Wonder-work

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Wonder-work a prodigy, miracle: thaumaturgy
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Quotations

  • J. G. Ballard
    J.%20G.%20Ballard
    “I thought it was a wonderfully conceptual act actually, to fire a replica pistol at a figurehead -- the guy could have been working for Andy Warhol!”
  • Benjamin Franklin
    Benjamin%20Franklin
    “God works wonders now and then; Behold a lawyer, an honest man.”
  • Michelangelo
    Michelangelo
    “If people only knew how hard I work to gain my mastery, it wouldn't seem so wonderful at all.”
  • George Jessel
    George Jessel
    “The human brain is a wonderful organ. It starts to work as soon as you are born and doesn't stop until you get up to deliver a speech.”
  • Bible
    Bible
    “I will give thanks to thee for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are Thy works, and my soul knows it very well. [Psalms 139:14]”
  • Patricia Ann Ball
    Patricia Ann Ball
    “The mind is a wonderful thing. It starts working the minute you're born and never stops working until you get up to speak in public.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. wundor; Ger. wunder, Ice. undr.

Usage

In literature:

The Tanfield monument, though somewhat ugly and grotesque, is a wonderful example of alabaster work.
"A Cotswold Village" by J. Arthur Gibbs
As the wonderful craft sped on she seemed to settle down to her work as a good horse finds himself and gets into his stride.
"Stories of Inventors" by Russell Doubleday
She has been doing a wonderful work in our section.
"The Wrong Twin" by Harry Leon Wilson
Equally wonderful, perhaps more beautiful, is the joint work of Nature and Art on the sweet life and glory of flowers.
"A Walk from London to John O'Groat's" by Elihu Burritt
With piercing clarity he saw how brief a time he had to work and to experience the beauty and wonder of his universe.
"The Purple Heights" by Marie Conway Oemler
One is forced to wonder to what extent covering the face with the mass of muck hinders the actor in his work.
"Our Stage and Its Critics" by "E.F.S." of "The Westminster Gazette"
The clock was seldom seen to go right, but the wonder ceases if there are NO WORKS within.
"An History of Birmingham (1783)" by William Hutton
No wonder hard working girls were getting sick and tired of housework!
"The Lion and The Mouse" by Charles Klein
But his working of them up is all his own, and is wonderful.
"The English Novel" by George Saintsbury
After the Revolution there was wholesale destruction of the wonderful works of art which had cost such vast sums to collect.
"Furnishing the Home of Good Taste" by Lucy Abbot Throop
I wonder if you worked your passage over to Boston, or came as a stowaway?
"A Country Doctor and Selected Stories and Sketches" by Sarah Orne Jewett
He has done wonderful work for the country.
"Children of the Market Place" by Edgar Lee Masters
This must not make any difference to this wonderful work that has just begun here.
"The Miracle Man" by Frank L. Packard
But he was doing such wonderful work!
"Read-Aloud Plays" by Horace Holley
I wondered what had wrought such a sudden change in him, for I had only worked such a few days.
"Uncle Max" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
Wonder-working Lord, thou only knowest.
"The Power of Faith" by Isabella Graham
A wonderful work was done by "Y" secretaries among the illiterates.
"History of the American Negro in the Great World War" by W. Allison Sweeney
His eyes rolled with astonishment as he saw it and heard of the wonders that were wrought by the work of men.
"The Book of Missionary Heroes" by Basil Mathews
The wonder-working eggs possessed by the Druids were insignia of a sacred character, set in gold, and worn suspended from the neck.
"The Mysteries of All Nations" by James Grant
Don't forget the daily massage; it will work wonders in your appearance.
"Evening Round Up" by William Crosbie Hunter
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In poetry:

Thy mercies fill the earth, O Lord;
How good thy works appear!
Open mine eyes to read thy word,
And see thy wonders there.
"Psalm 119 part 9" by Isaac Watts
A few calm words of faith and prayer,
A few bright drops of holy dew,
Shall work a wonder there
Earth's charmers never knew.
"Holy Baptism" by John Keble
He bids us make his glories known,
His works of power and grace;
And we'll convey his wonders down
Through every rising race.
"Psalm 78 part 1" by Isaac Watts
How great the works his hand has wrought
How glorious in our sight!
And men in every age have sought
His wonders with delight.
"Psalm 111 part 1" by Isaac Watts
What was it in the bird's song worked such change?
The grass was wonderful.
I did not dream such beauty was
In things so dull.
"Happiness" by John Freeman
Lord, we have heard thy works of old,
Thy works of power and grace,
When to our ears our fathers told
The wonders of their days.
"Psalm 44" by Isaac Watts

In news:

Capers working wonders with Packers' thinned defense unit.
They work relentlessly to maintain that small body of water as their own little natural wonder.
Have you ever wondered if there are any options after high school other than college and working.
A Bookseller's Collection of Curious and Wonderful Recipes Forgotten Between the Pages by Micahel Popek (Pedigee Hardcover, $20) Michael Popek works in his family's used-book store in Oneonta, New York.
Kathrin Zettel clinched her first World Cup victory in nearly three years as the Colorado magic worked wonders again for the Austrian at Aspen on Sunday.
"I've worked with dogs a time or two, but we never held auditions for them, but it's great because we're getting to see some wonderful dogs here today," Benton said.
It's a wonder mine still works.
He is the God who finishes His work, who wonderfully does all things well.
Ever wondered what Google does when copyright holders complain their work is being pirated.
Happy birthday hope you have a wonderful special day keep being young girls like hard working men.
It's a really wonderful work.
I am wondering as I go to and from work through the roundabout at Fourth & Bluemont, what monument might eventually sit atop the limestone base in its center.
I'm a big fan you're a wonderful spokesman he's done great work yeah, he certainly has.
Have you ever wondered where novelists, actors or writers find inspiration for their work.
Have you ever had days where you find yourself wondering about your career choices, maybe even thinking you have hit rock bottom as far as finding work.
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In science:

One may wonder whether the USVT estimate works if we drop the assumption of independence.
Matrix estimation by Universal Singular Value Thresholding
Yet, one may well wonder why all this works out so nicely, and if there is some deeper algebraic significance behind the combinatorial facts.
Some bijective correspondences involving domino tableaux
Zapatrin for useful discussion and Starlab NV for wonderful conditions which I enjoyed while working on this paper.
No time machines in classical general relativity
It is my hope and expectation that this thesis work has contributed to the realization of this wonderful challenge, which holds such a great promise.
Experimental Quantum Computation with Nuclear Spins in Liquid Solution
Nevertheless, much work needs to be done to make realistic models of this type! Some of today’s most speculative ideas were wonderfully reviewed by Dudas. 40 Of all the topics he discussed, I will talk briefly here only about one such idea- the SUSY landscape.
Theory Summary of the Electroweak Session for Moriond 2005
We wonder about possible experimental implications of this work.
A method to find quantum noiseless subsystems
We can wonder whether mass loss anisotropies would have an impact on the results obtained in this work (which assumed spherical winds).
Evolution towards the critical limit and the origin of Be stars
While the above construction logically works, is there any symmetry that can actually do the magic above? Wonderfully enough, supersymmetry, which has been considered for a number of other reasons, has (almost) exactly the necessary behavior .
Have we tested Lorentz invariance enough?
We would like to thank the organizers of the HCP2009 Symposium for their kind invitation and their work to prepare such wonderful conference.
Jet and W/Z Production at Hadron Colliders
The reader can legitimatelly wonder why the age is assumed to be known and not the ways of transportation to go working.
Testing means from sampling populations with undefined labels
One may therefore wonder whether liquid mirrors working in a less stable environment may have seeing spirals.
Optical Tests of a 2.5-m diameter Liquid Mirror: Behavior under External Perturbations and Scattered Light Measurements
One may wonder why approaches based on a single-particle current work well while other ones, fully covariant in some cases, don’t.
Form factors of hadronic systems in various forms of relativistic quantum mechanics
We wonder if one can give proofs of the statements in this note working directly with an exceptional K3 surface just like in the case of abelian varieties.
Complex Multiplication for K3 Surfaces
It is a pleasure to thank MSRI for hospitality, support and a wonderful and stimulating working environment. A.
A combinatorial formula for Macdonald polynomials
This premature ending of the Hessenberg reduction process has been the main limiting factor to the strength of the results that we subsequently obtained, and one may wonder about ways to work around it.
Hessenberg decomposition of matrix fields and bounded operator fields
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