noble

Definitions

  • Plan of the Villa Of a Great Egyptian Noble
    Plan of the Villa Of a Great Egyptian Noble
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj noble impressive in appearance "a baronial mansion","an imposing residence","a noble tree","severe-looking policemen sat astride noble horses","stately columns"
    • adj noble having or showing or indicative of high or elevated character "a noble spirit","noble deeds"
    • adj noble of or belonging to or constituting the hereditary aristocracy especially as derived from feudal times "of noble birth"
    • adj noble inert especially toward oxygen "a noble gas such as helium or neon","noble metals include gold and silver and platinum"
    • n noble a titled peer of the realm
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Additional illustrations & photos:

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The sun was shining on a noble city The sun was shining on a noble city
A NOBLE MAIDEN WITH HER PAGE A NOBLE MAIDEN WITH HER PAGE

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Hoover, Roosevelt, Truman and Nixon's Secretaries of State have won Noble Peace Prizes.
    • Noble (Zoöl) A European fish; the lyrie.
    • Noble A person of rank above a commoner; a nobleman; a peer.
    • Noble An English money of account, and, formerly, a gold coin, of the value of 6 s. 8 d. sterling, or about $1.61 (in 1913).
    • Noble Grand; stately; magnificent; splendid; as, a noble edifice.
    • Noble Of exalted rank; of or pertaining to the nobility; distinguished from the masses by birth, station, or title; highborn; as, noble blood; a noble personage.
    • Noble Possessing eminence, elevation, dignity, etc.; above whatever is low, mean, degrading, or dishonorable; magnanimous; as, a noble nature or action; a noble heart. "Statues, with winding ivy crowned, belong
      To nobler poets for a nobler song."
    • v. t Noble To make noble; to ennoble. "Thou nobledest so far forth our nature."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • noble Possessing or characterized by hereditary social or political preëminence, or belonging to the class which possesses such preëminence or dignity; distinguished by birth, rank, or title; of ancient and honorable lineage; illustrious: as, a noble personage; noble birth.
    • noble High in excellence or worth.
    • noble Great or lofty in character, or in the nature of one's achievements; magnanimous; above everything that is mean or dishonorable: applied to persons or the mind.
    • noble Proceeding from or characteristic or indicative of greatness of mind: as, noble courage; noble sentiments; noble thoughts.
    • noble Of the best kind; choice; excellent.
    • noble In mineralogy, excellent; pure in the highest decree: as, noble opal; noble hornblende; noble tourmalin.
    • noble Precious; valuable: applied to those metals which are not altered on exposure to the air, or which do not easily rust, and which are much scarcer and more valuable than the so-called useful metals. Though the epithet is applied chiefly to gold and silver, and sometimes to quicksilver, it might also with propriety be made use of in reference to platinum and the group of metals associated with it, since these are scarce and valuable, and are little acted on by ordinary reagents.
    • noble In falconry, noting long-winged falcons which swoop down upon the quarry.
    • noble Of magnificent proportions or appearance; magnificent; stately; splendid: as, a noble edifice.
    • n noble A person of acknowledged social or political preëminence; a person of rank above a commoner; a nobleman; specifically, in Great Britain and Ireland, a peer; a duke, marquis, earl, viscount, or baron. See nobility and peerage.
    • n noble An old English gold coin, current for 6s. 8d., first minted by Edward III., and afterward by Richard II., Henry IV., V., and VI., and also by Edward IV., under whom one variety of the noble was called the ryal or rose noble (see ryal). The obverse type of all these nobles was the king in a ship. The reverse inscription, “Jesus autern transiens per medium illorum ibat” (Luke iv. 30), was probably a charm against thieves. Ruding conjectures, though not with much probability, that the coins derived their name from the noble nature of the metal of which they were composed. The coin was much imitated in the Low Countries. See George-noble, quarter-noble.
    • n noble The pogge, Agonus cataphractus.
    • n noble plural In entomology, the Papilionidæ.
    • noble To ennoble.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Noble nō′bl illustrious: high in rank or character: of high birth: magnificent: generous: excellent
    • n Noble a person of exalted rank: a peer: an obsolete gold coin=6s. 8d. sterling
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Quotations

  • Euripides
    Euripides
    “Noble fathers have noble children.”
  • J. Swartz
    J. Swartz
    “Steadfastness is a noble quality, but unguided by knowledge or humility it becomes rashness or obstinacy.”
  • Lord Alfred Tennyson
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    “Better not be at all than not be noble.”
  • Willa Cather
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    “No one can build his security upon the nobleness of another person.”
  • John Sterling
    John Sterling
    “Pain has its own noble joy, when it starts a strong consciousness of life, from a stagnant one.”
  • Seneca
    Seneca
    “Philosophy does not regard pedigree, she received Plato not as a noble, but she made him one.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. noble, fr. L. nobilis, that can be or is known, well known, famous, highborn, noble, fr. noscere, to know. See know

Usage

In literature:

This was a noble animal, with horns of gold and feet of iron.
"Myths and Legends of All Nations" by Various
There is a moral lesson of profound interest in the steps by which a noble nature glides to perdition.
"Short Studies on Great Subjects" by James Anthony Froude
At last Charles himself received her in the midst of a throng of nobles and soldiers.
"History of the English People, Volume III (of 8)" by John Richard Green
Give me a nation of noble women, and I will give you a noble nation.
"Aims and Aids for Girls and Young Women" by George Sumner Weaver
A noble mind best teaches what is noble.
"Northland Heroes" by Florence Holbrook
On the third night, we encamped at the foot of an obelisk in the centre of some noble ruins.
"Travels and Adventures of Monsieur Violet" by Captain Marryat
A part of the same noble company, though not all, were at Chancellorsville.
"Woman's Work in the Civil War" by Linus Pierpont Brockett
They are supporters of the decent usages sanctioned by antiquity, and consecrated by the veneration of a long line of the great and noble.
"Aurelian" by William Ware
We were in the command of General Silas Casey, a noble specimen of a man and a soldier.
"Three Years in the Sixth Corps" by George T. Stevens
Now am I sure the noble fellowship of the Round Table is broken for ever, for with him will many a noble knight hold.
"Stories of King Arthur and His Knights" by U. Waldo Cutler
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In poetry:

Were his thoughts of her who was with him
In the flower of her noble life,
Of her who had stood beside him
A true and a tender wife?
"We Danced At Night In The Farm House" by Alexander Anderson
And Lucyus, the emperour of Rome,
I brought to deadly wracke;
And a thousand more of noble knightes
For feare did turne their backe.
"The Legend of King Arthur" by Thomas Percy
I'll read my triumph in thine eyes,
Behold, and prove the change;
Then leave, perchance, my noble prize,
Once more in arms to range.
"Passion" by Charlotte Bronte
Their father hearing all was said,
It made his noble heart grow sad;
"My children, I love both of you,
And yet I love my country, too."
"Young Henry" by Julia A Moore
He spoke of one—an early friend—
Who led me into perfect calm,
And brought me to that noble end
Where all this earth is like a psalm.
"Grasmere" by Alexander Anderson
Are thy plans noble, just, and fair?
Pursue them bravely to the end,
Nor pause to question or to care
What says thy foe, or what thy friend.
"Autonomy" by John Lawson Stoddard

In news:

Meanwhile, Barnes & Noble just dropped the price of its excellent Nook GlowLight to $119.
Wilfred Gerald Nobles, 55, had been kayaking with friends Saturday afternoon in the river south of Emma, Ill.
The driver, Joseph Noble, died at the scene.
I've lived at Noble and Chicago in West Town for nearly three decades, but trend-trackers keep changing the name of my neighborhood.
(July 8, 2010) Monday afternoon, at 2:10, the big white tour bus bearing 33 nobles and scholars from 11 different countries, including The Hon.
Robert Caro will be speaking and signing books at Barnes & Noble.
" The Noble Buyer": John Quinn, Patron of the Avant-Garde by Judith Zilczer Smithsonian Institution Press, 198 pp.
NORMAN — One Noble woman knows how to put the "ahhh" in massage.
Daniel Mendelsohn will be reading and signing books at Barnes & Noble.
Jeremy Noble (18, 16), Cam Flint (27, 11) and Chase Carraro (19, 2) form the nucleus of Bill Tierney's midfielders .
Debbie Millman 's "Brand Thinking and Other Noble Pursuits".
"Brand Thinking and Other Noble Pursuits" by Debbie Millman (Allworth Press, 2011).
I came very close to saying Barnes & Noble's Nook Color was the surprise deal of the season.
Once a noble home, the sprawling Valtice Castle in the Baroque town of Valtice dates back at least to the 12th century.
Mark Edward Wetsch (Courtesy of the Nobles County sheriff's office via KARE-11).
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In science:

Here, we extend the random Fibonac ci system to the noble means family, and present the results from the point of view of dynamical systems.
Random noble means substitutions
The entire family is still relatively simple because each individual member of a fixed noble mean family de fines the same (deterministic) hull.
Random noble means substitutions
We refer to zm as the random noble means substitution (RNMS).
Random noble means substitutions
Random Noble Means Substitutions subword of some realisation of zk m,ℓ be the set of all legal m (a).
Random noble means substitutions
Data for noble gases show that shake-up and shake-off effects were of comparable magnitude (Svensson et al., 1988; Armen et al., 1985; Wark et al., 1991).
Shake-up and shake-off excitations with associated electron losses in X-ray studies of proteins
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