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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj hermitic characterized by ascetic solitude "the eremitic element in the life of a religious colony","his hermitic existence"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Group showing a starfish attacking an oyster; soft shelled clams; hermit crabs; fiddler crabs, etc Group showing a starfish attacking an oyster; soft shelled clams; hermit crabs; fiddler crabs, etc
A person walks towards the hermit's dwelling A person walks towards the hermit's dwelling


  • Jean Cocteau
    “If a hermit lives in a state of ecstasy, his lack of comfort becomes the height of comfort. He must relinquish it.”
  • James Russell Lowell
    “The mind can weave itself warmly in the cocoon of its own thoughts, and dwell a hermit anywhere.”
  • Charles Horton Cooley
    “The mind is not a hermit's cell, but a place of hospitality and intercourse.”
  • Ching-An
    “The hermit doesn't sleep at night, in love with the blue of the vacant moon. The cool of the breeze that rustles the trees rustles him too.”


In literature:

He had at nineteen years of age taken the habit of hermit of St. Augustine.
"The Autobiography of Madame Guyon" by Jeanne Marie Bouvier de La Motte Guyon
The Hermit, on his way to inspect his sap-buckets, broke into a run.
"Followers of the Trail" by Zoe Meyer
Then he descended slowly from the mountains, and thought to find a hermit, to whom he might tell all his misery before he died.
"King Arthur's Knights" by Henry Gilbert
Old Rocks, Professor Scotch, and the boys watched the hermit's every movement with breathless wonderment.
"Frank Merriwell's Bravery" by Burt L. Standish
They call Joshua the 'cat hermit of Moxie.
"The Rainy Day Railroad War" by Holman Day
It was plain the members of the moving picture company used the hermit as a butt for their jokes.
"Ruth Fielding Down East" by Alice B. Emerson
Now, what I's a-gwine to advise you is, come wid me an' see de hermit.
"Blown to Bits" by R.M. Ballantyne
This gave one a view of Captain Anthony as a hermit withdrawn from a wicked world.
"Chance" by Joseph Conrad
On her wanderings she meets a hermit, and tells him her story.
"Italian Popular Tales" by Thomas Frederick Crane
Armstead means the dwelling of the hermit, Bensted the stead of Benna (Chapter VII) or Bennet.
"The Romance of Names" by Ernest Weekley
"Germany, Bohemia, and Hungary, Visited in 1837. Vol. II" by G. R. Gleig
Giving the Hermit full powers, he sent him abroad to preach the holy war to all the nations and potentates of Christendom.
"Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds" by Charles Mackay
Or else you could be the hermit, Cousin Margaret.
"Margaret Montfort" by Laura E. Richards
This man was of a morose and hermit-like nature.
"The New England Magazine Volume 1, No. 6, June, 1886, Bay State Monthly Volume 4, No. 6, June, 1886" by Various
Yes, I would have all of us, in the truest sense of the word, hermits, each a hermit; but we need not dwell apart.
"The Associate Hermits" by Frank R. Stockton
The hermit, withdrawn to himself, Sings by himself a song.
"Little Brothers of the Air" by Olive Thorne Miller
Those of a very old man broken down by age, of a sick man, of a decaying corpse, and of a dignified hermit.
"The Buddhist Catechism" by Henry S. Olcott
The hermit came and attended an Office.
"The Thread of Gold" by Arthur Christopher Benson
Here's Hermit's Hut in front of us.
"The Merriweather Girls and the Mystery of the Queen's Fan" by Lizette M. Edholm
And just then the boy caught a glimpse of the Hermit's anxious eager eyes.
"The Flamp, The Ameliorator, and The Schoolboy's Apprentice" by E. V. Lucas

In poetry:

No Hermits now the wanderer sees,
Nor chapel with its chestnut-trees;
A morning dream, a tale that's told,
The wave of change o'er all has rolled.
"The Chapel of the Hermits" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Thus from the church's narrow windows
In glimmering crowns, on spreading wings
Gaze into time in sleepless vigil
Saints, hermits, prophets, angels, kings.
"When It Clears Up" by Boris Pasternak
The hermits from their simple cares
The bell was calling home to prayers,
And, listening to its sound, the twain
Seemed lapped in childhood's trust again.
"The Chapel of the Hermits" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Sweet minstrel! from thy hermit's cell
Rich strains of sacred truth are flowing,
The haughty sceptic's pride to quell;
Thy harp is tuned to numbers glowing.
"The Seven Stars: A Constellation of Scottish Poets" by Janet Hamilton
Alone! – On the hill the solitary hermit
Glimpses God, who grants him solace.
At sea the sailor whom the high winds toss
Waits for a friendly breeze from heaven. . .
"To Alberto Teles" by Antero Tarquinio de Quental
Each in his hidden sphere of joy or woe
Our hermit spirits dwell, and range apart,
Our eyes see all around in gloom or glow -
Hues of their own, fresh borrowed from the heart.
"Twenty-Fourth Sunday After Trinity" by John Keble

In news:

During the Romantic period in the 19th century (if this opening sentence scares you, now's the time to move on to the sex ads), rich people tried to keep it real by hiring "hermits" to live on their property and appear humble and tattered.
Recipe for cherry allspice hermits.
In this image taken on Monday, Nov 5, 2012, cherry allspice hermits are shown in Concord, N.H.
We took the classic hermit bar and reimagined it as a holiday drop cookie.
Cold weather can turn the most vigorous of outdoor exercisers into a hermit.
Hermit of Emerald Bay.
Camping at Larimer County's Hermit Park Open Space.
About 15 years ago we had camped at Hermit Park with a few friends who worked at Hewlett Packard.
Unless you live as a hermit in the backwoods, you know something about social obligations — events and situations that invite participation, whether we can afford them not.
The Hermit 's Guide to Spirituality.
North Korean Press Bus Takes a Wrong Turn, Opening Another Crack in the Hermit Kingdom.
Marine hermits are often found in vacant shells of sea snails such as whelks and conchs.
Vintage radio chat with the Hermit of Cold River.
Most of what we hear about the Hermit Kingdom comes from defectors, but there's a lot more to the country.
Herman 's Hermits brings '60s to Sellersville Theater.

In science:

Correlation functions in the regimes of strong (Ginibre, 1965) and weak (Fyodorov, Khoruzhenko and Sommers, 1997) non-Hermiticity are explicitly given there for finite N as well as in the limit of infinite matrices.
Eigenvalue correlations in non-Hermitean symplectic random matrices
Scaling τ with matrix size N as τ = 1 − α2/2N where α ∼ O(1) one accesses a regime of weak non-Hermiticity (Fyodorov, Khoruzhenko and Sommers, 1997, 1997a) which is known to coincide with a zero-dimensional sector of a supersymmetry theory of disordered systems with a direction (Efetov, 1997).
Eigenvalue correlations in non-Hermitean symplectic random matrices
The regime of weak non-Hermiticity is of a particular interest due to its close relation to Efetov’s model of disordered systems with a direction.
Eigenvalue correlations in non-Hermitean symplectic random matrices
Equations (32) and (34) for skew-orthogonal Hermite polynomials at k ≫ 1 make it now possible to evaluate the large-N prekernel.
Eigenvalue correlations in non-Hermitean symplectic random matrices
In Gaussian random matrix ensembles, the eigenvalue correlations are described by the prekernel Eq. (27) which further simplifies down to Eqs. (30) and (35) for strong and weak non-Hermiticity, respectively.
Eigenvalue correlations in non-Hermitean symplectic random matrices
The set Sd is finite by Hermite’s theorem (and can be empty), see III. (2.16).
On Cebotarev sets
Following an analysis along the lines of Ref., where the spectral shape is expanded in terms of Hermite polynomials, and then estimating the coefficients of these polynomials, one may conjecture that the prefactor b should scale as log N with the number of particles in the system.
Odd-even binding effect from random two-body interactions
Em − En appears as radiation with angular frequency Ωmn, and the hermiticity of Fmn (t) is expressed by F ∗ nm(t) = Fmn (t).
Generalized Matrix Mechanics
We define the hermiticity of a cubic matrix by Cl′m′ n′ (t) = C ∗ lmn (t) for odd permutations among indices.
Generalized Matrix Mechanics
The definition (39), applied to the five-fold products of octonionic Γmatrices provides their octonionic hermiticity.
Generalized Space-time Supersymmetries, Division Algebras and Octonionic M-theory
For the reasons which should be clear from our discussion above we concentrate on the regime of weak non-Hermiticity recognized in .
Random Matrices close to Hermitian or unitary: overview of methods and results
In section 4 we discuss this issue for the regime of weak non-Hermiticity.
Random Matrices close to Hermitian or unitary: overview of methods and results
The parameter τ controls the magnitude of correlation between Jjk and Jkj : hJjk Jkj i = τ /N, hence the degree of non-Hermiticity.
Random Matrices close to Hermitian or unitary: overview of methods and results
If τ = 0 all the Jjk are mutually independent and we have maximum non-Hermiticity.
Random Matrices close to Hermitian or unitary: overview of methods and results
This limiting relation can be inferred from Mehler’s formula for the Hermite polynomials .
Random Matrices close to Hermitian or unitary: overview of methods and results