from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A desire to know or learn.
- n. A desire to know about people or things that do not concern one; nosiness.
- n. An object that arouses interest, as by being novel or extraordinary: kept the carved bone and displayed it as a curiosity.
- n. A strange or odd aspect.
- n. Archaic Fastidiousness.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The state or quality or being curious; nicety; accuracy; exactness; elaboration.
- n. Disposition to inquire, investigate, or seek after knowledge; a desire to gratify the mind with new information or objects of interest; inquisitiveness.
- n. That which is curious, or fitted to excite or reward attention.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Carefulness; nicety; delicacy; fastidiousness; scrupulous care.
- n. Accuracy; exactness; nice performance.
- n. Curious arrangement; singular or artful performance.
- n. Extravagantly minute investigation.
- n. Fancifulness; extravagance; a curious or fanciful subject.
- n. The desire to see or learn something that is new, strange, or unknown; inquisitiveness.
- n. An object of interest or inquisitiveness; that which excites a desire of seeing or deserves to be seen, as novel or extraordinary; something rare or strange.
- n. Synonyms. Phenomenon, marvel, wonder, sight, rarity.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. something unusual -- perhaps worthy of collecting
- n. a state in which you want to learn more about something
In turning now more particularly to the work, or rather compilation, of Dr. Bisset Hawkins, let us see whether we cannot discover among what he terms "marks of haste" in getting it up for "the curiosity of the public" (_curiosity_, Dr. Hawkins!), some omissions of a very important nature on the subject of a disease respecting which, we presume, he wished to enlighten the public.
Letters on the Cholera Morbus. Containing ample evidence that this disease, under whatever name known, cannot be transmitted from the persons of those labouring under it to other individuals, by contact—through the medium of inanimate substances—or through the medium of the atmosphere; and that all restrictions, by cordons and quarantine regulations, are, as far as regards this disease, not merely useless, but highly injurious to the community.
The word curiosity is related to the words cure, care, careful, and accuracy.
In a quarter-page interview in Business 2.0, Diller mentions the word curiosity six times, and at his first mention of the word he ties the effectiveness of curiosity to the fusion of openness and order—trait curiosity.
But Washington was prompted to ask: “Pray, would not the word curiosity answer as well?”
This is the true ground to assign for the genuine scientific passion, however manifested, and for culture, viewed simply as a fruit of this passion; and it is a worthy ground, even tho we let the term curiosity stand to describe it.
This is the true ground to assign for the genuine scientific passion, however manifested, and for culture, viewed simply as a fruit of this passion; and it is a worthy ground, even though we let the term curiosity stand to describe it.
This curiosity is the reason I found myself in the woods of northern Maryland, along with a couple hundred strangers, trying to make fire with sticks.
Satisfying this curiosity is a parental privilege and charming children books or movies for children can be a help to them.
This taxidermy curiosity is available for £594.99 from Top Hat Taxidermy.
Of this, we know that 80 percent of those are what we call curiosity fire setters.