• WordNet 3.6
    • n spectator a woman's pump with medium heel; usually in contrasting colors for toe and heel
    • n spectator a close observer; someone who looks at something (such as an exhibition of some kind) "the spectators applauded the performance","television viewers","sky watchers discovered a new star"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The revenue that is generated from gambling is more than the revenue that comes from movies, cruise ships, recorded music, theme parks, and spectator sports combined
    • n Spectator One who on; one who sees or beholds; a beholder; one who is personally present at, and sees, any exhibition; as, the spectators at a show. "Devised and played to take spectators ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The red capes used to taunt bulls in bullfights is the same shade of red as the bull's blood. That way you can't tell it is covered with the bull's blood by the end of the fight. Fight spectators like bullfighting, but not blood.`
    • n spectator One who looks on; an onlooker or eyewitness; a beholder; especially, one of a company present at a spectacle of any kind: as, the spectators of or at a game or a drama.
    • n spectator Synonyms Looker-on, onlooker, observer, witness, by-stander. A person is said to be a spectator at a show, a bullfight, a wrestling-match; one of the audience at a lecture, a concert, the theater; and one of the congregation at church.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: President McKinley was shot while shaking hands with spectators.
    • n Spectator spek-tā′tor one who looks on
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  • Lou Holtz
    “Don't be a spectator, don't let life pass you by.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “A baseball fan is a spectator sitting 500 feet from home plate Who can see better than an umpire standing five feet away.”
  • Orson Welles
    “The essential is to excite the spectators. If that means playing Hamlet on a flying trapeze or in an aquarium, you do it.”
  • James Humes
    James Humes
    “One secret of leadership is that the mind of a leader never turns off. Leaders even when they are sightseers or spectators, are active; not passive observers.”
  • Louis Malle
    Louis Malle
    “I think predictability has become the rule and I'm completely the opposite -- I like spectators to be disturbed.”
  • Thomas B. Macaulay
    “The puritan hated bear baiting, not because it gave pain to the bear, but because it gave pleasure to the spectators.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. spectator,: cf. F. spectateur,. See Spectacle


In literature:

The volunteer shrunk up together, and commenced a most unusual journey through the hearts of the spectators in the first row.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
A spectator he is in these days and not an actor.
"The Wagnerian Romances" by Gertrude Hall
A little knot of spectators had gathered outside to see the bride depart.
"The Slave of Silence" by Fred M. White
A shout of dismay, of warning, broke from the spectators, some of whom sprang forward to separate the pair.
"The Sign of the Spider" by Bertram Mitford
By quarter of two nearly every one of the more than twenty thousand seats for spectators had been filled.
"Uncle Sam's Boys as Sergeants" by H. Irving Hancock
The public generally were no indifferent spectators either.
"Lives of the Engineers The Locomotive. George and Robert Stephenson" by Samuel Smiles
Including the Spectator entire.
"Popular Education" by Ira Mayhew
That little drama of the ocean, of which he had been the sole spectator, was not yet over.
"The Ocean Waifs" by Mayne Reid
From marks still visible in the large theatre at Pompeii, the place reserved for each spectator was about 13 inches.
"Museum of Antiquity" by L. W. Yaggy
This gave the spectators an opportunity of witnessing the chase.
"Bruin" by Mayne Reid
This was not done; and the spectators wondered why it was not.
"The Free Lances" by Mayne Reid
Then proceed by asking a spectator to state what card he wishes you to use by giving you a number.
"More Conjuring" by Hercat
He must act his public character as if he enjoyed the festival as much as any of the spectators.
"Speeches and Addresses of H. R. H. the Prince of Wales: 1863-1888" by Edward VII
Not one of the spectators moved.
"'Tween Snow and Fire" by Bertram Mitford
Then the spectators could see that of the latter there was only one left.
"A Secret of the Lebombo" by Bertram Mitford
Politicians put pieces on the stage to amuse the spectators, and there-by benefit themselves.
"The Man Who Rose Again" by Joseph Hocking
No spectator of art needs a more perfect mood of receptivity than the spectator of a play.
"Miscellaneous Aphorisms; The Soul of Man" by Oscar Wilde
Happily in the pages of the 'Tatler' and 'Spectator' there is stored up for us the best and rarest of that quiet wisdom.
"A Cursory History of Swearing" by Julian Sharman
For one moment her clear gray eyes, unheeding every other creature in the crowd of spectators, rested on the two men in the dock.
"Nevermore" by Rolf Boldrewood
You know quite a number among the spectators.
"Hans Brinker" by Mary Mapes Dodge

In poetry:

THE demon was before our farmer placed;
The sight was by the prince in person graced;
The wond'rous contest numbers ran to see,
And all the world spectators fain would be.
"Belphegor Addressed To Miss De Chammelay" by Jean de La Fontaine
Then Mrs Gladstone and her two sons knelt down by the grave,
Then the Dean did the Lord's blessing crave,
While Mrs Gladstone and her some knelt,
While the spectators for them great pity felt.
"The Burial of Mr. Gladstone" by William Topaz McGonagall
While a dense cloud of smoke seemed to darken the sky,
And the red glaring flame ascended up on high,
Which made the scene appear weird-like around;
While from the spectators was heard a murmuring sound.
"The Clepington Catastrophe" by William Topaz McGonagall
The embankment of the dam was considered rather weak,
And by the swelled body of water the embankment did break,
And burst o'er the valley like a leaping river,
Which caused the spectators with fear to shiver.
"The Pennsylvania Disaster" by William Topaz McGonagall
His looks were at his own command;
Through vaulted roofs his words expand;
While from their seats spectators lean
With greedy ears to hear;
Their passions, at his will, are seen,
Revenge, or hate, or love, or fear.
"On Garrick" by Thomas Odiorne
And when the vessel struck, the crew stood aghast,
But they resolved to hew down the mainmast,
Which the spectators watched with eager interest,
And to make it fall on the rocks the brave sailors tried their best.
"The Wreck of the Whaler 'Oscar'" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Friar Tuck's Restaurant and Bar took home a 2012 Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator Magazine.
Spectators take every chance to see their favorite anglers on the day of the competition.
The London 2012 Olympics have attracted more than 2 million spectators over the first three days of sporting competitions, organizers said Tuesday.
Twenty-one months ago "The Wine Spectator" scored the 2006 Wild Horse Merlot an 85 with the following comments.
NEW YORK (AP) — Major league baseball will allow fans to bring small backpacks to games this year and may check spectators with metal-detecting wands at ballpark entrances.
Rescuers said the whale is slowly dying after rescue efforts were hampered by hordes of spectators vying to get a closer look.
Moor 's goal in the 44th minute served as a poignant highlight in an impressive 2-0 victory Saturday over the Columbus Crew in front of 14,746 spectators at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.
The Tough Mudder event at Diablo Grande this past weekend was truly amazing, likely attracting nearly 20,000 attendees when counting spectators, volunteers, public safety officials and members of the media.
As more than 10,000 Tough Mudder contestants and thousands of more volunteers and spectators made their way into Diablo Grande this weekend, many were left with the question: where do we eat and sleep.
2 SPECTATOR In The Brick Self-Released.
Olympic Flame Out of Sight for Most Spectators.
The festivities began at 2 pm and were to last six hours, with spectators coming and going as they pleased.
Huge plasma screens hang from the ceiling of the cavernous space to provide spectators a view of the action.
PandemoniumLocation: Buhlow Lake in Pineville, LouisianaDates: July 12-13, 2008 Total vehicles in Attendance: 300+Spectator attendance: 1000+.
Clown at NYC Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade collapses in front of spectators, dies at hospital.

In science:

In Section II, we discuss the principal features of the spectator-induced electromagnetic effect, with particular emphasis on its importance as a new source of information on the mechanism of the nuclear reaction.
Studying the Interplay of Strong and Electromagnetic Forces in Heavy Ion Collisions with NICA
The characteristic distortion pattern imposed by the two spectator systems at positive and negative xF appears clearly sensitive to tE (with typically lower π+/π− ratios obtained for larger tE at higher values of xF ).
Studying the Interplay of Strong and Electromagnetic Forces in Heavy Ion Collisions with NICA
Finally, as apparent in Fig. 4, the spectator-induced electromagnetic force exerts also a noticeable influence on pion directed flow, v1 .
Studying the Interplay of Strong and Electromagnetic Forces in Heavy Ion Collisions with NICA
In this process space is just playing a spectator role.
Quantization of Geometry
The dominant diagrams are the so-called spectator diagrams depicted in Figs. 1 and 2.
Exclusive and inclusive weak decays of the B-meson
In SL decays (Fig. 1) the virtual W − boson materializes into a lepton pair, and the c-quark and the spectator light antiquark hadronize independently of the leptonic current.
Exclusive and inclusive weak decays of the B-meson
The LF partonic approach can be easily extended to the description of N L decays, in which the virtual W − boson materializes into a ¯ud (Fig. 2a) or ¯cs (Fig. 2b) pairs; the produced quark pair becomes one of the final hadrons, while the c-quark couples with the spectator light antiquark to form other hadrons.
Exclusive and inclusive weak decays of the B-meson
However, the spectator diagram is modified by the exchange of hard gluons between initial and final quark lines.
Exclusive and inclusive weak decays of the B-meson
To proceed further, we consider that the B -meson is a bound state of the decaying b-quark and a light (anti)quark-spectator ¯qsp ( ¯u or ¯d).
Exclusive and inclusive weak decays of the B-meson
The superfield Φ can again be ignored as a non-interacting spectator.
Avoiding the theorem of Lerche and Shore
The last three amplitudes, in which the spectator quark enters into the decay Hamiltonian, will be neglected here.
New Information on B Decays to Charmless VP Final States
The suffix on each amplitude denotes whether the spectator quark is included in a pseudoscalar (P ) or vector (V ) meson. (For some additional processes not listed in Table I, see Ref. .
New Information on B Decays to Charmless VP Final States
In the present experiment, the Aladin device detected with very high efficiency all spectator fragments (those resulting from the decay of the unstable PS) with nuclear charge z > 1.
Analyzing Fragmentation of Simple Fluids with Percolation Theory
The initial size of the spectator system (ZP S ) is not experimentally measured and can only be inferred from the comparison with a nuclear reaction model.
Analyzing Fragmentation of Simple Fluids with Percolation Theory
The idea is simple, although the creation of viable models is an extremely difficult problem [5, 6]. A rapidity gap produced by the exchange of a colour-singlet ob ject may be filled in by secondary interactions between spectator partons in the event.
Outstanding problems in the phenomenology of hard diffractive scattering