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conjure up

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v conjure up summon into action or bring into existence, often as if by magic "raise the specter of unemployment","he conjured wild birds in the air","call down the spirits from the mountain"
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Usage

In literature:

The picture conjured up in Hector's imagination made him thrill again.
"Beyond The Rocks" by Elinor Glyn
Surely no one would have the temerity to conjure up so beautiful a name for a desert town.
"The River and I" by John G. Neihardt
What frightful images you conjure up!
"Mark Hurdlestone" by Susanna Moodie
Conjure him up, practise upon him, have your part rehearsed and ready to be performed.
"Samuel Rutherford and some of his correspondents" by Alexander Whyte
With the name of Lady Bray to conjure popularity, she had set up her establishment immediately after her husband's death.
"Sally Bishop" by E. Temple Thurston
Busy fancy will conjure up images of death and sickness, of losses and sorrows.
"The Lieutenant and Commander" by Basil Hall
Magic properties could be thus conjured up for some special brand of reinforcement.
"Some Mooted Questions in Reinforced Concrete Design" by Edward Godfrey
Others, though speechless, would conjure up a vivid train of breathing tableaux, replete with their sad histories.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 1, Complete" by Various
But that is not all: you must conjure up the dead.
"The Wonders of Pompeii" by Marc Monnier
He had conjured up yonder spirit, unaided, alone.
"The Adventures of Kathlyn" by Harold MacGrath
Perhaps because it was St. George's Day, ghosts that the grey old stones can conjure up, at Fancy's whim came thronging.
"Berry And Co." by Dornford Yates
It really seemed as if some kind old fairy had conjured up the whole place for our benefit.
"Mrs. Overtheway's Remembrances" by Juliana Horatia Ewing
Gall, because the "you too" conjured up a host of jealous imaginings; honey, because it was revealed that of me she had hoped for better.
"Dead Man's Rock" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
In after days Ann could always conjure up the picture before her.
"From the Valley of the Missing" by Grace Miller White
What my mind conjured up was no longer a retreat in good order but a rout.
"In the Field (1914-1915)" by Marcel Dupont
After all, what she had conjured up as a ghost was turning into a human possibility.
"The Shield of Silence" by Harriet T. Comstock
The term conjured up in my mind pictures of piles of rope, pulleys and anchors.
"American Adventures" by Julian Street
Joy, in truth, was precisely the emotion that Beethoven could never conjure up; it simply was not in him.
"Damn!" by Henry Louis Mencken
The conjurer continued his song at intervals, and it was occasionally taken up by those without.
"Narrative of a Journey to the Shores of the Polar Sea, in the Years 1819-20-21-22, Volume 1" by John Franklin
And the picture my fancy conjures up by way of reply is a somewhat humiliating one.
"Charlotte Bronte and Her Circle" by Clement K. Shorter
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In poetry:

It thrills through every hearing
And so the heart doth gain.
I've conjured up, unfearing,
The thousand-year-old pain.
"With A Copy Of 'The Rabbi Of Bachwach'" by Heinrich Heine
What tho' across thy memory never
Shall flit my once familiar name,
Hallowed by distance, thine for ever,
Memory shall conjure up again.
"To My Valentine" by Nora Pembroke
O cruel memory! do not conjure up
The ghost of Sally Dab, the famous cook;
Who gave me solid food, the cheering cup,
And on her virtues, begg'd I'd write a book.
"Reflections of A Poet: On Being Invited To A Great Dinner" by Thomas Gent
The hunter crouches in his blind
'Neath camouflage of every kind
And conjures up a quacking noise
To lend allure to his decoys
This grown-up man, with pluck and luck
is hoping to outwit a duck
"The Hunter" by Ogden Nash
When once the twilight screws were turned,
And mother milk was stiff as sand,
I sent my own ambassador to light;
By trick or chance he fell asleep
And conjured up a carcass shape
To rob me of my fluids in his heart.
"When Once The Twilight Locks No Longer" by Dylan Thomas

In news:

The city of Denver does not immediately conjure up images of barbecue joints like St Louis, Kansas City, or Texas can.
Orchids in New York City's Bronx will help conjure up Cuba.
The thought of prospecting conjures up Yosemite Sam.
The pairing of "rusty" and "nail" conjures up childhood memories of a tree house, a pediatrics office, a long, tetanus booster filled syringe, and three days of injection site soreness.
The sheer mention of it conjures up images of beach bars and tiny cocktail umbrellas.
For most people, the word polygamy conjures up images of child brides dressed straight out of the 1800s.
It was a foodie fantasy in the Palisades last night, where Todd Gray and Spike Gjerde conjured up a wintertime feast to benefit Martha's Table and DC Central Kitchen.
It conjures up cool iced teas sipped in tree-dappled sunlight.
Then She conjured up Gustav to threaten to delay Bush's speech at the RNC.
Spring riding at Mammoth Mountain, California, generally conjures up images of sunny parks and shedding layers in the warm weather.
It's difficult to conjure up a dull weekend in New York, but that task is downright impossible on the first weekend of every month, when.
It's short for public house and the mere mention of it conjures up images of thatched roofs, quaint names, cozy inglenooks and polished horse brasses.
Django Unchained Director: Quentin Tarantino Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Kerry Washington Nothing conjures up the brutality of slavery like that of blood sprayed upon unpicked cotton.
Some self-declared rednecks celebrate what to others is a pejorative term that conjures up the sunburned necks of farm workers who spent their days in the field.
Cool combinations of blue, green and brown conjure up images of the ocean, relaxation and a day at the spa.
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In science:

It is clear from the previous proof that one can conjure up an apparently similar environment with substantially different recurrence properties.
Recurrence for persistent random walks in two dimensions
They conjure up their mates from the chemical soup of the environment.
Biologic
It would be interesting to conjure up possible matrix-like structures that possess nonassociative multiplication, perhaps involving nonassociative ∗-products as in, where blocking up techniques as in this work may be applied to gain insight into string algebras and spacetime geometry.
Blocking up D-branes : Matrix renormalization ?
This however is perhaps a less satisfactory viewpoint, since it is difficult to conjure up a mechanism, either for citation networks or the Web, which would give rise to such an attachment process.
The structure and function of complex networks
We now introduce our notion of a “homomorphism ” between bina ry matroids. (We stress that the phrase homomorphism is conjured up here and we are not aware of either this notion, or the phrase being used in the literature.
Testing Linear-Invariant Non-Linear Properties
In principle it could be that the error terms in our approximation, while negligible at each step, conjure up to become large after a finite number of iterations.
Message Passing Algorithms for Compressed Sensing: I. Motivation and Construction
Sometimes it means ‘slow and gentle’, which might conjure up the idea of a quasi-static process, but this is certainly not our intention.
The Physics and Mathematics of the Second Law of Thermodynamics
When we think of n → ∞, we do not conjure up task sets with 1000s of tasks; we are usually dealing with many 10s of tasks.
Sharp utilization thresholds for some real-time scheduling problems
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