IT

Definitions

  • the Packing of The Linen and Its Removal to The White Storehouse
    the Packing of The Linen and Its Removal to The White Storehouse
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n IT the branch of engineering that deals with the use of computers and telecommunications to retrieve and store and transmit information
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Additional illustrations & photos:

It Brought on a Revolution 227 It Brought on a Revolution 227
So it seems So it seems
Si Thinks It over 057 Si Thinks It over 057
It's from Annabel 081 It's from Annabel 081
It's the Morning 119 It's the Morning 119
THERE IT WILL STAY TILL IT ROTS THERE IT WILL STAY TILL IT ROTS
N nodded at it. O opened it. P peeped at it N nodded at it. O opened it. P peeped at it
Q quartered it. R ran for it. S stole it Q quartered it. R ran for it. S stole it

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The world's first underground was the London Underground in1863. It has 275 stations and 253 miles of track.
    • pron It ĭt The neuter pronoun of the third person, corresponding to the masculine pronoun he and the feminine she, and having the same plural (they their or theirs them).☞ The possessive form its is modern, being rarely found in the writings of Shakespeare and Milton, and not at all in the original King James's version of the Bible. During the transition from the regular his to the anomalous its it was to some extent employed in the possessive without the case ending. See His, and He. In Dryden's time its had become quite established as the regular form. "The day present hath ever inough to do with it owne grief.""Do, child, go to it grandam, child.""It knighthood shall do worse. It shall fright all it friends with borrowing letters.""The fruit tree yielding fruit after his its) kind."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The first toilet ever seen on television was on "Leave It To Beaver".
    • it A personal pronoun, of the third person and neuter gender, corresponding to the masculine he and the feminine she, and having the same plural forms, they, their, them. A substitute for the name of an object (previously mentioned, or understood from the context or circumstances) not regarded as possessing sex, or without regard to the sex, or for an abstract noun, a phrase, or a clause: as, it (a stone) is very heavy; feed it (an infant) with a spoon; the moon was red when it rose; the horse stumbles when it (or he) is driven fast; how did it (an event) happen? It is often used vaguely for a thing, notion, or circumstance not definitely conceived, or left to the imagination: as, how far do you call it? plague take it! you'll catch it!
    • it As the nominative of an impersonal verb or verb used impersonally, when the thing for which it stands is expressed or implied by the verb itself: as, it rains (the rain rains or is falling); it is blowing (the wind is blowing).
    • it As the grammatical subject of a clause of which the logical subject is a phrase or clause, generally following, and regarded as in apposition with it: as, it is said that he has won the prize; he is poor, it is true, but he is honest; it behooves you to bestir yourself; it is they that have done this mischief.
    • it After an intransitive verb, used transitively for the kind of action denoted or suggested by the verb: as, to foot it all the way to town.
    • it The possessive case, originally his (see he), now its; the form it without the possessive suffix having been used for a time in works written during the period of transition from the use of his to that of its.
    • it In children's games, that player who is called upon to perform some particular task, as in I-spy or tag the one who must catch or touch the other players: as, he's it; who's it? [In old usage the substantive verb after it often agrees with the succeeding nominative in the first or second person: as, “It am I, fader,” in Chaucer.]
    • it A common abbreviation of Italian.
    • it A dialectal (Scotch) form of -ed, -ed.
    • n it An abbreviation of Italy.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Back in 1953, it took 27 hours to make one Marshmallow Peep. Now it takes only six minutes
    • pron It it the thing spoken of.
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Quotations

  • Robert Conklin
    Robert Conklin
    “It's not the situation. It's your reaction to the situation.”
  • Neil Simon
    Neil Simon
    “New York is not Mecca. It just smells like it.”
  • Buck Williams
    Buck Williams
    “It's not who jumps the highest -- it's who wants it the most”
  • Jimmy Connors
    Jimmy Connors
    “Use it or lose it.”
  • Thomas A. Edison
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    “Just because something doesn't do what you planned it to do doesn't mean it's useless.”
  • Vladimir Ilyich Lenin
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    “It is true that liberty is precious. So precious that it must be rationed.”

Idioms

A chain is no stronger than its weakest link - This means that processes, organisations, etc, are vulnerable because the weakest person or part can always damage or break them.
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Be that as it may - Be that as it may is an expression which means that, while you are prepared to accept that there is some truth in what the other person has just said, it's not going to change your opinions in any significant manner.
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Broke as a joke and it ain't funny - This idiom in my opinion describes how it's not funny to be without a cent and just uses broke and joke as rhyming words that help explain this idiom a lot better.
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Call it a day - If you call it a day, you stop doing something for a while, normally at least until the following day.
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Can't dance and it's too wet to plow - (USA) When you can't dance and it's too wet to plow, you may as well do something because you can't or don't have the opportunity to do anything else.
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Can't do it for toffee - If you can't so something for toffee, you are incapable of doing something properly or to any sort of standard.
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Can't hack it - Unable to perform an act, duty, job etc. (example: I have to quit my job as a computer technician; I just can't hack it.)
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Can't see the forest for its trees - If someone can't see the forest for its trees, they are too focused on specific details to see the picture as a whole.
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Cross that bridge when you come to it - If you will cross that bridge when you come to it, you will deal with a problem when it arises, but not until that point
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Cut it fine - If you cut it fine, you only just manage to do something- at the very last moment. 'Cut things fine' is the same. 'Cut it a bit fine' is a common variation.
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Don't mention it - This is used as a response to being thanked, suggesting that the help given was no trouble.
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Easy does it - 'Easy does it' is used to advise someone to approach a task carefully and slowly, especially in spoken English.
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Every dog has its day - This idiom means that everyone gets their moment to shine.
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Get it in the neck - (UK) If you get it in the neck, you are punished or criticised for something.
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Get it off your chest - If you get something off your chest, you confess to something that has been troubling you.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. it, hit, AS. hit,; cf. D. het,. √181. See He
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. and A.S. hit, neut. of he; Ice. hit, Dut. het, Goth. ita; akin to L. id, Sans. i, pronominal root=here. The t is an old neuter suffix, as in tha-t, wha-t, and cognate with d in L. illu-d, istu-d, quo-d.

Usage

In literature:

It was rude enough, to be sure, but perhaps it would do its work as well as if it had been twined out of silk.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
We eat it, drink it, breathe it, and smell it.
"The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete" by John Forster
I knew it when I did it, and I have never since ceased to repent it.
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
I only threw it out, because I thought it right just to speak of it.
"Hopes and Fears scenes from the life of a spinster" by Charlotte M. Yonge
She could look at it, turn it, change it, and look at it again.
"Casa Braccio, Volumes 1 and 2 (of 2)" by F. Marion Crawford
The chain was somewhat rusty, but though it was the worse for disuse, and creaked as it was lowered, it held firm.
"The Hero of Garside School" by J. Harwood Panting
It has not as yet had its own bard to sing its praises.
"The Vicar of Bullhampton" by Anthony Trollope
Yet it was watching him, with its beautiful marred face and its cruel smile.
"The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde
Certainly; it does not part with its latent heat till it changes its state and is converted into ice.
"Conversations on Chemistry, V. 1-2" by Jane Marcet
It was so childlike, it was so womanly; it was so innocent, and it was so forceful.
"The End of a Coil" by Susan Warner
If it possesses territory which it occupies, but does not improve, it must yield it to the claims of civiilization.
"Cotton is King and The Pro-Slavery Arguments" by Various
We know what it will sound like when we say it, what it will mean, where it was on the page we read it on.
"Somehow Good" by William de Morgan
She went to the window and opened it, but there was nothing to keep it open; it slid down again as soon as she let it go.
"The Wide, Wide World" by Susan Warner
It was vague; it was only partially satisfactory; but it was all.
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille
In its malignancy it demanded large sums to keep it going and if it didn't get them it knew how to avenge itself.
"The Combined Maze" by May Sinclair
Sometimes it provokes it; always it spreads it, sustains and strengthens it.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
It had been such a great city that it took them seven days to reduce it to ruins.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
It is pretty; it looks, as it lies there, like sparkles of sunshine and blue sky.
"Shirley" by Charlotte Brontë
It might provoke him for a minute to know that it was I who said it, but it oughtn't to make him mad enough to bite.
"Aurora the Magnificent" by Gertrude Hall
If you think I don't appreciate it as you say, Tom, it is only because I knew it all the time.
"Sir Tom" by Mrs. Oliphant
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In poetry:

It played with the toys of childhood,
And found such playing sweet,
And then when it grew to be older
It flung them down at its feet.
"What Of The Dim Old Legends?" by Alexander Anderson
Alas, my memory
Does not want to leave me
And in it, live beings
Each with its own pain,
Each with its own dying,
Its own trepidation.
"A Poem For the End of the Century" by Czeslaw Milosz
Unto its thirsty lips, and bid
It drink, and breathe, and battle on,
Till all its dreams are deeds at last,
And all its heights are won.
"Three Friends" by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward
And now I hear its voice again,
And still its message is of peace,
It sings of love that will not cease -
For me it never sings in vain.
"The Cuckoo" by Frederick Locker-Lampson
"My father's watch. You see it;
A gay old thing, is it not?
It would please the old lady to have it,
Then I'll come back here, and be shot.
"A Triumph Of Order" by John Hay
I strove till it was vain to strive.
I gave it light, I gave it air,
I sought from skill and counsel rare
The means to make it yet survive.
"Cyclamen" by Robert Fuller Murray

In news:

It will be making nonrecurring investments of around $56 million for its role in the program and it expects to see first revenues within five years of starting its design work.
It protects your Samsung Galaxy III with a sturdy shell, keeps it secure on your belt with a pivoting clip, and props it up for movie-watching with its built-in stand.
Announced Monday that it will officially change its name to DDR Corp. And adopt its New York Stock Exchange ticker symbol and most commonly referred identity, DDR, as its official brand name.
It just hasn't known what to do with it, how to sustain it or how to get it back.
Slather it, dip it, lick it … it's just that good.
Great Big Ideas is a class with an ambitious goal, and given its title and its slogan — "a mile wide and an inch deep" — it makes little pretense about it.
Part of the mystery comes from the fact that altitude escapes all of our senses—we can't see it, taste it, smell it, hear it or touch it.
Pageant plays it straight, its premise closer to the real-life beauty contests it spoofs than the drag fest it's often mistaken for.
It doesn't matter what the Los Angeles Times knew, when it knew it or why it published its stories so late.
Developer THQ has become the champion when it comes to MMA games, and its newest installment in the Undisputed series flexes its muscles and shows off exactly why it is the standard-setter in the genre.
If a movie is cheesy and knows it's cheesy -- if it embraces the soft, gooey texture and pungent aroma of its own fromage -- does that make it any more palatable as a meal.
It won't be the first time you have got it wrong, nor will it be the last, and it's really no big deal.
Israel's media today is headlining a new threat from North Korea: Pyongyang announced, through a state-run newspaper, that it will use its nuclear weapons against anyone who, in its mind, provokes it.
It doesn't shut itself off, although it does whistle sharply to alert you that it's boiling and it will disconnect the power if it boils dry.
He's sporting his "ugly" sweater for our family's annual ugly sweater party, although, it doesn't matter how ugly it is because once this kid is wearing it, it becomes adorable.
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In science:

On presentation of a clause, Online-Lazy rejects it only if it must, and otherwise does the least it can to accept it.
Random MAX SAT, Random MAX CUT, and Their Phase Transitions
Excited random walk is a model of a random walk on Zd which, whenever it encounters a new vertex it receives a push toward a specific direction, call it the “right”, while when it reaches a vertex it “already knows”, it performs a simple random walk.
Excited random walk in three dimensions has positive speed
Furthermore, it crosses the line y = i with negative slope one more time than it does with positive slope, because it represents a continuous function which begins above the line y = i and ends below the line y = i (and which has nonzero slope everywhere it touches the line y = i).
A Hodge decomposition for the complex of injective words
It is easy to check that it is an automorphism (i.e. that it preserves algebraic operations): it follows from the Jacobi identity that [adXi , adXj ] = ad[Xi , Xj ].
Lectures on random matrix theory and symmetric spaces
When the random walk {S (k)}k≥0 goes in shortest possible time from x to y it goes in a straight way, which means that between the time it is at x and until it reaches y it only moves in one direction.
Reconstructing a two-color scenery by observing it along a simple random walk path
Since it does not matter how a triad is rotated, it need not be exactly invariant under the rotation group acting on space, but it is enough for it to be invariant up to a gauge rotation.
Quantum Riemannian Geometry and Black Holes
It is shown for a simple ODE that it has many symmetry groups beyond its usual Lie group symmetries, when its generalized solutions are considered within the nowhere dense differential algebra of generalized functions.
New Symmetry Groups for Generalized Solutions of ODEs
It is equally elementary but it seems that it is easier to derive it than to find a proper reference.
Simple Transient Random Walks in One-dimensional Random Environment: the Central Limit Theorem
Its nature is not known as yet, but, apparently, it emits no light, i.e. it is ”dark”, and it must have its pressure to be negative and comparable in magnitude with its energy density, i.e. it is not any kind of ”matter”.
Averaging Problem in Cosmology and Macroscopic Gravity
Furthermore, it seems reasonable that B¨acklund transformations will map corresponding classes of solutions of the two systems into one another (namely, solitons to solitons), but it is not a priori obvious whether they can map between classes of solutions (and even if it can be, it seems rather nontrivial).
A simple and direct method for generating travelling wave solutions for nonlinear equations
If the domain is down, move it to the left (i.e., reduce the size of its left neighbor by one and increase its right neighbor by one), otherwise move it to the right.
Statistical Behavior Of Domain Systems
This is the probability that it visits v at step i, times the conditional probability that it visits v at step j given that it visits it at step i.
Many Random Walks Are Faster Than One
For each marked step, if h is its height, move it to the right so that it immediately precedes the next D step with height h − 1 (if h = 1, then move it to the end).
Generating trees for permutations avoiding generalized patterns
The equivalence with the original formulation follows from the the fact that G00 (hence any of its translates) is open in G and definably connected (as shown in [BOPP:05]), namely it cannot meet a definable set and its complement without meeting its frontier.
Cohomology of groups in o-minimal structures: acyclicity of the infinitesimal subgroup
It follows that the property of having an acyclic infinitesimal subgroup is preserved under group extensions (i.e. if 0 → H → G → B → 0 is exact and the property holds for H and B then it holds for G), and under isogenies (i.e. if it holds for G and H is finite, it holds for B ).
Cohomology of groups in o-minimal structures: acyclicity of the infinitesimal subgroup
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