• WordNet 3.6
    • n imperfection the state or an instance of being imperfect
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Imperfection The quality or condition of being imperfect; lack of perfection; incompleteness; deficiency; fault or blemish. "Sent to my account
      With all my imperfections on my head."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n imperfection The character or condition of being imperfect; want of perfection; defectiveness; faultiness.
    • n imperfection An imperfect detail; a particular in which perfection is lacking; a defect, physical, mental, or moral.
    • n imperfection Synonyms Defect, deficiency, incompleteness, fault, failing, weakness, frailty, foible, blemish, vice.
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  • Robert H. Schuller
    “Better to do something imperfectly than to do nothing perfectly.”
  • Søren Kierkegaard
    Søren Kierkegaard
    “It belongs to the imperfection of everything human that man can only attain his desire by passing through its opposite.”
  • Wayne Dyer
    “To sit in judgment of those things which you perceive to be wrong or imperfect is to be one more person who is part of judgment, evil or imperfection.”
  • Ernst Fischer
    Ernst Fischer
    “As machines become more and more efficient and perfect, so it will become clear that imperfection is the greatness of man.”
  • George Soros
    George Soros
    “Once we realize that imperfect understanding is the human condition, there is no shame in being wrong, only in failing to correct our mistakes.”
  • St. Augustine
    “This is the very perfection of a man, to find out his own imperfections.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. imperfectio,: cf. F. imperfection,. See Imperfect (a.)


In literature:

We see how Jesus loved him notwithstanding his imperfections.
"A Life of St. John for the Young" by George Ludington Weed
They were not spurious, nor, so far as we know, unauthentic; but rather imperfect.
"Companion to the Bible" by E. P. Barrows
His knowledge is admired in the perfection of his works, but his works are full of imperfections, and of little permanence.
"Superstition In All Ages (1732)" by Jean Meslier
Mnemonic illusion is thus distinct from mere forgetfulness or imperfect memory.
"Illusions" by James Sully
The imperfection of this fortress I have already described, and the causes of that imperfection.
"A General Sketch of the European War" by Hilaire Belloc
Hard water, being an imperfect solvent, is unsuitable for washing purposes.
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce
The fields of the sea are yet too imperfectly explored to afford us all the facts required to make out the whole story.
"Outlines of the Earth's History" by Nathaniel Southgate Shaler
Thus all languages are, like us, imperfect.
"Voltaire's Philosophical Dictionary" by Voltaire
And even now the nature and end of Christ's sacrifice are but very imperfectly understood.
"Modern Skepticism: A Journey Through the Land of Doubt and Back Again" by Joseph Barker
Still those who are altogether unable to enjoy a joke are men of imperfect sympathies.
"History of English Humour, Vol. 2 (of 2)" by Alfred Guy Kingan L'Estrange
Ports and air-scuttles there, are more apt to be imperfectly masked or thrown open heedlessly by servants.
"Ordnance Instructions for the United States Navy." by Bureau of Ordnance, USN
We have a means, although an imperfect one, of endeavouring to discover if the communicators are really returning spirits.
"Mrs. Piper & the Society for Psychical Research" by Michael Sage
First: the symmetry is usually imperfect.
"The Stones of Venice, Volume II (of 3)," by John Ruskin
But he had all through his career an imperfect comprehension of the English people.
"Studies in Contemporary Biography" by James Bryce, Viscount Bryce
The work of the renowned historian is only very imperfectly preserved to us in some other well-known manuscripts.
"The Lost Manuscript" by Gustav Freytag
Our knowledge of this science is very imperfect, and leads to imperfect thought.
"The Science of Being Well" by Wallace Delois Wattles
A layman's work may have the advantage of originality or the drawback of imperfect knowledge.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 3" by Various
This one also has humped segments, and the claspers of the thirteenth segment are imperfectly developed.
"Butterflies and Moths" by William S. Furneaux
But it is evident the disease, its causes, and remedies, are as yet imperfectly understood.
"Domestic Animals" by Richard L. Allen
Then the fire needs attention; the flame is imperfect and the gas hole needs cleaning.
"My Attainment of the Pole" by Frederick A. Cook

In poetry:

To trembling harmonies of field and cloud,
Of flesh and spirit was my worship vowed.
Let form, let music, let all quickening air
Fulfil in beauty my imperfect prayer.
"The Poet's Testament" by George Santayana
Yet seem'd her lip's ethereal charm the same;
That dear distinction every doubt removed;
Perish the lover, whose imperfect flame
Forgets one feature of the nymph he loved!
"Elegy XXII. Written in the Year ----, When the Rights of Sepulture Were So Frequently Violated" by William Shenstone
Then should the Pomander, which was before
A speaking sweet, mend by reflection,
And tell me more:
For pardon of my imperfection
Would warm and work it sweeter than before.
"The Odour. 2 Cor. II. " by George Herbert
"A boat at midnight sent alone
"To drift upon the moonless sea,
"A lute, whose leading chord is gone,
"A wounded bird that hath but one
"Imperfect wing to soar upon,
"Are like what I am without thee!
"The Loves of the Angels" by Thomas Moore
Thus, only, man through imperfection gains
Perfection, try'd in dreadful scenes. To bring
Good out of ill is God's prerogative;
To manifest himself the final cause,
Wherefore to human lot such woes befell.
"Moral Evil No Accident" by Thomas Odiorne
Each man is some man's servant; every soul
Is by some other's presence quite discrowned;
Each owes the next through all the imperfect round,
Yet not with mutual help; each man is his own goal,
And the whole earth must stop to pay him toll.
"The Pioneer" by James Russell Lowell

In news:

The most famous female voices in underground music have often been imperfect.
We then restrict ourselves to single-good sealed-bid auctions, in which agents have (uncertain) independent private values and can introspect about their own (but not others') valuations through possibly costly and imperfect queries.
Fixing hair in the mirror and never seeming satisfied because there are always imperfections.
So what if those jealous, overpaid big-city reporters at the Denver Post pointed out a few minor imperfections.
Bills upbeat after 'imperfect' win over Dolphins.
One of those imperfections once again was in protecting the ball, as John Goodman fumbled a punt return deep in his own territory late in the fourth quarter.
Stacy London says her show aims to help people "find perfection in their imperfection".
Suck Out Your Skin's Imperfections With a Magnet.
Kimberly-Clark says some of the tampons have increased levels of bacteria, the presence of metal particles and imperfect raw materials.
The company says there's a possibility that some may have increased levels of bacteria, imperfect raw materials and the presence of metallic particles, therefore they are being recalled.
My imperfect understanding of Alzheimer's disease is that it is the slow, inexorable winnowing of memories, the body persisting as a vital part of the soul disappears.
How do I restore imperfect wood floors.
Model CC497 Rub Brick Mop will smooth out imperfections, dressing down and removing form marks before a decorative concrete project.
Imperfections are welcomed with this recipe.
Fortunately, many small nicks, scratches and imperfections can be easily retouched.

In science:

The time evolution U (t) of S is due to a time dependent Hamiltonian H (t) = H0 + Hc (t) which is the sum of a static term we would like to suppress (this term may represent imperfections in a quantum computer, for example), and a time dependent term which represents the control operations we are able to apply.
Stabilization of quantum information by combined dynamical decoupling and detected-jump error correction
As mentioned in section 2.3 naive random decoupling (NRD) can be used to stabilize arbitrary quantum algorithms against static imperfections in a rather simple way.
Stabilization of quantum information by combined dynamical decoupling and detected-jump error correction
Furthermore, let us focus our attention on the case of static imperfection in which the perturbing influence on such a quantum algorithms arises from unknown (but fixed and time independent) Hamiltonian coupling H0 between the qubits constituting the quantum information processor.
Stabilization of quantum information by combined dynamical decoupling and detected-jump error correction
However, in the case of static imperfections considered here this possible complication is not relevant.
Stabilization of quantum information by combined dynamical decoupling and detected-jump error correction
According to an original proposal by Prosen and ˘Znidari˘c this characteristic feature of the fidelity decay can be exploited for stabilizing a quantum algorithm against static imperfections.
Stabilization of quantum information by combined dynamical decoupling and detected-jump error correction
This method allows to stabilize quantum algorithms against static imperfections by converting the typically quadratic time dependences of the resulting fidelity decays (29) into a linear ones.
Stabilization of quantum information by combined dynamical decoupling and detected-jump error correction
In order to discuss the stabilizing properties of this particular NRD methods let us consider the static imperfections of the previous section.
Stabilization of quantum information by combined dynamical decoupling and detected-jump error correction
Let us consider the stabilization properties of the PAREC method with respect to static imperfections which can be characterized by traceless perturbing Hamiltonians of the form δH = H0∆t/ ≡ (V − I tr V /N ) /δ with V chosen randomly from the Gaussian unitary ensemble (GUE).
Stabilization of quantum information by combined dynamical decoupling and detected-jump error correction
To eliminate such GUE-governed static imperfections we have to choose an annihilator, such as P , as a random decoupling set.
Stabilization of quantum information by combined dynamical decoupling and detected-jump error correction
In section 3 it was shown that random decoupling can be used to stabilize quantum algorithms against static imperfections in an efficient way.
Stabilization of quantum information by combined dynamical decoupling and detected-jump error correction
Pitaevskii L P 1961 Vortex lines in an imperfect bose gas Zh.
Lagrangian Densities and Principle of Least Action in Nonrelativistic Quantum Mechanics
To account for small radial velocity corrections and the imperfect normalization of spectra, we fit the normalized extracted spectrum to the S´ersic profile with five free parameters : a, b, c, λ0 and n.
The Milky Way's Circular Velocity Curve to 60 kpc and an Estimate of the Dark Matter Halo Mass from Kinematics of ~2400 SDSS Blue Horizontal Branch Stars
Finkbeiner (2004) estimated that an error of a factor of 2 is likely in some parts of the sky solely due to an imperfect extinction correction.
Separation of anomalous and synchrotron emissions using WMAP polarization data
Hence, in a random environment, we need to modify the iteration sequence in (44) to account for the partial imperfect information received by a sensor at each iteration.
Distributed Sensor Localization in Random Environments using Minimal Number of Anchor Nodes
We find out that the data sets #1 and #3 are affected by poor image quality and/or imperfect beam overlap, and therefore, we use these data sets only for extracting the N -band spectra.
Spatially resolved dusty torus toward the red supergiant WOH G64 in the Large Magellanic Cloud