• "'Your Majesty is certainly wrong.'"
    "'Your Majesty is certainly wrong.'"
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adv certainly definitely or positively (`sure' is sometimes used informally for `surely') "the results are surely encouraging","she certainly is a hard worker","it's going to be a good day for sure","they are coming, for certain","they thought he had been killed sure enough","he'll win sure as shooting","they sure smell good","sure he'll come"
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There's certainly a screw loose somewhere There's certainly a screw loose somewhere

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Lipogram refers to writing that does not have certain letter or letters
    • adv Certainly Without doubt or question; unquestionably.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: If an identical twin grows up without having a certain tooth, the other twin will most likely also grow up with that tooth missing
    • certainly With certainty; without doubt or question; in truth and fact; without fail; inevitably; assuredly; undoubtedly; unquestionably; of a certainty.
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  • Chinese Proverb
    Chinese Proverb
    “To be uncertain is to be uncomfortable, but to be certain is to be ridiculous.”
  • Francis Bacon
    “That things are changed, and that nothing really perishes, and that the sum of matter remains exactly the same, is sufficiently certain.”
  • John F. Kennedy
    “Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.”
  • Tennessee Williams
    “There is a time for departure even when there's no certain place to go.”
  • Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
    “The most certain sign of wisdom is cheerfulness.”
  • Zoe Fairbairns
    Zoe Fairbairns
    “When we say a woman is of a certain social class, we really mean her husband or father is.”


In literature:

He certainly did bring him, and as certainly intended to make him his heir.
"Cousin Henry" by Anthony Trollope
This certainly was some compensation.
"Floyd Grandon's Honor" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
But a body may be caused to reach a certain elevation in opposition to the force of gravity, without being actually carried up.
"Fragments of science, V. 1-2" by John Tyndall
The opinions of Mr. MADISON upon the Constitution are certainly entitled to value.
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden
William certainly took his advantage.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
Certainly there was no fire in his blood.
"Black Oxen" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
Once upon a time there lived in a certain village a little country girl, the prettiest creature that was ever seen.
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry
This new arrangement, so important to their father, was certainly of more importance to them.
"Ralph the Heir" by Anthony Trollope
It certainly is our bounden duty to keep him away from Aunt Sophia.
"Girls of the Forest" by L. T. Meade
As in the case of mad dogs, certain death awaited them, for if not killed in being taken, torture and impalement followed.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth

In poetry:

Ere certain Fate had touched a heart
By fifty years made cold,
I judged thee, Lyde, and thy art
O'erblown and over-bold.
"A Recantation" by Rudyard Kipling
Great God! is this our certain doom?
And are we still secure?
Still walking downward to our tomb,
And yet prepare no more?
"Hymn 63" by Isaac Watts
Who were the twain that trod this track
So many times together
Hither and back,
In spells of certain and uncertain weather?
"A Jog-Trot Pair" by Thomas Hardy
At midnight a town's four corners
Wake to the whistles' keening;
The march of the dead is a long march.
Certain its meaning.
"Sequel Of Appomattox" by Donald Grady Davidson
I feel that I have given pain
By certain words and deeds,
But stricken here with Sorrow’s rain,
My contrite spirit bleeds.
"Robert Parkes" by Henry Kendall
What time the daisy decks the green,
Thy certain voice we hear:
Hast thou a star to guide thy path,
Or mark the rolling year?
"Ode To The Cuckoo" by John Logan

In news:

Sacre Bleu means sacred blue , the name given to a certain shade of blue used by artists during medieval times when the church said, if you're going to paint the Virgin's cloak, it must be with this blue .
Yet under the rules of war — a somewhat haphazard collection of ethical and legal directives — we are sometimes allowed to use lethal weapons even when certain nonlethal weapons are disallowed.
Taxes may be certain, but growth and job creation aren't.
The name "Noël Coward" is synonymous with a certain sophisticated kind of British wit.
Do you experience more bloating after certain meals, or have you ever been asked if you're pregnant after simply eating lunch.
In the midst of this summer's heat wave, we still enjoy a measure of outdoor time, but certainly relish the air-conditioned relief indoors.
After a blood transfusion there are certain follow-up tests a patient can expect to encounter.
But it's certainly one of the funniest.
I consoled myself with the fact that there was a certain risk of death associated with eating spinach—greater still with ground beef.
He may have not been the first signee of 2013, but he will certainly be the best.
And, if you go see the river now above the old Brown Bridge Dam, she certainly looks strong.
Certain provisions are unfair, according to lawsuit.
The action means that certain cattle will have to have more testing for bovine TB before being exported from the state.
If the Yankees had released him that day, the 2007 first-round pick almost certainly would have been passed over by the other 29 teams around baseball.
Braid 's songs certainly made a big mark on the hundreds of groups that would crawl out of the Illinois band's early wake and go on to popularize the genre throughout the 2000s.

In science:

The topic of Section 4 is the relationship between enumeration formulas (1.2) and (1.6) and certain classes of non-intersecting lattice paths, or equivalently certain configurations of vicious random walkers.
Counting formulas associated with some random matrix averages
For any flat structure X , the surface decomposes in the vertical direction into a certain number of Euclidean cylinders and a certain number of minimal components.
Thin triangles and a multiplicative ergodic theorem for Teichm\"uller geometry
Physically, this action of adding a certain odd function to the even distribution function corresponds to switching the direction of rotations for a certain fraction of stars of given |Lz | and E .
Simple Models for the Distribution of Dark Matter
As one can see in this review, certain transitions, or combinations of certain quantities, related to different transitions, may offer various theoretical or experimental advantages.
Precision physics of simple atoms: QED tests, nuclear structure and fundamental constants
To obtain the more quantitative condition number estimates, we introduce a new discretization technique that allows one to estimate the probability that a certain random variable is small by the probability that a certain discretized analogue of that variable is zero.
Inverse Littlewood-Offord theorems and the condition number of random discrete matrices