• Woodworking Bench used at Pratt Institute, Showing Self-Adjusting Upright Vise
    Woodworking Bench used at Pratt Institute, Showing Self-Adjusting Upright Vise
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v institute advance or set forth in court "bring charges", "institute proceedings"
    • v institute set up or lay the groundwork for "establish a new department"
    • n institute an association organized to promote art or science or education
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: According to the American Institute of Stress, job stress approximately costs the U.S. industry over $300 billion dollars per year
    • Institute An institution; a society established for the promotion of learning, art, science, etc.; a college; as, the Institute of Technology; The Massachusetts Institute of Technology; also, a building owned or occupied by such an institute; as, the Cooper Institute .
    • p. a Institute ĭn"stĭ*tūt Established; organized; founded. "They have but few laws. For to a people so instruct and institute , very few to suffice."
    • Institute Hence: An elementary and necessary principle; a precept, maxim, or rule, recognized as established and authoritative; usually in the plural, a collection of such principles and precepts; esp., a comprehensive summary of legal principles and decisions; as, the Institutes of Justinian; Coke's Institutes of the Laws of England. Cf. Digest n. "They made a sort of institute and digest of anarchy.""To make the Stoics' institutes thy own."
    • Institute That which is instituted, established, or fixed, as a law, habit, or custom.
    • Institute The act of instituting; institution. "Water sanctified by Christ's institute ."
    • Institute (Scots Law) The person to whom an estate is first given by destination or limitation.
    • Institute To begin; to commence; to set on foot; as, to institute an inquiry; to institute a suit. "And haply institute A course of learning and ingenious studies."
    • Institute To ground or establish in principles and rudiments; to educate; to instruct. "If children were early instituted , knowledge would insensibly insinuate itself."
    • Institute (Eccl. Law) To invest with the spiritual charge of a benefice, or the care of souls.
    • Institute To nominate; to appoint. "We institute your Grace
      To be our regent in these parts of France."
    • Institute To originate and establish; to found; to organize; as, to institute a court, or a society. "Whenever any from of government becomes destructive of these ends it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute a new government."
    • Institute To set up; to establish; to ordain; as, to institute laws, rules, etc.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: As artists and traders in medieval cities began to form organizations, they instituted tough initiation ceremonies. For example, journeymen in Bergen, Norway, were shoved down a chimney, thrown three times into the sea, and soundly whipped.
    • institute To set up; establish; put into form and operation; set afoot: as, to institute laws, rules, or regulations; to institute a government or a court; to institute a suit or an investigation.
    • institute To establish in an office; appoint; in ecclesiastical use, to assign to a spiritual charge; invest with the cure of souls: used absolutely, or followed by to or into.
    • institute To ground or establish in principles; educate; instruct.
    • institute Instituted; established.
    • n institute An established principle, rule, or law; a settled order.
    • n institute plural A collection of established laws, rules, or principles; a book of elements, especially in jurisprudence: as, the Institutes of Justinian; Erskine's “Institutes of the Law of Scotland”; Calvin's “Institutes of the Christian Religion.” The word implies a systematic statement of the law or of the principles of the subject treated, in analytic form, in a single and complete work, as distinguished from a mere compilation or collection, and from a commentary; but it does not necessarily imply that it is established by any formal authority.
    • n institute An established body of persons; an institution; a society or association organized for some specific work, especially of a literary or scientific character: as, a philosophic or educational institute; a mechanics' institute; the Institute of Civil Engineers; the National Institute of France, or specifically the institute (see below).
    • n institute In Scots law, the person to whom the estate is first given in a destination. Thus, where a person executing a settlement dispones his lands to A, whom failing, to B, whom failing, to C, etc., A is termed the institute, and all who follow him in the succession are heirs, or substitutes, as they are also termed.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Brigham Young invented the department store. Zion's Cooperative Mercantile Institution (ZCMI as it's known to those in Utah) is still in operation in Salt Lake City.
    • v.t Institute in′sti-tūt to set up in: to erect: to originate: to establish: to appoint: to commence: to educate
    • n Institute anything instituted or formally established: established law: precept or principle:
    • n Institute (pl.) a book of precepts, principles, or rules, esp. in jurisprudence: an institution: a literary and philosophical society or association, as the 'Institute of France' (embracing L'Académie Française, L'Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres, L'Académie des Sciences, L'Académie des Beaux Arts, and L'Académie des Sciences Morales et Politiques)
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  • Samuel Johnson
    “Criticism, as it was first instituted by Aristotle, was meant as a standard of judging well.”
  • Paul Johnson
    Paul Johnson
    “The most socially subversive institution of our time is the one-parent family.”
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes
    “The very aim and end of our institutions is just this: that we may thing what we like and say what we think.”
  • Walter Bagehot
    “The whole history of civilization is strewn with creeds and institutions which were invaluable at first, and deadly afterwards.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “An institution is the lengthened shadow of one man.”
  • James Graham
    James Graham
    “Love is blind and marriage is the institution for the blind.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. institutus, p. p. of instituere, to place in, to institute, to instruct; pref. in-, in + statuere, to cause to stand, to set. See Statute


In literature:

After Dr. Flint's retirement from the Smithsonian Institution in 1912, there was no replacement for over five years.
"History of the Division of Medical Sciences" by Sami Khalaf Hamarneh
The Institutions at Halle.
"History of Education" by Levi Seeley
The institution advanced as triumphantly as if no opposition existed.
"Cotton is King and The Pro-Slavery Arguments" by Various
Institutions as Organizations of Social Forces: Analysis of a Typical Institution, Its Organization, Dominant Personalities, etc.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
A great change indeed, since the time when women began to attend the Lowell Institute lectures!
"History of Woman Suffrage, Volume III (of III)" by Various
The result was to strengthen the rising demand for publicly controlled institutions.
"College Teaching" by Paul Klapper
The organ is preserved at the Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh.
"Annals of Music in America" by Henry Charles Lahee
Farmers' institutes have performed an important service in the education of the rural community.
"The Farmer and His Community" by Dwight Sanderson
Mr. Pearce has visited the Institution for the Deaf and Dumb at Derby.
"Anecdotes & Incidents of the Deaf and Dumb" by W. R. Roe
They and the various institutions connected with them control millions of votes.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume IV" by Various

In poetry:

And e'en were driven to destroy
Their institution of support,
Did we a single black employ,
In rank or navy, field or fort.
"The Triumph Of Liberty" by James Madison Bell
Then comes a day when institutions turn
And carve the men, or cast them into moulds;
One Era trembles while volcanoes burn,
Another Age beholds
"Arms And The Man - The War Horse draws The Plough" by James Barron Hope
There is a time when men shape for their Land
Its institutions 'mid some tempests' roar,
Just as the waves that thunder on the strand
Shape out and round the shore.
"Arms And The Man - The War Horse draws The Plough" by James Barron Hope
There’s a dance to-night at the Institute.
For the young men there I don’t care a hoot;
They look like pups with their silly tails tied
With old tin cans. Not one can I bide.
"The Daughter Of Gypsy Nan" by Dorothy Una Ratcliffe
They hish’d and they whishted, and turned themselves round,
And got themselves off like two cats on wet ground;
Agreeing to be, on their honour as men,
A deaf-dumb-and-blind institution just then.
"O'Hara, J.P." by Henry Lawson
If thou wouldst, nightly, leave the pole,
To enjoy a regular ablution
In the North Sea, or Symmes's hole,
Our 'Patriarchal Institution,'
From which thou findest many a ransom,
Would, doubtless, give thee something handsome.
"Slaveholder's Address To The North Star" by John Pierpont

In news:

One of Anderson's final accomplishments was founding the Animal Behavior Resources Institute.
Behrens Institute for Land Information (ILI) Memorial Scholarship.
Amar G Bose BS Massachusetts Institute of Technology PhD Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Gunther Aron is a sculptor and jeweler who came to the United States in 1948 and studied at the Chicago Art Institute and Institute of Design.
Ms Wick is a senior clinical research pharmacist at the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland.
This was written by Matthew Di Carlo, senior fellow at the non-profit Albert Shanker Institute, located in Washington, DC This post originally appeared on the institute's blog.
The Institute of Advanced Studies, an independent research institution in Princeton Township, has nourished a dozen Nobel laureates and other savants and scientists since its founding in 1930.
Professor Jean Tirole, scientific director of the Industrial Economics Institute at the University of Toulouse (France), was awarded CME Group's Mathematical Sciences Research Institute Prize in Innovative Quantitative Applications.
Lewis Libby is senior vice president of the Hudson Institute and guides the Institute's programs on national security and defense issues.
1Department of Solid Tumor Oncology at the Taussig Cancer Institute, and Department of Urology at the Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute.
Courtesy of Stevens Institute of Technology Stevens Institute of Technology has named Dr Nariman Farvardin as its seventh university president.
It was part of the Energy Leadership Lecture Series put on by the UC Santa Barbara Institute for Energy Efficiency and Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics.
William I Koch 71 BS Massachusetts Institute of Technology MS, PhD Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
William I Koch (No 90 on The Forbes 400), 70 BS Massachusetts Institute of Technology MS, PhD Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Evan Selinger is an associate professor of philosophy at Rochester Institute of Technology and a fellow at the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technology.

In science:

The Digitized Sky Surveys were produced at the Space Telescope Science Institute under U.S.
Star Formation and Tidal Encounters with the Low Surface Brightness Galaxy UGC 12695 and Companions
Bogolyubov Institute for Theoretical Physics, Metrologichna str. 14b, Kiev.
Solutions to WDVV from generalized Drinfeld-Sokolov hierarchies
Box 159, Zanjan 45195, Iran b Institute for Studies in Theoretical physics and Mathematics, P. O.
Two dimensional fractional supersymmetric conformal field theories and the two point functions
Institute of Mathematical Statistics, Hayward, CA.
Random walks on wreath products of groups
PhD thesis, Carnegie Mellon University, Robotics Institute, September 1997.
When Can You Fold a Map?