• Three wise men of Gotham
    Three wise men of Gotham
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj wise improperly forward or bold "don't be fresh with me","impertinent of a child to lecture a grownup","an impudent boy given to insulting strangers","Don't get wise with me!"
    • adj wise evidencing the possession of inside information
    • adj wise marked by the exercise of good judgment or common sense in practical matters "judicious use of one's money","a wise decision"
    • adj wise having or prompted by wisdom or discernment "a wise leader","a wise and perceptive comment"
    • n wise a way of doing or being "in no wise","in this wise"
    • n Wise United States religious leader (born in Bohemia) who united reform Jewish organizations in the United States (1819-1900)
    • n Wise United States Jewish leader (born in Hungary) (1874-1949)
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Palmer and the Wise Virgin Palmer and the Wise Virgin
Experience makes a man wise Experience makes a man wise
Wise old owl Wise old owl

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The word witch comes from the word "wicca" which translates to the "wise one."
    • Wise Dictated or guided by wisdom; containing or exhibiting wisdom; well adapted to produce good effects; judicious; discreet; as, a wise saying; a wise scheme or plan; wise conduct or management; a wise determination. "Eminent in wise deport.""A very grave, state bachelor, my dainty one;
      He's wise in years , and of a temperate warmth."
      "You are too wise in years , too full of counsel,
      For my green experience."
    • Wise Having knowledge; knowing; enlightened; of extensive information; erudite; learned. "They are wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge."
    • Wise Hence, especially, making due use of knowledge; discerning and judging soundly concerning what is true or false, proper or improper; choosing the best ends and the best means for accomplishing them; sagacious. "When clouds appear, wise men put their cloaks.""From a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation."
    • Wise Hence, prudent; calculating; shrewd; wary; subtle; crafty. "Thou art . . . no novice, but a governor wily and wise .""Nor, on the other side,
      Will I be penuriously wise As to make money that's my slave my idol ."
      "Lords do not care for me:
      I am too wise to die yet."
    • Wise Versed in art or science; skillful; dexterous; specifically, skilled in divination. "Fal. There was, mine host, an old fat woman even now with me; but she's gone.Sim. Pray you, sir, was't not the wise woman of Brentford?"
    • a Wise Way of being or acting; manner; mode; fashion.☞ This word is nearly obsolete, except in such phrases as in any wise in no wise on this wise, etc. “ Fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.” Ps. xxxvii. 8. “He shall in no wise lose his reward.” Matt. x. 42.On this wise ye shall bless the children of Israel.” Num. vi. 23. "All armed in complete wise .""To love her in my beste wyse .""This song she sings in most commanding wise .""Let not these blessings then, sent from above,
      Abused be, or spilt in profane wise ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Witchcraft means "Craft of the Wise Ones."
    • wise Quite aware; knowing; cognizant of.
    • wise Having the power of discerning and judging rightly, or of discriminating between what is true and what is false, between that which is right, fit, and proper and that which is unsuitable, injudicious, and wrong; possessed of discernment, discretion, and judgment: as, a wise prince; a wise magistrate.
    • wise Proper to a wise man; sage; grave; serious.
    • wise Having knowledge; knowing; intelligent; enlightened; learned; erudite.
    • wise Practically or experimentally knowing; experienced; versed or skilled; dexterous; cunning; subtle; specifically, skilled in some hidden art, as magic or divination: as, the soothsayers and tho wise men.
    • wise Religious; pious; godly.
    • wise Dictated, directed, or guided by wisdom; containing wisdom; judicious: as, a wise saying; a wise scheme or plan; wise conduct or direction; a wise determination.
    • wise A midwife.
    • wise =Syn.1. Sagacious, discerning, oracular, long-headed. See wisdom.—6. Sound, solid, philosophical.
    • n wise Way; manner; mode; guise; style: now seldom used as an independent word, except in such phrases as in any wise, in no wise, on this wise.
    • wise To guide; direct; lead or send in a particular direction.
    • wise To turn; incline; twist.
    • wise An apparent suffix, really the noun wiseused in adverbial phrases originally with a preposition, as in anywise, nowise, likewise, otherwise, etc., originally in any wise, in no wise, in like wise, in other wise, etc.; so sidewise, lengthwise, etc., in which, in colloquial use, -ways also appears, by confusion with way.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Bible does not say there were three wise men; it only says there were three gifts.
    • adj Wise wīz having wit or knowledge: able to make use of knowledge well: judging rightly: discreet: learned: skilful: dictated by wisdom: containing wisdom: pious, godly
    • v.t Wise wīz (Scot.) to guide in a certain direction, to incline.
    • n Wise wīz way, manner
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  • Baltasar Gracian
    “A wise man learns more from his enemies than a fool from his friends.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “It is a wise father that knows his own child.”
  • Bible
    “Great men are not always wise.”
  • Francois De La Rochefoucauld
    “It's easier to be wise for others than for ourselves.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Only a fool knows everything. A wise man knows how little he knows.”
  • Lord Alfred Tennyson
    “Who is wise in love, love most, say least.”


A still tongue keeps a wise head - Wise people don't talk much.
Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy wealthy and wise - It means that sleeping well and not staying up late will help you out physically and financially.
Penny wise, pound foolish - Someone who is penny wise, pound foolish can be very careful or mean with small amounts of money, yet wasteful and extravagant with large sums.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. wise, AS. wīse,; akin to OS. wīsa, OFries. wīs, D. wijs, wijze, OHG. wīsa, G. weise, Sw. vis, Dan. viis, Icel. öruvīs, otherwise; from the root of E. wit,; hence, originally, knowledge, skill. See Wit (v.), and cf. Guise
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. wíse, orig. wiseness; Ger. weise; akin to wise (1) and wit. Doublet guise.


In literature:

This wise resolution he kept for two months; but he was miserable.
"Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds" by Charles Mackay
There is no royal road into the sweetness and the depth of Christ's love, for the wise or the prudent.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
He went and spoke to wise Nioerd, his father.
"The Children of Odin" by Padraic Colum
My poor father thought he was wise when the wooden ships were crowded off.
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
Is not that very wise, and very fair to all?
"The Wonders of the Jungle" by Prince Sarath Ghosh
Thus (as you will see with half an eye, my wise little auditors) these good old dames had fallen into a strange perplexity.
"Famous Tales of Fact and Fancy" by Various
He's wise, and he's kind.
"Allison Bain" by Margaret Murray Robertson
Very old and wise is the Elf.
"The Shadow Witch" by Gertrude Crownfield
Wisdom is in the guardians; if they be wise, the whole state will be wise.
"The World's Greatest Books--Volume 14--Philosophy and Economics" by Various
Now, money cannot be spent wisely except by planning.
"The Canadian Girl at Work" by Marjory MacMurchy
In such wise do we adopt the life purpose, or justify it when unconsciously adopted.
"The Approach to Philosophy" by Ralph Barton Perry
In the morning Pharaoh was troubled about these dreams, and called for his wise men who worked magic for him, and they could tell him nothing.
"Child's Story of the Bible" by Mary A. Lathbury
Being wise, their gifts were no doubt wise ones, possibly bearing the privilege of exchange in case of duplication.
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry
The more cautious ones doubted if it was wise to accept an enemy's gift.
"Historic Tales, vol 10 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
It would be as wise and as profitable to worship Sloth.
"American Sketches" by Charles Whibley
What I knew to be wise a week ago, I know also to be wise now.
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
Some spiritual director, some wise, learned man, that is what you want.
"The Unicorn from the Stars and Other Plays" by William B. Yeats
They not only put it over on the judges, but none of the other owners are wise.
"Old Man Curry" by Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan
When he wore the spectacles, he looked so wise that Blanche hardly dared speak to him.
"Boys and Girls Bookshelf (Vol 2 of 17)" by Various
You're goin' to put 'em wise right away.
"The Law-Breakers" by Ridgwell Cullum

In poetry:

Far away, far away!
Every night and every day
Kind and wise it were to pray,
God be with them far away!
"The Emigrant Ship" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
Stronger and sweeter
New gods shall seek it.
Fill it with man-folk
Wise for the future,
Wise from the past.
"The Voyage To Vinland: Bioern's Beckoners" by James Russell Lowell
From the height of night,
Was not thine the star
That led forth with might
By no worldly light
Wise men from afar?
"Christmas Antiphones" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
"His own,"
I answered. "All that ruined world of yours
Seems crumbling into marriage. Carrington
Has chosen wisely."
"Aurora Leigh: Book Eighth" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
I saw the sunlight in her eyes,
And her anemone lips aglow;
She beckoned in beguiling wise;
I could not choose but go.
"The Visitor" by Clinton Scollard
For then, perhaps, I'd fool the moon,
Although she's very wise,
And thinking me a baby star
She'd keep me in the skies.
"Ambition" by John Chipman Farrar

In news:

How to Get Your Summer In Gear, Style-Wise.
Once again the Dorr Township Board has made another wise financial decision.
Make your decision wisely America.
401(k) distribution for down payment : Wise move.
Wise cruised to a 39-0 victory Saturday afternoon at home against Prince George's 4A opponent Eleanor Roosevelt .
Wise 39, Eleanor Roosevelt 0.
Advocates in Maryland wisely seek to make the struggle for equal rights a cornerstone of solidarity between blacks and gays.
Wise and Hood counties fail to meet federal standards.
Maria Diaz and Jorge Infante of Decatur announce the birth of a son, Jonah Infante , on Aug 29, 2012, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur.
Genre-wise, this recording falls somewhere between trippy electronic music and elegant folk.
Mood-wise, it teeters between calmness and hysteria.
DeWayne Wise's pitching debut adds levity to rough loss for Yankees.
Elsa/Getty Images Dewayne Wise delivers a pitch against the Chicago White Sox in a 14-7 loss.
Margaret Wise Brown, Author Scholastic $5.99 (0p) ISBN 978-0-590-44559-7.
Hector "Macho" Camacho, left, and his son Hector Jr.celebrate their wins against Troy Lowry and Rocky Martinez, in 2001 (Photo: Rhone Wise, AFP/Getty Images).

In science:

Also in this case, however, it is wise to work with intensities rather than with magnitudes.
The effects of blending on the light curve shape of Cepheids
It is very interesting also to find out the dependence of the mean coherence matrix and polarization degree on the length-wise coordinate z .
Random groups in the optical waveguides theory
However, one should regard the above definition of conditional measures as the best admissible step-wise replacement of the independence of rk+1,n and the previous distances.
Random Metric Spaces and Universality
Since G acts on the path space GZ+ coordinate-wise as (gx)n = gxn , and the transition probabilities of RWTDI(µ) are G-invariant, Pn,g = gPn , g ∈ G, and Pn,θ = θPn for any initial distribution θ .
Boundaries and harmonic functions for random walks with random transition probabilities
Simple Construction of Almost k-wise Independent Random Variables.
Small Pseudo-Random Families of Matrices: Derandomizing Approximate Quantum Encryption
Therefore we need only show that the Xi ’s are k-wise independent.
Random walks with $k$-wise independent increments
We prove that the Xi ’s are k-wise independent inductively.
Random walks with $k$-wise independent increments
However, it turns out that it is possible to create an example of k-wise independent variables with low entropy satisfying the conditions of theorem 2.
Random walks with $k$-wise independent increments
We end by suggesting further problems related to k-wise independent random variables.
Random walks with $k$-wise independent increments
Other wise, this fact can be derived from Russo-Seymour -Welsh theory.
Random walks with $k$-wise independent increments
Such a differential equation can be treated sample-wise for any sample ω .
Stochastic Dynamics of a Coupled Atmosphere--Ocean Model
For these two reasons, the Cauchy law is a wise choice.
Large deviations and stochastic calculus for large random matrices
This motivated the investigation of Hoory et al. who considered the notion of almost k-wise independence.
Simple Permutations Mix Even Better
An almost m-wise independent random permutation of the cube.
Simple Permutations Mix Even Better
Our first result in this context shows that we can restrict our attention, without loss of generality, to piece-wise constant transformations.
First-order Complete and Computationally Complete Query Languages for Spatio-Temporal Databases