• WordNet 3.6
    • n insight grasping the inner nature of things intuitively
    • n insight clear or deep perception of a situation
    • n insight the clear (and often sudden) understanding of a complex situation
    • n insight a feeling of understanding
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Insight A sight or view of the interior of anything; a deep inspection or view; introspection; -- frequently used with into. "He had an insight into almost all the secrets of state."
    • Insight Power of acute observation and deduction; penetration; discernment; perception. "Quickest insight In all things that to greatest actions lead."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n insight Perception; observation.
    • n insight Mental vision; intellectual discernment or penetration.
    • n insight The immediate cognition of an object; intuition. Synonyms See list under acumen.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Insight in′sīt sight into: thorough knowledge or skill: power of acute observation.
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  • Stephen Vizinczey
    Stephen Vizinczey
    “Consistency is a virtue for trains: what we want from a philosopher is insights, whether he comes by them consistently or not.”
  • Harold Rosenberg
    “The purpose of education is to keep a culture from being drowned in senseless repetitions, each of which claims to offer a new insight.”
  • Thomas Carlyle
    “Nothing is more terrible than activity without insight.”
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes
    “A moment's insight is sometimes worth a life's experience.”
  • Vincent Van Gogh
    “If one is master of one thing and understands one thing well, one has at the same time, insight into and understanding of many things.”
  • Marshall Mcluhan
    “A point of view can be a dangerous luxury when substituted for insight and understanding.”


In literature:

Her reading had given her some slight critical insight.
"Gulmore, The Boss" by Frank Harris
Holy inspiration will give me insight into the mind of my God.
"My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year" by John Henry Jowett
The wife had insight and intellect, and could follow a reason to its lair.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Vol. 13" by Elbert Hubbard
Plato's "Republic," especially, gives us an insight into a very great and lofty character.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great Philosophers, Volume 8" by Elbert Hubbard
Tzu-chang asked, What is insight?
"The Sayings Of Confucius" by Confucius
Field is the greater of the two, for he possessed a depth of feeling and insight which is lacking in Riley.
"American Men of Mind" by Burton E. Stevenson
These words of the greatest thinker among the Muhammadans at that time afford us a deep insight into the remarkable character of the period.
"Mystics and Saints of Islam" by Claud Field
Rousseau was a man of small learning but great insight.
"The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte" by William Milligan Sloane
And then, of course, he is Holmlock Shears, that is to say, a sort of miracle of intuition, of insight, of perspicacity, of shrewdness.
"The Blonde Lady" by Maurice Leblanc
With this parting gleam of insight and kindliness, the morose figure of Thurlow vanishes.
"William Pitt and the Great War" by John Holland Rose

In poetry:

O insight born of torture's might!—
Such grief can only seem.
Rise o'er the hills, eternal light,
And melt the earthly dream.
"A Dream of Waking" by George MacDonald
What can my life seem like to her?
    A dull, unpunctual service mine,
Stupid before her eager speech,
    Her flitting steps, her insight fine!
"A Caged Bird" by Sarah Orne Jewett
But when, sinking slow, the sun
Leaves the glowing curtain dun,
I, of prophet-insight reft,
Shall be dull and dreamless left;
I must hasten proof on proof,
Weaving in the warp my woof!
"My Room" by George MacDonald
His was the delicate insight and his the poignant vision
Whereby the world might learn what wine-lipped roses know,
What a drift of rain might lisp on a gray sea-dawning,
Or a pale spring of the woodland babble low.
"The Poet" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
He then salutes for sixty years of it
just now a one of valor and insights,
a theatrical man,
O scholar & Legionnaire who as quickly might
have killed as cast you. Olè. Stormed with years
he tranquil commands and appears.
"Dream Song 63: Bats have no bankers and they do not drink" by John Berryman
Oh! I felt a high compassion for their warp'd and narrow feelings
As I press'd my bride unto me, and read o'er her gentle eyes,
Gaining deeper insight daily, meeting ever new revealings
Of the grace of woman's spirit, and her holy sympathies.
"Retrospection" by Walter Richard Cassels

In news:

Infrastructure spending is expected to decline 4.3% in 2009 despite the federal stimulus boost, says market analyst IHS Global Insight, Lexington, Mass.
American roots music that provides insight into the plights of others.
Washington Whispers provides some insight into what makes our Groper-in-Chief tick.
Meeting offers insight for victims of recent fires.
Emily Deschanel is a forensic anthropologist with uncanny insight.
Insights into the food, beverage, and consumer products industry.
According to Innova Market Insights data, new worldwide food New Product Development launch numbers recorded in the Innova Database ( between June 08-June 09 were up 7.3% on the previous 12 months, despite the downturn.
As we all look forward to another weekend full of football and fall foliage, here's a quick glance at some of the insightful and thought-provoking comments Press-Register readers offered on business headlines for the week ending Nov 2.
I was watching Pawn Stars recently when I got an unexpected insight into my own profession.
His experiences, insight and comments on the world today were very beneficial for our students as well as enlightening.
From insights on the latest styles to gossip on celebrity fashion to easy tips and tricks to make your look exciting and affordable, Style Fyle has it all.
Yahoo and Universal McCann partnered on this research study to gain insights helpful to marketers in understanding the new dynamics of the path to purchase resulting from emerging digital tools.
Blending new insights from recent science, an intimate knowledge of place, and enough narrative force to match its subject matter, this is much more than just a geology guide to the region.
Code names can provide some insight into what an agency is thinking.
Updated 'marshmallow test' offers insight on kids' delayed gratification .

In science:

Complex eigenvalues of such ”truncations” of random unitary matrices were studied in much detail by the authors of a recent insightful paper .
Spectra of Random Contractions and Scattering Theory for Discrete-Time Systems
Thus the present model can give some insight into the more general case of p-branes propagating on background manifolds of dimension higher than (p + 1).
A note on topological brane theories
D-branes have provided new insights into the meaning of quantum geometry.
The D0-brane metric in N = 2 sigma models
We also show that the application of machine learning methods indeed leads to increased insight into the linguistic regularities determining the variation between the two pronunciation variants studied.
Meta-Learning for Phonemic Annotation of Corpora
We were both interested in optimal accuracy and in obtaining increased insight into the linguistic regularities involved.
Meta-Learning for Phonemic Annotation of Corpora