• WordNet 3.6
    • n endowment the act of endowing with a permanent source of income "his generous endowment of the laboratory came just in the nick of time"
    • n endowment natural abilities or qualities
    • n endowment the capital that provides income for an institution
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Endowment That which is bestowed or settled on a person or an institution; property, fund, or revenue permanently appropriated to any object; as, the endowment of a church, a hospital, or a college.
    • Endowment That which is given or bestowed upon the person or mind; gift of nature; accomplishment; natural capacity; talents; -- usually in the plural. "His early endowments had fitted him for the work he was to do."
    • Endowment The act of bestowing a dower, fund, or permanent provision for support.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n endowment The act of settling dower on a woman.
    • n endowment The act of settling a fund or permanent provision for the support of any person or object, as a student, a professorship, a school, a hospital, etc.
    • n endowment That which is bestowed or settled; property, fund, or revenue permanently appropriated to any object: as, the endowments of a church, hospital, or college.
    • n endowment That which is given or bestowed on the person or mind; gift of nature; in the plural, natural equipment of body or mind, or both; attributes or aptitudes.
    • n endowment Synonyms Bequest, present, gift, fund.
    • n endowment Acquirements, Acquisitions, Attainments, etc. (see acquirement); gift, talent, capacity, genius, parts. See comparison under genius.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Endowment act of endowing: that which is settled on any person or institution: a quality or faculty bestowed on any one
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  • Eleanor Roosevelt
    “I think, at a child's birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift would be curiosity.”
  • St. Thomas Aquinas
    “By nature all men are equal in liberty, but not in other endowments.”
  • Marcus T. Cicero
    “Nothing is more noble, nothing more venerable than fidelity. Faithfulness and truth are the most sacred excellences and endowments of the human mind.”
  • Hertzler
    “Why fools are endowed by nature with voices so much louder than sensible people possess is a mystery. It is a fact emphasized throughout history.”
  • Ovid
    “Why should I go into details, we have nothing that is not perishable except what our hearts and our intellects endows us with.”
  • Alexander Pope
    “Die and endow a college or a cat.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. en (=L. in), douer, to endow—L. dotāredos, dotis, a dowry.


In literature:

Mr. Carson was endowed with unusual facility in the acquisition of languages.
"Christopher Carson" by John S. C. Abbott
If he would promise to endow me now, to support or pension me off, if I found him, that would be one thing.
"Queed" by Henry Sydnor Harrison
A third, richly endowed with both, laments the loneliness of an unwedded life.
"The Consolation of Philosophy" by Boethius
The people are endowed with intellectual capacities of a high order.
"Ireland In The New Century" by Horace Plunkett
Vanquished Syria was made to contribute to the endowments of the Egyptian temples.
"Patriarchal Palestine" by Archibald Henry Sayce
But in addition nature had endowed her with a spirit which rose superior to feminine attributes and feelings.
"The Story of the Foss River Ranch" by Ridgwell Cullum
I was o'er-young and unrestrained, with wealth endowed, in my brother's house.
"The Elder Eddas of Saemund Sigfusson; and the Younger Eddas of Snorre Sturleson" by Saemund Sigfusson and Snorre Sturleson
That deep sense of justice which had been formed in his early life had been revivified and endowed with a resistless power.
"The Redemption of David Corson" by Charles Frederic Goss
The Viceroy endowed it with a carnucate of land, in the presence of the Legate and St. Laurence O'Toole.
"An Illustrated History of Ireland from AD 400 to 1800" by Mary Frances Cusack
It would not endow the country with wealth.
"England's Case Against Home Rule" by Albert Venn Dicey

In poetry:

One in pulpit prayeth loud,
God with things acquainting:
How shall he become endow'd,
For his noisy sainting?
"Dialogue With Fame." by Samuel Bamford
From high or zealous feeling,
From arch, excursive grace,
From all with which a lovely mind
Endows the human face.
"Vignette - VI" by Matilda Betham
We labour with incessant toil,
Her treasures to secure;
Which with a magic spell endow'd,
Our sordid hearts allure.
"The Advantages Of Resignation" by Elizabeth Bath
'Tis Saturday morn and all is bright
By nature's own endowing;
The sun is fiercely giving light,
And only me--
"Saturday On The Farm" by Edwin Carty Ranck
What happened next? I'm happy
to hail our frail endowments:
men have, though hopelessly evil,
a heart that God imparted.
"The Pipit" by Jonas Hallgrimsson
With Wisdom who endows the Brain,
To thy Remembrance call;
Nor, while the Wretched you sustain,
Tincture their Cup with Gall.
"Verses Sent To A Lady, Who Took Delight In Ridiculing A Person" by Mary Barber

In news:

Chicago-based Kirkland & Ellis has endowed professorships at Harvard, Northwestern, Michigan, and Chicago law schools.
(AP) — The Rochester Institute of Technology has received a $3 million gift to establish an endowed chair in its business school.
Endowed professorships and chairs are academic designations which provide support for faculty salary, graduate assistantships, equipment and research needs, as well as other support.
These endowed faculty positions allow a university to attract and retain the best and the brightest academic minds in the world.
Benjamin Whetstone Schmidt of San Antonio, who was killed in Afghanistan, is creating an endowed professorship Texas Christian University in Fort Worth to honor his love of history.
S Congress hacks away at the Federal endowments for the arts and humanities, we should greet the release of a major early American text with enthusiasm.
13,000 from The California Endowment.
Unilateralism may be the answer for the neocons, but a new report from the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace says unilateral efforts to export democracy are a flop.
If the gods of the spectrum see fit, the mortals of public TV may find their fiscal Holy Grail — a frequency auction that endows a big trust fund and relieves their ongoing need to trudge to Capitol Hill with hats in hand.
Ira, we're repeatedly told, is a huge, larger-than-life figure -- an Abraham Lincoln look-alike, endowed with an overheated idealism, a violent temper and a restless need to reinvent himself.
Evans will also serve as the UMC Health System's Endowed Chair for Excellence in Nursing.
But on the 1999 roster of celebrity skin, one female star sticks out from the well-endowed crowd.
Today, Egyptians can only hope that their own revolution -- begun with such great hopes for a pluralist civil society endowed with rights for all -- doesn't become a case in point.
Library of the Future' Gets $1-Million Boost From Humanities Endowment .
An illustration shows the proposed location of a housing, hotel and retail development in the University Endowment Lands.

In science:

Consider a vector space W endowed with a non-degenerate quadratic form Q.
Hermitian Characteristics of Nilpotent Elements
More precisely, a linear map A : Ck → Cn (or the corresponding tensor ˜A ∈ (Ck )∗ ⊗ Cn ), where Cn is endowed with a nondegenerate scalar product, is called ample if the restriction of the scalar product in Cn on ImA is either non-degenerate or trivial.
Hermitian Characteristics of Nilpotent Elements
Let V = Cn be endowed with a non-degenerate scalar product. (A) Let k ≤ 3 or k = n = 4.
Hermitian Characteristics of Nilpotent Elements
A Q-manifold is a supermanifold endowed with an degree +1 vector field Q whose square is zero, Q2 = 0. Q is nothing but the BRST charge and realized by the BV action.
Topological Field Theories and Geometry of Batalin-Vilkovisky Algebras
Corollary 4.6. j ′ (d) is the universal family of g -dimensional, principal ly polarised abelian schemes with an injection of an (g−1)-dimensional abelian scheme A endowed with level[n]-structure, provided that d ≥ 3.
Maximally irregularly fibred surfaces of general type