explain

Definitions

  • Tried to Explain That he Had Been Buncoed 148
    Tried to Explain That he Had Been Buncoed 148
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v explain serve as a reason or cause or justification of "Your need to sleep late does not excuse your late arrival at work","Her recent divorce may explain her reluctance to date again"
    • v explain make plain and comprehensible "He explained the laws of physics to his students"
    • v explain define "The committee explained their plan for fund-raising to the Dean"
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"'COME AND EXPLAIN YOURSELF, YOU RASCAL.'" "'COME AND EXPLAIN YOURSELF, YOU RASCAL.'"
"FRED SUTHERLAND THEN EXPLAINED HIS STRANGE CONDUCT." "FRED SUTHERLAND THEN EXPLAINED HIS STRANGE CONDUCT."

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1994, 7-Eleven coined the term "brain freeze." The word was developed to explain the feeling people get when drinking a Slurpee.
    • Explain To flatten; to spread out; to unfold; to expand. "The horse-chestnut is . . . ready to explain its leaf."
    • v. i Explain To give an explanation.
    • Explain To make plain, manifest, or intelligible; to clear of obscurity; to expound; to unfold and illustrate the meaning of; as, to explain a chapter of the Bible. "Commentators to explain the difficult passages to you."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: St. Patrick explained the Holy Trinity to King Laoghaire, using the shamrock to illustrate the trinity
    • explain To make plain or flat; spread out in a flattened form; unfold.
    • explain To make plain or clear to the mind; render intelligible; unfold, analyze, state, or describe in such a manner as to make evident to the minds of others; exhibit the nature, meaning, or significance of; interpret; elucidate; expound.
    • explain To exhibit, disclose, or state the grounds or causes of the existence or occurrence of; reveal or state the causal or logical antecedents or conditions of; account for.
    • explain Synonyms Explain, Expound, Interpret, Elucidate. Explain is the most general of these words, and means to make plain, clear, and intelligible. Expound is used of elaborate, formal, or methodical explanation: as, to expound a text, the law, the philosophy of Aristotle. To interpret is to explain, as if from a foreign language, to make clear what before was dark, and generally by following the original closely, as word by word and line by line: as, to interpret Hegel, Swedenborg, Emerson. To elucidate is to bring or work out into the light that which before was dark, usually by means of illustration; the word generally implies, like expound, a somewhat protracted or elaborate process. See translate.
    • explain To give explanations.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: During World War II, bakers in the United States were ordered to stop selling sliced bread for the duration of the war on January 18, 1943. Only whole loaves were made available to the public. It was never explained how this action helped the war effort.
    • v.t Explain eks-plān′ to make plain or intelligible: to unfold and illustrate the meaning of: to expound: to account for
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Quotations

  • Abraham Lincoln
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    “I fear explanations explanatory of things explained.”
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    “You can't truthfully explain your smallest action without fully revealing your character.”
  • Henry David Thoreau
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    “Being is the great explainer.”
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    “The less you know about a subject, the longer it takes you to explain it.”
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    “Never explain yourself. Your friend don't need it and your enemies won't believe it.”
  • Albert Camus
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    “The innocent is the person who explains nothing.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. explandare, to flatten, spread out, explain; ex, out + plandare, to make level or plain, planus, plain: cf. OF. esplaner, explaner,. See Plain,(a.), and cf. Esplanade
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. explaner—L. explanāreex, out, planāreplanus, plain.

Usage

In literature:

When Arthur first explained to his mother the terms on which the living had been given to him, she refused to receive the income.
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
You know I am your friend, that I have always done my best for you, and for my sake, if not for Daisy's, you must explain.
"A Coin of Edward VII" by Fergus Hume
Why didn't you get them to explain?
"The Hero of Garside School" by J. Harwood Panting
It need not be explained at length how his money affairs had gone wrong with him.
"The Vicar of Bullhampton" by Anthony Trollope
He explained briefly how he was drawn into the case.
"A Black Adonis" by Linn Boyd Porter
Duties of instructor.= The instructor explains briefly each movement, first executing it himself if practicable.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
This I cannot attempt to explain to you until you have obtained a further knowledge of chemistry.
"Conversations on Chemistry, V. 1-2" by Jane Marcet
The agent was gracious when the inability to pay was explained.
"The Wind Before the Dawn" by Dell H. Munger
It should, however, be remarked that some lunar features might be explained by actions from without rather than from within.
"The Story of the Heavens" by Robert Stawell Ball
In a few brief sentences I explained to them the tragic circumstances, and then led them upstairs to the dead man's room.
"The Seven Secrets" by William Le Queux
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In poetry:

Every word and look and action
Has weight on trustful youth,
That needs no sage to interpret
Or explain its vital truth.
"The Desirable Undefined" by Jared Barhite
Sometimes, before she thinks, she speaks,
You know in this a woman's weak,
But if you will explain the freak—
She'll listen.
"The Model Girl" by Frank Barbour Coffin
And she explained with flattened ear,
Bared lip and milky tooth—
Storming against Ithuriel's Spear
That only proved her truth!
"Dinah in Heaven" by Rudyard Kipling
The tear was in our parent's eye,
It seemed quite out of season;
When we asked wherefore she did cry,
She thus explained the reason:—
"The Peach" by Charles Lamb
O smoke of War! O blood-steeped sod!
O groans of fratricidal strife!
Who will explain the ways of God,
That I may be at peace with life!
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
What, none of these?--Then, whence thy pain?
To guess it who's the skill?
Pray have the kindness to explain
Why should I whip poor Will?
"The Whip-Poor-Will." by George Pope Morris

In news:

Not much explaining needed here.
Tuberville explains sideline blowup .
Can you explain something to me.
Uwe Boll Explains Why He's the Perfect Director to Make a Grand Theft Auto Movie.
How the cash-strapped school district will pay for the raises and other financial provisions of that contract has yet to be fully explained, a point driven home when a leading bond-rating agency downgraded Board of Education debt last week.
Durham's ex-wife explains bond for indicted financier.
Call me crazy, but I think I would rather try to explain Janet Jackson’s bare boob to a child than a four-hour erection.
Here one of the founders explains how they did it with only $10,000 and a dream.
Researchers have a new theory explaining why a simple math problem can bring our very powerful brains to a halt.
"For example, when we had the climber bounce at the bottom of the hill, but not at the top of the hill, infants preferred the hinderer, that is, the one that pushed the climber down the hill," Scarf explained.
"I think the song might be about branching out on your own and feeling that you're not quite carrying your own weight," Sondre Lerche explains.
Executive Director of Capital and Facilities Management at Boston Public Schools ( BPS ) Carleton Jones explained the technical plan for the landscape of Boston's public schools at a meeting held at the Warren Prescott Elementary School.
With a fresh pot of coffee in her hand, Ilene Eoff explains why she likes her cafe being so small.
A Harvard psychology researcher explains that rather than thinking of success as the source of happiness, we should think of happiness as a source of success--and one that's more under our control than we imagine.
Wilson explains why he goes to class to learn breakdancing in the offseason, and if his new hobby will lead to bigger and better things.
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In science:

To explain the origin of the interaction between subsequent buses several remarks are necessary .
The statistical properties of the city transport in Cuernavaca (Mexico) and Random matrix ensembles
To see if the effects described in previous section can be explained by the above mechanism we assume that the spins are independent and interact only with the geometry.
Matter Correlations in Branched Polymers
Simon for the explaination of the result of Lemma 1 , G.
Determinantal random point fields
This explains that the chiral symmetry group in the massless case is G = SU(2) × SU(2), which is isomorphic to O(4).
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
The rewriting process proceeds by selecting a formula G from Θ and computing a new state according to rewrite rules as explained below.
SLDNFA-system
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