precious

Definitions

  • We've lost two hours' precious time
    We've lost two hours' precious time
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj precious obviously contrived to charm "an insufferably precious performance","a child with intolerably cute mannerisms"
    • adj precious characterized by feeling or showing fond affection for "a cherished friend","children are precious","a treasured heirloom","so good to feel wanted"
    • adj precious of high worth or cost "diamonds, sapphires, rubies, and emeralds are precious stones"
    • adj precious held in great esteem for admirable qualities especially of an intrinsic nature "a valued friend","precious memories"
    • adv precious extremely "there is precious little time left"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Salt was once a very precious commodity, so much that many people were paid
    • Precious Of great price; costly; as, a precious stone. "The precious bane."
    • Precious Of great value or worth; very valuable; highly esteemed; dear; beloved; as, precious recollections. "She is more precious than rules.""Many things which are most precious are neglected only because the value of them lieth hid."
    • Precious Particular; fastidious; overnice; overrefined. Cf. Précieuse Preciosity. "Lest that precious folk be with me wroth.""Elaborate embroidery of precious language."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The world's costliest coffee, at $130 a pound , is called Kopi Luwak. It is in the droppings of a type of marsupial that eats only the very best coffee beans. Plantation workers track them and scoop their precious poop.
    • precious Of great price; costly; having a high money-value.
    • precious Of great worth; held in high esteem; intrinsically valuable.
    • precious Worthless; good-for-nothing.
    • precious Considerable; great.
    • precious Particular; scrupulous; fastidious; over-nice.
    • precious Synonyms and Costly, etc. See valuable.
    • precious Very; exceedingly; extremely.
    • precious Affectedly fastidious, especially in the use of words; finically refined in one's literary style or artistic taste.
    • precious Characterized by a strained or affected refinement of style, in literature or art; affectedly fine.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Until 1857, any foreign coins made of precious metal were legal tender in the United States.
    • adj Precious presh′us of great price or worth: costly: highly esteemed: worthless, contemptible (in irony): fastidious, overnice: :
    • adv Precious (coll.) extremely
    • adj Precious presh′us (coll.) considerable
    • adj Precious presh′us (B.) valuable because rare
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Quotations

  • Bible
    Bible
    “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His godly ones. [Psalms 116:15]”
  • Emily Bronte
    Emily%20Bronte
    “Any relic of the dead is precious, if they were valued living.”
  • Napoleon Bonaparte
    Napoleon%20Bonaparte
    “Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide.”
  • Vladimir Ilyich Lenin
    Vladimir%20Ilyich%20Lenin
    “It is true that liberty is precious. So precious that it must be rationed.”
  • H. R. Haweis
    H. R. Haweis
    “Precious beyond price are good resolutions. Valuable beyond price are good feelings.”
  • Homer
    Homer
    “The charity that is a trifle to us can be precious to others.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. precious, precius, precios, F. précieux, L. pretiosus, fr. pretium, price, worth, value. See Price
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. precios (Fr. précieux)—L. pretiosuspretium, price.

Usage

In literature:

I was going to say precious useful, when you cut me short.
"The Peril Finders" by George Manville Fenn
They must be precious hungry.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
She is sprinkled, hair and clothing, with the precious yellow dust.
"Sea-Dogs All!" by Tom Bevan
Use of, in ancient times, in cutting hard precious and other stones, 31.
"Scarabs" by Isaac Myer
He added to it a nautical guide, which was the more precious at this period, as it was the first of the kind.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
It is indeed a precious deliverance.
"Answers to Prayer" by George Müller
Didn't Solomon say that a virtuous woman was more precious than rubies?
"The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol" by William J. Locke
Those precious promises, which in faith and hope were "laid hold" of in 1830, were "held fast" until the end.
"George Muller of Bristol" by Arthur T. Pierson
Precious stones composed of earth!
"Conversations on Chemistry, V. 1-2" by Jane Marcet
Freia is far too precious to me.
"The Wagnerian Romances" by Gertrude Hall
I read to them the Psalm, and sought to cheer their hearts through the precious promises contained in it.
"The Life of Trust: Being a Narrative of the Lord's Dealings With George Müller" by George Müller
The individuals that may have had it kept it preciously to themselves.
"The Rough Road" by William John Locke
The ores have a high content of cobalt and also carry precious metals.
"The Economic Aspect of Geology" by C. K. Leith
The properties so far considered as serving to distinguish precious stones have all depended upon the behavior of the material toward light.
"A Text-Book of Precious Stones for Jewelers and the Gem-Loving Public" by Frank Bertram Wade
As for the Precious Ones, they were wildly happy.
"The Van Dwellers" by Albert Bigelow Paine
Because precious little whatever is conscious in the best women.
"Too Old for Dolls" by Anthony Mario Ludovici
Therefore, though gifts be unequal, the precious faith is the same.
"Epistle Sermons, Vol. II" by Martin Luther
Precious minutes ticked by as they struggled there, but they were unable to extricate themselves.
"Astounding Stories, July, 1931" by Various
Precious they; but also is not he precious?
"English Critical Essays" by Various
Hence, we perceive that human life is the most precious production of the planet.
"Solaris Farm" by Milan C. Edson
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In poetry:

We said that our precious mother,
Had gone to that land so fair,
To dwell with beautiful angels,
And to be forever there.
"Jamie's Puzzle" by Frances Ellen Watkins Harper
"Stranger! thou pitiest me," she said,
With lips that faintly smil'd,
"As here I watch beside my dead,
My fair and precious child.
"The Spanish Chapel" by Felicia Dorothea Hemans
I could not, if I would, remove
Myself beyond His precious love;
In highest heaven or deepest hell,
That love shall guard, and save, as well.
"God Is Love" by Alfred Gibbs Campbell
Whispering it says to each apart,
"Come unto Me, thou trembling heart;"
And we must hope, so sweet the tone,
The precious words are all our own.
"Holy Communion" by John Keble
I would not join them; yet, in truth,
I feel, in leaving them at prayer,
That something precious of my youth,
Long lost to me, is treasured there.
"Acqua Fredda" by John Lawson Stoddard
But, if we guide our bark aright,
And guard the precious tenant there,
We soon shall reach a sea of light,
From this dark, troubl'd stream of care.
"Happiness" by Thomas Frederick Young

In news:

This is a precious book, in both senses of the word: a delightful thing of value, and overly affected.
The fourth appearance of Precious Ramotswe, protagonist of The No.
Press Savannah Nelson, a kindergartner at Precious Blood Catholic School in Jasper, Ind.
Every company has precious data it needs to protect.
I always thought that oil would be the next precious natural resource to run out — due to overconsumption — and cause a global crisis.
You're savoring those precious pre-work week hours.
LOA KIRK ANDERSEN Preparedness includes precious papers.
The Ska Against Racism show that sold out the Riviera Theatre about two months ago might have been called preaching to the choir, except that there was precious little preaching going on.
Author Diane Johnson's preciously crafted plot collides with hard facts in Lulu (Dutton).
Savoring those precious memories of the wedding or the wedding video.
In February, when the food ran out, Ezlina Chambukira started selling her precious possessions one by one.
Julia O'Malley: When a thoughtless stranger steals precious time.
Precious Metals Brokerage Group, International (PMBG) Presents Potential Effects on Gold Prices.
Precious Metals Brokerage Group International.
Freedom is a precious, complex thing.
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In science:

But even if the experimental measurement of B(KL → π 0ν ¯ν ) were found in agreement with the SM expectation with a small relative error, this information would translate into a unique and precious insight about the CP and flavor structure of any extension of the SM.
KL -> pi0 nu nu-bar as a Probe of New Physics
However, even if the experimental measurements were found to be in agreement with the SM expectation, with a small relative error, this information would translate into a precious insight about new physics: information about the flavor structure of the model complementary to those attainable at high-energy colliders.
KL -> pi0 nu nu-bar as a Probe of New Physics
Progress in the experimental sensitivity to the latter decay would thus offer precious information.
Theory of Neutrinos: A White Paper
Concerning the solution of H we seek for, the solution (30) is much more precious than the solution (31) which approaches to infinity as ω becomes infinitely large.
Friedmann Equation for Brans Dicke Cosmology
While the experiments needed to demonstrate coherent control of quantum nanomagnets are extremely demanding, the precious information harvested by studying relaxation and dephasing in these systems has the potential to push our understanding of nanometer-sized quantum systems to unprecedented levels.
Quantum nanomagnets and nuclear spins: an overview
For this sake, diffractive processes show the best sensitivity and this is why they are so precious in analyzing the structure of the proton.
Understanding the structure of the proton: From HERA and Tevatron to LHC
These measurements yield precious information on the details of many-nucleon nuclear structure often unavailable to atomic physics techniques.
Single barium ion spectroscopy: light shifts, hyperfine structure, and progress on an optical frequency standard and atomic parity violation
Can we extract the information of the different EOSs by the GW observation ? All of these questions may not be easy to answer immediately, but they should indeed provide us a precious chance to solve them if not for the GW astronomy.
Multiple physical elements to determine the gravitational-wave signatures of core-collapse supernovae
The discovery of Fe-based superconductors provides a precious opportunity to investigate possible universalities shared in all of high temperature superconductors.
Nematic orders in Iron-based superconductors
Conversely, the absence of any collisional debris gives precious information.
What collisional debris can tell us about galaxies
There are also precious few ground-based spectra – extensive meas urements have not been made since the 1980s and early 90s.
Splinter Session "Solar and Stellar Flares"
Certainly these facts should embed precious information about the formation process, IMF, transition and evolution of the first stellar generation, but extracting and filter out such relevant information will take several more years of investigations.
First Stars IV: Summary Talk
Some of the most precious data from the LHC is again that from the high transverse momentum part of the spectrum.
Theory summary. Hard Probes 2012
Afterwards, we discuss the data compression of dynamic set-valued information systems by utilizing the precious compression of the original systems.
Data compression of dynamic set-valued information systems
Third, the data compression of dynamic set-valued information systems is investigated by utilizing the precious compression of the original information systems.
Data compression of dynamic set-valued information systems
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