• Lightning, harmless. Pictograph at Jemez, N.M
    Lightning, harmless. Pictograph at Jemez, N.M
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj harmless not causing or capable of causing harm "harmless bacteria","rendered the bomb harmless"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The harmless Whale Shark, holds the title of largest fish, with the record being a 59 footer captured in Thailand in 1919.
    • Harmless Free from harm; unhurt; as, to give bond to save another harmless .
    • Harmless Free from power or disposition to harm; innocent; inoffensive. "The harmless deer."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: There is a member of the spider family called the demodex folliculorum that lives at the root of people's eye lashes. It's harmless and normal.(so they claim) To look for them, grab a handful of your eyelashes and dunk them in warm water. They'll start swimming out. It is prevalent in nearly 100% of old people in the U.S.
    • harmless Free from physical harm; unhurt; undamaged; uninjured: as, he escaped harmless.
    • harmless Free from loss; free from liability to pay for loss or damage: as, to hold or save one harmless.
    • harmless Free from power or disposition to harm; not hurtful or injurious; innocent: as, a harmless snake; harmless play.
    • harmless Inoffensive, unoffending, innocuous, in-noxious.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Scientists have identified more than 300 viruses capable of bringing fatal diseases to insects. The organisms are believed to be entirely different than those that cause disease in humans, and are thus harmless to man.
    • adj Harmless not injurious, innocent: unharmed
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  • Charles Dickens
    “I feel an earnest and humble desire, and shall till I die, to increase the stock of harmless cheerfulness.”
  • Eric Hoffer
    “Compassion is the antitoxin of the soul: where there is compassion even the most poisonous impulses remain relatively harmless.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “Lexicographer: a writer of dictionaries, a harmless drudge, that busies himself in tracing the original, and detailing the signification of words.”
  • Robbie Robertson
    Robbie Robertson
    “Music should never be harmless.”
  • Milton Friedman
    “Concentrated power is not rendered harmless by the good intentions of those who create it.”
  • Gregory Nunn
    Gregory Nunn
    “there is no such thing as a harmless truth.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hearm; Ger. harm.


In literature:

Why should he find pleasure in hunting such harmless creatures?
"The Killer" by Stewart Edward White
He is a harmless donkey who can always make himself useful when required to do so.
"Cecil Rhodes" by Princess Catherine Radziwill
Certain that all the creatures in sight were now relatively harmless, the three approached the logs.
"Plague Ship" by Andre Norton
Perfectly harmless, my idea.
"The Disentanglers" by Andrew Lang
She liked the boy Arthur, and the spectacled people seemed harmless.
"The Half-Hearted" by John Buchan
She was only amused by the flash of that harmless fire, and serenely interposed to soothe and encourage the little girl.
"The Vicissitudes of Bessie Fairfax" by Harriet Parr
I regarded the crystal as a harmless distraction of hers, and I was being simply jocular when I made that remark.
"The Ghost" by Arnold Bennett
They are, or at any rate seem, harmless; their function is spent.
"Anthropology" by Robert Marett
To the populace he was a harmless animal trainer who was only too glad not in any way to be implicated with his master.
"The Adventures of Kathlyn" by Harold MacGrath
Not so when one hears an indelicate word or expression, which allows of no possible harmless interpretation.
"Our Deportment" by John H. Young
The old gentleman seemed to derive great pleasure from shaking his head, and no one interfered with so harmless an amusement.
"The Three Brides, Love in a Cottage, and Other Tales" by Francis A. Durivage
It looks more like an insane woman's attack upon a harmless stranger.
"The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow" by Anna Katharine Green
Natural selection gets rid of what is harmful only, and is indifferent to what is practically harmless.
"Illusions" by James Sully
The Hirlaji are harmless.
"Warlord of Kor" by Terry Gene Carr
The missile, its velocity spent, sank harmlessly toward the bottom.
"Tom Swift and The Visitor from Planet X" by Victor Appleton
There was always an impressive pause before a director of the Half Moon Trust answered even the most harmless question addressed to him.
"The Danger Mark" by Robert W. Chambers
But the young brood mind not these harmless things.
"Ways of Wood Folk" by William J. Long
She was not armed with a single heavy gun, or with any gun, and she was entirely harmless.
"Within The Enemy's Lines" by Oliver Optic
Marchmont's ball passed harmlessly between the branches of trees.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
Here was a harmless pastime to pursue, common sense notwithstanding.
"The Lure of the Mask" by Harold MacGrath

In poetry:

No stores beneath its humble thatch
Requir'd a master's care;
The wicket, opening with a latch,
Receiv'd the harmless pair.
"Edwin and Angela, A Ballad" by Oliver Goldsmith
O, that like the flower she presses,
Nodding from her lily touch,
Light as in the harmless breezes,
She would know the god for such!
"Daphne" by George Meredith
One happy, harmless being less,
To bid us dream the world is sweet!
Gone like a gleam of happiness,
A glimpse of rapture ... incomplete!
"The Butterfly" by John Lawson Stoddard
There’s young Soft Soap, always petted,
"He’s a noble, harmless youth."
Young Spread Eagle he is hated,
He’s a fool and tells the truth.
"Fools" by Joseph Warren Watson
Into the streets, ath'art the sky,
A hundred thousand balls and bombs were fleën;
And harmless townsfolk fell to die
Each hour at Valencieën!
"Valenciennes" by Thomas Hardy
The wretch, whate'er his life and lot,
Who does not love the harmless dead
With all his heart and all his head —
May God forgive him, I shall not.
"To E.S. Salomon" by Ambrose Bierce

In news:

'Suspicious device' in SF deemed harmless .
A bomb squad has determined that a suspicious device found near the Panhandle in San Francisco this morning is harmless , a police spokesman said.
Harmless , Virtual Relief.
It's not as harmless as you might think.
It's always seemed to be a harmless enough thing to do: swig helium from a balloon and talk.
One Man's Harmless Prank Sends Pitbull to Alaska.
Suspicious package at Birmingham church turns out to be harmless .
Gaus goes back to Amish Country for another mystery in " Harmless As Doves.".
Old friends say showers with boys routine, harmless .
As senior pranks go, this one seems pretty clever — and harmless .
A Seemingly Harmless Particle Raises Explosive Issues.
Harmless pranks with Parachute.
There's No Such Thing as a Mild, Harmless Stroke.
White powder sent to 'Dancing With the Stars' deemed harmless .
Hoffman, who retired before the start of this season, said the bags were harmless.

In science:

This will be harmless in the sequel since cross-covariances, central sequences, as well as all statistics considered, are insensitive to a variation of a.
Rank-based optimal tests of the adequacy of an elliptic VARMA model
Stable gravitinos, on the other hand, may evade the constraints from nucleosynthesis provided that the decays of the next-to-lightest superpartner into the gravitino are harmless [211].
Theory of Neutrinos: A White Paper
Although its basic ideas seem to be harmless - one simply assumes that elementary particles do not have a point-like but rather a string-like structure - the consequences are dramatic.
Supersymmetric Gauge Theories from String Theory
LATOR will utilize design capable of rejecting background solar noise in combination with optical wavelengths for precision navigation; this combination will lead to a significant reduction of the solar corona effect, making its contribution harmless to the mission.
Science, Technology and Mission Design for the Laser Astrometric Test Of Relativity
However, in our example this non-polynomiality appeared because of the choice of dual variables and, as in the case of the Nambu–Goto action, it is harmless.
Duality-Symmetric Approach to General Relativity and Supergravity
Note that the τ (ωY , ΓY ) is harmless since it is constant and so can be absorbed into the divisor B .
Test ideals of non-principal ideals: Computations, Jumping Numbers, Alterations and Division Theorems
Making D larger is harmless, and so we may further assume that D can be used to stabilize the intersection in (7.3.1) .
Test ideals of non-principal ideals: Computations, Jumping Numbers, Alterations and Division Theorems
In most of the otherwise acceptable parameter space, the LSP is cosmologically harmless, in the sense that its relic density is smaller than the closure density of the Universe.
The SUSY World
We add to those spin-1 fields other (harmless) degrees of freedom in order to close a completely duality-invariant gauge algebra.
Target Space Duality in String Theory
It may seem harmless but in fact it is quite nontrivial.
Looking from the inside and from the outside
Since half of strings are in fact anti-strings and each pair of the string and anti-string is very close to each other, it will annihilate and disappear very soon, which means that the case of η = 2 × 1016GeV may be harmless for cosmological history.
Topological Defects Formation after Inflation on Lattice Simulation
Tentative though these results may be, they do invite some harmless speculation.
Building Galaxies: Conference Summary
After translating and scaling (scaling corresponds to taking a quadratic twist, which is harmless for our purposes) we may assume that f (x) = x(x − 1)(x − λ) with λ ∈ Q − {0, 1}.
Rank frequencies for quadratic twists of elliptic curves
In the main simulation we will follow the evolution six times longer, but expected heating would be still harmless.
Contribution of the Large Magellanic Cloud to the Galactic Warp
Although changes in the chiral regulator are ordinarily thought of as harmless, since they can be absorbed into changes in the analytic terms, that is not true when theory is used to fit data in the regime above the cutoff, in the linear regime.
Panel discussion on chiral extrapolation of physical observables