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just

Definitions

  • "She was just high enough, and could light the lamps."
    "She was just high enough, and could light the lamps."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj just free from favoritism or self-interest or bias or deception; conforming with established standards or rules "a fair referee","fair deal","on a fair footing","a fair fight","by fair means or foul"
    • adj just fair to all parties as dictated by reason and conscience "equitable treatment of all citizens","an equitable distribution of gifts among the children"
    • adj just used especially of what is legally or ethically right or proper or fitting "a just and lasting peace"- A.Lincoln","a kind and just man","a just reward","his just inheritance"
    • adj just of moral excellence "a genuinely good person","a just cause","an upright and respectable man"
    • adv just only a very short time before "they could barely hear the speaker","we hardly knew them","just missed being hit","had scarcely rung the bell when the door flew open","would have scarce arrived before she would have found some excuse to leave"- W.B.Yeats"
    • adv just exactly at this moment or the moment described; "we've just finished painting the walls, so don't touch them"
    • adv just and nothing more "I was merely asking","it is simply a matter of time","just a scratch","he was only a child","hopes that last but a moment"
    • adv just only a moment ago "he has just arrived","the sun just now came out"
    • adv just indicating exactness or preciseness "he was doing precisely (or exactly) what she had told him to do","it was just as he said--the jewel was gone","it has just enough salt"
    • adv just absolutely "I just can't take it anymore","he was just grand as Romeo","it's simply beautiful!"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Went out Just Ahead of the Old Man's Arctic Overshoes 027 Went out Just Ahead of the Old Man's Arctic Overshoes 027
Coughed up over $40 the First Day, Just Giving to Beggars 191 Coughed up over $40 the First Day, Just Giving to Beggars 191
The Russian Told Dad That Nicholas Just Doted On Americans 250 The Russian Told Dad That Nicholas Just Doted On Americans 250
He Was Just Getting Warmed up 293 He Was Just Getting Warmed up 293
Just boys Just boys
BY GRACIOUS, I'M JUST IN TIME, FOR ONCE BY GRACIOUS, I'M JUST IN TIME, FOR ONCE
He cut both the monster's legs just below the garter He cut both the monster's legs just below the garter
Just then the door opened Just then the door opened

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: On average women say 7,000 words per day. Men manage just over 2000.
    • n Just A joust.
    • Just Barely; merely; scarcely; only; by a very small space or time; as, he just missed the train; just too late. "A soft Etesian gale
      But just inspired and gently swelled the sail."
    • Just Closely; nearly; almost. "Just at the point of death."
    • Just Conforming or conformable to rectitude or justice; not doing wrong to any; violating no right or obligation; upright; righteous; honest; true; -- said both of persons and things. "O just but severe law!""There is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.""Just balances, just weights, . . . shall ye have.""How should man be just with God?""We know your grace to be a man. Just and upright."
    • Just Not transgressing the requirement of truth and propriety; conformed to the truth of things, to reason, or to a proper standard; exact; normal; reasonable; regular; due; as, a just statement; a just inference. "Just of thy word, in every thought sincere.""The prince is here at hand: pleaseth your lordship
      To meet his grace just distance 'tween our armies."
      "He was a comely personage, a little above just stature.""Fire fitted with just materials casts a constant heat.""When all
      The war shall stand ranged in its just array."
      "Their names alone would make a just volume."
    • Just Precisely; exactly; -- in place, time, or degree; neither more nor less than is stated. "And having just enough, not covet more.""The god Pan guided my hand just to the heart of the beast.""To-night, at Herne's oak, just 'twixt twelve and one."
    • Just Rendering or disposed to render to each one his due; equitable; fair; impartial; as, just judge. "Men are commonly so just to virtue and goodness as to praise it in others, even when they do not practice it themselves."
    • v. i Just To joust.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The smallest island with country status is Pitcairn in Polynesia, at just 1.75 square miles.
    • just Right in law or ethics In accordance with true principles; agreeable to truth or equity; equitable; even-handed; righteous: as, it is just that we should suffer for our faults; a just award.
    • just Right in character or quality Rightly adjusted; conformed to a standard; correct; suitable; such as should be: as, just measurement; a just allowance.
    • just Strictly accurate; exact; precise; proper.
    • just Agreeable to the common standard; full; complete.
    • just Right-minded; good in intention Doing or disposed to do right; actuated by truth and justice; upright; impartial: as, to be just in one's dealings.
    • just Carefully mindful; faithful; followed by to, and formerly also by of: as, to be just to one's engagements.
    • just In music, harmonically pure, correct, and exact; in perfect tune: as, just interval, intonation, temperament: opposed in general to impure and incorrect, and specifically to tempered. Synonyms Deserved, condign, even-handed.
    • just Exactly, in space, time, kind, or degree; precisely; without interval, deviation, or variation; absolutely: as, just five miles; just noon; just so; just as I thought.
    • just Within a little; with very little but a sufficient difference; nearly; almost exactly; as, I stood just by him; I saw him just now.
    • just Merely; barely; by or with a narrow margin: as, you just missed the mark; he is just a little displeased.
    • just But now; very lately; within a brief past time.
    • just Quite: in intensive use: as, just awful.
    • just Directly; immediately; without delay: as, I will attend to it just now.
    • just To engage in a tournament or just; tilt.
    • n just A military contest or spectacle in which two adversaries attacked each other with blunted lances, rarely with sharp weapons as in war; a knightly tilt. The just was sometimes held at the barrier; that is, the charging knights were separated by a solid structure of wood, which each kept on his left hand, the lance being held diagonally across the neck of the horse. The shield was hung from the neck, leaving the left hand free to manage the horse and the right to direct the lance. The shock of the lance was sometimes received on the helmet, and on this account the tilting-helmet had commonly the openings for air on the right side. From the beginning of the fourteenth century the armor for the just differed from the armor for war, and became more and more heavy and unwieldy, the tilter being almost immovable in his saddle, in which he was secured by high pommel and can-tle, and often by a garde-cuisse completely covering the left thigh and leg. The sport was usually declared to be in honor of one or more ladies who presided as judges and awarded the prizes.
    • n just A pot or jug, made of earthenware or metal, with large body and straight neck, for holding liquids.
    • n just An abbreviation of Justice;
    • n just of Justinian.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Vatican City is the smallest country in the world. It’s just 0.17 square miles. Monaco is the second smallest at 0.7 square miles.
    • n Just just a tilt, Same as Joust.
    • adv Just just lawful: upright: exact: regular: true: righteous
    • adv Just precisely, almost exactly, very lately, (coll.) quite, barely
    • n Just just the encounter of two knights on horseback at a tournament
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Quotations

  • Eugenio Montale
    Eugenio Montale
    “Too many lives are needed to make just one.”
  • Malcolm S. Forbes
    Malcolm%20S.%20Forbes
    “Presence is more than just being there.”
  • Abraham Lincoln
    Abraham%20Lincoln
    “A person will be just about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”
  • James Bennis
    James Bennis
    “Don't just learn the tricks of the trade. Learn the trade.”
  • Lord Byron
    Lord%20Byron
    “With just enough of learning to misquote.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “When you rationalize, you do just that. You make rational lies.”

Idioms

Grass may be greener on the other side but it's just as hard to mow - 'The grass may be greener on the other side but it's just as hard to mow' is an expression used to mean a person's desire to have that which another person has in the belief it will make their life easieris false as all situations come with their own set of problems.
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Just around the corner - If something is just around the corner, then it is expected to happen very soon.
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Just as the twig is bent, the tree’s inclined - Things, especially education, that affect and influence us in our childhood shape the kind of adult we turn out to be. (There are various versions of this, like 'As the twig is bent, the tree's inclined' and 'As the twig is bent, so the tree inclines', 'As the twig is bent so is the tree inclined')
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Just coming up to - If the time is just coming up to nine o'clock, it means that it will be nine o'clock in a very few seconds. You'll hear them say it on the radio in the morning.
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Just deserts - If a bad or evil person gets their just deserts, they get the punishment or suffer the misfortune that it is felt they deserve.
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Just for the heck of it - When someone does something just for the heck of it, they do it without a good reason.
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Just for the record - If something is said to be just for the record, the person is saying it so that people know but does not necessarily agree with or support it.
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Just in the nick of time - If you do something in the nick of time, you just manage to do it just in time, with seconds to spare.
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Just off the boat - If someone is just off the boat, they are naive and inexperienced.
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Just what the doctor ordered - If something's just what the doctor ordered, it is precisely what is needed.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. juste, L. justus, fr. jus, right, law, justice; orig., that which is fitting; akin to Skr. yu, to join. Cf. Injury Judge Jury Giusto
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. jouste, joste—L. juxta, nigh to.

Usage

In literature:

Such scenes as the one just past generally ended in just this way, with Arethusa's tears; and the tears nearly always cleared the air.
"The Heart of Arethusa" by Francis Barton Fox
Seems like I'm only just beginning to understand how much I owe him; always before I've just kind of taken everything for granted.
"Blue Bonnet in Boston" by Caroline E. Jacobs
I just can't stand it.
"The Root of Evil" by Thomas Dixon
The Spooks just ... just melt through the walls, or something like that.
"Out Like a Light" by Gordon Randall Garrett
If Jimmy could have had him just two years more!
"Still Jim" by Honoré Willsie Morrow
I've been wanting a bosom friend, so I'll just pick one of you out.
"A harum-scarum schoolgirl" by Angela Brazil
But also, just so many violets must be made of a Sunday, and just that many would be made.
"The Rich Little Poor Boy" by Eleanor Gates
But his assailant was just as tough and just as desperate, and he had a younger man's superior agility.
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
There is a man in New York and he just worships Aunt Tommy and she just adores him.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1905 to 1906" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
When the train left Valleyfield I just cried like a baby.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1907 to 1908" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
You guessed very well, Emma, to have it just ready for us.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
Just then he slipped ever so little and I could see his knees and feet pressing the weeds between them tight, just as if his legs were a vice.
"Roy Blakeley's Bee-line Hike" by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
Like Charlie Reynolds, he added up what had just been happening, here, at a glance.
"The Planet Strappers" by Raymond Zinke Gallun
She's just such a good little woman.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves, Arkansas Narratives, Part 4" by Work Projects Administration
He was just interested in making the player afraid not to play it.
"At Good Old Siwash" by George Fitch
Just as they have all stood against me, just so will I stand against them.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
It looked queer like, his coming just when you was out.
"Ralph the Heir" by Anthony Trollope
And just remember I'll get the first man that makes a move.
"Desert Conquest" by A. M. Chisholm
When they rode into Poland and Hungary I was just a boy.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
The hole in the floor was just wide enough for Lorenzo's shoulders to pass through.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
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In poetry:

If I should pray,
I scarcely know
In just what way
My prayers would go.
"Confessional" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
You just keep waiting
And love will come your way
That's what they tell me
That's what they say
"That's What They Say" by Buddy Holly
Just a quiet thought of Thee,
And of Thy sweet charity,--
Just a little prayer, and then
I will turn to sleep again.
"Whirring Wheels" by John Oxenham
"Ye lee, ye lee, ye bonny may,
Sae loud's I hear ye lee!
For I'm Lord Randal's yae yae son,
Just now come oer the sea."
"The Bonny Hind" by Andrew Lang
Till, spent, in the graveacre pausing,
I learnt 'twas not my Love
To whom Mother Church had just murmured
A last lullaby.
"My Cicely" by Thomas Hardy
Darling little woman, just a little line,
Just a little silver word
For that dear gold of thine,
Only a whisper you have so often heard:
"A Love-Letter" by Richard Le Gallienne

In news:

The media vultures have just been "getting out of hand," so they'll just be releasing one photo.
Some kids are just dumb, and some kids are just pussies, but this kid happens to be both.
Ever wish you could just try something new or just go with the flow.
Deputies found the unoccupied mobile home ablaze just before 3 am Monday at 515 Valley Oak Drive in Timberline Estates just north of I-96 and west of 48th Avenue.
Well everybody's got reasons why we just can't seem to get to the gym, well I have just the thing to help motivate you.
There are as many ways to find a job and over my career in helping people do just that I believe I have seen just about all of them.
I'm just mad because it just puts things in her head.
Whether you're in the market for revisionist history or alternate reality, you'll be able to find something clocking in at just under, or just over, 1,000 pages.
Districts are just three weeks away for the Blair Oaks track team, yet it feels like the season just got started.
And you have transcended your love just through talking through filling her love to seeing the leaves and notice the light inside of the living is just like the light inside of the heart.
Dear Detectives, I just watched the episode about Ernie Pyle's typewriter (on station KRCB in Sonoma County, California), and just had to write to thank you for airing this story.
"I just hope that people didn't get the wrong impression, that I was just out to cheaply shock," Paddy Considine muses over the phone.
Although the Olympics have come and gone, we just found this video and just HAD to share.
(Tribune file photo) With just three games to go, Utah defensive end Joe Kruger feels he is just now finding his old form again after an ankle injury.
ToolsOnAir, has released version 1.6 of their play out products just:play and just:live.
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In science:

Just as for the eigenvalues there is no strict convergence of the eigenfunctions.
Frobenius-Perron Resonances for Maps with a Mixed Phase Space
Just these states mediate the magnetic coupling between different layers.
On the electronic structure of CaCuO2 and SrCuO2
Certainly (just as in QCD) it is a rough approximation for the correct Green’s function.
A String Approximation for Cooper Pair in High-T$_{\bf c}$ superconductivity
In most of what follows the existence of just one family of PG states at the sub-TeV scale will be assumed.
From Prototype SU(5) to Realistic SU(7) SUSY GUT
Note also that in the initial system the spectrum is discrete only, i.e. the particle has just a finite motion (for such cases it is usually said that we have a model with confinement).
Dyon-Oscillator Duality
Let us answer the question why the dyon–oscillator duality is valid just for the oscillators with the configuration spaces of dimensions D = 1, 2, 4, 8.
Dyon-Oscillator Duality
Note that the result is obvious in the case that Γ is a trivial graph (i.e: Γ consists of just one vertex, and both H (Γ) and A(Γ) are infinite cyclic).
The solution to a conjecture of Tits on the subgroup generated by the squares of the generators of an Artin group
The proof of another direction is similar to [NR], one can prove the similar Lemma A.9 and Lemma A.12 of [NR] by just modifying notation.
Factorization of generalized theta functions at reducible case
The statement of Theorem 2.2 is really just a restatement of Leray’s classical result of global existence for small initial data.
Existence and homogenization of the Rayleigh-B\'enard problem
As such, it is just the Hamiltonian describing the closed inner region.
Spectra of Random Contractions and Scattering Theory for Discrete-Time Systems
The first solution is just C + µ, the second is C − µ and the last one corresponds to a degenerate solution.
A note on topological brane theories
At energies just below a critical value, E ∗ = E − N ∆(ln a3/v )1/2, the number of states is O(1), while just above E ∗ the number is exponentially large.
Reversible stretching of homopolymers and random heteropolymers
Now, by Lemma 5.1.(a), bi,j = mi+j+1 is just one of the multiplications, and thus the left side of the equation is just fk,l applied to all possible multiplications mi .
Infinity-Inner-Products on A-Infinity-Algebras
We may construct a path of open edges on (Z3, η (ωδ )) that connects the vertex x just above h with the vertex x − (0, 0, 1) just below h, using the open edges of ω δ corresponding to the three relevant plaquettes of δ \ δ .
Rigidity of the interface for percolation and random-cluster models
While the ACT and GRAPE proposals have a much broader scope than just measuring GRB polarization, the concept put forward in this work is the one of an instrument which will just measure GRB polarization.
Can a simple instrument measure polarization in gamma-ray bursts?
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