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maverick

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj maverick independent in behavior or thought "she led a somewhat irregular private life","maverick politicians"
    • n maverick an unbranded range animal (especially a stray calf); belongs to the first person who puts a brand on it
    • n maverick someone who exhibits great independence in thought and action
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The word "maverick" came into use after Samuel Maverick, a Texan, refused to brand his cattle. Eventually any unbranded calf became known as a Maverick
    • n Maverick In the southwestern part of the united States, a bullock or heifer that has not been branded, and is unclaimed or wild; -- said to be from Maverick, the name of a cattle owner in Texas who neglected to brand his cattle.
    • v. t Maverick To take a maverick.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n maverick On the great cattle-ranges of the United States, an animal found without an owner's brand, particularly a calf away from its dam, on which the finder puts his own or his employer's brand; or one of a number of such animals gathered in a general round-up or muster of the herds of different owners feeding together, which are distributed in a manner agreed upon.
    • n maverick Hence—2. Anything dishonestly obtained, as a saddle, mine, or piece of land.
    • maverick To seize or brand (an animal) as a maverick; hence, to take possession of without any legal claim; appropriate dishonestly or illegally: as, to maverick a piece of land.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Maverick mav′ėr-ik (U.S.) an animal found straying without an owner's brand, esp. a strayed calf: anything dishonestly obtained
    • v.t Maverick to seize without legal claim
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Usage

In literature:

And I don't stand up for burning men alive because they brand mavericks.
"Laramie Holds the Range" by Frank H. Spearman
Totts was still gazing at Maverick's list.
"How Doth the Simple Spelling Bee" by Owen Wister
An occasional maverick came across their range and they branded it.
"The Story of the Outlaw" by Emerson Hough
Most of these maverick TK's strong-arm the dice, and they skid across the layout with their spots up.
"Vigorish" by Gordon Randall Garrett
He was an underbred maverick, with sharp eyes of watery blue, a thin mustache, large teeth, and no chin worth noticing.
"The Job" by Sinclair Lewis
Perhaps you remember enough about the business to know that an unbranded yearling calf without its mother is called a maverick?
"Cavanaugh: Forest Ranger" by Hamlin Garland
In them days there was a good many sleepers an' mavericks on the range.
"The Fighting Edge" by William MacLeod Raine
He was not seen in the Maverick Bar that night, nor for quite a number of succeeding nights.
"Children of the Desert" by Louis Dodge
It was as easy to you as picking out a maverick in a bunch of steers to me.
"Northern Lights" by Gilbert Parker
Not aimin' to brag, I got mavericks runnin' on that range what must be twelve-year-old.
"'Me-Smith'" by Caroline Lockhart
I'll let 'em sleep an' we'll talk to this maverick in the mornin'.
"The Free Range" by Francis William Sullivan
Parker, Mrs. Charles Maverick, 155.
"As I Remember" by Marian Gouverneur
The mavericks were an unfailing source of quarrels.
"With Hoops of Steel" by Florence Finch Kelly
East Boston, Maverick, 40.37.
"The American Missionary -- Volume 54, No. 4, October, 1900" by Various
Nor need a maverick worry very long because he belongs to no one, so long as cowmen ride the range.
"Rim o' the World" by B. M. Bower
Then Maverick and Cartwright passed on to Boston, where they were joined in February by Carr, Nicolls remaining in New York.
"The Fathers of New England" by Charles M. Andrews
I stop there myself, and I know Maverick and his wife are glad of all the boarders they can get.
"The Award of Justice" by A. Maynard Barbour
Maverick was altogether his old self this night at the parsonage.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 15, No. 89, March, 1865" by Various
Maverick had been in the town just six months.
"Hope Mills" by Amanda M. Douglas
Within that very week the Doctor wrote his reply to Maverick.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 15, No. 91, May, 1865" by Various
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In poetry:

It praised Old Fritz' generosity,
Which heightened the worm's nervosity.
And drilling away said the maverick:
"I don't give a damn about Frederick!"
"The Snuff Box" by Joachim Ringelnatz
His saddle's the best in the wild, woolly West,
Sometimes it will cost sixty dollars;
Ah, he knows all the tricks, when he brands "Mavericks,"
But his learning's not gained from your scholars.
"Texas Types -- The Cowboy" by William Lawrence Chittenden
When I give up trail-herdin', an' thought I'd jes' vamoose,
An' see my nativ' kentry in a first-class freight caboose,
I wuz called er knowin' feller, and I owned the Z Bar brand,
Fer in getherin' maverick yearlin's, I hed proved a lively hand.
"A Stockman's Adventures in New York" by William Lawrence Chittenden

In news:

The fourth and final game of the Oklahoma City Thunder's first-round sweep of the Mavericks earned a combined 6.9 rating on TNT and KTXA (Channel 21) last Saturday night.
Now that the NBA draft is done, the Dallas Mavericks can concentrate on their expected pursuit of hometown All-Star guard Deron Williams.
The Mavericks' plan is for their latest acquisition, O.J.
Everything, says Gerald Zaltman, a maverick marketing professor at the Harvard Business School.
Country maverick's prison-penned debut record sees re-release.
TRIMONT — The Martin County West Mavericks flexed their collective muscle in a 25-18, 25-9, 25-18 Valley Conference volleyball victory over the Nicollet Raiders on Thursday night in Trimont.
The Martin County West Mavericks flexed their collective muscle in a 25-18, 25-9, 25-18 Valley Conference volleyball victory over the Nicollet Raiders on Thursday night in Trimont.
Prior to the 2010–11 season, the Dallas Mavericks were known as an elite basketball team which couldn't quite win a league championship.
The Dallas Mavericks will lose at least one assistant coach this offseason, but Popeye Jones wasn't the one they expected to say good-bye to first.
The Old Village Post House brings the downtown flair of the Maverick restaurant group (the team behind High Cotton and Slightly North of Broad) to charming Pitt Street in Mt Pleasant's Old Village.
NEW YORK (AP) — Avery Johnson was mad at the Mavericks.
Jason Terry shows off his Larry O'Brien trophy tattoo after the Mavericks beat the Heat in the NBA Finals.
The Lakers' Kobe Bryant is fouled by the Dallas Mavericks' O.J.
Toyota Supra 1,200 WHP 868 LB-FT Of Torque Tommy Banh has a need for speed unmatched by anyone-Maverick included.
Mozart & Szymanowski at Maverick Concert Hall, 4pm 845/679-8217.
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In science:

Not all pairs (j, m) of labels appear in the coset, there are selection rules and field identifications, which (for non-Maverick cosets) can be obtained by a simple current construction.
Finite level geometry of fractional branes
But in fact it is easy for the Indian maverick to produce a compressor that will run on B : he simply appends PA to a simulator program SAB, that simulates A when run on B .
Compression Rate Method for Empirical Science and Application to Computer Vision
This machine runs the Ubuntu GNU/Linux Maverick Meekat 11.04 operating system. • A Dell D620 laptop.
The Arduino as a Hardware Random-Number Generator
This machine runs the Ubuntu GNU/Linux Maverick Meekat 11.04 operating system as well.
The Arduino as a Hardware Random-Number Generator
Field identification can be formulated – as far as modular transformation properties are concerned – in terms of a simple current extension of this tensor product, except in a few rare cases (the so-called ‘maverick’ cosets ).
A matrix S for all simple current extensions
He is regarded by some as a maverick, but one you must listen to.
Astrophysics in 2006
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