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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj doleful filled with or evoking sadness "the child's doleful expression","stared with mournful eyes","mournful news"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The banana market is controlled by five large corporations Chiquita (25%), Dole (25%), Del Monte (15%), Noboa (11%) and Fyffes (8%). Most bananas are grown on huge plantations, controlled by these corporate giants. The remaining banana production for export comes from small banana producers.
    • a Doleful Full of dole or grief; expressing or exciting sorrow; sorrowful; sad; dismal. "With screwed face and doleful whine.""Regions of sorrow, doleful shades."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Bob Dole is 10 years older than the Empire State Building.
    • doleful Full of dole or grief; sorrowful.
    • doleful Expressing or causing grief; of a mournful or dismal character; gloomy: as, a doleful whine; a doleful cry.
    • doleful Crafty; cunning; wily.
    • doleful Synonyms and Mournful, woeful, rueful, lugubrious, dolorous, piteous, cheerless.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Doleful full of dole or grief: melancholy
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On the dole - (UK) Someone receiving financial assistance when unemployed is on the dole.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. doel (Fr. deuil), grief—L. dolēre, to feel pain.


In literature:

DOLE, given in dole, charity.
"Sejanus: His Fall" by Ben Jonson
DOLE, given in dole, charity.
"Every Man In His Humor" by Ben Jonson
The Cobbler shook his head dolefully, and screwing up one eye, applied the other to the mystic ball.
"What Will He Do With It, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
She never thought Catherine doleful, and she agreed that certainly 'lively' was not the word.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
Eczema, roseola, elephantiasis, presented a long array of doleful victims.
"The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete Lourdes, Rome and Paris" by Emile Zola
For all that I could tell, it might be certain death, to enter that doleful looking opening.
"The House on the Borderland" by William Hope Hodgson
Telling how the Sheriff of Nottingham swore that he would deal dole to Robing Hood.
"The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood" by Howard Pyle
It is a dangerous thing; to be doled out to the world, like medicine, in small and cautious doses.
"Scientific Essays and Lectures" by Charles Kingsley
As they approach, their doleful visage betrays them.
"At Last" by Charles Kingsley
I am informed that the genuine wayfarer receives a more substantial dole.
"Wanderings in Wessex" by Edric Holmes
The phantom shook its head in doleful assent.
"The Idler, Volume III., Issue XIII., February 1893" by Various
To be dolefully driven to Waterton by that boy!
"A Bicycle of Cathay" by Frank R. Stockton
DOLE (12), a town in the dep.
"The Nuttall Encyclopaedia" by Edited by Rev. James Wood
DOLE, Commissioner of Ind.
"The American Indian as Participant in the Civil War" by Annie Heloise Abel
She had not appeared for dinner, which was a doleful affair; she did not even favour him with an apology for not coming down.
"From the Housetops" by George Barr McCutcheon
Don't be a damned boob, Dole.
"The Best Short Stories of 1921 and the Yearbook of the American Short Story" by Various
Florence slipped out of bed and stood looking dolefully at the falling drops.
"A Sweet Little Maid" by Amy E. Blanchard
Extreame their dole: and greater misery In sacked townes can hardlie euer be.
"A Discourse of Life and Death, by Mornay; and Antonius by Garnier" by Philippe de Mornay
Into what doleful regions of hate and darkness may self-will drag a soul, when once the reins fall loose from a slackened hand!
"The Life of David" by Alexander Maclaren
Here great dole was made for him because of his wounds, and Arthur was passing wroth for the hurt of Sir Griflet.
"Stories of King Arthur and His Knights" by U. Waldo Cutler

In poetry:

Why vex her now, who's rul'd so long
Upon her virtuous throne?
Why sing her such a doleful song,
And send her such a groan?
"To Nova Scotia" by Thomas Frederick Young
And last, the minute of mishap,
Which makes me thus to plain
The doleful fruits of lover's suits,
Which labour lose in vain:
"The Time When I First Fell In Love" by Anonymous Americas
His quiv'ring lip hangs feebly down,
His pulses faint and few;
Then, speechless, with a doleful groan
He bids the world adieu.
"Hymn 28" by Isaac Watts
Her gentle eyes were dim'd with tears;
Her cheeks were pale with woe;
And long Sir Valentine besought
Her doleful tale to know.
"Valentine and Ursine" by Anonymous British
We hear thy voice, from day to day,
In one long, doleful strain,
Oh tell us why, oh brethren say
Why sounds that voice of pain.
"To Nova Scotia" by Thomas Frederick Young
For years eighteen she, patient soul,
Her eyes had graveward sent;
Her earthly life was lapt in dole,
She was so bowed and bent.
"The Woman of Whom Satan Had Bound" by George MacDonald

In news:

Sitting in a wheelchair just off the floor of the US Senate, former Kansas Sen Bob Dole tried to persuade Republican senators to ratify a UN treaty banning discrimination against those with disabilities.
Frantic GOP fringe turns back on Bob Dole and the Persons with Disabilities convention.
Even though former Sen Bob Dole is no stranger to tough politics, a recent vote against the UN treaty on rights of the disabled surely was a disappointment.
Bryan Davies, an evangelical Christian with a long, drifting beard, is the CEO of a family business that doles out marijuana and spirituality in fragrant, faithful harmony.
Dole promotes FreshPack in Amarillo stores.
Dole is promoting the new FreshPack in Amarillo stores.
Anyone who meets former Sen Bob Dole quickly gains an understanding of his war injury.
Pennfield youngsters dole out random acts of kindness.
Dole recalls bagged salad for salmonella risk.
Dole conference a success.
An aide told NBC News that Dole should be discharged tomorrow.
Bob Dole Hospitalized for "Routine Procedure," Aide Says.
Dole, 89, ran for president against Bill Clinton in 1996 and was the Republican vice presidential nominee in 1976.
A frail Bob Dole makes Senate appearance.
A CSPAN2 screenshot shows former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, right, wheeled into the Senate Chamber on Tuesday by his wife Elizabeth.

In science:

Dole, H., Gispert, R., Lagache, G., et al., 2000, in ISO Beyond Point Sources, Studies of Extended Infrared Emission, R.
High-Redshift Galaxies: The Far-Infrared and Sub-Millimeter View
F TIR our calculation here does not include the order unity contribution to the optical/NIR background at z ≈ 0 from the old stellar population (e.g., Nagamine et al. 2006; Dole et al. 2006).
Assessing The Starburst Contribution to the Gamma-Ray and Neutrino Backgrounds
For example, the strong evolution of the IR luminosity function with redshift implies that f (z) increases dramatically from z ≈ 0 to z ≈ 1 (e.g., Dole et al. 2006).
Assessing The Starburst Contribution to the Gamma-Ray and Neutrino Backgrounds
Dole, H., et al., 2000, in ‘ISO Surveys of a Dusty Universe’, eds. D.
Known and unknown SCUBA sources
The redshift range was chosen based on expectations prior to launch (Dole et al. 2003).
Spitzer view on the evolution of star-forming galaxies from z=0 to z~3
While the total energy is comparable to the electromagnetic and kinetic energy of supernovae, the difference is that in supernovae the energy is doled out over months, mainly at optical wavelengths, while in GRB most of the electromagnetic energy is spilled out in a matter of seconds, and mainly at γ -ray wavelengths.
Gamma-Ray Bursts
Lagache,G., Dole, H. and Puget, J.-L. 2005, in The Fabulous Destiny of Galaxies: Bridging Past and Present, in press, e-print astro-ph/ 0509556.
Are Diffuse High Energy Neutrinos and Gamma-Rays from Starburst Galaxies Observable?
Loaring et al. 2005) left us eager for a definitive Spitzer result, given that it is said to resolve about 3/4 of the mid and far IR (Dole et al. 2006).
Astrophysics in 2006
Late K-type and M-type stars place their planets inside the tidal lock radius if they are to possess liquid water at the surface, whereby the planet rotates in the same time it revolves around the star, spelling potential disaster for climate stability (Kasting et al., 1993, Dole, 1964).
Astrobiologically Interesting Stars within 10 parsecs of the Sun
This latter aspect may force the planet to have bound rotation (Dole 1964), which could lead to processes where key gases freeze out on the dark side.
Target star catalog for Darwin: Nearby Stellar sample for a search for terrestrial planets