ponderousness

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n ponderousness the property of being large in mass
    • n ponderousness an oppressive quality that is laborious and solemn and lacks grace or fluency "a book so serious that it sometimes subsided into ponderousness","his lectures tend to heaviness and repetition"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Ponderousness The quality or state of being ponderous; ponderosity.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ponderousness Ponderous character or quality; ponderosity; weight.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Ponderousness weight: heaviness: heavy matter
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Quotations

  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “When in charge ponder. When in trouble delegate. When in doubt mumble.”
  • C. Neil Strait
    C. Neil Strait
    “Life lived amidst tension and busyness needs leisure. Leisure that recreates and renews. Leisure should be a time to think new thoughts, not ponder old ills.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. ponderārepondus, pondĕris, a weight.

Usage

In literature:

Pondering them, his eye roved past Celia's white-robed figure to the broad, open doorway beyond.
"The Damnation of Theron Ware" by Harold Frederic
He had pondered it all night long.
"Les Misérables Complete in Five Volumes" by Victor Hugo
Like a monument lay the bright brown, ponderous coffin.
"Sons and Lovers" by David Herbert Lawrence
Peter stood out on the balcony with his arm round her, while the night wind beat about them, and pondered what was best to do.
"The Street of Seven Stars" by Mary Roberts Rinehart
Venters lay low in the shade of the cottonwoods, pondering this chance meeting, and not for many moments did he consider it safe to move on.
"Riders of the Purple Sage" by Zane Grey
Peter had sat silent all this time, but pondering, and yet, contrary to custom, keenly attentive to what was going on around him.
"The Cloister and the Hearth" by Charles Reade
Then he went slowly and ponderously up-stairs to bed.
"Dangerous Days" by Mary Roberts Rinehart
But the lure was there, and he pondered and pondered.
"The Financier" by Theodore Dreiser
And she pondered over this longing to go to him.
"The Call of the Canyon" by Zane Grey
He stood with his bare feet wide apart, bent his head, and pondered.
"The Witch and Other Stories" by Anton Chekhov
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In poetry:

Weary, he drew man's wisdom from a book,
And pondered on the high words spoken of old,
Pacing a lamplit room: but soon forsook
The golden sentences that left him cold.
"My Friend" by James Elroy Flecker
Oh, far away beneath New England's sky,
Even when a boy,
Following my plough by Merrimac's green shore,
His simple record I have pondered o'er
With deep and quiet joy.
"Chalkey Hall" by John Greenleaf Whittier
It is the longest night in all the year,
Near on the day when the Lord Christ was born;
Six hours ago I came and sat down here,
And ponder'd sadly, wearied and forlorn.
"Sir Galahad, A Christmas Mystery" by William Morris
Oh, you are wild for her and little wonder!
She is so fair, so honest, kind and true.
But in the lonely house I sit and ponder
On what was mine and shall not pass to you.
"The Mother Gives Up Her Daughter" by Katharine Tynan
Never a question ask'd I where she wander'd,
Never a question ask'd she of my birth:
Happy as children, we thought not nor ponder'd,
Glad of the bounty of ocean and earth.
"The Bride Of The Sea" by Howard Phillips Lovecraft
And fierce and few, as when a strong man weeps,
Great rain-drops dashed the dust; and, overhead,
Ponderous and vast down the prodigious deeps,
Went slow the thunder's tread.
"The Broken Drouth" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

Margo Kidder 's disappearance and apparent nervous breakdown led Roger Rosenblatt to ponder the fragile mental equilibrium we all maintain.
Can it be that such a hue Carries with it thoughts of death, Has us ponder, ask anew, What remains for us of breath.
When color in the landscape is pondered, most thoughts turn to spring and summer flowers.
As Catholics ponder the last things, it's good to consider funeral arrangements as well.
Funeral arrangements are with the Ponder Funeral Home.
What a sobering thing to ponder what we have let slip away from us this week.
Arrangements are incomplete with Ponder Funeral Home of Sikeston.
Mets Manager Bobby Valentine considers every question deliberately, as if pondering an eight-page menu at a restaurant, and even if he produces an answer, he almost always includes a qualifier.
MacroGenics and Lilly Ponder Future of Diabetes mAb after Phase III Flop.
A few remaining questions for us to ponder.
Quality Update Ponderous Puzzler August 22.
Commodity prices took a back seat to chaos on Wall Street this week as the trade pondered the impact of a rapidly strengthening dollar.
W-B ponders martial law .
Whitney Ponders Problem of Replication in Modern Art.
UT Symposium honors and ponders art created in the Nazi concentration camp.
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In science:

The Human kind, by good fortune, has developed the ability to ponder and investigate natural phenomena.
Phenomenological aspects of new physics at high energy hadron colliders
The correctness of the argument will then be pondered.
New remarks on the Cosmological Argument
We may safely assume that pondering the implications of complementarity in the photon-box case has played a pivotal role in Einstein’s dissatisfaction with quantum mechanics.
Complementarity in the Bohr-Einstein Photon Box
The ponder of the hardware overhead in comparison with the memory capacity is of an order <2 -20.
New Schemes for Self-Testing RAM
Typically, this formula is presented with little motivation or explanation, and leaves the students to ponder: Why? Why the extra sx? Why the minus sign? Frequently, the instructor or the author (of a textbook) invokes another magical relation to answer such queries.
Making Sense of the Legendre Transform
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