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ˈmæd nɪsmad·ness

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. lunacy, madness, insanenessnoun

    obsolete terms for legal insanity

  2. rabies, hydrophobia, lyssa, madnessnoun

    an acute viral disease of the nervous system of warm-blooded animals (usually transmitted by the bite of a rabid animal); rabies is fatal if the virus reaches the brain

  3. fury, rage, madnessnoun

    a feeling of intense anger

    "hell hath no fury like a woman scorned"; "his face turned red with rage"

  4. folly, foolishness, craziness, madnessnoun

    the quality of being rash and foolish

    "trying to drive through a blizzard is the height of folly"; "adjusting to an insane society is total foolishness"

  5. madness, rabidity, rabidnessnoun

    unrestrained excitement or enthusiasm

    "poetry is a sort of divine madness"


  1. madnessnoun

    The state of being mad; insanity; mental disease.

  2. madnessnoun

    rash folly

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Madnessnoun

    Etymology: from mad.

    Why, woman, your husband is in his old tunes again: he so rails against all married mankind, so curses all Eve’s daughters, and so buffets himself on the forehead, that any madness I ever yet beheld seemed but tameness and civility to this distemper. William Shakespeare, Merry Wives of Windsor.

    There are degrees of madness as of folly, the disorderly jumbling ideas together, in some more, some less. John Locke.

    The power of God sets bounds to the raging of the sea, and restrains the madness of the people. Charles I .

    He rav’d with all the madness of despair,
    He roar’d, he beat his breast, and tore his hair. Dryden.



    MADNESS (Multiresolution Adaptive Numerical Environment for Scientific Simulation) is a high-level software environment for the solution of integral and differential equations in many dimensions using adaptive and fast harmonic analysis methods with guaranteed precision based on multiresolution analysis and separated representations .There are three main components to MADNESS. At the lowest level is a petascale parallel programming environment that aims to increases programmer productivity and code performance/scalability while maintaining backward compatibility with current programming tools such as the message-passing interface and Global Arrays. The numerical capabilities built upon the parallel tools provide a high-level environment for composing and solving numerical problems in many (1-6+) dimensions. Finally, built upon the numerical tools are new applications with initial focus upon chemistry, , atomic and molecular physics, material science, and nuclear structure. It is open-source, has an object-oriented design, and is designed to be a parallel processing program for computers with up to millions of cores running already on the Cray XT5 at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the IBM Blue Gene at Argonne National Laboratory. The small matrix multiplication (relative to large, BLAS-optimized matrices) is the primary computational kernel in MADNESS; thus, an efficient implement on modern CPUs is an ongoing research effort. . Adapting the irregular computation in MADNESS to heterogeneous platforms is nontrivial due to the size of the kernel, which is too small to be offloaded via compiler directives (e.g. OpenACC), but has been demonstrated for CPU–GPU systems . Intel has publicly stated that MADNESS is one of the codes running on the Intel MIC architecture but no performance data has been published yet. MADNESS' chemistry capability includes Hartree–Fock and density functional theory in chemistry (including analytic derivatives, response properties and time-dependent density functional theory with asymptotically corrected potentials ) as well as nuclear density functional theory and Hartree–Fock–Bogoliubov theory. MADNESS and BigDFT are the two most widely known codes that perform DFT and TDDFT using wavelets . Many-body wavefunctions requiring six-dimensional spatial representations are also implemented (e.g. MP2). The parallel runtime inside of MADNESS has been used to implement a wide variety of features, including graph optimization . From a mathematical perspective, MADNESS emphasizes rigorous numerical precision without loss of computational performance . This is useful not only in quantum chemistry and nuclear physics, but also the modeling of partial differential equations .MADNESS was recognized by the R&D 100 Awards in 2011. It is an important code to Department of Energy supercomputing sites and is being used by both the leadership computing facilities at Argonne National Laboratory and Oak Ridge National Laboratory to evaluate the stability and performance of their latest supercomputers. It has users around the world, including the United States and Japan . MADNESS has been a workhorse code for computational chemistry in the DOE INCITE program at the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility and is noted as one of the important codes to run on the Cray Cascade architecture.


  1. madness

    Madness is a state of severe mental disorder or illness, often leading to behavior that is abnormal, irrational, or chaotic. It may manifest in various forms such as hallucinations, delusional thinking, paranoia, or other psychological abnormalities. Madness is also sometimes used more casually to refer to extreme folly, eccentricity, or uncontrolled behavior.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Madnessadjective

    the condition of being mad; insanity; lunacy

  2. Madnessadjective

    frenzy; ungovernable rage; extreme folly


  1. Madness

    The Madness is a self-titled album by the British band The Madness. In 1988, after the breakup of the original Madness, four of the original members recreated the band, adding "The" to its name. Since the new band did not include a bassist or drummer, guest musicians played bass, while a drum machine was used in place of a live drummer on most tracks. Also unlike previous Madness albums, the lead vocals were almost evenly shared between Suggs and Chas Smash. They released only this one album and two singles, which were less successful than the original band releases, and The Madness disbanded by the end of the year. Madness reformed with its original members for a reunion tour in 1992 and they have remained together since. "The Madness" reached # 66 in the UK, while the singles "I Pronounce You" reached # 44 and "What's That" # 92. The album was recorded at Liquidator Studios, and mixed at The Townhouse studio in London.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of madness in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of madness in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of madness in a Sentence

  1. Jimmy Morales:

    We will be drastic toward those who in blind madness dare to steal the public's money.

  2. William Shakespeare:

    Though this be madness, yet there is method in it.

  3. Jay Kornegay:

    Whoever coined the phrase 'March Madness' got it correct.

  4. David Assael:

    Spring is about to spring. Persephone is coming back and the ice is groaning, about to break with the exquisite and deafening roar. It's a time for madness a time for our fangs to come down and our eyes to glaze over so that the beast in us can sing with unmitigated joy. Oh yes, ecstasy, I welcome thee

  5. Paul Sarlo:

    March Madness is a high-profile event on the sports betting calendar and we should be a key player.

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    actively or fully engaged or occupied
    A disjointed
    B brilliant
    C busy
    D blistering

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