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empty words

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n empty words loud and confused and empty talk "mere rhetoric"
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Usage

In literature:

What to you are empty words?
"The Forerunners" by Romain Rolland
At the word the maniap's were emptied.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 18 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Words seem empty and unavailing at this time.
"A Guest at the Ludlow and Other Stories" by Edgar Wilson (Bill) Nye
Inside him was a great aching emptiness that even Hopper's kindly words could not reach.
"The Crimson Gardenia and Other Tales of Adventure" by Rex Beach
To cease to exist, to become a bye-word, an empty bag which once was full.
"Toilers of the Sea" by Victor Hugo
All the empty benches repeated Cushion-Kate's words.
"Landolin" by Berthold Auerbach
Words are very empty, if there is nothing back of them.
"Moody's Stories" by Dwight Lyman Moody
Hinton,' said the man; and the words echoed in the empty drawing-room, as he closed the door behind me.
"Jack Hinton The Guardsman" by Charles James Lever
But the words fell on empty air.
"Thirty" by Howard Vincent O'Brien
With a very serious look and without another word he emptied his pockets.
"The Black Watch" by Scout Joe Cassells
His words, however, might just as well have been uttered into empty air.
"Lost Man's Lane" by Anna Katharine Green
I'm sorry for you, Colonel Craigmiles; and that is no empty form of words.
"The King of Arcadia" by Francis Lynde
Words are very empty, if there is nothing back of them.
"Secret Power" by Dwight L. Moody
He left word that if the dog came back he was to be shut up in an empty stable.
"The New Gulliver and Other Stories" by Barry Pain
In the orchard, at the end of the Gass, however, which Avrohom hired of the Gentiles, he had no need to exchange empty words with anyone.
"Yiddish Tales" by Various
Assert it, not by empty words, but by deeds, so far as you can within the limits of your bonds.
"Sinn Fein" by P. S. O'Hegarty
Never did a people suffer so much for the empty words of a preamble.
"Evolution of Expression, Volume 2--Revised" by Charles Wesley Emerson
They were words, empty words.
"Footsteps of Fate" by Louis Couperus
If he tries, his words will most likely be irreverent cant or an empty echo.
"With God in the World" by Charles H. Brent
Hippias now laughed; grimly, as men laugh at the emptiness of words.
"The Ordeal of Richard Feverel" by George Meredith
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In poetry:

I grieve to be so plain, renowned Bird —
Thy fame 's a flam, and thou an empty fowl;
And what is more, upon a Poet's word
I'd say as much, wert thou Minerva's owl.
"To a Captive Owl" by Henry Timrod
God, ev'ry thought and bosom secret knows,
God, is himself the Sire and source of light,
God, chuses pray'r, as from the heart it flows;
But empty words are nothing in his sight.
"Concerning Prayer, And Its Proper Requisites" by Rees Prichard
But you spared me this, like the heart you are,
And filled my empty heart at a word.
If two lives join, there is oft a scar,
They are one and one, with a shadowy third;
One near one is too far.
"By The Fire-Side" by Robert Browning
"With dreams and with words and with light
Memories and empty desires
Thou hast wrapped thyself round all night;
Thou hast shut up thine heart from the right,
And warmed thee at burnt-out fires.
"Perinde AC Cadaver" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
Yes, I am faint with love, and broken
With sleepless nights and empty days;
I want your soft words fiercely spoken,
Your tender looks and wayward ways--
Want that strange smile that gave me token
Of many things that no man says.
"Fate Knows No Tears" by Laurence Hope
Curse her! curse her! I say, and give my curses wings!
May the words of love I've spoke be changed to scorpion stings!
Oh, she filled my heart with joy, she emptied my heart of doubt,
And now, with a scratch of a pen, she lets my heart's blood out!
"Gone With A Handsomer Man" by William McKendree Carleton

In news:

You can't spell "accountability" without "A," "C" and "T." But in Washington, government officials routinely get away with "taking personal responsibility" by mouthing empty words devoid of action.
Warren Buffett's Empty Words .
Psychiatric Records—Careful of Those Empty Words .
Empty words from the White House on the super-committee and taxes.
On the front it says "Vote" and underneath the word is a ballot with two empty boxes, one for Republican and one for Democratic.
Is a sparkling example of what a spiritual calling really means, instead of what we mostly see in athletes today, which is a barage of meaningless words and empty gestures.
They're empty words and, worse yet, they have no relevance .
"It was likely that tweets using the words or hashtag for 'empty chair' were sarcastic, " Mr Taplin says.
"And they're empty," he added to laughter, "like much of his words.".
The company is being ripped by disappointed customers who say it abandoned its beliefs, while also hearing it from LGBT activists who say all it offers in the memo are empty words.
More empty words from President Obama.
China's Xi demands fewer empty words, less show for top leaders.
As for solutions, look beyond empty words of praise and birthday-cake celebrations for employees.
I thought this was an inspiring idea, not just for the new empty nesters, but to parents struggling to maintain a sense of self, to keep a relationship going that didn't involve the words mom or dad.
Of all the words that may be spoken when the death of a loved one occurs, perhaps none have more meaning than those spoken centuries ago in an empty tomb: "He is risen " (Mark 16:6).
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In science:

In other words, G is a possibly empty collection of i-element subsets of V .
On shelling and flag vectors
We allow in Lemma 2.1 τ to be the empty word
A new class of positive recurrent functions
We define a word w to be any non-empty finite ordered collection of 1s and 2s.
$L^p$ improving bounds for averages along curves
We allow in S the empty word denoted 1 and denote S + = S \ {1}.
Noncommutative extensions of the Fourier transform and its logarithm
Let A be a finite set, called the alphabet, and denote by A∗, AN, AZ the set of finite, one-sided infinite, and two-sided infinite words over A, respectively. A word v is called a subword (or factor) of some word u if there are words w1, w2 (possibly empty) such that u = w1 vw2 .
Dynamical Upper Bounds for One-Dimensional Quasicrystals
An overlap is a word of the form axaxa, where a is a single letter and x is a (possibly empty) word, as in the French word entente.
Simultaneous avoidance of large squares and fractional powers in infinite binary words
Recall that since all pairs of generators have a corresponding one-step reversing, then a terminating reversing calculation ρw for any word w results in a word of the form uv−1 where u and v are positive (but possibly empty) words.
Garside structure for the braid group of G(e,e,r)
Let Er be the complex vector space generated by words in the zi,j (including the empty word, denoted by 1).
The Hopf algebra structure of multiple harmonic sums
Q ∈ {∃, ∀}. 2.2 Automata over Finite Words The set of all words over an alphabet Σ is denoted by Σ∗, Σ+ denotes the set of all non-empty words over Σ∗, and λ denotes the empty word.
Bounds on the Automata Size for Presburger Arithmetic
Note that the empty word λ does not represent an integer.
Bounds on the Automata Size for Presburger Arithmetic
After complementation we have to make the initial state of the DWA nonaccepting since the empty word does not represent any integer tuple.
Bounds on the Automata Size for Presburger Arithmetic
Note that if Ax is the empty word, that is, σ starts with 1, then this case is treated as the case “x is not 0 mod k” since σ∗ will start with (kn + k − 1)1.
Classifying Descents According to equivalence mod k
Denote the set of all finite paths including the empty word
Graph Measures
The free group of two generators F2 consists of finite irreducible words composed of the symbols a, b, a−1, b−1, including the empty word (the neutral element).
Varia: Ideals and Equivalence Relations, beta-version
In other words, the segment σ((τ2i−1, τ2i )) of σ, which includes the point σ(λi ), has empty intersection with Σ.
The geometry at infinity of a hyperbolic Riemann surface of infinite type
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