• WordNet 3.6
    • n elusiveness the quality of being difficult to grasp or pin down "the author's elusiveness may at times be construed as evasiveness"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n elusiveness The quality of being elusive; tendency to elude.
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  • Lao-Tzu
    “It is the Vague and Elusive. Meet it and you will not see its head. Follow it and you will not see its back.”
  • Denise Tanner
    Denise Tanner
    “Beyond the reach of common man; is that one elusive thing...Trust!”


In literature:

He was no longer guessing at an elusive truth.
"The Alaskan" by James Oliver Curwood
I have a strange, elusive thought there, Captain.
"Who Goes There?" by Blackwood Ketcham Benson
But, somehow, facts are the most elusive things I have to contend with.
"As Seen By Me" by Lilian Bell
Had he been as experienced in the ways of her sex as he believed himself to be, he would have read more in her elusive glance than her words.
"The Moon Rock" by Arthur J. Rees
Both of them are, of course, in love with the elusive.
"Old and New Masters" by Robert Lynd
No language wholly fails to distinguish noun and verb, though in particular cases the nature of the distinction may be an elusive one.
"Language" by Edward Sapir
Human nature is complicated by too many variables and obscured by too much that is elusive and intangible.
"Analyzing Character" by Katherine M. H. Blackford and Arthur Newcomb
The fluid elusive facts slip through his neat sentences like water in a sieve.
"Landmarks in French Literature" by G. Lytton Strachey
A strange, elusive, surprising puzzle he has been to historians and all others.
"Quiet Talks about Jesus" by S. D. Gordon
The sage said that in a little while the discourses would not seem so elusive and evanescent.
"The Brook Kerith" by George Moore

In poetry:

Who feels through all his being thrown
The influence sweet and slight
Of strange, elusive perfume, blown
Off dewy groves by night!
"Unaware" by Maurice Thompson
And when we feel, peer, listen, would confine
And grasp its very self, it slips away,
Like the elusive beauty of a day
In autumn, leaving of its track no sign.
"Beauty Evanescent" by James Herbert Morse
What though the glow of thy fading ray
Dim and elusive seem,
Constant thou art to the sun's bright sway
Faithful and true in thy tireless way,
True in thy spectral gleam.
"The Comet" by Albert Durrant Watson
Long-sought, elusive Beauty here descends,
And for a moment unto Nature s hand
Her star-caught skill and inspiration lends,
Whence springs this dawn miraculous and grand.
"A Sierran Sunrise" by Clark Ashton Smith
'T 'is even so in other things—yes, in our greedy eyes
The biggest boon is some elusive, never-captured prize;
We angle for the honors and the sweets of human life—
Like fishermen we brave the seas that roll in endless strife;
"Our biggest fish" by Eugene Field
Leaving but an elusive memory -
A heavenly cadence, a supernal word,
Never but half-recalled. In dreams are heard
Who knows what tidings from Eternity,
Transcendant, strange! Alas! we may not bring
Aught past the gateway of Awakening!
"Beyond the Door" by Clark Ashton Smith

In news:

San Francisco's own Ash Reiter has come up with an opus that's the latest in what's this elusive genre.
Police arrest "most elusive rioter " from Stanley Cup riot.
James Harrison, pictured, and LaMarr Woodley will be rotated to save energy in the game Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles and their elusive quarterback, Michael Vick.
During intercourse, the female orgasm can be elusive.
A federal judge in Columbus has ordered an elusive shipwreck salvager to appear in front of him at 9 am today or face arrest.
While car shopping for my elusive convertible Mini Cooper last week in a nearby town, I took a break at a store for a quick snack.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — The "bubble" screen pass to the elusive, powerful Percy Harvin is a favorite way for the Minnesota Vikings to use their most versatile player.
The "bubble" screen pass to the elusive, powerful Percy Harvin is a favorite way for the Minnesota Vikings to use their most versatile player.
Searching for an elusive poet in his works.
Here's how to hit this elusive muscle for a more impressive—and well-defined—torso.
But he is also one of its most complex and elusive artists.
New Data on Elusive Particle Shrouded in Secrecy.
New Celtics guard Jason Terry tries to master the elusive Boston accent in the first episode of his online series, "Jason Terry is a Celtic.".
Park looks to make another run at elusive title.
Billions have been spent on the much-hyped electric car, but buyers and drives remain elusive.

In science:

In particular, a material with large magnetization and large polarization above room temperature is still elusive.
First Principles Studies of Multiferroic Materials
With the imminent activity of the LHC experiments and the quest for a theory describing fundamental forces beyond the electroweak symmetry breaking scale, renewed interest has arisen in the most elusive aspects of gauge theories.
Evidence for a conformal phase in SU(N) gauge theories
The sources of ultra-high energy cosmic rays have remained elusive in spite of the enormous progress reached on the experimental side, with present day detectors reaching apertures > 10 000 km2 sr yr.
Anisotropy vs chemical composition at ultra-high energies
However, a clear expression of exactly what one means by entanglement and how one can quantify the extent of its presence remains an elusive goal.
The linking number and the writhe of uniform random walks and polygons in confined spaces
The exact physical mechanism responsible for this link, and in general for the close interplay between SF and BH accretion remains however elusive.
Probing the Balance of AGN and Star-Forming Activity in the Local Universe with ChaMP