• Vulcan instructs the Cyclopes in their new task
    Vulcan instructs the Cyclopes in their new task
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v task use to the limit "you are taxing my patience"
    • v task assign a task to "I tasked him with looking after the children"
    • n task a specific piece of work required to be done as a duty or for a specific fee "estimates of the city's loss on that job ranged as high as a million dollars","the job of repairing the engine took several hours","the endless task of classifying the samples","the farmer's morning chores"
    • n task any piece of work that is undertaken or attempted "he prepared for great undertakings"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Methylphenidate (Ritalin) is a medication prescribed for individuals (usually children) who have an abnormally high level of activity or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). According to the National Institute of Mental Health, about 3 to 5 percent of the general population has the disorder, which is characterized by agitated behavior and an inability to focus on tasks. Methylphenidate also is occasionally prescribed for treating narcolepsy. Methylphenidate is a central nervous system (CNS) stimulant. It has effects similar to, but more potent than, caffeine and less potent than amphetamines. It has a notably calming effect on hyperactive children and a "focusing" effect on those with ADHD.
    • Task Business; employment; undertaking; labor. "His mental powers were equal to greater tasks ."
    • Task Labor or study imposed by another, often in a definite quantity or amount. "Ma task of servile toil.""Each morning sees some task begin,
      Each evening sees it close."
    • Task To charge; to tax, as with a fault. "Too impudent to task me with those errors."
    • Task To impose a task upon; to assign a definite amount of business, labor, or duty to. "There task thy maids, and exercise the loom."
    • Task To oppress with severe or excessive burdens; to tax.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The brewing of beer is recorded as far back as 6,000 years ago. Until the 12th century (when skilled experts took over), women performed the task of making beer as part of their household chores.
    • n Task task a set amount of work, esp. of study, given by another: work: drudgery
    • v.t Task to impose a task on: to burden with severe work
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  • Dale Carnegie
    “You are merely not feeling equal to the tasks before you.”
  • Orison Swett Marden
    “Be larger than your task.”
  • Sophocles
    “To be doing good deeds is man's most glorious task.”
  • Frank Mcgee
    Frank Mcgee
    “Welcome the task that makes you go beyond yourself.”
  • Joe Batten
    Joe Batten
    “The first task of a leader is to keep hope alive.”
  • Henry Kissinger
    “The task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been.”


Take someone to task - If you take someone to task, you scold them for something they have done wrong.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. taske, OF. tasque, F. tâche, for tasche, LL. tasca, taxa, fr. L. taxare, to rate, appraise, estimate. See Tax (n.) & (v.)


In literature:

It was an impossible task.
"Union and Democracy" by Allen Johnson
These were tasks that must wait for the morrow, with the others he was eager to attack.
"As It Was in the Beginning" by Philip Verrill Mighels
But having done that work, having accomplished her terrible task, she had hoped that rest might be in store for her.
"Orley Farm" by Anthony Trollope
He felt sick at heart as he performed his unaccustomed task.
"The Rival Crusoes" by W.H.G. Kingston
His task left Steve Allenwood without complaint.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
Stella was dashing on now, in the course of her obnoxious task.
"Country Neighbors" by Alice Brown
That is the way to look at tasks, at difficulties.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
He has a truly formidable task and a tremendous responsibility.
"Spontaneous Activity in Education" by Maria Montessori
It is worth while to commit it to memory, and father and son should be equally interested in the task, if it can be called a task.
"Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 10" by Charles Herbert Sylvester
The Task of Naturalism 241 Sect.
"The Approach to Philosophy" by Ralph Barton Perry

In poetry:

His task is all gone thorough,
And fruit thereof is none:
And who dare say to-morrow
What shall be done?
"Wasted Love" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
Each, where his tasks or pleasures call,
They pass, and heed each other not.
There is who heeds, who holds them all,
In his large love and boundless thought.
"The Crowded Street" by William Cullen Bryant
"Bounded by themselves, and unregardful
In what state God's other works may be,
In their own tasks all their powers pouring,
These attain the mighty life you see."
"Self-Dependence" by Matthew Arnold
On thy brow lies many a furrow,
And thy eyes tell many a sorrow
Hath its shadow cast.
But thy task is almost ended,
Soon the path which thou hast wended,
Will be called the " Past ."
"Passing Of The Old Year" by Mary Weston Fordham
There lies his constant task;— yourselves, perchance,
He sees below no more; yet oft to you,
Oft to your charge well-pleased will memory glance,
And all be yours his humble prayer can do.
"The Rose Of The Wilderness (Gathered In Crossing A Portage On The River Winnipeg)" by George Jehoshaphat Mountain
O joys, that sweetest in decay,
Fall not, like withered leaves, away,
But with the silent breath
Of violets drooping one by one,
Soon as their fragrant task is done,
Are wafted high in death!
"First Sunday After Easter" by John Keble

In news:

Dr Frances was the chair of the DSM-IV Task Force and of the department of psychiatry at Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC.
Bradley 'Cap: French Beret Has Tall Task.
Residents of this coastal town in southern Mississippi begin the difficult task of putting their homes and lives back together after Hurricane Katrina.
Craig Osbourne, the director of NATO's Task Force Biometrics .
Dressing up for a black tie event does not have to be a daunting task.
Cons Processor has some trouble with multi-tasking.
Blending a family can be a difficult task.
But that task was made a little bit easier Friday when ground was broken on a new transportation center in Burbank, directly across from the Bob Hope Airport train station.
This family owned and operated hotel and its friendly staff has only one simple task and that is to offer you "the (dive) vacation of a lifetime".
Agencies line up for Bordeaux wine task.
(A " bot " is computer program that performs automated, repetitive tasks on the Internet.
Shirley Dobson, head of the National Day of Prayer Task Force, prays with husband James and the president.
While its main task is to train chefs, bakers and caterers for the restaurant world, it also has classes open to those with no experience.
But the worst part of this task is going to be untangling the cords from behind the TV.
With FlexiUse, Kögel is presenting a trailer designed for the widest possible variety of transport tasks to the IAA Commercial Vehicles show.

In science:

Multiple images were co-added using the stsdas task imcombine, while cosmic rays were detected and removed with the stsdas task crrej.
HST study of the LMC compact star forming region N83B
The task of predicting the correct value for G4 in the pure (i.e. without additional sources) Horava-Witten theory thus becomes the task to find a mechanism for its stabilization at the orbifold length L = 1/Sv .
Enlarging the Parameter Space of Heterotic M-Theory Flux Compactifications to Phenomenological Viability
Also, disconnected acyclic digraphs are irrelevant in modelling task synchronization problems, since tasks belonging to distinct components can be performed independently.
Generating connected acyclic digraphs uniformly at random
Therefore, using the Riesz-Markov theorem and the fact that K is a compact metric space, we can reduce the task of proving that two probability measures P1 , P2 ∈ M+ 1 (K) are identical, to the easier task of proving that for every function in the algebra generated by L, we obtain the same expectation.
A Thinning Analogue of de Finetti's Theorem
Task workload measurements could be used as metrics to measure the time and effort required for a task.
Human Information Processing with the Personal Memex