from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A sudden or capricious idea; a fancy.
- n. Arbitrary thought or impulse: governed by whim.
- n. A vertical horse-powered drum used as a hoist in a mine.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A fanciful impulse, or whimsical idea
- n. A large capstan or vertical drum turned by horse power or steam power, for raising ore or water, etc., from mines, or for other purposes
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The European widgeon.
- n. A sudden turn or start of the mind; a temporary eccentricity; a freak; a fancy; a capricious notion; a humor; a caprice.
- n. A large capstan or vertical drum turned by horse power or steam power, for raising ore or water, etc., from mines, or for other purposes; -- called also whim gin, and whimsey.
- intransitive v. To be subject to, or indulge in, whims; to be whimsical, giddy, or freakish.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To turn round; be seized with a whim: also with an indefinite it.
- To turn; cause to turn; turn off or away.
- n. 6. A pun.
- n. An unexpected or surprising turn; a startling outcome, development, or proceeding; a prank or freak.
- n. A sudden turn or inclination of the mind; a fancy; a caprice.
- n. A simple machine for raising ore from mines of moderate depth.
- n. Hence, a mine: as, Tully Whim, in the Isle of Purbeck, England.
- n. A round table that turns round upon a screw.
- n. The brow of a hill.
- n. The widgeon or whewer, Mareca penelope. See whew-duck.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a sudden desire
- n. an odd or fanciful or capricious idea
“Assuredly, my dear madam,” replied lady Arabella; “for I am certain what you term a whim will prove to be¾”
Hatred of the Count, mortified self - love, and the resolution to vanquish what he termed the whim of a peevish beauty, would inevitably have precipitated her into difficulties most disastrous, if happily the inconstancy of his nature had not in the end relieved her from his persecution.
Changing the nature of these use fees traditionally used to cover internalized infrastructure costs to one of a new general tax subject to state and federal whim is extraordinarlly poor public policy unless there's been a change in the trustwortiness of our electeds that I've missed and Mankiw has discovered.
Doing so on a whim is simply inexplicable behavior tome.
In short, everything that allegedly stops living constitutionalism from being mere judicial whim is ignored in thesecases.
Expecting cooperation when such can lead to self incrimination on a whim is just as inexplicable.
It works for me but I expect that the same Court that showed its disdain in this case for the statutes written in the States can find a reason with mandatory penalties if the whim is present.
Companies refuse to expand employment because they have no clue what Obama plans with the economy, they don't know what the rules are and can't plan on the rules not changing at a whim from the president or Congress.
More in whim than in hope of result, grinning to himself as he did so, Sheldon raised his automatic pistol and in two seconds sent eight shots scattering through the trees in the direction in which Tudor had disappeared.
May 14th, 2008 5: 11 pm ET yea right we all know hillbillary is an actress and a liar who changes her persona at givin whim