• WordNet 3.6
    • n elan enthusiastic and assured vigor and liveliness "a performance of great elan and sophistication"
    • n elan distinctive and stylish elegance "he wooed her with the confident dash of a cavalry officer"
    • n elan a feeling of strong eagerness (usually in favor of a person or cause) "they were imbued with a revolutionary ardor","he felt a kind of religious zeal"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Élan Ardor inspired by passion or enthusiasm.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Elan ā-long′ impetuosity, dash.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. élancer, to dart
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary


In literature:

Sam, carried away by the elan of the performance, was unable to resist joining them.
"Penrod and Sam" by Booth Tarkington
The proof of this permitted the departure of the outfits with their customary elan.
"Hopalong Cassidy's Rustler Round-Up" by Clarence Edward Mulford
Sorrow had not quenched the elan of Hermione's nature.
"A Spirit in Prison" by Robert Hichens
These people are much given to bleed, and therefore stop their noses with deer hair or the hair of an elan.
"Voyages in Search of the North-West Passage" by Richard Hakluyt
Battle is a game of give and take, and if our men get elanned, we shall see them refusing to come up to time.
"Beauchamp's Career, Complete" by George Meredith
Cette religion se defie des abandons de l'ame et des elans de la devotion.
"The Religious Experience of the Roman People" by W. Warde Fowler
Some mile and a half farther on we come to the third and last dam on the Elan River.
"Chatterbox, 1906" by Various
The French Second Division advanced with great gallantry and elan.
"New York Times Current History; The European War, Vol 2, No. 4, July, 1915" by Various
The Birmingham reservoirs are a chain of lakes artificially produced by damming up the River Elan, a tributary of the Wye.
"The Blue Germ" by Martin Swayne
The Serbians rushed the heights with their customary elan.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume II (of VIII)" by Various

In poetry:

This hallow'd mem'ry dying on a deep
And bitter sigh: a movement on the marge;
The elan of men rushing to the charge;
A stab of pain; a thought; a smile; then sleep.
"Impression" by John William Streets

In news:

Elan expands into UK market.
Liz Jeressi teamed up with Salon Elan in Sea Girt for a special evening of pampering for the Real Moms of the Jersey Shore.
Still, when you've worked on an Elan for three years, you've got to go somewhere.
In its first two decades, Lotus earned a sterling reputation in the racing world, one that was enhanced by sophisticated and sprightly road cars like the Elite, the Seven, the Elan and the Europa.
Elaine Huguenin, who with her husband operates Elane Photography in New Mexico, asks only to be let alone.
Elan said Monday it wants to spin off its discovery-centric unit, Neotope Biosciences, and to go forward as a growth-focused company, Elan Corp.
Elan's Command Decision Reimroc Owned by John and Jessica Gerszewski, Romo and Sheila Cormier, and Naomi Yokota.
Nov 24, 2008 Elissa Elan.
Elan Control System is Remedy for Atlanta Falcons' Team Doctor.
" Biggest " Elan Home Control System Ever.
House claims to have the biggest Elan home control system.
Calvary Episcopal Church Bazaar & Elan Singers Holiday Concert.
Today Paul Pepper talks to TRENT RASH about the Elan Singers Holiday Concert, happening next Thursday, December 6.
Chateau Elan hosts music series for overnight guests.
This Elan g touchpanel can access a variety of entertaiment and home systems.

In science:

In this paper, we show that these algorithms can very easily be prototyped in the ELAN system.
Verification of Timed Automata Using Rewrite Rules and Strategies
This paper describes our experience using the ELAN system to prototype the reachability verification algorithms implemented in the model-checking tools for timed automata.
Verification of Timed Automata Using Rewrite Rules and Strategies
Another aim is to argue the suitability advantages of using a formal tool such as ELAN to specify and prototype a model checking algorithm compared to doing it in a much cumbersome way using a conventional programming language.
Verification of Timed Automata Using Rewrite Rules and Strategies
Second, using the efficient ELAN compiler, the performances are indeed close to dedicated optimised model-checking tools.
Verification of Timed Automata Using Rewrite Rules and Strategies
In Section 2, we describe the ELAN system based on rewriting calculus.
Verification of Timed Automata Using Rewrite Rules and Strategies