wistfully

Definitions

  • "He looked wistfully at the pair of crutches."
    "He looked wistfully at the pair of crutches."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adv wistfully in a wistful manner "his sister would have looked beautiful in that dress, he thought wistfully, just like an angel"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • wistfully In a wistful manner; pensively; earnestly; longingly; wishfully.
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Quotations

  • Oscar Wilde
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    “I never saw a man who looked with such a wistful eye upon that little tent of blue which prisoners call the sky.”

Usage

In literature:

When he spoke it was with a winning gravity and a wistfulness that Nanny tried not to hear.
"Green Valley" by Katharine Reynolds
But then, from his chair at the fire, Caleb noticed how wistfully disappointed her face was.
"Then I'll Come Back to You" by Larry Evans
He wore a hang-dog air but in his eyes was that same wistfulness of unspoken worship.
"A Pagan of the Hills" by Charles Neville Buck
He watched them wistfully.
"The Southerner" by Thomas Dixon
She smiled, a pretty wistful smile, and her eyes glistened.
"Tom Slade at Temple Camp" by Percy K. Fitzhugh
At these dinners she encountered famous men and women, and looked at them from afar off with wistful interest.
"Mary Gray" by Katharine Tynan
Now and then he raised himself on the other, and looked down wistfully at the cool, dusky depths of the woods.
"The Young Mountaineers" by Charles Egbert Craddock
A curious, almost pathetic wistfulness crept into her heart.
"Mr. Grex of Monte Carlo" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
Elise, too, was a little wistful.
"Molly Brown's Orchard Home" by Nell Speed
Poor, pathetic little things, half-clad and wistful-eyed.
"Other Main-Travelled Roads" by Hamlin Garland
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In poetry:

They are, we reason, in our debt,
And wistfully we look for pay:
They give us what we ask -- and yet
We feel we are rather in the way.
"Children" by Bert Leston Taylor
All green and fair the Summer lies,
Just budded from the bud of Spring,
With tender blue of wistful skies,
And winds which softly sing.
"Menace" by Susan Coolidge
She is young, but her heart has seen
What beyond dreamland lies.
She is all a child with her wistful mouth.
But there's wisdom in her eyes.
"The Heath-Maid" by Ethel Clifford
Now that the gates are shut on all I cherished,
O wistful Love, I pray,
Blow no more haunting scents of roses perished,
About my lonely way.
"After" by Anna Johnston MacManus
We see, their rude-built huts beside,
Grave men and women anxious-eyed,
And wistful youth remembering still
Dear homes in England's Haverhill.
"Haverhill" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Right wistfully then looking back,
Cried out the middle man, "Alack!
I spy a rude black inn -- shalt see
If the host have good wine for three?"
"Legend Of Seville" by Alice Cary

In news:

Disarming the audience with his wistful joie de vivre, that's what.
Rogan & Wist Receive OC Lions Club Highest Award.
Mon, 17 Sep 2012 Figure, Propellerhead's best selling music app for iPhone and iPod touch, now supports AudioCopy and WIST .
Users can paste their Figure tracks into other iOS Apps with AudioCopy WIST lets two people jam together by syncing apps running on different iOS devices.
OC Lions Members Wist , Cannon Named "Melvin Jones" Fellows.
Daniels proud of administration's accomplishments, but wistful , too.
Diana Krall Offers Wistful Take on 'Wide River to Cross'.
There's a tremendous wistfulness that emerges from watching angry, unyielding people melt into wide-eyed optimists over the course of two hours.
"Don't get wistful on me," says a sly old man in Michael Chabon's sly new novel, his first big serious one since the best-selling, Pulitzer Prize-winning "Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay," seven long years ago.
Bittersweet nostalgia pervades " Moonrise Kingdom," a coming-of-age romantic comedy that's smartly observant, wistful and wild.
"But I would love to have some of the older stuff that's being thrown away," she said wistfully.
Confectioner Sabrina Ferrage mixes honey and butter as son Kale Ferrage, 1, looks on wistfully Saturday at the Louisiana Renaissance Festival in Hammond.
I often find myself wistfully recalling the good old days.
"A Little Night Music," Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's wistful tale of a midsummer night in the country, receives a concert reading on Jan 12 as a benefit for the non-profit Roundabout Theatre Company in New York.
A half-smile somewhere between wistful and trying to look happy.
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In science:

Lemma 3.6 Let w = q−1σk 1 q be a braid word such that the I sH alf T wist(w, k) function returns false.
Identifying Half-Twists Using Randomized Algorithm Methods
Proposition 3.7 The complexity of the I sH alf T wist algorithm is bounded by O(n2 · log(n) · k2 · l3 ), where n is the number of strings, k = deg(w) and l = len(w).
Identifying Half-Twists Using Randomized Algorithm Methods
This yields the total of O(n2 · log(n) · k2 · l3 ) as the total complexity bound for the I sH alf T wist algorithm.
Identifying Half-Twists Using Randomized Algorithm Methods
In this section, we will give the random core of the algorithm, the T estRandomH alf T wist procedure.
Identifying Half-Twists Using Randomized Algorithm Methods
The first is when I sH alf T wist returns true, this happens when no question about the correctness of the answer exists, therefore one can return the computed result.
Identifying Half-Twists Using Randomized Algorithm Methods
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