• Demonstration. Neapolitan
    Demonstration. Neapolitan
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v demonstrate establish the validity of something, as by an example, explanation or experiment "The experiment demonstrated the instability of the compound","The mathematician showed the validity of the conjecture"
    • v demonstrate provide evidence for; stand as proof of; show by one's behavior, attitude, or external attributes "His high fever attested to his illness","The buildings in Rome manifest a high level of architectural sophistication","This decision demonstrates his sense of fairness"
    • v demonstrate give an exhibition of to an interested audience "She shows her dogs frequently","We will demo the new software in Washington"
    • v demonstrate march in protest; take part in a demonstration "Thousands demonstrated against globalization during the meeting of the most powerful economic nations in Seattle"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Anti-American demonstrators protesting in Bangladesh after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks carried posters of Osama bin Laden sitting alongside Bert, a beloved Sesame Street Muppet character
    • Demonstrate (Anat) To exhibit and explain (a dissection or other anatomical preparation).
    • Demonstrate To point out; to show; to exhibit; to make evident.
    • Demonstrate To show, or make evident, by reasoning or proof; to prove by deduction; to establish so as to exclude the possibility of doubt or denial. "We can not demonstrate these things so as to show that the contrary often involves a contradiction."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Babe Ruth was able to throw two baseballs in such a way that the balls remained parallel to each other all the way from his hand to the catcher's glove. Ruth was famous for this stunt and would demonstrate it on request.
    • demonstrate To point out; indicate; make evident; exhibit.
    • demonstrate Specifically To exhibit, describe, and explain, as the parts of a dissected body; teach by the ocular use of examples, as a physical science, especially anatomy or any of its principles.
    • demonstrate To establish the truth of; fully establish by arguments; adduce convincing reasons for belief in, as a proposition.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Cornelius van Drebel, a Dutch physician, built and successfully demonstrated the first submarine in 1620. It was a wooden framework covered with greased leather. The propulsion was provided by oars worked from the inside. It was tested in the Thames River in London.
    • v.t Demonstrate de-mon′strāt to show or point out clearly: to prove with certainty
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  • L. Ron Hubbard
    L. Ron Hubbard
    “The differences between a competent person and an incompetent person are demonstrated in his environment (surroundings).”
  • Henry Miller
    “Man has demonstrated that he is master of everything -- except his own nature.”
  • Stan Mooneyham
    Stan Mooneyham
    “Love talked about is easily turned aside, but love demonstrated is irresistible.”
  • Cynthia Ozick
    Cynthia Ozick
    “The usefulness of madmen is famous: they demonstrate society's logic flagrantly carried out down to its last scrimshaw scrap.”
  • John Ruskin
    “The work of science is to substitute facts for appearances, and demonstrations for impressions.”
  • Michel De Certeau
    Michel De Certeau
    “One is a socialist because one used to be one, no longer going to demonstrations, attending meetings, sending in one's dues, in short, without paying.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. demonstratus, p. p. of demonstrare, to demonstrate; de-, + monstrare, to show. See Monster
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. demonstrāre, -ātumde, inten., and monstrāre, to show.


In literature:

Of Course this is only the beginning of a series of such demonstrations.
"Lady Rosamond's Secret" by Rebecca Agatha Armour
This demonstration is as good as another.
"The Heavenly Father" by Ernest Naville
However, that is not a demonstrative reason against astrology.
"Voltaire's Philosophical Dictionary" by Voltaire
The Negro is poverty stricken, this needs no demonstration.
"Twentieth Century Negro Literature" by Various
Again the demonstrative phrase may fail to demonstrate any entity.
"The Concept of Nature" by Alfred North Whitehead
Events soon demonstrated the wisdom of this step.
"Kelly Miller's History of the World War for Human Rights" by Kelly Miller
To demonstrate the action of natural selection, we must first demonstrate the existence of variations on which it can act.
"Applied Eugenics" by Paul Popenoe and Roswell Hill Johnson
This has long been owned by candid minds as an unanswerable argument, demonstrating the being of God by the works of his hands.
"Fables of Infidelity and Facts of Faith" by Robert Patterson
Another demonstration, I suppose!
"The Eternal City" by Hall Caine
How does that make for any well-considered and thoroughly demonstrated plans?
"Villa Elsa" by Stuart Henry

In poetry:

Mr. Bernard Shaw
Was just setting out for the war,
When he heard it was a dangerous trade
And demonstrably underpaid.
"Clerihew – Shaw" by Edmund Clerihew Bentley
He loved to stand upon his head
To demonstrate he was not dead.
Ah, if his poems misbehave
'Tis only to defy the grave.
"In Memoriam: Four Poets" by Robert Francis
Yes, every poet is a fool;
By demonstration, Ned can show it:
Happy could Ned's inverted rule
Prove every fool to be a poet.
"Epigram - Yes, Every Poet Is A Fool" by Matthew Prior
One day they took us budding M. D.s
To one of those institutes
Where they demonstrate every new disease
By means of bisected brutes.
"Rags" by Edmund Vance Cooke
"Then I shall demonstrate to you,
According to the rules of WHATELY,
That what is true of all, is true
Of each, considered separately."
"Sir Macklin" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Against experience he believes;
He argues against demonstration:
Pleased when his reason he deceives,
And sets his judgement by his passion.
"To The Honourable Charles Montague, Esq." by Matthew Prior

In news:

Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani returned to Iraq Wednesday after undergoing surgery in London, urging his Shiite Muslim following to participate in a mass demonstration against the ongoing violence in Najaf.
Paster Jonnie Wattersons theme for the message at the Brookings Harbor High School Graduating Class of 2000 Baccalaureate service was change, which he demonstrated graphically with a mini strip tease.
Protesters demonstrating outside a Chick-fil-A food truck in Washington, DC last week.
As the National Football League's recent $200,000 fine against the Detroit Lions demonstrates, there is continuing pressure on owners to hire more coaches who are members of minority groups.
A Bahraini Shiite Muslim youth holds a picture of prominent rights activist Nabeel Rajab during a demonstration on June 11.
In the video below, Rivera demonstrates how he used to make his childhood mitts out of cardboard.
An Italian man has given up his protest atop the St Peter's Basilica after more than 24 hours perched on the 130-meter (426-foot) high dome to demonstrate against government reforms.
Consumers can see a live webcast of canning demonstrations and fresh preserving techniques from 8 a.m.-1 pm at www.
Marianne demonstrates how to make two half-square triangle units at once using a special ruler.
Nearly three dozen protesters from Occupy Buffalo demonstrated in front of the Amherst offices of Steven J Baum PC, denouncing the controversial fore.
Junior ROTC Leadership Academy Demonstrate Activity That Requires Teamwork.
The BBC has been given an exclusive demonstration of how the technology of ' beaming ' robot avatars works, allowing a kind of 'physical' interaction at a distance.
Famous characters participate in a demonstration from SWAT.
Bear trainer/owner Jeff Watson prompts Brody, a 1,400-pound grizzly bear, to open his mouth during a demonstration at the Missouri Deer Classic Saturday at the Boone County Fairgrounds.
Balanced flavors demonstrate that their work is not wasted.

In science:

The work of Friedrich, Christodoulou, Klainerman and others demonstrates rigorously that the general picture of null infinity is compatible with the vacuum Einstein field equations.
Radiative spacetimes
We have also demonstrated that the cosmological Robinson-Trautman solutions represent explicit models exhibiting the cosmic no-hair conjecture.
Radiative spacetimes
Moreover, the agreement of the distributions with the ones obtained from the GOE demonstrates that the distribution of the ground state energy is also not sensitive to the type of ensemble used. A closer inspection of the presented data does reveal discrepancies between different models in the distribution tails.
Ground State Properties of Many-Body Systems in the Two-Body Random Ensemble and Random Matrix Theory
We have demonstrated the potentials of this approach for typical model systems and natural data.
Nonlinear analysis of bivariate data with cross recurrence plots
The corresponding time-dependent Schr¨odinger equation has been integrated numerically using the self-expanding algorithm of to eliminate finite-size effects (the remarkable accuracy is demonstrated in Fig. 1a).
Quantum Irreversibility of Energy Spreading