harm

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v harm cause or do harm to "These pills won't harm your system"
    • n harm the act of damaging something or someone
    • n harm the occurrence of a change for the worse
    • n harm any physical damage to the body caused by violence or accident or fracture etc.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Pine, spruce, or other evergreen wood should never be used in barbecues. These woods, when burning or smoking, can add harmful tar and resins to the food. Only hardwoods should be used for smoking and grilling, such as oak, pecan, hickory, maple, cherry, alder, apple, or mesquite, depending on the type of meat being cooked.
    • Harm Injury; hurt; damage; detriment; misfortune.
    • Harm That which causes injury, damage, or loss. "We, ignorant of ourselves,
      Beg often our own harms ."
    • v. t Harm To hurt; to injure; to damage; to wrong. "Though yet he never harmed me.""No ground of enmity between us known
      Why he should mean me ill or seek to harm ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The Aztec Indians of Mexico believed turquoise would protect them from physical harm, and so warriors used these green and blue stones to decorate their battle shields.
    • n harm Physical or material injury; hurt; damage; detriment.
    • n harm Moral injury; evil; mischief; wrong; wrong-fulness.
    • harm To injure; damage; inflict injury upon in any way; be detrimental to.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Chocolate not only does not promote tooth decay, it might prevent it. According to the American Dental Association, milk chocolate contains ingredients, such as calcium and phosphate, that might modify acid production in the mouth that leads to cavities. Some oils in chocolate might also prevent tooth decay. Chocolate does contain sugar, of course, but these are simple sugars that are less harmful than the complex sugars contained in other foods.
    • n Harm härm injury: moral wrong
    • v.t Harm to injure
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Quotations

  • Mandell Creighton
    Mandell Creighton
    “No people do so much harm as those who go about doing good.”
  • Ovid
    Ovid
    “People are slow to believe that, which if believed would work them harm.”
  • Mao Zedong
    Mao%20Zedong
    “To read too many books is harmful.”
  • Georg C. Lichtenberg
    Georg%20C.%20Lichtenberg
    “Once we know our weaknesses they cease to do us any harm.”
  • Florence Nightingale
    Florence Nightingale
    “The very first requirement in a hospital is that it should do the sick no harm.”
  • Italian Proverb
    Italian Proverb
    “Misfortune does not always result in harm.”

Idioms

No harm, no foul - There's no problem when no harm or damage is done, such as the time my sister-in-law stole the name we'd chosen for a boy and we both ended up having girls.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. harm, hearm, AS. hearm,; akin to OS. harm, G. harm, grief, Icel. harmr, Dan. harme, Sw. harm,; cf. OSlav. & Russ. sram', shame, Skr. çrama, toil, fatigue

Usage

In literature:

I knew that there was harm, and felt that I might justly be punished.
"Will Weatherhelm" by W.H.G. Kingston
This will not do harm, but good, if it is only used so far as to try whether the stage for hot treatment has been reached.
"Papers on Health" by John Kirk
What harm was there in that, I should like to know?
"The Dash for Khartoum" by George Alfred Henty
And yet, what harm to read this letter and return it to the sender?
"The Lure of the Mask" by Harold MacGrath
It could do no harm to continue the watch that had been set upon him.
"The Grell Mystery" by Frank Froest
He meant to do no harm, but he did great harm.
"Eric, or Little by Little" by Frederic W. Farrar
At the same time, I take it, there can be no harm in hiding him a little.
"The Death Shot" by Mayne Reid
If we were wiser and stronger, and not so easily influenced for evil, I daresay it would do us no harm.
"Janet's Love and Service" by Margaret M Robertson
Come, let us sell him to the Ishmaelites, and let us do him no harm, for he is our brother, our own flesh and blood.
"The Children's Bible" by Henry A. Sherman
But suppose Bob had told already and harm was done?
"Walter and the Wireless" by Sara Ware Bassett
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In poetry:

He will sustain our weakest powers
With his almighty arm,
And watch our most unguarded hours
Against surprising harm.
"Psalm 121" by Isaac Watts
He had founde that Amarill
Soughte glorye more than love;
That she forcèd not his harmes
Her bewtye's power to prove.
"The Faire Amarillis" by Edward Dyer
Drink of this cup! it bears a charm
Of more than magic worth:
A spell to keep the soul from harm,
A gift from heaven to earth.
"Drink Of This Cup" by John Pierpont
"Now hush thee—hush thee Margaret,
"The mists will do no harm,
"And from the wind the little babe
"Lies sheltered on my arm."
"Rudiger - A Ballad" by Robert Southey
Hail! to our lady brave,
Whom I have sung before—
She may laugh at the fool and defy the knave,
Their power can harm no more.
"The Queen's Triumph" by Samuel Bamford
I am tired today but I am not
too tired. I am not tired at all.
There is the Pollock, white, harm
will not fall, his perfect hand
"Digression On Number 1, 1948" by Frank O Hara

In news:

The charges against Churchill are tied to theft with the intent to harm others.
Guest Worker Programs Do a World of Harm.
Selectman Knabel is just posturing – harmfully .
But it's not as simple as eating less fat, which tends to lower both LDL, the harmful kind of cholesterol that contributes to heart disease, and HDL , the protective variety.
Itasca, IL – Media coverage of car crashes may harm rather than help public health, according to two new studies published in the National Safety Council's Journal of Safety Research.
A column of yours stated that dark chocolate might not have a harmful effect on blood cholesterol.
This site gives the silent majority a way to express their views without fear of harmful repercussions against their kids.
It harms every organ in your body.
I do fear driving or doing anything that could cause harm on this day.
Vatican tribunal denounces pope's butler theft as harmful to pope, Holy See , entire church.
Or ingest small amounts of a harmful substance if it could cure illness.
In over 200 years of clinical use, no homeopathic product has ever been pulled off the market for any harmful side effects, negative drug interactions or addictions.
The tribe sued federal officials this week to protect a threatened plant that it says will be harmed by snow made with treated wastewater.
Las Vegas Sun health reporter Marshall Allen talks with KVBC's Jeff Gillian about the Sun's hospital-care project, Do No Harm.
HRT May Do More Harm Than Good For Disease Prevention, Says US Preventive Services Task Force.
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In science:

We have checked that restricting the P2VM extension to the 32 pixels is not harmful in terms of loss of information, since the 6 independent parameters of the 3 simultaneous complex correlated fluxes are more than sufficently fitted on 32 independent pixel values (24 would suffice in theory).
AMBER Task Force February 2008 run report
By combining HISQ c harm quark propagators with light valence HISQ quarks we obtained accurate results for the mass of the D and Ds mesons in .
Precision charm physics, m_c and alpha_s from lattice QCD
Hence, only the dispersion-induced distortion between the early and late wave packets, which is due to the period τ between the two dissociation processes, causes potential harm to the fringe pattern of the detection probability as a function of the arm length variations.
Non-classical correlations from dissociation time entanglement
Therefore an appropriate cutting or disturbing in a good way could unify many of these islands. A second aspect: It is possible that a very rapid cutting is not so harmful for the plasma.
New Revelation of Lightning Ball Observation and Proposal for a Nuclear Reactor Fusion Experiment
As a consequence, few gradient terms are missing on subsequent formulae of , yet these missing terms do not harm the argument made there.
Non-negative Ricci curvature on closed manifolds under Ricci flow
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