• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • definite article The A word placed before nouns to limit or individualize their meaning.The was originally a demonstrative pronoun, being a weakened form of that. When placed before adjectives and participles, it converts them into abstract nouns; as, the sublime and the beautiful. Burke. The is used regularly before many proper names, as of rivers, oceans, ships, etc.; as, the Nile, the Atlantic, the Great Eastern, the West Indies, The Hague. The with an epithet or ordinal number often follows a proper name; as, Alexander the Great; Napoleon the Third. The may be employed to individualize a particular kind or species; as, the grasshopper shall be a burden. Eccl. xii. 5.
    • adv The By that; by how much; by so much; on that account; -- used before comparatives; as, the longer we continue in sin, the more difficult it is to reform. "Yet not the more cease I.""So much the rather thou, Celestial Light,
      Shine inward, and the mind through all her powers
    • v. i The See Thee.
    • ***

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the Mastabat-el-faraun, Looking Towards The West Façade the Mastabat-el-faraun, Looking Towards The West Façade
The Grottoes of Han in the Ardennes The Grottoes of Han in the Ardennes
"The men unlocked the collars." "The men unlocked the collars."
The King and the Cardinal——204 The King and the Cardinal——204

Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
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    • the A word used before nouns with a specifying or particularizing effect, opposed to the indefinite or generalizing force of a or an: as, the gods are careless of mankind; the sun in heaven; the day is fair; long live the king!
    • the A word used before a noun to indicate a species or genus: as, the song of the nightingale: used in generalization: as, the man that hath no music in himself.
    • the A word used with a title, or as part of a title: as, the Duke of Wellington; the Right Honorable the Earl of Derby; the Lord Brook; the Reverend John Smith. Frequently, with more or less of technical accuracy, the is omitted, especially when the distinctive title is not followed by of: as, Earl Grey, Viscount Palmerston. With the designation Lord, as applied to a peer of any rank, the is generally omitted: the Marquis of Salisbury, for iustance, is frequently styled Lord Salisbury. In Scotland and Ireland, the is sometimes placed before family names with somewhat of the force of a title, indicating the head of the clan or family: as, the Macnab; the O'Donoghue.
    • the Indicating the most approved, most desirable, most conspicuous, or most important of its kind: as, Newport is the watering-place of the United States: in this use emphatic, and frequently italicized. The is often placed before a person's (especially a woman's) name, to indicate admiration or notoriety (a colloquial use): as, the Elssler.
    • the Before adjectives used substantively, denoting: An individual: as, she gazed long on the face of the dead.
    • the A class, or a number of individuals: as, the good die first; do not mix the new with the old.
    • the An abstract notion: as, the beautiful.
    • the Denoting that which is well known or famed: as, the prodigal son.
    • the Used distributively to denote any one separately: as, the fare is a dollar the round trip.
    • the Used in place of the possessive pronoun to denote a personal belonging: as, to hang the head and weep.
    • the Used to denote a particular day in relation to a given week, or to some other day of the same Week.
    • the Used before a participial infinitive, or gerund, followed by an object: the article is now omitted in this construction.
    • the Used before the relative which: now an archaism.
    • the [The is generally pronounced as if a syllable (unaccented) of the following word (a proclitic), and its vowel is accordingly obscured, before a consonant, into the neutral vowel-sound of her or but, very lightly sounded (quite like the French “mute e”); before a vowel, often in the same manner, but more usually with the short i sound of pin, only less distinct; when emphatic, as the long e of thee. In poetry, before a word beginning with a vowel-sound, the vowel of the generally may slide into that of the next word, and form with it one metrical syllable; metrically the e is accordingly often cut off in printing. The same so-called elision (synalephe) often took place in Middle English, the being written with the following noun as one word: as, themperour, the emperor.
    • the In Middle English manuscripts the was often written, as in Anglo-Saxon þe, with the character þ; in early print this character was represented by a form nearly like y, and later printers actually used y instead, þe, erroneously printed þe as if contracted, like þt for that, being printed ye or ye but always pronounced, of course, the. Modern archaists often affect ye for the, and many pronounce it as it looks, “yē.”
    • the Used to modify adjectives and adverbs in the comparative degree: Correlatively, having in the first instance a relative force, = by how much, and in the second a demonstrative force, = by so much: as, the sooner the better; the more the merrier.
    • the Used without correlation, it signifies in any degree; in some degree: as, Are you well ? The better for seeing you.
    • the See thee.
    • the A Middle English form of though.
    • n the A Middle English form of thigh.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
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    • demons. pron The the or thē usually called the definite article, used to denote a particular person or thing: also to denote a species.
    • adv The the used before comparatives, as, 'the more the better.'
    • ***


  • Stevie Wonder
    Stevie Wonder
    “We all have ability. The difference is how we use it.”
  • Alphonse De Lamartine
    “There is a woman at the beginning of all great things.”
  • Elvis Presley
    Elvis Presley
    “Ah just act the way ah feel.”
  • Aristotle
    “For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.”
  • Dante Alighieri
    “For what is liberty but the unhampered translation of will into act?”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “The ancestor of every action is thought.”


A lost ball in the high weeds - A lost ball in the high weeds is someone who does not know what they are doing, where they are or how to do something.
A shallow brook babbles the loudest - People who are loud and talk a lot usually have nothing of substance to say. This contrasts with "Still waters run deep." Other versions are "Shallow brooks babble loudest" and "Shallow brooks are noisy."
Above the fold - If a news story is important, it will be above the fold- in the top half of the page of a newspaper.
Above the salt - This means that something or someone has a high position.
Absence makes the heart grow fonder - This idiom means that when people are apart, their love grows stronger.
Ace in the hole - An ace in the hole is something other people are not aware of that can be used to your advantage when the time is right.
Across the board - If something applies to everybody, it applies across the board.
Across the ditch - (NZ) This idiom means on the other side of the Tasman Sea, used to refer to Australia or New Zealand depending on the speaker's location.
Across the pond - (UK) This idiom means on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, used to refer to the US or the UK depending on the speaker's location.
Add fuel to the fire - If people add fuel to the fire, they make a bad situation worse.
After the watershed - The watershed is the time limit after which more controversial subjects, bad language, etc, can be shown on TV in some countries, so if it's after the watershed, then discussions can be freer, franker and more controversial.
Against the clock - If you do something against the clock, you are rushed and have very little time to do it.
Against the grain - If doing something goes against the grain, you're unwilling to do it because it contradicts what you believe in, but you have no real choice.
Ahead of the curve - Similar to ahead of the pack, ahead of the curve literally refers to your position on the statistical bell curve, where the top of the curve represents the median, average result. By being ahead of the curve you represent the top percentile of results that either has the advanced skills or understanding that sets you apart.
Ahead of the pack - If you are ahead of the pack, you have made more progress than your rivals.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. ðē, a later form for earlier nom. sing. masc. , formed under the influence of the oblique cases. See That, pron
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. thý, by that, by that much, the instrumental case of the def. art.


In literature:

In a few instances the gorge expands and takes the proportions of a narrow vale.
"The Delight Makers" by Adolf Bandelier
You've got the stuff in you that real men are made of.
"The Victim" by Thomas Dixon
They turned towards the desolate, sunlit horizon.
"The Triumph of John Kars" by Ridgwell Cullum
Under the glamour of the great victory over France in 1871 came the formation of the German Empire.
"Kelly Miller's History of the World War for Human Rights" by Kelly Miller
But little time was lost after his arrival on board, and soon the ship was gliding down the river.
"Lights and Shadows of New York Life" by James D. McCabe
This is certainly the key-note of the whole conservative-social, or Dickens school, to which the novel belongs.
"Debit and Credit" by Gustav Freytag
We had rifle practice on the marvellous ranges.
"The Great War As I Saw It" by Frederick George Scott
But, in an evil hour, Prince, watching the birds which flew to and fro outside the glass, was struck with a desire for freedom.
"Chatterbox, 1905." by Various
They were emptying a few tons of molten slag at the Cauldon Bar Ironworks.
"Clayhanger" by Arnold Bennett
Though in great pain, he immediately gave directions for his removal to the new scene of action.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden

In poetry:

"There's a palace
in the canyon
where you & I
were born
"Paris Journal" by James Douglas Morrison
A peal of
distant thunder!
The North’s
in total wonder
"The Gold Horns" by Adam Gottlob Oehlenschlaeger
Once more myself,
I feed upon
Thy manna of the minutes.
"Renewal" by Vassar Miller
Then enter free,
And bar the door
To all but thee
"Invitation" by Friedrich Ruckert
Myriads with beating
Hearts of fire
The aeons
Cannot vex or tire;
"Stars" by Sara Teasdale
Gone the wild day:
A wilder night
Coming makes way
For brief twilight.
"Interval" by Edward Thomas

In news:

To the astonishment of the police, a cease-fire among the black gangs of Los Angeles appears to be holding, nearly three months after it began at the time of the riots.
The largest study yet of chronic fatigue syndrome has found evidence of inflammation in the brains of patients, the first documentation of a neurological abnormality connected with the mysterious ailment.
His interests include slavery in New York and its abolition , African Americans in the Battle of Plattsburgh and the American Revolution, Mohawks in the Civil War, and the Underground Railroad.
On the eve of Game 3 between the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles on the Yankees' home turf, NY1 announced the Bronx team the definitive winners of New Yorkers' hearts in a poll on local sports teams.
For his sixth album, Texan artist Brandon eschewed the typical Nashville co-writing tradition and penned every track himself, from the sultry, heavy rock groove of "Like It Was the Last Time" to the catchy "Rock Angel.
If your corn fields have been one of the lucky few to receive rain recently, the added moisture can actually increase the risk of nitrates in the plant.
T he bears are still out in force — worrying about the consumer and the trade deficit — but there have been sharp improvements in the economic picture at home and around the globe.
This decision thereby greatly expands the liability risk for businesses that are public accommodations under the ADA by broadening the types of plaintiffs who may sue and the types of barriers they may challenge in court.
The following bisque recipe from the pages of The Old Farmer's Almanac Everyday Cookbook takes advantage of the best and healthiest flavors of the season with squash and parsnips.
The topic of the day among many parents in the Ohio Valley is not who will be the next president.
BYU's Jimmer Fredette looks for the basket as he is guarded by Florida's Alex Tyus as the BYU Cougars take on the University of Florida in at the New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, La.
For forty years Ramòn Ayala's music has captured the experience and the soul of the hard life in the Rio Grande borderlands.
When Pipeline foreman, Steven Nicholas was parking heavy machinery at the bottom of the Right-Of-Way, Michael and John Gajda of Waymart, PA left their residence and told the workers they could not park the equipment there.
SIR – You described Sir David Tweedie, the retiring alpha wolf at the International Accounting Standard Board, as a "rock star" in the accounting world ("The balladeer of the balance-sheet", June 25th).
Despite the apparent conflict created by the fact that Community Bank regularly does business with the city, Shiver last week defended the excursions.

In science:

V , gA , and sin2 θW ), and are sensitive to small neutrino magnetic moments (µν ) and the mean square charge radius (< r2 >) [16, 17].
A CsI(Tl) Scintillating Crystal Detector for the Studies of Low Energy Neutrino Interactions
All these features can potentially improve the sensitivities for both crosssection measurements and magnetic moments studies.
A CsI(Tl) Scintillating Crystal Detector for the Studies of Low Energy Neutrino Interactions
The dynamics is specified as a stroboscopic area preserving map M on phase space.
Frobenius-Perron Resonances for Maps with a Mixed Phase Space
The same holds true also for other potentials.
The statistical properties of the city transport in Cuernavaca (Mexico) and Random matrix ensembles
The exact interaction between buses in Cuernavaca is not known.
The statistical properties of the city transport in Cuernavaca (Mexico) and Random matrix ensembles