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interest

Definitions

  • Any interesting cases coming on
    Any interesting cases coming on
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v interest excite the curiosity of; engage the interest of
    • v interest be on the mind of "I worry about the second Germanic consonant shift"
    • v interest be of importance or consequence "This matters to me!"
    • n interest a diversion that occupies one's time and thoughts (usually pleasantly) "sailing is her favorite pastime","his main pastime is gambling","he counts reading among his interests","they criticized the boy for his limited pursuits"
    • n interest a reason for wanting something done "for your sake","died for the sake of his country","in the interest of safety","in the common interest"
    • n interest the power of attracting or holding one's attention (because it is unusual or exciting etc.) "they said nothing of great interest","primary colors can add interest to a room"
    • n interest a sense of concern with and curiosity about someone or something "an interest in music"
    • n interest (usually plural) a social group whose members control some field of activity and who have common aims "the iron interests stepped up production"
    • n interest (law) a right or legal share of something; a financial involvement with something "they have interests all over the world","a stake in the company's future"
    • n interest a fixed charge for borrowing money; usually a percentage of the amount borrowed "how much interest do you pay on your mortgage?"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Places of Interest in Connection with Columbus's Earlier Life Places of Interest in Connection with Columbus's Earlier Life
MUTUAL INTERESTS MUTUAL INTERESTS
THE LITTLE PREACHER AND HIS INTERESTED AUDIENCE THE LITTLE PREACHER AND HIS INTERESTED AUDIENCE

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: It's believed that India gets its name from the Indus River. The interesting thing is that none of the river is actually in India. It's in Pakistan.
    • Interest (Finance) A fee paid for the use of money; a fee paid for a loan; -- usually reckoned as a percentage; as, interest at five per cent per annum on ten thousand dollars. "They have told their money, and let out
      Their coin upon large interest ."
    • Interest Advantage, personal or general; good, regarded as a selfish benefit; profit; benefit. "Divisions hinder the common interest and public good.""When interest calls of all her sneaking train."
    • Interest Any excess of advantage over and above an exact equivalent for what is given or rendered. "You shall have your desires with interest ."
    • Interest Excitement of feeling, whether pleasant or painful, accompanying special attention to some object; concern; a desire to learn more about a topic or engage often in an activity. "So much interest have I in thy sorrow."
    • Interest (Finance, Commerce) Participation in advantage, profit, and responsibility; share; portion; part; as, an interest in a brewery; he has parted with his interest in the stocks.
    • Interest The persons interested in any particular business or measure, taken collectively; as, the iron interest; the cotton interest.
    • Interest To be concerned with or engaged in; to affect; to concern; to excite; -- often used impersonally. "Or rather, gracious sir,
      Create me to this glory, since my cause
      Doth interest this fair quarrel."
    • Interest To cause or permit to share. "The mystical communion of all faithful men is such as maketh every one to be interested in those precious blessings which any one of them receiveth at God's hands."
    • Interest To engage the attention of; to awaken interest in; to excite emotion or passion in, in behalf of a person or thing; as, the subject did not interest him; to interest one in charitable work. "To love our native country . . . to be interested in its concerns is natural to all men.""A goddess who used to interest herself in marriages."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Rabbits do in fact make sounds. When angry, upset, or frightened, a rabbit makes a sort of grunting/whimpering sound. It's actually quite interesting.
    • n interest That which concerns or is of importance; that which is advantageous, or connected with advantage or welfare; concern; concernment; behoof; advantage: as, the common interests of life; to act for the public interest.
    • n interest The feeling that something (the object of the feeling) concerns one; a feeling of the importance of something with reference to one's self; a feeling of personal concernment in an object, such as to fix the attention upon it; appreciative or sympathetic regard: as, to feel an interest in a person; to excite one's interest in a project; a subject of absorbing interest.
    • n interest Personal or selfish consideration; regard to private benefit or profit: as, his actions are controlled by interest; the clashing of rival interests.
    • n interest Influence from personal importance or capability; power of influencing the action of others: as, he has interest at court; to solicit a person's interest in behalf of an application.
    • n interest Personal possession or right of control; share or participation in ownership: as, to have great interests in a county; an interest in a stock company; also, anything that is of importance from a commercial or financial point of view; a business; property in general: as, the mining interests.
    • n interest In law, in the most general sense, legal concern of a person in a thing or in the conduct of another person, whether it consist in a right of enjoyment in or benefit from property, or a right of advantage, or a subjection to liability in the event of conduct; more specifically, a right in property, or to some of those uses or benefits from which the property is inseparable. In a narrower sense it was used in the English common law of real property, to designate a right less than an estate, such as a lease or an easement, etc.
    • n interest Payment, or a sum paid, for the use of money, or for forbearance of a debt. The interest bears a fixed ratio (agreed upon by the parties) to the sum loaned, and is to be paid at certain stated times, as once or twice a year. The money lent or due is called the principal, the sum paid for the use of it the interest, the fixed ratio, which is so many units in one hundred, the rate per cent., or simply the per cent. The rate per cent. is usually so much a year, or per annum. Sometimes the rate is mentioned as so much per month; $100 at 1 per cent. per month is equal to $100 at 12 per cent. per annum. Legal interest is the rate established by law, and it is always understood that legal interest is intended when no specific rate is mentioned. Interest greater than the legal rate is usury, and is prohibited by law. In certain jurisdictions, however, it is allowable to give and receive higher than legal rates by special contract between the parties. Interest may be either simple or compound. Simple interest is the interest arising from the principal sum only, and, though not paid, is not itself chargeable with interest. Compound interest is the interest paid not only on the original or principal sum, but also on the interest as it falls due and, remaining unpaid, is added to the principal.
    • n interest Hence Something added or thrown in by way of premium or enhancement; an added quantity over and above what is due, deserved, or expected.
    • interest To concern; affect; be of advantage or importance to.
    • interest To engage the attention of; excite concern in; stimulate to feeling or action in regard to something.
    • interest To cause to take a personal concern or share; induce to participate: as, to interest a person in an enterprise.
    • interest To place or station.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Interest in′tėr-est advantage: premium paid for the use of money (in Compound interest, the interest of each period is added to its principal, and the amount forms a new principal for the next period): any increase: concern: special attention: influence over others: share: participation
    • v.t Interest to concern deeply
    • v.t Interest in′tėr-est to engage the attention: to awaken concern in: to excite (in behalf of another)
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Quotations

  • Michael Winner
    Michael Winner
    “The truth of the matter is that muggers are very interesting people.”
  • Richard Brinsley Sheridan
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    “You know it is not my interest to pay the principal, or my principal to pay the interest.”
  • Hedda Hopper
    Hedda Hopper
    “Nobody's interested in sweetness and light.”
  • Daniel J. Boorstin
    Daniel%20J.%20Boorstin
    “We need not be theologians to see that we have shifted responsibility for making the world interesting from God to the newspaperman.”
  • Henri B. Stendhal
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    “The shepherd always tries to persuade the sheep that their interests and his own are the same.”
  • Georges Carpentier
    Georges Carpentier
    “Life is very interesting if you make mistakes.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. interest, F. intérêt, fr. L. interest, it interests, is of interest, fr. interesse, to be between, to be difference, to be importance; inter, between + esse, to be; cf. LL. interesse, usury. See Essence
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
From obs. interess—O. Fr. interesser, to concern—L. interesse.

Usage

In literature:

All this time her own little fortune could be augmenting, interest on interest.
"A Little Girl in Old Boston" by Amanda Millie Douglas
The land is full of ancient interests, especially near Marseilles, at Avignon and Arles.
"Fair Italy, the Riviera and Monte Carlo" by W. Cope Devereux
The faith in goblinism produced other-worldly interests which overruled ordinary worldly interests.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
I could only hope that the other interesting people would regard me as he did.
"Gossamer" by George A. Birmingham
One of them I saw myself, where interest was arrayed against interest, friend against friend, brother against brother.
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden
When such powerful princes became interested, Leo was startled.
"A Modern History, From the Time of Luther to the Fall of Napoleon" by John Lord
Everything of this nature will command attention and hold interest.
"Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 10" by Charles Herbert Sylvester
A class of small children was of special interest, studying passages of the Koran from cards.
"Travels in the Far East" by Ellen Mary Hayes Peck
His relative was about to impart interesting gossip.
"Black Oxen" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
Evidently she is more interested in her breakfast than in her brothers.
"The Girl Scouts in Beechwood Forest" by Margaret Vandercook
What else his letters of these years enable me to recall, that could possess any interest now, may be told in a dozen sentences.
"The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete" by John Forster
The details that fill in between are interesting, but not so interesting as these high spots.
"Newspaper Reporting and Correspondence" by Grant Milnor Hyde
They loved each other dearly, yet here was one moment where self-interest must prevail.
"Charles Frohman: Manager and Man" by Isaac Frederick Marcosson and Daniel Frohman
The observations at South Kensington have also brought to light another interesting peculiarity of the spot-spectra.
"The Story of the Heavens" by Robert Stawell Ball
Hence it is that the subject of contact metamorphism is of interest to economic geologists.
"The Economic Aspect of Geology" by C. K. Leith
It was all so interesting to Horace.
"The Art of Disappearing" by John Talbot Smith
How can you expect her to be interesting if you take no interest in her?
"The Beth Book" by Sarah Grand
His interest was obvious, but it was interest, not of a connoisseur, but of a man looking round another man's workshop.
"Aliens" by William McFee
I have no other interest in the cause than the interest of my heart.
"The Writings Of Thomas Paine, Complete" by Thomas Paine
He loaned money at enormous rates of interest, and he rented out horses at prohibitive rates per day.
"Bred of the Desert" by Marcus Horton
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In poetry:

I knew a nice young lady there,
Her name was EMILY MACPHERSON,
And though she wore another's hair,
She was an interesting person.
"Ben Allah Achmet, or, the Fatal Tum" by William Schwenck Gilbert
But I must needs confess, I do not find
The motions of my mind
So purified as yet, but at the best
My body claims in them an interest.
"If you refuse me once, and think again" by John Suckling
'Tis to give a tender interest
To the scenes in which we're moving:
While those hopes so often blasted,
Sensual pleasures are reproving.
"An Effusion" by Elizabeth Bath
To live for others, and to know
No single, separate interests here;
To feel,—to soothe a brother's woe,
A brother's bliss to seek,—to share.
"The Greatest of all is Charity" by John Bowring
I leave the wood all firm and bold,
And whisper as through fields I pass—
"Dear Heaven, that heart is never old
That takes an interest in the grass—
"Summer Invocation" by Alexander Anderson
In fancy walking nearer to the skies,
It rose to Him with whom I was alone,
Life and its narrow interests pass'd away,
Its cares forgotten and its wishes gone.
"A Thought On Beachy Head" by Caroline Fry

In news:

Santa Barbara's school district has taken advantage of historically low interest rates to in effect refinance some of its bond obligations, which will save millions in interest.
Schwan proposed interested parties submit a one-page letter of interest to the town clerk no later than 4:30 pm on Aug 24.
One particularly interesting aspect of this problem is the growing interest in ergonomics, ie, the science of matching the worker with the workplace.
It's an interesting list, and I don't really have any issues with it, except to note that these lists are inevitably affected by your interests and knowledge.
Currency analysts pay obsessive attention to economic factors that indicate the direction of interest rates, because interest rates represent the price of a currency.
However, this page and others deemed to serve the public interest - as opposed to a narrower benefit to the criminal defense profession - are left unprotected for access by all interested persons.
Local interest in Junebug is high, owing to its North Carolina setting and pedigree -- and for the most part, that interest is justified.
I'm far more interested in hearing what students of all backgrounds and interests think about all this and I do it frankly because I like plenty of feed back on what we do.
Our friends at TheFrisky.com posed their readers an interesting pop culture dilemma with this interesting question last month: Which troubled celebrity starlet would you most want to trade places with.
I have always had an interest in wild horses, and since owning one that interest has grown.
It's very interesting if you've ever wondered about what we as meteorologists ' do and or if you have a child who's interested in becoming a meteorologist.
Leaders needed who put national interest ahead of self-interest.
This is a quirky adventure comedy that has just enough off kilter charm to make it interesting, but not enough story to keep you interested.
Of Mutual Interest Of Mutual Interest: Reducing risk.
) Ltd to convert Tower's 15% carried interest in the license to a 30% working interest, subject to approvals.
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In science:

Random matrix models more general than the hermitian one-matrix invariant ensemble are often more interesting because of the possibility to describe more interesting statistical models.
Phase transitions and random matrices
So, when one is interested in the infinite volume limit, one likes to look ([Hof95b]) at the scattering measures ˆγ η r in the sense of (tempered) distributions and is interested limr↑∞ ˆγ η in the weak limit r ↑ ∞, i.e. r (ϕ) where ϕ is a Schwartz function.
Universal bounds on the selfaveraging of random diffraction measures
Our study raises some other interesting open problems, the most interesting of which seems to be the following.
Permutation graphs, fast forward permutations, and sampling the cycle structure of a permutation
Many of the interesting but poorly understood systems of interest to current condensed-matter physics research are quantum many-body systems with both strong quenched randomness and strong interactions.
Permutation-Symmetric Multicritical Points in Random Antiferromagnetic Spin Chains
For example, a complex traffic pattern might be a system we are interested in studying, while the occupants of the vehicles that compose the pattern are not interesting to us.
Complex Systems
One might be interested in the maximal local time in balls having a center with distance d(n) → ∞ from the origin. 4./ We discussed subspaces and balls in the theorems but other sets would be just as interesting to be investigated.
Maximal local time of a d-dimensional simple random walk on subsets
Being mostly interested in the limit of large matrix sizes we will spend a considerable amount of time investigating various asymptotic regimes of Hermite polynomials, since the latter are main building blocks of various correlation functions of interest.
Introduction to the Random Matrix Theory: Gaussian Unitary Ensemble and Beyond
Since we are particularly interested in non-abelian simple groups, the following theorem is of interest. 6.26 Theorem Let Q be a non-abelian finite simple group and g ≥ 3.
Finite covers of random 3-manifolds
So our statement only provides a criterion for cancellation in the “horizontal” direction p → +∞ which is of most interest in analytic number theory. (2) Note that of course it is only when γ (y) > 0 that this has any interest.
Exponential sums over definable subsets of finite fields
These cases are of particular interest since they lead to physically interesting Hamiltonians of the form as in Eq. (3) which, in many cases, are exactly solvable.
Singular factorizations, self-adjoint extensions, and applications to quantum many-body physics
An interesting class of examples of stacks are the gerbes, which have attracted interest in string theory and 2-Yang-Mills theory .
Categorical Geometry and the Mathematical Foundations of Quantum General Relativity
This equation of state has raised a certain interest because of its many interesting and, in some sense, intriguingly unique features.
Interacting generalized Chaplygin gas model in non-flat universe
The result is a multi-mass N -body realization of the galaxy model in which “interesting ” regions of phase-space are densely populated by lots of low-mass particles, increasing the effective N there, and less interesting regions by fewer, higher-mass particles.
Multi-mass schemes for collisionless N-body simulations
An interesting rateless code using lattice constructions has been proposed by Erez et al. in, and it would be interesting to see if that approach can work for more robust channel models.
Rateless codes for AVC models
It is also interesting, that the asymptotic model indicates interesting consequences for such graphs robustness against targeted attacks against the top level nodes.
Random graph models of communication network topologies
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