informer

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n informer one who reveals confidential information in return for money
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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
    • Informer (Law) One who informs a magistrate of violations of law; one who informs against another for violation of some law or penal statute.
    • Informer One who informs, animates, or inspires. "Nature, informer of the poet's art."
    • Informer One who informs, or imparts knowledge or news.
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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
    • n informer One who informs or animates.
    • n informer One who imparts intelligence or gives information; an informant.
    • n informer In law, one who communicates to a magistrate a knowledge of a violation of law; a person who lays an information against or prosecutes in the courts one who offends against the law or any penal statute. Such a person is generally called a common informer, if he makes it his business to lay informations for the purpose of obtaining a reward.
    • n informer Hence One who makes a business of informing against others; a mischief-maker.
    • n informer Synonyms Informant, Informer. See informant.
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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.
    • n Informer one who informs against another
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Quotations

  • Tony Alesandra
    Tony Alesandra
    “Be smart, be intelligent and be informed.”
  • Terence
    Terence
    “No man was ever so completely skilled in the conduct of life, as not to receive new information from age and experience.”
  • 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.”

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
From Inform (v.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr.,—L. informārein, into, formāre, to form.

Usage

In literature:

I shall take pleasure in giving any further information in my power should you call on me.
"The Papers And Writings Of Abraham Lincoln, Complete" by Abraham Lincoln
Their paths diverged; and when Somerset reached the hotel he was informed that somebody was waiting to see him.
"A Laodicean" by Thomas Hardy
Your information was good.
"The Wandering Jew, Complete" by Eugene Sue
I would advise you to let that book be one in your itinerant library; it will both amuse and inform you.
"The PG Edition of Chesterfield's Letters to His Son" by The Earl of Chesterfield
Have I been falsely informed?
"Frederick The Great and His Family" by L. Muhlbach
He collected at the different ports all the necessary information with that intelligence and tact for which he was so eminently distinguished.
"Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte, Complete" by Louis Antoine Fauvelet de Bourrienne
Madame de Beauharnais, being informed of the welcome the general had given her son, thought it her duty to make him a visit of gratitude.
"The Private Life of Napoleon Bonaparte, Complete" by Constant
The barren information which I had received from my darling was all the information that I possessed.
"Poor Miss Finch" by Wilkie Collins
No information could be obtained of the place of their retreat.
"Jezebel's Daughter" by Wilkie Collins
Warned, that same morning, by his friends in Montaignac of the arrival of the duke, the baron had sent his son to inform M. Lacheneur.
"The Honor of the Name" by Emile Gaboriau
The accomplice had informed him of his plans, but had not been able to inform him of their failure.
"Monsieur Lecoq" by Emile Gaboriau
Information channels in 1970 were relatively well developed compared with those of the pre-World War II period.
"Area Handbook for Albania" by Eugene K. Keefe
At last, however, the time arrived, and Felix entered the room to inform us that the cab was at the door.
"Long Live the King" by Guy Boothby
Strange to say, the information imparted to him had been depressing.
"Sons and Fathers" by Harry Stillwell Edwards
Paleski lamented it was not in his power to give me the least information on that head.
"The New-York Weekly Magazine" by Various
I must find an informant, and give the king sure information touching Yan Kazimir.
"The Deluge, Vol. II. (of 2)" by Henryk Sienkiewicz
And whoever informed you to the contrary, spoke falsely.
"Guy Fawkes" by William Harrison Ainsworth
I am at a loss, Sir, to guess what propositions made to us Congress have been informed of, which they had not learned from us.
"The Diplomatic Correspondence of the American Revolution" by Various
If he gave information at the present stage of the conspiracy, his plans might be defeated.
"Brave Old Salt" by Oliver Optic
She also informed me that one of the bullets fired at Mr. Kingston had passed under the cow she happened to be milking at the time.
"The Indians' Last Fight" by Dennis Collins
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In poetry:

Wherefore of judgment I shall now
Inform you what I may,
That you may see what 'tis, and how
'Twill be with men that day.
"Of Judgement" by John Bunyan
'Well, it is this. As we could not see
That a legal marriage could ever be,
To end our pain
We united ourselves informally;
"A Conversation At Dawn" by Thomas Hardy
Buzzing nigh the mourning lover,
Soon his hidden grief discover;
Then by dreams inform the fair
Of his long conceal'd despair.
"Queen Mab And Her Fats" by Charlotte Dacre
Command her soul to advance
And inform the shape
Which has made escape
And before my countenance
Answers me glance for glance—-
"Mesmerism" by Robert Browning
There is a way between voice and presence
where information flows.
In disciplined silence it opens.
With wandering talk it closes.
"There is a Way" by Mewlana Jalaluddin Rumi
Fair-browed Lycoris pines away
Because her Cyrus loves another;
The ruthless churl informs the girl
He loves her only as a brother!
"To Albius Tibullus" by Eugene Field

In news:

More information will be published as it becomes available.
According to Tom Erickson, public information officer for the Johnson County Sheriff's Office, one of the vehicles burst into flames.
For further information and photography, contact Katie Holt on 020 7384 8718.
Although it's packed with information, the book is easy to read and understand.
At the Durbin Town Council meeting October 9, councilmember Mike Vance informed council that for the past three weeks, near his home, a dog has barked three hours every night.
For more information, visit www. afarcry .org.
Enter your information below for a chance to win a Straight Line RS Series handle and combo (MSRP: $99.99 slsports.com).
For more information on state conditions, go to fishexplorer.com.
As forecasters, we strive to communicate weather information effectively.
Effective today, when you look-up a location on Google Maps, you can also access weather information.
Add your Hurricane Sandy information, photos to theday.com interactive map.
It means globally understandable information based on syntax and semantics.
Anyone with information is asked to call the TIPS Hotline at 816 474-TIPS (474-8477).
Authorities are offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the man's arrest.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Solvers by phone at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477.
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In science:

But this dependence cannot be upheld without the information about the free choice made in region R getting to region L: some sort of faster-than-light tranfer of information is required.
Quantum theory and the role of mind in nature
These bits of information are stored in the evolving ob jective quantum state of the universe, which is a compendium of these bits of information.
Quantum theory and the role of mind in nature
The quantum state of the universe is thus rooted in atomic properties, yet is an informational structure that interacts with, and carries into the future, the informational content of each mental event.
Quantum theory and the role of mind in nature
It this way, the adaptive random walker (ARW) utilizes the full information about local architecture of in- and out-degree of the graph, whereas the naive random walker (NRW) is driven exclusively by the out-degree distribution, thus exploiting only a part of the available information.
Access time of an adaptive random walk on the world-wide Web
The result manifests that the distinguishable information is obtained only and completely at the last operation and all prior ones give no information about that state.
Optimally Conclusive Discrimination of Non-orthogonal Entangled States Locally
In quantum information theory, two fascinating properties are distinguished from classical information.
Optimally Conclusive Discrimination of Non-orthogonal Entangled States Locally
It’s noticeable that the optimal conclusive discrimination can be achieved by LOCC in the condition that in general, the operation performed by the last one provides the distinguishable information while all operations performed beforehand give no information about of |φi and |ψi.
Optimally Conclusive Discrimination of Non-orthogonal Entangled States Locally
Interestingly, the protocol shows that the distinguishable information is obtained at the last operation and all the ones beforehand give no information.
Optimally Conclusive Discrimination of Non-orthogonal Entangled States Locally
We know that similar correlation functions yield important information in non–linear spectroscopy (i.e., beyond linear spectroscopy), similarly “Q SMS” yields detailed information on dynamical processes in the condensed phase (i.e., beyond the standard line shape theories).
Photon Counting Statistics for Single Molecule Spectroscopy
Chaitin, Information, Randomness and Incompleteness: papers on Algorithmic information theory, World Scientific, Singapore (1987)(a collection of Chaitin’s papers). C. H.
Monte Carlo: Basics
For our purposes, we make the distinction that deep NLG is the process of deciding what information to convey, whereas surface NLG is the process of rendering that information in natural language.
Modeling informational novelty in a conversational system with a hybrid statistical and grammar-based approach to natural language generation
Using word order to express informational novelty It has been long argued that utterances have an information structure, such that one part refers to preexisting information in the discourse, while the other part refers to information that is newly introduced into the discourse.
Modeling informational novelty in a conversational system with a hybrid statistical and grammar-based approach to natural language generation
We want to model informational novelty, which correlates roughly with the theme vs. rheme distinction, so that old information (theme) is expressed differently than the new information (rheme).
Modeling informational novelty in a conversational system with a hybrid statistical and grammar-based approach to natural language generation
Furthermore, at this time, we wish to do it without modifying the pitch, only with word ordering. (Steedman, 1996) gives a more fine-grained information structure, and points out that sub-elements of the theme can also contain new information, and are often emphasized with pitch.
Modeling informational novelty in a conversational system with a hybrid statistical and grammar-based approach to natural language generation
Furthermore, in English, it has been long noted that there is a tendency to specify old information before new information (e.g., see (Sornicola, 1999) for a review of many studies).
Modeling informational novelty in a conversational system with a hybrid statistical and grammar-based approach to natural language generation
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