tenacious

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj tenacious sticking together "two coherent sheets","tenacious burrs"
    • adj tenacious good at remembering "a retentive mind","tenacious memory"
    • adj tenacious stubbornly unyielding "dogged persistence","dour determination","the most vocal and pertinacious of all the critics","a mind not gifted to discover truth but tenacious to hold it"- T.S.Eliot","men tenacious of opinion"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Tenacious Apt to adhere to another substance; glutinous; viscous; sticking; adhesive. "Female feet, too weak to struggle with tenacious clay."
    • Tenacious Apt to retain; retentive; as, a tenacious memory.
    • Tenacious Having parts apt to adhere to each other; cohesive; tough; as, steel is a tenacious metal; tar is more tenacious than oil.
    • Tenacious Holding fast, or inclined to hold fast; inclined to retain what is in possession; as, men tenacious of their just rights.
    • Tenacious Holding stoutly to one's opinion or purpose; obstinate; stubborn.
    • Tenacious Niggardly; closefisted; miserly.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • tenacious Holding fast, or inclined to hold fast; inclined to retain what is in possession: with of before the thing held; hence, stubborn; obstinate.
    • tenacious Retentive; apt to retain long what is committed to it: said of the memory.
    • tenacious Niggardly; close-fisted.
    • tenacious Apt to adhere to another substance; adhesive, as ropy, glutinous, or viscous matter; sticky; viscid: as, few substances are so tenacious as tar.
    • tenacious Tough; having great cohesive force between its particles, so that they resist any effort to pull or force them asunder: as, steel is the most tenacious of all known substances.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Tenacious tē-nā′shus retaining or holding fast: apt to stick: stubborn
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Quotations

  • Leonard Sidney Woolf
    Leonard Sidney Woolf
    “There is nothing to which men cling more tenaciously than the privileges of class.”
  • Paul De Man
    Paul De Man
    “Metaphors are much more tenacious than facts.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. tenax, -acis, from tenere, to hold. See Tenable, and cf. Tenace
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. tenaxtenēre.

Usage

In literature:

Impetuous, tenacious of purpose, iron will, one idea, and all that sort of thing.
"The American Baron" by James De Mille
It will hold tenaciously there, the last of its race, days after the decay of its greener and more healthy-looking mates.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, No. CCCXXXIX. January, 1844. Vol. LV." by Various
Conservatism is displayed in its perfection in the tenacious adherence of official underlings to established forms and venerable routine.
"Notes & Queries, No. 27. Saturday, May 4, 1850" by Various
She had been in the midst of the fury of the most tenacious fighting within a small space that the war had yet to chronicle.
"The Last Shot" by Frederick Palmer
But he clung tenaciously to the one idea.
"Rosa Mundi and Other Stories" by Ethel M. Dell
I take great pains to inform myself, then I cling to my opinions tenaciously, and in argument my temper gets the better of me.
"Lady Rose's Daughter" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
The lords were tenacious of their privileges; or, one would think, there was no need to renew their charter.
"An History of Birmingham (1783)" by William Hutton
This glue is wonderfully tenacious and will actually hold the edges of paper together.
"Disputed Handwriting" by Jerome B. Lavay
And wheat has, beyond all other grains, the unique properties that make possible a light, porous yet somewhat tenacious loaf.
"Everyday Foods in War Time" by Mary Swartz Rose
He is very tenacious of his plans.
"Helmet of Navarre" by Bertha Runkle
The squire always objected to their using carriages of any kind, and is still a little tenacious on this point.
"Bracebridge Hall" by Washington Irving
At any rate, the pomp of Paris served but to root his youthful affections more tenaciously in the rocks of Corsica.
"The Life of Napoleon I (Volumes, 1 and 2)" by John Holland Rose
I swear to you that the succubus came, irritant and palpable and most tenacious.
"Là-bas" by J. K. Huysmans
But Mr. Harrington is a deft and tenacious combatant.
"Sketches In The House (1893)" by T. P. O'Connor
Charles held tenaciously to his position.
"Charles the Bold" by Ruth Putnam
These people whom everybody expects to die, live on most tenaciously.
"Around The Tea-Table" by T. De Witt Talmage
They may be good-hearted, Lord Wheatley, but they are tenacious of their rights.
"McClure's Magazine, Vol. 6, No. 5, April, 1896" by Various
They knew him tenacious, able; no mere theorist.
"With Steyn and De Wet" by Philip Pienaar
But our admiration for the subtle and tenacious power of this corporation must not blind us to its essentially political character.
"Outspoken Essays" by William Ralph Inge
But although he was sadly confused and put to shame, he hung on to the "lost cause" tenaciously.
"The Underground Railroad" by William Still
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In poetry:

Immortal lid, I lift my own to thee!
Tenacious lid, that Time nor dents nor tears!
Symbol encrusted with antiquity! --
The dear old Paper Cap that Labor wears.
"Ballade Of A Moss-Grown Symbol" by Bert Leston Taylor
Hero of history, what art thou scheming,
Spanning thus easily so much of Earth,
Holding tenaciously, too, in thy dreaming
Wave-beaten Corsica, isle of thy birth?
"To The Portrait Of Napoleon, As First Consul" by John Lawson Stoddard
But he resolves to save the on-coming train,
So every nerve and muscle he does strain,
And he trudges along dauntlessly on his crutches,
And tenaciously to them he clutches.
"Saving a Train" by William Topaz McGonagall
Rho. Tenacious Tyrant, in whose flinty heart
Nor equity, nor justice ere had part:
Assure thy selfe thy guilty soule shall feele
Revenges hand, arm'd with a scourge of steele.
Exeunt.
"Rhodon And Iris. Act II" by Ralph Knevet
But when he saw George Barnwell was to be hung
The dread of murdering his uncle tenaciously to him clung,
That he couldn't murder and rob his uncle dear,
Because the play he saw enacted filled his heart with fear.
"Lines in Defence of the Stage" by William Topaz McGonagall
The casements and the dials, one by one.
Their huge eyes gazing in a foolish stare.
Witnessed the ruin of his ardour there;
But still the old, tenacious ferryman
Firm in his teeth--for God knows when, indeed--
Held the green reed.
"The Ferryman" by Emile Verhaeren

In news:

The line up is incredible, with artists like Tenacious D, Fun.
Tenacious D @ Hammerstein Ballroom: June 28, 2012.
It takes a certain mindset to survive life on the road, and Tenacious D may have just found the perfect roadie.
Stabbing at Tenacious D Show.
Tenacious D and Dave Grohl.
In a star-studded short film titled "To Be The Best" Tenacious D sort-of, formally, not -really announce their return.
Tenacious D 'Rize' Again in Official 'Rize of the Fenix' Video.
Tenacious D Trailer with Dave Grohl.
Jack Black and Kyle Gass aka Tenacious D don hooded capes, play acoustic guitars (one of which morphs into a sword) and shoot lasers outta their eyes in the official video for 'Rize of the Fenix.
'Rize' up: Tenacious D at Hard Rock Live.
YouTubeThe dudes from Tenacious D are making their way back on to the scene with a new album.
Tenacious D played a hard-rocking show at SDSU's Open Air Theatre on July 29.
Tenacious D Perform "Roadie" on 'Late Show with David Letterman'.
Tenacious D Premiere "Rize of the Fenix" Video.
Tenacious D Streaming New Album, 'Rize of the Fenix'.
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In science:

For k = 3 only two “tenacious” walls out of three are left, etc.
Witten index in supersymmetric 3d theories revisited
The various strange effects of SR are nothing but the reflections of antimatter which is in a subordinate status (|χ| < |θ|) and is just displaying its presence tenaciously .
Lamb shift calculated by simple noncovariant method
Stephen Moss, my new office mate, also brings a tenacious quest for deep understanding to the experiment.
Bose-Einstein Condensation of Atomic Hydrogen
We discuss this with an explicit example in section 4. (See footnote 11 for instance.) The structure of (23) is “tenacious”: it is not so sensitive to the d0 -structures.
Pure spinor computation towards open string three-loop
Fortunately, the tenaciousness that was observed in the two-loop analysis seems to persist in the three-loop as well.
Pure spinor computation towards open string three-loop
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