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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n ingeniousness the property of being ingenious "a plot of great ingenuity","the cleverness of its design"
    • n ingeniousness the power of creative imagination
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ingeniousness The quality of being ingenious or prompt in invention; ingenuity.
    • n ingeniousness Cleverness; brightness; aptness.
    • n ingeniousness Ingenuousness; candor.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Ingeniousness power of ready invention: facility in combining ideas: curiousness in design
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  • Ambrose Bierce
    “Corporation. An ingenious device for obtaining individual profit without individual responsibility.”
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    “It is impossible to make anything foolproof because fools are so ingenious.”
  • Edgar Allan Poe
    “It will be found, in fact, that the ingenious are always fanciful, and the truly imaginative never otherwise than analytic.”
  • Ambrose Bierce
    “Insurance: An ingenious modern game of chance in which the player is permitted to enjoy the comfortable conviction that he is beating the man who keeps the table.”
  • Paul Valery
    “Our judgments judge us, and nothing reveals us, exposes our weaknesses, more ingeniously than the attitude of pronouncing upon our fellows.”
  • James Joyce
    “Writing in English is the most ingenious torture ever devised for sins committed in previous lives. The English reading public explains the reason why.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. ingeniosusingenium, mother-wit, from in, and gen, root of gignĕre, to beget.


In literature:

Nowhere are there to be found so numerous a body of intelligent, ingenious, well educated workmen.
"Rides on Railways" by Samuel Sidney
She studied manners closely; drew ingenious inferences; suggested dramatic and startling conclusions.
"Library Of The World's Best Literature, Ancient And Modern, Vol. 5" by Various
A later Rabbi, Zeira, was equally noted for his feeble, unprepossessing figure and his nimble, ingenious mind.
"Chapters on Jewish Literature" by Israel Abrahams
As we have seen before, he had amazing skill in finding a certain ingeniously contrived largeness for his motives.
"Rousseau" by John Morley
The scene opens in France in 1793, and the plot is extremely ingenious.
"Reviews" by Oscar Wilde
Nay he had struck out an ingenious mode of livelihood for himself under Cromwell, somewhat in his old line of business.
"The Life of John Milton, Volume 5 (of 7), 1654-1660" by David Masson
They were constructed quite ingeniously from coco branches.
"African Camp Fires" by Stewart Edward White
One of the dodges to which unscrupulous dealers resorted with impunity and profit was particularly ingenious.
"The Inside Story Of The Peace Conference" by Emile Joseph Dillon
An ingenious professor has traced mice plagues to this habit.
"The Foundations of Japan" by J.W. Robertson Scott
What an ass Winter is, to be sure, whenever a subtle stroke requires an ingenious guard.
"The Stowmarket Mystery" by Louis Tracy
It is ingenious, and may be useful.
"The Journal of Sir Walter Scott" by Walter Scott
It was evident that the man, whoever he was, had very ingeniously got clear away.
"An Eye for an Eye" by William Le Queux
Like the elder man who stood beside him, he was an audacious, quick-witted, and ingenious thief, very merry and easy-going.
"The Great Court Scandal" by William Le Queux
The spruit offered every facility for the formation of an ingenious trap.
"South Africa and the Transvaal War, Vol. V (of VI)" by Louis Creswicke
He returned to his vigil, but I laughed within myself knowing how ingeniously the wily pair had slipped through his fingers.
"The Sign of the Stranger" by William Le Queux
The reader can judge for himself the results of this ingenious system as shown in a short section of a message transmitted by Mr. Pollak.
"The Romance of Modern Invention" by Archibald Williams
Other and far more ingenious trickeries call for our attention, and to these we will now pass on.
"Sharps and Flats" by John Nevil Maskelyne
The people are so ingenious, that, for goldsmith's work and watches, no place in France affords the like.
"The Diary of John Evelyn (Vol 1 of 2)" by John Evelyn
It begins to rain, he folds his kammal into an ingenious cowl and is safe.
"The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India" by R. V. Russell
Miller knew the truth; he was, indeed, in all probability the instigator of the ingenious theft that had had such a tragic sequel.
"The Mysterious Mr. Miller" by William Le Queux

In poetry:

"To John Forbes, Esq." by Helen Maria Williams
Then the Butcher contrived an ingenious plan
For making a separate sally;
And fixed on a spot unfrequented by man,
A dismal and desolate valley.
"The Hunting Of The Snark " by Lewis Carroll
There was a Young Lady of Poole,
Whose soup was excessively cool;
So she put it to boil
By the aid of some oil,
That ingenious Young Lady of Poole.
"Limerick: There was a Young Lady of Poole" by Edward Lear
All the family in order
Sat before him for their pictures:
Each in turn, as he was taken,
Volunteered his own suggestions, His ingenious suggestions.
"Hiawatha's Photographing " by Lewis Carroll
With spears, from stone or iv'ry, wrought,
Or hooks, ingenious made of bone,
He stores from out the waters brought,
Nor look'd for forest gifts, alone.
"The Indian" by Thomas Frederick Young
"Oh murder! What was that, Papa!"
"My child, It was a Motor-Car,
A most Ingenious Toy!
Designed to Captivate and Charm
Much rather than to rouse Alarm
In any English Boy.
"Hildebrand, Who was frightened" by Hilaire Belloc

In news:

Catamaran tipped over, and they came up with an ingenious solution to right it.
It's also demonically funny, stylish and ingenious.
Well, this morning Nashville Kat told us that Sugarland's Kristian Bush has an ingenious solution and I've got the recipe.
It's performed by the troupe in ingenious costumes they built from shin guards, skateboards and other materials.
Renaissance Florence's artistic zenith and Mughal India's cultural summit—reached the following century, at Emperor Akbar's court in Sikri—are the twin beacons of Rushdie's ingenious latest, a dense but sparkling return to form.
A fat, rich Texan named Irwin Leba has devised an ingenious idea that could solve both the federal deficit and the obesity epidemic: "Balance the budget by taxing the obese".
Ingenious new device means lower HIV rates, safer penises.
The star of The Odd Life of Timothy Green on bedrock advice, ingenious pizza and the secret to jumping off a building.
A British company, Oxitec, uses ingenious genetic-engineering techniques to create new varieties of the mosquito species that transmit the disease.
It is both ingenious marketing, and yet passionate adherence to an ancient technique.
Catastrophic's ENDGAME is Ingenious Masterwork.
He was a cartoonist during the late 1920s to early 1950s who specialized in devising the most outlandish and ingenious devices ever conceived by man, before or since.
'The King' Brian Newell's Elvis-centric "The King," at Maverick Theater, has an ingenious premise and enjoyable trappings but is hurt by oversimplified characters.
Theresa Andersson's one-woman show is an ingenious, charming triumph.
Some are pretty darn ingenious, some will make you laugh and some look like they're about to collapse.

In science:

An ingenious technique of cluster counting was proposed by Hoshen and Kopelman .
An Introduction to Monte Carlo Simulation of Statistical physics Problem
An early ingenious method of calculating entropy from data on dynamics was proposed by S. K.
An Introduction to Monte Carlo Simulation of Statistical physics Problem
Parametric amplifiers with high quantum-noise quality and efficiency tend to take pure crystals, good resonators and a number of ingenious experimental tricks.
Quantum Physics of Simple Optical Instruments
Adem´as, a medida que las civilizaciones fueran alcanzando cierta destreza en el campo de la ingenier´ıa gen´etica, la tendencia general ser´ıa a ‘mejorar’ la propia especie, entre otras, con lo que se acelerar´ıa la evoluci´on biol´ogica a ritmos inimaginables.
Brane Worlds, the Subanthropic Principle and the Undetectability Conjecture
While deriving the Bernoulli-Taylor ψ-formula one is tempted to adapt the ingenious Viskov‘s method of arriving to formulas of such type for various pairs of operations.
Bernoulli-Taylor formula for psi-umbral difference calculus
The method discussed in Refs. 11,12 is an ingenious modification of the Lanczos algorithm, in which the thermal averages are obtained as averages over random samples of shortened Lanczos chains.
Solving Dynamical Mean-Field Theory at very low temperature using Lanczos Exact Diagonalization
Rigorous results on the cluster structure of solutions of random CSP are emerging: M ´ezard et al. [MMZ05a] have developed an ingenious method for proving that the distribution of overlap values of random k-SAT, with k ≥ 9 indeed has discontinuous support.
Satisfying assignments of Random Boolean CSP: Clusters and Overlaps
This problem was studied in where an ingenious coding scheme involving linear codes was presented.
Distributed Source Coding using Abelian Group Codes
Even the analysis in the canonical ensemble is plagued by the complications of replica symmetry breaking, and we will have to develop ingenious methods to treat systems with randomness in the context of the microcanonical ensemble.
Ensemble Inequivalence in the Ferromagnetic p-spin Model in Random Fields
The methods of Hardy–Littlewood, [HL, Ran] Erd˝os [Erd], Bombieri– Davenport [BD] and its refinements by Huxley [Hux1, Hux2, Hux3] yielded always a positive proportion of small gaps; however, the ingenious improvement (1.5) by H.
Patterns of primes
These dipole magnets have an ingenious configuration called a “2-in-1” design allowing the two proton beams to point in opposite directions in each pipe.
Proceedings for TASI 2009 Summer School on "Physics of the Large and the Small": Introduction to the LHC experiments
By demonstrating an ingenious gadanken experiment Einstein, Podoloski and Rosen had remarked that the quantum mechanical description of nature is inherently incomplete.
A variant of Peres-Mermin proof for testing noncontextual realist models
However, due to the difficulties in producing the nuclei of interest and the low intensities of those exotic nuclear beams, the experiments are very challenging and need ingenious technological and methodological developments to succeed.
New magic numbers
Within the very large and beautiful world of probability theory, percolation theory has been an especially attractive sub ject, an area in which the ma jor problems are easily stated but whose solutions, when they exist, often require ingenious methods.
A survey on dynamical percolation
Due ˜nas Departamento de Ingenier´ıa de Sistemas Telem ´aticos ETSI Telecomunicaci ´on - Universidad Polit ´ecnica de Madrid Avda.
Automated Functional Testing based on the Navigation of Web Applications