marvellous

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj marvellous too improbable to admit of belief "a tall story"
    • adj marvellous being or having the character of a miracle
    • adj marvellous extraordinarily good or great; used especially as intensifiers "a fantastic trip to the Orient","the film was fantastic!","a howling success","a marvelous collection of rare books","had a rattling conversation about politics","a tremendous achievement"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Marvellous astonishing: almost or altogether beyond belief: improbable
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Quotations

  • Zsa Zsa Gabor
    Zsa Zsa Gabor
    “I am a marvelous housekeeper. Every time I leave a man I keep his house.”
  • Hazel Scott
    Hazel Scott
    “There's a time when you have to explain to your children why they're born, and it's a marvelous thing if you know the reason by then.”
  • Franklin P. Jones
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    “Experience is that marvelous thing that enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again.”
  • Joseph Stowell
    Joseph Stowell
    “God has marvelous ways of taking our worst tragedies and turning them into His most glorious triumphs.”
  • Monica Baldwin
    Monica Baldwin
    “What makes humility so desirable is the marvelous thing it does to us; it creates in us a capacity for the closest possible intimacy with God.”
  • Katherine Mansfield
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    “Life never becomes a habit to me. It's always a marvel.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. merveille—L. mirabilis, wonderful—mirāri, to wonder.

Usage

In literature:

Given, the marvel, there is no further marvel.
"The Golden Censer" by John McGovern
And I was amazed at this, and marvelled, and considered who this could be who prayed in me.
"The Most Ancient Lives of Saint Patrick" by Various
Lucky for her that she was not born in some parts of Europe, with her marvellous power.
"Narrative of a Mission to Central Africa Performed in the Years 1850-51, Volume 2" by James Richardson
However marvelous it might be, at least he himself ran no risk.
"The President" by Alfred Henry Lewis
And she marvelled, again and again she marvelled, at his forbearance.
"The Swindler and Other Stories" by Ethel M. Dell
Through the newly formed openings, escaped the marvelous mass of basaltic stones with which the plain we were now crossing was covered.
"A Journey to the Centre of the Earth" by Jules Verne
It is altogether marvelous.
"A Journal From Our Legation in Belgium" by Hugh Gibson
As we drew nearer a marvellous spectacle unfolded itself to our eyes.
"Edison's Conquest of Mars" by Garrett Putman Serviss
This was a marvelous result.
"Kelly Miller's History of the World War for Human Rights" by Kelly Miller
Meanwhile Messire Regnault de Chartres believed himself possessed of a marvel far surpassing the marvel he had lost.
"The Life of Joan of Arc, Vol. 1 and 2 (of 2)" by Anatole France
That was the characteristic of this marvellous city, this marvellous land.
"The Way of Ambition" by Robert Hichens
Its activity was quite marvellous, and it was very playful and elegant in its motions.
"Natural History of the Mammalia of India and Ceylon" by Robert A. Sterndale
I marvel when they sup!
"Mistress Margery" by Emily Sarah Holt
That he had done so was marvellous, truly; his reasons for doing so were not even speculated upon.
"Antony Gray,--Gardener" by Leslie Moore
It was no marvel, for she had been all but a queen.
"Robin Tremayne" by Emily Sarah Holt
I had a devoted and beautiful wife, whom I neglected, who was miserable in the midst of the most marvellous wealth.
"The Serapion Brethren." by Ernst Theordor Wilhelm Hoffmann
Twice I have seen the medicine administered, and each time with marvellous results.
"The Frontiersman" by H. A. Cody
So he wandered about the streets at night, marveling at the sights he saw, or staying at home in his little room.
"The "Genius"" by Theodore Dreiser
A marvel of daintiness and purity.
"The Woodlands Orchids" by Frederick Boyle
I marvel what juice of folly gets into the pates of these lovers to make them so mad about the women.
"Historic Tales, Vol 14 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
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In poetry:

And hence a fair dream goes before our gaze,
And lifts the skirts of the hereafter days,
And sees afar, as dreams alone can see,
The splendid marvel of the years to be.
"Sydney Exhibition Cantata" by Henry Kendall
Haply unto hill and tree
All too near akin was he
Unto him who stands afar
Nature's marvels greatest are;
Who the mountain purple seeks
Must not climb the higher peaks.
"The Grave" by John Greenleaf Whittier
High as a star, yet lowly as a flower,
Unknown she takes her unassuming place
At Earth's proud masquerade--the appointed hour
Strikes, and, behold, the marvel of her face.
"Quatrains" by Madison Julius Cawein
She too would say so, and back in thought returning,
How would her sweet eyes fill with tears of gladness,
How would she marvel, the lovely maiden,
Breathless with gazing!
"Myvanwy" by Manmohan Ghose
Here is a problem, a wonder for all to see.
Look at this marvelous thing I hold in my hand!
This is a magic surprising, a mystery
Strange as a miracle, harder to understand.
"Dust" by Celia Laighton Thaxter
Lord Dusiote drew breath with pain,
And she with pain drew breath:
On him she looked, on his like above;
She flew in the folds of a marvel of love
Revealed to pass to death.
"The Young Princess -- A Ballad Of Old Laws Of Love" by George Meredith

In news:

Check out THIS Marvel cover for a real surprise.
Key villain role in Marvel/Disney pic goes to 'End of Watch' actor.
The sauce is also marvelous when dribbled over rice.
Though she's best known for being Beyoncé's saxophonist, Tia Fuller returned to her roots for an evening of straight-ahead, marvelously improvised jazz Friday at the UW Union South Sett.
Adding a fine spritz in a drink is a marvelous thing, a centuries old practice.
That would be Skip Holtz, who is preparing the team in its preseason in Vero Beach, Fla. Lou, the former Notre Dame coach, marveled at the Bulls' facilities.
Breakfast's an epiphany , so discover marvelous morning meals.
PULLMAN — One day in July, a Washington State football player marveled at the disciplinary approach of Mike Leach and his commitment to winning.
The Marvel action thriller is tops for men, followed by "Dark Knight Rises".
3, 1957: Debut of the Electric Watch, a Space Age Marvel.
As you zoom in toward the sun, you will marvel at how tiny the Earth is in the context of even this small sliver of the universe, and as you zoom out and look and spin the galaxy around you will marvel at the beauty of space .
Anyone who's ever watched artists screen-printing designs onto shirts and paper might marvel at just how little of a difference there is in some West African textile techniques.
BAYarts Moondance It was another marvelous night for Moondance on Sept 15.
A marvel of ancient Egyptian engineering is threatened.
The Marvelous Wonderettes at the Springer Opera House.
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In science:

It would be marvellous if the measure MGL,u,q (being related to modular forms via the Rogers-Ramanujan identities) is also related to enumerative questions in algebraic geometry.
Random matrix theory over finite fields: a survey
For the SK-model, a marvellous theory has been introduced by Giorgio Parisi in the 1970’s, cfr. for more on this , which has been further developed by many.
On a nonhierarchical version of the Generalized Random Energy Model. II. Ultrametricity
With these marvelous techniques in mind, one may conclude that rotation could also be understood as a relative concept which characterizes the revolution of the observer’s reference frame relative to the distant “celestial bodies”.
Rotation in relativity and the propagation of light
The authors thank Seth Marvel, Joel Nishimura and Steve Strogatz for helpful conversations.
Construction and Analysis of Random Networks with Explosive Percolation
It would be marvelous if string theory, which promises to provide a unique and consistent theory of quantum gravity, could meaningfully engage this question.
Future Summary
Ray Freeman’s “Spin Choreography ” gives a marvelous and int uitive overview of highresolution solution NMR techniques and spin dynamics [Fre97]. I found it the most helpful textbook for the NMR techniques underlying chapter 4. A classic and comprehensive treatise of NMR is Ernst, Bodenhausen and Wokaun [EBW87].
Experimental Quantum Computation with Nuclear Spins in Liquid Solution
The precision that can be reached on β and γ using various techniques accessible at a super B factory is most impressive. A lot of marvelous physics can be done once such measurements will be at hand.
The Physics Case for an e^+ e^- Super B-Factory
The weather, uncharacteristically grey during the first days, has cleared up for the free afternoon, allowing the participants to spread along the sea and in the marvelous wilderness of Marseille’s “Calanques”.
Matters of Gravity, the newsletter of the Topical Group in Gravitation of the American Physical Society
The various marvelous properties of TV are reflected in similar properties of L0 .
The nilpotent filtration and the action of automorphisms on the cohomology of finite p--groups
Finally, the proposed WFMOS for Subaru with funding from the International Gemini Observatory would provide a marvellous opportunity for the needed high-resolution spectroscopic follow-up.
Concluding Remarks JD13
The most marvelous pattern found most recently is the spiral pattern found by Mauron & Huggins (2006) in the envelope of AFGL 3068, a C-rich AGB star.
Envelope density pattern around wide binary AGB stars: a dynamical model
Among other things, a poisonous number of the nightshade family, and if the poison caused personality dissociation, the name would be marvelously appropriate.
Astrophysics in 2006
Watts concludes, that ’physicists may be marvelous technicians, but they are mediocre sociologists’.
Around the gap between sociophysics and sociology
This is a marvelously beautiful sub ject that is developing rapidly.
Theory Summary and Future Directions
Looking back 20 years, I marvel that any theoretical progress was made using the computational facilities that were available at that time.
Few-Body Physics -- Then and Now
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