surprising

Definitions

  • "'This is a delightful surprise.'"
    "'This is a delightful surprise.'"
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj surprising causing surprise or wonder or amazement "the report shows a surprising lack of hard factual data","leaped up with surprising agility","she earned a surprising amount of money"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

THE CAMP.—A NIGHT SURPRISE THE CAMP.—A NIGHT SURPRISE
ANOTHER NIGHT SURPRISE AT CHOBHAM ANOTHER NIGHT SURPRISE AT CHOBHAM
THE COLONIAL SURPRISE-PARTY AT TRENTON THE COLONIAL SURPRISE-PARTY AT TRENTON
The Surprise 79 The Surprise 79
surprised at the time surprised at the time

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There are at least six universal facial expressions. They are: happiness, sadness, disgust, fear, anger and surprise
    • a Surprising Exciting surprise; extraordinary; of a nature to excite wonder and astonishment; as, surprising bravery; a surprising escape from danger.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: 27 percent of U.S. male college students believe life is "a meaningless existential hell." (big surprise, eh?)
    • surprising Exciting surprise; extraordinary; astonishing; of a nature to call out wonder or admiration: as, surprising bravery; a surprising escape.
    • surprising Synonyms Strange, Curious, etc. See wonderful.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: When Coca-Cola was invented, American tourists that visited Spain were surprised to see that Coke was three times as expensive as a glass of brandy
    • adj Surprising exciting surprise: wonderful: unexpected
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Quotations

  • George S. Patton
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    “Don't tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results.”
  • Vladimir Nabokov
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    “Life is a great surprise. I don't see why death should not be an even greater one.”
  • David Steindl-Rast
    David Steindl-Rast
    “Love wholeheartedly, be surprised, give thanks and praise then you will discover the fullness of your life.”
  • Barbara Kingsolver
    Barbara Kingsolver
    “It is surprising how much of memory is built around things unnoticed at the time.”
  • Hubert H. Humphrey
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    “Behind every successful man is a proud wife and a surprised mother-in-law.”
  • Walter Linn
    Walter Linn
    “It is surprising what a man can do when he has to, and how little most men will do when they don't have to.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—surpris, pa.p. of surprendre—L. super, over, prehendĕre, to catch.

Usage

In literature:

The Penfolds looked a little surprised, but not much.
"Foul Play" by Charles Reade
She could, at times, be surprisingly demure.
"A Far Country, Complete" by Winston Churchill
When the National troops entered the town the citizens were taken by surprise.
"Memoirs of Three Civil War Generals, Complete" by U. S. Grant, W. T. Sherman, P. H. Sheridan
To one hitherto accustomed to England, the emptiness of the country, even quite near to Athens, was at first surprising.
"In the Wilderness" by Robert Hichens
Come, go back with me, and I promise you a pleasant surprise.
"The Clique of Gold" by Emile Gaboriau
Neale was suddenly seized with surprise and remorse.
"The U.P. Trail" by Zane Grey
She was surprised to see him.
"Galusha the Magnificent" by Joseph C. Lincoln
Indeed, I'm surprised at myself.
"The Rainbow Trail" by Zane Grey
To her surprise, the usually tolerant Susan did not wholly approve of Mr. Spence.
"A Modern Chronicle, Complete" by Winston Churchill
To the surprise of many good people, the Judge had recently formed another habit.
"The Crisis, Complete" by Winston Churchill
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In poetry:

At clear stars, water, woods, the flowers,
She looks with great wide eyes.
The world to her a marvel is,
And life a rich surprise.
"Immortal Eve - III" by Manmohan Ghose
“’The perfect face, and shed on it
A charm, half feeling, half surprise,
And brim with dreams the exquisite
Brown blessèd eyes.
"The Letter L" by Jean Ingelow
Then in the Prisoner's weary eyes
A sudden light lit up once more,
The women saw him with surprise,
And pity for the chains he bore.
"His Rubies: Told" by Laurence Hope
She is madonna in an art
As wild and young as her sweet eyes:
A frail dew flower from this hot lamp
That is today's divine surprise.
"Mae Marsh, Motion Picture Actress" by Vachel Lindsay
SIR JOSEPH. My pain and my distress
Again it is not easy to express.
My amazement, my surprise,
Again you may discover from my eyes.
"HMS Pinafore: Act II" by William Schwenck Gilbert
A vague regret, a troubled prayer,
And then the future vast and fair
Will tempt your young and eager eyes
With all its glad surprise.
"Too Late" by John Hay

In news:

Wilma Rosenow looks surprised as Daryl Ruff on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle appears in the community room at Narrows Glen Vintage Senior Living in Tacoma for her 105th birthday party on Wednesday, July 2, 2012.
Recent Gallup Poll Not Surprising.
The campaigns of Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama are gaining a Spanish accent , and it's no surprise.
Somewhat surprisingly, this has flown under the radar except for diehard baseball fans.
Surprisingly, and fortunately, she survived.
AT&T made a surprise move and activated 4G LTE services in metro Tulsa on Wednesday.
If you've got a commercial free lunch requests, just call 704-570-1065 and be surprised if he answers the phone.
Perhaps this shouldn't surprise us.
Not surprisingly, they called themselves ACUTA , the Association of College and University Telecommunications Administrators.
At a small school like First Baptist Academy, the fact that he did isn't a surprise.
No surprise, but that was always my favorite part of carving a pumpkin when I was a kid.
But in a surprise, the bill failed.
It's great that it's being recognized at the BAFTAs but that it hasn't at the Golden Globes is not surprising.
As for the bagpipes , well, it doesn't surprise me that we have Neanderthals to thank for them.
"Some of you will be surprised, but yes, like you I'm a House head," confesses Pedro Winter, a.k.a.
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In science:

This surprising result follows from the fact that the reduced density matrices for a pure state represented by a matrix F are given by ρA (F ) = F F † and ρT B (F ) = F †F .
Optimal local discrimination of two multipartite pure states
This result, (16), is surprising in the sense, that the extreme statistics calculation for the formation of a domain leads to the exactly same scaling as the optimization of a domain wall energy on successive scales in Binder’s argument.
Susceptibility and Percolation in 2D Random Field Ising Magnets
We believe, that this surprising phenomenon is due to that we are approaching the part in the phase diagram Fig. 7, where the percolation lines of up and down spins are getting close to each other.
Susceptibility and Percolation in 2D Random Field Ising Magnets
Perhaps not surprisingly, these results have triggered a flood of theoretical attempts to construct models for the neutrino mass matrix, after all they provide the first window into physics beyond the standard model.
Comment on: Neutrino Mass Anarchy
Perhaps surprisingly, the first example, unbiased simple random walk, is not the fastest.
Fast graphs for the random walker
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