copious

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj copious affording an abundant supply "had ample food for the party","copious provisions","food is plentiful","a plenteous grape harvest","a rich supply"
    • adj copious large in number or quantity (especially of discourse) "she took copious notes","a subject of voluminous legislation"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Copious Large in quantity or amount; plentiful; abundant; fruitful. "Kindly pours its copious treasures forth.""Hail, Son of God, Savior of men! thy name
      Shall be the copious matter of my song."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • copious Abundant; plentiful; ample; large in quantity or number: as, copious supplies; a copious feast; copious notes of a lecture; copious rain.
    • copious Exhibiting abundance or fullness, as of thoughts or words.
    • copious Having an abundant supply; abounding; plenteous; liberal.
    • copious Synonyms Ample, Copious, Plenteous (see ample), rich, full, exuberant, overflowing, profuse.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Copious kō′pi-us plentiful: overflowing: not concise
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. copiosus, fr. copia, abundance: cf. F. copieux,. See Copy Opulent
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. copiosuscopia, plenty—co-, inten., and ops, opis, wealth.

Usage

In literature:

Coming now to the class of Birds, we find much more copious evidence of variation.
"Darwinism (1889)" by Alfred Russel Wallace
To a copious invention you unite the judgement that knows how to distinguish the specific qualities of different authors.
"A Dialogue Concerning Oratory, Or The Causes Of Corrupt Eloquence" by Cornelius Tacitus
They all drank copiously until they were intoxicated.
"Myths and Legends of China" by E. T. C. Werner
And blood began to flow copiously from the bodies of the gods mangled by the talons and the beak of Garuda.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
And that mighty son of Kunti, holding the hands of Draupadi in his, shed copious tears.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2"
THE OLYNTHIAC ORATIONS OF DEMOSTHENES, with copious Notes and Grammatical References.
"Notes and Queries, Number 65, January 25, 1851" by Various
With a Copious Analytical Index.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 13, No. 76, February, 1864" by Various
Water copiously during the hot months and give protection when the nights become cold.
"The Culture of Vegetables and Flowers From Seeds and Roots, 16th Edition" by Sutton and Sons
The more copious the associative systems, the completer the individual's adaptations to the world.
"Talks To Teachers On Psychology; And To Students On Some Of Life's Ideals" by William James
Alexander Smith I know by copious extracts in reviews, and by some MSS.
"The Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Volume II" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
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In poetry:

Space grants beyond his fated road
No inch to the god of day,
And copious language still bestowed
One word, no more, to say.
"Merops" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Thus fares it with the human soul,
Where copious floods of passion roll,
By genuine love supplied;
Fair in itself the current shows,
But ah! a thousand anxious woes
Pollute the noble tide.
"See Where The Thames, The Purest Stream" by William Cowper
Now turn your eyes to Egypt's plains,
Ne'er water'd by refreshing rains,
And tell what copious stream,
Its fertilising produce yields,
Making the gardens and the fields,
With richest plenty teem.
"Enigma XXII." by Elizabeth Hitchener
His copious list of Deans and ills
May light his pipe, or hold his pills,
Be useful in a humbler case,
But to another must give place;
To that of Bishops much diminish'd;
Two dozen names, and then 'tis finish'd.
"Preferment" by William Hutton
Oh, heaven! it must have been most pitiful to see
Fathers with their dead children upon their knee
While the blood ran copiously from their mouths and ears
And their parents shedding o'er them hot burning tears.
"The Sunderland Calamity" by William Topaz McGonagall
And to quench His thirst they gave Him vinegar and hyssop,
While the blood from His wounded brow copiously did drop,
Then He drank of it willingly, and bowed His head,
And in a few minutes the dear Saviour was dead.
"The Crucifixion of Christ" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Imbibing copious amounts of alcohol while throwing sharp, pointy things usually ends with someone at the hospital with a dart lodged in his or her ass.
It was exciting Monday to watch seven travel writers take hundreds of photos and write copious notes on their first visit to Toledo and its environs.
Thomson, MNIn the last couple weeks the Northland has received copious amounts of rainfall.
Sausage rolls, copious amounts of mash and peas and fish and chips have clouded most American perceptions of British cuisine for years.
They're usually paperback, with copious color photos.
While the speech was under way, I was taking copious line-by-line notes.
Hurricanes are capable of producing copious amounts of rainfall.
Complaints were swift and copious.
The Tarrant Regional Water District is on one hand engaged in obtaining water by court action and on the other maximizing gas drilling on TRWD property and using copious amounts o.
In the wonderful world of music, there is no shortage of musicians who disguise themselves as lunatics, drug fiends, and gun totting thugs, to keep all of us regular folks copiously entertained.
Here we go again, and I apologize for the theme, but this will be one of the wettest April's on record and there is little else to talk about, unless it would be the copious amount of May flowers the rains will bring.
The Hook Named for the copious amounts of kelp in the lineup that "hooks" around skags and booties, this nice little point break also has a lot of surfers that are "hooked" to the spot .
Many companies are investing copious amounts of time and money on their supply chains as business becomes more complex and global.
The Hook Named for the copious amounts of kelp in the lineup that "hooks" around skags and booties, this nice little point break also has a lot of surfers that are "hooked" to the spot.
You can win The Loop's 97@9 Thousand Dollar Bonus and line your wallet with copious cash to spend however you see fit.
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In science:

However, experimentally, the copious background from the ¯B → Xc l ¯νl process, which has a rate about 50 times higher, does not makes feasible a measurement over the full phase space.
Brief review on semileptonic B decays
The “standard model” for the dynamical evolution of hot and d ense strongly interacting matter created in ultra-relativistic heavy-ion collisions is the following: (i) individual parton-parton collisions copiously create gluons and quarks.
Global variables and correlations: Summary of the results presented at the Quark Matter 2012 conference
At the LHC it is copiously produced via strong interactions in top anti-top pairs, so its production cross section, decays and properties are studied with high precision.
Differential top pair cross section and top anti-top plus jets Physics
TeV gamma-rays are copiously produced in environments where effective acceleration of particles (electrons, protons, and nuclei) is accompanied by their intensive interactions with the surrounding gas and radiation fields.
TeV Astronomy
In modern times ultra-GeV neutrino beams are generated in proton (or antiproton) accelerators when the primary beam hits a target producing copious numbers of pions and kaons decaying as π → (cid:18) µ ¯νµ ¯µνµ (cid:19) or K → (cid:18) µ ¯νµ ¯µνµ (cid:19).
Neutrinos at high energy accelerators
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