cease

Definitions

  • Stranded! After Storm has Ceased and Tide has Ebbed
    Stranded! After Storm has Ceased and Tide has Ebbed
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v cease have an end, in a temporal, spatial, or quantitative sense; either spatial or metaphorical "the bronchioles terminate in a capillary bed","Your rights stop where you infringe upon the rights of other","My property ends by the bushes","The symphony ends in a pianissimo"
    • v cease put an end to a state or an activity "Quit teasing your little brother"
    • n cease (`cease' is a noun only in the phrase `without cease') end
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: If Monaco's ruling house of Grimaldi should ever be without an heir (male or female), the country will cease to be a sovereign state.
    • n Cease Extinction.
    • Cease To be wanting; to fail; to pass away. "The poor shall never cease out of the land."
    • Cease To come to an end; to stop; to leave off or give over; to desist; as, the noise ceased . "To cease from strife."
    • v. t Cease To put a stop to; to bring to an end. "But he, her fears to cease Sent down the meek-eyed peace.""Cease , then, this impious rage."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In the year 498 B.C., in the city of Chung-tu, crime ceased to happen with the naming of a new Minister of Crime. Legend has it that nobody wanted to commit a crime because everyone idolized the new minister, someone by the name of Confucius.
    • cease To stop moving, acting, or speaking; leave off; give over; desist; come to rest: followed by from before a noun: as, cease from anger, labor, strife.
    • cease To come to an end; terminate; become extinct; pass away: as, the wonder ceases; the storm has ceased.
    • cease To put a stop to; put an end to; bring to an end: as, cease your clamor; he ceased debate.
    • n cease Cessation; extinction; failure.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: If global warming forecasts are true, the island country of Tuvalu might cease to exist within 100 years.
    • v.i Cease sēs to give over: to stop: to be at an end (with from)
    • v.t Cease to put an end to
    • n Cease (Shak.) extinction
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Quotations

  • William Hazlitt
    William%20Hazlitt
    “When a thing ceases to be a subject of controversy, it ceases to be a subject of interest.”
  • Benjamin Disraeli
    Benjamin%20Disraeli
    “Colonies do not cease to be colonies because they are independent.”
  • Mark Twain
    Mark%20Twain
    “A crime persevered in a thousand centuries ceases to be a crime, and becomes a virtue. This is the law of custom, and custom supersedes all other forms of law.”
  • Mark Twain
    Mark%20Twain
    “Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.”
  • Malcolm S. Forbes
    Malcolm%20S.%20Forbes
    “When you cease to dream you cease to live.”
  • Andre Breton
    Andre%20Breton
    “It is living and ceasing to live that are imaginary solutions. Existence is elsewhere.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. cessen, cesen, F. cesser, fr. L. cessare, v. intensive fr. cedere, to withdraw. See Cede , and cf. Cessation

Usage

In literature:

The parade-calls ceased suddenly all around him.
"Fort Amity" by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
On the following day a white flag was hoisted, and an emissary from Sher Afzul said that all fighting had ceased.
"Through Three Campaigns" by G. A. Henty
The contraction or expansion ceases almost at once.
"The Girl in the Golden Atom" by Raymond King Cummings
But of course the order had now ceased to have force.
"Clayhanger" by Arnold Bennett
Then he realized that she had ceased to be a little girl in all other respects as well as in the physical.
"Before the Dawn" by Joseph Alexander Altsheler
The squeaks and a few spasmodic grunts which succeeded them soon ceased.
"On the Banks of the Amazon" by W.H.G. Kingston
Thou didst send forth Thy commandment, and the windy storm ceased, and was turned into a calm.
"Hurricane Hurry" by W.H.G. Kingston
In such a case, cease the bathing, and for a time apply the soapy lather.
"Papers on Health" by John Kirk
The music had ceased; now it began again, very soft, ethereal.
"Tarrano the Conqueror" by Raymond King Cummings
She ceased to listen to the information, on the subject of Dunaghee, that was given to her in a broad Scottish dialect.
"The Daughters of Danaus" by Mona Caird
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In poetry:

Cease we to echo
Faintly the descant
Whereto for ever
Dances the world.
"England My Mother" by William Watson
Only mists rise stilly;
A sad peace I
Dank earth yields no lily;
Roses cease.
"Autumn" by Manmohan Ghose
Cease to pin thy tresses
To the window sill,
Or I'll tell the presses--
Honestly, I will.
"To A Light Housekeeper" by Franklin Pierce Adams
Ere yet the wind can cease,
Your mighty sigh
Is spirit of the sky—
Half sorrow and half peace.
"Beneath the Redwoods" by George Sterling
The rainy Pleiads wester,
Orion plunges prone,
The stroke of midnight ceases
And I lie down alone.
"The Rainy Pleiads Wester" by A E Housman
Knowing that, though Love cease,
Love's race shows undecrease;
All find in dorp or dell
An Amabel.
"Amabel" by Thomas Hardy

In news:

3) What will cease on the weekends in August.
It was fun until someone accidentally or intentionally put a rock in a mud ball and then the fight turned into something that ceased to be fun.
The non- solicitation order, also known as cease and desist order, has been used throughout Community Boards 9, 10, 11 and 12 by the Department of State to combat overzealous real estate soliciting .
It never ceases to amaze.
Has demanded a cease and desist from Fox News after the group's 1991 hit "Losing My Religion"was used during the network's coverage of the Democratic National Convention.
Sloper ceases his blog, 'What's on Buscemi's stoop .
Streakers never cease to amaze me, because it seems like you should have a couple of things before you streak.
When underground mines ceased operation, most of them were simply sealed up and abandoned — leaving large voids below the surface.
The home is believed to sit on top of a portion of the Gough Mine, which ceased operations in 1899.
Today, a familiar cry at the southern end of the Number 1 subway line will cease at last.
And if they cease do you think they would leave.
Shortly after hearing of EMI's cease-and-desist order, Downhill Battle announced that Feb 24 would be "Grey Tuesday".
Song 'If Ever I Cease to Love' is synonymous with Mardi Gras.
A cease-fire — but for how long.
A cease-fire, brokered by Norway, has bound them both to desist from military offensives.
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In science:

Theoretical studies of detailed burst models and further investigations of angular momentum transport mechanisms are needed to determine whether a coherent pulse is possible once convection has ceased.
Rotational Evolution During Type I X-Ray Bursts
Due to its immense importance, sorting has never ceased to appear as research topic in computer science studies.
Random Shuffling to Reduce Disorder in Adaptive Sorting Scheme
Under the assumption of the same values of the parameters describing the impurity scattering the saturation of κ following from Wilson formula occurs at a so high temperature that it ceases to be meaningful.
Coherent description of electrical and thermal impurity-and-phonon limited transport in simple metals
The value 1 GeV can be intuitively understood as setting the energy scale below which inelastic collisions cease and therefore chemical equilibration becomes impossible.
Remarks on the extraction of freeze-out parameters
By the same token, in a physical phenomenon if a KF-CK cluster ceases to represent correlated spins, then the Swendsen-Wang and the related algorithms would fail.
An Introduction to Monte Carlo Simulation of Statistical physics Problem
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