• WordNet 3.6
    • n visitation an official visit for inspection or supervision "the commissioner made visitations to all the precinct stations","the recent visitation of the bishop to his diocese"
    • n visitation any disaster or catastrophe "a visitation of the plague"
    • n visitation an annoying or frustrating or catastrophic event "his mother-in-law's visits were a great trial for him","life is full of tribulations","a visitation of the plague"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Macbeth visits the witches Macbeth visits the witches
Visits the Doctor 094 Visits the Doctor 094
Gargantua Visiting the Shops--1-17-038 Gargantua Visiting the Shops--1-17-038
The snake prince visits his wife The snake prince visits his wife
Little Red Riding-Hood sets out to visit her Grandmother Little Red Riding-Hood sets out to visit her Grandmother
Dutchess grooms for her social visit Dutchess grooms for her social visit

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In one trip, a honey bee visits about 75 flowers
    • Visitation (Eccl) A festival in honor of the visit of the Virgin Mary to Elisabeth, mother of John the Baptist, celebrated on the second of July.
    • Visitation Special dispensation; communication of divine favor and goodness, or, more usually, of divine wrath and vengeance; retributive calamity; retribution; judgment. "What will ye do in the day of visitation ?"
    • Visitation Specifically: The act of a superior or superintending officer who, in the discharge of his office, visits a corporation, college, etc., to examine into the manner in which it is conducted, and see that its laws and regulations are duly observed and executed; as, the visitation of a diocese by a bishop.
    • Visitation (Internat. Law) The act of a naval commander who visits, or enters on board, a vessel belonging to another nation, for the purpose of ascertaining her character and object, but without claiming or exercising a right of searching the vessel. It is, however, usually coupled with the right of searchsee under Search), visitation being used for the purpose of search.
    • Visitation The act of visiting, or the state of being visited; access for inspection or examination. "Nothing but peace and gentle visitation ."
    • Visitation The object of a visit. "O flowers, . . . my early visitation and my last."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: 75-90% of primary physician visits are due to stress
    • n visitation The act of visiting, or paying a visit; a visit.
    • n visitation The object of a visit.
    • n visitation A formal or judicial visit paid periodically by a superior, superintending officer, or other competent authority, to a corporation, college, church, or other house, for the purpose of examining into the manner in which the business of the body is conducted, and its laws and regulations are observed and executed, or the like; specifically (ecclesiastical), such examination by a bishop of the churches in his diocese,with the added purpose of administering coufirmation. The right of visitation attaches to metropolitans in their provinces, to bishops in their dioceses, and to archedeacons: in certain cases.
    • n visitation A special dispensation from heaven sometimes of divine favor, more usually of divine retribution; divine retributive affliction;hence a similar incident of less importance, whether joyful or grievous.
    • n visitation In international law, the act of a naval commander who visits or boards a vessel belonging to another state for the purpose of ascetaining her character and object. it does not include the claim or exercise of the right of search. The right of performing this act is called the right of visit or of visitation.
    • n visitation [capitalized] A church festival in honor of the visit of the Virgin Mary to her cousin Elizabeth (Luke i. 39), celebrated on July 2d in the Roman Catholic, Greek, and other churches.
    • n visitation In zoology, an extensive, irregular, or otherwise notable migration into a place or country; an irruption, incursion, or invasion: as,a visitation of lemmings, of the Bohemian waxwing southward, or of the sand-grouse from Asia into France or England.
    • n visitation In her., an investigation by a high heraldic officer, usually one of the kings-at-arms, into the pedigrees, intermarriages, etc., of a family or the families of a district, with a view of ascertaining whether the arms borne by any person or persons living in that district are incorrect or unwarrantably assumed. The king-at-arms was accompanied on such occasions by secretaries, draftsmen, etc. The latest visitation on record in England seems to have been between the years 1686 and 1700; but before that time they had ceased to be regularly held.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Percentage of Americans who have visited Disneyland/Disney World: 70%
    • n Visitation act of visiting: examination by authority: a dispensation, whether of divine favour or retribution: :
    • n Visitation (rare) the object of a visit: the act of a naval commander in boarding the vessel of another state to ascertain her character and object: a visit of a herald to a district for the examination of its arms, pedigrees, &c.: an unusual and extensive irruption of a species of animals into another region
    • n Visitation (eccles.) a festival to commemorate the visit of the Virgin Mary to Elizabeth, observed by the Roman and Greek Churches on 2d July
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  • Corra May Harris
    Corra May Harris
    “A woman would rather visit her own grave than the place where she has been young and beautiful after she is aged and ugly.”
  • Anna Jameson
    Anna Jameson
    “Childhood sometimes does pay a second visit to man; youth never.”
  • H. L. Mencken
    “Conscience is a mother-in-law whose visit never ends.”
  • Marianne Moore
    Marianne Moore
    “Superior people never make long visits.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “We do not have to visit a madhouse to find disordered minds; our planet is the mental institution of the universe.”
  • Josh Billings
    “A good place to visit, but a poor place to stay.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. visitatio,: cf. F. visitation,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. visiter—L. visitāre, freq. of visĕre, to go to see, visit—vidēre, to see.


In literature:

This note, which I received from him yesterday afternoon, will explain the object of my visit.
"A Crooked Path" by Mrs. Alexander
I felt much satisfied with his visit.
"Narrative of a Mission to Central Africa Performed in the Years 1850-51, Volume 2" by James Richardson
Early in August he went over to England, saw Mr. Molescroft, and made his first visit to Tankerville.
"Phineas Redux" by Anthony Trollope
Within the week he received a visit from the detective.
"The Silent House" by Fergus Hume
I played that I went there to visit Saidee in the old Arab palace she wrote me about.
"The Golden Silence" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
Visit me, then, sometimes, if you can, as a friend, when you are not engaged or pressed for time.
"Japanese Literature" by Various
The Kalevide again visits his father's grave.
"The Hero of Esthonia and Other Studies in the Romantic Literature of That Country" by William Forsell Kirby
Not long since, a handsome, well got up Englishman came to New York on a brief visit.
"Lights and Shadows of New York Life" by James D. McCabe
We had visits from the King, Lord Roberts and other high officials.
"The Great War As I Saw It" by Frederick George Scott
The family were visiting a neighbor.
"Watch Yourself Go By" by Al. G. Field

In poetry:

His caverns are visited all save one,
The deepest, and direst in gloom,—
Where his father, doomed by a demon son,
Abode in a living tomb.—
"The Daughter Of Plantagenet - Fytte The Thyrde" by Thomas Cooper
Yet sometimes, from those regions fair,
Her pure soul visits us again,
And strives to help us calmly bear
Our loss, which is her glorious gain.
"In Memoriam" by Alfred Gibbs Campbell
Yes, Thou wilt visit me,
Nor plant nor tree Thing eye delights so well,
As when from sin set free
My spirit loves with Thine in peace to dwell.
"The Prayer" by Jones Very
And dare to hope that Tie will make
The rugged smooth, the doubtful plain;
His mercy never quite forsake;
His healing visit every realm of pain;
"The Shadow And The Light" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Once she came to visit me
In white robes with festal airs,
Glad surprises, songs of glee;
Now in silence cometh she,
And a sombre garb she wears.
"My Birthday" by Susan Coolidge
And tho' for a time they're far apart
This comfort she can borrow,
She'll soon see some of her friends again
For it's " visiting day " to-morrow.
"Limehouse Liz (Of Lambeth)" by T W Connor

In news:

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Some open adoptions include sharing cards and phone calls or visits with the biological family, but the arrangement between Stewart and Moore is rare, said Latonia Mindingall, the adoption specialist involved with the family.
Have you had a peaceful visit with Jesus lately.
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Winton Woods PF adds Akron offer following visit.
Iranian president to visit Nigeria as W. African nation assumes UN security council presidency.
Local family had visited fire station weeks before attack.
Wayne Lukas visits with Doug and Dennis O'Neill at the Alibi Breakfast.
The city of Lyford is getting a visit from the Pothole Patrol and the streets near the high school are getting a really bad grade, as well as several other busy roadways.
Taking advantage of opportunities created by turnovers, Fort Worth All Saints built a 35-0 halftime lead and cruised to a 49-21 win over visiting Houston Christian in a SPC Division II semifinal game on Saturday.
If you visited a garden center in the past few weeks, you have probably been overwhelmed by the variety of plants available for your yard.
Most people visit the Apostle Islands in the spring, summer or fall, with Madeline Island being the primary destination.
Donations can be made by visiting one of the red kettles around town, by visiting, by calling 1-800-Sal-Army or mailing your check to 822 McCallie Avenue, Chattanooga, TN 37403.
Stop by 5211 Miller Trunk Hwy and visit the store or visit online at for hours and more information.
Advocates for change to the parental visitation law say Iowa lawmakers can do a better job allowing grandparents to visit their grandchildren.

In science:

Given the labeling of the directed graph as de fined above, we say that it contains a complete walk if there is a path in the graph that visits all the edges, without visiting an edge twice, in the following way: (1) Start from s0 . (2) At each vertex, we choose an unvisited edge with the minimal label to follow.
Efficient Generation of Random Bits from Finite State Markov Chains
If we explore the tree τ by following its contour, in the way suggested by the arrows of Fig.2, we visit successively all vertices of τ (vertices that are not leaves are visited more than once).
Scaling limits of random trees and planar maps
Since the contour exploration of vertices of τ must visit w between any visit of u = e−(1) and any visit of v = e−(2) , the definition of the successor ensures that ℓ(w) ≥ ℓ(e(2)) (with equality only possible if w = e−(2) ).
Scaling limits of random trees and planar maps
This article reports important results regarding the properties of the accessibility, including its relationship with the average minimal time to visit all nodes reachable after h steps along a random walk starting from a source, as well as the number of nodes that are visited after a finite period of time.
How Many Nodes are Effectively Accessed in Complex Networks?
We choose a set of vertices V ∗∗ that are candidates for taking a long time to visit and estimate the expected size of the set V † of vertices in V ∗∗ that have not been visited within our estimate of the cover time.
Stationary distribution and cover time of random walks on random digraphs