avid

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj avid marked by active interest and enthusiasm "an avid sports fan"
    • adj avid (often followed by `for') ardently or excessively desirous "avid for adventure","an avid ambition to succeed","fierce devouring affection","the esurient eyes of an avid curiosity","greedy for fame"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Dwight D. Eisenhower, an avid golfer, had a putting green installed on the White House lawn.
    • a Avid Longing eagerly for; eager; greedy. "Avid of gold, yet greedier of renown."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and John Adams were all avid collectors and players of marbles. In their day, marbles were called "small bowls" and were as popular with adults as with children.
    • avid Eager; greedy.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Avid greedy: eager
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Quotations

  • Aneurin Bevan
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    “I read the newspaper avidly. It is my one form of continuous fiction.”
  • Jesse Bennett
    Jesse Bennett
    “The acquiring of culture is the development of an avid hunger for knowledge and beauty.”
  • Catullus
    Catullus
    “What a woman says to her avid lover should be written in wind and running water.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. avidus, fr. avre, to long: cf. F. avide,. See Avarice
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. aviditasavidus, greedy—avēre, to pant after.

Usage

In literature:

And then, before he could add more, he was shocked by the avidity with which she almost snatched them from his hand.
"The Wharf by the Docks" by Florence Warden
He read it with avidity, with enthusiasm.
"For Woman's Love" by Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
Where the log broke a flame shot forth, lapping the dark wood with avid tongue.
"Diane of the Green Van" by Leona Dalrymple
He fastened his eyes upon the wounded man, ready to drink in his words with avidity.
"The Waif of the "Cynthia"" by André Laurie and Jules Verne
But the avidity of certain plunder prevailed over any reflection, which, on another occasion, the loss of so pious a leader might have raised.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. II (of 3)" by Isaac Disraeli
Richard remained five years at the Kreuzschule and took to the classics with avidity.
"Richard Wagner" by John F. Runciman
There was an avidity, a greediness.
"The Gay Cockade" by Temple Bailey
She returned to the rejected business proposition with zeal and avidity.
"The Witness" by Grace Livingston Hill Lutz
Yea, would I meet death with avidity far!
"Walker's Appeal, with a Brief Sketch of His Life" by David Walker and Henry Highland Garnet
While willing, even avid, to go the rounds and meet the sporting element, he declined to drink.
"The Killer" by Stewart Edward White
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In poetry:

Willful and avid mind,-
The Russian mind is dangerous as flame:
So unrestrainable, so clear,
A happy and a gloomy mind.
"The Russian Mind" by Vyacheslav Ivanovich Ivanov
I do not know, for we are dead:
Cluttering our youthful peace
With a various insolence, you laugh
The year, avid of love, to grief!
"The Progress Of Œnia" by Allen Tate
Too avid of earth's bliss, he was of those
Whom Delight flies because they give her chase.
Only the odour of her wild hair blows
Back in their faces hungering for her face.
"Epigrams" by William Watson
And thus, crazy, gazing upwards,
boiling my eyes in the reddest light to attain you
how I followed the fleeing of my most avid emotion
through the hospitable twilight golds!
"Poem Detained in a Daybreak" by Julia de Burgos
"Queen, since I love thee, I, who oft have braved
The clash of battle in the foremost ranks
At gallop through great walls of avid spears.
Can tremble now — and, queen, I cannot die!"
"The King Of Sardis" by E J Rupert Atkinson
Like locusts we fly, like locusts we fall upon foreign lands,
And fearlessly slake our avid souls.
Having dipped our arrows in the snake's lethal bile,
We will always aim our bows accurately at our foe.
"Scythians" by Konstantin Dmitrievich Balmont

In news:

Seymour, an avid hunter and outdoorsman, as well as a notable baseball player in his day, passed away April 30.
Avid Editors Accelerate Their Skills With a Demo and Class from Manhattan Edit Workshop.
Boris FX Senior Product Manager Peter McAuley to demo Avid FX v6 and Boris Continuum Complete v8 AVX on October 24th.
Avid FX Workshop offered November 10th.
COLUMBIA — Dr Hugh E Stephenson Jr, a former MU surgeon, administrator and avid Mizzou fan, spent his life making a difference for everyone around him.
Dustin Moser of Minerva is an avid fisherman.
" Antioch " was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting, fishing, being outdoors, and working in his garden.
Willie Nelson is an avid supporter of the recreational use of marijuana — so much so that the country icon titled his new autobiography, 'Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I'm Gone' after his favorite non-musical pastime.
Many of you know I am an avid supporter of our Military in many many ways but I want to let everyone know that our parent company goes even one step further when it comes to our Military with Townsquare Cares.
John and Cynthia Orcutt are fine art nature photographers and avid outdoor enthusiasts.
I recently tested the Real Avid Revelation 3-in-1 field dressing kit.
Utah has low-profile gems for the avid skier.
Coates Cyclery owner has spirit of avid bicycle enthusiast.
Elementary schools try AVID program.
He was a life resident of the area and was an avid hunter who loved his family and friends greatly.
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In science:

For the avid reader, the order of the spaces can be worked out by the Regularity theorem , which states that for an elliptic operator of order k , and f ∈ L2 (E ), D(f ) ∈ H s−k implies f ∈ H s .
Gauge Theory in Riem(M)
In Uncert a inty [Beckerman and Breese, 1 994] D avid Beckerman and of t h e Tenth Conference, pages in A I, Proceedings J ohnS . Breese. A new look at causal independence.
Sample-and-Accumulate Algorithms for Belief Updating in Bayes Networks
We remind the avid experimentalist that the entire above discussion only applies if the SBG phase is stable.
Smectic Liquid Crystals in Random Environments
Clearly, many more killer applications and avid users will emerge as clusters become easier to use and well integrated computational environments with common features, capabilities, and well-defined maintainability.
Cluster Computing White Paper
QSOs and AGNs are obvious candidates, but also early-type galaxies may be avid X-ray emitting sources.
Report to Anaximander: A Dialogue on the Origin of the Cosmos in the Cradle of Western Civilization
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