prolixity

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n prolixity boring verbosity
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Prolixity The quality or state of being prolix; great length; minute detail; as, prolixity in discourses and writings. "For fulsomeness of his prolixitee .""Idly running on with vain prolixity ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n prolixity The state of being prolix; extension; length. Length in a material sense. [Rare.]
    • n prolixity Lengthiness; minute and superfluous detail; tediousness.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. prolixitas,: cf. F. prolixité,

Usage

In literature:

In the common room his prolix anecdotes were not encouraged.
"The Loom of Youth" by Alec Waugh
Like all Oriental story-tellers, Mami proved rather prolix.
"Captain Canot" by Brantz Mayer
I feel ashamed of my own prolixity.
"Rookwood" by William Harrison Ainsworth
Some were prolix, others confined themselves to a sentence; one or two talked unintelligible gabble.
"The Gods are Athirst" by Anatole France
Here, too, lived a good old man and prolix poet, a friend of Tennyson.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. 12, No. 32, November, 1873" by Various
I am not a prolix man; I know the value of time, and of other people's time.
"The Idler Magazine, Volume III, March 1893" by Various
Now if this prolixity is unnecessary for you, another may need it.
"Mysteries of Bee-keeping Explained" by M. Quinby
I have endeavored, in this uncultivated home-spun essay, to avoid prolixity as much as possibly I could.
"An Historical Account of the Settlements of Scotch Highlanders in America" by J. P. MacLean
Quarles is often queer, quaint, and querulous, but never prolix, prosey, or puling.
"Notes and Queries, Number 78, April 26, 1851" by Various
When the Holy Spirit is prolix, there is a cause for it.
"Commentary on Genesis, Vol. II" by Martin Luther
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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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