prolix

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj prolix tediously prolonged or tending to speak or write at great length "editing a prolix manuscript","a prolix lecturer telling you more than you want to know"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Prolix Extending to a great length; unnecessarily long; minute in narration or argument; excessively particular in detail; -- rarely used except with reference to discourse written or spoken; as, a prolix oration; a prolix poem; a prolix sermon. "With wig prolix , down flowing to his waist."
    • Prolix Indulging in protracted discourse; tedious; wearisome; -- applied to a speaker or writer.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • prolix Long; extended.
    • prolix Of long duration.
    • prolix Long and wordy; extending to a great length; diffuse: as, a prolix oration or sermon.
    • prolix Indulging in lengthy discourse; discussing at great length; tedious: as, a prolix speaker or writer.
    • prolix Synonyms Long, lengthy, wordy, long-winded, spun out, prolonged.
    • prolix Tiresome, wearisome.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Prolix prō′liks tedious: long and wordy: dwelling too long on particulars:
    • adj Prolix prō′liks (obs.) long
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. prolixus, extended, long, prolix, probably fr. pro, before, forward + liqui, to flow, akin to liquidus, liquid; cf. OL. lixa, water: cf. F. prolixe,. See Liquid
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. prolixe—L. prolixuspro, forward, liqui, to flow.

Usage

In literature:

We are obliged to omit many other points in this evening's proceedings to avoid prolixity.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine - Volume 57, No. 352, February 1845" by Various
What we now regard as tedious and prolix was looked upon as so much linked sweetness long drawn out.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, v. 13" by Various
A prolix style tires the reader; and newspaper space is valuable.
"News Writing" by M. Lyle Spencer
The story is ashamed of its own prolixity.
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
Then there is a popular education toward prolixity in the telegraphic part of newspapers.
"The Galaxy, Volume 23, No. 2, February, 1877" by Various
Her patriotism knew no bounds, and her prolixity was much on the same scale.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. XXII (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Not to be prolix on this point, we will take a few cases.
"The Negro: what is His Ethnological Status? 2nd Ed." by Buckner H. 'Ariel' Payne
He hated vice and honoured virtue, but he is too often prolix and wearisome.
"Old and New London" by Walter Thornbury
But to what purpose is all this prolixity?
"Landmarks of Scientific Socialism" by Friedrich Engels
On important topics it is better to be a good deal prolix than even a very little obscure.
"Eureka:" by Edgar A. Poe
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In poetry:

Today this cause came to be heard
On bill, process and proof;
Averments usual, form and word,
Prolixity forsooth.
"John Marshall's Divorce" by Samuel Alfred Beadle
But let them pass! To right your wrong,
Aspasia of the ardent South,
Your poet means to sing a song
With some prolixity of mouth.
"Black Lizzie" by Henry Kendall
Cowper, whose silver voice, tasked sometimes hard,
Legends prolix delivers in the ears
(Attentive when thou read'st) of England's peers,
Let verse at length yield thee thy just reward.
"Sonnet To Henry Cowper, Esq." by William Cowper
Can it be one of Nature's benevolent tricks
That you grow hard of hearing as I grow prolix?
And that look of delight which would angels beguile
Is the deaf man's prolonged unintelligent smile?
"The Smiling Listener" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Imagination plays me most intolerable tricks.
To enumerate them all would be unbearably prolix.
Just a trifle bids them gather and a trifle bids them go.
And they tease me and torment me more than anyone can know.
"Imagination" by Gamaliel Bradford
Earth, so its part — their creed — that grey church
Taints me with sepulchral care, till pleasure faints.
Limp under suckling grief. Away from this !
Out in the live town's turmoil, all remiss,
Is nobler than such prolix grandeur paints.
"Melbourne Sonnets: VII In The Bank" by E J Rupert Atkinson

In news:

Bulwer-Lytton, in honor of prolix prose.
The paradox for Westerners may be that in Japan profundity prefers brevity to prolixity.
Bulwer-Lytton, in honor of prolix prose .
Here's a prolix approach to note-keeping for your inner word nerd.
Boris Yellnikoff is the prolix geezer played by Larry David in Woody Allen's Whatever Works .
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In science:

We refrain from writing the exponential versions because of the prolixity of barred variables.
Bi-oriented Quantum Algebras, and a Generalized Alexander Polynomial for Virtual Links
We show that the category of Penon’s weak omega categories and omega functors, Prolixe, is a retract of a certain full subcategory of our Omega Cat.
Weak Omega Categories I
Penon defines a prolixe to be a T algebra and a morphism of prolixes to be a T algebra morphism.
Weak Omega Categories I
There is therefore a category Prolixe and this is the category of Penon’s weak omega categories.
Weak Omega Categories I
Since T preserves filtered colimits Prolixe is cocomplete.
Weak Omega Categories I
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