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establish
used in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

2 meanings, 16 uses
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1  —1 use as in:
establish a positive tone
Definition
create, start, or set in [a] place
  • He described how a second wave of crystallization, guided by analogies to established mathematics, produced what he later named the "Theta-Fuchsian Series."
    Part 3 (56% in)
established = generally accepted
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2  —1 use as in:
establish that there is a need
Definition
show or determine (cause to be recognized or figure out)
  • It's proper to begin with the regular facts, but after a rule is established beyond all doubt, the facts in conformity with it become dull because they no longer teach us anything new.
    Part 3 (55% in)
established = demonstrated or proved
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?  —14 uses
exact meaning not specified
  • Once that's established he can move down into enquiries of what reason is, and then, lo and behold, there we are in Aristotle's domain again!
    Part 4 (73% in)
  • If all hypotheses cannot be tested, then the results of any experiment are inconclusive and the entire scientific method falls short of its goal of establishing proven knowledge.
    Part 2 (21% in)
  • The early climbers established paths that were on firm ground with an accessibility that appealed to all, but today the Western routes are all but closed because of dogmatic inflexibility in the face of change.
    Part 3 (1% in)
  • My pack must be about forty or forty-five pounds now, and after we've climbed for a while an equilibrium establishes itself at about one breath for each step.
    Part 3 (25% in)
  • My head gets fuzzy about this time in the afternoon — maybe I can establish just one overview and let it go for today — .
    Part 3 (25% in)
  • The fact that he had established no relationship between them didn't bother him at first.
    Part 3 (37% in)
  • The relationship established by Phaedrus makes it clear that the two enormously different sounding statements are actually identical.
    Part 3 (50% in)
  • In the area of Religion, the rational relationship of Quality to the Godhead needs to be more thoroughly established, and this I hope to do much later on.
    Part 3 (50% in)
  • It's in the area of Science that I want to focus attention in the immediate future, for this is the area that most badly needs the relationship established.
    Part 3 (50% in)
  • Finally, in the first quarter of the nineteenth century, and almost at the same time, a Hungarian and a Russian...Bolyai and Lobachevski...established irrefutably that a proof of Euclid's fifth postulate is impossible.
    Part 3 (52% in)
  • He had described generally how scientists arrive at facts and theories but now he penetrated narrowly into his own personal experience with the mathematical functions that established his early fame.
    Part 3 (56% in)
  • Walk into any of a hundred thousand classrooms today and hear the teachers divide and subdivide and interrelate and establish "principles" and study "methods" and what you will hear is the ghost of Aristotle speaking down through the centuries...the desiccating lifeless voice of dualistic reason.
    Part 4 (39% in)
  • Phaedrus is quite ready to recite in detail the exact arguments Socrates uses to establish this view.
    Part 4 (50% in)
  • The pre-Socratic philosophers mentioned so far all sought to establish a universal Immortal Principle in the external world they found around them.
    Part 4 (55% in)

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