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hunch

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v hunch round one's back by bending forward and drawing the shoulders forward
    • n hunch the act of bending yourself into a humped position
    • n hunch an impression that something might be the case "he had an intuition that something had gone wrong"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Hunch A hump; a protuberance.
    • Hunch A lump; a thick piece; as, a hunch of bread.
    • Hunch A push or thrust, as with the elbow.
    • Hunch A strong, intuitive impression that something will happen; -- said to be from the gambler's superstition that it brings luck to touch the hump of a hunchback. "Get a hunch, bet a bunch."
    • Hunch To push or jostle with the elbow; to push or thrust suddenly.
    • Hunch To thrust out a hump or protuberance; to crook, as the back.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n hunch A hump; a protuberance: as, the hunch of a camel.
    • n hunch A thick piece; a hunk; a lump: as, a hunch of cheese.
    • n hunch A push or jog with the fist or elbow, or by a cow with the horn.
    • hunch To round or thrust out or up in a protuberance; crook, as the back.
    • hunch To push or thrust with the elbow or (as a cow) with the horn; jog; hook.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Hunch hunsh a hump, esp. on the back: a lump
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Quotations

  • Frank Capra
    Frank Capra
    “A hunch is creativity trying to tell you something.”
  • Dr. Joyce Brothers
    Dr. Joyce Brothers
    “Trust your hunches. They're usually based on facts filed away just below the conscious level.”
  • Federico Garcia Lorca
    Federico Garcia Lorca
    “With their souls of patent leather, they come down the road. Hunched and nocturnal, where they breathe they impose, silence of dark rubber, and fear of fine sand.”
  • Lily Tomlin
    Lily%20Tomlin
    “Reality is nothing but a collective hunch.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Perh. akin to huckle,; cf. hump, hunch, bunch, hunk,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
The nasalised form of hook; cog. with Ger. hucke, the bent back; cf. Scot. to hunker down, to sit on one's heels with the knees bent up towards the chin.

Usage

In literature:

Feldman hunched the suitcoat up, shivering as the cold bit into him.
"Badge of Infamy" by Lester del Rey
I had my skean handy, but I had a hunch this wasn't anything I could settle with a skean.
"The Door Through Space" by Marion Zimmer Bradley
Anyway, I have a hunch that this fellow has piked off to the north.
"Bob Hunt in Canada" by George W. Orton
If you have one, and something happens that seems to tally with it, why, you're apt to take it for granted that you had a hunch.
"Frank Merriwell, Junior's, Golden Trail" by Burt L. Standish
Ted had seen his hunches turn out true so often that he did not attempt now to distrust them.
"Ted Strong in Montana" by Edward C. Taylor
Sometimes I get a hunch that I'll take all my friends and go and camp right there on the Old Juan.
"Rimrock Jones" by Dane Coolidge
Acting on a hunch, he "touched" his sister Alice for a hundred.
"David Lannarck, Midget" by George S. Harney
It was in the nature of a hunch.
"The Triflers" by Frederick Orin Bartlett
There we was givin' 'em a private hunch on a proposition that was all velvet.
"Torchy" by Sewell Ford
I gazes after him curious a minute, and then follows a sudden hunch.
"Torchy, Private Sec." by Sewell Ford
Seemed kind of silly to me, givin' fair-haired Vincent the third degree on sketchy hunch like that.
"Torchy As A Pa" by Sewell Ford
We sat hunched, under our hats, and took it.
"Pluck on the Long Trail" by Edwin L. Sabin
Shann's shoulders hunched, and he cowered again.
"Storm Over Warlock" by Andre Norton
He's crazier than a loon in most of his hunches, but he's filled four of our biggest gaps.
"Spacehounds of IPC" by Edward Elmer Smith
Friends and fellow-countrymen, I've got a hunch that this is going to be SOME visit.
"The Skylark of Space" by Edward Elmer Smith and Lee Hawkins Garby
By the way, I've got a hunch about those pure intellectuals.
"Skylark Three" by Edward Elmer Smith
Strong dashed up the ladder to the radar bridge where Roger was still hunched before the radar scanner.
"On the Trail of the Space Pirates" by Carey Rockwell
He knew that his hunches were infallible.
"Subspace Survivors" by E. E. Smith
He was sitting in the stern-sheets of the second boat, with his shoulders hunched and his face half-averted.
"The Submarine Hunters" by Percy F. Westerman
I got a hunch he's that auto thief that was through here last summer.
"Free Air" by Sinclair Lewis
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In poetry:

It smokes aloft
Unwavering:
It hunches soft
Under storm's wing.
"Interval" by Edward Thomas
In a world where all
Are hunched and lathered
I know only one
Equal to me in strength.
"Tryst" by Marina Ivanova Tsvetaeva
So two old poets,
Hunched at their beer in the low haze
Of an inn parlour, while the talk ran
Noisily by them, glib with prose.
"Poetry for Supper" by R S Thomas
And there in the dusky cobwebbed garret,
Where dimly the daylight shone,
A little, doleful, hunch-backed woman
Sat spinning all alone.
"The Sleeping Princess" by Clara Doty Bates
The still sweet meadows shimmered: and I stood
And cursed them, bloom of hedge and bird of tree,
And bright and high beyond the hunch-backed wood
The thunder and the splendour of the sea.
"The Hope Of The Streets" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
"Forgive me the goad, O Creature!"
It hunched from foreleg to flank,
Heaved; then the yoke on its forehead
Split, and the treasure sank,
And Downal was left with the broken yoke,
And the silent ox on the bank.
"The Ballad Of Downal Baun" by Padraic Colum

In news:

But if you test your hunches, you could discover you're smarter than you thought.
So what should you do with a hunch .
Until he decides to talk, we have to rely on hunches, instincts and educated guesswork.
Geraldine Carrico of Ionia followed her hunch about a Missouri Lottery "Cash Ka-Pow" Scratchers ticket and ended up winning a $20,000 top prize.
She followed her hunch about a Missouri Lottery "Cash Ka-Pow" Scratchers ticket and ended up winning a $20,000 top prize.
At 9 the next morning, he was in a Starbucks in New Haven, hunched over a book and barely recognizable in a gray sweatshirt, but still wearing his tuxedo pants.
Every year armchair designers and the real deal who labor hunched over a jeweler's bench eagerly await the results of the annual AGTA Spectrum Awards competition.
Diver's 20-year hunch turns up wreckage of century-old disaster.
Being short in stature and hunched over, she appeared a bit frail.
' Palindrome Hunches' NEIL HALSTEAD 3.5 stars.
DeJanae Terry hunched over her legs twice before leaving the track at O'Brien Stadium.
I had a hunch that you could use the slow cooker as a dough proofer—a place to let bread dough rise—and it's true.
SHE SPENDS HER DAYS ON HER feet, hunched over an enormous magnifying glass.
Back pain from hunching over our phones Is there an app for that.
Without a glance at the audience he sat down at the piano, lightly hunched his shoulders and began to play the first notes of Bach 's French Suite No.
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In science:

We may have a hunch that X has the same distribution as Z, or in the case of sequences, a belief that {Xn} converges in law to the distribution of Z .
Nourdin-Peccati analysis on Wiener and Wiener-Poisson space for general distributions
Our ma jor hunch are strongly inhomogeneous ”potential landscapes”,, being sufficiently smooth to avoid a direct reference to random potentials, .
Levy flights in confining environments: Random paths and their statistics
My hunch is that AMS was not approved because of its capability to search for cosmic-ray antinuclei.
Avatars of a Matter-Antimatter Universe
One approach is to invent, based on physical hunches, synthetic time series that reproduce observed statistical properties of the variability.
A review of rapid X-ray variability in X-ray binaries
Shot noise and chaos (below) are common hunches.
A review of rapid X-ray variability in X-ray binaries
I particularly thank an anonymous referee for his/her hunch that the Equivalence Theorem shuld work out if the decay amplitude of the unstable Higgs boson is evaluated at its complex on-shell value. I thank Y.-Y.
Unstable Higgs Particle and the Equivalence Theorem
My hunch is that we won’t get too far in understanding processes like this as long as we think of them as being somehow alien to perturbative QCD.
Tests of Perturbative QCD and Jet Physics
We will justify this hunch in the following discussion, in particular with Proposition 5.5.
Adinkras for Mathematicians
The following computation will not only be useful to study switchings, but will also justify our hunch about the “degrees of freedom” from Theorem 5.4.
Adinkras for Mathematicians
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