that suits or gives a pleasing effect or attractive appearance, as to a person or thing:
a becoming dress; a becoming hairdo.
suitable; appropriate; proper:
a becoming sentiment.
any process of change.
Aristotelianism. any change involving realization of potentialities, as a movement from the lower level of potentiality to the higher level of actuality.
In his run-up speeches to this moment, Mr. Obama has been becomingly demure.
Grading the Obama Speech Christopher Buckley January 19, 2009
But their weapons are becomingly increasingly obsolete—and that has some in the U.S. Air Force spooked.
Pentagon Worries That Russia Can Now Outshoot U.S. Stealth Jets Dave Majumdar December 3, 2014
You walk gravely, modestly; you talk low, quiet; you carry you sad (Note 1) and becomingly.
The White Lady of Hazelwood Emily Sarah Holt
Then the pipe of peace went round, and Oshondonto smoked it becomingly.
Northern Lights Gilbert Parker
I will ask leave to report this courtesy as an affair of state that my royal kinsman may acknowledge it becomingly.
The Prince of India, Volume I Lew. Wallace
On this the Captain-Major ordered him to be unbound, and becomingly dressed.
Notable Voyagers W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith
Bessie smiled most becomingly as it was tried on, and blushed at herself in the glass.
The Vicissitudes of Bessie Fairfax Harriet Parr
Olimpia had a colour, and flew it now most becomingly in her cheeks.
Little Novels of Italy Maurice Henry Hewlett
We are a poor people but we can be quiet, clean, becomingly and fittingly dressed.
The Colored Girl Beautiful E. Azalia Hackley
He seemed quite at a loss what to do or say—how most becomingly to express his indignation.
The Works of Edgar Allan Poe Edgar Allan Poe
any process of change
(in the philosophy of Aristotle) any change from the lower level of potentiality to the higher level of actuality
“looking well,” 1560s, from earlier sense of “fitting” (early 13c.), from present participle of become. Related: Becomingly; becomingness.
Gustavo Adolfo [goos-tah-vaw ah-th awl-faw] /gusˈtɑ vɔ ɑˈðɔl fɔ/ (Show IPA), 1836–70, Spanish poet. Historical Examples becquer, with extreme punctiliousness, tendered his resignation as censor of novels. Legends, Tales and Poems Gustavo Adolfo Becquer I was a great friend of Espronceda, Zorrilla, becquer and others. Fifty Contemporary One-Act Plays Various Wherever it has been found […]
Alexandre Edmond [a-lek-sahn-druh ed-mawn] /a lɛkˈsɑ̃ drə ɛdˈmɔ̃/ (Show IPA), 1820–91, French physicist (son of Antoine César). Antoine César [ahn-twan sey-zar] /ɑ̃ˈtwan seɪˈzar/ (Show IPA), 1788–1878, French physicist. Antoine Henri [ahn-twan ahn-ree] /ɑ̃ˈtwan ɑ̃ˈri/ (Show IPA), 1852–1908, French physicist (son of Alexandre Edmond): Nobel Prize 1903. Historical Examples These results, as well as the spectra […]
- Becquerel effect
the electromotive force produced by the unequal illumination of two identical electrodes placed in an electrolyte.
- Becquerel rays
(formerly) rays emitted by radioactive substances.