Imponderables

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n.pl Imponderables fluids without sensible weight, as heat, light, electricity, and magnetism, considered as material—still used of ether
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Quotations

  • Napoleon Hill
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    “The possibilities of creative effort connected with the subconscious mind are stupendous and imponderable. They inspire one with awe.”

Usage

In literature:

Current speech referred to the materiality of the "imponderables" unquestioningly.
"A History of Science, Volume 3(of 5)" by Henry Smith Williams
What things real are there, but imponderable thoughts?
"Moby Dick; or The Whale" by Herman Melville
This is enough to ensure the equilibrium of the almost imponderable atom.
"The Wonders of Instinct" by J. H. Fabre
An imponderable hand plucked away my garments of convention.
"The Red Planet" by William J. Locke
Manifestly he came to her to get rid of the imponderable burden of the present.
"The Border Legion" by Zane Grey
What I might have gained is, in the scale, like imponderable air.
"Our Friend John Burroughs" by Clara Barrus
This imponderable soul gives them such a helpless air of babyhood.
"Atlantic Monthly, Volume 6, No. 38, December, 1860" by Various
Imponderable existences, such as the various colors of the ray, showed distinct influences upon her.
"Summer on the Lakes, in 1843" by S.M. Fuller
She seemed to take shape slowly in the white whirling snow, as white and imponderable.
"Black Oxen" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
The waiting was the most difficult; too many imponderables did not allow for unemotional thinking.
"The Defiant Agents" by Andre Alice Norton
Comets seem to be almost imponderable when estimated by such robust masses as those of the earth, or any of the other great planets.
"The Story of the Heavens" by Robert Stawell Ball
The lantern light fell on the gaunt, bitter countenance of his wife framed in imponderable night.
"Mountain Blood" by Joseph Hergesheimer
He made experiments to discover imponderable matter; I believe, with regard to the ethereal medium.
"Personal Recollections, from Early Life to Old Age, of Mary Somerville" by Mary Somerville
His head felt imponderable; and yet he could not hold it up.
"The Quality of Mercy" by W. D. Howells
How did he know of that imponderable ether in which the stellar universe is said to float?
"Christ, Christianity and the Bible" by I. M. Haldeman
The cage-room was humming, and glowing like a wraith; things seemed imponderable, unsubstantial.
"Astounding Stories, May, 1931" by Various
The wind will drive away every thing imponderable, leaving only the heavy sands, to drift in storms, like fields of snow.
"Alexander the Great" by Jacob Abbott
Man's respect for the imponderables varies according to his mental constitution and environment.
"Writings in the United Amateur, 1915-1922" by Howard Phillips Lovecraft
Friendship between alien intelligences is an imponderable.
"Youth" by Isaac Asimov
It hung there, huge and imponderable, and swung around with the Station in its silent orbit.
"Derelict" by Alan Edward Nourse
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In poetry:

You stagger
As well as you may.
Only your accursed hairy frailty
Your own imponderable weightlessness
Saves you, wafts you away on the very draught my
anger makes in its snatching.
"The Mosquito" by D H Lawrence
In the beginning the irresponsible Verb
Connived with chaos whence I've seen it start
Riddles in the head for the nervous heart
To count its beat on: all beginnings run
Like water the easiest way or like birds
Fly on their cool imponderable flood.
"Fragment Of A Meditation" by Allen Tate
What is called good is perfect, and what is called bad is just as
perfect,
The vegetables and minerals are all perfect, and the imponderable
fluids are perfect;
Slowly and surely they have pass'd on to this, and slowly and surely
they yet pass on.
"To Think Of Time" by Walt Whitman

In news:

You spend a lot of time on this recording pondering the imponderables that I think most of us prefer to ignore most of the time.
Pondering more of life's imponderables .
Faith, Reason, God and Other Imponderables .
Herbert tackles "known unknowns" and other imponderables.
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In science:

Magnetohydrodynamical models on the other hand contain a number of imponderabilities and are still far behind the level of refinement that has been achieved in nonmagnetic simulations.
Explosion Mechanisms of Massive Stars
In the context of jet maintenance, the most important of these imponderable issues (or at least, the most important ones of which we are currently aware) have to do with the magnetic field structure.
General Relativistic MHD Jets
The experimental analyses with which this review concerns itself, like the machine and detectors themselves, are imponderably complicated.
Tools for extracting new physics in events with missing transverse momentum
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