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out

Definitions

  • "Some Yamên runners rushed out and seized them."
    "Some Yamên runners rushed out and seized them."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj out being out or having grown cold "threw his extinct cigarette into the stream","the fire is out"
    • adj out knocked unconscious by a heavy blow
    • adj out outer or outlying "the out islands"
    • adj out outside or external "the out surface of a ship's hull"
    • adj out no longer fashionable "that style is out these days"
    • adj out directed outward or serving to direct something outward "the out doorway","the out basket"
    • adj out excluded from use or mention "forbidden fruit","in our house dancing and playing cards were out","a taboo subject"
    • adj out not worth considering as a possibility "a picnic is out because of the weather"
    • adj out not allowed to continue to bat or run "he was tagged out at second on a close play","he fanned out"
    • adj out out of power; especially having been unsuccessful in an election "now the Democrats are out"
    • adv out away from home "they went out last night"
    • adv out from one's possession "he gave out money to the poor","gave away the tickets"
    • adv out moving or appearing to move away from a place, especially one that is enclosed or hidden; "the cat came out from under the bed"
    • v out be made known; be disclosed or revealed "The truth will out"
    • v out reveal (something) about somebody's identity or lifestyle "The gay actor was outed last week","Someone outed a CIA agent"
    • v out to state openly and publicly one's homosexuality "This actor outed last year"
    • n out (baseball) a failure by a batter or runner to reach a base safely in baseball "you only get 3 outs per inning"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

THE BEARS OUT FOR A WALK THE BEARS OUT FOR A WALK
Piled Us out on Top of Dad 269 Piled Us out on Top of Dad 269
A motorist wishes to point out A motorist wishes to point out
And so the teacher turned him out And so the teacher turned him out
He rushed out and throwed the rope around Deacon Sypher He rushed out and throwed the rope around Deacon Sypher
The Governor took out his watch The Governor took out his watch
The professor peers out of his study window The professor peers out of his study window
The Bunyip rises out of the water The Bunyip rises out of the water

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first product that Sony came out with was the rice cooker
    • Out A place or space outside of something; a nook or corner; an angle projecting outward; an open space; -- chiefly used in the phrase ins and outs; as, the ins and outs of a question. See under In.
    • Out (Print) A word or words omitted by the compositor in setting up copy; an omission.
    • Out Away; abroad; off; from home, or from a certain, or a usual, place; not in; not in a particular, or a usual, place; as, the proprietor is out, his team was taken out . Opposite of in.
    • Out Beyond possession, control, or occupation; hence, in, or into, a state of want, loss, or deprivation; -- used of office, business, property, knowledge, etc.; as, the Democrats went out and the Whigs came in; he put his money out at interest.
    • Out Beyond the bounds of what is true, reasonable, correct, proper, common, etc.; in error or mistake; in a wrong or incorrect position or opinion; in a state of disagreement, opposition, etc.; in an inharmonious relation.
    • Out Beyond the limit of existence, continuance, or supply; to the end; completely; hence, in, or into, a condition of extinction, exhaustion, completion; as, the fuel, or the fire, has burned out; that style is on the way out .
    • Out Beyond the limits of concealment, confinement, privacy, constraint, etc., actual or figurative; hence, not in concealment, constraint, etc., in, or into, a state of freedom, openness, disclosure, publicity, etc.; a matter of public knowledge; as, the sun shines out; he laughed out, to be out at the elbows; the secret has leaked out, or is out; the disease broke out on his face; the book is out.
    • interj Out Expressing impatience, anger, a desire to be rid of; -- with the force of command; go out; begone; away; off. "Out, idle words, servants to shallow fools!"
    • out in cricket, to put out a striker by knocking down a bail or a stump in bowling.
    • adv Out out In its original and strict sense, out means from the interior of something; beyond the limits or boundary of somethings; in a position or relation which is exterior to something; -- opposed to in or into. The something may be expressed after of from, etc. (see Out of, below); or, if not expressed, it is implied; as, he is out; or, he is out of the house, office, business, etc.; he came out; or, he came out from the ship, meeting, sect, party, etc. Out is largely used in composition as a prefix, with the same significations that it has as a separate word; as outbound, outbreak, outbuilding, outcome, outdo, outdoor, outfield. See also the first Note under Over adv.
    • Out Not in the position to score in playing a game; not in the state or turn of the play for counting or gaining scores.
    • Out One who, or that which, is out; especially, one who is out of office; -- generally in the plural.
    • Out Out of fashion; unfashionable; no longer in current vogue; unpopular.
    • Out To cause to be out; to eject; to expel. "A king outed from his country.""The French have been outed of their holds."
    • v. i Out To come or go out; to get out or away; to become public. "Truth will out ."
    • Out To come out with; to make known.
    • out to dispose of it wholly or entirely; as, he had sold out his corn, or his interest in a business.
    • Out To give out; to dispose of; to sell.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out
    • out Forth, either from a place, position, state, condition, or relation, or into a specified position, condition, existence, action, view, association, etc. — the original notion ‘forth’ or the resultant notion ‘in’ prevailing according to the context or to circumstances. From within or the inside to the exterior or outside: as, to go out; to rush out.
    • out From a source or receptacle: as, to draw out a dagger; to pour out wine; to squeeze out a drop.
    • out From confinement, concealment, obscurity, entanglement, etc.: as, to let out a secret; to bring out the meaning of a passage.
    • out From a proper or usual place, position, or connection: as, to cut out a line of verse; to put out of joint.
    • out From a number of objects; from among others, or from all the others, as by seeking, choosing, separating, omitting, etc.: as, to find out; to pick out; to leave out.
    • out From accustomed security to the field of combat, especially single combat: as, to call a man out to fight a duel.
    • out From any previous position, state, or condition. In or into plain sight, prominence, or relief.
    • out Into public view or notice; hence, in or into vogue, fashion, or circulation: as, the book came out last year.
    • out In or into social notice; in or into society.
    • out Into general knowledge or publicity: as, the story leaked out.
    • out In or into existence: as, the meanest man out.
    • out In or into a state of confusion, vexation, dispute, variance, or unfriendliness: as, he is out in his calculations; to fall out about trifies.
    • out From among the number of contestants; so as to be no longer in the game: as, B was put out in the third round.
    • out Forth as regards extension or protraction; in length or duration: as, to spread out a mat; to stretch out a hand.
    • out Forth; forward; away, as from a point of departure.
    • out Without; outside; forth or away from the place, house, or apartment; in the open air; out of doors: opposed to in or within: as, he went out at noon; to hang out a sign.
    • out Not in or within; absent: as, when the wine is in, the wit is out. Not in the house, at home, or at hand: as, my master is out; at the library the book was out.
    • out No longer in the game in which one has duly had his turn; not now engaged in playing.
    • out Not in office or employment; unemployed; disengaged: as, a butler superannuated and out of service.
    • out Not in place; dislocated.
    • out Not in present or personal possession or use; let for hire, or placed at interest.
    • out At a loss (by a certain sum): as, he is out ten dollars.
    • out Not in practice; unskilful from want of practice.
    • out Not in vogue or fashion.
    • out At variance; at odds; unfriendly.
    • out Beyond fixed or regular limits.
    • out So as to be exposed or made bare, as by rents in one's clothing.
    • out In a state of disclosure; so as to be no longer concealed.
    • out In a state of advanced development; specifically, of plants, in foliage; in blossom; in bloom.
    • out Away from the mark: in error; wrong; out of line, time, key, and the like: as, he is quite out in his guess; the soprano is out with the other parts.
    • out In a state of confusion or perplexity; puzzled; at a loss.
    • out In a state of completion; over; at an end.
    • out In a state of exhaustion or extinction.
    • out Abroad; away. Especially — Away from port; outward bound; on the outward voyage: as, when three days out we fell in with a wreck.
    • out At large; on the march; afield, or in the field; on duty; on a hunting expedition; on the dueling ground: as, the militia were out in force; the bushwhackers are out; the hounds are out; he was out in 1745 (that is, with the Jacobites).
    • out Abroad; absent in foreign lands; beyond the sea.
    • out To others; to outside parties, as for use at interest, premium, commission, wages, etc.: as, to lend out money; to let out lodgings; to farm out a contract; to hire out by the day.
    • out To an end. To a conclusion or settlement: as, to hear one out; to face or fight it out; to hold out to the last; to have it out with an opponent.
    • out To development, completion, consummation, or perfection; to a successful issue: as, to work out a plan: to spell out a message; to make out or puzzle out something obscure; to carve out a fortune; to eke out a livelihood; to deck out a room.
    • out To exhaustion, extinction, or conclusion; to the end; so as to finish or exhaust or be exhausted or consumed; so as to bring to naught or render useless: as, the supplies have given out; to wear out; to eat out (consume); to pump out a well, or bail out a boat; to put out one's eyes or a light.
    • out So as to free from obstruction, encumbrance, or refuse: as, to sweep out a room; to thresh out grain; to weed out a garden.
    • out Without stint or reserve; in an open and unreserved manner; fully; completely; thoroughly; outright; hence, plainly; clearly; loudly: as, to speak out; to read out the names; to call or cry out; to ring or sing out.
    • out Forth from. From within; from the bounds, precincts, possession, containing, holding, or grasp of: as, out of the door or window; out of his clutches; out of the darkness and silence.
    • out From an origin, source, or place of derivation or supply: as, out of evil good often comes.
    • out From, as a motive or reason; on account of: as, he did it out of kindness, pity, fear, etc.
    • out From among; from the midst of; by selection from.
    • out From; by means of; by.
    • out Forth from, so as to pass or reach beyond; beyond the lines, limits, scope, sphere, reach, or influence of: as, to be out of sight; out of hearing; out of date; time out of mind (that is, beyond the reach of memory).
    • out Without; bereft of.
    • out From the interior of; forth from.
    • out On the exterior of; outside of.
    • out Beyond; past.
    • out [The use of out as a preposition is obsolete or poetic. A prepositional use is generally secured by subjoining of, from, or some other preposition to the adverb out. As a preposition out is often pleonastically preceded by from, from out of being also used in place of from out.
    • out [In composition out has either its ordinary adverbial sense, as in outcast, outcome, outlook, etc., or a prepositional force, as in outdoors, or forms transitive verbs denoting a going beyond or surpassing of the object of the verb, in doing the act expressed by the word to which it is prefixed, as in outrun, outshine, outvenom, etc. In the last use especially out may be used with almost any noun or verb. Only a few, comparatively, of such compounds are entered below; and if of modern formation they are left without further etymological note.]
    • out Begone! away! See the verb.
    • out Draw, do, say, etc., at once.
    • out External; exterior: used in composition: as, which side — the outside or the inside?
    • out Outlying: used in composition: as, outpost, outhouse.
    • out Out of the way; remote; foreign.
    • out Unpaid: still due: as, “out charges,”
    • n out One who is out; specifically, in politics, one out of office: opposed to an in: in this sense used chiefly in the plural.
    • n out See ins and outs, under in, n.
    • n out Leave to go out; an outing; a holiday ramble or excursion.
    • out To put out; expel; eject; oust.
    • out To sell; dispose of; got rid of.
    • out To display; publish; utter.
    • out To go or come out; begone; be off; be removed or disclosed.
    • n out In printing, the omission by the type-setter of a word or of lines in the copy.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: When possums are "playing possum" they're not playing they are actually passed out from sheer terror.
    • adv Out owt without, not within: gone forth: abroad: to the full stretch or extent: in a state of discovery, development, &c.: in a state of exhaustion, extinction, &c.: away from the mark: completely: at or to an end: to others, as to hire out: freely: forcibly: at a loss: unsheltered: uncovered
    • prep Out forth from: outside of: exterior: outlying, remote
    • n Out one who is out, esp. of office—opp. to In: leave to go out, an outing
    • v.i Out to go or come out
    • interj Out away! begone!—n. Out′-and-out′er, a thoroughgoer, a first-rate fellow
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Quotations

  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “A friend walks in when everyone else walks out”
  • Jean Paul Richter
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    “Recollection is the only paradise from which we cannot be turned out.”
  • Helen Keller
    Helen%20Keller
    “The best way out is always through.”
  • Muriel Spark
    Muriel Spark
    “One should only see a psychiatrist out of boredom.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “When you're out of quality you're out of business.”
  • Italian Proverb
    Italian Proverb
    “The rich never have to seek out their relatives.”

Idioms

Be out in force - If people are out in force, they are present somewhere in large numbers.
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Be out in left field - (USA) To be out in left field is not to know what's going on. Taken from baseball, when youngsters assign less capable players to the outfield where the ball is less likely to be hit by a young player. In business, one might say, 'Don't ask the new manager; he's out in left field and doesn't know any answers yet.'
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Beat the daylights out of someone - If someone beats the daylights out of another person, they hit them repeatedly. ('Knock' can also be used and it can be made even stronger by saying 'the living daylights'.)
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Beat the tar out of - When you want to beat the tar out of someone, you want to beat them up badly.
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Beat your brains out - If you beat your brains out, you think hard about something but cannot solve, understand or remember it.
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Blood out of a stone - If something is like getting blood out of a stone, it is very difficult indeed.
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Blow out of the water - If something, like an idea, is blown out of the water, it is destroyed or defeated comprehensively.
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Come out in the wash - If something will come out in the wash, it won't have any permanent negative effect.
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Come out of the woodwork - When things come out of the woodwork, they appear unexpectedly. ('Crawl out of the woodwork' is also used.)
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Come out of your shell - If someone comes out of their shell, they stop being shy and withdrawn and become more friendly and sociable.
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Cry your eyes out - If you cry your eyes out, you cry uncontrollably.
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Down and out - If someone is down and out, they are desperately poor and need help.
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Eat your heart out - If someone tells you to eat your heart out, they are saying they are better than you at something.
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First out of the gate - When someone is first out of the gate, they are the first to do something that others are trying to do.
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Fish out of water - If you are placed in a situation that is completely new to you and confuses you, you are like a fish out of water.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. out, ut, oute, ute, AS. ūt, and ūte, ūtan, fr. ūt,; akin to D. uit, OS. ūt, G. aus, OHG. ūz, Icel. ūt, Sw. ut, Dan. ud, Goth. ut, Skr. ud,. √198. Cf. About But (prep.) Carouse Utter (a.)

Usage

In literature:

She must find out whether there would be any snow and sleighrides in the winter.
"A Little Girl in Old New York" by Amanda Millie Douglas
But one night, being out with a sailing party, a sudden storm had caught them and swept them out of life in an instant.
"A Little Girl in Old Boston" by Amanda Millie Douglas
And now we might as well be on the terms we were to begin with for all the good I get out of him, or he out of me.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
Before they could find out why she wished them to wait, the door bell rang, and she ran out.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
Pull, pull, pull, before it is too late; out, far out, farther than tide returns, or sea tells stories to the shore.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
She ran at once out of the door, and looked in the direction pointed out by Leona.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
Not a paper out of its order, or a pen out of its place.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
Out of breath, he reached the rocks and looked out over the foaming and tumbling waters.
"Frank of Freedom Hill" by Samuel A. Derieux
He's out of their way, and they're out of his.
"Jim Spurling, Fisherman" by Albert Walter Tolman
Father had to be got out of the way not later than Wednesday, or that man would have been put out of business.
"Crooked Trails and Straight" by William MacLeod Raine
The little one stretched out her hand towards them, and the match went out.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
Morse walked out of the office looking straight before him, his strong back teeth gripped so that the muscles stood out on his salient jaw.
"Brand Blotters" by William MacLeod Raine
They'll hunt ye out of heaven as they hunted ye out o' Maclone.
"The Beth Book" by Sarah Grand
He didn't want out of the deal until he found out more about Kerk and his planet.
"Deathworld" by Harry Harrison
I counted them all out, and wrote them out most carefully.
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille
Somehow, out of all that I learned about the Christian world, that detail about hats for Jews was left out.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
It came quite out, and went across the sky, all in the time he was letting out his line.
"Eskimo Folktales" by Unknown
We're down, out, and nature shuts out memory.
"The One-Way Trail" by Ridgwell Cullum
Dempster burst out laughing; the rest burst out too; some giggled, some choked, some pealed out the fun that was in them like wedding bells.
"Phemie Frost's Experiences" by Ann S. Stephens
If she can fish us out of purgatory she ought to pull this boy out of the river, eh?
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
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In poetry:

Then out and spake the first o' them,
"I bear the sword shall gar him die!"
And out and spake the second o' them,
"His father has nae mair than he!"
"Clerk Saunders" by Andrew Lang
Into the soil a seed is sown,
Out of the soul a song is wrung,
Out of the shell a pearl is gone,
Out of the cage a bird is flown,
Out of the body, a soul!
"Mors Et Vita" by James Edwin Campbell
Out of the wind He made her feet
That they might be lovely, and luring, and fleet.
Out of a cloud He wove her hair
Heavy and black with the rain held there.
"Beauty" by Nora Jane Hopper Chesson
Love hath my name struck out of his slat,
And he is struck out of my bookes clean,
For ever more; there is none other mean;
Since I from Love escaped am so fat.
"Since I From Love" by Geoffrey Chaucer
“Out of the hearts’ blood of the hero few,
Out of the lonely strength that scorned to flee,
Out of the sorrow of the souls that knew,
We made the world you see.
"Ad Astra" by George Essex Evans
Float out, oh flag, and float in every clime!
Float out, oh flag, and blaze on every sea!
Float out, oh flag, and float as long as Time
And Space themselves shall be!
"Arms And The Man - The Flag Of The Republic" by James Barron Hope

In news:

So I'm a little out of practice when it comes to these news items and looking at some of the stuff I've accumulated in the last month, a good swath of it is out of date.
Not that I need a reason to go out to eat, but today is National Dine Out Day.
Let's face it: most owners of restoration companies are great people, people you'd like to hang out with, great technicians who can sniff out every particle of soot and predict to the nearest second when a structure will dry.
For the past two seasons, Nets coach Avery Johnson has had to try to figure out a way to fill out a regular rotation of players to put on the floor each night.
FamilyFun magazine regularly shows easy-to-make dollhouses out of recycled boxes and furniture out of egg cartons.
Handed out at the beginning of May, they once again brought out Italy's film industry and select foreign film folks for a big celebration.
With Missouri blowing out Texas Tech on Saturday, Bill Cocos was able to head out early.
In the top half, the Warhawks ran themselves out of a bases-loaded, no-out potential bonanza.
Every year, Neiman Marcus puts out a Christmas catalog that includes some ridiculously expensive gifts, and this year's edition came out yesterday.
Check out this cool tip for saving dried-out liner from bellasugar.com.
Just out of curiosity's sake, how many of the five council members who voted to take Lipoa Point out of preservation status were also involved in the Wailea 670 fiasco a couple of years back.
Still nipping out of your workplace or a restaurant to cop a cigarette out on the sidewalk.
CHARLOTTESVILLE — An outdoor political rally erupted into a moment of chaos as protesters drowned out President Obama's speech at a downtown amphitheater here — and then the rest of the crowd drowned out the protesters.
"Wall Street got bailed out, and we all got sold out".
Well, just in case there were any lingering doubters out there, the mama-to-be stepped out in sunny London with yet more proof of her unwedded bliss.
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In science:

In the asymptotic limit both distributions are power laws; as i → ∞, gi ∼ i−γin with γin = (1 + m1/qα) and for j → ∞, hj ∼ j−γout with γout = (1 + m2/qβ ).
Growing Random Networks with Fitness
However, τout increases rapidly in the region below β < ∼ 1/2, suggesting that the distribution of out-degree becomes exponential when the rigidity of the graph increases towards a finite critical value.
Adaptive Random Walks on the Class of Web Graph
Since a four arm spiral is observed in HI to extend out to rHI,out ≈ 2R⊙, an upper limit on Ωp can be placed.
The Spiral Structure of the Milky Way, Cosmic Rays, and Ice Age Epochs on Earth
We only have to show that j itself induces the isomorphism Out(H ) ∼= Out(G).
Non-simple localizations of finite simple groups
When the neutron comes out from the accretion disk by the formation of an outflow, in that comparatively cold environment, 7Li may be produced which can be detected on the stellar surface.
Unification to the "Pseudo-General-Relativistic" analysis of accretion disks around rotating black holes and neutron stars
For the PN detector, ‘out-of-time’ events were screened out.
First Look XMM-Newton EPIC Observations of the Prototypical Starburst Galaxy M82
The sign functions are fixed according to the convention ǫin (ǫout ) = +1 for R increasing in the outward normal direction to Σ, while ǫin (ǫout ) = −1 for decreasing R.
Formation of cosmological mass condensation within a FRW universe: exact general relativistic solutions
It implies that any reduced order model that pro jects out states corresponding to large singular values is necessarily a worse approximation than a model that pro jects out small singular values.
Coarse graining and control theory model reduction
The most internal component of this outflow is at PA∼45◦ in good agreement with the H13CO+ outflow component discussed in Section 3.2.
The structure of Onsala 1 star forming region
It is unclear if this outflow arises from the same ob ject than the dense and compact NE-SW outflow seen in H13CO+ and SiO, and which has been discussed above.
The structure of Onsala 1 star forming region
The vicinity of the UCHII region appears to drive at least two (the H13CO+ compact outflow, the flow traced by CO knots and H2 ) and likely three (SiO flow A) ma jor outflows indicating multiple embedded sources of similar evolutionary states.
The structure of Onsala 1 star forming region
It is read out with a frequency 2 MHz/pixel, so the entire matrix is read out in 2 s.
"Pi of the Sky" - all-sky, real-time search for fast optical transients
With the notation of Definition 5.1, [Out(G) : OutΓ (G)] < ∞.
Isomorphism problem for finitely generated fully residually free groups
In particular, when Out(Fg ) acts transitively, the image of the homomorphism Out(Fg ) → Sym(Eg ) is either the whole thing or has index two.
Finite covers of random 3-manifolds
It turns out that, by the centeredness of the Πk, the net contribution of such diagrams cancels out.
Orthogonal Polynomials and Fluctuations of Random Matrices
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