• WordNet 3.6
    • adj practical having or put to a practical purpose or use "practical mathematics","practical applications of calculus"
    • adj practical concerned with actual use or practice "he is a very practical person","the idea had no practical application","a practical knowledge of Japanese","woodworking is a practical art"
    • adj practical guided by practical experience and observation rather than theory "a hardheaded appraisal of our position","a hard-nosed labor leader","completely practical in his approach to business","not ideology but pragmatic politics"
    • adj practical being actually such in almost every respect "a practical failure","the once elegant temple lay in virtual ruin"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1936, the first practical helicopter was invented. It was the German Focke-Wulf Fw 61.
    • Practical Capable of being turned to use or account; useful, in distinction from ideal or theoretical; as, practical chemistry. "Man's practical understanding.""For all practical purposes."
    • Practical Derived from practice; as, practical skill.
    • Practical Evincing practice or skill; capable of applying knowledge to some useful end; as, a practical man; a practical mind.
    • Practical Of or pertaining to practice or action.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Bibliomancy is the practice by some people of opening the Bible at random and being guided for the day by whatever verse they see first.
    • practical Relating or pertaining to action, practice, or use: opposed to theoretical, speculative, or ideal. Engaged in practice or action; concerned with material rather than ideal considerations.
    • practical Educated by practice or experience: as, a practical gardener.
    • practical Derived from experience: as, practical skill; practical knowledge.
    • practical Used, or such as may advantageously be used, in practice; capable of being used or turned to account; contributing to one's material advantage; possessing utility.
    • practical Exemplified in practice.
    • practical Spent in practice; devoted to action or material pursuits.
    • practical In effect and result; to all intents and purposes; equivalent to (something) in force or influence; virtual: as, a victory may be a practical defeat.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: It was the accepted practice in Babylon 4,000 years ago that for a month after the wedding, the bride's father would supply his
    • adj Practical that can be put in practice: useful: applying knowledge to some useful end: derived from practice
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  • Kenneth Baker
    Kenneth Baker
    “He has conferred on the practice of vacillation the aura of statesmanship.”
  • Thomas Fuller
    “Knowledge is a treasure, but practice is the key to it.”
  • Thomas Szasz
    “Knowledge is gained by learning; trust by doubt; skill by practice; love by love.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Knowledge becomes wisdom only after it has been put to practical use.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “In the end we retain from our studies only that which we practically apply.”
  • St. Gregory The Great
    St. Gregory The Great
    “Whatsoever one would understand what he hears must hasten to put into practice what he has heard.”


Practical joke - A practical joke is a trick played on someone that is meant to be funny for people watching, though normally embarrassing for the person being tricked.
Spanish practices - Unauthorized working methods that benefit those who follow them are Spanish practices.
Time-honoured practice - A time-honoured practice is a traditional way of doing something that has become almost universally accepted as the most appropriate or suitable way.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. practicus, active, Gr. fit for doing or performing, practical, active, fr. to do, work, effect: cf. F. pratique, formerly also practique,. Cf. Pragmatic Practice
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. praktike—O. Fr. practique—Gr. praktikos, fit for doing—prassein, to do.


In literature:

And scale practice is the ladder by means of which all must climb to higher proficiency.
"Violin Mastery" by Frederick H. Martens
Both of these types of telegraph service were imitated at once in telephone practice.
"Cyclopedia of Telephony & Telegraphy Vol. 1" by Kempster Miller
Even the scholar and the practical man of affairs find relaxation in the mystery of the detective story.
"How To Write Special Feature Articles" by Willard Grosvenor Bleyer
For the practical man the individual is always a unit; and it is only as a unit that it is possible practically to deal with him.
"A Critical Examination of Socialism" by William Hurrell Mallock
It was now practical for automobile owning families to live farther from railroad stations and villages.
"If You're Going to Live in the Country" by Thomas H. Ormsbee and Richmond Huntley
After the practice ended all the players gathered around the dummy, which had been very helpful in tackling practice.
"Football Days" by William H. Edwards
Practically, this is not always the case.
"Explanation of Catholic Morals" by John H. Stapleton
It is by method and classification that we are enabled to apply our knowledge to practical purposes.
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce
Practice regularly, practice hard while you are doing it.
"The Science of Human Nature" by William Henry Pyle
I took practical texts: I preached practical sermons.
"Modern Skepticism: A Journey Through the Land of Doubt and Back Again" by Joseph Barker

In poetry:

Awm net mich up o' parsons,--
Ther's some daycent ens aw know;
They're smart enuff at praichin,
But at practice they're too slow.
"Old Dave To Th' New Parson" by John Hartley
And teach them--not alone to read,
But how to spell, and how to sing;
And how to practice gentle ways,
And to be kind to everything.
"Goody Two-Shoes" by Clara Doty Bates
By nature all are gone astray,
Their practice all the same;
There's none that fears his Maker's hand;
There's none that loves his name.
"Psalm 14 part 1" by Isaac Watts
And yet the practice worldlings call
Business, and weighty action all,
Checking the poor child for his play,
But gravely cast themselves away.
"Childhood" by Henry Vaughan
Take your practiced powers and stretch them out
until they span the chasm between two
contradictions…For the god
wants to know himself in you.
"As Once the Winged Energy of Delight" by Rainer Maria Rilke
'I'm a practical man, and want no tears;
You've made a fool of me, it appears;
That you don't again
Is a lesson I'll teach you in future years.'
"A Conversation At Dawn" by Thomas Hardy

In news:

The David Cutcliffe era at Duke will enter its fifth year Monday, when preseason practice begins.
Washington Redskins tight end Fred Davis (83) arrives for afternoon practice at more.
Sophomore forward Kaylon Williams ruptured her Achilles tendon during practice this week.
LaRon Landry watches first practice as Redskins evaluate Achilles' tendon .
LaRon Landry watches first practice as Redskins evaluate Achilles' tendon.
Yet after watching this girl flip 5 bowls at the same time onto her head all the while balancing on a 7-foot unicycle I realized that I need to get back to practicing my skills.
Walking into the Thunder practice facility as the team finishes practice, the differences are obvious.
Being a practical kind of guy, I'm usually a big fan of practical gifts.
Enlarge Alyssa Ki/The Jersey Journal Hoboken football players practice their tackles during Hoboken football practice on Dec 4, 2012 at JFK Stadium.
Practice would be disturbing enough to suggest the practice of vote-switching should be abolished .
The Seattle Seahawks had four players miss practice today, the team's first Wednesday practice without pads.
Jason Witten called Monday's practice one of the dog day s of camp because of the number of reps from Sunday's practice and the focus on short-yardage and goal-line running in the afternoon.
Defensive lineman Brad Madison jumps toward a tackling dummy in a tackling drill during practice Wednesday at the practice football field.
IRVING, Texas – Running back Lance Dunbar was called up from the practice squad to fill the Dallas Cowboys' final roster spot and wide receiver Raymond Radway was signed to the practice squad.
FTC releases best practices on facial recognition : The Federal Trade Commission Monday released a recommendation of best practices for companies using facial recognition technology.

In science:

The practical use of the system is somehow restricted.
It is interesting to assess the accuracy of the Flory argument in practice.
Solvable model of a polymer in random media with long ranged disorder correlations
Zhan et al. 1989), which is a practical limit for absorption line surveys with 4-m class telescopes.
QSOs and Absorption Line Systems Surrounding the Hubble Deep Field
In practice, the last condition is difficult to satisfy.
Physics of Grain Alignment
From a practical point of view, two order parameters that are positively correlated will share a common minimum.
Is Random Close Packing of Spheres Well Defined?