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insight

noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
gain an insight (into sth) (=get a chance to understand more about something)
▪ You can gain an insight into horses’ feelings by the physical signs they give out.
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
clear
▪ Yet no photograph can give a clear and straight forward insight into the past.
▪ Then... he attained clear insight and saw what was Unique.
▪ Those Volunteers for whom the experience was most meaningful were those who acquired clear insights into the problems confronting a developing society.
▪ The only alternative is to turn to the chapter itself and skim the pages for a clearer insight.
▪ But does such an analysis of concepts enable us to gain a clearer insight into the meaning of existential propositions?
deep
▪ A deeper insight into this has been suggested by Professor Denis Lawton.
▪ But on taking up his position, he is immediately assumed to be gifted with deep insights.
▪ So are there other sources of evidence that can offer deeper insights?
▪ But his deeper insights, spiritual and psychological, were still vital.
▪ The results will provide deeper insight into the impact of external constraints and competing functional goals upon the firm's marketing effectiveness.
▪ He was sure there were newer techniques, all much smarter and written up in books with deep psychological insights.
▪ His unbeatable skills in the ring and his deep insights into the historical forces shaping his era make him unique.
▪ There are many mysteries to be unravelled and many deep insights yet to be gained.
fascinating
▪ The inviolable Gedge formed character traits as a child that give a fascinating insight into his later life.
▪ Irrespective of their original function, these historical documents now provide us with many fascinating insights into the way we were.
▪ A visitor centre provides a fascinating insight into this traditional farming method.
▪ Nevertheless, it does contain much revealing information about operatic fees and fascinating insights into the negotiations that surrounded them.
▪ A special collection of local memorabilia offer a fascinating insight into Nottingham's industrial heritage.
▪ It offers fascinating insight into the history of machine as well as hand made lace.
▪ All in all, it is a most fascinating outsider's insight into our industrial history.
▪ The world's only Museum of Mazes gives a fascinating insight into their 5000 year history.
fresh
▪ In such a situation, further collection of data may be pointless in the absence of any fresh conceptual insight.
▪ They supply fresh insights, infuse you with energy and give up the window seat without complaint.
▪ It is a remarkable document which gives us a fresh and immediate insight into Marcel Duchamp's mind.
▪ More lay inspectors, drawn from other professions and from the general public, will bring fresh insights into service improvement.
▪ She looked at Martha with a fresh insight, noting the drabness of her clothes and the downward droop of her lips!
great
▪ In this way a greater insight into the ways in which population size and structure change may be gained.
▪ How might you decide which approach provides the greatest insight into the politics of a particular political system?
▪ In other words, children who were poor readers seemed to have greater insight into likely difficulties for other readers.
▪ Primitive, yes, but with great insight, great depth.
▪ He had a real love of children's work and a great sensitivity and insight into its many different qualities.
▪ The third of these great insights of Galileo was a beginning of an understanding of conservation of energy.
▪ The method thus supplies greater transparency and insight and leads to a unified approach offering progress along a wide front.
▪ Abram exhibits great sensitivity and insight into the essential reciprocity between our human senses and the sensuous earth.
important
▪ What are the most important insights you have gained?
▪ Mrs Neil tells me she thinks I have arrived at an important insight.
▪ In connection with the depiction of home makers as competent and decisive, the reader is offered two important insights here.
▪ Morris' important insight is that issues do count.
▪ It is an immensely readable book, yet it treats its important subject with insight and responsibility.
▪ With this simple but important insight, they had an idea.
▪ The family interaction that takes place provides important insights into family functioning.
▪ Nevertheless, a review of both systems provides important insights into the problems associated with budgetary reform.
interesting
▪ The lecture lasted for 45 minutes and provided an interesting and amusing insight into the world of international rugby.
▪ But the fullness of the material makes possible qualitative study with particularly interesting insights into popular opinions and activities.
▪ There is some hammy acting, but the film gives an interesting insight into the gangster scene of the Sixties.
▪ An interesting insight into her approach is provided by a chalk drawing on blue hand-made paper dating from 1919.
▪ Comparing dinosaurs with birds provides interesting insights.
▪ It is accepted that such a perspective affords interesting and novel insights into conflicts of interest.
new
▪ You learn as you give, gaining new insight into the lives and needs of poor communities.
▪ Out of this new insight has come a radically improved understanding of how alcohol and caffeine work.
▪ Detailed work in recent years has given us new insights into how nineteenth-century towns developed.
▪ Fortunately, some scientists saw them as posing tractable scientific questions and offering new insights.
▪ This leaves the possibility open of finding new insights into deixis perse as well as into its behaviour within a particular discourse.
▪ I want them to understand that living through struggles can help a person discover new insights and new strengths.
▪ The disciplines are always on the move, generating new meanings and insights.
▪ They have found, from the study of other planets, new insights into the nature and governing laws of worlds.
profound
▪ But they will be remembered for their profound creative insight and as the people who restored the mill as a vibrant life-force.
▪ But life is not all clear, and the most profound insights in this life and the world are not clear propositions.
psychological
▪ The Barthelmes recount in vivid detail and with good psychological insight the trauma of coping with that dual loss.
▪ He was sure there were newer techniques, all much smarter and written up in books with deep psychological insights.
▪ And there's enough psychological insight to give the characters three dimensions.
▪ As evidenced by the above, she has no psychological insight.
real
▪ Daily feeding displays, talks and demonstrations provide a chance to gain a real insight into this marvellous underwater world.
special
▪ We can all do this - it does not require any special insights.
▪ For this effect to occur, the care giver attending a laboring woman needs special skills and insights.
▪ But on nearly all occasions the answers have actually seemed to me not to require any special insight into unique cultural peculiarities.
▪ You can not expect every special word or insight to take hold in the organization.
▪ It requires special gifts of insight and patience to move from a mono-cultural to a cross-cultural perspective.
▪ A man needed special experience and insight to work true meanings out of certain murky remarks.
useful
▪ The questionnaire turned up some other useful insights - some predictable, several less so.
▪ Even where a general model is not available, however, study of special cases can still yield useful insights.
▪ Although Maslow offers us useful insights into individual psychology, his theory is open to a number of criticisms: 1.
▪ Some skepticism from Summerlee not withstanding, the station has already yielded useful insights.
▪ Nevertheless, useful insights have been offered by such workers as Anderson, Hegarty and Hodgson.
▪ Yet I was forced to admit no very useful insight emerged.
▪ Such evidence provides useful insights into the site's morphological development, both inside and outside the central core.
▪ Given its market knowledge, Price Waterhouse was able to provide a useful insight into each supplier.
valuable
▪ An up-front market study can provide valuable insights and provide sharper focus for the subsequent search.
▪ They offer valuable insights into what can be expected from an orchestra dealing with fewer dollars.
▪ Second, the handling of humour in the book provides valuable insights.
▪ Working independently, J. Havelock Fidler came up with original and valuable insights into the operation of earth energy.
▪ If we recognize this possibility we may gain much valuable insight into the complex forces acting in the real world.
■ VERB
bring
▪ In future, the main reason for financial firms to band together may be that lunching brings them vital extra insights.
▪ Clairvoyant Stephanie Stevens brings her supernatural insights to Borders Books.
▪ More lay inspectors, drawn from other professions and from the general public, will bring fresh insights into service improvement.
▪ Then they speak out of the silence bringing their insights to the person.
develop
▪ In developing the Kantian insight along Rawlsian lines, several points must be borne in mind.
gain
▪ You learn as you give, gaining new insight into the lives and needs of poor communities.
▪ She may talk with attorneys and other observers during the breaks to gain further insights.
▪ In this way, he gained a lot of insight into the psychological make-up of different sheep in his flock.
▪ We also felt that they might gain some insight into why it is they are so often in trouble with us.
▪ To visit them is to gain an insight into what many of our own wetlands must have been like.
▪ The trust wants to gain an insight into the county's butterfly population.
▪ Its modest size appeals to visitors who gain an unusual insight into the domestic life of the house.
▪ One way to gain insight into these issues is to view them through the work of some of the main protagonists.
give
▪ One collection of such gives insight into the literal way spiritual truths were inculcated.
▪ This will give you insight into your writing strengths and weaknesses so that you need less editing help the next time around.
▪ However, the interviews included in the report give an insight into how decisions are made.
▪ His job of monitoring the movements of all units gave him an excellent insight into the difficulty.
▪ You learn as you give, gaining new insight into the lives and needs of poor communities.
▪ It gave an accurate insight into what the crew valued.
▪ But this incident gave me an insight into Dana's mind.
▪ This impetus, in turn, gives social theory new insights into how individual selves negotiate larger social structures.
offer
▪ In connection with the depiction of home makers as competent and decisive, the reader is offered two important insights here.
▪ Morris was offering insight on his pitching, his team and throwing in a few one-liners.
▪ All these satellite systems offer an insight in near real time.
▪ Perhaps a personal note can offer some insight.
▪ There are three intellectual positions that offer insight into this problem.
▪ The wide range of responses offers further insight.
▪ And although this research is industry-specific, the hope is that it offers insights and design lessons applicable in many areas.
▪ And it may also offer insight into other brain disorders such as epilepsy.
provide
▪ In so doing, they should provide insight into the way these processes work.
▪ Such calculations also provide an insight into particle physics.
▪ An up-front market study can provide valuable insights and provide sharper focus for the subsequent search.
▪ An examination of some of the reasons may provide an insight into the sources of a modern Prime Minister's power.
▪ A visitor centre provides a fascinating insight into this traditional farming method.
▪ Subsequently the highly rated manager develops creative solutions and provides new insights into problems.
▪ This capability provides even greater insight into the structural significance of anomalies and trends than conventional image-based systems do.
▪ The displays provide a vivid insight into the way the castle grew in response to new developments in contemporary warfare.
share
▪ The two approaches, he claims, share the same essential insight but use it to tackle different questions.
▪ In Chapter 8, they share their insights about the resources on which they relied.
▪ We will want to give adequate time to them to share their experiences and insights.
▪ Hardware hackers typically share their insights at special-interest Web sites.
▪ For sonic strange reason management did not share our insight.
▪ He shares insights on his favorite hikes, scenic lookouts, secret beaches, helicopter and boat tours.
yield
▪ Work with other organisms should yield some insight into the likely outcome.
▪ Such an examination can yield further insights into how gender informs self-constituting and meaning-producing activity 7.
▪ The focus on performance and work yielded additional insights about specific behavior and skill changes.
▪ Even where a general model is not available, however, study of special cases can still yield useful insights.
▪ Some skepticism from Summerlee not withstanding, the station has already yielded useful insights.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
flash of inspiration/brilliance/insight/anger etc
▪ He is some one who feeds off flashes of insight, like bolts of lightning from a clear blue sky.
▪ Mario Bennett, another first-round pick last summer, also showed flashes of brilliance after returning from knee surgery.
▪ One who'd probably mowed the nurses down in his student days, too, she thought with a flash of insight.
▪ There was no momentary flash of inspiration; it was typical of Laura's talent to turn a disadvantage into an advantage.
▪ There were flashes of brilliance from Michael Hordern and Kelly Hunter but generally the acting lacked sparkle.
▪ With a flash of insight, she imagined Guy's jilted fiancée had received a timely escape.
gain an understanding/insight/impression etc
▪ By analysing simple situations, with essential features in common, we can gain insight into the behaviour of these complicated beams.
▪ It is difficult to see how avoiding teaching about what is distinctive of religion can help people gain an understanding of it!
▪ One way to gain insight into these issues is to view them through the work of some of the main protagonists.
▪ Pupils use drama to gain insights into moral and social issues in works of literature.
▪ Self-assessment Building self-esteem is about appreciating strengths and developing them as much as it is about gaining an understanding of weaknesses.
▪ The trust wants to gain an insight into the county's butterfly population.
▪ This guidance helped them gain insight into the characteristics that inhibited their own ability to persist and to complete schoolwork.
▪ To visit them is to gain an insight into what many of our own wetlands must have been like.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ Crick soon established himself as a scientist of great insight and creativity.
▪ We help troubled teenagers gain some insight into their own problems.
Wikipedia

InSight

InSight is a robotic Mars lander manufactured in the 2010s which was originally planned for launch in March 2016. The name is a backronym for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport. Due to the failure of its SEIS instrument prior to launch, NASA announced in December 2015 that the mission had been postponed, and in March 2016, launch was rescheduled for 5 May 2018.

The mission's objective is to place a stationary lander equipped with a seismometer and heat transfer probe on the surface of Mars to study its early geological evolution. This would bring new understanding of the Solar System's terrestrial planets — Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars — and Earth’s Moon. By reusing technology from the Mars Phoenix lander, which successfully landed on Mars in 2008, it is expected that the cost and risk will be reduced.

Following a persistent vacuum failure in the main scientific instrument, the launch window was missed, and the InSight spacecraft was returned to Lockheed Martin's factory in Colorado. NASA officials decided in March 2016 to spend an estimated to delay launch of InSight to May 2018.

Insight (disambiguation)

Insight is the act or result of apprehending the inner nature of things or of seeing intuitively.

Insight may also refer to:

Insight (Australian TV program)

Insight is a current affairs television program, broadcast on the SBS network.

Insight (TV series)

Insight is an American religious-themed weekly anthology series that aired in syndication from October 1960 to 1983. Produced by Paulist Productions in Los Angeles, the series presented half-hour dramas illuminating the contemporary search for meaning, freedom, and love. Insight was an anthology series, using an eclectic set of story telling forms including comedy, melodrama, and fantasy to explore moral dilemmas.

The series was created by Roman Catholic priest Ellwood E. "Bud" Kieser, the founder of Paulist Productions. A member of the Paulist Fathers, an evangelistic Catholic order of priests, he worked in the entertainment community in Hollywood as a priest-producer and occasional host, using television as a vehicle of spiritual enrichment. Many of the episodes of the series were videotaped at CBS Television City and then Metromedia Square.

Insight (email client)

Insight WebClient is an groupware email client from Bynari embedded on Arachne web browser for DOS. It supports IMAP4, POP3 and SMTP email protocol with simple settings. It allows Sunbird, Outlook, and Evolution to work together.

Insight (Adventist magazine)

Insight is a weekly magazine aimed at Seventh-day Adventist young people, published by Review and Herald. It has been described as one of the "most important" Adventist magazines.

Insight (Sunday Times)

Insight is an investigative team for the British newspaper The Sunday Times which is well known for exposing stories such as discovering Soviet defector Kim Philby's role in MI6, investigating the thalidomide controversy, revealing the secret manufacture of nuclear weapons by Israel. and more recently the FIFA cash for votes scandal. The team was started by Clive Irving in 1963.

Insight (rapper)

Andre Todman, better known by his stage name Insight, is a rapper, producer, and DJ based in Boston, Massachusetts. He is an often collaborator to other Massachusetts artists such as Edan, Count Bass D, and Mr. Lif.

Insight (album)

Insight is an album by jazz musician Maciek Pysz, released in May 2013 on 33 Jazz Records. All tracks are composed by Pysz, except track 3, which is jointly composed and arranged by Gianluca Corona and Maciek Pysz.

Insight (Prince Lasha album)

Insight is an album by saxophonist/flautist Prince Lasha which was recorded in England in 1966 and originally released on the CBS label.

Insight (public organization)

Insight is a Ukrainian LGBTQI organization. Unlike most Ukrainian LGBT organizations focused on work with gay men and MSM, Insight’s priority is to help lesbians, bisexual women, transgender, queer and intersex people. Insight is one of the few public organizations in working with transgender people.

Wiktionary

insight

n. 1 A sight or view of the interior of anything; a deep inspection or view; introspection; frequently used with into. 2 Power of acute observation and deduction; penetration; discernment; perception. 3 (context marketing English) Knowledge (usually derived from consumer understanding) that a company applies in order to make a product or brand perform better and be more appealing to customers 4 Intuitive (l en apprehension) of the inner (l en nature) of a thing (n-g: or) things; (l en intuition). 5 (context artificial intelligence English) An extended understanding of a subject resulting from identification of relationships and behaviors within a model, context, or scenario.

The Collaborative International Dictionary

Insight

Insight \In"sight`\, n.

  1. A sight or view of the interior of anything; a deep inspection or view; introspection; -- frequently used with into.

    He had an insight into almost all the secrets of state.
    --Jortin.

  2. Power of acute observation and deduction; penetration; discernment; perception.

    Quickest insight In all things that to greatest actions lead.
    --Milton.

WordNet

insight

  1. n. clear or deep perception of a situation [syn: penetration]

  2. a feeling of understanding [syn: perceptiveness, perceptivity]

  3. the clear (and often sudden) understanding of a complex situation [syn: brainstorm, brainwave]

  4. grasping the inner nature of things intuitively [syn: sixth sense]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

insight

c.1200, innsihht, "sight with the eyes of the mind," mental vision, understanding," from in + sight. Sense shaded into "penetrating understanding into character or hidden nature" (1580s).

Usage examples of "insight".

But then something unexpected: one of the Afridi, apparently with a rush of insight, shouted at the others, his pronouncement accompanied by a loud guffaw.

Which is why Allo gave him assignments like this, where emotional insight was a key factor.

Signor Americano can give us an insight into the religion of his country--or are the Americani pagans?

She was in many respects what Gaea would have been had she remained mortal, and that was a precious insight.

Although this prince of navigators was in many instances assisted by interpreters in the prosecution of his researches, he still frankly acknowledges that he was at a loss to obtain anything like a clear insight into the puzzling arcana of their faith.

The Guiccioli was to him a Myrrha, but the Carbonari were around, and in the controversy, in which Sardanapalus is engaged, between the obligations of his royalty and his inclinations for pleasure, we have a vivid insight of the cogitation of the poet, whether to take a part in the hazardous activity which they were preparing, or to remain in the seclusion and festal repose of which he was then in possession.

With rare insight and rarer taste he discountenanced the prevalent Merovingian hand, and substituted in eclectic hand, known as the Carolingian Minuscule, which way still be regarded as a model of clearness and elegance.

My son refused to grant me the slightest insight into his intellectual situation, and I could only hope that he might, like me, belong to the race of clairaudient infants.

Roberta Danza, whose intelligence, humor, and insight into character resulted in innumerable improvements in this work, and whose love and spirit fueled the author and all progeny.

There were the moral and poetic insights, and, moreover, there was the style, the vital and penetrating Emersonianism, which aroused, and no doubt, dazzled the youthful and impressionable reader.

This view absolutely excluded its victims from any insight into the beauty and power of the facts of history, as well as from any understanding of their significance.

All these representations of death, however beautiful, or pathetic, or horrible, are based on superficial appearances, misleading analogies, arbitrary fancies, perturbed sensibilities, not on a firm hold of realities, insight of truth, and philosophical analysis.

Folks of all manner had frequently characterized him as priggish, fretful, and faultfinding, but his newfound insights into the nature of existence appeared to have boosted those personality traits, as well.

In chronic glomerulonephritis, for example, a much clearer insight will be needed into the events leading to the destruction of glomeruli by the immunologic reactants that now appear to govern this disease, before one will know how to intervene intelligently to prevent the process, or turn it around.

He communicates a subtle insight into Gypsydom that is totally wanting in the works--mainly philological--of Pott, Liebich .