possible

Definitions

  • A wrought-iron trammel used for hanging a pot from a fireplace crane. The adjustable hook made it possible to raise or lower the pot
    A wrought-iron trammel used for hanging a pot from a fireplace crane. The adjustable hook made it possible to raise or lower the pot
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj possible existing in possibility "a potential problem","possible uses of nuclear power"
    • adj possible capable of happening or existing "a breakthrough may be possible next year","anything is possible","warned of possible consequences"
    • n possible something that can be done "politics is the art of the possible"
    • n possible an applicant who might be suitable
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: It's possible to lead a cow upstairs but not downstairs.
    • a Possible Capable of existing or occurring, or of being conceived or thought of; able to happen; capable of being done; not contrary to the nature of things; -- sometimes used to express extreme improbability; barely able to be, or to come to pass; as, possibly he is honest, as it is possible that Judas meant no wrong. "With God all things are possible ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: On a bingo card of 90 numbers there are approximately 44 million possible ways to make bingo.
    • possible That may be; not known not to be true; not known not to be true in some hypothetical state of information. The only kind of object which in strict propriety of language can be called possible is the truth of a proposition; and when a kind of thing is said to be possible, this is to be regarded as an elliptical expression, meaning that it is of such a general description that we do not know it does not exist. So an event or act is said to be possible, meaning that one would not know that it would not come to pass. But it is incorrect to use possible meaning practicable; possible is what may be, not what can be. A proposition is logically possible, if it would not be known not to be true by a person who should know nothing but the principles of logic and the meanings of words; physically possible, if it would not be known not to be true by one who should know all the laws of nature, but none of the particular facts; practically possible, if it were not known not to be about to be accomplished to one who should know what was in the power of the persons concerned, but not their dispositions, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There are 43,252,003,274,489,856,000 different color combinations possible on a Rubik's Cube.
    • adj Possible pos′i-bl that may be or happen: that may be done: not contrary to the nature of things
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Quotations

  • Lowell Thomas
    Lowell Thomas
    “Do a little more each day than you think you possibly can.”
  • Confucius
    Confucius
    “It is not possible for one to teach others who cannot teach his own family.”
  • Marcel Proust
    Marcel%20Proust
    “Happiness serves hardly any other purpose than to make unhappiness possible.”
  • George Santayana
    George%20Santayana
    “Knowledge of what is possible is the beginning of happiness.”
  • John Bach
    John Bach
    “To the timid soul, nothing is possible.”
  • St. Francis of Assisi
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    “Start by doing what's necessary, then what's possible and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. L. possibilis, fr. posse, to be able, to have power; potis, able, capable + esse, to be. See Potent Am, and cf. Host a landlord
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. possibilisposse, to be able.

Usage

In literature:

I don't believe such things are possible!
"The Fortunes of the Farrells" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
Except possibly Cobden, no other man did so much to give the laborer a shorter day, a cheaper loaf, an added shilling.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
Move the patient as little as possible during treatment, and do and say all possible to soothe the mind.
"Papers on Health" by John Kirk
For the Russian boy was dying, and as there was no hope for him, Mildred could only do her best to make him as comfortable as possible.
"The Red Cross Girls with the Russian Army" by Margaret Vandercook
If possible, get a list of all the people who have bought machines during this last six weeks.
"The Grell Mystery" by Frank Froest
I do entreat you, release wretched me as soon as possible from this apprehension.
"The Comedies of Terence" by Publius Terentius Afer, (AKA) Terence
It is not possible after such a lapse of time.
"Orley Farm" by Anthony Trollope
It didn't seem possible that this was happening to me.
"Chance" by Joseph Conrad
But Mrs. Ormiston, in the interests of a possible fight, had contained herself just as long as was possible.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
The sort of trouble nobody could possibly foresee or guard against.
"Lalage's Lovers" by George A. Birmingham
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In poetry:

What, younger, felt
was possible, now knows
is not - but still
not chanted enough -
"Myself" by Robert Creeley
All said and done,
It's little I
Against a throng.
I'm only one,
And possibly
I may be wrong!
"One Against the World" by William Schwenck Gilbert
O that 'twere possible
After long grief and pain
To find the arms of my true love
Round me once again!
"Maud II" by Alfred Lord Tennyson
My God, if possible it be,
Withhold this bitter cup
But I resign my will to thee,
And drink the sorrows up).
"Psalm 22 part 1" by Isaac Watts
Will they likely be tarnished
Smudged, dingy, or singed?
Soiled or possibly rumpled
Without and maybe within?
"Hopeful" by Amelia Wire Holmes Aaron
"I thank thee, lady, for a gentle look
Thou lettest fall upon me long ago.
The same sweet look be possible to thee
For evermore;—I bless thee with thine own,
And say farewell, and go into my grave—
Nay, nay, into the blue heaven of my hopes."
"A Hidden Life" by George MacDonald

In news:

Chicken Wings Recalled Due to Possible Food Allergy Issues.
Texas Parks & Wildlife Department seeking input on possible antler restrictions for 20 North Texas counties.
The town is seeking $25,000 to appraise more than 170 acres of land in town, including the Swansea Dam, two other dams, and open space, before possibly purchasing those sites.
It's very possible that Tuesday night could be the end of Marty Turco's NHL career.
Police apprehend possible 'Bucket List Bandit' in Okla.
I have to admit, it sounds like an April Fools Day story possibility.
The Plaid Apron Café offers an ever-changing seasonal menu with as many locally and regionally sourced items as possible.
Consumer groups gear up to fight the sale of Arco and its Carson refinery to Tesoro, saying it would reduce competition and possibly lead to higher fuel costs.
The second episode of Jeremy Jones' "Further Unplugged" web series delivers an introduction to quite possibly the most epic shred mission undertaken last winter.
You need to try something totally new this week, as early as possible.
The Storm Prediction Center says severe thunderstorms are possible today across.
We are asking the public to review the course route and the street closure list to ensure that traffic is able to flow with as few disruptions as possible.
Art school eliminates Knox as possibility.
The Art of All Possibilities continues through Thursday, Feb 28.
Bioterrorism Possibilities and Readiness.
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In science:

The constraint on the maximum possible degree of the vertices ensures that kc (N ) ∼ N 1/2 , allowing for the possibility to construct uncorrelated networks.
Generation of uncorrelated random scale-free networks
The third stage requires most of the work: one must try out all possible combinations of the G0 -modules gk , and see whether it is possible to obtain a grading of the type (2.3).
A classification of generalized quantum statistics associated with classical Lie algebras
The only exception to this possibility is the case without hypermultiplets where a mass deformation corresponding to a Fayet-Iliopoulos term, with no contribution to the scalar potential, is also possible.
Generalized dimensional reduction of supergravity with eight supercharges
This follows from Theorem 2.11, where we take the possible images of u as the set U and the possible images of v as the set W .
Pseudo-random graphs
In that situation we also denote S (y , V , Fq ) = Xx∈V (Fq ) The natural goal is to describe a non-trivial upper bound for S (y , ϕ, Fq ) when possible, as explicit as possible in its dependencies.
Exponential sums over definable subsets of finite fields
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