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  • WordNet 3.6
    • v coax influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering "He palavered her into going along"
    • n coax a transmission line for high-frequency signals
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Coax A simpleton; a dupe.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n coax A simpleton; gull; dupe; fool.
    • coax To fondle; caress; flatter; fool with flattery or caresses.
    • coax To persuade by fond pleading or flattery; wheedle; cajole.
    • coax Hence To manage or guide carefully; control in a gentle way: as, to coax a horse into a trot.
    • coax To use cajolery or gentle pleading.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Coax kōks to persuade by fondling or flattery: to humour or soothe: to pet
    • ns Coax one who coaxes
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  • Mark Twain
    “A habit cannot be tossed out the window; it must be coaxed down the stairs a step at a time.”
  • Mark Twain
    “Habit is habit, and not to be flung out of the window by any man, but coaxed downstairs a step at a time.”
  • Oliver Goldsmith
    “Life at the greatest and best is but a froward child, that must be humored and coaxed a little till it falls asleep, and then all the care is over.”
  • E. S. Kinnear
    E. S. Kinnear
    “If you cannot make money on one dollar, if you do not coax one dollar to work hard for you, you won't know how to make money out of one hundred thousand dollars.”
  • Orison Swett Marden
    “Success is the child of drudgery and perseverance. It cannot be coaxed or bribed; pay the price and it is yours.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. cokes, a simpleton; of obscure origin.


In literature:

His father and Marie often tried to coax him into conversation.
"The Silver Lining" by John Roussel
It was delightful to be coaxed, and by the boys, too.
"'Lizbeth of the Dale" by Marian Keith
Aunt Florence said some boy had coaxed him off somewhere, but she was desperately afraid that he laid crushed in some hospital.
"A Modern Cinderella" by Amanda M. Douglas
But Phillis persisted, and the red glow was soon coaxed into a cheerful blaze.
"Not Like Other Girls" by Rosa N. Carey
A fire was soon started, for every one of the scouts knew all about the coaxing of a blaze, no matter how damp the wood might seem.
"The Banner Boy Scouts Snowbound" by George A. Warren
Before they parted, Mary had coaxed pussy on to her knee; for Mrs. Jenkins would not part with baby, who was sleeping on her lap.
"The Grey Woman and other Tales" by Mrs. (Elizabeth) Gaskell
They coaxed her to eat and she managed to make a meal that satisfied them.
"Rimrock Trail" by J. Allan Dunn
When I get home I shall coax mamma to tell me all about it.
"Our Bessie" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
She must coax Hugh to put it right.
"Wee Wifie" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
May we not coax them ashore?
"The Book of Saints and Friendly Beasts" by Abbie Farwell Brown
Jane she's kind o' cranky sometimes, but she's got her good streaks, and you can coax her into 'most anything.
"Polly of Lady Gay Cottage" by Emma C. Dowd
She should never coax him out of doing that which was best for them both.
"A Forest Hearth: A Romance of Indiana in the Thirties" by Charles Major
No coaxing was required to get us to eat a hearty meal.
"Ox-Team Days on the Oregon Trail" by Ezra Meeker
De Spain leading the way a step or two forward at a time, coaxed her down the driveway.
"Nan of Music Mountain" by Frank H. Spearman
They called, they coaxed, they commanded, but she did not move.
"Kristy's Rainy Day Picnic" by Olive Thorne Miller
He was turning valves and pulling levers, trying to coax a little more power into his piston strokes.
"The Duke Of Chimney Butte" by G. W. Ogden
It wants, in fact, a little time, and as you see a little coaxing.
"The Story of a Tinder-box" by Charles Meymott Tidy
She would talk to him, coax him, implore him, reason with him, forgive him, love him, and caress him.
"Is He Popenjoy?" by Anthony Trollope
No matter how he might coax and try to make her smile, she would return no answer.
"The Chinese Fairy Book" by Various
More coaxing and he was ready to start in.
"Ye of Little Faith" by Roger Phillips Graham

In poetry:

I should coax you
into the house and give you
your own corner,
a worn mat to lie on,
your own water dish.
"Talking To Grief" by Denise Levertov
Mi darlin' Muse, aw coax and pet her,
To pleeas yo, for aw like nowt better;
An' if aw find aw connot get her
To lend her aid,
Into foorced measure then aw set her,
The stupid jade!
"Mi Darling Muse" by John Hartley
With touches coaxing, delicate,
And arts that never tire,
They tie the rose-trees each to each,
The lilac to the brier,
Making for graceless things a grace,
With steady, sweet desire.
"Bind-Weed" by Susan Coolidge
She jumped him high as huntsmen go
Across the gate; she jumped him low,
To coax him to begin and feel
His infant steps returning, peel
His mortal pride, exposing fruit,
And off with hat and apron suit.
"Jump-To-Glory Jane" by George Meredith
There was kissing and squeezing, And coaxing and teasing;
And sure there's no reason
Such things should be seen. But Donegan's daughter
From over the water,
'Twas she made the slaughter In Ballyporeen.
"Donegan's Daughter" by William Percy French
He gave no sign of making bare,
Nor she of faintness or despair.
Inflamed with hope that she might win,
If she but coaxed him to begin,
She used all arts for making fain;
The mother with her babe was Jane.
"Jump-To-Glory Jane" by George Meredith

In news:

Solution to help installers provide PoE over Coax straight out of the box.
Veracity debuts HIGHWIRE PowerStar Ethernet and PoE over Coax device.
Police were investigating around the Vermillion High School area Friday after another parent reported that her son and a friend were approached by a man trying to coax them into his car.
Kelly's going to need some coaxing.
Andrew Robison travels the world coaxing prints and drawings from collectors and looking for great buys.
He fancies himself a good dancer, sometimes coaxing fellow lineman Breno Giacomini and Paul McQuistan to awkwardly move along to the mesmerizing beat.
The story, which could be described as "Grumpy Old Men" with pugilists, follows two boxers who, 50 years after their last fight, are coaxed out of retirement for one final match.
Retailers are gearing up for the holiday seasons, and have every intent of coaxing their shoppers into filling a shopping cart, such as this one at a central Pennsylvania Rite Aid.
Veracity debuts HIGHWIRE PowerStar Ethernet and PoE over Coax device.
Elkins developed a sophisticated method of coaxing the horses into hidden corrals with food or water and using remotely controlled gates to quietly contain them.
Public radio fans know well the cranberry concoction NPR's Susan Stamberg tries to coax us to make every Thanksgiving.
KABUL, Afghanistan – Afghanistan wants Pakistan to free more Taliban detainees to help coax the group into negotiations to end the 11-year-old war.
You'd need coaxing, making that special someone work hard before giving your heart away.
The word in city kitchens is that milk coaxed from the udders of heritage pigs is not the "new dairy," butchers are not the new rock stars and neo-Tiki fare is not going to take the culinary world by storm.
Panasonic debuts new Coax- LAN Converter.

In science:

It may be possible to coax extra SNR (as much as 40%) from the observations by switching to one of the other modes but if the observation is not prepared carefully the data could prove useless.
On the use of electron-multiplying CCDs for astronomical spectroscopy
In particular, it is not clear how to coax it into computing the loop generating function L2(z ).
Three lectures on free probability
We expect that the electrostatic coupling between the antenna and the nanotube segment itself is much too small to actuate the CNT, which was confirmed by a lack of response of the CNT quantum dot to a d.c. voltage applied to the coax.
Probing the charge of a quantum dot with a nanomechanical resonator
The inner and outer coax is copper and the air side waveguide is aluminum.
Lifetime Testing 700 MHz RF Windows for the Accelerator Production of Tritium Program
During the high power accep tance tes t ing the ou ter coax ia l surface temperatures of the windows are compared to this data as a tool to indicate any problems.
Lifetime Testing 700 MHz RF Windows for the Accelerator Production of Tritium Program
Many thanks go to Jon Jenkins at SETI Institute for the great improvement he coaxed out of this paper with his patience and thorough refereeing. I would like to thank the Danish Natural Sciences Research Council for financial support.
A rigorous comparison of different planet detection algorithms
In addition, coaxing air away from the rear tyres, and injecting high speed airflow into the region of flow separation behind the car, both contribute to reducing drag.
Explanation and discovery in aerodynamics
The design calls for an SDST X-Band transponder, operating at 15 W; X-Band SSPA; a 0.5 m HGA; two X-Band LGAs pointed opposite each other; a duplexer; two switches; and coax cabling – the standard options of present day spacecraft design.
Science, Technology and Mission Design for the Laser Astrometric Test Of Relativity
Why fuss over quantum chromodynamics? Why not simply leave a true theory alone, except perhaps to derive it from some underlying physics beyond the standard model? The Large Hadron Collider, of course, plans to put QCD to work in coaxing new states out of virtuality and into plain sight.
Review of Theoretical Status: the Long and Short of High Energy Jets
The outer conductor of the coax is also made out a normal metal such as copper (in orange).
Test of the superluminality of supercurrents induced by a local electric field in a superconducting-core coaxial cable
Each rf coil is driven by a twisted pair of superconducting leads (Cu clad NbTi wire with a single 33 µm diameter core) The twisted pair for the axial coils is connected to a semirigid coax line (2.16 mm OD Cu ) which passes through the Cu mating block at the top of the cell.
Bose-Einstein Condensation of Atomic Hydrogen
The semirigid coax cables which deliver the rf power to the cell are composite units that optimize the compromise between low thermal conductivity and high electrical conductivity.
Bose-Einstein Condensation of Atomic Hydrogen
To match the impedance of the loop to that of coax signal cable, an op amp was connected directly to the loop.
Bose-Einstein Condensation of Atomic Hydrogen
The coils were driven through the high thermal impedance microminiature coax cable used to convey rf power from room temperature through the refrigerator to the cell.
Bose-Einstein Condensation of Atomic Hydrogen
The coil is driven through the coax lines in the cryostat.
Bose-Einstein Condensation of Atomic Hydrogen