• WordNet 3.6
    • n curator the custodian of a collection (as a museum or library)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Curator One appointed to act as guardian of the estate of a person not legally competent to manage it, or of an absentee; a trustee; a guardian.
    • Curator One who has the care and superintendence of anything, as of a museum; a custodian; a keeper.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n curator In Roman law, one appointed to manage the affairs of a person past the age of puberty when from any cause he has become unfit to manage them himself.
    • n curator In civil law, a guardian; specifically, one who has the care of the estate of a minor or other incompetent person.
    • n curator One who has the care and superintendence of something, as of a public museum, fine-art collection, or the like.
    • n curator In Scotch law, one appointed as guardian for minors, incompetents, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Curator kūr-ā′tor one who has the charge of anything: a superintendent: one appointed by law as guardian: a member of a board for electing university professors and the like
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  • John Kellogg
    John Kellogg
    “The power in which we must have faith if we would be well, is the creative and curative power which exists in every living thing.”
  • Saul Landau
    Saul Landau
    “Study is the scourge of boyhood, the environment of youth, the indulgence of adults and the curative for the aged.”
  • Henry Miller
    “Analysis brings no curative powers in its train; it merely makes us conscious of the existence of an evil, which, oddly enough, is consciousness.”
  • W. H. Auden
    “When I am in the company of scientists, I feel like a shabby curate who has strayed by mistake into a drawing room full of dukes.”
  • Sarah Ban Breathnach
    Sarah Ban Breathnach
    “As we become curators of our own contentment on the Simple Abundance path... we learn to savor the small with a grateful heart.”
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
    “War has always been the grand sagacity of every spirit which has grown too inward and too profound; its curative power lies even in the wounds one receives.”


Curate's egg - (UK) If something is a bit of a curate's egg, it is only good in parts.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., fr. curare, to take care of, fr. cura, care
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. curator, an overseer—curāre, to cure.


In literature:

Why, I was curate with him when I first left the seminary.
"Great Possessions" by Mrs. Wilfrid Ward
The curate was walking on the cliffs with his lady-love.
"A Dozen Ways Of Love" by Lily Dougall
G. Cur non servus Sexti equum domini curat?
"Latin for Beginners" by Benjamin Leonard D'Ooge
When barley water is being used for curative purposes it should be strong.
"Food Remedies" by Florence Daniel
Her curative influence on the soul.
"The Letters of Cassiodorus" by Cassiodorus (AKA Magnus Aurelius Cassiodorus Senator)
One who is a professor and curator becomes accustomed to a certain amount of, well, diffidence in laymen.
"The Best Short Stories of 1921 and the Yearbook of the American Short Story" by Various
Doctor Rat, the curate, is now called in; but again Diccon is equal to the occasion.
"The Growth of English Drama" by Arnold Wynne
Among the curates, Mr. Weightman was her only exception for any conventional courtesy.
"Charlotte Bronte and Her Circle" by Clement K. Shorter
A certain curate could never trust his Indian to carry important letters until he had given him twenty-five lashes.
"The Andes and the Amazon" by James Orton
SLADDER: O, the curate.
"Plays of Near & Far" by Lord Dunsany

In poetry:

And HOOPER holds his ground,
In mildness daily growing -
They think him, all around,
The mildest curate going.
"The Rival Curates" by William Schwenck Gilbert
As unlike BERNARD as could be
Was poor old AARON WOOD
(Disgraceful BERNARD'S curate he):
He was extremely good.
"First Love" by William Schwenck Gilbert
You can afford a little to the poor,
And then what's better still, you have the heart
To give from your abundance.
"English Eclogues V - The Witch" by Robert Southey
'She hurt—and in that crowd confined
I scarcely could endure it;
So when I pinched her fat behind
She thought—it was the Curate.'
"Willie" by Robert W Service
After a month of this, they say
(The maid was getting bored and moody)
A wandering curate passed that way
And talked a lot of goody-goody.
"John and Freddy" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Says FREDDY, "Here is goings on!
To bust myself with rage I'm ready."
"I'll be a curate!" whispers JOHN -
"And I," exclaimed poetic FREDDY.
"John and Freddy" by William Schwenck Gilbert

In news:

Girl Talk's Gregg Gillis On Copyright, Curation and Making Mashups Rhyme.
Kaleidospoke is a three-month long art exhibition and film showcase organized and curated by graphic artist Vanessa Wilde.
Glenn Danzig is the Devil's curator for the Blackest of the Black Tour, a metal mini-festival he's been presenting and headlining intermittently since 2003.
John Elderfield, the Museum of Modern Art's chief curator emeritus of painting and sculpture, has immersed himself in the work of Willem de Kooning .
Willem de Kooning –The MOMA Retrospective Monday July 25, 6 pm at SVMA Lecture by John Elderfield, Chief Curator Emeritus of Painting and Sculpture, Museum of Modern Art.
Judith Zilczer, curator of painting for the Hirshhorn Museum talks with Charlayne Hunter-Gault about the life and times of the "American Picasso".
Decibel Festival founder/curator Sean Patrick Horton stopped by KEXP's Morning Show today with some big news: the full lineup of this year's Decibel Festival.
At least until winter comes, says Jeff Jundt, the reptilian curator for the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak.
Ted Mills and Marco Pinter Curate Pop-Up Multi-Media Art Show.
Efrain Sandoval, curator of the exhibit "Obiter Dicta ", preps his artwork for the up­coming exhibit at the Holland Area Arts Council.
Curator Leah Dickerman discusses the murals and career of Diego Rivera .
Shannon Perich is associate curator for the Photographic History Collection at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History.
Throughout Saturday's Boulder stage of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, the Camera will compile and curate race fans' tweets, photos, video and other social media accounts of the race as it travels through Boulder County.
Flipboard, which curates content from your social networks and the Web based on your interests and turns them into stunning magazine-like digital pages, has released a version for Apple's iPhone.
McDonald Named Chief Curator of Photography at the Harry Ransom Center.

In science:

Indeed for our choices of chemical environments, the curation of genome-scale models of different organisms has filled the gaps for transporters.
Randomizing genome-scale metabolic networks
Depending on its goals, each interaction database, maintained by a different team of curators located around the world includes and annotates interactions differently.
ppiTrim: Constructing non-redundant and up-to-date interactomes
Recently, the authors of iRefIndex and iRefWeb published a detailed analysis of agreement between curated interactions within iRefIndex that are shared between major databases (24).
ppiTrim: Constructing non-redundant and up-to-date interactomes
Data centres also have significant responsibilities, including curating data, which comes with a large overhead for selecting, homogenizing, describing, and distributing data, and data centres must be sufficiently funded to perform these tasks.
Astronomical Data Management
These remaining challenges include long-term data access, data quality and curator certification, version control, histories, and intellectual property standards.
Astronomical Data Management