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return

Definitions

  • Study for 'The Return of Persephone
    Study for 'The Return of Persephone
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v return go back to a previous state "We reverted to the old rules"
    • v return be restored "Her old vigor returned"
    • v return answer back
    • v return submit (a report, etc.) to someone in authority "submit a bill to a legislative body"
    • v return go back to something earlier "This harks back to a previous remark of his"
    • v return pass down "render a verdict","deliver a judgment"
    • v return make a return "return a kickback"
    • v return give or supply "The cow brings in 5 liters of milk","This year's crop yielded 1,000 bushels of corn","The estate renders some revenue for the family"
    • v return go or come back to place, condition, or activity where one has been before "return to your native land","the professor returned to his teaching position after serving as Dean"
    • v return return to a previous position; in mathematics "The point returned to the interior of the figure"
    • v return bring back to the point of departure
    • v return be inherited by "The estate fell to my sister","The land returned to the family","The estate devolved to an heir that everybody had assumed to be dead"
    • v return pay back "Please refund me my money"
    • v return give back "render money"
    • v return return in kind "return a compliment","return her love"
    • v return elect again
    • n return the act of someone appearing again "his reappearance as Hamlet has been long awaited"
    • n return a coming to or returning home "on his return from Australia we gave him a welcoming party"
    • n return getting something back again "upon the restitution of the book to its rightful owner the child was given a tongue lashing"
    • n return the act of going back to a prior location "they set out on their return to the base camp"
    • n return (American football) the act of running back the ball after a kickoff or punt or interception or fumble
    • n return a tennis stroke that sends the ball back to the other player "he won the point on a cross-court return"
    • n return a reciprocal group action "in return we gave them as good as we got"
    • n return the key on electric typewriters or computer keyboards that causes a carriage return and a line feed
    • n return document giving the tax collector information about the taxpayer's tax liability "his gross income was enough that he had to file a tax return"
    • n return a quick reply to a question or remark (especially a witty or critical one) "it brought a sharp rejoinder from the teacher"
    • n return happening again (especially at regular intervals) "the return of spring"
    • n return the occurrence of a change in direction back in the opposite direction
    • n return the income or profit arising from such transactions as the sale of land or other property "the average return was about 5%"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Return to the Farm Return to the Farm
A bear, killed; his spirit returns to the bear chief A bear, killed; his spirit returns to the bear chief
THE RETURN OF THE PRODIGAL THE RETURN OF THE PRODIGAL
RETURNING HOME FROM NEW YORK RETURNING HOME FROM NEW YORK
THE WILY DETECTIVE'S RETURN TO THE HOTEL THE WILY DETECTIVE'S RETURN TO THE HOTEL
Returning to camp by the blazed trail Returning to camp by the blazed trail
THE RETURN OF THE EX-CHAMPION THE RETURN OF THE EX-CHAMPION
THE RETURN FROM THE HOLIDAY THE RETURN FROM THE HOLIDAY

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The longest punt return for a touchdown was 103 yards
    • Return (Law) A day in bank. See Return day, below.
    • Return A payment; a remittance; a requital.
    • Return An account, or formal report, of an action performed, of a duty discharged, of facts or statistics, and the like; as, election returns; a return of the amount of goods produced or sold; especially, in the plural, a set of tabulated statistics prepared for general information.
    • Return An answer; as, a return to one's question.
    • Return (Mil. & Naval) An official account, report, or statement, rendered to the commander or other superior officer; as, the return of men fit for duty; the return of the number of the sick; the return of provisions, etc.
    • Return Hence, to elect according to the official report of the election officers.
    • Return That which is returned.
    • Return The act of returning (intransitive), or coming back to the same place or condition; as, the return of one long absent; the return of health; the return of the seasons, or of an anniversary. "At the return of the year the king of Syria will come up against thee.""His personal return was most required and necessary."
    • Return The act of returning (transitive), or sending back to the same place or condition; restitution; repayment; requital; retribution; as, the return of anything borrowed, as a book or money; a good return in tennis. "You made my liberty your late request:
      Is no return due from a grateful breast?"
    • Return (Law) The certificate of an officer stating what he has done in execution of a writ, precept, etc., indorsed on the document.
    • Return (Arch) The continuation in a different direction, most often at a right angle, of a building, face of a building, or any member, as a molding or mold; -- applied to the shorter in contradistinction to the longer; thus, a facade of sixty feet east and west has a return of twenty feet north and south.
    • Return The profit on, or advantage received from, labor, or an investment, undertaking, adventure, etc.
    • Return (Law) The rendering back or delivery of writ, precept, or execution, to the proper officer or court.
    • Return (Law) The sending back of a commission with the certificate of the commissioners.
    • Return (Fort. & Mining) The turnings and windings of a trench or mine.
    • Return (Tennis) To bat (the ball) back over the net.
    • Return To bring or send back to a tribunal, or to an office, with a certificate of what has been done; as, to return a writ.
    • Return To bring, carry, send, or turn, back; as, to return a borrowed book, or a hired horse. "Both fled attonce, ne ever back returned eye."
    • Return To come back, or begin again, after an interval, regular or irregular; to appear again. "With the year
      Seasons return ; but not me returns Day or the sweet approach of even or morn."
    • Return To convey into official custody, or to a general depository. "Instead of a ship, he should levy money, and return the same to the treasurer for his majesty's use."
    • Return To give back in reply; as, to return an answer; to return thanks.
    • Return To give in requital or recompense; to requite. "The Lord shall return thy wickedness upon thine own head."
    • Return To go back in thought, narration, or argument. "But to return to my story."
    • Return (Card Playing) To lead in response to the lead of one's partner; as, to return a trump; to return a diamond for a club.
    • Return To render, as an account, usually an official account, to a superior; to report officially by a list or statement; as, to return a list of stores, of killed or wounded; to return the result of an election.
    • Return To repay; as, to return borrowed money.
    • Return To report, or bring back and make known. "And all the people answered together, . . . and Moses returned the words of the people unto the Lord."
    • Return To retort; to throw back; as, to return the lie. "If you are a malicious reader, you return upon me, that I affect to be thought more impartial than I am."
    • Return To revert; to pass back into possession. "And Jeroboam said in his heart, Now shall the kingdom return to the house of David."
    • Return To speak in answer; to reply; to respond. "He said, and thus the queen of heaven returned ."
    • Return To turn back; to go or come again to the same place or condition. "Return to your father's house.""On their embattled ranks the waves return .""If they returned out of bondage, it must be into a state of freedom.""Dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The most overdue book in the world was borrowed from Sidney Sussex College in Cambridge, England and was returned 288 years later
    • return To turn back. To restore to a former position by turning.
    • return To fold back; turn or roll over, as a thing upon itself.
    • return To reverse the position or direction of; turn backward.
    • return To cast back; reflect; reëcho.
    • return To turn over; revolve.
    • return To send back; cause to go back to a former place.
    • return To take with one when going back; bring or carry back.
    • return To give back; restore.
    • return To give in repayment, requital, or recompense; make a return of: as, to return good for evil.
    • return To make a return for; repay; requite: as, to return kindness by ingratitude; to return a loan; to return a call.
    • return To give back in response; reply.
    • return To retort.
    • return To bring back and make known; report, tell, or communicate.
    • return To report officially; render as an official statement or account: as, to return a list of killed and wounded after a battle.
    • return In law, to bring or send back, as a process or other mandate, to the tribunal whence it issued, with a short statement (usually indorsed on the process) by the officer to whom it issued, and who returns it, stating what he has done under it, or why he has done nothing: as, to return an execution non est inventus; to return a commission with the depositions taken under it. The return is now usually made by filing the paper in the clerk's office, instead of by presenting it on a general return-day in open court.
    • return To send; transmit; convey; remit.
    • return To elect as a member of Congress or of Parliament.
    • return To yield; give a return or profit of.
    • return In card-playing, to lead back, as a suit previously led; respond to by a similar lead: as, to return a lead or a suit.
    • return Synonyms Return, Restore (see restore), render.
    • return To turn back.
    • return To come back; come or go back to a former place or position: as, to return home.
    • return To go or come back to a former state; pass back; in general, to come by any process of retrogression.
    • return To come again; come a second time or repeatedly; repeat a visit.
    • return To appear or begin again after a periodical revolution.
    • return To revert; come back to the original possessor; hence, to fall to the share of a person; become the possession of either a previous or a new owner.
    • return To go back in thought or speech; come back to a previous subject of consideration; recur.
    • return To reappear; come back before the mind.
    • return To make reply; retort.
    • return To yield a return; give a value or profit.
    • return In fencing, to give a thrust or cut after parrying a sword-thrust.
    • n return The act of sending, bringing, rendering, or restoring to a former place, position, owner, or state; the act of giving back in requital, recompense, retort, or response; election, as of a member of Congress or of Parliament; also, the state of being returned. See return, transitive verb
    • n return The act of going or coming back; resumption of a former place, position, state, condition, or subject of consideration; recurrence, reappearance, or reversion. See return, intransitive verb
    • n return That which is returned. That which is given in repayment or requital; a recompense; a payment; a remittance.
    • n return Profit, as arising from labor, effort, exertion, or use; advantage; a profitable result.
    • n return A response; a reply; an answer.
    • n return A report; a formal or official account of an action performed or a duty discharged, or of facts, statistics, and the like; especially, in the plural, a set of tabulated statistics prepared for general information: as, agricultural returns; census returns; election returns. The return of members of Parliament is, strictly speaking, the return by the sheriff or other returning officer of the writ addressed to him, certifying the election in pursuance of it.
    • n return In fencing, a thrust or cut given in answer to a sword-thrust: a more general term for riposte, which has a specific meaning, signifying the easiest and quickest return stroke available under given circumstances.
    • n return In law: The bringing or sending back of a process or other mandate to the tribunal whence it issued, with a short statement (usually indorsed on the process) by the officer to whom it issued, and who returns it, stating what he has done under it, or why he has done nothing. The return is now usually made by filing the process, with indorsed certificate, in the clerk's office.
    • n return The official certificate so indorsed.
    • n return The day on which the terms of a process or other mandate require it to be returned. See return-day.
    • n return plural A light-colored mild-flavored kind of tobacco.
    • n return In architecture, the continuation of a molding, projection, etc., in an opposite or different direction; also, a side or part which falls away from the front of any straight work. As a feature of a molding, it is usual at the termination of the dripstone or hood of a window or door.
    • n return The air which ascends after having passed through the working in a coal-mine.
    • n return In milit. engin., a short branch gallery for the reception of empty trucks. It enables loaded trucks to pass.
    • n return In music, same as reprise
    • return To turn again: as, to turn and return. Also written distinctively re-turn.
    • n return In electricity, a wire or conductor which completes an electric circuit so that the current may be returned to the generator.
    • n return A return-bend; a pipe-fitting for connecting two parallel pipes; a 180° elbow.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Santa Maria was the only one of Columbus's ships not to return to Spain. It hit a reef on December 5, 1492 and sank.
    • v.i Return rē-turn′ to come back to the same place or state: to answer: to retort: to turn back: to repeat: to revert: to recur: to reappear
    • v.t Return to bring or send back: to transmit: to give back: to repay: to give back in reply: to report: to give an account: to cast back: to reflect: to re-echo: to revolve: to restore: to requite: to return a call: to elect, as a member of parliament: in card-playing, to lead back in response to the lead of one's partner: in tennis, to bat the ball back over the net: in fencing, to give a thrust or cut after parrying a sword-thrust
    • n Return the act of going back: revolution: periodic renewal: the act of bringing or sending back: restitution: repayment: the profit on capital or labour: a reply: a report or account, esp. official: : : :
    • n Return (pl.) a light-coloured and mild kind of tobacco
    • n Return (law) the rendering back of a writ to the proper officer
    • n Return (mil.) the return of the men fit for duty
    • n Return (archit.) the continuation in a different direction of the face of a building, as a moulding
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Quotations

  • Publilius Syrus
    Publilius%20Syrus
    “An angry man is again angry with himself when he returns to reason.”
  • St. Ambrose
    St. Ambrose
    “No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    Samuel%20Johnson
    “The return of my birthday, if I remember it, fills me with thoughts which it seems to be the general care of humanity to escape.”
  • Italian Proverb
    Italian Proverb
    “Who goes to Rome a beast returns a beast.”
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
    Henry%20Wadsworth%20Longfellow
    “That which the fountain sends forth returns again to the fountain.”
  • Jean De La Fontaine
    Jean%20De%20La%20Fontaine
    “One returns to the place one came from.”

Idioms

Many happy returns - This expression is used to wish someone a happy birthday.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. returnen, retournen, F. retourner,; pref. re-, re- + tourner, to turn. See Turn

Usage

In literature:

Perhaps it would be wise to return before it is late.
"Oswald Langdon" by Carson Jay Lee
His face had lost a shade only of its usual cheerfulness, when he finally returned.
"As It Was in the Beginning" by Philip Verrill Mighels
I will be brave, dear, and wait patiently for your return.
"At the Point of the Sword" by Herbert Hayens
I tried to think calmly upon it; I tried to get it out of my thoughts, and return seriously to my duties.
"The War Trail" by Mayne Reid
They preferred making a roundabout thing of it, so that their fallen faces might not be too closely scanned on their return.
"The White Chief" by Mayne Reid
At length the messenger returned, saying that his Majesty had returned to the city, and was now ready to receive the embassy.
"Notable Voyagers" by W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith
Returning to the cabin, I made my report to the captain.
"In the Wilds of Africa" by W.H.G. Kingston
If you go out to her, I tell you that none of you will return.
"Won from the Waves" by W.H.G. Kingston
Each time she returned to her home she feared to find her mother gone, flown to that rest from which there was no returning.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
I resumed my thumping occupation, when Timothy returned with his empty basket.
"Japhet in Search of a Father" by Frederick Marryat
It is most unfortunate that Maurice returns a fortnight before we expected him.
"Fairy Fingers" by Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
While these preparations were going forward, Captain Wallis returned from his voyage round the world.
"Captain Cook" by W.H.G. Kingston
When he returns he mustn't find you awake.
"Nobody's Boy" by Hector Malot
But out of loyalty to his cause he returned at the end of three days and was received.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
He may tell when to expect our soldiers' return.
"A German Pompadour" by Marie Hay
They did not all return to France at the same time.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
But, my son," returning to the boy and clasping him again in his arms, "it is not too late.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
I was gone about a week, when, having settled my business in Greenville, I returned here.
"The Somnambulist and the Detective" by Allan Pinkerton
Thereupon, our minds at rest, we returned to the landing to enjoy the scene.
"Gold" by Stewart White
Mr. Foote intimates that the President will not return to Richmond, and did not intend to return.
"A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital" by John Beauchamp Jones
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In poetry:


"Sorrow comes from the South.
Will joy return no more ?
Our eyes are blind with falling tears."
"Have ye not wept before?"
"A Song Of War" by Ethel Clifford
And seest the ashes cast away;
Then to thyself thou may say,
That to the dust
Return thou must.
Thus think, and smoke tobacco.
"Meditations on Smoking Tobacco; or, Smoking Spiritualized" by Ralph Erskine
And seest the ashes cast away,
Then to thyself thou mayest say,
That to the dust
Return thou must.
Thus think, and smoke tobacco.
"Smoking Spiritualized" by Anonymous British
Shall I for ever be forgot,
As one whom thou regardest not
Still shall my soul thine absence mourn,
And still despair of thy return?
"Psalm 13" by Isaac Watts
I will return: Death now can do no more
Anywhere on these seas or on the shore,
Since he has stilled her heart. I cannot mourn
For her on these wild seas: I will return.
"A Song Of Another. For Eoghan" by Thomas MacDonagh
Let us loiter awhile on this beautiful hill,—
The last time, perhaps, we shall meet on its brow;
The days that so often have pass'd and return'd,
Returning no longer, escape from us now.
"To a Friend, on Taking Leave of Oare" by Caroline Fry

In news:

TUCSON, AZ (TNN) – The election has yet to be final in Cochise County but current poll returns give Mark Dannels a distant lead over the combined returns of five write-in candidates for Cochise County Sheriff.
Ricki Lake isn't just returning to TV with a new talk show this year, she's returning to the married life as well.
NORMAN — Oklahoma had a 90-yard punt return for a touchdown by Justin Brown and a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against Kansas last Saturday.
Return to article Return to photo galleries A Gazelle Transportation Inc tractor-trailer unit arrives at a crude oil well site in the Wasco CA field near Bakersfield where the carrier is based.
For Al Pacino, returning to Broadway is a return home.
The return of the return of Saturn / Photo via Getty.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Trevor Mbakwe's return from a knee injury has received plenty of attention and is considered the key to Minnesota's hopes of returning to the NCAA tournament this year.
'Crusaders' return: Air station squadron returns to old moniker .
Many online and other distant retailers view product returns as a "necessary evil" and are motivated to limit or avoid paying return shipping costs.
Get to know the 16 new castaways (there's two returning former contestants yet to be announced) who'll try to outwit, outplay and outlast each other when the CBS series returns 8 pm Sept 14.
Athletes face intense pressure to return to play when they are injured but the challenge for physicians is to have them return safely.
Missouri's "Silver Haired Legislature" has returned — and will decide Friday what the state's senior citizens' priorities should be when the General Assembly returns in January.
Dancing With The Stars returns Monday night on ABC, and also returning -- blonde bombshell Pam Anderson who survived being in the bottom two last week.
Return to TFB Main Page Return to Current Edition Texas Agriculture Archive.
Creighton's Josh Jones returned home Friday, but the senior guard will undergo more tests next week to determine when he might return to playing basketball.
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In science:

If we reverse the applied field from the value hc, we must specify the state of the magnetization from where the return is made giving us two possible return loops originating at hc .
Exact Expressions for Minor Hysteresis Loops in the Random Field Ising Model on a Bethe Lattice at Zero Temperature
Then, we consider a random walk that starts at 0, returns to zero at x, and returns again to 0 at y .
Breakdown of Conformal Invariance at Strongly Random Critical Points
The first is when I sH alf T wist returns true, this happens when no question about the correctness of the answer exists, therefore one can return the computed result.
Identifying Half-Twists Using Randomized Algorithm Methods
Proof: The first part is obvious, since the only reason that this procedure returns true is when I sH alf T wist returns true.
Identifying Half-Twists Using Randomized Algorithm Methods
After this the system will have equal probabilities to actually reverse its magnetization or to return to the equilibrium magnetization value it came from, hence this return frequency should be twice the reversal frequency.
Magnetization reversal times in the 2D Ising model
It is clear that paths for Bn−1 having k returns and end point on the x-axis are the same as paths for An−2 with k − 1 returns.
ad-nilpotent ideals containing a fixed number of simple root spaces
When it returns to L, we observe the local time of the hitting point of L for a time interval [nα ], and then wait again for the walk to return to L.
Maximal local time of a d-dimensional simple random walk on subsets
Explicit expressions for the first return time probability and the annealed approximation forms for the general return time probability are derived with the use of partition of integers.
Return times of random walk on generalized random graphs
However, it is well known that financial returns exhibit heteroskedastic volatility and correlations (i.e. the random processes generating the returns are not stationary).
Exponential Weighting and Random-Matrix-Theory-Based Filtering of Financial Covariance Matrices for Portfolio Optimization
When the conditions return to their initial state these molecules return to their former structures.
Investigation of the Heat Capacities of Proteins by Statistical Mechanical Methods
We apply our results to finite random graphs, by considering the expected return probability (= annealed return probability) of a continuous-time random walk on the finite random partial graphs of a transitive graph of finite degree: namely the finite connected components of an invariant percolation.
An interlacing technique for spectra of random walks and its application to finite percolation clusters
Because there is no counterpart of temporal causality in a space-like context, an ob ject can repeatedly return to any spatial location, but it cannot return or jump ahead temporarily in time.
How Time Works in Quantum Systems: Overview of time ordering and time correlation in weakly perturbed atomic collisions and in strongly perturbed qubits
The return map associated to a suitable lift of ∂ /∂ θ to M \K, defines a diffeomorphism of F (unique up to isotopy) supported away from a neighborhood of ∂F = K . M -up to diffeomorphism- can be recovered out of F and the return map.
A higher dimensional generalization of taut foliations
Then we can perform generalized Dehn surgery along L, obtaining a new open book decomposition (on a new manifold) whose return map is τL ◦ ϕ−1, with ϕ the return map associated to (M, α, K, θ) and τL a generalized Dehn twist along L.
A higher dimensional generalization of taut foliations
If this is the case, then return true, else return false.
Semantics and Complexity of SPARQL
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