constitute

Definitions

  • GREAT HORNED OWL Rabbits constitute a favorite food when available. Poultry and other birds are also destroyed by this owl. Range: Eastern North America
    GREAT HORNED OWL Rabbits constitute a favorite food when available. Poultry and other birds are also destroyed by this owl. Range: Eastern North America
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v constitute set up or lay the groundwork for "establish a new department"
    • v constitute create and charge with a task or function "nominate a committee"
    • v constitute form or compose "This money is my only income","The stone wall was the backdrop for the performance","These constitute my entire belonging","The children made up the chorus","This sum represents my entire income for a year","These few men comprise his entire army"
    • v constitute to compose or represent:"This wall forms the background of the stage setting" "The branches made a roof","This makes a fine introduction"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary

  • Interesting fact: In 1850, Michigan's state constitution included the following line: "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, unless for the punishment of crime, shall ever be tolerated in this state." This inadvertently legalized slavery as an appropriate punishment for crime. It wasn't until 1963 that the grammar was fixed to outlaw slavery. The change required shifting the comma following "servitude" to the position after "slavery."
    • n Constitute kŏn"stĭ*tūt An established law.
    • Constitute To appoint, depute, or elect to an office; to make and empower. "Me didst Thou constitute a priest of thine."
    • Constitute To cause to stand; to establish; to enact. "Laws appointed and constituted by lawful authority."
    • Constitute To make up; to compose; to form. "Truth and reason constitute that intellectual gold that defies destruction."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The only repealed amendment to the US Constitution deals with the prohibition of alcohol.
    • constitute To set; fix; establish.
    • constitute To enter into the formation of, as a necessary part; make what it is; form; make.
    • constitute To appoint, depute, or elect to an office or employment; make and empower: as, a sheriff is constituted a conservator of the peace; A has constituted B his attorney or agent.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The US federal income tax was first enacted in 1862 to support the Union's Civil War effort. It was eliminated in 1872, revived in 1894 then declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court the following year. In 1913, the 16th Amendment to the Constitution made the income tax a permanent fixture in the US tax system.
    • v.t Constitute kon′stit-ūt to set up: to establish: to form or compose: to appoint: to determine
    • n Constitute an essential or elemental part: one of those who elect a representative, esp. in parliament
    • n Constitute a walk for the sake of one's health
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Quotations

  • Napoleon Bonaparte
    Napoleon%20Bonaparte
    “A Constitution should be short and obscure.”
  • Gerald R. Ford
    Gerald%20R.%20Ford
    “Our constitution works. Our great republic is a government of laws, not of men.”
  • Joseph De Maistre
    Joseph%20De%20Maistre
    “A constitution that is made for all nations is made for none.”
  • William Seward
    William Seward
    “There is a higher law than the Constitution.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
    Benjamin%20Franklin
    “I look upon death to be as necessary to our constitution as sleep. We shall rise refreshed in the morning.”
  • John Adams
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    “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

Idioms

Constitution of an ox - If someone has the constitution of an ox, they are less affected than most people by things like tiredness, illness, alcohol, etc.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. constitutus, p. p. of constiture, to constitute; con-, + statuere, to place, set, fr. status, station, fr. stare, to stand. See Stand

Usage

In literature:

But what are compromises, and what is laid down in those constitutions?
"History of Woman Suffrage, Volume II"
What was the state of this institution at the adoption of the Constitution, and how did the Constitution deal with it?
"The Relations of the Federal Government to Slavery" by Joseph Ketchum Edgerton
Even before the Constitutional Convention assembled the political reaction was modifying some of the state constitutions.
"The Spirit of American Government" by J. Allen Smith
The constitutionality of the law may safely be left in the hands of the constituted authorities.
"Cotton is King and The Pro-Slavery Arguments" by Various
STUBBS, W. The Constitutional History of England.
"A Student's History of England, v. 1 (of 3)" by Samuel Rawson Gardiner
During the winter of 1873 a commission was sitting at Albany to revise the constitution of New York.
"History of Woman Suffrage, Volume III (of III)" by Various
But no person constitutionally ineligible to the office of President shall be eligible to that of Vice-President of the United States.
"Key-Notes of American Liberty" by Various
The next matter was to frame a Bill of Rights and a Constitution of government for the province.
"James Madison" by Sydney Howard Gay
Sare, you vill give me leaf, vat is dat Constitution?
"The Politician Out-Witted" by Samuel Low
At first, there was an enthusiasm for the Constitution.
"Patrick Henry" by Moses Coit Tyler
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In poetry:

But HANCE'S powers began to fail -
His constitution was not strong -
And PIERRE, who once was stout and hale,
Grew thin from shouting all day long.
"Thomas Winterbottom Hance" by William Schwenck Gilbert
These rise before me; and there Mason stands
The Constitution-maker firm and bold,
Like Bernal Diaz, planting with kind hands
Fair trees to blaze in gold.
"Arms And The Man - Heroes And Statesmen" by James Barron Hope
This empty street, this sky to blandness scoured,
This air, a little indistinct with autumn
Like a reflection, constitute the present —
A time traditionally soured,
A time unrecommended by event.
"Triple Time" by Philip Larkin
Our Constitution, God be thanked,
Is founded on the glass and tankard.
I own my rhyme is rather wrong,
But you may mend it with your tongue.
The remedy does not lie far hence;
You only need remove the r hence.
"The Virtues Of Election Ale" by William Hutton
Yet void of awe, or conscious fear,
The thoughtless sons of men appear,
To constitution they too much confide; As seamen trust (when dangers press,
And they are all in deep distress)
The found'ring bark, 'till bury'd in the tide.
"To The Sons Of Brutus" by Rees Prichard
There are two powers above the laws
Ye make or mar:—they 're our allies.
Beneath their shield we'll urge our cause,
Though all your hands against us rise.
We've proved them, and we know their might;
The Constitution and the Right.
"A Word From A Petitioner" by John Pierpont

In news:

Liking someone in your head doesn't constitute a relationship, Ellie says.
Do negative references from past employer constitute retaliation.
Yes, Obama's Bio Lies Constitute a Pattern.
Prison jumpsuits don't constitute cruel and unusual punishment.
Kissing a sleeping victim doesn't constitute sexual battery.
Ticket can't constitute 'testimonial hearsay'.
Does Gawker's Publication of McSteamy Sex Tape Constitute Fair Use.
One Man's Selfless Quest to Rewrite the Constitution of the United States .
Obamarule and the killing of the Constitution of the United States .
If last Friday's dictatorial action by President Obama is allowed to stand, historians may someday look back on June 15, 2012 as the day the Constitution died.
House members opened the 112th Congress on Thursday by reading aloud the Constitution, presumably as a first step toward fulfilling the tea party's goal of "restoring" our nation's founding document.
Clauses in the Constitution Related to Impeachment.
Constitution State Conference Semifinals.
American suffragette Susan B Anthony could be an inspiration for an all-female California constitutional convention .
To fix it, a new constitution is needed.
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In science:

This vertex thus constitutes a “handle” by which planted trees can be glued together.
Matter Correlations in Branched Polymers
The menu selections/actions might be: • graph/visualize data • show data in spreadsheet form • initiate upload/download of data • work with the data (query database) • initiate classification • view documentation Each of these items constitutes a large implementation effort.
A GRB Tool Shed
None of these criteria, however, constitute a qualitative distinction sufficient to remove hyperclassical degrees of freedom from the larger class of classical degrees in which they are contained, so that they appear equally sub ject to the criticisms above.
Quantum Computation in Brain Microtubules? Decoherence and Biological Feasibility
It turns out that a metric cone (C (S ) = R+ × S , ¯g = dr2 + r2g ) over a Sasakian-Einstein manifold (S , g ) is K¨ahler and Ricci flat, i.e. it constitutes a Calabi-Yau manifold.
Locally Sasakian Manifolds
In the case of conserved components of A-field, Eq. (11), will be replaced with regular continuity equation, ˙A(α) = −∇ · ~J (α) , in which the macroscopic flux is given by constitutive equation, ~J (α) = δξ/δ(∇X α ).
Generalized Entropy approach to far-from-equilibrium statistical mechanics
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