• WordNet 3.6
    • adj general-purpose not limited in use or function
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  • Howard Nemerov
    Howard Nemerov
    “Obvious enough that generalities work to protect the mind from the great outdoors; is it possible that this was in fact their first purpose?”
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes
    “Even for practical purposes theory generally turns out the most important thing in the end.”


In literature:

It is quite a serviceable joint for all general purposes, such as shed or garage building where fairly heavy timbers are used.
"Woodwork Joints" by William Fairham
The plant is more generally used for medicinal purposes than as an esculent.
"The Field and Garden Vegetables of America" by Fearing Burr
When a young man shows a purpose of that kind he generally sticks to it.
"Dr. Wortle's School" by Anthony Trollope
The stones which are most generally used for the purpose of sharpening carving tools are "Turkey" and "Washita.
"Wood-Carving" by George Jack
To carry the argument no farther, the body was too numerous to admit of any general secret cooeperation between them for such a purpose.
"The Story of the Upper Canada Rebellion, Volume 1" by John Charles Dent
A general outline will answer our present purpose.
"The Knickerbocker, or New-York Monthly Magazine, May 1844" by Various
At this time the cavalry were not in good repute, General Scott not being in favor of any horsemen, except for scouting purposes.
"Charles Carleton Coffin" by William Elliot Griffis
But since this would generally serve all other purposes, it sufficed.
"Nicanor - Teller of Tales" by C. Bryson Taylor
Deception, indeed, would never accomplish its purpose, if it were not from the impression that men generally speak truth.
"The Philosophy of the Moral Feelings" by John Abercrombie
General Ironside had now taken over command of the expedition and changed its character more to accord with the stated purpose of it.
"The History of the American Expedition Fighting the Bolsheviki" by Joel R. Moore
You might call it a general-purposes gang.
"From Place to Place" by Irvin S. Cobb
The intense self-consciousness of General McClellan and a certain aim at effect for ulterior and unmilitary purposes show themselves early.
"The Writings of James Russell Lowell in Prose and Poetry, Volume V" by James Russell Lowell
For general purposes flint glass is vastly superior to the soft soda mentioned above.
"On Laboratory Arts" by Richard Threlfall
It is a first-rate wood for general purposes.
"The Philippine Islands" by John Foreman
But Fred kept on, begging and importuning his father to do something to change the general's purpose, without obtaining any reply.
"Crown and Sceptre" by George Manville Fenn
On most occasions the fire-ships, being generally old vessels fit for no other purpose, were the chief sufferers.
"How Britannia Came to Rule the Waves" by W.H.G. Kingston
Generally speaking, the thread from one of these machines is what is used for weaving purposes.
"Carl and the Cotton Gin" by Sara Ware Bassett
Besides these two rooms, there was one apartment for general purposes.
"Work and Win" by Oliver Optic
To send goods or commodities out of a country, for the purposes of traffic, under the general name of exports.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Generally speaking, pure alcohol is the best for this purpose.
"Practical Taxidermy" by Montagu Browne

In news:

IN THE beginning, there was the jeep: Spartan transportation based on the tough "general purpose" vehicles that jarred and jolted the Allies to victory in World War II.
The BULLET is the only complete family of WirelessHART adapters designed to meet all application and certification needs including general purpose and intrinsically safe.
The Surface is Microsoft's first attempt at a general-purpose computer.
MARQUETTE, MI – ( Great Lakes Radio News ) – The City of Marquette is moving ahead with the process of gathering an appraised value of Marquette General Hospital for taxation purposes.
Within this subcommittee, the working groups are focused on developing mobile device benchmarks , especially in the area of smartphone and tablet benchmarking , as well as general-purpose Android-based applications.
Polaris Minerals Corp. Has secured a CAD $5 million, non-revolving secured term loan that it plans to use for working capital and general corporate purposes.
0The Model VM-300 vibration meter is a general purpose vibration measuring instrument designed for periodic routine checks of industrial equipment where portability and ease of use are required.
A general-purpose bike, it can be used in town or in the suburbs.
Information Technology is what economists call a general purpose technology, one that brings broad and deep benefits to the entire economy.
While Patterson fined RDR Books $6,750, he ruled "reference works that share the Lexicon 's purpose of aiding readers of literature generally should be encouraged rather than stifled.".
People generally assume dads want gadgets, the more complex and multi-purpose the better.
What is the purpose of RI's General Surplus Fund.
There are general purposes that God has for His followers: Knowing Him better, Glorifying Jesus, Building the church by the use of our spiritual gifts, and being a witness for Jesus to a world who needs His grace.
To fund the turnaround expenses of its Wynnewood refinery in the fourth quarter and for general purposes.
General Purpose Robots and EOAT.

In science:

Because the SLDNFA-system is a general purpose system, it probably will always be outperformed by special purpose systems in a specific domain.
There are also general-purpose tools that can be used for manipulating formal semantics, such as Coq[Coq], Isabelle[Isa] and Twelf[Twe].
From Syntactic Theories to Interpreters: A Specification Language and Its Compilation
Our system is not meant to be a general purpose generator, and in the future, we plan to extend our system to better handle the generation of morphological variants.
Modeling informational novelty in a conversational system with a hybrid statistical and grammar-based approach to natural language generation
We then extend this technique to a spherical n-ball with an arbitrary density distribution, and this leads to a general-purpose master formula for Pn (s) given in Eq. (39).
Random Distance Distribution for Spherical Objects: General Theory and Applications to n-Dimensional Physics
This note presents an overview of general-purpose and specific Monte-Carlo event generators used in the simulation of the CERN - CHORUS experiment, aiming to search for ν τ oscillations and charm particle decays in an emulsion target.
MC generators in CHORUS
Information about these general-purpose packages can be found in Section 4.
MC generators in CHORUS
This program is so designed that it can be embedded in a general-purpose event generator PYTHIA version 6.1.
GR@PPA_4b: A Four Bottom Quark Production Event Generator for PP/PPbar Collisions
BASES/SPRING is a multi-dimensional general-purpose Monte Carlo integration and event-generation program set.
GR@PPA_4b: A Four Bottom Quark Production Event Generator for PP/PPbar Collisions
The program includes an interface to the PYTHIA 6.1 general-purpose event generator.
GR@PPA_4b: A Four Bottom Quark Production Event Generator for PP/PPbar Collisions
For general purpose, the scalar virial theorem is not adopted.
Velocity Dispersion of Dissolving OB Associations Affected by External Pressure of Formation Environment
EPspectra and Pspectra run on general purpose workstations in an operating system (Linux OS) without explicit real-time support.
EPspectra: A Formal Toolkit for Developing DSP Software Applications
Real time programming: Special purpose or general purpose languages.
EPspectra: A Formal Toolkit for Developing DSP Software Applications
Design and implementation of software radios using a general purpose processor.
EPspectra: A Formal Toolkit for Developing DSP Software Applications
The aim of this paper is to provide such general-purpose inequalities.
Moment inequalities for functions of independent random variables
This paper proposes general-purpose inequalities for polynomial moments of functions of independent variables.
Moment inequalities for functions of independent random variables