unwieldiness

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n unwieldiness trouble in carrying or managing caused by bulk or shape "the movers cursed the unwieldiness of the big piano"
    • n unwieldiness the quality of being difficult to direct or control by reason of complexity "avoiding the unwieldiness of formal legal processes","the onset of unwieldiness and bureaucracy in large organizations"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n unwieldiness The state of being unwieldy; heaviness; difficulty of being moved: as, the unwieldiness of a person having a corpulent body. Donne, Love's Diet.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Unwieldiness the state or quality of being unwieldy: difficulty of being moved
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Usage

In literature:

He was followed by an unwieldy multitude, not less than sixty thousand men in arms, all corrupted by a life of debauchery.
"Historic Tales, Volume 11 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
She was very unwieldy, but in a body of water like the Albemarle or Pamlico Sound no wooden vessel could cope with her.
"Reminiscences of Two Years in the United States Navy" by John M. Batten
He became extremely corpulent as he grew old, which, as he was originally of a large frame, made him excessively unwieldy.
"William the Conqueror" by Jacob Abbott
The cannon were left behind as too unwieldy for their purpose.
"The Riflemen of the Ohio" by Joseph A. Altsheler
A slow unwieldy trading vessel of olden times.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
So the unwieldy bundle was placed upon the bed.
"Girl Scouts in the Adirondacks" by Lillian Elizabeth Roy
Hard though he worked, he made but slow progress, his craft was so unwieldy and difficult to manage.
"The Island House" by F. M. Holmes
And clears the ambiguous phrase, and lops the unwieldy line.
"The Minstrel; or the Progress of Genius" by James Beattie
Shadwell was extremely gross in habit and of an unwieldy size.
"The Works of Aphra Behn" by Aphra Behn
The alligator, an unwieldy and bulky animal, is found in the rivers and lakes south of 34 deg.
"A New Guide for Emigrants to the West" by J. M. Peck
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In poetry:

Hard by yon ancient pile, with ivy crown'd,
(Memorial sad of Time's resistless sway,)
Here towers to heaven, there cumbers all the ground,
With vast unwieldy heaps of old decay.
"Time: An Elegy. Written Near The Ruins Of Elgin Cathedral" by Robert Alves

In news:

Larger and heavier than other high-end camcorders and a bit unwieldy.
Colossal, dripping with juice, and unwieldy as a baby slathered in Vaseline, these hoagies require your complete attention.
Machine builders face a vexing problem when there's a need to rotate large or unwieldy products in assembly, handling, and packaging applications.
But there are ways to harness this unwieldy beast.
Jabari Parker's schools list still unwieldy .
'Big Miracle' unwieldy but has suspense.
Is Apple's iPhone App Store growing unwieldy .
Jakob Nielsen on the Unwieldy Web.
URLs can be quite long and unwieldy, particularly for Twitter and other services where character space per post is limited.
We can't say the same for models we've tried from other folding -bike companies such as Dahon and Xootr, which can be confusing to open and unwieldy to carry around.
Havas has finally put the unwieldy Euro RSCG brand to rest.
A two-year examination into the massive, unwieldy, top- secret world the government has created in response to 9/11.
Nation's food anti- terror plans costly, unwieldy.
It's not for the weak, since toilets are heavy and unwieldy, but if you have a strong back (or a sturdy assistant) you can save yourself the cost of a house call by installing it yourself.
Writing in Presidential Studies Quarterly (March), Dallek faults the impeachment process as unwieldy.
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In science:

Unfortunately, we found this purely algebraic approach to be computationally infeasible beyond the second square; the expressions immediately become too unwieldy to manipulate (barring some unknown simplification which Mathematica could not find).
(Non)existence of Pleated Folds: How Paper Folds Between Creases
However, the definitions of (p, q) are cubic functions of (ξ , θ), so that the solutions of the cubic inversion are complicated and unwieldy (but still can be written down analytically).
Magnetically Controlled Outflows from Hot Jupiters
We have gone from an original manageable data set with 107 rows to one that is 105 times larger, making subsequent analysis slow and unwieldy.
Differentially Private Publication of Sparse Data
As the distribution of these processes is unwieldy, one has to resort to a multiplier technique to compute approximate p-values for candidate test statistics.
Large-sample tests of extreme-value dependence for multivariate copulas
We remark that although we used the geometry to construct the symmetric structure on the chain complex of a manifold, once we have the information we have a purely algebraic ob ject, albeit a fairly complex and unwieldy one, but nevertheless purely algebraic.
A Second Order Algebraic Knot Concordance Group
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