thorough

Definitions

  • Fancy Picture of Hanwellian Admirer of the Ibsenesque Drama thoroughly enjoying himself
    Fancy Picture of Hanwellian Admirer of the Ibsenesque Drama thoroughly enjoying himself
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj thorough painstakingly careful and accurate "our accountant is thorough","thorough research"
    • adj thorough performed comprehensively and completely "an exhaustive study","made a thorough search","thoroughgoing research"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Thorough A furrow between two ridges, to drain off the surface water.
    • Thorough Passing through or to the end; hence, complete; perfect; as, a thorough reformation; thorough work; a thorough translator; a thorough poet.
    • Thorough Passing through; as, thorough lights in a house.
    • Thorough Thoroughly. "Wash me throughly from mine iniquity.""To dare in fields is valor; but how few
      Dare to be throughly valiant to be true?"
    • prep Thorough Through. "Thorow bramble, pits, and floods."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • thorough Through. See through, a later form of thorough, now the exclusive form as a preposition and adverb.
    • thorough Through: as, thoroughgoing. See through, adverb
    • thorough Going through; through, in a literal sense: a form now occurring only in dialectal use or in certain phrases and compounds. See through, adjective
    • thorough Going through, as to the end or bottom of anything; thoroughgoing. Hence— Penetrating; searching; sharp; keen.
    • thorough Leaving nothing undone; slighting nothing; not superficial.
    • thorough Fully executed; having no deficiencies; hence, complete in all respects; unqualified; perfect.
    • thorough Earnest; ardent. [Rare.]
    • n thorough That which goes through. Specifically— A thoroughfare; a passage; a channel.
    • n thorough A furrow between two ridges.
    • n thorough Same as perpend.
    • n thorough In Brit. hist., in the reign of Charles I., the policy of Strafford and Laud of conducting or carrying through (‘thorough’) the administration of public affairs without regard to obstacles. Hence the word is associated with their system of tyranny.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Thorough thur′ō passing through or to the end: complete: entire
    • prep Thorough (obs.) through
    • n Thorough that which goes through, a passage: the blind and obstinately tyrannical policy of Strafford and Laud in administering civil and ecclesiastical affairs without regard to opposite convictions
    • n Thorough an animal, esp. a horse, of pure blood—of race-horses, one all of whose ancestors for seven generations (five in America) are recorded in the stud-book
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Quotations

  • Francois De La Rochefoucauld
    Francois%20De%20La%20Rochefoucauld
    “Our desires always disappoint us; for though we meet with something that gives us satisfaction, yet it never thoroughly answers our expectation.”
  • Thomas B. Macaulay
    Thomas%20B.%20Macaulay
    “She thoroughly understands what no other Church has ever understood, how to deal with enthusiasts.”
  • Saskya Pandita
    Saskya Pandita
    “Not to be cheered by praise, not to be grieved by blame, but to know thoroughly ones own virtues or powers are the characteristics of an excellent man.”
  • Theodore Roosevelt
    Theodore%20Roosevelt
    “A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education.”
  • Samuel Butler
    Samuel%20Butler
    “Conscience is thoroughly well-bred and soon leaves off talking to those who do not wish to hear it.”
  • John Locke
    John%20Locke
    “The only fence against the world is a thorough knowledge of it.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Through

Usage

In literature:

She taught him regularly every day for a long time, and taught him, he was convinced, thoroughly well.
"The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete" by John Forster
He now set about beautifying and making Gad's Hill thoroughly comfortable and homelike.
"The Letters of Charles Dickens" by Charles Dickens
A thoroughly black negro.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
He had made himself thoroughly understood; why did he not go?
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
Gives off poisonous dust when thoroughly dry.
"Practical Taxidermy" by Montagu Browne
Knead thoroughly about fifteen minutes and set to rise.
"The Golden Age Cook Book" by Henrietta Latham Dwight
The blood-rare breast is carved with the leg and the carcass then thoroughly squeezed in a press.
"The Suffrage Cook Book"
Mix and thoroughly rub together in an earthen vessel, then put into a bottle and pour over it four ozs.
"One Thousand Secrets of Wise and Rich Men Revealed" by C. A. Bogardus
The two seemed thoroughly to understand each other.
"The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte" by William Milligan Sloane
It is professional, individual dancing, taught thoroughly and completely.
"The Art of Stage Dancing" by Ned Wayburn
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In poetry:

These are burnt thoroughly away.
Only the first holds out a day
Beyond these latter loves that were
Made of mere heat and air.
"The Year of Love" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
She's taen him in her arms twa,
And gien him kisses thorough,
And wi' her tears she bathed his wounds,
Upo' the braes o' Yarrow.
"The Braes O' Yarrow" by Henry Morley
I clasped my true love in my arms,
I kissed her sweet lips thorough,
Her breast lay saft against my ain,
On the bonnie banks o' Yarrow.
"Yarrow" by Alexander Anderson
But unshared sorrows, gathering slow,
Will rise within thy heart,
Strange thoughts which like a sword will go
Thorough thy inward part.
"The Mother Mary" by George MacDonald
Now Langben Giant has got a wound,
And he’s waken’d thoroughly now;
So gladly would he have paid it back,
But, alas! he knew not how.
"Vidrik Verlandson (From The Old Danish) " by George Borrow
Alas! that man did thoroughly but know,
What gifts from Death unto the godly flow!
He ne'er wou'd dread his presence, but rejoice,
And for his coming cry with earnest voice!
"A Short Dissertation Against The Fear Of Death, And Concerning The Benefit That Accrues From A Right" by Rees Prichard

In news:

Working on a skeletal budget, the filmmaker did thorough research, interviewing Weston scholars as well as family members.
Thoroughly modern architecture center draws flak from some.
In many cases, however, thorough engineering analysis can delve deeper t.
This project requires thorough public review, not procedural corner-cutting.
So, it goes without saying that we had to be thorough with our "research" on a Seattle company that makes some pretty awesome hand-painted and one-of-a-kind footwear.
1 4-by-7-inch foam board (A thoroughly cleaned foam meat tray works great.).
Amazon Web Services has given a pretty thorough explanation of its S3 crash last week.
Edmunds.com's editors thoroughly researched the car's history before buying it.
BSN does not necessarily support or endorse view points expressed thorough this site.
The cast of "Thoroughly Modern Millie" from Ballston Spa High School is ready for the stage.
After a very long and thorough proposal evaluation process, the RTC selected MV Transportation Inc. RTC Ride adn MV Transportation Move to Turnkey Model in Northern Nevada.
Few lives have been as thoroughly documented as the life of Paul McCartney.
Informal, Unofficial, Thoroughly Unscientific Exit Poll: NY Federal Races.
Informal, Unofficial, Thoroughly Unscientific Exit Poll: Today's Voting.
If there's one complaint one could raise about Killer Mike's thoroughly Essential R.A.P.
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In science:

It is G(x, t) = δ(x − x(t)) where dxi dt = ǫij ∂j V (x), the equations which were thoroughly studied in .
Integer Quantum Hall Transition and Random SU(N) Rotation
A thorough study of the problem shows that at a classical level, P SL(2, R) acts as dynamical symmetry: it changes L by total derivative.
Random walks on the braid group B_3 and magnetic translations in hyperbolic geometry
A thorough discussion of the statistical ensemble of scale-free connected random tree graphs is presented.
Statistical ensemble of scale-free random graphs
Using these ground state techniques, most of the critical exponents have been determined with some precision; for a thorough recent study see Ref. .
Specific-Heat Exponent of Random-Field Systems via Ground-State Calculations
The Gaussian ensembles have been thoroughly studied by many authors and asymptotic properties in the limit N → ∞ are well known.
Vicious Random Walkers and a Discretization of Gaussian Random Matrix Ensembles
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