practice

Definitions

  • Frontispiece    MERCHANTMEN AT GUN PRACTICE
    Frontispiece MERCHANTMEN AT GUN PRACTICE
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v practice learn by repetition "We drilled French verbs every day","Pianists practice scales"
    • v practice engage in a rehearsal (of)
    • v practice engage in or perform "practice safe sex","commit a random act of kindness"
    • v practice avail oneself to "apply a principle","practice a religion","use care when going down the stairs","use your common sense","practice non-violent resistance"
    • v practice carry out or practice; as of jobs and professions "practice law"
    • n practice a customary way of operation or behavior "it is their practice to give annual raises","they changed their dietary pattern"
    • n practice translating an idea into action "a hard theory to put into practice","differences between theory and praxis of communism"
    • n practice the exercise of a profession "the practice of the law","I took over his practice when he retired"
    • n practice systematic training by multiple repetitions "practice makes perfect"
    • n practice knowledge of how something is usually done "it is not the local practice to wear shorts to dinner"
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IN A MERCHANTMAN—BOMB-THROWER PRACTICE IN A MERCHANTMAN—BOMB-THROWER PRACTICE
PRACTICING FOR THE MATCH PRACTICING FOR THE MATCH

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1936, the first practical helicopter was invented. It was the German Focke-Wulf Fw 61.
    • Practice (Math) A easy and concise method of applying the rules of arithmetic to questions which occur in trade and business.
    • Practice Actual performance; application of knowledge; -- opposed to theory. "There are two functions of the soul, -- contemplation and practice .""There is a distinction, but no opposition, between theory and practice ; each, to a certain extent, supposes the other; theory is dependent on practice ; practice must have preceded theory."
    • Practice Application of science to the wants of men; the exercise of any profession; professional business; as, the practice of medicine or law; a large or lucrative practice. "Practice is exercise of an art, or the application of a science in life, which application is itself an art."
    • Practice Customary or constant use; state of being used. "Obsolete words may be revived when they are more sounding or more significant than those in practice ."
    • Practice Frequently repeated or customary action; habitual performance; a succession of acts of a similar kind; usage; habit; custom; as, the practice of rising early; the practice of making regular entries of accounts; the practice of daily exercise. "A heart . . . exercised with covetous practices ."
    • Practice Skill or dexterity acquired by use; expertness. "His nice fence and his active practice ."
    • Practice Skillful or artful management; dexterity in contrivance or the use of means; art; stratagem; artifice; plot; -- usually in a bad sense. "He sought to have that by practice which he could not by prayer."
    • Practice Systematic exercise for instruction or discipline; as, the troops are called out for practice; she neglected practice in music.
    • Practice (Law) The form, manner, and order of conducting and carrying on suits and prosecutions through their various stages, according to the principles of law and the rules laid down by the courts.
    • Practice To apply theoretical science or knowledge, esp. by way of experiment; to exercise or pursue an employment or profession, esp. that of medicine or of law. "I am] little inclined to practice on others, and as little that others should practice on me."
    • Practice To do or perform frequently, customarily, or habitually; to make a practice of; as, to practice gaming. "Incline not my heart . . . practice wicked works."
    • Practice To exercise one's self in, for instruction or improvement, or to acquire discipline or dexterity; as, to practice gunnery; to practice music.
    • Practice To exercise, or follow, as a profession, trade, art, etc., as, to practice law or medicine.
    • Practice To learn by practice; to form a habit. "They shall practice how to live secure.""Practice first over yourself to reign."
    • Practice To make use of; to employ. "In malice to this good knight's wife, I practiced Ubaldo and Ricardo to corrupt her."
    • Practice To perform certain acts frequently or customarily, either for instruction, profit, or amusement; as, to practice with the broadsword or with the rifle; to practice on the piano.
    • Practice To put into practice; to carry out; to act upon; to commit; to execute; to do. "Aught but Talbot's shadow whereon to practice your severity.""As this advice ye practice or neglect."
    • Practice To teach or accustom by practice; to train. "In church they are taught to love God; after church they are practiced to love their neighbor."
    • Practice To try artifices or stratagems. "He will practice against thee by poison."
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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.
    • practice See practise.
    • n practice Action; exercise; performance; the process of accomplishing or carrying out; performance or execution as opposed to speculation or theory.
    • n practice An action; act; proceeding; doing: in the plural, generally in a bad sense.
    • n practice Frequent or customary performance; habit; usage; custom.
    • n practice The regular pursuit of some employment or business; the exercise of a profession; hence, the business of a practitioner: as, to dispose of one's practice; a physician in lucrative practice.
    • n practice Exercise for instruction or discipline; training; drill: as, practice makes perfect.
    • n practice The state of being used; customary use; actual application.
    • n practice Skill acquired through use; experience; dexterity.
    • n practice Artifice; treachery; a plot; a stratagem.
    • n practice In arithmetic, a rule for expeditiously solving questions in proportion, or rather for abridging the operation of multiplying quantities expressed in different denominations, as when it is required to find the value of a number of articles at so many pounds, shillings, and pence each.
    • n practice The form and manner of conducting legal proceedings, whether at law, or in equity, or in criminal procedure, according to the principles of law and the rules of the court; those legal rules which direct the course of proceeding to bring parties into court, and the course of the court after they are brought in. Bishop. Pleading is generally considered as another branch of the law, because it involves questions of substantive right.
    • n practice Hence, in possession of (or lacking) that skill or facility which comes from the continuous exercise of bodily or mental power.
    • n practice Synonyms Habit, Usage, etc. See custom.
    • n practice Practice, Experience. Practice is sometimes erroneously used for experience, which is a much broader word. Practice is the repetition of an act: as, to become a skilled marksman by practice. Experience is, by derivation, a going clear through, and may mean action, but much oftener views the person as acted upon, taught, disciplined, by what befalls him.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: During the Alaskan Klondike gold rush, (1897-1898) potatoes were practically worth their weight in gold. Potatoes were so valued for their vitamin C content that miners traded gold for potatoes.
    • n Practice prak′tis the habit of doing anything: frequent use: state of being used: regular exercise for instruction: performance: method: medical treatment: exercise of any profession: a rule or method in arithmetic
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Quotations

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    “Confidence and courage come through preparation and practice.”
  • Sir Walter Scott
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    “Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
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    “Tricks and treachery are the practice of fools, that don't have brains enough to be honest.”
  • Horace
    Horace
    “He who has made it a practice to lie and deceive his father, will be the most daring in deceiving others.”
  • Epictetus
    Epictetus
    “Practice yourself, for heaven's sake in little things, and then proceed to greater.”
  • Georg C. Lichtenberg
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    “If all mankind were suddenly to practice honesty, many thousands of people would be sure to starve.”

Idioms

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.
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Spanish practices - Unauthorized working methods that benefit those who follow them are Spanish practices.
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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.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. praktike, practique, F. pratique, formerly also, practique, LL. practica, fr. Gr. , fr. practical. See Practical, and cf. Pratique Pretty
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. praktike—O. Fr. practique—Gr. praktikos, fit for doing—prassein, to do.

Usage

In literature:

But assuredly there has been no ideal in practice so moonstruck and misleading as the ideal of practicality.
"Heretics" by Gilbert K. Chesterton
When he was safely married, he could pave the way to what he felt was the only practical and feasible end.
"The Shuttle" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
He betrayed no one, and he never advanced an opinion in practical matters which did not prove to be practical.
"The Education of Henry Adams" by Henry Adams
He still believed, for practical reasons, in the celibacy of the clergy.
"History of the Moravian Church" by J. E. Hutton
Since this lecture was delivered a great and, as I think, beneficial change has taken place in the practice of medicine.
"Medical Essays" by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
The mineral resources of the United States were practically unknown.
"The Age of Invention" by Holland Thompson
Furthermore, he encouraged him to renew his practice of the law.
"Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete" by Albert Bigelow Paine
But it might institute some practical experiments.
"The Complete Essays of C. D. Warner" by Charles Dudley Warner
This in practice, within a few years, practically annulled the Limitation Bill that had been previously passed.
"Theodore Roosevelt" by Theodore Roosevelt
Thorpe heard of many curious practical expedients.
"The Blazed Trail" by Stewart Edward White
Practically Monterey was invested.
"Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant, Complete" by Ulysses S. Grant
The horse and the pigs are practical, if you can take care of them yourself; pigs are good farm catch-alls.
"Three Acres and Liberty" by Bolton Hall
Practically Monterey was invested.
"Memoirs of Three Civil War Generals, Complete" by U. S. Grant, W. T. Sherman, P. H. Sheridan
This excellent method is, of course, only practicable for one person, never for an entire class.
"A General Introduction to Psychoanalysis" by Sigmund Freud
Our infantry was ordered down and our artillery into practice.
"From Manassas to Appomattox" by James Longstreet
THE PRACTICE OF PROCURING ABORTION.
"The Fijians" by Basil Thomson
Like all the other savages in the Transvaal, the Mapors practice scarification to a great extent.
"Adventures in Swaziland" by Owen Rowe O'Neil
What you blame in others do not practice yourself.
"The World's Sixteen Crucified Saviors" by Kersey Graves
Our hero felt a little nervous as he took his place, for he knew he was out of practice.
"Baseball Joe on the School Nine" by Lester Chadwick
All shooting is on Target L. The course is divided into Instruction Practice and Record Practice.
"Pistol and Revolver Shooting" by A. L. A. Himmelwright
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In poetry:

"For I begin to think 'tis true,
Whatever else we be,
That while I'm virtually you
You're practically me.
"Another Fusion" by C J Dennis
Lived on one's back,
In the long hours of repose,
Life is a practical nightmare -
Hideous asleep or awake.
"Vigil" by William Ernest Henley
He plots upon his bed
New mischiefs to fulfil;
He sets his heart, and hand, and head,
To practice all that's ill.
"Psalm XXXVI: High in the Heav'ns" by Isaac Watts
"Practice makes perfect," so they say.
It may be true. The fact is
That I unhappily am not
Yet perfect in my Practice.
"Mathematics" by Arthur Clement Hilton
Trust him not; his words, though sweet,
Seldom with his heart do meet.
All his practice is deceit;
Every gift it is a bait;
"Venus' Runaway" by Ben Jonson
But who shall e'er forget the joys,
When, from some shady nook
He flung his fly, with practic'd hand,
Far out upon the brook?
"Catching Speckled Trout" by Thomas Frederick Young

In news:

Practice would be disturbing enough to suggest the practice of vote-switching should be abolished .
Medical moves abound in KG Doctors are changing practices, and practices are changing locations in King George.
USC coach Lane Kiffin abruptly ended his post-practice news conference on Wednesday after he was asked about a player participating in practice who previously had been injured.
North Florida Community College's July 2012 Practical Nursing graduates achieved , on their first attempt, a 100% pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN).
The practice was founded in September of 2000 as Advanced Anesthesia Associates and Pain Medicine and was later renamed in 2008 as Advanced Pain Medicine Associates to better describe the activities of our practice.
A practical angling guide for practical freshwater and saltwater fishing.
How Medical Practices Can Make Their Websites User Friendly Chastity Werner, RHIT, December 6, 2012 Is your practice's website easy on the eyes.
The second practice this afternoon was a bit subdued compared to the intensity of the early practice.
Baldwin did not practice either of the last two days after injuring his shoulder during practice this week.
NEW CHAPEL HILL — Students, faculty and staff are praying for a ninth grade student who suffered a blood clot on the brain on the practice field Monday during football practice.
Bolden completed his first practice with his new team on Thursday as selected veterans and freshman took the field in the afternoon practice session of day one of training camp.
Linebacker Torey Boozer practices a defensive drill during practice Wednesday at the practice football field.
Damberto practiced consistently over the summer to improve his average from 170 last season and is currently rolling around 205 during practices.
BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall discussed Friday's game against Utah State after the Cougars practiced Tuesday at the indoor practice facility on campus.
There were a lot of questions about the attitude and morale of the team after the BYU Cougars practiced at the indoor practice facility on Monday night.
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In science:

At small recoil energies T ≪ Eν (Eν is the neutrino energy) these two components behave in different ways: the weak part is practically constant, while the electromagnetic one grows as 1/T towards lower energies, being practically independent on Eν (Fig.1).
Status of the Experiment on the Laboratory Search for the Electron Antineutrino Magnetic Moment at the Level mu_nu < 3 s 10^{-12}mu_B
It should be said that our methods give quite precise estimates on the constants in the asymptotic estimate, but the rate of convergence is rather poor – logarithmic – so these precise bounds are of limited practical importance.
Mathematics of learning
It should be said that our methods give quite precise estimates on the constants in the asymptotic estimate, but the rate of convergence is rather poor – logarithmic – so these precise bounds are of limited practical importance.
Harmonic mean, random polynomials and stochastic matrices
Meanwhile, random algorithms used to solve difficult problems such as primality of a number were developed, and the random practical methods have become an important tool.
Identifying Half-Twists Using Randomized Algorithm Methods
In the pf runs we find “only” 75% of J = 0 ground states (against 99.8% in f p), and practically as many perfect sequences.
Spectroscopy with random and displaced random ensembles
On the other hand in any practical case N is a finite quantity.
Tails of probability density for sums of random independent variables
In practice, A1 carries the intended meaning of the utterance to be generated, while A2 carries miscellaneous information that is accessible to the NLG module.
Modeling informational novelty in a conversational system with a hybrid statistical and grammar-based approach to natural language generation
For this reason, we believe it is more practical than the other full-fledged generation packages.
Modeling informational novelty in a conversational system with a hybrid statistical and grammar-based approach to natural language generation
The ability to compute graph eigenvalues efficiently (both from theoretical and practical points of view), combined with results from spectral graph theory, has provided a basis for quite a few graph algorithms. A survey of applications of spectral techniques in Algorithmic Graph Theory by Alon can be found in .
THe largest eigenvalue of sparse random graphs
In practical calculations we used strips of widths, Lw = 2, 3, 4 and 5, and with such a lengths that in the calculated correlation function the exponential decay in Eq.(3.5) seemed not to change by further increase of the length.
The Random-bond Potts model in the large-q limit
As seen in Table II the size dependence of xm is very weak for Lw ≥ 3 and the extrapolated value of xm ≃ 0.17 is practically independent of the form of the disorder.
The Random-bond Potts model in the large-q limit
In many practical applications of pattern matching, it is important to be able to characterize the amount and/or strength of patterns found in random data in order to be able to distinguish meaningful patterns from random ones .
High precision simulations of the longest common subsequence problem
Sankoff, in Time Warps, String Edits, and Macromolecules: The theory and practice of sequence comparison, edited by D.
High precision simulations of the longest common subsequence problem
Deken, in Time Warps, String Edits, and Macromolecules: The theory and practice of sequence comparison, edited by D.
High precision simulations of the longest common subsequence problem
In the era before skydips, the accepted practice was to observe the planetary calibrator at the same airmass as the target ob ject.
The SCUBA Local Universe Galaxy Survey II. 450 micron data - evidence for cold dust in bright IRAS Galaxies
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