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creature

Definitions

  • The gondola is the centre of everything; it is Venice and a living creature besides
    The gondola is the centre of everything; it is Venice and a living creature besides
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n creature a living organism characterized by voluntary movement
    • n creature a human being; `wight' is an archaic term
    • n creature a person who is controlled by others and is used to perform unpleasant or dishonest tasks for someone else
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Additional illustrations & photos:

An elephant dreams of mammoths, dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures An elephant dreams of mammoths, dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures
Large dinosaur like creature with an elephant nose Large dinosaur like creature with an elephant nose

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Next to man, the porpoise is the most intelligent creature on earth
    • Creature A general term among farmers for horses, oxen, etc.
    • Creature A human being, in pity, contempt, or endearment; as, a poor creature; a pretty creature . "The world hath not a sweeter creature ."
    • Creature A person who owes his rise and fortune to another; a servile dependent; an instrument; a tool. "A creature of the queen's, Lady Anne Bullen.""Both Charles himself and his creature, Laud."
    • Creature Anything created; anything not self-existent; especially, any being created with life; an animal; a man. "He asked water, a creature so common and needful that it was against the law of nature to deny him.""God's first creature was light.""On earth, join, all ye creatures, to extol
      Him first, him last, him midst, and without end."
      "And most attractive is the fair result
      Of thought, the creature of a polished mind."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: If all the insects in the world were put on a scale, they would out weigh all creatures
    • n creature A created thing; hence, a thing in general, animate or inanimate.
    • n creature Specifically, and most commonly, a living created being; an animal or animate being.
    • n creature In a limited sense, a human being: used absolutely or with an epithet (poor, idle, low, etc., or good, pretty, sweet, etc.), in contempt, commiseration, or endearment: as, an idle creature; what a creature! a pretty creature; a sweet creature.
    • n creature Something regarded as created by, springing from, or entirely dependent upon something else.
    • n creature Specifically, a person who owes his rise and fortune to another; one who is subject to the will or influence of another; an instrument; a tool.
    • n creature Intoxicating drink, especially whisky.
    • creature Of or belonging to the body: as, creature comforts.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: During the high feeding season, it has been estimated that an adult blue whale can eat up to 40 million krill in one day. (Krill are shrimp like creatures)
    • ns Creature (krē′tūr) whatever has been created, animate or inanimate, esp. every animated being, an animal, a man: a term of contempt or of endearment: a dependent, instrument, or puppet
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Quotations

  • George Bernard Shaw
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    “The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them; that's the essence of inhumanity.”
  • Sydney Smith
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    “Manners are like the shadows of virtues, they are the momentary display of those qualities which our fellow creatures love and respect.”
  • Jane Mansfield
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    “Men are creatures with eight hands.”
  • Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
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    “The most unhappy and frail creatures are men and yet they are the proudest.”
  • Charles Dickens
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    “Oh the nerves, the nerves; the mysteries of this machine called man! Oh the little that unhinges it, poor creatures that we are!”
  • Elie Wiesel
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    “Peace is not God's gift to his creatures. It is our gift to each other.”

Idioms

Creature comforts - If a person said "I hate camping. I don't like giving up my creature comforts." the person would be referring, in particular, to the comfortable things he/she would have at home but not when camping. At home, for example, he/she would have complete shelter from the weather, a television, a nice comfortable warm bed, the ability to take a warm bath or shower, comfortable lounge chairs to relax in and so on. The person doesn't like giving up the material and psychological benefits of his/her normal life.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. créature, L. creatura,. See Create
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. creāre, -ātum; Gr. krain-ein, to fulfil.

Usage

In literature:

Oh, who is this queer little creature coming to meet me?
"A Modern Tomboy" by L. T. Meade
I began to seek in the creature what I had found in God.
"The Autobiography of Madame Guyon" by Jeanne Marie Bouvier de La Motte Guyon
No matter how the canoe was manoeuvred, this shy creature always took flight before Francois could get within range.
"The Young Voyageurs" by Mayne Reid
These red creatures were the very objects I was in search of.
"The Hunters' Feast" by Mayne Reid
But the most curious creature was a small fish which I had before seen, called by sailors Jumping Johnny.
"In the Wilds of Africa" by W.H.G. Kingston
They submitted, however, to act as leaders, while the ox had the creature's head, round which a rope was passed, close to its heels.
"Adventures in Africa" by W.H.G. Kingston
The Sajous are well-tempered creatures, and easily domesticated.
"Quadrupeds, What They Are and Where Found" by Mayne Reid
But she was a valiant creature; and her natural courage was reinforced by the greatness of her love.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
The chipmunk is quite a solitary creature; I have never known more than one to occupy the same den.
"Squirrels and Other Fur-Bearers" by John Burroughs
How dared the impudent creature appropriate for its own use and defile the place that Suma held sacred?
"The Black Phantom" by Leo Edward Miller
I was endeavouring to reload, when I heard a shot, and the creature fell dead almost at my feet.
"In the Wilds of Florida" by W.H.G. Kingston
I confess I do not like to see the creatures wantonly injured.
"The Voyages of the Ranger and Crusader" by W.H.G. Kingston
If it has to proceed along a surface where there is no danger of a fall, the microscopic creature employs another method.
"The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles" by Jean Henri Fabre
There were toads, frogs, large ants called "soldiers," and other creatures whose company he had no relish to keep.
"The Giraffe Hunters" by Mayne Reid
The frightened wood-life, sleeping or waking, fled from the great creature in its agony.
"The Art of Disappearing" by John Talbot Smith
Should the voracious creatures of the night come, they must find the treasure in impregnable security.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
What sort of creature was that?
"The Plant Hunters" by Mayne Reid
Of course: what a sweet pretty creature she was!
"A Noble Woman" by Ann S. Stephens
What kind of creatures can they be?
"Astounding Stories, February, 1931" by Various
But I have still to see a more terrible creature than that which lay before me now.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science January 1931" by Various
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In poetry:

Yea, the universe may tell
That Thou doest all things well,
For where'er Thy creatures dwell
Thou guidest!
"Thou Guidest" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
Love, art thou discomforted
In thy narrow lot to lie?
See! divinely thou art fed
By the creatures of the sky!
"Comatas" by Annie Adams Fields
God! forgive thy creature's love,
Who only loves too well!
Let not that virtue prove
My doleful doom to hell.
"Sin Of The Choral Singer" by James Avis Bartley
Frozen fast to the mosses,
flight and hiding denied it,
the weary creature watched me,
wary with fear and terror.
"The Pipit" by Jonas Hallgrimsson
ALL. However could you do it?
Some day, no doubt, you'll rue it,
Although no creature knew it,
So many years ago.
"HMS Pinafore: Act II" by William Schwenck Gilbert
The World is Hell as man shows it;
The creatures are of steel;
To live is of superior wit,
To fail is thus to feel.
"The World is Hell" by Marcus Mosiah Garvey

In news:

All Creatures Great And Small .
Creatures Great and Small Threaten Maui's Ecology.
All God's creatures, great and small : Miss Kate Friend loved them all.
The mischievous creature virtually "digging" through the earth.
A good deal of the scary-story genre relies on babes in the woods and creatures waiting to pounce on them.
Speaking for the New York Public Library's two guardian lions and for "all of us two-footed creatures who work here," the Rev.
At least, that is the way pictures and cartoons showed it must have been like inside of such a large creature.
After watching this video, it's safe to say we will be genuinely interested in what Disney does with the next installment of 'Star Wars' *if* all the creatures are pugs in costumes.
It works for Bantha, why not other creatures.
Primaries and general elections are two totally different creatures.
The "Harry Potter" franchise is a rare cinematic creature: one that actually improves the longer it gets in the tooth.
Buzzing like a giant bee and frantically beating its five-foot wings like some great mad stork, the creature brought forth by Jeremy Harris and James DeLaurier set a world record last fall.
New Paranormal Creature Introduced on HBO's True Blood.
"What are your feelings, when you kill so huge a creature — when you take so vast a life.".
John McCain's disparaging comparison between tea-party politicians and the small contented creatures from 'Lord of the Rings' has brought scholars, Gandalf-like, to the rescue.
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In science:

We are very gross creatures: our perceptual apparatus is insensitive to such properties.
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
The body temperature of living creatures is usually near the room temperature.
Route to Room-Temperature Superconductivity from a Practical Point of View
Shelah and the author are working on new creature forcing iteration techniques.
Even more simple cardinal invariants
Galaxies, Stars, planets and living creatures being impossible in a homogeneous and isotropic universe .
Phenomenological analysis of quantum collapse as source of the seeds of cosmic structure
In it was argued that such schemes are insufficient, in particular if one expects cosmology to provide a time evolution account starting from the totally symmetric state to an inhomogeneous and anisotropic Universe in which creatures such as humans might eventually arise.
Phenomenological analysis of quantum collapse as source of the seeds of cosmic structure
Within the grammatical approach, Sims (Sims, 1994) used directed graphs to evolve the body morphologies and neural networks of artificial creatures in a simulated 3D physical world; in these graphs, a node represents a body part and an edge specifies how body parts are connected.
Epigenetic Tracking, a Method to Generate Arbitrary Shapes By Using Evolutionary-Developmental Techniques
Using a domain similar to Sims’, Hornby and Pollack (Hornby and Pollack, 2002) applied L-systems to the simultaneous evolution of the body morphologies and neural networks of artificial creatures in a simulated 3D physical environment.
Epigenetic Tracking, a Method to Generate Arbitrary Shapes By Using Evolutionary-Developmental Techniques
At the other-macroscopic-end too, elegant examples can be seen in the seed dispersal strategies that use this very ’intrusion’ by the environment (wind, water, or even creatures).
Magnetism, FeS colloids, and Origins of Life
Physarum computer is the simplest to build but the most difficult to control, due to the sensitivity and somewhat unpredictable behaviour of the living creature.
Hot Ice Computer
This is understandable, as the question of sensitivity of living creatures to a magnetic field is also interesting from the point of view of human health protection .
No alignment of cattle along geomagnetic field lines found
He discovered invisible to us creatures which over thousands of years were systematcally killing the humans, often responsible for millions of death in one year.
Flavour Visions
Quantum entanglement is one of the most mindbending creatures known to science.
Quantum Computation and Quantum Information
Gynandromorphs are creatures where at least two different body sections are a different sex.
A Developmental Network Theory of Gynandromorphs, Sexual Dimorphism and Species Formation
Gynandromorphs are creatures that are part female (gyn-) and part male (andro-).
A Developmental Network Theory of Gynandromorphs, Sexual Dimorphism and Species Formation
Strange creatures of the past: gigantic saurians of the reptilian age.
Aspects of the history, anatomy, taxonomy and palaeobiology of sauropod dinosaurs
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