dickens?
``Blot ye the gold, while your spider-web strengthens
``—-Blacked to the stoutest of tickens?''
"Master Hugues Of Saxe-Gotha" by Robert Browning

In news:

Hopkinson (A Boy Called Dickens) again gracefully mines history with this story highlighting a patriotic civilian initiative during WWI.
Monterey Peninsula College Theatre Company presents Richard Hellesen's adaption of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol".Where: New Wharf Theater, Fisherman's Wharf, Monterey.
The original novel was penned by Charles Dickens in 1838, and since then several adaptations of the original text have made it onto stage and screen.
French is one of several volunteers taking the dogs to Dickens of a Christmas.
Downtown Roanoke Incorporated has been helping the Taubman Museum of Art plan its role in Dickens of a Christmas since last summer.
The Taubman Museum of Art is all in this year with Dickens of a Christmas.
The museum has extended opening hours on each of the Dickens three Friday nights.
Dickens' Alley and Main Street Merriment.
Tales of greed, innocence and eventual justice endeared generations to Charles Dickens.
Though Dickens would not have recognized the setting, he would have appreciated the characters I watched on a recent airline flight.
The Great Dickens Christmas Fair 'rehearsals' arrive at Oceana High School.
Dodger,' by Terry Pratchett, is an artful take on Dickens's London.
You know, as Dickens might up it: It was the best of times.
Dickens figure stolen outside Scottish Rite Auditorium in Cambridge.
Few authors remain as widely quoted, read and adapted as Dickens is 200 years after his birth.
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In science:

The known variables in this cluster, which are exclusively RR Lyrae variables, have been studied in a handful of photographic observing campaigns (Shapley & Ritchie 1920; Rosino 1953; Sawyer 1953; Nobili 1957; Dickens & Flinn 1972), the most recent of which is now 40 years in the past.
CCD time-series photometry of the globular cluster NGC 6981: Variable star census and physical parameter estimates
Later on, Dickens & Flinn (1972) analysed B and V filter observational data for 21 RR Lyrae stars with clear variations, using ∼20 photographic plates for each filter taken on 13 nights spre ad over the period of ∼1 year.
CCD time-series photometry of the globular cluster NGC 6981: Variable star census and physical parameter estimates
From the same data, Dickens & Flinn (1973) claim the discovery of “a new red variable”, but no light curve or period was ever published.
CCD time-series photometry of the globular cluster NGC 6981: Variable star census and physical parameter estimates
The best finding chart for these stars may be found in Dickens (1972).
CCD time-series photometry of the globular cluster NGC 6981: Variable star census and physical parameter estimates
The stars V38 and V42 have not been included in Table 2 because there have been no published light curves or periods for these two stars, and the only claim to their variability are the brief statements of this property in Sawyer (1953) and Dickens & Flinn (1973).
CCD time-series photometry of the globular cluster NGC 6981: Variable star census and physical parameter estimates
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