rumor

Definitions

  • I Heard a Rumor About You Yesterday 101
    I Heard a Rumor About You Yesterday 101
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v rumor tell or spread rumors "It was rumored that the next president would be a woman"
    • n rumor gossip (usually a mixture of truth and untruth) passed around by word of mouth
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1991 Procter & Gamble won a $75,000 lawsuit against James & Linda Newton who were found responsible for spreading rumors that the company supported the Church of Satan. The two were distributors of Amway Products, a competitor of Proctor & Gamble.
    • Rumor A current story passing from one person to another, without any known authority for its truth; -- in this sense often personified. "Rumor next, and Chance,
      And Tumult, and Confusion, all embroiled."
    • Rumor A flying or popular report; the common talk; hence, public fame; notoriety. "This rumor of him went forth throughout all Judea, and throughout all the region round about.""Great is the rumor of this dreadful knight."
    • Rumor A prolonged, indistinct noise.
    • v. t Rumor To report by rumor; to tell. "'T was rumored My father 'scaped from out the citadel."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The Academy Award was rumored to have gotten its nickname of Oscar for its resemblance to a film librarian’s Uncle Oscar.
    • n rumor A confused and indistinct noise; a vague sound; a murmur.
    • n rumor Flying or popular report; the common voice.
    • n rumor A current report, with or without foundation; commonly, a story or statement passing from one person to another without any known authority for its truth; a mere report; a piece of idle gossip.
    • n rumor Fame; reported celebrity; reputation.
    • n rumor A voice; a message.
    • n rumor Synonyms and Talk, gossip, hearsay.
    • rumor To report; tell or circulate by report; spread abroad.
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Quotations

  • Andy Rooney
    Andy Rooney
    “Death is a distant rumor to the young.”
  • Virgil
    Virgil
    “Rumor grows as it goes.”
  • Thomas Carlyle
    Thomas%20Carlyle
    “History is the distillation of rumor.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    Ralph%20Waldo%20Emerson
    “We must set up a strong present tense against all rumors of wrath, past and to come.”
  • John Tudor
    John Tudor
    “A rumor without a leg to stand on will get around some other way.”
  • William Cowper
    William%20Cowper
    “Oh to have a lodge in some vast wilderness. Where rumors of oppression and deceit, of unsuccessful and successful wars may never reach me anymore.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. rumeur, L. rumor,; cf. rumificare, rumitare, to rumor, Skr. ru, to cry

Usage

In literature:

But no evidence has ever been brought forward to substantiate the rumors brought against Hortense.
"Hortense, Makers of History Series" by John S. C. Abbott
This is the greatest country for false rumors that I ever was in.
"Letters from Port Royal" by Various
It was rumored that he was disposed to sell his services to the French.
"The International Monthly, Volume 3, No. 1, April, 1851" by Various
The village is full of rumors.
"The Diamond Coterie" by Lawrence L. Lynch
Yes, that explains many of the rumors currently circulating.
"The Alembic Plot" by Ann Wilson
We can't afford to keep depending on stories and rumors.
"A Matter of Honor" by Ann Wilson
And for the first time in his life Harlan regretted that he had permitted rumor to weave her fabric of lies.
"'Drag' Harlan" by Charles Alden Seltzer
The captain has promised us another blanket for tomorrow, and there are rumors of an issue of overcoats.
"At Plattsburg" by Allen French
In those days actors usually secured engagements by running down rumors of productions that were afloat on the Rialto.
"Charles Frohman: Manager and Man" by Isaac Frederick Marcosson and Daniel Frohman
There was never in the world such a place for rumors as Peking.
"Peking Dust" by Ellen N. La Motte
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In poetry:

A whisper flies to the empty sleeve
Pinned on the braidless coat
And a rumor bushes the scarred young cheek.
of a man in butternut.
"Sequel Of Appomattox" by Donald Grady Davidson
"Here ends our quest!" the seekers cried,
"The brook and rumor both have lied!
The phantom of a waterfall
Has led us at its beck and call."
"The Seeking Of The Waterfall" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Of his evil bargain far and wide
A rumor ran through the country-side;
And Helva of Nesvek, young and fair,
Prayed for the soul of Esbern Snare.
"Kallundborg Church ( From The Tent on the Beach)" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Who hath his life from rumors freed,
Whose conscience is his strong retreat;
Whose state can neither flatterers feed,
Nor ruin make accusers great.
"Lord Of Himself" by Sir Henry Wotton
Within whose sweep, beneath the shadowing trees,
A slumbering nation takes its dangerous ease;
Too long the rumors of thy hatred go
For those who loved thee and thy children so.
"To The South" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
"Some women who went to the sepulcher say
That angels assured them he's living this hour,
But they did not see him, and try as we may,
It seems a false rumor of glory and power."
"The Travellers" by Nancy Rebecca Campbell Glass

In news:

Akron's devilish rumor causes national scandal in 1970s.
With a nod to Mark Twain, rumors of the demise of direct mail have been greatly exaggerated.
) was sacked, rumors have spread like wildfire about the political situation in China.
Is it a rumor or is it news.
The movie showed up on YouTube over the weekend as rumors spread it would also be shown free on the Fox News Channel.
Both sides attempt to use misinformation and rumor to tilt the war in reality.
As rumors swirled about a relative of the teen's living here, the Somali community worried about a backlash.
School officials and local police are working to dispel swirling rumors of an alleged security threat at Tri-City High School in Buffalo that has spread largely over social media.
Police dispel rumors surrounding Adams' death.
INTERVIEWS Van Halen Dispel Super Bowl Rumor While Lobbying for Halftime Gig in Open Letter.
Suffolk Authorities Dispel Serial Killer Suspect Rumors.
Even if you didn't, you may have received a call from employees asking if the rumor is true.
The rumors of the upcoming iPad Mini have been coming fast and thick, like a roller coaster made of mayonnaise, even though as of this writing there is no official announcement of an upcoming iPad Mini.
On Monday's premiere episode of Frankel's new talk show, bethenny, the SkinnyGirl creator will set the record straight on the rumors about her marriage.
Rumors are swirling whether the first lady of North Korea is pregnant.
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In science:

By QL,s we denote the (random) first time that the quasirandom rumor spreading protocol with lists L started in s succeeds in informing al l vertices.
Quasirandom Rumor Spreading
In the analysis it will often be convenient to assume that a vertex after receiving the rumor does not transfer it on for a certain number of time steps (delaying ).
Quasirandom Rumor Spreading
All vertices that receive the rumor within this phase (new ly informed vertices ) are assumed to delay their actions till the beginning of the next phase.
Quasirandom Rumor Spreading
Since they have not actively participated in the rumor spreading process, the first neighbors to which they send the rumor are chosen independently.
Quasirandom Rumor Spreading
This allows us to examine the quasirandom rumor spreading on them from a higher level just using these three properties defined in the following Section 4.1.
Quasirandom Rumor Spreading
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