crowning

Definitions

  • "He gave me back the half-crown."
    "He gave me back the half-crown."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj crowning representing a level of the highest possible achievement or attainment "the crowning accomplishment of his career"
    • adj crowning forming or providing a crown or summit "the crowning star on a Christmas tree","her hair was her crowning glory"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The Crown Inn, Chiddingfold The Crown Inn, Chiddingfold
A white-crowned sparrow next to a nest containing two eggs A white-crowned sparrow next to a nest containing two eggs
Furred Law Cats Scrambling After the Crowns--5-13-564 Furred Law Cats Scrambling After the Crowns--5-13-564
This arf-crown won't do This arf-crown won't do
He drew off the crowns very gently, and put the nightcaps on their heads instead He drew off the crowns very gently, and put the nightcaps on their heads instead
The Mare broke her knees and the Farmer his crown The Mare broke her knees and the Farmer his crown
The Virgin Crowned by two Angels The Virgin Crowned by two Angels
The crown returns to the queen of the fishes The crown returns to the queen of the fishes

Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The highest toll paid by a ship to cross the Panama Canal was by the Crown Princess on May 2, 1993 in the amount of $141,349.97 U.S. funds
    • n crowning The act or ceremony of investing with a crown or regal authority and dignity; coronation.
    • n crowning The tonsure of the clergy.
    • n crowning Something that crowns, terminates, or finishes. In architecture, that which tops or terminates a member or any ornamental work.
    • n crowning Something convex at the top: as, the crowning or crown of a causeway; specifically, the bulge or swell in the center of a band-pulley.
    • n crowning In fortification, a position on the crest of the glacis secured by the besiegers by means of the sap or otherwise. It is protected by a parapet, and places the besiegers in a situation to become masters of the covered way.
    • crowning Completing; perfecting; finishing.
    • n crowning In agriculture, the cutting off of the crown, as of sugar-beets. See crown, 12 .
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Quotations

  • Katherine Lee Bates
    Katherine Lee Bates
    “America, America, God shed His grace on thee, and crown thy good with brotherhood, from sea to shining sea.”
  • Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
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    “I was taught that the human brain was the crowning glory of evolution so far, but I think it's a very poor scheme for survival.”
  • James Russell Lowell
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    “Endurance is the crowning quality...”
  • John Ruskin
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    “The last act crowns the play.”
  • Oscar Wilde
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    “Popularity is the crown of laurel which the world puts on bad art. Whatever is popular is wrong.”
  • Karl Wilhelm Von Humboldt
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    “Possession, it is true, crowns exertion with rest; but it is only in the illusions of fancy that it has power to charm us.”

Idioms

Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown - This means that people with serious responsibilities have a heavy burden.
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Usage

In literature:

Such a dirty little, large-eyed, wistful face, crowned by a curling tousle of matted, reddish-brown-gold hair.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
The head of Jupiter is crowned with laurels, that of Juno has a wreath or crown.
"Museum of Antiquity" by L. W. Yaggy
Then there was a contest for the West Saxon crown between Beorhtric and Ecgberht.
"A Student's History of England, v. 1 (of 3)" by Samuel Rawson Gardiner
Thus the two crowns would have been united.
"Mary Queen of Scots, Makers of History" by Jacob Abbott
At any rate, John obtained possession of the crown, and he reigned many years.
"Richard II" by Jacob Abbott
He was tall, and the towering mass of waving feathers that crowned his helmet made him look taller still.
"In Brief Authority" by F. Anstey
Where a raindrop struck the water, the splash was like a little crown.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
Dunstan decided against her, and caused Edward to be crowned.
"ZigZag Journeys in Northern Lands;" by Hezekiah Butterworth
Sergius and Bacchus, in which the crown is considerably domed, and the groins, accordingly, lose themselves in the vaulting surface.
"Byzantine Churches in Constantinople" by Alexander Van Millingen
He asked who it was who could hunt so merrily while his sovereign was about to fight for his crown.
"England, Picturesque and Descriptive" by Joel Cook
Those who supported the king said they were there to maintain the dignity of the crown.
"Daughters of the Revolution and Their Times" by Charles Carleton Coffin
His devotion to the crown had cost him his fortune.
"The Fathers of Confederation" by A. H. U. Colquhoun
The modest pamphlet of 1801 had grown to a crown 8vo volume of 274 pages, bound in cloth, and issued at three shillings and sixpence.
"Norfolk Annals A Chronological Record of Remarkable Events in the Nineteeth Century, Vol. 1" by Charles Mackie
I am called of God to win back France from her enemies, and to lead the Dauphin to be crowned King at Reims.
"Joan of Arc" by Lucy Foster Madison
The family name, "Ghedimin," and the Czar's crown?
"The Green Book" by Mór Jókai
The Duke's superior right to the crown, as representative of the second son of Edward III.
"Richard III: His Life & Character" by Clements R. Markham
He was crowned as Clotar II.
"A History of Germany" by Bayard Taylor
Free lands were granted to settlers, with a reservation of the precious metals to the crown.
"The Colonization of North America" by Herbert Eugene Bolton
Even the mighty King Ladislaus of Sweden has him to thank for his crown.
"The Childhood of King Erik Menved" by Bernhard Severin Ingemann
He is now indeed approaching the crucial problem, the crowning achievement of spiritualism.
"Occultism and Common-Sense" by Beckles Willson
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In poetry:

A crown to them we then shall be,
A glory and a joy;
And that before the Lord, when he
The world comes to destroy.
"Of Heaven" by John Bunyan
Who is this King of glory—who?
The Lord of hosts renowned:
Of glory He alone is King,
Who is with glory crowned.
"Lift up your heads, eternal gates!" by Nahum Tate and Nicholas Brady
"If Colin but for Daphne's hair
A simple garland weave,
He gives it with so sweet an air
He seems a crown to give.
"The Complaint" by Washington Allston
Yet, walking in the old dear ways
This sunless summer day,
A sadness crowns those early days
I would not wish away.
"The Old Familiar Ways" by Alexander Anderson
Soldier of Christ, no more!
Victor — thy warfare 's done.
For thee the battle's roar
Is hushed. Thy crown is won!
"In Memoriam (II)" by Alfred Gibbs Campbell
O God, whose daylight leadeth down
Into the sunless way,
Who with restoring sleep dost crown
The labour of the day!
"Evening Hymn" by George MacDonald

In news:

STOOP life thrives in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, a small neighborhood in central Brooklyn south of Crown Heights and just east of Prospect Park.
I'll Have Another will attempt to wrap up the Triple Crown at Belmont on Saturday against a clamor of alleged rampant drug use in horse racing, centered around the horse's controversial trainer, Doug.
Michael Vick speaks at the Crowne Plaza Hotel during a news conference April… (Diane Cebula, Daily Press ).
The Austrian Mint will issue the fifth and final coin of the "Crowns of the House of Habsburg" gold coin series.
They were crowned Next Big Thing (or at least the Next Big Red Light Thing) and rewarded with a three-week Starr Hill residency about a year ago.
On Crown Princess, craftsmen refurbished the 10,000-sq.-ft.
We will miss a conference that crowned a true champion with round-robin, everybody-plays-everybody conference play.
"THE EMIR AND THE crown prince were very forthcoming," said Secretary of State James A Baker 3d, using one of the most frequent words in the vocabulary of diplomacy.
Girls soccer Huskies come of age, win sectional crown.
Girls soccer Huskies come of age , win sectional crown.
Star power can't liven up corny 'Larry Crowne'.
In this film publicity image released by Universal Pictures, Julia Roberts, left, and Tom Hanks are shown in a scene from "Larry Crowne".
It's the lottery winner, holy grail and crown jewel – and I caught one.
The Crown Jewel of Direct Marketing.
The Amtrak train from Jefferson City lets riders off at Union Station which is just steps away from Crown Center attractions.
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In science:

We will sometimes refer to such a region as an indented crown.
Additive functionals on random search trees
We call this prejudice the ‘Crown of the Creation Syndrome’ (CCS), for obvious reasons.
Brane Worlds, the Subanthropic Principle and the Undetectability Conjecture
However, the natural complexification of X is not XC , but the crown domain Ξ ( XC whose definition we recall now.
Domains of holomorphy for irreducible unitary representations of simple Lie groups
G exp(i ˆΩ) · x0 ⊂ XC is a G-invariant neighborhood of X in XC , commonly referred to as crown domain.
Domains of holomorphy for irreducible unitary representations of simple Lie groups
If D− denotes the lower half plane, then the crown domain is given by Ξ = D+ × D− ⊆ XC .
Domains of holomorphy for irreducible unitary representations of simple Lie groups
That Ξ in general is not maximal for proper action is related to the unipotent model for the crown which was described in .
Domains of holomorphy for irreducible unitary representations of simple Lie groups
In it is explained how d(Lk ) can be computed in terms of k and the structure of L. A key ingredient when one wants to determine d(G) from the behavior of the crown-based power homomorphic images of G is to evaluate for each monolithic group L the maximal k such that Lk is a homomorphic image.
Characterization of finitely generated infinitely iterated wreath products
Consider now all the normal subgroups N with the property that G/N ∼= LA and soc(G/N ) ∼G A: the intersection RG (A) of all these subgroups has the property that G/RG (A) is isomorphic to the crown-based power (LA )δG (A) (LA,δG (A) for short).
Characterization of finitely generated infinitely iterated wreath products
The socle IG (A)/RG (A) of G/RG (A) is called the A-crown of G and it is a direct product of δG (A) minimal normal subgroups G-equivalent to A.
Characterization of finitely generated infinitely iterated wreath products
If LA,k is a generating crown-based power then LA,δG (A) has the same property: in this case, by abuse of notation, we will say that A is a generating chief factor for G.
Characterization of finitely generated infinitely iterated wreath products
Let M be a nonIf M is not contained in B ′ , abelian generating chief factor of the series 3.4. then, by Proposition 7, M is a K -group such that δW (M ) = δK (M ) and the crown-based power LM ,δW (M ) is a homomorphic image of K .
Characterization of finitely generated infinitely iterated wreath products
Moreover, note that a crown-based power homomorphic image of Gm × Wm−1 is either a homomorphic image of Wm−1 or a homomorphic image of Gm ×W m−1 (in the latter case it is associated to a central chief factor).
Characterization of finitely generated infinitely iterated wreath products
Note that it is possible to extend the definitions of G-equivalence and crowns to profinite groups (see ).
Characterization of finitely generated infinitely iterated wreath products
Lucchini, Crowns and factorization of the probabilistic zeta function of a finite group, J.
Characterization of finitely generated infinitely iterated wreath products
Lucchini, Crowns in profinite groups and applications, Noncommutative algebra and geometry, Lect.
Characterization of finitely generated infinitely iterated wreath products
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