Useless Sentence Examples
As strong as he was, it would be useless to resist.
The symbols were useless to him.
She suggested he take the cell phone but then remembered it was useless in the high mountains.
It's useless to dwell on what might've been.
A piece of cotton wool soaked in strong carbolic acid will relieve the pain of dental caries, but is useless in other forms of toothache.Advertisement
They're beautiful but useless, she grumbled.
He was trapped, useless, unable to help the woman he was assigned to guard.
Sitting, she gave up on the jammed seatbelt after a few useless tugs.
A carload of drovers, too, in the midst, on a level with their droves now, their vocation gone, but still clinging to their useless sticks as their badge of office.
They looked at the beautiful, large, thoughtful eyes full of tears and of thoughts, gazing shiningly and imploringly at them, and understood that it was useless and even cruel to insist.Advertisement
In spite of his nearly useless arm, he eagerly helped with the chores.
Then he vividly pictured to himself Bogucharovo, his occupations in the country, his journey to Ryazan; he remembered the peasants and Dron the village elder, and mentally applying to them the Personal Rights he had divided into paragraphs, he felt astonished that he could have spent so much time on such useless work.
He alone during the whole retreat insisted that battles, which were useless then, should not be fought, and that a new war should not be begun nor the frontiers of Russia crossed.
But there are several subfamilies of ants whose females have the lancets of the sting useless for piercing, although the poison-glands are functional, their secretion being ejected by the insect, when occasion may arise, from the greatly enlarged reservoir, the reduced sting acting as a squirt.
While some of these " guest " insects produce secretions that furnish the ants with food, some seem to be useless inmates of the nest, obtaining food from the ants and giving nothing in return.Advertisement
Glycerin is useless as a food and is not in any sense a substitute for cod-liver oil.
Mirabeau at first attempted again to make an alliance with Lafayette, but it was useless, for Lafayette was not a strong man himself and did not appreciate "la force" in others.
The result will be that while the doctrines are apparently being brought into closer correspondence with the facts of life, they will in reality be made quite useless for practical purposes or economic investigation.
Hitherto our attention has been given wholly to Germany and France, for the chief ornithologists of Britain were occupying themselves at this time in a very useless way - not paying due heed at this time to the internal structure of birds, and some excellent descriptive memoirs on special forms had appeared from their pens, to say nothing of more than one general treatise on ornithic anatomy.
This being the case, it would seem useless to take up further space by analysing the several proposed modifications of Cuvier's arrangement.Advertisement
I saw clearly that it was useless to try to teach her language or anything else until she learned to obey me.
But she knew she must not say this and that it would be useless to do so.
Without Quinn the stuff is as useless as an empty bottle.
Mangash, seeing further resistance to be useless, submitted to Menelek, who at the end of February ratified at Makall the additional convention to the treaty of Uccialli, but refused to recognize the Italian occupation of the Mareb.
The observation of the existence of structures, in a rudimentary and apparently useless condition, in one species of a group, which are fully developed and have definite functions in other species of the same group.Advertisement
Lastly, the rules of that game were useless on the stage, and Wagner soon found in Meyerbeer a master of grand opera who was dazzling the world by means which merely disgusted the more serious academic musicians of the day.
The British government (the Asquith cabinet) came to the conclusion that another expedition against the mullah would be useless; that they must either build a railway, make roads and effectively occupy the whole of the protectorate, or else abandon the interior completely.
Why were bundles of useless papers from the government offices, and Leppich's balloon and other articles removed?
Those who tried to understand the general course of events and to take part in it by self-sacrifice and heroism were the most useless members of society, they saw everything upside down, and all they did for the common good turned out to be useless and foolish--like Pierre's and Mamonov's regiments which looted Russian villages, and the lint the young ladies prepared and that never reached the wounded, and so on.
They're useless without Quinn.
The access pad was useless, the clothing unit jammed, the communication monitor too covered with handprints from her searching to work right.
It was useless for her to fantasize about Xander, not when a couple dozen women who belonged on the covers of magazines were gathered around.
This leads up to the fundamental distinction, introduced by Lord Kelvin, between "available energy," which we can turn to mechanical effect, and "diffuse energy," which is useless for that purpose.
For it is almost impossible to prove that any structure, however rudimentary, is useless - that is to say, that it plays no part whatever in the economy; and, if it is in the slightest degree useful, there is no reason why, on the hypothesis of direct creation, it should not have been created.
Schimper used the term xerophytes to include plants which live in soils which are physiologically dry, and the term hygrophytes those which live in soils which are physiologically wet or damp. Schimper recognized that the two classes are connected by transitional forms, and that it is useless to attempt to give the matter a statistical basis.
As most of the rivers have rapids or falls actually at the sea coast or close to it, they are, with the exception of the Cavalla, useless for penetrating far inland, and the whole of this part of Africa from Cape Palmas north-west to the Senegal suggests a sunken land.
Sharp; in the stag-beetle larva a series of short tubercles on the hind-leg is drawn across the serrate edge of a plate on the haunch of the intermediate legs, while in the Passalid grub the modified tip of the hind-leg acts as a scraper, being so shortened that it is useless for locomotion, but highly specialized for producing sound.
Norberg (Codex Nazaraeus, liber Adami appellatus, 3 vols., Copenhagen, 1815-1816, followed by a lexicon in 1816, and an onomasticon in 1817), is so defective as to be quite useless; even the name Book of Adam is unknown to the Mandaeans.
These three systems are essentially identical; but, plausible as they may be at the first aspect, they have been found to be practically useless, though such of their characters as their upholders have advanced with truth deserve attention.
It is a clumsy and unsatisfactory way of receiving communication, useless when Miss Sullivan or some one else who knows the manual alphabet is present to give Miss Keller the spoken words of others.
Maybe he thought the stick would be useless.
She was trying to determine the best way to attack and debating the validity of her boss's assertion that the human-made weapons she carried were useless against Xander.
It is worse than useless to apply drastic remedies if the main facts cf the, lifehistory of the pest are not known; e.g.
Veratrine is useless in the treatment of gout.
In many beetles the hindwings are reduced to mere vestiges useless for flight, or are altogether absent, and in such cases the two elytra are often fused together at the suture; thus organs originally intended for flight have been transformed into an armour-like covering for the beetle's hind-body.
But as it was laid in cast-iron chairs the lower table was exposed to damage under the hammering of the traffic, and thus was liable to be rendered useless as a running surface.
By this definition the term sacrifice is extended to cover the inanimate offering which is consumed by fire, broken or otherwise rendered useless for the purpose of human life.
The greatest relative advance between 1889 and 1899 in any branch of agriculture was made in the growth of market-garden produce and small fruits; for old pine lands, formerly considered useless, had been found valuable for the purpose.
These need not detain us for long, since, however well some of them may have been executed, regard being had to their epoch, and whatever repute some of them may have achieved, they are, so far as general information and especially classification is concerned, wholly obsolete, and most of them almost useless except as matters of antiquarian interest.
It was useless for Venice to accumulate eastern merchandise if she could not freely pass it on to the west.
The help sought from James came only in the shape of useless embassies and negotiations; the two Palatinates were soon occupied by the Spaniards and the duke of Bavaria; and the romantic attachment and services of Duke Christian of Brunswick, of the 1st earl of Craven, and of other chivalrous young champions who were inspired by the beauty and grace of the "Queen of Hearts," as Elizabeth was now called, availed nothing.
The granular tufa is useless for either purpose, containing too much earth to be employed in making mortar, and being far too soft to be used as stone for building.
He feels useless and becomes argumentative with family and friends.
Then it occurred to me that it was useless to continue the struggle--I must do something to turn the current of her thoughts.
The ship moves independently with its own enormous motion, the boat hook no longer reaches the moving vessel, and suddenly the administrator, instead of appearing a ruler and a source of power, becomes an insignificant, useless, feeble man.
Since Bennigsen, who corresponded with the Emperor and had more influence than anyone else on the staff, had begun to avoid him, Kutuzov was more at ease as to the possibility of himself and his troops being obliged to take part in useless aggressive movements.
It would heal once he reached the main craft with the help of the medical unit but was useless in the meantime.
The Original Other would know that the gem was useless without Xander; what Jonny knew – or was doing – was lost on him.
Perhaps the ants derive from these seemingly useless guests the same satisfaction as we obtain by keeping pet animals.
The weak parts of this story are the sudden and unexplained departure of the Simons; the subsequent useless cruelty of treating the child like a wild beast and keeping him in a dark room practically out of sight (unless any doubt of his identity was possible), while his sister was in comparative comfort; the cause of death, declared to be of long standing, but in fact developed with such rapidity; the insufficient excuse provided for the child's muteness under Gomin's regime (he had answered Barras) and the irregularities in the formalities in attending the death and the funeral, when a simple identification of the body by Marie Therese would have prevented any question of resuscitated dauphins.
He took up the question of lighthouses and harbours; in the former he secured greater efficiency, in the latter he prevented useless expenditure.
Flint glass particularly, which appeared quite satisfactory when viewed in small pieces, was found to be so far from homogeneous as to be useless for lens construction.
If, then, the art of writing was unknown in Greece before, let us say, the 6th century B.C., it would be useless to expect that any events of Grecian history prior to about the 7th century B.C. could have been transmitted to posterity with any degree of historical accuracy.
A stagnant pool was useless.
Without them the literary remains of the race would still be as useless as Egyptian inscriptions to the fellaheen.
It is significant that his great college at Oxford Cardinals College as he designed to call it, Christ Church as it is named to-daywas endowed with the revenues of some score of small monasteries which he had suppressed on the ground that they were useless or ill-conducted.
If you do n't, you will simply get masses of tiny, useless bunches of grapes.
If the windshield is dirty, the night glasses will be useless.
Clocks that tell the temperature may be useful if you need to know what the temperature is outside, however if you don't, it is money spent on a useless feature.
These do not drop, but as the grubs develop the cotton is ruined and the bolls usually become discoloured and crack, their contents being rendered useless.
It is one of the most rapid and economical which can be employed in soft formations, but where hard rock is encountered it is almost useless.
Being thus soluble in salt water it cannot, of course, be salted out like common soaps; but if a very concentrated salt solution is used precipitation is effected, and a curd soap is separated so hard and refractory as to be practically useless.
The British admiral, when informed that the French were at sea, justified Napoleon's estimate of his probable course in such a contingency, by making a useless cruise to Egypt.
Burnt deposits are dark-coloured, or even pulverulent and useless.
But after the beginning of the r 5th century Scholasticism was divorced from the spirit of the time, and it is useless to follow its history further.
There are grave objections to an arbitrary rule of this kind, the chief being the useless waste of mental energy in remembering it.
He urged that history is not to be treated as an exact science, and that the effects of individual character and the operations of the human will necessarily render generalizations vague and consequently useless.
The most striking peculiarity of the empirics was that they rejected anatomy, regarding it as useless to inquire into the causes of things, and thus, as they contended, being the more minute in their observation of the actual phenomena of disease.
Its main principles were that it was useless to consider the causes of a disease, or even the organ affected by the disease, and that it was sufficient to know what was common to all diseases, viz.
It would be useless to attempt to trace in a brief sketch the history of the legal principles embodied in the documents of Anglo-Saxon law.
Three miles to the south of the city the river flows from east to west, spanned by the Pal-i-Malun, a bridge possessing grand proportions, but which was in 1885 in a state of grievous disrepair and practically useless.
Montecucculi thus achieved one of the greatest objects of the 17th century strategist, the wearing down of the enemy in repeated and useless marches.
Adrian, between whom and the Lombards other causes of quarrel existed, refused to assent to this demand, and when Desiderius invaded the papal territories he appealed to the Frankish king for help. Charles, who was at the moment engaged in his first Saxon campaign, expostulated with Desiderius; but when such mild measures proved useless he led his forces across the Alps in 773.
It was useless to attempt to avenge this disaster, which occurred on the 15th of August 778, for the enemy disappeared as quickly as he came; the incident has passed from the domain of history into that of legend and romance, being associated by tradition with the pass of Roncesvalles.
For high southern latitudes special value in the American method was useless for this purpose.
Espartero, deeming resistance useless, embarked at Cadiz on the 30th of July 1843 for England, and lived quietly apart from politics until 1848, when a royal decree restored to him all his honours and his seat in the senate.
With an army of 60,000 Piedmontese troops and 30,000 men from other parts of Italy the king took the field, and after defeating the Austrians at Pastrengo on the 30th of April, and at Goito on the 30th of May, where he was himself slightly wounded, more time was wasted in useless operations.
The automatic sight has, however, distinct limitations; it depends for its accuracy on height of site, and at long ranges even from a high site it cannot compare for accuracy with independent range-finding and careful laying or accurately applied quadrant elevation; it is also useless when the water line of the target is obscured, as may often be the case from the splashes caused by bursting shell.
Almost useless for communication or transport, they can be easily drawn upon for irrigation where, as in the east centre, water-races are useful.
The system of notation (by figures) concerning which he read a paper before the Academie des Sciences, August 22, 1742, was ingenious, but practically worse than useless, and failed to attract attention, though the paper was published in 1 743 under the title of Dissertation sur la musique moderne.
These negotiations continued all through 1908 and resulted in a treaty, signed and ratified in 1909, by which Siam ceded to Great Britain her suzerain rights over the dependencies of Kedah, Kelantan, Trengganu and Perlis, Malay states situated in southern Siam just north of British Malaya, containing in all about a million inhabitants and for the most part flourishing and wealthy, and obtained the practical abolition of British jurisdiction in Siam proper as well as relief from any obligations which, though probably very necessary when they were incurred, had long since become mere useless and vexatious obstacles to progress towards efficient government.
In August 1346, he prudently rid himself of the distant and useless province of Esthonia by selling it very advantageously to the Livonian Order.
Moreover Casimir's difficulties were materially increased by the necessity of paying for Czech mercenaries, the pos polite ruszenie, or Polish militia, proving utterly useless at the very beginning of the war.
Logic and physical science they held to be useless, for all knowledge is immediate sensation (see Protagoras).
When Burnside fought his battle of Fredericksburg (q.v.) an appalling reverse was the result, the more terrible as it was absolutely useless (December 13).
If each general had been able to obtain a great battle upon his own terms, each would have fought most willingly, for neither desired a useless prolongation of the war.
The Christian governments either uttered useless and impotent complaints at Constantinople, or endeavoured to negotiate directly with Algiers, as in the case of the negotiations of Sanson Napollon during the ministry of Richelieu.
It was useless to attempt to found permanent institutions; everything was provisional and for the moment.
The precaution proved useless, and four months later Cecil committed one of the rare rash acts of his life in marrying Mary Cheke.
The railway was first completed in 1894, but light and defective construction, together with lack of shipping facilities at its terminal points, rendered it useless.
Since (following Protagoras) knowledge is solely of momentary sensations, it is useless to try, as Socrates recommended, to make calculations as to future pleasures, and to balance present enjoyment with disagreeable consequences.
Like the corresponding ammeters, they have the great advantage that the scales are equidivisional and that there is no dead part in the scale, whereas both the electrostatic and electrothermal voltmeters, above described, labour under the disadvantage that the scale divisions are not equal but increase with rise of voltages, hence there is generally a portion of the scale near the zero point where the divisions are so close as to be useless for reading purposes and are therefore omitted.
A great development has also taken place in Ontario and the eastern provinces, through the use of spruce and other trees, long considered comparatively useless, in the manufacture of wood-pulp for paper-making.
While the former is useless to determine the sequence of books written simultaneously, the latter is insufficient to determine a complete chronological order.
Old trees are selected, from the bark of which it is observed to ooze in the early summer; holes are bored in the trunk, somewhat inclined upward towards the centre of the stem, in which, between the layers of wood, the turpentine is said to collect in small lacunae; wooden gutters placed in these holes convey the viscous fluid into little wooden pails hung on the end of each gutter; the secretion flows slowly all through the summer months, and a tree in proper condition yields from 6 to 8 Ib a year, and will continue to give an annual supply for thirty or forty years, being, however, rendered quite useless for timber by subjection to this process.
Before the introduction of machinery applicable to the spinning of silk waste, the refuse from cocoon reeling, and also from silk winding, which is now used in producing spun silk fabrics, hosiery, &c., was nearly all destroyed as being useless, with the exception of that which could be hand-combed and spun by means of the distaff and spinning wheel, a method which is still practised by some of the peasantry in India and other Eastern countries.
It was on this place that Grouchy advanced on the day of Waterloo, gaining a useless success here over a Prussian corps while the fate of the campaign was being decided elsewhere.
Lastly, though the personal idealists are right in rejecting the hypothesis of one mind, they are too hasty in supposing that the hypothesis is useless for idealistic purposes.
But vast tracts of land are useless except as pasture for sheep, and even the sheep are driven by the severe winters to migrate yearly into Estremadura (q.v.).
In 1870 Fort Merxem and the redoubts of Berendrecht and Oorderen were built for the defence of the area to be inundated north of Antwerp. In 1878, in consequence of the increased range of artillery and the more destructive power of explosives, it was recognized that the fortifications of Antwerp were becoming useless and out of date.
In some of these insects the wings are so small as to be useless for flight, being modified altogether for stridulation.
The species are all characterized by short rudimentary wings, bearing four or five barbless shafts, a few inches long, and apparently useless for purposes of flight, of running, or of defence; and by loosely webbed feathers, short on the neck, but of great length on the rump and back, whence they descend over the body forming a thick hair-like covering.
Many of the smaller, useless shoots are rubbed out altogether; the best are allowed to grow perhaps a foot or more in length, and then either have the tips pinched out with the finger and thumb, or the ends may be cracked or broken, and allowed to hang down, but are not detached completely.
When this pruning is just brought to a balance with the vigour of the roots, the consequence is that fruit buds are formed all over the tree, instead of a thicket of sterile and useless wood.
In subdividing the strata of the Carboniferous system and correlating the major divisions in different areas, just as in other great systems, use has to be made of the fossil contents of the rocks; stratigraphical units, based on lithology, are useless for this purpose.
Moreover, the coals which deoxidized the iron would inevitably carburize some lumps of it, here so far as to turn it into the brittle and relatively useless cast iron, there only far enough to convert it into steel, strong and very useful even in its unhardened state.
Nevertheless the press uses much less power than the hammer, because much of the force of the latter is dissipated in setting up useless - indeed harmful, and at times destructive - vibrations in the foundations and the surrounding earth and buildings.
Naphthalene and the usual malodorous powders are not only very disagreeable, but quite useless.
Later on, gilds were established, in spite of the prohibition of the old charters; but they were strictly subordinate to the town authorities, who appointed their aldermen and suppressed them when they considered them useless or dangerous.
The three days that must pass before any clinical effect is obtained renders it useless in an emergency.
Bort (or Boart) is the name given to impure crystals or fragments useless for jewels; it is also applied to the rounded crystalline aggregates, which generally have a grey colour, a rough surface, often a radial structure, and are devoid of good cleavage.
The labourers being barefooted, a spade is useless, so a "khodalee" or hoe (much like a very heavy and long-bladed garden Dutch hoe) is used.
As the river daily fell, of course the water in the canals fell too, and since they were never dug deep enough to draw water from the very bottom of the river, they occasionally ran dry altogether in the month of June, when the river was at its lowest, and when, being the month of greatest heat, water was more than ever necessary for the cotton crop. Thus large tracts which had been sown, irrigated, weeded and nurtured for perhaps three months perished in the fourth, while all the time the precious Nile water was flowing useless to the sea.
Side by side with these changes the imperial diet was becoming more useless and unwieldy, and the electors were gaining power, owing partly to the Wahlkapitulation, by which on election they circumscribed the power of each occupant of the imperial throne.
Bismarck realized that, in the struggle with Austria which he foresaw, Prussia could only be weakened were she to take up an attitude of opposition to the prevailing Liberal sentiment, and that to tamper with the constitution would not only be inexpedient, but useless, since special measures could always be resorted to, to meet special circumstances.
The rocky hills of the tableland to the north long repelled settlement, the region being looked on by the thrifty farmers of the south as a wilderness useless except for its forests and its furs; and unfortunate settlers who ventured into it usually failed and went west or south in search of better land.
Although these works all contain much that is useless or false, yet they are invaluable aids to our understanding of the sacred book.
Completely "useless" knowledge becomes impossible, though the uses of knowledge may still vary greatly in character, in directness, and in the extent and force of their appeal to different minds.
The recognized books of jurisprudence, some of which run to over twenty folio volumes, are vastly learned, and occasionally show sound sense, but excel mainly in useless hair-splitting and feats of scholastic gymnastics, for which the Arabian race has a natural gift.
There are also other advantages of this process which explain its wide extension, in spite of the fact that only from 30 to 35 parts of the hydrochloric acid employed is converted into chlorine, the remainder ultimately leaving the factory in the shape of a harmless but useless solution of calcium chloride.
This reaction in ordinary circumstances is so slow as to be practically useless.
The "stingless" bees (Trigona) of the tropics have the parts of the sting reduced and useless for piercing.
A large number of these boats were constructed and they afforded some protection to coasting vessels against privateers, but in bad weather, or when employed against a frigate, they were worse than useless, and Jefferson's "gunboat system" was admittedly a failure.
It is free from useless digressions.
The motors were practically useless on account of mechanical defects and were abandoned early in the great march.
The earlier forms of ice-calorimeter, those of Black, and of Laplace and Lavoisier, were useless for work of precision, on account of the impossibility of accurately estimating the quantity of water left adhering to the ice in each case.
Since Hand Regulation Is Necessarily Discontinuous, The Speed And The Temperature Were Constantly Varying, So That It Was Useless To Take Readings Nearer Than The Tenth Of A Degree.
Thinking it useless to continue the struggle, he sailed to Brundisium, where he remained until the r 2th of August 47, when, after receiving a kind letter from Caesar, he went to Rome.
If ground had been gained here it would have been useless.
All protests against gross misgovernment during many years having proved useless, Oudh was annexed in 1856 and constituted a separate chief commissionership. Then followed the Mutiny, when all signs of British rule were for a time swept away throughout the greater part of the two provinces.
There are many other systems, based on various principles, which have been given for application to geometry of directed lines, but those which deal with products of lines are all of such complexity as to be practically useless in application.
It is useless to follow Boehme further, for his cosmogony is disfigured by a wild Paracelsian symbolism, and his constructive efforts in general are full of the uncouth straining of an untrained writer.
Ceremonial and sacrificial observances of all kinds are held to be useless in themselves, but operative for good or ill indirectly by their effect upon the mental attitude of those who practise them.
Owing to this confusion, the new symbol G, differentiated from C, took the place of the useless I.
His argument was that it was useless to send in more reserves to the chaos among the hills west of the Isonzo; that the only way to remedy the situation was to withdraw the bulk of the armies " from close contact with the enemy under the protection of vigorous rearguard actions," and so make possible the organization of a solid defence and eventual counter-attack.
Again, we do not aim at anything so hopeless, or indeed so useless, as a complete description of any phenomenon.
But Mountjoy had apparently come to see how useless the attempt would be to force upon the queen a settlement of the succession and declined to go farther in the matter.
Lastly, the very form of induction that has been used by logicians in the collection of their instances is a weak and useless thing.
Of the deaths in any place the only check obtainable is from the public body-washers, but many corpses areburied without the aid of the public body-washers; and the population of the place not being accurately known, the number of deaths, however correct, is useless for statistical purposes.
Negotiations were useless, and on the 1st of November 1856 war against Persia was declared.
The watchmen appointed by parishes were useless, inadequate, inefficient and untrustworthy, acting often as accessories in aiding and abetting crime.
Sarsaparilla still has a popular reputation as an "alterative," but it has been examined and tested in every manner known to modern medical science, and is professionally regarded as "pharmacologically inert and therapeutically useless."
Accordingly Aristo, holding to Cynicism when Zeno himself had got beyond it, rejected two of these parts of philosophy as useless and out of reach - a divergence which excluded him from the school, but strictly consistent with his view that ethics alone is scientific knowledge.
Consequently it is useless to plant out eggs or fry unless in numbers sufficiently great to appreciably increase the stock of eggs and fry already existing.
The counter-bombardment of the defense was weak and practically useless, owing to slow and faulty methods of fire.
Further resistance being useless, the castle was surrendered.
In Forty-five Years of Registration Statistics (1885) he maintained that vaccination is useless and dangerous.
Unsuccessful attempts to lay the cable were made in August 1857 and in June 1858, but the complete cable was laid between the 7th of July and the 5th of August 1858; for a time messages were transmitted, but in October the cable became useless, owing to the failure of its electrical insulation.
The homologies between man and other animals which both schools try to account for; the explanation of the intervals, with apparent want of intermediate forms, which seem to the creationists so absolute a separation between species; the evidence of useless " rudimentary organs," such as in man the external shell of the ear, and the muscle which enables some individuals to twitch their ears, which rudimentary parts the evolutionists claim to be only explicable as relics of an earlier specific condition, - these, which are the main points of the argument on the origin of man, belong to general biology.
Nardus stricta (matweed), found on heaths and dry pastures, is a small perennial with slender rigid stem and leaves, it is a useless grass, crowding out better sorts.
In 1630 Donne's health, always feeble, broke down completely, so that, although in August of that year he was to have been made a bishop, the entire breakdown of his health made it worse than useless to promote him.
The greater part of the main island of Tierra del Fuego is formed by the continuation of the Tertiary beds of the Patagonian tableland cut by the transversal depression of Magellan Strait and by the low land extending from Useless Bay on the west to San Sebastian Bay on the east, of so recent origin that there exist still some salt lakes, this depression being represented in the old charts as an inter-oceanic passage for small boats.
The old French oil of turpentine is the best antidote to use in phosphorus poisoning, delaying the toxic effects; but ordinary oils are not only useless but harmful.
The soil is very fertile, but since the dam over the Karun at Ahvaz was swept away and the numerous canals which diverted the waters of the river for irrigation became useless, a great part of the province is uncultivated, and most of the crops and produce depend for water on rainfall and wells.
As matters now stand, in consequence of the many and grave changes in human affairs and in society, many laws have become useless, others difficult or impossible to obey.
Aided by his faithful friend Maximilien de Bethune, baron de Rosny and duc de Sully (q.v.), he reformed the finances, repressed abuses, suppressed useless offices, extinguished the formidable debt and realized a reserve of eighteen millions.
Otherwise, as Cousin himself remarks, it is simply a blind and useless syncretism.
The intellectual intuition of Schelling, as above consciousness, the pure being of Hegel, as an empty abstraction, unvindicated, illegitimately assumed, and arbitrarily developed, are equally useless as bases of metaphysics.
The Buddha, on the other hand, obtained Nirvana in his 35th year, under the Bo tree, after he had abandoned penance; and through the rest of his life he spoke of penance as quite useless from his point of view.
The clause seems unnecessarily harsh and violent in its wording; but it must be remembered that Johns character was well known, and that it was useless to stand on forms of politeness when dealing with him.
But while the duke was executing useless marches across France, the outlying lands of Aquitaine were falling away, one after the other, to the enemy.
Richard carried out his part of the bargain; he executed a deed of abdication in which he owned himself insufficient and useless.
The other was that the nation at this moment was chafing bitterly against a clerical minister, whom it (very unjustly) made responsible for the exorbitant taxation which it was enduring, in consequence of the kings useless and unsuccessful foreign wars.
It had given the undertaking demanded by the king; those of its members who, like Canning, were in favor of Catholic emancipation, arguing that, in view of greater and more pressing questions, it was useless to insist in a matter which could never be settled so long as the old king lived.
No one felt more sincerely for the sufferings of her soldiers, and no one regretted more truly the useless prolongation of the struggle, than the venerable lady who occupied the throne.
The separation of the glumes, which occurs at the time of fertilization, and which permits the egress of the useless stamens after that operation, occurs only under certain conditions of temperature, when the heat, in fact, is sufficient to cause the lodicules of the flower to become turgid and thus to press apart the glumes.
This gives it the rare and valuable property of a remote haemostatic, erroneously supposed to be possessed by so many useless drugs.
While if the deterrent and reformatory theories alone provide a rational end for punishment to aim at then the libertarian hypothesis pushed to its extreme conclusion must make all punishments equally useless.
And experiments in morality (apart from the inconvenient practical consequences likely to ensue) are useless for purposes of ethics, because the moral consciousness would itself at one and the same time be required to make the experiment and to provide the subject upon which the experiment is performed.
He is convinced that virtue (where it is more than a mere pretence) is purely artificial; but not quite certain whether it is a useless trammel of appetites and passions that are advantageous to society, or a device creditable to the politicians who introduced it by playing upon the " pride and vanity " of the " silly creature man."
It may be taken to imply that the useless and the criminal should be entitled to as much happiness as the useful and the virtuous.
Demosthenes urges that such an enterprise would at present be useless; that it would fail to unite Greece; that the energies of the city should be reserved for a real emergency; but that, before the city can successfully cope with any war, there must be a better organization of resources, and, first of all, a reform of the navy, which he outlines with characteristic lucidity and precision.
This summoned up too vivid memories of the useless miseries of former over-sea expeditions.
Theology sank into a branch of dialectic; whatever would not fit in with a logical formula was cast aside as useless.
As soon as the object is moved a short distance away from this spot the representation is quite useless.
Too much light is useless for observing delicately coloured or colourless preparations, whose parts only become visible as a result of slight differences of diffraction.
They serve various purposes in the economy of the flower, often closing the way to the honey-secreting part of the flower to small insects, whose visits would be useless for purposes of pollination.
So long as his colleagues were present his own vote was useless, and he absented himself for some time from the debates after making one remarkable speech (June 18th, 1787).
The semi-drying oils absorb oxygen more slowly than the drying oils, and are, therefore, useless as paint oils.
The number of chemicals which have been proposed from time to time for the purification of oils and fats is almost legion, and so long as the nature of oils and fats was little understood, a secret trade in oil-purifying chemicals flourished, With our present knowledge most of these chemicals may be removed into the limbo of useless things.
With one or two exceptions (detection of sesame oil and perhaps also of cotton-seed oil) all colour reactions are entirely useless.
This is shown by the curve AB, and is the useless work represented by the expression (q 2 -q 1)/r.
Its army was useless; its soil was poor; its revenue was insignificant.
The compound powder is a useless preparation, as the starch it contains is very liable to ferment.
Right now, he's useless to them and anyone else, just an immortal whose freakish power should've landed him on my list long, long ago, she said.
The Original Other would know that the gem was useless without Xander; what Jonny knew â€“ or was doing â€“ was lost on him.
Calcium sources that simply reduce stomach acidity are next to useless.
Useless or counter-productive public spending cannot possibly justify the coercion involved in levying taxes.
The saints are well and perfectly contented if men know how to content themselves and cease their useless discussions.
The runways are pitted with 500 lb bomb craters, making them useless.
They immediately disconnected the compromised database from the Internet, later hooking up a database of useless information.
I felt useless ' An undercover documentary to be shown this week will reignite the debate about pupils ' behavior.
Royalist attempts to mine the walls are rendered useless by a sudden downpour.
A reference that was useful yesterday may be useless or positively harmful today.
As they lifted and shifted, the Bandmaster knocked over Les's trombone stand rendering the brand new hooter somewhat useless.
And they're intelligent thinking people -- not idiotic, useless, pathetic dumbos as the media likes to portray them!
If we are already disarmed, we still face the indignity of being searched by police officers who are increasingly useless and corrupt.
The previous paths do not become useless; they just become inefficient.
Only in America do they leave cars worth thousands of dollars in the driveway and put useless junk in the garage.
It ends with a list of danger signs to look out for to spot useless knick knack.
There are of course good and bad politicians, but the idea that they are all without exception useless layabouts is complete rubbish.
Tho the tall buildings were almost useless in providing a refuge from the whirling Maelstrom of the heavens.
For example, the platform (by itself) would make a functionally useless mousetrap, but it might make a great paperweight.
So, now I have a useless paperweight not worth spending money to get repaired.
Many an employer has come unstuck by hiring people they have taken a liking to, only to find they are next to useless.
One effect of the Taiping rebellion was to close the native custom-house at Shanghai; and as Lhe corrupt alternatives proposed by the Chinese were worse than useless, it was arranged by Sir Rutherford Alcock, the British consul, with his French and American colleagues, that they should undertake to collect the duties on goods owned by foreigners entering and leaving the port.
But it would again be useless to ask how extension as the characteristic attribute of matter is related to mind which thinks, and how God is to be regarded in reference to extension.
The innumerable cases of structures, which are rudimentary and apparently useless, in species, the close allies of which possess well-developed and functionally important homologous structures, are readily intelligible on the theory of evolution, while it is hard to conceive their raison.
Impurities are often present, especially when the resin dropped on to the ground, so that the material may be useless except for varnish-making, whence the impure amber is called firniss.
In accordance with this, he ignores all rhetorical subtleties, the useless and irrelevant matter introduced by the Greeks to make the art appear more difficult of acquisition; where possible, he uses Roman terminology for technical terms, and supplies his own examples of the various rhetorical figures.
Numerous special methods of preventing the spread of Fungi, or die migrations of insects, or of trapping various animals; of leaving infested ground fallow, or of growing another crop useless to the pest, &c., are also to be found in the practical treatises.
Irksome as were his employments, grievous as was the waste of time, uncongenial as were his companions, solid benefits were to be set off against these things; his health became robust, his knowledge of the world was enlarged, he wore off some of his foreign idiom, got rid of much of his reserve; he adds - and perhaps in his estimate it was the benefit to be most prized of all - " the discipline and evolutions of a modern battalion gave me a clearer notion of the phalanx and the legion, and the captain of the Hampshire grenadiers (the reader may smile) has not been useless to the historian of the Roman empire."
That such a man would ever have used the unparalleled powers of ecclesiastical jurisdiction with which he had been entrusted for a genuine reformation of the church is only a pious opinion cherished by those who regret that the Reformation was left for the secular arm to achieve; and it is useless to plead lack of opportunity on behalf of a man who for sixteen years had enjoyed an authority never before or since wielded by an English subject.
In vain did he seek to dazzle the tsar by assembling about him the vassal kings and princes of Germany; in vain did he exercise all the intellectual gifts which had captivated the tsar at Tilsit; in vain did he conjure up visions of the future conquest of the Orient; external display, diplomatic finesse, varied by one or two outbursts of calculated violence - all was useless.
These facts, again, in Letter II., are worthless to a forger, because they concern matters never alluded to in any of the records; never employed in any indictment (though Lennox's are copious in private talk between Darnley and Mary, "reports of her servants"), and totally useless for the purposes of the accusers.
Here he took part in founding Jena University (1548); opposed the "Augsburg Interim" (1548); superintended the publication of the Jena edition of Luther's works; and debated on the freedom of the will, original sin,'and, more noticeably, on the Christian value of good works, in regard to which he held that they were not only useless, but prejudicial.
The harbour of St George's has space enough to accommodate a vast fleet; yet, till deepened by blasting, the entrance was so narrow as to render it almost useless.
But, as Robertson Smith observes, "holiness is contagious, just as uncleanness is"; and common things and persons may become taboo, that is, so holy as to be dangerous and useless for daily life through the mere infection of holiness.
The details of the heroic but useless struggle will be found else where (see KoscIuszKo, Kollontaj, Potocki, Ignaty, DOMBROwsKI).
Euclides 7 found no difficulty in fixing Antisthenes' mode of illustrating his simple elements by comparison, and therewith perhaps the " induction " of Socrates, with the dilemma; so far as the example is dissimilar, the comparison is invalid; so far as it is similar, it is useless.
The clumsiness of the relation renders it practically useless, and the two separate relations in terms of a single parameter 0 suffice for the deduction of most of the properties of the curve.
There was no opposition, because the ministers never attempted to do anything which would arouse opposition, and because they were ready to do anything called for by any one who had power enough to make himself dangerous; and in 1743 they embarked on a useless war with France in order to please the king, who saw in every commotion on the continent of Europe some danger to his beloved Hanover.
His domestic policy was severely equitable, and aimed at relieving the public burdens by limiting the privileges of foreign traders and abolishing a great many useless and expensive court offices.
It was from Helvetius that he learnt that, men being universally and solely governed by self-love, the so-called moral judgments are really the common judgments of any society as to its common interests; that it is therefore futile on the one hand to propose any standard of virtue, except that of conduciveness to general happiness, and on the other hand useless merely to lecture men on duty and scold them for vice; that the moralist's proper function is rather to exhibit the coincidence of virtue with private happiness; that, accordingly, though nature has bound men's interests together in many ways, and education by developing sympathy and the habit of mutual help may much extend the connexion, still the most effective moralist is the legislator, who by acting on self-love through legal sanctions may mould human conduct as he chooses.
It is admitted by those best able to judge that the proportion of about a hundred drones in each hive is conducive to the prosperity of the colony, but beyond that number they are worse than useless, being nonproducers and heavy consumers.
To fear or to try to escape that force, to address entreaties or exhortations to those who served as its tools, was useless.
I currently own a couple of hundred quid worth of accessories and games that are useless to me !
The dam was breached and the lake drained after the Civil War, as part of rendering the castle useless as a military stronghold.
This seems like a very good idea although some of them have been rendered useless by allowing them to fill with silt.
Growing up in a sleepy town in Devon, he spent most of his time perfecting a ridiculous amount of useless talents.
The coastal areas chosen for the farms are usually mangrove swamps, seen as useless areas ripe for exploitation.
Just saying the words of the ' sinner 's prayer ' without meaning them is worse than useless.
Their massively green scaled bodies skulking around, looking for someone useless to play with.
Empire Records is packaged in the old and useless snapper case.
And of course, all the spoiler tags and blank lines are useless if your subject heading is a blatant spoiler !
The prospect of yet more useless verbs on a wet winter morning was unfailingly met with less than unbridled enthusiasm.
He'll continue like that for days now, like an animal walking in a happy dream, quite useless for all practical purposes.
It will affect us, because we are the ` useless eaters '.
We HATE those scum over here... ****ing right about that, ****ing useless bastards !
All the idols of the nations of the world are nothing - just useless lumps of wood and stone.
What many currently see as useless rubbish, others view as a potential resource.
If you want your savings account to prosper, you'll have to stop spending money on so many useless things every month.
Matters that once seemed so important to me became irrelevant-things like jewelry, designer clothes, sports cars, or the latest gadgets all seemed so useless and unnecessary when I knew that one morning, I might not wake up.
In this era, where parents do everything to overprotect their kids and shower them with useless toys, computer games and TV shows, I present an alternative way to raise a kid.
Anything less than $10 is cheaper to replace with another purchase rather than hassle with useless warranty requirements.
However, this practice always leads to damaging the record, rendering it full of scratches and useless for future listening.
Lying down on the mattress for just 5-10 seconds is useless.
Even the best quality food, if unpalatable to the taste, is fairly useless in the long run.
This should be an amount of money that you can actually afford to pay right away; negotiating a settlement is useless if you cannot come up with the money once the amount is agreed upon.
Surprisingly small and light and a model of efficiency, the motor converts up to 95 percent of the electricity received into rotational energy, rather than useless heat.
Showy knick-knacks and useless trinkets have no place in a rustic style country interior.
Exceptionally powerful, these mirrors display everything in minute detail, with such fine attention paid to each square inch of the face, that it makes ordinary mirrors seem useless in comparison.
I usually don't get dark enough to warrant purchasing a new foundation altogether; that seems a useless purchase as I wouldn't use it for long.
If a pair of shoes is too loose, you have painful and probably useless footwear.
Each class of students may require new instructional techniques, and the lesson plans you developed in your first years on the job can quickly be deemed useless by new theories and research.
Useless Creations offers one of the most unique puppy screensaver downloads.
A digital camera is useless if it is inconvenient to carry.
It's useless to pay for a tasty and beautiful creation to then find it disheveled when it arrives at its final destination.
This doesn't mean the towel becomes useless.
Some movie goers will only know the names they see on the big screen, but if you're into useless bits of trivia, it can still be entertaining to find out the name listed on your favorite actor's birth certificate.
In a dog's estimation, if something is not a friend, food, water, or in general is useless, it is a chew toy.
Variegated varieties as usual are useless.
An annual stately and showy with large flowers, the foliage grey-green, flowers variable in form and color, rank in smell and useless for cutting, but of good effect when grouped boldly.
However, it can often be difficult to sort through all of the spam and useless information to find what you're really looking for.
This made them almost useless from a utilitarian point of view, but some men still favored them for their inherent style.
In fact, "styling" is almost a useless term when it comes to wearing T-shirts.
Bras demand such a concise construction that even being a minute centimeter off course can cause your product to be uncomfortable and useless.
For many patients this means drawers filled with useless masks.
They bend and then snap back into shape, so they are unlikely to suddenly become useless or uncomfortable.
Regardless of how superior the lenses may be, they are useless if they are not mounted in adequate eyeglass frames.
That means you won't have to struggle with the inserts or worry about them falling out, but that also means they'll be useless to you if you usually wear contact lenses and don't want to have to take them out to play.
While in most modes, this is useless and hard to do, it is a crucial element in the Crash event which can give you the difference between a Silver and a Gold if done right.
Some of the categories are Events, Places, People, Things, Occupations; and most of the phrases are pop culture references, so anybody with a fountain of useless knowledge in their brain should do fine.
The cars feel like they're floating and it's useless to push the brakes.
It really didn't affect your driving, so showing the damage was useless.
Your head is filled with trivia and other useless facts that will serve you no good when you're out trying to pay your bills.
One cool, but mostly useless addition, in my opinion, is the Impact Player.
Rereleasing the game would be useless to Electronic Arts and to gamers.
This transformation into a useless "brick" has caused Symantec to dub it the "Trojan.PSPBrick."
This lets you get rid of useless colors that would only add to the chain, and if you have a gap in the chain and shoot a ball through it, you gain bonus points.
As fashions changed hat pins became unnecessary and by the 1920s the flapper style made them totally useless.
The phone is effectively rendered useless while you are driving or away from a Wi-Fi network.
Hair that has been permed may be unsuitable, or product damage could render hair useless for donating.
This is a yacht lounging swimsuit that is as sophisticated as it is costly and completely useless for athletic feats.
The Truman Cell should be removed from the purifier and cleaned with mild soap and water on a frequent basis to prevent the filter from clogging and becoming useless.
The Truman Filter should be removed from the purifier and cleaned with mild soap and water on a frequent basis to prevent the filter from clogging and becoming useless.
Drain the unit regularly to prevent water damage that could render your air conditioner useless.
That meant if someone purchased an EcoQuest Living Air ionizer on Tuesday, their warranty was useless on Wednesday after the name change took place.
Many people think they're more practical than receiving another useless trinket, but others consider them a tacky gift that says you are too busy to shop for thoughtful presents.
Not only are these items useless without the ring, but returning them will also aid in reselling or returning the ring if necessary, demonstrating a maturity and responsibility to see the relationship through properly to the very end.
The seven-month long Siberian winter produced low temperatures that could render mining equipment useless.
This trait is often reflected in his writings since he is not one to fill a blank page with a lot of useless verbiage; every word is measured, counted and on the page for a reason.
Kids are notorious for losing small pieces that come with games, rendering the games useless and unplayable.
An alarm clock that fails to wake you from your sleep is the next best thing to useless, being more like a traditional clock than an alarm.
Even the loudest alarm clock or a cool alarm clock is useless if it tells the wrong time, although atomic alarm clocks often change the time automatically.
With a little paint and creativity, that useless piece of cardboard can become a cool project to do with the kids and a keepsake for the family.
The most detailed and efficient exercise chart will be useless if you don't actually take the time to record the necessary information.
In my opinion, most of these products don't really work much of your core, making them both expensive and useless.
The storm made the forest pitch dark; therefore, searching was useless until it abated.
She tugged at his collar again, but it was useless.
I put up a fight, but it was useless.
Much like her, the generator sat useless.
In this endeavour Lotze discards as useless and untenable many favourite conceptions of the school, many crude notions of everyday life.
Should a defect occur with a wrought iron boiler it is usually necessary for the purpose of repair to disconnect and remove the whole apparatus, the heating system of which it forms a part being in the meantime useless.
Alkalis which form soluble carbolates are useless.
If badly bored, the trees are useless; but in Pear-leaf Cluster-cups (Gymnosporangium sabinae).
In acute gonorrhoeal arthritis, simulating rheumatic fever, salicylates are useless.
It consists of uncultivated or rough lands, such as mountains, stony ground, &c., which are useless without clearance, to which no possession is claimed, and which are at such a distance from the nearest dwelling that the human voice cannot be made to reach them from that dwelling.
Doroshenko now deserted the Turkish alliance for the Russian; in consequence an expedition was sent into the Ukraine which was both costly and useless.
About noon the 2nd of February Napoleon attacked them, but the weather was terrible, and the ground so heavy that his favourite artillery, the mainstay of his whole system of warfare, was useless and in the drifts of snow which at intervals swept across the field, the columns lost their direction and many were severely handled by the Cossacks.
The others are either difficult of access, or are rendered practically useless by dangerous reefs, sand bars and shoals.
In justice, however, to the colonists of Natal it must be recorded that, finding their protest with regard to the Transvaal settlement useless, they made up their minds to shape their policy in conformity with that settlement.
A useless " correlated variation " may have attained great volume and quality before it is (as, it were) seized upon and perfected by natural selection.
But, as we have seen, such an error of phase causes no sensible deterioration in the definition; so that from this point onwards the lens is useless, as only improving an image already sensibly as perfect as the aperture admits of.
The names of many prominent members of both sects have been preserved, but it would be useless to repeat them.
He professed to base medicine entirely on a knowledge of symptoms, regarding all investigation of the causes of symptoms as useless.
Bestuzhev's offer, communicated to the British government at the end of 1745, to attack Prussia if Great Britain would guarantee subsidies to the amount of some £6,000,000, was rejected as useless now that Austria and Prussia were coming to terms. Then he turned to Austria, and on the 22nd of May 1746, an offensive and defensive alliance was concluded between the two powers manifestly directed against Prussia.
With the latter system practically as much sugar is obtained from the canes as by diffusion, and the resulting megass furnishes, in a well-appointed factory, sufficient fuel for the crop. With diffusion, however, in addition to the strict scientific control necessary to secure the benefits of the process, fuel - that is, coal or wood - has to be provided for the working off of the crop, since the spent chips or slices from the diffusers are useless for this purpose; although it is true that in some plantations the spent chips have to a certain extent been utilized as fuel by mixing them with a portion of the molasses, which otherwise would have been sold or converted into rum.
It is obvious, therefore, that soil composed entirely of clay is as useless as pure sand so far as the growth of crops upon it is concerned.
Without their aid most manures would be useless for plant growth.
Deraiya was razed to the ground and the principal towns of Nejd were compelled to admit Egyptian garrisons; but though the Arabs saw themselves powerless to stand before disciplined troops, the Egyptians, on the other hand, had to confess that without useless sacrifices they could not retain their hold on the interior.
At Cold Harbor six thousand men fell in one useless assault lasting an hour, and after two months the Union armies lay before Richmond and Petersburg indeed, but had lost no fewer than 72,000 men.