• WordNet 3.6
    • n temporizer someone who temporizes; someone who tries to gain time or who waits for a favorable time
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: David Atchison, as president pro tempore of the Senate in 1849, was U-S president for one day - Sunday, March 4th - pending the inauguration of President-elect Zachary Taylor on Monday, March 5th.
    • n Temporizer One who temporizes; one who yields to the time, or complies with the prevailing opinions, fashions, or occasions; a trimmer. "A sort of temporizers , ready to embrace and maintain all that is, or shall be, proposed, in hope of preferment."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n temporizer One who temporizes; one who yields to the time or complies with the prevailing opinions, fashions, or occasions; a trimmer; a time-server. Also spelled temporiser.
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  • Siddha Nagarjuna
    Siddha Nagarjuna
    “This body, full of faults, has yet one great quality: Whatever it encounters in this temporal life depends upon one's actions.”
  • John Updike
    “That a marriage ends is less than ideal; but all things end under heaven, and if temporality is held to be invalidating, then nothing real succeeds.”
  • Ambrose Bierce
    “Before undergoing a surgical operation, arrange your temporal affairs. You may live.”


In literature:

The spark of self-preservation flew hither and about in search of expediencies, temporizations.
"The Drums Of Jeopardy" by Harold MacGrath
And so the Court, growing momentarily wise again under the spur of fear, preferred to temporize.
"Scaramouche" by Rafael Sabatini
We need the discipline of bereavement in temporal things, to win us to things eternal.
"The Crown of Thorns" by E. H. Chapin
He sought to temporize.
"Captain Blood" by Rafael Sabatini
The spiritual and temporal pastors of the mine flock were very good friends.
"Nostromo: A Tale of the Seaboard" by Joseph Conrad
The foregoing letter shows how much greater was Christina's anxiety for the eternal than for the temporal welfare of her sons.
"The Way of All Flesh" by Samuel Butler
They were not to do either temporal or spiritual good.
"History of the Moravian Church" by J. E. Hutton
And whilst she was thus temporizing, events took place at Eastbank which ended by rudely disturbing the pious falsehood at Raby Hall.
"Put Yourself in His Place" by Charles Reade
Of the temporal grandees of the realm, and of their wives and daughters, the muster was great and splendid.
"The History of England from the Accession of James II." by Thomas Babington Macaulay
He began to temporize and finally backed out.
"Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete" by Albert Bigelow Paine

In poetry:

These light afflictions are but temporal
things —
To rise above them, wilt Thou lend me
"In Convalescence" by Fay Inchfawn
Now breaking up the crust of temporal strife,
Who reads their acts enshrined in History, sees
That Tyrants were the Revolutionaries,
The Rebels men heart-vowed to hallowed life.
"The Century Of Garibaldi" by George Meredith
For huge possessions render slack
The power we need to hold them fast;
Save when a quickened heart shall make
Our people one, to meet what blast
May blow from temporal heavens overcast.
"The Call" by George Meredith
MOSCON. Clarin, from the first to last,
All your life you've been a trickster,
A smart temporizing toady,
A bold flatterer, a trimmer,
Since you praise the thoughts of others,
And ne'er speak your own.
"The Wonder-Working Magician - Act I" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
New sulphur on the sin-incarnadined . . .
Ah, Love! still temporal, and still atmospheric,
Teleologically unperturbed,
We share a peace by no divine divined,
An earthly garden hidden from any cleric,
Untrodden of God, by no Eternal curbed.
"The True Beatitude (Bouts-Rimes)" by Rupert Brooke
Are we pledged to craven silence? Oh, fling it to the wind,
The parchment wall that bars us from the least of human kind,
That makes us cringe and temporize, and dumbly stand at rest,
While Pity's burning flood of words is red-hot in the breast!
"On The Capture Of Fugitive Slaves Near Washington" by James Russell Lowell

In news:

Recent work in statistical topic models has investigated richer structures to capture either temporal or inter-topic correlations.
The author conducted a retrospective review of the clinical presentation, management, and complications of temporal bone osteoma in young adolescents.
Matheny out, Johnson in as House GOP elects speaker pro tempore .
Naples' Richter named Florida Senate president pro tempore .
In the first appointment to his leadership team, incoming Senate President Don Gaetz today named Naples Republican Garrett Richter as president pro tempore .
Richter, whose appointment was announced Wednesday, will serve as president pro tempore , and will effectively be Gaetz's top lieutenant.
Mike Jackson to serve as Speaker Pro Tempore .
The Oklahoma House Republican caucus today elected Rep Mike Jackson, R-Enid, to serve as Speaker Pro Tempore in the next legislative session.
The Oklahoma House Republican Caucus elected Rep Mike Jackson, R-Enid, Thursday to serve as speaker pro tempore in the next legislative session.
The Birth is one of those miracles of literature in which the divine and the temporal.
A temporally uncertain Otterbein tableau .
Temporal Wnt Modification Generates Pure Cardiomyocyte Populations from hPSCs.
Region's first Temporal Lobectomy patient seizure-free after surgery.
But then it hit us — in today's shuffle-driven iPod world, with the pace of pop culture moving at breakneck speed, it's pointless to make such temporal distinctions.
Phil Mendelson is the new chairman, and Michael Brown now has the near-meaningless second-in-command title of Chairman Pro Tempore.

In science:

In Figure 9 we represent the power spectrum S (f ) (log-log) obtained by averaging 305 temporal series of 16384 time-steps. A power law described by S (f ) ∼ f φ with φ = −1.92 ± 0.09 is in good agreement with the data.
Self-Organized Critical Random Boolean Networks
Notice the large corrections to finite size scaling of the width in both the temporal and spatial domains.
Anomalous Roughness, Localization, and Globally Constrained Random Walks
They observed that the long-time particle distribution that evolves from an initial smooth distribution exhibits an “extreme form of temporally intermittent bursting” on the chaotic side near the transition.
Mechanism of synchronization in a random dynamical system
It is also known that when h⊥ is slightly positive, some dynamical variables of the system can exhibit an extreme type of temporal intermittent bursting behavior: on-off intermittency [14,28].
Mechanism of synchronization in a random dynamical system
Eq. (2) solves a boundary value problem: given the temporal evolution A(0, t) at some location x = 0, eq. (2) determines the wave motion over all space, A(x, t).
Freak Waves in Random Oceanic Sea States