• WordNet 3.6
    • n dependance the state of relying on or being controlled by someone or something else
    • n dependance being abnormally tolerant to and dependent on something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming (especially alcohol or narcotic drugs)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Depending on the size, it can take an oyster anywhere from few months to many years to form a pearl
    • n Dependance See Dependent Dependence Dependency.☞ The forms dependant dependance dependancy are from the French; the forms dependent, etc., are from the Latin. Some authorities give preference to the form dependant when the word is a noun, thus distinguishing it from the adjective, usually written dependent.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Amazon ants (red ants found in the western U.S.) steal the larvae of other ants to keep as slaves. The slave ants build homes for and feed the Amazon ants, who cannot do anything but fight. They depend completely on their slaves for survival.
    • n dependance See dependence, dependency.
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  • Joseph Jacobs
    Joseph Jacobs
    “The successful men of action are not sufficiently self-observant to know exactly on what their success depends.”
  • Siddha Nagarjuna
    Siddha Nagarjuna
    “This body, full of faults, has yet one great quality: Whatever it encounters in this temporal life depends upon one's actions.”
  • Tryon Edwards
    “Age does not depend upon years, but upon temperament and health. Some men are born old, and some never grow up.”
  • Napoleon Bonaparte
    “Great ambition is the passion of a great character. Those endowed with it may perform very good or very bad acts. All depends on the principles which direct them.”
  • Geoffrey F. Abert
    Geoffrey F. Abert
    “Prosperity depends more on wanting what you have than having what you want.”
  • Martha Washington
    Martha Washington
    “I've learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions and not on our circumstances.”


In literature:

Formerly it was never dreamed that grammar depended on any higher authority than the books put into our hands.
"Lectures on Language" by William S. Balch
In the course of a few seconds or a minute, depending upon skill and other conditions, a fire was obtained.
"Artificial Light" by M. Luckiesh
These people had been hunters, but then became pastoral nomads, depending mainly on cattle.
"A history of China., [3d ed. rev. and enl.]" by Wolfram Eberhard
Smooth sailing between office and home depend only on a reliable car and good roads.
"If You're Going to Live in the Country" by Thomas H. Ormsbee and Richmond Huntley
The pit should be 6 to 10 inches deep, the length and width depending upon the amount to be stored.
"Trees, Fruits and Flowers of Minnesota, 1916" by Various
Our art makes one dependent on the other.
"Pascal's Pensées" by Blaise Pascal
Our merit or demerit is dependent upon our responsibility.
"Explanation of Catholic Morals" by John H. Stapleton
Probability depends upon experience and statistics 313 Sec.4.
"Logic" by Carveth Read
The size of the lungs depends upon the capacity of the chest.
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce
We must find out how our thoughts, feelings, sensations, and ideas are dependent upon a physical body and its organs.
"The Science of Human Nature" by William Henry Pyle

In poetry:

There's many a bloom I must always crave,
There are blooms I could steal from my neighbours,
Yet yours are the lives that I'd struggle to save,
Did flow'rs all depend on my labours.
"Pansy Song" by John Joy Bell
O King of kings, give me such strength
In this great war depending,
That I may here prevail at length And ever be ascending,
Till I at last arrive to Thee
The source of all felicity!
"Aspiration (excerpt)" by Thomas Traherne
He loved the Muse; she taught him to complain;
He saw his timorous loves on her depend:
He loved the Muse, although she taught in vain;
He loved the Muse, for she was Virtue's friend.
"Elegy III. On the Untimely Death of a Certain Learned Acquainance" by William Shenstone
THE mourning lasted long and mother's grief;
But days and months at length bestowed relief;
No wretchedness so great, we may depend,
But what, to time's all-conqu'ring sithe will bend:
"The Falcon" by Jean de La Fontaine
"You must know —-" said the Judge: but the Snark exclaimed "Fudge!"
That statute is obsolete quite!
Let me tell you, my friends, the whole question depends
On an ancient manorial right.
"The Hunting Of The Snark " by Lewis Carroll
Speed, speed the Temperance ship!
For her we 'll ever pray,
'T is Israel's God alone can keep
In safety, night and day;
On him we'll evermore depend,
Who is the contrite drunkard's friend.
"The Temperance Ship" by John Pierpont

In news:

World Security Depends on Averting Water Wars.
That's what it will take for general aviation to switch to ADS-B (automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast).
The curb value of your house depends on one thing: the buyer's first impression.
Electronic devices on trucks that record the amount of time a vehicle is driven by an individual have gotten a bad wrap for reducing fleet productivity, but an industry expert says results depend on how they are used.
I don't know why opponents of increased homeland-security spending won't simply say what they're thinking: If we're not too careful in how we appropriate homeland-security dollars, we'll simply make people dependent on government handouts.
That makes them $35 & $40 depending on style.
The heat and salt level can vary widely in red curry paste depending on the brand—taste as you go.
Designations of beneficiaries must be in writing, signed by the designator, witnessed and filed with the Office of Personnel Management, the Thrift Savings Plan or your agency, depending on the type of benefits.
Enclosed are two videos from Freewaves archive that you can watch simultaneously or consecutively, depending on your linear or multifarious mindset.
Biomedical interventions for preventing or treating HIV infection depend on human behavior.
Dependable Barth has made 25 straight FGs for Bucs.
Long-time friend calls them dependable , faithful.
How to find dependable dividend-paying stocks.
Rockets aware of need to have dependable play.
Non-foodies food guide: Dependable local chains and restaurants rank high on diners' lists.

In science:

While for the case k = 3 every integral only depended on x0 (and consequently we could integrate independently every term until reaching the dependence on x0 ), having two concatenated inner data on this configuration generates a dependence on the integrals and hence on the probabilities.
Horizontal visibility graphs: exact results for random time series
The logical links between the services refers to the service level dependency among the services in the framework. Such a dependency can represent the fact that one service depends on another for a goal to be fulfilled, task to be performed, or a resource to be made availab le.
A Model of Cloud Based Application Environment for Software Testing
We find that the strong dependance of LX on bolometric luminosity is due for the most part to an approximately linear dependence on the surface areas of the young stars, while there is a much weaker dependence with effective temperatures.
The Properties of X-ray Luminous Young Stellar Objects in the NGC 1333 and Serpens Embedded Clusters
Initially the metric tensor is spherically symmetric and time depending, but in this limit the dependence is missing (we need the post-Newtonian order to fix a possible time dependence).
The most general fourth order theory of Gravity at low energy
Dekking and Host (1991) gave a short proof for tightness of Fn (· − M ed(Fn )) when the offspring displacements are uniformly bounded and possibly have some local dependence and time dependence; the technique strongly depends on one side boundedness.
Tightness for Maxima of Generalized Branching Random Walks