starve

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v starve die of food deprivation "The political prisoners starved to death","Many famished in the countryside during the drought"
    • v starve deprive of food "They starved the prisoners"
    • v starve deprive of a necessity and cause suffering "he is starving her of love","The engine was starved of fuel"
    • v starve be hungry; go without food "Let's eat--I'm starving!"
    • v starve have a craving, appetite, or great desire for
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Although explorers brought potatoes back from the New World in the early 1500s, Europeans were afraid to eat them for fear that the spuds would give them leprosy. It wasn't until Louis XVI, who was looking for a cheap food source for his starving subjects, served them at the royal table that people were convinced potatoes were safe to eat.
    • Starve To deprive of force or vigor; to disable. "The pens of historians, writing thereof, seemed starved for matter in an age so fruitful of memorable actions.""The powers of their minds are starved by disuse."
    • Starve To destroy by want of any kind; as, to starve plants by depriving them of proper light and air.
    • Starve To destroy with cold. "From beds of raging fire, to starve in ice
      Their soft ethereal warmth."
    • Starve To die; to perish. "In hot coals he hath himself raked . . . Thus starved this worthy mighty Hercules."
    • Starve To distress or subdue by famine; as, to starve a garrison into a surrender. "Attalus endeavored to starve Italy by stopping their convoy of provisions from Africa."
    • Starve To kill with hunger; as, maliciously to starve a man is, in law, murder.
    • Starve To perish or die with cold. "Have I seen the naked starve for cold?""Starving with cold as well as hunger."
    • Starve To perish with hunger; to suffer extreme hunger or want; to be very indigent. "Sometimes virtue starves , while vice is fed."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The father of the Pink Flamingo (the plastic lawn ornament) is Don Featherstone of Massachusetts. Featherstone graduated from art school and went to work as a designer for Union Products, a Leominster, Mass., company that manufactures flat plastic lawn ornaments. He designed the pink flamingo in 1957 as a follow up project to his plastic duck. Today, Featherstone is president and part owner of the company that sells an average of 250,000 to 500,000 plastic pink flamingos a year."I did it to keep from starving." - Don Featherstone (flamingo creator)
    • starve To die; perish.
    • starve Specifically To perish from lack of food or nourishment; die of hunger; also, to suffer from lack of food; pine with hunger; famish; suffer extreme poverty.
    • starve To perish with cold; die from cold or exposure; suffer from cold.
    • starve To suffer for lack of anything that is needed or much desired; suffer mental or spiritual want; pine.
    • starve To cause to perish with hunger; afflict or distress with hunger; famish; hence, to kill, subdue, or bring to terms by withholding food or by the cutting off of supplies: as, to starve a garrison into surrender.
    • starve To cause to perish with cold; distress or affect severely with cold; benumb utterly; chill.
    • starve To cause to perish through lack of any kind; deprive of life, vigor, or force through want; exhaust; stunt.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Starve stärv to die of hunger or cold: to suffer extreme hunger or want: to be in want of anything necessary, to deteriorate for want of anything essential
    • v.t Starve to kill with hunger or cold: to destroy by want: to deprive of power
    • n Starve a thin, weak, pining animal or plant
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Quotations

  • Ronald Reagan
    Ronald%20Reagan
    “It's difficult to believe that people are still starving in this country because food isn't available.”
  • Emily Dickinson
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    “Anger as soon as fed is dead; 'Tis starving makes it fat.”
  • Georg C. Lichtenberg
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    “If all mankind were suddenly to practice honesty, many thousands of people would be sure to starve.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Feed your faith and doubt will starve to death”
  • Mark Twain
    Mark%20Twain
    “If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you; that is the principal difference between a dog and a man.”
  • Andrea Dworkin
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    “Undernourished, intelligence becomes like the bloated belly of a starving child: swollen, filled with nothing the body can use.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. sterven, to die, AS. steorfan,; akin to D. sterven, G. sterben, OHG. sterban, Icel. starf, labor, toil

Usage

In literature:

Him starving this year.
"The Woman from Outside" by Hulbert Footner
She was starved two days, taking about 1-1/2 oz.
"The Starvation Treatment of Diabetes" by Lewis Webb Hill
A willingness is expressed to help make England give up the plan to starve out Germany.
"New York Times Current History; The European War, Vol 2, No. 4, July, 1915" by Various
I need all it can give: I'm starving for it.
"The Flaming Jewel" by Robert W. Chambers
If you would wish to starve your family, be a Drunkard; for that will consume the means of their support.
"Select Temperance Tracts" by American Tract Society
Sell yourself or you shall starve.
"Woman on Her Own, False Gods & The Red Robe" by Eugène Brieux
No more starving for Jacques then.
"My Sword's My Fortune" by Herbert Hayens
Without help at this juncture the little party must either have starved or fallen into the hands of their enemies.
"The True Story Book"
He begged, and he stole, and he cut throats, and starved at that, by the powers!
"Treasure Island" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Let him starve himself body and soul.
"The Dominant Dollar" by Will Lillibridge
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In poetry:

We did not know the end was coming: nor why
It came; only that long before the end
Were many wanted to die. Then vultures starved
And sailed more slowly in the sky.
"The Return" by John Peale Bishop
'Food! food!' he cried, 'they feast tonight,
'And I have brought our share as well;
'Wife! we were starving—'twas our right!
'If not—as God wills—heaven or hell!'
"Leawood Hall" by Ernest Jones
"Food! food!" he cried, "they feast to-night,
"And I have brought our share as well;
"Wife! we were starving—'twas our right!
"If not—as God wills—heaven or hell!"
"Plough And Loom" by Ernest Jones
Perchance it may be better so—at least
I have not made my heart a heart of stone,
Nor starved my boyhood of its goodly feast,
Nor walked where Beauty is a thing unknown.
"Apologia" by Oscar Wilde
'The fire of Heaven is lord of all things good,
And starve not thou this fire within thy blood,
But follow Vivien through the fiery flood!
The fire of Heaven is not the flame of Hell!'
"Balin and Balan" by Alfred Lord Tennyson
Still must this body starve our souls with shade;
But when Death makes us what we were before,
Then shall her sunshine all our depths invade,
And not a shadow stain heaven's crystal floor.
"Das Ewig-Weibliche" by James Russell Lowell

In news:

Bellachino's bagel sandwich gets Starving Student's vote.
Warming climate may starve bamboo -eating pandas.
"People are starving for something cultural that is a work of genius".
Hostess sweets have tempted the sugar-starved among us for more than eight decades.
How about between the governor and the cash-starved cities.
McDonald's starved for ideas as Burger King lures diners.
McDonald's Starved for Ideas as Burger King Lures Diners.
Fall comes to life at Starved Rock.
The fall colors are starting coming to life at Starved Rock State Park in Utica, Ill.
One of the most important topics we should be talking about is how to help seniors who are starving for income.
Many coming in starved or abused.
The first reactor-on-a-barge will bring power to Russia´s electricity-starved Arctic.
Climate summit negotiators fiddle while the world prepares to starve.
Starved for attention, the boys accepted Jerry Sandusky's friendship without hesitation.
(KNSI) Officials are asking a judge to terminate the parental rights of a Minnesota couple accused of starving one of their four children.
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In science:

The fact that these solutions are computationally more intensive or require the practitioner to set subjective threshold levels makes them less attractive than the WK MDL solution; more importantly, they do not address the sample starved setting in their analysis or their simulations either.
Sample eigenvalue based detection of high dimensional signals in white noise using relatively few samples
Van Trees discusses the various techniques for estimating the number of signals in Section 7.8 of ; the sample starved setting where m = O(n) or m < n is not treated in the simulations either.
Sample eigenvalue based detection of high dimensional signals in white noise using relatively few samples
The “classical” notion of large sample consistency does not adequately capture the suitability of an estimator in high dimensional, sample starved settings when m < n or m = O(n).
Sample eigenvalue based detection of high dimensional signals in white noise using relatively few samples
At the same time, however, one should not expect the signal identifiability/unidentifiability predictions in Section VI to be accurate in the severely sample starved settings where m ≪ n.
Sample eigenvalue based detection of high dimensional signals in white noise using relatively few samples
Thus, we did not consider largest eigenvalue tests in sample starved settings of the sort developed in , and the references therein.
Sample eigenvalue based detection of high dimensional signals in white noise using relatively few samples
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