surely

Definitions

  • SLOW AND SURE
    SLOW AND SURE
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adv surely definitely or positively (`sure' is sometimes used informally for `surely') "the results are surely encouraging","she certainly is a hard worker","it's going to be a good day for sure","they are coming, for certain","they thought he had been killed sure enough","he'll win sure as shooting","they sure smell good","sure he'll come"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A DUSTY JOB A SURE SALE A DUSTY JOB A SURE SALE
BUT ARE YOU SURE THAT THIS CHAIR IS GENUINE CHARLES II BUT ARE YOU SURE THAT THIS CHAIR IS GENUINE CHARLES II
Are you sure you know what kind of cap you do want Are you sure you know what kind of cap you do want
"WHAT THE GOOD-MAN DOES IS SURE TO BE RIGHT!" "WHAT THE GOOD-MAN DOES IS SURE TO BE RIGHT!"

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The gases emitted from a banana or an apple can help an orange ripen. (Not sure which fruits are concerned).
    • Surely In a sure or certain manner; certainly; infallibly; undoubtedly; assuredly. "In the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.""He that created something out of nothing, surely can raise great things out of small."
    • Surely Without danger; firmly; steadly; securely. "He that walketh uprightly walketh surely ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The Sahara Desert is over twice as big as the second largest desert in the world, The Australian Desert. The Sahara is 3.5 million square miles compared to the 1.47 million square miles of the Australian. This is "true" in the generic sense of the Autralian Desert. There is no Australian Desert. It is divided into many different deserts. What would be true would be to say the Sahara is bigger than the desert space in Australia (which is A LOT not sure how much as a percentage of the total land mass of australia).
    • surely Certainly; infallibly; undoubtedly; assuredly: often used, like doubtless, in a manner implying doubt or question.
    • surely Firmly; stably; safely; securely.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: George Washington was deathly afraid of being buried alive. After he died, he wanted to be laid out for three days just to make sure he was dead.
    • advs Surely firmly, safely: certainly, assuredly
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Quotations

  • Vinet
    Vinet
    “Doing leads more surely to talking than talking to doing.”
  • Henry Miller
    Henry%20Miller
    “If men cease to believe that they will one day become gods then they will surely become worms.”
  • John Ruskin
    John%20Ruskin
    “Be sure that you go to the author to get at his meaning, not to find yours.”
  • Graham Greene
    Graham%20Greene
    “When we are not sure, we are alive.”
  • John Lennon
    John%20Lennon
    “The more I see the less I know for sure.”
  • H. L. Mencken
    H.%20L.%20Mencken
    “It is the dull man who is always sure, and the sure man who is always dull.”

Idioms

Slow but sure - If something or someone is slow but sure, they may take their time to do something, but they are reliable.
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Sure as eggs is eggs - These means absolutely certain, and we do say 'is' even though it is grammatically wrong.
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Sure-fire - If something is sure-fire, it is certain to succeed. ('Surefire' is also used.)
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr, seür (Fr. sûr)—L. securusse-, apart from, cura, care.

Usage

In literature:

Always having had I may be sure that I always shall have.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
I am sure you would be delighted with her.
"The Lone Ranche" by Captain Mayne Reid
We ought to keep watch till it's time to get up, but I am sure we shouldn't keep awake.
"Held Fast For England" by G. A. Henty
You're sure it hasn't been stolen from you?
"The Lion's Mouse" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
Surely he will not give her to him, after all this.
"The Comedies of Terence" by Publius Terentius Afer, (AKA) Terence
Surely, surely, I am an improvement on Mary Jane?
"Molly Bawn" by Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
Wadley was not sure, but he intended to find out.
"Oh, You Tex!" by William Macleod Raine
She felt sure that it was Lady Mason, but she could not be quite sure.
"Orley Farm" by Anthony Trollope
It is surely the pursuing colonists, and as sure with Sime Woodley at their head.
"The Death Shot" by Mayne Reid
I cared not much for that, for surely I was a match for the stripling we meant to chase.
"The War Trail" by Mayne Reid
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In poetry:

But surely, though it die or live,
Your face was worth
All that a man may think to give
On earth.
"Adieux à Marie Stuart" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
Had I many,
Had I any,
(For this heart is none)
All were thine
And none of mine,
Surely thine alone.
"An Offering" by George Herbert
"Nay, now, nay,"
Quoth the good dame.
"I cannot," Muriel cried;
"He does not, surely, think I should."
"Laurance - [Part 3]" by Jean Ingelow
Yet thy poor endure,
And are with us yet;
Be thy name a sure
Refuge for thy poor
Whom men's eyes forget.
"Christmas Antiphones" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
Any little English babies --
Babies such as I --
If they lived the life that you do,
I am sure, would die.
"To A Kaffir Baby" by Edith L M King
It seemed as if he came
Home from a happy land,
To tell me something that my heart
Would surely understand.
"The Message" by Henry Van Dyke

In news:

We're not sure he knew what was coming when his family had him try a super sour candy.
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0 I f they gave an Oscar for best film title, Art School Confidential one would surely grab the statuette.
I'm sure Cardinal O'Malley never thought it would come to this.
Muhammed Lawal fights Roger Gracie this weekend, and he's not sure where a victory puts him in the title picture.
Engadget, which posted this photo – and others – earlier today, says it's a sure thing.
I'm sure you see plenty of asshole parking jobs, take a picture and email me.
This holiday season, any gift that starts with a lower-case i is sure to be in hot demand.
She said she wasn't sure what to do with herself, so that's why she went shopping.
Sure you sometimes like it a little dirty in bed—but a dirty bed.
Sure, most memories of this are hazy.
The fellows hanging out at the bar thought for sure they were making sucker bets when hearing what the two young broke guys proposed.
The sure cure for newsroom blahs .
New West Michigan nightspots are sure bets to chase away the winter blahs .
Sure, it's not happening for over another week, and you may have not even thought about New Year's Eve, with Christmas still looming.
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In science:

In the case of potentials with polynomial tails, the arguments sketched above show that Lt/N (t) → 1 almost surely, which suffices to infer both weak and almost sure limits of Lt from those of N (t).
Weak and almost sure limits for the parabolic Anderson model with heavy tailed potentials
Finally, in Section 4.4 we find almost sure estimates for N (t) and N (t) using the bounds for Mr and then find the almost sure asymptotics for Lt stated in Theorem 1.3.
Weak and almost sure limits for the parabolic Anderson model with heavy tailed potentials
To prove almost sure convergence, a different approach is required; see [4, 18] for two different ways of obtaining the almost sure invariance principle in the case of a random walk on the supercritical percolation cluster.
Isoperimetric inequalities and mixing time for a random walk on a random point process
SAT almost surely. • if α > αc (x), a random formula is x-UNSAT almost surely.
Geometrical organization of solutions to random linear Boolean equations
Hence, the almost sure spectral components are independent of n, and it suffices to prove almost sure pure point spectrum for H1 , for example. 2([tn−1 , ∞)) are obtained from functions Remark 2.2.
Anderson Localization for radial tree-like random quantum graphs
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