meek

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj meek evidencing little spirit or courage; overly submissive or compliant "compliant and anxious to suit his opinions of those of others","a fine fiery blast against meek conformity"- Orville Prescott","she looked meek but had the heart of a lion","was submissive and subservient"
    • adj meek humble in spirit or manner; suggesting retiring mildness or even cowed submissiveness "meek and self-effacing"
    • adj meek very docile "tame obedience","meek as a mouse"- Langston Hughes"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Meek Evincing mildness of temper, or patience; characterized by mildness or patience; as, a meek answer; a meek face. "Her meek prayer."
    • Meek Mild of temper; not easily provoked or orritated; patient under injuries; not vain, or haughty, or resentful; forbearing; submissive. "Now the man Moses was very meek ."
    • v. t Meek To make meek; to nurture in gentleness and humility.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • meek Gentle or mild of temper; self-controlled and gentle; not easily provoked or irritated; forbearing under injury or annoyance.
    • meek Pliant; yielding; submissive.
    • meek Humble; unpretentious.
    • meek = Syn. 1. Mild, etc. (see gentle), humble, lowly.
    • meek To make meek; soften; render mild, pliant, or submissive; humble or bring low.
    • meek To submit; become meek.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Meek mēk mild and gentle of temper: submissive
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Quotations

  • Izaak Walton
    Izaak Walton
    “God has two dwellings; one in heaven, and the other in a meek and thankful heart.”
  • Caroline Sheridan Norton
    Caroline Sheridan Norton
    “My beautiful, my beautiful! That standest meekly by, with thy proudly-arched and glossy neck, and dark and fiery eye!”
  • Joe Orton
    Joe Orton
    “The humble and meek are thirsting for blood.”
  • J. Paul Getty
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    “The meek shall inherit the earth, but not its mineral rights.”
  • Kin Hubbard
    Kin%20Hubbard
    “It's going to be fun to watch and see how long the meek can keep the earth after they inherit it.”
  • William E. B. Du Bois
    William E. B. Du Bois
    “If there is anybody in this land who thoroughly believes that the meek shall inherit the earth they have not often let their presence be known.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. mek, meoc,; akin to Icel. mjūkr, mild, soft, Sw. mjuk, Dan. myg, D. muik, Goth. muka,mōdei gentleness
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ice. mjúkr; Dut. muik.

Usage

In literature:

He started off at a good pace, and as we were in no mood to argue we went meekly along in his wake.
"A Journal From Our Legation in Belgium" by Hugh Gibson
She hated the meek little Filipino boy who swept that ugly hall every morning.
"The Quirt" by B.M. Bower
And never are meek, that I dare say.
"Everyman and Other Old Religious Plays, with an Introduction" by Anonymous
The lawyer rose from his chair as Vavasor entered, and bowed his powdered head very meekly as he asked his visitor to sit down.
"Can You Forgive Her?" by Anthony Trollope
Miss Hazel Weir was neither meek nor mild, even if her environment had bred in her a repression that had become second nature.
"North of Fifty-Three" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
IT will not be difficult to distinguish the true from the artificial meekness.
"Essays on Various Subjects" by Hannah More
The fisherman confessed to all the meekness and long suffering, without the cheerful intrepidity of Mary's little lamb!
"Cape Cod Folks" by Sarah P. McLean Greene
He went meekly into the darkened hotel with the old couple, and I turned away triumphant, with my arm in Brian's.
"Everyman's Land" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
Whereupon she discreetly turned on her high French heels and meekly asked the boss hostler for the most promising animal he had.
"Horses Nine" by Sewell Ford
Furstenheimer, appearing much crest-fallen, meekly followed their wishes.
"Villa Elsa" by Stuart Henry
I meekly asked the privilege of a word with Mr. Carleton, and was coldly informed that he was in his private office.
"Chapters from My Autobiography" by Mark Twain
The first man who defied the new laws was one Dawson, a carpenter, scarcely less courageous than Meek himself.
"Captains of Industry" by James Parton
Just in proportion as he was meek and cringing before did he become arrogant and abusive now.
"Under Fire" by Charles King
But now again the damnation cry is withdrawn, there is a subdued meekness in your demeanour, you are now once more harmless as a lamb.
"Lavengro the Scholar - the Gypsy - the Priest" by George Borrow
Then she rose strengthened, and walked meekly, but firmly, back to her place.
"My New Curate" by P.A. Sheehan
When he was oppressed he was not meek.
"Watch Yourself Go By" by Al. G. Field
It is the Beauty of virtue, wisdom, goodness, magnanimity, meekness, piety.
"Aims and Aids for Girls and Young Women" by George Sumner Weaver
But Havelock the Dane, to Chantry's surprise, was meek.
"The Best Short Stories of 1917" by Various
I should be surprised if she submitted meekly to the loss of one and fourpence.
"Lalage's Lovers" by George A. Birmingham
As the meek beasts in the Garden came flocking for Adam to name them, Men for a title to-day crawl to the feet of a king.
"The Book of Humorous Verse" by Various
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In poetry:

When I have called you woman meek,
Wise mother, perfect wife,
Your own sweet mystery still you are
And God's, his secret Life.
"Immortal Eve - IV" by Manmohan Ghose
Out then spak her father dear,
And he spak meek and mild,
"And ever alas, sweet Janet," he says,
"I think thou gaest wi child."
"Tam Lin" by Anonymous Americas
And in patience and in meekness
To the tempest bow our head,
And with sighs for mortal weakness,
Dwell on what the Saviour said:
"Forgiveness" by John Bowring
Wherever Grief's meek breath had swept
There dwelt a rich perfume,
And bathed in silvery moonlight slept
The sable work of gloom.
"The Weaver" by Emily Chubbuck Judson
All bright thoughts and pure shall gather
Round that meek and suffering one,--
Glorious, like the seer-seen angel
Standing in the sun!
"To ------," by John Greenleaf Whittier
Unto thy shrine I bear
Night-blowing flowers, like my own heart, to lie
All, all unfolded there,
Beneath the meekness of thy pitying eye.
"Italian Girl's Hymn To The Virgin" by Felicia Dorothea Hemans

In news:

During the first day of the conference, there was also a strong consensus that we are often too meek when we ask whether we can measure results.
In the world of rap, he's known as Meek Mill, the 25-year-old North Philly street rapper with a growing reputation as the "next big thing.".
Marcus Graham Project Co-Founder and Executive Director Lincoln Stephens (Image: Demond Meek ).
Colm Toibin's Virgin Mary is far from meek and mild.
Newcomerstown council hires Meek part-time.
Judge Restricts Meek Mill's Travel.
St Bernard's girls pick up wins over Winston County, Meek .
St Bernard picked up two early-season wins on Thursday and Friday, defeating Winston County and Meek to get its record to 2-1 overall.
Meek Mill Not Sweating Cassidy's Diss Record.
Meek Mill's debut: More nightmares than dreams.
Meek Mill & Cassidy Clash: "Ya Swagg Corny As Sh*t, U Don't Even Represent Philly N*ggas Right".
5 questions for Kansas beat writer Austin Meek (Runnin' with the Raiders blog).
Country-pop star Taylor Swift held onto the top spot on the Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday as her latest album "Red" kept rapper Meek Mill from the top spot.
Meek Mill performed at the Pageant on August 16, 2012 DJ Drama, Dusty McFly and Rockie Fresh.
Meek Mill "Young & Gettin' It".
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In science:

Note that the last sentence in the previous theorem is known as Meeks-Yau Exchange roundoff trick.
Uniqueness of Area Minimizing Surfaces for Extreme Curves
This lemma can be consid ered as the adaptation of Meeks-Yau Exchange Roundoff trick to the surface case.
Uniqueness of Area Minimizing Surfaces for Extreme Curves
Thanks very much to Bob Moore, Chris Meek, Eric Bril l, Hagai Attias, Tom Mitchel l, Rich Caruana, Robert Rounthwaite, and Jasha Droppo, for their discussions on this topic.
Extended Comment on Language Trees and Zipping
Meeks, P´erez and Ros have proven some strong partial results in this direction; for example, they prove in that a surface M in the hypothesis of Conjecture 1 cannot have exactly one limit end.
Minimal surfaces with genus zero
Meeks III, W. H. and J. P´erez, Conformal properties in classical minimal surface theory, In Surveys of Differential Geometry IX - Eigenvalues of Laplacian and other geometric operators, pages 275–336.
Minimal surfaces with genus zero
Such desingularizations where more than two surfaces intersect along a common curve is an exceptional occurrence. A more generic case involves the construction of certain minimal surfaces by variational or Enneper-Weierstrass methods by Hoffman and Meeks [8–10, 12].
Doubling and Desingularization Constructions for Minimal Surfaces
Desingularization constructions by gluing methods were inspired by the observation by Hoffman and Meeks that the singly periodic Scherk surfaces [4, 39, 43] appear as blow-up limits of desingularizations at the curve of desingularization.
Doubling and Desingularization Constructions for Minimal Surfaces
Meeks III, Existence of proper minimal surfaces of arbitrary topological type, arXiv:0903.4194.
Doubling and Desingularization Constructions for Minimal Surfaces
Meeks, III and Michael Wolf, Minimal surfaces with the area growth of two planes: the case of infinite symmetry, J.
Doubling and Desingularization Constructions for Minimal Surfaces
A1 : F -t T where A1 image of a linear transformation not as general as Geiger and Meek's. is a nlm x mnl matrix of zeros and ones.
Instrumentality Tests Revisited
The following lemma is often called Meeks-Yau exchange roundoff trick.
Number of Least Area Planes in Gromov Hyperbolic 3-Spaces
Also, since these are least area planes, if they have disjoint asymptotic boundary, then they are disjoint by Meeks-Yau exchange roundoff trick.
Number of Least Area Planes in Gromov Hyperbolic 3-Spaces
By smoothing out this curve have same area, but E ′ as in [MY] (Meeks-Yau exchange roundoff trick), we get a disk with smaller area, which contradicts to E1 being least area. l, since asymptotic boundaries Γ1 If the intersection contains an infinite line and Γ2 are disjoint, l cannot limit on the S 2 ∞ (X ).
Number of Least Area Planes in Gromov Hyperbolic 3-Spaces
In order to ensure the existence of a minimal surface with border Γ we are going to use the following general result due to Meeks and Yau [MY80].
Compact minimal surfaces in the Berger spheres
Meeks and Scott prove that it suffices to consider spanning trees in order to determine the minimum number of moves required to flood a graph.
The complexity of Free-Flood-It on 2xn boards
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