• WordNet 3.6
    • adj valuable having great material or monetary value especially for use or exchange "a valuable diamond"
    • adj valuable having worth or merit or value "a valuable friend","a good and worthful man"
    • n valuable something of value "all our valuables were stolen"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The three most valuable brand names on earth: Marlboro, Coca Cola, and Budweiser, in that order
    • n Valuable A precious possession; a thing of value, especially a small thing, as an article of jewelry; -- used mostly in the plural. "The food and valuables they offer to the gods."
    • Valuable Having value or worth; possessing qualities which are useful and esteemed; precious; costly; as, a valuable horse; valuable land; a valuable cargo.
    • Valuable Worthy; estimable; deserving esteem; as, a valuable friend; a valuable companion.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In 2001, the five most valuable brand names in order were Coca-Cola, Microsoft, IBM, GE, and Nokia
    • valuable Capable of being valued; capable of having the value measured or estimated.
    • valuable Of great value or price; having financial worth; representing a large market value: as, a valuable horse; valuable land; a valuable house.
    • valuable Of great moral worth, utility, or importance; precious; worthy; estimable; deserving esteem: as, a valuable friend; a valuable companion.
    • n valuable A thing, especially a small thing, of value; a choice article of personal property; any piece of precious merchandise, usually of small bulk: generally in the plural.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There have been over 600 lawsuits against Alexander Grahm Bell over rights to the patent of the telephone, the most valuable patent in U.S. history.
    • adj Valuable having value or worth: costly: deserving esteem
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  • Frank Lloyd Wright
    “All fine architectural values are human vales, else not valuable.”
  • Thomas Jefferson
    “The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Our health always seems much more valuable after we lose it.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “To cultivate kindness is a valuable part of the business of life.”
  • Daniel Webster
    “I see nothing in it new and valuable. What is valuable is not new, and what is new is not valuable.”
  • Sir Isaac Newton
    Sir Isaac Newton
    “If I have made any valuable discoveries, it has been owing more to patient attention than to any other talent.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. value, prop. the fem. of Fr. valu, pa.p. of valoir, to be worth—L. valēre.


In literature:

Between the years 1635 and 1640 he enriched the Library with repeated gifts of valuable manuscripts.
"English Book Collectors" by William Younger Fletcher
The Rand yields more than fifty per cent of the entire gold supply and ranks as the most valuable of all gold fields.
"An African Adventure" by Isaac F. Marcosson
It contained valuable articles from the pens of H. H. Sibley and Henry M. Rice.
"The History of Minnesota and Tales of the Frontier" by Charles E. Flandrau
Leaves, because of their abundance and the ease with which they may be obtained, are valuable for Nature Study work.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study" by Ontario Ministry of Education
The "Epervier" proved to be a valuable prize.
"The Naval History of the United States" by Willis J. Abbot
Handy arms are a valuable asset.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
Don't bring or wear valuable jewelry to the studios.
"The Art of Stage Dancing" by Ned Wayburn
And who did you get that valuable piece of information from?
"The Slave of Silence" by Fred M. White
This valuable record is very voluminous, and throws a flood of light on every transaction.
"Memoirs of the Court and Cabinets of George the Third, Volume 2 (of 2)" by The Duke of Buckingham
Adams, is a valuable picture of railroad ethics.
"The New Nation" by Frederic L. Paxson
There is nothing more valuable than public confidence.
"Great Pianists on Piano Playing" by James Francis Cooke
When once he knows his master, he is valuable in proportion to his strength and spirit.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
Other forms are valuable.
"English: Composition and Literature" by W. F. (William Franklin) Webster
This is a most important series of works, being reprints of exceedingly rare and valuable books, and publications of MSS.
"Notes and Queries, Number 236, May 6, 1854" by Various
There is a very valuable tree that grows in Paraguay that is not often found in other countries.
"Birdseye Views of Far Lands" by James T. Nichols
But there is another detail to be decided before we can say how valuable it is.
"The Merriweather Girls and the Mystery of the Queen's Fan" by Lizette M. Edholm
All these features are valuable, and any one will contribute much to the worth of a story, but none is essential.
"News Writing" by M. Lyle Spencer
Another line in advance of that of the Green river, might have been taken, which would have secured additional and very valuable territory.
"History of Morgan's Cavalry" by Basil W. Duke
The present one was very large and very valuable.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Volume 1, No. 4, September, 1850" by Various
This institution was an outgrowth of the captivity experience, and was most valuable.
"Training the Teacher" by A. F. Schauffler

In poetry:

"My friend," said the schoolmaster, pompous and kind,
"That's a valuable thing you have there,
But it might get broken out of doors,
It should meet with the utmost care.
"A Tale Of Starvation" by Amy Lowell
Whoe'er wou'd from the earth its strength obtain,
And reap large crops of valuable grain,
Let him with fervent pray'r his God address,
And he shall meet with the desir'd success.
"Advice, To The Farmer" by Rees Prichard
Ah, hills and slopes of Brooklyn! I perceive you are more valuable
than your owners supposed;
Ah, river! henceforth you will be illumin'd to me at sunrise with
something besides the sun.
"The Centerarian's Story" by Walt Whitman
I have a little Grandchild dear,
Who sends to me on each new year
A valuable present:
Not costly gift from store-house bought,
But one that her own hands have wrought,
Therefore to me more pleasant.
"Written Upon Receiving A New Year's Gift" by Mary Ann H T Bigelow
And all other valuable property was brought to London,
The spoils that the British Army had won;
And it was conveyed in grand procession to the Tower of London,
And the Londoners applauded the British for the honours they had won.
"The Capture of Havana" by William Topaz McGonagall
And many were to be seen engaged in a hand-to-hand fight,
And drinking whisky, and singing wild songs, oh! what a shameful sight!
But a number of the thieves were lynched and shot
For robbing the dead of their valuables, which will not be forgot.
"The Pennsylvania Disaster" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Valuable collection created by a founding father of glass movement.
A massive effort is ongoing to send students in Greenville home with school supplies and some valuable lessons in time for the new school year.
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Our station is seeking an inspired artist who wants to gain valuable experience and learn from our award winning artists and newsroom.
RENTON – Sometimes you don't really know who your most valuable player is until he's gone.
A staffing chart can be a valuable tool in determining the number of staff needed to provide a high level of customer service.
Myra Hiatt Kraft shined 'a light on what's valuable, what's important' for the Patriots.
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger isn't going to win the NFL most valuable player award.
Boy learns valuable lessons through egg business.
Caleb Amstutz, a 12-year-old from Botetourt County, is learning valuable lessons and making a few dollars by selling eggs to neighbors and friends.
LONDON (AP) — A cash-strapped authority in east London says it's selling a valuable Henry Moore statue over the objections of leading British arts figures including director Danny Boyle.
JasperReports is a valuable and viable reporting solution for Java Web applications.
Clemens started and won the game's Most Valuable Player award with three perfect innings.
Others are purged of valuable DNA samples, leaving cases unsolvable.
Understanding and avoiding heat stress in cattle can be a valuable management tool in Oklahoma, where most areas of the state experience 70 or more days each year with temperatures that exceed 90 degrees Fahrenheit.

In science:

We would like to thank Bernard Barbara and Wolfgang Wernsdorfer for their valuable discussions.
Nonexponential Relaxation of Magnetization at the Resonant Tunneling Point under a Fluctuating Random Noise
Rio for the interest to this work and valuable discussions.
Stochastic version of the Erdos-Renyi limit theorem
Bombay for discussion and many valuable suggestions.
Dynamics of the Subsets of Natural Numbers: A Nursery Rhyme of Chaos
Note that we have some freedom in choosing the k–vectors which provides a valuable tool for checking the calculation.
AMEGIC++ 1.0, A Matrix Element Generator In C++
It would be valuable to have a structure theorem for Dλ similar to Theorem 4.1.
On equations defining coincident root loci
Furthermore, this a pproach may be valuable for suggesting new approaches to problems.
A simple operational interpretation of the fidelity
Manaka for valuable discussion and for explaining the details of the analysis of the experimental data.
Random Magnetism in $S=1/2$ Heisenberg Chains with Bond Alternation and Randomness on the Strong Bonds
The study of these quantities can provide valuable informations in disordered systems.
The Local and the Occupation Time of a Particle Diffusing in a Random Medium
Acknowledgments The authors would like to thank Dmitri Sorokin for valuable comments.
Generalized Space-time Supersymmetries, Division Algebras and Octonionic M-theory
Such matters are discussed in this section, which begins with a summary of certain valuable properties of random-cluster measures on finite graphs.
The Random-Cluster Model
Cohen for valuable discussions, and the Division of Basic Energy Sciences of the US DOE for support under grant No.
Linear Response Calculations of Lattice Dynamics in Strongly Correlated Systems
Varadhan for suggesting this problem, and for many valuable discussions and ideas.
The Point of View of the Particle on the Law of Large Numbers for Random Walks in a Mixing Random Environment
These solutions are valuable tools in determining the radiative contributions to the energy.
Exact Solutions of Kemmer Equation for Coulomb Potential
Resio is acknowledged for support and valuable discussions.
Instability of two interacting, quasi-monochromatic waves in shallow water
The experimental realization of quantum random walk also provides us a valuable estimation for quantum computer with linear optics.
Implement Quantum Random Walks with Linear Optics Elements