meanness

Definitions

  • WHAT IS THE MEANING OF THIS NONSENSE
    WHAT IS THE MEANING OF THIS NONSENSE
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n meanness extreme stinginess
    • n meanness the quality of being deliberately mean
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Additional illustrations & photos:

OUR CAPTAIN IS ONE OF THE BEST, AND WE'RE READY TO FOLLOW HIM TO H--L.' I SUPPOSE HE MEANS THE HINDENBURG LINE OUR CAPTAIN IS ONE OF THE BEST, AND WE'RE READY TO FOLLOW HIM TO H--L.' I SUPPOSE HE MEANS THE HINDENBURG LINE
Wot yer mean photographin' my wife Wot yer mean photographin' my wife
England and Wales, Mean Annual Rainfall England and Wales, Mean Annual Rainfall
"WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?" THEY DEMANDED "WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?" THEY DEMANDED
He told them what he thought their dreams must mean He told them what he thought their dreams must mean

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The word "toy" comes from an old English word that means "tool."
    • Meanness A mean act; as, to be guilty of meanness .
    • Meanness The condition, or quality, of being mean; want of excellence; poorness; lowness; baseness; sordidness; stinginess. "This figure is of a later date, by the meanness of the workmanship."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Crayola is a French word that means "Oily chalk."
    • n meanness The state of being mean in grade or quality; want of dignity or distinction; commonness; poorness; rudeness.
    • n meanness Want of mental elevation or dignity, destitution of spirit or honor; contemptibleness; baseness.
    • n meanness Sordid illiberality; stinginess; over-selfish economy in small things; niggardliness.
    • n meanness Synonyms Abjectness, lowness, lowliness, scantiness. slenderness. See abject.
    • n meanness Littleness, Meanness, illiberality, sordidness, penuriousness, closeness, miserliness. Littleness applies to more than meanness applies to, as the understanding and the affections; it is the opposite of all largeness of nature, and especially of magnanimity. Meanness is directly selfish, but in a sordid, groveling, pinching fashion; it is the opposite of nobleness and generosity. See penuriousness.
    • n meanness A mean, vindictive spirit.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The name of the Russian space station, Mir, means "peace."
    • n Meanness state or quality of being mean: want of nobility or excellence: a low action
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Quotations

  • English Proverb
    English Proverb
    “Speak not of my debts unless you mean to pay them.”
  • Karl Kraus
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    “Democracy means the opportunity to be everyone's slave.”
  • Robert Frost
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    “Pressed into service means pressed out of shape.”
  • William Blake
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    “When a sinister person means to be your enemy, they always start by trying to become your friend.”
  • E. M. Cioran
    E. M. Cioran
    “There is no means of proving it is preferable to be than not to be.”
  • Thomas A. Edison
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    “Just because something doesn't do what you planned it to do doesn't mean it's useless.”

Idioms

Lean and mean - An organisation that is lean and mean has no excess or unnecessary elements and is very competitive.
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Man of means - A man, or woman, of means is wealthy.
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Shades of meaning - Shades of meaning is a phrase used to describe the small, subtle differences in meaning between similar words or phrases; 'kid' and 'youth' both refer to young people, but carry differing views and ideas about young people.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. mǽne, wicked, from mán, wickedness; perh. conn. with A.S. gemǽne, Ger. gemein, common.

Usage

In literature:

Ah, but he didn't mean by marriage what so many people mean.
"Second Plays" by A. A. Milne
We made it meaning it, and understanding the meaning of it.
"The Man in the Twilight" by Ridgwell Cullum
Tell me the meaning of all this?
"Varney the Vampire" by Thomas Preskett Prest
When I put out a production under my name, it means it's the best production I can make with the means I've got.
"The Real Adventure" by Henry Kitchell Webster
In the first line of 87 for Maheswara (meaning Siva) the Bombay text reads Dhaneswara (meaning Kuvera, the lord of treasures).
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2"
She being and meaning being in being she was being and she being being was meaning and she being was meaning what she being was meaning.
"Matisse Picasso and Gertrude Stein" by Gertrude Stein
They all say that when Lord Ongar means a thing he does mean it.
"The Claverings" by Anthony Trollope
Mean to have a lark with your pretty Miss Kathleen; mean to get a sov.
"The Rebel of the School" by Mrs. L. T. Meade
You have given me plenty of food for thought, and I mean to sleep on it.
"Uncle Max" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
In the experiments so far described the filling in of the closed space was always made by means of stationary points.
"Harvard Psychological Studies, Volume 1" by Various
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In poetry:

To God and man be simply true;
Do as thou hast been wont to do;
Bring out thy treasures, old and new—
Mean all the same when said to you.
"To Aurelio Saffi" by George MacDonald
'To save your fame? Your meaning is dim,
For nobody knew of your altar-whim?'
'I mean — I feared
There might be fruit of my tie with him;
"A Conversation At Dawn" by Thomas Hardy
No seers were they, but simple men;
Its vast results the future hid
The meaning of the work they did
Was strange and dark and doubtful then.
"Lexington" by John Greenleaf Whittier
With pleasing frames and grace received,
With means and ordinances fed;
How happy for a while I lived,
And little feared the want of bread.
"Plenty In A Time Of Dearth" by John Newton
Sweet through thee the blow was giv'n!
To see, and not the power to save;
Was the means decreed by Heav'n,
To haste thy father to his grave.
"Lines" by Elizabeth Beverley
And if the meanings of untold desires
Should charm thy pain of one faint sting,
I will arise amid the scorching fires,
I will arise and sing.
"Within and Without: Part III: A Dramatic Poem" by George MacDonald

In news:

Romney's bad patch doesn't mean it's over (Loop contest).
I mean, again and again and again.
What is the meaning of life.
But when the season begins this year on March 9, it's apt to mean something more: walking when she'd rather drive, for instance, or turning the thermostat way down.
That means it's leaking air—and wasting money.
What it means for women, families and the economy.
You know them from your own childhood, the bullies -- the mean girls, or boys.
As for Howard, she says she will be looking for work consistent with Algonquin 's list as it is: "Books for serious readers, you could say, though that doesn't mean all books on serious topics, by any means".
Fall is here, and for thousands of Hoosiers that means allergies .
That means an empty field will display a 0 instead of a blank cell.
Fall doesn't just mean back to school, it also means back to the playing fields.
After scratching your head about its meaning ( kee tov means "because it's good" in Hebrew), you should know this: The camp is simply awesome.
Especially wealthy civil rights lawyer Molly Munger and her Prop 38 campaign -- are being mean, terribly mean about Brown's treasured temporary tax ballot initiative, Prop 30.
"Kyo" means cooperation in Japanese, and "Daiko" means drum , which translates into a "community of drummers.
0Thanksgiving means home to many people, but that doesn't mean you need to be stuck indoors this holiday.
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In science:

We show that the mean squared linking number, the mean squared writhe and the mean squared self-linking number of oriented uniform random walks or polygons of length n, in a convex confined space, are of the form O(n2 ).
The linking number and the writhe of uniform random walks and polygons in confined spaces
In section 2 we study the scaling of the mean squared writhe, the mean squared linking number and the mean squared self-linking number of oriented uniform random walks and polygons in confined space with respect to their length.
The linking number and the writhe of uniform random walks and polygons in confined spaces
The mean acceleration among low-velocity features may be expressed as al = v2 l /Rl , where vl is an effective mean rotational velocity and Rl is the effective mean radius, both for material contributing low-velocity emission.
Discovery of Candidate H$_2$O Disk Masers in AGN and Estimations of Centripetal Accelerations
Hence, for the purpose of calculation, we assume that the low- and high-velocity emission arise at the same effective mean radii (Rh ∼ Rl ≡ R) and that the effective mean rotation velocity of accelerating low-velocity material is the same as the measured mean rotational velocity, vh ∼ vl ≡ v .
Discovery of Candidate H$_2$O Disk Masers in AGN and Estimations of Centripetal Accelerations
Comparing the ensemble mean (the red line) and the damped ensemble mean (the blue line), the damped ensemble mean has materially lower errors at all lead times, and particularly so at short lead times, where the errors are between a factor of two and four smaller.
Improving the expected accuracy of forecasts of future climate using a simple bias-variance tradeoff
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