bleak

Definitions

  • "Bleak House" Broadstairs
    "Bleak House" Broadstairs
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj bleak offering little or no hope "the future looked black","prospects were bleak","Life in the Aran Islands has always been bleak and difficult"- J.M.Synge","took a dim view of things"
    • adj bleak providing no shelter or sustenance "bare rocky hills","barren lands","the bleak treeless regions of the high Andes","the desolate surface of the moon","a stark landscape"
    • adj bleak unpleasantly cold and damp "bleak winds of the North Atlantic"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In early Yorkshire, England, a plate holding wedding cake was thrown out of the window as the bride returned to her parent's home after the wedding. If the plate broke, she would enjoy a happy future with her husband. If the plate remained intact, her future was bleak.
    • n Bleak (Zoöl) A small European river fish (Leuciscus alburnus), of the family Cyprinidæ; the blay.☞ The silvery pigment lining the scales of the bleak is used in the manufacture of artificial pearls.
    • Bleak Cold and cutting; cheerless; as, a bleak blast.
    • Bleak Desolate and exposed; swept by cold winds. "Wastes too bleak to rear
      The common growth of earth, the foodful ear."
      "At daybreak, on the bleak sea beach."
    • Bleak Without color; pale; pallid. "When she came out she looked as pale and as bleak as one that were laid out dead."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • bleak Pale; pallid; wan; of a sickly hue.
    • bleak Exposed to cold and winds; desolate; bare of vegetation.
    • bleak Cheerless; dreary.
    • bleak Cold; chill; piercing; desolating.
    • bleak To make white or pale; bleach.
    • bleak To become white or pale.
    • n bleak An English name of a small cyprinoid fish, Alburnus lucidus. Other forms of the name are bleik, blick. Also called blay.
    • bleak To blacken; darken.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Bleak blēk colourless: dull and cheerless: cold, unsheltered
    • n Bleak blēk a small white river-fish.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. blac, bleyke, bleche, AS. blāc, blǣc, pale, wan; akin to Icel. bleikr, Sw. blek, Dan. bleg, OS. blēk, D. bleek, OHG. pleih, G. bleich,; all from the root of AS. blīcan, to shine; akin to OHG. blīchen, to shine; cf. L. flagrare, to burn, Gr. fle`gein to burn, shine, Skr. bhrāj, to shine, and E. flame,. √98. Cf. Bleach Blink Flame

Usage

In literature:

The low chalk cliffs were covered with snow, and looked bleak and desolate enough.
"Northern Travel" by Bayard Taylor
The glassy seas at once became opaque and bleak.
"Old Junk" by H. M. Tomlinson
All around was bare and solitary, perhaps as bleak and stark as the lonely plains of Thingvellir.
"The Little Manx Nation - 1891" by Hall Caine
Hill succeeds hill, bleak, rocky, and bare.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
The bleak look came into his eyes.
"The Kingdom Round the Corner" by Coningsby Dawson
I shuddered at the inhospitable bleakness of it.
"The Fire People" by Ray Cummings
She found in the bleak solitude many and dear delights; and not the least and best-loved was liberty.
"Emily Brontë" by A. Mary F. (Agnes Mary Frances) Robinson
DAVID COPPERFIELD AND BLEAK HOUSE.
"The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete" by John Forster
Do you think I could let you hazard your life by going up any pass worth seeing in bleak March?
"The Letters of Charles Dickens" by Charles Dickens
He went home to his bleak little room in a resolute mood.
"A Spoil of Office" by Hamlin Garland
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In poetry:

On a bleak moor
Running under the moon
She lures a poet,
Once proud or happy, soon
Far from his door.
"Unknown" by Edward Thomas
Windy the sky and mad;
Surly the gray March day;
Bleak the forests and sad,
Sad for the beautiful May.
"Anticipation" by Madison Julius Cawein
Lonely winds that bleakly blow
As the night comes on;
Lonely streams that coldly flow,
Eager to be gone;
"Lonely Land" by Robert A Donaldson
I sit by the fire and hear
The restless wind go by,
On the long dirge and drear,
Under the low bleak sky.
"A Northern Vigil" by Bliss William Carman
When passed my friend, my kinsfolk,
Through the Last Door,
And left me standing bleakly,
I died yet more;
"The Dead Man Walking" by Thomas Hardy
Ye labourers in the vineyard,
We call you to your toil!
Though bleak may be the furrows,
The seed is in the soil.
"Our Summons" by Ernest Jones

In news:

Bleak for Hill , Keller.
Three Payson councilors running for re-election despite a bleak budget.
Hope Now, the alliance of banks, mortgage servicers and non-profit mortgage counselors, came out with its July data this week and the numbers still look bleak.
No Rules Theatre Company taps powerful truths in this bleak new comedy.
President Obama's reelection prospects looked bleak.
In fact, it's pretty bleak.
Fantasy springs to life in 'Ruby,' while bleak 'Blade Runner' marks 30 years.
There aren't many reasons for foodies to travel to the outermost reaches of what's already termed the Outer Sunset, especially those last few blocks before the Great Highway that grow increasingly bleak, windswept, and foggy at times.
It's not easy to be relentlessly macabre and unapologetically bleak while at the same time making people want to get up and dance.
On Thursday, October 18, Nokia will report its 3Q12 numbers and Wall Street is just about as bleakly pessimistic as you would expect.
A symptom of the war in Afghanistan is that the images traveling west from the country are often bleak.
Bleak for Hill, Keller .
Things were looking bleak for Lola and Charlie in early autumn.
John Hillcoat's The Road detours from the bleak beauty of Cormac McCarthy's source material.
Saxophonist Dave Liebman, an NEA Jazz Master and veteran statesman, paints a bleak picture.
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In science:

This is a rather bleak view of the future of physics, and one we do not share.
Cosmological Avatars of the Landscape II: CMB and LSS Signatures
Is it then possible to ever obtain a better scaling of the necessary separation b − a? If it is tied to the ∆ as I described, the outlook is bleak.
Local Hamiltonians in Quantum Computation
There is, however, a fortunate loophole in this seemingly bleak picture: a system in the universality class of the Ising TQFT can actually be a universal quantum computer if the gate set obtained from braiding is supplemented by a π/8 phase gate and a Controlled-Z, C(Z ), gate .
A Blueprint for a Topologically Fault-tolerant Quantum Computer
Thus, it is not surprising that the computational complexity consequences of Theorem 4.1 and Section 5 for the variable field Potts model are somewhat bleak.
The Tutte-Potts connection in the presence of an external magnetic field
To conclude, since it is not true that GFT gluings are not pseudo-manifolds, we cannot agree with Gurau that “the situation looks bleak for [standard, that is noncolored] GFT” .
Comment on `Lost in Translation: Topological Singularities in Group Field Theory'
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