mimic

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj mimic constituting an imitation "the mimic warfare of the opera stage"- Archibald Alison"
    • v mimic imitate (a person or manner), especially for satirical effect "The actor mimicked the President very accurately"
    • n mimic someone who mimics (especially an actor or actress)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Among words consisting only of Roman numeral letters, the "highest scoring" words in English are MIMIC (2,102) and IMMIX (2012).
    • Mimic Consisting of, or formed by, imitation; imitated; as, mimic gestures. "Mimic hootings."
    • Mimic (Min) Imitative; characterized by resemblance to other forms; -- applied to crystals which by twinning resemble simple forms of a higher grade of symmetry.
    • Mimic Imitative; mimetic. "Oft, in her absence, mimic fancy wakes
      To imitate her."
      "Man is, of all creatures, the most mimical ."
    • n Mimic One who imitates or mimics, especially one who does so for sport; a copyist; a buffoon.
    • Mimic (Biol) To assume a resemblance to (some other organism of a totally different nature, or some surrounding object), as a means of protection or advantage.
    • Mimic To imitate or ape for sport; to ridicule by imitation. "The walk, the words, the gesture, could supply,
      The habit mimic , and the mien belie."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • mimic Acting as a mime; given to or practising imitation; imitative: as, a mimic actor.
    • mimic Pertaining to mimicry or imitation; exhibiting, characterized by, or employed in simulation or mimicry; mimicking; simulating: as, the mimic stage; mimic action or gestures.
    • mimic Consisting of or resulting from imitation; simulated; mock: often implying a copy or imitation: as, a mimic battle; the mimic royalty of the stage.
    • n mimic One who or that which imitates or mimics; specifically, an actor.
    • n mimic An imitation; anything copied from or made in imitation of something else.
    • mimic To act in imitation of; simulate a likeness to; imitate or copy in speech or action, either mockingly or seriously.
    • mimic To produce an imitation of; make something similar or corresponding to; copy in form, character, or quality.
    • mimic Specifically, in zoology and botany, to imitate, simulate, or resemble (something else) in form, color, or other characteristic; assume the character or appearance of (some other object). See mimicry, 3. Synonyms Ape, Mock, etc. See imitate.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Mimic to imitate: simulate:—pr.p. mim′icking; pa.p. mim′icked
    • adjs Mimic imitative: mock: miniature
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Quotations

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    “Children are natural mimics -- they act like their parents in spite of every attempt to teach them good manners.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. mimicus, Gr. , fr. mime: cf. F. mimique,. See Mime
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. mimos.

Usage

In literature:

There were mimic battles, lasting all day, with from ten to twenty thousand men on each side.
"Kitchener's Mob" by James Norman Hall
Upon crabs Nature has bestowed twin protective characteristics: namely, they are armoured, and also mimic their surroundings.
"The Human Side of Animals" by Royal Dixon
Momus is a jester, mocker, or mimic.
"The Mysteries of All Nations" by James Grant
He mimics death that we may leave his side, and he may rise again in safety.
"Alroy The Prince Of The Captivity" by Benjamin Disraeli
There were warriors hopping about and clashing shields and swords together in mimic battle.
"The Adventures of Uncle Jeremiah and Family at the Great Fair" by Charles McCellan Stevens (AKA 'Quondam')
I'm a pretty good mimic, though I say it.
"The Adventures of Harry Revel" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
Bobby came running gleefully, his red-stockinged legs kicking up the soft snow in mimic clouds.
"Pearl and Periwinkle" by Anna Graetz
She sat in regal solitude, and with mock laughter tried to enjoy the mimic show.
"Shakspere, Personal Recollections" by John A. Joyce
If only that youngster had not such a reputation for quitting under fire, time and again during their many mimic battles!
"A Son of the City" by Herman Gastrell Seely
Children are born mimics.
"The Mother and Her Child" by William S. Sadler
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In poetry:

How often when this trembling hand essays
Thy lov'd resemblance once again to trace,
The portrait thought in mimic life arrays
With all the sweet expression of thy face;
"Elegy On Sophia Graham" by Matilda Betham
No more our foolish passions and affections
The tragic Muse with mimic grief shall try,
But, nobler far, a course of vivisections
Teach what it costs a tortured brute to die.
"The Coming Era" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
'Tis not, that in my shed I lurk forlorn,
Nor see my roof on Parian columns rise;
That, on this breast, no mimic star is borne,
Revered, ah! more than those that light the skies.
"Elegy X. To Fortune, Suggesting His Motive for Repining at Her Dispensations" by William Shenstone
For them the festal cannon boom in vain,
And joy-bells ring their peal from sea to sea,
And mimic rockets blaze through midnight skies,
And banners flaunt from hall, and tower, and tree.
"Night Scene At The Fall of Sebastopol" by Janet Hamilton
CHANGE the vision. Now no more
Gorgeous smile both sea and sky;
Sunset mimics now no shore
Where bright domes and gardens lie;
Past are Ocean’s gentle forms;
Now he breathes but cold and storms.
"The Oceanides VII" by Mary Jane Jewsbury
'One feels so petty!—One feels such—emptiness!—'
You mimic horror, let fall your lifted hand,
And smile at me; with brooding tenderness . . .
Alone on darkened waters I fall and rise;
Slow waves above me break, faint waves of cries.
"The House Of Dust: Part 03: 11:" by Conrad Potter Aiken

In news:

Parrots mimic to address individuals.
A mini-Explainer on why parrots mimic us and why they seem to swear so much.
Soldiers mimic Dolphins cheerleaders' 'Call Me Maybe' video.
Politics in movies sometimes mimics real-life drama.
In New Era, Egyptian Police Mimic the Old, Critics Say.
Package designed to mimic bomb.
NASA cooks up some icy organics to mimic life's origins.
Mimic attacks on US in Libya.
If politicians mimic surveys, who needs leaders.
Obama looking to mimic 'Michael Bennet's campaign on steroids.
Samsung E-Mails Show Google Asked Devices Not Mimic Apple.
Dwight's next move: Mimic Shaq again.
Ex-Apple Designer Says Samsung Phones Mimic IPhone Patent.
Nance, of Augusta, wears Vibram FiveFingers running shoes, a minimalist shoe that mimics running barefoot while protecting the soles of the feet.
Damien Deadson's "The Nothing" vs Upon a Burning Body's " Mimic ".
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In science:

The harmonic term in the Hamiltonian is included to mimic the effects of finite volume.
Solvable model of a polymer in random media with long ranged disorder correlations
It almost mimics the proof proposed in [CN].
Fluctuations of the free energy in the REM and the p-spin SK models
While not exactly reproducing the structure of polystyrene, the model is able to qualitatively mimic the closed cells and curved walls seen in Fig. 8.
Elastic moduli of model random three-dimensional closed-cell cellular solids
For H > 0, two thermal cycling procedures are used to mimic those of the experiments.
Monte Carlo Simulations of the Random-Field Ising Model
To mimic the action of tapping leading to compaction we choose the following dynamics: Each tap consists of two phases.
On random graphs and the statistical mechanics of granular matter
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