• WordNet 3.6
    • adj exact (of ideas, images, representations, expressions) characterized by perfect conformity to fact or truth; strictly correct "a precise image","a precise measurement"
    • adj exact marked by strict and particular and complete accordance with fact "an exact mind","an exact copy","hit the exact center of the target"
    • v exact take as an undesirable consequence of some event or state of affairs "the accident claimed three lives","The hard work took its toll on her"
    • v exact claim as due or just "The bank demanded payment of the loan"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There are no two zebras who have stripes that are exactly the same
    • Exact Habitually careful to agree with a standard, a rule, or a promise; accurate; methodical; punctual; as, a man exact in observing an appointment; in my doings I was exact. "I see thou art exact of taste."
    • Exact Precisely agreeing with a standard, a fact, or the truth; perfectly conforming; neither exceeding nor falling short in any respect; true; correct; precise; as, the clock keeps exact time; he paid the exact debt; an exact copy of a letter; exact accounts. "I took a great pains to make out the exact truth."
    • Exact Precisely or definitely conceived or stated; strict. "An exact command,
      Larded with many several sorts of reason."
    • v. t Exact To demand or require authoritatively or peremptorily, as a right; to enforce the payment of, or a yielding of; to compel to yield or to furnish; hence, to wrest, as a fee or reward when none is due; -- followed by from or of before the one subjected to exaction; as, to exact tribute, fees, obedience, etc., from or of some one. "He said into them, Exact no more than that which is appointed you.""Years of servise past
      From grateful souls exact reward at last"
      "My designs Exact me in another place."
    • v. i Exact To practice exaction. "The anemy shall not exact upon him ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: A regulation baseball has exactly 108 stitches
    • exact To force or compel to be paid or yielded; demand or require authoritatively or menacingly.
    • exact To demand of right or necessity; enjoin with pressing urgency.
    • exact To claim; require.
    • exact Synonyms Exact, Extort, Enforce. Extort is much stronger than exact, and implies more of physical compulsion applied or threatened. Exact and extort apply to something to be got; enforce to something to be done. Enforce expresses more physical and less moral compulsion than extort.
    • exact To practise exaction.
    • exact Closely correct or regular; strictly accurate; truly adjusted, adapted, conformable, or the like.
    • exact Precisely correct or right; real; actual; veritable: as, the exact sum or amount; the exact time; those were his exact words. A statement is exact which does not differ from the true by any quantity, however small. See synonyms under accurate.
    • exact Methodical; careful; not negligent; observing strict accuracy, method, rule, or order: as, a man exact in keeping appointments; an exact thinker.
    • exact Characterized by or admitting of exactness or precision; precisely thought out or stated; dealing with definite facts or precise principles: as, an exact demonstration; the exact sciences.
    • exact Steady; even; well-balanced.
    • exact In English law, to call (a party) in court to answer. When the party could not be found, he was exacted, usually five times at five successive county courts before being outlawed.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Olympic badminton rules say that the bird has to have exactly fourteen feathers.
    • v.t Exact egz-akt′ to force from: to compel full payment of: to make great demands, or to demand urgently: to extort: to inflict
    • v.i Exact to practice extortion
    • adj Exact precise: careful: punctual: true: certain or demonstrable
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  • Philip Roth
    “Just like those who are incurably ill, the aged know everything about their dying except exactly when.”
  • Edmund Burke
    “It is the nature of all greatness not to be exact.”
  • Thomas Carlyle
    “In the long-run every Government is the exact symbol of its People, with their wisdom and unwisdom; we have to say, Like People like Government.”
  • James Baldwin
    “Money, it turned out, was exactly like sex, you thought of nothing else if you didn't have it and thought of other things if you did.”
  • Richard Marcinko
    Richard Marcinko
    “Pain was their body's way of telling them that they'd pushed themselves to their limits -- which was exactly where they were supposed to be.”
  • Laurie Halse Anderson
    Laurie Halse Anderson
    “Paradise is exactly like where you are right now... only much, much better.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. exactus, precise, accurate, p. p. of exigere, to drive out, to demand, enforce, finish, determine, measure; ex, out + agere, to drive; cf. F. exact,. See Agent Act


In literature:

We find exactly this relation throughout the history of civilized mankind.
"Psychology and Social Sanity" by Hugo Münsterberg
She is learning that household duties are exacting and fretful; that, though married, life still has a few thorns.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Vol. 3 (of 4)" by W. Grant Hague
It is exactly the same as in school.
"The Canadian Girl at Work" by Marjory MacMurchy
And "exactly at the center of gravity" meant exactly.
"Space Platform" by Murray Leinster
Of course, it is not exactly original, but then it is one of your earlier works.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
And Mrs. Oglethorpe always does exactly as she pleases.
"Black Oxen" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
It opened to him a wide and varied range of experience, which his wonderful observation, exact as it was humorous, made entirely his own.
"The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete" by John Forster
There are so many things which he can do better when he has a woman to assist him who thinks exactly as he thinks.
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
It is not easy for a person to exactly locate a sound when the cause is not apparent.
"The Humbugs of the World" by P. T. Barnum
Though it be not exacted of you, yet exact it of yourselves, this vow of stainless truth.
"The Crown of Wild Olive" by John Ruskin
By means of this instrument (called a Pyrometer) we may estimate, in the most exact manner, the various dilatations of any solid body by heat.
"Conversations on Chemistry, V. 1-2" by Jane Marcet
This is not exactly my philosophy, but I feel sure it was his.
"What I Saw in America" by G. K. Chesterton
When she cared for anyone she was deeply (though not outwardly) exacting; she wanted that person entirely.
"Bird of Paradise" by Ada Leverson
Again, we can never measure exactly in numbers the diagonal of a square.
"The Canterbury Puzzles" by Henry Ernest Dudeney
In narration these groups of words follow in a sequence exactly as the actions which they represent do.
"English: Composition and Literature" by W. F. (William Franklin) Webster
But if he has no ball before him he will surely learn to swing his club in exactly the way in which it ought to be swung.
"The Complete Golfer [1905]" by Harry Vardon
Our friend had exactly fourpence in his pocket.
"Somehow Good" by William de Morgan
Their interest will be exactly the other way.
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
It was exactly like a challenge; so I felt it, at least.
"The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly" by Charles James Lever
Served the stupid fellow exactly right, for trying to do what he wasn't fit to do.
"Villa Eden:" by Berthold Auerbach

In poetry:

"For gin I find a ladye gay,
Exactly to my taste,
I'll pop the question, aye or nay,
In twenty years at maist."
"The Lang Coortin'" by Lewis Carroll
Free quarters for the army too
He did exact and force;
On Protestants his love to show,
Than Papist used them worse.
"The Viceroy. A Ballad." by Matthew Prior
SIR M. No high-born exacting beauty
Blazing like a jewelled sun—
But a wife who'll do her duty,
As that duty should be done!
"The Sorcerer: Act II" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Silent in his powerless anger
Stood the Chief, with all his folk;
And before them all the ransom
Was exacted stroke for stroke.
"Loch Buy" by John Douglas Sutherland Campbell
O! 'twas a cheering word indeed!
Exactly suited to my need;
Sufficient for thee is my grace,
Thy weakness my great pow'r displays.
"My Grace Is Sufficient For Thee" by John Newton
Such body lovers have,
Such exacting breath,
That they touch or sigh.
Every touch they give,
Love is nearer death.
Prove that I lie.
"Her Anxiety" by William Butler Yeats

In news:

Not exactly shoddy company, mind you.
What's the exact sale price for your business that will allow you to live worry-free off the proceeds for the rest of your life.
Find out who it was and how exactly it went down.
"Catch Me" (Dutton), by Lisa Gardner: If you knew the exact date and time of your death, what would you do.
Would Carrie Bradshaw and the gang get along with the women of Wisteria Lane TV fans will never know -- but the men who helped bring Sex and the City and Desperate Housewives don't exactly see eye to eye.
Anyway, What seems to be especially painful is that the Cavs had the exact same issues last May But, then why would anything be different, it is the same team.
But what exactly is going on with the GOP's attack on women.
The London 2012 Olympic road race did not go exactly as planned: Canada's Ryder Hesjedal finished tied for 41st and Britain was shut out of the medals.
Clark was born Aug 17, 1904, exactly nine months after the Wright Brothers took their famous flight.
No one knows exactly where Mr Kony is, but here in Obo, at a remote forward operating post in the Central Africa n Republic, Green Berets pore over maps and interview villagers, hopeful for a clue.
For the record, actor Michael Cera is exactly 21 years, 7 months and 1 day old today.
Clemency is not pity or mercy, and not exactly pardon.
You've been brown bagging your lunch to save dough, but your homemade sandwiches aren't exactly upper crust.
Tempe Marcos de Niza was down by four points, 11 yards away from the end zone with exactly one second left.
Which has got some members of the chattering class wondering: What, exactly, happened to the candidate who just four years ago filled stadiums and moved an army of supporters with his soaring speeches and charisma .

In science:

What is required is a slicing condition that is well adapted to the exact solution in the sense that for this solution it recovers the exact lapse.
Simple excision of a black hole in 3+1 numerical relativity
The situation does not improve if we impose the exact data at the excision boundary (imposing exact data at the excision boundary in octant mode works well and leads to stable simulations).
Simple excision of a black hole in 3+1 numerical relativity
If we further assume that δ(Yt) = mn and Y has exactly m + n irreducible components, then Yt has exactly mn nodes as singularities.
A Simple Proof that Rational Curves on K3 are Nodal
It is well known that although the use of a Flory type argument is not an exact treatment, it yields in many cases exponents that are extremely close to the exact ones and in some cases even the exact exponents.
End to end distance on contour loops of random gaussian surfaces
We let pn , n ≥ 0 be the generating function for rooted trees whose root becomes isolated exactly at step n of the global leaf removal process, and qn , n ≥ 1 be the generating function for rooted trees whose root is removed exactly at step n of the global leaf removal process.
Core percolation in random graphs: a critical phenomena analysis
The upper left (exact/exact) and lower middle (minimal/minimal) maps are the same as the two rightmost maps in Figure 14, where they were imaged with a color stretch only half as large (σ/5).
Multiscale Gaussian Random Fields for Cosmological Simulations
Each element on the sphere S (x0 , m) has exactly one neighbour on the sphere S (x0 , m + 1) if m 6= sj for any j ∈ N and exactly j neighbours if m = sj .
Classification on the average of random walks
Each element on the sphere S (o, m) has exactly one neighbour on the sphere S (o, m + 1) if m 6= sj for any j ≥ 0 and exactly α neighbours if m = sj (α ∈ N) (Figure 3 represents the case α = 3, β = 2).
Classification on the average of random walks
QSO image positions and time delay ratios exactly or nearly exactly, resulting in a range of plausible H0 ’s.
Beware the Non-uniqueness of Einstein Rings
On the other hand, when viewed as an exactly solvable model approach for random spin models, they can provide exact results to analyze the dependence of the order parameter on temperature and field.
The Random Field Ising Model on Hierarchical Lattices I: Phase Diagram and Thermodynamics
Note that X is exact iff U (X ) is exact, and that any exact sequence in S ets∗ splits.
The nonabelian bar resolution
Let us first assume that exactly two of the three lozenges in s come from Min(D), and exactly one from a proper seed t of order 0.
An algorithm to generate exactly once every tiling with lozenges of a domain
This means the exact computation of the renormalization constant and the definition of exactly renormalized fermion amplitudes.
Exact Renormalization of Massless QED2
In this paper we performed the exact renormalization of some gauge theories by performing exactly the necessary Fourier transform.
Exact Renormalization of Massless QED2
Since the functor (−) ⊗R T is right exact, we get an exact sequence T s → T t → M ⊗R T → 0.
$K_0$ of purely infinite simple regular rings