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prolixity

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n prolixity boring verbosity
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Prolixity The quality or state of being prolix; great length; minute detail; as, prolixity in discourses and writings. "For fulsomeness of his prolixitee .""Idly running on with vain prolixity ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n prolixity The state of being prolix; extension; length. Length in a material sense. [Rare.]
    • n prolixity Lengthiness; minute and superfluous detail; tediousness.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. prolixitas,: cf. F. prolixité,

Usage

In literature:

In the common room his prolix anecdotes were not encouraged.
"The Loom of Youth" by Alec Waugh
Like all Oriental story-tellers, Mami proved rather prolix.
"Captain Canot" by Brantz Mayer
I feel ashamed of my own prolixity.
"Rookwood" by William Harrison Ainsworth
Some were prolix, others confined themselves to a sentence; one or two talked unintelligible gabble.
"The Gods are Athirst" by Anatole France
Here, too, lived a good old man and prolix poet, a friend of Tennyson.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. 12, No. 32, November, 1873" by Various
I am not a prolix man; I know the value of time, and of other people's time.
"The Idler Magazine, Volume III, March 1893" by Various
Now if this prolixity is unnecessary for you, another may need it.
"Mysteries of Bee-keeping Explained" by M. Quinby
I have endeavored, in this uncultivated home-spun essay, to avoid prolixity as much as possibly I could.
"An Historical Account of the Settlements of Scotch Highlanders in America" by J. P. MacLean
Quarles is often queer, quaint, and querulous, but never prolix, prosey, or puling.
"Notes and Queries, Number 78, April 26, 1851" by Various
When the Holy Spirit is prolix, there is a cause for it.
"Commentary on Genesis, Vol. II" by Martin Luther
Tedious by its prolixity, the language, unintelligible to me, made it still more wearisome.
"A Yacht Voyage to Norway, Denmark, and Sweden" by W. A. Ross
Both their prolixity and their enthusiasm are faithfully reflected in his various treatises.
"A Popular History of Astronomy During the Nineteenth Century" by Agnes M. (Agnes Mary) Clerke
And Councillor after Councillor rose and protested against the scheme with the utmost solemnity and prolixity.
"In Brief Authority" by F. Anstey
Indeed I agree with Lorenzo: for Lysander has surpassed, in prolixity, the reputation of any orator within St. Stephen's chapel.
"Bibliomania; or Book-Madness" by Thomas Frognall Dibdin
I shall only instance one of each, because I hate prolixity.
"Ebrietatis Encomium" by Boniface Oinophilus
I mention all these matters with a certain prolixity, because they bear upon what ensued.
"The Daltons, Volume I (of II) Or,Three Roads In Life" by Charles James Lever
It was far too feeble and too prolix.
"The Memoirs of Count Carlo Gozzi" by Count Carlo Gozzi
You will pardon an old man's prolixity, in consideration for the motives which prompt it.
"Roland Cashel Volume II (of II)" by Charles James Lever
His writings are exceedingly voluminous, and his style is clear and straightforward, though undeniably prolix.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Slice 3" by Various
We dismiss further prolixity.
"The Sarva-Darsana-Samgraha" by Madhava Acharya
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In poetry:

Today this cause came to be heard
On bill, process and proof;
Averments usual, form and word,
Prolixity forsooth.
"John Marshall's Divorce" by Samuel Alfred Beadle
But let them pass! To right your wrong,
Aspasia of the ardent South,
Your poet means to sing a song
With some prolixity of mouth.
"Black Lizzie" by Henry Kendall
Cowper, whose silver voice, tasked sometimes hard,
Legends prolix delivers in the ears
(Attentive when thou read'st) of England's peers,
Let verse at length yield thee thy just reward.
"Sonnet To Henry Cowper, Esq." by William Cowper
Can it be one of Nature's benevolent tricks
That you grow hard of hearing as I grow prolix?
And that look of delight which would angels beguile
Is the deaf man's prolonged unintelligent smile?
"The Smiling Listener" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Imagination plays me most intolerable tricks.
To enumerate them all would be unbearably prolix.
Just a trifle bids them gather and a trifle bids them go.
And they tease me and torment me more than anyone can know.
"Imagination" by Gamaliel Bradford
Earth, so its part — their creed — that grey church
Taints me with sepulchral care, till pleasure faints.
Limp under suckling grief. Away from this !
Out in the live town's turmoil, all remiss,
Is nobler than such prolix grandeur paints.
"Melbourne Sonnets: VII In The Bank" by E J Rupert Atkinson

In news:

Bulwer-Lytton, in honor of prolix prose.
The paradox for Westerners may be that in Japan profundity prefers brevity to prolixity.
Bulwer-Lytton, in honor of prolix prose .
Here's a prolix approach to note-keeping for your inner word nerd.
Boris Yellnikoff is the prolix geezer played by Larry David in Woody Allen's Whatever Works .
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In science:

We refrain from writing the exponential versions because of the prolixity of barred variables.
Bi-oriented Quantum Algebras, and a Generalized Alexander Polynomial for Virtual Links
We show that the category of Penon’s weak omega categories and omega functors, Prolixe, is a retract of a certain full subcategory of our Omega Cat.
Weak Omega Categories I
Penon defines a prolixe to be a T algebra and a morphism of prolixes to be a T algebra morphism.
Weak Omega Categories I
There is therefore a category Prolixe and this is the category of Penon’s weak omega categories.
Weak Omega Categories I
Since T preserves filtered colimits Prolixe is cocomplete.
Weak Omega Categories I
Thus Prolixe cannot be the category of models of any essentially algebraic theory.
Weak Omega Categories I
We shall now show that Prolixe is a retract of full subcategory of Omega Cat.
Weak Omega Categories I
The functor in the opposite direction should be a simply defined version of the forgetful functor as it was in the case of Prolixe.
Weak Omega Categories I
Above αd (k), we can produce a representation that is succinct but implicit (as solutions of a given formula), or explicit but prolix (no basis is known that can be encoded in o(n2 ) bits).
The Set of Solutions of Random XORSAT Formulae
Eventually, this theory foundered, first on the vast prolixity of knotted forms and later in the demise of the etheric point of view about the nature of space.
Review of "Knots" by Alexei Sossinsky, Harvard University Press, 2002, ISBN 0-674-00944-4
We refrain from writing the exponential versions because of the prolixity of barred variables.
Virtual Biquandles
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