blurb

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n blurb a promotional statement (as found on the dust jackets of books) "the author got all his friends to write blurbs for his book"
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Usage

In literature:

Its mind and heart will cry out even underneath the extravagance of jacket-blurbings.
"Pipefuls" by Christopher Morley
If you don't believe it, read the blurbs we publish about ourselves!
"The Job" by Sinclair Lewis
Herman had the wild thought that they were blurb writers whose jobs had gone to their heads.
"Freudian Slip" by Franklin Abel
Matson read that blurb in an official press release and laughed cynically.
"Assassin" by Jesse Franklin Bone
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In news:

Anthony Bourdain isn't exactly stingy when it comes to giving blurbs, but his endorsement of Prune chef and owner Gabrielle Hamilton's forthcoming memoir, Blood, Bones, and Butter is flat-out over the top: "Magnificent," Bourdain drools.
John Craig and the Weekend's Numbers is billed as an "eclectic electro-pop odyssey concept record," which is a lot to digest for a single press blurb.
Producer gets personal in end-of-show blurbs.
Why I'll Never Blurb Again.
I'll try anything once, even blurb writing.
When a book's back cover blurb describes the contents as "a book with a whole lotta not much," one really doesn't know what to expect.
Scented paper ads typically include a text blurb inviting readers to "rub here" or "scratch and sniff here" to experience the scent of the product.
I love astronomy, and Moonlight Drive is just around the corner from the house, but a blurb I read in The River Reporter calendar had me curious enough to venture a little farther from home to observe the heavens with other like-minded folks.
When my son Alex was 6, I was tickled to read his "about the author" blurb in his first-grade book.
When I first sat down to write this blurb, I fully intended it to be a pithy diatribe against Jim DeMint.
Regarding David R Slavitt's article "Passionate Intensity" (Feb 12): Blurb writing is not, by and large, a genre known for its cogency or profundity.
The best book blurb I'm aware of came from Roy Blount Jr, who said about Pete Dexter's 1988 novel, "Paris Trout": "I put it down once to wipe off the sweat.
'A Rule is to Break: A Child's Guide to Anarchy,' by John Seven and Jana Christy, was called 'downright shocking' by a Tea Party publication and received a blurb from activist Bill Ayers.
Online publishing platform Blurb has launched ProLine featuring Mohawk (www.mohawkpaper.com) Superfine and Mohawk proPhoto papers.
Praiseworthy blurbs like "heartwarming" and "hilarious fish-out-of-water comedy" are generally enough to keep me away from a movie forever.
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In science:

By the LF transformer shown in Fig. 12(a), the augmented LF transmitted the lens is a tilted blurb with some negative radiance values; the quadratic phase of the lens induces the tilt, and the finite aperture produces radiance variatio ns.
Augmenting Light Field to model Wave Optics effects
By the lens and the cubic phase mask, the transformed LF becomes a curved blurb.
Augmenting Light Field to model Wave Optics effects
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