tolerance

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n tolerance the act of tolerating something
    • n tolerance a disposition to allow freedom of choice and behavior
    • n tolerance a permissible difference; allowing some freedom to move within limits
    • n tolerance the power or capacity of an organism to tolerate unfavorable environmental conditions
    • n tolerance willingness to recognize and respect the beliefs or practices of others
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Five thousandths of a millimeter is the tolerance of accuracy at the LEGO mould factories
    • Tolerance (Forestry) Capability of growth in more or less shade.
    • Tolerance (Immunology) the acquired inability to respond with an immune reaction to an antigen to which the organism normally responds; -- called also immunotolerance immunological tolerance, or immune tolerance. Such tolerance may be induced by exposing an animal to the antigen at a very early stage of life, prior to maturation of the immune system, or, in adults, by exposing the animal to repeated low doses of a weak protein antigen (low-zone tolerance), or to a large amount of an antigen (high-zone tolerance).
    • Tolerance (Coinage) the allowed amount of variation from the standard or from exact conformity to the specified dimensions, weight, hardness, voltage etc., in various mechanical or electrical devices or operations; -- caklled also allowance
    • Tolerance (Biochemistry) the capacity to resist the deleterious action of a chemical agent normally harmful to the organism; as, the acquired tolerance of bacteria to anitbiotics.
    • Tolerance The endurance of the presence or actions of objectionable persons, or of the expression of offensive opinions; toleration.
    • Tolerance The power or capacity of enduring; the act of enduring; endurance. "Diogenes, one frosty morning, came into the market place, shaking, to show his tolerance ."
    • Tolerance (Med) The power possessed or acquired by some persons of bearing doses of medicine which in ordinary cases would prove injurious or fatal.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Female and male black bears cannot tolerate being around each other except when they breed
    • n tolerance The capacity of a tree to endure shade.—6. In mech., an allowable amount of variation in the dimensions of a machine or part. A tolerance of.00025 of an inch is allowed above or below the exact dimension in fine machine parts.
    • n tolerance The state or character of being tolerant. The power or capacity of enduring; the act of enduring; endurance: as; tolerance of heat or cold.
    • n tolerance A disposition to be patient and indulgent toward those whose opinions or practices differ from one's own; freedom from bigotry or severity in judging of the opinions or conduct of others.
    • n tolerance The act of tolerating; toleration.
    • n tolerance In medicine, the power, either congenital or acquired, which an individual has of resistance to the action of a poison. Also toleration.
    • n tolerance In minting, same as allowance,7. See also remedy, 4. Also toleration.
    • n tolerance Synonyms . Catholicity, liberality.
    • n tolerance Tolerance, Toleration. Generally tolerance refers to the spirit, and toleration to the conduct. One may show toleration from policy, without really having the spirit of tolerance. See tolerate.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1850, Michigan's state constitution included the following line: "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, unless for the punishment of crime, shall ever be tolerated in this state." This inadvertently legalized slavery as an appropriate punishment for crime. It wasn't until 1963 that the grammar was fixed to outlaw slavery. The change required shifting the comma following "servitude" to the position after "slavery."
    • n Tolerance the tolerating or enduring of offensive persons or opinions, charity, patience, indulgence
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Quotations

  • Henri Frederic Amiel
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    “Clever people will recognize and tolerate nothing but cleverness.”
  • Agnes Repplier
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    “Humor brings insight and tolerance. Irony brings a deeper and less friendly understanding.”
  • W. Somerset Maugham
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    “You are not angry with people when you laugh at them. Humor teaches tolerance.”
  • Evans
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    “Lying is an indispensable part of making life tolerable.”
  • Franklin P. Jones
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    “Nothing makes you more tolerant of a neighbor's noisy party than being there.”
  • J. Yahl
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    “Perfection is our goal, excellence will be tolerated.”

Idioms

Zero tolerance - If the police have a zero tolerance policy, they will not overlook any crime, no matter how small or trivial.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. tolerantia,: cf. F. tolérance,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. tolerāre, -ātum, from tollĕre, to lift up.

Usage

In literature:

It was a tolerably light night.
"Verner's Pride" by Mrs. Henry Wood
There are in England abundance of men who tolerate in the true spirit of toleration.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. III. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
If I had meant to do so, perhaps they are stated with tolerable exactness.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. V. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
Much power is tolerated, and passes unquestioned, where much is yielded to opinion.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. VI. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
The more this indulgence was tolerated, the more exacting it became.
"The Memories of Fifty Years" by William H. Sparks
Birds are tolerably abundant, but with few exceptions very dull coloured.
"Alfred Russel Wallace: Letters and Reminiscences, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by James Marchant
The worst portion of the valley is its southern extremity, where the climate is only tolerable during three months of the year.
"The Seven Great Monarchies Of The Ancient Eastern World, Vol 5. (of 7): Persia" by George Rawlinson
Toleration an attack upon Christianity!
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. VII. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
Goats are also in tolerable plenty, there being hardly a chief of any note who has not got some.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume 16" by Robert Kerr
Meanwhile Francis I. treated his faithful allies with lukewarm tolerance.
"Renaissance in Italy, Volumes 1 and 2" by John Addington Symonds
They were on tolerably familiar ground.
"Burned Bridges" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
The Toleration Act had been carried amid general approval.
"The English Church in the Eighteenth Century" by Charles J. Abbey and John H. Overton
Nobody ever got anything worth having unless he fought for it, and we've taken on a tolerably big contract.
"The Cattle-Baron's Daughter" by Harold Bindloss
Ling Foo could consider himself as tolerably wealthy.
"The Pagan Madonna" by Harold MacGrath
They cannot tolerate the authority which they have entrusted to the Government.
"The Cult of Incompetence" by Emile Faguet
Darley Roberts laughed a low tolerant laugh at his own expense.
"The Dominant Dollar" by Will Lillibridge
Anger and envy possess him to the extent that he cannot tolerate his brother alive.
"Epistle Sermons, Vol. III" by Martin Luther
She had been most carefully trained as to what was honorable; sneaking was not tolerated in the Morton family.
"Chicken Little Jane on the Big John" by Lily Munsell Ritchie
All I wish for is tolerance, which I myself endeavour to practise.
"Lavengro The Scholar, The Gypsy, The Priest" by George Borrow
It is easy to tolerate a bear in a menagerie, or an Indian on a reservation.
"The Colonial Cavalier" by Maud Wilder Goodwin
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In poetry:

Firm to the Church by which his fathers stood,
But tolerant to every form of creed,
He longs for universal brotherhood,
And is a Christian gentleman indeed.
"William Bede Dalley" by Henry Kendall
How patiently — with how divine a strength
Of tolerance you must have watched the frays
Of fighting churches — warring through the length
Of your bright, beautiful, unruffled days!
"John Bede Polding" by Henry Kendall
The other day I chanced to meet
An angry man upon the street —
A man of wrath, a man of war,
A man who truculently bore
Over his shoulder, like a lance,
A banner labeled “Tolerance.”
"The Angry Man" by Phyllis McGinley
They would not blame the sins his passion wrought.
No, they were tolerant and Christian, saying, 'We
Only deplore ...' saying they only sought
To help him, strengthen him, to show him love; but he
"Bitterness" by Victoria Sackville-West
Ah, had she loaded me, perchance,
With wild reproach or even hate,
Such would have helped a hope to wait
Forgiveness and returned romance;
But 'twixt our souls, instead, a gate
She closed of silent tolerance.
"The Brothers" by Madison Julius Cawein
Oh some that’s good and godly ones they hold that it’s a sin
To troll the jolly bowl around, and let the dollars spin;
But I’m for toleration and for drinking at an inn,
Says the old bold mate of Henry Morgan.
"Captain Stratton’s Fancy" by John Masefield

In news:

His parents say Fairfax's zero-tolerance policy on drugs doesn't give educators and parents a chance to help teens.
CANOLA TECHNOLOGY CATCHING ON by Holly Friesen February 2002 The nineties saw the emergence of seed-based technologies that brought new weed control options to growers, such as the development of herbicide-tolerant systems.
America's Catholic leadership may talk of zero tolerance for sex offenders in the priesthood, but bishops have a 100% problem with shedding such men.
Ornamental cabbage and kale, left, and Cool Wave pansies, right, which tolerate several light frosts and go dormant after a hard frost.
Should Morocco tolerate Muslims who drink alcohol.
The tourist is tolerated, barely noticed.
Here's more proof of why it's so important for you and your primary caregiver to select the most effective and best-tolerated initial antiretroviral regimen.
Delmon Young must take program at Museum of Tolerance for yelling "F**king Jews".
Everyone has a different tolerance for risk.
Viewers Show High Tolerance for Online Spots.
Zimbabwe president wants political tolerance.
Amra Babic, mayor of a Bosnian town, is hopeful about tolerance.
It's Now Used To Teach Tolerance And Understanding.
He has even less tolerance for an uninformed citizenry that doesn't do its homework in electing public officials.
Fabrication shops are continuously pressured with demands for better delivery, improved quality and tighter tolerances.
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In science:

Furthermore, they can produce factorizations that are accurate to any specified tolerance above machine precision, which allows the user to trade accuracy for speed if desired.
Finding structure with randomness: Probabilistic algorithms for constructing approximate matrix decompositions
Suppose we are given a matrix A and a positive error tolerance ε.
Finding structure with randomness: Probabilistic algorithms for constructing approximate matrix decompositions
Consequently, the minimal rank k where (1.3) holds equals the number of singular values of A that exceed the tolerance ε.
Finding structure with randomness: Probabilistic algorithms for constructing approximate matrix decompositions
I − QQ∗ )Ak ≤ ε, where ε is a specified tolerance.
Finding structure with randomness: Probabilistic algorithms for constructing approximate matrix decompositions
Randomized algorithms are usually implemented in an adaptive fashion where the number of samples is increased until the error satisfies the desired tolerance.
Finding structure with randomness: Probabilistic algorithms for constructing approximate matrix decompositions
To be precise, let us suppose that A is an m × n matrix and ε is a computational tolerance.
Finding structure with randomness: Probabilistic algorithms for constructing approximate matrix decompositions
The structured random matrices discussed in this section do not adapt readily to the fixed-precision problem, where the computational tolerance is specified, because the samples from the range are usually computed in bulk.
Finding structure with randomness: Probabilistic algorithms for constructing approximate matrix decompositions
A − QQ∗Ak ≤ ε, where ε is a computational tolerance.
Finding structure with randomness: Probabilistic algorithms for constructing approximate matrix decompositions
This is in stark contrast to the behavior of the breakdown probability (see lower panel), which decreases with increasing tolerance α to vanish completely above a certain critical α-value.
Stochastic Load-Redistribution Model for Cascading Failure Propagation
FIG. 1: No-cascade (upper panel) and breakdown (lower panel) probabilities, Pnc and Pb , respectively, as a function of the tolerance α for different values of the load-redistribution parameter ∆0 .
Stochastic Load-Redistribution Model for Cascading Failure Propagation
For a fixed tolerance α, we find a vanishing breakdown probability Pb for small ∆0 , which corresponds to “well-connected” systems where the failing load is redistributed to a large number of other elements.
Stochastic Load-Redistribution Model for Cascading Failure Propagation
FIG. 2: Breakdown robability Pb obtained from an iterative solution of Eq. (6) as a function of the load-redistribution parameter ∆0 for different values of the element tolerance α.
Stochastic Load-Redistribution Model for Cascading Failure Propagation
If we use a more realistic distribution of redistribution factors ∆, our results on the critical behavior of the breakdown probability with respect to failure tolerance and connectivity, e.g., may give valuable information for the design of more robust infrastructure systems.
Stochastic Load-Redistribution Model for Cascading Failure Propagation
In practice, we break this symmetry by demanding that xC ≤ xD and that xC + xD ≤ 1; we consider only the permutation (or relabelling) of stars that satisfies these conditions (within noise tolerance).
Astrometry.net: Blind astrometric calibration of arbitrary astronomical images
We then set the matching tolerance to include 95 % of each distribution.
Astrometry.net: Blind astrometric calibration of arbitrary astronomical images
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