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  • Three puppies look curiously at a tortoise
    Three puppies look curiously at a tortoise
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n curiousness the quality of being alien or not native "the strangeness of a foreigner"
    • n curiousness a state of active curiosity
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three curious dingoes three curious dingoes

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: You can tell how a rabbit is feeling (emotion-wise) through the position of its ears. If the ears are standing tall, pointing forward, the rabbit is happy and curious. If the ears are laid completely flat on its back and are pointing backwards, the rabbit is more than likely pissed off or frightened. If one ear is halfway up and somewhat cocked towards you, and the other one is standing compeltely up, but facing away from you, then the rabbit is confused, and curious as to what the heck you're doing.
    • Curiousness Carefulness; painstaking. "My father's care
      With curiousness and cost did train me up."
    • Curiousness Inquisitiveness; curiosity.
    • Curiousness The state of being curious; exactness of workmanship; ingenuity of contrivance.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n curiousness Carefulness; painstaking; nicety; singular exactitude in any respect.
    • n curiousness Singularity of appearance, action, contrivance, etc.
    • n curiousness Curiosity; inquisitiveness.
    • n curiousness Cleverness; remarkableness.
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  • Walt Disney
    “We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”
  • Oswald Chambers
    Oswald Chambers
    “A good book, in the language of the book-sellers, is a salable one; in that of the curious, a scarce one; in that of men of sense, a useful and instructive one.”
  • Mark Twain
    “It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world, and moral courage so rare.”
  • Bible
    “Be not curious in unnecessary matters: for more things are shrewd unto thee than men understand.”
  • Christy Turlington
    Christy Turlington
    “I think most people are curious about what it would be like to be able to meet yourself -- it's eerie.”
  • Agatha Christie
    Agatha Christie
    “Curious things, habits. People themselves never knew they had them.”


In literature:

His mother watched this with a curious jealousy.
"Floyd Grandon's Honor" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
But he couldn't understand the curious weight of depression that descended upon him.
"The Snowshoe Trail" by Edison Marshall
But it is time that we should get a look at the curious animal itself.
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston
Indeed, it is a curious fact, that in all parts of the world some stimulating vegetable is used by the human race.
"The Forest Exiles" by Mayne Reid
It was curious to notice how much some of the little noises sounded like whispers, or like footsteps.
"Life at Puget Sound: With Sketches of Travel in Washington Territory, British Columbia, Oregon and California" by Caroline C. Leighton
There was a curious malign intensity, a curious triumph in them.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
I was not curious about that.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
He gave the child a long and rather curious look.
"In Connection with the De Willoughby Claim" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
I shall be curious to know whether you think there's anything in the notion of the man and his furnace-fire.
"The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete" by John Forster
The paved little court, within its high wooden walls, was curiously fresh and clean.
"The House with the Green Shutters" by George Douglas Brown
It may be a sin, but I am curious.
"Casa Braccio, Volumes 1 and 2 (of 2)" by F. Marion Crawford
One evening, however, a curious incident occurred.
"Spies of the Kaiser" by William Le Queux
An hour went by, and still the idea of a past, curiously reflected and curiously contradicted, absorbed Milbanke's perceptions.
"The Gambler" by Katherine Cecil Thurston
Deyes leaned forward in his chair, immensely curious.
"The Missioner" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
It was curious to witness how abruptly she would stop in her most rapid flight.
"Illustrative Anecdotes of the Animal Kingdom" by Samuel Griswold Goodrich
Deane felt curiously prompted to continue his questioning.
"The Golden Web" by Anthony Partridge
Some curious customs prevail.
"The World and Its People: Book VII" by Anna B. Badlam
His silence had, in its way, a curious effect.
"The Wicked Marquis" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
Curiously, he had never fought back as is the usual thing between small boys and small girls.
"The Strength of the Pines" by Edison Marshall
The change was as curious as it was sudden.
"The Way of the Strong" by Ridgwell Cullum

In poetry:

'You will forgive my coming,
Lady fair?
I see you as at that time
Rising there,
The self-same curious querying in your eyes and hair.
"The Re-Enactment" by Thomas Hardy
I served her in a royal house;
I served her wine and curious meat.
For will to kiss between her brows,
I had no heart to sleep or eat.
"The Leper" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
For loud acclaim he does not care
By the august or rich or fair,
Nor for smart pilgrims from afar,
Curious on where his hauntings are.
"A Poet" by Thomas Hardy
Round me was Death that plainly spoke
The hopes and aims that life denied;
The curious pomp of simple folk,
The pedantry of rustic pride.
"Outside The Village Church" by Alfred Austin
No fitting ear is mine to listen
An endless anthem's rise and fall;
No curious eye is mine to measure
The pearl gate and the jasper wall.
"What The Traveller Said At Sunset" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Folks from out the doors came peeping;
Curious children gathered round;
Shame and grief subdued him: weeping,
Down he sat upon the ground.
"A True Story: To Young Abstainers" by Janet Hamilton

In news:

Then some curious things happened.
Jazz occupies a curious place in the cultural landscape of America.
Are you curious about the history of a building.
I was curious what wines their houseguests brought to them.
This presents a lot of unknowns for us and I'm curious to have everyone else's feedback on this issue.
Curious onlookers take photos of a beached baby humpback whale on White Rock Beach in White Rock, BC.
Duncan McFarlane and Helen McNaught's barn cat Lucky isn't the only barn cat with a curious little story.
More than a year ago, I came across a curious line item, buried in an an inventory report outlining all of the US Army's equipment in Afghanistan.
Petraeus' Partner in Scandal: Why Paula Broadwell's Indiscretion is So Curious.
I'm curious about those five Supreme Court justices who recently decreed that a corporation is a "person" with human rights: Do you think they ever met Mr Walmart.
Are you curious to know what five works are essential to a classical music collection, according to Dave Conant.
Patrick Currivan was intensely curious, which made him a wonderful traveler.
The Mystery of Irma Vep is a curious, one might even say ridiculous, mystery because just about everyone enters the theater knowing her true identity.
Landing Curiousity, test firings for project Morpheus, International space station.
" Everybody has some OCD tendencies," says UCSB doctoral student Rene Staskal, who was interviewed for the latest installment of Curiouser and Curiouser.

In science:

On the other hand, we find a power-law behavior for the relative fluctuations. A curious relation (39) between the average with and the relative fluctuation without the mode competition requires further investigation.
Mode statistics in random lasers
For the moment we present these curious empirical phenomena as a provocative challenge to existing and future analyses of random interactions.
A new puzzle for random interaction
Probably one can get rid off logarithmic factors as q = 2 and derive some estimate as q = 1. I leave it to the curious reader.
Sharp Spectral Asymptotics for four-dimensional Schroedinger operator with a strong magnetic field. II
M ” should not be too large and I leave to the curious reader to investigate it.
Sharp Spectral Asymptotics for four-dimensional Schroedinger operator with a strong magnetic field. II
The purpose of this section is to observe that our analysis has produced a curious fact: for closed surfaces and one-holed tori, the orders between lengths of simple closed geodesics determine a point in Teichm¨uller space.
Multiplicities of simple closed geodesics and hypersurfaces in Teichm\"uller space
The localization/transition should also be related to a curious effect in quantum mechanics on random graphs with linearly rising potentials, where we expect a paradoxical “unbinding” transition when the potential becomes too shallow.
Localization Transition of Biased Random Walks on Random Networks
In the spirit of the Monthly, we offer a series of problems to the curious reader.
Working with 2s and 3s
Incompatibility of measurement operators can be thought of loosely as describing the non-trivial effects of measurements on each other, while curiously requiring the measured state in principle not to be different when we make the different measurements.
Lie fields revisited
The component B is curious rhomboidal structure, whose western edge looks brighter in [S ii].
Geysers in the Lagoon: new Herbig-Haro objects in M8
These are also a good source of certain curious phenomena, showing the subtleties of working over sets as opposed to saturated models, differences between splitting and forking, which explain some of our earlier choices.
On generically stable types in dependent theories
Remark 6.10. A curious point: since we do not use clauses (viii) and (ix) of Proposition 6.9 in the proof of the equivalence of (i) – (vii), we also obtain an alternative proof of Proposition 4.2 in (weak stability implies stability, even for a type) that goes through generically stable types.
On generically stable types in dependent theories
This wa s a somewhat curious suggestion, however, because calcium condenses onto grains in L dwarfs already and is thus expected to have settled out of the photosphere of cooler brown dwarfs.
K-H_2 Quasi-molecular absorption detected in the T-dwarf epsilon Indi Ba
It is curious that they are independent of p.
Commutation relations and Markov chains
Again, curious readers are referred to [BU] or [BBHU].
Generic separable metric structures
He calls these numbers curious numbers. I would vote against the name curious, and time will show us which name sticks better to this sequence.
Autobiographical Numbers