• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Occasionalism (Metaph) The system of occasional causes; -- a name given to certain theories of the Cartesian school of philosophers, as to the intervention of the First Cause, by which they account for the apparent reciprocal action of the soul and the body.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Wasps that feed on ferment occasionally get drunk and pass out
    • n occasionalism In philosophy, the doctrine that mind and matter can produce effects upon each other only through the direct intervention of God; the doctrine of occasional causes. See under occasional.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Methylphenidate (Ritalin) is a medication prescribed for individuals (usually children) who have an abnormally high level of activity or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). According to the National Institute of Mental Health, about 3 to 5 percent of the general population has the disorder, which is characterized by agitated behavior and an inability to focus on tasks. Methylphenidate also is occasionally prescribed for treating narcolepsy. Methylphenidate is a central nervous system (CNS) stimulant. It has effects similar to, but more potent than, caffeine and less potent than amphetamines. It has a notably calming effect on hyperactive children and a "focusing" effect on those with ADHD.
    • ns Occasionalism the philosophical system of the Cartesian school for explaining the action of mind upon matter, or the combined action of both by the direct intervention of God, who on the occasion of certain modifications in our minds, excites the corresponding movements of body, and on the occasion of certain changes in our body, awakens the corresponding feelings in the mind
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  • Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
    “It is not a bad thing that children should occasionally, and politely, put parents in their place.”
  • Edgar Watson Howe
    “The underdog often starts the fight, and occasionally the upper dog deserves to win.”
  • Source Unknown
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    “Man is occasionally what he should be perpetually.”
  • Winston Churchill
    “Man will occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of the time he will pick himself up and continue on.”
  • Robertson Davies
    “If we seek the pleasures of love, passion should be occasional, and common sense continual.”
  • Alexander Smith
    “To be occasionally quoted is the only fame I care for.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. occasion-emoccidĕreob, in the way of, cadĕre, casum, to fall.


In literature:

This is occasionally true even with an I Q as high as 80.
"The Measurement of Intelligence" by Lewis Madison Terman
The consort of Ea figures occasionally in the historical texts of Hammurabi's successors.
"The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria" by Morris Jastrow
The Hopituh certainly marry within phratries, and occasionally with the same gens.
"Eighth Annual Report" by Various
Letters occasionally were lost in the post, or delayed.
"Clayhanger" by Arnold Bennett
Rain and dust were occasionally most troublesome, especially when combined with wind.
"Surgical Experiences in South Africa, 1899-1900" by George Henry Makins
Though we occasionally saw a sail, we kept out of her way.
"Paddy Finn" by W. H. G. Kingston
Occasionally he burst into English as he rebuked one of the others for the killing.
"Tarrano the Conqueror" by Raymond King Cummings
Flesh white, occasionally zoned or marked with yellow.
"The Field and Garden Vegetables of America" by Fearing Burr
Still more occasionally, a stray hour was spent at Mory's, or in Opdyke's room in Lawrence.
"The Brentons" by Anna Chapin Ray
He and his wife went out occasionally.
"The Expressman and the Detective" by Allan Pinkerton
Occasionally they went to London, Esther accompanying her father upon these brief trips.
"Oswald Langdon" by Carson Jay Lee
Thermometer and "barometer" tubing is occasionally required, the latter, by the way, making particularly bad barometers.
"On Laboratory Arts" by Richard Threlfall
But we ought to have more than occasional visits from these bands.
"A Padre in France" by George A. Birmingham
Occasionally it is turned in the opposite direction, and executed from left to right.
"Rugs: Oriental and Occidental, Antique & Modern" by Rosa Belle Holt
It lay almost motionless on the ground, but there was still an occasional nervous twitching of its long tail.
"Scouting with Daniel Boone" by Everett T. Tomlinson
Occasionally an otter is found having a decided curl to the ends of the hair, the ends being turned forward.
"Science of Trapping" by Elmer Harry Kreps
The toilet conveniences consisted of a wash-basin in the kitchen sink and a "last year's" towel, used semi-occasionally.
"The Girl From Tim's Place" by Charles Clark Munn
At Kaolak River (July 12-18, 1951) the yellow-billed loon was occasionally heard at night and, at times in the day.
"Birds Found on the Arctic Slope of Northern Alaska" by James W. Bee
Occasionally they had white bread and coffee, and always fresh water from the cold mountain creek.
"The Westerners" by Stewart Edward White
Among the Romans also there are occasional references to the use of gloves.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 12, Slice 2" by Various

In poetry:

They entered his hotel room, tomahawks
Flashing like barracuda. He tried to pray.
Three years of treatment. Occasionally he talks
About how he almost didn't get away.
"Third Avenue In Sunlight" by Anthony Hecht
All day she plays at chess with the bones of the world:
Favored (while suddenly the rains begin
Beyond the window) she lies on cushions curled
And nibbles an occasional bonbon of sin.
"Female Author" by Sylvia Plath
The tightness of a hempen rope
Their bodies got; but laundry soap
Not handsomer can rub the skin
For token of the washed within.
Occasionally coughers cast
A leg aloft and coughed their last.
"Jump-To-Glory Jane" by George Meredith
The people around Balmoral will shed many tears
Owing to her visits amongst them for many years;
She was very kind to the old, infirm women there,
By giving them provisions and occasionally a prayer.
"The Death of the Queen" by William Topaz McGonagall
Betrothed they were when very young - before they'd learnt to speak
(For SARAH was but six days old, and PETER was a week);
Though little more than babies at those early ages, yet
They bashfully would faint when they occasionally met.
"The Modest Couple" by William Schwenck Gilbert
As on its native plains the kangaroo, startled by hunters,
Leaps with successive bounds, and hurries away to the thickets,
So leaped the Crested Hawk, and quietly hopping behind him
Ran, and occasionally shot, that Bald-headed Snipe of the Valley.
"Thompson Of Angels" by Francis Bret Harte

In news:

If you have a dog and like to reward it with an occasional treat, here comes a brand new one for you.
Broil , turning occasionally, until tender, 8 to 12 minutes.
FOR years, parents and pediatricians eagerly awaited the approval of the chickenpox vaccine in the hope of preventing a highly contagious illness that is usually uncomfortable and occasionally life-threatening.
Vicci Martinez would take an occasional swig of apple cider vinegar at her 107.3 acoustic set at Glenwood Square.
Before she passed on, Elaine could occasionally be heard giving out helpful cleaning tips on Cornbread.
He occasionally wants the larger steak and maybe even the last piece of pie.
It's been a privilege having an outlet for my occasionally wonky views on meetings and events.
Occasionally, you might see this acronym: "AQA".
Having occasionally stayed in the homes of my friends, I know that can also be a challenge.
I occasionally bring small hostess gifts - what should I do for Christmas.
For Tell Me More's occasional 'In Your Ear' series, guests of the program talk about the songs they turn to for inspiration.
White might have been referring to Ernest Hemingway, as he occasionally did in quite unflattering terms.
This is the fourth installment of our occasional series on the future of technology.
Occasionally you will pick up a book that shatters a lot of your preconceived ideas about history.
The one with Geddy Lee on vocals, bass, synthesizers, Taurus pedals, and occasional guitar.

In science:

Occasionally we will use the symbol s ∈ S as a word as well as a subset of I consisting of all the symbols in s.
Contributions to Random Energy Models
The proofs occasionally refer to Dave (P , Q) := E ρ(X, Y ) for independent X ∼ P and Y ∼ Q.
The Generalized Asymptotic Equipartition Property: Necessary and Sufficient Conditions
Although a quenched value gA ∼ 1 seems to roughly provide the correct normalization of the GT strength, strongly quenched values gA < 1 may occasionally be needed to bring NSM calculations in agreement with data [15, 21].
Overconstrained estimates of neutrinoless double beta decay within the QRPA
All the calculated quantities, β , γ , and ζ , are subject to occasional oscillations off their asymptotic values.
Turbo charging time-dependent density-functional theory with Lanczos chains
The components of the ζj ’s can also show jumps in their magnitude since the vectors q j will occasionally display large variations in norm.
Turbo charging time-dependent density-functional theory with Lanczos chains
We will not present checking all other matrix elements because the tremendous number of cancelation under calculations above can not be occasional.
Two Poisson structures invariant with respect to discrete transformation in the case of arbitrary semi-simple algebras
We will occasionally use the notation N (σ) in place of Nσ to avoid multiple subscripts. 2<ω denotes the set of all finite binary sequences.
Measures and their random reals
This happens, for example, in wireless sensor network applications, where occasionally data packets are dropped.
Distributed Sensor Localization in Random Environments using Minimal Number of Anchor Nodes
We will occasionally refer to the treatment of Wilkie’s Theorem of the Complement given in [BS04], when more suitable to our purposes.
Definably complete and Baire structures and Pfaffian closure
For the reader interested only in this new proof, this section is mostly self-contained with only occasional references to earlier parts of the paper.
Words Maps and Spectra of Random Graph Lifts
Occasionally, we will work in the algebraic closure ˜Qp of Qp .
Trees of definable sets over the p-adics
Occasionally we will need a second cell C ′ (also contained in X and having base D0 ), with bounds, center and fiber α′ , β ′ , c′ and C ′x .
Trees of definable sets over the p-adics
Singlets form in a random fashion, mostly between nearest neighbors, but occasionally between distant sites giving rise to an average correlation that decays algebraically.
Infinite Randomness Phases and Entanglement Entropy of the Disordered Golden Chain
Although this survey does not focus on verification aspects, we will occasionally deal with some related notions.
Modeling Time in Computing: A Taxonomy and a Comparative Survey
In our discussion we will go from simple to richer notations and occasionally combine the treatment of some of the above mentioned issues.
Modeling Time in Computing: A Taxonomy and a Comparative Survey