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  • Back cover, showing a waterfall; a house; a small boat at sea; decorative initials
    Back cover, showing a waterfall; a house; a small boat at sea; decorative initials
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj initiative serving to set in motion "the magazine's inaugural issue","the initiative phase in the negotiations","an initiatory step toward a treaty","his first (or maiden) speech in Congress","the liner's maiden voyage"
    • n initiative the first of a series of actions
    • n initiative readiness to embark on bold new ventures
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An assortment of glass bottle seals in the Jamestown collection. Some of the wealthy planters had their initials (or other ornamental device) stamped on the shoulders of the wine bottles which they ordered from England An assortment of glass bottle seals in the Jamestown collection. Some of the wealthy planters had their initials (or...
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Coca-Cola used to contain cocaine when it was initially introduced
    • Initiative a character trait manifested in a readiness and ability to initiate action; an enterprising spirit; a go-getting attitude; energy; drive; get-up-and-go.
    • Initiative An introductory step or movement; an act which originates or begins. "The undeveloped initiatives of good things to come."
    • Initiative in interactive activities, such as conversation or games, the right or opportunity to set the course of action; as, to have the initiative .
    • a Initiative Serving to initiate; inceptive; initiatory; introductory; preliminary.
    • Initiative The right or power to introduce a new measure or course of action, as in legislation; as, the initiative in respect to revenue bills is in the House of Representatives.
    • Initiative (Political Science) The right or procedure by which legislation may be introduced or enacted directly by the people, as in the Swiss Confederation and in many of the States of the United States; -- chiefly used with the. The procedure of the initiative is essentially as follows: Upon the filing of a petition signed by a required number or percentage of qualified voters the desired measure must be submitted to a popular vote, and upon receiving the required majority (commonly a majority of those voting on the measure submitted) it becomes a law. In some States of the United States the initiative is only local; in others it is state-wide and includes the making of constitutional amendments.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The Xerox company was initially called the Haloid Company
    • initiative Serving to initiate; initiatory.
    • n initiative An introductory act or step; the first procedure in any enterprise; leading movement: as, to take the initiative.
    • n initiative The power of commencing, originating, or setting on foot; the power of taking or the ability or disposition to take the lead: as, the popular branch of a legislature usually has the initiative in making appropriations.
    • n initiative Specifically, the right to propose legislation, supplementary to the referendum. In Switzerland the initiative is in the form of a petition which is signed by a certain number of voters and which demands a popular vote upon a measure.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Initially golf balls were made out of wood. After that they were made out of leather which was stuffed with feathers
    • adj Initiative serving to initiate: introductory
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  • Victor Hugo
    “Initiative is doing the right thing without being told.”
  • Edward Vernon Rickenbacker
    Edward Vernon Rickenbacker
    “The four cornerstones of character on which the structure of this nation was built are: initiative, imagination, individuality, and independence.”
  • Chris Evert Lloyd
    Chris Evert Lloyd
    “You've got to take the initiative and play your game. In a decisive set, confidence is the difference.”
  • Eddie Murphy
    Eddie Murphy
    “I've always had confidence. It came because I have lots of initiative. I wanted to make something of myself.”
  • George Holbrook Jackson
    George Holbrook Jackson
    “Genius is initiative on fire.”
  • Mack R. Douglas
    Mack R. Douglas
    “The mind must see visual achievement of the purpose before action is initiated.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. initiative,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. initialisinitium, a beginning, inīre, inītumin, into, īre, ītum, to go.


In literature:

Silence is the element in which initiative thrives, but our school programs rarely provide any periods of silence.
"The Reconstructed School" by Francis B. Pearson
He had been initiated; he was a Sanford man.
"The Plastic Age" by Percy Marks
At our interview in Liverpool on the occasion of my initiation, he gave me a full account of this among other incidents.
"The Life Story of an Old Rebel" by John Denvir
He writes thereupon the initial of some other pupil in the room.
"School, Church, and Home Games" by George O. Draper
In the former, initial recombination may obscure the intense ionisation near the end of the range.
"The Birth-Time of the World and Other Scientific Essays" by J. (John) Joly
Five-line initial of prologue and fourteen-line initial I of Esther i.
"Catalogue of the William Loring Andrews Collection of Early Books in the Library of Yale University" by Anonymous
They have maintained that it curtails individual initiative and crushes enthusiasm.
"Craftsmanship in Teaching" by William Chandler Bagley
Initial to Book I 17.
"Camp Life in the Woods and the Tricks of Trapping and Trap Making" by William Hamilton Gibson
The capital initial letter is also rude.
"A Bibliographical, Antiquarian and Picturesque Tour in France and Germany, Volume Two" by Thomas Frognall Dibdin
One of these assumptions is that the concrete is initially unstressed.
"Some Mooted Questions in Reinforced Concrete Design" by Edward Godfrey
He does not of purpose initiate them any more than he initiates breathing or heart-beat.
"Principles of Teaching" by Adam S. Bennion
Brand is to be initiated.
"Sunrise" by William Black
He had nothing to do with its initiation.
"Political and Literary essays, 1908-1913" by Evelyn Baring
A big initial letter cut out in red flannel and button-holed on will make a pretty effect.
"St. Nicholas Magazine for Boys and Girls, Vol. 5, Nov 1877-Nov 1878" by Various
It is ornamented with arabesques and initials all outlined with fine gold cord.
"English Embroidered Bookbindings" by Cyril James Humphries Davenport
The letter formed by the veins on the inside of the wrist is the initial of the name of the future husband or wife.
"Current Superstitions" by Various
In a set of initial letters frequently used in books printed at Basle and elsewhere.
"The Dance of Death" by Francis Douce
The initials and finals will form a prayer.
"The Little Gleaner, Vol. X." by Various
The first days of April saw the end of the initial phase of the great drive.
"Current History: A Monthly Magazine of the New York Times, May 1918" by Various
The initiation of a schoeppe was attended with a good deal of ceremony.
"Secret Societies of the Middle Ages" by Thomas Keightley

In poetry:

'Tis not enough that you avow
Allegiance at my gates;
Many who bear the wattle-bough
Are not initiates;
"Bacchus [Excerpt]" by Bernard O Dowd
When I sat
Filing at
Your first point, and dreaming that
Your initial song should be
Worthy of posterity.
"A Worn-Out Pencil" by James Whitcomb Riley
To my garden here translated,
Foliage of this eastern tree
Nourishes the initiated
With it’s meaning’s mystery.
"Ginkgo Biloba " by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Mother of the shadowed sphere,
Where we dwell and suffer now,
Lo! the initiate days are here,
Bright is thy dawn-lit brow.
"The Mysteries Of Eleusis" by Annie Adams Fields
There, initials huge, the Lion
Looms and measureless Orion;
And, as 'neath a chapter done,
Burns the Great-Bear's colophon.
"Processional" by Madison Julius Cawein
Then bring th' initials of the four
Fair rivers we have lingered o'er,
And you will find pourtrayed
A British statesman far renown'd,
One whose illustrious brows are bound
With wreaths that ne'er will fade.
"Enigma XLIX." by Elizabeth Hitchener

In news:

Ogden OUTreach and PFLAG, with co-sponsors SAGE and the Weber State University LGBT Initiatives, will present a screening of "Bullied," a documentary film on bullying, at 7 pm Monday in the Weber County Library, 2464 Jefferson Ave.
State-led initiative to leverage network speeds of 100 Gigibits per second.
Reno police say a homeless man initially believed to have died of medical causes was shot and killed with a high-powered air gun .
Initial air-stream adjustment is vital to the startup and successful operation of air doors and curtains.
Reno police say a homeless man initially believed to have died of medical causes was shot and killed with a high-powered air gun.
Its magnitude was initially reported as 6.9 but officials later revised that to 6.4.
The company initially focused on algae -based biodiesel but has since diversified into jet fuel and cosmetics—and food.
You Lift Me Up, pushed along initially by a pulling.
Board members initially chose a building option that called for bleachers on both sides of the gym.
District's Blended Initiative Aims to Personalize Learning.
His initiative could easily have had negative consequences.
100,000 initiative started to bring jobs to Box Elder County.
For those items with a parenthesis and a number, it means that organization has more than one service project approved for The Initiative.
The Chicago-based company completed its initial public offering Thursday with a 38 million-share sale that opened at $25 each.
Facilitating the smooth transition of all things IT for 100,000 personnel moves across 40 installations under the Base Realignment and Closure initiative.

In science:

The trees An, n < ω, are connected by the following preperties. (i) If An is an initial segment of An, Am is an initial segment of Am and n 6= m then #An ∩ Am ≤ 1. (ii) For every I infinite subset of N, An initial segments of An, n ∈ I, such that An ∩ Am =
Weakly Lindelof determined Banach spaces not containing $\ell^1(N)$
Assume that (C, <) interprets G ∈ ΓK by I . D ⊆ C is a minimal (K1, K2 )ma jor initial segment for I if D is an initial segment of C which is a (K1, K2 )-ma jor segment and no proper initial segment D ′ ⊂ D is (K1, K2 )-ma jor.
Random graphs in the monadic theory of order
For a given number of sites N, and a given initial strength d of the disorder, we have numerically implemented the renormalization rules on a given number (typically 100) of initial independent samples, to compute averaged quantities over these different realizations of the initial disorder.
Phases of random antiferromagnetic spin-1 chains
Inflation-Based Model for Isocurvature Initial Conditions Simple and arguably natural realizations of the inflation concept lead to adiabatic initial conditions; others to isocurvature initial conditions.
Issues for the Next Generation of Galaxy Surveys
If the initial state of the incident photon is taken to be |a+i, and the initial (or unmoved) state of the mass M is denoted by |M 0i, then the initial state of the closed composite system is the product state |a+i ⊗ |M 0i .
Why the Quantum Must Yield to Gravity
As has been observed previously [27, 28], phase space portraits, starting from ordered initial conditions, or random initial conditions, consist of smooth one-stream intervals (with ordered initial conditions), and short intervals with multi-stream solutions and high mass concentration.
On the dynamics of a self-gravitating medium with random and non-random initial conditions
Since the initial fugacities are higher compared to SSPC but the initial temperature is smaller, there is a counterbalance of these two effects, and the total photon production for LHC (lower panel) is almost the same as that using SSPC initial conditions (lower panel of Fig.2).
Bremsstrahlung from an Equilibrating Quark-Gluon Plasma
Figure 17: A comparison of the total initial state kT (kT 1 + kT 2) distributions for Z 0 production at the LHC from PYTHIA, both at the initial scale Q0 and at the hard scattering scale, for several (rms) values of the initial state kT .
The QCD and Standard Model Working Group: Summary Report from Les Houches
Here we use the scale factor of the universe R(t) as a variable function through the code, and two initial parameters: the initial mass-energy density and the initial scale factor of the universe.
Testing the Cactus code on exact solutions of the Einstein field equations
Let us initialize this market model with agent wealths such that the agents’ initial buying power is equal to their initial selling power, i.e. {Ci, φi } = {n × p, n − 1} .
Designing agent-based market models
Let us consider several examples of evolution: (i) the initial state is symmetric and the interaction increases with time, (ii) the initial state is antisymmetric and the interaction increases with time, and (iii) the initial state is the Fock state and the interaction does not change in time.
Evolution of the macroscopically entangled states in optical lattices
Since at RHIC energies the initial particle production is definitely not an adiabatic process, hydrodynamics cannot be used to describe the initial collision, but the hydrodynamical evolution must begin at a sufficient time after the initial collision when the system has had time to reach thermal equilibrium.
Hydrodynamical description of collective flow
An important difference is that in calculatin F+ (q 2) and FT (q 2) the initial and final B-S amplitudes are different, so that in contrast to Eqs.(106) and (108) with χ in the initial and final state, one needs a χ1 and χ2 for the initial b-meson final s-meson.
2004 Review of Light Cone Field Theory
This would ensure robust initial conditions, in terms of initial number of atoms and initial temperature, to start an efficient evaporative cooling in the optical dipole trap.
Ultracold atomic Fermi-Bose mixtures in bichromatic optical dipole traps: a novel route to study fermion superfluidity
Notice that the entangled state is distilled from an arbitrary initial state that is in general mixed, while in the generation of entanglement in Ref. the initial state should be prepared in an appropriate pure state and in the transfer of entanglement in Ref. the state is assumed to be initially entangled.
Distillation of Entanglement between Distant Systems by Repeated Measurements on Entanglement Mediator