from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various small New World finches of the family Emberizidae, having brownish or grayish plumage and including the song sparrow, white-throated sparrow, chipping sparrow, vesper sparrow, and other closely related species.
- n. Any of various birds of the family Passeridae, especially the house sparrow.
- n. Any of various similar or related birds, such as the Java sparrow.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The house sparrow, Passer domesticus; a small bird with a short bill, and brown, white and gray feathers.
- n. A member of the family Passeridae, comprising small Old World songbirds.
- n. A member of the family Emberizidae, comprising small New World songbirds.
- n. Generically, any small, nondescript bird.
- n. A quick-witted, lively person. Often used in the phrase cockney sparrow.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One of many species of small singing birds of the family Fringilligæ, having conical bills, and feeding chiefly on seeds. Many sparrows are called also finches, and buntings. The common sparrow, or house sparrow, of Europe (Passer domesticus) is noted for its familiarity, its voracity, its attachment to its young, and its fecundity. See House sparrow, under house.
- n. Any one of several small singing birds somewhat resembling the true sparrows in form or habits, as the European hedge sparrow. See under Hedge.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The housesparrow, Passer domesticus, a fringilline bird of Europe, which has been imported and naturalized in America, Australia, and other countries.
- n. Some or any fringilline bird resembling the sparrow, as Passer montanus, the tree-sparrow; one of various finches and buntings, mostly of plain coloration.
- n. Some little bird likened to or mistaken for a sparrow.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any of several small dull-colored singing birds feeding on seeds or insects
- n. small brownish European songbird
If it be true, that the life of a sparrow is the object of God's care; if it be true, that the very hairs of our heads are all numbered by Him, much more must it be true, that there was a
The white-throated sparrow is far from flashy, never one to spark love at first sight.
But as my feet (numb, of course, despite the insulated books and socks) crunch along the frozen grass or the snow, the white-throated sparrow is sure to sing out, pluck my heart strings, and get me feeling all warm inside:
The sparrow is also fine, and is once more is outside our apartment building where he ought to be.
At intervals during his literary career, I have tried to add a bit to his stature, he “looks shorter than he actually is,” and so on; but for the most part we find him described as a sparrow, a small, dusty brown sparrow — “soon he was, sparrow-like, hopping and darting this way and that in search of crumbs of information.”
"Traverse, dear, I shall pray over this matter to-night and sleep on it; and He to whom even the fall of a sparrow is not indifferent will guide me," said Mrs. Rocke; and here the debate ended.
Though not obvious to us, the bird -- literally, "sparrow" -- and swallow -- have an object in their motions, so penal evil falls on none without a reason.
Scripture says that God knows the fall of every sparrow, which is a metaphorical reference to divine omniscience, but that does not mean the Cosmic Mind necessarily intervenes in events.
And she came off the stage and I asked her what the sparrow was a metaphor for, and then I told her I thought she did a great job, that I was proud of her.
Paris has a child, and the forest has a bird; the bird is called the sparrow; the child is called the gamin.
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