• WordNet 3.6
    • n starvation the act of depriving of food or subjecting to famine "the besiegers used starvation to induce surrender","they were charged with the starvation of children in their care"
    • n starvation a state of extreme hunger resulting from lack of essential nutrients over a prolonged period
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Cockroaches can live for nine days without their heads, at which point they die of starvation.
    • n Starvation stär*vā"shŭn The act of starving, or the state of being starved.☞ This word was first used, according to Horace Walpole, by Henry Dundas, the first Lord Melville, in a speech on American affairs in 1775, which obtained for him the nickname of Starvation Dundas. “Starvation, we are also told, belongs to the class of 'vile compounds' from being a mongrel; as if English were not full of mongrels, and as if it would not be in distressing straits without them.” Fitzed. Hall.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Cockroaches can live with no heads, they only die because of starvation.
    • n starvation The state of starving or being starved; extreme suffering from cold or hunger; hence, deprivation of any element essential to nutrition or the proper discharge of the bodily functions: often used figuratively of mental or spiritual needs.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In a psychology experiment, an electrode was attached to the pleasure centre of a rat's brain, which the rat could stimulate at the press of a button. It died of starvation when it wouldn't stop pressing the button long enough to eat.
    • n Starvation act of starving: state of being starved
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  • Haniel Long
    Haniel Long
    “And who is any of us, that without starvation he can go through the kingdoms of starvation?”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. steorfan, to die; Dut. sterven, Ger. sterben, to die.


In literature:

You will suffer evil and starvation and hunger and poverty, oh!
"Legends of Vancouver" by E. Pauline Johnson
Starvation became a reality.
"Agriculture in Virginia, 1607-1699" by Lyman Carrier
Between that girl and starvation there is but a very thin wall.
"The Time of Roses" by L. T. Meade
To double the income of a labourer may be to raise him from starvation to comfort.
"Social Rights and Duties, Volume I (of 2)" by Sir Leslie Stephen
Until today the people had been on the verge of starvation.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
Granger had been sick and delirious for several days as a result of exposure and starvation.
"Murder Point" by Coningsby Dawson
They cannot do more than murder us, and murder has merits when starvation's set against it.
"The House Under the Sea" by Sir Max Pemberton
The ring of steel about Belgium, then, if not promptly broken, plainly meant starvation.
"Herbert Hoover" by Vernon Kellogg
At last starvation stares them in the face, and they send in October to Plymouth begging for food.
"King Philip" by John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
With all the strength starvation had left in him he drew his arrow to the head.
"Two Arrows" by William O. Stoddard
He had fifty dollars between him and starvation for his children.
"The Twins of Suffering Creek" by Ridgwell Cullum
But wouldn't the poor man have to leave it, or die of starvation?
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
Already reduced to starvation, whence were they to raise this mighty sum?
"Dreamers of the Ghetto" by I. Zangwill
This ensured them safety from starvation for the winter at least.
"The Cariboo Trail" by Agnes C. Laut
Better than shooting, drowning, hanging, vivisection, or starvation!
"Amaryllis at the Fair" by Richard Jefferies
Some of the prisoners died of starvation; others of exhaustion.
"Pathfinders of the Great Plains" by Lawrence J. Burpee
He had just barely escaped death from self-starvation, yet had not obtained the Perfect Wisdom.
"The Buddhist Catechism" by Henry S. Olcott
Hunger for themselves and starvation for their stock stared them in the face.
"A Story of the Red Cross" by Clara Barton
He's almost spent with rage and starvation.
"Little Aliens" by Myra Kelly
Beset with wants, having a mind continually harassed with fears of starvation, who can act with energy, who can calmly think?
"Cottage Economy" by William Cobbett

In poetry:

His wife above the feeble embers hovered,
And wrung her toil-hard hands;
She knew there was no help for their starvation,
No hope in making plans.
"Hop-O-My-Thumb" by Clara Doty Bates
Out of employ! out of employ!
Distress in the cottage where once there was joy;
How frightful the shadows that fall on the floor
When Want and Starvation appear at the door!
"Shadows on the Floor" by Henry Clay Work
'Tis ha'ena ye heard, man, o' Barrochan Jean!
And ha'ena ye heard, man, o' Barrochan Jean!
How death and starvation came o'er the haill nation,
She wrought sic mischief wi' her twa pawky een.
"Barrochan Jean" by Robert Tannahill
W'ere is de road? he got it, an' very soon Beausejour
Off on de hillside lyin', dere she is, small an' poor,
Lookin' so lak starvation might a' been t'roo de war,
An' dere, on de bar-room sleepin', de man he is lookin' for.
"Doctor Hilaire" by William Henry Drummond
Perhaps it's his bringin' up; but he's sickenin' day by day,
And he doesn't take no food, and I'm seein' him waste away.
And it isn't the thing to see; for, whatever he's been and done,
Starvation isn't the plan as he's to be saved upon.
"Seventy-Nine" by Francis Bret Harte
Alas it is most pitiful and horrible to think
That with hunger christians will each other's blood drink
And eat each other's flesh to save themselves from starvation;
But the pangs or hunger makes them mad, and drives them to desperation.
"A Tale of the Sea" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Longtime Modesto protester's starvation strike raises concerns.
Now It's Facebook Being Accused of Paying Starvation Wages.
Starvation and the blame game.
Children in North Korea at Risk for Starvation this Winter.
Last Gasp' Chance to See Olalla's Starvation Heights.
Olalla's ' Starvation Heights' still causes chills after a century.
Gregg Olsen, author of " Starvation Heights," discusses the original fireplace in the Olalla home that once belonged to Linda Hazzard.
Starvation Is No Diabetes Cure.
US Goes On An Energy Starvation Diet.
100,000 Pakistan kids face starvation .
Though on the verge of starvation, the widow agreed.
Nearly three million people die of starvation.
Occasional starvation or going to the gym also makes you stronger, because you subject your body to stressors and gain from them.
Bon Jovi coming back to Louisville, Matthew McConaughey's starvation diet, Taylor Swift's new man.
Keith Cayton could probably race at Starvation Ridge with his eyes closed.

In science:

Morphological segregation could also be driven by a slow starvation of star-forming gas (Larson, Tinsley, & Caldwell 1980; Bekki, Couch, & Shioya 2002).
At the Vigintennial of the Butcher-Oemler Effect
Examples include systems that respond to carbon limitation, drugs, and nitrogen starvation in both organisms (tables 2,3).
Topological Generalizations of network motifs
Motivated by the “starvation” scenario suggested by Larson, Tinsley & Caldwell (1980), all hot gas around the satellites is immediately removed upon infall.
Cluster Galaxies Die Hard
Eventually, it will be important to understand the nature of the gas that is found around satellite galaxies. “Starvation” is usually defined as the stripping of the hot gas halo (Larson, Tinsley & Caldwell 1980).
Cluster Galaxies Die Hard
Starvation-freedom allows a tm-operation to be delayed only by a concurrent tm-operation.
On the Cost of Concurrency in Transactional Memory
Thus, since we assume starvation-freedom as a liveness property, such an execution exists.
On the Cost of Concurrency in Transactional Memory
Our implementation uses a starvation-free multi-trylock primitive inspired by the Black-White Bakery Algorithm , a bounded version of the Bakery Algorithm .
On the Cost of Concurrency in Transactional Memory
Informally, if no concurrent process contends infinitely long on some X ∈ W , then the acquire(W ) operation of the starvation-free multi-trylock eventually returns true which means that exclusive locks on all ob jects in W are acquired.
On the Cost of Concurrency in Transactional Memory
For every updating transaction Tk , tryCk () invokes the acquire operation of the starvation-free multi-trylock over Wset(Tk ).
On the Cost of Concurrency in Transactional Memory
In this section, we define a multi-trylock ob ject analogous to the one defined in Section A.1, but whose operations are starvation-free.
On the Cost of Concurrency in Transactional Memory
All operations performed by L are starvation-free.
On the Cost of Concurrency in Transactional Memory
They do not share with individuals they do not know, and they are more ready to share if they have been saved from starvation before [129].
Biological Evolution and Statistical Physics
Large rtr are excluded: then a very small fraction of Lbb enters the inner X-ray source, leading to photon starvation and too hard spectrum of the source (this conclusion relies, however, on the assumption that the outer disk is the dominant source of soft radiation).
Accretion Disk Models of Luminous Black Holes
If the food available is less than the requirement, then some organisms of the species i will die of starvation, even if none of them is killed by any predator.
Evolutionary ecology in-silico: Does mathematical modelling help in understanding the "generic" trends?
Our model captures the starvation deaths and kil ling by the predators, in addition to the natural death due to ageing.
Evolutionary ecology in-silico: Does mathematical modelling help in understanding the "generic" trends?