miracle

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n miracle a marvellous event manifesting a supernatural act of a divine agent
    • n miracle any amazing or wonderful occurrence
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The original coke contained cocaine and was labeled as a "cure all miracle drug". It became the popular soda when it carbonated water was accidentally added to it. The cocaine, however, was later removed when people began to become addicted.
    • Miracle A miracle play.
    • Miracle A story or legend abounding in miracles. "When said was all this miracle ."
    • Miracle A wonder or wonderful thing. "That miracle and queen of genus."
    • Miracle An event or effect contrary to the established constitution and course of things, or a deviation from the known laws of nature; a supernatural event, or one transcending the ordinary laws by which the universe is governed. "They considered not the miracle of the loaves."
    • v. t Miracle To make wonderful.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n miracle A wonder, or a wonderful thing; something that excites admiration or astonishment.
    • n miracle An effect in nature not attributable to any of the recognized operations of nature nor to the act of man, but indicative of superhuman power, and serving as a sign or witness thereof; a wonderful work, manifesting a power superior to the ordinary forces of nature.
    • n miracle A miraculous story; a legend.
    • n miracle In the middle ages, one of a class of spectacles or dramatic representations exhibiting the lives of the saints or other sacred subjects; a miracle-play, somewhat resembling that still held at Oberammergau in Bavaria. Compare myatery, 4.
    • miracle To work wonders or miracles.
    • miracle To make wonderful.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Miracle mir′a-kl anything wonderful: a prodigy: anything beyond human power, and away from the common action of the laws of nature: a supernatural event.ns. Mir′acle-mong′er, one who pretends to work miracles; Mir′acle-play, a medieval form of drama founded on Old or New Testament history, or the legends of the saints
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Quotations

  • Helen Keller
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    “When we do the best we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another.”
  • Henry Christopher Bailey
    Henry Christopher Bailey
    “In order to be a realist you must believe in miracles.”
  • Robert H. Schuller
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    “Impossible situations can become possible miracles.”
  • Louise L. Hay
    Louise L. Hay
    “Love is the great miracle cure. Loving ourselves works miracles in our lives.”
  • David Ben-Gurion
    David Ben-Gurion
    “Anyone who doesn't believe in miracles is not a realist.”
  • Willa Cather
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    “Where there is great love there are always miracles.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. L. miraculum, fr. mirari, to wonder. See Marvel, and cf. Mirror
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. miraculummirāri, -ātus, to wonder.

Usage

In literature:

I said that it was a miracle, and yet the Lord knows it was no miracle at all.
"The House Under the Sea" by Sir Max Pemberton
A miracle had been wrought in the very texture of his brow.
"In a Little Town" by Rupert Hughes
Then follows a list of 24 miracles, and text; then on f. 101 a list of 13 miracles, followed by text.
"Henry the Sixth" by John Blacman
She had prayed for a miracle; and the miracle had happened.
"The Heart of Thunder Mountain" by Edfrid A. Bingham
The miracle of miracles.
"Dreamers of the Ghetto" by I. Zangwill
And this to me was a miracle, the one great miracle of the strike.
"The Harbor" by Ernest Poole
When the Agnostic speaks of the "possibility" of miracles, he only means that we cannot prove a universal negative.
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
Science and miracle cannot live together, and miracle and providence are the same thing.
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
Jesus wrought the miracle at other people's expense.
"Bible Romances" by George W. Foote
No miracle, except the miracle of American medical know-how.
"Prologue to an Analogue" by Leigh Richmond
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In poetry:

"Who slowly move amid our fears
At all the wild results we see,
Who work within the toiling years
And shape the miracles to be.
"Life's Little Day" by Alexander Anderson
Learning and wit may cease their strife,
When miracles with glory shine;
The voice that calls the dead to life
Must be almighty and divine.
"Hymn 4 part 2" by Isaac Watts
Behold a miracle! for when that Other
Had drunk, he rose and cried,
“Let us pass on!” As brother might with brother
So went they, side by side;
"His Mate" by Victor James Daley
Come, my Lucasia, since we see That miracles Men's Faith do move,
By wonder and by prodigy
To the dull angry World let's prove
There's a Religion in our Love.
"Friendships Mystery, To My Dearest Lucasia" by Katherine Philips
"Howe'er, thy trumpery flashes play
Among the miracles above thee,
Be taught to feel thy Maker's sway,
To labour, so that He shall love thee,
And guide thy way.
"Mount Arafa" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
Are you evil or good? You are altogether from another world
They say strange things about you
For some you are the Muse and a miracle.
For me you are torment and hell.
"To the Muse" by Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Blok

In news:

Some families watch it together year after year at this time, like Miracle on 34th Street and varying versions of A Christmas Carol.
Bobbye Hartdegen called to tell me a miracle had happened in Folsom.
When Cora Lorenzo, a woman of deep faith, returned from her trip to the sacred ground of Lourdes, France, she never expected a miracle to follow her home.
So the 9-year-old first killed the weeds in her container garden, gave the plant some Miracle-Gro and water — and waited.
Talk about the miracle of brilliant marketing: Did you know most bottled water is actually filtered municipal water.
A competent hypnotherapist, working with a highly suggestible client-subject, can create apparent miracles.
From a surprise in Southampton to what some are calling a Sag Harbor miracle, it was another busy week at the desk of the Hamptons Police Blotter.
Robert Garrigus hits his tee shot on the tenth hole during the first round of the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic golf tournament in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. On Thursday, Nov 8, 2012 JULIE FLETCHER — AP Photo.
Robert Garrigus hits his tee shot on the tenth hole during the first round of the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic golf tournament in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. On Thursday, Nov 8, 2012.
If you don't believe in miracles you'd be wasting your time trying to convince Nick Headrick, who was in dire need of a kidney donor for a lifesaving transplant and got one in the nick of time .
The Empire State Building was a miracle of Depression-era America.
I've been hearing about this magical / miracle program being offered in our community for four years.
Don't believe everything you read about miracle health foods, especially if it's in an ad written by the company that makes the product.
It's something of an urban miracle how quickly NYC has gone from being a barbecue wasteland to a national 'cue capital.
So what is this miracle cash crop of the future.
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In science:

Given its simplicity, its success is often referred as the Press & Schechter miracle.
Cosmological parameters from Galaxy Clusters: an Introduction
Unfortunately miracles are not allowed in science.
Cosmological parameters from Galaxy Clusters: an Introduction
Has there anything been gained as compared to the Wheeler – DeWitt framework? Any serious theoretical physicist will confirm that it is almost a miracle that one can tame mathematical monsters such as the area, volume, Hamiltonian constraint or Master constraint operator at al l.
Loop Quantum Gravity: An Inside View
This phenomenon – the AdS/CFT duality – is a miracle occurring due to near-black-hole setting.
Quark-Gluon Plasma - New Frontiers
If all unstable modes had the same chances to grow, then the occurrence of detectable pulsation would have be regarded a miracle.
Driving mechanism in massive B-type pulsators
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