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All but


  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • All but Scarcely; not even.
    • All but See under All.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: If you go blind in one eye, you only lose about one fifth of your vision, but all your sense of depth.
    • All but everything short of, almost
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  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “We all know that sponges grow in the ocean but I wander how much deeper the ocean would be if that wasn't the case.”
  • Robert Louis Stevenson
    “Each has his own tree of ancestors, but at the top of all sits Probably Arboreal.”
  • Maya Angelou
    “Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean.”
  • Helen Keller
    “We may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all -- the apathy of human beings.”
  • John Milton
    “Nor aught availed him now to have built in heaven high towers; nor did he scrape by all his engines, but was headlong sent with his industrious crew to build in hell.”
  • Gunther Grass
    Gunther Grass
    “Art is so wonderfully irrational, exuberantly pointless, but necessary all the same. Pointless and yet necessary, that's hard for a puritan to understand.”


All but - If someone all but does something, they almost do it, but don't manage to.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. all, eal; Ger. all, Gael. uile, W. oll.


In literature:

She all but put her hand into his again, asking him childishly to hope, to be consoled.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
She stood still, looking straight before her, forgetful, for the moment, of all but her own thoughts.
"Allison Bain" by Margaret Murray Robertson
What are we in the House of Commons, after all, but a lot of voting machines?
"The Day of Judgment" by Joseph Hocking
Ravished with the harmony, Tmolus at once awarded the victory to the god of the lyre, and all but Midas acquiesced in the judgment.
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry
Not dead at all, but worth twenty dead men yet, and he brought you safe out of the storm.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
I mayn't be able to get it all, but I'll do my best to secure a part of it.
"Ralph the Heir" by Anthony Trollope
The canoe was now completed all but the "paying," and that would not take long to do.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
But my determination is all but taken.
"The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete" by John Forster
She did not answer his last remark at all, but quietly bowed her head.
"Casa Braccio, Volumes 1 and 2 (of 2)" by F. Marion Crawford
There was Muster Brandon, who never come here at all, but had a curate who lived away to Hinton.
"The Vicar of Bullhampton" by Anthony Trollope
L. Yes; but beaten by no man's hammer; or rather, not beaten at all, but woven.
"The Crown of Wild Olive" by John Ruskin
Why do you belie yourself so and hide your inmost self from all but me?
"A Pessimist" by Robert Timsol
I know you all; but you do not know me.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
But all the same I am not going to have any paint on my face.
"The Slave of Silence" by Fred M. White
Mrs. Caldwell's heart sank; the whisky bottle was all but empty.
"The Beth Book" by Sarah Grand
The manifest destiny men are not so far wrong after all; but instead of destiny, it is the purpose and ordinance of God.
"Cotton is King and The Pro-Slavery Arguments" by Various
But I know I know all about it, for all that.
"Somehow Good" by William de Morgan
I don't know what to call it; I wish we could name them all, but there's no end to them.
"The Wide, Wide World" by Susan Warner
But, after all, it is better for you to know it once for all.
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille
But to be quiet all day and all night too, that is what I have never seen.
"Sir Tom" by Mrs. Oliphant

In poetry:

Then enter free,
And bar the door
To all but thee
"Invitation" by Friedrich Ruckert
All but blind
In his chambered hole,
Gropes for worms
The four-clawed mole.
"All But Blind" by Walter de la Mare
When the days of creation
Were all but done,
And earth lay drowsing
Under the sun —
"Islands" by Cicely Fox Smith
The machine guns sputtered,
Didn't faze Joe at all-
But evvytime he fired
A cop would fall.
"The Ballad Of Joe Meek" by Sterling A Brown
Ships pass, men pass,
The old ways grow strange,
All but the old faith
That knows not any change —
"The Queen's Ships" by Cicely Fox Smith
But all my tears are idle,
And all my wishes vain.
What once you were to me, love,
You may not be again.
"An Old Memory" by Paul Laurence Dunbar

In news:

A Rampage team in the top 3 in penalty killing SA has killed off all but three of 46 chances for 93.5 kill rate.
Managers have all but forgotten about the Blue Jays' 2B.
My sister has always been my best friend, with whom I could share it all, but the blinders about reciprocity, support and validation are slipping off.
Cane sugar has replaced high-fructose corn syrup in all but a few carbonated beverages at Jason's, a deli chain in 27 states.
Born in the early '40s, St Louis's Gooey Butter Cake was all but unknown in these parts until Shuna Lydon thoughtfully added it to her menu at Peels.
Last week, I explained how complacency overtook Kodak and all but guaranteed the company's demise.
Though his early fiction earned him wide recognition some 40 years ago as an author of major stature, he has been all but absent from the American literary scene for a decade or more.
With Creekview having all but sewn up the No.
Co­lum­bia Gas ex­pected to have ser ­vice re­stored late Wed­nes­day to all but a hand­ful of the 1,136 South Toledo cus­tom­ers whose gas was cut off Tues­day af­ter­noon over a faulty valve.
Fredette all but sewn up MWC's POY accolade.
Concern about the safety of hormone replacement has all but obscured one of the most pressing concerns for women of a certain age: the effects of menopause on their sex lives.
Owners of a 13½-game lead in the National League East, the Mets have all but clinched a playoff berth.
Baldwin County's comprehensive plan voted down and all but shouted down.
In simplifying its fare system, American is eliminating all but 70,000 of the 500,000 fares in its computerized reservations system -- an 86 percent drop.
With all but two precincts in Hillsdale County's Somerset and Moscow townships reporting, voters on Tuesday had approved the renewal of a 1-mill tax that funds maintenance, repair and renovation by 256 votes.

In science:

In addition, all but one of the confirmed stars and QSOs from LPIF are selected with this cut.
QSOs and Absorption Line Systems Surrounding the Hubble Deep Field
The spectral density, and in general the k -point correlation functions, can be obtained from the joint eigenvalue density by integrating over all but k eigenvalues.
Spectral Universality of Real Chiral Random Matrix Ensembles
This method does not rely on the construction of the skew-orthogonal polynomials at all, but it is our point of view is that both methods are equivalent.
Spectral Universality of Real Chiral Random Matrix Ensembles
The Marcinkiewicz theorem (see e.g. [L]) states that if all but a finite number of cumulants of a random variable are non-zero then the random variable must either have a Gaussian distribution or be a constant.
Gaussian limit for determinantal random point fields
We find an explicit expression for the generating function of the number of permutations in Sn avoiding a subgroup of Sk generated by all but one simple transpositions.
Avoiding maximal parabolic subgroups of S_k
However, it seems all but impossible to construct a non-abelian version of a two-form (with or without a self-duality constraint on the field strength), and the difficulty here seems to be of a fundamental geometrical nature .
A class of six-dimensional conformal field theories
S (z) = ˆS (z) for all but at must κ points of Ω.
A note on interpolation in the generalized Schur class
It follows that 1 − zT is invertible for all but at most κ points in D.
A note on interpolation in the generalized Schur class
This is because each of the k (0, 1) vertical curves different from L∞ must be separated from all but one of the r + 1 (1, 0) horizontal curves, so we need kr cutting divisors.
Rational polynomials of simple type
If we now remove the y -axis and all but the last exceptional curve from the blown-up C2 we get a new C2 that we call C2 1 .
Rational polynomials of simple type
Then, as noted above, FRCp,q = WRCp,q for all but at most countably many values of p.
Explicit isoperimetric constants and phase transitions in the random-cluster model
We argue that the neglect of finite-radius effects makes simple condensation theory inapplicable at all but impractically low polyelectrolyte concentrations and, unable to reproduce osmotic properties of polyelectrolytes such as DNA.
Osmotic Properties of Charged Cylinders: Critical Evaluation of Counterion Condensation Theory
However, the non-linear interaction between arbitrarily shaped cells and deformation makes this task impossible in all but the simplest of models.
Elastic moduli of model random three-dimensional closed-cell cellular solids
By Proposition 2.3, all but five linear groups L2 (q) are connected to an alternating group.
Finite simple groups and localization
In all but one case (DFA for DJIA) the Hurst exponents of daily returns are insignificantly different from those of white noise.
A simple model of price formation