committee

Definitions

  • A letter the Dies Committee shelved
    A letter the Dies Committee shelved
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n committee a special group delegated to consider some matter "a committee is a group that keeps minutes and loses hours" - Milton Berle"
    • n committee a self-constituted organization to promote something
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: At the 1960 Winter Olympic Games, Walt Disney was head of the committee that organized the opening day ceremonies
    • n Committee One or more persons elected or appointed, to whom any matter or business is referred, either by a legislative body, or by a court, or by any collective body of men acting together.
    • n Committee (Law) One to whom the charge of the person or estate of another, as of a lunatic, is committed by suitable authority; a guardian.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In 1968, Abbie Hoffman played with a yo-yo while testifying before a congressional committee. He was found in contempt
    • n committee One or more individuals to whom the care of the person or estate of another, as a lunatic, an imbecile, an inebriate, or an infant in law, is committed by the judge of a competent court. The committee commonly consists of one person, and is distinguished as a committee of the person, of the estate, or of the person and estate, according to the subject or subjects of custody. In some cases the two functions are combined in one committee, and in others they are assigned to different committees.
    • n committee One or more persons elected or appointed to attend to any matter or business referred to them, as by a legislative body, a court, corporation, society, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Caffeine is on the International Olympic Committee list of prohibited substances. Athletes who test positive for more than 12 micrograms of caffeine per milliliter of urine may be banned from the Olympic Games. This level may be reached after drinking about 5 cups of coffee.
    • Committee a portion, generally consisting of not less than three members, selected from a more numerous body, to whom some special act to be performed, or investigation to be made, is committed
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Quotations

  • Alfred A. Montapert
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    “The greatest things are accomplished by individual people, not by committees or companies.”
  • Milton Berle
    Milton Berle
    “Committee--a group of men who keep minutes and waste hours.”
  • Milton Berle
    Milton Berle
    “A committee is a group that keeps minutes and loses hours.”
  • Gilbert K. Chesterton
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    “I've searched all the parks in all the cities and found no statues of committees.”
  • Barnett Cock
    Barnett Cock
    “A committee is a cul-de-sac down which ideas are lured and then quietly strangled.”
  • Richard Harkness
    Richard Harkness
    “Committee: A group of the unwilling, picked from the unfit to do the unnecessary.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. OF. comité, company, and LL. comitatus, jurisdiction or territory of a count, county, assize, army. The word was apparently influenced by the verb commit, but not directly formed from it. Cf. County
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. committĕrecom, with, mittĕre, to send.

Usage

In literature:

Another committee of trade importance is the spot quotation committee of five Exchange members.
"All About Coffee" by William H. Ukers
Then, sir, I move you that this Assembly forthwith take it out of your possession and intrust it to a committee for safe-keeping.
"The Tree That Saved Connecticut" by Henry Fisk Carlton
Mrs. Gage made the annual report of the executive committee.
"History of Woman Suffrage, Volume III (of III)" by Various
Retiring at the head of his committee, Adams passed through a lane of people on his way to the Old South.
"The Siege of Boston" by Allen French
In the meantime, early in 1849, the legislative investigation committee submitted its report.
"The Railroad Question" by William Larrabee
In the course of the session, he seems to have served on perhaps a majority of all its committees.
"Patrick Henry" by Moses Coit Tyler
After a joint session between the executive committee of the council and the Duma committee, the new cabinet was formed on May 19, 1917.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume VI (of VIII)" by Various
Urge it to the honorable Committee.
"The Diplomatic Correspondence of the American Revolution, Vol. IX" by Various
The third motion, like the second was carried unanimously and the Committee adjourned.
"The New York Stock Exchange in the Crisis of 1914" by Henry George Stebbins Noble
On this account he was haled before the disciplinary committee of the faculty.
"In a Little Town" by Rupert Hughes
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In poetry:

I'd go to the "Dreamy city,"
Well yes, and while I was there;
I'd make myself a committee,
To witness the ruins of the fair.
"The Trip I Would Like to Take" by Frank Barbour Coffin
"And then they're so fastidious,
The Haunted-Hous e Committee:
I've often known them make a fuss
Because a Ghost was French, or Russ,
Or even from the City!
"Phantasmagoria Canto IV ( Hys Nouryture )" by Lewis Carroll
The good old deacon's gone to whar
Thar ain't no wild contentions
On Buildin' Funds' Committees and
No taxes nor exemptions.
Yet still I sort of feel he preaches,
And Minta Ann preserves my peaches.
"The Deacon And His Daughter" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
Of course you're delighted to serve the committees
That come with requests from the country all round,
You would grace the occasion with poems and ditties
When they've got a new schoolhouse, or poorhouse, or pound.
"A Familiar Letter" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
But what did they talk of from morning till noon?
Why, of spots in the sun, and the man in the moon;
Of the Czar's gentle temper, the stocks in the city,
The wise men of Greece, and the secret Committee.
Derry down, down, hey derry down.
"Down-Hall. A Ballad." by Matthew Prior
"Now, I seed a beau'ful tuhkey on a certain gemmun's fahm.
He's a-growin' fat an' sassy, an' a-struttin' to a chahm.
Chickens, sheeps, hogs, sweet pertaters--all de craps is fine dis year;
All we needs is a committee foh to tote de goodies here."
"An Indignation Dinner" by James David Corrothers

In news:

DENVER — Colorado US Sen Michael Bennet is getting a seat on the Senate Finance Committee after agreeing to run the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee .
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WOODSTOCK – The McHenry County Board chairman after every November election convenes an aptly named Committee on Committees to assign the board's 24 members to groups that hash out much of the county government's business.
The All Committee Meeting gives the committees an opportunity to get together to work on their respective projects.
The Cobb Citizen Oversight Committee recommended forming the committees to help the county become more efficient.
The Texas AgriLife Extension Service of Jackson County, the Field Crops committee and the Beef Committee are sponsoring a 5 Hour CEU event Thursday, December 13, 2012, at the Jackson County Services Building Auditorium.
The document has been approved for publication by the association's Committee on Contingency and the Profession and its Committee on College and University Governance, the two panels that established the subcommittee.
A draft report soon to be released by the association's Committee on Contingency and the Profession and its Committee on College and University Governance contains recommendations for how that should be done.
NCMA committees to convene at the 2013 Annual Convention NCMA Share NCMA members will attend important committees meetings taking place during the annual convention being held Jan 9-12, 2013.
Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee Jeff Sessions, R-Ala. Senate Finance Committee Member and Democratic leader Chuck Schumer, D-N. And Sen Bob Corker , R-Tenn.
In a story Nov 29 about Sen Daniel Akaka's final committee hearing, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Akaka was the first Native person to chair the Senate Indian Affairs Committee.
After taking heat for naming zero women or minorities as committee chairmen in the next Congress, House Republican leadership today appointed Rep Candice Miller, R-Mich. To serve as chairman of the House Administration Committee.
GETTING IT DONE – Dog park committee president Barbara Cappelina, left, and planning committee chair Barb Chester speak with the recreation commission earlier this month.
Under the Senate's rules, it designates committee chairmen and makes committee assignments.
But committee member James Ogden denied unprofessional behavior and said the only reason the committee is being dissolved is because it is asking too many questions for the district's liking.
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In science:

The work was partially supported by the Scientific Committee in Warsaw under grant number P03A05415.
Gaussian Random Matrix Models for q-deformed Gaussian Random Variables
IITF’s Universal Service Working Group of the Telecommunications Policy Committee.
National Information Infrastructure Development in Canada and the U.S.: Redefining Universal Service and Universal Access in the Age of Techno-Economic Convergence
The mass formula of EMBH is given next to the picture of the Ph.D. thesis discussion in Princeton by Demetrios Christodoulou, at the age of 19, in front of the committee with members: R.
Observational tests of the Electro-Magnetic Black Hole Theory in Gamma-Ray Bursts
For example, consider the editor of a journal interested in forming an impartial committee of reviewers for a submitted paper. A social model of author collaborations is an invaluable resource for such a task.
A Connection-Centric Survey of Recommender Systems Research
An editor of a technical journal may wish to employ a recommender system which models this network to facilitate her formation of an impartial committee of reviewers to evaluate a paper submitted by a particular modeled author.
A Connection-Centric Survey of Recommender Systems Research
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