vexing

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj vexing causing irritation or annoyance "tapping an annoying rhythm on his glass with his fork","aircraft noise is particularly bothersome near the airport","found it galling to have to ask permission","an irritating delay","nettlesome paperwork","a pesky mosquito","swarms of pestering gnats","a plaguey newfangled safety catch","a teasing and persistent thought annoyed him","a vexatious child","it is vexing to have to admit you are wrong"
    • adj vexing extremely annoying or displeasing "his cavelier curtness of manner was exasperating","I've had an exasperating day","her infuriating indifference","the ceaseless tumult of the jukebox was maddening"
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Quotations

  • Edmund Waller
    Edmund Waller
    “Vexed sailors cursed the rain, for which poor shepherds prayed in vain.”

Usage

In literature:

To see it keep an equal pace with me, moving when I moved, stopping when I stopped, sometimes vexed me and more often amused me.
"Confessions of Boyhood" by John Albee
But she was vexed that there should be any question of her belief in God, who had sent her.
"The Life of Joan of Arc, Vol. 1 and 2 (of 2)" by Anatole France
But I believe you say this merely to vex me.
"Can You Forgive Her?" by Anthony Trollope
I think it was being vexed with me that made her vexed with Dr. Brown, when he said rhubarb and magnesia would not do me any good.
"Mary's Meadow" by Juliana Horatia Ewing
When she grew older, and began her education, she was so easily wearied and vexed, that no one dared to contradict her.
"The Fairy Book" by Dinah Maria Mulock (AKA Miss Mulock)
This vexed me, and I turned away with as haughty an air as could be put on at an instant's notice.
"Everyman's Land" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
The sisters were astonished, and rather vexed; Louise quite offended.
"The Home" by Fredrika Bremer
Yet he was vaguely vexed, even while he agreed to what she wanted.
"Tristram of Blent" by Anthony Hope
He was so sweet about it, too, never complaining or seeming a bit vexed.
"The Heart of Una Sackville" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
He turned sadly towards home, deeply vexed and chafed in his spirit.
"Frank Oldfield" by T.P. Wilson
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In poetry:

Alas! we vex her with our mirth,
And maze her with most tender scorn,
Who stands beside the Gates of Birth,
Herself a child—a child unborn!
"The Nursing Sister" by Rudyard Kipling
'O honored host!' he laughing said,
'In vain I tried in sport to jest.
You know me not, or aye perchance
My visit late has vexed your breast?'
"Gamzrdeli" by Akaki Tsereteli
Fierce breath hath vexed the foreland's face,
It glistens, glooms, and glistens;
But deep within this quiet place
Sweet Illa lies and listens.
"Illa Creek" by Henry Kendall
E'en round the death-bed of the good
Such dear remembrances will hover,
And haunt us with no vexing mood
When all the cares of earth are over.
"St. Andrew's Day" by John Keble
No wailing ghost shall dare appear,
To vex with shrieks this quiet grove:
But shepherd lads assemble here,
And melting virgins own their love.
"A Song from Shakespeare's Cymbeline Sung" by William Taylor Collins
Silent, the great torch lifted in one hand,
The dawn in her proud eyes,
Silent, for all the shouts that vex her land,
Silent, hailing the skies;
"Republic And Motherland" by Alfred Noyes

In news:

The problem of homelessness has proven vexing for a long time.
Jamie Vex'd Changes Sound On Solo Debut.
Sexual assaults are among the most vexing violent crimes police agencies must solve.
VEX Sack Attack Robotics Competition.
Costly water fees vex Richmond residents.
A Vexing Flaw in the Subway Is Finally Fixed.
'The Master' review: a gorgeous, vexing and one-of-a-kind tale of psychology and power.
Midwest's winter storm packs a wallop, vexing holiday travelers.
Adobe Flash Cookies Pose Vexing Privacy Questions.
Jobless rules can be vexing .
Olympic uniforms leave Middlesex County veterans vexed over tiny American flag .
'Fiscal cliff' talks are vexing.
Big East fate vexes Catholic schools.
Central America drug case vexes Mexico's huge Televisa network.
'Fiscal cliff ' talks are vexing.
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In science:

Fig. 3 shows the radius R of the excluded volume as a function of N/α = 1/p = 1/Vex . R decreases monotonically: for a given connectivity α the spheres have to become smaller when more vertices are added to the graph.
Random Geometric Graphs
To determine Cd we make use of the concept of the excluded volume Vex .
Random Geometric Graphs
Put differently, the probability that i and j are connected is equal to the probability that two randomly chosen points in a sphere of volume Vex and radius R is less than a distance R apart.
Random Geometric Graphs
By averaging over all points in Vex we get the cluster coefficient Cd .
Random Geometric Graphs
Such an approach, however, is extremely computationally expensive, especially given the almost in finite random locati ons of microlensing masses, as well as the more vexing question of just how many masses are required to properly describe the microlensing as a whole.
Interpreting microlensing signal in QSO 2237+0305: Stars or planets?
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