• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Poor-rate a rate or tax for the support of the poor
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. poure, povre (Fr. pauvre)—L. pauper, poor.


In literature:

He was poor, and wished to enrich himself at any rate.
"Fairy Tales Every Child Should Know" by Various
The Poor's Rate, or the Treacherous Friend.
"Recent Developments in European Thought" by Various
I can offer you a poor one, but at any rate it is secure from the lions.
"My Book of Favorite Fairy Tales" by Edric Vredenburg
At any rate, it persevered, and poor Bluff's tongue fairly hung out with fatigue.
"The Outdoor Chums After Big Game" by Captain Quincy Allen
The poor-rates form a great feature in the laws and customs of this country.
"Advice to Young Men" by William Cobbett
And Douglas will soon be as poor as Lincoln if he keeps on at the same rate spending money in this campaign.
"Children of the Market Place" by Edgar Lee Masters
The poor man's advantages, which I have estimated at so high a rate, were not purchased without drawbacks.
"The Reign of Henry the Eighth, Volume 1 (of 3)" by James Anthony Froude
The Poor's Rate, it is well known, is, especially in England, a very heavy burden.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, No. CCCLXXVI. February, 1847. Vol. LXI." by Various
Here, at any rate, was prospect of food and rest, and the poor travellers brisked up again.
"The Adventures of Akbar" by Flora Annie Steel
Marriage is an excessively loose tie here, at any rate amongst the poor.
"Narrative of a Mission to Central Africa Performed in the Years 1850-51, Volume 2" by James Richardson

In poetry:

My bible does not teach me to love witches.
I know what's charity; who pays his tithes
And poor-rates readier?
"English Eclogues V - The Witch" by Robert Southey
"Poor Adam is too good and great,
I felt it, though he said so little—
To hate his foes, as I can hate—
And pay them every jot, and tittle,
At their own rate.
"Mount Arafa" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
And so he got on; he was no millionaire,
But he always had money enough and to spare;
Could help a poor friend; pay his rent and his rate;
And always put silver at church in the plate.
"Bedfordshire Ballad - III" by E W Bowling
Not the rich and the poor, for to rate a man's wealth,
You must first know the state of his conscience and health.
Not the humble and proud, for in life's little span,
Who puts on vain airs, is not counted a man.
"Which Are You?" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

In news:

AAA credit rating for the US remains in place for Fitch Ratings, even though Standard & Poor's downgraded the US from its AAA credit rating.
The Caddo Parish Commission has earned the highest possible bond rating from the rating agency Standard & Poor's.
Walker plans to meet Wednesday with Moody's Investors Services, Fitch Ratings and Standard and Poor's.
Saratoga — Standard & Poor's Rating Services has upgraded Saratoga Springs' bond rating from AA to AA+ for 2012, according to Commissioner of Finance Michele Madigan.
The city of Snoqualmie's credit rating was increased recently from A+ to AA- by Standard & Poor's.
GENEVA—The Forest Preserve District of Kane County announced that the international bond-rating firm of Standard & Poor's has upgraded the district's bond rating from AA to AA+/stable.
Standard & Poor's Reaffirms Evansville 'AA-' Bond Rating .
To understand the furor over the decision by Standard & Poor's, the rating agency, to downgrade US government debt, you have to hold in your mind two seemingly (but not actually) contradictory ideas.
Standard & Poor's warned Monday that United States' coveted AAA credit rating could fall if legislators don't take action on the nation's $9.7 trillion debt.
The series unfortunately was canceled do to poor ratings, but fans aren't trying to hear that.
The 2009 poverty rate of 14.3 percent is a big one-year leap in the ranks of the poor.
Bloomberg has done a good job keeping the credit raters in the spotlight, and its latest story shines a harsh one on Standard & Poor's, Moody's, and Fitch Ratings.
TOKYO – The Japanese unit of Standard & Poor's Ratings Services was reprimanded by the financial regulator on Friday for mistakes in setting and publishing credit ratings on complex financial derivatives.
The credit rating company Standard & Poor's said this week that container ship operator CMA CGM S.A.'s liquidity has rebounded over the past few months due to the company's improved operating performance.
When Tiger plays, even poorly, television ratings go up and more people are interested in watching which is always good for the game.

In science:

The history of supernova rates has been one of good effort and poor statistics.
Rates and Progenitors of Type Ia Supernovae
As it is generally assumed that BHs accrete gas at a Bondi rate which is related to the local entropy ˙MBH ∝ K −3/2 , a poor estimate of this entropy leads to an incorrect calculation of the accretion rate onto a BH and, thus, its energy release.
Jet-regulated cooling catastrophe
This is not a very surprising effect: with more resolution, the density contrast is more pronounced especially in poorly resolved high-redshift galaxies, which, in turn, leads to a faster accretion rate at early times.
Jet-regulated cooling catastrophe
They also report poor convergence rates when fitting the assumed bivariate normal distribution to the bivariate mixture distribution.
Misspecifying the Shape of a Random Effects Distribution: Why Getting It Wrong May Not Matter
Moreover, the event rate induced by DM scattering off the target depends on the poorly known DM velocity distribution and on experimental uncer tanties related to the response of the detector to a scattering event.
Proceedings of the first workshop on Flavor Symmetries and consequences in Accelerators and Cosmology (FLASY2011)