• WordNet 3.6
    • v show establish the validity of something, as by an example, explanation or experiment "The experiment demonstrated the instability of the compound","The mathematician showed the validity of the conjecture"
    • v show indicate a certain reading; of gauges and instruments "The thermometer showed thirteen degrees below zero","The gauge read `empty'"
    • v show give evidence of, as of records "The diary shows his distress that evening"
    • v show indicate a place, direction, person, or thing; either spatially or figuratively "I showed the customer the glove section","He pointed to the empty parking space","he indicated his opponents"
    • v show give expression to "She showed her disappointment"
    • v show provide evidence for "The blood test showed that he was the father","Her behavior testified to her incompetence"
    • v show finish third or better in a horse or dog race "he bet $2 on number six to show"
    • v show show in, or as in, a picture "This scene depicts country life","the face of the child is rendered with much tenderness in this painting"
    • v show take (someone) to their seats, as in theaters or auditoriums "The usher showed us to our seats"
    • v show make visible or noticeable "She showed her talent for cooking","Show me your etchings, please"
    • v show be or become visible or noticeable "His good upbringing really shows","The dirty side will show"
    • v show give an exhibition of to an interested audience "She shows her dogs frequently","We will demo the new software in Washington"
    • n show the act of publicly exhibiting or entertaining "a remarkable show of skill"
    • n show pretending that something is the case in order to make a good impression "they try to keep up appearances","that ceremony is just for show"
    • n show a social event involving a public performance or entertainment "they wanted to see some of the shows on Broadway"
    • n show something intended to communicate a particular impression "made a display of strength","a show of impatience","a good show of looking interested"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Showing kneeling winged bulls Showing kneeling winged bulls
Showing the mouth of one of the tunnels Showing the mouth of one of the tunnels
Showing rotunda and portico Showing rotunda and portico
Showing front view Showing front view
Showing chevet and polygonal spire Showing chevet and polygonal spire
Showing domed building and minarets Showing domed building and minarets
naw! Lemme Show Ye How!' 107 naw! Lemme Show Ye How!' 107

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Amongst pre-schoolers, Caillou is the fastest-ever-growing television show and is seen in close to 97% of U.S. households
    • Show (Med) A discharge, from the vagina, of mucus streaked with blood, occuring a short time before labor.
    • Show (Mining) A pale blue flame, at the top of a candle flame, indicating the presence of fire damp.
    • Show False semblance; deceitful appearance; pretense. "Beware of the scribes, . . . which devour widows' houses, and for a shew make long prayers."
    • Show Proud or ostentatious display; parade; pomp. "I envy none their pageantry and show ."
    • Show Semblance; likeness; appearance. "He through the midst unmarked,
      In show plebeian angel militant
      Of lowest order, passed."
    • Show Specifically, to make known the way to (a person); hence, to direct; to guide; to asher; to conduct; as, to show a person into a parlor; to show one to the door.
    • Show That which os shown, or brought to view; that which is arranged to be seen; a spectacle; an exhibition; as, a traveling show; a cattle show . "As for triumphs, masks, feasts, and such shows ."
    • Show The act of showing, or bringing to view; exposure to sight; exhibition.
    • Show To bestow; to confer; to afford; as, to show favor. "Shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me."
    • Show To exhibit or manifest one's self or itself; to appear; to look; to be in appearance; to seem. "Just such she shows before a rising storm.""All round a hedge upshoots, and shows At distance like a little wood."
    • Show To exhibit or present to view; to place in sight; to display; -- the thing exhibited being the object, and often with an indirect object denoting the person or thing seeing or beholding; as, to show a house; show your colors; shopkeepers show customers goods (show goods to customers). "Go thy way, shew thyself to the priest.""Nor want we skill or art from whence to raise
      Magnificence; and what can heaven show more?"
    • Show To exhibit to the mental view; to tell; to disclose; to reveal; to make known; as, to show one's designs. "Shew them the way wherein they must walk.""If it please my father to do thee evil, then I will shew it thee, and send thee away."
    • Show To have a certain appearance, as well or ill, fit or unfit; to become or suit; to appear. "My lord of York, it better showed with you."
    • Show To make apparent or clear, as by evidence, testimony, or reasoning; to prove; to explain; also, to manifest; to evince; as, to show the truth of a statement; to show the causes of an event. "I 'll show my duty by my timely care."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Source: Rabbit shows/fact books
    • show To let be seen; manifest to the sight; disclose; discover.
    • show To exhibit or present to the view; place in sight; display.
    • show To communicate; reveal; make known; disclose.
    • show To prove; manifest; make apparent or clear by evidence, reasoning, etc.; demonstrate; explain.
    • show To inform; teach; instruct.
    • show To mark; indicate; point out.
    • show To point out the way to; guide or usher; conduct.
    • show To bestow; confer; afford: as, to show favor or mercy.
    • show To explain; make clear; interpret; expound.
    • show Figuratively, to exercise or use upon, usually in a slight and superficial way; barely touch with.
    • show To be seen; appear; become visible or manifest.; come into sight, or, figuratively, into knowledge.
    • show To make one's (or its) appearance; be visible; be present.
    • n show The act of showing or exhibiting to the view; exposure or exhibition to view or notice; manifestation; demonstration.
    • n show Appearance, whether true or false; semblance; likeness.
    • n show Ostentatious display; parade; pomp.
    • n show A sight or spectacle; an exhibition; a pageant; a play: as, the Lord Mayor's show; specifically, that which is shown for money: as, a traveling show; a flower-show; a cattle-show.
    • n show A feint; a deceptive or plausible appearance; a pretense of something, designed to mislead; pretext.
    • n show The first sanguinolent discharge in Labor; also, the first indication of the menses.
    • n show A sign; indication; prospect; promise; as, a show of petroleum; a show of gold.
    • n show Chance; opportunity.
    • n show [Used attributively to indicate display or effect: as, this is a show day at the club; B was the show figure of the party.]
    • n show Synonyms and Sight, representation.
    • n show Display, Parade, etc. (see ostentation), flourish, dash, pageantry, splendor, ceremony.
    • n show Color, mask.
    • show A dialectal variant of shove.
    • n show Refuse: used in the plural.
    • n show In mining, the effect on the flame within the gauze of a miner's safety-lamp by which the presence of fire-damp or combustible gas in the atmosphere is revealed.
    • show Designed to be shown or only for show; in fanciers' language, raised for display purposes; bred for ‘points.’ Thus a show homer is a homing pigeon bred for certain characters or markings, in distinction to one raised for flying long distances.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: "60 Minutes" is the only show on CBS that doesn’t have a theme song.
    • v.t Show shō to present to view: to enable to perceive or know: to inform: to teach: to guide: to prove: to explain: to bestow
    • v.i Show to appear, come into sight: to look:—pa.p. shōwn or shōwed
    • n Show act of showing: display: a sight or spectacle: parade: appearance: plausibility, pretence: a sign, indication
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  • Henry Fonda
    Henry Fonda
    “The best actors do not let the wheels show.”
  • Thomas A. Edison
    “What you are will show in what you do.”
  • Princess of Wales Diana
    “It's not sissy to show your feeling.”
  • Euripides
    “Friends show their love in times of trouble...”
  • Johann Friedrich Von Schiller
    “Friends show me what I can do, foes teach me what I should do.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Don't wait for people to be friendly, show them how.”


All over the show - If something is all over the show, it's in a complete mess.An alternative to 'All over the shop'.
Dog and pony show - (USA) A dog and pony show is a presentation or some marketing that has lots of style, but no real content.
Get the show on the road - If you get the show on the road, you put a plan into operation or begin something.
Run the show - If someone runs the show, they like to be in control and make all the decisions.
Show me the money - When people say this, they either want to know how much they will be paid for something or want to see evidence that something is valuable or worth paying for.
Show someone a clean pair of heels - If you show someone a clean pair of heels, you run faster than them when they are chasing you.
Show someone the ropes - If you show someone the ropes, you explain to someone new how things work and how to do a job.
Show your true colors - To show your true colors is to reveal yourself as you really are.
Steal the show - If you steal the show, you act or do so well in a performance that you get most of the attention.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. schowen, shewen, schewen, shawen, AS. sceáwian, to look, see, view; akin to OS. scawn, OFries. skawia, D. schouwen, OHG. scouwn, G. schauen, Dan. skue, Sw. skda, Icel. skoa, Goth. usskawjan, to waken, skuggwa, a mirror, Icel. skuggy, shade, shadow, L. cavere, to be on one's guard, Gr. to mark, perceive, hear, Skr. kavi, wise. Cf. Caution Scavenger Sheen


In literature:

Diagram showing growth of Mashongnavi 67 11.
"Eighth Annual Report" by Various
I'll show 'em to you.
"The Curlytops and Their Pets" by Howard R. Garis
And he meant that he would show the world...
"Clayhanger" by Arnold Bennett
Do the principal characters remain the same from beginning to end, or do they show development?
"Teachers' Outlines for Studies in English" by Gilbert Sykes Blakely
He went to the stall, which same I showed him, and looked in.
"Frank Merriwell's Races" by Burt L. Standish
A friend came along to show him a new automatic pistol he had purchased.
"Across Unknown South America" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
It showed, too, Jay's unconcern for high place.
"A Political History of the State of New York, Volumes 1-3" by DeAlva Stanwood Alexander
Some of them show distinctly the European type; others show distinctly the American type.
"Northern Nut Growers Association, Report of the Proceedings at the Third Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
Mr Grey showed a sympathy with the sisters, which made them more at home than they had felt since they entered the house.
"Deerbrook" by Harriet Martineau
Hank came back, the whites of his eyes showing a little.
"Still Jim" by Honoré Willsie Morrow

In poetry:

Bewildered that a world
Shows no surprise
At her last maquero's
"Yeux Glauques" by Ezra Pound
Who knows
Where my sight goes,
What your sight shows—-
Where the peachtree blows?
"Where My Sight Goes" by Yvor Winters
Not just nothing,
Not there's no answer,
Not it's nowhere or
Nothing to show for it -
"Zero" by Robert Creeley
Are the violets already here!
Show me! I tremble so much to hear it, that even now
on the threshold of spring, I fear I shall die.
Show me the violets that are out.
"Craving For Spring" by D H Lawrence
Then thought I how my dead Love used to say,
With a small smile, when she
Was waning wan, that she would hover round
And show herself after her passing day
To any newer Love I might have found,
But show her not to me.
"The Wistful Lady" by Thomas Hardy
Oft the stricken hero scarce his tedious toil could brook,
He wished to go and write, though it were but a single book,
To show a little what he was, and show it to the world:
He loosed his cable daily, but ne'er his sails unfurled.
"Old Heltberg" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson

In news:

McLaren and Jaguar show their Paris motor show wares early, Porsche hits the 'Ring, and we drive a Coda EV.
"Early Show" contributor Katie Lee -- dressed as Cleopatra for the show's big Halloween shindig on the plaza - turned mixologist, offering recipes for some creepy cocktails for grownups.
This video shows clips from a recent rehearsal for the show.
Utica Mayor David Roefaro isn't happy after hearing a Watertown morning show disc jockey bash Utica last week during the Watertown mayor's am radio show.
As Daisy is waiting her turn to show at the Puget Sound Labrador Specialty dog show on August 4, 2012 at the Lynden fairgrounds, she is trying stay cool.
Wearing school uniforms doesn't inhibit the characters on the TV show "Gossip Girl" from showing off their personal styles.
NEW ORLEANS — Clean Show organizers are inviting other associations, including some international associations, to participate in the show's educational program for the first time, in order to facilitate global involvement.
"I'm excited for the show," said Jessica Biel, who took a prized position at boyfriend Justin Timberlake 's William Rast show while a bodyguard held tabloid reporters at bay.
Around 100 people crowded into Red Room July 16 to watch the second season premiere of The Evil Wine Show, a locally produced and marketed sketch comedy and talk show.
The Zac Brown Band plays its first headlining show at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Wednesday night (Dec 29), and fans can expect a different show than the night before.
"We have opted to go to an every-other -year show format to still maintain our community outreach program that the air show does and save tax dollars at the same time.".
The talk show host, 44, experimented with a new, temporary hairstyle while taping an episode of The Ricki Lake Show October 3.
"The photos and sketches showed Henson's vision as he created one of the most popular shows of all-time," auctioneer Nate Sanders said in a statement.
More than 400 drivers brought their hot rods to Denison to show them off at the Kustom Kemps Car Show.
KGB Sky Show is the coolest and biggest annual fireworks show in San Diego synchronized with music and action that takes place at Qualcomm Stadium.

In science:

For the regular case the average access time shows linear behavior for small distances and shows quadratic nature for large distances.
Random spread on the family of small-world networks
By what we showed above, if we can only show that sq−K ≤ κ, it will follow that sq−K = κ.
A note on interpolation in the generalized Schur class
In generic forms, eqs. (34,35,38) show the amplitudes and spectral indices of the generated structures, and eq. (40) shows the ratio of gravitational wave contribution relative to the scalar-type structure.
Inflationary spectra in generalized gravity: Unified forms
The solid black lines show positive relation, the dashed lines show negative relation.
Nonlinear analysis of bivariate data with cross recurrence plots
The solid lines show positive relation, the dashed lines show negative relation.
Nonlinear analysis of bivariate data with cross recurrence plots