hint

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v hint drop a hint; intimate by a hint
    • n hint an indication of potential opportunity "he got a tip on the stock market","a good lead for a job"
    • n hint a slight indication
    • n hint an indirect suggestion "not a breath of scandal ever touched her"
    • n hint a just detectable amount "he speaks French with a trace of an accent"
    • n hint a slight but appreciable amount "this dish could use a touch of garlic"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Hint A remote allusion; slight mention; intimation; insinuation; a suggestion or reminder, without a full declaration or explanation; also, an occasion or motive. "Our hint of woe
      Is common."
      "The hint malevolent, the look oblique."
    • v. t Hint hĭnt To bring to mind by a slight mention or remote allusion; to suggest in an indirect manner; as, to hint a suspicion. "Just hint a fault and hesitate dislike."
    • v. i Hint To make an indirect reference, suggestion, or allusion; to allude vaguely to something. "We whisper, and hint , and chuckle."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • hint To lay hold of; seize; snatch: a dialectal variant of hent.
    • hint To suggest in an indirect manner; indicate by allusion or implication; give a hint of.
    • hint Synonyms 2. Hint, Intimate, Suggest, Insinuate. To hint is to convey an idea in the lightest possible manner, and especially by implication; to let one's thought be known in an indirect, hesitating, or partial manner. To intimate is to convey one's meaning more plainly than by a hint, but still not directly or explicitly. Suggest has a somewhat wide range, often meaning essentially the same as propose or remind (one) of, and ranging down to the meaning of hint: as, to suggest a plan; to suggest more than one says. Insinuate is now generally used in a bad sense; when used in a good sense, it implies pains taken and delicacy of skill. Hints and insinuations are always covert, intimations often, suggestions rarely. An innuendo is a peculiarly dark, crafty, or mean insinuation.
    • hint To make an indirect reference, suggestion, or allusion.
    • hint Synonyms Allude (to), Refer (to), etc. See advert, v. i.
    • n hint An act of exertion; a snatch: as, in a hint, in a moment.
    • n hint An opportunity; a fit time.
    • n hint A suggestion made indirectly; a covert suggestion or implication; an indirect indication, conveyed by speech, gesture, action, or circumstance, whether intentional or unintentional.
    • n hint Synonyms See hint, v. t.
    • hint Behind.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Hint hint a distant or indirect allusion: slight mention: insinuation
    • v.t Hint to bring to mind by a slight mention or remote allusion: to allude to
    • v.i Hint to make an indirect or remote allusion: to allude
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Quotations

  • Virginia Woolf
    Virginia%20Woolf
    “It is no use trying to sum people up. One must follow hints, not exactly what is said, nor yet entirely what is done.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “Every calamity is a spur and valuable hint.”
  • Robert Frost
    Robert%20Frost
    “The greatest thing in family life is to take a hint when a hint is intended -- and not to take a hint when a hint isn't intended.”
  • Alfonso The Wise
    Alfonso The Wise
    “If I had been present at creation, I would have given some useful hints.”
  • Diane Ackerman
    Diane Ackerman
    “A poem records emotions and moods that lie beyond normal language, that can only be patched together and hinted at metaphorically.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. henten, hinten, to seize, to catch, AS. hentan, to pursue, take, seize; or Icel. ymta, to mutter, ymtr, a muttering, Dan. ymte, to whisper. √36. Cf. Hent

Usage

In literature:

Elizabeth was loyal to John, however, and Susan Hornby was given no hint of that dread.
"The Wind Before the Dawn" by Dell H. Munger
A hint could open a grand horizon before him, and the cathedral in its solemn beauty was the hint.
"The Art of Disappearing" by John Talbot Smith
Soon came hints not the less alarming, because mysterious.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
She made this final decision once again, with some stubbornness, as the breath of the hawthorn brought a hint of her old garden.
"'Lizbeth of the Dale" by Marian Keith
She advertised it, and hinted that perhaps the Piper was not so much to blame after all.
"In Orchard Glen" by Marian Keith
Very slight hints had sufficed to make her reticent about Graythorpe.
"Somehow Good" by William de Morgan
Apoplexy was hinted at, but it was only a hint.
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille
She would not take Archie's silence as a hint that he wanted to keep his thoughts to himself.
"Not Like Other Girls" by Rosa N. Carey
He wondered for a second if this were not a hint to him to abandon it.
"The Dust Flower" by Basil King
She was clever enough to take the hint, and to refer to him on all occasions.
"Lover or Friend" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
James Scott was afraid of no living man, but there was a terrible gleam in John McIntyre's eyes that hinted of insanity.
"Treasure Valley" by Marian Keith
He was too angry to take a hint.
"The Wild Geese" by Stanley John Weyman
They felt they had got a hint, but the hint was vague.
"Partners of the Out-Trail" by Harold Bindloss
Now, watching the lidless eyes of this being, Sarka fancied he could detect a hint of some expression.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, August 1930" by Various
A hint had been enough.
"Love and Lucy" by Maurice Henry Hewlett
We saw a few seals on the rocks of the river, but not a hint of the numbers that gave Riviere du Loup its name.
"Westward with the Prince of Wales" by W. Douglas Newton
So long as Polly hinted and made no statements he was content.
"At the Crossroads" by Harriet T. Comstock
There was a hint, now, of severity, in her countenance.
"Tante" by Anne Douglas Sedgwick
I have had a hint to call from Foster, but I am not taking any of that, thank you.
"Hard Pressed" by Fred M. White
Yet himself, as he surveyed his acquaintances, could not perceive in their attitude any hint of change.
"Sinister Street, vol. 2" by Compton Mackenzie
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In poetry:

And for him the three-hilled city
Shall hold in memory long,
Those name is the hint and token
Of the pleasant Fields of Song!
"A Welcome To Lowell" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Twice have I trod its streets, and heard
In fancy all the while
Legends in hints and whisper'd word
From narrow street and pile.
"A Walk To Pamphy Linns" by Alexander Anderson
Never a word of fond farewell
Fell from their lips ere they were gone;
Never a hint since then to tell
If after night came dawn!
"My Lost Friends" by John Lawson Stoddard
Just as one sees in marble, still,
Pan o'er Apollo's shoulder lean,
Suggesting to the poet's quill
The sensual note, the hint obscene.
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
"I know not why the world should change,
I know not why my day is done;
And yet this limit of my zone
Hints of the limit to all range.
"The Dreaming Wheel" by Rose Hawthorne Lathrop
Old truths, new facts, they preach aloud—
Their tones like wisdom fall:
One sunbeam glancing on a cloud
Hints things beyond them all.
"The Disciple" by George MacDonald

In news:

Vulnerability and tenderness animate Kobi Israel's large-scale portraits of Israeli men, many of them soldiers, photographed in private and personal spaces that hint at their inner lives.
Here's Hint #6 for the 5 Question Quiz.
Now she might be hinting towards her newest collaboration.
The eyes of women of a certain age – over sixty for this woman – tend to scrutinize any phrase or turn of expression that hints at aging.
Stem cells hint at potential treatment for Huntington's disease.
Of all people, Mitt Romney, the traitor, should know better than to even hint at this topic.
Europe Hints at Impatience in Settling Google Case.
Do endorsements suggest hint of impropriety .
Hearing such lines, one might think they are impossible messages to deliver, but in earlier incarnations of the play, there was, to use Odets's words, a sauciness beneath the sentimentality and occasional hints of self-mockery.
Data Hint at Hypothetical Particle, Key to Mass in the Universe.
TiVo wasn't joking when it hinted at an expansion outside of DVRs.
That question is a central one as the company hints that it might move work elsewhere if costs rise.
This jambalaya , with a hint of heat, is a great way to spice up your week.
Watching a Spectacular Public Meltdown With Just a Hint of Jealousy .
Hints of the latter emerged a couple of months ago in Huntington Beach, where Tacos Jerez opened for business.
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In science:

Mielke for useful discussions and literature hints.
A class of colliding waves in metric-affine gravity, nonmetricity and torsion shock waves
This finding is consistent with the results of Section II and hints at the dominance of spin-0 low-lying states.
Spin Structure of Many-Body Systems with Two-Body Random Interactions
One has another hint of existence of higher spin theories.
Point particle in general background fields and generalized equivalence principle
It is thus tempting to speculate that central stabilizers give a hint on the existence of torsion cycles in the CY.
Conformal field theory, boundary conditions and applications to string theory
It is clear that when θ is constant while |ψ | 6= 0, the flow stops and the energy must be localized in space, hinting at that a phase transition occurs and modes are condensed in the real space.
Localize energy in random media: A new phase state
Once again we take a hint from heterotic string theory.
Bosonic M Theory
Current data from neutrino oscillation experiments show definite hints for non-zero neutrino masses and mixings .
Comment on: Neutrino Mass Anarchy
Basically, we prove the validity of the leading running coupling corrections hinted at before –, in the full range t ≪ Y ≪ t2 , and we discuss some features of the regime Y >∼ t2 .
Diffusion corrections to the hard pomeron
If writing ˆHint = ˆHED + ˆHint , we extract from the Coulomb Hamiltonian the wellstudied ED part (e.g., see Refs. 29,37, and the next Section of the present paper) and will ignore so far the ˆHint terms.
Activation Energy in a Quantum Hall Ferromagnet and Non-Hartree-Fock Skyrmions
Hence, the procedure of the perturbation theory in terms of ˆHint would give only second- or higher-order contributions to the energy in terms of rC .
Activation Energy in a Quantum Hall Ferromagnet and Non-Hartree-Fock Skyrmions
In which, factors Cα have to be found sequentially up to the second order in ˆW and to the first order in ˆHint .
Activation Energy in a Quantum Hall Ferromagnet and Non-Hartree-Fock Skyrmions
Whereas D, is determined to the second order in ˆHint and the first order in ˆW .
Activation Energy in a Quantum Hall Ferromagnet and Non-Hartree-Fock Skyrmions
Hint where the energies of one- and two-exciton basis states are considered within the zero approximation in rC .
Activation Energy in a Quantum Hall Ferromagnet and Non-Hartree-Fock Skyrmions
At the same time, the technique used provides a formal possibility to develop perturbatively an expansion in Hint for arbitrary, rC .
Activation Energy in a Quantum Hall Ferromagnet and Non-Hartree-Fock Skyrmions
The noted similarities between traditional regular sets and horizontal and vertical arrangements of nodes in regular string trees hint that usual regular properties are likely to hold.
Using Tree Automata and Regular Expressions to Manipulate Hierarchically Structured Data
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