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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj transcendental existing outside of or not in accordance with nature "find transcendental motives for sublunary action"-Aldous Huxley"
    • adj transcendental of or characteristic of a system of philosophy emphasizing the intuitive and spiritual above the empirical and material
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Transcendental A transcendentalist.
    • Transcendental (Philos) In the Kantian system, of or pertaining to that which can be determined a priori in regard to the fundamental principles of all human knowledge. What is transcendental, therefore, transcends empiricism; but is does not transcend all human knowledge, or become transcendent. It simply signifies the a priori or necessary conditions of experience which, though affording the conditions of experience, transcend the sphere of that contingent knowledge which is acquired by experience.
    • Transcendental Supereminent; surpassing others; as, transcendental being or qualities.
    • Transcendental Vaguely and ambitiously extravagant in speculation, imagery, or diction.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • transcendental Same as transcendent, 1.
    • transcendental In philosophy: In Aristotelian philosophy, extending beyond the bounds of a single category. The doctrine implied is that every strictly univocal predicate is contained under one of the ten predicaments; but there are certain predicates, as being (ens), one, true, good, which are univocal in a modified but not very clearly defined sense, which extend over all the predicaments or categories.
    • transcendental In Cartesian philosophy, predicable both of body and of spirit.
    • transcendental Pertaining to the existence in experience of a priori elements; a priori. This is chiefly a Kantian term, but was also used by Dugald Stewart. See Kantianism, category, a priori.
    • transcendental In Schellingistic philosophy, explaining matter and all that is objective as a product of subjective mind.
    • transcendental Abstrusely speculative; beyond the reach of ordinary, every-day, or common thought and experience; hence, vague; obscure; fantastic; extravagant.
    • transcendental Not capable of being produced by the algebraical operations of addition, multiplication, involution, and their inverse operations. The commonest transcendental functions are e, log x, sin x, etc.
    • transcendental Knowledge a priori.
    • transcendental The value of a transcendental function.
    • transcendental A first principle.
    • n transcendental A transcendent conception, such as thing, something, one, true. good.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Transcendental transcending: supereminent, surpassing others: concerned with what is independent of experience: vague
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  • Georg C. Lichtenberg
    “There exists a species of transcendental ventriloquism by means of which men can be made to believe that something said on earth comes from Heaven.”
  • Jean Genet
    “The main object of a revolution is the liberation of man... not the interpretation and application of some transcendental ideology.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. transcendantal, G. transcendental,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. trans, beyond, scandĕre, to climb.


In literature:

Only wait a little, and Lysander will break forth with the mention of some transcendental bibliomaniac.
"Bibliomania; or Book-Madness" by Thomas Frognall Dibdin
Its seed was sown forty years ago, in what was called the Transcendental movement in New England.
"History of Woman Suffrage, Volume III (of III)" by Various
It marks the advent of a new departure in transcendental medicine.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science February 1930" by Various
To Mr. Roosevelt, the President of transcendental initiative and strenuous life!
"Latin America and the United States" by Elihu Root
Emerson may have had special and transcendental prejudices against strongly fashioned vertebrae.
"Mountain Meditations" by L. Lind-af-Hageby
A delicious flavor of transcendentalism from beginning to end marks the phraseology.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume V"
Religion is the transcendental reflection of the social conditions of given epochs.
"Woman under socialism" by August Bebel
And five years is long enough for an experiment, and to prove the success of transcendental Yankeeism.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 3 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
She told herself that this was the most transcendental of follies.
"The Moving Finger" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
It may be said that I am applying shockingly terrestrial tests to Mr. Wells's soaring transcendentalisms.
"God and Mr. Wells" by William Archer
In this sort of practice, the engineer has need of some transcendental sense.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 16 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
It was almost transcendental.
"A Year in the Fields" by John Burroughs
I speak now of the transcendental movement as I had opportunity to observe it in Boston.
"Reminiscences, 1819-1899" by Julia Ward Howe
In Transcendentalism, Carlyle found salvation.
"Thomas Carlyle" by Hector Carsewell Macpherson
Some transcendental part of him seemed to remain to observe and triumph over his victory.
"The Victor" by Bryce Walton
They tend always to mysticism and the contemplation of things transcendental.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 1" by Various
A transcendental unity whose method is indefinable has no advantage over empirical association.
"Creative Intelligence" by John Dewey, Addison W. Moore, Harold Chapman Brown, George H. Mead, Boyd H. Bode, Henry Waldgrave, Stuart James, Hayden Tufts, Horace M. Kallen
The first, second, and fifth of these are in the opinion of Du Bois-Reymond "transcendental," or beyond possibility of solution.
"The Old Riddle and the Newest Answer" by John Gerard
But with Tom, at any rate, there was something transcendental in their intimate union.
"The Wave" by Algernon Blackwood
Then the truth glimmered before my eyes, yet another transcendental moment.
"The Samurai Strategy" by Thomas Hoover

In poetry:

The owls came out and flew about,
Hooting above the rest,
"No useful egg was ever hatched
From transcendental nest."
"The Lay Of A Golden Goose" by Louisa May Alcott
Wise owls awoke and gravely said,
With proudly swelling breasts,
"Rare birds have always been evoked
From transcendental nests!"
"The Lay Of A Golden Goose" by Louisa May Alcott
My dinner, sometimes, like things transcendental
And things more substantial, like women and wine
A thing is, uncertain, and quite accidental,
And sometimes I wonder, "Oh! where shall I dine?"
"How The Author Sometimes Dines" by Horatio Alger Jr

In news:

There is a species of knowledge worker that seems transcendentally competent when it comes to finessing work-life balance .
Mark Rucker/Transcendental Graphics, Getty Images.
The Mountain Goats, ' Transcendental Youth'.
REVIEWS The Mountain Goats, ' Transcendental Youth.
Maybe you've heard that Transcendental Youth features horns on a few songs, and maybe you've wondered why you should care.
Transcendental Meditation may lower heart risk.
Transcendental Meditation may help heart patients survive.
Transcendental Meditation, also known as TM, has long been associated with celebrities such as the Beatles, Oprah, Jerry Seinfeld and Howard Stern.
The Mountain Goats' Transcendental Youth.
Even Lazy Moby Turns Out For Star-Studded Transcendental Meditation Benefit.
Oprah Radio host Dr Oz talks with Dr John Hagelin about the health benefits of transcendental meditation and understanding consciousness.
Transcendental Meditation Studied For Military Use.
The Mountain Goats' ' Transcendental ' Recording Process.
BOB ABERNETHY, anchor: Transcendental Meditation — TM — was widely popular 40 years ago: a technique for relaxation and awareness using certain sounds and ways of breathing, 20 minutes, twice a day.
Thu, October 18: Asheville Center for Transcendental Meditation ("TM").

In science:

Erdelyi (et al.), Higher Transcendental Functions, vol.
On Fractional Diffusion and its Relation with Continuous Time Random Walks
On the other hand, it is also known from the transcendental theory of K3 surfaces that Mg is irreducible.
A Simple Proof that Rational Curves on K3 are Nodal
We will show in this article that even if all geometric data are defined over Q, the Strebel differential can still have a transcendental period.
Periods of Strebel Differentials and Algebraic Curves Defined over the Field of Algebraic Numbers
In our simple example of Section 2, if the period corresponding to the edge L is taken to be algebraic but not rational, then the ramification points c and c2 become transcendental.
Periods of Strebel Differentials and Algebraic Curves Defined over the Field of Algebraic Numbers
It is also the transcendental foundation of the quantum gravity which is formulated in this paper.
Gauge Theory of Gravity
This is also a transcendental requirement for the quantum theory of gravity.
Gauge Theory of Gravity
The requirement of global Lorentz invariance can also be treated as a transcendental principle of the quantum theory of gravity.
Gauge Theory of Gravity
Its transcendental foundation is gauge principle.
Gauge Theory of Gravity
The solution of these equations is presented in Section 3, leading to a transcendental equation for the critical coupling.
Critical properties of $\Phi^4_{1+1}$-theory in Light-Cone Quantization
And since this equation is transcendental it has to be solved at some approximation.
Eppur, si muove !
Classical transcendental solutions of the painlev´e equations and their degeneration. arXiv:nlin.
Discrete Painlev\'e equations and random matrix averages
We denote by T (X ) the transcendental lattice of X, i.e. the minimal primitive sublattice whose C-linear extension contains the class ωX, or equivalently T (X ) = S (X )⊥ in H 2 (X, Z).
The Alternating Group of degree 6 in Geometry of the Leech Lattice and K3 Surfaces
X ) = CωX given by g ∗ωX = α(g )ωX, and we have an exact sequence, called the basic sequence: α−→µI −→ 1 . 1 −→ GN := Ker α −→ G We call GN the symplectic part and µI := hζI i (resp. I ), where ζI = exp(2π√−1/I ), the transcendental part (resp. the transcendental value) of the action ρ.
The Alternating Group of degree 6 in Geometry of the Leech Lattice and K3 Surfaces
Assume that A6 < G and I ≥ 2, where I is the transcendental value.
The Alternating Group of degree 6 in Geometry of the Leech Lattice and K3 Surfaces
The resulting velocity vmin ∼= 0.373365 is the smaller root of the transcendental equation (19).
Extremal Properties of Random Structures