utter

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj utter complete "came to a dead stop","utter seriousness"
    • adj utter without qualification; used informally as (often pejorative) intensifiers "an arrant fool","a complete coward","a consummate fool","a double-dyed villain","gross negligence","a perfect idiot","pure folly","what a sodding mess","stark staring mad","a thoroughgoing villain","utter nonsense","the unadulterated truth"
    • v utter articulate; either verbally or with a cry, shout, or noise "She expressed her anger","He uttered a curse"
    • v utter express in speech "She talks a lot of nonsense","This depressed patient does not verbalize"
    • v utter express audibly; utter sounds (not necessarily words) "She let out a big heavy sigh","He uttered strange sounds that nobody could understand"
    • v utter put into circulation "utter counterfeit currency"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Utter Complete; perfect; total; entire; absolute; as, utter ruin; utter darkness. "They . . . are utter strangers to all those anxious thoughts which disquiet mankind."
    • Utter hence, to put in circulation, as money; to put off, as currency; to cause to pass in trade; -- often used, specifically, of the issue of counterfeit notes or coins, forged or fraudulent documents, and the like; as, to utter coin or bank notes. "The whole kingdom should continue in a firm resolution never to receive or utter this fatal coin."
    • Utter Outer. "Thine utter eyen.""By him a shirt and utter mantle laid.""As doth an hidden moth
      The inner garment fret, not th' utter touch."
    • Utter Peremptory; unconditional; unqualified; final; as, an utter refusal or denial.
    • Utter Situated on the outside, or extreme limit; remote from the center; outer. "Through utter and through middle darkness borne.""The very utter part pf Saint Adelmes point is five miles from Sandwich."
    • Utter To dispose of in trade; to sell or vend. "Such mortal drugs I have, but Mantua's law
      Is death to any he that utters them."
      "They bring it home, and utter it commonly by the name of Newfoundland fish."
    • Utter To give public expression to; to disclose; to publish; to speak; to pronounce. "Sweet as from blest, uttering joy.""The words I utter Let none think flattery, for they 'll find 'em truth.""And the last words he uttered called me cruel."
    • Utter To put forth or out; to reach out. "How bragly [proudly] it begins to bud,
      And utter his tender head."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • utter That is or lies on the exterior or outside; outer.
    • utter Situated at or beyond the limits of something; remote from some center; outward; outside of any place or space.
    • utter Complete; total; entire; perfect; absolute.
    • utter Peremptory; absolute; unconditional; unqualified; final.
    • n utter The extreme; the utmost.
    • utter To put out or forth; expel; emit.
    • utter To dispose of to the public or in the way of trade; specifically, to put into circulation, as money, notes, base coin, etc.: now used only in the latter specific sense.
    • utter To give public expression to; disclose; publish; pronounce; speak: reflexively, to give utterance to, as one's thoughts; express one's self.
    • utter In law, to deliver, or offer to deliver, as an unlawful thing for an unlawful purpose. Synonyms Utter, Enunciate, Pronounce, Deliver, express, broach. Utter is the most general of the italicized words; it applies to any audible voice: as, to utter a sigh, a shriek, an exclamation. The rest apply to words. Enunciate expresses careful utterance, meaning that each sound or word is made completely audible: as, enunciate your words distinctly. Pronounce applies to units of speech; as, he cannot pronounce the letter “r”; he pronounces his words indistinctly; he pronounced an oration at the grave; he pronounced the sentence of death; the last two of these imply a solemn and formal utterance. Deliver refers to the whole speech, including not only utterance, but whatever there may be of help from skilful management of the voice, gesture, etc.: as, “a poor speech well delivered is generally more effective than a good speech badly delivered.” Deliver still has, however, sometimes its old sense of simply uttering or making known in any way.
    • utter Outside; on the outside; out.
    • utter Utterly.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Utter ut′ėr farthest out: extreme: total: perfect
    • v.t Utter ut′ėr to circulate: to publish abroad: to speak
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Quotations

  • Fyodor Dostoevsky
    Fyodor%20Dostoevsky
    “Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most.”
  • Publius Cornelius Tacitus
    Publius%20Cornelius%20Tacitus
    “Many who seem to be struggling with adversity are happy; many, amid great affluence, are utterly miserable.”
  • Mahatma Gandhi
    Mahatma%20Gandhi
    “A No uttered from deepest conviction is better and greater than a Yes merely uttered to please, or what is worse, to avoid trouble.”
  • Charles Haddon Spurgeon
    Charles%20Haddon%20Spurgeon
    “You must be in fashion is the utterance of weak headed mortals.”
  • John Milton
    John%20Milton
    “Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties.”
  • Thomas Carlyle
    Thomas%20Carlyle
    “Music is well said to be the speech of angels; in fact, nothing among the utterances allowed to man is felt to be so divine. It brings us near to the infinite.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. outren, freq. of outen, to utter, put out, AS. ūtian, to put out, eject, fr. ūt, out. √198. See Out, and cf. Utter (a.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. útian, to put out—út, out.

Usage

In literature:

Utterly unable to endure her own thoughts, she tried to rouse her nurse.
"Olive A Novel" by Dinah Maria Craik, (AKA Dinah Maria Mulock)
His sturdy resolutions all went down in utter confusion before the wild gladness of his heart.
"As It Was in the Beginning" by Philip Verrill Mighels
I was already quite tired out, and yet I did not utter a syllable to suggest our returning.
"Debts of Honor" by Maurus Jókai
This answer silenced him, and without uttering a word he went below.
"In the Wilds of Africa" by W.H.G. Kingston
She was utterly powerless.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
She seemed to have lost the power of turning her thoughts away from it, and yet she had never uttered a word with regard to it.
"Allison Bain" by Margaret Murray Robertson
War broke out between France and Austria within two months of this sanguine utterance.
"William Pitt and the Great War" by John Holland Rose
It seemed utterly unreal to him.
"The Day of Judgment" by Joseph Hocking
He uttered the cry a second time, and heard the reply.
"The Keepers of the Trail" by Joseph A. Altsheler
None of his companions uttered a word.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
Three or four more were suffering from severe bruises, but not one uttered a complaint.
"The Riflemen of the Ohio" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Oh, it was right, it was utterly and entirely right.
"Antony Gray,--Gardener" by Leslie Moore
The miller himself would not speak, and Mrs. Brattle was utterly prostrated by her husband's misery.
"The Vicar of Bullhampton" by Anthony Trollope
Poor Morris, I am afraid, will never be able to take it again; and he was utterly discouraged with them, anyway.
"The Chautauqua Girls At Home" by Pansy, AKA Isabella M. Alden
My senses were entirely confused, and I became utterly dazed.
"The Stretton Street Affair" by William Le Queux
She must be utterly heartless or utterly depraved.
"The Explorer" by W. Somerset Maugham
Beatrice sat there with her head back as if utterly worn out, though her heart was beating thick and fast.
"The Slave of Silence" by Fred M. White
But, a moment after, he uttered an involuntary groan of despair.
"Cudjo's Cave" by J. T. Trowbridge
As he went to place the ring on her finger, it fell from his hand into the water below, and Leone uttered a low cry.
"A Mad Love" by Bertha M. Clay
The fables which are uttered by the personages will be found in Dubravius.
"Tales from the German" by Various
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In poetry:

And because Thou lovest me,
Lover of mine,
Death can but make me
Utterly Thine.
"Amor Mysticus" by John Hay
Fool and coward! are you such?
Would you have him thus to know
That you died for utter woe
And despair o'ermuch?
"Perle Des Jardins" by Madison Julius Cawein
And should God's care,
Which needs not man, by ty'd to those
Who heare not him, but quickly heare
His utter foes?
"The Method" by George Herbert
Or else enamoured of a sweet
Withdrawn, a vengeful crone!
And say, what figure at her feet
Is this that utters moan?
"Archduchess Anne" by George Meredith
So, if I now should utter this,
Others (because no more
Such stuff to work upon, there is,)
Would love but as before.
"The Undertaking" by John Donne
The dog, he now press'd to his heart,
Then utter'd this desire;
"Stranger if thine a poet's art,
Let Hero wake thy lyre!"
"The Hermit's Dog" by William Hayley

In news:

Utter those words to any of the kids in my old neighborhood in West Orange, Texas around 1984 and they would either burst with excitement or shiver in fear.
When his duck creation was set before me, I found the plate utterly charming.
I think once people see the truth about hound hunting, they will be utterly disgusted by it like I am and vote to have it banned.
Donna Gaines uttered these words as a challenge to the several hundred audience members slumping before her in wooden auditorium seats.
Berlin utters scarcely a word in Sunday's two-hour tribute on A&E to his prodigious career.
Over the past 35 years, Jad Fair has managed to never lose his utter believability.
Right now Jupiter utterly deserves its ancient moniker as king of the gods, at least during the hours of the night.
Utterly finished, defeated, or destroyed.
A few weeks ago, an odd thing happened in the utter anarchy of Somalia.
Metro Conference baseball teams uttered a collective roar following Monday's slate of openers in the 60th San Diego Lions tournament.
Leonard Cohen's Ex-Manager Guilty of Making His Life ' Utter Living Hell'.
The Federal Reserve's Utter Policy Failure.
'Man on a Ledge' review: Teetering between suspense and utter foolishness.
Ringgold residents return to ' utter devastation' from tornadoes.
Utter takes Greene Bowlodrome handicap title.
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In science:

The constraints of the application drive the analysis of utterances.
Towards a PURE Spoken Dialogue System for Information Access
To explore something utterly different from Life, novel methods to construct CA models are needed.
Emergence from Symmetry: A New Type of Cellular Automata
Recall one of the principles in quantum mechanics, which posits that particles of the same kind are utterly indistinguishable.
Emergence from Symmetry: A New Type of Cellular Automata
These amplitude maps were added in the pupil planes assuming all recorded dusts are utterly dark.
Multi-stage four-quadrant phase mask: achromatic coronagraph for space-based and ground-based telescopes
We note that (in contrast with the q > 1 case) without utilizing the cancellation in Mφ , any attempt at bounding Mφ [H [·]] at L1 fails utterly.
Estimates for compositions of maximal operators with singular integrals
Indeed, from an ergodic point of view, these are utterly well-behaved: Theorem 3.7.
Ergodic theory of generic continuous maps
As such, it has a desirable, simple property: A total wave in a subdomain is utterly oblivious to the underlying multiple scattering process among the subdomains.
Total wave based fast direct solver for volume scattering problems
Finally, we extract, for each leptoquark, only the utterly unavoidable bound on its mass and its coupling to the first generation.
A Comprehensive Study of Leptoquark Bounds
Since we are interested in the “utterly unavoidable” bounds, let us set the stage for them by reviewing the means for circumventing other bounds.
A Comprehensive Study of Leptoquark Bounds
Declination ‘reset’ and the hierarchical organization of utterances.
Some Bibliographical References on Intonation and Intonational Meaning
Many mappings will do so, including the trivial one in which the (cid:12)nal lexicon contains the training utterances themselves.
The Acquisition of a Lexicon from Paired Phoneme Sequences and Semantic Representations
They also make use of generally linear correspondances between utterances in the two languages.
The Acquisition of a Lexicon from Paired Phoneme Sequences and Semantic Representations
Similarly, the method Siskind uses to disambiguate between multiple ambiguous semantic interpretations for an utterance is equally applicable here.
The Acquisition of a Lexicon from Paired Phoneme Sequences and Semantic Representations
The match-words function of the algorithm (cid:12)nds places in an utterance that a word might occur and generates an evaluation of how closely it matches there.
The Acquisition of a Lexicon from Paired Phoneme Sequences and Semantic Representations
Figure : Some of the data produced by match-words to evaluate how well the words the, them, and man match up with the utterance the men.
The Acquisition of a Lexicon from Paired Phoneme Sequences and Semantic Representations
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