• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Occasive Of or pertaining to the setting sun; falling; descending; western.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In Russia, when flowers are given for a romantic occasions, flowers are given in odds numbers as even number of flowers is given at funerals only
    • occasive Pertaining to the setting sun; western.
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  • Samuel Butler
    “Men are seldom more commonplace than on supreme occasions.”
  • Bishop Westcott
    Bishop Westcott
    “Great occasions do not make heroes or cowards; they simply unveil them to the eyes of men.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “There is occasions and causes why and wherefore in all things.”
  • Sir Walter Raleigh
    “Who so taketh in hand to frame any state or government ought to presuppose that all men are evil, and at occasions will show themselves so to be.”
  • Calvin Coolidge
    “Heroism is not only in the man, but in the occasion.”
  • Bible
    “See that no one puts a stumbling block, or an occasion to fall in his brothers way.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. occasivus, fr. occasus, a going down, setting of the heavenly bodies, fr. occidere, to fall or down. See Occasion


In literature:

We assign subjects to them some time in advance, and they prepare themselves for the occasion.
"Across India" by Oliver Optic
But on this occasion he decided on permanent misery.
"The Claverings" by Anthony Trollope
What kinds of selections or occasions require much feeling and enthusiasm?
"The Art of Public Speaking" by Dale Carnagey (AKA Dale Carnegie) and J. Berg Esenwein
On the latter occasion the city was burned to the ground, and the capital saved only by the payment of an immense ransom.
"Pinnock's Improved Edition of Dr. Goldsmith's History of Rome" by Oliver Goldsmith
On one occasion I heard a noise coming from above without being at first able to discern what caused it.
"Unknown Mexico, Volume 1 (of 2)" by Carl Lumholtz
Captain Cook's Observations on the Occasion.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume 16" by Robert Kerr
A parade was ordered, as on the previous occasion.
"Forty-one years in India" by Frederick Sleigh Roberts
It occasioned regret and perplexity, that they had not heard more of the Portugueze.
"The Prose Works of William Wordsworth" by William Wordsworth
I have seen but little of Ireland, but during the few months I was here on this occasion I made the best use of my time.
"The Life Story of an Old Rebel" by John Denvir
Sometimes it has emitted smoke upon these occasions, and in other instances not.
"The History of Sumatra" by William Marsden
The perfect unanimity requisite on all occasions.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
Bags of money offered on various occasions through fear or guilt, have been uniformly refused by the mobs.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
But on the present occasion the temptation was resisted.
"Ralph the Heir" by Anthony Trollope
I was one of a merry company on that occasion.
"Mystic London:" by Charles Maurice Davies
Morning and evening are absolutely necessary; afternoon dress is donned on special occasions only.
"The Complete Bachelor" by Walter Germain
I retreated, however, behind the table, and escaped untouched on that occasion.
"The Landleaguers" by Anthony Trollope
Did no better occasion offer itself to me?
"The German Classics, v. 20" by Various
I have really a curiosity to see the person who can give occasion to such directly opposite notions.
"The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of Jane Austen" by Jane Austen
Thus much for his opinion as to the occasions of the French Revolution.
"The Writings Of Thomas Paine, Complete" by Thomas Paine
Occasion, Time, and Place of Writing.
"Bible Studies in the Life of Paul" by Henry T. Sell

In poetry:

"But now, beyond the things of sense,
Beyond occasions and events,
I know, through God's exceeding grace,
Release from form and time and place.
"The Mystic’s Christmas" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Bend both thy knees, both hands up-rise,
And fix on Christ thy longing eyes,
For his blest aid and blessing pray,
On all occasions — when away.
"Mr. Prichard's Advice To His Son Samuel" by Rees Prichard
With great things charged he shall not hold
Aloof till great occasion rise,
But serve, full-harnessed, as of old,
The Days that are the Destinies.
"The Reformers" by Rudyard Kipling
A man is lacking in civility
If, when time calls, he fail to show his wit.
And when the occasion merits poetry
He would far rather have no part of it.
"Verses - 1" by Mary Stuart
Thy gratitude, on all occasions, show
To thy true Shepherd, for his friendly aid,
Who thee so safely guarded from the foe,
That thou need'st not be of his force afraid.
"A Warning, Or Admonition, To Every Man, To Think On God In The Morning" by Rees Prichard
You tempter--No--Were they the precious things
Of the whole universe, I will not touch them
Until you promise me to seize upon
Such an occasion as heaven gives not twice.
"Nathan The Wise - Act IV" by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

In news:

"You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.".
The warm weather seasons are well stocked with special occasions.
Man charged with raping girl on separate occasions.
Editor's Note: The season of gratitude arrives this week, and to mark the occasion the Index-Tribune puts the spotlight on volunteers.
Glazer 's Distributors has its 100 anniversary this year, and marked the occasion in its hometown of Dallas at the newly constructed Dallas Cowboys stadium.
At the opposite end are fine-dining houses that most of us visit a few times a year for special occasions.
On the occasion of President Obama's Oval Office speech on Iraq, David Corn and Dan Senor duke it out over the origins of the Iraq war on MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews.
There is much volunteer work to be done and our residents rise to the occasion.
NEW YORK — A New York truck driver is accused of evading an electronic bridge toll on nine occasions by smearing grease on his license plate.
Oddly enough, this is the one occasion pleated-front khakis are acceptable, and he didn't go for it.
ABC7 Chicago News strives to avoid typos or inaccurate information, but on occasion we do make mistakes.
ABC 30 Action News strives to avoid typos or inaccurate information, but on occasion we do make mistakes.
A case the Supreme Court agreed last week to hear, Ashcroft v al-Kidd, is one of those occasions.
The occasion was a book party.
Madera Police Chief Michael Kime was honored Wednesday evening by the Madera City Council on the occasion of his retirement.

In science:

Dedicated to David Ruelle and Yasha Sinai on the occasion of their 65th birthdays. M.
Some results on random circulant matrices
Dedicated to Professor Melvin Hochster on the occasion of his sixty-fifth birthday.
Frobenius splitting of certain rings of invariants
We feel that it is but appropriate to dedicate this paper to Professor Hochster on the occasion of his sixty-fifth birthday and thus make a modest contribution to this birthday volume.
Frobenius splitting of certain rings of invariants
The presentation is based on a talk given at the “Fractal Geometry and Stochastics IV” conference (and on several other occasions as well). I would like to thank the organizers of this meeting for a very interesting and inspiring week in Greifswald.
Self-similarity and random walks
In some occasions is difficult to establish an explicit form of the Lebesgue o Hausdorff measures in the original coordinate system.
Measures and Jacobians of singular random matrices
He summarized his results in a seminal paper published in “Review of Modern Physics” on the occasion of Albert Einstein’s 70th birthday, as well as in the “Library of Living Philosophers” .
Rotation in relativity and the propagation of light
He would like to sincerely thank Professors Shijian Yan, Yingming Liu, Kung-Ching Chang, Shunhua Sun, Mingzhu Yang, Peide Liu, Fuzhou Gong and Kunyu Guo for their advices and kindness given on some occasions.
A comprehensive connection between the basic results and properties derived from two kinds of topologies for a random locally convex module
We will encounter localization on quite a few occasions, starting with VafaWitten theory in Section 3.2.
Topological Strings and Quantum Curves
On occasion, we will talk about non-complete surfaces with boundary geodesics or cusps instead of just cusps, and they will be called surfaces with holes.
Simple closed geodesics and the study of Teichm\"uller spaces
We find smooth free energy lines, with no first order transition occasioned by the entrance of quantized vortex lines.
Vortex patterns in a superconducting-ferromagnetic rod
The next lemma provides a bound on the exponential moment of the time spent by the simple random walk in a finite set, which we will use in several occasions in the sequel.
A lower bound on the critical parameter of interlacement percolation in high dimension
There are occasions when Rips and ˇCech complexes coincide, as is the case when X is Euclidean but the metric is the L∞ rather than the more standard L2 norm.
Persistent Homology for Random Fields and Complexes
Varadhan on the occasion of their 60th birthday. E.
Almost Sure Invariance Principle for Continuous-Space Random Walk in Dynamic Random Environment
Over several occasions Professor Shahidi explained to me some of the delicate aspects of his method.
The Langlands-Shahidi Method for the metaplectic group and applications
This paper was originally dedicated to Professor Chris Wallace on the occasion of his 70th birthday, but unfortunately Chris passed away before it could be published.
Some comments on C. S. Wallace's random number generators