has-been

Definitions

  • THE UNHAPPY DINER WHO HAS BEEN REFUSED A SECOND HELPING
    THE UNHAPPY DINER WHO HAS BEEN REFUSED A SECOND HELPING
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n has-been someone who is no longer popular
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Additional illustrations & photos:

THE AUTHOR AFTER HIS FIRST DIVE. THE FACE-PLATE HAS BEEN UNSCREWED FROM THE HELMET THE AUTHOR AFTER HIS FIRST DIVE. THE FACE-PLATE HAS BEEN UNSCREWED FROM THE HELMET

Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Pluto is the only planet in our solar system that has not been visited by a spacecraft
    • n has-been A person, thing, belief, etc., that belongs exclusively to the past; something out of date or past use.
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Quotations

  • St. Jerome
    St. Jerome
    “The friendship that can cease has never been real.”
  • Eugene Delacroix
    Eugene%20Delacroix
    “What makes men of genius, or rather, what they make, is not new ideas, it is that idea -- possessing them -- that what has been said has still not been said enough.”
  • C. S. Lewis
    C.%20S.%20Lewis
    “Has this world been so kind to you that you should leave with regret? There are better things ahead than any we leave behind.”
  • Salvador Dali
    Salvador%20Dali
    “The secret of my influence has always been that it remained secret.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    Oscar%20Wilde
    “The intellect is not a serious thing, and never has been. It is an instrument on which one plays, that is all.”
  • Charles H. Duell
    Charles H. Duell
    “Everything that can be invented has been invented.”

Usage

In literature:

It has been generally accepted seriously by the people, but has not received philosophical formulation.
"Introduction to the History of Religions" by Crawford Howell Toy
Uranium has been used as a steel alloy, but has not as yet gained wide favor.
"The Economic Aspect of Geology" by C. K. Leith
The cause has been hindered in its action, or another cause has intervened to counterbalance the first.
"English: Composition and Literature" by W. F. (William Franklin) Webster
This has been the process wherever (the name of) villeinage or slavery has been successfully abandoned.
"Cotton is King and The Pro-Slavery Arguments" by Various
The pulp has been dried and roasted for use in place of the berry, and has been imported to England for this purpose.
"All About Coffee" by William H. Ukers
When a house has undergone repairs, the walls are apt to become damp, as well as when it has been new built.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
If car has been standing idle in cold weather, the battery has probably been frozen.
"The Automobile Storage Battery" by O. A. Witte
It has been refaced with new stone, and the interior has also been completely changed.
"England, Picturesque and Descriptive" by Joel Cook
It has been used widely, not only in this but in other States, and has proved of inestimable service.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume IV" by Various
But it has been previously reproduced.
"The Sexual Question" by August Forel
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In poetry:

His ears are ringing all day long
As though he has been drinking.
And why is it that all the time
Of waves he keeps on thinking?
"Parting" by Boris Pasternak
O have you heard what none has heard,
Or seen what none has seen;
O have you been to that strange land
Where no one else has been!
""Ah! Did You Ever Hear The Spring"" by Richard Le Gallienne
'I think how he would bless that sun,
And love this glorious scene;
I think of all that has been done,
And all that might have been.
"Mirth and mourning" by Anne Bronte
Our Order, like the ark of yore,
Upon the raging sea was tossed;
Secure amid the billow's roar,
It moved, and nothing has been lost.
"Masonic Hymn." by George Pope Morris
Time has been when, like thee thoughtless,
How unlike in all beside!
Lightly sped, and all uncounted,
Blithe I saw the moments glide.
"On Seeing Some Butterflies In A Clover Field On The Sabbath" by Caroline Fry
Far rather than to see or touch
The sadness of an empty nest
Where joy has been but is not now,
Where love has been but is not blest.
"Deserted Nests" by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward

In news:

The site has a live online ticker showing how many bundles have been sold, how much money has been contributed and who the biggest contributors are.
This maybe hard to believe, but as much as Chad Ochocinco Johnson's name has been the public in the midst of constant controversy throughout his career, he has never been arrested.
The Amber Alert has been canceled , and the girl has been safely returned.
While the debate has been healthy in many respects, it has also been equally damaging.
The Corvette has been around since the early 50's, and the drive-in has been a Franklin fixture since the mid 60's.
One Asian carp has been spotted close to there – and the carp 's D-N-A has been spotted at dozens of locations beyond an electronic barrier that's meant to keep the carp at bay.
RICHLAND HILLS, Texas – A 6-year-old Texas boy whose father has been accused of carving a pentagram on the child's back has been released from a hospital.
RICHLAND HILLS, Texas — A 6-year-old Texas boy whose father has been accused of carving a pentagram on the child's back has been released from a hospital.
NEW YORK– David J Barrett has been named chairman and CEO of Hearst Television and Jordan Wertlieb has been named president, according to announcement from Hearst Corporation CEO Frank A Bennack, Jr.
Whearty has been tapped to lead Sennheiser's newest and fastest growing channel , telecommunications, and has been named vice president, sales and marketing, telecommunications.
Photography has been a long-time passion for Gina Hammer and she has been taking professional pictures for some time.
William Clyde Gibson has been charged with murder in two slayings, and has been connected to a third.
It has been happening a lot lately the "S" word has been slipping out of my mouth.
Throughout the two seasons that the TV show has been on, it has been a common theme.
Despite some whisperings about a surprise meeting over the weekend between House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and President Obama – that did happen – there has not been an announcement that a compromise has been reached on the economy.
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In science:

This issue has been discussed by many authors, although limited progress has been made in this direction so far.
M(atrix) Theory: Matrix Quantum Mechanics as a Fundamental Theory
An intermediate s-channel gluon has been drawn in the diagram, but since this graph cannot be usefully distinguished from the one with a t-channel top exchange, an entry has not been included for it in the event record.
Generic User Process Interface for Event Generators
In it has been argued that the braided monoidal category associated with B ⊂ A is modular and a complete proof has been provided in , where it was also shown that the dimension of the category in question is given by (dim C )2 .
From Subfactors to Categories and Topology II. The quantum double of tensor categories and subfactors
This program has been quite successful and a renormalization group equation in the form of a functional Fokker-Planck equation for the wavefunction of a high-energy hadron has been given by the authors of Refs.14 and 25-27. (JIMWLK).
Parton Saturation-An Overview
The problem of the transition to chaos in deterministic systems has been the sub ject of much interest, and, for low-dimensional dynamics, it has been found that this transition most often occurs via a small number of often observed routes (e.g., period doubling and intermittency).
Hierarchy of random deterministic chaotic maps with an invariant measure
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