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by any means

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adv by any means in any way necessary "I'll pass this course by hook or by crook"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • By any means in any way; possibly; at all.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • By any means in any way
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Quotations

  • Oscar Wilde
    Oscar%20Wilde
    “Civilization is not by any means an easy thing to attain to. There are only two ways by which man can reach it. One is by being cultured, the other by being corrupt.”
  • Oswald Chambers
    Oswald Chambers
    “Earnestness is not by any means everything; it is very often a subtle form of pious pride because it is obsessed with the method and not with the Master.”
  • Horace
    Horace
    “Does he council you better who bids you, Money, by right means, if you can: but by any means, make money ?”
  • William Shakespeare
    William%20Shakespeare
    “Give thy thoughts no tongue, nor any unproportioned thought his act. Be thou familiar but by no means vulgar.”

Etymology

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

Usage

In literature:

By this means it reduces the copper into more minute parts than could possibly be done by any mechanical power.
"Conversations on Chemistry, V. 1-2" by Jane Marcet
Col. Dunbar was not, by any means, the true soldier just hinted at; and consequently did no such thing.
"The Farmer Boy, and How He Became Commander-In-Chief" by Morrison Heady
Montaigne's essays are not by any means of equal value.
"Suspended Judgments" by John Cowper Powys
And what joy and blessing it would spread around if he could by any means be cured!
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
Armand is not by any means perfect.
"Woman on Her Own, False Gods & The Red Robe" by Eugène Brieux
But my troubles were not over by any means.
"The Chronicles of a Gay Gordon" by José Maria Gordon
But London was not, as yet, by any means built over.
"The History of London" by Walter Besant
He did not look, by any means, a person to be afraid of.
"The New Tenant" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
Nor was Frederic, in his capacity of wit, by any means without his own share of vexations.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
We were not by any means the first armed men to tread the heath here.
"The Red Watch" by J. A. Currie
His predecessor had done it only mischief; nor had it been by any means vigorous before.
"The Cruise of the Betsey" by Hugh Miller
Meanwhile the state of Lord Chetwynde's, mind was not by any means enviable.
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille
Rubber and gutta-percha are not the same substance by any means.
"Makers of Many Things" by Eva March Tappan
They do not by any means lie all exactly in the same plane.
"Astronomy of To-day" by Cecil G. Dolmage
Success is not assured by any means.
"The Next Step" by Scott Nearing
But it did not show that he by any means approved of the proposition.
"The Macdermots of Ballycloran" by Anthony Trollope
This town horse is not easy gaited, by any means.
"Rim o' the World" by B. M. Bower
Not so, by any means!
"Shoulder-Straps" by Henry Morford
We have a right to free ourselves by any means that comes handy.
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
The General did not rise, nor did he, by any means, exhibit any knowledge of their presence.
"Uncle Daniel's Story Of "Tom" Anderson And Twenty Great Battles" by John McElroy
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In poetry:

Unless he in the faith be found sincere,
Receive not any one to thy abode;
And by no means admit a servant there,
Until he be the servant too of God.
"Advice To Ev'ry Master Of A Family, To Govern His House In A Religious Manner" by Rees Prichard
I am made all things to all men—
In City or Wilderness
Praising the crafts they profess
That some may be drawn to the Lord—
By any means to my Lord!
"At His Execution" by Rudyard Kipling
Thy servant, Lord! beneath thy wings defend,
And screen me there from ev'ry rude alarm;
Neither permit, by any means, the fiend
To do my soul, or body, any harm.
"A Morning Prayer, To Be Us'd After A Person Is Up, Wash'd, And Dress'd" by Rees Prichard
'Tis not a foe, but an indulgent Sire,
That treats thee thus with a correction mild,
And humbles the rebellious flesh entire,
That He by any means may save his child.
"A Letter From Sir Lewis Mansel Of Margam, In Glamorganshire, As 'Tis Suppos'd, To The Vicar Prichard" by Rees Prichard
Thou, at thy pleasure, canst thy servant free,
Thou from my troubles canst deliver me,
Do thou then, in compassion, comfort give,
And me, by any means, from death reprieve.
"A Prayer, Against The Oppression Of One's Foe. " by Rees Prichard
The LETTER
Rev. Sir, FOR many years now past, a dire disease,
And dreadful dizziness affects my brain;
So that I can't by any means have ease,
Nor, O my God! get riddance of my pain.
"A Letter From Sir Lewis Mansel Of Margam, In Glamorganshire, As 'Tis Suppos'd, To The Vicar Prichard" by Rees Prichard

In news:

"I thought I could save the house, by any means," Mike says.
Your participation in this forum means you agree that you are solely responsible for your own comments, the consequences of posting your comments, and your reliance on any comments submitted by other viewers.
And as I noted last fall when Cox made its announcement, copying Groupon isn't the answer to all of a newspaper chain's problems by any means, but at least it is a place to start.
Not the easiest kit in the world by any means, but yours turned out well.
Now I'm no fashionista by any means, but are you cool with Green Day dressing and posing for an entire ad for fashion designer John Varvatos.
I am not a sun worshipper by any means.
In this case, charge into a fiery building and save lives by any means necessary.
It's obvious early on that this isn't a one-note band, by any means.
"Celebration Day" wasn't the first Zeppelin reunion of sorts by any means.
Not a hard-hit ball, by any means, but at least 50 feet beyond the infield .
Though the US Senate recently voted against President Obama's $447 billion jobs bill, everyday workers — employed and unemployed — still find ways to push forward, with persistence, faith and a will to remain positive by any means.
Laurel business manager Mary Kosek said passage of the resolution does not mean the board will increase the tax by 2.5 percent or by any amount.
The incentives didn't hurt by any means.
We're no detailing experts by any means but we did find it very easy to use Shurhold's orbital Dual Action Polisher.
He did not do that by any means.
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In science:

Indeed, we prove that a 1D crease pattern is flat-foldable by any means precisely if it is by a sequence of one-layer simple folds.
When Can You Fold a Map?
It means that any other hexagon defined by another group with the same parameters can be translated to the given one by a hyperbolic isometry.
Singular sets and parameters of generalized triangle orbifolds
One can certainly pick a single, least favorable value among these estimates to compare it to our model, as it was done in, but this cannot be justified by any scientific means.
Comments on "A Supernova Brane Scan"
By a hypergraph on V we mean any map Λ : P (V ) → Z+ .
Structure of large random hypergraphs
One last assumption completes what one intuitively means by a “state space.” Intuitively, if one knows the “state” xt at time t ∈ R, then any previous knowledge should be irrelevant.
Physics with exotic probability theory
This means we fix one manifold M0 inside a component and construct for any other manifold M an invariant defined by the pair (M0, M ).
Relative Zeta Functions, Determinants, Torsion, Index Theorems and Invariants for Open Manifolds
By an n-party cat state, we mean a highly entangled state of n particles, while by a GHZ state we mean one, which contradicts an interpretation in terms of any local hidden variable theory.
Entanglement Swapping of Generalized Cat States and Secret Sharing
However, we have not had any expression of bK0 (X ) by means of the G-construction.
Higher arithmetic K-theory
The universality means the following: given a simple ob ject S in t, then first, any element of Ext1 (S, M ) is induced from ǫ by a map S → T ′, and second, that π ′ f = 0 for any map f : S → M ′ .
Infinite dimensional representations of canonical algebras
However there the authors introduced parameter s by hand, without relating it to any transformation of the quantum states and simply treating it as a means to achieve a unified approach to different quantization rules.
Generalized (s-Parameterized) Weyl Transformation
Indeed, by an easy induction one can show that a free variable of any final meaning on the primary spine must be a free variable of C or of D.
Retractions of Types with Many Atoms
It follows that for any γ, the probability that the mean value of φ on Λn differs from the mean value on ∆n by more than γnd+1 tends to zero in n.
Random Surfaces
This means that the usual Maxwell equations cannot be used for the explanation of any experiment that test SR, i.e., in which relatively moving observers have to compare their data obtained by measurements on the same physical object.
The Proof that the Standard Transformations of E and B are not the Lorentz Transformations. Clifford Algebra Formalism
Globally symmetric means that every point on the manifold can be moved to any other point by a particular group operation (we discussed this in paragraph 2.3; for a rigorous definition of globally symmetric spaces see Helgason, paragraph IV.3).
Random matrix theory and symmetric spaces
More precisely, we showed that any element p ∈ P is conjugated with some element of the Cartan subalgebra by means of the adjoint representation of K : p = khk−1 where k ∈ K, h = eH and H is in the Cartan subalgebra.
Random matrix theory and symmetric spaces
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