would-be

Definitions

  • Miss Plank told me in confidence that it would be a big wrench if he left
    Miss Plank told me in confidence that it would be a big wrench if he left
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj would-be unfulfilled or frustrated in realizing an ambition
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Additional illustrations & photos:

"I would be strikin' as Mercury, but I think I would be at my best as Apollo." "I would be strikin' as Mercury, but I think I would be at my best as Apollo."
IT WOULD BE MORE COMFORTABLE ON THE TUNNY'S BACK IT WOULD BE MORE COMFORTABLE ON THE TUNNY'S BACK
A bear would rather be your friend than your enemy A bear would rather be your friend than your enemy

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: If any of the heads on Mt. Rushmore had a body, it would be nearly 500 feet tall.
    • a Would-be Desiring or professing to be; vainly pretending to be; as, a would-be poet.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: If one pound of spaghetti was layed out in one noodle it would be 300 feet long.
    • would-be Wishing to be; vainly pretending to be; desirous of being or of being considered: as, a would-be philosopher.
    • n would-be A vain pretender; one who affects to be something which he really is not.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: If Texas were a country it's GNP would be fifth largest of any country on earth.
    • adj Would-be aspiring, trying, or merely professing to be
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Quotations

  • Leroy ''Satchel'' Paige
    Leroy ''Satchel'' Paige
    “How old would you be if you didn't know how old you are.”
  • Jonathan Swift
    Jonathan%20Swift
    “Every one desires to live long, but no one would be old.”
  • Alexander Pope
    Alexander%20Pope
    “Men would be angels, angels would be gods.”
  • Confucius
    Confucius
    “They must change who would be constant in happiness and wisdom.”
  • William Penn
    William%20Penn
    “It would be far better to be of no church than to be bitter of any.”
  • Earl Rochester
    Earl Rochester
    “All men would be cowards if they could.”

Idioms

Do as you would be done by - Treat and respect others as you would hope to be respected and treated by them.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. wolde, pa.t. of willan.

Usage

In literature:

She would get twenty pounds for it, and there would be forty, perhaps, for the book which she had been sitting up to write.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
She would be included in their party and would be assigned a partner befitting her company.
"The Loyalist" by James Francis Barrett
It would be the same, and it would be much quicker.
"Casa Braccio, Volumes 1 and 2 (of 2)" by F. Marion Crawford
He considered that it would be his duty to write to the bishop, but he would like to hear St. George's idea on the subject.
"The Vicar of Bullhampton" by Anthony Trollope
If you would be hated by your family and friends, be a Drunkard; and you will soon be more than disagreeable.
"Select Temperance Tracts" by American Tract Society
I should think, to have nothing to do would be what would hinder jolliness.
"The End of a Coil" by Susan Warner
If she had not the strength to do her work she would be sent away from the factory, and that would be the end of all her hopes.
"Nobody's Girl" by Hector Malot
Were she to be killed by the telling, it would be better than that she should be handed over to such a man as this.
"Sir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite" by Anthony Trollope
Beyond doubt he would, but I fancied it would be by some base underhand means.
"The Quadroon" by Mayne Reid
He would be forced to maintain them all with some likeness to the method which would have come naturally to the real Dillon.
"The Art of Disappearing" by John Talbot Smith
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In poetry:

Ah, little did my mother think,
When to me she sung,
What a heartbreak I would be,
Her young and dautit son.
"Ah, Little Did My Mother Think" by Carolina Oliphant
The smiling angel dropped his pen,—
"Why, this will never do;
The man would be a boy again,
And be a father too!"
"The Old Man Dreams" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
But that thou art my wisdome, Lord,
And both mine eyes are thine,
My minde would be extreamly stirr'
For missing my designe.
"Submission" by George Herbert
And, O! there lives within my heart
A hope long nursed by me,
(And should its cheering ray depart
How dark my soul would be)
"A Word To The Calvinists" by Anne Bronte
And, floating through the streams, appear
Such forms of beauty rare,
As every aim at beauty here
Had found its would be there.
"A Book of Dreams: Part II" by George MacDonald
How blest would every nation be,
Thus ruled by love and equity!
All would be friends without a foe,
And form a paradise below.
"Hymn 38 part 2" by Isaac Watts

In news:

If we could describe Lana Del Rey to you, attractive would be one word we used, and odd would be another.
30 am rally with Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan would be the first time they would appear together in Ohio, and their last major rally before the RNC Convention in Tampa.
Who would have thought that we would be outdoors in nothing more than a light jacket in January in Iowa.
"I don't think people, in the wake of 9/11, would have believed that would be possible," the homeland security director said.
Who would have thought a Winter Fest in Buffalo would be lacking snow.
It would be a great way to get more people treated, and it would be great for pharmacy.
We asked whom, past or present, you would invite to your dream dinner party and how it would be styled.
She thought it would be a comfortable rocker she would raise her child in.
If an employee has been on the job for several years, it would seem rather obvious that he or she would be paid considerably more than someone new to the position.
I was pretty sure Michigan would escape the big pre-jump feature this year just because expectations were so low going in and something around 7-5 in the regular season would be a major step forward.
One would think this would be an easy choice, but there are so many to choose from.
If you told Trish Taylor that one day she would be running marathons—that's plural—she would have laughed at you.
It would protect cities south of city that would be flooded.
Anderson said the donation would be used to purchase turkeys and gift cards for groceries that would enable clients to have a nice Thanksgiving dinner.
Chicago Bears chairman George McCaskey said Friday that when Phil Emery was promoted to general manager, he was told Lovie Smith would be the head coach for 2012, but Emery would have the freedom to make a change after that.
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In science:

Gk would be nearly zero, and the error matrix would be just the previous error matrix propagated to the next plane.
A Search for Gamma-Ray Bursts and Pulsars, and the Application of Kalman Filters to Gamma-Ray Reconstruction
Remark 3 It appears natural to require in addition that c cannot be block-diagonalized; otherwise ergodicity would be broken, and the graph would trivial ly decompose into distinct subgraphs, which could be treated separately.
A General Formalism for Inhomogeneous Random Graphs
In such cases, the mass accretion rate ˙m, would be very close to the value that would be obtained for the inviscid case.
Viscosity in spherically symmetric accretion
This ideally balanced network would be a regular graph and thus the variance of the degree distribution would be zero.
Balanced Overlay Networks (BON): Decentralized Load Balancing via Self-Organized Random Networks
The stratum S cannot be closed, since then it would be compact, and its pro jection on any coordinate axis would have a critical point.
On o-minimality of extensions of $\R$ by restricted generic smooth functions
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