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
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    “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
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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
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