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good

Definitions

  • "'It is good! very good!'"
    "'It is good! very good!'"
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj good promoting or enhancing well-being "an arms limitation agreement beneficial to all countries","the beneficial effects of a temperate climate","the experience was good for her"
    • adj good having the normally expected amount "gives full measure","gives good measure","a good mile from here"
    • adj good with or in a close or intimate relationship "a good friend","my sisters and brothers are near and dear"
    • adj good thorough "had a good workout","gave the house a good cleaning"
    • adj good generally admired "good taste"
    • adj good exerting force or influence "the law is effective immediately","a warranty good for two years","the law is already in effect (or in force)"
    • adj good resulting favorably "it's a good thing that I wasn't there","it is good that you stayed","it is well that no one saw you","all's well that ends well"
    • adj good not left to spoil "the meat is still good"
    • adj good not forged "a good dollar bill"
    • adj good having desirable or positive qualities especially those suitable for a thing specified "good news from the hospital","a good report card","when she was good she was very very good","a good knife is one good for cutting","this stump will make a good picnic table","a good check","a good joke","a good exterior paint","a good secretary","a good dress for the office"
    • adj good morally admirable
    • adj good tending to promote physical well-being; beneficial to health "beneficial effects of a balanced diet","a good night's sleep","the salutary influence of pure air"
    • adj good in excellent physical condition "good teeth","I still have one good leg","a sound mind in a sound body"
    • adj good appealing to the mind "good music","a serious book"
    • adj good agreeable or pleasing "we all had a good time","good manners"
    • adj good most suitable or right for a particular purpose "a good time to plant tomatoes","the right time to act","the time is ripe for great sociological changes"
    • adj good capable of pleasing "good looks"
    • adj good deserving of esteem and respect "all respectable companies give guarantees","ruined the family's good name"
    • adj good of moral excellence "a genuinely good person","a just cause","an upright and respectable man"
    • adj good having or showing knowledge and skill and aptitude "adept in handicrafts","an adept juggler","an expert job","a good mechanic","a practiced marksman","a proficient engineer","a lesser-known but no less skillful composer","the effect was achieved by skillful retouching"
    • adj good financially sound "a good investment","a secure investment"
    • adv good (often used as a combining form) in a good or proper or satisfactory manner or to a high standard (`good' is a nonstandard dialectal variant for `well') "the children behaved well","a task well done","the party went well","he slept well","a well-argued thesis","a well-seasoned dish","a well-planned party","the baby can walk pretty good"
    • adv good completely and absolutely (`good' is sometimes used informally for `thoroughly') "he was soundly defeated","we beat him good"
    • n good articles of commerce
    • n good moral excellence or admirableness "there is much good to be found in people"
    • n good that which is pleasing or valuable or useful "weigh the good against the bad","among the highest goods of all are happiness and self-realization"
    • n good benefit "for your own good","what's the good of worrying?"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

GOOD NEWS OF THE BOY GOOD NEWS OF THE BOY
Good, very well. Apache Good, very well. Apache
A GOOD JOKE A GOOD JOKE
He Took the Lead for Good Old Rome 235 He Took the Lead for Good Old Rome 235
A good-appearin' woman A good-appearin' woman
"There is a good, wholesome-lookin' girl." "There is a good, wholesome-lookin' girl."
What the Bayonet Was Good for 033 What the Bayonet Was Good for 033
Good Bock Good Bock

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Have you ever questioned your sanity? You have good reason to. Did you know that one out of every four people has some sort of pychological 'problem'?
    • Good Adequate; sufficient; competent; sound; not fallacious; valid; in a commercial sense, to be depended on for the discharge of obligations incurred; having pecuniary ability; of unimpaired credit. "My reasons are both good and weighty.""My meaning in saying he is a good man is . . . that he is sufficient . . . I think I may take his bond."
    • Good Advancement of interest or happiness; welfare; prosperity; advantage; benefit; -- opposed to harm, etc. "The good of the whole community can be promoted only by advancing the good of each of the members composing it."
    • Good Clever; skillful; dexterous; ready; handy; -- followed especially by at. "He . . . is a good workman; a very good tailor.""Those are generally good at flattering who are good for nothing else."
    • Good Kind; benevolent; humane; merciful; gracious; polite; propitious; friendly; well-disposed; -- often followed by to or toward, also formerly by unto. "The men were very good unto us."
    • Good Not blemished or impeached; fair; honorable; unsullied; as in the phrases a good name a good report good repute, etc. "A good name is better than precious ointment"
    • Good Not lacking or deficient; full; complete. "Good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over."
    • Good Not small, insignificant, or of no account; considerable; esp., in the phrases a good deal a good way a good degree a good share or part, etc.
    • Good Possessing desirable qualities; adapted to answer the end designed; promoting success, welfare, or happiness; serviceable; useful; fit; excellent; admirable; commendable; not bad, corrupt, evil, noxious, offensive, or troublesome, etc. "And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good .""Good company, good wine, good welcome."
    • Good Possessing moral excellence or virtue; virtuous; pious; religious; -- said of persons or actions. "In all things showing thyself a pattern of good works."
    • Good Real; actual; serious; as in the phrases in good earnest; in good sooth. "Love no man in good earnest."
    • Good Serviceable; suited; adapted; suitable; of use; to be relied upon; -- followed especially by for. "All quality that is good for anything is founded originally in merit."
    • Good That which possesses desirable qualities, promotes success, welfare, or happiness, is serviceable, fit, excellent, kind, benevolent, etc.; -- opposed to evil. "There be many that say, Who will show us any good ?"
    • Good To make good; to turn to good.
    • Good To manure; to improve.
    • Good Wares; commodities; chattels; -- formerly used in the singular in a collective sense. In law, a comprehensive name for almost all personal property as distinguished from land or real property. "He hath made us spend much good .""Thy lands and goods Are, by the laws of Venice, confiscate
      Unto the state of Venice."
    • adv Good Well, -- especially in the phrase as good, with a following as expressed or implied; equally well with as much advantage or as little harm as possible. "As good almost kill a man as kill a good book.""They who counsel ye to such a suppressing, do as good as bid ye suppress yourselves."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: It's a good thing lemmings are promiscuous, they produce 4 times as many females as males.
    • good Serving as a means to a desired end or a purpose; suited to need or requirement; fit; suitable; serviceable; advantageous; beneficial; profitable.
    • good Satisfactory in kind, quantity, quality, or degree Of a kind to give satisfaction or pleasure; possessing valuable or desirable qualities; gratifying to the mind or the senses: as, a good book; good looks; good food; to have a good time; a good deliverance.
    • good Adequate; sufficient; without shortcoming or defect; thorough: as, to give good security; to take good heed.
    • good Suitable in state or condition; sufficient in character or capacity; competent; qualified; fit: as, he is good, or his credit is good, for the sum required; a horse good for five years' service.
    • good Of full measure or amount; reckoned to the utmost limit; without abatement; full; complete: as, a good bushel; it is a good day's journey from here.
    • good Considerable; more than a little; rather large, great, long, or the like: as, a good way off; a good deal.
    • good Not a counterfeit or imitation; real; genuine; hence, actual; serious: as, a good dollar; in good earnest.
    • good Competent; skilful; dexterous; handy; clever; apt: as, a good lawyer; a good workman; a good oarsman; to be good at riming.
    • good Possessing or characterized by moral excellence; free from evil or wickedness; virtuous; righteous; pure: applied to persons, or to their nature, conduct, thoughts, etc.: as, a good man; good conduct; good thoughts.
    • good Kind; friendly; gracious; hence, humane; merciful; benevolent; as, a good old soul; to do one a good turn; good nature.
    • good Fair; untarnished; honorable; becoming a virtuous person; as, a good nature.
    • good Worthy: used in complimentary speech or address, as in good sir, good madam, my good man, etc.
    • good Practically the same as; on the verge of being or becoming, or in an equivalent state to being.
    • good In effect; by clear implication: practically: as, he as good as promised it to me.
    • good Considerable rapidity: used elliptically as an adverb.
    • good To confirm or establish; prove; verify: as, to make good a charge or an accusation.
    • good To provide or supply; make up: as, I will make good what is wanting.
    • good To supply an equivalent for; make up for: as, if you suffer loss, I will make it good to you.
    • good To maintain; defend; preserve intact.
    • good To carry into effect; succeed in making; or effecting; as, to make good a retreat.
    • n good That which is desirable, or is an object of desire.
    • n good That which has worth or desirable qualities, and is or may be made advantageous or beneficial; whatever is adapted and conduces to happiness, advantage, benefit, or profit; that which contributes to pleasure, or is a source of satisfaction; a good thing, state, or condition.
    • n good Advantage: benefit; profit; satisfaction: opposed to evil, harm, etc.: as, it does me good to hear you laugh; it will do no good; hence, welfare; well-being; advancement of interest or happiness: as, to labor for the common good.
    • n good A personal possession; a thing, or things collectively, belonging to one.
    • n good plural Movable effects or personal chattels; articles of portable property, as distinguished from money, lands, buildings, ships, rights in action, etc.: as, household goods.
    • n good Specifically plural Articles of trade; commodities; wares; merchandise.
    • n good A piece of dry-goods; a textile fabric; cloth of any kind: as, will these goods (that is, this piece of goods) wash ?
    • n good A full ending or conclusion; a closing act; a finality: only in the phrase for good, or for good and all.
    • good Well.
    • good That is good: an elliptical exclamation of satisfaction or commendation.
    • good To make good.
    • good To manure.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A lead pencil is good for about 50,000 words.
    • adj Good good having qualities, whether physical or moral, desirable or suitable to the end proposed: promoting success, welfare, or happiness: virtuous: pious: kind: benevolent: proper: fit: competent: satisfactory: sufficient: valid: sound: serviceable: beneficial: real: serious, as in 'good earnest:' not small, considerable, as in 'good deal:' full, complete, as in 'good measure:' unblemished, honourable, as in 'good name:'—comp. bett′er; superl. best
    • n Good that which promotes happiness, success, &c.—opp. to Evil: prosperity: welfare: advantage, temporal or spiritual: moral qualities: virtue: :
    • interj Good well! right!—adv. well
    • n Good an idle person
    • adj Good good-like: good-looking: fine: excellent:—comp. Good′lier; superl. Good′liest
    • n Good a sweetmeat
    • n Good (B.) possessions
    • n Good (pl.) household furniture: movable property: merchandise (in composition, the equivalent of U.S. freight)
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Quotations

  • Chuck Noll
    Chuck Noll
    “Good things happen to those who hustle.”
  • Horace
    Horace
    “A good scare is worth more than good advice.”
  • Mark Twain
    Mark%20Twain
    “It is nobler to be good, and it is nobler to teach others to be good -- and less trouble!”
  • Ninon De L'Enclos
    Ninon De L'Enclos
    “That which is striking and beautiful is not always good; but that which is good is always beautiful.”
  • Hannah More
    Hannah%20More
    “How goodness heightens beauty!”
  • Portuguese Proverb
    Portuguese Proverb
    “Beauty is a good letter of introduction.”

Idioms

As good as new - If something has been used but is still in extremely good condition, it is as good as new.
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Deliver the goods - Do what is required, come up to expectations. For example, Kate delivered the goods and got us the five votes we needed. This phrase alludes to delivering an order of groceries or other items. [Colloquial; second half of 1800s]
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Give as good as you get - If you give as good as you get, you are prepared to treat people as badly as they treat you and to fight for what you believe.
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Good antennae - Someone with good antennae is good at detecting things.
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Good as gold - If children are as good as gold, they behave very well.
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Good egg - A person who can be relied on is a good egg. Bad egg is the opposite.
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Good fences make good neighbours - This means that it is better for people to mind their own business and to respect the privacy of others. ('Good fences make good neighbors' is the American English spelling.)
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Good hand - If you are a good hand at something, you do it well.
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Good offices - Good offices is help and support, especially in mediating in a dispute.
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Good Samaritan - A good Samaritan is a persoon wh helps others in need.
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Good shape - If something's in good shape, it's in good condition. If a person's in good shape, they are fit and healthy.
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Good spell - A spell can mean a fairly or relatively short period of time; you'll hear weather forecasts predict a dry spell. Sports commentators will say that a sportsperson is going through a good spell when they're performing consistently better than they normally do.
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Good time - If you make good time on a journey, you manage to travel faster than you expected.
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Good to go - Someone or something that meets one's approval. 'He is good to go.' 'The idea you had is good to go.'
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Good walls make good neighbours - Your relationship with your neighbours depends, among other things, on respecting one another's privacy.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. Gōd, akin to D. goed, OS. gōd, OHG. guot, G. gut, Icel. gōðr, Sw. & Dan. god, Goth. gōds,; prob. orig., fitting, belonging together, and akin to E. gather,. √29 Cf. Gather

Usage

In literature:

We wish to be plainly understood that the matter of good birth and good ancestors is a good thing to have.
"Dollars and Sense" by Col. Wm. C. Hunter
They who come to them now regard them as playthings, good-time centers for twelve or fourteen weeks.
"Fair Harbor" by Joseph Crosby Lincoln
Dey gib 'em good houses, good feed, good clothes an' plenty uv fun.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Various
The supper had been good, the tobacco was good, and the toddy was good.
"Orley Farm" by Anthony Trollope
The promise, made good to so many in all ages, was made good to him.
"Janet's Love and Service" by Margaret M Robertson
Scotland is a good country to be born in; and it is a good country to get out of; and at times it may be a good country to go back to.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 11 (of 14)" by Elbert Hubbard
The habit burns up good health, good resolutions, good manners, good memories, good faculties, and often honesty and truthfulness as well.
"Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners" by B.G. Jefferis
She had a white cape of some soft cotton goods with a satiny finish, warranted to wash as good as new.
"A Little Girl in Old New York" by Amanda Millie Douglas
They're good to boil, and they're good to fry, And they're good to make a clam pot-pie.
"A Little Girl of Long Ago" by Amanda Millie Douglas
May he never lack good courage and good friends.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
Good wives and good mothers was the ideal held up to girls.
"A Little Girl in Old Boston" by Amanda Millie Douglas
Indian cotton is graded as follows: superfine, fine, fully good, good, fully good fair, good fair, fully fair.
"Textiles" by William H. Dooley
But he was reasonable in his punishments, which was not invariably the case with even good men and good fathers, in that land, in those days.
"Allison Bain" by Margaret Murray Robertson
Other aids to health and happiness are sunshine and fresh air, drinking plenty of good water, useful work, good temper, and good times.
"The Canadian Girl at Work" by Marjory MacMurchy
She had a good time because she was a good cook, and a good nurse, and she had good white folks.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves, Arkansas Narratives, Part 4" by Work Projects Administration
But good men all; good to take their gruel, you know.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
Very good-natured and pleasant, in his way, but Good Heavens!
"The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete" by John Forster
Good face to see; good hands to work; good heart to love.
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
The Earl let further protest stand over, and said good-night, rather relieved at the beneficial effect of the good creature's ministrations.
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
Good, good, but no thinking now, just listen to the sleepy tinkle of the little bells.
"The German Classics of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries" by Various
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In poetry:

They taste good to her
They taste good
to her. They taste
good to her
"To A Poor Old Woman" by William Carlos Williams
Good tidings, Virgin Princess !
Thy Son is risen this morn.
Good tidings to all mortals.
The born and the unborn!
"Easter Song" by Leo Alishan
'Ho, Sailor of the sea!
How's my boy—my boy?'
'What's your boy's name, good wife,
And in what good ship sailed he?'
"How's My Boy?" by Sydney Thompson Dobell
Telling you all would take too long.
Besides, we read in the Bible
how the good is harmful
and how misfortune is good.
"Telling You All" by Rainer Maria Rilke
Kiss and kiss: 'It is not pain
Thus to kiss and die.
One kiss more.'—'And yet one again.'—
'Good-bye.'—'Good-bye.'
"In The Round Tower At Jhansi" by Christina Georgina Rossetti
His father is a Mandarin,
His father's name is Loo Too Sin.
They put no sugar in his tea,
Yet he's as good as good can be.
"Little People: An Alphabet" by Thomas William Hodgson Crosland

In news:

It's a really good time for you to try something a little different -- give yourself the good advice you think you need and all should be just fine.
Janet Good A Good Idea.
But there was good reason for that: Most of the job seekers have been out there in the hunt for a long time, and they knew their prospects weren't particularly good.
Gardening is such a great pasttime, and it's just so, you know, good for, I believe it's good for us emotionally and mentally, and you can eat what you grow or ...
Do good and look good with the Clarins FEED 15 Pouch, on sale today, which contains the brand's iconic Hand and Nail Treatment Cream, Moisture-Rich Body Lotion, and Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in Rose Shimmer.
He has travelled from Europe to South America to Canada in search of good snow and good trails to shoot.
When someone's life is on the line 'good enough' accuracy may not be good enough.
At Cambridge Primary School, they believe if students understand their basic needs and begin to learn how to get their needs met in a responsible way they will be good learners, good citizens and grow up to be productive members of society.
'Miami Connection' Is So Good It's Good.
Being a Good Quitter Makes You a Good Entrepreneur.
Thriller Rod Lott While the box reads "Good Neighbors," the credits read "Good Neighbours".
Wapakoneta shot a team total of 339, good enough to place 10th out of 19 teams, but not good enough to advance as a team.
There can be awkwardness, complications, or reluctance that lead to many a good love -- and good music too.
Some of these things that we do are good and not good.
But the former PNC Bank at 108th and Western has one good thing going for it: All things considered, it is pretty good piece of architecture.
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In science:

An open set U is good if it is a good neighborhood of some x ∈ U .
Orbispaces and Orbifolds from the Point of View of the Borel Construction, a new Definition
If [µ] = [λ] ∪ {x} for some good node x we write λ good−−−−→ µ.
The representation theory of the Ariki-Koike and cyclotomic q-Schur algebras
Therefore, conditioned on {Rn, In }, they are independent if P is a product measure, and they possess good mixing properties if P has good mixing properties.
Random walks in random environments
Note that this is a good path since z is good); otherwise, select γ 1 (x, y ).
Convergence to equilibrium for finite Markov processes, with application to the Random Energy Model
We say that an edge e = (x, x′ ) is good, if x and y are good, this will be denoted by e ∈ G, otherwise the edge is bad: e ∈ B.
Convergence to equilibrium for finite Markov processes, with application to the Random Energy Model
If E is a G0 -orbit, we say that E is good if for some/any (x′P ′, x′′P ′′ ) ∈ E, x′P ′x′−1, x′′P ′′x′′−1 have a common Levi; we say that E is bad if it is not good.
Character sheaves on disconnected groups, II
The rest of the residual map is quite smooth: good evidence that some kind of central compact component is necessary to provide a good fit to the data.
The Aligned z ~ 1 Radio Galaxy 3C 280
Consequently, all good elements form a single G0 -orbit in g2, which is Zariski open. A Z-grading of g is called good if it admits a good element.
Good Gradings of Simple Lie Algebras
If s = {e, h, f } is an sℓ2 -triple in g and the center of gs is trivial, then the only good grading for which e is a good element is the Dynkin grading.
Good Gradings of Simple Lie Algebras
Let g = ⊕j gj be a good Z-grading with a good element e.
Good Gradings of Simple Lie Algebras
Let g = ⊕j gj be a good Z-grading with a good element e.
Good Gradings of Simple Lie Algebras
The Z-grading of g induces a good Z-grading Z ′ = ⊕j Z ′ j with a good element e′, which is the canonical image of e.
Good Gradings of Simple Lie Algebras
Consequently Lemma 4.1 gives the number of good pairs of the form (h+h(p), e(p)) and the generating function for the number of good gradings of sln .
Good Gradings of Simple Lie Algebras
If c(p) = 0, then, by Corollary 1.1, the only good grading of sp2n with good element e(p) is the Dynkin one.
Good Gradings of Simple Lie Algebras
Furthermore, these are al l good Z-gradings of sp2n for which e(p) is a good element (up to conjugation by the centralizer of e(p) in S p2n ).
Good Gradings of Simple Lie Algebras
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