verbose

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj verbose using or containing too many words "long-winded (or windy) speakers","verbose and ineffective instructional methods","newspapers of the day printed long wordy editorials","proceedings were delayed by wordy disputes"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Verbose Abounding in words; using or containing more words than are necessary; tedious by a multiplicity of words; prolix; wordy; as, a verbose speaker; a verbose argument. "Too verbose in their way of speaking."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • verbose Abounding in words; using or containing more words than are necessary; prolix; tedious by multiplicity of words; wordy: as, a verbose speaker; a verbose argument.
    • verbose Synonyms Wordy, diffuse. See pleonasm.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Verbose containing more words than are necessary: wordy: diffuse
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Quotations

  • Leon Trotsky
    Leon%20Trotsky
    “Revolutions are always verbose.”
  • Dan Quayle
    Dan%20Quayle
    “Verbosity leads to unclear, inarticulate things.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. verbosus, from verbum, a word. See Verb
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. verbe—L. verbum.

Usage

In literature:

He was verbose and reminiscent.
"Love Among the Chickens" by P. G. Wodehouse
Alone with Maud, Dreda discussed the change in her sister's manner; but Maud's explanation, though verbose, was hardly enlightening.
"Etheldreda the Ready" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
But who has not suffered under the tedious and tiresome verbosity of editors?
"The Book-Hunter at Home" by P. B. M. Allan
The Spaniards, with their verbose solemnity, particularly bored him.
"Erasmus and the Age of Reformation" by Johan Huizinga
Rather verbose that anecdote; but, pardon something to the memories of olden times.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol 2, No 6, December 1862" by Various
To prevent disappointment, I shall report my harangue with verbose accuracy.
"Baboo Jabberjee, B.A." by F. Anstey
Metaphysical verbosity is a friendly refuge.
"Black Oxen" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
The verbose Marmot, wordless; the listless Slaughter, dominant.
"Colonial Born" by G. Firth Scott
Labour gained a few more seats at this election, and the verbosity one had to listen to made an M.L.A.
"Reminiscences of Queensland" by William Henry Corfield
In consequence, verbosity, as a rule, comes short of expressing emotion.
"Commentary on Genesis, Vol. II" by Martin Luther
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In news:

To speak or write verbosely and windily.
The middle-aged man I picked up at Vendetta is in a hyperactively verbose lather and likely on coke, though meth is a distinct possibility.
The verbose creator of Two and a Half Men is known for sending zingers in his post-show vanity cards, and he's set his sights on a new target – The Bachelor/Bachelorette franchise.
Extremely Lewd & Incredibly Verbose : Rap Flicks Retrofit Two Controversial Figures.
Solving Healthcare Through Verbosity .
Verbose Meredith Vieira Shows Why Men Aren't the Only Virile Ones in News Biz.
During the Democratic primary campaign Governor Bill Clinton 's verbosity became a strange part of his "character problem".
But by the one-hour mark of this 100-minute play, verbosity overcomes all the sexy sizzle, leaving one jonesing for another hit like those provided by the earlier scenes.
Extremely Lewd & Incredibly Verbose: Rap Flicks Retrofit Two Controversial Figures.
When TMZ began reporting late this afternoon that Michael Jackson was rushed to a Los Angeles hospital suffering from cardiac arrest, the typically verbose Twittersphere was shockingly, at a loss for words.
Pristine intentions can't forestall the tedium in writer-director Marios Stilianakis' verbose and unfocused drama.
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In science:

More verbosely, let f : Xa → Y represent an element in Hom (d(M ), Y ).
Ind- and Pro- definable sets
If the software system to be tested is a little verbose, you will never get exactly the same output from one software release to the other, and Oval must be told what to compare, otherwise it will always warn you about irrelevant differences.
OVAL: the CMS Testing Robot
The 100 lines length of the model, in Table 1, refer to a “verbose” version of the model, much more readable than our version of Fig. 2.
Syntactic Abstraction of B Models to Generate Tests
Extracting all the similar sentences would produce a verbose and repetitive summary, while extracting only some of the similar sentences would produce a summary biased towards some sources.
Inferring Strategies for Sentence Ordering in Multidocument News Summarization
This makes the embedding more verbose than the one for Yices.
Applying SMT Solvers to the Test Template Framework
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