destructive

Definitions

  • Destruction of Pompeii
    Destruction of Pompeii
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj destructive causing destruction or much damage "a policy that is destructive to the economy","destructive criticism"
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BRITISH TROOPS PREVENTING THE DESTRUCTION OF NEW YORK BRITISH TROOPS PREVENTING THE DESTRUCTION OF NEW YORK

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
    • a Destructive Causing destruction; tending to bring about ruin, death, or devastation; ruinous; fatal; productive of serious evil; mischievous; pernicious; -- often with of or to; as, intemperance is destructive of health; evil examples are destructive to the morals of youth. "Time's destructive power."
    • n Destructive One who destroys; a radical reformer; a destructionist.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The destruction of the Berlin Wall began when private citizens began to demolish entire sections of the Wall without interference from government officials on November 9, 1989
    • destructive Causing destruction; having a tendency to destroy or the quality of destroying; ruinous; mischievous; pernicious; hurtful: with of or to before an object: as, a destructive fire; a destructive disposition; intemperance is destructive of health; evil examples are destructive to the morals of youth.
    • destructive In logic, refuting; disproving: as, a destructive dilemma.
    • n destructive One who or that which destroys; one who favors the destruction of anything for some ulterior purpose, as progress or public convenience; an overthrower of existing institutions, customs, or the like.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • 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.
    • adj Destructive causing destruction: mischievous: ruinous: deadly
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Quotations

  • Pablo Picasso
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    “Every act of creation is first of all an act of destruction.”
  • Bible
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    “Pride goeth before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall. [Proverbs 16:18]”
  • Walter Benjamin
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    “Living substance conquers the frenzy of destruction only in the ecstasy of procreation.”
  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
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    “I never guess. It is a shocking habit -- destructive to the logical faculty.”
  • Source Unknown
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    “To be free of destructive stress don't sweat the small stuff and by realizing that all stuff is small.”
  • Bertrand Russell
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    “Thoughts is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible; thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habit.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. destructivus,: cf. F. destructif,

Usage

In literature:

But the same story of destruction is to be read in the history of Sicily.
"Checking the Waste" by Mary Huston Gregory
You well know that until after the destruction of the second Temple the Jews had no Talmud.
"Rabbi and Priest" by Milton Goldsmith
In both cases the animal would be a symbol of the violent and destructive character of the god.
"The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria" by Morris Jastrow
Very interesting it was to watch him, even if it meant the destruction of all the meat.
"Three Boys in the Wild North Land" by Egerton Ryerson Young
Several severe and destructive eruptions have taken place at different times.
"In the Eastern Seas" by W.H.G. Kingston
The sudden blast which had caused the destruction was only the first of the tempest.
"Ronald Morton, or the Fire Ships" by W.H.G. Kingston
The other boats then followed, and kept up a destructive fire on the fort.
"Our Sailors" by W.H.G. Kingston
The men declare that it is a spirit of evil come to guide us to destruction.
"The Cruise of the Mary Rose" by William H. G. Kingston
Nothing more was needed to accomplish the work of destruction.
"The Secret of the Island" by W.H.G. Kingston (translation from Jules Verne)
Agrippa demanded its destruction, on the ground that it intercepted the view of the Roman guard.
"For the Temple" by G. A. Henty
This compromise was contrary to the divine command for their utter destruction.
"Usury" by Calvin Elliott
The opposite of love is not destructive in the sense of being an active destructive force.
"The Complex Vision" by John Cowper Powys
The citizens of other towns choose between surrender or destruction.
"A Struggle for Rome, v. 3" by Felix Dahn
In order to save ourselves from total destruction we cast anchor near the shore.
"The Memoirs of the Conquistador Bernal Diaz del Castillo, Vol 1 (of 2)" by Bernal Diaz del Castillo
But his terrible engines of destruction made his force more powerful than theirs.
"Hernando Cortez" by John S. C. Abbott
But the traces of a very destructive earthquake have also been found.
"A Short History of the World" by H. G. Wells
It was my design to save Haj-Ewa, who seemed recklessly rushing upon her destruction.
"Osceola the Seminole" by Mayne Reid
Anti-slavery was destructive; Fourierism professed to be constructive.
"History of American Socialisms" by John Humphrey Noyes
Her feet shot from under her, and, for a moment, absolute destruction threatened.
"The Way of the Strong" by Ridgwell Cullum
They were met by a murderous discharge of every missile of destruction, sweeping the structure like a whirlwind.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Vol. III, No. XVII, October 1851" by Various
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In poetry:

And in a sweet voice she said, "You must follow me,
And in a short time you shall see
The destruction of all the public-houses in the city,
Which is, my friend, the God of Heaven's decree."
"The Destroying Angel or The Poet's Dream" by William Topaz McGonagall
I should tell summer from the trees, the worms
Tell, if at all, the winter's storms
Or the funeral of the sun;
I should learn spring by the cuckooing,
And the slug should teach me destruction.
"Here In This spring" by Dylan Thomas
Noo, Johnnie, quo' I, is't the wearifu' drink?
Is that neer-dae-weel callan o' yours on the brink
O' drucken destruction? has sorrow an' shame
Sitten doun on yer heart, yer house, an' yer name?
"Neebour Johnnie's Complaint" by Janet Hamilton
"Let me die the death of the righteous"
By the river Euphrates the prophet abode,
To whom Balak his messengers sent,
Entreating his presence and curses on those
Who on Moab's destruction were bent.
""" by Mary Ann H T Bigelow
Lo, they grapple! beast and prey;
Blast and billow; shroud and hull;
Grim destruction hath its way,
Till the vessel beautiful
As with woman’s nerve and heart,
Downward sinks with groan and start.
"The Oceanides VII" by Mary Jane Jewsbury
FLORUS. Do not wonder, be not startled,
For I came to give a warning,
To your life of utmost value,
Of an enemy that you have,
Who your swift destruction planneth.
What I've said is quite sufficient.
"The Wonder-Working Magician - Act II" by Denis Florence MacCarthy

In news:

The destruction of Osama bin Laden underlines how many US church voices, even since 9/11, have adamently insisted that Christianity demands pacifism.
Bobbi Kristina Brown is "spiraling out of control" in the wake of her mother Whitney Houston 's death and her family is terrified about the self destructive track she's on.
An emotionally destructive dance between son, daughter-in-law .
Staples to Stock "Self- Destruct " DVDs.
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to rent a movie and watch it before it self-destructs.
How to send 'Mission Impossible' style self- destruct messages on your iPhone.
Locker injured again, Titans self- destruct in loss to Texans.
New phone app will self destruct your late night texts.
'This Sext Message Will Self Destruct In Five Seconds.'.
Weekend Box Office — 'Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol' Proves It Won't Self- Destruct .
Newt Gingrich's 2012 Surge Could Last, If He Doesn't Self- Destruct .
It's about to self- destruct .
Staunton didn't self- destruct .
The Yankees Can Win if They Don't Self- Destruct .
Kris Humphries' $24 Million Payday With Brooklyn Nets Causing Him to Self- Destruct .
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In science:

Strictly speaking, the model suffers however from a slight money destruction due to the price setting mechanism with the market maker in which the log(price) change is linear in the excess demand.
How to grow a bubble: A model of myopic adapting agents
Ensuring faster charge collection and larger signals SOI pixel sensors are an attractive option for application in particle tracking at future colliders as well as non-destructive beam monitoring and fast imaging of low energy radiation.
A Sensor with Analog and Digital Pixels in 0.15 micron SOI Technology
The 9 M⊙ models were also stopped before central C burning, but as we mentioned, the core was strongly degenerated at carbon ignition, which could lead to the complete destruction of the star without further processing.
Effects of rotation on the evolution of primordial stars
Despite the above concerns, we find that cloud destruction in inviscid and k-ǫ models occurs at roughly the same speed when the post-shock flow is smooth and when < 100.
The turbulent destruction of clouds - I. A k-epsilon treatment of turbulence in 2D models of adiabatic shock-cloud interactions
Additional calculations with an inviscid code where the post-shock flow is given random, grid-scale, motions confirms the more rapid destruction of the cloud.
The turbulent destruction of clouds - I. A k-epsilon treatment of turbulence in 2D models of adiabatic shock-cloud interactions
The post-shock flow will then also be “turbulent”, and it is expected that the destruction of the cloud will be more rapid in such conditions.
The turbulent destruction of clouds - I. A k-epsilon treatment of turbulence in 2D models of adiabatic shock-cloud interactions
The main stages in the destruction of a cloud by a shock and the subsequent mixing of its material into the surrounding flow are reviewed in Section 4.1.
The turbulent destruction of clouds - I. A k-epsilon treatment of turbulence in 2D models of adiabatic shock-cloud interactions
Cloud destruction and the mixing of the cloud material into the surrounding flow are two distinct processes which were not always distinguished in previous work.
The turbulent destruction of clouds - I. A k-epsilon treatment of turbulence in 2D models of adiabatic shock-cloud interactions
Fig. 9 shows the destruction of a cloud with a density contrast χ = 10, while Fig. 10 shows the corresponding case for a cloud with χ = 102 , both computed with an inviscid code.
The turbulent destruction of clouds - I. A k-epsilon treatment of turbulence in 2D models of adiabatic shock-cloud interactions
To obtain further confirmation of the previous results, we have simulated the destruction of a cloud hit by a shock with non-uniform post-shock flow.
The turbulent destruction of clouds - I. A k-epsilon treatment of turbulence in 2D models of adiabatic shock-cloud interactions
The total circulation in models with χ = 103 tends to reach a lower maximum when there is high postshock turbulence, due to the more rapid destruction of the cloud in such circumstances.
The turbulent destruction of clouds - I. A k-epsilon treatment of turbulence in 2D models of adiabatic shock-cloud interactions
This is the first in a series of papers investigating the turbulent destruction of clouds.
The turbulent destruction of clouds - I. A k-epsilon treatment of turbulence in 2D models of adiabatic shock-cloud interactions
Here we have investigated the destruction of a cloud by an adiabatic shock using a hydrodynamical code which incorporates a subgrid k-ǫ turbulence model, in which an attempt is made to calculate the properties of the turbulence and the resulting increase in the transport coefficients.
The turbulent destruction of clouds - I. A k-epsilon treatment of turbulence in 2D models of adiabatic shock-cloud interactions
The evolution and destruction of clouds with inviscid and k-ǫ models occurs at roughly the same speed when the post-shock flow is smooth.
The turbulent destruction of clouds - I. A k-epsilon treatment of turbulence in 2D models of adiabatic shock-cloud interactions
However, models with high environlence when χ ∼ mental turbulence generate substantially less total circulation when χ = 103 compared to models with a smooth postshock environment, due to the more rapid destruction of the cloud.
The turbulent destruction of clouds - I. A k-epsilon treatment of turbulence in 2D models of adiabatic shock-cloud interactions
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