• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n. pl Optimates The nobility or aristocracy of ancient Rome, as opposed to the populares.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Researchers in Denmark found that beer tastes best when drunk to the accompaniment of a certain musical tone. The optimal frequency is different for each beer, they reported. The correct harmonious tone for Carlsberg Lager, for example, is 510-520 cycles per second.
    • optimates The Roman aristocracy, including the nobilitas, a large part of the equites, and their supporters; hence, an aristocracy or nobility in general.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n.pl Optimates the Roman aristocracy
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  • Virginia Woolf
    “These are the soul's changes. I don't believe in aging. I believe in forever altering one's aspect to the sun. Hence my optimism.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “The basis of optimism is sheer terror.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “If you pretend to be good, the world takes you very seriously. If you pretend to be bad, it doesn't. Such is the astounding stupidity of optimism.”
  • Milan Kundera
    “Optimism is the opium of the people.”
  • Anne Perry
    Anne Perry
    “... she knew in her heart that to be without optimism, that core of reasonless hope in the spirit rather than the brain, was a fatal flaw, the seed of death.”
  • Colin Powell
    Colin Powell
    “Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. See Optimate
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. optimus, best.


In literature:

My state of mind in the last few months has varied from a considerable optimism to profound depression.
"What is Coming?" by H. G. Wells
But vigorous exertion and keen interest in the future brought back his optimism.
"The Masters of the Peaks" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Stated briefly its message is that of an optimism which depends on a recognition of the strenuousness of life.
"English Literature: Modern" by G. H. Mair
The optimism of Hollingsworth Chase lightened the shadows but little.
"The Man From Brodney's" by George Barr McCutcheon
Instead, they spread the optimism of men possessed of inextinguishable faith.
"The Alaskan" by James Oliver Curwood
All this may be frankly recognised: all the barren sentimentality of the Arcadian ideal and all its insolent optimism.
"The Defendant" by G.K. Chesterton
With optimism she looks forward to many more years of life.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Work Projects Administration
He did not achieve his optimism by ignoring Satan, but by defying him.
"Old and New Masters" by Robert Lynd
His assured optimism slipped away from him.
"The Regent" by E. Arnold Bennett
And by those who have approached it in this spirit of optimism it has been found imitable.
"Our Lady Saint Mary" by J. G. H. Barry

In poetry:

It is the time to cast off care;
To make glad intimates of these:--
The frank-faced sunbeam laughing there;
The great-heart wind, that bids us share
The optimism of the trees.
"Wood-Words" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

Much of winning the battle is in knowing what to eat to optimize your weight loss.
No more optimism as talks break off .
Team chemistry, young talent have Jazz brimming with optimism.
Bears' Smith brimming with optimism.
Cowboys QB enters his 10th season filled with optimism about team's chances.
Asia stocks up amid optimism over US budget.
Optimizer May Carry Calumet Silks in Derby.
Though calving is just one part of the 365-day job called ranching, ensuring an optimal outcome for both mothers and babies is the top priority for ranchers.
CARBONDALE — It appears that there is a feeling of guarded optimism around town concerning the proposed Main Street Market.
Jude began using the coating, which is known as Optim, several years ago as a means of better protecting its leads from abrasion.
Advancing Adhesives Double-Faced Permanent/Removable Tape Optimizes Productivity.
Conference in Montreal with an unbridled sense of optimism for and appreciation of the membership and its direction.
"S ix Sigma for asset dependability reduces the variation in design, procurement, installation, operation, reliability, and maintainability of equipment assets in order to provide predictable performance at optimal cost of ownership".
How to optimize your body's secret weight-loss weapons.
To optimizers for memory and the registry.

In science:

We first consider a pro jection onto a single DM with one direction of optimization (MOAO/LTAO), we then increase the optimization field still assuming a single DM (GLAO), and finally we introduce several DMs with an optimization in the field (MCAO).
Tomographic reconstruction for Wide Field Adaptive Optics systems: Fourier domain analysis and fundamental limitations
For MOAO, optimization is done at the center of the field, for GLAO/MCAO optimization is done on the same directions.
Tomographic reconstruction for Wide Field Adaptive Optics systems: Fourier domain analysis and fundamental limitations
We show that filter selection optimization leads to novel variations of the multidimensional knapsack problem and we design optimal, yet computationally efficient, algorithms to solve them.
Optimal Filtering of Malicious IP Sources
On the theoretical side, filter selection optimization leads to novel variations of the multidimensional knapsack problem, and we exploit the special structure of each problem to design optimal and computationally efficient algorithms.
Optimal Filtering of Malicious IP Sources
Finding the optimal allocation of Fmax > 1 filters to block all IPs contained in root (possibly the all IP space), is equivalent to finding the optimal allocation of x ≥ 1 filters to block all IPs in sl , and y ≥ 1 prefixes for bad IPs in sr , such that x + y = Fmax .
Optimal Filtering of Malicious IP Sources