elude

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v elude avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues) "He dodged the issue","she skirted the problem","They tend to evade their responsibilities","he evaded the questions skillfully"
    • v elude escape, either physically or mentally "The thief eluded the police","This difficult idea seems to evade her","The event evades explanation"
    • v elude be incomprehensible to; escape understanding by "What you are seeing in him eludes me"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Elude To avoid slyly, by artifice, stratagem, or dexterity; to escape from in a covert manner; to mock by an unexpected escape; to baffle; as, to elude an officer; to elude detection, inquiry, search, comprehension; to elude the force of an argument or a blow. "Me gentle Delia beckons from the plain,
      Then, hid in shades, eludes he eager swain."
      "The transition from fetichism to polytheism seems a gradual process of which the stages elude close definition."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • elude To avoid by artifice, stratagem, deceit, or dexterity; escape; evade: as, to elude pursuit; to elude a blow or stroke.
    • elude To remain unseen, undiscovered, or unexplained, by; baffle the inquiry or scrutiny of: as, secrets that elude the keenest search.
    • elude Synonyms To shun, flee, shirk, dodge, baffle, foil, frustrate.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Elude e-lūd′ to escape by stratagem: to baffle
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Quotations

  • George Eliot
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    “Human beliefs, like all other natural growths, elude the barrier of systems.”
  • Dr. James C. Dobson
    Dr. James C. Dobson
    “I'm certain that most couples expect to find intimacy in marriage, but it somehow eludes them.”
  • Source Unknown
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    “It is sadder to find the past again and find it inadequate to the present than it is to have it elude you and remain forever a harmonious conception of memory.”
  • Albert Camus
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    “If there is sin against life, it consists in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life.”
  • Source Unknown
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    “I sought my soul, but my soul I could not see. I sought my God, but my God eluded me. I sought my brother and I found all three.”
  • Sir William Osler
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    “What is the student but a lover courting a fickle mistress who ever eludes his grasp?”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. eludere, elusum,; e, + ludere, to play: cf. F. éluder,. See Ludicrous
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. eludĕre, elusume, out, ludĕre, to play.

Usage

In literature:

But the reason for his viewing it still eluded him.
"The Time Traders" by Andre Norton
The king still persevered in his endeavors to elude the petition.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.I., Part E. From Charles I. to Cromwell" by David Hume
This precaution was eluded by the vigilance and despatch of Downing.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.I., Part F. From Charles II. to James II." by David Hume
Acton has eluded me; but if Roland is found he must take the consequences.
"Cobwebs and Cables" by Hesba Stretton
He sprang forward in haste, to fling back the closed screens, but still the object eluded him; always there, yet never seen.
"Bakemono Yashiki (The Haunted House)" by James S. De Benneville
Finding the wife eluded you, you began to stay out late at night.
"The Mask" by Arthur Hornblow
He had matched the Survey officer in industry, but the need for haste still eluded him.
"Storm Over Warlock" by Andre Norton
Perhaps she must always elude?
"Browning's Heroines" by Ethel Colburn Mayne
It was as though something, someone were trying to elude him in the darkness.
"The Black Cross" by Olive M. Briggs
He felt assured that they would take it in turns to sleep, and hence he would have no opportunity of eluding their vigilance.
"Middy and Ensign" by G. Manville Fenn
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In poetry:

The spirit eludes us,
Timid and free—
Can I ever know you
Or you know me?
"The Mystery" by Sara Teasdale
RIBERA.
Elude me not.
Whom have you met beside the Prince this morn?
Who saw you pass? Whom have you spoken with?
"The Spagnoletto. Act III" by Emma Lazarus
Beauty that eludes our grasp,
Sweetness that transcends our taste,
Loving hands we may not clasp,
Shining feet that mock our haste;
"The Vanishers" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Upon its native pillow dear,
The little slumb'rer finds repose;
His fragrant breath eludes the ear—
A zephyr passing o'er a rose.
"Lines Upon Seeing A Beautiful Infant Sleeping On The Bosom Of Its Mother" by Sir John Carr
The parson said that we shouldn't stare
Around when we come to church,
Or the Unknown God we are seeking
May forever elude our search.
"Lenten Thoughts Of A High Anglican" by Sir John Betjeman
His voice is lost upon the wind
And when the rain beats on her heart
His eyes elude her, warm and kind,
Where the dim shadows steal apart.
"The Vestal" by Katharine Tynan

In news:

Don't let a good night's sleep elude you.
If there's a reason to like 'Vanished,' it may elude the viewer.
Sexual Predators Often Elude Casual Profilers.
State berths elude BSHS tennis.
Rowlett, Highland Park elude 1st-round disaster in one-and-done matchups.
Partly Cloudy / 78° F. Ta Bonham eludes Pike County defenders in the Bobcats' 35-0 win last night.
Bigfoot may have eluded the leader of a Sasquatch hunting expedition along the Buffalo National River.
Coburn, two ships that have eluded him for 15 years.
For reasons that have always eluded me, the causes of the financial crisis have become a bloody battleground in the left/right war.
Henley, who has six prior felony convictions, including vehicular eluding, told 4th Judicial District Judge David A Gilbert that he wanted to plead guilty "from the beginning" and attributed his decision to flee to "stupidity.
Runners attempted to elude the undead during the Run For Your Lives race, a 5-km, zombie-themed.
Search is on for man who fled , eluded deputies.
Flint Hill WR Ben Kase eludes the tackle of Potomac School's Ben Rietano to score a touchdown in the 3rd quarter.
But Commerical Success Eludes Flores , Who Plays Iron Horse Nov 11.
A Jamestown woman who eluded area police agencies since June has been found in Pennsylvania.
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In science:

However as eluded to earlier there are several star-forming galaxies where radio observations, and in particular VLBI observations, are now begining to reveal large numbers of compact radio components which are thought to be powerful radio supernovae or supernova remnants.
Radio Supernovae
However, we find in Section 2.2 that the droplets in H  regions can only have a narrow range of sizes, bounded from below by the need to avoid rapid destruction and from above by the need to have eluded detection by direct imaging.
Enrichment of the ISM by metal-rich droplets and the abundance bias in HII regions
The second breakthrough in the understanding of the hyperfine interaction comes from the even more recent identification of the P –wave singlet state hc (11P1 ), which had eluded numerous earlier attempts.
Challenges in Hadron Physics
How to form planetestimals remains the biggest challenge for modern research in planet formation, and many of the details of this problem still elude us.
From discs to planetesimals I: evolution of gas and dust discs
We know too little about non-LTE processes and accurate stellar ages continue to elude us, even with the best efforts of asteroseismologists.
Conference Summary: Magellanic System - Stars, Gas and Galaxies
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