enough

Definitions

  • "She was just high enough, and could light the lamps."
    "She was just high enough, and could light the lamps."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj enough sufficient for the purpose "an adequate income","the food was adequate","a decent wage","enough food","food enough"
    • adv enough as much as necessary; (`plenty' is nonstandard) "I've had plenty, thanks" "Have I eaten enough?"
    • n enough an adequate quantity; a quantity that is large enough to achieve a purpose "enough is as good as a feast","there is more than a sufficiency of lawyers in this country"
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Isn't Money Enough in the Whole Family to Wad a Gun 131 Isn't Money Enough in the Whole Family to Wad a Gun 131
Enough is as good as a Feast Enough is as good as a Feast
SIMPLE ENOUGH SIMPLE ENOUGH
"It looks good enough to eat." "It looks good enough to eat."
"FOUR ELEPHANTS WAS ENOUGH FOR ANY MAN TO LEAP OVER." "FOUR ELEPHANTS WAS ENOUGH FOR ANY MAN TO LEAP OVER."

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: To make one glass of orange juice, 50 glasses of water are needed to grow enough oranges to make the juice
    • n Enough A sufficiency; a quantity which satisfies desire, is adequate to the want, or is equal to the power or ability; as, he had enough to do take care of himself. "Enough is as good as a feast.""And Esau said, I have enough , my brother."
    • interj enough An exclamation denoting sufficiency, being a shortened form of it is enough.
    • Enough Fully; quite; -- used to express slight augmentation of the positive degree, and sometimes equivalent to very; as, he is ready enough to embrace the offer. "I know you well enough ; you are Signior Antonio.""Thou knowest well enough . . . that this is no time to lend money."
    • Enough In a degree or quantity that satisfies; to satisfaction; sufficiently.
    • Enough In a tolerable degree; -- used to express mere acceptableness or acquiescence, and implying a degree or quantity rather less than is desired; as, the song was well enough .
    • a Enough Satisfying desire; giving content; adequate to meet the want; sufficient; -- usually, and more elegantly, following the noun to which it belongs. "How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare!"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: It takes 3,000 cows to supply the NFL with enough leather for a year'ssupply of footballs.
    • enough Answering the purpose; adequate to want or demand; sufficient; satisfying desire; giving content; meeting reasonable expectation.
    • enough Synonyms Sufficient, Competent, etc. See adequate.
    • n enough A quantity of a thing or act, or a number of things or persons, sufficient to satisfy desire or want, or adequate to a purpose; sufficiency: as, we have enough of this sort of cloth.
    • n enough Synonyms Plenty, abundance.
    • enough In a quantity or degree that answers the purpose, satisfies, or is equal to the desires or wants; to a sufficient degree; sufficiently.
    • enough To a notable extent; fairly; rather: used to denote a slight augmentation of the positive degree, the force depending upon the connection or the emphasis: as, he is ready enough to embrace the offer.
    • enough In a tolerable or passable degree: used to denote diminution, or a degree or quality rather less than is desired, or such a quantity or degree as commands acquiescence rather than full satisfaction: as, the performance is well enough.
    • enough To a great degree; very much.
    • enough An elliptical exclamation, signifying ‘it (or that) is enough,’ ‘I have had enough,’ ‘you have done enough,’ etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: One bushel of wheat can make enough sandwiches that you could eat three sandwiches a day for over six months
    • adj Enough e-nuf′ sufficient: giving content: satisfying want
    • adv Enough sufficiently
    • n Enough sufficiency: as much as satisfies desire or want
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Quotations

  • Epicurus
    Epicurus
    “Nothing is enough for the man to whom enough is too little.”
  • Groucho Marx
    Groucho%20Marx
    “Getting older is no problem. You just have to live long enough.”
  • Jean Rostand
    Jean%20Rostand
    “It may offend us to hear our own thoughts expressed by others: we are not sure enough of their souls.”
  • Martin Amis
    Martin Amis
    “Weapons are like money; no one knows the meaning of enough.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    Ralph%20Waldo%20Emerson
    “Our high respect for a well read person is praise enough for literature.”
  • Pat Riley
    Pat%20Riley
    “Being ready isn't enough; you have to be prepared for a promotion or any other significant change.”

Idioms

Enough to cobble dogs with - (UK) A large surplus of anything: We've got enough coffee to cobble dogs with. Possible explanations: A cobblestone is a cut stone with a curved surface. These were set together to create road surfaces, in the days before the widespread use of asphalt. The image the phrase contains is that, even after all the roads have been cobbled, there are so many cobblestones left over that things that don’t need cobbling – such as dogs – could still be cobbled. A cobbler repairs shoes, so if you have enough leather to cobble an animal with four feet or that doesn't need shoes, you have a surplus.
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Give someone enough rope - If you give someone enough rope, you give them the chance to get themselves into trouble or expose themselves. (The full form is 'give someone enough rope and they'll hang themselves)
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Not enough room to swing a cat - If a room is very small, you can say that there isn't enough room to swing a cat in it.
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Not know enough to come in out of the rain - Someone who doesn't know enough to come in out of the rain is particularly stupid.
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Tall enough to hunt geese with a rake - (USA) A person who's much taller than a person of average height.
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Too many chiefs and not enough Indians - When there are too many chiefs and not enough Indians, there are two many managers and not enough workers to work efficiently.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. inoh, inow, enogh, AS. genōh, genōg, a. & adv. (akin to OS. ginōg, D. genoeg, OHG. ginoug, G. genug, Icel. gnōgr, Sw. nog, Dan. nok, Goth. ganōhs,), fr. geneah, it suffices (akin to Goth. ganah,); pref. ge-, + a root akin to L. nancisci, to get, Skr. naç, Gr. 'enegkei^n to carry

Usage

In literature:

He didn't think himself good enough for anybody's kinship.
"Chance" by Joseph Conrad
The things that were good enough for my two we didn't reckon good enough for her, and we saw she had one better all the time.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
She was learning some verses herself, but she wondered if she would have courage enough to face the whole school.
"A Little Girl in Old New York" by Amanda Millie Douglas
His strong, tender arm was help enough.
"A Little Girl of Long Ago" by Amanda Millie Douglas
But now you will have had enough of my news and more than enough.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
We've got money enough now for three shoes, but we need three more to have enough to go around.
"At the Little Brown House" by Ruth Alberta Brown
But there are nice enough schools in Boston.
"A Little Girl in Old Boston" by Amanda Millie Douglas
I am feeble enough, and selfish enough yet, God knows!
"Deerbrook" by Harriet Martineau
Our Constitution is good enough for a people who are wise enough to live under it.
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden
Scores of volunteers present themselves, enough to man every boat in the frigate.
"The Flag of Distress" by Mayne Reid
Hadn't pluck enough, I s'pose, or else you might have seen me come back like that poor chap there.
"The Peril Finders" by George Manville Fenn
Thank Heaven he was young enough for that.
"Black Oxen" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
Once upon a time there was an old sow with three little pigs, and as she had not enough to keep them, she sent them out to seek their fortune.
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry
His mother was tender enough, and there were good souls like Aunty Nan to show pity to both of them.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
The whole nest is big enough to make a load for a cart, and would be heavy enough to give any horse a good pull.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
My ration of water was quite enough for me, and more than enough.
"The Boy Tar" by Mayne Reid
The throbbing roar they made was monotonous enough to be dulling, but too loud to be soothing .
"The Alembic Plot" by Ann Wilson
Well, her eyes were bright enough, large enough, well set in her head.
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
Put them in a cool oven six or seven times; and when soft enough to bear it, let them be gently flattened by degrees.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
This point is scarcely ever enough attended to.
"The Lady's Own Cookery Book, and New Dinner-Table Directory;" by Charlotte Campbell Bury
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In poetry:

To her, to learn
If this girl's soul be masculine enough
To form the only resolution worthy
Herself.
"Nathan The Wise - Act V" by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
Makes me love everybody.
Makes me love everybody.
Makes me love everybody.
And it's good enough for me.
"Give Me That Old Time Religion" by Anonymous Americas
In vain I pray'd him to forbear
Tho' wealth enough has he--
God be to him as merciless
As he has been to me!
"Jaspar" by Robert Southey
Enough then is one tranquil look
Out of your heavenly eyes,
To tell me we two are alone
And round us paradise.
"Immortal Eve - II" by Manmohan Ghose
ENOUGH of sweet and fair
Hovers for hope to see;
Enough for hope is the summer air,
The song in the summer tree.
"Look Up" by John Vance Cheney
Give me that old time religion
Tis the old time religion,
Tis the old time religion,
And it's good enough for me.
"Give Me That Old Time Religion" by Anonymous Americas

In news:

Southwest Florida is a national treasure, and also a personal treasure to every voting adult who is smart enough, and lucky enough to live here.
For hens , rabbits and fowl such as quail, the limit is two — enough for Noah, but not enough to produce more than a few omelettes a week.
Still, talk to enough people and sure enough, someone will square you away.
It completely totaled the engine and exploded with enough force to shove the dozier upwords and enough force to shatter my ankles.
'Enough Is Enough' In Opposing New Fees.
One answer is that the nation is still powerful enough to claim, though its purposes are not always great enough to deserve, the individual 's sacrifices.
Sea Eagle's 420x Explorer is a two-person, inflatable , durable and easily portable kayak that's comfortable enough for a day on the lake, and rugged enough to handle Class IV rapids.
Atlanta Falcons — They weren't good enough to run the table, but they're good enough to represent the NFC.
SWINGLINE/MCTThe Swingline Stack and Shred 60X ($139) is compact enough to keep under your desk but powerful enough for up to 60 sheets of hands-free shredding.
Pastor Willie Lark didn't get enough votes on November 6, but did find enough support on the board for a spot to fill the term of Jeffrey Booker, who resigned from the Benton Harbor Area Schools Board of Education last month.
John Rivera's Nov 21 letter "When is enough, enough".
The company may soon be trading on Nasdaq because its stock price has risen enough and held up long enough to be listed .
My own maps would never be beautiful enough or clear enough for others to look at.
Florida's senior US senator Tuesday exhorted Mexico to release an imprisoned Marine Corps veteran of campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan who is being held in a Matamoros prison, declaring that "enough is enough.".
Farmers lived a subsistence life, happy to raise enough to feed their families and livestock and keep enough seed for the next year.
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In science:

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Explicit isoperimetric constants and phase transitions in the random-cluster model
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Classification of simple $C^*$-algebras of tracial topological rank zero
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The shape theorem for the frog model with random initial configuration
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Optical and X-ray Afterglows in the Cannonball Model of GRBs
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Lectures on controlled topology: mapping cylinder neighborhoods
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Critical and Tricritical Hard Objects on Bicolorable Random Lattices: Exact Solutions
We show that if p is small enough, then observing the process on the edges incident with U long enough, we can determine the genus of the surface.
Determining the Genus of a Map by Local Observation of a Simple Random Process
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The nonlinear development of the thermal instability in the atomic ISM and its interaction with random fluctuations
Interestingly, however, the case of velocity perturbations with η & 1 is somewhat resemblant of the case of an initially stable medium, in the sense that a strong enough compression is needed in order to raise the cooling rate to high enough values that condensation can occur.
The nonlinear development of the thermal instability in the atomic ISM and its interaction with random fluctuations
This threshold should be chosen large enough to reduce the number of false detections but small enough not to miss too many sources.
On Optimal Detection of Point Sources in CMB Maps
There was neither enough time in the talk nor enough space in this written version to discuss either the supersymmetric extensions of these models or their quantization using deformation methods [9, 6].
Areal Theory
Let p be close enough to 1 so that Pp (S (0) ≥ n) ≤ αn for all n large enough, with some α < 1.
The speed of biased random walk on percolation clusters
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Random Surfaces
According to [GL, (3.10) Remark] it is enough to show that a certain bilinear form φλ is nonzero for each λ ∈ π ; equivalently, it is enough to show that π0 = π , where π0 is the set of λ ∈ π such that φλ 6= 0.
Presenting generalized q-Schur algebras
Indeed, if the starburst event is strong enough (or the galaxy small enough) a starburst can remove the ma jority of the ISM, with ma jor implications for future star-formation (Mac Low & Ferrara 1999).
First Look XMM-Newton EPIC Observations of the Prototypical Starburst Galaxy M82
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