eminent

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj eminent of imposing height; especially standing out above others "an eminent peak","lofty mountains","the soaring spires of the cathedral","towering icebergs"
    • adj eminent standing above others in quality or position "people in high places","the high priest","eminent members of the community"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Eminent Being, metaphorically, above others, whether by birth, high station, merit, or virtue; high in public estimation; distinguished; conspicuous; as, an eminent station; an eminent historian, statements, statesman, or saint.
    • Eminent High; lofty; towering; prominent. "A very eminent promontory."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • eminent Prominent; standing out above other things; high; lofty.
    • eminent High in rank, office, worth, or public estimation; conspicuous; highly distinguished: said of a person or of his position: as, an eminent station; an eminent historian or poet. It is rarely used in a bad sense.
    • eminent Conspicuous; such as to attract attention; manifest: as, the judge's charge was characterized by eminent fairness; an eminent example of the uncertainty of circumstantial evidence.
    • eminent Supreme; controlling; unrestrained by higher right or authority: chiefly in the phrase eminent domain (which see, under domain). Synonyms Elevated.
    • eminent In mineralogy, highly perfect: said of cleavage.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Eminent em′i-nent rising above others: conspicuous: distinguished: exalted in rank or office
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Quotations

  • Henry Ward Beecher
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    “The Church is not a gallery for the exhibition of eminent Christians, but a school for the education of imperfect ones.”
  • Winston Churchill
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    “The substance of the eminent Socialist gentlemen's speech is that making a profit is a sin. It is my belief that the real sin is taking a loss!”
  • George Bernard Shaw
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    “Life levels all men. Death reveals the eminent.”
  • Jean De La Bruyere
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    “A position of eminence makes a great person greater and a small person less.”
  • Jonathan Swift
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    “I never knew a man come to greatness or eminence who lay abed late in the morning.”
  • Max Weber
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    “One can say that three pre-eminent qualities are decisive for the politician: passion, a feeling of responsibility, and a sense of proportion.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. eminens, -entis, p. pr. of eminere, to stand out, be prominent; e, out + minere,in comp.) to project; of uncertain origin: cf. F. éminent,. Cf. Menace
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. eminens, -entis, pr.p. of eminēree, out, minēre, to project.

Usage

In literature:

Among the books which combine entertainment with information, the best narratives of travellers and voyagers hold an eminent place.
"A Book for All Readers" by Ainsworth Rand Spofford
I have associated with several eminent fanciers, and have been permitted to join two of the London Pigeon Clubs.
"On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection" by Charles Darwin
And he shall be eminent in the state and eminent in his house.
"The Sayings Of Confucius" by Confucius
His judgment was eminently exact, both with regard to writings and to men.
"The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. in Nine Volumes" by Samuel Johnson
While thus employed, a messenger came in from the head chief, who resided in the village on the eminence to which we have alluded.
"The Adventures of the Chevalier De La Salle and His Companions, in Their Explorations of the Prairies, Forests, Lakes, and Rivers, of the New World, and Their Interviews with the Savage Tribes, Two Hundred Years Ago" by John S. C. Abbott
The name of this eminent man has become famous in the annals of alchymy, although he did but little to gain so questionable an honour.
"Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds" by Charles Mackay
My own interference with this great question, while sanctioned by eminent names, has been also an object of varied and ingenious attack.
"Fragments of science, V. 1-2" by John Tyndall
I hold this amendment to be eminently just and fair.
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden
His exposition of a proposed system of education for his native country was both philosophical and eminently practical.
"The Story of My Life" by Egerton Ryerson
And the descent from Gerson to even his more eminent successors is swift and steep.
"A History of French Literature" by Edward Dowden
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In poetry:

Hope, from the everlasting hills,
On shining wing descends;
And Faith, pre-eminently bright,
Her sacred flight attends.
"Dependence On God" by Maria Frances Cecilia Cowper
The good, the great in eminence,
The famous, and the proud,
Shall join thee, shorn of this pretense,
Clothed only with a shroud.
"Lines On The Death Of A Friend" by Samuel Alfred Beadle
Yon eminence but shews a farm
With trees thick scatter'd round;
My hills rip out the rushin storm,
And by the clouds are crown'd.
"Lines, Written In The Travellers' Room, Wolseley Arms Inn" by Samuel Bamford
One, who is labour's useful tracks
Is proudly eminent, who roams
The providence of humble homes—
The blue-eyed, fair-haired, friendly Flax:
"The Meetings Of The Flowers" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
Now lett ye Town & Tent & court remain,
& leap the time till Hannah comes again.
As painted prospects skip along ye green
from hills to mountains eminently seen,
& leave their intervalls that sink below
In deep retirement unexpressd to show.
"Hannah" by Thomas Parnell
But he who, on that lonely eminence,
Watches too long the whirling of the spheres
Through dim eternities, descending thence
The voices of his kind no longer hears,
And, blinded by the spectacle immense,
Journeys alone through all the after years.
"Grief" by Edith Wharton

In news:

Cool exhibit coming up next month at The New York Public Library exploring the use of eminent domain in the city.
Water agency agrees to use eminent domain in seeking transmission line.
Voters overwhelmingly gave the okay to a constitutional amendment on eminent domain .
Eminent domain may be only option when a city pursues water acquisition.
Enbridge Energy's eminent domain issue.
Cities explore eminent domain to help homeowners.
State siting law a form of eminent domain .
"I'm going to fast-track eminent domain or condemnation of these properties," Brown said Friday.
Eminent domain considered for vacant city lot.
During a special eminent domain meeting Nov 15, the Tyler County Commission made a motion for the development authority to proceed forward with the next steps in acquiring a parcel of land.
Napoleon board moves forward on eminent domain for land for new school.
Eminent domain measure goes to voters.
Columbia City Council votes to put eminent domain measure on ballot.
Says no to eminent domain.
The California Association of Realtors has adopted a motion that says it will support any legislation that seeks to ban the use of eminent domain by government entities to acquire underwater home mortgages.
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In science:

Note that while the true energies can only be found on [Emin , ∞), there is a nonzero probability for the (after smearing) observed energy to be less than Emin ; Eobs lives on the interval (−∞, ∞).
Statistical Tools for Analyzing the Cosmic Ray Energy Spectrum
This edge effect near Emin can be accounted for by assuming that the true distribution of energies follows a power-law well below Emin and then re-normalizing the convolution technique used in Howell.
Statistical Tools for Analyzing the Cosmic Ray Energy Spectrum
By letting θ0 = 0.1Emin we are assuming that the power-law extends below the observed Emin . (2) A normal distribution G(t; Eobs , σstat (t; ~p)) with mean Eobs and variance σstat (t; ~p) to reflect the statistical energy errors. (3) The acceptance of the CR detector as a function of the true energies Ω(t).
Statistical Tools for Analyzing the Cosmic Ray Energy Spectrum
DKS (Emin ) = max E≥Emin |Ffit (E ) − Fdata (E )| , where, Ffit and Fdata are the cumulative distribution functions (c.d.f.) of the best fit model and the data respectively.
Statistical Tools for Analyzing the Cosmic Ray Energy Spectrum
The maximum distance between the c.d.f.’s is taken over all energies in the fitted data set, E ≥ Emin .
Statistical Tools for Analyzing the Cosmic Ray Energy Spectrum
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