• WordNet 3.6
    • n elusion the act of avoiding capture (especially by cunning)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Elusion Act of eluding; adroit escape, as by artifice; a mockery; a cheat; trickery.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n elusion Escape by artifice or deceit; evasion; deception; fraud.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Elusion act of eluding: evasion
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  • Lao-Tzu
    “It is the Vague and Elusive. Meet it and you will not see its head. Follow it and you will not see its back.”
  • Denise Tanner
    Denise Tanner
    “Beyond the reach of common man; is that one elusive thing...Trust!”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
LL. elusio, fr. L. eludere, elusum. See Elude
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. eludĕre, elusume, out, ludĕre, to play.


In literature:

Something, he felt, very close to us, and very elusive.
"Mr. Britling Sees It Through" by H. G. Wells
His fist struck at that face so elusive; but crashed against the wall; like a flash Steele's arm lifted.
"Half A Chance" by Frederic S. Isham
He, like all cosmic philosophers, found this the most baffling and elusive of all his problems.
"Queed" by Henry Sydnor Harrison
Sometimes we imagine we have caught and fixed this elusive thing, but we finally give up the quest.
"The Poetry Of Robert Browning" by Stopford A. Brooke
To go back for a moment to the elusive question of motive, which was not without influence on Rumania's conduct.
"The Inside Story Of The Peace Conference" by Emile Joseph Dillon
Everything is elusive and in the air.
"Tragic Sense Of Life" by Miguel de Unamuno
His reply had been characteristically elusive and unsatisfactory.
"Unleavened Bread" by Robert Grant
He had grasped at one elusive vision of life, after another.
"Jaffery" by William J. Locke
His flippancy grated upon her, and she turned from his words to the elusive earnestness which mocked at her from his face.
"The Wheel of Life" by Ellen Anderson Gholson Glasgow
Odours of sachet and violets came and went elusively or mingled with those of the roses and pinks.
"Vandover and the Brute" by Frank Norris
There is a sort of elusive element in life, you see.
"The Redemption of David Corson" by Charles Frederic Goss
White figures, vague, elusive!
"A Student in Arms" by Donald Hankey
The whole process of Alkmaar chaffering is exceedingly perplexing and elusive.
"A Wanderer in Holland" by E. V. Lucas
He would stop and chat for a few moments with them, but Kit was elusive.
"Kit of Greenacre Farm" by Izola Forrester
The elusive contacts and subtle realities of the world of spirit have got to wear something, if we are to grasp them at all.
"The Life of the Spirit and the Life of To-day" by Evelyn Underhill
Sometimes this picture was shadowy and elusive, as his gropings in the sketch-books show.
"Beethoven" by George Alexander Fischer
The captain viewed these elusive tete-a-tetes with growing disfavor.
"The Honorable Percival" by Alice Hegan Rice
It has pleased their fancy especially to picture her as a sphinx, mysterious, elusive, inscrutable.
"The Open Secret of Ireland" by T. M. Kettle
Who need be surprised at the restlessness, the fluidity, the elusiveness of the Protestant laity?
"Preaching and Paganism" by Albert Parker Fitch
For my own part I seldom met anything so elusive.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 152, June 27, 1917" by Various

In poetry:

Who feels through all his being thrown
The influence sweet and slight
Of strange, elusive perfume, blown
Off dewy groves by night!
"Unaware" by Maurice Thompson
O presence, like the primrose's,
Again I feel your power!
With rainy scents of dim roses,
Like some elusive flower,
Who led me for an hour!
"Deep In The Forest" by Madison Julius Cawein
What though the glow of thy fading ray
Dim and elusive seem,
Constant thou art to the sun's bright sway
Faithful and true in thy tireless way,
True in thy spectral gleam.
"The Comet" by Albert Durrant Watson
Long-sought, elusive Beauty here descends,
And for a moment unto Nature s hand
Her star-caught skill and inspiration lends,
Whence springs this dawn miraculous and grand.
"A Sierran Sunrise" by Clark Ashton Smith
ALL the flight of thoughts here, shy, bold, scared, intrusive,
Fluttering in the sun, between the green and blue,
Wheeling, whirling, poising, lovely and elusive,
How to cage the flying thoughts, my winged delight, for you?
"The Poet To His Love" by Edith Nesbit
Leaving but an elusive memory -
A heavenly cadence, a supernal word,
Never but half-recalled. In dreams are heard
Who knows what tidings from Eternity,
Transcendant, strange! Alas! we may not bring
Aught past the gateway of Awakening!
"Beyond the Door" by Clark Ashton Smith

In news:

On Anniversary of Women's Suffrage , Parity Is Still Elusive.
Nightclub shooting victim ID remains elusive.
Faint Hints of an Elusive Particle.
But demand remains elusive while the economy struggles.
At the base are the social problems with elusive solutions: poverty and broken family structure.
For such an elusive concept, how faithfully a wine represents its variety can affect wine-making decisions.
Details revealed on elusive timber rattlesnake .
People who master that elusive skill probably live longer, chew fewer Rolaids and sleep more peacefully.
This webinar serves as an introduction to the most sophisticated charitable giving vehicle: the elusive charitable lead trust.
Elusive moments of transcendence .
Paul Clerkin with a false catshark, a large and elusive deep-sea species caught on the expedition.
The tiny blonde Brit popper sheds an interesting light on one of the elusive singer's creepiest tracks.
Despite claims by proponents of dairy supply management, reaching consensus is still an elusive prospect.
Apple has removed the option to preorder the white iPhone 4 from its online store, suggesting further issues with the elusive device.
' Unwind button' elusive for author, talk-show host Loretta McNary.

In science:

The galaxy is of an exceedingly transparent nature, evidenced by the many background galaxies seen through its elusive disk, and it contains a reasonably high gas fraction (MH I /LB = 2.6 M⊙ /L⊙ ) while having a very low metallicity and an extremely blue color for a galaxy (U - I = -0.2) (Table 1).
Star Formation and Tidal Encounters with the Low Surface Brightness Galaxy UGC 12695 and Companions
According to Pauli’s hypothesis, which he put forward very hesitantly, neutrinos are elusive particles which escape with the missing energy in β -decays.
How the sun shines
As an exact evaluation of ΦN (t) for N > 1 is elusive, we have resorted to asymptotic analysis techniques.
Multiparticle trapping problem in the half-line
Some specific deformations of certain 2D CFT give a hint to the treatment of some particular 3D systems but the systematics is, so far, elusive .
Critical properties of $\Phi^4_{1+1}$-theory in Light-Cone Quantization
Both an explicit and implicit approach to user modeling suffer from privacy issues with the latter assuming more responsibility for evoking concern due to its elusive nature. A tradeoff exists between collecting and leveraging as much user information as possible and inspiring trust between the user and system.
A Connection-Centric Survey of Recommender Systems Research
Apparently, spin is built into even the simplest notion of geometry. A full understanding remains elusive.
Spinors in Quantum Geometrical Theory
Although, in principle, we could obtain more terms of the asymptotic expansion the entire expansion remains elusive, and computing it seems to be rather a difficult problem.
The enumeration of simple permutations
Our interpretation of the resonance suggests that it should become more elusive in the superconductors with lower Tc , in accord with its’ conspicuous absence in La2−xS rxC uO4 .
Theory of spin response in underdoped cuprates as strongly fluctuating d-wave superconductors
Their low intensity and sharpness make them rather elusive, and indeed they have yet to be observed.
Theory of spin response in underdoped cuprates as strongly fluctuating d-wave superconductors
The problem of (separately) measuring such observables has been elusive until ten years ago when pioneering experiments in quantum optics by Smithey et al. (1993), led to a powerful measurement technique called quantum homodyne detection.
An invitation to quantum tomography (II)
For the time being, however, one can be content if knowledge of the boundary generating functional for composite operators can help her calculate the elusive classical bulk action for a HS gauge theory.
Holography, Duality and Higher-Spin Theories
In such cases, the only way we can interprete the elusiveness of the AGN in the IR is by assuming a very large dust column density implying self-asorption in the near-IR torus emission.
Complete Multiwavelength Characterization of Faint Chandra X-ray Sources Seen in the Spitzer Wide-Area IR Extragalactic (SWIRE) Survey
This conjecture would predict the elusive F→SG transition to be the horizontal line segment in the (T , c−1) phase diagram going from T = 0 to the point where the P→F and P→SG lines meet (the Parisi-Toulouse hypothesis ).
Finitely connected vector spin systems with random matrix interactions
For these parameter values our theory predicts a P-SG transition, but also, based on physical grounds (i.e. absence of re-entrance phenomena) we have assumed that the elusive F-SG transition is located at the line segment parallel to the T -axis, connecting the triple point where all phases meet to the point T /J = 0.
Finitely connected vector spin systems with random matrix interactions
It has been conjectured by Peter West that the still elusive M-Theory possesses a rank eleven Kac-Moody symmetry algebra, called E11 , that is the triple extended or very extended E8 algebra.
Standard and Non-standard Extensions of Lie algebras