• WordNet 3.6
    • adj true accurately placed or thrown "his aim was true","he was dead on target"
    • adj true accurately fitted; level "the window frame isn't quite true"
    • adj true devoted (sometimes fanatically) to a cause or concept or truth "true believers bonded together against all who disagreed with them"
    • adj true in tune; accurate in pitch "a true note"
    • adj true expressing or given to expressing the truth "a true statement","gave truthful testimony","a truthful person"
    • adj true having a legally established claim "the legitimate heir","the true and lawful king"
    • adj true determined with reference to the earth's axis rather than the magnetic poles "true north is geographic north"
    • adj true rightly so called "true courage","a spirit which true men have always admired","a true friend"
    • adj true not pretended; sincerely felt or expressed "genuine emotion","her interest in people was unfeigned","true grief"
    • adj true consistent with fact or reality; not false "the story is true","it is undesirable to believe a proposition when there is no ground whatever for supposing it true"- B. Russell","the true meaning of the statement"
    • adj true worthy of being depended on "a dependable worker","an honest working stiff","a reliable sourcSFLe of information","he was true to his word","I would be true for there are those who trust me"
    • adj true conforming to definitive criteria "the horseshoe crab is not a true crab","Pythagoras was the first true mathematician"
    • adv true as acknowledged "true, she is the smartest in her class"
    • v true make level, square, balanced, or concentric "true up the cylinder of an engine"
    • n true proper alignment; the property possessed by something that is in correct or proper alignment "out of true"
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True Philosophy True Philosophy
True Politeness True Politeness
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: True spiders always have organs for spinning silk known as spinnerets
    • True Actual; not counterfeit, adulterated, or pretended; genuine; pure; real; as, true balsam; true love of country; a true Christian. "The true light which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.""True ease in writing comes from art, not chance."
    • True Conformable to fact; in accordance with the actual state of things; correct; not false, erroneous, inaccurate, or the like; as, a true relation or narration; a true history; a declaration is true when it states the facts.
    • True (Biol) Genuine; real; not deviating from the essential characters of a class; as, a lizard is a true reptile; a whale is a true, but not a typical, mammal.
    • adv True In accordance with truth; truly.
    • True Right to precision; conformable to a rule or pattern; exact; accurate; as, a true copy; a true likeness of the original. "Making his eye, foot, and hand keep true time."
    • True Steady in adhering to friends, to promises, to a prince, or the like; unwavering; faithful; loyal; not false, fickle, or perfidious; as, a true friend; a wife true to her husband; an officer true to his charge. "Thy so true ,
      So faithful, love unequaled."
      "Dare to be true : nothing can need a lie."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: As of 14.10.2003, only 0.6% of people actually sign the guestbook. Its true. Over 120,000 visitors. Yes, the statistic did go down.
    • n true in eccles. law, an expression formerly used at the end of each several article in the libel as descriptive of the charges therein contained.
    • true Conformable to fact; being in accordance with the actual state of things; not false, fictitious, or erroneous: as, a true story; a true statement.
    • true What proposition is there respecting human nature which is absolutely and universally true?
    • true Conformable to reason or to established rules or custom; exact; just; accurate; correct.
    • true Conformable to law and justice; legitimate; rightful: as, the true heir.
    • true Conformable to nature; natural; correct.
    • true In biology:
    • true Conforming or conformable to a type, norm, or standard of structure; typical; as, an amœba is a true animal; a canary is a true bird; the lion is a true cat; a frog or toad is not a true reptile.
    • true Genuine; truebred; not hybrid or mongrel: as, a true merino sheep. Also used adverbially: as, to breed true.
    • true Genuine; pure; real; not counterfeit, adulterated, false, or pretended.
    • true In anatomy, complete; perfected: as, true ribs (that is, those which articulate with the breastbone, as distinguished from false or floating ribs); the true pelvis (that part of the pelvis below the superior strait or iliopectineal line); a true corpus luteum (the complete corpus luteum of pregnancy, as distinguished from the same body unaffected by the result of conception).
    • true Free from falsehood; habitually speaking the truth; veracious; truthful.
    • true Firm or steady in adhering to promises, to friends, to one's principles, etc.; not fickle, false, or perfidious; faithful; constant; loyal.
    • true Honest.
    • true Sure; unerring; unfailing.
    • true Synonyms Veritable, actual. See reality.
    • true Sincere, honorable.
    • n true Truth; fidelity.
    • n true Agreement; covenant; pledge.
    • n true A temporary cessation of war, according to agreement; respite from war; truce. See truce.
    • true To verify.
    • true To make true in position, form, adjustment, or the like: give a right form to; adjust nicely; put a keen, fine, or smooth edge on; make exactly straight, square, plumb, level, or the like: a workmen's term.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Polaris is the closest visible star to true north and is thus referred to as the North Star. By sometime around the year 2100, the wobble of the Earth's axis will slowly begin pointing the North Pole away from Polaris. By the year 14,000 A.D., the new North Star will be Vega.
    • adj True trōō agreeing with fact: worthy of belief or confidence: certain: trusty: genuine: normal:
    • v.t True to make straight in position, &c
    • n True (obs.) truth, a pledge: a truce
    • adj True affectionate
    • adj True trōō (anat.) complete: exact: straight: right: rightful: honest
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  • John Ruskin
    “Nothing can be beautiful which is not true.”
  • Earvin ''Magic'' Johnson
    Earvin ''Magic'' Johnson
    “When you face a crisis, you know who your true friends are.”
  • Len Wein
    Len Wein
    “A true friend is someone who is there for you when he'd rather be anywhere else.”
  • Charles Haddon Spurgeon
    “Giving is true having.”
  • Henry David Thoreau
    “Be true to your work, your word, and your friend.”
  • Napoleon Bonaparte
    “A true man hates no one.”


Be true blue - If a person/object/situation is considered to be 'true blue', it is considered genuine.
Show your true colors - To show your true colors is to reveal yourself as you really are.
True blue - A person who is true blue is loyal and dependable, someone who can be relied on in all circumstances.
True colours - If someone shows their true colours, they show themselves as they really are. ('True colors' is the American spelling.)


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. trewe, AS. treówe, faithful, true, from treów, fidelity, faith, troth; akin to OFries. triuwe, adj., treuwa, n., OS. triuwi, adj., trewa, n., D. trouw, adj. & n., G. treu, adj., treue, n., OHG. gitriuwi, adj., triuwa, (n.), Icel. tryggr, adj., Dan. tro, adj. & n., Sw. trogen, adj., tro, n., Goth. triggws, adj., triggwa, n., trauan, to trust, OPruss druwis, faith. Cf. Trow Trust Truth
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. treówe; Ice. tryggr, Ger. treu.


In literature:

Now it is quite true that most Englishmen do not find it necessary to go about all day asking each other whether they are anarchists.
"What I Saw in America" by G. K. Chesterton
They lacked the true Word and the true worship.
"Commentary on Genesis, Vol. II" by Martin Luther
This weight of the wire must of course be deducted to get the true weight of the stone in water.
"A Text-Book of Precious Stones for Jewelers and the Gem-Loving Public" by Frank Bertram Wade
What is thus so clearly true in regard to the office of President, is equally true in regard to all the other offices of government.
"Cotton is King and The Pro-Slavery Arguments" by Various
True, I have never seen him, but I know very well the stock he comes from.
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille
That this behaviour was not worldly-wise is true enough, but I know of no commandment enjoining us to be worldly-wise.
"Pioneers of Science" by Oliver Lodge
What is true of the human story is quite as true of that of the earth.
"The Meaning of Evolution" by Samuel Christian Schmucker
A true consciousness is the activity of true thought, you said.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
He had never stopped to think whether the curse as uttered by the woman, might or might not be true.
"The Landleaguers" by Anthony Trollope
It is probably quite true, but it is also true that some Church helped him up the stair.
"The Message and the Man:" by J. Dodd Jackson

In poetry:

No woman ever was,
was wiser
than you. None is
more true.
"Song" by Robert Creeley
I said, Madam,
That may be true—
But I'll be dogged
If I love you!
"Madam And Her Madam" by Langston Hughes
I am not true,
But you have trusted so,
That faithfully I go
Lest I be false to you.
"Vale" by Ethel Clifford
Ah, 't is true,
I am to blame. But it is morning yet;
My child, wait still a little.
"The Spagnoletto. Act I" by Emma Lazarus
Come, in the minstrel's lay;
When two hearts meet,
And true hearts greet,
And all is morn and May.
"Come Thou" by Mary Baker Eddy
As ye came from the holy land
Of Walsinghame,
Met you not with my true love
By the way as you came?
"As ye came from the Holy Land" by Anonymous British

In news:

Maybe it's true, what they say.
The True Story of Lady Byron's Life.
James Van Der Beek and his wife Kimberly Brook welcomed their second child -- a son -- into the world on Tuesday, and in true celeb style, the Dawson's Creek star announced the happy news via Twitter.
Baxstrom's comments belie his true position.
Newt Gingrich reiterates in Las Vegas that he is the true GOP more.
"A true apology comes from within, and it would not be a true apology if I order it," said the judge, who came out of retirement to preside over Benzo 's case.
Pittston Area's dream scenario nearly came true.
It seemed almost too good to be true.
It's true that the menu, pri More.
It was a wish that came true - in abundance.
Halloween is a kid's dream come true.
But that is simply not true.
We know the true-life stories.
This is true of tumors as well as moles and other growths.
Designer makes orphan model's dream come true.

In science:

Since it is obviously true for elements of XA , we can show that it is true for any monomial, and then for any element of B .
Number Operator Algebras
Lemma 2.5 shows that if this is true for some i, then it will be true for all j ≥ i.
Towards a practical, theoretically sound algorithm for random generation in finite groups
If X = False and Y is unset (or vice-versa), set Y = True (resp. X = True ) and accept ci .
Random MAX SAT, Random MAX CUT, and Their Phase Transitions
In a similar way, if some of the b variable are true, we should exchange the indices T and F for the corresponding variables, i.e., if bc 1 is true, then uT (u1 ) becomes uF (u1 ).
On the probabilistic approach to the random satisfiability problem
The existence and unicity of Gf , with the initial condition Gf =z = 1, is clear and the group (anti)-homomorphism property, Gf Gg = Gg◦f , is true because it is true infinitesimally and N+ is convex.
Conformal field theories in random domains and stochastic Loewner evolutions