• WordNet 3.6
    • n humbleness a disposition to be humble; a lack of false pride "not everyone regards humility as a virtue"
    • n humbleness a humble feeling "he was filled with humility at the sight of the Pope"
    • n humbleness the state of being humble and unimportant
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7. Mouth parts of a Humble Bee 7. Mouth parts of a Humble Bee
212. Head of Humble bee 212. Head of Humble bee

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Humbleness The quality of being humble; humility; meekness.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n humbleness The state of being humble or low; humility; meekness.
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  • Rose Pastor Stokes
    Rose Pastor Stokes
    “Some pray to marry the man they love, my prayer will somewhat vary; I humbly pray to Heaven above that I love the man I marry.”
  • William Cowper
    “Knowledge is proud that it knows so much; Wisdom is humble that it knows no more.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
    “To be humble to superiors is duty, to equals courtesy, to inferiors nobleness.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Act as though you cannot fail but keep a humble spirit.”
  • C. S. Lewis
    “The real problem is not why some pious, humble, believing people suffer, but why some do not.”
  • Sir James M. Barrie
    “The praise that comes from love does not make us vain, but more humble.”


Eat humble pie - If someone apologises and shows a lot of contrition for something they have done, they eat humble pie.


In literature:

The services rendered were humble, and, properly speaking, our services have been adequately recognized.
"The Vicomte de Bragelonne" by Alexandre Dumas
Set your hearts before God in an humble obedient frame.
"The Covenants And The Covenanters" by Various
He continued to attend the church, but not in the capacity of an humble learner.
"The Loyalists, Vol. 1-3" by Jane West
Every thing had become silent again in the humble house; not a human sound interrupted the stillness reigning in the desolate room.
"Napoleon and the Queen of Prussia" by L. Mühlbach,
The nearer they advance to their eternal rest, the more humble they become, but not the less useful in their sphere.
"The Annals of the Poor" by Legh Richmond
You wanted to humble and degrade me.
"The Eternal City" by Hall Caine
Humbly he sought her presence.
"The Yotsuya Kwaidan or O'Iwa Inari" by James S. De Benneville
I pray you humbly, chieftain, let me go.
"Alroy The Prince Of The Captivity" by Benjamin Disraeli
Presently I let her go, and kneeling on my knee kissed her hand very humbly, as though she had been what Barbara was.
"Simon Dale" by Anthony Hope
Your most faithful and obedient humble servant, Robert Cuninghame.
"Memoirs of the Courts and Cabinets of George the Third" by The Duke of Buckingham and Chandos
This completed my humbling; for no man had ever disdained me thus before.
"Sir Ludar" by Talbot Baines Reed
The brethren practised poverty, and fared humbly on bread and water.
"Heroes of Modern Europe" by Alice Birkhead
She could not humble herself so far as to do this.
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille
Lord Dalhousie presents his most humble duty to your Majesty.
"The Letters of Queen Victoria, Volume III (of 3), 1854-1861" by Queen of Great Britain Victoria
He turned away indoors, humbly.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
It is humble, but neat and orderly.
"A Day's Ride A Life's Romance" by Charles James Lever
Nevertheless some of the people of Asher and Manasseh and of Zebulun humbled themselves and came to Jerusalem.
"The Bible Story" by Rev. Newton Marshall Hall
William Dawson once told this story to illustrate how humble the soul must be before it can find peace.
"The Overcoming Life" by Dwight Moody
Then he seated himself at the table in a chair which Humble pushed back for him.
"The Orphan" by Clarence E. Mulford
The poor girl was innocently proud of her humble home, this cottage on St. George's Fields, within the Rules.
"The Orange Girl" by Walter Besant

In poetry:

And now comes forth the sixth good shield
A linden is thereupon;
And that by young Sir Humble is borne,
King Abelon’s eldest son.
"The Tournament (From The Old Danish)" by George Borrow
Your charms illume the splendid halls
Where wealthy princes move,
And light the humble peasant's cot,
Like gleams of heavenly love.
"The Flowers" by James Avis Bartley
When the great Judge, supreme and just,
Shall once inquire for blood,
The humble souls that mourn in dust
Shall find a faithful God.
"Psalm 9 part 2" by Isaac Watts
I hear them singing in the fields
Like voices from the long-ago;
They speak to me of somber worlds
And sorrows that the humble know;
"Carolina Spring Song" by William Hervey Allen Jr
Come, ye servants, see your station
Freed from all reproach and shame;
He who purchased your salvation,
Bore a servant's humble name.
"A Christmas Hymn" by Hannah More
But no; resolved to have her quiz,
The lady held her own - and his -
And PETER left his humble cot
To find a pair of - you know what.
"The Perils of Invisibility" by William Schwenck Gilbert

In news:

'It humbles you really quick'.
The Iron Sheik humbles Jinder Mahal over use of the Camel Clutch.
Humbles LapWrap Extension Straps.
Chelsea has been defying expectations all season _ from the surprisingly poor domestic campaign to the astonishing humbling of Barcelona.
Humbles LapWrap Positioning Pad.
Innovative Medical Products has introduced the Humbles LapWrap® Positioning Pad providing more security for the patient and more versatility for the surgical team with its VELCRO® hook and loop material.
Bach's output humbles famed choreographer Duato.
Bosco's Corner: Bethpage humbles the pros.
Humble yourself before He humbles you.
He knew his humble nature was a manifestation of his faith.
The residents of this Okinawan town are a shining symbol of healthy living and long life and made me feel very humbled, indeed.
More than 14-thousand house fires start each year in a family's humble clothes dryer.
My mom, because she's always keeping me humble and always encouraging me to do better in every way.
The film documents Nureyev 's humble beginnings, his late start as a dancer, and his relentless quest to become the best and most famous ballet dancer in the world.
Before I talk about food, let me offer a few words of praise for the humble strip mall.

In science:

Hence low temperature statistical physics can be seen as the search for minimizing a cost function whose expression reflects the laws of Nature or, more humbly, the degree of accuracy retained in its description.
A review of the Statistical Mechanics approach to Random Optimization Problems
We are based on the following humble observation: Let {v , u} be an edge of Gn,d/n . A random colouring of Gn,d/n can be seen as a random colouring of Gn,d/n\{v , u} with the additional property that v and u are assigned different colours.
A simple algorithm for random colouring G(n, d/n) using (2+\epsilon)d colours
If you are receptive and humble, mathematics will lead you by the hand.
Definability in the Real Universe
This was a fascinating and humbling experience for a theorist. I have seen how much the naive first estimates of what such a facility can achieve are transformed as the reality of building an actual experiment and analyzing real data take over from the back-of-the-envelope guesses with which we begin the process.
Summary and Outlook for 9th International Symposium on Heavy Flavor Physics
Even more humbling we should be with respect to Λ, the essence of the corresponding vacuum energy density even being further beyond our grasp (see discussion above, and Weinberg, S., 1989, Revs.
Report to Anaximander: A Dialogue on the Origin of the Cosmos in the Cradle of Western Civilization
In fact, the story of the efforts of astrophysicists to understand grain alignment is humbling.
Astrophysics of Dust in Cold Clouds
It is not just because it has taken us so long to solve the problem – the humbling lesson is that several very important and relatively simple physical effects were overlooked for decades.
Astrophysics of Dust in Cold Clouds
His brief but enthusiastic life had been devoted to, in my humble opinion, pursuing quantum world besides from his late family and friends.
Flat family of QFTs and quantization of d-algebras
From its humble beginning in February 2005, Slacker Astronomy has quickly grown to over 9,000 listeners in August 2005, and that number will undoubtedly continue to rise.
The Road Less Traveled: Non-traditional Ways of Communicating Astronomy with the Public
Observations with the MOST “humble space telescope” [Moffat] may tell us more about the role of WR pulsations.
Mass loss summary - a personal perspective
The fact that a particle is ubiquitous does not make it less interesting than those that are rarer; quite on the contrary, the humble photon provides a key to the deeper understanding of many things.
Photon 2009 - Experimental Summary
Those of us who scribble equations for a living are humbled by the enormous effort it takes to find out whether those equations are relevant to the real world. I felt this already in the days when physicists explored energies of just a few GeV in teams of thirty to fifty.
Theoretical Summary Lecture for Higgs Hunting 2012
This humble beginning needs to be refined so that it fits better with real applications.
Hypothesis Testing for Validation and Certification
I would like hereby express my humble gratitude toward Prof. D.
Gravitational Lensing In Case of Massive Particles
The idea is a rather humble bottom-up approach then; but experimental hints at the existence of such a little hierarchy has been discussed.
Fermion Sector of Little Higgs