• WordNet 3.6
    • n undertaker one whose business is the management of funerals
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Undertakers report that human bodies do not deteriorate as quickly as they used to. The reason, they believe, is that the modern diet contains so many preservatives that these chemicals tend to prevent the body from decomposition too rapidly after death.
    • Undertaker One who stipulates or covenants to perform any work for another; a contractor. "To sign deputations for undertakes to furnish their proportions of saltpeter.""In come some other undertakes , and promise us the same or greater wonders."
    • Undertaker One who undertakes; one who engages in any project or business.
    • Undertaker Specifically, one who takes the charge and management of funerals.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n undertaker One who undertakes or engages to perform any business; one who engages in any project or business; a projector.
    • n undertaker Specifically— One who stipulates or covenants to perform certain work for another; a contractor.
    • n undertaker One who became surety or guarantee for another, or undertook to answer for him.
    • n undertaker One whose business is to make preparations for the burial of the dead, and to manage funerals.
    • n undertaker In British history, a man of authority or influence who undertook to induce or assure particular legislation; usually, one of those who assured the king that if he would grant some concession, they would undertake that the Commons should vote desired supplies.
    • n undertaker In English history, a contractor for the collection of revenue, or the enforcement of purveyance for the royal household.
    • n undertaker In Scots hist., one of a party of Lowland adventurers who, in the reign of James VI., by authority of the crown, attempted to colonize some of the Hebrides, and so displace the original Celtic population. One of a body of English and Scottish adventurers who, in the latter part of the sixteenth century, undertook to hold lands in Ireland which were regarded as the property of the crown or of Englishmen.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Undertaker one who undertakes, a projector, a contractor: one who is surety or guarantee for another: one who manages funerals: formerly a contractor for the royal revenue in England, one of those who undertook to manage the House of Commons for the king in the 'Addled Parliament' of 1614: one of the English and Scotch settlers in Ireland on forfeited lands in the 16th century
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  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “People are so constituted that everybody would rather undertake what they see others do, whether they have an aptitude for it or not.”
  • Evenus
    “The undertaking of a new action brings new strength.”
  • Orison Swett Marden
    “There can be no great courage where there is no confidence or assurance, and half the battle is in the conviction that we can do what we undertake.”
  • Ovid
    “People are slow to claim confidence in undertakings of magnitude.”
  • Lone Man
    Lone Man
    “I have seen that in any great undertaking it is not enough for a man to depend simply upon himself.”
  • Mark Twain
    “Let us endeavor so to live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.”


In literature:

Perhaps you'd let me assist in that undertaking?
"Blacksheep! Blacksheep!" by Meredith Nicholson
A moment's reflection made me feel sure that only my presence in the room had forestalled a rather perilous undertaking.
"The Paternoster Ruby" by Charles Edmonds Walk
Clearly his own slender means could never meet the demands of so great an undertaking.
"The Naval History of the United States" by Willis J. Abbot
He was to undertake the whole legal management of the affair.
"Orley Farm" by Anthony Trollope
Since her own home was to be the scene of the celebration, Kate took a particular interest in the undertaking.
"Laramie Holds the Range" by Frank H. Spearman
It was less the love of money than the thirst of travel and adventure that inspired his undertakings.
"The Conquest of Bread" by Peter Kropotkin
She was old enough to know that learning a new language is a serious undertaking.
"Deerbrook" by Harriet Martineau
For carrying on an undertaking of great advantage; but nobody to know what it is.
"Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds" by Charles Mackay
Gentlemen undertake to pledge different sections to this or that policy.
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden
The people of Lugano, more especially the hotel-keepers, were much exercised at this undertaking.
"Faces and Places" by Henry William Lucy

In poetry:

We are still as in a dungeon living,
Still oppressed with sorrow and misgiving;
Our undertakings
Are but toils, and troubles, and heart-breakings.
"Blessed Are The Dead. (From The German)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Now fetch me my brethren and fetch them with speed
The Surgeon affrighted said,
The Parson and the Undertaker,
Let them hasten or I shall be dead.
"The Surgeon's Warning" by Robert Southey
What if undertakers follow my track,
such a death is worth dying.
She would bring frankincense and wreaths to my tomb,
She would sit like an ornament on my pyre.
"Homage To Sextus Propertius - III" by Ezra Pound
Time only knows, whose spinning Axes quake
The astral Turrets where the Patient wake
To count the Stars and Planets as they pass -
Oh, what a Task for one to Undertake!
"The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám Jr." by Wallace Irwin
"But the wrongs love bears will make
Love at length leave undertaking."
'No, the more fools do it shake
In a ground of so firm making,
Deeper still they drive the stake.'
"Astrophel And Stella-Eleventh Song" by Sir Philip Sidney
When the verdict was called for, the Jury declined,
As the word was so puzzling to spell;
But they ventured to hope that the Snark wouldn't mind
Undertaking that duty as well.
"The Hunting Of The Snark " by Lewis Carroll

In news:

States are undertaking major education reform to qualify.
The Department of Health is undertaking a comms reshuffle ahead of major changes in the NHS, with press officers being placed into policy-specific desks.
The system will be delivered to Canyon in May 2003 and will undertake extensive sea trials in June.
Superintendent wants Imagine to undertake system's suggestions on how to improve.
Aberdeen bicyclist to undertake 650-mile journey.
Tiny hummingbirds undertake a long flight.
Beijing Metro to undertake video, security expansion project.
When David D Perlmutter wrote about peer evaluations of teaching last fall, he presented the practice as a rather lonely and combative undertaking.
Getting organized and staying that way is a major undertaking.
This monumental undertaking has virtually gone unnoticed.
"It is hard to imagine a more exciting time to undertake a career in public service".
WWE Wrestling's "Undertaker" Catches Fire During Match.
Each year the Top 250 is a massive undertaking and model of teamwork.
If the president can't or won't do that, moderate Democrat senators should undertake the task.
Our attendees appreciate the responsibility our sponsors undertake to become part of this important event, and will remember so going forward.

In science:

At the same time, it has become possible to undertake detailed hydrodynamical simulations of star formation in galaxies as they evolve under various circumstances.
Extreme Starbursts in the Local Universe
We undertake a detailed study of the hydrodynamic interactions between a pair of rotors and find that their effect on the resulting dynamics is a combination of fast and slow motions.
Dynamics and interactions of active rotors
We now extend the latency-energy tradeoff policy to undertake general function computation.
Energy-Latency Tradeoff for In-Network Function Computation in Random Networks
We have checked the new error formula through simulations, by running the phase estimation algorithm on a 2-dimensional rotation matrix, and undertaking a numerical search for the rotation angle that maximizes the error ǫ, which has confirmed Eq. (20) to six decimal places.
A Precise Error Bound for Quantum Phase Estimation
To the best of our knowledge, this is the first work to undertake a systematic study of randomgraph discovery using end-to-end measurements between a subset of nodes.
Topology Discovery of Sparse Random Graphs With Few Participants