trial-and-error love



from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. relating to solving problems by experience rather than theory
  • adj. trying out various means or theories until error is satisfactorily reduced or eliminated


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  • But his evolution as a farmer — with many trial-and-error detours along the way — included extended adventures with bees and sheep.

    The Dismaying Facts of a Farmer's Market

  • With trial-and-error as their chief strategy, Suitor and the AAC team developed a set of leg braces, weights and belts to compensate for Nichols' steering deficiencies.

    North Carolina man aims to skydive without use of his legs

  • They are not anxious to commit themselves to a specific career, let alone settle down and start families, and they are easy being looked upon as a trial-and-error generation.

    Nicolaus Mills: Parents, Grads, and the End of the Commencement Season

  • As an extension of the venerable point-and-click adventure genre that was first explored on PCs more than two decades ago, this is subject to the format's distinct set of foibles, including all the un-fun of trial-and-error gameplay and precious minutes spent attempting to prod every pixel to discover what you've missed.

    This week's new games

  • The programming they provide reflects that, with rigid rules that don't allow for young adults' proclivity for boundary-pushing and their trial-and-error style of learning.

    Kendra Hurley: New Orleans Tragedy Highlights Needs of Homeless Youth

  • Mr. Golomstock tracks the way that the smash-it-all-up trial-and-error of late imperial Russia's avant-garde experiments that were paralleled, revealingly enough, by Italy's proto-fascist Futurists initially meshed with the ecstatic starting-from-scratch of the Bolshevik revolutionary intelligentsia.

    Masters of the Dark Arts

  • After a few trial-and-error experiments with other PDA phones, I happened upon a Samsung i730.

    Gil Laroya: The Reach For iPhone-ism Continues

  • This sort of trial-and-error career search makes your resume look like splatter art, and often means you'll be pretty poor for a while.

    Amanda Peyton: The 'Do What You're Passionate About' Mantra Is Cheesey, But It Works

  • Ann said, I make my own hoops out of 1/2″ 125 psi tubing, and am really digging the solid iridescent silver tape job I finally perfected after months of fantasizing about and doing trial-and-error versions of this ‘ideal hoop.’ | Blog | Inside The Hoop: Ann Humphreys

  • But more often it's the case that beauty and truth and love and justice emerge in their full glory only over the course of a painstaking, step-by-step, trial-and-error process.

    Odin's Day


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