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Word: practical

Definition: based on experience; of or acquired through practice (rather than theory); useful; Ex. practical man


Sentences Containing 'practical'

A joker of an extremely, not to say wolfishly practical character, he looked, under those circumstances.
Miss Pross's friendship being of the thoroughly practical kind, she had ravaged Soho and the adjacent provinces, in search of impoverished French, who, tempted by shillings and half crowns, would impart culinary mysteries to her.
The use of salt and ice in ice cream freezers is a practical application of this principle.
This is the most practical method of purification in the home, and is very efficient.
The shortness of the mercury column as compared with that of water makes the mercury more convenient for both experimental and practical purposes.
But a photograph on glass, which must be carefully shielded from the light and admired only in the dark room, would be neither pleasurable nor practical.
The unit of work chosen and in use in practical affairs is the foot pound, and is defined as the work done when a force of 1 pound acts through a distance of 1 foot.
In our study of machines we omitted a factor which in practical cases can not be ignored, namely, friction.
When water is heated in an open vessel, the pressure of its steam is too low to be of practical value, but if on the contrary water is heated in an almost closed vessel, its steam pressure is considerable.
Since only the downward motion of the plunger forces water through E, the discharge is intermittent and is therefore not practical for commercial purposes.
Relatively few cities and towns are so favorably situated as regards water; more often the mountains are too distant, or the elevation is too slight, to be of practical value.
No practical business man would erect a turbine or paddle wheel without calculating in advance the value of his water power.
Bell, by his superior constructive ability, made possible the practical use of the telephone, and Marconi that of wireless telegraphy.
Almost any two different substances will, under proper conditions, give a current, but the strength of the current is in some cases so weak as to be worthless for practical use, such as telephoning, or ringing a door bell.
In consequence, many practical applications of electricity are possible, among which are flatiron and toaster.
Lack of insulation means not only the loss of current for practical uses, but also serious consequences in the event of the crossing of current bearing wires.
If a wheel is attached to the rotating shaft, weights can be lifted, and if a belt is attached to the wheel, the motion of the rotating helix can be transferred to machinery for practical use.
A motor constructed in accordance with Section 309 would be of little value in practical everyday affairs; its armature rotates too slowly and with too little force.
One watt represents a very small amount of electric power, and for practical purposes a unit 1000 times as large is used, namely, the kilowatt.
But we must tread lightly in these rarefied regions and get on to more practical concerns.
With us the practical sense of touch is all powerful.
IX MASS DRAWING: PRACTICAL This is the form of drawing with which painting in the oil medium is properly concerned.
As for Clothing, to come at once to the practical part of the question, perhaps we are led oftener by the love of novelty and a regard for the opinions of men, in procuring it, than by a true utility.
I loved to sound him on the various reforms of the day, and he never failed to look at them in the most simple and practical light.
The practical objection to animal food in my case was its uncleanness; and besides, when I had caught and cleaned and cooked and eaten my fish, they seemed not to have fed me essentially.
One would think, that a deliberate and practical denial of its authority was the only offence never contemplated by government; else, why has it not assigned its definite, its suitable and proportionate, penalty?
Comparatively, he is always strong, original, and, above all, practical.
I feel justified in enlarging upon this great science for the reason that I feel sure no one has ever yet written a paragraph about it who had piloted a steamboat himself, and so had a practical knowledge of the subject.
Idiot, if he had not been in such a sweat to play his witless practical joke upon me, in the beginning, I would have persuaded his thoughts into some other direction, and saved him from committing that wanton and silly impoliteness.
It is a thing which could hardly exist in the practical North; would certainly last but a very brief time; as brief a time as it would last in London.
The old gentleman was not of literary turn or capacity, but he used to jot down brief paragraphs of plain practical information about the river, and sign them`MARK TWAIN,'and give them to the`New Orleans Picayune.'
Chapter 57 An Archangel FROM St. Louis northward there are all the enlivening signs of the presence of active, energetic, intelligent, prosperous, practical nineteenth century populations.
And these your professed politicians, the only true practical philosophers of the world, (as they think of themselves) so full of affected gravity, or such professed lovers of virtue and honesty, what wretches be they in very deed; how vile and contemptible in themselves?
It is hardly possible for me to recall to the reader who is not a practical geologist, the facts leading the mind feebly to comprehend the lapse of time.
'Cookery would have been more to the purpose, if you had had any practical ideas of life, either of you.'
But here"--I picked up the morning paper from the ground--"let us put it to a practical test.
"I am a practical man," he said, "and I really cannot undertake to go about the country looking for a left-handed gentleman with a game leg.
I am convinced that the inspector has formed the opinion that the letters are all practical jokes, and that the deaths of my relations were really accidents, as the jury stated, and were not to be connected with the warnings."
This was clearly the cause of the loss of power, and I pointed it out to my companions, who followed my remarks very carefully and asked several practical questions as to how they should proceed to set it right.
"I am afraid, Holmes, that you are not very practical with your deductions and your inferences.
In this state, I went into a cottage that I saw was to let, and examined it narrowly,--for I felt it necessary to be practical.
A LITTLE COLD WATER My new life had lasted for more than a week, and I was stronger than ever in those tremendous practical resolutions that I felt the crisis required.
I then put it to Miss Mills, to say whether she considered that there was or was not any practical merit in the suggestion I had been anxious to make, concerning the accounts, the housekeeping, and the Cookery Book?
And I cannot help avowing that this was the first occasion on which I really did justice to the clear head, and the plain, patient, practical good sense, of my old schoolfellow.
I had not expected him to be, and was not surprised myself; or my observation of similar practical satires would have been but scanty.
Starbuck was no crusader after perils; in him courage was not a sentiment; but a thing simply useful to him, and always at hand upon all mortally practical occasions.
But there were still other and more vital practical influences at work.
Does not this whole head seem to speak of an enormous practical resolution in facing death?
One would think, that a deliberate and practical denial of its authority was the only offense never contemplated by its government; else, why has it not assigned its definite, its suitable and proportionate, penalty?
Comparatively, he is always strong, original, and, above all, practical.

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::: wheedle - deceive, persuade, or obtain by flattery; cajole; coax; Ex. wheedle a promise out of her
::: abide - dwell; abide by: comply with; put up with; tolerate; Ex. abide by the rules; Ex. I can't abide rude people.
::: remit - transmit (money) in payment; free someone from a debt or punishment
::: accomplice - partner in crime
::: virtue - goodness; moral excellence; good quality; advantage; Ex. by virtue of; Ex. make a virtue of necessity
::: wastrel - waster; profligate
::: acquiesce - assent; agree passively; comply without protest
::: collate - examine and compare in order to verify authenticity; arrange in order (the sheets of a book before they are bound)
::: peruse - read through with care; N. perusal
::: blackball - vote against (an applicant); ostracize; N: negative vote