perambulation

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n perambulation a leisurely walk (usually in some public place)
    • n perambulation a walk around a territory (a parish or manor or forest etc.) in order to officially assert and record its boundaries
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Perambulation A district within which one is authorized to make a tour of inspection. "The . . . bounds of his own perambulation ."
    • Perambulation An annual survey of boundaries, as of town, a parish, a forest, etc.
    • Perambulation The act of perambulating; traversing.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n perambulation The act of perambulating, or of passing or wandering through or over.
    • n perambulation A traveling survey or inspection; a survey.
    • n perambulation A district within which a person has the right of inspection; jurisdiction.
    • n perambulation A method used in early Scotch and English history, and thence followed in the colonial period in the United States, of determining and maintaining boundaries and monuments or marks of boundaries between the possessions of neighboring tenants, and between neighboring parishes, and thus to some extent of deciding disputed tenancies and rights of possession, and questions of taxation. It was accomplished chiefly by a rude official survey, usually by parish officers, which involved walking around the tract, following the boundary-line.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Perambulation act of perambulating: a survey or inspection by travelling through: the district within which a person has the right of inspection
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. perambulāre, -ātumper, through, ambulāre, to walk.

Usage

In literature:

Republicans, Democrats, Prohibitionists, Socialists, etc., all had their perambulating orators.
"The Confessions of a Caricaturist, Vol 2 (of 2)" by Harry Furniss
And they had a new perambulator and had given the old one to the Howes, which would make it easier for little Mattie.
"Elsie Marley, Honey" by Joslyn Gray
But wouldn't he look bewildered upon a cranium and a pelvis which perambulated the earth without any osseous connection?
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, No. 105, July 1866" by Various
Do I think his perambulator gets damp in the basement store-room?
"The Lady of the Basement Flat" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
He ascertained that during the winter season this class of entertainment perambulated the South of France and Northern Italy.
"The Albert Gate Mystery" by Louis Tracy
Housewives with perambulators and oilcloth shopping bags.
"Americans All" by Various
The baby in the shabby perambulator was very beautiful.
"How It All Came Round" by L. T. Meade
Her life was sometimes very blank in the intervals of street perambulations and matinees and reading of morbid literature.
"At Fault" by Kate Chopin
Phyllis laid her precious burden in the perambulator, near Sir Peter's chair.
"Old Valentines" by Munson Aldrich Havens
On each occasion when the lass was seen perambulating, The little quadruped likewise was there a gallivating.
"The Book of Humorous Verse" by Various
Even the one policeman who usually perambulated the street was conspicuous by his absence.
"The Opal Serpent" by Fergus Hume
Not until nine days after my arrival at this perambulating seat of Government did we have an opportunity of snatching a few hours' rest.
"My Reminiscences of the Anglo-Boer War" by Ben Viljoen
In the garden at the entrance to one house was a baby taking the air in a perambulator and a band of eight musicians with a conductor.
"Castellinaria and Other Sicilian Diversions" by Henry Festing Jones
Even perambulator wheels give out, however.
"An Ocean Tramp" by William McFee
Klaere laid the baby-boy in his perambulator.
"'Jena' or 'Sedan'?" by Franz Beyerlein
BEATING THE BOUNDS, the periodical survey or perambulation by which the boundaries of parishes in England are preserved.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 3" by Various
Also, Mr. Donnan's more general perambulation had not turned out well.
"Sweethearts at Home" by S. R. Crockett
A solitary traveller whom we saw perambulating in the distance loomed like a giant.
"Cape Cod" by Henry D. Thoreau
Whereupon he entered the city and began to perambulate the streets in search of his food.
"The Life or Legend of Gaudama" by Right Reverend Paul Ambroise Bigandet
At this moment some perambulating singers came into the street.
"The Barber of Paris" by Charles Paul de Kock
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In poetry:

"Valued companion of my expeditions,
Wanderings, and my street perambulations,
What can be more deserving of my praises
Than my umbrella?
"My Umbrella" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
Once on a time, Love, Death, and Reputation,
Three travellers, a tour together went;
And, after many a long perambulation,
Agreed to part by mutual consent.
"Love, Death, And Reputation" by Charles Lamb
Father and mother,
And three little brothers,
And all rambling aimless, like little perambulating pebbles scattered in the garden,
Not knowing each other from bits of earth or old tins.
"Tortoise Family Connections" by D H Lawrence
When I was young I was too proud
To wheel my daughter in her pram.
"It's infra dig," I said aloud,—
Bot now I'm old, behold I am
Perambulating up and down
Grand-daughter through the town.
"Lucindy Jane" by Robert W Service

In science:

We note that the perambulators enables one to inject finite momenta into the quarks but still connects timeslice t0 to t in the same way that the usual point-to-all propagators do, which can complicate the formation of hadronic correlation matrices.
A novel algorithm for computing quark propagators for lattice hadron spectroscopy
The second ingredient in the algorithm is the stochastic estimation of the quark propagators from all of the timeslices to make this a true all-to-all algorithm without computing all of the perambulators on the lattice.
A novel algorithm for computing quark propagators for lattice hadron spectroscopy
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