understandable

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj understandable capable of being apprehended or understood
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1972, a gorilla by the name of "Koko" was taught ASL (American Sign Language) for the deaf. By the year 2000, the gorilla could understand approximately 2,000 English words
    • a Understandable ŭn`dẽr*stănd"ȧ*b'l Capable of being understood; intelligible.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • understandable That can be understood; capable of being understood; comprehensible; intelligible.
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Quotations

  • Chinese Proverb
    Chinese Proverb
    “I hear and I forget, I see and I remember. I do and I understand.”
  • Eleanor Roosevelt
    Eleanor%20Roosevelt
    “You always admire what you really don't understand.”
  • Pliny The Elder
    Pliny%20The%20Elder
    “Men are most apt to believe what they least understand.”
  • Denis Waitley
    Denis%20Waitley
    “You must understand that seeing is believing, but also know that believing is seeing.”
  • Zen Saying
    Zen Saying
    “If you understand, things are just as they are; if you do not understand, things are just as they are.”
  • Homer Simpson
    Homer Simpson
    “Just because I don't care doesn't mean I don't understand.”

Usage

In literature:

It was not difficult to understand.
"Parrot & Co." by Harold MacGrath
She waited for another burst that would make her understand.
"The Place Beyond the Winds" by Harriet T. Comstock
I despise a Christian who doesn't understand Christ.
"From the Housetops" by George Barr McCutcheon
But you will understand all about that.
"Phineas Redux" by Anthony Trollope
He could understand the Bible, but he could not understand the explanations of it given by theologians.
"Modern Skepticism: A Journey Through the Land of Doubt and Back Again" by Joseph Barker
I could not understand it before; I understand it even less now since you have told me of his great bravery.
"The Four Feathers" by A. E. W. Mason
I understand, I understand; you have the king in your power; I understand.
"The Vicomte de Bragelonne" by Alexandre Dumas
I'm sick of trying to make people understand my rotten French.
"A Maker of History" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
Everyone understands the artistic needs of the famous man, or pretends to understand them.
"The Way of Ambition" by Robert Hichens
I suppose you understand what I mean, aunt?
"Can You Forgive Her?" by Anthony Trollope
Understanding of words spoken (115).
"The Mind of the Child, Part II" by W. Preyer
I know Karen better than you do; I guess women understand each other better than a man ever understands them.
"Tante" by Anne Douglas Sedgwick
We are not great enough nor good enough to understand it.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
I can understand her being the master's child, but her mother's!
"Daddy's Girl" by L. T. Meade
Judge Little had pressed that understanding of it upon her.
"The Bondboy" by George W. (George Washington) Ogden
It was life, the thing she did not understand.
"Rose MacLeod" by Alice Brown
I never could understand why I had not seen father for years before his death.
"A Question of Marriage" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
Gratitude is something which the feller don't understand at all.
"The Competitive Nephew" by Montague Glass
He who does not understand it, may go to for a thick-headed barbarian.
"From Sea to Sea" by Rudyard Kipling
That is the position, as I understand it.
"Was It Right to Forgive?" by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
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In poetry:

The times are changed, and gone the day
When the high heavenly land,
Though unbeheld, quite near them lay,
And men could understand.
"The Disciple" by George MacDonald
Open my understanding's eyes,
And make me in thy knowledge wise,
That I the mysteries may know,
Which from the law, and gospel flow.
"A Prayer For Mr. Samuel Prichard, The Author's Son" by Rees Prichard
Blind Bartimeus of the mask-like face,
And patient, outstretched hand--
He upon whom his God had set a mark
No man might understand;
"The Miracle" by Virna Sheard
And what I am beheld again
What is, and no man understands;
And out of darkness came the hands
That reach thro' nature, moulding men.
"In Memoriam A. H. H. Obiit: 124." by Alfred Lord Tennyson
Ah, hold her by the hand,
As once her hand held mine;
And though she may not understand
Life's winding way, lead her in peace divine.
"A Prayer for a Mother's Birthday" by Henry Van Dyke
You beauteous ladyes, great and small,
I write unto you one and all,
Whereby that you may understand
What I have suffered in the land.
"The Lady Turned Serving-Man" by Anonymous British

In news:

In 1985, Barack Obama traveled halfway across the country to take a job that he didn't fully understand.
Banker A economist with a strong vision for the young nation's future, Hamilton developed a keen understanding of international commerce in his first job as a trading-house clerk on the Caribbean island of St Croix.
As we browsed the menu at Amigo 's in Kihei, I told Allison that Hispanic people understand cheese.
I've tinkered with dozens of 14 bandsaws , trying to understand how they work and how they should be set up.
Martinez is understandably conflicted, but it sounds as if he and the Astros will be getting together to continue his season this winter.
Understandably, some New York receivers weren't happy about it.
Advocates for the rights and dignity of gays, lesbians, bisexual, and transgendered people are very upset about a new TV show called Work It, and it's understandable.
Research will improve astronomers' understanding of how massive stars evolve and interact with their host environment.
The 48-year-old engineer was arrested in Gothenburg last Thursday, but AIN understands that he does not work for the company.
As engineers, though, it's your responsibility to design things that are easy to use and understand.
It was held, appropriately enough, at Gotham Hall in Midtown, and it was clear, once you stepped inside, that the publisher JASON BINN is indeed a man who understands glamour.
When you see the location, you can understand somewhat.
In a feature about Texas Gov Rick Perry, he concluded that the key to understanding Perry's political moves in 2010 is 2012.
Much like we did when Nortel, Lucent, Alcatel, Siemens, Ericsson said 'Cisco, you really don't understand telephony, you really don't understand this market'.
Over the years, reporters learn that there are a relative handful of the public officials with whom we deal who can be counted on to expand our understanding of events.
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In science:

By now, it is clear that in order to establish satisfiability thresholds or understand the algorithmic challenges for problems with densities approaching that threshold, we will probably need a strong understanding of clustering.
Frozen variables in random boolean constraint satisfaction problems
For a precise understanding of the above paragraph, one needs to understand the setting of a famous result of Szemer´edi, known as the ‘regularity lemma’.
Matrix estimation by Universal Singular Value Thresholding
One of our original motivations for trying to understand the algebraic framework behind the work of Koike–Terada, and to better understand the structure of tca’s, was to construct “pure free resolutions” over the homogeneous coordinate ring of a smooth quadric hypersurface.
Stability patterns in representation theory
Nevertheless, it would be very interesting to understand how to adapt our use of the subtracted geometries to understand realistic black holes in realistic theories, such as pure Einstein or Einstein-Maxwell gravity.
General black holes, untwisted
Understanding the ten-dimensional supersymmetric gauge theory would be an important step toward understanding the geometry of superstring theory and would give insights into the structure of the string field theory.
D=10 supersymmetric chern-simons gauge theory
By 1990, then, mathematicians primarily studied the YM equations in order to understand moduli spaces, studied moduli spaces in order to understand Donaldson invariants, and studied Donaldson invariants in order to aid in the classification of smooth 4-manifolds.
Simple Type is Not a Boundary Phenomenon
In language understanding deep analysis attempts to “understand” every part of the input, while shal low analysis tries to identify only parts of interest for a particular application.
A Flexible Shallow Approach to Text Generation
We feel that understanding the connection between these two important forms of nonlocality improves much the understanding of entanglement.
Teleportation via generalized measurements, and conclusive teleportation
Evaluating message understanding systems: an analysis of the third message understanding conference (muc-3).
More accurate tests for the statistical significance of result differences
But we strongly believe that capturing the nature of a situation and understanding trends is the essence of “understanding”.
Theory of Adsorption on Metal Substrates
This review aims to give a summary of our understanding of galaxy evolution as infered from studies of nearby galaxies; how observations made with the Hubble Space Telescope have contributed significantly to our detailed understanding of the older stellar populations in Local Group dwarf galaxies.
Observational Evidence for Galaxy Evolution in the Local Group
Only if we understand how galaxies change with time and especially how they may look when they are young can we use them to accurately understand what we see in galaxy surveys at high-redshift, because otherwise we don’t know which type of galaxies we may be viewing.
Observational Evidence for Galaxy Evolution in the Local Group
The more detailed is our understanding of star formation processes and their effect on galaxy evolution in the nearby Universe the better we will understand the results from studies of the integrated light of galaxies in the high-redshift Universe.
Observational Evidence for Galaxy Evolution in the Local Group
The research data for retrieval should be collected, analyzed. To make possible analysis and understanding of meaning of data by software, they should be published in format understandable by software agent or annotated.
Information retrieval in Current Research Information Systems
The collection of considerations now known as the Anthropic Principles emerged from attempts by Whitrow to understand why it is unsurprising that we find space to have three dimensions, and by Dicke to understand the inevitability of Dirac ’large number’ coincidences in cosmology.
Anthropic Reasons for Non-Zero Flatness and Lambda
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