adventurer

Definitions

  • Valiant Champions on Their Adventure--1-42-086
    Valiant Champions on Their Adventure--1-42-086
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n adventurer a person who enjoys taking risks
    • n adventurer someone who travels into little known regions (especially for some scientific purpose)
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The Adventures of Tom Thumb The Adventures of Tom Thumb
Jack set off in search of new adventures Jack set off in search of new adventures
THE ADVENTURES OF AN ELF THE ADVENTURES OF AN ELF
Adventures Of A Post-War Sportsman Adventures Of A Post-War Sportsman
MORE ADVENTURES OF A POST-WAR SPORTSMAN MORE ADVENTURES OF A POST-WAR SPORTSMAN
THE ADVENTURE WITH SCYLLA THE ADVENTURE WITH SCYLLA
Tommy's adventure Tommy's adventure

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Charles Dodgson, also known as Lewis Carroll, wrote "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" after Alice Pleasance Liddell. It was to be believed he fell in love with her and asked the parents if he could some day marry her. The parents disconnected their friendship. Alice Liddell has 12 letters, as does the pen name Lewis Carroll. It's a coincidence he uses 2 r's where the 2 d's are, as with the 2 L's.
    • Adventurer A social pretender on the lookout for advancement.
    • Adventurer One who adventures; as, the merchant adventurers ; one who seeks his fortune in new and hazardous or perilous enterprises.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Cutthroat Island is the biggest movie flop in history, losing an estimated $81 million. It’s almost double the loss of the second-biggest money loser, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen ($48.1 million).
    • n adventurer One who engages in adventure; an undertaker of uncertain or hazardous actions or enterprises, as in travel, war, trade, speculation, etc.: as, the Young Adventurer, a title given to Prince Charles Edward Stuart on account of his leading the desperate insurrection of 1745. Specifically— One of a class of soldiers in the middle ages who sold their services to the highest bidder, or fought and plundered on their own account
    • n adventurer In general, one who undertakes any great commercial risk or speculation; a speculator; in mining, a shareholder in or promoter of mines, particularly under the cost-book system. See cost-book.
    • n adventurer In a bad sense, a seeker of fortune by underhand or equivocal means; a speculator upon the credulity or good nature of others; especially, one who ingratiates himself with society by false show or pretense in order to gain a surreptitious livelihood.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Never mind what you saw in the film "The Poseidon Adventure." The biggest wave on record, reported by a reliable source, was estimated to have attained a height of 112 feet. It was measured, at some distance, I hope, by a tanker traveling between Manila and San Diego in 1933. The wind was blowing at 70 mph at the time.
    • n Adventurer one who engages in hazardous enterprises: a soldier of fortune, or speculator: one who pushes his fortune by equivocal means, as false pretences, &c.:—fem. Advent′uress
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Quotations

  • Lord Byron
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    “And yet a little tumult, now and then, is an agreeable quickener of sensation; such as a revolution, a battle, or an adventure of any lively description.”
  • Gilbert K. Chesterton
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    “Marriage is an adventure, like going to war.”
  • Marie Carmichael Stopes
    Marie Carmichael Stopes
    “Each coming together of man and wife, even if they have been mated for many years, should be a fresh adventure; each winning should necessitate a fresh wooing.”
  • Voltaire
    Voltaire
    “Marriage is the only adventure open to the cowardly.”
  • Lorraine Anderson
    Lorraine Anderson
    “Nature has been for me, for as long as I remember, a source of solace, inspiration, adventure, and delight; a home, a teacher, a companion.”
  • Oliver Goldsmith
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    “We had no revolutions to fear, nor fatigues to undergo; all our adventures were by the fireside, and all our migrations from the blue bed to the brown.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. aventurier,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr.—L. adventurus, about to happen, fut. perf. of advenīre. See Advent.

Usage

In literature:

The only books I like are those that tell of far-away lands and adventures and such things.
"Historic Boyhoods" by Rupert Sargent Holland
Adventures with the Indians.
"The Adventures of the Chevalier De La Salle and His Companions, in Their Explorations of the Prairies, Forests, Lakes, and Rivers, of the New World, and Their Interviews with the Savage Tribes, Two Hundred Years Ago" by John S. C. Abbott
On discovering the unexpected "strait" into which they had launched themselves, our adventurers were for a time nonplussed.
"The Boy Slaves" by Mayne Reid
It would have provided a splendid dramatic climax to a war drama of high adventure.
"High Adventure" by James Norman Hall
A Missing Million; OR, THE ADVENTURES OF LOUIS BELGRADE.
"Freaks of Fortune" by Oliver Optic
All the experiences of the night before seemed for the moment only the adventures of a nightmare.
"The Snowshoe Trail" by Edison Marshall
But the equanimity of Francois Blanc was equal to all adventures.
"Bidwell's Travels, from Wall Street to London Prison" by Austin Biron Bidwell
VOYAGES OF ADVENTURE AND PRIVATEERING WARFARE.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
Our artist has given this subject a realistic touch, which makes Jack's adventure seem almost possible.
"Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 10" by Charles Herbert Sylvester
And I'll be bound he is as keen for adventure as any of us.
"The Lady and the Pirate" by Emerson Hough
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In poetry:

"The first adventure shall be thine;"
The king did smiling say.
Nor many days, when low! there came
Three palmers cald in graye.
"Valentine and Ursine" by Anonymous British
"He spoke of brave adventurings,
And of those nameless quests
Which lead men down to death, or home
With stars upon their breasts.
"The Lover" by Theodore Goodridge Roberts
Oh, it is good afar to roam,
And seek adventure in strange lands;
Yet oh, so good the coming home,
The velvet love of little hands.
"Oh, It Is Good" by Robert W Service
the wildwood of adventurous thought
and lands of dawn my dream had won,
the riches out of Faery brought
are buried with our bridal sun.
"I Am Shut Out Of Mine Own Heart" by Christopher Brennan
But Boulla, who caught his keen eye,
Now grasp'd her adventurous bow,
And, with prayers addrest to the sky,
She aim'd at the Lion below.
"The Lion" by William Hayley
When, watching the nurse's expression
Of doubt, in her questioning drive,
He suddenly knew this adventure
Would hardly release him alive.
"In Hospital" by Boris Pasternak

In news:

California school kids inspired by blind adventurer.
GO CENTURION This highly enjoyable action-adventure, set in 117 A.D.
Cerberus ' Adventures in the Gun Trade.
Love to build with Lego and looking for a new adventure with like minded friends.
Before he was Agent Smith in the "Matrix" trilogy and Elrond in "The Lord of the Rings" saga — even before his timid, cross-dressing Tick in The Adventures of.
Now that the barn is stuffed with hay, the 1980 Silverado, Gertie is relegated to just pulling the harrow and reminding me of all the adventures we've had.
It's as if what the movie Toy Story would have us believe is in fact a reality, that our toys are really alive and adventuring.
I like the "accidental adventure" the main character experienced while on a bus tour of Italy.
Things get tense in "€œAdventures With Young King Arthur,"€ starring Andre Mercer, Hannah Marshall, Kevin Tool and Brady Tait, left to right.
Twelve month-old Reylinda Estrella of Fullerton is hoisted in the air as her team starts the 22nd annual CHOC Walk at California Adventure Park Sunday.
The CHOC neonatal intensive care unit brought their own babies to the 22nd annual CHOC Walk at California Adventure Park Sunday.
This baking Betty's blog, 17 and Baking, documents her awesome adventures in the kitchen.
In his latest middle-school novel, the author pokes fun at reality TV's outdoor adventure shows with a Florida-based tale that's as funny as it is informative.
For this high-tech, adventure travel agency, email newsletters and a lively Facebook page drive more business than its traditional website.
Crogan 's Vengeance, the first book in Chris Schweizer's series, The Crogan Adventures, is about "Catfoot" Crogan 's time serving on a pirate ship.
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In science:

The inverse metric is crucial in this adventure, since one is seeking null coordinates x± : g−1(dx± , dx± ) = 0.
Kerr black holes in horizon-generating form
Resnick, S. (1992) Adventures in stochastic processes, Birkh¨auser, Boston.
Coherent random permutations with record statistics
The other twin Taurai, decides to stay at home and not join his adventurous twin brother.
The Twin Paradox Revisited and Reformulated -- On the Possibility of Detecting Absolute Motion
From his [Taurwi] point of view, the argument goes; his non-adventurous stay-at-home brother is the one who travels backward on the receding Earth, and then returns as the Earth approaches the spaceship again, while in the frame of reference fixed to the spaceship, the astronaut twin is not moving at all.
The Twin Paradox Revisited and Reformulated -- On the Possibility of Detecting Absolute Motion
Joyner, Adventures in Group Theory: Rubik’s Cube, Merlin’s Machine, and Other Mathematical Toys, The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002.
Difference between minimum light numbers of sigma-game and lit-only sigma-game
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