• WordNet 3.6
    • n speculator someone who risks losses for the possibility of considerable gains
    • n speculator someone who makes conjectures without knowing the facts
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: When Charles Darwin published his theory on human evolution in The Descent of Man in 1871, not a single fossil that was known to be pre-human had been found to back up his ideas. Although his theory was later proved to be true, it was formulated entirely without physical evidence and based almost completely on speculation.
    • n Speculator (Com) One who speculates. Specifically: An observer; a contemplator; hence, a spy; a watcher. "A speculator who had dared to affirm that the human soul is by nature mortal."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: You know the three physical dimensions, and the fourth dimension, time. For years, people have speculated about other dimensions. Experts in theoretical physics now say the major theories about the universe make sense together - and all the math seems to work - if there are 10 dimensions.
    • n speculator An observer or onlooker; a watcher; a lookout; a seer; in a specific use, an occult seer; one who looks into mysteries or secrete by magical means.
    • n speculator One who engages in mental speculation; a person who speculates about a subject or subjects; a theorizer.
    • n speculator One who practises speculation in trade or business of any kind. See speculation, 4.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Speculator one who engages in mental speculations, or who practises speculation in trade or business of any kind
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  • Charles Baudelaire
    “For the merchant, even honesty is a financial speculation.”
  • George Earle Buckle
    George Earle Buckle
    “In practical life the wisest and soundest people avoid speculation.”
  • Samuel Butler
    “What is faith but a kind of betting or speculation after all? It should be, I bet that my Redeemer liveth.”
  • Bernard M. Baruch
    “A speculator is a man who observes the future, and acts before it occurs.”
  • William Hazlitt
    “If the world were good for nothing else, it is a fine subject for speculation.”
  • F. W. Hirst
    F. W. Hirst
    “If there were no bad speculations there could be no good investments; if there were no wild ventures there would be no brilliantly successful enterprises.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., a spy, explorer, investigator: cf. F. spéculateur,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. speculatus, pa.p. of speculārispecula, a lookout—specĕre, to look.


In literature:

Why, sir, England could not get on if gentlemen like you had not a little philanthropy and speculation.
"The Caxtons, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Freemasonry is, it is true, a speculative science, but it is a speculative science based upon an operative art.
"The Symbolism of Freemasonry" by Albert G. Mackey
There is no beauty in their homes or surroundings; no music or art; no adventure or speculation.
"Crime: Its Cause and Treatment" by Clarence Darrow
They were engaged in all kinds of speculation in which money could be made.
"Camp-Fire and Cotton-Field" by Thomas W. Knox
I am going in the hope that I may observe something that may start a new train of speculation.
"The Mystery of 31 New Inn" by R. Austin Freeman
One part of it, comprising twenty lots, had been built up on speculation by an enterprising landowner.
"Round the Block" by John Bell Bouton
They were now mainly held by speculators who had paid about thirty or forty cents for each dollar.
"A Short History of the United States" by Edward Channing
She was left alone in a maze of doubts, fears, speculations.
"Port O' Gold" by Louis John Stellman
Peter Champneys watched him speculatively.
"The Purple Heights" by Marie Conway Oemler
He is also likely to be too conservative to enter upon vocations in which a considerable element of speculation is involved.
"Analyzing Character" by Katherine M. H. Blackford and Arthur Newcomb
Speculation means gambling only when the speculator is a gambler.
"Don Orsino" by F. Marion Crawford
He did not even know the status of the promoters, or the scope of their speculation.
"The Waters of Edera" by Louise de la Ramée, a.k.a. Ouida
Put em in the nigger drove and speculate on em.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves: Volume II, Arkansas Narratives, Part 2" by Work Projects Administration
The great speculative geniuses of the world have been prudent as well as bold.
"The Age of Tennyson" by Hugh Walker
Chalmers, indeed, pursues the argument into other fields of speculation.
"The Plurality of Worlds" by William Whewell
At an early period speculators were lured to the spot by the manifest advantages it presented for the building of a great city.
"Fifty Years In The Northwest" by William Henry Carman Folsom
The Talmud, that vast treasury of speculation on divine things, had its origin about this period.
"The Cradle of the Christ" by Octavius Brooks Frothingham
In her widening eyes were new depths, a vague terror, a wild speculation, all struck aghast by its own temerity.
"The Phantoms of the Foot-Bridge and Other Stories" by Charles Egbert Craddock
This is not a speculation; it is an historically registered fact.
"Illustrations of Universal Progress" by Herbert Spencer
The present volumes, however, contain only one half of the speculative activity of Hellas during the fourth century B.C.
"Plato and the Other Companions of Sokrates, 3rd ed. Volume I (of 4)" by George Grote

In poetry:

Here is refugees, deserters, and speculators,
All mixed up in this dish;
They put us all in together
And call us the "milish."
"Just After The War" by Anonymous Americas
Fond of the speculative height,
Thither he wings his airy flight,
And thence securely sees
The bustle and the rareeshow,
That occupy mankind below,
Secure and at his ease.
"The Jackdaw" by William Cowper
Moreover, in these days when Faith grows faint,
And Heaven seems blurred by speculation wild,
He, blameless as a mediaeval saint,
Had all the trust which sanctifies a child.
"In Memoriam — Nicol Drysdale Stenhouse" by Henry Kendall
And in between the ends of distraction
Waits mute speculation, the patient curse
That stones the eyes, or like the jaguar leaps
For his own image in a jungle pool, his victim.
"Ode To The Confederate Dead" by Allen Tate
O God!—pity me, Charmion!—I am overburthened
with the majesty of all things—of the unknown now
known—of the speculative Future merged in the august
and certain Present.
"The Conversation Of Eiros And Charmion" by Edgar Allan Poe
Fruitless speculating! none may lift the curtain
From the antedating ages and uncertain
When what is was not, and tides of pristine being
Beat on shores forgot, and all, as now, unseeing.
"A Pagan Reverie" by Frances Fuller Victor

In news:

Tropical Storm Isaac, a refinery explosion in Venezuela, a switch to a different blend of gasoline and oil speculators are all being blamed for a 14-cent increase in the price of gas during the last week.
Speculative Docu-drama Directed by: William Arntz, Betsy Chasse, Mark Vincente Starring: Marlee Matlin, Elaine Hendrix, Barry Newman, Robert Bailey, Jr, Robert Blanche.
Speculators should pay their fair tax share.
Let's do this once, to save us a winter of speculation: B.J.
Oct 10--A 30,000-square-foot speculative building next to the Range Regional Airport in Hibbing that's been vacant since it was built five years ago has a likely tenant lined up.
Following months of speculation, a spokesperson for Texas Gov Rick Perry announced Thursday that he will join the race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.
Cuomo 2016 Speculation To Start In Earnest .
Despite much industry speculation about their imminent demise, frame grabbers remain an important component of machine vision systems.
The problem with this as a Keynesian argument is that Keynes himself was very definitely a speculator.
Whether or not the sun will rise on the first morning of 2013 has been the subject of wild speculation and debate, given a belief that ancient Mayans predicted an end to civilization in 2012.
There has been massive speculation regarding Google's decision to purchase Motorola Mobility.
Speculation on what killed Johnny Tapia.
1, executive producer Jim Bell addresses speculation of a wholesale anchor shuffle, the show's success online and the morning ratings race.
For the past three years I've been a member of Wily Writers, a group of speculative fiction authors.
A neighborhood is speculating that a body found badly burned in a vacant lot on Saturday is that of a 15-year-old girl who disappeared on Friday.

In science:

We also find evidence in NGC 1333 for a jump in the X-ray luminosity between spectral types of M0 and K7, we speculate that this may result from the presence of radiative zones in the K-stars.
The Properties of X-ray Luminous Young Stellar Objects in the NGC 1333 and Serpens Embedded Clusters
Finally, Chapter 6 contains some speculations around an important question left open by our work.
Multiple recurrence and the structure of probability-preserving systems
Perhaps most interesting for ergodic theory is the meta-question introduced in Section 4.1, and in this last chapter I offer a few further speculations on what additional answers to it we might hope for.
Multiple recurrence and the structure of probability-preserving systems
Further, the equivalence of the thermodynamical quantities with the geometry of the horizon leads to speculate some inherent relationship between thermodynamical laws and Einstein equations.
Unified First Law and Some Comments
This speculation comes into true in 1995 when Jacobson was able to formulate Einstein’s equations from the Clausius relation (δQ = T dS ) using local Rindler Causal horizons with T , the Unruh temperature as seen by an accelerated observer just inside the horizon.
Unified First Law and Some Comments
It is speculated that thermodynamics of dynamical (i.e., non stationary) BH is related to the non-equilibrium thermodynamics of the universe.
Unified First Law and Some Comments
For example, two-dimensional geometries are characterized by the scalar curvature R of the Riemann tensor and one could speculate that ν (z ) should be related to R.
Analog model for quantum gravity effects: phonons in random fluids
We speculate on the possibility of deriving a thermalization time for occupation numbers from our analysis.
Holographic Evolution of Entanglement Entropy
We may speculate on possible causes for the asymmetry.
The Nuclear Outflow in NGC 2110
Anderson localization transition in the independent scattering approximation. A highly speculative conjecture might be that a link exists between the hole in p(λ) on the complex plane and Anderson localization of waves in an ensemble of point-like scatterers.
Eigenvalue distributions of large Euclidean random matrices for waves in random media
Yet any words written today, about what astronomy will be done in Antarctica tomorrow, will almost certainly contain more speculation than fact.
Astronomy in Antarctica
We also high speculate that this value of h is a lower threshold.
Enhanced Random Walk with Choice: An Empirical Study
With this expanded data set, Figure 8 explores the speculation by Graham & Spitler (2009) that an insightful quantity to plot on the vertical axis may be the combination of the SMBH plus the nuclear star cluster mass.
An expanded M_bh-sigma diagram, and a new calibration of active galactic nuclei masses
We speculate that they are progenitors of the central cusps in low-mass ellipticals being formed in dissipative mergers.
Extreme Starbursts in the Local Universe
Despite speculation that both starburst and nuclear activity in galaxies may be intimately linked via the common triggering mechanism of mergers and interactions, very little is known about the true nature of the link.
Extreme Starbursts in the Local Universe