put down

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v put down make a record of; set down in permanent form
    • v put down put down in writing; of texts, musical compositions, etc.
    • v put down put (an animal) to death "The customs agents destroyed the dog that was found to be rabid","the sick cat had to be put down"
    • v put down leave or unload "unload the cargo","drop off the passengers at the hotel"
    • v put down cause to sit or seat or be in a settled position or place "set down your bags here"
    • v put down put in a horizontal position "lay the books on the table","lay the patient carefully onto the bed"
    • v put down reduce in worth or character, usually verbally "She tends to put down younger women colleagues","His critics took him down after the lecture"
    • v put down cause to come to the ground "the pilot managed to land the airplane safely"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The nursery rhyme Ring Around the Rosy is a rhyme about the plague. Infected people with the plague would get red circular sores ("Ring around the rosy..."), these sores would smell very badly so common folks would put flowers on their bodies somewhere (inconspicuously), so that it would cover the smell of the sores ("...a pocket full of posies..."), People who died from the plague would be burned so as to reduce the possible spread of the disease ("...ashes, ashes, we all fall down!")
    • Put down to crush: to degrade: :
    • Put down (Shak.) to confute: to enter, as a name
    • Put down (rare) to give up: to start for
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Quotations

  • Kenneth Hildebrand
    Kenneth Hildebrand
    “The easiest thing to do, whenever you fail, is to put yourself down by blaming your lack of ability for your misfortunes.”
  • Pauline Kael
    Pauline Kael
    “One of the surest signs of the Philistine is his reverence for the superior tastes of those who put him down.”
  • Walter Lippmann
    Walter%20Lippmann
    “What we call a democratic society might be defined for certain purposes as one in which the majority is always prepared to put down a revolutionary minority.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “All men have fears, but the Brave put down their fears and go forward. Sometimes to Death, but always to Victory.”
  • A. P. Herbert
    A. P. Herbert
    “Well, fancy giving money to the Government! Might as well have put it down the drain.”
  • Milton Avery
    Milton Avery
    “The idea is in my head to put it down is nothing.”

Idioms

Put your foot down - When someone puts their foot down, they make a firm stand and establish their authority on an issue.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. potian, to push; prob. Celt., as Gael. put, W. pwtio.

Usage

In literature:

Suddenly, as she put down her violin, the French window opened, and Langham stood before her.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
Putting down her glass of milk, she turned abruptly to the others.
"The Nicest Girl in the School" by Angela Brazil
When we had both put down our figures we threw our papers on the desk.
"Twenty Years of Hus'ling" by J. P. Johnston
They brought Sampson in and carried him to the bed and put him down.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves, Arkansas Narratives, Part 4" by Work Projects Administration
Should he put down Ralph's name at the famous Carlton, of which he had lately become a member?
"Ralph the Heir" by Anthony Trollope
Stonor safely tied up, Imbrie put down his gun and lighted his pipe.
"The Woman from Outside" by Hulbert Footner
This time he put his foot down, and put it (as Jane bitterly remarked) on poor Owen Prothero's neck.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
There he meets and puts down the anti-institutional man; here he meets and puts down the anti-moral woman.
"Homer's Odyssey" by Denton J. Snider
With this recommendation we put down the Chertons.
"Happy-Thought Hall" by F. C. Burnand
Whereupon Joe put down the cup and prepared to engage in another snarling argument.
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
She put down her broom upon seeing me and came forward, wiping her hands.
"The Jucklins" by Opie Read
The revolt had to be put down by merciless measures.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
Rattle, crackle, goes the paper as he puts down the loaves of bread all wrapped up to keep them clean.
"Here and Now Story Book" by Lucy Sprague Mitchell
She saw Tom put down his cards and growl "Three Queens," picking up the matches in the pool with a triumphant laugh.
"Colorado Jim" by George Goodchild
When they had the shallow trench dug for a few feet, one of the men put down his shovel and went to the pile of stones.
"The Doers" by William John Hopkins
All young mothers, of all sorts and kinds, it's my determination to Put Down.
"A Budget of Christmas Tales by Charles Dickens and Others" by Various
The mother he put down as rather delicate.
"A Modern Cinderella" by Amanda M. Douglas
Put down the time you send, you know.
"The Eye of Dread" by Payne Erskine
Across the room the eyes of the two girls met, and June Mason promptly put down the two little phials.
"The Phantom Lover" by Ruby M. Ayres
My mother put down her work and laughed to herself.
"My Secret Life, Volumes I. to III." by Anonymous
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In poetry:

I met a child upon the moor
A-wading down the heather;
She put her hand into my own,
We crossed the fields together.
"On The Moor" by Cale Young Rice
When you’re down an’ out an’ utter,
Take it fightin’;
When they’ve put you in the gutter,
Take it fightin’.
"Take It Fightin’" by Henry Lawson
The cloud above put on its blackest frown,
And then, as with a vengeful cry of pain,
The lightning snatched it, ripped and flung it down
In ravelled shreds of rain:
"The Shower" by James Whitcomb Riley
I wanna turn you around and put you upside down
If that don't stop your slippin' around
I'm a-going to set my foot right down on you
I wanna stop your struttin', baby, 'til you say you're through
"I'm Gonna Set My Foot Down" by Buddy Holly
I'm gonna turn you around and put you upside down
If that don't stop your runnin' around
I'm a-going to set my foot right down on you
I wanna stop your struttin', baby, 'til you say you're through
"I'm Gonna Set My Foot Down" by Buddy Holly
Julian
(putting the book down, and taking her on his knee).
You do not understand it yet, my child.
You cannot know where it is beautiful.
But though you do not see it very pretty,
Perhaps your little ears could hear it pretty.
"Within and Without: Part IV: A Dramatic Poem" by George MacDonald

In news:

U sed to be, a store or a restaurant wanted to stay in one place for a long time, putting down roots and getting to know its customers.
STORYTELLERS PUT DOWN THEIR PENS TO TALK ABOUT THEIR TALES.
Acid reflux is the most common reason US adults undergo a procedure where a viewing tube is put down their throat.
Put down the phone before you get hit by a car.
Please put down the CGI and step away from the hobbit .
Put down the ice cream , Michigan ranks in top 10 for fattest states.
Put down the ice cream, Michigan ranks in top 10 for fattest states.
Jinx, had to be put down after eating meat tainted with needles.
A writer for BuzzFeed.com went up against him and only managed to put down four.
Los Angeles city council votes unanimously to adopt " Meatless Monday" to encourage residents to put down the steak and go vegetarian once a week.
And today's last word in business is: Put down the novels.
Michigan State Police say a Monroe County family had to put down their 8-year-old black lab after it swallowed nearly two dozen needles .
For Just One Day , "Euthanasia Technicians" will put down their syringes and pick up cameras.
Space limitations may require those who aren't quickly adopted to be put down.
Instead of sitting idle, Caldwell put down his canoe paddle and grabbed his camera.
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In science:

Alternatively, when xi−1 > xi we’ll put an operator D, i.e. the sequence goes ”down”.
Probability distribution of distances between local extrema of random number series
Every measure µ ∈ M (X ) can be put down in the form µ = cµ1 , where c = µ and µ1 ∈ M1(X ).
The McMillan theorem for colored branching processes and dimensions of random fractals
Otherwise, put down the (cid:12)rst resource and try again with a new random choice." Each process exchanges messages with an external user.
Proving time bounds for randomized distributed algorithms
The numerical factor is the number of topologically distinct ways of labeling the graph, sub ject to the following constraint: the labels are put down in sequential order from 0 to n, such that the current vertex k is connected to a vertex j < k .
Series expansion and computer simulation studies of random sequential adsorption
At each time step, a site x is picked at random, if some neighborhood D(x) is empty, we put down the particle by reset the array values in these entries of involved sites.
Series expansion and computer simulation studies of random sequential adsorption
The gauge part performs a random walk in phase space, and tends to separate the two tra jectories of the Langevin dynamics [118, 119]. A simple gauge fixing (for example putting all the time-like gauge variables = 1) turns out to slow down the dynamics and makes the method impractical [119].
Problems in Lattice Gauge Fixing
Another way to put this: we are not allowed to move down in the stratification with respect to the coincidence of sites.
Limits of Voronoi Diagrams
We begin by writing down a Lagrangian for orbiting bodies in this spacetime: put L = gab ˙xa ˙xb (where overdot denotes d/dτ , with τ proper time along an orbit).
Towards a formalism for mapping the spacetimes of massive compact objects: Bumpy black holes and their orbits
The predicted violation is in any case small, so failure may be put down to other “experimental imperfections”. I.
Homodyne detection and parametric down-conversion: a classical approach applied to proposed "loophole-free" Bell tests
The predicted violation is in any case small, so failure may be put down to other “experimental imperfections”.
Homodyne detection and optical parametric amplification: a classical approach applied to proposed "loophole-free" Bell tests
Write down the four differential equations; put in auxiliary tables for opacities, equation of state, and nuclear energy generation rates (all as a function of temperature, density, and composition); solve the equations; and compare your output with data.
Astrophysics in 2006
Electric field distribution when the obtained transformation media is put in a PEC waveguide for (b) the left and right sides of the transformation medium interacting with the waves (c) the up and down sides of the transformation medium interacting with the waves.
Necessary and sufficient conditions for reflectionless transformation media in an isotropic and homogenous background
This step puts self-embedding derivations into a form suitable to create down-shifts.
Graph Interpolation Grammars as Context-Free Automata
This requires that one is able to flag regions that need refinement and put down new refined meshes where they are called for while removing old refined meshes from regions that do not require refinement any longer.
Adaptive Mesh Refinement in Computational Astrophysics -- Methods and Applications
If one puts a broad prior on a parameter, but the likelihood is much narrower, the probability of the data is down-weighted because the likelihood takes up a much smaller region of parameter space.
Cosmological parameters from CMB and other data: a Monte-Carlo approach
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