• The Ant Lion and adult
    The Ant Lion and adult
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v ante place one's stake
    • n ante (poker) the initial contribution that each player makes to the pot
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The little black ant The little black ant
Wood-ant Wood-ant
Ant-eater Ant-eater
Ant Lion painting Ant Lion painting

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The smallest known fish is the Pandaka Pygmea,about the size of an ant and almost transeparent.
    • n Ante (Poker Playing) Each player's stake, which is put into the pool before (ante) the game begins.
    • v. t. & i Ante To put up (an ante).
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The Venus flytrap feeds primarily on ants, not flies.
    • n ante In the game of poker, the stake or bet deposited in the pool by each player before drawing new cards; also, the receptacle for the stakes.
    • ante In the game of poker, to deposit stakes in the pool or common receptacle for them: commonly used in the phrase to ante up.
    • ante In heraldry, ingrafted: said of one color or metal broken into another by means of dovetailed, nebulé, embattled, or ragulé edges. Also enté.
    • ante A prefix of Latin origin, originally only in compounds or derivatives taken from the Latin or formed from Latin elements, as in antecessor, antepenultimate, antemeridian, etc., but now a familiar English formative, meaning before, either in place or in time. It forms— compound nouns, with the accent on the prefix, in which ante- has the attributive force of fore, anterior, as in antechamber, anteroom, antedate, etc.; compound adjectives, with the accent on the radical element, in which ante- retains its original prepositional force, before, governing the noun expressed or understood, as in antemundane, antediluvian, antemeridian, etc. Such compounds, whether having an adjective termination, as in the examples just cited, or lacking it, as in ante-war, are in fact prepositional phrases like the Latin ante bellum, ante mortem (which are also used as English adjectives). Compare anti-.
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  • Forest Whitaker
    Forest Whitaker
    “I'm an actor. And I guess I've done so many movies I've achieved some high visibility. But a star? I guess I still think of myself as kind of a worker ant.”
  • Mexican Proverb
    Mexican Proverb
    “An ant on the move does more than a dozing ox.”
  • Henry David Thoreau
    “It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?”
  • Isak Dinesen
    Isak Dinesen
    “I don't believe in evil, I believe only in horror. In nature there is no evil, only an abundance of horror: the plagues and the blights and the ants and the maggots.”
  • Isak Dinesen
    Isak Dinesen
    “I don't believe in evil, I believe only in horror. In nature there is no evil, only an abundance of horror: the plagues and the blights and the ants and the maggots.”
  • Elizabeth Smart
    Elizabeth Smart
    “Go to the ant, thou sluggard, learn to live, and by her busy ways, reform thy own.”


Ants in your pants - If someone has ants in their pants, they are agitated or excited about something and can't keep still.
Penny ante - (USA) Something that is very unimportant is penny ante.
Up the ante - If you up the ante, you increase the importance or value of something, especially where there's an element of risk as the term comes from gambling, where it means to increase the stake (the amount of money bet).


In literature:

Ante-cubital: see ante-nodal, cross veins and spaces.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
Another species, Formica sanguinea, was likewise first discovered by P. Huber to be a slave-making ant.
"On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection" by Charles Darwin
Vell, I vill go ant see zee bootterflies to-morrow.
"Blown to Bits" by R.M. Ballantyne
The bull's-horn thorn does not grow at the mines in the forest, nor are the small ants attending on them found there.
"Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 7" by Charles H. Sylvester
As the ants cannot climb a perpendicular wall without difficulty, all their ascents are gradual.
"In the Wilds of Africa" by W.H.G. Kingston
Laetentur coeli et exsultet terra Ante faciem Domini quoniam venit.
"The St. Gregory Hymnal and Catholic Choir Book" by Various
I will put her in my daughter's ante-chamber, just behind thee.
"Earl Hubert's Daughter" by Emily Sarah Holt
Your simile of ants is not correct.
"A Girl of the Commune" by George Alfred Henty
Their burrowing habits ally them with the ants, from whose nests their own burrows can scarcely be distinguished.
"Our Common Insects" by Alpheus Spring Packard
Some weeks ago in the Alps I made a few experiments on the influence of cold upon ants.
"Fragments of science, V. 1-2" by John Tyndall

In poetry:

Te vi un punto, y, flotando ante mis ojos
La imagen de tus ojos se quedo,
Como la mancha obscura, orlada en fuego,
Que flota y ciega, si se mira al sol.
"Rimas XIV" by Gustavo Adolfo Becquer
The days of these two years like busy ants
Have gone, confused and happy and distressed,
Rich, yet sad with aching wants,
Crowded, yet lonely and unblessed.
"The Thorn" by John Freeman
Chorus: Oh! it's broiling, etc.
The mosquitoes and bull-dog ants
Assailed me even through my pants.
It nearly took my breath away
To hear the jackass laugh so gay!
"Colonial Experience" by Anonymous Oceania
The bull does not know you, nor the fig tree,
nor the horses, nor the ants in your own house.
The child and the afternoon do not know you
because you have dead forever.
"Lament For Ignacio Sanchez Mejias" by Federico Garcia Lorca
Her hands are filled with what I lack,
And on her arms are pictures,
Looking like files of ants forsaking the battalions,
Or hail inlaid by broken clouds on green lawns.
"The Resurrection Of The Tattooed Girl" by Edward Powys Mathers
The tiny spiders on wych elms in May,
Of rare pale green; the young and downy bee,
Singing her first low song; the white ant's cradle--
They crowd upon us with their mystery.
"Little Things" by Mary Webb

In news:

Professor Walter Tschinkel Makes A Molten Cast Of An Ant Colony.
What an Ant's Home Looks Like Using Molten Aluminum.
I've always been pretty curious on what an ant farm looks like on the inside.
Contributors ante up money for dissident.
Concejales de Kissimmee junto a ejecutivos de Sedano's antes de iniciar la entrega de pavos y otros productos a familias con motivo de Thanksgiving.
To up the ante and encourage more employees to give, the agency CEOs agreed that the CEO of the agency that lost the challenge would shave his mustache .
With narrower military goals, Obama ups the ante.
A handful of resorts and pioneering hoteliers are upping the ante in Jamaica—all over again.
Maersk upping ante in reefer business.
Ante Up For Autism (Photo credit: Wikipedia).
W ant to be featured in our next Nightfly video, which will be taken at our Best of Westchester Party.
Scientists Examining Northward Expansion of Rasberry Ants.
News Scientists Examining Northward Expansion of Rasberry Ants.
Under the new healthcare regime, pharma will ante up fees and rebates in return for expanded sales and safeguards.
Stand-up paddling ups the ante when melded with exercises usually done on land.

In science:

Analizando como se transforman las perturbaciones de la métrica antes estas transformaciones observamos que hη η se transforma como escalar, hη i como 3-vector y hi j como 3-tensor, donde los términos escalar, 3-vector y 3-tensor se refieren a las propiedades de transformación ante rotaciones en el espacio de fondo10 .
The quantum origins of the cosmological asymmetry
En particular escalar en este contexto NO significa que la perturbación es invariante antes las transformaciones de norma, de hecho, las perturbaciones escalares no son invariantes de norma.
The quantum origins of the cosmological asymmetry
Finalmente, para satisfacer la constricción (A.77), tenemos ¯Cη = 0, ∂(i ¯C j) = 0, con lo que ¯C j es un vector de Killing en Σ(η ) y como se mencionó antes estos vectores perteneces al kernel de △ y quedan fuera del dominio de las perturbaciones, entonces ¯C j = 0.
The quantum origins of the cosmological asymmetry
In principle, any suitable longitudinal correlation structure for the Zit ’s could be assumed, such as Toeplitz, ante-dependence, or anisotropic exponential.
A generalized linear mixed model for longitudinal binary data with a marginal logit link function
Davis & Huchra (1982) and Willmer (1997) point out that whilst this method is robust it can return a biased estimate if the survey sample has signi fic ant inhomogeneities.
Shedding Light on the Galaxy Luminosity Function