change

Definitions

  • The bear chief changes the boys' arms and legs
    The bear chief changes the boys' arms and legs
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v change undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature "She changed completely as she grew older","The weather changed last night"
    • v change become different in some particular way, without permanently losing one's or its former characteristics or essence "her mood changes in accordance with the weather","The supermarket's selection of vegetables varies according to the season"
    • v change cause to change; make different; cause a transformation "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city","The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"
    • v change exchange or replace with another, usually of the same kind or category "Could you convert my dollars into pounds?","He changed his name","convert centimeters into inches","convert holdings into shares"
    • v change remove or replace the coverings of "Father had to learn how to change the baby","After each guest we changed the bed linens"
    • v change change clothes; put on different clothes "Change before you go to the opera"
    • v change lay aside, abandon, or leave for another "switch to a different brand of beer","She switched psychiatrists","The car changed lanes"
    • v change become deeper in tone "His voice began to change when he was 12 years old","Her voice deepened when she whispered the password"
    • v change change from one vehicle or transportation line to another "She changed in Chicago on her way to the East coast"
    • v change give to, and receive from, one another "Would you change places with me?","We have been exchanging letters for a year"
    • n change the action of changing something "the change of government had no impact on the economy","his change on abortion cost him the election"
    • n change a different or fresh set of clothes "she brought a change in her overnight bag"
    • n change a thing that is different "he inspected several changes before selecting one"
    • n change a difference that is usually pleasant "he goes to France for variety","it is a refreshing change to meet a woman mechanic"
    • n change an event that occurs when something passes from one state or phase to another "the change was intended to increase sales","this storm is certainly a change for the worse","the neighborhood had undergone few modifications since his last visit years ago"
    • n change the result of alteration or modification "there were marked changes in the lining of the lungs","there had been no change in the mountains"
    • n change money received in return for its equivalent in a larger denomination or a different currency "he got change for a twenty and used it to pay the taxi driver"
    • n change the balance of money received when the amount you tender is greater than the amount due "I paid with a twenty and pocketed the change"
    • n change coins of small denomination regarded collectively "he had a pocketful of change"
    • n change a relational difference between states; especially between states before and after some event "he attributed the change to their marriage"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The princess changes clothes with the goose-girl The princess changes clothes with the goose-girl
The artist changed his mind The artist changed his mind
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A weary man approaches an inn during a storm. He passes a sign for the inn in which the words 'J.J. Jones Beerseller' have been changed to 'J.J. Jones Bookseller A weary man approaches an inn during a storm. He passes a sign for the inn in which the words 'J.J. Jones Beerseller'...

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: An oyster can change its gender
    • Change A passing from one phase to another; as, a change of the moon.
    • Change A place where merchants and others meet to transact business; a building appropriated for mercantile transactions.
    • Change A public house; an alehouse. "They call an alehouse a change ."
    • Change A succesion or substitution of one thing in the place of another; a difference; novelty; variety; as, a change of seasons. "Our fathers did for change to France repair.""The ringing grooves of change ."
    • Change Alteration in the order of a series; permutation.
    • Change (Mus) Any order in which a number of bells are struck, other than that of the diatonic scale. "Four bells admit twenty-four changes in ringing."
    • Change Any variation or alteration; a passing from one state or form to another; as, a change of countenance; a change of habits or principles. "Apprehensions of a change of dynasty.""All the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come."
    • Change Small money; the money by means of which the larger coins and bank bills are made available in small dealings; hence, the balance returned when payment is tendered by a coin or note exceeding the sum due.
    • Change Specifically: To give, or receive, smaller denominations of money (technically called change) for; as, to change a gold coin or a bank bill. "He pulled out a thirty-pound note and bid me change it."
    • Change That which makes a variety, or may be substituted for another. "Thirty change R.V. changes ) of garments."
    • Change To alter by substituting something else for, or by giving up for something else; as, to change the clothes; to change one's occupation; to change one's intention. "They that do change old love for new,
      Pray gods, they change for worse!"
    • Change To alter; to make different; to cause to pass from one state to another; as, to change the position, character, or appearance of a thing; to change the countenance. "Therefore will I change their glory into shame."
    • Change To be altered; to undergo variation; as, men sometimes change for the better. "For I am Lord, I change not."
    • Change To give and take reciprocally; to exchange; -- followed by with; as, to change place, or hats, or money, with another. "Look upon those thousands with whom thou wouldst not, for any interest, change thy fortune and condition."
    • Change To pass from one phase to another; as, the moon changes to-morrow night.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The dragonfly has not changed over the last 300 million years
    • change To substitute another thing or things for; shift; cause to be replaced by another: as, to change the clothes, or one suit of clothes for another; to change one's position.
    • change Specifically To give or procure an equivalent for in smaller parts of like kind; make or get change for: said of money: as, to change a bank-note (that is, to give or receive coins or smaller notes in exchange for it).
    • change To give and take reciprocally; barter; exchange.
    • change To cause to turn or pass from one state to another; alter or make different; vary in external form or in essence: as, to change the color or shape of a thing; to change countenance.
    • change To render acid or tainted; turn from a natural state of sweetness and purity: as, the wine is changed; thunder and lightning are said to change milk.
    • change To be altered; undergo variation; be partially or wholly transformed: as, men sometimes change for the better, often for the worse.
    • change To pass from one phase to another, as the moon: as, the moon will change on Friday.
    • change To become acid or tainted, as milk.
    • n change Any variation or alteration in form, state, quality, or essence; a passing from one state or form to another: as, a change of countenance or of aspect; a change of habits or principles.
    • n change Specifically.
    • n change The passing from life to death; death.
    • n change In vocalics, the mutation of the male voice at puberty, whereby the soprano or alto of the boy is replaced by the tenor or bass of the man.
    • n change In harmony, a modulation or transition from one key or tonality to another.
    • n change Variation or variableness in general; the quality or condition of being unstable; instability; transition; alteration: as, all things are subject to change; change is the central fact of existence.
    • n change A passing from one thing to another in succession; the supplanting of one thing by another in succession: as, a change of seasons or of climate; a change of scene.
    • n change The beginning of a new monthly revolution; the passing from one phase to another: as, a change of the moon (see below).
    • n change Alteration in the order of a series; permutation; specifically, in bell-ringing, any arrangement or sequence of the bells of a peal other than the diatonic. See change-ringing.
    • n change Variety; novelty.
    • n change That which makes a variety or may be substituted for another: as, “thirty change of garments,”
    • n change Money of the lower denominations given in exchange for larger pieces.
    • n change The balance of money returned after deducting the price of a purchase from the sum tendered in payment.
    • n change A place where merchants and others meet to transact business; a building appropriated for mercantile transactions: in this sense an abbreviation of exchange, and often now written 'change.
    • n change Exchange: as, “maintained the change of words,”
    • n change A public house; a change-house.
    • n change A round in dancing.
    • n change In hunting, the mistaking of a stag met by chance for the one pursued.
    • change To change, radically, one's views on any question.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: When Elizabeth I of Russia died in 1762, 15,000 dresses were found in her closets. She used to change what she was wearing two and even three times an evening.
    • v.t Change chānj to alter or make different: to put or give for another: to make to pass from one state to another: to exchange
    • v.i Change to suffer change: to change one's clothes
    • n Change the act of changing: alteration or variation of any kind: :
    • n Change (Shak.) exchange
    • n Change (Shak.) fickleness: a shift: variety: small coin: also used as a short term for the Exchange
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Quotations

  • James Baldwin
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    “People can cry much easier than they can change.”
  • Sir James M. Barrie
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    “The most useless are those who never change through the years.”
  • Bruce Barton
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    “When you're through changing, you're through.”
  • Augusto Roa Bastos
    Augusto Roa Bastos
    “The things that have come into being change continually. The man with a good memory remembers nothing because he forgets nothing.”
  • Gita Bellin
    Gita Bellin
    “If one desires a change, one must be that change before that change can take place.”
  • Henri L. Bergson
    Henri L. Bergson
    “To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly”

Idioms

Change horses in midstream - If people change horses in midstream, they change plans or leaders when they are in the middle of something, even though it may be very risky to do so.
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Change of heart - If you change the way you think or feel about something, you have a change of heart.
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Change tack - If you change tack, you use a different method for dealing with something.
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Change your tune - If someone changes their ideas or the way they talk about them, they change their tune.
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Chop and change - If things chop and change, they keep changing, often unexpectedly.
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Leopard can't change its spots - This idiom means that people cannot change basic aspects of their character, especially negative ones. ("A leopard doesn't change its spots" is also used.)
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Sea change - An expression that connotes big change; a significant change in comparison to a minor, trivial or insignificant change.
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Short-change - If you are short-changed, someone cheats you of money or doesn't give you full value for something.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. changer, fr. LL. cambiare, to exchange, barter, L. cambire,. Cf. Cambial

Usage

In literature:

Time and change work wonders.
"Allison Bain" by Margaret Murray Robertson
At once the boy changed into his proper form, and was a handsome young Indian; while the girl was changed into a little black dog.
"Thirty Indian Legends" by Margaret Bemister
What I am saying is that family structure has to change in response to changed conditions.
"The Alembic Plot" by Ann Wilson
Thark had not been raised as an Imperial citizen; she had, and could not understand his desire for change.
"A Matter of Honor" by Ann Wilson
There was one other change before the day.
"The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete" by John Forster
A wonderful variable star in Perseus, which goes through its changes in about two days and twenty-one hours.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
The truth is that we change without ceasing, and that the state itself is nothing but change.
"Creative Evolution" by Henri Bergson
It only changes his face.
"Casa Braccio, Volumes 1 and 2 (of 2)" by F. Marion Crawford
Target not to be changed except for good reason.= Frequent changes of target impair the fire effect.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
But this change of state may also be connected with a change of affinity with regard to caloric.
"Conversations on Chemistry, V. 1-2" by Jane Marcet
The garden was changed; there was a feeling of order and authority about it that it had never had before.
"The Wooden Horse" by Hugh Walpole
The region was changed, even as the clouds change.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
The light parts of this image will change the silver salt to silver; the dark parts will not change it.
"Common Science" by Carleton W. Washburne
Those spreading towards the new shores would undergo changes unlike the changes undergone by those spreading into the mountains.
"Essays: Scientific, Political, & Speculative, Vol. I" by Herbert Spencer
Vaguely he knew that the harbor had changed and that he was too old to change with it.
"The Harbor" by Ernest Poole
They were pensive eyes, almost regretful, and somehow his whole face had changed from its look of daring to match them.
"The Law-Breakers" by Ridgwell Cullum
It is usually better to treat habitual constipation by a change of diet than by medicine.
"Special Report on Diseases of Cattle" by U.S. Department of Agriculture
We know that climate changes with changed altitude as well as latitude.
"Earth and Sky Every Child Should Know" by Julia Ellen Rogers
The passengers changed at every landing.
"Villa Eden:" by Berthold Auerbach
The fight had been the starting point of all her amazing change of front.
"Thirty" by Howard Vincent O'Brien
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In poetry:

BE void of feeling!
A heart that soon is stirr'd,
Is a possession sad
Upon this changing earth.
"To My Friend - Ode III" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Here is no singer;
What should they sing of?
They, the unresting?
Labor is ugly,
Loathsome is change.
"The Voyage To Vinland: Bioern's Beckoners" by James Russell Lowell
Nothing stays
not even change,
That can grow tired of it's own name;
The very thought
too much for it.
"Nothing Stays" by Mark Van Doren
Mangled hands
Tales of the Old Days
Discovery of the Sacred Pool
changes
Mute-handed stillness baby cry
"The New Creatures" by James Douglas Morrison
And, gazing on its changing glow,
I saw, half-sighing,
The wondrous Fairyland below
Its surface lying.
"The River Maiden" by Victor James Daley
Light of night and midnight shadow
Falling from above
And the changing mood and magic
Of a face you love
"Nightingales, A Sigh, A Whisper" by Afanasy Afanasevich Fet

In news:

Buckhead — In the aftermath of the recent and sudden administrative changes in Atlanta Public Schools, combined with other issues in the past, Buckhead residents are ready for a change.
In the aftermath of the recent and sudden administrative changes in Atlanta Public Schools, combined with other issues in the past, Buckhead residents are ready for a change.
The implementation of Low Sulfur Diesel Fuels and the general changes within fuel industries and manufacturing processes has driven a change in cutter properties and availabilities.
Fall is finally here and with the changing season comes a change in the destinations to which people choose to travel.
Papillion city leaders have heard from the public on a proposed change that would allow residents to keep as many as four backyard chickens, and most people seem to be in favor of the change.
Believe and appreciate the way that changes everything, much like a false step and a snapped ligament at Mountaineer Field next fall can change everything - but now for more than just Bailey .
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Obamacare, changes to technology among reasons for 'rapidly changing industry'.
It's foolhardy to try to persuade people to see the profound errors of their ways in the hope that mental change will lead to behavioral change.
The therapist helps the patient learn how to recognize and change their inaccurate beliefs, react more positively and in turn, change their behavior .
(AP Photo/The Denver Post, Hyoung Chang Hyoung Chang ).
Chang has earned a loyal following for his other two places, Peter Chang 's.
The chef already operates Peter Chang 's China Grill in Charlottesville and the Peter Chang China Cafe in Glen Allen, outside Richmond (which Bon Appetit nominated as one of the 50 best new restaurants in America).
The agreement includes a license for use of the Bertolli brand name and transfer of Unilever's existing license with P F Chang 's for use of the P F Chang 's Home Menu brand name.
The film, about climate change , follows National Geographic photographer James Balog across the Arctic as he deploys revolutionary time-lapse cameras designed to capture a multi-year record of the world's changing glaciers.
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In science:

This value is changed by δNφ = ∆x∆yδ ˜B /2π for the level m and the total number of states is changed by R d2 rδ ˜B/2π .
Activation Energy in a Quantum Hall Ferromagnet and Non-Hartree-Fock Skyrmions
Since changing the reference vertex v only changes the height function by a constant, we will often refer to a height function without mentionning v .
An algorithm to generate exactly once every tiling with lozenges of a domain
The geometry of graphs changes in a very interesting and by now fully understood manner when p changes.
Defining statistical ensembles of random graphs
Change of g , g −→ g ′ , changes point by point the Clifford algebra, CLm(g ) −→ CLm (g ′).
Relative Zeta Functions, Determinants, Torsion, Index Theorems and Invariants for Open Manifolds
In the matrix A we must also change the rows/columns consistently performing the cyclic change of the indices.
Algebraic approach to time-delay data analysis for LISA
M⊙ is the solar mass. A limit on the rate of change of frequency can obtained by considering the total change in the frequency ∆f during the period of observation T .
Algebraic approach to time-delay data analysis for LISA
This means even though the masses change due to the interactions this wil l not change the representation of canonical commutation/anticommutation relations we started with, as a result the geometry stays the same.
Large N limit of SO(N) gauge theory of fermions and bosons
Our results give a comprehensive scenario to understand the systematic changes of spin excitations in the A-site substituted manganites, since the change of the randomness are expected to be large, as previously discussed in reproducing the systematic decrease of TC .
Anomaly in Spin Excitation Spectrum of Double-Exchange Systems with Randomness
While this change causes a very small difference in magnetization, it leads to large changes in the average Zeeman-level populations, by a factor of 2 or 3.
Theory of spin-2 Bose-Einstein condensates: spin-correlations, magnetic response, and excitation spectra
We may change the variable to δ = arccos η because Eq. (128) is invariant under this change.
Static charged perfect fluid spheres in general relativity
First, obviously we can change the couplings of the N = 2 superpotentials to be different from the gauge couplings and change the gauge couplings themselves.
Marginal Deformations of N=4 SYM and of its Supersymmetric Orbifold Descendants
The results can be applied to MSSM cases by changing the normalization for the Higgs boson-mediated processes according to the change of the coupling strength.
GR@PPA_4b: A Four Bottom Quark Production Event Generator for PP/PPbar Collisions
Users can change those details by changing appropriate parameters and subprograms described in the following.
GR@PPA_4b: A Four Bottom Quark Production Event Generator for PP/PPbar Collisions
If Γ(s, b) = (s′ , 1), then the current state is changed from s to s′ , the content of the first 1 = z1 + 1, z ′ counter is incremented by one and the second counter does not change: z ′ 2 = z2 .
Computing stationary probability distributions and large deviation rates for constrained random walks. The undecidability results
One can use strategies to apply type-changing rewrite rules or other strategies in a disciplined manner making sure that intermediate results are properly combined as opposed to the type-changing replacement of a redex in a compound term.
Typed Generic Traversal With Term Rewriting Strategies
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