avidity

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n avidity a positive feeling of wanting to push ahead with something
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Dwight D. Eisenhower, an avid golfer, had a putting green installed on the White House lawn.
    • n Avidity Greediness; strong appetite; eagerness; intenseness of desire; as, to eat with avidity . "His books were received and read with avidity ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and John Adams were all avid collectors and players of marbles. In their day, marbles were called "small bowls" and were as popular with adults as with children.
    • n avidity Greediness; strong appetite: applied to the senses.
    • n avidity Eagerness; intenseness of desire: applied to the mind.
    • n avidity Synonyms Earnestness, Zeal, etc. See eagerness.
    • n avidity In physical chemistry, a constant by means of which can be expressed the distribution of a base between two acids each sufficient to neutralize the whole of the base, or conversely; that is, the relative energy with which the acids tend to seize their shares of base: a term employed to avoid the use of the word affinity.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Avidity a-vid′i-ti eagerness: greediness
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Quotations

  • Aneurin Bevan
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    “I read the newspaper avidly. It is my one form of continuous fiction.”
  • Jesse Bennett
    Jesse Bennett
    “The acquiring of culture is the development of an avid hunger for knowledge and beauty.”
  • Catullus
    Catullus
    “What a woman says to her avid lover should be written in wind and running water.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. aviditas, fr. avidus,: cf. F. avidité,. See Avid
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. aviditasavidus, greedy—avēre, to pant after.

Usage

In literature:

Pheasants and partridges eat them with great avidity, and find the same effects from them as other birds.
"The Commercial Products of the Vegetable Kingdom" by P. L. Simmonds
Shui-mu Niang-niang went up to her and began to eat the strength-giving food with avidity.
"Myths and Legends of China" by E. T. C. Werner
She administered these remedies to her patient, who swallowed them with the same avidity and difficulty as she had done the broth.
"Gladys, the Reaper" by Anne Beale
It was seized upon with extraordinary avidity and enthusiasm.
"A History of English Prose Fiction" by Bayard Tuckerman
The avidity with which they receive education, and profit by it, is another indication of their capacity for advancement.
"The American Missionary - Vol. 44, No. 3, March, 1890" by Various
Instead of the Gospel and the Lives of the Saints, men studied Plutarch and Livy with avidity.
"Renaissance in Italy, Volume 1 (of 7)" by John Addington Symonds
Nevertheless cattle devour these apparently withered shrubs with avidity and thrive upon them.
"With Methuen's Column on an Ambulance Train" by Ernest N. Bennett
He went through them avidly and asked few questions.
"Paradise Garden" by George Gibbs
Even while he stood there, a flaming pine branch came whirling up and fell avidly upon a buck bush beside him.
"The Lookout Man" by B. M. Bower
To such it has proved a treat, yea, they have read it with avidity and delight.
"A Review of Uncle Tom's Cabin" by A. Woodward
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In poetry:

Willful and avid mind,-
The Russian mind is dangerous as flame:
So unrestrainable, so clear,
A happy and a gloomy mind.
"The Russian Mind" by Vyacheslav Ivanovich Ivanov
I do not know, for we are dead:
Cluttering our youthful peace
With a various insolence, you laugh
The year, avid of love, to grief!
"The Progress Of Œnia" by Allen Tate
Too avid of earth's bliss, he was of those
Whom Delight flies because they give her chase.
Only the odour of her wild hair blows
Back in their faces hungering for her face.
"Epigrams" by William Watson
And thus, crazy, gazing upwards,
boiling my eyes in the reddest light to attain you
how I followed the fleeing of my most avid emotion
through the hospitable twilight golds!
"Poem Detained in a Daybreak" by Julia de Burgos
"Queen, since I love thee, I, who oft have braved
The clash of battle in the foremost ranks
At gallop through great walls of avid spears.
Can tremble now — and, queen, I cannot die!"
"The King Of Sardis" by E J Rupert Atkinson
Like locusts we fly, like locusts we fall upon foreign lands,
And fearlessly slake our avid souls.
Having dipped our arrows in the snake's lethal bile,
We will always aim our bows accurately at our foe.
"Scythians" by Konstantin Dmitrievich Balmont

In news:

The real, Uzbek YouFace has so far attracted 332 users, and on May 31 they were avidly debating (in Russian and Uzbek ) whether the Facebook clone would take off.
Valois was an avid Boston Red Sox fan since 1941.
Denny Quaiff is executive director of Virginia Deer Hunters Association and an avid hunter.
For an avid reader, a chance to meet a published author — someone published by a real, honest-to-goodness publisher — is an experience not easily forgotten.
"We are tied to the ocean," an avid sailor and president named John F Kennedy once said.
An avid mountain biker and trail runner, she competes in tough mountain challenges and triathlons.
Wellington, New Zealand-based visual effects facility Weta Digital has expanded to offer clients HD VFX workflows using Avid DNxHD 36 media.
The 42-year-old actor, who died of a brain hemorrhage, had a life-long love of locomotives and was an avid collector of model trains -- even filling his basement with the collectibles.
Jack Henke, of Brookfield, is an avid white perch fisherman on Oneida Lake who likes to eat what he catches.
Edmund 'Ned' Cabot, Boston Brahmin scion and avid yachtsman , drowns off Newfoundland.
Yokohama Tire is recalling nearly 11,000 of its Avid Touring S vehicle tires due to "improper geometry," according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
An avid reader, I love history and a good conspiracy theory.
At a board meeting Monday, the Yuma Elementary District 1 governing board will hear a report from Woodard Junior High School staff about its AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) program.
Avid outdoorsman, 22, dies in ATV crash.
Avid 's Media Composer user interface.
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In science:

For the avid reader, the order of the spaces can be worked out by the Regularity theorem , which states that for an elliptic operator of order k , and f ∈ L2 (E ), D(f ) ∈ H s−k implies f ∈ H s .
Gauge Theory in Riem(M)
In Uncert a inty [Beckerman and Breese, 1 994] D avid Beckerman and of t h e Tenth Conference, pages in A I, Proceedings J ohnS . Breese. A new look at causal independence.
Sample-and-Accumulate Algorithms for Belief Updating in Bayes Networks
We remind the avid experimentalist that the entire above discussion only applies if the SBG phase is stable.
Smectic Liquid Crystals in Random Environments
Clearly, many more killer applications and avid users will emerge as clusters become easier to use and well integrated computational environments with common features, capabilities, and well-defined maintainability.
Cluster Computing White Paper
QSOs and AGNs are obvious candidates, but also early-type galaxies may be avid X-ray emitting sources.
Report to Anaximander: A Dialogue on the Origin of the Cosmos in the Cradle of Western Civilization
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