dereliction

Definitions

  • Man's Waterspout. A Derelict's End
    Man's Waterspout. A Derelict's End
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n dereliction willful negligence
    • n dereliction a tendency to be negligent and uncaring "he inherited his delinquency from his father","his derelictions were not really intended as crimes","his adolescent protest consisted of willful neglect of all his responsibilities"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Preparing to Blow Up a Derelict Preparing to Blow Up a Derelict
Foam—the Derelict's Only Tombstone Foam—the Derelict's Only Tombstone

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There are no female characters in Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island because he was following the instructions of his stepson, Lloyd Osbourne, for whom he wrote the book. Llyod wanted a story "about a map, a treasure, a mutiny and a derelict ship. No women in the story."
    • Dereliction A neglect or omission as if by willful abandonment. "A total dereliction of military duties."
    • Dereliction (Law) A retiring of the sea, occasioning a change of high-water mark, whereby land is gained.
    • Dereliction The act of leaving with an intention not to reclaim or resume; an utter forsaking abandonment. "Cession or dereliction , actual or tacit, of other powers."
    • Dereliction The state of being left or abandoned.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n dereliction The act of leaving with an intention not to reclaim or resume; an utter forsaking; abandonment.
    • n dereliction The state of being forsaken or abandoned.
    • n dereliction The gaining of land from the water by a change of the water-line.
    • n dereliction The land so gained.
    • n dereliction Unfaithfulness or remissness; neglect: as, a dereliction of duty.
    • n dereliction Synonyms Desertion, relinquishment.
    • n dereliction Failure, unfaithfulness.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Dereliction act of forsaking, unfaithfulness or remissness: state of being abandoned: land gained from the water by a change of water-line
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Quotations

  • Florence Sabin
    Florence Sabin
    “The prohibition law, written for weaklings and derelicts, has divided the nation, like Gaul, into three parts -- wets, drys, and hypocrites.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. derelictio,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. derelinquĕre, -lictum,—de, inten., and linquĕre, to leave.

Usage

In literature:

THE DERELICT DUTCH BARQUE.
"Overdue" by Harry Collingwood
There being no sea on, we decided to run alongside and board her, thinking she might possibly prove derelict.
"For Treasure Bound" by Harry Collingwood
So grave a dereliction of duty as that of which you have been guilty is not to be dealt with hurriedly.
"The Rover's Secret" by Harry Collingwood
Of course, we could see from the ship all that went on as the cutter sheered up to the derelict craft.
"Young Tom Bowling" by J.C. Hutcheson
It was a helpless derelict.
"On the Trail of the Space Pirates" by Carey Rockwell
It's just a useless old derelict I am, and that's the truth of it.
"More About Peggy" by Mrs G. de Horne Vaizey
Her good deeds were forgotten; only her derelictions were remembered.
"The Magnificent Montez" by Horace Wyndham
And yet to indulge one's taste for it may be a grave dereliction of duty.
"Fifteen Chapters of Autobiography" by George William Erskine Russell
It is the cry of the human soul, left homeless and derelict in a universe where she is the only alien.
"Milton" by Sir Walter Alexander Raleigh
Which dereliction from the rules of politeness it never once came into her mind to notice or to blame.
"Agatha's Husband A Novel" by Dinah Maria Craik (AKA: Dinah Maria Mulock)
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In poetry:

Not derelicts alone are foundered there,
But children with the laughter of the May--
Bright, living flowers--in these glad gardens play,
Knowing, yet knowing not, the town's despair!
"The Parks" by Charles Hanson Towne
Loafin' around in Sailor Town, a-bluin' o' my advance,
I met a derelict donkyman who led me a merry dance,
Till he landed me 'n blanched me fair in the bar of a rum-saloon,
'N' there he spun me a juice of a yarn to this-yer brand of tune.
"One of the Bo'sun's Yarns" by John Masefield
Let me work here for Britain's sake—at any task you will—
A marsh to drain, a road to make or native troops to drill.
Some Western camp (I know the Pict) or granite Border keep,
Mid seas of heather derelict, where our old messmates sleep.
"The Roman Centurion's Song" by Rudyard Kipling

In news:

That's what the gentleman told local architect Tom Neal in the late 1990s when they walked through the derelict Max W Campbell building.
A derelict ferry that once plied the Port Angeles to Victoria run has a new owner.
With a little faith and a lot of foresight, Keisha Martin entrusted Laura Briggs and Jonathan Knowles to revitalize a derelict rowhouse, returning it to its original splendor and then some.
Derelict boat laws too lenient Editorial.
He is also the author of the book Dereliction of Duty, which is critical of American military leadership during the Vietnam War.
People walk around on the derelict dock from Japan.
The plan is also designed to get rid of derelict boats.
On Tuesday, the derelict ferryboat was securely tied to new steel mooring dolphins in Tacoma's Hylebos Waterway, easing fears that the 1935 vessel will break away from the shore and crash into other boats and docks nearby.
The Divine Lorraine Hotel, now vacant and derelict, was one of the city's first "skyscrapers" when it opened in 1894.
Asylum opens with a scene in which the lead singer of Maroon 5 and Channing Tatum's wife break into a derelict insane asylum, and start having ridiculous honeymoon sex.
Paddy Roy Bates occupied a derelict North Sea military platform and declared it the Principality of Sealand in 1967, complete with passports, its own currency, and himself as sovereign.
The derelict freighter Insiko will be towed to Oahu in order to remove the fuel and deceased crewmember.
This stereotypical image often comes to mind: A seedy store stuffed with broken belongings in an unsafe area of town often catering to derelicts and criminals.
The restaurant is hidden beside a Crown Escrow outlet in a derelict mini-mall.
Reading the article "Ex-slaves" (Rob Collins, Feb 24, 2010, Oklahoma Gazette) brings to mind the tragedy and dereliction of the educational system in the United States.
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In science:

In order to do so, one must track the dereliction, reordering, and duplication of variables in the types of the source language; GHC currently does not have support for this.
Multi-Level Languages are Generalized Arrows
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