• Dedication to Ann Waters Denslow
    Dedication to Ann Waters Denslow
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n dedication the act of binding yourself (intellectually or emotionally) to a course of action "his long commitment to public service","they felt no loyalty to a losing team"
    • n dedication complete and wholehearted fidelity
    • n dedication a short message (as in a book or musical work or on a photograph) dedicating it to someone or something
    • n dedication a message that makes a pledge
    • n dedication a ceremony in which something (as a building) is dedicated to some goal or purpose
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Dedication of Savile's St. Chrysostom. Eton, 1610 Dedication of Savile's St. Chrysostom. Eton, 1610
Dedication Appearing on Globe of Jodocus Hondius, 1600 Dedication Appearing on Globe of Jodocus Hondius, 1600

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The 1st US Mormon temple was dedicated in Kirtland, Ohio in 1836.
    • Dedication A devoting or setting aside for any particular purpose; as, a dedication of lands to public use.
    • Dedication An address to a patron or friend, prefixed to a book, testifying respect, and often recommending the work to his special protection and favor.
    • Dedication The act of setting apart or consecrating to a divine Being, or to a sacred use, often with religious solemnities; solemn appropriation; as, the dedication of Solomon's temple.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: There is a 6-foot tall stone monument dedicated to the cartoon character Popeye in Crystal City, TX. .
    • n dedication The act of consecrating to a deity or to a sacred use with appropriate solemnities; a solemn appropriation or setting apart: as, the dedication of a church.
    • n dedication The act of devoting with solemnity or earnestness of feeling to any purpose.
    • n dedication The act of inscribing or addressing a literary or an artistic work to a patron, friend, or public character.
    • n dedication An address prefixed to a literary or musical composition, inscribed to a patron, as a means of recommending the work to his protection and favor, or, as now usually, to a private friend or to a public character, as a mark of affection or respect.
    • n dedication In law, a voluntary surrender or abandonment of property by the owner to public use, as of land, by consenting to the making of a highway upon it, or of an invention, by neglect to patent, it.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Yellowstone is the world's 1st national park. It was dedicated in 1872.
    • Dedication the act of dedicating: an address to a patron, prefixed to a book
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  • Roger Staubach
    Roger Staubach
    “Confidence is the result of hours and days and weeks and years of constant work and dedication.”
  • Roger Staubach
    Roger Staubach
    “Confidence doesn't come out of nowhere. It's a result of something... hours and days and weeks and years of constant work and dedication.”
  • Ruth Benedict
    Ruth Benedict
    “A man's indebtedness is not virtue; his repayment is. Virtue begins when he dedicates himself actively to the job of gratitude.”
  • Merlin Olsen
    Merlin Olsen
    “The winning team has a dedication. It will have a core of veteran players who set the standards. They will not accept defeat.”
  • Tom Seaver
    Tom Seaver
    “The concentration and dedication- the intangibles are the deciding factors between who won and who lost.”
  • Jesse Owens
    Jesse Owens
    “We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. dedicatio,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. dedicāre, -ātumde, down, dicēre, to declare.


In literature:

Tusculum, July 15, and the dedication of the temple in B.C.
"The Religion of Numa" by Jesse Benedict Carter
The church, dedicated to St. Mary, dates from the fourteenth century; it was recently restored.
"Hertfordshire" by Herbert W Tompkins
Odd that frivolous thoughts could flit through an intellect dedicated only to science!
"Police!!!" by Robert W. Chambers
It is dedicated to the study of the works and creatures of God.
"Ideal Commonwealths" by Various
Eleven chapels, including the one dedicated to the Virgin, surround the choir of the church.
"Rouen, It's History and Monuments" by Théodore Licquet
He's been having services in the ballroom at the Country Club but he is going to dedicate the chapel soon and we are all relieved.
"The Heart's Kingdom" by Maria Thompson Daviess
Swinburne dedicates his noblest song to the spirit of liberty in Italy.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Complete" by John Symonds
The dedication of a certain dialogue affords an instance in point.
"The Great Book-Collectors" by Charles Isaac Elton and Mary Augusta Elton
The best of their churches is dedicated to the saint, and holds his ashes.
"Seeing Europe with Famous Authors, Vol VIII" by Various
In this chapel, after its dedication, mass was sung daily, and an organ was provided to accompany the musical part of the service.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Saint Albans" by Thomas Perkins

In poetry:

Dragon! since lyrics are the mode,
To thee I dedicate my Ode,
And reason good I plead:
Are those who cannot write, to blame
To draw their hopes of future fame,
From those who cannot read?
"Ode To Dragon" by Hannah More
Now on the threshold of a man's estate,
With a new depth of love akin to pain
I ask thy blessing, while I dedicate
My life and sword, with promise to maintain
Thine ancient honour yet inviolate.
"Ave, Mater - atque Vale" by William Noel Hodgson
We, too, have raised our temple pile
Unworthy Thee,—and yet we pray,
Father! for Thy benignant smile
To bless the deed, to bless the day
Which dedicates another shrine
To holy thoughts and hopes divine.
"The House of God" by John Bowring
Then all thy life, or short or long — Then all thy powers, small or great,
To God, to whom they all belong,
Anew thou didst them dedicate;
And o'er the broad and trackless deep
Came hither both to sow and reap.
"A Holy Messenger" by James Madison Bell
But thou—thou passed'st on,
With whiteness clothed of dedicated days,
Cold, like a star; and me in alien ways
Thou leftest following life's chance lure, where shone
The wandering gleam that beckons and betrays.
"Lux Perdita" by William Watson
Set wide the window. Let me drink the day.
I loved light ever, light in eye and brain—
No tapers mirrored in long palace floors,
Nor dedicated depths of silent aisles,
But just the common dusty wind-blown day
That roofs earth’s millions.
"Vesalius In Zante" by Edith Wharton

In news:

American indie-rock musician Ben Gibbard has released a song dedicated to Japanese baseball superstar Ichiro Suzuki.
Thank you to all of the dedicated donors in the collection of 291 units of blood this past week for the September blood drive in Fairmont.
Poulin, along with the William G Pomeroy Foundation, organized the dedication and unveiling of Bloomer 's historic marker.
Today the Cape Fear Garden Club dedicated its second bluebird house trail at the New Hanover County Arboretum.
Last year the club dedicated a similar trail at Airlie Gardens.
Air-Weigh has on-board scale for dedicated vehicles.
Interviewed in 1958, golf legend Bobby Jones talked about the importance of attitude, dedication, and sportsmanship—on the green and in life.
If there's anything to be said about Randy and Sharon Massey, it's that they're dedicated to everyone — whether on two legs or four.
Chandler brothers dedicated to their body of work .
While desire and dedication are critical components of athletic success, it is unrealistic to think that physiological factors are not equally essential for elite performance.
The cost of our city's contradictory dedication to both bohemianism and unchecked greed is exposed in two new docs.
The booklet 's launch, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, was one of the many activities in a weekend dedicated to celebrating the organisation's 20th anniversary year and its commitment to improving the lives of people with Parkinson's (PwPs).
National Bookmobile Day (Wednesday, April 11, 2012) celebrates our nation's bookmobiles and the dedicated library professionals who provide this valuable and essential service to their communities every day.
No one can say the Breckenridge Ski Resort isn't dedicated to providing housing for residents in the valley - even if those residents are toads.
(FORTUNE Small Business) – Bose is known for high-end audio equipment and dedication to research.

In science:

The dedicated analysis method allowed to obtain the low energy electron spectrum presented in figure 4.
MACHe3, a prototype for non-baryonic dark matter search: KeV event detection and multicell correlation
One fiber per spectroscopic plug-plate is dedicated to CVs and in practice samples ob jects in the white dwarf + pair region of the color-color planes.
New Low Accretion-Rate Magnetic Binary Systems and their Significance for the Evolution of Cataclysmic Variables
SNIFS is a dedicated instrument built speci fically for the SN factory project.
Rates and Progenitors of Type Ia Supernovae
The integrated detection pipeline and dedicated follow-up resources of the SNfactory will allow for a detailed study of 300 SNe Ia that will provide a critical foundation for the future of supernova and supernova cosmology science.
Rates and Progenitors of Type Ia Supernovae
These SNe will be observed with a dedicated instrume nt, the SuperNova Integral Field Spectrograph (SNIFS), which is currently in the fi nal stages of construction.
Rates and Progenitors of Type Ia Supernovae