• The A.L. or 'Popular' Model
    The A.L. or 'Popular' Model
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj popular (of music or art) new and of general appeal (especially among young people)
    • adj popular representing or appealing to or adapted for the benefit of the people at large "democratic art forms","a democratic or popular movement","popular thought","popular science","popular fiction"
    • adj popular carried on by or for the people (or citizens) at large "the popular vote","popular representation","institutions of popular government"
    • adj popular regarded with great favor, approval, or affection especially by the general public "a popular tourist attraction","a popular girl","cabbage patch dolls are no longer popular"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Popular microscope Popular microscope

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 2002, the most popular boat name in the U.S. was Liberty
    • Popular Adapted to the means of the common people; possessed or obtainable by the many; hence, cheap; common; ordinary; inferior; as, popular prices; popular amusements. "The smallest figs, called popular figs, . . . are, of all others, the basest and of least account."
    • Popular Beloved or approved by the people; pleasing to people in general, or to many people; as, a popular preacher; a popular law; a popular administration.
    • Popular Devoted to the common people; studious of the favor of the populace. "Such popular humanity is treason."
    • Popular Of or pertaining to the common people, or to the whole body of the people, as distinguished from a select portion; as, the popular voice; popular elections. "Popular states.""So the popular vote inclines.""The men commonly held in popular estimation are greatest at a distance."
    • Popular Prevailing among the people; epidemic; as, a popular disease.
    • Popular Suitable to common people; easy to be comprehended; not abstruse; familiar; plain. "Homilies are plain popular instructions."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The most popular brand of raisins is Sunmaid
    • popular Of or pertaining to the people; constituted by or depending on the people, especially the common people: as, the popular voice; popular elections; popular government.
    • popular Suitable to or intended for common people; easy to be comprehended; not technical or abstruse; plain; familiar: as, a popular treatise on astronomy.
    • popular Enjoying the favor of the people; pleasing to people in general: as, a popular preacher; a popular war or peace.
    • popular Desirous of obtaining the favor of the people; courting the vulgar; of demagogic proclivities.
    • popular Prevailing among the people; epidemic.
    • popular Plebeian; vulgar.
    • popular Conceited.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The most popular recipient of Valentine cards are school teachers
    • adj Popular pop′ū-lar pertaining to the people: pleasing to, or prevailing among, the people: enjoying the favour of the people: easily understood: inferior:
    • v.i Popular to increase in numbers
    • adj Popular populous
    • adj Popular pop′ū-lar (Shak.) vulgar
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  • Kirstie Alley
    Kirstie Alley
    “You are not in business to be popular.”
  • Edmund Burke
    “It is a general popular error to suppose the loudest complainers for the public to be the most anxious for its welfare.”
  • Richard Marcinko
    Richard Marcinko
    “Popularity is not leadership.”
  • German Proverb
    German Proverb
    “An old error is always more popular than a new truth.”
  • Tony Bennett
    Tony Bennett
    “I think one of the reasons I'm popular again is because I'm wearing a tie. You have to be different.”
  • Victor Hugo
    “Popularity? It's glory's small change.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. popularis, fr. populus, people: cf. F. populaire,. See People
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. populaire—L. popularispopulus, the people.


In literature:

Many stories are told of Kolschitzky's popularity as a coffee-house keeper.
"All About Coffee" by William H. Ukers
Artists have had to stand on one side as popular Society favourites: the actors have taken their place.
"The Confessions of a Caricaturist, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by Harry Furniss
Sometimes whole sentences stand as nicknames for these popular characters.
"The Pearl of the Antilles, or An Artist in Cuba" by Walter Goodman
Mr. Balfour is the most popular man in Ireland, and his Dublin visit will be for ever memorable.
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
He would not argue the Nebraska question on the Compromise, but on the original principles of the popular rights involved.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 15, No. 89, March, 1865" by Various
"History of Human Society" by Frank W. Blackmar
He had studied, and, I believe, he rightly estimated the popular feeling.
"History of Morgan's Cavalry" by Basil W. Duke
Popular morality could not be sustained by the popular religion.
"The History of Freedom" by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
No wonder that his popularity was immense under these circumstances.
"Training the Teacher" by A. F. Schauffler
Your popular preacher must be dogmatic: the more dogmatic he is, the more popular he will be.
"The London Pulpit" by J. Ewing Ritchie

In poetry:

Three fishermen sat by the side
Of the many toned popular stream,
That rolled with its heavy proud tide,
In the shade of its own dark dream.
"The Fishermen" by Ernest Jones
First sat there the fisher of France,
And he smiled as the waters came,
For he kindled their light with a glance
At the bait of a popular name.
"The Fishermen" by Ernest Jones
``If such content not, since your hopes aspire
On heights of popularity to tower,
I can conduct you on yet swifter tire
To winning—peak of Power.
"Sacred And Profane Love" by Alfred Austin
And yet, in spite of this, there are
Some persons who, at diff'rent times,
--(Because I am so popular)--
accuse me of most awful crimes;
A girl once said I was a flirt!
Oh my! how the expression hurt!
"Bluebeard" by Harry Graham
If he buys a friend a rickey not for any special cause,
He is captain of the lush-and-spendthrift squad;
If, before he spends a million, he will think a bit and pause,
There's a popular impression he's a wad.
"Heads And Tails" by Franklin Pierce Adams
There are who triumph in a losing cause,
Who can put on defeat, as 'twere a wreath
Unwithering in the adverse popular breath,
Safe from the blasting demagogue's applause;
'Tis they who stand for Freedom and God's laws.
"To John Gorham Palfrey" by James Russell Lowell

In news:

Songwriting partners Burt Bacharach and Hal David will receive the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song from President Obama.
Burt Bacharach & Hal David: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song In Performance at the White House.
It seems popular – a lot of people tie the knot in June – but what makes it more popular than, say, September.
We revisit the most popular cigar-friendly spot in the nation's captial.
That has probably been the most popular cry over the last week regarding the David Williams situation.
Some states try to ensure that the winner of popular vote becomes president.
Today the town is a popular destination for backpackers , full of cafes and restaurants, guest houses and bars.
The flashy gold guitar was featured in various popular Prince videos and performances.
The new Flame Towers in Baku , Azerbaijan, designed by HOK International, were instantly popular, but posed several challenges to their makers.
Jaren Wells on the ballooning popularity of Piedmont Natural Gas' space.
As a third-generation ballroom teacher, Teena Marie has seen her industry shift as shows such as Dancing With the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance became popular.
PARKERSBURG — Ballroom dancing remains a popular activity for people of all ages.
To see the Ski Report for every ski area in the world visit OnTheSnow or click on these popular regions.
Bankrate .com paired up with CreditCards.com to survey the 63 most popular cards and their features.
Apple Computer is breaking records with sales of its popular iPod music player -- and has the coffers to prove it.

In science:

Some very popular monofractal stochastic processes are the so-called selfsimilar processes .
A multifractal random walk
Regarding quantum cryptosystems, the popular conjectures are: 1.
A simple unbreakable code
The new links are added according to the sociability or popularity of the individual it connects to.
Complex structures in generalized small worlds
Yi∈T exp(−λρ(T ) − X Nondiscrete approaches to string theory has more popularity.
Gibbs and Quantum Discrete Spaces
However, the inclusion of some popular extensions of the Standard Model into AMEGIC++ is under way.
AMEGIC++ 1.0, A Matrix Element Generator In C++