• WordNet 3.6
    • n acquisitiveness strong desire to acquire and possess
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Acquisitiveness (Phren) The faculty to which the phrenologists attribute the desire of acquiring and possessing.
    • Acquisitiveness The quality of being acquisitive; propensity to acquire property; desire of possession.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n acquisitiveness The quality of being acquisitive; a propensity to acquire property.
    • n acquisitiveness In phrenology, the organ to which is attributed the function of producing the general desire to acquire and possess, apart from the uses of the objects. Sometimes called covetiveness.
    • n acquisitiveness See cut under phrenology.
    • n acquisitiveness In psychology: The proprietary or collecting instinct.
    • n acquisitiveness The capacity for learning or for intellectual acquisition.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Acquisitiveness propensity to acquire—one of the phrenologists' so-called faculties, with its special organ
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  • Charles Caleb Colton
    “Next to acquiring good friends, the best acquisition is that of good books.”
  • Walter Lippmann
    “Corrupt, stupid grasping functionaries will make at least as big a muddle of socialism as stupid, selfish and acquisitive employers can make of capitalism.”
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
    “The main part of intellectual education is not the acquisition of facts but learning how to make facts live.”
  • John Morely
    John Morely
    “Many people think of knowledge as money, They would like knowledge, but do not want to face the perseverance and self-denial that goes into the acquisition of it.”
  • Laurence Sterne
    “The desire of knowledge, like the thirst for riches, increases ever with the acquisition of it.”
  • Hesiod
    “Acquisition means life to miserable mortals.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. aquerre—L. acquirĕre, -quisitumad, to, and quærĕre, to seek.


In literature:

This proved to him an invaluable acquisition.
"Christopher Carson" by John S. C. Abbott
Luxemburg was a later acquisition obtained through Elizabeth of Goerlitz.
"Charles the Bold" by Ruth Putnam
And to this community every rival must in time yield its place and power, and all its acquisitions.
"The Whence and the Whither of Man" by John Mason Tyler
The acquisitions in Botany consisted of some fine Cyrtandraceae, a Cymbidium, and some ferns.
"Journals of Travels in Assam, Burma, Bhootan, Afghanistan and TheNeighbouring Countries" by William Griffith
This was an immense acquisition for Russia.
"The Empire of Russia" by John S. C. Abbott
Next comes the age of acquisition and of libraries.
"Renaissance in Italy, Volume 1 (of 7)" by John Addington Symonds
The welfare of my relatives dependeth on the acquisition of offspring from thee.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
The wise have said that the acquisition of wealth is the third kind of strength.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2"
What marked him off from his comrades even at this period was his lively acquisitiveness.
"Stephen A. Douglas" by Allen Johnson
They did not find the new channels of acquisition flow with equal riches to them.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. III. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
The conquest of France was a glorious acquisition.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. V. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
If it be difficult, couple its acquisition with some prospect of personal gain.
"Talks To Teachers On Psychology; And To Students On Some Of Life's Ideals" by William James
In the matter of what he admired, where no questions of acquisition came in, he and his shopping-man agreed less.
"The Lee Shore" by Rose Macaulay
The instincts which urge in the direction of acquisition and accumulation tend to make the man a conservator.
"The Next Step" by Scott Nearing
They have no virtues save courage and occasionally fidelity and no ideals save the acquisition of spoil.
"Command" by William McFee
The acquisition was only hindered by one consideration, by the single question, Where?
"The Lost Manuscript" by Gustav Freytag
In spite of the madness of some of her propositions, she was really an acquisition to the Fifth.
"The Jolliest Term on Record" by Angela Brazil
It may be remarked that, for the great majority of people, story-telling is not a gift but an acquisition.
"Special Method in Primary Reading and Oral Work with Stories" by Charles Alexander McMurry
There are some who improve somewhat in health, but who avoid parenthood, and thus defraud themselves of the acquisition of perfect health.
"What a Young Husband Ought to Know" by Sylvanus Stall
The collection was founded in 1824 by the acquisition of the Angerstein pictures.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 6" by Various

In poetry:

An acquisition rather rare
Is yet no subject of despair;
Nor is it wise complaining,
If, either on forbidden ground,
Or where it was not to be found,
We sought without attaining.
"Friendship" by William Cowper
And to them the din of battle was only a shout of glory:
But for their noble king they felt a little sorry,
Because they knew he was sacrificing a strong position,
Which was to his army a very great acquisition.
"The Battle of Flodden Field" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Gardner Denver Inc has completed its previously announced acquisition of CompAir Holdings Limited, a global manufacturer of compressed air and gas systems.
Acquisition is a matter less of compulsion than of impulsivity.
Some of the difficulties in MDA's testing and production of assets can be attributed to its highly concurrent acquisition approach.
EU Regulators Conditionally Approve Outokumpu Acquisition of Inoxum.
Mary Ann A Mitchell, AIA, IIDA, MDC principal and founder, joins O'Connell Robertson as part of the acquisition.
The acquisition is indicative of how most CRM consultants are either expanding or retooling their service offerings as companies look to merge CRM with other back-office applications, such as ERP and supply chain management.
After years of cost-cutting and sitting on the sidelines when it comes to mergers and acquisitions, leading companies in all industries are finally ready to start putting some of that cash to work.
Measurement of Crop Evapotranspiration Using Precision Weighing Lysimeters, Including an Overview of the Lysimeter Project at Rocky Ford, CO. Data Acquisition and Processing.
Effective Oct 1, Tenova has finalized the acquisition of the controlling interest of Core Furnace Systems Corp.
Telecast's CopperHead JT streamlines HD acquisition.
Shaida, a 22-year industry veteran, has served as business development manager at Coppersmith since the acquisition of NIK and Associates in 2009.
Whether you are a new or experienced COR , contracting professional, or simply a member of the acquisition team, this seminar is for you.
The Corporate Executive Board, a DC firm that provides business advice to corporations around the world, continued its expansion with the acquisition of ITtoolbox, an online community where information-technology professionals trade ideas.
About 200 people welcomed the acquisition of Dos Rios Ranch, a 1,603-acre parcel west of Modesto that will be used for wildlife habitat and flood management.
Group Florence Nightingale Increases Radiosurgery Profile with Acquisition of Turkey's First Leksell Gamma Knife Perfexion System.

In science:

Since both the PMB and PH surveys used the same telescope, receiver and data acquisition system, the only parameter that is different is the integration time τ = 2097 s for the PMB survey and 262 s for the PH survey.
The Parkes multibeam pulsar survey: VI. Discovery and timing of 142 pulsars and a Galactic population analysis
With the exception of a data sampling interval of 125µs, the PA survey uses identical observing parameters and data acquisition and processing schemes to those implemented in PMB survey.
The Parkes multibeam pulsar survey: VI. Discovery and timing of 142 pulsars and a Galactic population analysis
We describe here the status and plans of the project with emphasis on issues related to data acquisition for future test beam experiments.
Data Acquisition in the EUDET Project
With the increasing size and complexity of detector prototypes data acquisition issues become more and more important.
Data Acquisition in the EUDET Project
We have analyzed five additional nebulae (one of which was imaged during an acquisition for a STIS spectroscopic program) and include the results in this paper.
Hubble Space Telescope Images of Magellanic Cloud Planetary Nebulae
Uncalibrated target acquisition image, to support spectroscopy.
Hubble Space Telescope Images of Magellanic Cloud Planetary Nebulae
The full survey was completed in 11 nights of observing time with typical integration times between 1-10 minutes, implying an average data acquisition rate of about 90 observations per night.
Calibrating the Solar Dynamo: Magnetic Activity Cycles of Southern Sun-like Stars
Thus, we can expect a data acquisition rate roughly comparable to that achieved during the 1996 survey.
Calibrating the Solar Dynamo: Magnetic Activity Cycles of Southern Sun-like Stars
The resulting pointing model has then to be built into the telescope or antenna control system, so that the demands to the servos are appropriately adjusted and accurate dead-reckoning acquisition of celestial targets brought about.
Evaluation of the ALMA Prototype Antennas
With a CCD camera, optical data acquisition can be done on time scales as short as a few tenths of a second, as opposed to the tens of seconds time scales necessary for radio pointing measurements.
Evaluation of the ALMA Prototype Antennas
Nevertheless, the standard mode of operation with the acquisition of a set of pedestal values for all the 105k channels at the beginning or at the end of a data taking run is still possible. The instrument control and data acquisition is done through a VI graphic interface developed in LAbVIEW.
A Sealed Gas Pixel Detector for X-ray Astronomy
The raw bit rate is currently limited by the data acquisition hardware, so dedicated hardware can speed up the acquisition and eliminate this bottleneck.
Secure self-calibrating quantum random bit generator
Using off-line tomography relies on the assumption that the system state does not change in the interval between the measurement of eH∞ and the acquisition of the random bits.
Secure self-calibrating quantum random bit generator
Acquisition images were taken to center the slit and in addition, for a few sources, to determine their R-band magnitude.
Complete identification of the Parkes half-Jansky sample of GHz peaked spectrum radio galaxies
From the acquisition image we also estimated the magnitude of the object: mRC = 21.9 ± 0.4.
Complete identification of the Parkes half-Jansky sample of GHz peaked spectrum radio galaxies