beautiful

Definitions

  • There was Liberty, beautiful and serene
    There was Liberty, beautiful and serene
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj beautiful delighting the senses or exciting intellectual or emotional admiration "a beautiful child","beautiful country","a beautiful painting","a beautiful theory","a beautiful party"
    • adj beautiful (of weather) highly enjoyable "what a beautiful day"
    • ***

Additional illustrations & photos:

Krit give her a beautiful cross Krit give her a beautiful cross
From 'THE SLEEPING BEAUTY From 'THE SLEEPING BEAUTY
THE SLEEPING BEAUTY THE SLEEPING BEAUTY
THE BEAUTIFUL PRINCESS—TUFTY RIQUET THE BEAUTIFUL PRINCESS—TUFTY RIQUET
Types of English Beauty Types of English Beauty
Ornamental plaster was used in a few buildings for enhancing the beauty of both the interior and exterior Ornamental plaster was used in a few buildings for enhancing the beauty of both the interior and exterior
AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL
He was obliged to send Beauty herself in his place He was obliged to send Beauty herself in his place

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Marlboro was the first cigarette company to market a cigarette that had a red filter called "beauty tip." This was done to hide the lipstick marks left on the filter from women smokers
    • a Beautiful bū"tĭ*fụl Having the qualities which constitute beauty; pleasing to the sight or the mind. "A circle is more beautiful than a square; a square is more beautiful than a parallelogram."
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Americans spend more than $5 billion a year on cosmetics, toiletries, beauty parlors and barber shops.
    • beautiful Full of beauty; possessing qualities that delight the senses, especially the eye or the ear, or awaken admiration or approval in the mind. See beauty, 1.
    • beautiful Synonyms Beautiful, Beauteous, Handsome, Pretty, Fair, Lovely, Comely, charming, all apply to that which is highly pleasing, especially to the eye. Beautiful, the most general of these words, is also often the noblest and most spiritual, expressing that which gives the highest satisfaction to eye, ear, mind, or soul. Beauteous is chiefly poetic, and covers the less spiritual part of beautiful. Handsome is founded upon the notion of proportion, symmetry, as the result of cultivation or work; a handsome figure is strictly one that has been developed by attention to physical laws into the right proportions. It is less spiritual than beautiful; a handsome face is not necessarily a beautiful face. Handsome applies to larger or more important things than pretty: as, a handsome house; a pretty cottage. It is opposed to homely. Pretty applies to that which has symmetry and delicacy, a diminutive beauty, without the higher qualities of gracefulness, dignity, feeling, purpose, etc. A thing not small of its kind may be called pretty if it is of little dignity or consequence: as, a pretty dress or shade of color; but pretty is not used of men or their belongings, except in contempt. Fair starts from the notion of a brightness that catches the eye; it notes that sort of beauty which delights the eye by complexion and feature; in this sense it is now less common in prose. Lovely is a strong word for that which is immediately pleasing to the eye; it applies primarily to that which excites admiration and love. Comely applies rather to the human figure, chiefly in its proportions; it is used less commonly than handsome to express the result of care or training. See elegant.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Canada declared national beauty contests canceled as of 1992, claiming they were degrading to women.
    • adj Beautiful fair: with qualities that give delight to the senses, esp. the eye and ear, or which awaken admiration in the mind
    • ***

Quotations

  • George Bancroft
    George Bancroft
    “Beauty itself is but the sensible image of the infinite.”
  • Charles Baudelaire
    Charles%20Baudelaire
    “There are as many kinds of beauty as there are habitual ways of seeking happiness.”
  • Walter Benjamin
    Walter%20Benjamin
    “The idea that happiness could have a share in beauty would be too much of a good thing.”
  • Al Bernstein
    Al Bernstein
    “Beauty is in the heart of the beholder.”
  • Ambrose Bierce
    Ambrose%20Bierce
    “Beauty. The power by which a woman charms a lover and terrifies a husband.”
  • William Blake
    William%20Blake
    “Exuberance is beauty.”

Idioms

Age before beauty - When this idiom is used, it is a way of allowing an older person to do something first, though often in a slightly sarcastic way.
***
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder - Beauty is in the eye of the beholder means that different people will find different things beautiful and that the differences of opinion don't matter greatly.
***
Beauty is only skin deep - This idiom means that appearances can be deceptive and something that seems or looks good may turn out to be bad.
***

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. biaute (Fr. beauté)—Low L. bellitat-em—L. bellus.

Usage

In literature:

A beauty ought to be perfect, and Kaela was a perfect beauty.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
But even in the most beautiful of men it would see no beauty.
"The Heart of Nature" by Francis Younghusband
Remember, dear, we may put beautiful things on the outside but they can never make us beautiful.
"Fireside Stories for Girls in Their Teens" by Margaret White Eggleston
Its famous canyon is alone of its quality of beauty.
"The Book of the National Parks" by Robert Sterling Yard
Not beautiful, certainly; not beautiful yet; by mist and rain and darkness how should it be?
"The End of a Coil" by Susan Warner
The paintings are numerous and beautiful, and the mosaics remarkably fine.
"Museum of Antiquity" by L. W. Yaggy
Because she was so beautiful, however, the King's heart was touched, and he was seized with a great love for her.
"The Yellow Fairy Book" by Leonora Blanche Alleyne Lang
There was beauty in this plain, delicate beauty and a weird charm, despite its lack of undulation.
"A Son of the Middle Border" by Hamlin Garland
How beautiful, how beautiful it was!
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
BOARDED FLOORS will preserve a beautiful appearance, if treated in the following manner.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
I have a friend, a professional man who has an eye and a heart for all the beauties of nature.
"The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise" by M. E. Hard
Clemente is a mountain rising out of the sea, uninhabited, lonely, wild, and beautiful.
"Tales of Fishes" by Zane Grey
It is difficult for us to appreciate the passionate love of beauty which animated the Greeks.
"Greek Women" by Mitchell Carroll
One was beauty and also love, the other was beauty and passion.
"Historia Amoris: A History of Love, Ancient and Modern" by Edgar Saltus
Have you seen the most beautiful places in the world, and can you tell us all about them?
"Hans Andersen's Fairy Tales" by Hans Christian Andersen
The church itself is very beautiful, even more beautiful than the marble cathedral at Florence, though not so large.
"Hans Andersen's Fairy Tales" by Hans Christian Andersen
Never has it been approached in beauty or power by any painter since.
"The Bible Story" by Rev. Newton Marshall Hall
A beautiful sporting country.
"Rural Rides" by William Cobbett
It must be that only those people who live on beauty, instead of food, haunt this beautiful spot.
"Alaska" by Ella Higginson
Do you understand now why I am so anxious to obtain the mastery of your beautiful language?
"Letters of a Javanese Princess" by Raden Adjeng Kartini
***

In poetry:

Thy beauty was diviner,
Than the summer moon,
And thou didst outshine her,
At her noon.
"Love Without Hope" by James Avis Bartley
Summer night, come from God,
On your beauty, I see,
A still wave has flowed
Of eternity!
"An Improvisation" by George MacDonald
So I stared in that furnace
where beauties char
but found radiant Venus
reflected there.
"On Looking Into The Eyes Of A Demon Lover" by Sylvia Plath
Thy beauty, Beloved,
With scorn is rife,
But I know that Thou lovest me
Better than life.
"Amor Mysticus" by John Hay
Then King Olaf entered,
Beautiful as morning,
Like the sun at Easter
Shone his happy face;
"Tales Of A Wayside Inn : Part 1. The Musician's Tale; The Saga of King Olaf XVI. -- Queen Thuri And " by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
That posy is sweet,
Its beauty complete,
Where the rose and the lily fair
Together do meet.
"A Head Piece." by Samuel Bamford

In news:

At just 13, Shimu is arguably the most beautiful girl in her neighborhood, with her pitch-black eyes and silver nose ring.
Kenig, in his NYC office, decided to bring his empire of makeup and beauty supply stores to Miami because of the city's beauty-savvy population and, now, reputation as a design mecca.
LOS ANGELES — Boldface Licensing + Branding, a celebrity beauty license company, has announced the launch of its initial license for color cosmetics: Khroma Beauty by Kourtney, Kim and Khloe Kardashian.
MELISSA ERRICO is beautiful and has a beautiful voice: earthy at the bottom and effortlessly rising into an ethereal soprano, with a shimmering vibrato delicately applied.
Beauty may be only skin-deep for humans, but a visit to Cosmic Cavern proves that the natural beauty of the Ozarks goes all the way to the bone--or the stalagmite, as the case may be.
Beautiful butternut squash for a beautiful fall vegetable gratin.
A top dermatologist gives beauty tips and recommends budget-friendly beauty products.
It's customary for beautiful women in Hollywood to feel the need to prove how little they have done to become beautiful.
We happily trek to this unassuming two-room establishment way out in the Richmond District for beautifully made soup dumplings , here listed as Shanghai steamed dumplings : heaven on a plate, and only $4.95 for 10 big, plump, juicy beauties.
I'm no longer the only beauty-product tester in my house—my husband, by virtue of living for years with a beauty editor, has become a discerning tester.
It's taking over our woodlands and landscapes at a rapid rate as it crowds out native beauties like trillium, spring beauty (Claytonia virginica), and trout lilies (Erythronium).
Two Beautiful Cuts on a #18 Grayhead Black Beauty Midge.
You'll find more great beauty information on Kendra's blog, Citizens of Beauty.
Once described as "Peter, Paul and Mary meet Frank Zappa," Uncle Bonsai write and perform bizarre songs with crystalline beauty, an impossible blending of three beautiful voices Courtesy Uncle Bonsai.
We've rounded up the top new beauty products to streamline your spring beauty routine.
***

In science:

We will not describe the theory of cellular algebras in detail; instead the reader is referred to the beautiful paper of Graham and Lehrer .
The representation theory of the Ariki-Koike and cyclotomic q-Schur algebras
This ‘starter model’ has proved extraordinarily successful in generating beautiful and relevant mathematics, and has been useful and provocative in the mathematical theory of phase transitions and cooperative phenomena (see, for example, ).
The Random-Cluster Model
The behaviour when p ≃ pc (1) has been the sub ject of deep study, and many beautiful results are known.
The Random-Cluster Model
This equation has beautiful properties in the scaling limit of interest.
New correlation functions for random matrices and integrals over supergroups
There are some beautiful conjectures about what the counts of holomorphic curves on K¨ahler surfaces ought to be ([V],[KP],[YZ],[G]).
Family Gromov-Witten Invariants for Kahler Surfaces
Whereas color predictions are again depending on the assumption on the mixing length, the luminosity distribution appears as a rather firm theoretical result, which has been already proved in beautiful agreement with observational constraints.
Modern Stellar Evolution Models for Low Mass Stars
As expected, stellar models from different authors but with the same (updated) input physics give same results, being in beautiful agreement with observation for the lower metallicity (Cassisi et al 2000 and references therein).
Modern Stellar Evolution Models for Low Mass Stars
Hamilton’s beautiful treatment of this problem is not widely enough taught (Hamilton, 1847).
A simple derivation and interpretation of the third integral in Stellar Dynamics
Pickover, Random and Markov approach to provide a mechanism for generating mazes in Computers, Pattern, Chaos and Beauty, (Alan Sutton Publishing, United Kingdom, 1990).
Small-Worlds, Mazes and Random Walks
If A is an elliptic curve with complex multiplication over C, then a beautiful result of S.
Extensions of abelian varieties defined over a number field
The absence of an experimental base, or at the very least, big problems with experiments directed to check any statement about energies more than 100 GeV, has led to the situation where theoretical physics has relied more and more upon its ”internal beauty”.
String Theory or Field Theory?
Despite obvious weaknesses of the arguments about ”beauty” as a foundation for theoretical physics, the ma jority of interested people including myself can say that the Standard Model is not satisfactory only from the point of view of this principle.
String Theory or Field Theory?
Moreover, already within the framework of the Standard Model a few ideas were used (spontaneous breaking of the gauge symmetry or the Higgs effect), which are not yet confirmed by experiment but were rather chosen among all possible options only due to their beauty and simplicity.
String Theory or Field Theory?
In this sense this hypothetical theory is somehow more close to gravity than to elementary particle physics, where after the appearance of General Relativity ”internal beauty” plays the role of the main physical principle.
String Theory or Field Theory?
Conclusion: Starting from a rather simple physical effect we have tried to build up the beautiful framework of quantum random walks.
Quantum random walks - an introductory overview
***