consummation

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n consummation the act of bringing to completion or fruition
    • n consummation the completion of marriage by sexual intercourse
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In earlier times, virginity on one's wedding night was of the greatest importance. To prove that the bride was a virgin, it was customary that the couple would display the bloodstained bedsheet for all to see once the wedding was consummated.
    • n Consummation kŏn`sŭm*mā"shŭn The act of consummating, or the state of being consummated; completion; perfection; termination; end (as of the world or of life). "“'T is a consummation Devoutly to be wished.""From its original to its consummation .""Quiet consummation have,
      And renownéd be thy grave."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n consummation Accomplishment; completion; end; the fulfilment or conclusion of anything: as, the consummation of one's wishes, or of an enterprise.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Consummation act of completing: perfection: conclusion of life or of the universe: the subsequent intercourse which makes a marriage legally valid
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Quotations

  • John Lyly
    John Lyly
    “Marriages are made in heaven and consummated on Earth.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. consummatio,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. consummare, to perfect—con, with, and summus, highest, perfect.

Usage

In literature:

His dancing was declared consummate.
"The Young Duke" by Benjamin Disraeli
Consummate actress, to conquer where she seemed to yield, and use her advantages so skilfully that the vanquished felt himself the victor.
"Eventide" by Effie Afton
But, is there any real danger of such a disastrous consummation?
"Modern Atheism under its forms of Pantheism, Materialism, Secularism, Development, and Natural Laws" by James Buchanan
The sacrifice must be consummated.
"Memoir of the Life of John Quincy Adams." by Josiah Quincy
Long before Ferdinand's persuasions could reach Henry's ears, he had made up his mind to consummate the marriage.
"Henry VIII." by A. F. Pollard
The work is consummate and complete.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great - Volume 14" by Elbert Hubbard
But what if he believes that his sexual consummation is his supreme consummation?
"Fantasia of the Unconscious" by D. H. Lawrence
It amazed Verdayne beyond measure that the lady could play such a game with so consummate a skill and so much evidence of experience.
"High Noon" by Anonymous
No man in the department had better reason to crave that consummation than Hyman Ginsburg had.
"From Place to Place" by Irvin S. Cobb
Montmorency's success, however, fell far short of the reputation he enjoyed for consummate generalship.
"The Rise of the Hugenots, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by Henry Martyn Baird
And the man who comes up to his foes with holy assurance will fight with consummate skill.
"My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year" by John Henry Jowett
Hipp, who was a sort of American Crichton, managed the business details with consummate tact.
"Campaigns of a Non-Combatant," by George Alfred Townsend
The one is crudely artificial, the other consummately artificial.
"The Kempton-Wace Letters" by Jack London
She's a consummate artist.
"The Return of the Prodigal" by May Sinclair
No more consummate parliamentary strategist has been seen in England.
"Studies in Contemporary Biography" by James Bryce, Viscount Bryce
That is a fine consummation, but it is not Blake's last word.
"William Blake" by Charles Gardner
The formal abdication and abandonment of the throne of David was consummated by the seizure and captivity of Jehoiachin.
"The Messiah in Moses and the Prophets" by Eleazar Lord
Nothing but his own consummate skill could, however, have saved young Shakespeare up to this time from the fury of his antagonist.
"William Shakespeare as he lived." by Henry Curling
Plans appeared to be slow of consummation.
"My Actor-Husband" by Anonymous
To these gifts he added a consummate knowledge of his countrymen.
"The Martins Of Cro' Martin, Vol. I (of II)" by Charles James Lever
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In poetry:

He passed within the cloud that veiled
The Mount of our Salvation,
In utter darkness swallowed up
Until the Consummation.
"The Eternal Calvary" by Digby Mackworth Dolben
In reverence an eternal boy,
Hope sustain thee, love, and joy;
Duty, large of work and plan,
Crown thee a consummate man!
"To A Young Poet" by Thomas Aird
"Consummate wisdom, meekness, all
Adorn'd the words she spoke,
When they from her fair lips did fall,
And sweet her lovely look.
"The Viceroy. A Ballad." by Matthew Prior
The eternal Night hath writ in stars
Denial of the ends ye name;
Ye stand rebuked by suns who claim
The consummation of her wars.
"The Testimony of the Suns" by George Sterling
The working of celestial love
In this bright consummation lies;
It brings down angels from above,
It raises mortals to the skies.
"Heaven the Christian's Home" by John Bowring
CYPRIAN. Then that God must be all sight,
Since he could foresee these trouble.
But, why could not thy enchantment
Be as potent and consummate?
"The Wonder-Working Magician - Act III" by Denis Florence MacCarthy

In news:

She was the consummate organizer, always helping others.
Kenneth Chenault, The Consummate leader.
Huskers' Whaley grows into consummate team player.
Thom Browne is consummate showman at Fashion Week.
Greatest, consummate , most influential.
But getting a Manhattan street corner named for Jerry Orbach, former star of stage and screen and consummate New Yorker, will be no open-and-shut case.
To think that the consummation of the merger of Random House and Bantam Doubleday Dell yesterday doesn't mean important changes in book publishing is to believe that it is the swaying grass that causes the wind.
Delbert McClinton is the consummate barroom bluesman, smooth and soulful with just a dash of Texas roadhouse grit.
An appeals court yesterday ordered Whole Foods Markets and Wild Oats Market not to consummate their merger until it has had more time to consider the Federal Trade Commission's case for blocking the deal on antitrust grounds.
Even when she's not feeling her best, Kate Hudson is a consummate professional.
When temperatures around the Mile High City start to dip below freezing, we stock the fridge with stouts—the consummate winter-brew style.
1 in Ray High School's International Baccalaureate Program, the most strenuous academic program in the Corpus Christi Independent School District, Zoe is the consummate scholar, the bookworm, and the girl who aces every test.
But Goldschmidt is becoming the consummate player.
SUPPLIED PHOTO Cameron Carpenter 's artistic weapon of choice may be the pipe organ, but that doesn't stop him from being a consummate entertainer.
SUTTONS BAY — A consummate rabble-rouser, Terry was an advocate, agitator, champion, dogmatist, firebrand, fomenter, inciter, instigator, provocateur, rebel, reformer and visionary.
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In science:

We note that small τ2,min does not constrain the K¨ahler modulus/axion inflation, since the observed e-folds take place at large τ : only the approach to, and consummation of, preheating would be affected, and would be quite different than in the QFT case.
Roulette Inflation with K\"ahler Moduli and their Axions
The more pixels manipulated, the more CPU and memory will logically be consummated and the time before a particular image effect is shown to the user will be longer.
Analysis of Using Browser-native Technology to Build Rich Internet Applications for Image Manipulation
Whenever few matches are found, the most efficient way to consummate the query is to enumerate these matches so the user can the select the one of interest.
Towards a PURE Spoken Dialogue System for Information Access
Yet the game is intractable, since (iii) implies that the winner would have to live indefinitely to consummate a win.
Multivision: an intractable impartial game with a linear winning strategy
Otherwise it is intractable. A game is tractable if: (i) the recognition of the P -positions, (ii) the computation of a winning move, and (iii) the consummation of the win are tractable.
Multivision: an intractable impartial game with a linear winning strategy
Yet the game is intractable, because the loser can normally prevent the winner’s consummation of the well-deserved win indefinitely.
Multivision: an intractable impartial game with a linear winning strategy
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