• Destruction of Pompeii
    Destruction of Pompeii
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n destruction the termination of something by causing so much damage to it that it cannot be repaired or no longer exists
    • n destruction an event (or the result of an event) that completely destroys something
    • n destruction a final state "he came to a bad end","the so-called glorious experiment came to an inglorious end"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The reason why locusts swarm are because when they are in groups, a "hot-spot" behind their hind legs is stimulated, which in turn causes their destructive nature. A large swarm of locusts can eat eighty thousand tons of corn in a day
    • Destruction A destroying agency; a cause of ruin or of devastation; a destroyer. "The destruction that wasteth at noonday."
    • Destruction The act of destroying; a tearing down; a bringing to naught; subversion; demolition; ruin; slaying; devastation. "The Jews smote all their enemies with the stroke of the sword, and slaughter, and destruction .""'Tis safer to be that which we destroy
      Than by destruction dwell in doubtful joy."
      "Destruction of venerable establishment."
    • Destruction The state of being destroyed, demolished, ruined, slain, or devastated. "This town came to destruction .""Thou castedst them down into destruction ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Each unit on the Richter Scale is equivalent to a power factor of about 32. So a 6 is 32 times more powerful than a 5! Though it goes to 10, 9 is estimated to be the point of total tectonic destruction. 2 is the smallest that can be felt unaided.
    • n destruction The act of destroying; demolition; a pulling down, as of a building; subversion or overthrow, as of a government or a principle; ruin, as of a town, a crop, reputation, virtue, etc.; annihilation or deprivation of existence, as of a man or a forest.
    • n destruction The state of being destroyed; ruin.
    • n destruction Cause of destruction; a consuming plague or ruinous infliction; a destroyer.
    • n destruction Synonyms and Overthrow, desolation, extirpation, eradication, extermination, extinction, devastation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Many scholars believe that an earthquake caused the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, referred to in the Bible as "the smoke of the country." Earthquakes produce massive clouds of dust that resemble billowing smoke.
    • n Destruction de-struk′shun act of destroying: overthrow: physical or moral ruin: death: a destructive plague
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  • Albert Einstein
    “Nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced.”
  • Thomas Jefferson
    “The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only legitimate object of good government.”
  • Jean Jacques Rousseau
    “The body politic, as well as the human body, begins to die as soon as it is born, and carries itself the causes of its destruction.”
  • William Lippmann
    William Lippmann
    “The thinker dies, but his thoughts are beyond the reach of destruction. Men are mortal, but ideas are immortal.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Without wisdom, knowledge is either useless or destructive.”
  • William Hazlitt
    “The smallest pain in our little finger gives us more concern than the destruction of millions of our fellow beings.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. destructio,: cf. F. destruction,. See Destroy


In literature:

These soon froze and completed the work of destruction.
"The Red Man's Revenge" by R.M. Ballantyne
It is my job to stop that destruction, so that is where I am going now.
"Planet of the Damned" by Harry Harrison
The smoking ruins betokened the destructiveness of war.
"Three Years in the Sixth Corps" by George T. Stevens
Here, more than one exploding horror wrought destruction.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
I will make this accursed arrow the means of the destruction of all the Spaniards.
"The Naval History of the United States" by Willis J. Abbot
Then also she, going through the crowd, increasing the groaning of the men, cast into the midst upon them contention alike destruction to all.
"The Iliad of Homer (1873)" by Homer
The hideous conviction of doom and horror sped as swiftly as the shiver of destruction to the farthest confines of the vessel.
"As It Was in the Beginning" by Philip Verrill Mighels
Destruction of the Spanish Fleet.
"The Philippine Islands" by John Foreman
Every season is its enemy and works for its destruction.
"My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year" by John Henry Jowett
War is a fearful thing at all times, but more sad even is it when it compels the destruction of private property.
"The Heir of Kilfinnan" by W.H.G. Kingston
Aneurism may become very large; as it increases in size it presses upon and causes the destruction of neighboring tissues.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
And now death and destruction appeared on every side in their most terrible array.
"How Britannia Came to Rule the Waves" by W.H.G. Kingston
So engaged were they in their work of destruction, that they did not attack us.
"In the Wilds of Africa" by W.H.G. Kingston
Besides the hatred of the Christian name, inspired by their religion, the Arabs had other reasons to wish the destruction of Gama.
"The Lusiad" by Luís de Camões
The troops, in embarking, would be exposed to a destructive fire.
"The Student's Life of Washington; Condensed from the Larger Work of Washington Irving" by Washington Irving
The battle of Camden marked the complete destruction of Gates' army.
"The Greater Republic" by Charles Morris
It is my job to stop that destruction, so that is where I am going now.
"Sense of Obligation" by Henry Maxwell Dempsey (AKA Harry Harrison)
In everything that the Congress has commanded there is an aspect of destruction as there is an aspect of creation.
"Freedom Through Disobedience" by C. R. (Chittaranjan) Das
If they have the former meaning, then the inquiry arises, What are we to understand by the destruction here described?
"The Religion of Geology and Its Connected Sciences" by Edward Hitchcock
A few of the more destructive forms may be noted.
"Wood and Forest" by William Noyes

In poetry:

My dazzled senses then can scarce believe
That mischief lurks beneath the fair disguise;
That ought so lovely smiles but to deceive,
That in the sparkling draught destruction lies.
"Impromptu, To A Friend" by Maria Logan
As the deer wounded, Ellen flew over
The pathless plain; as the arrows that fly
By night, destruction flies, and strikes in darkness.
She fled from fear, till at her house arriv'd.
"Fair Elanor" by William Blake
To fifty champions by her smiles made slaves
The maid was proffered, and not slight the gift;
By me they have been sent into their graves,
From me they met destruction sure and swift.
"Ferdiah; Or, The Fight At The Ford" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
By old Russian practice, mere fire and destruction
Are all we abandon behind us in war.
We see alongside us the deaths of our comrades,
By old Russian practice, the wound to the fore.
"Smolensk Roads" by Konstantin Simonov
The wretch escapes not from his false position,
Who to the gap of his destruction goes;
Alas! my death-sick voice needs no physician,
My end hath come—my life's stream seaward flows.
"Ferdiah; Or, The Fight At The Ford" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
See! with what madd'ning force they sway
The human breast and lead astray,
Down the steep, broad, destructive way,
The giddy throng;
Till grisly death sweeps all away
The fiends among!
"Epistle To The Rev. J--- B---, Whilst Journeying For The Recovery Of His Health" by Patrick Branwell Bronte

In news:

The 2011 Mississippi River flood, which has broken records in some places, is creating steady destruction in America's midsection.
Büro Destruct was founded in 1994, in Bern, Switzerland.
In the Central African country of Sudan, death and destruction take place on many levels.
It's to disarm this regime of its weapons of mass destruction and to remove Saddam Hussein as the leader of Iraq.
No warrant needed if police discern destruction of evidence.
European citizens faced the extreme destruction and violence brought on by the wars.
Dog bite victim's mother seeks court-ordered destruction of animal.
Building was saved from destruction by sturdy construction.
Tornadoes and hurricanes are highly destructive forces, but at least they're seasonal.
Paul Ryan's budget is draconian and destructive.
A break from drizzle coming Sunday, as the East preps for destruction.
There is growing concern regarding drowsy young people driving automobiles -- a significant problem among teens, according to new research from SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions).
Sea lampreys invaded the Great Lakes in the 1920s and have been a considered a permanent, destructive element of the fishery ever since.
Douc langurs are endangered due to habitat destruction and poaching.
Occlusal disease (OD) is a far more destructive disease than most people realize.

In science:

Y ), we deduce that there exists P ∈ PV (X ) such that Pq′ Moreover, as Pq′ is (r, m, sn )-cyclic and non-empty, from destruction lemma 13.14, we get ξr,m (s) ∈ saff (Pq′ ).
Least Significant Digit First Presburger Automata
We remark that if s = o(cid:0)1/(rn)(cid:1) then creations and destructions of isolated vertices are rare, but a Poisson number of isolated vertices is present at both consecutive steps.
Dynamic Random Geometric Graphs
For larger τS , one expects that the particles be scattered by the velocity fluctuations they cross in their motion as if undergoing Brownian diffusion, resulting in vanishing particle correlations and in clustering destruction.
Concentration fluctuations of large Stokes number particles in a one-dimensional random velocity field
The key mechanism for the destruction of concentration fluctuations will appear to be that, at large τS /τE and finite τE σu /rv , only particles with increasingly small relative velocities (but not small enough for a local theory on the lines of [21, 26] to be valid) have a chance to be correlated.
Concentration fluctuations of large Stokes number particles in a one-dimensional random velocity field
In order to obtain three-dimensional coordinates, at least two wire planes with different wire orientations are necessary; therefore, the read-out system must be non-destructive.
Study of accelerator neutrino interactions in a liquid argon TPC
The formation, the destruction and reformation of the shell structure is clearly seen in Fig. 6.
The electronic structures, the equilibrium geometries and finite temperature properties of Na_n (n=39-55)
The abundance of H2 usually results from the balance between its formation on grains and its destruction by photodissociation.
Effects of turbulent diffusion on the chemistry of diffuse clouds
This leads to complete destruction of orbital domain state of the stoichiometric sample resulting in homogeneous ferromagnetic ordering.
Changeover from Glassy ferromagnetism of the orbital domain state to long range ferromagnetic ordering in La{_{0.9}}Sr_{0.1}MnO{_3}
Below are the three reactions which describe the dominant creation and destruction processes for H+ 3 .
H3+ in Diffuse Interstellar Clouds: a Tracer for the Cosmic-Ray Ionization Rate
The destruction rate is given by a rate constant times the product of the number densities of H+ 3 and electrons.
H3+ in Diffuse Interstellar Clouds: a Tracer for the Cosmic-Ray Ionization Rate
Because van Dishoeck & Black (1986) use only a slightly smaller cosmic-ray ionization rate (corresponding to the formation rate) but a much smaller recombination rate (corresponding to the destruction rate), their prediction of an H+ 3 column density similar to observed values seems somewhat serendipitous.
H3+ in Diffuse Interstellar Clouds: a Tracer for the Cosmic-Ray Ionization Rate
This is because a slower destruction rate requires a slower formation rate to produce a given abundance.
H3+ in Diffuse Interstellar Clouds: a Tracer for the Cosmic-Ray Ionization Rate
This is the case for the concrete memory structure that implements, among other things, destructive updates.
A Prolog-based Environment for Reasoning about Programming Languages (Extended abstract)
The phase-flips are then eliminated fault-tolerantly using the general network detailed in figure 2. After the second Hadamard, the states are measured destructively to find out the syndromes {si, i=1,..,t}.
Simple fault-tolerant encoding over q-ary CSS quantum codes
SiC & Al2O3 ) in the ISM which likely explains why, despite their susceptibility to modification and destruction, GEMS are to date the most abundant type of isotopically anomalous presolar grain identified in meteoritic mat erials (Floss et al. 2006; Nguyen et al. 2007; Messenger 2007).
Comment on "The shape and composition of interstellar silicate grains"