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Conspicuity

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Conspicuity The state or quality of being clear or bright; brightness; conspicuousness.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The word "tip" dates back to the old London coffeehouses. Conspicuously placed brass boxes etched with the inscription, "To Insure Promptness," encouraged customers to pay for efficient service. The resulting acronym, TIP, has become a byword.
    • n conspicuity Conspieuousness.
    • n conspicuity Brightness; luminosity.
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Quotations

  • Alice Meynell
    Alice Meynell
    “The sense of humor has other things to do than to make itself conspicuous in the act of laughter.”
  • Mark Twain
    Mark%20Twain
    “My parents were neither very poor nor conspicuously honest.”
  • James Reston
    James Reston
    “Wealth is conspicuous, but poverty hides.”
  • Motto
    Motto
    “One should be of service rather than be conspicuous.”
  • Walter Bagehot
    Walter%20Bagehot
    “An inability to stay quiet is one of the most conspicuous failings of mankind.”
  • John Kenneth Galbraith
    John%20Kenneth%20Galbraith
    “The conspicuously wealthy turn up urging the character building values of the privation of the poor.”

Usage

In literature:

Its ellipticity is conspicuous, the length of the longer axis being 78" and that of the shorter 60".
"Pleasures of the telescope" by Garrett Serviss
Never make your refusal of wine conspicuous.
"Social Life" by Maud C. Cooke
This plant is quite conspicuous and inviting in all of its various shades of color.
"The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise" by M. E. Hard
I knew it now that the idea "dinner" had made itself conspicuous in my consciousness.
"The First Violin" by Jessie Fothergill
Any sport or variation in the shape of greater conspicuousness would fall a quick prey to the enemy and its line be cut off forever.
"The Meaning of Evolution" by Samuel Christian Schmucker
The commonest of the species, conspicuous by reason of its bright red color.
"The Myxomycetes of the Miami Valley, Ohio" by A. P. Morgan
Libraries, laboratories, and recreational facilities were usually conspicuous by their absence.
"College Teaching" by Paul Klapper
Custer rode up with his staff and escort, and halted in the road, making a conspicuous group.
"Personal Recollections of a Cavalryman" by J. H. (James Harvey) Kidd
The flowers are conspicuous and beautiful, in large panicles, in the spring.
"Trees of the Northern United States" by Austin C. Apgar
Only 250 years ago the palace must have been the most conspicuous building in the city.
"The Last Voyage" by Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
Let us take next a universal physiological law of a less conspicuous kind.
"Essays: Scientific, Political, & Speculative, Vol. I" by Herbert Spencer
This was done and the Woman's Department was a conspicuous feature of the centennial.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume IV" by Various
Fielding's was merely put out of sight; Harding's where its faults were conspicuous and its virtues lost.
"Modern Painters Volume I (of V)" by John Ruskin
Not in any other State campaign had the women anti-suffragists taken so conspicuous a part.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume VI" by Various
One came by within ten feet of me and drove straight on to a very conspicuous insect which disappeared in his open mouth in a flash.
"Under the Maples" by John Burroughs
The part of Champlain in these transactions {74} is very conspicuous, and justly so.
"The Founder of New France" by Charles W. Colby
The singular power of Crabbe is in some sense more conspicuous in the stories where the incidents are almost audaciously trifling.
"Hours in a Library" by Leslie Stephen
Gods and goddesses therefore play a conspicuous part in his description of the Forest.
"The Age of Pope" by John Dennis
If we see names scrawled in public places, we may be sure the persons thus making themselves conspicuous are not ladies or gentlemen.
"Lessons on Manners" by Edith E. Wiggin
John Masefield, of England, one of the most conspicuous writers of our time, voices the protest strongly.
"The Complete Club Book for Women" by Caroline French Benton
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In poetry:

I never saw a loaf of bread
Conspicuous in its purity,
But that I sadly shook my head
And left five-cents as surety.
"A Hardship" by Edwin Carty Ranck
Lo, former scenes, predicted once,
Conspicuous rise to view;
And future scenes, predicted now,
Shall be accomplished too.
"Hymn VI. Behold! th' Ambassador Divine" by John Logan
So to the flock it doth appear
That this a most conspicuous fact is:
That which these godly pastors do
Must surely be a proper practice.
"To De Witt Miller" by Eugene Field
The giddy tribe he much avoided,
But fix'd his heart as prudence guided:
Nay, in his choice, we freely own,
His judgment most conspicuous shone.
"The Jealous Head" by William Hutton
Smart dudes and ladies' men--the few
Who wish they could be ladies too--
Display a sprig of yellow
Conspicuous in their buttonhole,
To captivate a maiden soul
Or vex some other fellow.
"All the Rage" by Hattie Howard
Oh! it was horrible to see the good ship in distress,
Battling hard against wind and tide to clear the Girdleness.
A conspicuous promontory on the south side of Aberdeen Bay,
Where many a stout ship and crew have gone down passing that way.
"The Wreck of the Whaler 'Oscar'" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

In all that's been said in recent days about the latest proposals to rescue the financial system, two words have been conspicuously absent.
Being conspicuous is a good strategy whenever you ride, but it's essential when you get caught in the rain.
Although Tulsa's local music scene is thriving, there has been something conspicuously missing.
WHILE much of the economy has sagged this year, home building has been a conspicuous exception.
Signs would be posted conspicuously and remind patients that no one can coerce them to have abortions More.
XOXO, Conspicuous Consumption: How the Economy Killed 'Gossip Girl'.
Denali D2 LED Auxiliary Light Pods illuminate the night and increase conspicuity for added safety.
A blond, conspicuously tattooed metalhead grabs a businessman by his jacket and shoots olive-green vomit directly into his face, delivering the puke with such force it severs head from neck.
1 (yes, there are multiple freezers, a fact that either makes me prepared — albeit briefly — for the End Times or marks me as a parody of conspicuous consumption).
The lobby crowd had thinned conspicuously.
XOXO, Conspicuous Consumption: How the Economy Killed ' Gossip Girl'.
This mudflap hanger offering includes all popular bar-type and spring-loaded hangers, integrated and stand-alone conspicuity systems, and related.
CAIRO — Cairo's salmon-colored Egyptian museum is a conspicuous landmark on Tahrir Square, where it stands in almost perfect condition despite the intense protests that took place on its doorstep almost two years ago.
It's there in her more explicit lyrics — the "backdoor man" references that clarify exactly what it is the little girls understand — and less conspicuously in the band name, Shilpa Ray & Her Happy Hookers .
) stepped up to the podium at the Sheraton in New York on Monday, an important figure in his life was conspicuously absent: his wife.
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In science:

In such a framework, the saturation scale is associated with the conspicuous average instanton size, hρi ∼ 0.5 fm, as known from lattice simulations. A further main result is the intriguing identification of the “Colour Glass Condensa te” with the QCD sphaleron state.
Instanton-Induced Processes - An Overview
An overestimate is not as conspicuous as an underestimate, but occurs with the same likelihood as the latter due to random observational errors.
Cepheid Distances to SNe Ia Host Galaxies based on a Revised Photometric Zero-Point of the HST-WFPC2 and New P-L Relations and Metallicity Corrections
Those ob jects show evidence for young stars in some instances, but the ma jority of starlight seen traces old (many Gyr) stars, and intermediate-age populations are conspicuously absent.
Conference Summary: The Central Engine of Active Galactic Nuclei
This is conspicuous from Fig. 3 which shows the strong correlation between the variations of α2 and Pi uivi with Z for N = Z nuclei.
Isospin mixing in a particle-number conserving microscopic approach
Conspicuous differences were found at the very easy and very difficult item difficulties.
Computerized adaptive testing: implementation issues
The most conspicuous way to do this is by finding a SVM-optimal alternative to the 10,000 threshold, by training a support vector machine on the training set employed by the null test.
Optimal diagnostic tests for sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease based on support vector machine classification of RT-QuIC data
Direct comparisons with data of low-redshift systems will provide key insights into the many convolved factors, but this has been hindered by a conspicuous lack of numerical simulations of fesc for low-z systems.
The Escape Fraction of Ionizing Radiation from Primordial Galaxies
Since we are using sufficiently large quark masses that we should not expect the Skyrme model to be an accurate approximation, it is encouraging that the agreement improves so conspicuously as the quark mass decreases.
Test of the Skyrme Effective Field Theory Using Quenched Lattice QCD
Perhaps the most conspicuous characteristic of the six computer programs was their poor performance.
Lessons from a Restricted Turing Test
The deficit by a factor 0.44 with respect to expectation remains and, as shown in Fig. 4 of, there is no conspicuous energy modulation.
Moriond '97 - Electroweak Interactions and Unified Theories - Conference Summary
The most conspicuous features were the Mg I and Mg II profiles that showed many components over a heliocentric velocity range −235 < v < +123 km s−1 .
Princeton University Observatory Annual Report, 1997-98
Once again there is a conspicuous parallelism and this time the distribution curve does not lag behind the price series; the leveling off of distribution even precedes the turning point of the half dollar market.
"Thermometers" of Speculative Frenzy
We note that the discrepancies for the weak lines near 600 nm and in the IR are considerable but there appear to be no conspicuous systematic trends as we found in the experimental data.
Accurate transition rates for the 5p - 5s transitions in Kr I
Neutrinos undergo resonance conspicuously in those regions where the curves oscillate widely away from the raw curve.
The Earth Regeneration Effect of Solar Neutrinos: a Numerical Treatment with Three Active Neutrino Flavors
In Fig. 1B this frame is conspicuous by its absence.
Quantum Mechanics and the Cookie Cutter Paradigm
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