• Back cover, showing a waterfall; a house; a small boat at sea; decorative initials
    Back cover, showing a waterfall; a house; a small boat at sea; decorative initials
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n initiation an act that sets in motion some course of events
    • n initiation the act of starting something for the first time; introducing something new "she looked forward to her initiation as an adult","the foundation of a new scientific society"
    • n initiation wisdom as evidenced by the possession of knowledge "his knowledgeability impressed me","his dullness was due to lack of initiation"
    • n initiation a formal entry into an organization or position or office "his initiation into the club","he was ordered to report for induction into the army","he gave a speech as part of his installation into the hall of fame"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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    • Initiation The act of initiating, or the process of being initiated or introduced; as, initiation into a society, into business, literature, etc. "The initiation of courses of events."
    • Initiation The form or ceremony by which a person is introduced into any society; mode of entrance into an organized body; especially, the rite of admission into a secret society or order. "Silence is the first thing that is taught us at our initiation into sacred mysteries."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
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    • n initiation The act of initiating or setting on foot; a beginning or starting: as, the initiation of a new enterprise.
    • n initiation Introduction by preliminary instruction or ceremony; initial guidance or admission, especially in some set or formal way, as into knowledge of or participation in anything, membership in an association, or the like.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first translation of the English Bible was initiated by John Wycliffe and completed by John Purvey in 1388.
    • n Initiation act or process of initiating: act of admitting to any society, by instructing in its rules and ceremonies
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  • Victor Hugo
    “Initiative is doing the right thing without being told.”
  • Chris Evert Lloyd
    Chris Evert Lloyd
    “You've got to take the initiative and play your game. In a decisive set, confidence is the difference.”
  • Eddie Murphy
    Eddie Murphy
    “I've always had confidence. It came because I have lots of initiative. I wanted to make something of myself.”
  • George Holbrook Jackson
    George Holbrook Jackson
    “Genius is initiative on fire.”
  • Malcolm S. Forbes
    “If you don't know what to do with many of the papers piled on your desk, stick a dozen colleagues initials on them and pass them along. When in doubt, route.”
  • William B. Given
    William B. Given
    “Details often kill initiative, but there have been few successful men who weren't good at details. Don't ignore details. Lick them.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. initiatio,: cf. F. initiation,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. initialisinitium, a beginning, inīre, inītumin, into, īre, ītum, to go.


In literature:

The capital initials are capricious, but tasteful.
"A Bibliographical, Antiquarian and Picturesque Tour in France and Germany, Volume Three" by Thomas Frognall Dibdin
Hence it is that all geographers have agreed to place initial meridians, when possible, in the oceans.
"International Conference Held at Washington for the Purpose of Fixing a Prime Meridian and a Universal Day. October, 1884." by Various
As charter members, they would initiate four other girls, as soon as proper rites could be thought of.
"Grace Harlowe's Junior Year at High School" by Jessie Graham Flower
But he was afraid of the kind of initiative which might come from America.
"Before the War" by Viscount Richard Burton Haldane
The patriots, not initiated in this treachery, had opposed thy perfidious advice.
"History of the Girondists, Volume I" by Alphonse de Lamartine
The letters on the stone and the initials of the words for which they stand, viz.
"The Mysteries of Free Masonry" by William Morgan
Tom rested his chin in his hands, studying the initials on the turtle's shell.
"Tom Slade on Mystery Trail" by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
For and against the initiative and referendum for New York state.
"Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Debate Index" by Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Our finiteness is illustrated by our initiation into organized being.
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce
They must take the initiative away from the Germans.
"My Second Year of the War" by Frederick Palmer

In poetry:

Attaining the truth of "nonattainment,"
you receive the highest initiation.
Perceiving the void of high and low,
you reach the sublime stage.
"Response To A Logician" by Jetsun Milarepa
"Coming from a gloomy court,
Place of Israelite resort,
This old lamp I've brought with me.
Madam, on its panes you'll see
The initials K and E."
"Mrs. Katherine’s Lantern" by William Makepeace Thackeray
Then think of a queen who boldly addressed
(Uncalled) a king on his throne,
And let her initial be joined with the rest,
Th' Enigma to make known.
"Enigma XXXIV." by Elizabeth Hitchener
Was it not you who bore my soul aloft
Upon the inspiration of your sacred verse,
Who flamed before me like a holy vision,
Initiating me into life's beauty?
"To A Familiar Genius Flying" by Vasily Andreyevich Zhukovsky
A peer of popular applause,
Who doth our violated laws,
And grievances proclaim.
Th' initials show a vanquish'd town,
That adds fresh glory and renown
To old Britannia's fame.
"A Rebus" by Phillis Wheatley
Initialed with King Francis' name,
With Gallic lilies sculptured o'er,
Above the vent the metal bore
A Salamander crowned, in flame;
The massive breech could even claim
A sheath of lotos bloom.
"The Armada Gun" by John Douglas Sutherland Campbell

In news:

Support of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation " Aligning Forces for Quality" Initiative.
The former California governor is refiling more generous court papers and blaming his high-profile divorce attorney for his much-criticized initial response, reported yesterday.
Some DC Victims, Detectives Question ' All Hands on Deck' Crime Initiative.
The inaugural event, an initiative of the Housing Opportunity Foundation (HOF) of the Charlotte Regional Realtor Association, was held April 24.
The manufacturer of ActiveGuard mattress liners is sponsoring a new bed bug research program at The Ohio State University through an initial $100,000+ grant provided by the company.
SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment — owners of Busch Gardens and Water Country USA — has rolled out a new initiative aimed at making the in-park dining experience better for visitors who have food allergies .
Initiative would OK gambling in 4 counties.
In November, Arkansas residents will vote on a ballot initiative that would allow gambling in four counties, including Franklin.
One of the doctors who helped treat the amputees , said the Islamists initially came to the hospital and asked the medics to carry out the amputations .
Initial investment Total you currently have invested that should be included in this analysis .
The researchers can only speculate about why their protocol - which initially gave antivirals and interferon together - was effective.
WARRANT, MILVERTON ROAD: Police initiated a traffic stop for failure to stop and expired plates at 2:49 am Nov 14.
Public sector unions in Wisconsin, Ohio and Indiana are their initial target.
APA Presidential Initiative on Caregivers.
After reporting modest gains in the first quarter, the company will implement several customer-centric initiatives to drive traffic.

In science:

We start with an initial block S (the initial system) and E (the initial environment).
The Density Matrix Renormalization Group for Strongly Correlated Electron Systems: A Generic Implementation
As the initial ob ject of i∆+ is sent to the initial ω -category then Ψ is faithful on morphisms with domains of dimension -1 (minus one) as their domain is the initial ob ject.
On the duality between trees and disks
In practice, the variation of ˙y at the starting time corresponds to that of initial eccentricity when all the parameters and the other initial conditions are fixed. ˙y = 0.44721 means the initial eccentricity e = 0, which just corresponds to a quasicircular orbit of Newtonian two-body problems.
Resurvey of order and chaos in spinning compact binaries
Unlocked initialization : Shared variables can be initialized, e.g., by function mal loc or resetting to an initial value, without obtaining a lock.
Efficient Deterministic Replay Using Complete Race Detection
These estimates are derived from (1) the exact GP initial state (solid curve), (2) LVM–approximate initial state (dashed curve) and (3) Thomas–Fermi approximate initial state (dotted curve).
Prototyping method for Bragg-type atom interferometers