ponderable

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj ponderable capable of being weighed or considered "something ponderable from the outer world--something of which we can say that its weight is so and so"- James Jeans"
    • adj ponderable capable of being thought about "space flight to other galaxies becomes more cogitable"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Ponderable Capable of being weighed; having appreciable weight.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • ponderable Capable of being weighed; having weight.
    • n ponderable A substance that has weight.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Ponderable that may be weighed: having sensible weight
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Quotations

  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “When in charge ponder. When in trouble delegate. When in doubt mumble.”
  • C. Neil Strait
    C. Neil Strait
    “Life lived amidst tension and busyness needs leisure. Leisure that recreates and renews. Leisure should be a time to think new thoughts, not ponder old ills.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. ponderabilis,: cf. F. pondérable,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. ponderārepondus, pondĕris, a weight.

Usage

In literature:

The answer to that question involved so much, both of what had been, and what was yet to come, that Agatha dared not ponder over it.
"Agatha's Husband A Novel" by Dinah Maria Craik (AKA: Dinah Maria Mulock)
He opened it guardedly, and his face fell as he pondered the verse.
"Blacksheep! Blacksheep!" by Meredith Nicholson
Mr. Stokes affected to ponder; Mr. Henshaw instinctively edged away.
"Short Cruises" by W. W. Jacobs
Flower shook his head and pondered.
"A Master Of Craft" by W. W. Jacobs
His gaze had in it something of cruelty, of pondering, and of question.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
And sometimes Mrs. Rothesay, pondering on Olive's future, felt-glad of this.
"Olive A Novel" by Dinah Maria Craik, (AKA Dinah Maria Mulock)
Over this question she pondered often and long.
"The Golden Shoemaker" by J. W. Keyworth
For hours she sits by her casement, pondering on the cruelty of her fate, while the unsympathetic moon pours its white rays upon her.
"Molly Bawn" by Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
Both Paul and Oswald had reason to ponder the eventful experiences of that day.
"Oswald Langdon" by Carson Jay Lee
And he pondered for a moment on the thing called fate.
"The Forbidden Trail" by Honoré Willsie
And his molten ponderings kept alight the fires in his face.
"Joan of Arc of the North Woods" by Holman Day
Long on his sentence pondered Karagwe.
"Stories in Verse" by Henry Abbey
I pondered on it incessantly and worked out plans as to ways and means.
"The Lady of the Basement Flat" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
Miss Wodehouse pondered over the handle of her parasol.
"The Doctor's Family" by Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant
And yet," he added, pondering, "how came she there?
"Gomez Arias" by Joaquín Telesforo de Trueba y Cosío
He had little time to ponder this enigma however because at that moment he became aware of a second presence in the room.
"Quest of the Golden Ape" by Ivar Jorgensen
And to forget it, the chief aim of life, Though well to ponder it, is life's chief end.
"Young's Night Thoughts" by Edward Young
She pondered a moment.
"Shadows of Flames" by Amelie Rives
Bindle said nothing, but he pondered deeply as they walked slowly along.
"Bindle" by Herbert Jenkins
We were informed that Ponder's place was unoccupied, open to all.
"A Man in the Open" by Roger Pocock
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In poetry:

To ponder there in quiet
God's Universal Plan,
Resolved that church and Sabbath
Were never made for man.
"The Boy Out Of Church" by Robert Graves
And O, that they who read my lines
Would ponder soberly,
And lay to heart such things betimes
As touch eternity.
"Of Hell And The Estate of Those Who Perish" by John Bunyan
Waking while the dawning gray
Slowly brightened into day,
Pondering that vision fled,
Thus unto myself I said:--
"My Dream" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Some one has been here:
Not the rough, drunken wind who shouts and wanders,
Trampling the woodpath; neither dawn nor gloaming
Nor the young airs in cowslip-garlands roaming.
Who was it then? The muted spirit ponders.
"The Vagrant" by Mary Webb
Upon the shadowy threshold the small gray strand did lay,
And told the old, old story of ever changing day;
Within the mystic portals of life's near ending stream
I stood and pondered vaguely, if death were but a dream.
"My First Gray Hair" by Mary Alice Walton
Wondering maiden, so puzzled and fair,
Why dost thou murmur and ponder and stare?
"Why are my eyelids so open and wild?"
Only the better to see with, my child!
Only the better and clearer to view
Cheeks that are rosy and eyes that are blue.
"What The Wolf Really Said To Little Red Riding-Hood" by Francis Bret Harte

In news:

Essayist Ponders Women and Power.
Shep ponders his full life.
Patty's Ponderings: A Real Football Hero .
I've been pondering religion and turkeys these days.
SXSWi panelists ponder media ecosystem in a NY Times- free world .
Friends and relatives have long pondered the Casey family tradition of dining at a Chinese restaurant on Christmas Eve.
Cycling's glamor girl Pendleton ponders next career move.
Christian Ponder currently NFL's best QB (in one category).
Physicist Ponders God, Truth and 'Final Theory'.
HBO The Khaleesi ponders her brother problem.
On Monday, I was pondering over an idea for a column in honor of my great-grand-mother, Beatrice Lee - affectionately known as Mammow Bea to her grandkids - who was in poor health and not expected to live much longer.
He said he often had pondered being the head coach for the Redbirds , and I even talked about it with athletic director Jeff Huffman a while ago.
Tito Ortiz ponders future in the WWE.
"Total Recall," being set roughly a couple hundred years from now, prompted me to ponder the future.
Whitney Ponders Problem of Replication in Modern Art.
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In science:

Many of us pondered this problem over the intervening years, especially in the field theory context .
Areal Theory
The Ponder Policy Specification Language. in Policies for Distributed Systems and Networkds. 2001. Ryutov, T. and C.
A Community Authorization Service for Group Collaboration
In Part IV of this article the Author discusses the geometrical optics as a consequence of the previous e.m. equations for ponderable media.
Geometrical optics in general relativity
So it seems that both “yes” and “no” options offer interesting questions to ponder on.
Massive Electrodynamics and the Magnetic Monopoles
Writing √gGn = ∂αC α , where C α is the Chern–Simons form, the pondered Chern–Simons form reads ˜C α = C α + √gJ α and √g ˜Gn = ∂α ˜C α .
Exact results on quantum field theories interpolating between pairs of conformal field theories
According to ref. the Euler density that should appear in the trace anomaly should be precisely the pondered Euler density, thereby removing the ambiguities associated with the coefficients a′ of the trivial total derivative terms of the form ∇α J α n .
Exact results on quantum field theories interpolating between pairs of conformal field theories
Let us next ponder the question of stability for near-extremal black holes.
Questions of Stability near Black Hole Critical Points
Having heard of the tremendous progress seen in the last year in the field of flavor physics and CP violation, I would like to invite the audience to contemplate some of the questions we are ultimately trying to answer, and to ponder how much progress has been made towards answering them.
Conference Summary
It is interesting to ponder on what the best next direction may be.
Conference Summary
Both result from an integral over the whole atmosphere, but the isoplanatic angle is more sensitive to high turbulent layers (ponderation by h5/3 in the integral de finition of θ0 (Ziad et al. 2000)).
Site testing in summer at Dome C, Antarctica
Lets ponder upon the issue of constancy of the angular velocity.
Effects of non-denumerable fixed points in finite dynamical systems
We remark that these results as to the mass are also valid for ponderable material points, because a ponderable material point can be made into an electron (in our sense of the word) by the addition of an electric charge no matter how smal l.
The physics of space and time II: A reassessment of Einstein's 1905 special relativity paper
The ponder of the hardware overhead in comparison with the memory capacity is of an order <2 -20.
New Schemes for Self-Testing RAM
Typically, this formula is presented with little motivation or explanation, and leaves the students to ponder: Why? Why the extra sx? Why the minus sign? Frequently, the instructor or the author (of a textbook) invokes another magical relation to answer such queries.
Making Sense of the Legendre Transform
Leaving aside the hard-to-test suggestion that a sub-stellar companion was present, we ponder whether most visual binary CSPNe evolve from main sequence stars in similarly wide binaries, or whether they derive from the main sequence triples.
The Origin and Shaping of Planetary Nebulae: Putting the Binary Hypothesis to the Test
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