• WordNet 3.6
    • adj devouring (often followed by `for') ardently or excessively desirous "avid for adventure","an avid ambition to succeed","fierce devouring affection","the esurient eyes of an avid curiosity","greedy for fame"
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  • Fyodor Dostoevsky
    “It is not possible to eat me without insisting that I sing praises of my devourer?”
  • Thomas Jefferson
    “Experience demands that man is the only animal which devours his own kind, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor.”
  • William Cowper
    “Visitors are insatiable devourers of time, and fit only for those who, if they did not visit, would do nothing.”
  • Frantz Fanon
    Frantz Fanon
    “There is a point at which methods devour themselves.”
  • Honore De Balzac
    “Finance, like time, devours its own children.”
  • Konrad Adenauer
    Konrad Adenauer
    “The one sure way to conciliate a tiger is to allow oneself to be devoured.”


In literature:

In two months the statue was devoured, before it was erected, and the succession of protests and summonses began again.
"The Nabob, Volume 1 (of 2)" by Alphonse Daudet
The trees had devoured them: silently, in mouthfuls, and left the white bones.
"Fantasia of the Unconscious" by D. H. Lawrence
He could devour the house, he felt so ravenous.
"A Son of the City" by Herman Gastrell Seely
Some wild beast might have devoured you, but they found no trace.
"A Little Girl in Old Detroit" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
Unlike other stock, they will devour greedily and tirelessly the richest feeding-stuffs.
"Agriculture for Beginners" by Charles William Burkett
The males went to devour the young, as they thought, and the females followed to protect them.
"The Boy Hunters" by Captain Mayne Reid
Domestic fowls, sheep, horses, and dogs, devour them with equal greediness.
"The Bush Boys" by Captain Mayne Reid
Everything that is eatable, and many things apparently uneatable, are devoured by them.
"By Canoe and Dog-Train" by Egerton Ryerson Young
Solitary hunters or single families caught by a pack were frequently overpowered and devoured.
"Winter Adventures of Three Boys" by Egerton R. Young
We looked out at Tsavo with devouring interest.
"In Africa" by John T. McCutcheon

In poetry:

Behold! a giant am I!
Aloft here in my tower,
With my granite jaws I devour
The maize, and the wheat, and the rye,
And grind them into flour.
"Ultima Thule: The Windmill" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Like pack of wolves on army's trail,
Fell failure lives on distress,
Devouring with greed th' foul refuse
That falls from th' hands of success.
"Success" by Jared Barhite
Think, how the wicked toss and turn,
As in infernal flames they burn,
And as the busy worms, each hour,
With sateless teeth their flesh devour!
"Advice, Concerning The Government Of Our Thoughts" by Rees Prichard
Let not the water-floods o'erpow'r —
Let not the pit my soul devour —
Let not the loud-resounding tide,
Beneath its waves, thy servant hide!
"Part Of The Sixty-Ninth Psalm" by Rees Prichard
Beautiful Moon, with thy silvery light,
Thou cheerest the eagle in the night,
And lettest him see to devour his prey
And carry it to his nest away.
"The Moon" by William Topaz McGonagall
There was an Old Man of Leghorn,
The smallest that ever was born;
But quickly snapped up he
Was once by a puppy,
Who devoured that Old Man of Leghorn.
"Limerick: There was an Old Man of Leghorn" by Edward Lear

In news:

Fishermen Discover Shark Devouring Rare Squid.
Who's Devouring AT&T's Data Capacity.
Digital cloud devours our books, CDs, DVDs, photos.
NASA's Swift satellite spots black hole devouring a star.
Devouring Vancouver's Cowichan Valley.
" It means that we stop "biting and devouring one another.
Those are just some of the things the Nets said about Dwight Howard yesterday, and that was even before they had to stop him from devouring them whole last night at Amway Arena.
Parenting goes global as American readers devour books like 'Bringing Up Bebe' and 'How Eskimos Keep Their Babies Warm,' seeking international ideas on raising children.
The Chinese immigrants in Flushing, Queens, devour books with titles like "Romantic Flower" and "The Heart With a Million Knots.
If not this little boy is prepared to devour them.
Last year, over 150 pounds of fries were devoured in just a few minutes before Dave Goldstein won the crown.
Several generations ago, the watermelon you devoured on a summer day may have looked and tasted nothing like the melons grown just a county or two away.
Tom Hanks is not known for horror films, but his 1986 flop, The Money Pit, has a terrifying premise: A seemingly small renovation consumes a couple's life, devouring their reserves of time.
With long operating hours and lots of equipment for storing and cooking food, restaurants devour energy.
They even provide a soapstone pencil to identify your cheeses your guests will be devouring.

In science:

Thus, a black hole has no structure! It is just pure gravitation devouring anything around, with a special point where all the stuff ends up, and a geometrical (not real) surface acting like a one-way membrane hiding this special singular point from view of external observers.
Black hole entropy: classical and quantum aspects