• WordNet 3.6
    • v prescribe issue commands or orders for
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: From the 1500's to the 1700's, tobacco was prescribed by doctors to treat a variety of ailments including headaches, toothaches, arthritis and bad breath.
    • Prescribe (Law) To claim by prescription; to claim a title to a thing on the ground of immemorial use and enjoyment, that is, by a custom having the force of law.
    • Prescribe (Med) To direct, as a remedy to be used by a patient; as, the doctor prescribed quinine.
    • Prescribe To give directions; to dictate. "A forwardness to prescribe to their opinions."
    • Prescribe To influence by long use
    • Prescribe To lay down authoritatively as a guide, direction, or rule of action; to impose as a peremptory order; to dictate; to appoint; to direct. "Prescribe not us our duties.""Let streams prescribe their fountains where to run."
    • Prescribe (Med) To write or to give medical directions; to indicate remedies; as, to prescribe for a patient in a fever.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In the US, Delaware, Virginia and Michigan rank as the top three states for Ritalin use, and most of the prescriptions are for elementary and middle school age children. Doctors in these states prescribe at least 33 grams for every 1,000 residents, 56 percent more than the national average, according to figures compiled by the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency.
    • prescribe To inscribe beforehand or in front.
    • prescribe To lay down beforehand, in writing or otherwise, as a rule of action; ordain; appoint; define authoritatively.
    • prescribe Specifically, to advise, appoint, or designate as a remedy for disease.
    • prescribe In law, to render invalid through lapse of time or negative prescription.
    • prescribe Synonyms To order, command, dictate, institute, establish.
    • prescribe To set rules; lay down the law; dictate.
    • prescribe To give medical directions; designate the remedies to be used: as, to prescribe for a patient in a fever.
    • prescribe In law: To claim by prescription; claim a title to a thing by immemorial use and enjoyment: with for: as, to prescribe for a right of way, of common, or the like
    • prescribe To become extinguished or of no validity through lapse of time, as a right, debt, obligation, and the like. See prescription
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Methylphenidate (Ritalin) is a medication prescribed for individuals (usually children) who have an abnormally high level of activity or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). According to the National Institute of Mental Health, about 3 to 5 percent of the general population has the disorder, which is characterized by agitated behavior and an inability to focus on tasks. Methylphenidate also is occasionally prescribed for treating narcolepsy. Methylphenidate is a central nervous system (CNS) stimulant. It has effects similar to, but more potent than, caffeine and less potent than amphetamines. It has a notably calming effect on hyperactive children and a "focusing" effect on those with ADHD.
    • v.t Prescribe prē-skrīb′ to lay down as a rule or direction: to give as an order: to appoint:
    • v.i Prescribe to lay down rules: to claim on account of long possession: to become of no force through time
    • v.t Prescribe prē-skrīb′ (med.) to give directions for, as a remedy: to render useless or invalid through lapse of time
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    “Successful men follow the same advice they prescribe for others.”
  • Voltaire
    “Doctors are men who prescribe medicines of which they know little, to cure diseases of which they know less, in human beings of whom they know nothing.”
  • Robert F. Kennedy
    “The free way of life proposes ends, but it does not prescribe means.”
  • William Paley
    William Paley
    “God has been pleased to prescribe limits to his power and to work out his ends within these limits.”
  • William Paley
    William Paley
    “God has been pleased to prescribe limits to his power and to work out his ends within these limits.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. praescribere, praescriptum,; prae, before + scriebe, to write. See Scribe
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. præscribĕre, -scriptumpræ, before, scribĕre, to write.


In literature:

If the law should oblige a proprietor to accommodate his country, equity prescribes his fair indemnity.
"The History of Tasmania, Volume I (of 2)" by John West
It will be impossible, in such schools, to cover the prescribed work.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Household Management" by Ministry of Education
He examined Jenny very carefully, and prescribed some medicine which might make her more comfortable.
"Hope and Have" by Oliver Optic
This day Dr. Darwin saw her, and directed a continuation of the medicines last prescribed.
"An Account of the Foxglove and some of its Medical Uses" by William Withering
In few instances is it necessary to prescribe any medicine.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Vol. 3 (of 4)" by W. Grant Hague
The baron left the fainting invalid, retired for a few seconds, and prescribed.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine - Volume 55, No. 343, May 1844" by Various
Gertrude wore a plain street dress and a little virgin bonnet, then prescribed by fashion.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
A certain game cannot be prescribed for a certain age as one would diagnose and prescribe for a malady.
"Games for the Playground, Home, School and Gymnasium" by Jessie H. Bancroft
It is the Homoeopathic remedy for many cases, and should be prescribed.
"An Epitome of Homeopathic Healing Art" by B. L. Hill
I prescribe an immediate dose of freedom.
"This Crowded Earth" by Robert Bloch

In poetry:

Prescribe not to him in thy heart,
He's infinitely wise,
How oft he throws his loving dart,
Thy Husband does surprise.
"The Believer's Jointure : Chapter II." by Ralph Erskine
Tho' I've transgress'd the rules prescrib'd
And dar'd the justice I adore,
Yet let thy smiling mercy say,
Depart in peace, and sin no more.
"Refining Fuller, Make Me Clean" by Augustus Montague Toplady
Hear thou the law — the Gospel hear —
And well in mind both of them bear —
Then strive to live exceeding close
Unto the rules, prescrib'd by those.
"Advice To A Youth" by Rees Prichard
To be a stranger hath that benefit,
We can beginnings, but not habits choke.
Go—whither ? hence. You get, if you forget ;
New faults, till they prescribe to us, are smoke.
"To Sir Henry Goodyere" by John Donne
But if at first he minds his hits,
And drinks Champaigne among the wits,
Five deep he toasts the towering lasses,
Repeats yon verse wrote on glasses:
Is in the chair, prescribes the law,
And lies with those he never saw.
"The Chameleon" by Matthew Prior
After such weariness and such distress;
If such a port the tempests have prescribed,
Then is there nothing more that we can do,
But render thanks to heaven,
Who closely veiled our eyes,
And pierced anon with such a light as this.
"The Heroic Enthusiasts - Part The Second =Fifth Dialogue=." by Giordano Bruno

In news:

The prescribing information for Ambien lists somnambulism as a "rare side" effect, meaning that it has been reported in fewer than one in 1,000 patients.
"We expect that any toxicology exam will show (Burgess) had taken permitted , therapeutic and legally prescribed amounts of the medications to treat her symptoms and condition," Kelleher said.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends prescribing teens emergency contraceptives in advance to help reduce teen pregnancies.
Doctors urged to prescribe teens Plan B before they have sex.
Prescribe morning-after pills in advance.
Medication while driving is not prescribed by Pharmacists.
Photo Medication while driving is not prescribed by Pharmacists.
"Studies have shown that adolescents are more likely to use emergency contraception if it has been prescribed in advance of need," the pediatricians write.
Prescribe morning-after pills in advance, say pediatricians.
Pharmacists prescribe not driving while using medication.
Voters to decide whether doctors can prescribe drugs to end terminally ill patients' lives.
Prescribing drugs for behavioral problems has been the realm of psychiatry.
Prescribing drugs has traditionally been something only doctors could do.
Elaine LeVine is a New Mexico prescribing psychologist.
Using the group's data, researchers published a study this week in the Archives of Internal Medicine, showing widespread variation in one of physicians' simplest acts: Prescribing antibiotics.

In science:

FIG. 1. A schematic plot of the order parameter ψ versus volume fraction φ for a system of identical spheres with prescribed interactions.
Is Random Close Packing of Spheres Well Defined?
At this point we can easily rederive (2) simply by writing ˆρ as a matrix and commuting it with the Hamiltonian ˆH as prescribed in (1) using the explicit matrix definitions (13).
Integer Quantum Hall Transition and Random SU(N) Rotation
This amounts to prescribing a multiplicity Zλ,µ ∈ Z≥0 for each possible bulk field Φλµ .
Conformal field theory, boundary conditions and applications to string theory
We prescribe the large angle scattering model in the fluid frame by the following three conditions.
Application of random walk theory to the first order Fermi acceleration in shock waves
Then we prescribe to this vertex the factor f (v) = k!(b−k)! .
Gibbs and Quantum Discrete Spaces