might

Definitions

  • MIGHT IS RIGHT
    MIGHT IS RIGHT
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n might physical strength
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Additional illustrations & photos:

IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN JOSEPH HIMSELF IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN JOSEPH HIMSELF
It might have been worse It might have been worse
"HE KNEW THAT A SECOND EXPLOSION MIGHT COME AT ANY MOMENT." "HE KNEW THAT A SECOND EXPLOSION MIGHT COME AT ANY MOMENT."

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Japan, tipping at restaurants is not a norm. However, some restaurants might add a 5 - 10 % service charge to the bill
    • Might mīt imp. of May.
    • n Might Force or power of any kind, whether of body or mind; energy or intensity of purpose, feeling, or action; means or resources to effect an object; strength; force; power; ability; capacity. "What so strong,
      But wanting rest, will also want of might ?"
      "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: When baby sharks are born, they swim away from their mothers right away and are on there own. In fact, their mothers might see them as prey
    • n might The quality of being able; ability to do or act; power; active personal force or strength, physical or mental: as, a man of might; the might of intellect.
    • n might Power of control or compulsion; ability to wield or direct force; commanding strength: as, the might of empire.
    • n might Physical force; material energy.
    • n might Preterit of may.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Einstein couldn't speak fluently when he was nine. His parents thought he might be retarded.
    • pa.t Might mīt of may.
    • n Might mīt power: ability: strength: energy or intensity of purpose or feeling
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Quotations

  • Anthony Hope
    Anthony Hope
    “A book might be written on the injustice of the just.”
  • Marcus T. Cicero
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    “What one has, one ought to use: and whatever he does he should do with all his might.”
  • Francois De La Rochefoucauld
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    “True bravery is shown by performing without witness what one might be capable of doing before all the world.”
  • Robert Bresson
    Robert Bresson
    “Make visible what, without you, might perhaps never have been seen.”
  • Christina Rossetti
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    “I dream of you to wake; would that I might Dream of you and not wake but slumber on...”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “I asked God for all things , that I might enjoy life. God gave life, that I might enjoy all things.”

Idioms

Might and main - This means with all your effort and strength. As he failed in the previous exam,the student tried might and main to pass the next one.
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Pigs might fly - If you think something will never happen or succeed, you can say that 'pigs might fly' (or 'pigs can fly' and 'pigs will fly'- the idiom is used in many forms)
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. meaht, miht, from the root of magan, to be able, E. may,; akin to D. magt, OS. maht, G. macht, Icel. māttr, Goth. mahts,. √103. See May (v.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. meaht, miht; Ger. macht; cf. May.

Usage

In literature:

If it had ever come into my mind that your mother might leave me, I might have borne it better, I thought.
"Janet's Love and Service" by Margaret M Robertson
Still, I hoped that he might reach some place of safety, or that possibly I might find him.
"In the Wilds of Africa" by W.H.G. Kingston
Her rites might be maimed.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
But this might not be so, and therefore he went to Cavendish Square that he might there decide his fate.
"Miss Mackenzie" by Anthony Trollope
Whatever might be her solitary struggles, she might look without shame into the face of every human being.
"Deerbrook" by Harriet Martineau
Of course, she might keep quiet; but then, again, she might not.
"Chatterbox, 1906" by Various
She might be right, and he might be putting away the substance to please himself by chasing a shadow.
"Allison Bain" by Margaret Murray Robertson
They used it as a club, though they might not advance beyond the threshold.
"Sir Walter Ralegh" by William Stebbing
About half a dozen might well be presented in each of the three grades.
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry
His uncle might live these twenty years, and in that time he, Ralph, might quite as readily die.
"Ralph the Heir" by Anthony Trollope
The swans might or might not appear, but it was to be hoped they would.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
He might not, indeed, miss her before nightfall, because he might not return with his boating party before that time.
"The Boy Tar" by Mayne Reid
It was in order that it might be better that so many men had not come back.
"The Kingdom Round the Corner" by Coningsby Dawson
She might be, like himself, a visitor in the city.
"The Girl and The Bill" by Bannister Merwin
The lady would at least have six thousand pounds, might have sixty, might have three times sixty.
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
She wished that she might die, as she had often thought she might during the long summer months.
"Casa Braccio, Volumes 1 and 2 (of 2)" by F. Marion Crawford
And yet it might come; or something might come which would do almost as well.
"The Vicar of Bullhampton" by Anthony Trollope
It was wet and rough above and below, and might still be worse.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
Indeed he said it might be more, and yet you might have your sight back again without a flaw in either eye.
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
It might be a few days, it might be weeks.
"Whither Thou Goest" by William Le Queux
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In poetry:

"I am the ghost of that pure deed
You might have done, but did not do;
I am the ghost of that good seed
You might have sown when Life was new.
"Haunted" by Charles Hanson Towne
Would, in thy beauty, we might all forget
Dead days and old regret,
And through thy realm might fare us forth to roam,
Having no thought for home!
"October" by John Charles McNeill
Might that is not born of Love
Is not Might born from above,
Has its birthplace down below
Where they neither reap nor sow:
Love alone is strength!
"Love Is Strength" by George MacDonald
I would I were gold
That thy fingers might hold!
If thou boughtest aught then,
I'd return soon again.
I would I were gold
That thy fingers might hold!
"Lover In All Shapes" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
'Tis well that I should write this now; —
What might it be in future years ?
Then I, bow'd down by earthly woe,
Might stain the spotless page with tears.
"Written In An Album" by Mary Anne Browne
I have no help but Thine; nor do I need
Another arm save Thine to lean upon;
It is enough, my Lord, enough indeed;
My strength is in Thy might, Thy might alone.
"Here, O My Lord, I See Thee Face to Face" by Horatius Bonar

In news:

How a Democrat Might See ThingsSeptember Jobs ReportHow a Republican Might See Things.
Enes Kanter might "love" Washington, might not matter.
"There might be some individuals who might be made available to us," a State Department official said Thursday, speakin...
In the past we might have "stopped the presses" at the news of projects of such scale and monetary might, but not lately.
But already, people are trying to name the youngest up-and-coming generation, and figure out who they might be and how they might be different from their predecessors.
If all that really worries you about old age and death is that there might not be riding in haven, then the chance for one last ride might have some appeal.
You might like him or you might not.
You might approve of his tableside antics or you might not.
There are even some meeting planners specifically might want to try, like using muffin tins for condiment holders (practical and kind of a cute idea you might be able to theme around).
I do take tremendous comfort in the knowledge that the audience for Longmire might be two times as big, and the audience for Storage Wars might be 3½ times that, but who's counting.
The Milwaukee Brewers might have traded minor league outfielder Jason Tyner to the Tigers, but the term "gave away" might be a more appropriate term to use in this situation.
That might help you determine what you need as well as what you might want.
Auburn might be 0-2 for the first time since 2003, and the mood on the Plains might not be the best right now, but coach Gene Chizik hasn't seen any quit in his players this week in practice.
Students at the University of New Hampshire in Durham might be up for a good poli sci course, in which the instructor might explain that the "right to party" is not in the Constitution.
She hopes other former residents of Valcour Island who might have artifacts from the island might donate those items, to protect them and to allow everyone to enjoy the rich history that is Valcour.
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In science:

Since β ≃ 0, it is interesting to ask whether the transition might be first order and whether this might be the origin of the surprising value of α.
Specific-Heat Exponent of Random-Field Systems via Ground-State Calculations
One might argue that the steady-state solution might nevertheless be achieved in some average sense.
Trapped Protostellar Winds and their Breakout
One might hope that in fact the bound in (1) might be improved to a logarithmic one, but this is impossible.
The length of closed geodesics on random Riemann Surfaces
No account is taken of any correlations that might exist between these parameters, nor of any other uncertainties that might be present in the determination of halo parameters.
Halo Mass Profiles and Low Surface Brightness Galaxies Rotation Curves
In particular one can speculate that f (n) = C log2 n might work, where the log2 n is a lower bound coming from considering R(n) when G is Z2 , which might be critical.
Almost Sure Recurrence of the Simple Random Walk Path
Although RSGs would not be found in this region, collapsing protostars might, and indeed Wallerstein (1978) and Herbig (1970b) have long argued that VY CMa might be a recently-formed ob ject rather than an evolved massive star, although based upon other reasoning.
Bringing VY Canis Majoris Down to Size: An Improved Determination of Its Effective Tempeature
On the other hand, if it is not simply connected, the HX might be multi-valued and might consequently be defined only on the covering space of the covariant phase space.
Asymptotic generators of fermionic charges and boundary conditions preserving supersymmetry
Yet, SOC (and any other mechanism) might have been effective in some cases. The original model is free from any hypothesis; and the following remarks of us are worth to be underlined: 1) Several external (a-biotic) and internal (biotic) effects might have been together shaping the evolution in a given period of time.
A physical model for competition between biological speciation and extinction
Nevertheless, if the performance can be significantly improved using a sequence of nested hypothesis tests, then this might be a price we might be ready to pay.
Sample eigenvalue based detection of high dimensional signals in white noise using relatively few samples
Partially it might be explained by spatially unresolved rotation (Marconi et al. 2001, 2006), or it might be due to local turbulent gas motions, as suggested by several authors for other galaxies (e.g.
The central parsecs of Centaurus A: High Excitation Gas, a Molecular Disk, and the Mass of the Black Hole
One might wonder whether all the machinery used here is superfluous and whether this generating function might be arrived at by simpler means.
The Half-Perimeter Generating Function of Gated and Wicketed Ferrers diagrams
In the following sections we consider how the similarity between the phenomena in dense and sparse systems, combined with a consideration of marginal interaction distributions, might characterise the bad metastable solution and how such insight might be used to supplement local search methods.
Randomness and metastability in CDMA paradigms
NSI might therefore be confused with the standard oscillation parameters, and the sensitivity to the standard oscillation parameters might be affected in the presence of NSI [34, 41].
Neutrino factory optimization for non-standard interactions
One might suspect that short-period, close binary systems produce fewer observable X-rays, because the two winds have not yet reached their respective terminal velocities, and/or the selfabsorption in the wind of generated X-ray photons might decrease the observable flux (see e.g.
A Spectroscopic Survey of WNL Stars in the LMC: General Properties and Binary Status
Although both Pioneer and Flyby anomalies might have a prosaic explanation, they might also be the clue to unreveal fundamental laws of the nature.
The Anomalous Acceleration of the Pioneer Spacecrafts
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