• When you are perfectly sober
    When you are perfectly sober
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n perfectibility the capability of becoming perfect "he believes in the ultimate perfectibility of man"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

How perfectly sweet How perfectly sweet
I am perfectly aware of that, Euphemia! I am perfectly aware of that, Euphemia!

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In some town in South Carolina, it is perfectly legal for a man to beat his wife. But only if its on the courthouse steps on Sunday.
    • n Perfectibility The quality or state of being perfectible.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: SWIMS is the longest word with 180-degree rotational symmetry (if you were to view it upside-down it would still be the same word and perfectly readable).
    • n perfectibility The property of being perfectible; the property of being susceptible of becoming or being made perfect; specifically, the capability of arriving at perfection in this life, whether a general perfection of the human faculties or Christian perfection.
    • n perfectibility The doctrine that historical religion will gradually lose its tempoary and local character and be perfected according to the ideal formed by reason. This idea was suggested by Lessing.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The earth is not perfectly round. Technically, it's a triaxial ellipsoid, which is to say that it's nearly spherical, but flattened at the top and bottom.
    • Perfectibility quality of being made perfect
    • Perfectibility the belief that man in a state of grace may attain to a relative perfection or a state of living without sin in this life
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  • Laurence Sterne
    “Nothing is so perfectly amusing as a total change of ideas.”
  • Eugene Delacroix
    “Artists who seek perfection in everything are those who cannot attain it in anything.”
  • Edgar Quinet
    “The perfection of art is to conceal art.”
  • John F. Kennedy
    “You never know what's hit you. A gunshot is the perfect way.”
  • John Henry Newman
    John Henry Newman
    “To live is to change, and to be perfect is to have changed often.”
  • George Bernard Shaw
    “Silence is the most perfect expression of scorn.”


In perfect form - When something is as it ought to be. Or, when used cynically, it may refer to someone whose excesses are on display; a caricature.
Picture perfect - When something is exactly as it should be it is said to be picture perfect.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. perfectibilité,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. perfectus, pa.p. of perficĕreper, thoroughly, facĕre, to do.


In literature:

In fact, they both remained perfectly silent, and the king's voice reached them where they were.
"The Vicomte de Bragelonne" by Alexandre Dumas
They are perfectly at home in bottling the elixir of life, and have been in possession of the philosopher's stone a long time.
"History of Rationalism Embracing a Survey of the Present State of Protestant Theology" by John F. Hurst
In every instance the teacher must give the voice what it needs to perfect an even scale.
"The Head Voice and Other Problems" by D. A. Clippinger
The new Court House in the City Hall Park was a perfect gold mine to the Ring.
"Lights and Shadows of New York Life" by James D. McCabe
To be perfectly frank, the Last of the Rookes has a bit of a head.
"Jill the Reckless" by P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse
The new individual, in his singleness of self, is a perfectly new whole.
"Fantasia of the Unconscious" by D. H. Lawrence
As far as a pair of good binoculars could follow it, it held to a perfectly straight course toward those scenes.
"The Skylark of Space" by Edward Elmer Smith and Lee Hawkins Garby
As yet, he has only made a few to show the perfection of his manner.
"The Writings of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
He is light; perfect in wisdom, perfect in purity.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
By a single urgent act of thought he would have made himself a man, and changed imperfection into perfection.
"Clayhanger" by Arnold Bennett
Diogenes sought with a lantern at noontide in ancient Athens for a perfectly honest man, and sought in vain.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
The character of a perfect journalist would be only an ideal portrait; there are, however, some acquirements which are indispensable.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3)" by Isaac D'Israeli
He could think better now, in the almost perfect stillness.
"John March, Southerner" by George W. Cable
She had never seemed more so to Freda than on this afternoon when they sat together among the adornments of her perfect drawing-room.
"The Return of the Prodigal" by May Sinclair
A cigarette is the perfect type of a perfect pleasure.
"Miscellaneous Aphorisms; The Soul of Man" by Oscar Wilde
I've heard that Shahbandar is Persian for "Lord of the Haven," and if that's true the office is named perfectly.
"The Moghul" by Thomas Hoover
He embraced the profession or mode of life of a Rahan, or perfect.
"The Life or Legend of Gaudama" by Right Reverend Paul Ambroise Bigandet
See that the pots have perfect drainage.
"The Practical Garden-Book" by C. E. Hunn
It was a perfect miracle.
"Froth" by Armando Palacio Valdés
All our Father's dealings with us are in perfect love.
"The All-Sufficiency of Christ" by Charles Henry Mackintosh

In poetry:

So shall my will e'er be
In perfect harmony
With all that Thou dost send,
My Saviour and my Friend.
"Hymn (III)" by Alfred Gibbs Campbell
List to what the angels say!
Work and pray,
Watch alway,
Work away,
Soon shall dawn the perfect day!
"Go Ahead!" by Alfred Gibbs Campbell
She was radiant in beauty,
Perfect, glorious, bright,
God wanted her for a setting
In His crown of light.
"Excelsior. Rev. 21:11. 19:1" by Frank Barbour Coffin
There lies the New Land;
Yours to behold it,
Not to possess it;
Slowly Fate's perfect
Fulness shall come.
"The Voyage To Vinland: Bioern's Beckoners" by James Russell Lowell
Or is it of its kind, perhaps,
Just perfection—-
Whence, rejection
Of a grace not to its mind, perhaps?
"A Pretty Woman" by Robert Browning
My father was a perfect man,
clean and rich and fat.
My mother was a brilliant thing.
She was good at that.
"Cripples And Other Stories" by Anne Sexton

In news:

It claims to be the world's most perfect alarm clock for a few different reasons.
Cartoons, nature, and a famous prophet: the perfect way to dress up a coffee table.
Alexander speaks about the perfection of his pour-over coffee at Brew Urban Cafe in.
Startup's Algorithm Helps Women Find the Perfect Bra.
Two women are boldly going where most have never gone before: creating the perfect bra.
This pooch was able to stay perfectly still as his owner built a Jenga-like tower of tempting dog treats right on his snout.
London High School sophomore Elizabeth Bennett is the perfect example of the following: "If you want your dreams to come true, don't sleep.".
Tana Poppino and Amigo in perfect sync.
Dunking buttered baguette slices in the hot and creamy carrot, broccoli and mushroom soup while we waited for it to cool was the perfect pastime on a cold and rainy ­afternoon.
CORPUS CHRISTI — "Casa de Amor " is translated as "House of Love" and as such is the perfect name for the annual Ronald McDonald House gala.
This new amp comes pretty close to perfection, especially for a product beyond its price class.
When US Rep Todd Akin of Wildwood credited God with his victory in Tuesday's Republican primary for the US Senate, he offered the perfect.
I have found the perfect metaphor for the Affordable Care Act: The Washington DC Metro rail system.
Pusha T was supposed to call some time before noon in New York, but he's in Hawaii, where the weather is perfect and the water is clear and the sun is probably beautiful, but it hasn't risen yet.
Now is a perfect time to look outside in the evening and learn a playful phrase useful to skywatchers.

In science:

The latter functions are called perfectly everywhere surjective. A perfectly everywhere surjective function actually attains every real value c times on any perfect set.
Algebrability, non-linear properties, and special functions
In this section we shall consider complex functions f : C → C and we shall say that f is perfectly everywhere surjective provided f (P ) = C for every perfect subset P of the complex plane.
Algebrability, non-linear properties, and special functions
Since every perfect set P contains c many perfect subsets, then P ∩ B has cardinality c.
Algebrability, non-linear properties, and special functions
To convert X to perfect randomness, one applies a function Ext that takes X , together with a shorter string R of perfect randomness (the seed ) to an output string K = Ext(X, R).
Quantum to Classical Randomness Extractors
If G is a central extension (as an abstract group) of a perfect group P , then [G, G] is perfect.
On Levi subgroups and the Levi decomposition for groups definable in o-minimal structures
PRF M , P perfect RF M ) ≤ ǫsec for some distribution P perfect RF M of the form (32).
Security of practical private randomness generation
This technique does not give a perfect compensation of the kick in the sense that power still flows into the structure from one unbalanced side and the imaginary and real parts of the dipole field cannot be perfectly compensated at the same point. The second solution is the dual feed [Fig. 18(b)].
Power coupling
Algebraic conditions for perfect error correction for subsystem codes were originally discovered in [16–18], generalizing the well-known perfect QEC conditions for subspace codes .
Towards a Unified Framework for Approximate Quantum Error Correction
After all, in the case of perfect QEC, the transpose channel is the recovery operation for perfect recovery.
Towards a Unified Framework for Approximate Quantum Error Correction
Proof. B perfectly correctable under noise E implies that the perfect QEC conditions (Eq. (11) of Theorem 1 with the roles of A and B interchanged) hold: There exists operators Aij on A for all i, j such that P E † i E (P )−1/2Ej P = Aij ⊗ PB .
Towards a Unified Framework for Approximate Quantum Error Correction
We assume that H and N0 are perfectly known at the receiver or can be perfectly estimated, and that the technical requirements on X and H in [21, Sec. I-D] are satisfied.
Signal Shaping for BICM at Low SNR
No perfect matching exists in H whp when kd2 n − log(kd) → +∞. (ii) A perfect matching exists in H whp when kd2 Remark.
Matchings in Random Biregular Bipartite Graphs
We say (X, Y ) is perfectly resolvable if there exists pQ|X Y ∈ PX,Y such that Q perfectly resolves (X, Y ).
Assisted Common Information with an Application to Secure Two-Party Sampling
On the other hand, if it is crucial for Bob to receive from Alice a perfect replica of an unknown qudit state, they can resort to the so-called perfect conclusive teleportation .
Quantum teleportation via maximum-confidence quantum measurements
It is a perfect conclusive protocol because after a conclusive event in Alice’s discrimination process, the teleportation proceeds as in the standard scheme and in the end Bob receives a perfect replica of the unknown state.
Quantum teleportation via maximum-confidence quantum measurements