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  • When you are perfectly sober
    When you are perfectly sober
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n perfecter a skilled worker who perfects something "although not the inventor he must be recognized as the perfecter of this technique"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

How perfectly sweet How perfectly sweet
I am perfectly aware of that, Euphemia! I am perfectly aware of that, Euphemia!

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In some town in South Carolina, it is perfectly legal for a man to beat his wife. But only if its on the courthouse steps on Sunday.
    • n Perfecter One who, or that which, makes perfect. "The . . . perfecter of our faith."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: SWIMS is the longest word with 180-degree rotational symmetry (if you were to view it upside-down it would still be the same word and perfectly readable).
    • n perfecter One who perfects, completes, or finishes; one who makes perfect.
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  • Joseph Hall
    Joseph Hall
    “Perfection is the child of time.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “No one becomes perfect, but some become great.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “It is no crime not to be perfect”
  • Beatrice Potter Webb
    Beatrice Potter Webb
    “So much perfection argues rottenness somewhere.”
  • C. J. Weber
    C. J. Weber
    “Perfecting is our destiny, but perfection never our lot.”
  • J. Yahl
    J. Yahl
    “Perfection is our goal, excellence will be tolerated.”


In perfect form - When something is as it ought to be. Or, when used cynically, it may refer to someone whose excesses are on display; a caricature.
Picture perfect - When something is exactly as it should be it is said to be picture perfect.


In literature:

The roots are perfectly hardy, and will sustain no injury from the coldest winter, if left unprotected in the open ground.
"The Field and Garden Vegetables of America" by Fearing Burr
Practice makes perfect, with the voice as with everything else.
"The Psychology of Singing" by David C. Taylor
A few words of praise are justly due to the Mogyana line for the excellence of the service and the perfection of the rolling stock.
"Across Unknown South America" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
She was perfectly willing to love all the world back again.
"Red Rose and Tiger Lily" by L. T. Meade
It may perfect a single virtue here and there, but it cannot perfect all.
"Natural Law in the Spiritual World" by Henry Drummond
It was perfectly calm; and as, on looking round, I could see no breakers, nor hear their sound, I at length turned in.
"In the Wilds of Africa" by W.H.G. Kingston
His head was perfectly bald and about the same drab tint as the papers.
"Chance" by Joseph Conrad
Perfect love and perfect harmony should exist between wife and husband during this vital period.
"Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners" by B.G. Jefferis
Her room was in perfect order, and in Nan's own chamber nothing was unusually amiss.
"The Governess" by Julie M. Lippmann
For the child is perfect, is superb, but for the one thing.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
Perfectly elastic bodies would develop no heat on collision.
"Fragments of science, V. 1-2" by John Tyndall
Cocoons of drones and workers perfect.
"Langstroth on the Hive and the Honey-Bee" by L. L. Langstroth
Because really we are perfect strangers.
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
After the first rain this is perfectly effectual.
"Soil Culture" by J. H. Walden
Is it not perfectly wonderful?
"Cecilia" by F. Marion Crawford
Lonsdale really possessed the serene perfection of a great work of art.
"Sinister Street, vol. 2" by Compton Mackenzie
To-day they still stand, the most perfect mediaeval monument in France.
"Glories of Spain" by Charles W. Wood
It was perfectly cool, perfectly self-contained.
"The Voice of the Pack" by Edison Marshall
In the Original Substance there are held only the thoughts of perfect motion; perfect and healthy function; complete life.
"The Science of Being Well" by Wallace Delois Wattles
Always a perfectly hopeless one.
"Miss Million's Maid" by Bertha Ruck

In poetry:

It was a perfect day
For sowing; just
As sweet and dry was the ground
As tobacco-dust.
"Sowing" by Edward Thomas
Wisdom, power and beauty,
These are not for me;
Give me, give me only
Perfect Chastity.
"Pro Castitate" by Digby Mackworth Dolben
For lo! I see perfected rise
The vision of my boyish eyes,
The messenger of upper skies.
"Avitor" by Francis Bret Harte
For grief of perfect fairness, eve
Could nothing do but smile;
The time was far too perfect fair,
Being but for a while;
And ah, in me, too happy grief
Blinded herself with smile!
"After Her Going" by Francis Thompson
Not once beat "Praise be Thine!
I see the whole design,
I, who saw power, see now love perfect too:
Perfect I call Thy plan:
Thanks that I was a man!
Maker, remake, complete,—I trust what Thou shalt do!"
"Rabbi Ben Ezra" by Robert Browning
And so the poet takes a shapeless thought
And gives its fancies grace and melody,
Until he feels he has perfection wrought
Where Thought and Music blending happily
Create the Beauty that all time has sought,
Where perfect form is immortality.
"Beauty and Form" by Washington Van Dusen

In news:

Florida's hot and humid weather makes for a perfect environment for tomatoes to grow and flourish.
The perfect salad to welcome spring and summer.
Writer and humorist David Rakoff, who died Thursday at the age of 47, wrote with a perfect balance of wit and gravity about the cancer that would ultimately take his life.
Black Caviar kept her perfect record intact with a narrow head victory in the $775,000 Diamond Jubilee Stakes (Eng-I) at Royal Ascot June 23.
The Buffalo Bills were far from perfect.
An unrestored Fairlane 500 and a rotisserie-restored Fairlane GTA represent a perfect pair from Ford's 1966 intermediate line.
Felix Baumgartner skydived to a picture-perfect landing from 24 miles above the Earth on Sunday morning, tentatively setting three world records—but not before a hairy two-hour ascent.
The Perfect Woman The image of the torpedo-topped, Beverly Hills trophy babe as the stereotypical plastic surgery patient is about as dated as a Patrick Nagel print.
"I looked all over West Michigan to open a gallery," she said, finding the perfect spot in her hometown.
Don Larsen to auction off '56 perfect game uniform.
Zee perfect way to celebrate Bastille Day .
One that comes close to perfection: Batiste Dry Shampoo in Blush.
Few sounds in rock history define decadence as perfectly as T.
Anglers are always in search of the perfect lure or the perfect fishing partner or the perfect body of water.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Jim Caldwell traded the perfect season for what he hoped would be the perfect ending.

In science:

Recall that a surjection f : X → Y between two topological spaces is closed if the image of a closed set is closed and perfect (resp. countably perfect, resp. inversely Lindel¨of ) if it is closed with compact (resp. countably compact, resp.
Relations that preserve compact filters
One notable exception is the case ℓ = k, i.e., the case of perfect matchings – a recent striking result of Johannson, Kahn and Vu has established the order of magnitude of the threshold for the appearance of a perfect matching in a k -uniform random hypergraph.
Packing Hamilton Cycles in Random and Pseudo-Random Hypergraphs
In chemical engineering, distributions of residence times are often used to compute another mixing index, that is the departure from perfect mixing . A perfect mixer is defined [1, 34] as a device where an incoming fluid particle has a constant escape probability with time.
Measures of mixing quality in open flows with chaotic advection
Now each perfect matching Mj gives rise to an edge-coloured perfect matching M ∗ j of G∗ where (x, yi, x′ ) gives rise to an edge (x, x′ ) of colour y .
Loose Hamilton Cycles in Random 3-Uniform Hypergraphs
Minimal Perfection For a perfect hash function, we must have k ≥ m.
Uses of randomness in computation
Several extensions of perfect fluid to spinning fluids, i.e. perfect fluids whose particles have an internal but classical spin, have been made in the literature basically by adding terms containing spin to the perfect-fluid energy-momentum tensor [2, 3, 4, 5].
General relativistic spinning fluids with a modified projection tensor
Let M′ be some perfect matching of H ′, then M ∪ M′ is a perfect matching of H .
Hitting time results for Maker-Breaker games
A word of caution: at present Theorem 1 is only proven to hold in the case that the randomness used to choose the function is perfectly uniform and perfectly uncorrelated with S and E .
Private Randomness Expansion With Untrusted Devices
By the field GF (p) is perfect and any algebraical extension of perfect field is perfect.
Simple Moufang loops and Galois extensions
For every subset X of N, if X is a perfect spread, then there exists a strongly injective function from C to X . (ii) For every strongly injective function γ from C to N, the set Range (γ ) = {γ |α | α ∈ C } is a perfect spread.
Analytic, co-analytic and projective sets from Brouwer's intuitionistic perspective
Here, we show that quantum correlations can be so strong that, even if we cannot choose the measurements perfectly freely, the outputs are nevertheless perfectly free.
Free randomness can be amplified
This follows from the observation that the only quantum states that perfectly obey the tripartite GHZ relations are (up to local unitary operations) GHZ states [22, 24], from which perfect randomness can be derived by taking any of the three outputs.
Free randomness can be amplified
In [18, Corollary 5.12], it was shown that in the class of additively regular commutative semirings, perfect semirings are just perfect rings, and proposed the conjecture that the same situation would take place in the entire, not only commutative, class of additively regular semirings.
On Simpleness of Semirings and Complete Semirings
Had it been plotted for the case of homopolar system like Si which is a perfectly covalent compound, the plot would have been perfectly symmetric with the red lobes being symmetric between left hand and the right hand side.
Relative stability of zincblende and wurtzite structure in CdX(X = S, Se, Te) series - A NMTO study
We will call e a reduced edge if the corresponding word sxsy sz is cyclically reduced. A reduced perfect matching is a perfect matching whose all hyperedges are reduced.
Random groups and Property (T): \.Zuk's theorem revisited