• WordNet 3.6
    • n elaboration developing in intricate and painstaking detail
    • n elaboration addition of extra material or illustration or clarifying detail "a few remarks added in amplification and defense","an elaboration of the sketch followed"
    • n elaboration marked by elaborately complex detail
    • n elaboration a discussion that provides additional information
    • n elaboration the result of improving something "he described a refinement of this technique"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1836, Mexican General Santa Anna held an elaborate state funeral for his amputated leg
    • Elaboration The act or process of producing or refining with labor; improvement by successive operations; refinement.
    • Elaboration (Physiol) The natural process of formation or assimilation, performed by the living organs in animals and vegetables, by which a crude substance is changed into something of a higher order; as, the elaboration of food into chyme; the elaboration of chyle, or sap, or tissues.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n elaboration The act of elaborating, or working out or producing; production or formation by a gradual process: as, the elaboration of sap by a tree.
    • n elaboration The act of working out and finishing with great care and exactness in detail; the act of improving or refining by successive processes; painstaking labor.
    • n elaboration Labored finish or completeness; detailed execution; careful work in all parts: as, the elaboration of the picture is wonderful.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Elaboration act of elaborating: refinement: the process by which substances are formed in the organs of animals or plants
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  • Saul Bellow
    Saul Bellow
    “Any artist should be grateful for a na?ve grace which puts him beyond the need to reason elaborately.”
  • E. V. Lucas
    E. V. Lucas
    “There can be no defense like elaborate courtesy.”
  • R. S. Storrs
    R. S. Storrs
    “The rules which experience suggest are better than those which theorists elaborate in their libraries.”
  • Pablo Picasso
    “An idea is a point of departure and no more. As soon as you elaborate it, it becomes transformed by thought.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “If a man needs an elaborate tombstone in order to remain in the memory of his country, it is clear that his living at all was an act of absolute superfluity.”
  • J. B. Priestley
    J. B. Priestley
    “Already we Viewers, when not viewing, have begun to whisper to one another that the more we elaborate our means of communication, the less we communicate.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. elaboratio,: cf. F. élaboration,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. elaborāre, -ātume, out, laborārelabor, labour.


In literature:

Nor need I elaborate the point that this communication is rarely absolute, rarely even adequate.
"Platform Monologues" by T. G. Tucker
Then, with elaborate nonchalance, he spread his hands out over the smoldering ashes of the fire.
"The Triumph of John Kars" by Ridgwell Cullum
Even its elaboration as an instrument is probably still incomplete.
"Anticipations" by Herbert George Wells
That's why I describe him as elaborate and complicated, because, I suppose, he must be totally different inside from what he seems outside.
"Set in Silver" by Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson
Here both pinnacles and buttresses, unusually prominent and elaborate, do not seem to be an integral part of the design.
"The Cathedral Church of York" by A. Clutton-Brock
On this hill a church had been built for her, with slim pillars and elaborate stonework in trefoils, roses and light foliage.
"The Life of Joan of Arc, Vol. 1 and 2 (of 2)" by Anatole France
She pointed toward the stage emphatically, made elaborate descriptive movements with her hands.
"The Way of Ambition" by Robert Hichens
It is, however, written without any elaborate logical plan, though it is quite sufficiently coherent for its purpose.
"Alexander Pope" by Leslie Stephen
But the most far-reaching of his achievements was the elaboration, about 1859, jointly with G.R.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 4" by Various
This capital is more elaborately carved than any of the others.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Carlisle" by C. King Eley

In poetry:

Vain the learned elaborate metres,
Vain the deeply pondered line;
All the rest are dust and ashes
But that little song of thine.
"The Song That Lasts" by Richard Le Gallienne
Bitter grazing in sick pastures
Animal sadness & the daybed
Iron curtains pried open.
The elaborate sun implies
dust, knives, voices.
"The New Creatures" by James Douglas Morrison
They want to discover why whales are big,
So they sail, at the risk of sinking,
In ships with elaborate, technical rig,
When the facts can be learned by thinking.
"Whales" by C J Dennis
In bed I muse on Tenier's boors,
Embrowned and beery losels all;
A wakeful brain
Elaborates pain:
Within low doors the slugs of boors
Laze and yawn and doze again.
"The Bench Of Boors" by Herman Melville
But why this idle toil to paint that day,
This time elaborately thrown away?
Words all in vain pant after the distress,
The height of eloquence would make it less:
Heavens! how the good man trembles!-
"A Poem On The Last Day - Book I" by Edward Young
And they? Where are they now? The bust,
The elaborately carven tomb,
Whose scrolls, begrimed by age and dust,
None care to stoop and scan for whom,
Are all remaining to express
Their monumental nothingness.
"Mozart’s Grave" by Alfred Austin

In news:

Internet Idahoan Helps Crack Elaborate Colbert Report Treasure Hunt.
Station 3, 7790 REA Parkway, has an elaborate landscaping plan to meet Town of Windsor requirements, featuring a lot of native grass.
She did not understand that, once her lawyer asked her questions, she would have the opportunity to elaborate.
Elaborate costumes, traditional Caribbean foods and music from the islands allow the large number of Caribbean students at the college to share their culture.
But the movie never really justifies its overly elaborate setup.
Nine days after the shooting death of Border Patrol agent Nicholas Ivie the FBI is declining to elaborate on the investigation.
Technology buffs have cracked music publishing giant Sony Music's elaborate disc copy-protection technology with a decidedly low-tech method: scribbling around the rim of a disk with a felt-tip marker.
Mangroves are survivors, due to elaborate root systems that sprawl above and below the waterline.
Red carpet designers Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig set their sights on India, including saris, elaborate hand-embroidery and occasional pops of hot pink.
From elaborate mosaics on palace walls to simple geometric designs on the street, I found myself snapping photo after photo of tiles.
During a recent public discussion at a British festival of contemporary music, someone told Elliott Carter that his new Triple Duo sounded relatively "free" compared with the elaborate constructions of his previous works.
1) The donuts here aren't the full-sized ring donuts you might be expecting — they're elaborations on a theme of donut holes (a bit bigger than "Munchkins®," for those of us who grew up on Dunkin' Donuts ).
Who knew that the Gatorade bath took such elaborate planning.
Remember that elaborate but oh-so-cute live lip- dub marriage proposal from two weeks ago.
Bjork elaborates on decision to let go of Wiggins.

In science:

Gamma matrices (this point has been fully explained in and will not be further elaborated here).
Hermitian versus holomorphic complex and quaternionic generalized supersymmetries of the M-theory. A classification
Nevertheless, our alternative description is very simple, powerful and it does not require elaborate assumptions.
Simple approach to the mesoscopic open electron resonator: Quantum current oscillations
Such a thesis is further elaborated elsewhere (Soares 2004b).
The Aleph Cosmological Principle
These three pairs admit a geometric reasoning for the order coincidence, we elaborate on it at the end of this subsection.
Arithmetic of algebraic groups
The word ‘measurable’ applied to an equivalence relation has been explained in Section 4 and elaborated in Theorem 5.1.
Branching Processes, and Random-Cluster Measures on Trees