robin

Definitions

  • "The robin came back with a worm."
    "The robin came back with a worm."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n robin large American thrush having a rust-red breast and abdomen
    • n robin small Old World songbird with a reddish breast
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Additional illustrations & photos:

THE SPARROW, COCK ROBIN, AND THE FISH THE SPARROW, COCK ROBIN, AND THE FISH
THE LINNET, THE DOVE, AND COCK ROBIN THE LINNET, THE DOVE, AND COCK ROBIN
THE KITE AND COCK ROBIN THE KITE AND COCK ROBIN
THE OWL, THE BEETLE, AND COCK ROBIN THE OWL, THE BEETLE, AND COCK ROBIN
SIGHING AND SOBBING FOR POOR COCK ROBIN SIGHING AND SOBBING FOR POOR COCK ROBIN
LITTLE ROBIN REDBREAST SAT UPON A TREE LITTLE ROBIN REDBREAST SAT UPON A TREE
Cock Robin and Jenny Wren music Cock Robin and Jenny Wren music
The Round Robin The Round Robin

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Baby robins eat 14 feet of earthworms every day
    • n Robin (Zoöl) A small European singing bird (Erythacus rubecula), having a reddish breast; -- called also robin redbreast robinet, and ruddock.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Batman and Robin live in Gotham City.
    • n robin A small sylviine bird of Europe, Erythacus rubecula, more fully called robin-redbreast, and also redbreast, robinet, and ruddock. It is more like a warbler than like a thrush, only about 5 1/2 inches long and 9 in extent of wings; the upper parts are olive-green; the forehead, sides of the head, front of the neck, and fore part of the breast are yellowish-red (whence the name redbreast). It is an abundant and familiar British bird, widely distributed in other parts of the Palearctic region. The song is rich, mellow, and finely modulated. The nest is placed on the ground, in herbage or moss, generally under a hedge or bush. The eggs are usually five or six in number, pinkish-white freckled with purplish-red. This robin is a common figure in English nursery tales and folk-lore.
    • n robin The red-breasted or migratory thrush of North America, Turdus migratorius or Merula migratoria, one of the most abundant and familiar of North American birds: so called from the reddish-brown color of the under parts, which, however, is very different, both in hue and in extent, from that of the European redbreast. This robin is 10 inches long and 16 in extent of wings. The upper parts are slate-color with an olive shade; most of the under parts are chestnut-red; the vent-feathers are white, with dusky markings; the head is black, with white marks about the eyes and white streaks on the throat; and the tail is blackish, usually marked with white at the ends of the outer feathers. The bill is mostly yellow. The robin inhabits the whole of North America; it is migratory, feeds on insects, worms, berries, and other fruits, and breeds at large throughout its range, building a large strong nest of hay and mud on a bough, and laying from four to six uniform greenish-blue eggs, 1⅕ inches long by 4/5 inch broad. Also, familiarly, robin-redbreast.
    • n robin With a qualifying term, one of numerous warbler-like or thrush-like birds, more or less nearly related to or resembling either of the foregoing: as, the blue-throated robin. (See Cyanecula, and cut under bluethroat.) Some of these terms are book-names, others are casual transfers of the word robin by English residents in various parts of the world, especially India and Australia. In the latter region are various flycatchers (Muscicapidæ) of the genus Petrœca and its subdivisions, some of which are called robins, as the scarlet-breasted. P. multicolor, peculiar to Norfolk Island. Some of the Asiatic chats of the genus Pratincola are known as Indian robins; these are related to the British whinchat and stonechat, and do not particularly resemble the true robin of England. Others, recently separated generically under the name Erythromyias, inhabit Java, Sumatra, Borneo, and other islands of the same zoögeographical region, and resemble the true robin, as E. dumetoria and E. muelleri. The red-breasted flycatcher, Muscicapa (Erythrosterna) parva, which ranges from central Europe into India, bears a striking resemblance to the true robin. Among other Indian robins, loosely so called, may be noted one sometimes specified as the water-robin. This is a flycatcher, Xanthopygia fuliginosa, originally described by Vigors in 1831 as Phœnicura fuliginosa, and commonly catalogued as Ruticilla fuliginosa (after G. R. Gray); but it does not belong to the same family as the robin, nor to the same genus as the redstart. It inhabits the Himalayan region, and ranges widely in China and India. It has been placed in 5 different genera, two of which, Rhyacornis of Blanford and Nymphæus of A. O. Hume, were specially framed for its reception.
    • n robin The robin-snipe or red-breasted sandpiper, Tringa canutus: a clipped name among gunners. Also beach-robin. See knot, 1.
    • n robin The sea-robin or red-breasted merganser, Mergus serrator.
    • n robin In ichthyology, a sea-robin or flying-robin; one of several kinds of Triglidæ.
    • n robin A local name of the pinfish.
    • n robin A name variously applied (commonly as part of a compound) to the herb-robert, to species of Lychnis, and to some other plants. Red-robin denotes, besides the wheat-rust, the herb-robert, the Lychnis diurna, etc. See ragged-robin and wake-robin. [Prov. Eng.]
    • n robin A trimming on the front of a dress.
    • n robin Same as robbin.
    • n robin A toxin obtained from the Robinia Pseudacacia, a locust-tree of North America.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In high school, Robin Williams was voted 'Least Likely to Succeed.''
    • n Robin rob′in the Rob′in-red′breast, a well-known and widely-spread singing bird of the family Sylviidæ, with a reddish-orange breast: the red-breasted thrush of North America: the sea-robin or red-breasted merganser: a trimming in front of a dress
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Properly a pet name for Robert, originally meaning, famebright; F., fron OHG. Roudperht,; ruod,in comp.; akin to AS. hr, glory, fame, Goth. hrpeigs, victorius) + beraht, bright. See Bright Hob a clown
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A familiar form of Robert; cf. Jack-daw, Mag-pie.

Usage

In literature:

It is about the size of a robin.
"Birds of the Indian Hills" by Douglas Dewar
I remember nothing more until I looked up a few moments later to see a robin once again upon my window-ledge.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 146, February 4, 1914" by Various
Captain Robins was not the sort to make allowances when there was work to be done.
"Roosevelt in the Bad Lands" by Hermann Hagedorn
And when he hinted darkly, in his hoarse way, that there was trouble ahead for the Robin family, he threw Jolly Robin's wife into a flutter.
"The Tale of Grunty Pig" by Arthur Scott Bailey
Robin and Prince Charlie are not to be matched in the county.
"The Story of Wool" by Sara Ware Bassett
You'll have a good place at Mr. Robins', if you behave yourself.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1904" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
If it is another robin, I shall be the death of him.
"The Story of a Robin" by Agnes S. Underwood
The most imperious young bird I know is the robin.
"In Nesting Time" by Olive Thorne Miller
But, Master Robin, Master Robin, did any one ever see such a thread as you've left on the spool!
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry
Two hours after the tiny model spaceship landed on a planet with three suns in the sky, Robin Sinclair awoke.
"A World Called Crimson" by Darius John Granger
And will the robins come in the mornin' and cover us up wif leaves?
"Two Little Travellers" by Frances Browne Arthur
The body of the western bird is as large as that of the robin, and he must be considerably longer from tip of beak to tip of tail.
"Birds of the Rockies" by Leander Sylvester Keyser
Not long after the bluebird comes the robin.
"Bird Stories from Burroughs" by John Burroughs
Male robins have more pronounced colours than female robins.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study" by Ontario Ministry of Education
Lucilla rose on tiptoe; Robin did the same.
"Hopes and Fears scenes from the life of a spinster" by Charlotte M. Yonge
Second, to ride thy bonny Robin.
"A Brother To Dragons and Other Old-time Tales" by Amelie Rives
In Florida their southern cousins are as familiar as robins, without a trace of fear of mankind.
"The Log of the Sun" by William Beebe
Look at your Robin whom Kentigern has killed!
"The Book of Saints and Friendly Beasts" by Abbie Farwell Brown
You're a calf, master Robin.
"The Indian Princess" by James Nelson Barker
One day, when she was very lonely, a little robin came to pick the crumbs that had fallen about her feet.
"Irish Fairy Tales" by Edmond Leamy
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In poetry:

"And what is Will doing," said Robin then,
"That he looks so fearful and wan?"
"Oh my dear master that should have been,
I am a weary man."
"Robin Hood's Flight" by James Henry Leigh Hunt
His mother stooped with a tear of joy,
And she kissed him again and again,
And said, "My own little Robin boy,
Thou wilt be a King of Men!"
"Robin Hood, A Child." by James Henry Leigh Hunt
They went, and went, and Robin took
Long steps by his mother's side,
Till she asked him with a sad sweet look
What made him so thoughtful-eyed.
"Robin Hood, A Child." by James Henry Leigh Hunt
The robin, thrang wi' his ain bit ways,
Lookit up wi' his bricht, bricht ee,
Then dookit his heid, an' wi' ae quick spring
Cam' a wee bit nearer to see.
"The Ballad O' May Wyllie" by Alexander Anderson
Now robins sing beside Pastheen's doorway,
And wrens for bounty that Grania gave:
The cuckoo sings in the heart of winter;
He sings all day beside Mauryeen's grave.
"The Cuckoo Sings In The Heart Of Winter" by Nora Jane Hopper Chesson
I want to talk to thee of many things
Or sit in silence when the robin sings
His littl' song, when comes the winter bleak,
I want to sit beside thee, cheek by cheek.
"I want to Talk to Thee" by Dora Sigerson Shorter

In news:

Photo by Robin Bell, Swamp Dog and Friends Gallery Swamp Dog makes herself 't home at Madewood.
An '80s Robin Hood series takes a 'bow' on Blu-ray.
Frontman Robin Pecknold says the disc deals with 'questions about who you're gonna be, relationship stuff'.
Times reporters James Rainey, Robin Abcarian and Maeve Reston discuss the campaign.
Robin Singer on Playing the Femme Fatale .
Mila Kunis and Robin Williams on Sept 25th on set of The Angriest Man in the East River, Brooklyn, New York.
3 Northside-Warner Robins traveled to face No.
Robins seek out worms in the soft spring soil.
Robin Marantz Henig is a Washington medical writer.
Robin Wood in Howard Hawks (1968).
Walking Dead' zombie to be at Warner Robins event.
They're just on the cover of Out Magazine because the executive producer of their hit show, Jon Robin Baitz Greg Berlanti, is on the magazine's annual Power List (blast.
Former Bee Gee Robin Gibb is in a coma after contracting pneumonia, a statement on his official website said Saturday.
I was about to head to bed in the bright dusk of a June evening when the frantic calls of a pair of robins caught my attention.
Below are the 16 teams, which are divided into four round-robin groups designated A through D.
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In science:

The reasoning behind this change of variables deals with the linearity of the Robin condition.
Variational Principles in General Relativity
Equation (4.40) is the same as Eq. (4.39), which indicates that the Robin condition specified by Eq. (4.38) is indeed a linear operator.
Variational Principles in General Relativity
Hence, the equation we wish to solve is Eq. (4.33) for the field u sub ject to the Robin boundary condition, given by Eq. (4.38).
Variational Principles in General Relativity
Robin Pemantle, Choosing a spanning tree for the integer lattice uniformly, Ann.
Scaling limits of the uniform spanning tree and loop-erased random walk on finite graphs
Cosmic ray events are managed in particle queues of the evolution thread modules using a “round robin” strategy.
Simulation of Cosmogenic Neutrino Spectra with the GZKFast Event Generator
Lyons, Russell and Pemantle, Robin and Peres, Yuval, (1995), “Conceptual proofs of L log L criteria for mean behavior of branching processes,” Ann.
Occupation Statistics of Critical Branching Random Walks in Two or Higher Dimensions
Robin Hartshorne, Algebraic geometry, Springer-Verlag, New York, 1977, Graduate Texts in Mathematics, No.
Adjoint Computation for Hypersurfaces Using Formal Desingularizations
Robin Milner. A Calculus of Communicating Systems, volume 92 of Lecture Notes in Computer Science.
Modeling Time in Computing: A Taxonomy and a Comparative Survey
One attempt to provide a marginal estimate of the causal treatment effect this way is presented by Robins in .
A martingale approach to continuous-time marginal structural models
The method introduced by Robins deals with longitudinal data in discrete time.
A martingale approach to continuous-time marginal structural models
Hern´an, M.A., Hern´andez-D´ıaz, S. and Robins, J.M. (2004). A structural approach to selection bias.
A martingale approach to continuous-time marginal structural models
As |z | → ∞, w(z) = z/r + O(1), where r is the Robin’s constant which enters eq. (4.19).
Random matrices and Laplacian growth
Therefore, given a piecewise C 1 curve γ , by applying the Robin’s Theorem with µ equal to H1 restricted to γ , we see that H1 (γ \ X (ω)) = 0 for ω belonging to some subset of Ω of probability 1.
A metric analysis of critical Hamilton--Jacobi equations in the stationary ergodic setting
Daudin, J-J., Picard, F. and Robin, S. (2008). A mixture model for random graphs.
Joint Vertex Degrees in an Inhomogeneous Random Graph Model
Daudin, J-J., Picard, F. and Robin, S. (2008). A mixture model for random graphs.
The shortest distance in random multi-type intersection graphs
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