possibility

Definitions

  • A wrought-iron trammel used for hanging a pot from a fireplace crane. The adjustable hook made it possible to raise or lower the pot
    A wrought-iron trammel used for hanging a pot from a fireplace crane. The adjustable hook made it possible to raise or lower the pot
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n possibility a possible alternative "bankruptcy is always a possibility"
    • n possibility a tentative insight into the natural world; a concept that is not yet verified but that if true would explain certain facts or phenomena "a scientific hypothesis that survives experimental testing becomes a scientific theory","he proposed a fresh theory of alkalis that later was accepted in chemical practices"
    • n possibility a future prospect or potential "this room has great possibilities"
    • n possibility capability of existing or happening or being true "there is a possibility that his sense of smell has been impaired"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: On a bingo card of 90 numbers there are approximately 44 million possible ways to make bingo.
    • Possibility That which is possible; a contingency; a thing or event that may not happen; a contingent interest, as in real or personal estate.
    • Possibility The quality or state of being possible; the power of happening, being, or existing. "All possibility of error.""Latent possibilities of excellence."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: There are 2,598,960 five-card hands possible in a 52-card deck of cards.
    • n possibility The mode of that which is possible; the fact of being possible.
    • n possibility A thing possible; that which may take place or come into being.
    • n possibility Specifically, in law, a chance or expectation; an uncertain thing which may or may not happen. It is near or ordinary, as where an estate is limited to one after the death of another; or remote or extraordinary, as where it is limited to a man provided he shall be married to a certain woman, and then that she shall die, and he be married to another. Wharton.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There are 43,252,003,274,489,856,000 different color combinations possible on a Rubik's Cube.
    • n Possibility state of being possible: that which is possible: a contingency
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Quotations

  • Bible
    Bible
    “Everything is possible for him who believes.”
  • William E. Mclaren
    William E. Mclaren
    “What is possible is our highest duty.”
  • Anne Rice
    Anne Rice
    “Evil is always possible. Goodness is a difficulty.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “Every man believes that he has greater possibilities.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Start viewing the possible as probable. You'll be surprised at what you can accomplish.”
  • Anita Loos
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    “Show business is the best possible therapy for remorse.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. possibilité, L. possibilitas,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. possibilisposse, to be able.

Usage

In literature:

If we said to ourselves, 'It is possible,' we should make it possible.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
She should learn as many different operations as possible.
"The Canadian Girl at Work" by Marjory MacMurchy
In this way we will see whether it is humanly possible to make a useful man out of him.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
Possibly she was merely in the mood for comfortable silences with an established friend.
"Black Oxen" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
At his approach it drew as close as possible to the sideboard.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
All the pupils should contribute as many specimens as possible to each collection and should assist in the work of preparing them.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study" by Ontario Ministry of Education
Possibly they relaxed when with his own kind, but one could not feel certain of the fact.
"Antony Gray,--Gardener" by Leslie Moore
Possibilities that fail to get realized are, for determinism, pure illusions: they never were possibilities at all.
"The Will to Believe" by William James
It is possible he may be, as Solomon was; but that is when the nation shares his splendour with him.
"The Crown of Wild Olive" by John Ruskin
America is the one place in the world where this process, healthy or unhealthy, possible or impossible, is going on.
"What I Saw in America" by G. K. Chesterton
A few low ridges which are parallel to the sides of the valley may possibly be the result of landslips.
"The Story of the Heavens" by Robert Stawell Ball
Could I possibly have seen it anywhere before?
"The Slave of Silence" by Fred M. White
Pray show how it is possible for me to put a true pint into each of the measures.
"The Canterbury Puzzles" by Henry Ernest Dudeney
What better guide could you possibly have than the words of the great pianists themselves?
"Great Pianists on Piano Playing" by James Francis Cooke
Having selected the finest ripe apricots, pare them as thin as possible, and weigh them.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
He measured the distance between them, weighed to a nicety every possibility, and bided his time.
"The Web of the Golden Spider" by Frederick Orin Bartlett
Just see to it that the two have as little to do with one another as possible.
"'Jena' or 'Sedan'?" by Franz Beyerlein
The child was to be kept in bed and amused as quietly as possible; but what was there for a father to do?
"The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of Jane Austen" by Jane Austen
Is it possible that I am enjoying myself?
"A Journal of Impressions in Belgium" by May Sinclair
He was very proud of me and wished me to be with him as much as possible.
"Solaris Farm" by Milan C. Edson
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In poetry:

WHAT is the soul He would save? —
The being, with all its powers;
The root, with its leaves and flowers:
All possible good we can crave
In this God-given life of ours.
"Saved" by Lucy Larcom
A shadow flits before me,
Not thou, but like to thee:
Ah Christ, that it were possible
For one short hour to see
The souls we loved, that they might tell us
What and where they be.
"Maud II" by Alfred Lord Tennyson
IF thou wouldst live unruffled by care,
Let not the past torment thee e'er;
As little as possible be thou annoy'd,
And let the present be ever enjoy'd;
Ne'er let thy breast with hate be supplied,
And to God the future confide.
"The Rule Of Life" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
There's no escape! Souls, not yet clothed upon
With semblance, stretching toward the light of life
On the vague shores of Possibility,
Sorrow shall bring you to the birth of blood,
If come you must! Would I had ne'er been born!
"The Churchyard: Night The Third" by Thomas Aird
In the unnatural glory of the hour,
Exalted over time, and death, and fate,
No earthly task appears beyond her power,
No possible endurance seemeth great.
She knows her misery and her majesty,
And recks not if she be to live or die.
"Epochs" by Emma Lazarus
Why did you with strong fingers fling aside
The gates of possibility, and say
With vital voice the words I dream to-day?
Before, I was not much unsatisfied:
But since a god has touched me and departed,
I run through every temple, broken-hearted.
"Why?" by Mary Webb

In news:

Canada's Astral Media Back in Talks With BCE on Possible Takeover.
Junior Seau's Death Hits The NFL At The Worst Possible Time.
2-5 inches of snow possible.
VP possibles playing attack dog for Romney.
Mitt Romney has used Sen Marco Rubio, a possible VP candidate, to attack President Obama on the campaign trail.
For every new diet promising to shed pounds quickly, quick results do traditionally follow, but for many, maintaining the diet long term isn't possible.
Atticus , being the true sportsman he is on and off the Whitesboro high school football field released the fish to possibly be caught another day.
" could possibly change the way we think of playback.".
Sun spot AR1476 setting sights on Earth, solar flares and aurora borealis possible this week.
Warmth today, showers possible tonight, then more autumnal awesomeness.
Avenged Sevenfold Gunning For a Possible No.
Lawmakers with tea party leanings led the way, to prevent possibility of a preelection government shutdown.
Italy's Avio CEO Says IPO Possible until July 2013.
Two drugs used for treating male baldness and enlarged prostate may have more possible sexual side effects than previously thought, the New York Daily News reported.
Plus, it would allow the county to possibly utilize a recycling program more efficiently.
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In science:

The question then arises, when is it possible to express two pure states in a Schmidt correlated form? In the following section we discuss necessary and sufficient conditions for this to be possible.
Optimal local discrimination of two multipartite pure states
Properly read, the theorem says that among a wide class of possible preservation properties, the countable support iteration of a proper definable real forcing has every preservation property it can possibly have.
Countable Support Iteration Revisited
A distribution of possible states of the system can be interpreted as a normalized vector |ψi in the 22W dimensional space of all possible configurations of the 2W variables ∆(r, t) at a fixed time.
High precision simulations of the longest common subsequence problem
If there are several possibilities, then there is a new possibilities to prescribe weights to them.
Gibbs and Quantum Discrete Spaces
One has no choice but to predict that an electron will have various possible motions and these will be correlated with various possible vector potentials.
Physics with exotic probability theory
Another possibility is that the zero temperature transition is first-order. A possible scenario is illustrated with Fig. 2b.
Ground state numerical study of the three-dimensional random field Ising model
Now we show how it is possible to define a class of ”deformed” products in a set of function defined on Rn , without using an explicit realization of a Weyl system, thus opening the possibility for a generalization of this concept.
Generalized Weyl systems and kappa-Minkowski space
In this paper we have shown that it is in principle possible to obtain noncommutative products between functions which generalize the commutation relations of Lie algebras, possibly with central extensions.
Generalized Weyl systems and kappa-Minkowski space
To answer our Random Question, we need an explicit description of the set of possible states Magnus can pass through and of the possible transitions among them.
Juggling probabilities
We are now ready to define the directed graph which specifies the possible states for Magnus along with his possible transitions.
Juggling probabilities
To describe a Markov chain, we need to know the possible states Ω and the possible transitions among them.
Juggling probabilities
Therefore while listing all possible admissible triples for a given Lie superalgebra, we need to take into consideration all possible Dynkin diagrams.
Constructing r-matrices on simple Lie superalgebras
The constant ¯c is used in the sequel to denote an unspecified (possibly 0) constant, possibly different at each appearance.
Additive functionals on random search trees
We underline that in contrast to most other tests it is possible to do both simultaneously because of a possibility to perform experiments with different ions.
Simple Atoms, Quantum Electrodynamics and Fundamental Constants
For instance, it is not even possible to distinguish between a representation and it’s dual by restricting to various possible SL(2)’s mapping to GL(r).
Unique decomposition of tensor products of irreducible representations of simple algebraic groups
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