impossibility

Definitions

  • Quite Impossible
    Quite Impossible
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n impossibility an alternative that is not available
    • n impossibility incapability of existing or occurring
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Nothing is impossible Nothing is impossible

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: It is impossible to sneeze with your eyes open
    • Impossibility An impossible thing; that which is not possible; that which can not be thought, done, or endured. "Impossibilities ! O, no, there's none."
    • Impossibility Inability; helplessness.
    • Impossibility The quality of being impossible; impracticability. "They confound difficulty with impossibility ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: It is physically impossible for pigs to look up into the sky
    • n impossibility The quality of being impossible; incapability of being or being done.
    • n impossibility That which is impossible; that which cannot be or be done.
    • n impossibility Helplessness; impotence.
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Quotations

  • George Bernard Shaw
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    “Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”
  • Charles W. Chesnutt
    Charles W. Chesnutt
    “Impossibilities are merely things which we have not yet learned.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “Every man is an impossibility until he is born.”
  • Jim Goodwin
    Jim Goodwin
    “The impossible is often the untried.”
  • Daisaku Ikeda
    Daisaku Ikeda
    “With love and patience, nothing is impossible.”
  • Gabriel Riqueti Mirabeau
    Gabriel Riqueti Mirabeau
    “Nothing is impossible to the man who will.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. impossibilitas,: cf. F. impossibilité,

Usage

In literature:

It was impossible to secure a satisfactory facsimile of the title.
"The Shirley Letters from California Mines in 1851-52" by Louise Amelia Knapp Smith Clappe
After rupture of the stomach has occurred vomiting is impossible.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
Indeed it is utterly impossible.
"How It All Came Round" by L. T. Meade
And because he had that in his mind which made it impossible for him to remain silent.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
It just went to show how impossible it is for a real salesman to be too enthusiastic.
"Greener Than You Think" by Ward Moore
How was he to prevent himself from attempting impossibilities and achieving a final mediocrity?
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
As a result of the noise it was impossible for him to understand their remarks.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
Night had fallen now, but the moon had risen and made darkness impossible.
"The Day of Judgment" by Joseph Hocking
Such agreement, however, was impossible.
"Ralph the Heir" by Anthony Trollope
He had undertaken what, in truth, was impossible.
"The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete" by John Forster
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In poetry:

This most impossible improbable thing
Is that I shall marry you--
Though I do not marry other men
Because of you.
"Telephone At Twelve" by Isobel Stone
I forgive you for what you did not do.
I am impossibly quilty. Unlike you,
My Friend, I can not blame my origin
With no special legend or God to refer to.
"My Friend, My Friend" by Anne Sexton
The pale dead
not vanishing in the afternoon
they seemed to tell me
that it was impossible to return
because everything is the result
of already having been born there.
"The Wander's Illusion" by Carlos Drummond de Andrade
O heavens, heavens, see you in my dreams!
It is impossible -- you had become so blind,
And day was burned as if a page -- to rims:
Some smoke and ashes, one could later find.
""O heavens, heavens..."" by Osip Emilevich Mandelstam
The mind triumphant - making hideous war,
A reeking shambles all impossible,
Yet luring on the nations near and far
To that red end? Arise, ye dead, and tell
How in our hate we hate no less than ye,
And in our love love not more tenderly.
"Progress" by Willoughby Weaving
Ah! with those handsome fellows, Dell thought she'd have some fun,
"The one of you that'll catch me, may see me safely home."
The play began in earnest, between those fine young men,
To catch the girl with the blue ball, was impossible for them.
"Croquet" by Julia A Moore

In news:

Not only did McCullers notch the only extra-base hit against Gulliver 's tough lefty, but in his first game in left field, he made an amazing diving catch, running back and impossibly snagging the ball, just to get up and turn a double play.
Getting "Wonder Woman" on the big screen has been a near to impossible task over the past several years.
Jocular Bill Clinton-allied pollsters warned last week that Obama may encounter an "impossible headwind in November" unless he changes course.
Want more clearance on those nearly impossible to get through, over, and around obstacles for your Rock Crawler.
Herschel telescope finds 'impossible' star so massive it would dwarf our sun.
But then we get to thinking, and it seems impossible to choose one or a few words to fit on that small plate.
He has made it virtually impossible for the public to find out what is going on inside a sheriff's department that is noted for cruelty, ineptitude and downright stupidity.
Impossible righteousness (or a lackadaisical approach to holiness ).
Taking an extended break can seem almost impossible.
Rockford man's ' humanly impossible' task saving lives.
Impossible hunk has been in the limelight most of his life, and isn't shy about showing off his ab fab figure.
It gives a whole new meaning to Mission: Impossible.
Hypnosis Center (Nothing Is Impossible) will hold a seminar at 7 pm Oct 9 at the Best Western in Port Saint Lucie.
Reversing Greenland ice sheet's melt-off could be impossible.
It is impossible to think of a more tragically fitting figure to represent the cause of the Occupy movement in Tel Aviv.
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In science:

This also means that it is impossible to calculate the reduction of | ~B | compared to Bθ using these data directly (| ~B | ∝ Bθ cos θ).
OH Zeeman Magnetic Field Detections Toward Five Supernova Remnants Using the VLA
This is impossible for any two roots β and γ of simply laced simple Lie algebra g.
Solutions to WDVV from generalized Drinfeld-Sokolov hierarchies
So, it is impossible straightforward use of the formula (16) for the description of a hadronic shower longitudinal profiles in combined calorimetry.
Hadron Energy Reconstruction for the ATLAS Barrel Prototype Combined Calorimeter in the Framework of the Non-parametrical Method
However, if obtaining more than one color is impossible or undesirable for some reason, our results suggest that R − K is the most efficient color to use.
EROs in the EIS Fields. I: The AXAF (Chandra) Deep Field
We see again that it is in many cases impossible to find a group isomorphism that additionally does not depend explicitly on the respective stratum containing A.
On the Gribov Problem for Generalized Connections
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