• She didn't seem to be a mite afraid
    She didn't seem to be a mite afraid
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n being a living thing that has (or can develop) the ability to act or function independently
    • n being the state or fact of existing "a point of view gradually coming into being","laws in existence for centuries"
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Si Being Worked for a 'good Thing.' 175 Si Being Worked for a 'good Thing.' 175
Frontispiece: Little Ones Should Be Brought To Him Frontispiece: Little Ones Should Be Brought To Him
A bear would rather be your friend than your enemy A bear would rather be your friend than your enemy
Here, This Plaster Has Got to Be Removed 111 Here, This Plaster Has Got to Be Removed 111
Please, Sirr, what time wull it be Please, Sirr, what time wull it be
"Thou canst only be my long lost son Elkanan!" "Thou canst only be my long lost son Elkanan!"
One of the mishaps to be expected One of the mishaps to be expected
Now then, cully, just you be careful Now then, cully, just you be careful

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The only 15 letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is "uncopyrightable."
    • Being An abode; a cottage. "It was a relief to dismiss them [Sir Roger's servants] into little beings within my manor."
    • Being Existence, as opposed to nonexistence; state or sphere of existence. "In Him we live, and move, and have our being ."
    • p. pr Being Existing.Being was formerly used where we now use having. “Being to go to a ball in a few days.” Miss Edgeworth. "A man who is being strangled.""While the article on Burns was being written.""Fresh experience is always being gained."
    • Being Lifetime; mortal existence. "Claudius, thou
      Wast follower of his fortunes in his being ."
    • adv Being Since; inasmuch as. "And being you have
      Declined his means, you have increased his malice."
    • Being That which exists in any form, whether it be material or spiritual, actual or ideal; living existence, as distinguished from a thing without life; as, a human being; spiritual beings . "What a sweet being is an honest mind !""A Being of infinite benevolence and power."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In Quebec, Canada, an old law states that margarine must be a different colour than butter
    • n being Existence in its most comprehensive sense, as opposed to non-existence; existence, whether real or only in thought.
    • n being In metaphysics, subsistence in a state not necessarily amounting to actual existence; rudimentary existence. But the word is used in different senses by different philosophers. Hegel defines it as immediacy, that is, the abstract character of the present. In its most proper acceptation, it is the name given by philosophical reflection to that which is revealed in immediate consciousness independently of the distinction of subject and object. It may also be defined, but with less precision, as the abstract noun corresponding to the concrete class embracing every object. Being is also used in philosophy influenced by Aristotle to signify the rudiment or germ of existence, consisting in a nature, or principle of growth, before actual existence. It is also frequently used to mean actual existence, the complete preparation to produce effects on the senses and on other objects. Psychologically, being may be defined as the objectification of consciousness, though the distinction of subject from object logically presupposes being.
    • n being That which exists; anything that is: as, inanimate beings.
    • n being Life; conscious existence.
    • n being Lifetime; mortal existence.
    • n being That which has life; a living existence, in contradistinction to what is without life; a creature.
    • n being A living; livelihood; means of subsistence; home.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: TYPEWRITER, is one of the longest words that can be made using the letters only one row of the keyboard
    • n Being bē′ing existence: substance: essence: any person or thing existing
    • adj Being existing, present
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  • Gilbert K. Chesterton
    “Do not free the camel of the burden of his hump; you may be freeing him from being a camel.”
  • Danny Devito
    Danny Devito
    “In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present.”
  • Homer
    “Be still my heart; thou hast known worse than this.”
  • Horace
    “The one who prosperity takes too much delight in will be the most shocked by reverses.”
  • Chinese Proverb
    Chinese Proverb
    “A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials.”
  • Will Rogers
    “The worst thing that happens to you may be the best thing for you if you don't let it get the best of you.”


Be all ears - If you are all ears, you are very eager to hear what someone has to say.
Be careful what you wish for - If you get things that you desire, there may be unforeseen and unpleasant consequences.('Be careful what you wish for, lest it come true.' and 'Be careful what you wish for; you may receive it.' are also used.)
Be on the pig's back - If you're on the pig's back, you're happy / content / in fine form.
Be out in force - If people are out in force, they are present somewhere in large numbers.
Be out in left field - (USA) To be out in left field is not to know what's going on. Taken from baseball, when youngsters assign less capable players to the outfield where the ball is less likely to be hit by a young player. In business, one might say, 'Don't ask the new manager; he's out in left field and doesn't know any answers yet.'
Be that as it may - Be that as it may is an expression which means that, while you are prepared to accept that there is some truth in what the other person has just said, it's not going to change your opinions in any significant manner.
Be true blue - If a person/object/situation is considered to be 'true blue', it is considered genuine.
Be up the spout - (UK) If a woman is up the spout, she is pregnant.
Beggars can't be choosers - This idiom means that people who are in great need must accept any help that is offered, even if it is not a complete solution to their problems.
Better be the head of a dog than the tail of a lion - This means that it is better to be the head or at the top of something that isn't very important or prestigious than a small or unimportant member of something big.
Boys will be boys - Boys will be boys means that boys, or men, will behave in certain ways, often noisily or irresponsibily.
Do as you would be done by - Treat and respect others as you would hope to be respected and treated by them.
Fit to be tied - If someone is fit to be tied, they are extremely angry.
For the time being - For the time being indicates that an action or state will continue into the future, but is temporary. I'm sharing an office for the time being.
Grass may be greener on the other side but it's just as hard to mow - 'The grass may be greener on the other side but it's just as hard to mow' is an expression used to mean a person's desire to have that which another person has in the belief it will make their life easieris false as all situations come with their own set of problems.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
From the pr.p. of Be.


In literature:

It must be authoritative, it must be urgent, it must be 'writ large,' it must be easily intelligible.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
Up to a point it could be borne, and when it could not be borne it ceased to be suffering.
"Clayhanger" by Arnold Bennett
It is as impossible for a human being to be happy who is habitually idle as it is for a fine chronometer to be normal when not running.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
The bowels must be thoroughly cleaned out, the colon should be thoroughly irrigated, and all food should be stopped.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Volume IV. (of IV.)" by Grant Hague
This may not always be available; but, if it can be got at all, should be given as soon as possible.
"Papers on Health" by John Kirk
Sufficient for this purpose being reserved, the young fruit that may be subsequently formed should be removed for use in a very young state.
"The Field and Garden Vegetables of America" by Fearing Burr
If there be not, let the least important be stricken from the list, as not being duties, and which must be omitted.
"A Treatise on Domestic Economy" by Catherine Esther Beecher
But if it should be my fortune, Phanium, to be torn away from you, life would cease to be desirable.
"The Comedies of Terence" by Publius Terentius Afer, (AKA) Terence
In default of any of these means being available, one of Fletcher's foot-blowers may be employed, but it must be worked very regularly.
"On Laboratory Arts" by Richard Threlfall
Food must be obtained beyond its border, or starvation be their fate.
"The Death Shot" by Mayne Reid

In poetry:

Love your little school-mates,
Be gentle in your play,
Be kind to your teachers,
And their commands obey.
"Advice to Little Children" by Julia A Moore
"Oh! sacred be her memory,
For ever dear her name;
There never was nor ere can be
A brighter juster dame.
"The Viceroy. A Ballad." by Matthew Prior
Sinful, sighing to be blest,
Bound, and longing to be free;
Weary, waiting for my rest:
God, be merciful to me.
"Sinful, Sighing to be Blest" by John Samuel Bewley Monsell
Thus, my commission to fulfill,
I spy vat vill be found;
One half your army vill be kill,
T'other vill be drown'd.
"Ca N'ira Pas" by Charles Dibdin
For you in this new year,
Wish all friends to be better,
May your family be more united,
May your life be more lived.
"Time" by Carlos Drummond de Andrade
"Be thou present with our army,
Do Thou let Thy might decide;
But oh! if Thou be not with us,
Be not on the other side.
"The Prince Of Anhalt Dessau" by Nora Pembroke

In news:

T he controversial detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, could be closed and the 166 detainees being held there could be absorbed safely by US prisons, a government report says.
The controversial detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, could be closed and the 166 detainees being held there could be absorbed safely by US prisons, a government report says.
The controversial detention facility at Guantanamo Bay , Cuba, could be closed and the 166 detainees being held there could be absorbed safely by US prisons, a government report says.
His final words of advice for water dealers emphasize honesty as the best policy: "Be honest , get educated, don't do more than your education will allow, be honest , provide excellent customer service be honest .".
Before the Ravens can be who they want to be, they have to decide who they want to be.
But in each case, care must be taken to ensure the well-being of the animals and the safety of zoo personnel and the people who will be viewing the exhibits.
A Nashua woman who claims to be the first transgendered person ever to be elected to a state legislature is resigning her seat before she is even being sworn in.
No "indie artists" sprang into being due to the ineffable joys of having their work stolen and distributed for free on Bittorrent - rather, now that things like ITunes allow the middleman to be LEGITIMATELY cut out, they spring into being.
We asked voters on this poll whether they think interracial marriage should be legal or illegal- 46% of Mississippi Republicans said it should be illegal to just 40% who think it should be legal.
Being a judge on 'The Voice' may be tough, but it doesn't hold a Zippo flame to being a fan on the edge of her seat while watching the battle rounds.
No one can be taught to be gay and being gay cannot be prayed away by Michele or Marcus Bachman.
The way Herz sees it being implemented initially is that it would be a hybrid partnership with the league and each individual team with one logo being Kia, the official automobile of the NBA, and the other logo to be decided by the team.
Learning to be alone without being lonely can be a challenge.
But an amazing new service called That Can Be My Next Tweet from can actually guess what your next tweet will be based solely on previous Tweets.
Encouraging people to be less likely to express prejudice -- and maybe even be less prejudiced -- may be as simple as administering a vaccine.

In science:

Let r be fixed, let ρZE be a quantum state where Z is an L-bitstring with L ≥ r4 . r (cid:1)⌉-bit string. (In particular, these are less than r log L Let S be an independent, uniform ⌈log (cid:0)rL1/4 bits.) Let Z ′ be the L3/4 -bitstring Z ′ = Samp(Z, r, S ).
Sampling of min-entropy relative to quantum knowledge
And it must be a decreasing function of α, since the property of being sat is monotone : in order for a formula to be sat, any sub-formula (made with a subset of its clauses) has to be satisfiable as well.
Theoretical analysis of optimization problems - Some properties of random k-SAT and k-XORSAT
In order for a formula to be satisfiable, there must be no variable that receive contradictory messages, i.e. which is constrained by some clauses to be true and by some other to be false.
Theoretical analysis of optimization problems - Some properties of random k-SAT and k-XORSAT
If we assume that the field on the variable is h > 0, this means that the number m− of clauses that constrain it to be false must be 0, while the number m+ of clauses that constrain it to be true will be positive or null.
Theoretical analysis of optimization problems - Some properties of random k-SAT and k-XORSAT
The length scale L might be expected to be about the size, Rf , of the flame region, L ≃ Rf ∼ 108 cm and the velocity scale to be about the Rayleigh-Taylor velocity at this scale U ∼ 0.5pgef f L ≃ 108 cm/s where the effective gravity is taken to be ∼ gef f = 5 × 108 cm/s2 (KOW, NW).
The effect of turbulent intermittency on the deflagration to detonation transition in SN Ia explosions