• GREAT HORNED OWL Rabbits constitute a favorite food when available. Poultry and other birds are also destroyed by this owl. Range: Eastern North America
    GREAT HORNED OWL Rabbits constitute a favorite food when available. Poultry and other birds are also destroyed by this owl. Range: Eastern North America
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj constitutional sanctioned by or consistent with or operating under the law determining the fundamental political principles of a government "the constitutional right of free speech","constitutional government","constitutional guarantees"
    • adj constitutional constitutional in the structure of something (especially your physical makeup)
    • adj constitutional existing as an essential constituent or characteristic "the Ptolemaic system with its built-in concept of periodicity","a constitutional inability to tell the truth"
    • adj constitutional of benefit to or intended to benefit your physical makeup "constitutional walk"
    • n constitutional a regular walk taken as a form of exercise
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1850, Michigan's state constitution included the following line: "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, unless for the punishment of crime, shall ever be tolerated in this state." This inadvertently legalized slavery as an appropriate punishment for crime. It wasn't until 1963 that the grammar was fixed to outlaw slavery. The change required shifting the comma following "servitude" to the position after "slavery."
    • n Constitutional A walk or other exercise taken for one's health or constitution. "The men trudged diurnal constitutionals along the different roads."
    • Constitutional Belonging to, or inherent in, the constitution, or in the structure of body or mind; as, a constitutional infirmity; constitutional ardor or dullness.
    • Constitutional For the benefit or one's constitution or health; as, a constitutional walk.
    • Constitutional In accordance with, or authorized by, the constitution of a state or a society; as, constitutional reforms.
    • Constitutional Regulated by, dependent on, or secured by, a constitution; as, constitutional government; constitutional rights.
    • Constitutional Relating to a constitution, or establishment form of government; as, a constitutional risis. "The anient constitutional traditions of the state."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The only repealed amendment to the US Constitution deals with the prohibition of alcohol.
    • constitutional Pertaining to or inherent in the constitution (of a person or thing); springing from or due to the constitution or composition: as, a constitutional infirmity; constitutional ardor or apathy.
    • constitutional Beneficial to, or designed to benefit, the physical constitution: as, a constitutional walk.
    • constitutional Forming a part of, authorized by, or consistent with the constitution or fundamental organic law of a nation or state. In English law the question whether an act is constitutional turns on its consistency with the spirit and usages of the national polity, and an innovation departing from that standard is not necessarily void. In the United States the question turns on consistency or conformity with the written constitution, and an act in contravention of that is void.
    • constitutional Having the power of, or existing by virtue of and subject to, a constitution or fundamental organic law: as, a constitutional government.
    • constitutional Relating to, concerned with, or arising from a constitution.
    • constitutional A body of delegates meeting under authority of Congress to frame a constitution of government for a new State; or such a body convened by a State legislature, in the prescribed manner. to revise the existing constitution of the State.
    • n constitutional [Short for constitutional walk or exercise. See I., 2.] Exercise by walking, for the benefit of health.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The US federal income tax was first enacted in 1862 to support the Union's Civil War effort. It was eliminated in 1872, revived in 1894 then declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court the following year. In 1913, the 16th Amendment to the Constitution made the income tax a permanent fixture in the US tax system.
    • adj Constitutional inherent in the natural frame: natural: agreeable to the constitution or frame of government: essential: legal: of a sovereign who rules subject to fixed laws
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  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “Men are so constituted that every one undertakes what he sees another successful in, whether he has aptitude for it or not.”
  • John Adams
    “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge
    “As it must not, so genius cannot be lawless; for it is even that constitutes its genius -- the power of acting creatively under laws of its own origination.”
  • William O. Douglas
    “The constitution is not neutral. It was designed to take the government off the backs of people.”
  • Joseph Addison
    “Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.”
  • Helen Keller
    “Many people have the wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.”


Constitution of an ox - If someone has the constitution of an ox, they are less affected than most people by things like tiredness, illness, alcohol, etc.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. constitutionnel,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. constituĕre, constitutum, from con, together, and statuĕre, to make to stand, to place.


In literature:

The other provisions of the Constitution will mainly follow the lines of the Transvaal Constitution.
"Liberalism and the Social Problem" by Winston Spencer Churchill
Here begin the functions which constitute human physiology.
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce
He has had many children, but some defect in the constitution of our mother has been fatal to all of them but me.
"Arthur Mervyn" by Charles Brockden Brown
The Constitution was ordered engrossed on Saturday, September 15.
"The Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation"
Lieutenant Jefferson Davis promptly administered to Abraham Lincoln his first oath to support the Constitution and laws of the United States.
"The Victim" by Thomas Dixon
These are the rights which are guaranteed by the Constitution.
"Twentieth Century Negro Literature" by Various
Indeed, the views that may justly be entertained as to what constitutes an invention may be various and diverse.
"Continental Monthly , Vol IV, Issue VI, December 1863" by Various
A Schout, or Sheriff, two Burgomasters, and five Schepens, were to constitute a municipal court of justice.
"Lights and Shadows of New York Life" by James D. McCabe
This interpretation constituted, in the beginning, the most serious difficulty in the way of the ratification of the Constitution.
"The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by Jefferson Davis
The first thing needed was a State constitution.
"Hidden Treasures" by Harry A. Lewis

In poetry:

But oh! for him my fancy culls
The choicest flowers she bears,
Who constitutionally pulls
Your house about your ears.
"The Modern Patriot" by William Cowper
A Yankee ship and a Yankee crew—
Constitution, where ye bound for?
Wherever, my lad, there's fight to be had,
Acrost the Western Ocean.
"The Constitution's Last Fight" by James Jeffrey Roche
Seek thou a maid, of honest kin,
Oft constitution sways to sin,—
And, if God does not guard her well,
Young miss will fall, where madam fell.
"Advice To A Young Man, Before He Goes A Courting" by Rees Prichard
Three cheers for the Union
And the red, white and blue,
And our forefathers that formed the constitution;
May the flag forever wave
O'er our native land so true,
May God protect our flag and nation.
"The Dear Old Flag" by Julia A Moore
He was of a delicate constitution all his life,
And he was his mother's favourite, and very kind to his wife,
And he had also a particular liking for his child,
And in his behaviour he was very mild.
"The Death of Prince Leopold" by William Topaz McGonagall
And neither the Emancipation Proclamation
nor the Civil War nor one constitutional
amendment after another nor one Civil Rights
legislation after another could bring about a
yielding of the followers of that gospel
to the beauty of our human face.
"Jim Crow: The Sequel" by June Jordan

In news:

The USS Constitution, the US Navy's oldest commissioned war ship, sailed under her own power Sunday for the first time since 1997.
BOSTON — The 215-year-old USS Constitution has sailed for the first time since 1997, taking a 17-minute cruise across Boston Harbor .
USS Constitution sets sail again in Boston Harbor .
At 215 years old, the USS Constitution is the US Navy's oldest commissioned warship afloat.
40p Bourn will decline his $13.3 million qualifying offer, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Ilya Shapiro is a senior fellow in constitutional studies at the Cato Institute and the editor in chief of the Cato Supreme Court Review.
ABC News argues that the use of hyperbole, and essentially exaggeration, is constitutionally protected.
There are several aspects of one proposed Constitutional Amendment that will be put to Georgia voters in November that worry me.
That's so, at least, if three new plays by young women, arriving simultaneously, constitute a trend.
Constitutional Amendment on Pensions Didn't Pass.
Bell Reacts To Constitutional Amendment.
The interchange of African and Caribbean music constitutes one of the most harmonious roundtrip journeys in musical history.
Constitutional premises being tested by societal changes and economic stresses.
In the wake of the Supreme Court ruling that the Affordability Care Act meets the test of constitutionality in its most significant aspect, the individual mandate, the urgency for new, truthful leadership is obvious.
Online planners are mapping out the state's tax laws and constitution.

In science:

At this point we emphasize that, in calculation of the scattering rate out of the whispering-gallery tra jectory, the disks constituting the necklace must be considered as a single entity.
Coherent Random Lasing and "Almost Localized" Photon Modes
The reason why such rings are able to trap the light is that the constituting scatterers act as a single entity: only the coherent multiple scattering of light by al l the scatterers in the resonator can provide trapping.
Coherent Random Lasing and "Almost Localized" Photon Modes
The strings of propositions which constitute a proof of some theorem (for example, pn (w), if this statement is true in our system) be U (x), where x is the G¨odel number of the proof.
The G\"odelizing Quantum-Mechanical Automata
Minkowsky metric, constituting the unity diagonal matrix.
An Algorithm of a Virtual Quantum Computer Model on a Classical Computer
Let S be a set of vertices in the interior of D and let S be constituted of the pairs (v , h(v)) where v ∈ S and h(v) is any number.
An optimal algorithm to generate tilings