butterfly effect

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n butterfly effect the phenomenon whereby a small change at one place in a complex system can have large effects elsewhere, e.g., a butterfly flapping its wings in Rio de Janeiro might change the weather in Chicago
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Usage

In literature:

The invasion, therefore, is necessarily effected through the Butterfly's eggs themselves, as experiment will prove.
"The Wonders of Instinct" by J. H. Fabre
Caterpillars of several sulphur butterflies, which live exclusively on cassia foliage, appear to feel no evil effects from overdoses.
"Wild Flowers Worth Knowing" by Neltje Blanchan
Wait a minute, till I see the effect of the butterfly in the back.
"Parisian Points of View" by Ludovic Halévy
She said a good deal of the black gauze dress and the lovely effect of the silver butterflies.
"Emily Fox-Seton" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
All that I insist on are the butterfly effects.
"The Silver Butterfly" by Mrs. Wilson Woodrow
It was the age of tarletan and tinsel, of delicate zephyrs and extremes in butterfly effects.
"The Bondwoman" by Marah Ellis Ryan
He got the same effect from every bird and bee and butterfly that crossed his path between Marchfield and the village.
"The Side Of The Angels" by Basil King
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In poetry:

Still with his work unsatisfied,
Eager each new effect to try,
The solemn artist cast aside,
Rainbow and shell and butterfly,
As some stern blacksmith scatters wide
The sparks that from his anvil fly.
"Flos Aevorum" by Richard Le Gallienne

In news:

The mysterious butterfly effect, in which a simple flappin.
Butterfly effect snares Yellow Jackets.
The engineers at Georgia Tech are familiar with the theory that played out in Monday night's devastating loss – the butterfly effect .
Founded by local professional windsurfer Tatiana Howard, The Butterfly Effect unites women in their passion for the ocean and healthy living through a non-competitive, five-mile, downwind ocean adventure and beach cleanup.
Any thoughts on the financial butterfly effect of this.
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THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT - 02:23.
The butterfly effect in action.
IN nature, every action has consequences, a phenomenon called the butterfly effect.
TEDxRochester 2012 and the Butterfly Effect.
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In science:

For example, in the ca se of nonlinear financial system, the series of sequential events can have a point of crisis that could magnify the small changes and lead to the big nonlinearities, cau sed by the Butterfly effect with the strong dependence on the initial conditions of the nonlinear financial system.
On the Risk Management with Application of Econophysics Analysis in Central Banks and Financial Institutions
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