wistfulness

Definitions

  • "He looked wistfully at the pair of crutches."
    "He looked wistfully at the pair of crutches."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n wistfulness a sadly pensive longing
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n wistfulness The state or property of being wistful.
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Quotations

  • Oscar Wilde
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    “I never saw a man who looked with such a wistful eye upon that little tent of blue which prisoners call the sky.”

Usage

In literature:

Miss Jones shook her head wistfully as she rose to leave the room.
"Madge Morton, Captain of the Merry Maid" by Amy D. V. Chalmers
Thus Anne, drawing upon him by mysterious forces, drew him also by her beauty and a certain wistfulness in her eyes.
"The Gay Cockade" by Temple Bailey
The boy looked at him wistfully.
"Jewel's Story Book" by Clara Louise Burnham
She had been so still and quiet and wistful ever since the news came about Stephen.
"The Witness" by Grace Livingston Hill Lutz
She brought him his dinner, standing beside the table while he ate it, watching him with an intentness that was almost wistful.
"The Voice of the People" by Ellen Glasgow
Kut-le tossed the damp hair from his forehead and looked at the sweet wistful face against the crimson pillows.
"The Heart of the Desert" by Honoré Willsie Morrow
Her face held a sort of wistful dreaming.
"The Black Pearl" by Mrs. Wilson Woodrow
There was a curious air of aloofness about Ida with regard to her baby, and something which gave the impression of wistfulness.
"By the Light of the Soul" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
A wistful, dreamy longing, a quiet longing pervaded me, as though I had been drugged.
"Romance" by Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
He had a pitiful wistfulness in his face upturned to the older man.
"The Debtor" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
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In poetry:

I came once more to the House of Love
And knocked, ah, softly and wistfully,
And my true love cried "Who knocks?" and I said
"None now but thee."
"Song" by Alfred Noyes
With wordless calm, and wistful rest,
And sweet large silence, solemn sleep,
And brooding shadows cool and deep,
And grand oblivions, undistressed.
"An Afternoon Soliloquy" by Thomas Runciman
For wistful mother-eyes are blurred
With sudden mists, as lingerers stay,
And the old dusts are roused and stirred
By the warm tear-drops of to-day.
"The Cradle Tomb In Westminster Abbey" by Susan Coolidge
This is my hour, that you have called your own;
Its hushed beauty silently we share, -
Touched by the wistful wonder in the air
That leaves us so alone.
""This Is My Hour"" by Zoe Akins
'Tis gone, that bright and orbed blaze,
Fast fading from our wistful gaze;
You mantling cloud has hid from sight
The last faint pulse of quivering light.
"Evening" by John Keble
No em'rald vines creep wistfully to me,
And lay their tender fingers on my bark;
High may I toss my boughs, yet never see
Dawn's first most glorious spark.
"The City Tree" by Isabella Valancy Crawford

In news:

In the British original of The Office the main protagonist, David Brent (US reincarnation: Michael Scott), wistfully recalls a tender moment during his favorite war film, The Dam Busters, involving the hero pilot, Wing Commander Guy Gibson.
Aging hipsters who recall Queen West as a nexus of early '80s punk/new wave culture tend to look in wonder — and just a touch of wistfulness — at the studied hipness it's acquired since then.
Emo cinema adds another quirky, wistful member to its ranks with Thumbsucker, whose young suburbanite hero fits the type of pharmaceutically enhanced searcher-seer previously established from American Beauty to Garden State.
And so they wistfully call for a return to the social mores of the old bipartisan era.
Simon Trpceski has the delicate touch needed to convey the wistfulness and drama in Chopin 's music.
"I always refer back to the days of the Rat Pack, because that's when I should have been around," Ne-Yo says, a little wistfully.
Reluctantly, wistfully, and perhaps a bit skeptically an era officially came to end Wednesday.
I'm out of the loop for two weeks and Rio — one of the city's best hip-hop and R&B producers — starts making wistful folk records.
Four Seasons Lodge Andrew Jacobs' wistful documentary gives us a glimpse of what may be the final summer frolic of a group of Holocaust survivors who gather each summer at a lodge in the Catskills Mountains of New York.
Ose wistful moments when men find it acceptable to shed a quick tear and squeak out a sentimental toast.
Released last September, Carolyn Malachi 's "Beautiful Dreamer" was a wistful ode to dream-chasing, with a jazzy Afro-Caribbean rhythm bolstered by soft piano keys and rolling bass.
When Matthew Smith talks about that incident back in November 1975, he seems intelligent, energetic, frustrated and perhaps a bit wistful about the way things might have been.
Sondheim's ' Merrily We Roll Along' gets wistful.
THERE is a barely perceptible, almost wistful, longing for the time when his practice largely consisted of curing childhood diseases.
If you don't know Landon Pigg , it's only because you don't recognize him – he's the kid in the cell phone commercial who strums wistfully about falling in love.
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In science:

Lemma 3.6 Let w = q−1σk 1 q be a braid word such that the I sH alf T wist(w, k) function returns false.
Identifying Half-Twists Using Randomized Algorithm Methods
Proposition 3.7 The complexity of the I sH alf T wist algorithm is bounded by O(n2 · log(n) · k2 · l3 ), where n is the number of strings, k = deg(w) and l = len(w).
Identifying Half-Twists Using Randomized Algorithm Methods
This yields the total of O(n2 · log(n) · k2 · l3 ) as the total complexity bound for the I sH alf T wist algorithm.
Identifying Half-Twists Using Randomized Algorithm Methods
In this section, we will give the random core of the algorithm, the T estRandomH alf T wist procedure.
Identifying Half-Twists Using Randomized Algorithm Methods
The first is when I sH alf T wist returns true, this happens when no question about the correctness of the answer exists, therefore one can return the computed result.
Identifying Half-Twists Using Randomized Algorithm Methods
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