• WordNet 3.6
    • n avidness a positive feeling of wanting to push ahead with something
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  • Aneurin Bevan
    “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
    “What a woman says to her avid lover should be written in wind and running water.”


In literature:

That he had struck the right scheme was proven by the avidity with which the girls and boys rushed for the boxes.
"Our Vanishing Wild Life" by William T. Hornaday
In this journey many perish by thirst, and many by drinking with too much avidity when they fall in with wells.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume VII" by Robert Kerr
Dick listened with earnest avidity.
"The Captain's Toll-Gate" by Frank R. Stockton
Near by Sam Woodhull, in his best, lay on the sward regarding her avidly, a dull fire in his dark eyes.
"The Covered Wagon" by Emerson Hough
There he stood, his back turned to me, and seeming to watch with great avidity a deer-shoulder suspended above his head.
"Monsieur Violet" by Frederick Marryat
The peasant learns with avidity.
"Ticket No. "9672"" by Jules Verne
They are avid of details: they regard the part as greater than the whole.
"The Theory of the Theatre" by Clayton Hamilton
He held the morning paper in his hand and was perusing its columns with apparent avidity.
"Mischievous Maid Faynie" by Laura Jean Libbey
Even when he drew away, he listened with avidity as the Burman continued to pour forth his story.
"The Pointing Man" by Marjorie Douie
Upon a parcel lying uppermost Kitty pounced at once with avidity.
"The Marriage of William Ashe" by Mrs. Humphry Ward

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:

Is promoting its Sprite brand by launching a special bowling challenge in which four grand prize winners will be given the chance to compete this fall against NBA All-Star LeBron James, who is also an avid bowler.
Georgia Green Stamper is not only a writer, but an avid storyteller.
There's a growing community of avid gamers who play, watch, and follow Riot Games' League of Legends (LoL).
He's also a decorated Vietnam veteran, an avid gardener and a model inmate.
Healdsburg Guitar Fest draws an avid crowd.
Steve Romaine, avid local sailor, longtime member and past commodore of the CMCS sailing group, and a very lucky gentleman who recently returned from a European excursion and nine-day Mediterranean.
Steve Romaine, avid sailor, longtime member and past commodore of the Caloosahatchee Marching & Chowder Society sailing group has happily returned to his Florida home fresh from a European excursion and nine-day Mediterranean cruise.
Steve Romaine, avid sailor, longtime member and past commodore of the Caloosahatchee Marching & Chowder Society sailing group has happily returned to his Florida home fresh from a European.
Peace Cup founder was avid sports fan, soccer lover.
I am an avid reader of North Country This Week, and I am another community member who finds Hank Robar's toilets of bad taste.
While I myself am not an avid golfer, there are enough people in my life that have passed the brink of obsession that I have gained a new appreciation for it.
We're a couple months into the indoor tennis season, and most avid players have a routine play time.
Avid Audio and RSPE Audio Solutions recently launched the new Avid Pro Tools Thunderbolt HD Native Interface at the 2012 RSPE Client Appreciation Event in West Hollywood, CA at the House of Blues.
The US Coast Guard recently found a Bokeelia resident, who was an avid fisherman, in the waters near his home.
Avid Editors Accelerate Their Skills With a Demo and Class from Manhattan Edit Workshop.

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