• Valiant Champions on Their Adventure--1-42-086
    Valiant Champions on Their Adventure--1-42-086
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj adventurous willing to undertake or seeking out new and daring enterprises "adventurous pioneers","the risks and gains of an adventuresome economy"
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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
Adventures Of A Post-War Sportsman Adventures Of A Post-War Sportsman
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.
    • Adventurous Full of hazard; attended with risk; exposing to danger; requiring courage; rash; -- applied to acts; as, an adventurous undertaking, deed, song.
    • Adventurous Inclined to adventure; willing to incur hazard; prone to embark in hazardous enterprise; rashly daring; -- applied to persons. "Bold deed thou hast presumed, adventurous Eve."
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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).
    • adventurous Inclined or willing to incur hazard or engage in adventures; bold to encounter danger; daring; venturesome; courageous; enterprising.
    • adventurous Full of hazard; attended with risk; exposing to danger; requiring courage; hazardous: as, an adventurous undertaking.
    • adventurous Synonyms Adventurous, Enterprising, Rash, Reckless, Foolhardy, venturesome, venturous. The adventurous man incurs risks from love of the novel, the arduous, and the bold, trusting to escape through the use of his bodily and mental powers; he would measure himself against difficult things. When this spirit does not go so far as to deserve the name of rashness or foolhardiness, it is considered a manly trait. The enterprising man is alert to undertake new and large things, not necessarily involving risk; he is constantly breaking out of routine. The rash man hastens to do a thing with little thought of the consequences, and generally in the heat of feeling. With the foolhardy man the risks are so great and the absence of thought is so entire that he seems to have the hardihood of the fool. The reckless man has the impetuosity of the rash man, but he is more careless of consequences. The rash man is too precipitate; the reckless man shows temerity; the foolhardy man is careless or defiant even when he undertakes the impossible.
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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.
    • adjs Adventurous enterprising: ready to incur risk
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  • Napoleon Bonaparte
    “Chance is the providence of adventurers.”
  • Adam Smith
    “Adventure upon all the tickets in the lottery, and you lose for certain; and the greater the number of your tickets the nearer your approach to this certainty.”
  • Hubert H. Humphrey
    “Each child is an adventure into a better life --an opportunity to change the old pattern and make it new.”
  • Thornton Wilder
    “It's when you're safe at home that you wish you were having an adventure. When you're having an adventure you wish you were safe at home.”
  • Anatole France
    “The good critic is he who relates the adventures of his soul among masterpieces.”
  • Sir James M. Barrie
    “To die will be an awfully big adventure.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. aventurous, aunterous, OF. aventuros, F. aventureux, fr. aventure,. See Adventure (n.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr.—L. adventurus, about to happen, fut. perf. of advenīre. See Advent.


In literature:

Our young adventurers turned their faces westward, and were soon riding under the shadows of majestic woods.
"The Boy Hunters" by Captain Mayne Reid
During their residence in the place, many adventures befel them with wild animals of various kinds.
"The Cliff Climbers" by Captain Mayne Reid
When Sam had quieted down he told the story of his exciting adventure.
"Three Boys in the Wild North Land" by Egerton Ryerson Young
The adventure was not so hazardous as it seemed and as it felt.
"Clayhanger" by Arnold Bennett
Hajji Baba meets with an extraordinary adventure in the bath, which miraculously saves him from the horrors of despair.
"The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan" by James Morier
Or, The Mystery of Red Rock Ranch Relates adventures on the mighty Mississippi River.
"Randy of the River" by Horatio Alger Jr.
"The Seven Champions of Christendom" by W. H. G. Kingston
He talked as we rode on in his usual hearty way, giving me accounts of his adventures in many lands.
"Paddy Finn" by W. H. G. Kingston
Then they began to look around, keen for gold and adventure.
"French Pathfinders in North America" by William Henry Johnson
His next adventure was upon the water, and proved him the prince of fishermen.
"The Myth of Hiawatha, and Other Oral Legends, Mythologic and Allegoric, of the North American Indians" by Henry R. Schoolcraft
A Story of Adventure in the Wilds of Borneo.
"The Cockatoo's Story" by Mrs. George Cupples
Sir Ivaine was displeased; he thought that the adventure should be his alone.
"King Arthur and His Knights" by Maude L. Radford
You may be sure that nothing will harm us tonight, and I have faith that more stirring adventures are ahead of us.
"Blacksheep! Blacksheep!" by Meredith Nicholson
In all his life the adventurer had never been possessed of a tithe of this amount.
"A Romance of the West Indies" by Eugène Sue
In these books Greene gives us the key to his own character, to his many adventures, and to his miserable end.
"The English Novel in the Time of Shakespeare" by J. J. Jusserand
Gower Street, by the side of Cray and Lympton, had been almost adventurous.
"A Bed of Roses" by W. L. George
At the venta the three adventurers supped by themselves.
"The Firebrand" by S. R. Crockett
He is one of those adventurous fellows whose lives must not be read with the same glasses as those of quieter people.
"Tony Butler" by Charles James Lever
I stood with my back to the door, determined that no untimely blunder should mar the end of my adventure.
"The Man Who Couldn't Sleep" by Arthur Stringer
Speaking for myself, I shall be very glad to assume such an adventure; wherefore, I pray thee, tell me what that adventure is.
"The Story of Sir Launcelot and His Companions" by Howard Pyle

In poetry:

Night, full of newly created stars that leave
trails of fire streaming from their seams
as they soar in inaudible adventure
through interstellar space:
"Night (O you whose countenance)" by Rainer Maria Rilke
But a sailor's life's full of adventure
I once got a peep in the Harem
Where the girls all have beautiful dresses to wear
But are never allowed to wear 'em.
"The Sailor Comes Home With The Washing" by T W Connor
One summer time, with love imbued,
To climb the mount, explore the wood,
Or rove from pole to pole,
Upon Monadnock's brow I stood--
A lone, adventurous soul.
"Monadnock" by Hattie Howard
By enterprise and high adventure stirred,
From rude lunette and sentry-guarded croft
They hawked at Empire, and, as on they spurred,
Fate's falcon soared aloft!
"Arms And The Man - The Southern Colonies" by James Barron Hope
With beating heart and trembling finger,
He stooped the wondrous gem to clasp,
But, spellbound, seemed a while to linger,
Ere yet he made th' adventurous grasp.
"The Bubble Chase" by Samuel Griswold Goodrich
It's natural the Boys should whoop it up for
so huge a phallic triumph, an adventure
it would not have occurred to women
to think worth while, made possible only
"Moon Landing" by W H Auden

In news:

All of 98Rocks Crazy Adventures All in one place.
See our adventures at
Gary Calamar showcases adventurous pop music, both timely and timeless.
His new cd is called " Shifty Adventures in Nookie Wood".
John Cale , 'Shifty Adventures in Nookie Wood'.
It's the beginning of a Tex-Jamaican food adventure.
If you ever wanted to record your adventures paragliding in Cozumel, riding a thermal with your hang glider, or simply record your hike hands-free, there are camcorders for all that.
The High-Skies Adventures of Blue Jay the Pirate.
The river is also home to Clarke Outdoors, a family operation that has been renting canoes , kayaks and rafts to those struck by a sense of adventure or just looking to beat the summer heat.
Adventures with cuddly, cantankerous cats.
Fine art photography and adventures in glassblowing.
This is the second part of my recent culinary adventures in New York City.
One of the many adventures we had this year.
There's something of Mark Twain in Dr Cuthbert Soup's middle-grade novel, A Whole Nother Story (Bloomsbury, Jan 2010), a winking satire that grabs readers and pulls them along a swiftly narrated adventure.
Skyfall Viral Uses Text Adventure to Seek Out New MI6 Agents.

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
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
Wales W, Bayly W (1777) The original astronomical observations made in the course of a voyage towards the South Pole and round the world in his majesty’s ships the Resolution and the Adventure in the years 1772-1775.
Astronomy in Antarctica
Resnick, Adventures in Stochastic Processes, Birkh¨auser, Boston, 2002.
Non-homogeneous random walks with non-integrable increments and heavy-tailed random walks on strips
While its numerical value is merely a ” square root of minus one”, this ‘static’ quantity, got transformed at the hands of Dirac to the status of a dynamical variable with great potential for fresh adventures.
Mathematics : The Language of Science
Indeed Dirac demonstrated that this strange quantity called ”commutator bracket divided by i¯h ” happened to possess identical algebraic properties to the classical Poisson brackets! And this ‘fresh adventure’ carried precisely the seeds of discreteness that characterizes Quantum Theory of today.
Mathematics : The Language of Science
Krause, Taxicab Geometry: An Adventure in NonEuclidean Geometry, Dover, New York (1986).
Random Symmetry Breaking and Freezing in Chaotic Networks
The tension between caution and adventure in the advance of science is well illustrated by the histories these two principles.
Issues for the Next Generation of Galaxy Surveys
Hardy gave himself a score of 25, Littlewood 30, Hilbert 80, and Ramanujan 100.”) The adventure of the human existence can be justified by the rare instances of inspired human conduct and by the glory of the inventive human mind.
And free lunch for all...
But the quantization country is open to all willing to explore it, and while success is not guaranteed, adventure, excitement, and bewilderment are.
And free lunch for all...
The partners are transformed and their successors wander off for new adventures. A correct quantum theoretical analysis of biological systems has to take account of the local free energy gradients which drive them.
A review of Johnjoe McFadden's book ``Quantum Evolution''
The 20th century was then profoundly affected by its applications. A similar adventure is possibly happening for quantum mechanics, discovered and formalized during the last century.
Quantum Cryptography
Just as Chicago was an amazing adventure for all of us, we are now looking forward to camping trips in San Gabriels.
Applications of Halo Approach to Non-Linear Large Scale Structure Clustering
It touches upon a small portion of the literature, whose selection is biased by my current interests and by some of my own adventures in de Sitter space.
Adventures in de Sitter space