success

Definitions

  • Success of war party. Pima
    Success of war party. Pima
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n success an attainment that is successful "his success in the marathon was unexpected","his new play was a great success"
    • n success an event that accomplishes its intended purpose "let's call heads a success and tails a failure","the election was a remarkable success for the Whigs"
    • n success a person with a record of successes "his son would never be the achiever that his father was","only winners need apply","if you want to be a success you have to dress like a success"
    • n success a state of prosperity or fame "he is enjoying great success","he does not consider wealth synonymous with success"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1967, the first successful heart transplant was performed in Cape Town, South Africa
    • Success Act of succeeding; succession. "Then all the sons of these five brethren reigned
      By due success ."
    • Success That which comes after; hence, consequence, issue, or result, of an endeavor or undertaking, whether good or bad; the outcome of effort. "Men . . . that are like to do that, that is committed to them, and to report back again faithfully the success .""Perplexed and troubled at his bad success The tempter stood."
    • Success That which meets with, or one who accomplishes, favorable results, as a play or a player.
    • Success The favorable or prosperous termination of anything attempted; the attainment of a proposed object; prosperous issue. "Dream of success and happy victory!""Or teach with more success her son
      The vices of the time to shun."
      "Military successes , above all others, elevate the minds of a people."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: From 1526 to 1707, the first six Mogul emperors of India ruled in unbroken succession from father to son
    • n success Succession; order of sequence.
    • n success The termination of any affair, whether happy or (now rarely) unhappy; issue; result; consequence.
    • n success A favorable or prosperous termination of anything attempted; a termination which answers the purpose intended; prosperous issue; often, specifically, the gaining of money, position, or other advantage.
    • n success A successful undertaking or attempt; what is done with a favorable result: as, political or military successes.
    • n success One who or that which succeeds, especially in a way that is public or notorious: as, the speech was a success; he is a social success.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Florence Nightingale Graham adopted the name Elizabeth Arden once her company became successful at the beginning of the 1900s.
    • Success act of succeeding or state of having succeeded: the prosperous termination of anything attempted: one who, or that which, succeeds, a successful person or affair
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Quotations

  • Malcolm S. Forbes
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    “Failure is success if we learn from it.”
  • Alexander Chase
    Alexander Chase
    “There are few successful adults who were not first successful children.”
  • H. G. Hasler
    H. G. Hasler
    “You cannot have the success without the failures.”
  • Cindy Adams
    Cindy Adams
    “Success has made failures of many men.”
  • Jerry Gillies
    Jerry Gillies
    “The more you love what you are doing, the more successful it will be for you.”
  • David Sarnoff
    David Sarnoff
    “Nobody can be successful if he doesn't love his work, love his job.”

Idioms

Failure is the mother of success - Failure is often a stepping stone towards success.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. successus,: cf. F. succès,. See Succeed
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. succedĕresub, up, cedĕre, to go.

Usage

In literature:

The most successful girl will not change about readily from one place to another.
"The Canadian Girl at Work" by Marjory MacMurchy
I had been taught that economy was wealth, and the only road to success.
"Twenty Years of Hus'ling" by J. P. Johnston
Success attended the arms of Great Britain in other quarters.
"The Political History of England - Vol. X." by William Hunt
Its success was moderate, though far from contemptible.
"The International Monthly, Volume 3, No. 1, April, 1851" by Various
He might have been successful had Cyrus waited till his preparations were complete.
"Historic Tales, vol 10 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
His preaching had, as it would appear, great success.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 03" by Various
Delisle lived to witness the success of his pupil, J.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
To everybody in succession, Captain Porter said, 'Would you like to hear it read?
"The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete" by John Forster
The success at Belfast has been equal to the success here.
"The Letters of Charles Dickens" by Charles Dickens
I had learned something of the secret of success in that line from what I had heard said of my father.
"Autobiography of Frank G. Allen, Minister of the Gospel" by Frank G. Allen
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In poetry:

Nay, Fame! success is best!
All lost! and nothing won:
North, keep the clouds that flush the West,
We have the sinking sun.
"Sentinel Songs" by Abram Joseph Ryan
Great God! thy sovereign power impart
To give thy word success;
Write thy salvation in my heart,
And make me learn thy grace.
"Hymn 165" by Isaac Watts
Thy sure defence through nations round
Has spread his glorious name;
And his successful actions crowned
With majesty and fame.
"Psalm 21" by Isaac Watts
The highest goal is not success,
If that be made the aim;
But faithfulness, tho' counted less,
Is what God promises to bless:
These goals are not the same.
"The Highest Goal" by Joseph Horatio Chant
Two younger sisters then,
Both wives of worthy men,
After each one of them had been a mother,
Were touched by the cold hand,
And to the spirit-land,
In quick succession, followed one the other.
"My Father, Mother, Brothers, Sisters" by John Pierpont
'Mong brothers three, who met that fate,
'Twas sad the third, K'een-foo, to see.
A hundred men in desperate fight
Successfully withstand could he.
When to the yawning grave he came,
Terror unnerved and shook his frame.
"Lament For Three Brothers" by Confucius

In news:

Summit Entertainment, fresh off the success of "New Moon," has come onboard a feature version of Top Cow's comicbook " Alibi ," with Mandeville toppers David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman producing.
With her Righteous Babe label, she exemplifies the do-it-yourself route to success and control.
Turkish PM touts ruling party success.
He was the leader of the Montana State University's Everest Education Expedition and led them to success with some wise decisions and guidance.
Actor's sleazy but highly successful character transcends old racial stereotypes.
Read how he created a wildly successful software design company that isn't centered around his vision or persona.
What Americans Keep Ignoring About Finland's School Success.
He fumbled on three successive plays late in the fourth quarter.
As the unofficial ambassador/cheerleader for Cleveland, I want anything that happens in the area to be a rousing success.
Monforts Reports Success Of Matex Eco Applicator .
Athletic successes sure to prompt second, more appreciative look at Baylor's other considerable assets.
It took awhile , but LSU has finally found the formula for success.
With a spinoff to '90s teen sitcom Boy Meets World being announced this week, here's a look at some of the successful, and not-so successful, comebacks from the 1990s .
Most successful businesses don't become successful without a little help, which often means they successfully advertise .
"If your successful, we are successful," said Darren Oliver, OCN advertising director.
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In science:

MRWs have already been proved successful for modelling financial data .
A multifractal random walk
Theorem 2.3 (Chernoff ’s Bound [Che52]) Let St be a random variable equal to the number of successes in t independent Bernoul li trials in which the probability of success is p (0 < p < 1).
Towards a practical, theoretically sound algorithm for random generation in finite groups
Thus, defining success for our Bernoulli process as a doubling, the probability of success is 1/2− ǫ(N ), with limN→∞ ǫ = 0.
The length of closed geodesics on random Riemann Surfaces
We describe in a few words Delest & Viennot’s bijection: the successive lengths of the columns of the polyomino P give the successive heights of the peaks of S.
Asymptotics of Bernoulli random walks, bridges, excursions and meanders with a given number of peaks
The experiment was repeated at α = 9 with a similar fraction of successes (more data on the success probability will be reported in ).
Gibbs States and the Set of Solutions of Random Constraint Satisfaction Problems
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