believing

Definitions

  • If you'll believe me, Christopher Columbus Allen walked right into our kitchen
    If you'll believe me, Christopher Columbus Allen walked right into our kitchen
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n believing the cognitive process that leads to convictions "seeing is believing"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

I believe they wuz conscience-smut, but I don't know I believe they wuz conscience-smut, but I don't know
MOTHER, I DO BELIEVE IT'S GOING TO BE THIS YEAR MOTHER, I DO BELIEVE IT'S GOING TO BE THIS YEAR
"YOU RUBBED THE LAMP, I BELIEVE?" "YOU RUBBED THE LAMP, I BELIEVE?"

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Mount Everest is a foot higher today than it was a century ago, and it's believed to still be growing.
    • a Believing That believes; having belief.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The saluki is the oldest known breed of domesticated dog. Carvings of animals resembling the saluki have been found in excavations of the Sumerian Empire. They are believed to have originated from between 6,000 and 7,000 B.C.
    • believing Having faith; ready or disposed to believe or to exercise faith.
    • believing Of the number of those who are disciples.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The term "dog days" has nothing to do with dogs. It dates back to Roman times, when it was believed that Sirius, the Dog Star, added its heat to that of the sun from July3 to August 11, creating exceptionally high temperatures. The Romans called the period dies caniculares, or "days of the dog."
    • p.adj Believing trustful
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Quotations

  • Terence
    Terence
    “I believe because it is impossible.”
  • Terence
    Terence
    “You believe easily that which you hope for earnestly.”
  • Isiah Thomas
    Isiah Thomas
    “I've always believed no matter how many shots I miss, I'm going to make the next one.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “The very act of believing creates strength of its own.”
  • Paul Valery
    Paul%20Valery
    “That which has been believed by everyone, always and everywhere, has every chance of being false.”
  • Timothy Virkkala
    Timothy Virkkala
    “What a person believes is not as important as how a person believes.”

Idioms

Believe in the hereafter - A belief in the hereafter is a belief in the afterlife, or life after death. It is, therefore, associated with religions and the soul's journey to heaven or to hell, whichever way being just deserts for the person based on how they led their life.
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Believe you me - This is an emphatic way of saying 'believe me'.
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Seeing is believing - This idiom means that people can only really believe what they experience personally.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. bilevenbi-, be-, and leven. Murray says that believe is an erroneous spelling of the 17th century, prob. after relieve. The A.S. form geléfan survived to the 14th century; the present compound, which superseded it, appears in the 12th century.

Usage

In literature:

He would not offer, sure, to make us believe my Lady Jane a lovelier person than my Lady Anne Percy.
"The Love Letters of Dorothy Osborne to Sir William Temple, 1652-54"
Above all, you can believe in Providence in either of two ways, either as thirst believes in the orange, or as the ass believes in the whip.
"The Man Who Laughs" by Victor Hugo
Note that Peter was a believer, and a believer who had been taught by the Holy Spirit.
"The Master's Indwelling" by Andrew Murray
She believed in me when none else would believe.
"Sacred Books of the East" by Various
He believes, or says he believes, in Lir and the great Mother Dana, in the old Irish Gods.
"Evelyn Innes" by George Moore
Do you believe in mental suggestion, Madame?
"Don Orsino" by F. Marion Crawford
I believe that he is on his way there now.
"The Lost Ambassador" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
I believe I shall feel myself an interloper for all time.
"The Lamp in the Desert" by Ethel M. Dell
I believe some of them are unique.
"The Divine Fire" by May Sinclair
She had been brought up to believe she was a beauty, and she did believe it.
"Gordon Keith" by Thomas Nelson Page
For the Guises believed in no man's good faith, as no man believed in theirs.
"Helmet of Navarre" by Bertha Runkle
She is believed to have been alone.
"The Doctor's Dilemma" by Hesba Stretton
I believe Dr. Merridew believes it, too.
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
They cannot be made to believe that the Government at Washington are going to wage war immediately.
"A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital" by John Beauchamp Jones
She was persuaded to believe the engagement a wrong thing: indiscreet, improper, hardly capable of success, and not deserving it.
"The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of Jane Austen" by Jane Austen
I believe it is time to think a little about my family and farm.
"Familiar Letters of John Adams and His Wife Abigail Adams During the Revolution" by John Adams
Believe me when I tell you.
"The Moghul" by Thomas Hoover
He made believe sleep.
"The William Henry Letters" by Abby Morton Diaz
I can afford to believe this of you; but I cannot believe it of Paul Marchmont.
"John Marchmont's Legacy, Volumes I-III" by Mary E. Braddon
The latter, at least, believed that they were the simple truth.
"The Orange Girl" by Walter Besant
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In poetry:

Lo! what a glorious sight appears
To our believing eyes!
The earth and see are passed away,
And the old rolling skies.
"Hymn 10" by Noah Calwell W Cannon
Imagination needs must stir;
Dear Maid, this truth believe,
Minds that have nothing to confer
Find little to perceive.
""Yes! Thou Art Fair, Yet Be Not Moved"" by William Wordsworth
I love my mother, I revere
My sire, but fear not me—
Believe that Death alone can tear
This faithful heart from thee.
"Stanzas" by Anne Bronte
Now they believe his word
While rocks with rivers flow;
Now with their lusts provoke the Lord,
And he reduced them low.
"Psalm 106 part 2" by Isaac Watts
No one believes it's a plum tree
Because it doesn't have a single plum.
But it is a plum tree;
You can tell by its leaf.
"Der Pflaumenbaum (The Plum Tree, translation)" by Bertolt Brecht
And I believe upon the whole
(Though you my creed deny, sir),
That Rove’s entitled to a soul
As much as you or I, sir!
"Rover" by Henry Kendall

In news:

Man, I should have seen this coming: The Anti-Defamation League, which advocates against anti-Semitism and bigotry, also believed (Tim) McCarver's comments went too far.
I believe we're pretty lucky concerning the county commissioner race this year.
FacebookIt is hard to believe it was 11 years ago today that the planes took out the WTC and hit the Pentagon.
Dan soon finds himself drunk with Herbert's ideas of what he calls "re- animation ," believing they can change the course of medicine forever.
A new 3.0 mgd water treatment plant on North Carolina's Cape Hatteras is believed to be the first in the United States to apply Foundation fieldbus for device-level control communications.
Turkey believes Syrian Air jet from Moscow carried military equipment aboard.
All those who still believe Tony Romo is a top-10 quarterback raise your hand.
Now all those who believe Romo is worth $100 million raise your hand.
Investigators believe Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez may have targeted the White House due to a hatred of President Obama, who Ortega-Hernandez compared to the " Anti-Christ ".
I don't believe in Printz Genre Bias.
Scientists now believe gamma rays, as well as beams of energetic particles of antimatter , are common components of lightning storms right here on Earth.
Quetzals were believed to protect these ancient peoples in battle and are even believed to be the inspiration for the mythical phoenix.
Pitcher Joe Savery believed, and the Phils believe he could be major material.
Diana cult believers tried to seduce other believers to wrong doctrine.
Jefferson believed in broad support for sweeping change, and I believe that principle holds true today.
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In science:

Space complexity : Let |T (D)| denote the number of tilings of the domain D (we believe no closed formula is known).
An algorithm to generate exactly once every tiling with lozenges of a domain
Each tiling of D is generated only once; the number of links in L(D) starting from a particular vertex is at most the width of the lattice L(D), of which we believe nothing is known except that it is trivially bounded by |T (D)|; and there is a small overhead to account for the Dk .
An algorithm to generate exactly once every tiling with lozenges of a domain
We also believe that at the present time the only mathematical framework with the right kind of generality for the formulation of a representation theory of constraints is Category Theory .
The categorical theory of relations and quantizations
We believe however that the basic mechanism for the formation of the BP uncovered in our model is common to most (if not all) structural glasses.
Vibrations in glasses and Euclidean Random Matrix theory
These generalized correspondences are believed to shed light on QCD-like theories and in turn will help us to have the eventual formulation of M theory.
On decoupled theories in (5+1) dimensions from (F,D1,NS5,D5) supergravity configuration
Due to the alignment precision and measurement technique employed, the systematic error on the integrated fluence is believed to be less than 10%.
Single Event Effects in the Pixel readout chip for BTeV
We believe that the SEU rate can be confortably handled by a periodic readback of the chip configurations during the data taking and a re-download of the chip configuration when an upset is detected.
Single Event Effects in the Pixel readout chip for BTeV
We believe that the argument to follow might help showing the right correctness results for higher core models.
A simple proof of \Sigma^1_3 correctness of K
It is believed that which is a gauge theory, yet this has not been possible up to now. the hadrons are colorless excitations of the underlying gauge theory and we never see the constituent quarks as free particles.
Large N limit of SO(N) gauge theory of fermions and bosons
We believe that this type of the phase diagram is general for antiferroelectric liquid crystals.
General phase diagram for antiferroelectric liquid crystals in dependence on enantiomeric excess
Einstein, Podolsky, and Rosen (EPR) believed that the results of experiments on a local subsystem of a composite physical system which can be predicted with certainty from the results of local experiments in other regions would be determined by the local properties of the subsystem.
Bell's inequality for n spin-s particles
In the case of a disordered vortex array, which corresponds to the experimentally welldocumented vortex line liquid phase where the vortices are believed to be randomly pinned by columnar or other strong defects, the transformation of Ref. converts the nodal quasiparticles into auxiliary neutral Dirac fermions.
Planar Dirac fermions in long-range-correlated random vector potential
There is a good reason to believe that the resulting localization scenario falls into the already existing classification of the d-wave universality classes chartered in Refs.[24,25].
Planar Dirac fermions in long-range-correlated random vector potential
Hence, we believe the ZFC data represent the correct order parameter measurement.
Order Parameter Criticality of the d=3 Random-Field Ising Antiferromagnet Fe(0.85)Zn(0.15)F2
We believe, however, this is highly unlikely for the following reasons. (i) Our power-law fit already extends to a very wide range in T .
Thermodynamics of strongly disordered spin ladders
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