person

Definitions

  • Running antelope. Personal totem
    Running antelope. Personal totem
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n person a human being "there was too much for one person to do"
    • n person a human body (usually including the clothing) "a weapon was hidden on his person"
    • n person a grammatical category used in the classification of pronouns, possessive determiners, and verb forms according to whether they indicate the speaker, the addressee, or a third party "stop talking about yourself in the third person"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

persons in bed wearing respirators persons in bed wearing respirators
PERSONALLY ACQUAINTED WITH SIX AMERICANS PERSONALLY ACQUAINTED WITH SIX AMERICANS
THE PERSONAL EQUATION THE PERSONAL EQUATION
A person walks towards the hermit's dwelling A person walks towards the hermit's dwelling
A person is being carried in a sedan chair A person is being carried in a sedan chair
Text: THE CHILLY PRESENCE OF HARD-HEADED PERSONS Text: THE CHILLY PRESENCE OF HARD-HEADED PERSONS

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Every day, the average person swallows about a quart of snot
    • Person A character or part, as in a play; a specific kind or manifestation of individual character, whether in real life, or in literary or dramatic representation; an assumed character. "His first appearance upon the stage in his new person of a sycophant or juggler.""No man can long put on a person and act a part.""To bear rule, which was thy part
      And person , hadst thou known thyself aright."
      "How different is the same man from himself, as he sustains the person of a magistrate and that of a friend!"
    • Person A human being spoken of indefinitely; one; a man; as, any person present.
    • Person A living, self-conscious being, as distinct from an animal or a thing; a moral agent; a human being; a man, woman, or child. "Consider what person stands for; which, I think, is a thinking, intelligent being, that has reason and reflection."
    • Person A parson; the parish priest.
    • Person (Biol) A shoot or bud of a plant; a polyp or zooid of the compound Hydrozoa Anthozoa, etc.; also, an individual, in the narrowest sense, among the higher animals. "True corms, composed of united personæ . . . usually arise by gemmation, . . . yet in sponges and corals occasionally by fusion of several originally distinct persons ."
    • Person (Theol) Among Trinitarians, one of the three subdivisions of the Godhead (the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost); an hypostasis. "Three persons and one God."
    • Person (Gram) One of three relations or conditions (that of speaking, that of being spoken to, and that of being spoken of) pertaining to a noun or a pronoun, and thence also to the verb of which it may be the subject.
    • Person The bodily form of a human being; body; outward appearance; as, of comely person . "A fair persone , and strong, and young of age.""If it assume my noble father's person .""Love, sweetness, goodness, in her person shined."
    • v. t Person To represent as a person; to personify; to impersonate.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: On average, a person has two million sweat glands
    • n person A mask anciently worn by actors, covering the whole head, and varying according to the character to be represented; hence, a mask or disguise.
    • n person The character represented by such a mask or by the player who wore it; hence, character; rôle; the part which one assumes or sustains on the stage or in life.
    • n person A human being; a man, woman, or child; an individual; in a broader sense, a self-conscious being. See def. 9, and personality, 1.
    • n person An individual of importance, distinction, or dignity; a personage.
    • n person In an affected sense, an individual of no importance or not entitled to social recognition: commonly applied to female servants or employees: as, a capable young person as milliner's assistant; a respectable person as cook.
    • n person The rector of a parish; a parson.
    • n person The human form in its characteristic completeness; the body of the living man or woman with all that belongs to it; bodily form; external appearance: as, offenses against the person; the king's person was held sacred; the adornment of the person.
    • n person In biology and morphology, an individual in a narrow sense, as the shoot or bud of a plant, a polypite or medusa, a zoöid, etc. In the nomenclature of the parts of hydroid polyps some authors recognize locomotive
    • n person In law: A living human being.
    • n person A human being having rights and duties before the law; one not a slave. In old Roman law slaves were not considered to be persons.
    • n person A being, whether natural or artificial, whether an individual or a body corporate other than the state, having rights and duties before the law.
    • n person [cap. or lowercase] In theology, a term used in definitions of the Trinity for what is individual in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, distinguishing one from the other: opposed to essence, which denotes what is common to them.
    • n person In grammar, one of three relations in which a subject stands related to a verb, and which are in many languages distinguished by differences in the form of the verb itself: namely, the first person, that of the speaker; the second, that of the one spoken to; and the third, that of the person or thing spoken of.
    • n person In the flesh; actually; with bodily presence, and not by deputy or representative: as, he came in person; he paid the money in person.
    • n person See color.
    • n person The Holy Ghost.
    • n person An expression common in legal phraseology to indicate any one not a party to a contract, relation, or legal proceeding under consideration: as, the liability of members of a corporation to third persons. =Syn. 2-4. Person, Individual, Personage. Person is the most general and common word for a human being, of either sex and of any age or social grade, without emphasizing the fact that there is but one, or, if there are more than one, viewing them severally: as, I met a person who said, etc. Individual views a person as standing alone, or persons as standing seperately before the mind: as, the rights of the individual; the rights of the individual; it is incorrect to use individual for person unemphatically: as, there were several individuals in the room. A personage is an important, distinguished, or illustrious person: hence, the state has been called “a great moral personage.”
    • person To represent as a person; personify.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A "gelotologist" is a person who studies laughter
    • n Person pėr′sun character represented, as on the stage: character: an individual, sometimes used slightingly: a living soul: a human being: the outward appearance, &c.: bodily form: one of the three hypostases or individualities in the triune God:
    • adj Person (bot.) mask-like, as in the corollary of the snapdragon: larval, cucullate
    • n Person pėr′sun (gram.) a distinction in form, according as the subject of the verb is the person speaking, spoken to, or spoken of
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Quotations

  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez
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    “A person doesn't die when he should but when he can.”
  • Anthony Robbins
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    “Personal power is the ability to take action.”
  • Calvin Coolidge
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    “Ultimately property rights and personal rights are the same thing.”
  • James A. Froude
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    “A person possessed with an idea cannot be reasoned with.”
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    “To dream of the person you would like to be is to waste the person you are.”
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    “A smart person knows what to say, a wise person knows whether or not to say it.”

Idioms

People person - Someone who enjoys interacting with people as part of their job
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. persone, persoun, person, parson, OF. persone, F. personne, L. persona, a mask (used by actors), a personage, part, a person, fr. personare, to sound through; per + sonare, to sound. See Per-, and cf. Parson
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. persōna, a player's mask, perh. from persŏnāre, -ātumper, through, sonāre, to sound.

Usage

In literature:

Polycarp, the venerable bishop of Smyrna, hearing that persons were seeking for him, escaped, but was discovered by a child.
"Fox's Book of Martyrs" by John Foxe
These cards may be sent by post, when the person leaving town has not the time to make a personal visit.
"The Etiquette of To-day" by Edith B. Ordway
A beautiful person with the Greek is a beautiful person; and that is all he says about the matter.
"The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volumes I-VI." by Various
There are times in which personal preference and personal popularity go far; but they are not these times.
"A Political History of the State of New York, Volumes 1-3" by DeAlva Stanwood Alexander
Sales letters are, as a rule, general, not personal, and yet the best ones have the personal touch.
"The Book of Business Etiquette" by Nella Henney
Yet even here the sight of Christ emphasizes chiefly the personal side, what He is personally to them.
"Quiet Talks on the Crowned Christ of Revelation" by S. D. Gordon
We went at noon to Niewendam and heard a sermon by a person who had recently come there.
"Journal of Jasper Danckaerts, 1679-1680" by Jasper Danckaerts
He was also a too serious and deliberate person to go mad suddenly.
"Chance" by Joseph Conrad
Nor are many persons sufficiently aware of the ruinous extent to which the amative propensity is indulged by married persons.
"Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners" by B.G. Jefferis
The ghost was dangerous to two persons or classes of persons, the murderer and those near the corpse.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
There are seven personal names, and the first of these, Hancock, is rather a problem.
"The Romance of Names" by Ernest Weekley
It is computed that two hundred thousand deluded persons visited the city in a single month.
"A Modern History, From the Time of Luther to the Fall of Napoleon" by John Lord
Are the shades of blue and purple and lighter colors in the clothing of the various persons glaring or subdued?
"Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 10" by Charles Herbert Sylvester
PARSONS (or PERSONS), REV.
"Sir Walter Ralegh" by William Stebbing
The first person is what the second and third persons are made out of.
"The Lost Art of Reading" by Gerald Stanley Lee
We looked out the door and saw persons running.
"The Johnstown Horror" by James Herbert Walker
A person not used to tobacco will sometimes be made sick by sitting only an hour in a room where persons are smoking.
"Health Lessons" by Alvin Davison
Typical third person narration is illustrated by the story of action, the wholly objective story, told in the third person.
"The Technique of Fiction Writing" by Robert Saunders Dowst
In what ways are pathogenic germs transmitted from person to person?
"American Red Cross Text-Book on Home Hygiene and Care of the Sick" by Jane A. Delano
When a person is sick from tobacco he is very weak.
"Applied Physiology" by Frank Overton
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In poetry:

Dost thou his person fair embrace
Beyond his blessings all?
Sure, then, thou boldly mayst, through grace,
Thy Husband, Jesus call.
"The Believer's Jointure : Chapter II." by Ralph Erskine
The gospel of thy saviour hear,
However poor the preacher be —
The Word, if not the person, bear,
'Twas Christ himself that sent it thee.
"Advice To Hear, And To Read, The Word Of God" by Rees Prichard
Her face with thousand beauties bless'd,
Her mind with thousand virtues stored,
Her power with boundless joy confess'd,
Her person only not adored.
"An Ode - Presented To The King, On His Majesty's Arrival In Holland, After The Queen's Death" by Matthew Prior
Ours yet not ours, being set apart
As a shrine to friendship,
Empty and silent most of the year,
This room awaits from you
What you alone, as visitor, can bring,
A weekend of personal life.
"For Friends Only" by W H Auden
Not Solomon for all his wit,
Nor Samson, though he were so strong,
No king nor person ever yet
Could 'scape but death laid him along;
Wherefore I know that I must die,
And yet my life amend not I.
"Upon The Image Of Death" by Robert Southwell
"You had the news from Vincent Carrington,"
He echoed,—picking up the phrase beyond,
As if he knew the rest was merely talk
To fill a gap and keep out a strong wind;
"You had, then, Vincent's personal news?"
"Aurora Leigh: Book Eighth" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

In news:

What is the saying about Hell hath no fury WOW, can one person really do this to another person.
Under what circumstances, if any, may an attorney surreptitiously record or direct another to surreptitiously record an in-person or telephone conversation with another person.
"Person to Person": Behind the scenes with Drew and Brittany Brees.
If a person owes the IRS back taxes and wants to marry, is the other person affected when it comes to filing taxes jointly.
Revisions to this Standard are necessary to include amendments related to establishing the test weight for ladders, tripods , two person bench seats and two person tripod seats.
Trustworthiness is one of a handful of personal attributes people need to see in a leader before they'll fully 'sign up' with that person.
"Person to Person": Gabby Douglas.
Strange how they are angry at me for calling a person who tells lies a liar but aren't angry at the person who told the lies.
APART FROM MITT Romney, there may be no person who had a greater personal stake in Obama's defeat than Ed DeMarco, acting director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA).
" The ability of the flu vaccine to protect a person depends on two things— One, the age and health status of the person getting vaccinated , and two, the similarity or "match" between the virus str...
Most top executives have at least one person who has shaped their lives, whether personally or professionally.
Initially, I had the idea of a person-to-person site where people store items for others.
See how these altars are decorated using photos, trinkets, and other items to help personalize and create a tribute to each person.
Capitol Police are looking for the person or persons who stole an American flag from the Virginia War Memorial in Richmond.
For more about Gabby, watch CBS News' "Person to Person" Friday, Nov 23 at 10/9c.
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In science:

If no valid victim is found, it searches for a reflexive or personal pronoun inside the verb group.
Generating a 3D Simulation of a Car Accident from a Written Description in Natural Language: the CarSim System
The functional-emphasis of current recommender systems makes them ‘templates for personalization’ .
A Connection-Centric Survey of Recommender Systems Research
Azgin. A Broader Approach to Personalization.
A Connection-Centric Survey of Recommender Systems Research
Researchers requiring generation of such random elements tended to have a split personality.
Towards a practical, theoretically sound algorithm for random generation in finite groups
The G¨olelization above is the personal file of the automaton A.
The G\"odelizing Quantum-Mechanical Automata
Reid, Young person’s guide to canonical singularities, Proc.
On Effective Non-vanishing of Weil Divisors on Algebraic Surfaces
Consider the functional dependency that each person can have only one social security number.
A Generalized Disjunctive Paraconsistent Data Model for Negative and Disjunctive Information
When this person moves along a straight line at constant speed, the transformation that describes this continuous change of reference system would be a time-dependent affinity.
First-order Complete and Computationally Complete Query Languages for Spatio-Temporal Databases
Then, it seems that Imielinski is one of the first persons to introduce binary preference relations on states labelled by valuations [Imi87].
Preferential and Preferential-discriminative Consequence relations
RAB acknowledges an EPSRC Fellowship GR/R44768 under which part of this work was conducted, and a Royal Society of Edinburgh Personal Research Fellowship under which it was completed.
Free energy landscapes, dynamics and the edge of chaos in mean-field models of spin glasses
The retina may be “seeing” it but what we call the “person” (a higher-level conscious operator) does not see it.
Founding quantum theory on the basis of consciousness
Jung, The integration of the personality, (Farrar and Rinehart, New York, 1939); C. G.
Founding quantum theory on the basis of consciousness
This includes general human information processing principles that are applicable to the Personal Memex and the unique needs of the populations on which we chose to focus.
Human Information Processing with the Personal Memex
We can say that the functional requirements of the Personal Memex will remain almost the same for the different populations we are considering.
Human Information Processing with the Personal Memex
The System The “Personal Memex” is a device that categorizes and organizes information for a user.
Human Information Processing with the Personal Memex
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