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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n attainment arrival at a new stage "his attainment of puberty was delayed by malnutrition"
    • n attainment the act of achieving an aim "the attainment of independence"
    • n attainment an ability that has been acquired by training
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Dr. Guillotin merely proposed the machine that bears his name (which was rejected by the crown) and he never made a working model. The first working model was made by his assistant years later. When the machine attained infamy in the French Revolution, Dr.Guillotin protested its use and went to his grave claiming that the machine was unjustly named after him.
    • Attainment That which is attained to, or obtained by exertion; acquirement; acquisition; pl, mental acquirements; knowledge; as, literary and scientific attainments .
    • Attainment The act of attaining; the act of arriving at or reaching; hence, the act of obtaining by efforts. "The attainment of every desired object."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Never mind what you saw in the film "The Poseidon Adventure." The biggest wave on record, reported by a reliable source, was estimated to have attained a height of 112 feet. It was measured, at some distance, I hope, by a tanker traveling between Manila and San Diego in 1933. The wind was blowing at 70 mph at the time.
    • n attainment The act of attaining; the act of arriving at or reaching; the act of obtaining by exertion or effort.
    • n attainment That which is attained, or obtained by exertion; acquisition; acquirement.
    • n attainment Synonyms Acquirements, Acquisitions, etc. See acquirement.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Attainment act of attaining: the thing attained: acquisition:
    • Attainment (pl.) acquirements in learning
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  • John Dewey
    “We cannot seek or attain health, wealth, learning, justice or kindness in general. Action is always specific, concrete, individualized, unique.”
  • R. Palmer
    R. Palmer
    “It is a rare and difficult attainment to grow old gracefully and happily.”
  • John Donne
    “Let us love nobly, and live, and add again years and years unto years, till we attain to write threescore: this is the second of our reign.”
  • Eugene Delacroix
    “Artists who seek perfection in everything are those who cannot attain it in anything.”
  • Robert Graves
    Robert Graves
    “The award of a pure gold medal for poetry would flatter the recipient unduly: no poem ever attains such carat purity.”
  • Mary Baker Eddy
    “Chastity is the cement of civilization and progress. Without it there is no stability in society, and without it one cannot attain the Science of Life.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. ataindre—L. atting-ĕread, to, tang-ĕre, to touch.


In literature:

That effort forthcoming, the attainment is certain.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
This negative process of eliminating the doubtful chances is often the only way of attaining to the positive conclusion.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
William H. Milburn, who lost his sight when a child, studied for the ministry, and was ordained before he attained his majority.
"Architects of Fate" by Orison Swett Marden
These attain their full size during the first year, but will not survive the winter in the open ground.
"The Field and Garden Vegetables of America" by Fearing Burr
The first type the animal will try various means of attaining; the second, various means of avoiding.
"Human Traits and their Social Significance" by Irwin Edman
In the newspaper business the editor with his college education has practically attained his limit of progress when he is 40 years old.
"Dollars and Sense" by Col. Wm. C. Hunter
A sequel, entitled "The Waes o' War," which appeared in 1796, attained nearly an equal popularity.
"The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volumes I-VI." by Various
He was brought to a violent death before He had attained what we now regard as the age of manhood's prime.
"Jesus the Christ" by James Edward Talmage
Of course, to a student who requires practice in order to attain dexterity this plan would be a good deal too dear.
"On Laboratory Arts" by Richard Threlfall
Incidentally, the same procedure can be used in attaining the hypnotic state itself.
"A Practical Guide to Self-Hypnosis" by Melvin Powers
The grandparents on his father's side and the uncles on his mother's side attained to a very great age.
"Erasmus and the Age of Reformation" by Johan Huizinga
Man attains his maturity after a score of years; the monad completes its humble cycle in a day.
"Natural Law in the Spiritual World" by Henry Drummond
Hui-k'o was the first who attained to the essential understanding of it.
"The Zen Experience" by Thomas Hoover
Niccola did not attain to what he aspired.
"The History of Painting in Italy, Vol. 1 (of 6)" by Luigi Antonio Lanzi
He had carved out his own career, step by step, attaining wealth and importance, and wished his nephew to do the same.
"Mrs. Halliburton's Troubles" by Mrs. Henry Wood
As a man attains consciousness of himself, he attains consciousness of his immortality.
"Speeches, Addresses, and Occasional Sermons, Volume 2 (of 3)" by Theodore Parker
That is the highest attainment of all.
"The Expositor's Bible: Colossians and Philemon" by Alexander Maclaren
Had Louis been wise and prudent, it would have been fairly easy for him to attain a strong position after his victory at Muhldorf.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 11, Slice 8" by Various
In the forest, where it grows singly, it frequently attains a height of 100 feet with a straight stem, clear of branches for half its height.
"Forest Trees of Illinois" by Fuller George D.
They are trees of large size, and they often attain great age.
"Trees Worth Knowing" by Julia Ellen Rogers

In poetry:

"You never attained to Him?" "If to attain
Be to abide, then that may be."
"Endless the way, followed with how much pain!"
"The way was He."
"Via, Et Veritas, Et Vita" by Alice Meynell
Loos'd from the vexing world below,
Oh! when shall I to these attain?
When to that blissful region go,
That yields no sorrow, tear, or pain?
"Retired Hours" by Maria Frances Cecilia Cowper
Attaining the truth of "nonattainment,"
you receive the highest initiation.
Perceiving the void of high and low,
you reach the sublime stage.
"Response To A Logician" by Jetsun Milarepa
My friend, the things that do attain
The happy life be these, I find:
The riches left, not got with pain,
The fruitful ground; the quiet mind;
"The Things That Cause A Quiet Life" by Henry Howard
When other lands attain their goal,
Our name will blacken Heaven's scroll,
A thing of scorn, all men to warn;
A country that has lost its soul.
"The Canadian Way" by Abner Cosens
Must we say "gone forever"?
Or will it all come true?
Shall I attain to you ever?
And, o'er the doubts that sever,
Rise to the truth that's you?
"One Day And Another: A Lyrical Eclogue – Part V" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

With the snares off, conga effects were easily attainable with hands or mallets, and I had fun producing tabla or ghatam-like sounds with my fingers on the slightly bowed edges.
When an object is exposed to solar radiation in still air, how does one calculate the maximum temperature it will attain.
Now, manufacturers can attain the SMT soldering results they require and pay significantly less per gram than with traditional lead-free solder pastes.
You know you've attained a certain level of success when some bozo tries to threaten you when he thinks you've invaded his territory.
I had the opportunity last week to write about 16-year-old Kyle Terry of Huron, who is working toward attaining the rank of Eagle Scout despite the fact that he suffers from an aut.
Counterfeit electronic goods are readily attainable and pose a serious threat to users of US weapons systems, including troops on the ground, according to the Government Accountability Office.
How to attain equanimity and peace of mind was an obsession of the ancient Stoic philosophers.
Rowan, 25, known by his sumo name of AKEBONO, is the first non-Japanese wrestler to attain sumo 's highest rank.
Restful sleep is imperative for attaining more energy and slowing down the aging process.
Surveyor 's success provided an added measure of confidence in the attainability of a manned lunar landing.
East Marshall coach Christian Grandgenett's early prognostication wasn't great, though his boys' team had still attained one of the main goals Monday.
When will computers attain consciousness and surpass humans.
Like a scar, a groove or a rut, samskaras are patterns that prevent us from attaining our highest evolution.
Richardson, Texas—To keep pace with the vision of a future IAEI and to meet the needs required to attain that vision, beginning January 1, 2009, we will launch the first adjustment to our membership dues structure since 2002.
The unseasonably warm weather and lack of snow cover has made food on the ground easily attainable.

In science:

S (S + 1)WS (βΩ) < 1 and the MDH elimination procedure works in this case. A random singlet phase is reached in the sense that the asymptotic distribution of exchange attains the form given by Eq. 2 at these temperatures.
Spin-3/2 random quantum antiferromagnetic chains
This outcome strongly supports the relevance of long distance correlations in the attainment of the true character of the ground state through numerical computations.
Anlaytic mean-field Hall crystal solution at nu=1/3: composite fermion like sub-bands and correlation effects
For large α ∼ β, the system attains maximal current J = p/4 where the effective ratelimiting steps are internal hopping rates p.
Ribosome recycling, diffusion, and mRNA loop formation in translational regulation
Even when the source (termination end) is held at the initiation site (R = a), there is the possibility that k∗, and maximal current, are never attained.
Ribosome recycling, diffusion, and mRNA loop formation in translational regulation
Note that for R/a → ∞ that k∗ diverges and the maximal current phase is never attained.
Ribosome recycling, diffusion, and mRNA loop formation in translational regulation
As a result, at the end of the first step, Q is typically a very smooth function on {0, 1}n, attaining a maximum value at the subcube of ma jority vote assignments and gradually decreasing away from them.
Random k-SAT: Two Moments Suffice to Cross a Sharp Threshold
We shall see that this attractive goal is difficult to attain and all attempts to obtain and measure noise rather than chaos either break the laws of physics or the principle of subjectivity.
From Knowledge, Knowability and the Search for Objective Randomness to a New Vision of Complexity
He was able to show that this definition of entropy attains its maximum value when the system achieves thermodynamic equilibrium, in complete agreement with Clausius’ notion of entropy.
From Knowledge, Knowability and the Search for Objective Randomness to a New Vision of Complexity
In fact, the main difference with the attainment of the ordinary form of equilibrium is that there is no feedback on the bath, the diffusion caused by the bath fluctuations being the only active process.
From Knowledge, Knowability and the Search for Objective Randomness to a New Vision of Complexity
This OGLE-III set is also exceptional by attaining relatively high accuracy what is uncommon for a mass survey work.
A simple method of correcting magnitudes for the errors introduced by atmospheric refraction
If the outcome of Alice’s measurement is then transmitted to Bob, he may perform the appropriate conditional operation to attain a system in the state that Alice was trying to send.
Nonlocality and information flow: The approach of Deutsch and Hayden
Such a process has a.s. a unique time where it attains its overall minimum, and this time is a continuity time, call it smin .
Weak convergence of random p-mappings and the exploration process of inhomogeneous continuum random trees
By attaining information about the gravitational density distribution of the Galactic disk, it appeared that a significant part of the local Galactic disk mass remains unaccounted for observationally and in particular is strongly concentrated in the Galactic plane.
Dark Matter in the Local Galactic Disk
Among other things, this satellite has been able to attain accurate distance and proper motions for a complete set of nearby stars as well as obtain an improved Luminosity Function from which the local visible matter can be better estimated.
Dark Matter in the Local Galactic Disk
This implies that at the energies already attainable today empirical evidence may be obtained in favour of violation of Lorentz symmetry.
Concerning the generalized Lorentz symmetry and the generalization of the Dirac equation