fanciful

Definitions

  • Fancy Table
    Fancy Table
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj fanciful indulging in or influenced by fancy "a fanciful mind","all the notional vagaries of childhood"
    • adj fanciful having a curiously intricate quality "a fanciful pattern with intertwined vines and flowers"
    • adj fanciful not based on fact; unreal "the falsehood about some fanciful secret treaties"- F.D.Roosevelt","a small child's imaginary friends","to create a notional world for oneself"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

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FANCY PORTRAIT FANCY PORTRAIT
ONE TRUNK TOOK MY FANCY ONE TRUNK TOOK MY FANCY

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Fanciful Conceived in the fancy; not consistent with facts or reason; abounding in ideal qualities or figures; as, a fanciful scheme; a fanciful theory.
    • Fanciful Curiously shaped or constructed; as, she wore a fanciful headdress. "Gather up all fancifullest shells."
    • Fanciful Full of fancy; guided by fancy, rather than by reason and experience; whimsical; as, a fanciful man forms visionary projects.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • fanciful Led by fancy rather than by reason and experience; subject to the influence of fancy; whimsical: applied to persons.
    • fanciful Opposed to real.
    • fanciful Dictated or produced by fancy; appealing to or engaging the fancy; characterized by capricious aspects or qualities; curious: applied to things: as, a fanciful scheme; fanciful shapes.
    • fanciful Synonyms Imaginative, visionary, capricious, eccentric.
    • fanciful Fanciful, Fantastic, Grotesque, chimerical, wild. Fantastic and grotesque may be applied to persons or to things, but grotesque to persons only when indicating outward appearance. That which is fanciful is odd, but not beyond the point of pleasing; that which is fantastic goes beyond that point, suggesting an unregulated or half-crazy fancy: as, the fantastic notions or dress of a lunatic. That which is grotesque carries fancy so far as to be unnatural, absurd, a combination of incongruous parts, a travesty upon the real or proper.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Fanciful guided or created by fancy: imaginative: whimsical: wild
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Quotations

  • Jean Paul Richter
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    “Gray hairs seem to my fancy like the soft light of the moon, silvering over the evening of life.”
  • Lord Byron
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    “I have a great mind to believe in Christianity for the mere pleasure of fancying I may be damned.”
  • Gertrude Stein
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    “Communists are people who fancied that they had an unhappy childhood.”
  • Samuel Johnson
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    “Some desire is necessary to keep life in motion, and he whose real wants are supplied must admit those of fancy.”
  • William C. Redfield
    William C. Redfield
    “Facts have a cruel way of substituting themselves for fancies. There is nothing more remorseless, just as there is nothing more helpful, than truth.”
  • Voltaire
    Voltaire
    “It is fancy rather than taste which produces so many new fashions.”

Idioms

Tickle your fancy - If something tickles your fancy, it appeals to you and you want to try it or have it.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Contracted from fantasy.

Usage

In literature:

Not much business doing there for me, I fancy, unless it lies in the nursery line.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
Mrs. Barrington had a bit of fancy work in her hands which were white and shapely.
"The Girls at Mount Morris" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
Mungoes of the best quality are used in the low fancy tweed trade, in both warp and weft, but chiefly in union and backed fabrics.
"Textiles" by William H. Dooley
We are in the country, you know, and I cannot fancy being tired in the fields, and in such a park as that.
"Deerbrook" by Harriet Martineau
Aunt Betty would be wild, fancying you were lost.
"Chatterbox, 1906" by Various
I have a fancy for being high up.
"Floyd Grandon's Honor" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
I fancy it is fairly even balanced fighting of a very hard sort.
"Letters of Lt.-Col. George Brenton Laurie" by George Brenton Laurie
His mind was filled with the most horrible fancies.
"Roger Trewinion" by Joseph Hocking
And so, if any man should fancy he cared to kiss me, he could do so under the pretext that I had pulled my dress from under his feet!
"A Confederate Girl's Diary" by Sarah Margan Dawson
Theirs was but fancied security, and lasted only two years.
"The Tiger Hunter" by Mayne Reid
The fancy of the forecastle seems to have crept aft among the officers.
"The Flag of Distress" by Mayne Reid
So that I fancy Stepaside will be able to pay his own expenses.
"The Day of Judgment" by Joseph Hocking
Fancy a sensible human being turning himself into a sort of peg or receptacle for other folks' theories!
"Lover or Friend" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
I fancy Marjy put a candle and matches on the table.
"Cleo The Magnificent" by Louis Zangwill
What horrors you fancy!
"The Bondwoman" by Marah Ellis Ryan
During most of the time, he fancied he was back in England, and the girl he had left there seemed to be hovering about him.
"The Greater Power" by Harold Bindloss
Fancy the trouble of it.
"Is He Popenjoy?" by Anthony Trollope
They'd think it was too fancy.
"The "Genius"" by Theodore Dreiser
I cannot fancy anything more suitable.
"Ancestors" by Gertrude Atherton
Not more than a day or two ago, I should fancy, for nobody seems to have been looking for her in this direction.
"A Life Sentence" by Adeline Sergeant
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In poetry:

And now the fancy passes by,
And nothing will remain,
And miles around they'll say that I
Am quite myself again.
"XVIII: Oh, when I was in love with you" by A E Housman
But who hath fancies pleased
With fruits of happy sight,
Let here his eyes be raised
On Nature's sweetest light!
"Song" by Sir Philip Sidney
I'll pore upon the stream
Where sighing lovers dream,
And fish for fancies as they pass
Within the watery glass.
"Song: Memory, hither come" by William Blake
Not that her fancy holds me dear,
Not that a hope may be:
Only that I may know her near,
Wind of the western sea!
"Bring Her Again, O Western Wind" by William Ernest Henley
You say it is a fancied thing
Within my memory fraught;
To me it has a sacred place--
The treasure house of thought.
"My Mother's Kiss" by Frances Ellen Watkins Harper
"Then, joy! within my native vale
To find my Ellen free!
To fancy others pleas'd her not,
Because she thought on me!
"Vignette - IV" by Matilda Betham

In news:

Today's topic is fructose , which is a fancy way of saying fruit sugar, and not-so-sweet science.
That might not sound so frugal , but instead of blowing thousands on a banquet hall and fancy flowers, we had an unforgettable, four-day celebration in a magical place and didn't feel we were skimping on a thing.
Less Fancy Cocktail Contestants Mix It Up At Fruit Bat Tonight.
A Fancy Word For Garbage – May 31, 2011.
Pets, kids, whatever strikes your fancy -- at.
I remember, as a small child, being miffed that I wasn't included when my parents dressed up to go out for a fancy meal.
"Nothing fancy, just put together," she says.
Fancy Fusaichi Highlights Gardenia Field.
Iowa Distaff winner Fancy Fusaichi takes on 6 in the Gardenia Handicap.
Barbecue garnished with political surprise tasty Fancy Farm dish.
Some fancy neighborhoods open gates to Section 8 tenants.
Ligularia sounds like some kind of pasta or seafood, but no, it's a plant, a perennial flower that has captured my fancy.
I should say "flowers," because there are two species of ligularia that could captured one's fancy.
Greetings from Catoosa, our snowman is not injured, we added sparkles to make her look fancy but in the pictures the sparkles look like blood it was my idea and the kids and grandkids got quite a laugh out of the whole thing.
Ice Box, the less fancied of two runners trained by Nick Zito for owner Robert LaPenta, ground out a nose victory at odds of 20-1 over another outsider, 29-1.
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In science:

This actually argues in favor of the LFSR method, since it is better to know and to control the de(cid:12)ciencies of a random number generator than to rely on fancy methods which are basically justi(cid:12)ed by empirical observations.
Pseudo Random Coins Show More Heads Than Tails
Fixed points contributions. A rank 1 torsion-free sheaf on C2 is a fancy name to call an ideal I of C[x, y ].
Random partitions and instanton counting
The former has somewhat fancifully been named the “Blue’s function” (known also under other names in literature), while the latter will more conservatively be called the “N –transform.” These two functions are fundamental ob jects within the FRV approach, see below.
Applying Free Random Variables to Random Matrix Analysis of Financial Data. Part I: A Gaussian Case
If the higgs boson does indeed exist by Mother Nature’s own choice, and not by the theorists’ fancies however imaginative and elegant their intellectual inventions may be, it will be discovered at the LHC.
A Pedestrian Introduction to the Mathematical Concepts of Quantum Physics
This is true because Cont does not speak about “any fancy subset” of the quantities, but just about those “physically meaningful” sets which can be defined in the language of our (physical) theory.
A logic road from special relativity to general relativity
But then, these measurements have predetermined outcomes: the world is deterministic and realism is nothing but a fancy word for determinism.
Is realism compatible with true randomness ?
The more fancy local models are needed since the spaces have to incorporate analytical limiting behaviors, like bubbling-off and breaking of tra jectories, which cannot be satisfactorily described in the classical set-up of manifolds.
Applications of Polyfold Theory I: The Polyfolds of Gromov-Witten Theory
While it does not seem there is anything logically inconsistent in this result, it can be phrased in terms of fanciful thought experiments that lead to unsettling conclusions.
Bubble collisions and measures of the multiverse
Nonrenormalizability of Einstein’s theory and renormalizability of a quadratic Lagrangian suggests that a classical limit (to be defined when quantum theory of gravity will become a fact rather than a fancy) of quantum gravity may be a theory with dynamics more complicated than that of general relativity.
Universality of Einstein's General Relativity
The tie-up between H∞ and A∞ in our approach is not prompted by random fancy.
Bringing Up a Quantum Baby
Raman scattering by itself cannot be invoked to justify more fancy terms such as ring-exchange terms for these systems.
Two-magnon Raman scattering in insulating cuprates: Modifications of the effective Raman operator
While his presentation was totally unrelated to QCD, Landsberg presented perhaps the most fancy transparencies seen at this conference.
Moriond QCD 2002: Theoretical Summary
This is equivalent to a mapping from the geometric realization |X | of X to a fancy version of the Volodin K-theory space of the ring R.
Twisting cochains and higher torsion
One also sees fancy plus symbols at smaller lattice spacing and comparable or smaller mπ /mN .
Results on improved KS dynamical configurations: spectrum, decay constants, etc
And then this fantastic flight of fancy - “this thesis is dedicated to NGC 2403 and its inhabitants, to whom copies can be furnished at cost”.
Dark Matter in Galaxies: Observational overview
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