• WordNet 3.6
    • adj novel pleasantly new or different "common sense of a most refreshing sort"
    • adj novel original and of a kind not seen before "the computer produced a completely novel proof of a well-known theorem"
    • n novel a printed and bound book that is an extended work of fiction "his bookcases were filled with nothing but novels","he burned all the novels"
    • n novel an extended fictional work in prose; usually in the form of a story
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: First novel ever written on a typewriter: Tom Sawyer
    • Novel A fictitious tale or narrative, longer than a short story, having some degree of complexity and development of characters; it is usually organized as a time sequence of events, and is commonly intended to exhibit the operation of the passions, and often of love.
    • Novel (Law) A new or supplemental constitution. See the Note under Novel a.
    • Novel News; fresh tidings. "Some came of curiosity to hear some novels ."
    • a Novel Of recent origin or introduction; not ancient; new; hence, out of the ordinary course; unusual; strange; surprising.☞ In civil law, the novel or new constitutions are those which are supplemental to the code, and posterior in time to the other books. These contained new decrees of successive emperors.
    • Novel That which is new or unusual; a novelty.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Ernest Vincent Wright wrote a fifty thousand-word novel, "Gadsby," without any word containing the letter "e."
    • novel Of recent origin or introduction; not old or established; new.
    • novel Previously unknown; new and striking; unusual; strange: as, a novel contrivance; a novel feature of the entertainment.
    • novel Young.
    • novel Synonyms Fresh, Recent, etc. See new.
    • n novel Something new; a novelty.
    • n novel A piece of news; news; tidings: usually in the plural.
    • n novel In civil law, a new or supplemental constitution or decree; one of the novel constitutions of certain Roman emperors, so called because they appeared after the authentic publications of law made by these emperors. Those of Justinian (a. d. 527–65) are the best-known, and are commonly understood when the term is used. The Novels, together with the Institute, Code, and Digest, form the body of law which passes under the name of Justinian. Also novella.
    • n novel A fictitious prose narrative or tale, involving some plot of more or less intricacy, and aiming to present a picture of real life in the historical period and society to which the persons, manners, and modes of speech, as well as the scenery and surroundings, are supposed to belong. Its method is dramatic, and the novel may be regarded as a narrative play to the extent that the various persons or characters, upon whose qualities and actions the development and consummation of the plot or motive depend, are brought upon the scene to play their several parts according to their different personalities, disclosing, with the aid of the author's delineation and analysis, diverse aspects of passion and purpose, and contributing their various parts to the machinery of the drama to be enacted among them. The novel may be regarded as representing the third stage of transition in the evolution of fictitious narrative, of which the epic was the first and the romance the second. The novel in its most recent form may be divided, according to its dominant theme or motive, into the philosophical, the political, the historical, the descriptive, the social, and the sentimental novel; to which may be added, as special forms, the novel of adventure, the novel of society, the novel of character, the novel of criticism and satire, the novel of reform, and the military, the nautical, and the sporting novel.
    • n novel Synonyms Tale, Romance, Novel. Tale was at one time a favorite word for what would now be called a novel, as the tales of Miss Austen, and it is still used for a fiction whose chief interest lies in its events, as Marryat's sea tales. “Works of Action may be divided into romances and novels. … The romance chooses the characters from remote, unfamiliar quarters, gives them a fanciful elevation in power and prowess, surrounds them by novel circumstances, verges on the supernatural or passes its limits, and makes much of fictitious sentiments, such as those which characterized chivalry. The poor sensational novel has points of close union with the earlier romance. … The novel, so far as it adheres to truth, and treats of life broadly, descending to the lowest in grade, deeply and with spiritual forecast, seeing to the bottom, is not only not open to these objections, but rather calls for … commendation.”
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Ernest Vincent Wright wrote a novel, "Gadsby", which contains over 50,000 words, not a single word contained the letter "E."
    • adj Novel nov′el new: unusual: strange
    • n Novel that which is new: a new or supplemental constitution or decree, issued by certain Roman emperors, as Justinian, after their authentic publications of law (also Novell′a): a fictitious prose narrative or tale presenting a picture of real life, esp. of the emotional crises in the life-history of the men and women portrayed
    • v.i Novel to make innovations
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  • Joyce Carey
    Joyce Carey
    “A novel points out that the world consists entirely of exceptions.”
  • Frank Dane
    “The great American novel has not only already been written, it has already been rejected.”
  • Hugh Maclennan
    Hugh Maclennan
    “A novel must be exceptionally good to live as long as the average cat.”
  • Natalie Clifford Barney
    “Novels are longer than life.”
  • Ernest Hemingway
    “When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature.”
  • Aldous Huxley
    “It's with bad sentiments that one makes good novels.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. novel, nuvel, F. nouvel, nouveau, L. novellus, dim. of novus, new. See New


In literature:

And almost the whole of the second volume is, whether the best novel-matter or not, at any rate genuine novel-matter.
"A History of the French Novel, Vol. 2" by George Saintsbury
Her designs were her own, and she served ladies who liked novel and exclusive patterns.
"Otherwise Phyllis" by Meredith Nicholson
His first work, a novel of no great value, he published under the assumed name of Cleophil.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
Few novels are written in which there is nothing more than a story.
"English: Composition and Literature" by W. F. (William Franklin) Webster
The papers spoke of the new novel in high tones of praise, the public read it with avidity.
"Famous Women: George Sand" by Bertha Thomas
The novel and important idea contained in it, however, it was at that time premature to attempt to develop.
"A Popular History of Astronomy During the Nineteenth Century" by Agnes M. (Agnes Mary) Clerke
Even the two novels which represent his only sustained work were written for serial issue in Melbourne magazines.
"Australian Writers" by Desmond Byrne
A second novel, 'Cecilia,' appeared in 1782, and was as successful as its predecessor.
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 7" by Various
You might have written a picaresque novel or a picaresque short story, anyway.
"Imaginary Interviews" by W. D. Howells
Cervantes, in one of his novels, makes Ricardo give an account of this notable custom in the story of his adventures.
"Great Men and Famous Women, Vol. 7 of 8"
To Jean it was all a very novel and strange experience.
"The White Lie" by William Le Queux
He had not spoken of his writing to any one except John Marsh, and to him, he had only said that he intended to write a novel some day.
"Changing Winds" by St. John G. Ervine
Some of these that seem to me novel I will describe.
"Culture and Cooking" by Catherine Owen
Her novel had been published, and it was a great success.
"Name and Fame" by Adeline Sergeant
Is the historical novel really a loftier type of fiction than the novel of contemporary life?
"A Manual of the Art of Fiction" by Clayton Hamilton
It is quite a long ride to the Pali, but we didn' realize it, because the scenery all along is so lovely and so novel.
"Around the World with Josiah Allen's Wife" by Marietta Holley
She regarded the novel as still within the domain of poetry.
"A Critic in Pall Mall" by Oscar Wilde
Novels are his vehicle.
"Kildares of Storm" by Eleanor Mercein Kelly
If the heroine of one novel be not patronized by the heroine of another, from whom can she expect protection and regard?
"The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of Jane Austen" by Jane Austen
The novels of Scott have put out his poetry.
"Hazlitt on English Literature" by Jacob Zeitlin

In poetry:

No novel life or light I see,
On hill, in dale beneath:
All things around are known to me
Except this bit of heath.
"Heath from the Highlands" by Henry Kendall
Light was his task, some cry, but he,
He changed the novel's bent;
And with its Gothic tracery
A chaster purpose blent.
"A Walk To Pamphy Linns" by Alexander Anderson
I'd visit then the Isles of the sea,
And view those novel scenes,
I'd tell the people what to be,
And not what they should seem.
"The Trip I Would Like to Take" by Frank Barbour Coffin
I saw the strange and novel fame,
She left to song and story,
Which down the future's track of flame,
Beams forth with deathless glory.
"A Song Of The Olden Time" by James Avis Bartley
To novels and plays not inclined,
Nor aught that can sully her mind;
Temptations may shower,
Unmoved as a tower,
She quenches the fiery arrows.
"The Cottage Maid" by Patrick Branwell Bronte
You were reading a book, entranced…
The people inside fell in love or else died.
A young man in the novel was killed.
You were afraid, with all your strength cried…
The one who died wasn’t me.
"It Wasn't Me" by Ozdemir Asaf

In news:

Top 100 Children's Novels #86: Peter Pan by J.M.
Dan Brown's latest novel washes into bookstores Tuesday on a wave of 5 million copies.
FURTHER LANE A Novel of the Hamptons.
Gay authors Stephen Beachy and Alvin Orloff sit down to chat about their recent novels, which tackle life with the Amish and among the counter-culture of the '70s.
It's a foggy, misty day, something out of a Stephen King novel.
Ken Beckley never lived in Evansville, but he worked and played here enough to make the city a principal location in "Knuckleball," his new, self-published novel.
Once you have read Saul Bellow 's new novel, "Ravelstein," the tape becomes more interesting.
Novel gets new life through opera.
At the end of it, we wonder, as we have throughout this softly devastating novel, at life's cruelties and at its benevolence .
Adler-Olsen is an international bestselling thriller writer whose first two novels in this series were published in quick succession by Dutton.
Reynold's first novel is an original, lyrically written tale about an incest survivor's recovery.
About the Author Anna Quindlen is the author of two best-selling novels, Object Lessons and One True Thing.
Directed, written by Agusti Villaronga, based on a novel by Emili Teixidor.
Gemma Tarlach's Historial Novel of the Black Death .
Gemma Tarlach's Historial Novel of the Black Death.

In science:

Novel mathematical methods have been developed for β = 1 and β = 4.
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
In section 5 we derive a novel asymptotic property of the skew-orthogonal polynomials, allowing us to complete the proof of .
Spectral Universality of Real Chiral Random Matrix Ensembles
We propose a novel, potentially useful generating technique for constructing exact solutions of inflationary scalar field cosmologies with non-trivial potentials.
Exact Inflationary Solutions from a Superpotential
Perhaps more interestingly, they also apply to sets of probabilities under a novel representation of such sets as a plausibility measure.
Conditional Plausibility Measures and Bayesian Networks
This novel representation (and the associated notion of conditioning) is shown to have some natural properties not shared by other representations.
Conditional Plausibility Measures and Bayesian Networks
From the field theoretic point of view, factorization is a novel and surprising structure: It relates quantum field theories defined on different manifolds.
Conformal field theory, boundary conditions and applications to string theory
The theory does, however, have a novel type of supersymmetry known as a κ-symmetry.
M(atrix) Theory: Matrix Quantum Mechanics as a Fundamental Theory
This identifies the origin of the peculiar scaling of the 2D BTW sandpile, compared to similar models, and gives it a novel theoretical valence.
Turbulent self-organized criticality
Salvador, The partition function of Z(2) and Z(8) lattice gauge theory in four dimensions, a novel approach to simulations of lattice systems, Phys.
An Introduction to Monte Carlo Simulation of Statistical physics Problem
This is certainly not a novel concept, but it is interesting that it can be formally proved in this generality.
Countable Support Iteration Revisited
This commutation relation also implies a novel uncertainty principle.
The quantum phase problem: steps toward a resolution
Separating these two zero-temperature phases is a novel critical point with non-trivial B and q .
Spin Reduction Transition in Spin-3/2 Random Heisenberg Chains
It is shown that random walks on oriented lattices exhibit novel and interesting features and arise in many situations in topological field theories.
Random walks on randomly oriented lattices
These facts have motivated us to introduce the novel concept of induced supernovae .
Observational tests of the Electro-Magnetic Black Hole Theory in Gamma-Ray Bursts
We introduce novel realizations of this Parrondo effect in which the player can ‘win’ via random reflections and rotations of the state-vector, and connect these to known quantum algorithms.
Parrondo Games and Quantum Algorithms