incredible

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj incredible beyond belief or understanding "at incredible speed","the book's plot is simply incredible"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The hardest crossword puzzles according to experts appear in two British papers: "The London Times" and "Observer." Only few readers can complete these and it takes them 2 to 3 hours. The record time for completing a "Times" puzzle was an incredible 3 minutes and 45 seconds by a British diplomat named Roy Dean in 1970.
    • a Incredible Not credible; surpassing belief; too extraordinary and improbable to admit of belief; unlikely; marvelous; fabulous. "Why should it be thought a thing incredible with you, that God should raise the dead?"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • incredible Not credible; that cannot be credited; surpassing the possibility of belief.
    • incredible Surpassing belief as to what is possible; hard to believe; unimaginable; inconceivable.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Incredible in-kred′i-bl surpassing belief
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Quotations

  • Faith Baldwin
    Faith Baldwin
    “Character builds slowly, but it can be torn down with incredible swiftness.”
  • Carl Edward Sagan
    Carl Edward Sagan
    “Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.”
  • Coventry Patmore
    Coventry Patmore
    “The more wild and incredible your desire, the more willing and prompt God is in fulfilling it, if you will have it so.”
  • Bob Dylan
    Bob%20Dylan
    “You learn from a conglomeration of the incredible past -- whatever experience gotten in any way whatsoever.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    Oscar%20Wilde
    “I can believe anything provided it is incredible.”
  • H. L. Mencken
    H.%20L.%20Mencken
    “The curse of man, and the cause of nearly all his woe, is his stupendous capacity for believing the incredible.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. incredibilis,: cf. OF. incredible,. See In- not, and Credible

Usage

In literature:

That Voltaire could have meditated plagiarism is quite incredible.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
It was incredible that Violet's father would allow him to marry her; it was incredible that her mother would allow it.
"The Combined Maze" by May Sinclair
You do not recognize me now, and you will probably consider my story incredible when you hear it.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science February 1930" by Various
Oh, incredible baseness; lust and impudence not to be borne!
"The Life of Cicero" by Anthony Trollope
With incredible softness the door was closed.
"Peter the Brazen" by George F. Worts
This seems incredible to me now, and yet it must have been so.
"A Son of the Middle Border" by Hamlin Garland
The one-roomed grave took her, leaving the four-roomed house incredibly large and empty.
"Ghetto Comedies" by Israel Zangwill
But that is incredible!
"Louisiana Lou" by William West Winter
A cold shock of horror started along Thad's spine, at sight of those incredible nightmare things.
"Salvage in Space" by John Stewart Williamson
It was an incredible feat.
"Tales of Fishes" by Zane Grey
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In poetry:

Peekaboo we used to play;
my hands covered my face,
your hands covered your face,
incredible, there we were gone.
"Day and Night" by Ho Xuan Huong
That is what we play now, your
hands on my face and my hands
on your eyes. Incredible
how we disappear into each other.
"Day and Night" by Ho Xuan Huong
Sudden some dawning or some eve
Your dead son shall come in alive,
As once came Mary's Son;
The lost, the incredible Heaven be won.
"The Promise" by Katharine Tynan
Such a Soul, for saddest end,
Finds Love the foe in Love the friend;
And--ah, grief incredible!--
Treads the way of Heaven, to Hell.
"Epilogue" by Francis Thompson
Oh list to this incredible tale
Of THOMSON GREEN and HARRIET HALE;
Its truth in one remark you'll sum -
"Twaddle twaddle twaddle twaddle twaddle twaddle twum!"
"Thomson Green and Harriet Hale" by William Schwenck Gilbert
So beautiful she—was; ah! "was," say I,
Yet doubt her dead—I did not see her die.
Only by others borne across the sea
Came the incredible wild blasphemy
They called her death—as though it could be true
Of such an immortality as you!
"Her Portrait Immortal" by Richard Le Gallienne

In news:

Given all the turmoil around the world, it's an incredibly harrowing time to be journalist.
Superstorm Sandy hit New York and New Jersey Monday night, and as the power went out and the skies went dark, social media lit up with incredible, surreal images.
Josh Wade, and incredible musician and dear old friend now lives in Savannah, Georgia and is in a rock, reggae, soul, funk, R&B group called DOMINO EFFECT .
Retired cop reveals incredible connection to Eyewitness News.
This past weekend two incredibly long and impressive unbeaten streaks ended.
The incredible but true story of one Lewiston woman's life (so far).
Hopefully you'll be able to call 314-664-3688 between noon and 2pm and make a donation to help keep this incredible station on the air.
I've always found "bedroom" eyes incredibly sexy—the actress Ellen Barkin comes to mind.
We saw so many incredible machines at the Sears Pointless 24 Hours of LeMons race in March that we just couldn't process what we were seeing.
Whether you love or loathe President George W Bush, his story is incredible and director Oliver Stone clearly realizes that.
It's hard to imagine the INCREDIBLE amount of work it took for this to come together.
Europe's incredible fightback completed by Kaymer.
Jack can do a pretty incredible impression of a fire truck by now.
It goes without saying that eating is incredibly important for surviving in the wild.
I'm settling into my new gig, getting to know people around the office, and learning about this incredible city.
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In science:

Within a TTree, TClonesArray is by far the fastest, and the files are incredibly smaller.
Twelve Ways to Build CMS Crossings from ROOT Files
On one hand, quantum mechanics (and its offspring quantum field theory) provides an incredibly successful description of all known non-gravitational phenomena, with agreement between predictions and experiment sometimes taking place at the part-per-billion level [1, 2].
Quantum Gravity in Everyday Life: General Relativity as an Effective Field Theory
These incredibly small precession angles required the development of many new technologies.
Matters of Gravity, the newsletter of the Topical Group in Gravitation of the American Physical Society
The MVC pattern is surprisingly simple, yet incredibly useful.
Software Architecture Overview
However, the incredible precision of LEP1 data forced us to give up this option, see description of flag MISD.
ZFITTER: a semi-analytical program for fermion pair production in e+e- annihilation, from version 6.21 to version 6.42
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