• WordNet 3.6
    • adj marvelous too improbable to admit of belief "a tall story"
    • adj marvelous being or having the character of a miracle
    • adj marvelous 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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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Marvelous Exciting wonder or surprise; astonishing; wonderful. "This is the Lord's doing; it is marvelous in our eyes."
    • Marvelous Partaking of the character of miracle, or supernatural power; incredible; so improbable as to defy belief. "The marvelous fable includes whatever is supernatural, and especially the machines of the gods."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • marvelous Of wonderful appearance, character, or quality; surpassing experience or conception; exciting astonishment or incredulity.
    • marvelous Wonderfully; surprisingly.
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  • Zsa Zsa Gabor
    Zsa Zsa Gabor
    “I am a marvelous housekeeper. Every time I leave a man I keep his house.”
  • John Greenleaf Whittier
    “Of all that Orient lands can vaunt, of marvels with our own competing, the strangest is the Haschish plant, and what will follow on its eating.”
  • 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
    “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.”
  • Noam Chomsky
    “Unlimited economic growth has the marvelous quality of stilling discontent while maintaining privilege, a fact that has not gone unnoticed among liberal economists.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. merveillous, OF. merveillos, F. Merveilleux,. See Marvel (n.)


In literature:

Really, for two and twenty, he is marvellously restrained.
"The Divine Fire" by May Sinclair
I marvelled how it came to stand empty in that teeming quarter.
"Helmet of Navarre" by Bertha Runkle
Marvels do not seem marvelous to men to live among them.
"White Shadows in the South Seas" by Frederick O'Brien
Another aspect of that world-old marvel, 'the love of women,' was presented in Aias' captive bride, Tecmessa.
"The Seven Plays in English Verse" by Sophocles
It's a marvellous thing to be in the movement, if we can only realise it.
"The Lion's Share" by E. Arnold Bennett
Although he was slow, the number of volumes, he not merely read, but really mastered was marvellous.
"The Honorable Peter Stirling and What People Thought of Him" by Paul Leicester Ford
And here happened something rather marvelous, though trifling enough, too.
"The Children's Hour, Volume 3 (of 10)" by Various
For no one thing more than another did I envy the astronomers of Jupiter than for their marvelous magnifying lenses.
"Life in a Thousand Worlds" by William Shuler Harris
Do you in turn marvel at my words, for thine are a marvel to me.
"The Tragedies of Euripides, Volume I." by Euripides
He thought he had done very well, but on removing it from his lips he marveled to see how little had gone.
"Young Folks Treasury, Volume 2 (of 12)" by Various
Delight was always shown in beautiful scenery or tales of the marvellous.
"Myths and Legends of China" by E. T. C. Werner
A great marvel and gossip, as may readily be supposed, now arose throughout the whole country.
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 1 (of 2)" by John Roby
The dullest who sees it can now imagine the excitement when this marvel was displayed, coming from an unknown habitat.
"About Orchids" by Frederick Boyle
We marvel how the soul can so discover in itself the means to oppose suffering and death.
"Letters of a Soldier" by Anonymous
As, however, Marvell took his B.A.
"Andrew Marvell" by Augustine Birrell
I gazed, watched, marvelled, and recognized, as I kneeled before its pages.
"Memoirs of a Midget" by Walter de la Mare
The shock-headed man and I sat our horses and looked on; he marvelling, and I pretending to marvel.
"Historical Romances: Under the Red Robe, Count Hannibal, A Gentleman of France" by Stanley J. Weyman
Already he was known for a youth of marvellous talents and learning.
"The Catholic World; Volume I, Issues 1-6" by E. Rameur
It is a marvel of color and pure saintly expression.
"Famous European Artists" by Sarah K. Bolton
Mr. Whymper's woodcuts seem to bring the genuine Alps before us in all their marvellous beauty and variety of architecture.
"The Alps" by Martin Conway

In poetry:

She spun the flax of a spindle,
And I wondered on her face;
She spun the flax of a spindle,
And I marvelled on her grace;
She spun the flax of a spindle,
And I watched a little space.
"Elphin" by Madison Julius Cawein
That soft white hand you laid in mine
With a smile as I turned to go,
Oh, Lady Maud, I marvel
If you ever stoop so low,
As to wonder what those tears meant,
That glittered on its snow.
"The Lady Maud" by Marietta Holley
But however he looked, or however
He fared, a strange fortune was his.
None of you, dears, though fair-faced and clever,
Can have anything like to this,
So grand and so marvelous it is!
"Aladdin" by Clara Doty Bates
"And, when we have slain them all, we will build for men
The city called Marvelous, the glittering town,
And none shall be exalted or cast down
But all at ease, all hatreds reconciled."
"For Those Who Are As Right As Any" by Stephen Vincent Benet
"Farther, where strings of rain hang from a little cloud,
Under the hills with an acacia grove
Is Prague. Above it, a marvelous castle
Shored against a slope in accordance with old rules.
"Father Explains" by Czeslaw Milosz
Yet marvel I, my soul,
Know I thy very whole,
Or dost thou hide a chamber still from me?
Is it built upon the wall?
Is it spacious? is it small?
Is it God, or man, or I who holds the key?
"The Hidden Room" by Isabella Valancy Crawford

In news:

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Channing has been added to the growing list of actors that Marvel is considering to play the superhero.
We hiked through the abundant ruins during the day, marveling at the Chacoans' architectural skills.
On a marvelously trashy stage depicting Thompson's Woody Creek, Colo.
Schoolchildren in Auckland marvel at the first snow to stick on the ground downtown since 1939.
Belgium's abbey-style ales, now being brewed in America, get their marvelously deep flavors from the méthode champenoise.
There are places on this planet where it's a marvel that anything survives.
I always marvel at how anyone makes a go of it in aviation.
They marvel at their journey.
Indestructible Hulk #1 to launch in November as part of Marvel NOW.
To be named a saint, the founder of California's missions has to be credited with a final marvel.
You never know what to expect from guitar marvel Nels Cline.
Professional 'Marvelous Wonderettes at Lake Ontario Playhouse.
Romney's journey toward the presidency has been a marvel to behold.
Regarding the abuses at Abu Ghraib, I can only marvel that Americans are surprised.
3, 1957: Electric Watch Debuts, a Space Age Marvel.

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
There are indeed some experimental measurements to explain why a piano can sing so marvelously, and some theoretical analyses that refer to nonlinearity or more complex aspects.
Analysis on the relations between piano touch and tone
He reduced the definition to a finite level situation using a marvelous theorem of Frobenius descent, and proved Bernstein’s inequality by using Kashiwara’s theorem.
Rings of microdifferential operators for arithmetic $\mathscr{D}$-modules
It is unfortunate that none of the authors cites the marvelous investigations of the great British number theorist A. E.
The AGM Simple Pendulum
The total extent of the H2O maser spot distribution is about 120 mas, which is consistent with previous studies from VLBI observations (Marvel, 1996; Nagayama et al., 2008).
The Distance and Size of the Red Hypergiant NML Cyg from VLBA and VLA Astrometry
Similar honeycomb lattice structure of the two systems let them share most of their marvellous physical properties, including gapless Dirac fermions at the Brillouin-Zone corner, and the quantum spin Hall effect when spin-orbital coupling turns on16,17 .
d+id' Chiral Superconductivity in Bilayer Silicene
This marvelous symmetry of U (1) gauge field theory seems at first sight to break down for non-abelian theories with gauge groups like U (N ).
Lectures on D-branes, Gauge Theory and M(atrices)
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