• WordNet 3.6
    • n reformer an apparatus that reforms the molecular structure of hydrocarbons to produce richer fuel "a catalytic reformer"
    • n reformer a disputant who advocates reform
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The word 'cappuccino' is the result of several derivations, the original of which began in 16th century. The Capuchin order of friars, established after 1525, played an important role in bringing Catholicism back to Reformation Europe. Its Italian name came from the long, pointed cowl, or cappuccino, derived from cappuccino, "hood," that was worn as part of the order's habit. The French version of cappuccino was capuchin, from which came English Capuchin. In Italian cappuccino went on to describe espresso coffee mixed or topped with steamed milk or cream, so called because the color of the coffee resembled the color of the habit of a Capuchin friar. The first use of cappuccino in English is recorded in 1948 in a work about San Francisco. There is also the story line that says that the term comes from the fact that the coffee is dark, like the monk's robe, and the cap is likened to the color of the monk's head.
    • Reformer (Eccl.Hist) One of those who commenced the reformation of religion in the sixteenth century, as Luther, Melanchthon, Zwingli, and Calvin.
    • Reformer One who effects a reformation or amendment; one who labors for, or urges, reform; as, a reformer of manners, or of abuses.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n reformer One who effects a reformation or amendment: as, a reformer of manners or of abuses; specifically [capitalized], one of those who instituted or assisted in the religious reformatory movements of the sixteenth century and earlier.
    • n reformer One who promotes or urges reform: as, a tariff reformer; a spelling reformer.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Reformer one who reforms: one who advocates political reform: one of those who took part in the Reformation of the 16th century
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  • Clarence Darrow
    “At twenty a man is full of fight and hope. He wants to reform the world. When he is seventy he still wants to reform the world, but he know he can't.”
  • Mo Udall
    Mo Udall
    “Any change or reform you make is going to have consequence you don't like.”
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    “Change is not reform, any more than noise is music.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “It is a dangerous thing to reform anyone.”
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    “Character is another thing that is formed in youth and reformed in marriage.”
  • John Milton
    “When complaints are freely heard, deeply considered and speedily reformed, then is the utmost bound of civil liberty attained that wise men look for.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. re-, again, formāre, to shape—forma, form.


In literature:

John Resby is on record as one among the first witnesses, who heralded a glorious reformation for Scotland.
"Sketches of the Covenanters" by J. C. McFeeters
Hurrell Froude, one of his pupils and a man of high genius, taught me to venerate the Church of Rome and to dislike the Reformation.
"The Worlds Greatest Books, Volume XIII." by Various
Member of the English Land Restoration League, originally the Land Reform Union, from 1883.
"The History of the Fabian Society" by Edward R. Pease
It says nothing of his books or of his work as a statesman and a reformer.
"The Awakening of China" by W.A.P. Martin
If I cannot reform with equity, I will not reform at all.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. II. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
Do not make the reform movement a pretext for assaulting the church.
"The Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony (Volume 1 of 2)" by Ida Husted Harper
It is easy to assert that the reform of the Civil Service is an executive reform.
"American Eloquence, Volume IV. (of 4) Studies In American Political History (1897)" by Various
The Reformation, like the revival of science and of culture, had its mediaeval anticipations and foreshadowings.
"Renaissance in Italy, Volume 1 (of 7)" by John Addington Symonds
Social reform is now in the programme of all parties.
"Against Home Rule (1912)" by Various
Her seclusion still constitutes one of the greatest obstacles to Indian social and religious reform.
"India, Old and New" by Sir Valentine Chirol

In poetry:

Serene, while over other lands
Rolls revolution's storm,
Where they can't speak their grievances--
Dare not demand reform.
"Lines Of Annexation" by Nora Pembroke
Ye beautiful Lakes of Killarney,
Ye are welcome to me again;
I will now reform my character,
And from all bad company refrain.
"The Irish Convict's Return" by William Topaz McGonagall
"Granta, far and wide renowned,
Frowns upon the married state;
Soon her pride shall kiss the ground
Hark! Reform is at the gate.
"Julia" by E W Bowling
Therefore, my countrymen, I wou'd Fully persuade you, if I cou'd, To pray for pardon, to avert your fate,
And here on earth your morals mend,
Before your lives draw to an end,
And you wou'd fain reform, when 'tis too late.
"To The Sons Of Brutus" by Rees Prichard
Like the ancients e'er the deluge came,
Like Sodom, e'er the o'erwhelming flame,
(Not worse the case of Pharoah and his crew!)
We sin with all our might and main,
And still go on to sin again,
Nor the least sign of reformation shew.
"To The Sons Of Brutus" by Rees Prichard
Peace and prosperity henceforth smiled on the chieftain's reign;
And, ere he died, he said, "Behold, I have not ruled in vain.
Down through the future ages shall my Great reform descend.
Australia shall bless my Simple Notion till the end."
"In The First Elective Ministry" by C J Dennis

In news:

Many say Arizona's stringent new law demands immigration reform from Washington.
State Agency Bringing Challenge Over Pension Reform Is 'Our Adversary .
The Republican-backed group opposing Issue 2, a proposal to reform redistricting, launched its statewide TV ad campaign today.
For the sake of "historic" health care reform, are you willing to suffer higher taxes, sacrifice your liberties and diminish the quality of your family's health care.
Business and cast management, angel packaging beforehand and accession of talents and adeptness has fabricated the new reforms and enhanced.
Union Chief Faults School Reform From 'On High.
Slow Ballot Count Prompts Calls For Reform.
Confessions of a Global-Warming Agnostic The Church of the Environment needs a nuclear Reformation.
Xi Jinping takes helm of China amid reform calls.
Conservatism and the Spirit of Reform.
Berwick 's Top 7 Concerns About Healthcare Reform.
It's game time' on health reform.
'GCB's' Leslie Bibb on Playing a Reformed Mean Girl: 'There's Still a Little GCB Up in Her' (Video).
Walker promises major tax reforms, school funding changes.
Redistricting seemed to be nearing some sort of end game, while Gov Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Michael Bloomberg raised the stakes on pension reform.

In science:

The light curve exhibits a burst with a duration of about 20 seconds followed by a quiescent phase corresponding to the disk reformation process.
Slim accretion disks around black holes
But if you want me to think of it as “this is x and that’s d and this is t”, I can’t do it. Actually, she “can” do it, because she also took my physics class (previous to our reform to match it to biology) and did very well. I believe this is clearly a framing problem.
The role of context and culture in teaching physics: The implication of disciplinary differences
Their surprising result was that after H2 dissociated in a shock, the molecules reformed in a pattern of filaments, clumps, and diffuse gas yet the abundances were fairly uniform after only 100 years.
Interstellar Turbulence II: Implications and Effects
However, the ArXiv could be a powerful tool for reform because articles posted there are permanently accesible and sub ject to peer review.
Comment on Phys. Rev. D 60 084017 "Classical self-force" by F. Rohrlich
In dissociative shocks, as soon as the post–shocked gas temperature has fallen to a few hundred degrees, H2 molecules are reformed and shock chemistry proceeds as in C–type shocks (e.g.
Chemical processes in star forming regions