relative

Definitions

  • Columbuses own relation on his own side, with his wife and daughter
    Columbuses own relation on his own side, with his wife and daughter
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj relative estimated by comparison; not absolute or complete "a relative stranger"
    • adj relative properly related in size or degree or other measurable characteristics; usually followed by `to' "the punishment ought to be proportional to the crime","earnings relative to production"
    • n relative an animal or plant that bears a relationship to another (as related by common descent or by membership in the same genus)
    • n relative a person related by blood or marriage "police are searching for relatives of the deceased","he has distant relations back in New Jersey"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Earthenware milk pan, brass ladle, funnel fragment, and other items found which relate to dairying and cheesemaking Earthenware milk pan, brass ladle, funnel fragment, and other items found which relate to dairying and cheesemaking
A few of the many artifacts relating to fishing unearthed at Jamestown: fishhooks, fish-gigs, and lead net weights A few of the many artifacts relating to fishing unearthed at Jamestown: fishhooks, fish-gigs, and lead net weights
ROCKY MOUNTAIN GOAT This animal is really not a goat, but is more nearly related to the antelopes. Range: The higher mountains from Alaska south to California. Group in American Museum of Natural History ROCKY MOUNTAIN GOAT This animal is really not a goat, but is more nearly related to the antelopes. Range: The higher...
Relative Length of Ages of Reptiles, Mammals and Man Relative Length of Ages of Reptiles, Mammals and Man

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There were 43,687 toilet related accidents in the United States in 1996
    • Relative Arising from relation; resulting from connection with, or reference to, something else; not absolute. "Every thing sustains both an absolute and a relative capacity: an absolute, as it is such a thing, endued with such a nature; and a relative , as it is a part of the universe, and so stands in such a relations to the whole."
    • Relative (Mus) Characterizing or pertaining to chords and keys, which, by reason of the identify of some of their tones, admit of a natural transition from one to the other.
    • Relative Having relation or reference; referring; respecting; standing in connection; pertaining; as, arguments not relative to the subject. "I'll have grounds
      More relative than this."
    • Relative (Gram) Indicating or expressing relation; refering to an antecedent; as, a relative pronoun.
    • n Relative (Gram) One who, or that which, relates to, or is considered in its relation to, something else; a relative object or term; one of two object or term; one of two objects directly connected by any relation. "Confining our care . . . to ourselves and relatives ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: A barnacle has the largest penis of any other animal in relation to its size
    • relative Having relation to or bearing on something; close in connection; pertinent; relevant; to the purpose.
    • relative Not absolute or existing by itself; considered as belonging to or respecting something else; depending on or incident to relation.
    • relative In grammar, referring to an antecedent; introducing a dependent clause that defines or describes or modifies something else in the sentence that is called the antecedent (because it usually, though by no means always, precedes the relative): thus, he who runs may read; he lay on the spot where he fell. Pronouns and pronominal adverbs are relative, such adverbs having also the value of conjunctions. A relative word used without an antecedent, as implying in itself its antecedent, is often called a compound relative: thus, who breaks pays; I saw where he fell. Relative words are always either demonstratives or interrogatives which have acquired secondarily the relative value and use.
    • relative Not intelligible except in connection with something else; signifying a relation, without stating what the correlate is: thus, father, better, west, etc., are relative terms.
    • relative In music, having a close melodic or harmonic relation. Thus, relative chords, in a narrow sense, the triads of a given key (tonality) having as roots the successive tones of its scale; relative keys, keys (tonalities) having several tones in common, thus affording opportunity tor easy modulation back and forth, or, more narrowly, keys whose tonic triads are relative chords of each other; relative major, relative minor, a major key and the minor key of its submediant regarded with respect to each other. Also related, parallel. See cut under chord, 4.
    • relative Same as specific gravity (which see. under gravity).
    • n relative Something considered in its relation to something else; one of two things having a certain relation.
    • n relative A person connected by blood or affinity; especially, one allied by blood; a kinsman or kinswoman; a relation.
    • n relative In grammar, a relative word; a relative pronoun or adverb. See I., 3.
    • n relative In logic, a relative term.
    • n relative Synonyms Connection, etc. See relation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Humphrey Bogart was related to Princess Diana
    • adj Relative rel′a-tiv having relation: respecting: not absolute or existing by itself: considered as belonging to something else:
    • n Relative that which has relation to something else: a relation:
    • adj Relative rel′a-tiv (gram.) expressing relation
    • n Relative (gram.) a pronoun which relates to something before, called its antecedent
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Quotations

  • Jamie Lee Curtis
    Jamie Lee Curtis
    “My breasts are beautiful, and I gotta tell you, they've gotten a lot of attention for what is relatively short screen time.”
  • Ralph Erskine
    Ralph Erskine
    “The job of buildings is to improve human relations: architecture must ease them, not make them worse.”
  • Augusto Roa Bastos
    Augusto Roa Bastos
    “Anyone who attempts to relate his life loses himself in the immediate. One can only speak of another.”
  • Bruce Henderson
    Bruce Henderson
    “Concentrate your strengths against your competitor's relative weaknesses.”
  • William M. Thackeray
    William%20M.%20Thackeray
    “If a man character is to be abused there's nobody like a relative to do the business.”
  • Henry David Thoreau
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    “I only desire sincere relations with the worthiest of my acquaintance, that they may give me an opportunity once in a year to speak the truth.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. relatif, L. relativus,. See Relate

Usage

In literature:

Just then Madame de Jonquiere began to relate that she had been at the hospital at the time referred to.
"The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete Lourdes, Rome and Paris" by Emile Zola
The next view which I shall take of this evil will be as it relates to the difficulty of subduing it.
"The History of the Rise, Progress and Accomplishment of the" by Thomas Clarkson
With the Indian tribes it is our duty to cultivate friendly relations and to act with kindness and liberality in all our transactions.
"A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents" by James D. Richardson
It is a form of all things relating to love, and of all things relating to wisdom.
"The Delights of Wisdom Pertaining to Conjugial Love" by Emanuel Swedenborg
Your rule speaks of a civil relation, and also of the existing relations of life.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 1 of 4" by American Anti-Slavery Society
The unsettled state of our relations with Mexico has involved this subject in much mystery.
"A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents: Polk" by Compiled by James D. Richardson
One word more as to the relation between language and thought.
"Language" by Edward Sapir
The Secretary of the Interior will also put in force the laws relating to the Department of the Interior.
"A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents" by James D. Richardson
To what does the Genesis account of creation relate?
"The Harp of God" by J. F. Rutherford
The United States have no disposition to interfere with the existing relations of Spain to her colonial possessions on this continent.
"A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents: Ulysses S. Grant" by James D. Richardson
Another adventure he related was this.
"Lives Of The Most Remarkable Criminals Who have been Condemned and Executed for Murder, the Highway, Housebreaking, Street Robberies, Coining or other offences" by Arthur L. Hayward
Statesmanship in its relation to war.
"The Art of War" by Baron Henri de Jomini
Permanent relations of friendship sprang up in most instances.
"Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 2 (of 6)" by Havelock Ellis
Indefinite relatives, and the indefinite use of simple relatives, will be discussed further on.
"An English Grammar" by W. M. Baskervill and J. W. Sewell
The intervening elevations are there relatively few and small.
"The Geography of the Region about Devils Lake and the Dalles of the Wisconsin" by Rollin D. Salisbury
Some near relative lighted the pile, uttering prayers to Boreas and Zephyrus to increase the flame.
"Dealings with the Dead, Volume I (of 2)" by A Sexton of the Old School
Ethics is a science of relations.
"The Moral Instruction of Children" by Felix Adler
That the 13th Amendment relates only to slavery and involuntary servitude, which it abolishes.
"The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 11 (of 12) Dresden Edition--Miscellany" by Robert G. Ingersoll
Prior to the French Revolution there were distinctions in society afterward unknown, the vestiges of colonial relations.
"Nooks and Corners of the New England Coast" by Samuel Adams Drake
Is there any relation between the direction of the wind and its velocity?
"Practical Exercises in Elementary Meteorology" by Robert DeCourcy Ward
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In poetry:

In sympathy,--unconsciously
Though it be given--I hold, doth dwell
The germ of love that time shall swell
To blossom. Sooner then in me--
When close relations so befell--
That love should spring from sympathy.
"The Brothers" by Madison Julius Cawein
Then Mrs Gladstone called on little Dorothy Drew,
And immediately the little girl to her grandmamma flew,
And they both left the grave with their heads bowed down,
While tears from their relatives fell to the ground.
"The Burial of Mr. Gladstone" by William Topaz McGonagall
His relatives covered the coffin lid with wreaths of flowers,
While adown their cheeks flowed tears in showers.
Then the service concluded with "Christ will gather His own";
And each one left with a sad heart and went home.
"The Funeral of the Late Prince Henry of Battenberg" by William Topaz McGonagall
All eagerly watching her attempt to ride out the storm,
Especially their friends and relatives, who seemed very forlorn,
Because the scene was awe-inspiring and made them stand aghast,
For every moment seemed to be the "Oscar's" last.
"The Wreck of the Whaler 'Oscar'" by William Topaz McGonagall
Do not take a silly mistress in your vanity accursed,
And a second wife (or husband) but reminds you of the first;
Banish mutual friends, and pity (kill or cure relations, too),
Shun false “reconciliation”—I’m an older man than you.
"I’m an Older Man Than You" by Henry Lawson
The ill-fated barque was abandoned in a sinking state,
But all her crew were saved, which I'm happy to relate;
They were rescued by the steamer "Hagbrook" in the afternoon,
When after taking to their boats, and brought to Portland very soon.
"The Collision in the English Channel" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Very different as it relates to credit due diligence.
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Al Iacobelli, Chrysler's vice president of employee relations, and Cathy Clegg, GM's vice president of labor relations, joined the CAW 's discussions in Toronto on Monday for the first time in recent days, Lewenza said.
We can then directly compare the relative stiffness of a lesion based on its elastic properties in relation to the surrounding tissue.
This interactive online multimedia course is designed to help APR — Accredited in Public Relations — candidates prepare for the Examination for Accreditation in Public Relations.
Health-related and money-related resolutions top the list each year.
The third and fourth stories on ABC News' web page, in relatively small print, relate to Benghazi and the president's shameful refusal to really answer questions about what happened there.
Societe Generale , the French investment bank, says that its new "relative value" algorithm will give fund managers the ability to change their participation to a stock's performance relative to an underlying index.
Videodisks have been around for a long time, as time is measured in the restless consumer electronics business -- first in the early 1980's as needle-played relatives of the long-playing record, then as laser relatives of the compact disk.
This idea may cross the mind more than once during "Art/Fashion," a sometimes wonderful, spiffily turned-out exhibition of art-related fashion and fashion-related art at the Guggenheim Museum SoHo.
South Dakota Sen John Thune is considered a relatively strong potential presidential contender, but in the national political arena, he is relatively unknown.
The charge relates predominately to one-time, noncash impairment charges related to the Kinko 's name change and goodwill from the Kinko 's acquisition in 2004.
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In science:

The sole two excitations arising from the metric of eq. 4, i.e. the usual graviton related to the 4-d Minkowski metric and the so-called radion related to the transverse 5th dimension (the relative motion of the two branes), are the only ones allowed to propagate freely in the bulk.
Probing extra spacetime dimensions at the Tevatron
Furthermore, the relation on the set of all non-base boundary vertices of G (if this set is nonempty) given by u is related to v if and only if u = v or u and v are endpoints of an arc of G is an equivalence relation, with each equivalence class of size two.
Enumerating the Prime Alternating Knots, Part I
Here, Heisenberg’s uncertainty relation is generalized to a relation that holds for all the possible quantum measurements, from which conditions are obtained for measuring apparatuses to satisfy Heisenberg’s relation.
Uncertainty Relations for Noise and Disturbance in Generalized Quantum Measurements
The purpose of the present paper is to clarify the limitation of Heisenberg’s noise-disturbance uncertainty relation and to generalize this relation to a universally valid relations for the noise and the disturbance.
Uncertainty Relations for Noise and Disturbance in Generalized Quantum Measurements
In Section VI, under the formulation provided as above, Heisenberg’s noise-disturbance uncertainty relation is generalized to a relation that holds for any measuring apparatuses, from which conditions are obtained for measuring apparatuses to satisfy Heisenberg’s relation.
Uncertainty Relations for Noise and Disturbance in Generalized Quantum Measurements
These relations clearly reveals possibilities of measurements beyond Heisenberg’s relation such as Yuen’s contractive state measurement and clarifies the new constraints for measurements beyond Heisenberg’s relation.
Uncertainty Relations for Noise and Disturbance in Generalized Quantum Measurements
The inverse R−1 of a relation R, the identity relation idA on A, the relational composition R · S or two relations R, S , the transitive closure R+ of R, and the re flexivetransitive closure R∗ of R are de fined in the usual manner.
Formal Test Purposes and The Validity of Test Cases
If R′ was related to R by the phase φ ∈ [0, 2π), and if the relation between S and R was described by the quantum state σ , the relation between S and R′ would be described by U (θ)σU (θ)† , where U (θ) = eiθN acts unitarily on the Fock space HS of a single mode, and where N is the number operator on HS .
Dialogue Concerning Two Views on Quantum Coherence: Factist and Fictionist
They also calculated Period-Luminosity relations using 25 Cepheids with ZAMS distances and 28 Cepheids with ISB distances, and confirmed the steeper slopes of the Galactic P-L relations (relative to LMC Cepheids).
Cepheids, Eclipsing Binaries and the Distance Scale: from the Galaxy to the Local Group
Note that Eq. (6.27) is invariant under symplectic transformations on the basis of (relative) three-cycles on the local Calabi-Yau manifold, resp. (relative) one-cycles on the Riemann surface, provided one uses the pairing (6.13) for every relative cycle.
Supersymmetric Gauge Theories from String Theory
The reason for the unfortunate period dependence of the E (V −I )i is that the difference between the adopted calibrating P-L relations in V and I imply also a specific P-C relation which is strictly recovered in the dispersionless (V −I )-period relation in Figure 15 i&j.
Cepheid Distances to SNe Ia Host Galaxies based on a Revised Photometric Zero-Point of the HST-WFPC2 and New P-L Relations and Metallicity Corrections
Unusual in the latter case is only that E (V − I ) is nearly constant over all periods; this is because the observed P-C relation happens to be very close to the P-C relations implied by the calibrating P-L relations of the Galaxy and LMC.
Cepheid Distances to SNe Ia Host Galaxies based on a Revised Photometric Zero-Point of the HST-WFPC2 and New P-L Relations and Metallicity Corrections
This value comes from a compilation of various distance determinations (Paper I), excluding the P-L relation of Cepheids because the different slopes of the Galactic and LMC P-L relations preclude a meaningful determination of the LMC modulus by means of a Galactic P-L relation.
Cepheid Distances to SNe Ia Host Galaxies based on a Revised Photometric Zero-Point of the HST-WFPC2 and New P-L Relations and Metallicity Corrections
Moreover, Gieren’s et al. 2005 conclusion that the slopes of the Galactic and LMC P-L relations are the same is contradicted by the simple fact that Galactic Cepheids are so much redder than in LMC; this implies decisively different P-C relations, which in turn preclude identical P-L relations in the two galaxies.
Cepheid Distances to SNe Ia Host Galaxies based on a Revised Photometric Zero-Point of the HST-WFPC2 and New P-L Relations and Metallicity Corrections
This relation is essentially the Sirlin relation of [128, 129]. A more surprising relation that connects the values of f+ (0) with the slope and curvature of the scalar form-factor f0 (t), was discovered in Ref. [135].
Chiral Perturbation Theory Beyond One Loop
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