• The Ursulaines' Convent
    The Ursulaines' Convent
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n convention the act of convening
    • n convention orthodoxy as a consequence of being conventional
    • n convention something regarded as a normative example "the convention of not naming the main character","violence is the rule not the exception","his formula for impressing visitors"
    • n convention (diplomacy) an international agreement
    • n convention a large formal assembly "political convention"
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Almost naked, foot-sore, heart-sore, he arrived at the convent gate Almost naked, foot-sore, heart-sore, he arrived at the convent gate
Convent of Nonnenwerth Convent of Nonnenwerth

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Chicago has hosted the most presidential conventions with 25. Fourteen have been Republican and 11 Democratic.
    • Convention A meeting or an assembly of persons, esp. of delegates or representatives, to accomplish some specific object, -- civil, social, political, or ecclesiastical. "He set himself to the making of good laws in a grand convention of his nobles.""A convention of delegates from all the States, to meet in Philadelphia, for the sole and express purpose of reserving the federal system, and correcting its defects."
    • Convention An agreement or contract less formal than, or preliminary to, a treaty; an informal compact, as between commanders of armies in respect to suspension of hostilities, or between states; also, a formal agreement between governments or sovereign powers; as, a postal convention between two governments. "This convention , I think from my soul, is nothing but a stipulation for national ignominy; a truce without a suspension of hostilities.""The convention with the State of Georgia has been ratified by their Legislature."
    • Convention (Eng. Hist) An extraordinary assembly of the parkiament or estates of the realm, held without the king's writ, -- as the assembly which restored Charles II. to the throne, and that which declared the throne to be abdicated by James II. "Our gratitude is due . . . to the Long Parliament, to the Convention , and to William of Orange."
    • Convention General agreement or concurrence; arbitrary custom; usage; conventionality. "There are thousands now
      Such women, but convention beats them down."
    • Convention The act of coming together; the state of being together; union; coalition. "The conventions or associations of several particles of matter into bodies of any certain denomination."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The first "Hello" badge used to identify guests and hosts at conventions, parties, etc. was traced back to September 1880. It was on that date that the first Telephone Operators Convention was held at Niagara Falls and the "Hello" badge was created for that event.
    • n convention The act of coming together; coalition; union.
    • n convention A gathering of persons; a meeting; an assembly.
    • n convention Specifically A formal, recognized, or statutory meeting or assembly of men for civil or religious purposes; particularly, an assembly of delegates or representatives for consultation on important concerns, civil, political, or religious. In the United States, in particular: A body of delegates convened for the formation or revision of a constitution of government, as of a State: called a constitutional convention(which see, under constitutional). A meeting of delegates of a political party, to nominate candidates for national, State, or local offices, and to formulate its principles of action. State nominating conventions arose about 1825, superseding legislative caucuses. The first national convention to select presidential candidates was held by the Antimasonic party in Baltimore in September, 1831, and all presidential nominations have since been made by such conventions. A meeting of representatives of a national, State, or other general association, or of a number of persons having a common interest, for the promotion of any common object. The triennial assembly of the Protestant Episcopal Church, called the General Convention, consisting of the House of Bishops and the House of Clerical and Lay Deputies; also, the annual assembly of each diocese, called a diocesan convention. [capitalized] In French history, the sovereign assembly, called specifically the National Convention, which sat from September 21st, 1792, to October 26th, 1795, and governed France after abolishing royalty. In Great Britain, an extraordinary assembly of the estates of the realm, held without the king's writ, as the assembly which restored Charles II. to the throne (also known as the Convention Parliament or Free Parliament) and that which declared the throne to have been abdicated by James II. In the University of Cambridge, England, a clerical court consisting of the master and fellows of a college sitting in the combination room to pass judgment on offenders against the laws of soberness and chastity.
    • n convention An agreement or contract between two parties; specifically, in diplomacy an agreement or arrangement previous to a definitive treaty. A military convention is a treaty made between the commanders of two opposing armies concerning the terms on which a temporary cessation of hostilities shall take place between them.
    • n convention General agreement; tacit understanding; common consent, as the foundation of a custom, an institution, or the like.
    • n convention A customary rule, regulation, or requirement, or such rules collectively; something more or less arbitrarily established, or required by common consent or opinion; a conventionality; a precedent.
    • n convention In civil law: In general, the agreement of several persons, who by a common act of the will determine their legal relations, for the purpose either of creating an obligation or of extinguishing one. in a narrower sense, the agreement of several persons in one and the same act of will resulting in an obligation between them.—
    • n convention In the fine arts, a generalization of nature which expresses certain phases of the actual and suppresses others, according to custom or tradition.
    • n convention In card-playing, a play adopted for convenience: as, in bridge, leading a heart when the pone doubles a no-trumper, or scoring spades without playing when the make is not doubled and the score is not 20 or better.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1968, a convention of beggars in Dacca, India, passed a resolution demanding that the minimum amount of alms be fixed at 15 paisa (three cents).
    • n Convention kon-ven′shun an assembly, esp. of representatives or delegates for some common object: any extraordinary assembly called upon any special occasion: any temporary treaty: an agreement: established usage: fashion
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  • Robert Motherwell
    Robert Motherwell
    “The public history of modern art is the story of conventional people not knowing what they are dealing with.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Business conventions are important because they demonstrate how many people a company can operate without.”
  • Bertrand Russell
    “Conventional people are roused to fury by departures from convention, largely because they regard such departures as a criticism of themselves.”
  • John Barrymore
    “Die? I should say not, dear fellow. No Barrymore would allow such a conventional thing to happen to him.”
  • John Kenneth Galbraith
    “The enemy of the conventional wisdom is not ideas but the march of events.”
  • John Greenleaf Whittier
    “How dwarfed against his manliness she sees the poor pretension, the wants, the aims, the follies, born of fashion and convention!”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. conventio,: cf. F. convention,. See Convene (v. i.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. convention-em. See Convene.


In literature:

After long hesitation literature and art finally turned from unreality and convention, and drew inspiration direct from nature.
"The Political History of England - Vol. X." by William Hunt
A resolution is adopted making the rules of the preceding convention the rules of the convention until otherwise ordered.
"Citizenship" by Emma Guy Cromwell
But he was to receive a good education first, and was sent to an excellent convent school.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 11" by Various
Under this impression I scarcely know what opinion to entertain of a general convention.
"Washington and the American Republic, Vol. 3." by Benson J. Lossing
These are not the times to stand on conventional scruples.
"The Light of Scarthey" by Egerton Castle
Both wings of the Georgia convention appointed delegates to the Baltimore convention.
"Robert Toombs" by Pleasant A. Stovall
If we hold Southern conventions, then will there be Northern, Eastern, and Western conventions, and they will overthrow the Union.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 3 No 2, February 1863" by Various
The very conventionality of his folly had irked him.
"A Son of Hagar" by Sir Hall Caine
"A Spoil of Office" by Hamlin Garland
A Protestant in a convent, and then, in that convent, too!
"Casa Braccio, Volumes 1 and 2 (of 2)" by F. Marion Crawford
He rose to eminence in the university, and in 1688 was chosen its representative in the Convention parliament.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 4 of 8" by Various
This convention embodied Stein's policy.
"The Political History of England - Vol XI" by George Brodrick
The girl whose departure from the convent school was thus regretted was known amongst her English friends as Lesley Brooke.
"Brooke's Daughter" by Adeline Sergeant
The convention closed with a reception and supper for the delegates, given by Mrs. Spofford at the Riggs House.
"The Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony (Volume 2 of 2)" by Ida Husted Harper
The persons so met were not a constitution, but a convention, to make a constitution.
"The Writings Of Thomas Paine, Complete" by Thomas Paine
In the convents nothing is left; in fact they no longer exist as convents.
"The Pictureque Antiquities of Spain;" by Nathaniel Armstrong Wells
The Whig convention which put Scott in nomination met also in Baltimore, a few days after the Democratic convention.
"The Greater Republic" by Charles Morris
Am not I as well as my mother, the wife of the outside porter of this convent, a slave?
"The Abbatial Crosier" by Eugène Sue
The convent was on an island in the center of the lake, and the sounds of the curfew bells filled the air.
"On the Heights" by Berthold Auerbach
The last public function of Senator Fitzpatrick was that of the presidency of the constitutional convention of Alabama in 1865.
"Makers and Romance of Alabama History" by B. F. Riley

In poetry:

But the nine o’clock bell is sounding
From the door of the Convent school
Where our darling finds, to her pleasure,
Another kingdom to rule.
"The First School Day" by Alice Guerin Crist
Beside the Convent Gate I stood,
Lingering to take farewell of those
To whom I owed the simple good
Of three days' peace, three nights' repose.
"At The Gate Of The Convent" by Alfred Austin
For to-night is our Woman's Convention,
And I am to speak first, you know—
The men veto us in private,
But in public they shout, "That's so."
"The Coming Woman" by Mary Weston Fordham
But now a tremor breaks the spell,
And stirs to life the languid air,--
It is the convent's vesper-bell,--
The plaintive call to evening prayer;
"Acqua Fredda" by John Lawson Stoddard
But from this scene of dreadful woe,
Learn why the village swain turns pale,
When he at midnight wanders near
The mouldering Convent in the vale.
"Julia, or the Convent of St. Claire" by Amelia Opie
Each pictured saint, whose golden hair
Streams sunlike through the convent's gloom;
Pale shrines of martyrs young and fair,
And loving Mary's tomb;
"My Thanks," by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

1792 – The National Convention declares France a republic and abolishes the monarchy (More info).
Cardinal Timothy Dolan To Give Benediction At Republican National Convention.
8 questions for convention watchers.
Seven area business, civic and educational leaders will be honored for their service to the community when the Columbia Urban League holds its 45th Equal Opportunity Day Dinner tonight at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.
What California delegates think of Paul Ryan at the GOP Convention and the latest news from Sacramento as lawmakers rush to pass bills before end of session.
Speaks to the Delaware Delegation breakfast, Tuesday, Aug 26, 2008, in Littleton, Colo. On the second day of the Democratic National Convention.
Watching the Republican and Democratic conventions from abroad as I am right now lends itself to having a bit of a different experience.
Jonathan Toews at the Blackhawks Convention.
In this type of fitting conventional contact lenses are used.
What a difference four years makes: After demonizing the former president, Obama turns to him for a marquee convention speaking slot.
If you look around the Time Warner Cable Arena above the electric blue ticker circling the convention floor, you can see a whole lot of VIP suites packed to the rafters with people.
Conventional wisdom has it that 2008 was a retrenching time for the DVD industry, with the world focused on Blu-Ray and consumers cutting back.
The Democrats had themselves a successful convention -- at the price of appearing quite conventional.
The Salt Palace Convention Center will be home to the nation's largest array of rooftop solar panels by January 2011, according to Scott Beck, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, left, and convention CEO William Harris unveil the stage and podium for the 2012 Republican National Convention last week.

In science:

The conventional Lifshitz tail argument applies to e < f .
Anomalous Roughness, Localization, and Globally Constrained Random Walks
In particular, identifying a vector field Ξa ∈ G 1 0 (M ) with its metrically equivalent one-form Ξa we denote its contravariant respectively covariant components by Ξi and Ξi . A similar convention will apply to representatives.
Nonlinear distributional geometry and general relativity
In other words, particles which move on null 5D paths have tra jectories that are in accordance with the conventional 4D geodesic equation, if the parameter is judiciously chosen.
Null Geodesics in Five Dimensional Manifolds
This has important implications for quantum gravity both in the conventional Wheeler-DeWitt treatment, and for newer loop versions employing the Ashtekar connection.
Quantum general invariance and loop gravity
The theories include the relativistic particle, the relativistic string, conventional general relativity , Einstein-Yang-Mills , a real triad version , and the Ashtekar formulation, of general relativity .
Quantum general invariance and loop gravity
As has now become conventional, densities of arbitrary positive weight under spatial diffeomorphisms are represented by an appropriate number of tildes over the symbol.
Quantum general invariance and loop gravity
We will use the following convention: we say that random matrices A, B ∈ MN (cid:0)L∞−(Ω)(cid:1) are independent if the family of entries of A and the family of entries of B are independent. ⋆–moments.
Random regularization of Brown spectral measure
We choose the integration convention Z d2τ τ a τ b = εab in terms of which (10) is an appropriate delta function.
Generalized Poisson sigma models
The superfields above may be decomposed into ordinary fields in such a fashion that the antibracket (13) and the ∆-operator (14) have the conventional forms.
Generalized Poisson sigma models
At conventional second-order phase transitions, all exponents can be related to two (e.g. ν and η) by scaling relations.
Specific-Heat Exponent of Random-Field Systems via Ground-State Calculations
With Convention 2.3 in mind we write X j for X jH .
Compactifications defined by arrangements I: the ball quotient case
We follow the original sign convention of Dighe et al .
Final-state interaction and s-quark helicity conservation in B -> J/psi K*
As a result, the gravitational interactions are different in our 4D world: Gravity behaves in a conventional Newtonian way at observable distances, however, the interactions are modified at ultra-large cosmological distances where they become five-dimensional.
Comments on "A Supernova Brane Scan"
For distances r smaller than rc gravity is conventional and gives the 1/r2 Newton law.
Comments on "A Supernova Brane Scan"
On the other hand, the requirement that the cosmological evolution be conventional four-dimensional until the late times requires that M(5) < ∼ 10 MeV .
Comments on "A Supernova Brane Scan"