• A Last Resort
    A Last Resort
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v resort move, travel, or proceed toward some place "He repaired to his cabin in the woods"
    • v resort have recourse to "The government resorted to rationing meat"
    • n resort act of turning to for assistance "have recourse to the courts","an appeal to his uncle was his last resort"
    • n resort something or someone turned to for assistance or security "his only recourse was the police","took refuge in lying"
    • n resort a frequently visited place
    • n resort a hotel located in a resort area
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Corn Flakes were invented after Will Keith Kellogg and his brother Dr. John Harvey Kellogg set about developing a nutritious cereal for the patients of a health resort in 1890
    • Resort A place to which one betakes himself habitually; a place of frequent assembly; a haunt. "Far from all resort of mirth."
    • n Resort Active power or movement; spring. "Some . . . know the resorts and falls of business that can not sink into the main of it."
    • Resort That to which one resorts or looks for help; resource; refuge.
    • Resort The act of going to, or making application; a betaking one's self; the act of visiting or seeking; recourse; as, a place of popular resort ; -- often figuratively; as, to have resort to force. "Join with me to forbid him her resort ."
    • Resort To fall back; to revert. "The inheritance of the son never resorted to the mother, or to any of her ancestors."
    • Resort To go; to repair; to betake one's self. "What men name resort to him?"
    • Resort To have recourse; to apply; to one's self for help, relief, or advantage. "The king thought it time to resort to other counsels."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Annually, approximately 46 millions Cokes, five million pounds of french fries, and seven million hamburgers are consumed at Walt Disney World Resort
    • resort To fall back; return; revert.
    • resort To go; repair; go customarily or frequently.
    • resort To have recourse; apply; betake one's self: with to: as, to resort to force.
    • resort To visit; frequent.
    • n resort The act of going to some person or thing or making application; a betaking one's self; recourse: as, a resort to other means of defense; a resort to subterfuges or evasion.
    • n resort One who or that which is resorted to: as in the phrase last resort (see below).
    • n resort An assembling; a going to or frequenting in numbers; confluence.
    • n resort The act of visiting or frequenting one's society; company; intercourse.
    • n resort A place frequented; a place commonly or habitually visited; a haunt.
    • n resort In law, the authority or jurisdiction of a court.
    • n resort Those who frequent a place; those who assemble.
    • n resort Spring; active power or movement.
    • n resort Synonyms Resource. Contrivance, etc. See expedient, n.
    • resort To sort over again. Also written distinctively re-sort.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In one of the central intersections of the resort town of Pompeii destroyed in A.D. 79 by Mt. Vesuvius is a replica of the male genitalia, imbedded in and made of cobblestones. The image is approximately three feet wide by three feet long, and points the way to a house of prostitution. The walls of the house are still decorated with picture of the various specialties of the ladies employed there.
    • v.i Resort rē-zort′ to go: to betake one's self: to have recourse: to apply
    • n Resort act of resorting: a place much frequented: a haunt: resource: company
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  • H. L. Mencken
    “It is now quite lawful for a Catholic woman to avoid pregnancy by a resort to mathematics, though she is still forbidden to resort to physics and chemistry.”
  • Rubye Fields
    Rubye Fields
    “Generally, employees who file complaints of discrimination do so as a last resort.”
  • Jerry Brown
    Jerry Brown
    “The government is becoming the family of last resort.”
  • Jose Ortega Y Gasset
    “Civilization is nothing more than the effort to reduce the use of force to the last resort.”
  • Georg C. Lichtenberg
    “I believe that man is in the last resort so free a being that his right to be what he believes himself to be cannot be contested.”
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
    “What then in the last resort are the truths of mankind? They are the irrefutable errors of mankind.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. resortir, to withdraw, take refuge, F. ressortir, to be in the jurisdiction, LL. resortire,; pref. re-, re- + L. sortiri, to draw lots, obtain by lot, from sors, lot. See Sort. The meaning is first to reobtain (by lot), then to gain by appeal to a higher court (as a law term), to appeal, go for protection or refuge


In literature:

Their leaders now fanned the flame of popular discontent until at last resort was had to violence.
"The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte" by William Milligan Sloane
The author resorts to no roseate colouring, nor any kind of varnish.
"Life and Work in Benares and Kumaon, 1839-1877" by James Kennedy
In some districts the test resorted to was to weigh the culprit against the church Bible.
"Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds" by Charles Mackay
That tongue of land called the peninsula, which is the protection wall of the harbour, was the resort only of wildfowl.
"The Rise of Canada, from Barbarism to Wealth and Civilisation" by Charles Roger
Unfortunately they are located where it is impossible to dislodge them without resorting to a serious operation.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Vol 2 (of 4)" by W. Grant Hague
The average temperature is eighty degrees in summer and thirty in winter; hence it is a favorite resort.
"Travels in the Far East" by Ellen Mary Hayes Peck
He resorted to Weymouth for sea bathing for his wife and child.
"Sir Walter Ralegh" by William Stebbing
I had a pleasant remembrance of Pau, the beautiful winter resort where the wind scarcely ever blew.
"Nobody's Boy" by Hector Malot
Do I expect Mazagan to resort to violence?
"Asiatic Breezes" by Oliver Optic
They were all of them accustomed to resort to strange expedients, and a sufficiently strange one now suggested itself.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid

In poetry:

The Spaniards, anxious to succeed,
Discarded warring rules;
Resorted to the foulest deeds,
Of all the crim'nal schools.
"Maceo—Cuba's Liberator" by Frank Barbour Coffin
Gathering fleets may still resort,
With snowy canvass proudly bent,
For bearing wealth from port to port
But not for war or banishment!
"The Factory Town" by Ernest Jones
So yet you're here at this resort.
I should have found you in this hall
At five, instead of vain small talk
I shared and wagging of my tongue.
"Things of great worth shall come to pass..." by Boris Pasternak
What if your rougher out-door sports
Her less robustious spirits daunt;
And if she join not the resorts
Where you and your wild playmates haunt:
"The Duty Of A Brother" by Charles Lamb
Yet this is the spot sensibility seeks,
There it weeps o'er the slumbering dead;
And this is the spot where fond friendship resorts,
Affection's sad tribute to shed.
"The Reflections Of A Serious Moment" by Elizabeth Bath
We shall abandon Europe and her charm.
We shall resort to Scythian craft and guile.
Swift to the woods and forests we shall swarm,
And then look back, and smile our slit-eyed smile.
"The Scythians" by Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Blok

In news:

Blue Diamond Hotels & Resorts has just announced the purchase of the Grand Paradise Bavaro Beach Resort, Casino and Spa.
Brundage Mountain Resort at McCall is offering free chairlift rides on Friday, June 29, as the resort stages a special celebration to kick off the summer chairlift season.
The Paynesville Minnesota Business and Resort Directory of 1946 listed 21 resorts or businesses related to Lake Koronis.
PORTLAND, Maine—Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc together with officials of New Castle Hotels and Resorts and RockBridge today announced the upcoming opening of The Westin Portland Harborview in the spring of 2013.
Walt Disney World is preparing to build an addition to Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, the most expensive of the giant resort's 17 hotels.
From the Las Vegas Review-Journal Las Vegas Resort Sues Tea Party Group over Hotel Bill Some Tennessee tea partiers are in hot water with a Las Vegas gambling resort that's accusing them of skipping out on a big hotel bill .
The simple fact that the Magdalena Grand Beach Resort is the first full-service resort to open on Tobago in 12 years tells you a lot about Trinidad's shy little sister.
If there's a resort in heaven, it mirrors The St Regis Punta Mita Resort.
With the changing landscape of Kaanapali and the trend in resort property moving to vacation ownership, the lines are blurring as to what defines a full-service resort.
In preparation for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, the Russians have already pumped billions into several new resorts on the mountains around Krasnaya Polyana, resorts that will be ground zero for the Olympics.
One of the biggest resorts in the Adirondacks is being sold to the Florida-based owner of more than 100 North American hotels and resorts.
Grand Targhee Resort photo Grand Targhee Resort on October 1.
Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort is seeking to build a seven-lot subdivision north of the Little Cottonwood Canyon highway, just uphill from the resort's No.
The Palisades Resort is the first and most tranquil of the Lake Austin Grande Resorts collection.
Snowboarding at Wisp Resort in Western Maryland ( Photo Courtesy of Wisp Resort ).

In science:

However, their importance can be gauged by resorting to simulation.
I. Territory covered by N random walkers on deterministic fractals. The Sierpinski gasket
To derive closed equations of motion for correlation and response functions we resort to a Gaussian variational ansatz similar to the one used at equilibrium.
Random Heteropolymer Dynamics
We would resort to multicanonical sampling .
An Introduction to Monte Carlo Simulation of Statistical physics Problem
Hence we have to resort to importance sampling.
An Introduction to Monte Carlo Simulation of Statistical physics Problem
For evaluating ΦN (t) for large N we resorted to the (extended) Rosenstock approximation.
Multiparticle trapping problem in the half-line