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devoid

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj devoid completely wanting or lacking "writing barren of insight","young recruits destitute of experience","innocent of literary merit","the sentence was devoid of meaning"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Devoid of its cells and proteins, human blood has the same general makeup as sea water.
    • Devoid Destitute; not in possession; -- with of; as, devoid of sense; devoid of pity or of pride.
    • v. t Devoid To empty out; to remove.
    • Devoid Void; empty; vacant.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • devoid To avoid; leave; depart from.
    • devoid To do away; put aside; destroy.
    • devoid Empty; vacant; void.
    • devoid Destitute; not possessing; lacking: with of: as, devoid of understanding.
    • devoid Synonyms Void, etc. See vacant.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Devoid de-void′ destitute: free from.
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Quotations

  • Gilbert K. Chesterton
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    “A large section of the intelligentsia seems wholly devoid of intelligence.”
  • Marcel Proust
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    “Let us leave pretty women to men devoid of imagination.”
  • Source Unknown
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    “The happiness in this life does not consist of being devoid of passion, but mastering them.”
  • King Jr. Martin Luther
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    “There is nothing more tragic than to find an individual bogged down in the length of life, devoid of breadth.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. devoiden, to leave, OF. desvuidier, desvoidier, to empty out. See Void
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. desvoidier, des—L. dis-, away, voidier—L. viduāre, viduus, deprived.

Usage

In literature:

But the younger, who was as useless as he was generally officious, was entirely devoid of any redeeming feature.
"The Loom of Youth" by Alec Waugh
The houses along the way presented faces utterly blank and devoid of life.
"A Pagan of the Hills" by Charles Neville Buck
I must be terribly devoid of affection.
"The Lost Valley" by J. M. Walsh
Three long days devoid of incident, hopelessly dull, aimless, and uninteresting.
"A Maker of History" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
In this case, it is not too much to say that they are nearly devoid of genuine value.
"Applied Eugenics" by Paul Popenoe and Roswell Hill Johnson
The monuments of this sanctuary are far from being devoid of interest.
"Young Americans Abroad" by Various
The head, like the body and limbs, was entirely devoid of hair.
"Spacehounds of IPC" by Edward Elmer Smith
The huge, upstanding tree-trunks were devoid of limbs for a hundred feet or more above the ground.
"The Girl in the Golden Atom" by Raymond King Cummings
Adjoining these two rooms, devoid of fire-grate or windows, were two cells, each 5 feet by 6 feet high.
"Recollections of Old Liverpool" by A Nonagenarian
I believe I may say I am not devoid of greatness of soul; for I did not recoil from this infamous burden.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition" by Robert Louis Stevenson
From the first he had shown himself to be utterly devoid of fear.
"The Giant of the North" by R.M. Ballantyne
The old French noblesse, again, were not devoid of redeeming qualities.
"The Story of the Upper Canada Rebellion, Volume 1" by John Charles Dent
This expedition was under the command of Sir William Phipps, a sturdy colonist, whose life was not devoid of romantic episodes.
"The Naval History of the United States" by Willis J. Abbot
Rueckert's biography may be given in a few words, his life having been singularly devoid of incident.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, No. 105, July 1866" by Various
The south-west of the territory appears to have been completely uninhabited, and also devoid of the buffalo.
"Historical Introduction to Studies Among the Sedentary Indians of New Mexico; Report on the Ruins of the Pueblo of Pecos" by Adolphus Bandelier
And, therefore, the false shepherds are devoid of sympathy.
"My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year" by John Henry Jowett
To say that Kant was devoid of wit, as many writers do, is not to know the man.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great Philosophers, Volume 8" by Elbert Hubbard
It is a vivid green bird with a dull yellow patch, devoid of feathers, round the eye.
"Birds of the Indian Hills" by Douglas Dewar
Cain's heart is devoid of true brotherly love; he has only contempt for Abel.
"Epistle Sermons, Vol. III" by Martin Luther
He had a horrible vision of a world devoid of life, a world of bare rocks, dry sand, odorless, dead waters.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, December 1930" by Various
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In poetry:

They leave the mighty problem
Of Maker and the Made,
Devoid of any sequence,
Or any plan portrayed.
"Needs And Powers" by Jared Barhite
Not all can hear the music stealing
From out that lightly-lifted flute;
To those devoid of kindred feeling
Its melody is always mute.
"Leo" by John Lawson Stoddard
I used to glorify the poor,
Not simply lofty views expressing:
Their lives alone, I felt, were true,
Devoid of pomp and window-dressing.
"Change" by Boris Pasternak
For his grand eyes, so large and bright,
Though turned, through sound, my form to find,
Were totally devoid of sight;
He faced me in the darkness ... blind!
"Leo" by John Lawson Stoddard
And devoid of power remain.
And so the bright hours with gladness prepare
Their dark, pleasing veil of a texture so fair,
And over the couch softly, tranquilly reign.
"The God And The Bayadere - An Indian Legend" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Oh! barren isle--oh! fruitless shore,
Oh! realm devoid of beauty--how the light
From glory's sun streams down for evermore,
Hallowing your ancient barrenness with bright!
"Morris Island" by William Gilmore Simms

In news:

Today, seen as devoid of nutrients compared to their whole-grain cousins -- the edible equivalent of the Boogey Man.
The Democratic Convention in Charlotte, which was to be dull, boring, and devoid of drama and excitement, did not turn out that way.
The Los Angeles flight, operated by Australian airline Qantas, was devoid of passengers and crew, save for those in the cockpit.
The other was nearly devoid of people of color.
America's Cup: "Team USA" Devoid of Americans.
You will note that the Opinion section of the newspaper is devoid of comment and revelation on Tuesday's election.
The political attacks on the president over the unfortunate deaths of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others at the consulate in Libya employ false assumptions and, like most Fox News stories, are almost devoid of facts.
One out of five Baltimore residents lives in a food desert, a neighborhood devoid of grocery stores or healthful food options, according to the city.
The third quarter was devoid of scoring until Little Elm 's Alex Ibarra caught a 5-yard pass from Pullum with 2:36 remaining to make it 37-21.
It is a sad day when Americans laud " freedom of speech " as a right, devoid of responsibility.
Rainwater is soft water, devoid of chemicals, and plants love it.
A student journalist's column suggesting that an annual remembrance of the 1970 Marshall plane crash has become "devoid of meaning" and that the university needs to move on has drawn hundreds of angry responses.
In an era of political nastiness, with office-seekers often behaving badly, the 9th District race for the West Virginia Senate has been devoid of anything negative.
Algeria's legislative elections last month were "devoid of legitimacy, " the daily Al Watan newspaper reported, citing the head of an independent commission that monitored the vote.
Growing up in a world devoid of nature, 12-year old Ted will do anything to win the affections of the dreamy Audrey.
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In science:

At the Amsterdam conference de Jager (1992b) raised the question of why most of the known yellow hypergiants appear to cluster around 6500 K ≤ Teff ≤ 7500 K with different luminosities, while the area around 10,000 K and log(L⋆ /L⊙ )≥5.7 is nearly devoid of stars.
Two Decades of Hypergiant Research
Correspondingly, it is desirable to design the measurement so the output is devoid of any information about the test mass’s initial state.
The noise in gravitational-wave detectors and other classical-force measurements is not influenced by test-mass quantization
His analysis reveals the same conclusion as we obtain in our pedagogical example: the measured quantity contains information about the force and is devoid of any influence from the particle’s initial state.
The noise in gravitational-wave detectors and other classical-force measurements is not influenced by test-mass quantization
Carbon stars on the sequence immediately at shorter periods than the Mira P-L, at L ∼ 8, 000 L⊙, may have MZAMS ∼ 3 to 4 M⊙, but the continuation of the evolutionary track is devoid of stars until it reaches the Mira P-L at a twice as high luminosity.
Pulsating AGB stars in the LMC
But note that the reduced density operator for the signal is still of the form ρ = Trb |ψn,φ i hψn,φ | = Xm which is devoid of coherence.
Dialogue Concerning Two Views on Quantum Coherence: Factist and Fictionist
The source field is devoid of physical meaning, and is introduced merely as a mathematical device to generate ˜C[11′, 22′ ] via functional differentiation.
Influence Functional for Decoherence of Interacting Electrons in Disordered Conductors
The discussion here is very brief and devoid of any considerations of important observational issues, such as impact of confusing signals and related systematic uncertainties.
The Sunyaev-Zeldovich Effect
Properties of an electron system in a doubly connected geometry are periodic in the flux through the region devoid of electrons, with the period being precisely one flux quantum1 (flux quantum is defined as φ0 = hc/|e|).
Resonant tunneling in fractional quantum Hall effect: superperiods and braiding statistics
In order to find out, it is useful to study the ∆S = 0 HWI which is largely devoid of strange quark effects.
Nuclei as Laboratories: Nuclear Tests of Fundamental Symmetries
This theory is different from the classical KK scenario by the fact that it has a noncompact fifth dimension and that the 5D bulk space is devoid of matter.
Stabilization of test particles in Induced Matter Kaluza-Klein theory
There are two kinds of CVs that show hot spots: Intermediate Polars with magnetic fields of 1–10 MG, usually with some outer accretion disk, and Polars with fields > 15 MG devoid of a disk.
Discovery of two new accreting pulsating white dwarf stars
In the above sense, the term “nongeometric” is almost completely devoid of content – one may as well say “all string compactifications, except a set of (probably) measure zero.” However, here we will not use the term in this very general setting.
Lectures on Nongeometric Flux Compactifications
Photon-induced interactions are characterised by a large pseudorapidity region completely devoid of any hadronic activity.
Associated W and Higgs boson photoproduction and other electroweak photon induced processes at the LHC
The dispersed spectra of the beacons are devoid of amplitude structures (phase was not mesurable since beacons are not one coherent source), and the flux injected simply diminishes as the injection worsens.
AMBER Task Force February 2008 run report
These E and B fields manifestly satisfy the aforementioned properties, although the formality of the demonstration —in addition to being inappropriate for the introductory course— is devoid of physical insight. (One may of course try to impose longitudinality: take Aµ = A cos(kz − ω t) δz µ .
Transversality of Electromagnetic Waves in the Calculus-Based Introductory Physics Course
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