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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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Absolute \Ab"so*lute\, n. (Geom.) In a plane, the two imaginary circular points at infinity; in space of three dimensions, the imaginary circle at infinity.
Absolute \Ab"so*lute\, a. [L. absolutus, p. p. of absolvere: cf. F. absolu. See Absolve.]
Loosed from any limitation or condition; uncontrolled; unrestricted; unconditional; as, absolute authority, monarchy, sovereignty, an absolute promise or command; absolute power; an absolute monarch.
Complete in itself; perfect; consummate; faultless; as, absolute perfection; absolute beauty.
So absolute she seems, And in herself complete.
Note: Absolute rights and duties are such as pertain to man in a state of nature as contradistinguished from relative rights and duties, or such as pertain to him in his social relations.
Loosed from, or unconnected by, dependence on any other being; self-existent; self-sufficing.
Note: In this sense God is called the Absolute by the Theist. The term is also applied by the Pantheist to the universe, or the total of all existence, as only capable of relations in its parts to each other and to the whole, and as dependent for its existence and its phenomena on its mutually depending forces and their laws.
Capable of being thought or conceived by itself alone; unconditioned; non-relative.
Note: It is in dispute among philosopher whether the term, in this sense, is not applied to a mere logical fiction or abstraction, or whether the absolute, as thus defined, can be known, as a reality, by the human intellect.
To Cusa we can indeed articulately trace, word and thing, the recent philosophy of the absolute.
--Sir W. Hamilton.
Positive; clear; certain; not doubtful. [R.]
I am absolute 't was very Cloten.
Authoritative; peremptory. [R.]
The peddler stopped, and tapped her on the head, With absolute forefinger, brown and ringed.
(Chem.) Pure; unmixed; as, absolute alcohol.
(Gram.) Not immediately dependent on the other parts of the sentence in government; as, the case absolute. See Ablative absolute, under Ablative.
Absolute curvature (Geom.), that curvature of a curve of double curvature, which is measured in the osculating plane of the curve.
Absolute equation (Astron.), the sum of the optic and eccentric equations.
Absolute space (Physics), space considered without relation to material limits or objects.
Absolute terms. (Alg.), such as are known, or which do not contain the unknown quantity.
--Davies & Peck.
Absolute temperature (Physics), the temperature as measured on a scale determined by certain general thermo-dynamic principles, and reckoned from the absolute zero.
Absolute zero (Physics), the be ginning, or zero point, in the scale of absolute temperature. It is equivalent to -273[deg] centigrade or -459.4[deg] Fahrenheit.
Syn: Positive; peremptory; certain; unconditional; unlimited; unrestricted; unqualified; arbitrary; despotic; autocratic.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
late 14c., "unrestricted; complete, perfect;" also "not relative to something else" (mid-15c.), from Middle French absolut (14c., Old French asolu, Modern French absolu), from Latin absolutus, past participle of absolvere "to set free, make separate" (see absolve).\n
\nMost of the current senses also were in the Latin word. Sense evolution was "detached, disengaged," thus "perfect, pure." Meaning "despotic" (1610s) is from notion of "absolute in position." Absolute monarchy is recorded from 1735 (absolute king is recorded from 1610s); scientific absolute magnitude (1902), absolute value (1907) are from early 20c. In metaphysics, the absolute "that which is absolute" is from 1809.
1 (context obsolete English) absolve; free. (Attested from around 1350 to 1470 until the mid 17th century.)(R:SOED5: page=9) 2 (context obsolete English) Disengaged from accidental circumstances. (Attested from around 1350 until 1470.) 3 (context archaic English) complete in itself; perfect. (First attested around 1350 to 1470.) 4 (context grammar English) Not immediately dependent on the other parts of the sentence; as(First attested around 1350 to 1470.) 5 # (context of a case form English) syntactically connected to the rest of the sentence in an atypical manner; ablative absolute; nominative absolute; genitive absolute; accusative absolute. (First attested around 1350 to 1470.) 6 # standing by itself in a loose syntactical connection, and qualifying the sentence as a whole rather than any single word in it. (First attested around 1350 to 1470.) 7 # (context of an adjective or possessive pronoun English) lacking a modified substantive. (First attested around 1350 to 1470.) 8 # (context comparative superlative English) expressing a relative term without a definite comparison.'(First attested around 1350 to 1470.) 9 # (context transitive English) having no direct object. (First attested around 1350 to 1470.) 10 # (context Irish Welsh English) an inflected verb that is not preceded by any number of articles or compounded with a prever
(First attested around 1350 to 1470.) 11 (context obsolete English) Absorbed in, as an occupation. (Attested only in the late 15th century.) 12 Unrestricted; in sole control; possessing absolute power; independent, as in ownership or authority. (First attested in the late 15th century.) 13 Pure; unmixed; as, ''absolute'' alcohol. (First attested in the mid 16th century.) 14 (context figurative English) Complete; utter; outright; unmitigated; entire; total; not qualified or diminished in any way; unrestricted; without limitation. (First attested in the late 16th century.) 15 unconditional; free from any conditions, limitations, and relations; (First attested in the mid 16th century.) 16 # having unlimited power, without limits set by a constitution, parliament, or other means. (First attested in the mid 16th century.) 17 # proceeding from or characteristic of an absolute ruler. (First attested in the mid 16th century.) 18 # absolutist; arbitrary; despoti
(First attested in the mid 16th century.) 19 Real; actual. (First attested in the early 17th century.) 20 (context archaic English) Certain; free from doubt or uncertainty, as a person or prediction. (First attested in the early 17th century.) 21 Positive; unquestionable; peremptory. (First attested in the early 17th century.) 22 Free from conditional limitations; operating or existing in full under all circumstances without variation. (First attested in the early 17th century.) 23 (context philosophy English) Existing, able to be thought of, or able to be viewed without relation to other things. (First attested in the late 18th century.) 24 Authoritative; peremptory. 25 (context philosophy English) Fundamental; ultimate; intrinsic; free from the variability and error natural to the human way of thinking and perception. (First attested in the late 18th century.) 26 (context physics English) Independent of arbitrary units of measurement not comparative or relative as, 27 # having reference to or derived from the simplest manner from the fundamental units of mass, time, and length. 28 # relating to the absolute temperature scale. 29 (context legal English) Complete; unconditional; final; without encumbrances; not liable to change or cancellation. 30 (context education English) Pertaining to a grading system based on the knowledge of the individual and not on the comparative knowledge of the group of students. 31 (context art English) Concerned entirely with expressing beauty and feelings, lacking meaningful reference. 32 (context dance English) Utilizing the body to express ideas, independent of music and costumes. 33 (context math English) Indicating an expression that is true for all real number; unconditional. n. 1 That which is independent of context-dependent interpretation, inviolate, fundamental. (First attested in the mid 19th century.) 2 Anything that is absolute. (First attested in the mid 19th century.) 3 (context geometry English) In a plane, the two imaginary circular points at infinity; in space of three dimensions, the imaginary circle at infinity. 4 (context philosophy usually capitalized English) A realm which exists without reference to anything else; that which can be imagined purely by itself; absolute ego. 5 (context philosophy usually capitalized English) The unity of spirit and nature; Go
6 (context philosophy usually capitalized English) The whole of reality; the totality to which everything is reduced. 7 Concentrated natural flower oil, used for perfumes.
adj. perfect or complete or pure; "absolute loyalty"; "absolute silence"; "absolute truth"; "absolute alcohol" [ant: relative]
complete and without restriction or qualification; sometimes used informally as intensifiers; "absolute freedom"; "an absolute dimwit"; "a downright lie"; "out-and-out mayhem"; "an out-and-out lie"; "a rank outsider"; "many right-down vices"; "got the job through sheer persistence"; "sheer stupidity" [syn: downright, out-and-out(a), rank(a), right-down, sheer(a)]
not limited by law; "an absolute monarch"
expressing finality with no implication of possible change; "an absolute (or unequivocal) quarantee to respect the nation's authority"; "inability to make a conclusive (or unequivocal) refusal" [syn: conclusive]
n. something that is conceived to be absolute; something that does not depends on anything else and is beyond human control; "no mortal being can influence the absolute"
Absolute may refer to:
Used in perfumery and aromatherapy, absolutes are similar to essential oils. They are concentrated, highly aromatic, oily mixtures extracted from plants. Whereas essential oils can typically be produced through steam distillation, absolutes require the use of solvent extraction techniques or more traditionally, through enfleurage.
Absolute is the brand of a long-running series of compilation albums owned by the Swedish record company EVA Records. Initially, the only albums in the series were called Absolute Music, but starting in 1990 there have been other themed albums such as Absolute Dance and Absolute Rock.
Absolute are a music production team responsible for a number of hits in the 1990s and first decade of the 21st century.
Absolute is the sixth album released by the Japanese metal band Aion. The album is more traditional heavy metal than power metal and thrash metal, a transition slowly seen throughout their releases. Exactly 7 days before the album's release, the single "Missing" came out to promote it. Oddly, a promotional video for the single's B-side "Killer" was made, but there was never an official promotional video for any song actually on Absolute.
In philosophy, metaphysics, religion, spirituality, and other contexts, the Absolute is a term for the most real being. The Absolute is conceived as being itself or perhaps the being that transcends and comprehends all other beings.
While there is agreement that there must be some fundamental reality, there is disagreement as to what exactly that might be. For example, some theistic philosophers argue that the most real being is a personal God or gods. Some pantheistic philosophers argue that the most real being is an impersonal existence, such as Reality or Awareness. Others (such as perennial philosophers) argue that various similar terms and concepts designate to the same Absolute entity. Atheist, agnostic, and scientific pantheist philosophers might argue that some natural law such as gravity or simply nature itself is the most real being.
Absolute is a music compilation album under both the Body and Soul and Midnight Soul collection series. Distributed by Time-Life through its music division, the album was released January 28, 2003 and was originally under the Body and Soul series. It was re-released in 2008 when Time-Life launched the Midnight Soul series.
It is distributed both in two versions: the single CD sold-in-stores and the Time-Life exclusive version on the double CD set. The sold-in-stores version features seventeen urban contemporary R&B hits, with many of them released in the Neo soul music era. The Time-Life exclusive version features 24 hits on 2 CDs, including seven more songs not featured in stores.
Usage examples of "absolute".
The Good: The Absolute Good cannot be thought to have taken up its abode with Evil.
And this is the Absolute Ugly: an ugly thing is something that has not been entirely mastered by pattern, that is by Reason, the Matter not yielding at all points and in all respects to Ideal-Form.
For This, the Beauty supreme, the absolute, and the primal, fashions Its lovers to Beauty and makes them also worthy of love.
As there is Good, the Absolute, as well as Good, the quality, so, together with the derived evil entering into something not itself, there must be the Absolute Evil.
Virtue is not the Absolute Good and Beauty, because we know that These are earlier than Virtue and transcend it, and that it is good and beautiful by some participation in them.
Reason-Principle: in the same way what gives an organism a certain bulk is not itself a thing of magnitude but is Magnitude itself, the abstract Absolute, or the Reason-Principle.
Their theory is confirmed by the cases in which two mixed substances occupy a greater space than either singly, especially a space equal to the conjoined extent of each: for, as they point out, in an absolute interpenetration the infusion of the one into the other would leave the occupied space exactly what it was before and, where the space occupied is not increased by the juxtaposition, they explain that some expulsion of air has made room for the incoming substance.
Reason-Principles which, by the fact that they are Principles of harmony, meet in the unit of Harmony, the absolute Harmony, a more comprehensive Principle, greater than they and including them as its parts.
Principle is not an absolute possession of the animal Kinds and is not even an absolute possession to all men.
Matter, then, thus brought to order must lose its own nature in the supreme degree unless its baseness is an accidental: if it is base in the sense of being Baseness the Absolute, it could never participate in order, and, if evil in the sense of being Evil the Absolute, it could never participate in good.
Nor can we, on the other hand, think that matter is simply Absolute Magnitude.
Repose in unity is a predicate asserted of Eternity, which, therefore, is not itself Repose, the absolute, but a participant in Repose.
It is certainly not there as the wine is in the wine jar, or as the jar in the jar, or as some absolute is self-present.
Why has the Primal not remained self-gathered so that there be none of this profusion of the manifold which we observe in existence and yet are compelled to trace to that absolute unity?
Knowing is a unitary thing, but defined: the first is One, but undefined: a defined One would not be the One-absolute: the absolute is prior to the definite.