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  • Many earthenware vessels found were used for cooking purposes, including baking dishes, three-legged pots, and covered pots
    Many earthenware vessels found were used for cooking purposes, including baking dishes, three-legged pots, and covered pots
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj purposeful having meaning through having an aim "led a happy purposeful life"
    • adj purposeful serving as or indicating the existence of a purpose or goal
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Lead and copper pipes, kettle fragments, a brass spigot, and other items found which may have been used for brewing or distilling purposes Lead and copper pipes, kettle fragments, a brass spigot, and other items found which may have been used for brewing...

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The name Jeep came from the abbreviation used in the army for the"General Purpose" vehicle, G.P.
    • a Purposeful Important; material.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The American Automobile association was formed in 1905 for the sole purpose of warning motorists of police speed traps
    • purposeful Characterized by purpose or definite aim; having an object in view; full of purpose or meaning; of serious import or significance: opposed to aimless.
    • purposeful Hence Intended; made or introduced on purpose.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The sole purpose of a drone bee is to mate with the queen bee
    • adj Purposeful having an object: full of meaning
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  • William Shakespeare
    “The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.”
  • Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton
    “Reading without purpose is sauntering not exercise.”
  • Peter F. Drucker
    “The purpose of a business is to create a customer.”
  • Theodore Leavitt
    Theodore Leavitt
    “The purpose of business is to create and keep a customer.”
  • Edgar Allan Poe
    “In criticism I will be bold, and as sternly, absolutely just with friend and foe. From this purpose nothing shall turn me.”
  • John F. Kennedy
    “Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.”


At cross purposes - When people are at cross purposes, they misunderstand each other or have different or opposing objectives.
To all intents and purposes - This means in all the most important ways.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. purposer, form of proposer, influenced by Fr. propos.


In literature:

There are several islands in the harbor, which have been entirely given up to the United States Government for military purposes.
"Lights and Shadows of New York Life" by James D. McCabe
Buchanan's Rectitude in Purpose and Vacillation in Action.
"The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by Jefferson Davis
He was honest in purpose, generous to a fault, tender-hearted and modest.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 4" by Various
It was now more sedate and purposeful.
"Bakemono Yashiki (The Haunted House)" by James S. De Benneville
You don't have to preach honesty to men with a creative purpose.
"A Preface to Politics" by Walter Lippmann
And the second, the greater, the fulfillment through the accomplishment of religious purpose, the soul's earnest purpose.
"Fantasia of the Unconscious" by D. H. Lawrence
They should be freely used for all these purposes, but for these purposes only.
"Infantry Drill Regulations, United States Army, 1911" by United States War Department
Why are subscriptions for religious purposes the first expenditure to be reduced in bad times?
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
Their purpose was to drive home the oxen and the other horses that were feeding a good distance off.
"The Bush Boys" by Captain Mayne Reid
Nobody objects to the 'purpose novel' except those who object to the purpose.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
God has placed these clouds above our heads in this region for a particular purpose.
"In the Eastern Seas" by W.H.G. Kingston
Land in every way suited for the purpose, is abundant and cheap.
"Cotton is King and The Pro-Slavery Arguments" by Various
Its purposes are the purposes of life.
"College Teaching" by Paul Klapper
His purpose was invincible.
"The Twins of Suffering Creek" by Ridgwell Cullum
He cannot use shrubbery and ornamental trees for this purpose, nor cut standing timber for this purpose.
"Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman" by Albert Sidney Bolles
Whither it had gone is little to our purpose, but it had gone.
"Ayala's Angel" by Anthony Trollope
Palermo is full of visitors from all parts of the island on purpose to hear her.
"To Win the Love He Sought" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
The opposite or northern side of the island is quite different; being more shelving, and available for landing purposes.
"The Story of Malta" by Maturin M. Ballou
But for what purpose, as a final end?
"Forty Years in the Wilderness of Pills and Powders" by William A. Alcott
No word of yours, or mine, will turn her from her purpose.
"The Trail of the Axe" by Ridgwell Cullum

In poetry:

My God,
What hope abides?
Thine unknown purpose rides
The torrent of my tides.
"A Prayer: Vespers" by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward
The sowing may be silent--
It may be but a tear,
Its strength is in its purpose,
Its aim must be sincere.
"Needs And Powers" by Jared Barhite
To noble purpose, lofty end,
And unto us thy blessing lend
As low upon our knees we fall.
In Common Prayer.
"With A Prayer-Book" by Oscar Fay Adams
"I note each gracious purpose,
Each kindly word and deed;
Are ye not all my children?
Shall not the Father heed?
"The Vision Of Echard" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Thy Path, thy Purposes conceal
From our beleaguered realm
Lest any shattering whisper steal
Upon us and o'erwhelm.
"The Prayer of Miriam Cohen" by Rudyard Kipling
I swerved not from that moment from my purpose foul and grim;
I never deigned to speak one word, nor even glanced at him;
But suddenly I seized his throat,…he gave one dreadful groan,
And I, who had gone forth with him, that night returned alone.
"My Cousin From Pall Mall" by Arthur Patchett Martin

In news:

Jim McNutt, head of Marine Geographic, wants to search for and salvage vessels that are submerged in Fort Loudoun Lake for historical and educational purposes.
M y idea was to travel from New York to Los Angeles and back entirely by Greyhound bus, with two purposes: see the beauty of America, thousands of miles of it, outside the bus windows.
In southern Africa, "ubuntu" refers to communal spirit, the need to work together for a common purpose.
On the purposefully unmarked road heading into Bolinas, there is a very wonderful spot you don't want to miss.
What is the purpose of having a reunion with your high school classmates.
The difference here is that Southern all-purpose flour has less gluten.
I was looking for a good multi purpose gear bag for work that would be.
Critic's Notebook: Under artistic director Bill Rauch, the event has a renewed purpose and savvy viewers.
He posits two general systems of thinking: System 1, intuitive and quick, good for most purposes, but prone to those pesky cognitive traps.
PowerShell with a Purpose Blog.
(5672A), the financing arm of Asia's biggest automaker, received a $5 billion loan for general corporate purposes.
It's just that today I'm lousy on purpose.
2 ½ c all-purpose flour.
While they might serve that purpose, there is something else to note about them: They are true.
I quite purposefully use this image of Mary from Medjugorje.

In science:

A02]) which, even if it is not as strong as one would like for the purpose of solving the Dirichlet problem for (ddc )n, will be enough for our purposes.
Pluricomplex charge at weak singularities
If so, then they are equivalent for computer science purposes (though not necessarily for practical purposes).
A random walk approach to quantum algorithms
But unfortunately, it is impossible to store whole lag table in the general-purpose registers to perform the lag table updating procedure, because the total number of the general-purpose registers allocated for one thread is 128.
Pseudo-random number generators for Monte Carlo simulations on Graphics Processing Units
Extension of the STF concept for acoustic purposes requires a different length scale than that for optical purposes: nanometers have to be replaced by micrometers.
Thin-Film Metamaterials called Sculptured Thin Films
It was a general purpose facility, able to be used with a range of instruments between 0.2–2 mm, for both astronomical and aeronomy purposes.
Astronomy in Antarctica
For that purpose we will need that the dimension is well defined on certain imaginaries, and for that purpose we will make the simplifying assumption that the theory considered eliminates such specific imaginaries.
Cartan subgroups of groups definable in o-minimal structures
This last issue, if not properly handled, can defeat the purpose of employing special-purpose subsystems as Amdahl’s law takes effect.
GRAPE-6: A Petaflops Prototype
In the consistent history approach one cannot interpret |S i to mean “|C ∗Di or |CD∗i for all practical purposes”, or for any other purposes.
Choice of Consistent Family, and Quantum Incompatibility
Since our approach is solely based on test purposes, it is not necessary to develop a complete formal specification of the system as test purposes are only a partial description of the system.
Formal Test Purposes and The Validity of Test Cases
In this section, we suggest a formalism to formally express test purposes and establish a set of criteria that guarantee that a test purposes indeed describes (black-box) testable behavior.
Formal Test Purposes and The Validity of Test Cases
After a short overview on the employed MSC syntax for test purposes, we recapitulate the pomset-based semantics of MSC and de fine when an MSC constitutes as well-formed test purpose.
Formal Test Purposes and The Validity of Test Cases
For the shortest arm of the triangle, ℓ12, the solar impact parameter is comparable to the distances involved, thus the relativistic delay in this arm is very small and, for the purposes of theis paper, it can be neglected; thus, we can write (t2 − t1 ) ≃ r12 /c, which is sufficient for our purposes here.
Science, Technology and Mission Design for the Laser Astrometric Test Of Relativity
Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS): One of the two large “general purpose” experiments. • A Toroidal LHC Apparatus (ATLAS): The other of the two large “general purpose” experiments.
Proceedings for TASI 2009 Summer School on "Physics of the Large and the Small": Introduction to the LHC experiments
This could be a test of µ = 0 for purposes of establishing existence of a signal process, or non-zero values of µ for purposes of obtaining a confidence interval.
Asymptotic formulae for likelihood-based tests of new physics
For the purpose of the present problem, this means that since we do not know that the levels of the test defined through T ∗ are robust (for the class of medium-tailed distributions) then it is difficult to apply the test for our purposes.
Testing for tail behavior using extreme spacings