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by all means

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adv by all means definitely or certainly "Visit us by all means"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • By all means certainly; without fail; as, go, by all means .
    • By all means most assuredly; without fail; certainly.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • By all means certainly
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Quotations

  • Robert Collier
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    “Begin to free yourself at once by doing all that is possible with the means you have, and as you proceed in this spirit the way will open for you to do more.”
  • W. Clement Stone
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    “If there is something to gain and nothing to lose by asking, by all means ask!”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “There is also this benefit in brag, that the speaker is unconsciously expressing his own ideal. Humor him by all means, draw it all out, and hold him to it.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    Ralph%20Waldo%20Emerson
    “There is this benefit in brag, that the speaker is unconsciously expressing his own ideal. Humor him by all means; draw it all out, and hold him to it.”
  • Socrates
    Socrates
    “By all means marry. If you get a good wife you will become happy, and if you get a bad one you will become a philosopher.”
  • Tanith Lee
    Tanith Lee
    “The dictate of the light says: Know yourself and what you are. The dark replies, By all means, but then become afraid.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. meien (Fr. moyen)—L. medianus, enlarged form of medius.

Usage

In literature:

Talk it over then by all means.
"The Chautauqua Girls At Home" by Pansy, AKA Isabella M. Alden
If you prefer the manner of Henry James, by all means read him and let the other alone.
"Suspended Judgments" by John Cowper Powys
By means of this all that was needed for tea could be procured.
"The Life of Trust: Being a Narrative of the Lord's Dealings With George Müller" by George Müller
But by no means all granite mountains are lofty.
"The Book of the National Parks" by Robert Sterling Yard
But this was by no means all that could be said of Miss Betsey.
"David Fleming's Forgiveness" by Margaret Murray Robertson
With all his softness, the Bengalee is by no means placable in his enmities or prone to pity.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
Punish the thief by all means, but first save me from ruin, Mr. Hewitt!
"The Red Triangle" by Arthur Morrison
For one, I should not object, by any means, to cast my lot in a confederacy of States whose citizens might all be slaveholders.
"Cotton is King and The Pro-Slavery Arguments" by Various
Was he not told by the agitators whom the police jailed at home that in a republic all men are made happy by means of the vote?
"The Battle with the Slum" by Jacob A. Riis
But these considerations do not, by any means, comprise all the difficulties in which Russia is now placed.
"The Land of Thor" by J. Ross Browne
Nearly all the class were fascinated by him, and I by no means less than the others.
"The Sexual Life of the Child" by Albert Moll
Ask me, by all means, any thing you wish.
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille
He was aware that he had not by any means taken it all in last night.
"The Combined Maze" by May Sinclair
Write it, my child, by all means; and I will correct the proof-sheets.
"Lover or Friend" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
By all means come in.
"Pariah Planet" by Murray Leinster
But, by all means, the sleeping room should be well ventilated.
"Boy Scouts Handbook" by Boy Scouts of America
Let the effort be made, by all means.
"College Teaching" by Paul Klapper
By all the means at their command women are striving to fit themselves for whatever duties the future may have in store for them.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume IV" by Various
If every man will bring his instrument to church as a personal act of homage to the glory of his Maker, by all means let us have it.
"The Strand Magazine, Volume V, Issue 25, January 1893" by Various
However, dig on your side, by all means, while I dig on mine.
"The Sacred Fount" by Henry James
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In poetry:

Witness all: that unrepenting,
Feathers flying, music high,
I go down to death unshaken
By your mean philosophy.
"The Desecraters" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
“Which means: by drinking how and when I like,
And sticking to the one unsweetened sample,
I hope in course of time that it will strike
All men to follow up my good example.”
"Jimmy Wood" by Barcroft Henry Boake
‘Well then, stay,’
Muttered the dear old Rabelais;
‘Bring it me at once, my friend,
I never would the church offend,
It hangs upon that peg you know,
By all means bring my domino.’
"Rabelais" by William Bell Scott
Stern its meaning; was not Gallia
Looking down on Albion's sons?
In each mind this thought implanted,
Undismayed and all undaunted,
By the battle-fiends enchanted,
They ride down upon the guns.
"The Charge At Balaklava" by James Barron Hope
Come all you freemasons that dwell around the globe,
That wear the badge of innocence, I mean the royal robe,
Which Noah he did wear when in the ark he stood,
When the world was destroyed by a deluging flood.
"The Masonic Hymn" by Anonymous British
And being so by all beloved,
That all into her bosom poured
Their dearest secrets, she was moved
To pity all—her heart a hoard,
Or storehouse, by this means became for all
The sorrows can to girls of tender age befall.
"The Confidant" by Charles Lamb

In news:

All Waco area dogs are invited to bring their people to Stoney Brook of Hewitt for fun A demonstration by Sit Means Sit Dog Training.
Today's post by Fr Jim Martin over at America's "In All Things" blog is destined to become a classic: "What's THAT supposed to mean.
So, by all means, feel free to bash me in different ways.
The holiday season brings with it all sorts of things to do, and by that I don't mean shopping and decorating.
But all it really means is that from her head to her toes, Hillary is owned by all Americans.
So growing evidence that Libor numbers have been deliberately manipulated by banks for years means that millions of people have been paying the wrong interest rate on all manner of financial products.
Yes, if a tornado is on the ground, by all means interrupt programming.
Half of the 20 small machines don't work, meaning that whenever we descended on it with a week's worth of laundry produced by three adult people, we needed all available machines.
This is why instead of all the fashionable criticism of President Obama, by the leftists, I mean, you know, some leftists wrote as if they expected Obama to bring socialism here or something.
Low-tech toys can be overshadowed by the razzle-dazzle of the electronic toy industry, but that doesn't mean all parents have forgotten the joys – and educational benefits – of a cardboard box and some string.
It's by no means some new trend, but what struck me particularly this year was that the lists of new features and options rattled off to me as I talked to window and door manufacturers in Orlando all seemed very long.
It's pretty much where we get all of our information, and by 'information' we mean sexy pictures .
Mushrooms & olives just happen to be my favorite pizza toppings, so if yours differ, by all means, use whatever toppings you enjoy.
What I mean by this is, the bands are selling you something that might make you feel a little better, but you don't really need, all so they can make a buck.
If you don't like the terms of the deal that Barack Obama has cut with congressional Republicans, by all means fight to kill it.
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In science:

As we mentioned above, the typical localization length is the average over all solutions of the Schr¨odinger equation (4), whereas the mean localization length is determined by the states which make dominant contributions to the Green function, i.e., which have large localization length.
Random-mass Dirac fermions in an imaginary vector potential: Delocalization transition and localization length
Since this model has no spacetime dependence, it should not be a surprise that all critical exponents are given by their mean field values.
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
Non-geometric means that no non-trivial element that can be represented by a simple closed curve is mapped to the identity and characteristic means that its kernel is kept fixed under all automorphisms.
Large characteristic subgroups of surface groups not containing any simple loops
By its means we can reduce the problem of the triviality of the generic stratum in A to the corresponding problem for the generic stratum in Gk, i.e. the set of all ~g ∈ Gk with Z (~g) = Z (G).
On the Gribov Problem for Generalized Connections
By H omΛ (K (A), K (B )) we mean all homomorphisms from K (A) to K (B ) which respect the direct sum decomposition and the so-called Bockstein operations (see [DL1]).
Classification of simple $C^*$-algebras of tracial topological rank zero
It means that for all these values of n and m wave functions and energy eigenvalues will not be changed by the perturbation and the resulting distribution (included all energy levels) will not describe level repulsion.
Singular statistics
In the latter problem, fm (x) means the number density of scattering points of particles injected before m-steps and n(x) correspond to the number density of scattering points made by all particles existing that time.
Application of random walk theory to the first order Fermi acceleration in shock waves
I shall illustrate the approach to Gaussian of the distribution of the mean, by considering exponential random variables for which all the relevant quantities can be obtained analytically.
Monte Carlo: Basics
As we mentioned above, the typical localization length is the average over all solutions of the Schr¨odinger equation (4), whereas the mean localization length is determined by the states which make dominant contributions to the Green function, i.e., which have large localization length.
Random-Mass Dirac Fermions in an Imaginary Vector Potential (I): Delocalization Transition and Localization Length
The mean values are simply obtained by averaging over all these trajectories.
Quantum, classical and semiclassical analyses of photon statistics in harmonic generation
We show in Proposition 4 that, on the event IL,M ∩ Ωµ L,M, there exists an ‘interface which spans the equator’ of ΛL,M . (By the equator, we mean the circuit of ΛL,M \ ΛL−1,M comprising all vertices x with x3 = 1 2 .) Much of this paper is devoted to understanding the geometry of such an interface.
Rigidity of the interface for percolation and random-cluster models
The latter is sufficient to evaluate all n-point correlation functions by means of Eqs. (6) and (7).
Eigenvalue correlations in non-Hermitean symplectic random matrices
First of all, let us define what we mean by a tiling.
An algorithm to generate exactly once every tiling with lozenges of a domain
In fact, even though the cluster itself is characterized by simple scaling laws, the currents on the cluster turn out to be distributed in multifractal manner, meaning that all moments scale with individual exponents which cannot be related to the standard exponents by simple scaling laws.
Multifractal current distribution in random diode networks
As was mentioned above, we choose to normalize all of our quantities by means of the rest mass of a single hole, given by Eq. (5.2).
Variational Principles in General Relativity
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