The fancy


  • Fancy Picture of Hanwellian Admirer of the Ibsenesque Drama thoroughly enjoying himself
    Fancy Picture of Hanwellian Admirer of the Ibsenesque Drama thoroughly enjoying himself
  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • The fancy all of a class who exhibit and cultivate any peculiar taste or fancy; hence, especially, sporting characters taken collectively, or any specific class of them, as jockeys, gamblers, prize fighters, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • The fancy sporting characters generally, esp. pugilists: pugilism
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  • Persian Proverb
    Persian Proverb
    “The loveliest faces are to be seen by moonlight, when one sees half with the eye and half with the fancy.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “All charming people, I fancy, are spoiled. It is the secret of their attraction.”
  • Lord Byron
    “I have a great mind to believe in Christianity for the mere pleasure of fancying I may be damned.”
  • Thomas Merton
    Thomas Merton
    “I cannot make the universe obey me. I cannot make other people conform to my own whims and fancies. I cannot make even my own body obey me.”
  • Baruch (Benedict de) Spinoza
    “Fame has also this great drawback, that if we pursue it, we must direct our lives so as to please the fancy of men.”
  • A. P. Herbert
    A. P. Herbert
    “Well, fancy giving money to the Government! Might as well have put it down the drain.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Contracted from fantasy.


In literature:

Her heart beat, though she smiled that the fancy should have come.
"Chatterbox, 1906" by Various
Clif had fancied he would rather enjoy that duty but under the circumstances of the present case he was not so much pleased.
"A Prisoner of Morro" by Upton Sinclair
The ship on which I sailed might be a ship of the fancy for all I knew, for all I knew the crew might be spirits or men.
"Roger Trewinion" by Joseph Hocking
He fancied that by waiting longer the opportunity might be lost.
"The Tiger Hunter" by Mayne Reid
Such was the fancy of my dream.
"The Boy Tar" by Mayne Reid
The gorgeous and wonderful reality of Venice is beyond the fancy of the wildest dreamer.
"The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete" by John Forster
However, I fancy the beaters all throw themselves down flat when they hear the crack of the first rifle.
"Condemned as a Nihilist" by George Alfred Henty
I fancy you'll all come east in the autumn, as brown as the Indians who'll be your neighbors, and in fine health.
"Dorothy on a Ranch" by Evelyn Raymond
Then she brushed these fancies into the background, for she had still a decision to make.
"The Cattle-Baron's Daughter" by Harold Bindloss
Well, I'll make him a free present of the fancy; we're merely gold miners, or we hope to be.
"Lorimer of the Northwest" by Harold Bindloss
She hated herself for the fancy, but it would not be driven away.
"Hawtrey's Deputy" by Harold Bindloss
Well, I never heard that any of the Ingrahams died of pestilence bred down there, so I fancy it won't hurt us.
"Reels and Spindles" by Evelyn Raymond
The fancies of the Roman poet were here realised.
"The Quadroon" by Mayne Reid
The fancy of the hour, and a pretty one it is, is for massing one variety of flower for decorative purposes.
"Social Life" by Maud C. Cooke
And once the fancy had come to him, he nurtured it, so that it grew and grew and became part of his very self.
"Cleo The Magnificent" by Louis Zangwill
Each time I leave the door I have with me the fancy that somewhere I shall meet him.
"The Bondwoman" by Marah Ellis Ryan
But I fancy the whole town has got it.
"Ancestors" by Gertrude Atherton
It hit the popular fancy.
"Captain Macedoine's Daughter" by William McFee
Clara had the vivid fancy of a cheerful, unembarrassed child, a deep, tender, feminine disposition, an acute, clever understanding.
"Tales from the German" by Various
Her first care was to ascertain that her absence from the hotel had not been remarked, her secret, as she loved to fancy it, remained sacred.
"The Daltons, Volume I (of II) Or,Three Roads In Life" by Charles James Lever

In poetry:

Dim grow its fancies;
Forgotten they lie;
Like coals in the ashes,
They darken and die.
"Curfew" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
I find in forests joy the keenest
In autumn days
When fancy plays,
And not when they are young and greenest.
"Frederik Hegel" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson
My heart cries out, when fancy
Brings mother back to me,
Her loving care o'er shadows
The past sweet memory.
"Voices Hushed" by Mary Alice Walton
And thus with visions only,
And the fancies they unweave,
Alone, and yet not lonely,
I keep my Christmas eve.
"A Christmas Chant" by Abram Joseph Ryan
It was a time for a dreamer
To have no thoughts of men,
To let the fancy go backward
To the early time again.
"In The Light Of Boyhood" by Alexander Anderson
Her thoughts they were drear, and the silent tear
It fill'd her faint blue eye,
As oft she heard, in fancy's ear,
Her Bertrand's dying sigh.
"Gondoline" by Henry Kirke White

In news:

Mama wasn't fancy by any stretch of the imagination.
But this time we aren't talking about chugging the juice or turning it into fancy cocktails.
Fancy meets fast-food in the form of a fun little burger on a square bun.
Ginny Maloney, of the Bluebird in Leland, shows how to fold a fancy napkin .
The velvety lettuce with the fancy French name (a.k.a.
A fancy (and incredibly easy) fish dish for any night of the week.
See the fanciful costumes as Viva Dallas Burlesque rings in the season with Festivus Follies.
Fancy, simple, trendy or traditional, the recipes cater to every taste.
Making dinner the other night, I decided I wanted to be a little fancy, a little nicer than usual.
Fancy launched in February, giving people the ability to "fancy" items that they like, similar to the way people pin products on Pinterest.
Now in its fifth year, the ON+OFF the Ground competition, held at LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton, New York, allows designers of all stripes to craft garden containers while indulging their creative fancies.
When Washington State went recruiting near Disney World a few years ago, it seemed as fanciful as some of the characters there to expect the Cougars to land anyone of significance.
The spokesman said the plays were nothing fancy, just regular direct snaps.
But Izhar Gafni, an amateur cyclist who owns a number of such fancy bikes, wonders whether the original inventors had a point.
Fancy felines to get on the ramp.

In science:

As a matter of fact, the last term of Eq. (6) gives rise to a fancy phase factor; however, the configuration-space curl of the resulting vector potential is vanishing: no destabilizing force arises.
Quantum randomness emerging under gravitational nonlinearity
This actually argues in favor of the LFSR method, since it is better to know and to control the de(cid:12)ciencies of a random number generator than to rely on fancy methods which are basically justi(cid:12)ed by empirical observations.
Pseudo Random Coins Show More Heads Than Tails
The former has somewhat fancifully been named the “Blue’s function” (known also under other names in literature), while the latter will more conservatively be called the “N –transform.” These two functions are fundamental ob jects within the FRV approach, see below.
Applying Free Random Variables to Random Matrix Analysis of Financial Data. Part I: A Gaussian Case
If the higgs boson does indeed exist by Mother Nature’s own choice, and not by the theorists’ fancies however imaginative and elegant their intellectual inventions may be, it will be discovered at the LHC.
A Pedestrian Introduction to the Mathematical Concepts of Quantum Physics
This is true because Cont does not speak about “any fancy subset” of the quantities, but just about those “physically meaningful” sets which can be defined in the language of our (physical) theory.
A logic road from special relativity to general relativity
But then, these measurements have predetermined outcomes: the world is deterministic and realism is nothing but a fancy word for determinism.
Is realism compatible with true randomness ?
This is equivalent to a mapping from the geometric realization |X | of X to a fancy version of the Volodin K-theory space of the ring R.
Twisting cochains and higher torsion
In the past few years, the possibility of large extra dimensions has caught the fancy of both theoretical high energy physicists as well as cosmologists.
Summary of ICGC04 Cosmology Workshop
Such an idealized interferometer would therefore constitute nothing more than a fancy measurement of the number basis on the signal field.
Dialogue Concerning Two Views on Quantum Coherence: Factist and Fictionist
Again the symmetry energy is important since we have also µn − µp = 4Esym (ρ) 8 . Effects on neutrino cooling are predicted via direct URCA processes of baryonic quasiparticles 9 . A fancy K − P asta structure has been suggested by T .M aruyama due to coulomb effects.
Heavy Ion Dynamics and Neutron Stars
The obstruction bundle V may be described in slightly more fancy sheaf theoretic terms.
Holomorphic curves in Exploded Torus Fibrations: Regularity
The bursts are from the nonperturbatively improved clover action of Ref. and the fancy diamonds are the TI clover action.
Tests of Hypercubic Fermion Actions
Wilson actions on lattices of fixed physical size (diamonds) and larger volumes (crosses), and the nonperturbatively improved (bursts) and tadpole improved (fancy crosses) clover actions.
Tests of Hypercubic Fermion Actions
Nevertheless, the fancy constructions described below are important for two reasons.
Geometric quantization and the generalized Segal-Bargmann transform for Lie groups of compact type
Of course, this quantity is well known and was used long before the fancy name was given for it [2–4].
Comparing Energy Difference and Fidelity of Quantum States