informant

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n informant a person who supplies information
    • n informant someone who sees an event and reports what happened
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: By law, information collected in a U.S. census must remain confidential for seventy-two years
    • Informant One who imparts information or instruction.
    • Informant One who offers an accusation; an informer. See Informer. "It was the last evidence of the kind; the informant was hanged."
    • Informant One who, or that which, informs, animates, or vivifies.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: If the information contained in the DNA could be written down, it would fill a 1000 volume encyclopedia
    • informant Giving form; transmuting matter by communicating to it a form; informing.
    • n informant One who informs or gives information; an informer.
    • n informant Synonyms Informant, Informer. Informant is special, relating only to a given occasion: as, who was your informant? Informer may be special or general, relating to one occasion or, more commonly, to a practice or occupation, as implying a habit of informing, or a dishonorable betrayal of knowledge gained in confidence. It has acquired odious associations.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The word 'news' did not come about because it was the plural of 'new.' It came from the first letters of the words North, East, West and South. This was because information was being gathered from all different directions.
    • ns Informant one who informs or gives intelligence
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Quotations

  • Tony Alesandra
    Tony Alesandra
    “Be smart, be intelligent and be informed.”
  • Louie Morris
    Louie Morris
    “You can always tell when a man's well informed. His views are pretty much like your own.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “We are as much informed of a writer's genius by what he selects as by what he originates.”
  • Gertrude Stein
    Gertrude%20Stein
    “Everybody gets so much common information all day long that they lose their common sense.”
  • Pauline Kael
    Pauline Kael
    “In the arts, the critic is the only independent source of information. The rest is advertising.”
  • Wilson Mizner
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    “A drama critic is a person who surprises the playwright by informing him what he meant.”

Idioms

Worm information - If you worm information out of somebody, you persuade them to tell you something they wanted to keep from you.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. informans, -antis, p. pr. of informare,. See Inform (v. t.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr.,—L. informārein, into, formāre, to form.

Usage

In literature:

On the 7th September Wilson issued an order informing the force that arrangements for the assault would be commenced at once.
"Forty-one years in India" by Frederick Sleigh Roberts
Men better informed and wiser than myself thought that the constitution was in great danger.
"The Prose Works of William Wordsworth" by William Wordsworth
These opportunities of information ceased at this period, with my retirement from this interesting scene of action.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
I can add from other sure information received here, that the Assembly adopted it the same evening.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
A bill, with verbal explanations, will suffice for the information of the House.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
We said bitter things there in that waste about the man with the information.
"The River and I" by John G. Neihardt
The instructor or members of the class will inform him of their presence.
"Public Speaking" by Clarence Stratton
He informed me that I go up the line to-morrow morning.
"At Ypres with Best-Dunkley" by Thomas Hope Floyd
What was his reply to the news of the offer of several Swedes, when he himself waited upon him to inform him of it?
"History of the Expedition to Russia" by Count Philip de Segur
King Solomon is said to have made this exclamation on the receipt of the information of the death of Hiram Abiff.
"The Mysteries of Free Masonry" by William Morgan
The more information we sought the less sure were we of the best plan.
"Trees, Fruits and Flowers of Minnesota, 1916" by Various
Perhaps I can give you the information you want.
"Arthur Mervyn" by Charles Brockden Brown
I was informed that some one named Waldfried had been speaking; but I could not imagine it was you.
"Waldfried" by Berthold Auerbach
We again informed him of every circumstance that had there taken place.
"The Memoirs of the Conquistador Bernal Diaz del Castillo, Vol 1 (of 2)" by Bernal Diaz del Castillo
Complete information for 1971 showed that, instead of 16.3 births per 1,000, the actual figure was 15.9.
"Area Handbook for Bulgaria" by Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
I have correspondents in Northern India, and it was not very difficult to get this information by cable.
"Christopher Quarles" by Percy James Brebner
None of them was able to supply the least information.
"813" by Maurice Leblanc
At the same time, they were informed that their punishment had been commuted into imprisonment for life.
"The Village Notary" by József Eötvös
Heinrich, to whom his sister had first turned for information, had refused, somewhat roughly, to give her any satisfaction.
"Castle Hohenwald" by Adolph Streckfuss
At the door I met, face to face, the informer, my cousin Matthew, who had caused all this trouble.
"The Orange Girl" by Walter Besant
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In poetry:

"Sir, I'm inform'd your house is haunted;
This devil I attack undaunted.
Let me, Sir, but the chimney see,
I'll lay the spirit, or he me."
"The Jack Daw" by William Hutton
But ere I ask once more to view
Yon setting sun his race renew,
Inform me, Swains! my friends, declare,
Will pitying Delia join the prayer?
"Song V. - On every tree, in every plain" by William Shenstone
One with his fervor shall inform
The world, and one with all his sorrow:
One sees a glad, unsetting morrow,
One hears the whisper of the worm.
"Alchemy of Sorrow" by Clark Ashton Smith
When Sam were informed of his sentence
Surprise, rooted him to the spot.
'Twas much worse than he had expected,
He thought as he'd only be shot.
"Sam's Christmas Pudding" by Marriott Edgar
"Dear me!" my mad informant said,
"Have you no eyes within your head?
You sneer when you your hat should doff:
Why, we begin where you leave off!
"My Dream" by William Schwenck Gilbert
How is it
The simple mind is ever in the right?
May you inform me who it is that wishes
To know more of me? 'Tis not you yourself,
I dare be sworn.
"Nathan The Wise - Act I" by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

In news:

Informer Informer S. Wrestling Isn't for Real.
Below are important links to information on polling places, deadlines and ballot information.
As the election nears and the volume of information increases, it seems we only have time for snippets of information, spin and opinions.
The site provides information and community interaction for consumers regarding the shoe brand's products, technical information and history.
A client called to inform me that a mistake had been made on a notarial certificate and asked if she could make the slight edit to the information.
Nikki Haley said 455,000 have called the South Carolina Department of Revenue since Friday trying to find out information in the wake of millions of social security number s and other personal information being stolen.
We achieve efficiency by updating the square-root information matrix, a factored version of the naturally sparse smoothing information matrix.
Svore, Lucy Vanderwende, Christopher J.C. As the amount of information on the Web grows, the ability to retrieve relevant information quickly and easily is necessary.
The Text mining guided by No Textual data (TNT) is not intended to extract the information contained in the images, aiming the information included in the text that describes these images.
"With the information, we can look at it and be more informed as we discuss the land," Baloun said.
Hired a new chief information officer responsible for leading the co-op's information technology team and managing the co-op's retail and enterprise systems.
For more information on submitting a white paper, please refer to our submission information & guidelines or contact Matthew Wurtzel at mwurtzel@pionline.com or 212-210-0119.
(1 Society for Information Display, Santa Ana, CA, www. sid .org) A membership organization founded in 1962 devoted to the information display industry.
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In science:

The goal of information flow analysis is to enforce limits on the use of information that apply to all computations that involve that information.
Refining a Quantitative Information Flow Metric
Ahlswede and J. Körner, “On common information and related characteristics of correlated information sources,” in Proc. of the 7th Prague Conference on Information Theory, 1974. D.
Assisted Common Information with an Application to Secure Two-Party Sampling
There exists a chain between γ and X that is not blocked by Z in G by presence of information. c2 There exists a chain between γ and Y that is not blocked by Z in G by presence of information. c3 All chains between γ and X Y are blocked by Z in G by presence of information.
Stable Independence in Perfect Maps
If quality prior information is available, then it is preferable to use informative priors rather than non-informative ones (see Berger, 1985).
Bayesian Estimation of Inverse Gaussian Distribution
In this case, the query has become the leading paradigm to find the information, whereby the information retreival (IR) is concerned with answering information need as accurately as possible.
Simple Search Engine Model: Adaptive Properties
In this case, the query has become the leading paradigm to find the information, whereby the information retreival (IR) is concerned with answering information need as accurately as possible.
Simple Search Engine Model: Adaptive Properties for Doubleton
When asked if BHC means that information behind the horizon is meaningless I’ve generally answered no; information in the interior of a black hole is meaningful, but it is redundant with information in the exterior of the black hole.
Black Hole Complementarity and the Harlow-Hayden Conjecture
However, until the second half of this century, the precise mathematical treatment of information, especially information processing, was undiscovered, so the significance of information in physics was only hinted at in concepts such as entropy in thermodynamics.
Quantum Computing
The most basic problem in classical information theory is to obtain a measure of information, that is, of amount of information.
Quantum Computing
Information in a set of histories and complete information are spacetime notions of information whose construction makes no reference to states or alternatives on a spacelike surfaces.
Generalized Quantum Theory and Black Hole Evaporation
This connection between the concept of entanglement, central to quantum information theory, and the concept of intrinsic classical information, central to classical information based cryptography (Maurer and Wolf 1999), has been shown to be general (Gisin and Wolf 2000).
Quantum Cryptography
This development has given new dimensions to the task of information integration requiring the integration of non-structured, highly distributed autonomous and dynamic information sources. A flexible and scalable strategy for integrating these disparate information sources while respecting their autonomy is required.
Information Integration and Computational Logic
The general task of Information Integration can be simply stated, in an informal way, as that of ”getting information sources to talk to each other” in order to support some higher level goal.
Information Integration and Computational Logic
Thus an information integration system must provide a uniform interface to information sources allowing the user or application program to focus on specifying what they require rather than specifying how or where to find the information.
Information Integration and Computational Logic
The autonomous nature of the information sources, where we may only be able to represent partial information and where information from different sources may be overlapping or even inconsistent, increases the possibilities to apply techniques from the areas of Artificial Intelligence and Computational Logic.
Information Integration and Computational Logic
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