charm

Definitions

  • APOLLO CHARMING NATURE
    APOLLO CHARMING NATURE
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v charm induce into action by using one's charm "She charmed him into giving her all his money"
    • v charm protect through supernatural powers or charms
    • v charm attract; cause to be enamored "She captured all the men's hearts"
    • v charm control by magic spells, as by practicing witchcraft
    • n charm something believed to bring good luck
    • n charm attractiveness that interests or pleases or stimulates "his smile was part of his appeal to her"
    • n charm (physics) one of the six flavors of quark
    • n charm a verbal formula believed to have magical force "he whispered a spell as he moved his hands","inscribed around its base is a charm in Balinese"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The prince and princess work the magic charm The prince and princess work the magic charm
They were passing the charming little Gothic palace known as the House of Desdemona They were passing the charming little Gothic palace known as the House of Desdemona
Prince Charming Prince Charming
Teddy bore a charmed life Teddy bore a charmed life

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1964 General Mills began marketing Lucky Charms cereal with pink hearts, yellow moons, orange stars, and green clovers. The marshmallow bits (technically referred to as marbits) were invented in 1963 by John Holahan. The cereal is marketed using a leprechaun character named Lucky (L.C. Leprechaun is his full name) that touts his cereal as being "Magically Delicious." Over the years the various shapes and colors of the marshmallow bits in the cereal have undergone many changes.
    • Charm A melody; a song. "With charm of earliest birds.""Free liberty to chant our charms at will."
    • Charm (Physics) a property of certain quarks which may take the value of +1, -1 or 0.
    • Charm A word or combination of words sung or spoken in the practice of magic; a magical combination of words, characters, etc.; an incantation. "My high charms work."
    • Charm Any small decorative object worn on the person, as a seal, a key, a silver whistle, or the like. Bunches of charms are often worn at the watch chain.
    • Charm Anything worn for its supposed efficacy to the wearer in averting ill or securing good fortune.
    • Charm That which exerts an irresistible power to please and attract; that which fascinates; any alluring quality. "Charms strike the sight, but merit wins the soul.""The charm of beauty's powerful glance."
    • Charm To act as, or produce the effect of, a charm; to please greatly; to be fascinating.
    • Charm To attract irresistibly; to delight exceedingly; to enchant; to fascinate. "They, on their mirth and dance
      Intent, with jocund music charm his ear."
    • Charm To make a musical sound.
    • Charm To make music upon; to tune. "Here we our slender pipes may safely charm ."
    • Charm To protect with, or make invulnerable by, spells, charms, or supernatural influences; as, a charmed life. "I, in my own woe charmed ,
      Could not find death."
    • Charm To subdue or overcome by some secret power, or by that which gives pleasure; to allay; to soothe. "Music the fiercest grief can charm ."
    • Charm To subdue, control, or summon by incantation or supernatural influence; to affect by magic. "No witchcraft charm thee!"
    • Charm To use magic arts or occult power; to make use of charms. "The voice of charmers, charming never so wisely."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n charm A melody; a song.
    • n charm Anything believed to possess some occult or supernatural power, such as an amulet, a spell, or some mystic observance or act.
    • n charm Hence A trinket, such as a locket, seal, etc., worn especially on a watch-guard.
    • n charm An irresistible power to please and attract, or something which possesses this power; fascination; allurement; attraction.
    • n charm Synonyms Spell, enchantment, witchery, magic.
    • charm To subdue, control, or bind, as if by incantation or magical influence; soothe, allay, or appease.
    • charm To fortify or make invulnerable with charms.
    • charm To give exquisite pleasure to; fascinate; enchant.
    • charm To affect by or as if by magic or supernatural influences: as, to charm a serpent out of his hole or into a stupor; to charm away one's grief; to charm the wind into silence.
    • charm To play upon; produce musical sounds from.
    • charm = Syn. 1, 2, and Fascinate, etc. (see enchant), delight, transport, bewitch, ravish, enrapture, captivate.
    • charm To produce the effect of a charm; work with magic power; act as a charm or spell.
    • charm To give delight; be highly pleasing: as, a melody that could charm more than any other.
    • charm To give forth musical sounds.
    • n charm The confused low murmuring of a flock of birds; chirm.
    • n charm In hawking, a company: said of goldfinches.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Charm chärm a spell: something thought to possess occult power, a metrical form of words: attractiveness: a trinket worn on a watch-guard: the blended singing of birds, children, &c.:
    • v.t Charm to influence by a charm: to subdue by secret influence: to enchant: to delight, to allure
    • n Charm chärm (pl.) female beauty or other personal attractions: that which can please irresistibly
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Quotations

  • Alexander Pope
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    “Beauties in vain their pretty eyes may roll; charms strike the sight, but merit wins the soul.”
  • Sydney Smith
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    “No furniture is so charming as books.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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    “The heights charm us, but the steps do not; with the mountain in our view we love to walk the plains.”
  • Henri Frederic Amiel
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    “Charm is the quality in others that makes us more satisfied with ourselves.”
  • Anita Brookner
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    “A man of such obvious and exemplary charm must be a liar.”
  • Henry Van Dyke
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    “There is no personal charm so great as the charm of a cheerful temperament.”

Idioms

Prince charming - A prince charming is the perfect man in a woman's life.
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Work like a charm - If something works like a charm, it works perfectly.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. charme, fr. L. carmen, song, verse, incantation, for casmen, akin to Skr. çasman, çasā, a laudatory song, from a root signifying to praise, to sing,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. charme—L. carmen, a song.

Usage

In literature:

No protest against this charming and manly companionship stirred the silence of the room.
"The Art of Disappearing" by John Talbot Smith
There is a charming industry practised there, and practised in charming conditions.
"A Little Tour in France" by Henry James
Flung back into a deep chair, and relaxed after her vigorous day, she looked peculiarly childish and charming, her grandmother thought.
"The Beloved Woman" by Kathleen Norris
That's the charm of it.
"A Modern Cinderella" by Amanda M. Douglas
She was sunny and charming and did adore her great stalwart husband.
"A Little Girl in Old Philadelphia" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
They furnished much of the charm and poetic suggestion of my childhood.
"A Son of the Middle Border" by Hamlin Garland
Its unexpectedness was its only charm.
"Social Life" by Maud C. Cooke
Charming did not set off with any such retinue of servants as had the other ambassador.
"Boys and Girls Bookshelf (Vol 2 of 17)" by Various
The fact of hair under the arms of women had a secret charm for me about that time.
"My Secret Life, Volumes I. to III." by Anonymous
Another most charming little idyll is that of Simple Susan, who was a real maiden living in the neighbourhood of Edgeworthstown.
"A Book of Sibyls" by Anne Thackeray (Mrs. Richmond Ritchie)
But the fair must naturally draw other conclusions: the picture is charming, and must charm.
"Shirley" by Charlotte Brontë
That artist is a charming person; and I must tell you how he proceeded about that picture.
"Records of Later Life" by Frances Ann Kemble
There had been the charm.
"The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of Jane Austen" by Jane Austen
Her quick, firm, elastic step was Youth personified: a charming maiden, she, of twenty summers.
"Solaris Farm" by Milan C. Edson
Her charm, however, was powerless over her companion.
"The Immortal Moment" by May Sinclair
His very beasts grow thin, as if a charm had been thrown over them.
"La Sorcière: The Witch of the Middle Ages" by Jules Michelet
She held out her hands with charming grace; she looked at her son with a charming smile.
"A Mad Love" by Bertha M. Clay
Her illness, then, had not impaired her gift, her charming, inimitable gift.
"The Return of the Prodigal" by May Sinclair
Eugene was struck with all her charm at once.
"The "Genius"" by Theodore Dreiser
I long for that time to come, when my dear wife and my charming little prattlers will embrace me.
"Familiar Letters of John Adams and His Wife Abigail Adams During the Revolution" by John Adams
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In poetry:

Thou hast the South's rich gift
Of sudden song,
A charmed fountain, swift,
Joyous, and strong.
"Roman Girl's Song" by Felicia Dorothea Hemans
"O! charming May!"
That's what they say.
The saying is not new,--
The saying is not true;--
O! May!
"Charming May" by John Hartley
So charm'd was the stream
With the beauty around,
That it stopp'd in its course,
And it utter'd no sound;
"The Dew-Drop: A Metrical Fantasy" by Samuel Lover
Give, Poet, give!
Thus only shalt thou live.
Give! for 'tis thy joyous doom
To charm, to comfort, to illume.
"The Wood-Spring To The Poet" by Duncan Campbell Scott
Thy motions were the motions
Of a charmed bird,
As, poised o'er dream-world oceans,
His sweet voice is heard.
"Love Without Hope" by James Avis Bartley
The stupor of the miracle
Ever renewed, the fear,
I lose in charmed tranquillity,
For she, my saint, is here.
"The Yellow Butterfly" by Manmohan Ghose

In news:

Nick Hornby's super-friendly, unpretentious, effortlessly charming success.
The Charms of Eleanor from the June 9, 2011 issue.
The rivalry began in California, with Silver Charm and Free House.
Eleventh time's the charm.
Wild Mood Swings and Charm, In Not Quite Elizabethan Style.
Patent #: 7,078,583Inventor(s): Jun Kudo, Kenichiro Kuroda, Takuya Miyama and Masataka KinoshitaCompany: Uni-Charm CorporationFiled: 2005-01-18Issued: 2006-07-18Description.
Baffert, who twice previously had been denied a Triple Crown with Silver Charm in 1997 and Real Quiet in 1998, blames himself for War Emblem 's failure.
Investor and author Guy Kawasaki says the business world needs more charm.
But as soon as the mentee shows too much talent or savvy, a dynamic dance changes from a charming pas de deux to a destructive entanglement.
H, for the CHARM Investigators and Committees.
A charming, suicidal druggie must obey his rehab-clinic's demand to lead a seniors men's group or face incarceration and lose the love of his psychiatrist's daughter.
Extroverted Charm Overflows in 'Full Gallop'.
Paul Ryan's charms fall flat in Irish homeland.
In the land of his ancestors, Paul Ryan's Irish charm is failing him.
More than just the gateway to the Algarve, this charming city has much to tempt you away from the beach, says Nick Boulos.
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In science:

In summary, we have evaluated the renormalized properties in nuclear matter of the charm scalar Ds0 (2317) and D(2400), and the predicted hidden charm X (3700) resonances.
Charm and Hidden Charm Scalar Resonances in Nuclear Matter
We conclude that the experimental analysis of those properties is a valuable test of the dynamics of the D meson interaction with nucleons and nuclei, and the nature of those charm and hidden charm scalar resonances.
Charm and Hidden Charm Scalar Resonances in Nuclear Matter
The large charm quark mass brings in a new (non-thermal) scale which is explicitely taken into account by fixing the total number of charm quarks produced in the collision.
Charmonium from Statistical Hadronization of Heavy Quarks -- a Probe for Deconfinement in the Quark-Gluon Plasma
In this approach, the number of charm quarks plus their antiparticles is effectively decoupled from the thermal description of charm quark hadronization at the QCD phase boundary, where hadrons are formed from charm quarks with statistical weights calculated at chemical freeze-out.
Charmonium from Statistical Hadronization of Heavy Quarks -- a Probe for Deconfinement in the Quark-Gluon Plasma
A key feature of the statistical hadronization model as well as of the kinetic model is the fact that yields for the production of charmonia scale, because the charmonia are combined from charm and anti-charm quarks, with the square of the number of charm quarks Nc in the system.
Charmonium from Statistical Hadronization of Heavy Quarks -- a Probe for Deconfinement in the Quark-Gluon Plasma
In this section we will also discuss the various time scales relevant for charm, charmonium, and open charm hadron production and discuss their relevance for the applicability of the statistical hadronization model as well as for the study of possible medium effects in the charm sector.
Charmonium from Statistical Hadronization of Heavy Quarks -- a Probe for Deconfinement in the Quark-Gluon Plasma
Here we note only that recent data on flow and energy loss of electrons from the decay of charmed hadrons lend support to the notion that charm quarks apparently come close to thermal equilibrium in the QGP.
Charmonium from Statistical Hadronization of Heavy Quarks -- a Probe for Deconfinement in the Quark-Gluon Plasma
To introduce the strong departure from chemical equilibrium for charm quarks we introduce a charm fugacity gc which regulates the number of charm quarks in the thermal ensemble via the charm balance equation.
Charmonium from Statistical Hadronization of Heavy Quarks -- a Probe for Deconfinement in the Quark-Gluon Plasma
The total number of charm quarks is ideally obtained by measuring the charm production cross section in the nucleus-nucleus collision under consideration.
Charmonium from Statistical Hadronization of Heavy Quarks -- a Probe for Deconfinement in the Quark-Gluon Plasma
This charm balance equation is the implementation within our model of the charm conservation constraint expressed in eq. (4) below.
Charmonium from Statistical Hadronization of Heavy Quarks -- a Probe for Deconfinement in the Quark-Gluon Plasma
Furthermore, because of the dominance of associated charm production at low energies, it turns out to be important to measure in addition to D-meson production also the yield of charmed baryons to get a good measure of the total charm production cross section.
Charmonium from Statistical Hadronization of Heavy Quarks -- a Probe for Deconfinement in the Quark-Gluon Plasma
Charm conservation is essential for the discussion of possible in-medium changes of charmed hadrons and their effect on the production cross sections.
Charmonium from Statistical Hadronization of Heavy Quarks -- a Probe for Deconfinement in the Quark-Gluon Plasma
Whatever the medium effects may be, they can, because of the charm conservation equation above, only lead to a redistribution of charm quarks among the various hadronic final states.
Charmonium from Statistical Hadronization of Heavy Quarks -- a Probe for Deconfinement in the Quark-Gluon Plasma
In this figure we demonstrate that the total open charm yield (sum over all charmed hadrons) exhibits essentially no change if one considers mass shifts, while the effect is significant on charmonia.
Charmonium from Statistical Hadronization of Heavy Quarks -- a Probe for Deconfinement in the Quark-Gluon Plasma
This is to be expected from eq. (1): as D-meson and Λc -baryon masses are reduced, the charm fugacity gc is changed accordingly to conserve charm.
Charmonium from Statistical Hadronization of Heavy Quarks -- a Probe for Deconfinement in the Quark-Gluon Plasma
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