unimaginable

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj unimaginable totally unlikely
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • unimaginable Not imaginable; not capable of being imagined, conceived, or thought of; inconceivable.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Unimaginable un-i-maj′i-na-bl not imaginable, inconceivable
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Quotations

  • Oscar Wilde
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    “Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.”
  • John Ruskin
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    “An unimaginative person can neither be reverent or kind.”
  • Oscar Wilde
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    “It is only the unimaginative who ever invents. The true artist is known by the use he makes of what he annexes.”
  • Jack Schwartz
    Jack Schwartz
    “We are hoarding potentials so great that they are just about unimaginable.”

Usage

In literature:

In their unimaginative way they sent down a squad of soldiers and arrested him.
"A Journal From Our Legation in Belgium" by Hugh Gibson
The winter winds of the Far North are almost unimaginable by any one who has never experienced them.
"The North Pole" by Robert E. Peary
The turning of the key in the lock ends the play, leaving brutality unimaginable as the fate of Ellen.
"Irish Plays and Playwrights" by Cornelius Weygandt
There is almost an unimaginable range of relics.
"Modern Religious Cults and Movements" by Gaius Glenn Atkins
Slavery once destroyed, an unimagined Future dawns upon the republic.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. III, No. V, May, 1863" by Various
And then the unexpected, unimaginable thing happened.
"The Southerner" by Thomas Dixon
To his unimaginative mind there was sufficient justification in that attitude.
"The Quirt" by B.M. Bower
The land was barren beyond the imagination of the unimaginative Bennie.
"The Man Who Rocked the Earth" by Arthur Train
It is easy to understand the causes which kindled a British sailor of even Broke's unimaginative temperament into flame.
"Deeds that Won the Empire" by W. H. Fitchett
His Cowperwood in this first stage is hard, commonplace, unimaginative.
"A Book of Prefaces" by H. L. Mencken
They are a rather unimaginative set of men.
"The Patient Observer" by Simeon Strunsky
But there is a positive denial of unimaginable periods of time for Mr. Darwin's evolution to try its blundering experiments.
"Fables of Infidelity and Facts of Faith" by Robert Patterson
A genuine report of even the best conversation would be intolerably prosy and unimaginative.
"Alexander Pope" by Leslie Stephen
A book Basil had, said that the house was "ill-placed," but to me that seemed a dull and unimaginative criticism.
"The Heather-Moon" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
To unimagined joy Guide us, immortal Brethren, Love and Peace.
"Ethel Morton's Holidays" by Mabell S. C. Smith
Beyond our earth are still greater mysteries, unimaginable, unthinkable.
"The Flutter of the Goldleaf; and Other Plays" by Olive Tilford Dargan and Frederick Peterson
By what unimaginable route had he traveled?
"The Coast of Chance" by Esther Chamberlain
The unimaginable had happened.
"The Woman in Black" by Edmund Clerihew Bentley
But all I know is, that I seemed suddenly to have found an unexpected and hitherto unimagined self.
"Recollections" by David Christie Murray
Then again the terror descended on him, a black, unimagined thing and he tried to scream and couldn't.
"The Street That Wasn't There" by Clifford Donald Simak
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In poetry:

Can equal these diviner ecstasies.
A Mind beyond our mind has sole the ken
Of those yet unimagined harmonies,
The fate and privilege of unborn men.
"The Silver Call" by Aurobindo Ghose
As once the winged energy of delight
carried you over childhood's dark abysses,
now beyond your own life build the great
arch of unimagined bridges.
"As Once the Winged Energy of Delight" by Rainer Maria Rilke
For here between your hand and mine there lies
A little seed we trust to Death to keep
Through unimagined centuries of sleep
Until the day when Life shall bid it rise.
"Mummy Wheat" by Edith Nesbit
That distant isle mist-wreathed,
Mantled in unimaginable green,
Too long hath been our mistress and our queen.
Our fathers have bequeathed
Too deep a love for her, our hearts within.
"How Long?" by Emma Lazarus
And, maybe, Golden Days,
Full freighted with delight!
--And wide free seas of unimagined bliss,
--And Treasure Isles, and Kingdoms to be won,
--And Undiscovered Countries, and New Kin.
"New Year's Day--And Every Day" by John Oxenham
Thro' the trees in the strange dead night,
Under the vast dead sky,
Forgetting and forgot, a drift of Dead
Sets to the mystic mere, the phantom fell,
And the unimagined vastitudes beyond.
"Trees And The Menace Of Night" by William Ernest Henley

In news:

Unimaginable trials bring out Chiefs' best.
Old Bridge schools face ' unimaginable ' reality as 5 teens are accused in killing of classmates' father.
When the Unimaginable Happens, and It's Right Outside Your Window.
Imagining a Life After the Unimaginable .
West Nile victim shares personal story, calls pain ' unimaginable '.
Astronomers discover unimaginably large diamond in space.
Development plans for former Daily Camera site is unimaginative .
It's up to Historical Commission to reject unimaginative Columbus Blvd apartment building.
For a family, the pain of losing a loved one to addiction is unimaginable.
(AP) — There will be a time not long from now that Kansas State's players will gather to reflect on the season, one that's brought unimaginable joy along with soul-crushing heartache.
There will be a time not long from now that Kansas State's players will gather to reflect on the season, one that's brought unimaginable joy along with soul-crushing heartache.
Revival of hit prime-time soap is vapid, unimaginative.
Already, genetics are directing care and disease prevention in ways that were unimaginable 20 years ago.
And how do we mark a time of unimaginable loss.
MANCHESTER, England — The question would be almost unimaginable in the United States.
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In science:

Over time we have learned to accept more and more effects that are unimaginable in a classical Newtonian world.
Quantum random walks - an introductory overview
However, it was apparent from the proofs, that convergence can be very slow, involving such functions like 1/ log log N with limit 0, that is approached only with ’unrealistically’ large values of N , certainly unimaginable in the framework of communication networks.
Random graph models of communication network topologies
However, the ad hoc insertion of yet another replica of quark and lepton doublets and singlets may seem, admittedly, a very unimaginative direction to proceed.
Natural fourth generation of leptons
While unlikely, it is not unimaginable that those eight systems were more the exception than the rule in terms of their lack of consistency with stellar evolution models.
Reevaluating the Mass-Radius Relation for Low-Mass, Main Sequence Stars
It is unimaginable to store all 2500 complex numbers in any classical computers.
Quantum Computation and Quantum Information
Quarks and leptons may be unimaginably small, but with the right experiments, we can reveal all of the fine details of their behavior.
Theoretical Summary Lecture for EPS HEP99
All these approaches in the end imply some sort of incomplete knowledge— at least to the extent that probabilities with values other that 0 or +1 are involved, and QM with no more seems unimaginable.
Foundations of Probability and Physics, Round table
It will be the MWB experiments that will fully settle the values of some 15-18 fundamental cosmological parameters at presently unimaginable levels of accuracy at sub-percent level.
Report to Anaximander: A Dialogue on the Origin of the Cosmos in the Cradle of Western Civilization
The amount of calculation growing like O(N 2 ), the direct summation for more than a modest number of particles is unimaginable.
Long-term stability of collisionless equilibrium configurations; algorithms
For the macroscopic systems we are considering, the disparity between relative sizes of the comparable regions in the phase space is unimaginably largere than in the puzzle, as noted in the example in Section 1.
From Time-symmetric Microscopic Dynamics to Time-asymmetric Macroscopic Behavior: An Overview
Unimaginable numbers of stellar motions will reveal many more details of the vastly complex motions at play within our Galaxy.
Hipparcos: a Retrospective
Theoretical developments [5, 12] reported at the conference were characterized by the requirements of “precision QCD”, a concept almost unimaginable fifteen, or even five, years ago.
Summary, DIS 97
Implementation of the Higgs mechanism in terms of fundamental scalar multiplets may well be just a mathematical trick; one certainly hopes that nature could not really be so unimaginative.
Experimental Tests of the Standard Model
That is, ordinary matter will eventually decay at some unimaginably late epoch in the life of our universe.
Reference Design Project Book: NUSEL-Homestake
For instance, multipartite entanglement has a capacity to offer new unimaginable applications in emerging fields of quantum information and quantum computation.
Concurrence classes for an arbitrary multi-qubit state based on positive operator valued measure
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