profusion

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n profusion the property of being extremely abundant "the profusion of detail","the idiomatic richness of English"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Profusion Abundance; exuberant plenty; lavish supply; as, a profusion of commodities.
    • Profusion The act of one who is profuse; a lavishing or pouring out without sting. "Thy vast profusion to the factious nobles?"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n profusion Profuse or extravagant expenditure; prodigality; lavishment; waste.
    • n profusion Abundance; lavish supply; superfluity.
    • n profusion Synonyms Abundance, Exuberance, etc. (see plenty), lavishness, superabundance.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Profusion state of being profuse: extravagance: prodigality
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Quotations

  • Hannah More
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    “Love never reasons, but profusely gives; it gives like a thoughtless prodigal its all, and then trembles least it has done to little.”
  • Benjamin Disraeli
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    “Teach us that wealth is not elegance, that profusion is not magnificence, that splendor is not beauty.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. profusio,: cf. F. profusion,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. profusus, pa.p. of profundĕrepro, forth, fundĕre, to pour.

Usage

In literature:

Her eyes were large and beautiful, and while her hair, intensely black and very profuse, was not at all kinky.
"The Wonder Island Boys: Adventures on Strange Islands" by Roger Thompson Finlay
They are profusely tattooed with representations of flowers, scorpions and other objects.
"The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India" by R. V. Russell
The Tarjum and his men were profuse in their bows, and there was, as usual, a great display of tongues.
"In the Forbidden Land" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
Then, again, before I could properly understand English, a profusely illustrated edition of "The Old Curiosity Shop" fell into my hands.
"My Reminiscences" by Rabindranath Tagore
This chapel is profusely enriched with ball-flower moulding, both inside and on the side next the ambulatory.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Abbey Church of Tewkesbury" by H. J. L. J. Massé
Nearly opposite sat a beautiful woman with a profusion of auburn hair piled high on her head.
"A Woman who went to Alaska" by May Kellogg Sullivan
Do not by extravagant applause encourage parlor recitations, for mediocre talent is always profuse.
"The Etiquette of To-day" by Edith B. Ordway
What profusion of decorations!
"The International Magazine, Volume 2, No. 2, January, 1851" by Various
By Prof. HENRY TAYLOR, M. D. Profusely Illustrated.
"Cattle and Their Diseases" by Robert Jennings
Gallants prospected for flowers and grass-blades, and received the profuse thanks of the fair in exchange for them.
"Over the Rocky Mountains to Alaska" by Charles Warren Stoddard
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In poetry:

Like soft threads of clustered silk
O'er thy face so pure and fair,
Sweet in its profusion,
Is thy hair.
"Love's Pictures" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
Nature, my Friend, profuse in vain
May ev'ry Gift impart;
If unimprov'd, they ne'er can gain
An Empire o'er the Heart.
"The Birth Of Fashion, A Specimen Of A Modern Ode" by Christopher Anstey
'Tis all she can; she does her part,
Profuse in sacrifice;
Nor dreams that in her unknown heart
A better offering lies.
"Martha" by George MacDonald
Pinks and roses in profusion,
Said to fade when Chloe's near;
Fops may use the same allusion,
But the shepherd is sincere.
"The Princess Elizabeth, when a prisoner at Woodstock, 1554" by William Shenstone
Yet gifts should prove their use:
I own the Past profuse
Of power each side, perfection every turn:
Eyes, ears took in their dole,
Brain treasured up the whole;
Should not the heart beat once "How good to live and learn?"
"Rabbi Ben Ezra" by Robert Browning
Tom thought a wild profusion great And therefore spent his whole estate Will thinks the wealthy are ador'd,
And gleans what misers blush to hoard.
Their passion, merit, fate the same,
They thirst and starve alike for fame.
"Epigram XIV." by Robert Nugent

In news:

It's easy to grow, blooms in profusion and is hardy, with some varieties lasting more than 50 years.
This drought-tolerant US-native perennial blooms through much of the summer, with bright coneflowers appearing in profusion on tall stems.
The French artist Arman has always gloried in carefully arranged profusion.
It has a long and profuse bloom period during the warm months.
Fall gardens can offer profusion of color.
TERRIFIED that her sharp chest pains, profuse sweating, dizziness and a sense of impending doom meant she was having a heart attack, the woman went to a hospital emergency room.
This book is entertaining, clearly written, and profusely illustrated (there are illustrations on every page) and it's big: 9.25?
Ben Stein Apologizes Profusely for Being Truthful About Taxes on Fox News.
He was bleeding profusely .
Bo Kwon's moving Korean taco food carts: A profusion of Koi Fusion.
For Earth Day, Nicholas Wade reviews a profusion of books prescribing remedies for the environment.
Siberia boasts a profusion of remarkable mammoth remains, as the ancient creatures are often remarkably well-preserved by the region's persistent permafrost.
Needless to say, the theater chain has apologized profusely.
Seed-grown sorrels are not hard to control and thus are not "weedy," but this is obviously not an issue with 'Profusion.
Pennsylvania's earliest settlers were Germans and they found groundhogs to in profusion in many parts of the state.
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In science:

The first is the generation, by a local deterministic mechanical rule, of an expanding profusion of alternative possible branches, with each branch corresponding to an entire classical ly describable brain embodying some specific possible course of action.
Quantum theory and the role of mind in nature
To avoid the profusion of free parameters, we consider that the energy of the confinement potential ∆Ec provided by the high bandgap semiconductor is the same for every QD.
Transport in random quantum dot superlattices
For those people, I apologize profusely, but know that I am, and have been, greatly appreciative of their support. I would like to begin by thanking my parents, Phil and Cherie Baker.
Variational Principles in General Relativity
Guessoum & Kazanas (1999) showed that the profuse neutron may be produced in the accretion disk and through the spallation reactions lithium may be produced in the atmosphere of the star.
Unification to the "Pseudo-General-Relativistic" analysis of accretion disks around rotating black holes and neutron stars
Regardless of how the slope is defined, shallow slopes are still profusely present (and detectable!) in the models.
Halo Mass Profiles and Low Surface Brightness Galaxies Rotation Curves
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