• WordNet 3.6
    • n motto a favorite saying of a sect or political group
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: IBM's motto is "Think". Apple later made their motto "Think different".
    • Motto (Her) A sentence, phrase, or word, forming part of an heraldic achievment.
    • Motto A sentence, phrase, or word, prefixed to an essay, discourse, chapter, canto, or the like, suggestive of its subject matter; a short, suggestive expression of a guiding principle; a maxim. "It was the motto of a bishop eminent for his piety and good works, . . . “Serve God, and be cheerful.”"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The motto for the Olympic Games is Citius Altius Fortius. Translated, it means Faster Higher Stronger.
    • n motto A short pithy sentence or phrase, sometimes a single word, used to indicate the tenor of that to which it is attached (as an essay or a treatise), or adopted as expressive of one's guiding idea or principle, or appended to a device or a coat of arms. In heraldry the motto is carried on a scroll, alluding to the hearing or to the name of the bearer, or expressing some principle or tenet. The heraldic motto, strictly considered, is not hereditary, but personal; but it is frequently used by successive bearers of the escutcheon to which it belongs, especially when, as is often the case, it refers to some part of the achievement.
    • n motto The poetry or verse contained in a motto-kiss or paper cracker.
    • n motto A motto-kiss.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The United States minted a 1787 copper coin with the motto 'Mind Your Business.'
    • n Motto mot′ō a short sentence or phrase prefixed in anything intimating the subject of it: a phrase attached to a coat-of-arms: a paper packet containing a sweetmeat, cracker, &c., together with a scrap of paper bearing a motto—a motto-kiss
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  • Voltaire
    “Weakness on both sides is, the motto of all quarrels.”
  • Andrew Carnegie
    “Concentration is my motto -- first honesty, then industry, then concentration.”
  • Charles Lamb
    “My motto is: Contented with little, yet wishing for more.”
  • Mark Twain
    “On with dance, let joy be unconfined, is my motto; whether there's any dance to dance or any joy to unconfined.”
  • Frank Crane
    Frank Crane
    “A good motto is: Use friendliness but do not use your friends.”
  • Hamming
    “Hamming's Motto: The purpose of computing is insight, not numbers.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
It. motto, a word, a saying, L. muttum, a mutter, a grunt, cf. muttire, mutire, to mutter, mumble; prob. of imitative origin. Cf. Mot a word
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Low L. muttummuttīre, to mutter.


In literature:

The smoke-covered wood with its motto she meant to restore.
"The Shield of Silence" by Harriet T. Comstock
If monarchy would only adopt it as its motto, monarchy would be good for another thousand years.
"King John of Jingalo" by Laurence Housman
Slow 'n' easy goes fur in a day, 's our motto.
"Timothy's Quest" by Kate Douglas Wiggin
With such a motto as that to guide us no man dare trust his brother.
"Phineas Redux" by Anthony Trollope
At this moment the motto of the club popped into Jim's head.
"The Story of the Big Front Door" by Mary Finley Leonard
It marks a man with noble symbols and mottoes, and commits him to an honorable life, indelibly I may say.
"Captain Jinks, Hero" by Ernest Crosby
That is the motto we must bring with us out of this war.
"The Story of Porcelain" by Sara Ware Bassett
Valentine sent mottoes to all the little girls, and praised their bright eyes and glossy curls.
"Good Cheer Stories Every Child Should Know" by Various
This done, she hesitated, glanced at the pile of mottoes, and reflected.
"Moriah's Mourning and Other Half-Hour Sketches" by Ruth McEnery Stuart
The mottoes of great men often give us glimpses of the secret of their characters and success.
"How to Succeed" by Orison Swett Marden

In poetry:

Like an aspen tree when bent.
Onward—is thy motto still,
Young and old have follow'd thee,
Ev'n almost against their will,
Driv'n to plead for liberty.
"An Acrostic, W. L. G." by Benjamin Cutler Clark
A braver soldier ne'er fought on a battle-field,
Death or glory was his motto, rather than yield;
A man of noble stature and manly to behold,
And an honour to his country be it told.
"The Battle of Abu Klea" by William Topaz McGonagall
We three were brethren in arms,
And sworn companions we;
We held this motto, "Whoso harms
The one shall harm the three!"
Till, matchless for her subtle charms,
Beloved of each was she.
"The Three Friends" by Adam Lindsay Gordon
Workin men,--nah we've a voice,
An con help to mak new laws;
Let us ivver show awr choice
Lains to strengthen virtue's cause,
Wrangs to reighten,--griefs to cheer;
This awr motto--'Persevere.'
"Persevere" by John Hartley
These words in youth my motto were,
And mine in age I'll make them, -
I neither have, nor want, nor care; When also first I spake them,
I thought things would be as they are,
And meekly therefore take them.
"The Contented Man's Morice" by George Wither
They have laid down their lives On the bloody battle field,
Shout, shout the battle cry of Freedom!
Their motto is resistance — "To tyrants we'll not yield!"
Shout, shout the battle cry of Freedom!—CHORUS
"The Battle Cry Of Freedom (Southern Version)" by Anonymous Americas

In news:

The new motto of Astros' fans seems to be: In Luhnow We Trust.
Gregory's motto : Life is what you make of it.
Royal's motto fitting for Fiesta.
FDCC's Defining Motto : Defense Lawyers.
House OKs 'In God We Trust' for state motto .
As the state's official motto .
Knicks' Motto : We're Going Streaking.
Spurs' road motto : Remember Dallas.
Sell more, lose more was Amazon's Q4 motto .
Maybe it's time for Google to rethink its 'Don't be evil' motto .
"The view from the summit is worth the climb" has been unveiled as the motto for the fall 2011 students at Jamestown Business College.
Motto des Präsidenten 2012/13.
Drake shows his support of Oakland and the San Francisco Bay Area in the new video for 'The Motto ' — the 'Take Care' bonus track featuring Lil Wayne and Tyga.
INTERVIEWS Watch Drake Hit the Bay With Lil Wayne in 'The Motto '.
Watch Drake Hit the Bay With Lil Wayne in 'The Motto '.

In science:

However, all of them illustrate our main motto in this paper.
Theory of Amalgamated Lp Spaces in Noncommutative Probability
Mathematica 7, whose main motto is parallel computing, makes it relatively simple to send a calculation to the fellow cores on the same machine, though still not exactly straightforward to distribute a calculation on a larger cluster.
A Simple Way to Distribute Mathematica Evaluations
The primary role of the GPGPU technology promotion justly belongs to nVidia company which is the one of the two main GPU hardware developers. nVidia motto is “One Researcher, One Supercomputer”.
Pseudo-random number generators for Monte Carlo simulations on Graphics Processing Units
Motto Ros, A new characterization of Baire class 1 functions, Real Anal.
Game representations of classes of piecewise definable functions
Motto Ros, Baire reductions and good Borel reducibilities, J.
Game representations of classes of piecewise definable functions