least effort

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n least effort the least effortful way to do something
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Usage

In literature:

We at least make no such adventurous effort; or, if ever we should presume to do so, not at present.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine -- Volume 57, No. 351, January 1845" by Various
The great effort is to learn to get along with the very least possible.
"Three Years in the Federal Cavalry" by Willard Glazier
You might as well think it your duty to stay in deep water with one who would not make the least effort to swim.
"The Heart of the New Thought" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Haeckel at sixty-five looks as if he were good for at least a score of years of further effort.
"A History of Science, Volume 5(of 5)" by Henry Smith Williams
Over this he broiled the bacon, toasted the bread, and cooked the coffee without the least apparent effort.
"The Pony Rider Boys in Alaska" by Frank Gee Patchin
The endeavours of the New World are material; a proportion at least of the Old World's efforts are abstract and ideal.
"The Record of Nicholas Freydon" by A. J. (Alec John) Dawson
We made desperate efforts next morning to find somebody who knew the man, or at least could point out to us his effects; but in vain.
"Gold" by Stewart White
I can fill my church without the least effort.
"The Mechanism of the Human Voice" by Emil Behnke
None the less, having dared so much, she wasn't of the stuff to give up the attempt without at least a little effort to find what she sought.
"The Bandbox" by Louis Joseph Vance
Nothing could do that, nothing, at least, but time, and never-ceasing effort on her part.
"Anxious Audrey" by Mabel Quiller-Couch
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In poetry:

How some succeed who have least need,
In that they make no effort for!
And pluck, where others pluck a weed,
The burning blossom of a star,
Grown from no earthly seed.
"Success" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

Whatever you think about Darwin Life's promotional efforts, we can all agree that being humped in the tee box is worth at least a one-stroke handicap.
Apple's efforts to launch a new cloud-based music storage service for iTunes users are gaining steam—the company has reportedly already inked a deals with Warner Music Group and at least one of the remaining three largest music labels.
In truth it was a last ditch effort for most of the patients to extend or at least improve the quality of whatever life was left.
It's not in an effort to promote multiculturalism, but to promote driver safety in some of New Brunswick's least safe streets.
As of Wednesday afternoon, firefighters from at least eight Snohomish County fire districts were helping with wildfire efforts in Eastern Washington.
An effort to get guns off the street in the city of Worcester, in central Massachusetts, brought in at least one weapon of World War II vintage.
From the very start of efforts to protect Rocky Fork, there was hope that at least a portion of this scenic area of Unicoi County would become a state park or national recreation area.
Youngstown's Mayor and City Council have thrown their support behind a growing effort to stop brine injection wells from operating within the city, at least temporarily.
It's not in an effort to promote multiculturalism, but to promote driver safety in some of New Brunswick 's least safe streets.
WASHINGTON — In a rare move, the Obama administration acknowledged Friday that the government's surveillance efforts have exceeded legal limits on at least one occasion.
They wanted leaders of agencies and reporters to see the results of five years of efforts to reduce their least appreciated export: bad air.
Simon 's short lifespan also illustrates how truly original tech products feed so many other creative efforts, if not those of its creators—at least directly.
When full home staging is not an option, at least make the effort to stage key rooms in your home.
1982 108 minutes Rated R. John Carpenter's only official remake (1982) of a Howard Hawks film turns out to be his least Hawksian effort.
In an effort to raise money for solutions to urgent outdoor recreation issues, more than 50 companies have donated at least 150 products to the nonprofit organization Tread Lightly for its Fourth Annual Charity Auction on eBay, November 1-11.
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In science:

However, higher order predictions, up to NNLO, should be aimed for as benchmarks, at least in a few cases. I have identified dijet, Z+jet and top production as most interesting cases for investing the efforts towards NNLO calculations.
The NLO multileg working group: summary report
There have been at least three different efforts published in the literature that use the luminosities and the continuum spectra of accreting black holes to look for evidence of strong-field phenomena.
Probes and Tests of Strong-Field Gravity with Observations in the Electromagnetic Spectrum
Zipf, G.K. (1949) Human behavior and the principle of least effort, AddisonWesley Press, Cambridge, Mass., USA.
Theory of Zipf's Law and of General Power Law Distributions with Gibrat's law of Proportional Growth
Human behavior and the principle of least effort.
The skewness of computer science
Human Behavior and the Principle of Least Effort.
Nonuniversal power law scaling in the probability distribution of scientific citations
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