• Valiant Champions on Their Adventure--1-42-086
    Valiant Champions on Their Adventure--1-42-086
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v adventure take a risk in the hope of a favorable outcome "When you buy these stocks you are gambling"
    • v adventure put at risk "I will stake my good reputation for this"
    • n adventure a wild and exciting undertaking (not necessarily lawful)
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The Adventures of Tom Thumb The Adventures of Tom Thumb
Jack set off in search of new adventures Jack set off in search of new adventures
Adventures Of A Post-War Sportsman Adventures Of A Post-War Sportsman
Tommy's adventure Tommy's adventure

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Charles Dodgson, also known as Lewis Carroll, wrote "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" after Alice Pleasance Liddell. It was to be believed he fell in love with her and asked the parents if he could some day marry her. The parents disconnected their friendship. Alice Liddell has 12 letters, as does the pen name Lewis Carroll. It's a coincidence he uses 2 r's where the 2 d's are, as with the 2 L's.
    • Adventure A mercantile or speculative enterprise of hazard; a venture; a shipment by a merchant on his own account.
    • Adventure A remarkable occurrence; a striking event; a stirring incident; as, the adventures of one's life.
    • Adventure Risk; danger; peril. "He was in great adventure of his life."
    • Adventure That which happens without design; chance; hazard; hap; hence, chance of danger or loss. "Nay, a far less good to man it will be found, if she must, at all adventures , be fastened upon him individually."
    • Adventure The encountering of risks; hazardous and striking enterprise; a bold undertaking, in which hazards are to be encountered, and the issue is staked upon unforeseen events; a daring feat. "He loved excitement and adventure ."
    • Adventure To risk, or hazard; jeopard; to venture. "He would not adventure himself into the theater."
    • v. i Adventure To try the chance; to take the risk. "I would adventure for such merchandise."
    • Adventure To venture upon; to run the risk of; to dare. "Yet they adventured to go back.""Discriminations might be adventured ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Cutthroat Island is the biggest movie flop in history, losing an estimated $81 million. It’s almost double the loss of the second-biggest money loser, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen ($48.1 million).
    • n adventure That which comes or happens to one; hap; chance; fortune; luck.
    • n adventure A hazardous enterprise; an undertaking of uncertain issue, or participation in such an undertaking.
    • n adventure A remarkable occurrence in one's personal history; a noteworthy event or experience in one's life.
    • n adventure A speculation of any kind, commercial, financial, or mining; a venture; specifically, a speculation in goods sent abroad.
    • n adventure Peril; danger.
    • n adventure Adventurous activity; participation in exciting or hazardous undertakings or enterprises: as, a spirit of adventure.
    • adventure To risk or hazard; put in the power of unforeseen events: as, to adventure one's life.
    • adventure To venture on; take the chance of; run the risk of doing or suffering.
    • adventure To take the risk involved in doing anything; proceed at a venture.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Never mind what you saw in the film "The Poseidon Adventure." The biggest wave on record, reported by a reliable source, was estimated to have attained a height of 112 feet. It was measured, at some distance, I hope, by a tanker traveling between Manila and San Diego in 1933. The wind was blowing at 70 mph at the time.
    • n Adventure ad-vent′ūr a risk or chance: a remarkable incident: an enterprise: trial of the issue: risk: a commercial speculation: the spirit of enterprise
    • v.i Adventure to attempt or dare
    • v.t Adventure to risk or hazard:
    • v.i Adventure to risk one's self (with on, into, upon): to dare, go so far as to
    • v.t Adventure (refl.) to venture
    • ***


  • Gilbert K. Chesterton
    “An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered.”
  • Amelia Earhart
    Amelia Earhart
    “Adventure is worthwhile.”
  • Vincent Van Gogh
    “I am not an adventurer by choice but by fate.”
  • David Grayson
    David Grayson
    “Adventure is not outside man; it is within.”
  • William Trogdon
    William Trogdon
    “There are two kinds of adventurers: those who go truly hoping to find adventure and those who go secretly hoping they won t.”
  • Alfred North Whitehead
    “Without adventure civilization is in full decay.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. aventure, aunter, anter, F. aventure, fr. LL. adventura, fr. L. advenire, adventum, to arrive, which in the Romance languages took the sense of “to happen, befall.” See Advene,


In literature:

Somers told his adventures to the mess, omitting such military information as was "contraband" in the camp.
"The Young Lieutenant" by Oliver Optic
She felt stirred and excited, expectant of new experiences, perhaps adventures.
"Prescott of Saskatchewan" by Harold Bindloss
Nor can we know until now what spirit for adventure resides in an umbrella.
"Chimney-Pot Papers" by Charles S. Brooks
He regarded it as a great and rollicking adventure.
"Charles Frohman: Manager and Man" by Isaac Frederick Marcosson and Daniel Frohman
She also has had a stormy time, with the full experience of life; her adventures in her world rival his in his world.
"Homer's Odyssey" by Denton J. Snider
The adventure, however, was too remarkable to make no impression on his mind.
"Eastern Tales by Many Story Tellers" by Various
An hour later they narrated their adventure to the Baron.
"Werwolves" by Elliott O'Donnell
In each was ingrained a powerful love of adventure.
"The Captain's Bunk" by M. B. Manwell
One of the good things about an adventure like this is that I must do things for myself.
"Free Air" by Sinclair Lewis
What was camp life compared to the delight of such an adventure?
"Chasing an Iron Horse" by Edward Robins

In poetry:

Nor found or seen
nor described or travelled,
there are adventures of departure
that never happened.
"Invention Of Orpheus ( chant I, parts I, II, III )" by Jorge Mateus de Lima
The close friend became a distant one
Life became a wandering adventure
Suddenly, no more than suddenly.
"Sonnet of Separation" by Vinicius de Moraes
Of love and song and warring,
Of adventure and play,
Of art and comely building,
Of faith and form and fray--
"Poppies on Ludlow Castle" by Willa Sibert Cather
See young "Adventure" there
("Make-money-quick" that was)
Hurls down his gods that were
For Honour and the Cross!
"A People Renewed" by Frank W Harvey
The tree is a winged spirit
released from the bondage of seed,
pursuing its adventure of life
across the unknown.
"Fireflies" by Rabindranath Tagore
"A boon, a boon, my gracious liege,
I beg a boon of thee!
The first adventure that befalls
May be reserv'd for mee."
"Valentine and Ursine" by Anonymous British

In news:

State, national parks offer adventure.
Jack Harmon, shown with nautical charts of the Pacific Northwest, is halting cross-Strait passenger ferry service to Victoria to concentrate on excursion trips under the name of Expeditions Northwest Adventure Eco Tours.
The Rigs Of Ultimate Adventure 2012.
Ultimate Adventure 2012 Applicant 1989 Jeep Comanche Sheldon Haynes.
Offenburger taking road trip through state, invites adventurers to come along.
Storm Lake writer Chuck Offenburger is going on a road trip of Iowa, and there's room for adventurers to ride shotgun.
Compass Point Kayaks ready for adventure.
Biographer Jon Lellenberg shares how Doyle's own adventures shaped his writing and his most famous character, Sherlock Holmes.
Arthur Conan Doyle 's Arctic Adventure.
Arthur Conan Doyle 's diary contains sketches, notes of Arctic adventure.
UCSB Adventure Programs Hosts the Outdoor Industry's Most Affordable Conference February 4-6, 2011.
Let's say I'm writing a scene about a young woman who has just arrived in Paris, a trip she's eagerly anticipated as her first solo adventure.
(Photo provided by Coosa River Adventures).
Chef Noel Jones Brings Adventurous Menu To Copper Beech Inn.

In science:

In usual reviews of detective-adventure stories it is forbidden to give away the plot, but for this review I believe it is mandatory.
Book Review of Stephen L. Adler's, "Quantum theory as an emergent phenomenon."
Neat, huh? (Appropriate to an adventure story, the line from the song in “Casablanca” comes to my mind, “The fundamental things apply as time goes by.”) From this, the (sandwiched, averaged) usual Heisenberg equation of motion for any polynomial of the x’s follows.
Book Review of Stephen L. Adler's, "Quantum theory as an emergent phenomenon."
Through the looking-glass: Alice’s adventures in mirror world.
Mirror particles and mirror matter: 50 years of speculation and search
Els¨asser) for the pioneering work to start our adventures with 6Li.
Ultracold Fermi gases in the BEC-BCS crossover: a review from the Innsbruck perspective
Banks, Towing Icebergs, Falling Dominoes, and Other Adventures in Applied Mathematics, Princeton University Press 1998.
Domino Waves