starve

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v starve die of food deprivation "The political prisoners starved to death","Many famished in the countryside during the drought"
    • v starve deprive of food "They starved the prisoners"
    • v starve deprive of a necessity and cause suffering "he is starving her of love","The engine was starved of fuel"
    • v starve be hungry; go without food "Let's eat--I'm starving!"
    • v starve have a craving, appetite, or great desire for
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Although explorers brought potatoes back from the New World in the early 1500s, Europeans were afraid to eat them for fear that the spuds would give them leprosy. It wasn't until Louis XVI, who was looking for a cheap food source for his starving subjects, served them at the royal table that people were convinced potatoes were safe to eat.
    • Starve To deprive of force or vigor; to disable. "The pens of historians, writing thereof, seemed starved for matter in an age so fruitful of memorable actions.""The powers of their minds are starved by disuse."
    • Starve To destroy by want of any kind; as, to starve plants by depriving them of proper light and air.
    • Starve To destroy with cold. "From beds of raging fire, to starve in ice
      Their soft ethereal warmth."
    • Starve To die; to perish. "In hot coals he hath himself raked . . . Thus starved this worthy mighty Hercules."
    • Starve To distress or subdue by famine; as, to starve a garrison into a surrender. "Attalus endeavored to starve Italy by stopping their convoy of provisions from Africa."
    • Starve To kill with hunger; as, maliciously to starve a man is, in law, murder.
    • Starve To perish or die with cold. "Have I seen the naked starve for cold?""Starving with cold as well as hunger."
    • Starve To perish with hunger; to suffer extreme hunger or want; to be very indigent. "Sometimes virtue starves , while vice is fed."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The father of the Pink Flamingo (the plastic lawn ornament) is Don Featherstone of Massachusetts. Featherstone graduated from art school and went to work as a designer for Union Products, a Leominster, Mass., company that manufactures flat plastic lawn ornaments. He designed the pink flamingo in 1957 as a follow up project to his plastic duck. Today, Featherstone is president and part owner of the company that sells an average of 250,000 to 500,000 plastic pink flamingos a year."I did it to keep from starving." - Don Featherstone (flamingo creator)
    • starve To die; perish.
    • starve Specifically To perish from lack of food or nourishment; die of hunger; also, to suffer from lack of food; pine with hunger; famish; suffer extreme poverty.
    • starve To perish with cold; die from cold or exposure; suffer from cold.
    • starve To suffer for lack of anything that is needed or much desired; suffer mental or spiritual want; pine.
    • starve To cause to perish with hunger; afflict or distress with hunger; famish; hence, to kill, subdue, or bring to terms by withholding food or by the cutting off of supplies: as, to starve a garrison into surrender.
    • starve To cause to perish with cold; distress or affect severely with cold; benumb utterly; chill.
    • starve To cause to perish through lack of any kind; deprive of life, vigor, or force through want; exhaust; stunt.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Starve stärv to die of hunger or cold: to suffer extreme hunger or want: to be in want of anything necessary, to deteriorate for want of anything essential
    • v.t Starve to kill with hunger or cold: to destroy by want: to deprive of power
    • n Starve a thin, weak, pining animal or plant
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Quotations

  • Ronald Reagan
    Ronald%20Reagan
    “It's difficult to believe that people are still starving in this country because food isn't available.”
  • Emily Dickinson
    Emily%20Dickinson
    “Anger as soon as fed is dead; 'Tis starving makes it fat.”
  • Georg C. Lichtenberg
    Georg%20C.%20Lichtenberg
    “If all mankind were suddenly to practice honesty, many thousands of people would be sure to starve.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Feed your faith and doubt will starve to death”
  • Mark Twain
    Mark%20Twain
    “If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you; that is the principal difference between a dog and a man.”
  • Andrea Dworkin
    Andrea%20Dworkin
    “Undernourished, intelligence becomes like the bloated belly of a starving child: swollen, filled with nothing the body can use.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. sterven, to die, AS. steorfan,; akin to D. sterven, G. sterben, OHG. sterban, Icel. starf, labor, toil

Usage

In literature:

Him starving this year.
"The Woman from Outside" by Hulbert Footner
She was starved two days, taking about 1-1/2 oz.
"The Starvation Treatment of Diabetes" by Lewis Webb Hill
A willingness is expressed to help make England give up the plan to starve out Germany.
"New York Times Current History; The European War, Vol 2, No. 4, July, 1915" by Various
I need all it can give: I'm starving for it.
"The Flaming Jewel" by Robert W. Chambers
If you would wish to starve your family, be a Drunkard; for that will consume the means of their support.
"Select Temperance Tracts" by American Tract Society
Sell yourself or you shall starve.
"Woman on Her Own, False Gods & The Red Robe" by Eugène Brieux
No more starving for Jacques then.
"My Sword's My Fortune" by Herbert Hayens
Without help at this juncture the little party must either have starved or fallen into the hands of their enemies.
"The True Story Book"
He begged, and he stole, and he cut throats, and starved at that, by the powers!
"Treasure Island" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Let him starve himself body and soul.
"The Dominant Dollar" by Will Lillibridge
The sight and smell of it goaded the starved creature to madness.
"A Budget of Christmas Tales by Charles Dickens and Others" by Various
And in here you must give me a pass to freedom, or I remain here and starve.
"The Gay Rebellion" by Robert W. Chambers
Yet the masses were starving.
"British Socialism" by J. Ellis Barker
You would not really cast her out to starve.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
If the people could not kill game when they found it they would all starve.
"The Young Alaskans on the Trail" by Emerson Hough
His father felt so light, as if he was starving to death.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
Such is Russian humanity, to starve innocent people.
"Ghetto Comedies" by Israel Zangwill
But it is hard to be good when one is starving.
"The Book of Saints and Friendly Beasts" by Abbie Farwell Brown
You were very busy trying to find out why senile psychotics starve themselves to death.
"The Old Die Rich" by Horace Leonard Gold
There was nothing for it but to starve; and after all, what mattered it!
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 10 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
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In poetry:

We did not know the end was coming: nor why
It came; only that long before the end
Were many wanted to die. Then vultures starved
And sailed more slowly in the sky.
"The Return" by John Peale Bishop
'Food! food!' he cried, 'they feast tonight,
'And I have brought our share as well;
'Wife! we were starving—'twas our right!
'If not—as God wills—heaven or hell!'
"Leawood Hall" by Ernest Jones
"Food! food!" he cried, "they feast to-night,
"And I have brought our share as well;
"Wife! we were starving—'twas our right!
"If not—as God wills—heaven or hell!"
"Plough And Loom" by Ernest Jones
Perchance it may be better so—at least
I have not made my heart a heart of stone,
Nor starved my boyhood of its goodly feast,
Nor walked where Beauty is a thing unknown.
"Apologia" by Oscar Wilde
'The fire of Heaven is lord of all things good,
And starve not thou this fire within thy blood,
But follow Vivien through the fiery flood!
The fire of Heaven is not the flame of Hell!'
"Balin and Balan" by Alfred Lord Tennyson
Still must this body starve our souls with shade;
But when Death makes us what we were before,
Then shall her sunshine all our depths invade,
And not a shadow stain heaven's crystal floor.
"Das Ewig-Weibliche" by James Russell Lowell

In news:

Bellachino's bagel sandwich gets Starving Student's vote.
Warming climate may starve bamboo -eating pandas.
"People are starving for something cultural that is a work of genius".
Hostess sweets have tempted the sugar-starved among us for more than eight decades.
How about between the governor and the cash-starved cities.
McDonald's starved for ideas as Burger King lures diners.
McDonald's Starved for Ideas as Burger King Lures Diners.
Fall comes to life at Starved Rock.
The fall colors are starting coming to life at Starved Rock State Park in Utica, Ill.
One of the most important topics we should be talking about is how to help seniors who are starving for income.
Many coming in starved or abused.
The first reactor-on-a-barge will bring power to Russia´s electricity-starved Arctic.
Climate summit negotiators fiddle while the world prepares to starve.
Starved for attention, the boys accepted Jerry Sandusky's friendship without hesitation.
(KNSI) Officials are asking a judge to terminate the parental rights of a Minnesota couple accused of starving one of their four children.
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In science:

The fact that these solutions are computationally more intensive or require the practitioner to set subjective threshold levels makes them less attractive than the WK MDL solution; more importantly, they do not address the sample starved setting in their analysis or their simulations either.
Sample eigenvalue based detection of high dimensional signals in white noise using relatively few samples
Van Trees discusses the various techniques for estimating the number of signals in Section 7.8 of ; the sample starved setting where m = O(n) or m < n is not treated in the simulations either.
Sample eigenvalue based detection of high dimensional signals in white noise using relatively few samples
The “classical” notion of large sample consistency does not adequately capture the suitability of an estimator in high dimensional, sample starved settings when m < n or m = O(n).
Sample eigenvalue based detection of high dimensional signals in white noise using relatively few samples
At the same time, however, one should not expect the signal identifiability/unidentifiability predictions in Section VI to be accurate in the severely sample starved settings where m ≪ n.
Sample eigenvalue based detection of high dimensional signals in white noise using relatively few samples
Thus, we did not consider largest eigenvalue tests in sample starved settings of the sort developed in , and the references therein.
Sample eigenvalue based detection of high dimensional signals in white noise using relatively few samples
We simulated to confirm how the diocotron instability affects the global structure of the disc over 20 rotation periods for the pair starved electrosphere, which is barely acceptable to carry out for our present environment.
A Particle Simulation for the Axisymmetric Pulsar Magnetosphere: II. the case of dipole field
We confirmed the pair starved static electrosphere shifts to the steady structure by the pair plasma in the gaps.
A Particle Simulation for the Axisymmetric Pulsar Magnetosphere: II. the case of dipole field
The Voltage Control Oscillator (VCO) consists of a ring oscillator with seven “starved” inverters whose delays are controlled by the charge pump delivered voltage.
Development and validation of a 64 channel front end ASIC for 3D directional detection for MIMAC
Once CPU starves, the operating system runqueue length increases and loadaverage exceeds the number of CPUs.
Exploring Oracle RDBMS latches using Solaris DTrace
Hence it is important to check whether microlensing sources will be photon-rich or photon-starved.
Bringing closure to microlensing mass measurement
Some models of charge acceleration in pulsar magnetospheres find that significantly charge-starved regions can exist just above the stellar surface (∼ 104 cm), so that the charges receive most of their acceleration there [2, 3, 4], well below the altitude at which fg begins to exceed 2.
TeV mu Neutrinos from Young Neutron Stars
The difference between an active and a non-active galaxy in this scenario is the fact that, in the former, the SMBH is actively accreting mass, while in the non-active galaxies, the SMBH is “starving”.
Observational Overview of the Feeding of Active Galactic Nuclei
Motivated by the suggestion that reionization proceeds very gradually in a “photon-starved ” regime (as suggested by the interpretation of the z ∼ > 5 Lyα forest by Bolton & Haehnelt 2007), Choudhury et al. (2009) have modeled the distribution of absorption systems and their impact on reionization morphology.
The distribution of Lyman-limit absorption systems during and after reionization
The resource-starved nature of sensor networks poses great challenges for security.
Data Aggregation and Privacy for Police Patrols
Indeed, since the choice between doing a synchronisation on b or an output on a is done by a single player, the infinite play where the output on a is never performed is maximal: no player starve, we just have a player that repeatedly chooses the same branch, in an unfair way.
Innocent strategies as presheaves and interactive equivalences for CCS (expanded version)
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