• WordNet 3.6
    • n affection a positive feeling of liking "he had trouble expressing the affection he felt","the child won everyone's heart","the warmness of his welcome made us feel right at home"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Asthma affects one in fifteen children under the age of eighteen
    • Affection A settled good will; kind feeling; love; zealous or tender attachment; -- often in the pl. Formerly followed by to, but now more generally by for or towards; as, filial, social, or conjugal affections; to have an affection for or towards children. "All his affections are set on his own country."
    • Affection Affectation. "Spruce affection ."
    • Affection An attribute; a quality or property; a condition; a bodily state; as, figure, weight, etc. , are affections of bodies. "The affections of quantity.""And, truly, waking dreams were, more or less,
      An old and strange affection of the house."
    • Affection Bent of mind; a feeling or natural impulse or natural impulse acting upon and swaying the mind; any emotion; as, the benevolent affections, esteem, gratitude, etc.; the malevolent affections, hatred, envy, etc.; inclination; disposition; propensity; tendency. "Affection is applicable to an unpleasant as well as a pleasant state of the mind, when impressed by any object or quality."
    • Affection (Med) Disease; morbid symptom; malady; as, a pulmonary affection .
    • Affection Passion; violent emotion. "Most wretched man,
      That to affections does the bridle lend."
    • Affection Prejudice; bias.
    • Affection The act of affecting or acting upon; the state of being affected.
    • Affection The lively representation of any emotion.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
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    • n affection The state of having one's feelings affected; bent or disposition of mind; phase of mental disposition; feeling.
    • n affection A settled good will, love, or zealous attachment: as, the affection of a parent for his child: generally followed by for, sometimes by to or toward, before the object.
    • n affection Natural instinct or impulse; sympathy.
    • n affection Prejudice; bias.
    • n affection A modification; the effect or result of action upon a thing; especially, in psychology, a passive modification of consciousness.
    • n affection In metaphysics (translation of Gr. πάθος, suffering), one of those qualities of bodies by which they directly affect the senses: often improperly extended to other properties of bodies.
    • n affection A disease, or the condition of being diseased; a morbid or abnormal state of body or mind: as, a gouty affection; hysteric affection.
    • n affection In painting, a lively representation of passion. Wotton.
    • n affection Affectation.
    • n affection Synonyms Attachment, Fondness, etc. (see love), tenderness, partiality, bias. See passion.
    • affection To love; have an affection for.
    • n affection In recent psychol., the elementary feeling-process; the pure or qualitatively simple feeliug, in which there is no admixture of sensation. See the extract.
    • n affection In trigonometry, relation to . In right-angled spherical triangles, angle A and side a are either both greater or both less than . This is expressed by saying that A and a are of the same affection.
    • n affection In law, the making over, pawning, or mortgaging of a thing to assure the payment of a sum of money or the discharge of some other duty or service.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
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    • n Affection af-fek′shun kindness or love: attachment:
    • n Affection af-fek′shun (Shak.) affectation: an attribute or property: a disposition of mind: a disease or abnormal state of body or mind
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  • Nadine Gordimer
    “Censorship is never over for those who have experienced it. It is a brand on the imagination that affects the individual who has suffered it, forever.”
  • John Keats
    “I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the heart's affections, and the truth of imagination.”
  • B(urrhus) F(rederic) Skinner
    B(urrhus) F(rederic) Skinner
    “The consequences of an act affect the probability of it's occurring again.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “Conversation should be pleasant without scurrility, witty without affection, free without indecency, learned without conceitedness, novel without falsehood.”
  • Nathaniel Hawthorne
    “All brave men love; for he only is brave who has affections to fight for, whether in the daily battle of life, or in physical contests.”
  • Jean Paul Richter
    “Woman and men of retiring timidity are cowardly only in dangers which affect themselves, but the first to rescue when others are in danger.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. affection, L. affectio, fr. afficere,. See Affect
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. See Affect.


In literature:

The girl lit up at any sign of affection.
"Sandra Belloni, Complete" by George Meredith
He did not even affect an interest in these persons, and turned his eyes to follow the withdrawing Earwaker.
"Born in Exile" by George Gissing
Days went by, and still the change went on, until the old affection had come back; the old tender, true affection.
"Heart-Histories and Life-Pictures" by T. S. Arthur
Pleading with that quiet, gentle spirit, he felt would melt, would affect the hearts as with the very emotion of tears.
"Words of Cheer for the Tempted, the Toiling, and the Sorrowing" by T. S. Arthur
It cannot therefore be affected by any variation in that particular.
"A Treatise of Human Nature" by David Hume
On his knees, before those peas and her, he pledged himself to an endless affection.
"The History of Pendennis" by William Makepeace Thackeray
Clive is everything that a father's, an uncle's (who loves him as a father), a pastor's, a teacher's affections could desire.
"The Newcomes" by William Makepeace Thackeray
She had reared my mother before me; but her affection put out new flowers for the new generation.
"The Caxtons, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Sentiment succeeded to satire, and the pretence of feeling to that of affectation.
"Pelham, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
My good uncle was exceedingly affected.
"Devereux, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
The poor boy died of consumption later, and her grief for his loss made her affection for Kenelm yet more tender.
"Kenelm Chillingly, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
All was over, the audience streamed out, much affected, and talking one to the other.
"What Will He Do With It, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
The strangest thing in the world is the different way in which whist affects the temper.
"My Novel, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
The Count transferred his affection to Jules Favre, and joined the ranks of the advanced Liberals.
"The Parisians, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
But her father predicted rightly: vanity supplied the place of affection.
"Godolphin, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Proud, wilful, and selfish, they had one redeeming quality, an intense affection for each other.
"Endymion" by Benjamin Disraeli
Parenchymatous inflammation is manifested by a degeneration of the cells affected.
"A System of Practical Medicine by American Authors, Vol. I" by Various
To affect an air of secrecy or mystery when conversing in a ball-room is a piece of impertinence for which no lady of delicacy will thank you.
"The Gentlemen's Book of Etiquette and Manual of Politeness" by Cecil B. Hartley
We all had to wipe our eyes, as we were all equally affected.
"The Memoirs of Jacques Casanova de Seingalt, Vol. IV (of VI), "Adventures In The South" The First Complete and Unabridged English Translation, Illustrated with Old Engravings" by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
For it is the natural course of things that sympathies and affections should grow less by time.
"The Catholic World; Volume I, Issues 1-6" by E. Rameur

In poetry:

Yet not unfaithful nor unkind,
With work-day virtues surely staid,
Theirs is the sane and humble mind,
And dull affections undismayed.
"In Praise Of Solid People" by C S Lewis
One language years alone can teach
Its roots are young affections
That feel their way to simplest speech
Through silent recollections.
"The Old Tune" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Dost thou affect his dwelling-place,
And mak'st it thy repair;
Because thine eyes have seen, through grace,
Thy Husband's glory there?
"The Believer's Jointure : Chapter II." by Ralph Erskine
Tho' no sculptur'd stone, adorning,
Show the place where goodness sleeps,
There affection daily mourning,
With sincerest sorrow weeps.
"On The Death Of A Poor But Excellent Man" by Thomas Noon Talfourd
As with the pure, uncolour'd flame,
The violet's richest blues unite,
Do our affections soar to heav'n,
And rarify and beam with light.
"The Grandfather's Departure" by Matilda Betham
Poor reward for love so great
Were that tardy recollection,
Since, it seems, for thy affection
He, till life is o'er, must wait.
"The Two Lovers Of Heaven: Chrysanthus And Daria - Act I" by Denis Florence MacCarthy

In news:

That said, at this point, I tend to believe in the affection of males.
Are you one of the millions of people who are prone to Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
How to Handle Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
I have seasonal affective disorder, and before I get socked by winter depression, tell me: What's the best way to deal with it.
There are several ways for you to deal with seasonal affective disorder, or SAD.
The US Economy Is Suffering From a Severe Case of Seasonal Affective Disorder.
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a form of depression that affects about 10 million Americans.
Seasonal Affective Disorder, known as SAD, is most common this time of year when it gets dark earlier.
For any business to survive there has to be some affective advertising.
I have seasonal affective disorder , and before I get socked by winter depression, tell me: What's the best way to deal with it.
There are several ways for you to deal with seasonal affective disorder , or SAD.
Former Hagerstown mayor Steve Sager has suffered with Season Affective Disorder for years.
Seasonal Affective Disorder , Walter Isaacson re Steve Jobs, Woodpecker Video.
Treating Your Seasonal Affective Disorder .
Don't let seasonal affective disorder give you the winter blues.

In science:

Here preferred or background fields are understood to be the ones which affect the dynamical ob jects of a theory, but without being affected by them in return.
Why the Quantum Must Yield to Gravity
However, this ambiguity does not affect the definition of the presymplectic current form (see eq.(4) below) and will not affect our analysis.
A General Definition of "Conserved Quantities" in General Relativity and Other Theories of Gravity
We have separated the uncertainties due to the errors on the temperature (in bracket), which affect essentially the total mass estimate, and the uncertainties from the imaging data, which only affect the gas mass estimate.
Is MS1054-03 an exceptional cluster? A new investigation of ROSAT/HRI X-ray data
The energy em of these sub-bands increase as n0 grows, with the lower levels most affected, and the levels at the top of the condensate band not affected at all.
The Theory of Atom Lasers
The errors in the measured line ratios are dominated by errors in the sky value caused by color variations which affect our continuum subtraction or the uneven sky in the Paα images caused by the pedestal affect.
A comparison between Pa alpha and H alpha emission: The relation between HII region mean reddening, local gas density and metallicity
The former affects the level of reflection backgrounds, the latter affects the amount of non-charm backgrounds.
New FOCUS results on charm mixing and CP violation
The variation in the moment of inertia affects the spin rate of the pulsar, while the variation in the mass can affect the orbital period in a manner that can subtract from the direct effect of a variation in G, given by ˙Pb/Pb = −2 ˙G/G [101].
The Confrontation between General Relativity and Experiment
For instance, the relative precision in the determination of the distance R to the source, which affects the wave amplitude, is less than for the masses, which strongly affect the phase evolution [6,7].
Post-Newtonian Computation of Binary Inspiral Waveforms
This is due to the facts that increasing the mixed core mass modifies the evolutionary tracks of stars (affecting the isochrone shape), and lengthens the evolutionary lifetimes of stars (affecting age determinations and luminosity functions near the main sequence turnoff ).
Empirical Constraints on Convective Core Overshoot
Noticeable changes result from the error on θ23 , which affects mainly the uncertainty in θ13 , and from the uncertainty on the Earth matter profile, which affects mainly the extraction of δ .
Leptonic CP Violation at the neutrino factory
The test can be affected by two ways: (1) non-linearities generally erase the baryon oscillations and at z < 1 oscillations are generally affected.
Baryon Oscillations in the Large Scale Structure
We expect the main contributions to such effects to arise from temperature, pressure and magnetic field variations that would affect the hydrogen maser, the CSO and the associated electronics, and from tilt variations of the CSO which are known to affect its frequency.
Tests of relativity using a microwave resonator
We would like, for instance, to understand how the topology of the World Wide Web affects Web surfing and search engines, how the structure of social networks affects the spread of information, how the structure of a food web affects population dynamics, and so forth.
The structure and function of complex networks
HFS affects different elements differently and even different lines within the same species are affected differently; for example, Mn HFS is quite large and should be included for all lines, while the HFS for the red Ba lines are not very large, and the blue lines of Ba have larger HFS corrections.
Detailed Composition of Starts in Dwarf Spheroidal Galaxies
The total available energy will affect the impact factors, while taking into account also detailed energy-momentum conservation in each gluon emission will in addition affect the BFKL exponent.
Small x Phenomenology: Summary and status 2002