• WordNet 3.6
    • n vestige an indication that something has been present "there wasn't a trace of evidence for the claim","a tincture of condescension"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Vestige (Biol) A small, degenerate, or imperfectly developed part or organ which has been more fully developed in some past generation.
    • Vestige The mark of the foot left on the earth; a track or footstep; a trace; a sign; hence, a faint mark or visible sign left by something which is lost, or has perished, or is no longer present; remains; as, the vestiges of ancient magnificence in Palmyra; vestiges of former population. "What vestiges of liberty or property have they left?""Ridicule has followed the vestiges of Truth, but never usurped her place."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n vestige A footprint; a footstep; a track; a trace; hence, a mark, impression, or appearance of something which is no longer present or in existence; a sensible evidence or visible sign of something absent, lost, or perished; remains of something passed away.
    • n vestige In biology, any vestigial organ or tissue, having little or no utility, but corresponding to a useful part existing in some lower animal. See vestigial and rudiment, 3. Synonyms See trace.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Vestige ves′tij a track or footprint: traces or remains of something:
    • n Vestige ves′tij (biol.) an organ or tissue which still survives but has lost the utility it possessed, but corresponding to a useful part in an organism of lower type
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., from L. vestigium, footprint, trace, sign; the last part (-stigium,) is probably akin to E. sty, v. i. Cf. Investigate
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. vestigiumvestigāre, to track.


In literature:

Through this cowardly act of yours, the last vestige of your power over me is gone.
"The Seats Of The Mighty, Complete" by Gilbert Parker
The twentieth of June saw the last vestige of Louis's power pass for ever.
"The Battle Of The Strong, Complete A Romance of Two Kingdoms" by Gilbert Parker
Bones of the ox, hog, dog, dromedary and ass were not uncommon, but no vestiges of extinct mammalia.
"The Geological Evidence of The Antiquity of Man" by Charles Lyell
We spent these days far from railways and from any other vestige of civilization.
"From the Caves and Jungles of Hindostan" by Helena Pretrovna Blavatsky
Let me cherish this vestige of humanity.
"The Robbers A Tragedy" by Friedrich Schiller
But this only served to destroy the last vestige of, confidence in government notes of any kind.
"Fiat Money Inflation in France" by Andrew Dickson White
The last vestige of Greek liberty vanished.
"History of Rome from the Earliest times down to 476 AD" by Robert F. Pennell
But what strikes me most, is the poverty of the language which has left such slight vestiges behind it.
"The Antiquary, Volume 1" by Sir Walter Scott
But what strikes me most, is the poverty of the language which has left such slight vestiges behind it.
"The Antiquary, Complete" by Sir Walter Scott
The destroyed village was marked by a few vestiges of walls.
"The Flood" by Emile Zola
In 1672 a modern edifice had been substituted for the old building; vestiges of its ruins can be seen to this day.
"The Companions of Jehu" by Alexandre Dumas, père
The earth without a vestige; Fate decrees It shall be otherwise, and I submit.
"The Poetical Works of Henry Kirke White" by Henry Kirke White
But above all, the assembly of the markmen has left vestiges of itself in the constitution of the parish and the manor.
"American Political Ideas Viewed From The Standpoint Of Universal History" by John Fiske
Even the vestiges of Carlovingian practice which appear in the inquests of the Norman reigns are modified by English usage.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 5" by Various
Nothing was to be found, no traces of a camp, not even the vestiges of a landing.
"An Antarctic Mystery" by Jules Verne
It appeared to me, that the vestiges of houses, just by it, confirmed Dr. Johnson's opinion.
"Life Of Johnson, Volume 5" by Boswell
For my part, though I have made the most strict examination, I never saw any vestige of such an event.
"Theory of the Earth, Volume 1 (of 4)" by James Hutton
Rude vestiges of poetic genius, of whatsoever is best and truest, are visible in this man.
"Sacred Books of the East" by Various
Thus the last vestige of hope is taken from them.
"New Tabernacle Sermons" by Thomas De Witt Talmage
And as he read every vestige of his previous satisfaction passed from him.
"The Man in the Twilight" by Ridgwell Cullum

In poetry:

Happy, indeed, and sweet our pain,
However torn, however tost,
If, like the rose, our hearts retain
Some vestige of the heaven we've lost.
"The Progress Of The Rose" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
Millions of men
With a vestige of manhood,
Wild-eyed and gaunt-throated,
Shout with a leonine
Accent of anger,
Leaves us the wheat-fields!
"The Harvest" by Duncan Campbell Scott
Egypt and Greece and Rome and Carthage,
This heaven injunction set at naught,
And where are they? The merest vestige
Remains of all they proudly wrought.
"Admonition" by James Madison Bell
Meanwhile, the men, with vestiges of pomp,
Race memories of king and caravan,
High-priests, an ostrich, and a juju-man,
Go singing through the footpaths of the swamp.
"Georgia Dusk" by Jean Toomer
He had bought a large map representing the sea,
Without the least vestige of land:
And the crew were much pleased when they found it to be
A map they could all understand.
"The Hunting Of The Snark " by Lewis Carroll
They cannot die—whose being here
Is by its worth immortal made;
They cannot die:
Though the time-wasted sepulchre
In which their vestiges are laid
Crumbled in dust may lie.
"They are risen" by John Bowring

In news:

But with Tuesday's opening, one of the last vestiges of that old three-company system is gone.
The last vestige of the Rockhill Theater quietly disappears.
Trust in the last vestige of US dominance.
The Last Vestige on Quail Street in Albany.
The last vestiges of Supercomputer Systems Inc, a partnership between I.B.M.
If you've noticed new buildings going up on South Neil Street in Champaign just north of Car-X Tire and Auto Service, you've seen the first vestiges of SARUS Galleria .
But experts question whether he will really retire, or maintain some vestiges of office.
It's been well observed that Dylan's later work is marked by an obsessive engagement with musical history, but that obsession has always been there—it's the primary vestige of Dylan's folk revival upbringing.
Another Vestige of the Past Goes "South".
Powdery beaches, a harbor surrounded by candy-colored 18th-century buildings, and cultural vestiges from three centuries of Dutch rule make Curaçao a vibrant budget vacation spot.
State stores are a vestige of the frenzy at the repeal of Prohibition in 1933, when it was felt that letting people choose for.
US — The Supreme Court agreed Friday to decide whether the key enforcement provision of the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965 should be scrapped as a constitutionally unnecessary vestige of the civil rights era.
The Supreme Court agreed Friday to decide whether the key enforcement provision of the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965 should be scrapped as a constitutionally unnecessary vestige of the civil rights era.
NN hit-and- run in vestigation.
Tuckerman Ravine is typically the last chance to ski , the last vestige of vertical after ski areas have closed, and a big party on snow on the biggest of the east.

In science:

In particular, we think of physicists who search for vestiges of phase transitions in small systems like atomic nuclei, and aggregates.
Clusters in Simple Fluids
We believe, however, that between them they retain some vestiges of reality.
Sampling properties of random graphs: the degree distribution
Heavy-flavour physics is currently one of the main fields of in vestigation, in both theoretical and experimental particle physics.
Heavy flavours: theory summary
That doesn’t mean it must be the final word: we might encounter new kinds of colored matter beyond the quarks and gluons (and maybe their superpartners), quarks might be composite in an unexpected manner, or the familiar SU(3)c gauge symmetry might be the vestige of a larger, spontaneously broken, color symmetry.
Theoretical Perspectives: XLIII Rencontres de Moriond - QCD
Confinement for thi s system has to be understood more like the vestige of the true confinement mechanism operating for the pure Yang-Mill s theory, i.e. the SU (3) Yang-Mills theory without quarks.
Beyond QCD: A Composite Universe
In the RSJ model any ac Josephson effect requires Ic>0, [14-15]. In contrast, we observe no vestige of Ic above 5.8 K but resolve the half-integer Shapiro step up to 8.4 K, within 300 mK of the transition temperature of the Nb electrodes, where 2pkT=13Ec.
Nonequilibrium ac Josephson effect in mesoscopic Nb-InAs-Nb junctions
In contrast, the Bi 2212 system shows vestiges of the pseudogap at optimal doping in the form of a clear break in the scattering at 90 K in the normal state.
The pseudogap in high-temperature superconductors: an experimental survey
Both collaboration completed the in vestigation using HERA I and HERA II data up to the year 2005.
Recent Results from HERA Experiments
In the quantum gas, this vestige of classical screening can still operate to improve the decay of the charge-charge correlation from ≈ r−6 to ≈ r−10 , but not beyond.
Coulomb systems at low density