• WordNet 3.6
    • n constraint the act of constraining; the threat or use of force to control the thoughts or behavior of others
    • n constraint a device that retards something's motion "the car did not have proper restraints fitted"
    • n constraint the state of being physically constrained "dogs should be kept under restraint"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Constraint The act of constraining, or the state of being constrained; that which compels to, or restrains from, action; compulsion; restraint; necessity. "Long imprisonment and hard constraint .""Not by constraint , but by my choice, I came."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n constraint Irresistible force, or its effect; any force or power, physical or moral, which compels to act or to forbear action; compulsion; coercion; restraint.
    • n constraint Specifically Repression of emotion, or of the expression of one's thoughts and feelings; hence, embarrassment: as, he spoke with constraint.
    • n constraint In analytical mechanics, the product of the mass of a particle into the square of that velocity which, compounded with the velocity the particle would have if free, would give the actual velocity.
    • n constraint Synonyms Violence, necessity, coercion. See force, n.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Constraint irresistible force: compulsion: confinement: repression of one's feelings: embarrassment
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  • Seneca
    “Freedom is not being a slave to any circumstance, to any constraint, to any chance; it means compelling Fortune to enter the lists on equal terms.”
  • Walt Whitman
    “The shallow consider liberty a release from all law, from every constraint. The wise man sees in it, on the contrary, the potent Law of Laws.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. constrainte, F. constrainte,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. constraindre—L. constringĕrecon, together, stringĕre, to press. See Strain.


In literature:

She had the constraint of a sinner.
"Hilda Lessways" by Arnold Bennett
The drive back was full of constraint.
"Doctor Pascal" by Emile Zola
Young girls have often an air of constraint, and their dress seems to partake of their want of ease.
"Enquire Within Upon Everything" by Anonymous
If the mind is not stretching forward, the body will soon weary of its immobility and constraint.
"Play-Making" by William Archer
All three were conscious of an undefined constraint in the air.
"Saxe Holm's Stories" by Helen Hunt Jackson
You'll hate me for the constraint, I suppose.
"Big Timber" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
Without accord such as this, love is but a bond and a constraint.
"French Mediaeval Romances from the Lays of Marie de France" by Marie de France
ARPA'SIA, the betrothed of Mone'ses, a Greek, but made by constraint the bride of Baj'azet sultan of Turkey.
"Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama, Vol 1" by The Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D.
Yet presently she was again aware, as in the moment of his greeting, that he laboured under some constraint.
"The Lions of the Lord" by Harry Leon Wilson
One morning Madame Odintsov, when she was alone with Bazaroff, commented upon his reticence and constraint.
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol VIII" by Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton, Eds.

In poetry:

Out of Love's arms to make fond chain,
And, because struggle bringeth pain,
Hate Love for Love's sweet constraint,
Is the way of Souls that faint.
"Epilogue" by Francis Thompson
My crosse I bear my self, untill I faint:
Then Simon bears it for me by constraint,
The decreed burden of each mortall Saint:
Was ever grief like mine?
"The Sacrifice" by George Herbert
Oh, solemn mystery
That I should be so closely bound
With neither terror nor constraint,
Without a murmur of complaint,
And lose myself upon such ground!
"Sleep" by George MacDonald
"Saints are many—on which shall I call?
He must be kindly, without constraint."
"I think you had better pray to Saint Paul.
I have heard people call him a neighborly saint."
"Legend" by Stephen Vincent Benet
Oh never is there safety for the soul
Out of true humbleness; the purest saint
Shall burst through grace, and habit's good constraint,
If lust and pride within him win control.
"Warning" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
Nor can the dull pedantic mind,
E'er boast her bright creative fires;
Above constraint her wing aspires, Nor rigid spells her flight can bind;
The narrow track of musty schools,
She leaves to plodding VAPID FOOLS.
"Stanzas Written under an Oak in Windsor Forest" by Mary Darby Robinson

In news:

"I think that's going to cause small business constraints with traditional financing ".
Despite constraints, it appears that Penn State and the State University of New York (SUNY) will continue to offer forest management programs.
Administrations face constraints, of course.
CPF Review Yields Greater Constraints.
Towns are trying to do everything they can, within budget constraints, to protect the children.
Prior to RCI, Gowland owned and managed his own international consulting and software business, helping manufacturers, with extensive distribution networks to utilize the Theory of Constraints to drive exponential profit growth.
What are the legal constraints and policy considerations that bear on government entities that intentionally interrupt wireless service to achieve a public safety goal.
The wonderful thing about farce is that the plotlines are so outlandish, the actors are relieved of constraints.
Regulators Fine, Place Constraints on UBS.
The length- lex representation has been recently proposed for representing sets in Constraint Satisfaction Problems.
Power Assure, Inc has introduced the PAR4 Measurement Service designed to measure the true idle and peak power consumption of IT equipment in a rack or an entire data center in order to maximize IT power and space constraints.
If business continues as usual, new regulatory constraints will make it nearly impossible to identify which prospects should be converted into members so that costs are managed and profitability is maintained.
But this constraint holds for other nudges , too.
However, when completed, the AOM computer algorithm is intended to let the agency input various constraints on the optimization process and identify the "best solutions" for optimizing spectrum use, it said.
Increasing congestion at West Coast ports, greater demand for predictability in the supply chain, and growing capacity constraints magnify the importance of the Panama Canal as a viable alternate route.

In science:

X ← C[X, Y ] ∧ B[X] f loundering The addition of a CLP-expression to the constraint store may lead to an inconsistent constraint store.
This discussion gives us an example that at the quantum level the Nambu-Goto action (natural source for linear constraints) and the Polyakov action (the natural source for quadratic constraints) are not equivalent to each other.
A note on topological brane theories
Axioms and inference rules use a richer notion of pattern-matching than the one used in most functional languages: they include dynamic constraints like in t2:V, context constraints and context fillings like in h:H and h t2.
From Syntactic Theories to Interpreters: A Specification Language and Its Compilation
Enforcing hyper-arc consistency over a constraint system is done by a propagation algorithm such as the one given in Table 1, which applies a contracting operator N on each constraint in turn until reaching a fix-point.
Component Programming and Interoperability in Constraint Solver Design
This paper will not give a definite answer to any of these questions but will introduce a mathematical framework that emphasize the idea that quantization is something that depends on constraints and that these constraints may not belong to the domain of mechanics or not even to physics.
The categorical theory of relations and quantizations