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Word: whim

Definition: sudden capricious idea; fancy


Sentences Containing 'whim'

'Twas a foolish, ignorant whim of his crazy, widowed mother, who died when he was only a twelvemonth old.
A strange, apostolic whim having seized him, he had left Neskyeuna for Nantucket, where, with that cunning peculiar to craziness, he assumed a steady, common-sense exterior, and offered himself as a green-hand candidate for the Jeroboam's whaling voyage.
At these temperatures, it is called the warm–hot intergalactic medium (WHIM).
But the Time Traveller had more than a touch of whim among his elements, and we distrusted him.
But they must go nagging at me at every step--'Sancho said it, Sancho did it, Sancho here, Sancho there,' as if Sancho was nobody at all, and not that same Sancho Panza that's now going all over the world in books, so Samson Carrasco told me, and he's at any rate one that's a bachelor of Salamanca; and people of that sort can't lie, except when the whim seizes them or they have some very good reason for it.
Growing up in Brisbane, Australia, Hopkins was heading for a career in graphic arts when he picked up the saxophone on a whim at age 15.
His wife was also known to wander the camp, ridiculing the inmates and ordering punishments at whim.
I know not fear, I have my will, Whate'er my whim or fancy be; For me there's no impossible, I order, bind, forbid, set free.
If you were asked to wear any dress which we might give you, you would not object to our little whim.
In the episode of "Doctor Who Confidential" accompanying the episode "Utopia" (2007), where the effect is used for the Master's regeneration, it is stated that the production team decided that this would be a common effect for all future Time Lord regenerations, rather than each regeneration sequence being designed at the whim of the individual director.
It may be but an idle whim, but it has always seemed to me, that the extraordinary vacillations of movement displayed by some whales when beset by three or four boats; the timidity and liability to queer frights, so common to such whales; I think that all this indirectly proceeds from the helpless perplexity of volition, in which their divided and diametrically opposite powers of vision must involve them.
Noticing an attractive girl, Charlotte (Clare Grogan), in the back of a "Mr. Bunny" ice cream van, he follows it under a railway bridge on a whim and when the van stops, purchases an ice cream cone.
On a whim, she pays, and promises more money the next day.
Perhaps it was a mere whim on his part, for he is falling, they say, into second childhood, but I love him for showing so much interest in you.''
The Court noted that to require more than probable cause would harm law enforcement, while to allow less than probable cause would "leave law-abiding citizens at the mercy of the officers' whim or caprice."
The members of an ICS lodge do their best to support each other completely, and each member is encouraged to indulge any musical whim or subject matter — no matter how ridiculous or questionable it may seem to the songwriter at the time.
This was the point when ICS methodology started to evolve into a larger system for songwriters that could be used to tackle more or less any goal that the user wanted, including low-volume goals such as developing production, arrangement, and craft. A popular example is a member invoking "album clause," where for the purpose of working toward an album project, the member suspends some of the ICS customs at his or her whim.
We built our universes, and our characters; they are our intellectual property; and they are not toys lying about some virtual sandbox for other kids to pick up and modify at their whim.
When gas falls from the filamentary structures of the WHIM into the galaxy clusters at the intersections of the cosmic filaments, it can heat up even more, reaching temperatures of 108 K and above in the so-called intracluster medium.
While going through the studios of radio station WEAF en route to the courthouse and, on a whim, went to see the station manager.
You remember that the affair of the blue carbuncle, which appeared to be a mere whim at first, developed into a serious investigation.
``The vessel was in as good condition as I am, and as, I hope you are, M. Morrel, and this day and a half was lost from pure whim, for the pleasure of going ashore, and nothing else.''
``Yes,''said the man, thrusting his hands into his pockets, and looking impudently at the youth;``I have taken the whim into my head; do you understand, Master Benedetto?''

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