• WordNet 3.6
    • adj exacting requiring precise accuracy "an exacting job","became more exigent over his pronunciation"
    • adj exacting severe and unremitting in making demands "an exacting instructor","a stern disciplinarian","strict standards"
    • adj exacting having complicated nutritional requirements; especially growing only in special artificial cultures "fastidious microorganisms","certain highly specialized xerophytes are extremely exacting in their requirements"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There are no two zebras who have stripes that are exactly the same
    • a Exacting Oppressive or unreasonably severe in making demands or requiring the exact fulfillment of obligations; harsh; severe. "A temper so exacting ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Olympic badminton rules say that the bird has to have exactly fourteen feathers.
    • exacting Given to or characterized by exaction; severe in requirement or requisition; exigent in action or procedure: as, an exacting master; an exacting inquiry.
    • exacting Attended by exaction; requiring close attention or application; arduous; laborious; absorbing: as, an exacting office or employment; exacting duties; exacting demands upon one's time.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Scientists have discovered that the mating call of the Mediterranean fruit fly has exactly the same frequency as lower F# on a harmonica.
    • p.adj Exacting compelling full payment of: unreasonable in making demands
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  • Amelia Earhart
    Amelia Earhart
    “Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace. The soul that knows it not, knows no release from little things; knows not the livid loneliness of fear.”
  • Philip Roth
    “Just like those who are incurably ill, the aged know everything about their dying except exactly when.”
  • Francois FeNelon
    “Exactness and neatness in moderation is a virtue, but carried to extremes narrows the mind.”
  • Edward Simmons
    Edward Simmons
    “The difference between failure and success is doing a thing nearly right and doing it exactly right.”
  • Edmund Burke
    “It is the nature of all greatness not to be exact.”
  • Andre Maurois
    “The really great novel tends to be the exact negative of its author's life.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. exigĕre, exactumex, out, agĕre, to drive.


In literature:

I knew I'd hit it exactly right this morning by the color of it.
"Dixie Hart" by Will N. Harben
You may not exactly like the tune, but you will concede that they sing!
"The Human Side of Animals" by Royal Dixon
I know exactly what you mean!
"Jill the Reckless" by P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse
The total number of children between 110 and 120 is almost exactly the same as the number between 80 and 90; namely, about 15 per cent.
"The Measurement of Intelligence" by Lewis Madison Terman
We have calculated the exact times, places, and magnitudes of the forces to be used.
"Skylark Three" by Edward Elmer Smith
To exact usury is here, according to Ambrose, an act of hostility.
"Usury" by Calvin Elliott
She possessed a rich cousin of exactly her own age, whose clothes were passed on to her.
"The Youngest Girl in the Fifth" by Angela Brazil
I reminded her that our ignorance was not exactly our fault.
"The Daughters of Danaus" by Mona Caird
It is important that the exact bearing of the problem be clearly understood.
"The Psychology of Singing" by David C. Taylor
For men on that exact edge of the educated class such a transition is really tragic.
"Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens" by G. K. Chesterton
Exactly the same laws will apply to mammals.
"Contributions to the Theory of Natural Selection" by Alfred Russel Wallace
With this knowledge a scientific cultivator can judge exactly how to treat the exigencies of the different trees at different ages.
"Across Unknown South America" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
She concealed exactly because of that.
"Aurora the Magnificent" by Gertrude Hall
Good drawing is a combination of exactness and freedom; and the exactness must come first.
"The Painter in Oil" by Daniel Burleigh Parkhurst
She refused food except on condition that an exactly similar helping should be conveyed to Dave in the Horsetickle.
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
That is exactly what I intend to do, dear Miss Clara.
"The German Classics, v. 20" by Various
She soon learned that no obedience whatsoever was exacted from Sir Thomas.
"Ayala's Angel" by Anthony Trollope
Now jumping, you see, is not exactly my forte.
"The Children of the World" by Paul Heyse
But there was no dishonourable intention in him anywhere; indeed, he hardly knew exactly why he did this thing.
"The Wave" by Algernon Blackwood
Now it appears to be falling again a little, but the wind still keeps exactly in the same quarter.
"Farthest North" by Fridtjof Nansen

In poetry:

Though darker than the shades of blackness,
Or fairer than the morning light,
It matters not, in strict exactness,
God's image are we, black or white.
"The Future Of America, In The Unity Of The Races" by James Madison Bell
"AND did you really walk," said I,
"On such a wretched night?
I always fancied Ghosts could fly -
If not exactly in the sky,
Yet at a fairish height."
"Phantasmagoria Canto III ( Scarmoges )" by Lewis Carroll
"The result we proceed to divide, as you see,
By Nine Hundred and Ninety Two:
Then subtract Seventeen, and the answer must be
Exactly and perfectly true.
"The Hunting Of The Snark " by Lewis Carroll
England! in thee shines Liberty's excellence;
We are as free as serves for humanity,
Freespoken, freejudging, freeacting,
Nobody spying, and none exacting.
"Freedom (In Alcaics.)" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
And Jill, who must go
And always do
Exactly as Jack did, tumbled too!
Just think, if you will,
How they rolled down hill--
Straw-headed Jack and bare-footed Jill!
"Jack And Jill" by Clara Doty Bates
Be thou as pure and prudent in each act,
Full as much care and vigilance exert,
Full as religious be, and as exact,
In thine own house, as if in church thou wert.
"Advice To Ev'ry Master Of A Family, To Govern His House In A Religious Manner" by Rees Prichard

In news:

I'm from Brooklyn, which isn't exactly the garden spot of the country, but check out this video from YouTube.
On Wednesday against Arcata High, that's exactly what the Bruins did.
I had intended on spending this entry talking about exactly why I hate U2, but then I considered my argument.
That's exactly what the annual Smith County Wide Cleanup event is all about.
Find out exactly what you can leave curbside and when after the jump.
For the second-floor exterior, the men removed damaged shingles, replacing them with exact replicas.
What exactly are the differences between an executive chef, a chef de cuisine, a chef-owner, and a chef-partner.
Asaf Darash is exactly the type of entrepreneur we should be trying to recruit.
Not exactly, but Obama is already working to get rid of them.
If I had a dollar for every time I've been asked that question this year, I would have exactly $172.
It's Everywhere, but What Exactly Does That Buzzword 'Green' Mean.
Exactly how this came to be is lost somewhere in the annals of organized labor.
Exactly how many genes make up the human genome remains a mystery, even though scientists announced the completion of the Human Genome Project a decade ago.
Exactly 10 years after Apple introduced the world to the click wheel to operate the first iPod, the inventor behind the iPod has come up with a way to manage home energy use through a new thermostat that also uses click wheel technology.
If you're thinking to yourself that it's been cold here for awhile, you'd be exactly right.

In science:

Eq. (6) is an exact equation but not exactly what we want, since it relates odd-sized tuples and even-sized tuples whereas Fig. 1 shows P0 (w) for odd w only.
Pseudo Random Coins Show More Heads Than Tails
Furthermore we show that the exact background represents precisely the 11d origin of the 5d domain wall solution which is an exact solution of the effective 5d heterotic M-theory.
Enlarging the Parameter Space of Heterotic M-Theory Flux Compactifications to Phenomenological Viability
Since β∗ is injective, the long exact sequence collapses to the short exact sequence β∗−→ K CRT (C ′ ) i∗−→ K CRT (A′ ) → 0 0 → K CRT (B ′ ) where i∗ has degree −1.
The Range of United K-Theory
Concerning the free TCI, it does not seem easy to exactly compute the Wasserstein distance; in fact, we do not know the exact value of W (γ0,r1 , γ0,r2 ) for instance.
Inequalities related to free entropy derived from random matrix approximation
As an example, one can see that Fn−1 /Dn−1 is a principal T-bundle over Fn−2 /Dn−2 , and the corresponding Gysin exact sequence is in fact the topological version of the Pimsner-Voiculescu exact sequence for the crossed ∼= An−1,θ ⋊α Z as in Theorem 3.1.
$C^\ast$-algebras from Anzai flows and their $K$-groups
Thus in the category of graphs there are exact analogs of all facts proved in this paper for the category of Polish spaces; one may say that the theory of universal and random graphs is an exact elementary model of the theory of universal and random metric spaces.
Random Metric Spaces and Universality
Say that such a function chooses coherent orientations if every vertex of Γ is the tail of exactly one of the chosen oriented edges and the head of exactly one of the chosen oriented edges.
Diagrams with Selection and Method for Constructing Boundedly Generated and Boundedly Simple Groups
Next we describe our construction and some results in more detail. A complex T is called total ly acyclic if its modules are pro jective, it is exact, and the complex HomR (T , Q) is exact for every pro jective module Q.
Gorenstein projective dimension for complexes
A complex of R-modules T is said to be total ly acyclic if the following conditions are satisfied. (1) Tn is pro jective for every n ∈ Z. (2) T is exact. (3) HomR (T , Q) is exact for every pro jective R-module Q.
Gorenstein projective dimension for complexes
This meaning of “totally acyclic” is wider than the one in , where it refers to an exact complex T of finite pro jective modules such that HomR (T , R) is exact; when R is noetherian the new notion subsumes the earlier one, by [6, (2.4)].
Gorenstein projective dimension for complexes
By 1.2.1, we have H (λ) = ð, where ð is the connecting homomorphism of the homology exact sequence associated to the short exact sequence above.
Gorenstein projective dimension for complexes
The conclusion then follows by considering the exact sequences of groups ExtR (−, Q), induced by the short exact sequence from hypothesis, where Q varies over all pro jective modules, and applying Theorem 3.8.
Gorenstein projective dimension for complexes
There exist long exact sequences of Tate cohomology groups associated to short exact sequences of complexes in either argument.
Gorenstein projective dimension for complexes
The exact density profiles, particle currents and phase diagram for this effective one-channel TASEP system are known [1, 2], and it allows us to calculate exactly the properties of the original two-channel TASEP in the limit of strong coupling.
Two-Channel Totally Asymmetric Simple Exclusion Processes
Despite its agreement with known exact results in one and two dimensions the expression equation (54) will not be exact in general.
Perturbation theory for the effective diffusion constant in a medium of random scatterer