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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj representative being or characteristic of government by representation in which citizens exercise power through elected officers and representatives "representative government as defined by Abraham Lincoln is government of the people, by the people, for the people"
    • adj representative standing for something else "the bald eagle is representative of the United States"
    • adj representative serving to represent or typify "representative moviegoers","a representative modern play"
    • n representative an item of information that is typical of a class or group "this patient provides a typical example of the syndrome","there is an example on page 10"
    • n representative a member of the United States House of Representatives
    • n representative a person who represents others
    • n representative an advocate who represents someone else's policy or purpose "the meeting was attended by spokespersons for all the major organs of government"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The representatives of the building trades The representatives of the building trades

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The name for the sign "&" which represents the word "and" is ampersand
    • Representative A member of the lower or popular house in a State legislature, or in the national Congress.
    • Representative (Nat.Hist) A species or variety which, in any region, takes the place of a similar one in another region.
    • Representative An agent, deputy, or substitute, who supplies the place of another, or others, being invested with his or their authority.
    • Representative Bearing the character or power of another; acting for another or others; as, a council representative of the people.
    • Representative Conducted by persons chosen to represent, or act as deputies for, the people; as, a representative government.
    • Representative Fitted to represent; exhibiting a similitude.
    • Representative (Metaph) Giving, or existing as, a transcript of what was originally presentative knowledge; as, representative faculties; representative knowledge. See Presentative, 3 and Represent, 8.
    • Representative (Law) One who represents, or stands in the place of, another.
    • Representative One who, or that which, represents (anything); that which exhibits a likeness or similitude. "A statute of Rumor, whispering an idiot in the ear, who was the representative of Credulity.""Difficulty must cumber this doctrine which supposes that the perfections of God are the representatives to us of whatever we perceive in the creatures."
    • Representative (Nat.Hist) Serving or fitted to present the full characters of the type of a group; typical; as, a representative genus in a family.
    • Representative (Nat.Hist) Similar in general appearance, structure, and habits, but living in different regions; -- said of certain species and varieties.
    • Representative (Nat.Hist) That which presents the full character of the type of a group.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The five Olympic rings represent the five continents linked together in friendship
    • representative Representing, portraying, or typifying.
    • representative Acting as the substitute for or agent of another or of others; performing the functions of another or of others.
    • representative Pertaining to or founded on representation of the people; conducted by the agency of delegates chosen by or representing the people: as, a representative government.
    • representative In biology: Typical; fully presenting, or alone representing, the characters of a given class or group: as, in zoölogy and botany, the representative genus of a family.
    • representative Representing in any group the characters of another and different group: chiefly used in the quinarian system; also, pertaining to such supposed representation: as, the representative theory.
    • representative In zoögeography, replacing; taking the place of, or holding a similar position: as, the llama is representative of the camel in America.
    • representative In psychology and logic, mediately known; known by means of a representation or object which signifies another object.
    • representative where fa is a function of limited variation between A and another limit, B, exceeding b, while φ (a, n) is such a function of α and the parameter n that the integral of it between the same limits is less than an assignable finite quantity, whatever value between A and B be given to b, and whatever value be given to n; and is such that when n tends toward infinity, the integral of φ (a, n) from A to b, where b is greater than A and less than B, tends toward a constant finite value. This is called a representative integral, because it is equal to the function f A multiplied by a constant.
    • n representative One who or that which represents another person or thing; that by which anything is represented or exhibited.
    • n representative An agent, deputy, or substitute, who supplies the place of another or others, being invested with his or their authority: as, an attorney is the representative of his client or employer; specifically, a member of the British House of Commons, or, in the United States, of the lower branch of Congress (the House of Representatives) or of the corresponding branch of the legislature in some States.
    • n representative In law: One who occupies another's place and succeeds to his beneficial rights in such a way that he may also in some degree be charged with his liabilities. Thus, an heir or devisee, since, to the extent of the property to which he succeeds, he is liable for his ancestor's debts, is a representative of the ancestor; but the widow, who takes part of the estate as dower, without liability, is not deemed a representative of the deceased; nor is an officer or trustee who succeeds to the rights and powers of the office or trust a representative of his predecessor, for, though he comes under liability in respect of the office or trust as his predecessor did, he does not succeed to the liabilities which his predecessor had incurred. The executor or administrator is sometimes spoken of as the representative of the decedent, but is usually distinguished by being called the personal representative.
    • n representative One who takes under the Statute of Descents or the Statute of Distributions, or under a will or trust deed, a share which by the primary intention would have gone to his parent had the parent survived to the time for taking. If a gift has vested in interest absolutely in the parent, then, upon the parent's death before it vests in possession, the child will take as successor in interest of the parent, but not as representative of the parent in this sense. But if the parent dies before acquiring any interest whatever, as where one of several heirs apparent dies before the ancestor, leaving a child or children, the other heirs take their respective shares as if the one had not died, and the child or children of the deceased take the share their deceased parent would have taken. In this case all who share are representatives of the ancestor in sense , and the child or children are also representatives of the deceased heir apparent in sense . See representation, 7.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Coffee represents 75% of all the caffeine consumed in the United States.
    • adj Representative representing: showing a likeness: bearing the character or power of others: replacing: presenting the full character of a class:
    • adj Representative (logic) mediately known
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  • George Bancroft
    George Bancroft
    “Conscience is the mirror of our souls, which represents the errors of our lives in their full shape.”
  • S. I. Hayakawa
    S. I. Hayakawa
    “If you see in any given situation only what everybody else can see, you can be said to be so much a representative of your culture that you are a victim of it.”
  • Henry James
    “The only reason for the existence of a novel is that it does attempt to represent life.”
  • Anais Nin
    “Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.”
  • Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
    “The memory represents to us not what we choose but what it pleases.”
  • John F. Kennedy
    “Written in Chinese, the word crisis, is composed of two characters. One represents danger and the other represent opportunity.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. LL. repraesentativus,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr.,—L. repræsentāre, -ātumre-, again, præsentāre, to place before.


In literature:

In February, 1868, the House of Representatives voted to impeach him.
"The New Nation" by Frederic L. Paxson
Both represent power, and are the elements of success in life.
"History of Woman Suffrage, Volume I"
This new scheme of government was not, however, truly representative of the political thought of the colonies.
"The Spirit of American Government" by J. Allen Smith
The response from our representatives was prompt and most encouraging.
"History of Woman Suffrage, Volume III (of III)" by Various
The lectures upon French history were, however, the last performance which represented anything like his full powers.
"The Life of Sir James Fitzjames Stephen, Bart., K.C.S.I." by Sir Leslie Stephen
The light yellowish portions represent healthy lung tissue; the red represents the disease.
"Special Report on Diseases of Cattle" by U.S. Department of Agriculture
He himself was being trained to represent the Christ on earth.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
What is represented by fig.
"A Treatise on Anatomy, Physiology, and Hygiene (Revised Edition)" by Calvin Cutter
The economy of the farmer period represents the ideals born in the pioneer nation.
"The Evolution of the Country Community" by Warren H. Wilson
All represented the first beginnings of the representative art of language.
"History of Human Society" by Frank W. Blackmar

In poetry:

Said the Representative Skeleton
I object
Said the Supreme Court skeleton
Whaddya expect
"Ballad Of The Skeletons" by Allen Ginsberg
And dwelt on his approving smile,
And kissed his royal hand,
Who represented, and should wield,
The sceptre of our land;
"A Ballad Of 1812" by Sarah Anne Curzon
She scarce had done, when his shut eyes
An inward joy did represent,
To hear Celinda thus intent
To a love he so much did prize.
"An Ode Upon a Question Moved, Whether Love Should Continue Forever" by Lord Edward Herbert of Cherbury
Each pair should represent a day:
On some the sun should rise,
While others bent their mournful way
Through cold and cloudy skies.
"Vignette - I" by Matilda Betham
Long their fixed eyes to heaven bent,
Unchanged, they did never move,
As if so great and pure a love
No glass but it could represent.
"An Ode Upon a Question Moved, Whether Love Should Continue Forever" by Lord Edward Herbert of Cherbury
The female fox she is a fox;
The female whale a whale; The female eagle holds her place
As representative of race
As truly as the male.
"Females" by Charlotte Perkins Stetson Gilman

In news:

Thousands in our armed forces have died or suffered serious wounds to protect our freedom to elect our representatives for all levels of government.
Red Wings will be well -represented at NHLPA meetings as league, union resume CBA talks.
The Cardinal athletes and coaches represent a total of eight countries in London.
Rochester Will Be Well -Represented At New York.
We found that 42 out of the House's 160 representatives voted 100 percent of the time with DeLeo.
Beacon Hill Roll Call records the votes of local representatives on one roll call and local senators on two roll calls from the week of June 18-22.
Presented a scroll known as the "Honor Roll of the Abolitionists" to the State Representative Geoff Diehl.
IF any one drummer should represent the United States in an international percussion festival, Max Roach is a deserving candidate.
A pair of candidates are vying for votes to represent most of Bryan/College Station in the Texas House of Representatives.
IN the next few days, Representative John Boehner will officially become the new speaker of the House of Representatives.
The country represented by the flag to which we pledge allegiance, the country that purportedly represents "liberty and justice for all," may well have been laid to rest last week.
On Saturday our House of Representatives (representing who?
I'Asha Warfield, representing Oakland Unified School District, and Chris Hanson, representing Alameda Unified School District, recently won this year's Alameda County Teacher of the Year awards.
"It represented freedom, it represented hope, it represented trying to live a little longer," she recalls.
They represented a group trying to recall Mayor John Cook and two city representatives.

In science:

If for each equivalence class fi we choose a representative fj,i : Xj → Yi , then we obtain a representative of the pro-morphism f .
A generalization of Quillen's small object argument
A rooted subtree of (T , d, ρ) ∈ Troot is an element (T ∗ , d∗ , ρ∗ ), ∈ Troot that has a class representative that is a subspace of a class representative of (T , d, ρ), with the two roots coincident.
Rayleigh processes, real trees, and root growth with re-grafting
Equivalently, any class representative of (T ∗ , d∗ , ρ∗ ) can be isometrically embedded into any class representative of (T , d, ρ) via an isometry that maps roots to roots.
Rayleigh processes, real trees, and root growth with re-grafting
Thus e is a k − ary string representing an integer and 2ne = 2n × e represents ordinary integer multiplication.
Towards a Coherent Theory of Physics and Mathematics: The Theory-Experiment Connection
The vertices represent non–zero elements while the 6 edges and the circle represent rank 2 subgroups.
On the Number of Chiral Generations in Z2 X Z2 Orbifolds