savant

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n savant someone who has been admitted to membership in a scholarly field
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Savant A man of learning; one versed in literature or science; a person eminent for acquirements.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n savant A man of learning or science; one eminent for learning.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Savant sav-ang′ a learned man.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. savoir, to know, L. sapere,. See Sage (a.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr., pr.p. of savoir, to know.

Usage

In literature:

The savant becomes unpoetic.
"Nature" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
How could the savant endure such a depressing abode!
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, March 1930" by Various
Medieval savants have made plenty of Roman "fakes," for sundry reasons.
"Cooking and Dining in Imperial Rome" by Apicius
And the savants gave heed to the orations, and closed their senses, if not their ears, to the music.
"Victor's Triumph" by Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
Here they were greeted by two savants with whom Frank was already acquainted, Clarux and Rhonus by name.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, August 1930" by Various
After dinner I will go over and try my luck at paying my respects to the soup savant.
"Our Next-Door Neighbors" by Belle Kanaris Maniates
Now I had occasion to observe those stupid men who are called savants.
"Lords of the Housetops" by Various
All honor to the savant!
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 4, No. 5, November, 1863" by Various
The stricken savant, too, grasped at the straw.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science January 1931" by Various
He was, indeed, a fine specimen of the real French savant.
"My Autobiography" by F. Max Müller
I have just said that the building before us is in effect the monument of the great savant.
"A History of Science, Volume 5(of 5)" by Henry Smith Williams
In the evening the gentleman, being a savant, goes to the Wister Society, and afterwards plays a snug rubber at a neighbour's.
"Celebrated Women Travellers of the Nineteenth Century" by W. H. Davenport Adams
Ulic isn't a savant, certainly, and I don't think he will ever set the Liffey afire, but he is 'pleasant too to think on.
"Rossmoyne" by Unknown
The Chaldean savants knew of but one really existing god.
"The Lords of the Ghostland" by Edgar Saltus
The savants allow That the like of Kate Fisher ain't visible now.
"Second Book of Verse" by Eugene Field
Or is it the savants of the Institute he 's afraid of losing?
"Tom Burke Of "Ours", Volume I (of II)" by Charles James Lever
A GERMAN SAVANT AMONG THE SIOUX.
"The Galaxy, June 1877" by Various
He was called "le comedien savant" and "le savant comedien.
"An Englishman in Paris" by Albert D. (Albert Dresden) Vandam
The savant hurried across to an ancient desk which stood in one corner.
"The Time Mirror" by Clark South
Dacier, was a savant and a type of the scholars of the sixteenth century.
"Women of Modern France (Illustrated)" by Hugo Paul Thieme (1870-1940)
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In poetry:

So, when this fluid age we live in
Shall stiffen round my careless rhyme,
Who made the vagrant tracks may puzzle
The savants of the coming time;
"The First Flowers" by John Greenleaf Whittier
I drink my fill of foamy ale
I sing a song, I tell a tale,
I play the fiddle;
My throat is chronically dry,
Yet savant of a sort am I,
And Life's my riddle.
"Dram-Shop Ditty" by Robert W Service
Since earth is earth, perhaps, not heaven (as yet)—
Though some savants make earth include the sky;
And blue so far above us comes so high,
It only gives our wish for blue a whet.
"Fragmentary Blue" by Robert Frost
She's a captivating dresser, and her parasols are stunning,
Her fads will-take your breath away, her hats are dreams of style;
She is not so very bookish, but with repartee and punning
She can set the savants laughing and make even dudelets smile.
"The Summer Girl" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
"On the blustering wind, I rode along,
Sometimes hard tossed by the tempest strong,
And then at rest, as when in the bay,
Though much enlarged, the wise savants say;
Though I cannot tell you how long my sleep,
With a chill I woke and began to weep.
"The Frost On The Window" by Joseph Horatio Chant

In news:

9 amazing autistic artists with savant syndrome.
George Widener, born in 1962, is a savant artist with Asperger's syndrome.
Richard Wawro (1952-2006) was an autistic savant artist from Edinburgh, Scotland.
Leslie Lemke, born in 1952, is a blind, American autistic savant musician.
Neon Savant and the Silent Trajectory.
Savant Fashion Show Video.
The new app promises to turn any Mac into a controller for Savant 's SmartSystems.
Savant 's education solutions create a powerful learning experience with added benefits.
Last week I paid my first visit to Donut Savant , a new Uptown Oakland shop that's been generating some Internet buzz.
For some Digital Savant columns, there's a lot to say about one thing.
Sunset Uses Savant and the iPad to Smarten Up This Show House.
Justin Philips, craft-brew savant and co-owner of Beer Table in Park Slope, on what goes best with seven summery dishes.
"I'm not a savant or anything remotely related …".
Savant Adds Video Tiling , Lighting Control and Thermostats.
Wayne Escoffery and Veneration Hopes and Dreams Savant.
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In science:

New Systems of the Nature and of the Communication of Substances, and of the Union between the Soul and the Body, Journal des Savants, June 1695. Leibniz, G. W. (31966).
Luhmann's Communication-Theoretical Specification of the 'Genomena' of Husserl's Phenomenology
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