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Word: elusive

Definition: evasive; not frank; baffling; hard to grasp, catch, or understand; V. elude: escape from; escape the understanding or grasp of; Ex. elude the hunter; Ex. His name eludes me.

Sentences Containing 'elusive'

"Elusive" was covered by Lianne La Havas on her 2012 debut LP "Is Your Love Big Enough?".
"Elusive" was the first single for British singer-songwriter Scott Matthews and was released on 18 September 2006.
A record contract remained elusive, with recording label executives pointing to Blunt's posh speaking voice as a barrier in class-divided Britain.
A.O. Scott, film critic for "The New York Times," called the film an "elusive, feverish and altogether amazing second feature..."
Because of the frequency of her escapes Lenton became known as the "tiny, wily, elusive Pimpernel.
Because rats are elusive by nature, public health officials have not developed any reliable way to estimate the prevalence of rats in the city.
Concerned with the threat "Königsberg" posed to troop transports from India, the British reinforced the ships tasked with tracking down the elusive German raider, and placed the ships under the command of Captain Sidney R. Drury-Lowe.
Dave Calhoun reviewed the film for "Time Out London": "Ceylan is a sly and daring screen artist of the highest order and should draw wild praise with this new film for challenging both himself and us, the audience, with this lengthy, rigorous and masterly portrait of a night and day in the life of a murder investigation[.]" Calhoun compared the film to the director's previous works and noted how it to a lesser extent follows genre conventions: "Displaying a new interest in words and story (albeit of the most elusive kind), "Once Upon A Time in Anatolia" feels like a change of direction for Ceylan and may disappoint those who were especially attracted to the urbane melancholia of "Uzak" and "Climates".
Despite a number of vessels looking for the tug in the ensuing weeks and months, the location of the wreck remained elusive.
Despite finishing half-way up the Second Division in their first season, success on the field was elusive and the club failed to win promotion in three seasons at Ninian Park.
Despite the wide variety of chemical substances known to be sweet, and knowledge that the ability to perceive sweet taste must reside in taste buds on the tongue, the biomolecular mechanism of sweet taste was sufficiently elusive that as recently as the 1990s, there was some doubt whether any single "sweetness receptor" actually exists.
Even with access to significant parts of the regime's most secretive archive, the answer to the question of Saddam's will in the final months in power remains elusive.
For the rest of the contest, Foreman continued to move forward, trying to cut off the ring and looking for the big knock out, while taking punches from the elusive Young.
Froome made a decisive error in the penultimate stage, misjudging an intermediate sprint banner, and as a result went for the points and elusive bonus seconds too soon, and as a result, could not affect Cobo's 13-second lead prior to the final stage.
Having heard from Martin of his unsuccessful chase of the elusive "Robertson", Rachel receives a shock when she opens Locke's passport, only to discover the photo of Robertson pasted inside.
Herpetologists use blowguns to capture elusive lizards with stun darts.
However, league success still proved elusive with 7th place in Serie A simply not meeting expectations.
However, the Texans would remain elusive and Gaona would see no major fighting.
If there are passages whose meaning seems elusive, where we feel we are ‘missing the point,’ we should read on, preferably aloud...
In "Shakespeare Survey", Jill L. Levinson, says that Whelan creates an "elusive Shakespeare, gifted and influential" and that the play weaves together references to "more than half a dozen scripts from Henry VI to Othello."
In May 2007, he won the Ivor Novello Award for "Best Song Musically and Lyrically" which saw "Elusive" beat strong competition from the likes of the Arctic Monkeys.
In Oct 1984 "Locus" reported that neither Ackerman nor Lamont knew where they stood with the elusive publisher, but that instead of being printed, the galleys for the first issue (edited by Lamont) were re-set.
It is threatened by habitat loss, although the species is elusive and easily overlooked, so much so that it was previously considered critically endangered.
It was very hard, but I turned back, though with a heavy heart, and began laboriously and methodically to plod over the same tedious ground at a snail's pace; stopping to examine minutely every speck in the way, on all sides, and making the most desperate efforts to know these elusive characters by sight wherever I met them.
Jesus sent two of his disciples to follow an elusive water-jar-carrying male within Jerusalem in order to demand of the master of the house where he entered: 'The Teacher says, where is my guest-room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?'
Joining the two operatives on their quest, Joe and the two spies seek an elusive individual who seems to be undergoing a rigorous training for a mission that has world implications.
Matthews also visited the station to perform "Elusive" and other songs from the album in May and August 2006.
mTORC2 also appears to possess the activity of a previously elusive protein known as "PDK2".
Nicknamed "The Jet," Perry was not known for being a powerful fullback, or particularly elusive; he simply had fantastic speed (9.7 100 yards).
One by one, people from the past return to his life, including elusive and perfect Lian.
Outright commercial success was elusive but 1979 single "Night Nurse" (produced by 10cc's Kevin Godley and Lol Creme) was a minor hit and was followed by the album "Writz".
Perhaps they were; or perhaps there might have been shoals of them in the far horizon; but lulled into such an opium-like listlessness of vacant, unconscious reverie is this absent-minded youth by the blending cadence of waves with thoughts, that at last he loses his identity; takes the mystic ocean at his feet for the visible image of that deep, blue, bottomless soul, pervading mankind and nature; and every strange, half-seen, gliding, beautiful thing that eludes him; every dimly-discovered, uprising fin of some undiscernible form, seems to him the embodiment of those elusive thoughts that only people the soul by continually flitting through it.
Picking up where the original left off, narcotics officer Jimmy "Popeye" Doyle (Gene Hackman) is still searching for the elusive drug kingpin Alain Charnier (Fernando Rey).
Robert Copsey of "Digital Spy" Blog gave the song a positive review stating: Nobody does elusive DJ/producer better than Eric Prydz.
She now realizes why "Robertson" was so elusive, and heads off to Spain to track down Locke.
Small half-autonomous groups of people try to counteract elusive flocks of adaptants.
Surrealist elements become apparent as the Colonel fuses his memories of Angela with his suspicions to create fantasy scenarios of capturing the elusive actress.
Tahmasp remained elusive as he kept retreating ahead of the Ottoman troops, adopting a scorched earth strategy.
The 'origin' of the work of art is mysterious and elusive, seemingly defying logic: "thus we are compelled to follow the circle.
The iconography of Elijah is elusive, but he is holding the measure of meal miraculously renewed while he lodged with the widow of Zarephath (I Kings 17:8).
The immaterial can only be expressed through the material in art, and the painted symbols of the picture must be very perfect if subtle and elusive meanings are to be conveyed.
The next week against the Vikings, Tolzien performed an elusive spin move during a touchdown run before being relieved by quarterback Matt Flynn who led the Packers to a tie against their rival.
The single received much airplay from BBC Radio DJs Jo Whiley, Dermot O'Leary, and Zane Lowe between August 7–10; Lowe played "Elusive" once each night as his chosen Single of the Week.
The word``dither''will be a useful name to give that elusive quality, that play on mechanical accuracy, existing in all vital art.
These areas represent habitat for many endangered species, such as orangutans and elephants and rare endemics such as the elusive Hose's Civet.
This elusive quality it is, which causes the thought of whiteness, when divorced from more kindly associations, and coupled with any object terrible in itself, to heighten that terror to the furthest bounds.
This is the difference we were trying to explain that exists between the academic and the vital drawing, and it is a very subtle and elusive quality, like all artistic qualities, to talk about.
Though in many natural objects, whiteness refiningly enhances beauty, as if imparting some special virtue of its own, as in marbles, japonicas, and pearls; and though various nations have in some way recognised a certain royal preeminence in this hue; even the barbaric, grand old kings of Pegu placing the title "Lord of the White Elephants" above all their other magniloquent ascriptions of dominion; and the modern kings of Siam unfurling the same snow-white quadruped in the royal standard; and the Hanoverian flag bearing the one figure of a snow-white charger; and the great Austrian Empire, Caesarian, heir to overlording Rome, having for the imperial colour the same imperial hue; and though this pre-eminence in it applies to the human race itself, giving the white man ideal mastership over every dusky tribe; and though, besides, all this, whiteness has been even made significant of gladness, for among the Romans a white stone marked a joyful day; and though in other mortal sympathies and symbolizings, this same hue is made the emblem of many touching, noble things--the innocence of brides, the benignity of age; though among the Red Men of America the giving of the white belt of wampum was the deepest pledge of honour; though in many climes, whiteness typifies the majesty of Justice in the ermine of the Judge, and contributes to the daily state of kings and queens drawn by milk-white steeds; though even in the higher mysteries of the most august religions it has been made the symbol of the divine spotlessness and power; by the Persian fire worshippers, the white forked flame being held the holiest on the altar; and in the Greek mythologies, Great Jove himself being made incarnate in a snow-white bull; and though to the noble Iroquois, the midwinter sacrifice of the sacred White Dog was by far the holiest festival of their theology, that spotless, faithful creature being held the purest envoy they could send to the Great Spirit with the annual tidings of their own fidelity; and though directly from the Latin word for white, all Christian priests derive the name of one part of their sacred vesture, the alb or tunic, worn beneath the cassock; and though among the holy pomps of the Romish faith, white is specially employed in the celebration of the Passion of our Lord; though in the Vision of St. John, white robes are given to the redeemed, and the four-and-twenty elders stand clothed in white before the great-white throne, and the Holy One that sitteth there white like wool; yet for all these accumulated associations, with whatever is sweet, and honourable, and sublime, there yet lurks an elusive something in the innermost idea of this hue, which strikes more of panic to the soul than that redness which affrights in blood.
Though the proteins that control Cdk1 are well understood, their connection to mechanisms monitoring cell size remains elusive.
What strange developments of humanity, what wonderful advances upon our rudimentary civilization, I thought, might not appear when I came to look nearly into the dim elusive world that raced and fluctuated before my eyes!

More Vocab Words

::: delusive - deceptive; likely to delude; misleading; raising vain hopes; Ex. delusive promises
::: noose - loop formed in a rope
::: impel - drive or force onward; drive to take action; urge to action
::: gestate - evolve as in prenatal growth; N. gestation: period of development from conception until birth
::: enigma - puzzle; mystery; ADJ. enigmatic: obscure; puzzling
::: credo - creed
::: fresco - painting on wet plaster (usually fresh)
::: decrepitude - state of collapse or weakness caused by illness or old age
::: caucus - private meeting of a group of people in a political party to select officers or determine policy; CF. the Caucus club of Boston
::: imperceptible - unnoticeable; impossible to perceive; undetectable