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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
an attractive/handsome/pleasing etc appearance
▪ Large blue eyes set in a long thin face give him a striking and attractive appearance.
▪ It also yields a diversionary problem of continuing interest: what aesthetically pleasing patterns can be achieved?
▪ At the moment, the glow is an intriguing and aesthetically pleasing phenomenon.
▪ He had said that it was neither functional nor aesthetically pleasing and that there was death-watch beetle in the roof.
▪ Choose the larger leaved plants, such as Amazon Sword, Crypts and Vallis which will provide shelter as well as being aesthetically pleasing.
▪ Milk in returnable bottles is aesthetically pleasing, safer and a good deal more environmentally friendly than in cartons.
▪ Now she saw a different, more pleasing aspect of the fortress.
▪ Neat well-groomed hair cut in a style that suits the face and personality is much more pleasing.
▪ What is more pleasing is his growing involvement with pupils.
▪ Kerning the adjustment of spacing between certain letter pairs, A and V for example, to obtain a more pleasing appearance.
▪ Both have a circular direction of movement which is most pleasing and exciting.
▪ It was a most pleasing picture.
▪ The Renaissance is frequently presented as what is truest, best, and most pleasing about the early modern period.
▪ This must be particularly pleasing for Glass as he's wanted to put Peake's fantasy trilogy on stage for some time.
▪ The scale patterning above the lateral line is particularly pleasing, and the lateral line itself is bright silver.
▪ But then, he wasn't a particularly pleasing individual.
▪ Whilst this was very pleasing, it was important to explore possible alternative forms of training.
▪ Another very pleasing result was our performance with the Washroom Hygiene Service.
▪ The result, now thoroughly creosoted, looks very pleasing.
▪ It was very pleasing, very liberating.
▪ Her soprano was very pleasing although in a bigger choir he thought she might have been better employed as a contralto.
▪ a pleasing nutty flavor
▪ Acceptance by Dublin of this principle was pleasing to London.
▪ Its foliage is pleasing and the seed pods are marvellous.
▪ Jumping Skipper showed a pleasing boldness in his jumping, which was still often done from trot.
▪ This must be particularly pleasing for Glass as he's wanted to put Peake's fantasy trilogy on stage for some time.
▪ With this pleasing thought she settled more comfortably and looked about her.
▪ Your pleasing burden has made you melancholy.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Please \Please\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Pleased; p. pr. & vb. n. Pleasing.] [OE. plesen, OF. plaisir, fr. L. placere, akin to placare to reconcile. Cf. Complacent, Placable, Placid, Plea, Plead, Pleasure.]

  1. To give pleasure to; to excite agreeable sensations or emotions in; to make glad; to gratify; to content; to satisfy.

    I pray to God that it may plesen you.

    What next I bring shall please thee, be assured.

  2. To have or take pleasure in; hence, to choose; to wish; to desire; to will.

    Whatsoever the Lord pleased, that did he.
    --Ps. cxxxv. 6.

    A man doing as he wills, and doing as he pleases, are the same things in common speech.
    --J. Edwards.

  3. To be the will or pleasure of; to seem good to; -- used impersonally. ``It pleased the Father that in him should all fullness dwell.''
    --Col. i. 19.

    To-morrow, may it please you.

    To be pleased in or To be pleased with, to have complacency in; to take pleasure in.

    To be pleased to do a thing, to take pleasure in doing it; to have the will to do it; to think proper to do it.


Pleasing \Pleas"ing\, a. Giving pleasure or satisfaction; causing agreeable emotion; agreeable; delightful; as, a pleasing prospect; pleasing manners. ``Pleasing harmony.''
--Shak. ``Pleasing features.''
--Macaulay. -- Pleas"ing*ly, adv. -- Pleas"ing*ness, n.

Syn: Gratifying; delightful; agreeable. See Pleasant.


Pleasing \Pleas"ing\, n. An object of pleasure. [Obs.]

  1. agreeable; giving pleasure, cheer, enjoyment or gratification. n. pleasure or satisfaction, as in the phrase "to my pleasing." v

  2. (present participle of please English)

  1. adj. giving pleasure and satisfaction; "a pleasing piece of news"; "pleasing in manner and appearance" [ant: displeasing]

  2. aesthetically pleasing; "an artistic flower arrangement" [syn: aesthetic, esthetic, artistic]

  3. giving pleasure or satisfaction [syn: appreciated, gratifying, satisfying]

  4. able to please or win approval


n. the act of one who pleases

Usage examples of "pleasing".

Miraculously unbroken despite the changes in acceleration, its weight was impossible to guess in the microgravity of the ship, but its mass was pleasing.

Very pleasing specimens of ancient Peruvian feather work are recovered from graves at Ancon and elsewhere, and the method of inserting the feathers is illustrated in the Sixth Annual Report of the Bureau of Ethnology.

The leaves, which are rather larger than a shilling, fleshy, cupped, and glaucous, are curiously arranged on the stems, somewhat reflexed, and otherwise twisted at their axils, presenting a flattened but pleasing appearance.

And when the examination was concluded, that afternoon, the doctor informed Bibbs that the result was much too satisfactory to be pleasing.

Now Lord Bowland might not be handsome, but he had a pleasing countenance and fine eyes, was good-natured and amiable, and overall, a very lively fellow.

I concluded that to save her would be an action pleasing to God, since God alone could have made her so like my beloved, and God had willed that I should win a good deal of money, and had made me find the Zeroli, who would serve as a shield to my actions and baffle the curiosity of spies.

Her thinness and her tawny skin could not divert my attention from other still less pleasing features about her.

The theologian may indulge the pleasing task of describing Religion as she descended from Heaven, arrayed in her native purity.

This, I am informed, is observed in some of the northern counties, particularly in Northumberland, and it has a pleasing, though melancholy effect to hear of a still evening in some lonely country scene the mournful melody of a funeral dirge swelling from a distance, and to see the train slowly moving along the landscape.

Dutch golden age conjure up any image for most people today, it is that of the trade in paintings, which were regarded mostly as aesthetically pleasing commodities rather than objects of art, or of the tulipomania, the crazed tulip market of the 1630s, which was so recently mirrored in our own dotcom bubble.

The music is pleasing rather than deep, and the popularity of French opera in Germany, for example, is mainly due to its value as a relief to the often undue elaboration of the original German article.

Were she being treated as a fem, he would be responsible for pleasing her and making her want to receive anal attentions.

Hamilton approached him, submissively, looking down, and knelt before him, the monster, putting her head to the stone, desperate to pacify him, in her femaleness to make obeisance to the male in him, to be pleasing to him, to plead with him for her life.

The even more pleasing notion was that Boba Fett had reached his final destination.

The result was that he had transformed himself from a graceful, picturesque frontiersman into something much less pleasing to the sight.