• The Reluctant Thruster
    The Reluctant Thruster
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n reluctance a certain degree of unwillingness "a reluctance to commit himself","his hesitancy revealed his basic indisposition","after some hesitation he agreed"
    • n reluctance (physics) opposition to magnetic flux (analogous to electric resistance)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Reluctance (Elec) Magnetic resistance, being equal to the ratio of magnetomotive force to magnetic flux.
    • Reluctance The state or quality of being reluctant; repugnance; aversion of mind; unwillingness; -- often followed by an infinitive, or by to and a noun, formerly sometimes by against. "Tempering the severity of his looks with a reluctance to the action.""He had some reluctance to obey the summons.""Bear witness, Heaven, with what reluctancy Her helpless innocence I doom to die."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n reluctance The state of being reluctant; aversion; repugnance; unwillingness: often followed by to, sometimes by against.
    • n reluctance Synonyms Hatred, Dislike (see antipathy), backwardness, disinclination. See list under aversion.
    • n reluctance In electricity, the resistance to magnetic flux: the reciprocal of permeance. The unit of reluctance is the oersted, which is the reluctance of a magnetic circuit in which a unit of magnetomotive force will produce unit flux.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Reluctance state of being reluctant: unwillingness
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  • Publius Terentius Afer
    Publius Terentius Afer
    “There is nothing so easy but that it becomes difficult when you do it reluctantly.”
  • Seneca
    “Fate leads the willing, and drags along the reluctant.”
  • Eric Hoffer
    “A soul that is reluctant to share does not as a rule have much of its own. Miserliness is here a symptom of meagerness.”
  • Victor Hugo
    “Do not ask the name of the person who seeks a bed for the night. He who is reluctant to give his name is the one who most needs shelter.”
  • Norman Douglas
    “How hard it is, sometimes, to trust the evidence of one's senses! How reluctantly the mind consents to reality.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Reluctant
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. reluctans, -antis, pr.p. of reluctārire-, against, luctāri, to struggle.


In literature:

Lone's time was limited, yet he took the direct route rather reluctantly.
"The Quirt" by B.M. Bower
What could be the cause of his reluctance?
"The Fruit of the Tree" by Edith Wharton
Fifteen of the peers, and ninety-two commoners, signed the association with reluctance.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.II. From William and Mary to George II." by Tobias Smollett
Bridger remembered how reluctantly these two had obeyed the summons to go.
"An Apache Princess" by Charles King
Yet reluctantly, it seemed; with a kind of ungraciousness hard to explain.
"The Long Night" by Stanley Weyman
Yet already, as he begged her to sit down on one of his chintz-covered chairs, he felt a sort of reluctant pleasure in being with her.
"The Way of Ambition" by Robert Hichens
As she reluctantly rose to go away, driven by hunger, she had to pass close to Dom Ferdinand and Lord Dauntrey.
"The Guests Of Hercules" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
Now he pushed the box into place before Loketh and made the visibly reluctant Hawaikan take the disk from Karara.
"Key Out of Time" by Andre Alice Norton
The bills were reluctantly produced from the dirty leather purse of the wagoner.
"Debit and Credit" by Gustav Freytag
There was reluctance in his voice.
"The Call of the Blood" by Robert Smythe Hichens

In poetry:

Yet none for you of all that bled
Grudged once one drop that fell:
Not one to life reluctant said
"Adieux à Marie Stuart" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
To-morrow and to-morrow went,
But though my youth was flying,
I was reluctant to repent,
having no fear of dying.
"Repentance" by Robert W Service
But sacred truth the Muse compels
His errors to impart;
And yet the Muse reluctant tells
The fault of Eldred's heart.
"Sir Eldred Of The Bower : A Legendary Tale: In Two Parts" by Hannah More
Reluctant now, as night came on,
His lonely couch he prest,
And wearied out, he sunk to sleep,
To sleep, but not to rest.
"Lord William" by Robert Southey
The muse with unfeign'd sorrow sings,
And all-reluctant tunes her strings,
To tell what infamy he brings
Upon his wretched head.
"Enigma XI." by Elizabeth Hitchener
And none lifts a hand to withhold
A friend from the touch of that foe:
Heart cries unto heart, 'Thou art old!'
Yet reluctant, we go.
"The Old Men" by Walter de la Mare

In news:

I had reluctantly given the go-ahead.
"The DIYer will be reluctant to cut a hole in his roof, but that's just roofing 101 for the remodeler who will have no challenges cutting a hole and installing this hardware.".
The one thing Smart doesn't want Evans to be is reluctant to shoot jump shots.
"I am a reluctant actor, I suppose," Mr Hodge said.
Four weeks after the shooting at a midnight screening of "The Dark Knight Rises" in Colorado, 17% of moviegoers are still reluctant to head to theaters.
ACCA, IMA Survey Finds Reluctance Towards Public Spending.
Wheelchair America turned strong reluctance into a real opportunity.
Astorino sighs over reluctance to ditch Triborough.
Falk says Barrett ' reluctantly ' signed recall petition.
Members were reluctant to leave their home, which they turned into a miniature city with parks and a university, in favor of an abandoned military base.
As Syria's Assad pummels Homs, West reluctantly weighs military option.
DiBella reluctantly discusses Martinez-Pacman fight.
Congress Reluctantly Pulled Toward Shutdown.
The school board voted, albeit reluctantly , to support a consultant hired by the county commissioners to conduct a financial and facilities review for the school system.
Raiders Reluctantly Face the Fact That They Are No Longer Feared.

In science:

For example, why even the authors of [BGLS] were reluctant to use any of the three algorithms presented in [BGLS]? I tested all of their three algorithms: they work, although some clarifications (see [Sh2]) are needed.
How to realize Lie algebras by vector fields
At higher redshifts the break occurs later in the observer frame, which compounds a possible reluctance to commit large telescope time on more frequently reported bursts (roughly 2/week from Swift versus an earlier 2/month with Beppo-SAX).
Gamma-Ray Bursts
We are reluctant to formulate a test based on Theorem 1 as the convergence would be slow.
A test for model specification of diffusion processes
Note that the assumption ∇ · vs = 0 reflects the consideration that the s quarks are much heavier and may respond to the density oscillation more reluctantly than light particles.
Bulk viscosity in nuclear and quark matter: A short review
Later I learnt the reason for his initial reluctance.
The work of Fred Cohen