[ noun ] a future prospect or potential
"this room has great possibilities"
Used in print(St. Louis Post-Dispatch,...)
Mantle , it 's apparent , resented Casey_Stengel 's attempts to push and prod him into the perfection the veteran manager saw as a thrilling possibility .(The Christian Science Monitor,...)
No reference is made to the possibility of recording other_than popular_music in this manner , and it would not seem to lend itself well to serious_music .(Frank Getlein and Harold C. Gardiner, S.J., Movies,...)
In about seven years Griffith either invented or first realized the possibilities of virtually every resource at the disposal of the film_maker .(Frank Oppenheimer, "Science and Fear-- A Discussion...)
There is still the remote possibility of planetoid collision .(Joyce O. Hertzler, American Social Institutions;...)
There is also the possibility , among higher religions , of experiencing consistent meaning in life and enjoying guidance and expansiveness .
[ noun ] capability of existing or happening or being true
"there is a possibility that his sense of smell has been impaired"
Used in print(Frank Oppenheimer, "Science and Fear-- A Discussion...)
Political theoretical understanding , although almost at a standstill during this century , did develop during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries , and resulted in a flood of inventions which increased the possibility for man to coexist with man .(LeRoy Fothergill, "Biological Warfare", in Peter...)
The major defensive problems are concerned with the possibility of overt military delivery of biological agents from appropriate disseminating devices .(R. P. Jerrard, "Inscribed squares in plane curves"...)
There are three possibilities : ( a ) **f remains tangent to C as it is translated ; ( b ) **f moves away from C and does not intersect it at_all for **f ; ( c ) **f cuts_across C and there are two ordinary intersections for every t in **f .
The first possibility results in a closed_interval of tangent points in the f-plane , the end_points of which fall_into category ( b ) or ( c ) .(Douglas Ashford, "Elections in Morocco: Progress...)
The day following his intervention the palace issued a statement reassuring the citizens that `` the possibility of introducing appeals concerning the establishment of electoral lists , lists of candidates and finally the holding of the consultation itself '' would be supported by the King himself .
[ noun ] a tentative theory about the natural world; a concept that is not yet verified but that if true would explain certain facts or phenomena
"a scientific hypothesis that survives experimental testing becomes a scientific theory"
Used in print(The Times-Picayune, [New Orleans]...)
There are many possibilities , including poor circulation , a variety of neurological conditions , and functional disorders .(Schubert Ogden, Christ Without Myth....)
It follows , then , provided the possibilities have been exhausted , that the only real alternative is the general viewpoint of the `` left '' , which has been represented on the Continent by Fritz_Buri and , to some extent at_least , is found in much that is significant in American and English theology .
To do this , it is sufficient to point_out that if the principle in_terms_of which alternatives are to be conceived is such_as to exclude more_than two , then the question of a `` third '' possibility is a meaningless question .
Hence , if what is in_question is whether in a given theology myth is or is not completely rejected , it is unimportant whether only a_little bit of myth or a considerable quantity is accepted ; for , in either event , the first possibility is excluded .(James A. Ibers et al., "Proton magnetic resonance...)
There is , then , the possibility that this **f bond is symmetric , although Douglass was unable to determine its symmetry from his x-ray data .
[ noun ] (psychology) a possible alternative
"bankruptcy is always a possibility"
Used in print(Cornell H. Mayer, "Radio Emission of the Moon...)
This result suggests a very high_temperature at the solid surface of the planet , although there is the possibility that the observed radiation may be a combination of both thermal and non thermal components and that the observed spectrum is that of a black_body merely by coincidence .(Raymond C. Binder et al., editors, Proceedings...)
The following possibilities exist for achieving this : 1 .(Francis J. Johnston and John E. Willard, "The...)
Because of the simplicity of the molecules , isotopic exchange reactions between elemental halogens and the corresponding carbon_tetrahalides would appear to offer particularly fruitful possibilities for obtaining unambiguous basic kinetic data .