an aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident.
accidental discovery, or an instance of this: Alton’s premiere novel was a serendipity that affected my thinking in the most positive way.
- ser·en·dip·it·er, ser·en·dip·i·tist, ser·en·dip·per, noun
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How to use serendipity in a sentence
They're machines for creativity, collaboration, and serendipity.
To preserve the serendipity of finding a random booth in the convention hall, exhibitors can announce, using notifications, that they are hanging out live at their virtual booths.‘Layer of data and efficiency’: How TechCrunch took Disrupt virtual — and grew for its tenth anniversary | Max Willens | September 11, 2020 | Digiday
That a Yank would come along decades later to buy the house felt like serendipity to the family.Buffett’s big bet on Japan sends global stocks higher | Bernhard Warner | August 31, 2020 | Fortune
Studying millions of objects at a time or executing preplanned programs may be efficient, but science also thrives on serendipity, on astronomers stealing a few moments for an oddball observation or a creative idea.
“It’s definitely an interesting story about serendipity,” says Jared Leadbetter, an environmental microbiologist at Caltech.Scientists stumbled across the first known manganese-fueled bacteria | Carolyn Beans | July 21, 2020 | Science News
Then came one of those weird bits of serendipity that make the writing life—and the book tour—worth all the trouble.
I was thinking of new ways to engage with my audience and with a bit of serendipity and inspiration the cake was born.
I often think about the fall lines of life, the invisible tightropes that divide moments of calamity and serendipity.Two Chickens, an Old Guitar, and a Group of Strangers: A Life-Changing Feast in Brazil | Annabel Langbein | November 29, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
More often than not, turncoat spies are successfully recruited as one-offs, through serendipity and dumb luck.The CIA Tried Hard to Recruit Spies Among the Al Qaeda Prisoners at Gitmo | Daniel Klaidman | November 28, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
It strips music buying of serendipity and context, making Justin Bieber as important as the Beatles.From Bieber to the Beatles, How the iTunes Store Brooklynized Music | Justin Moyer | May 5, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
It was just six o'clock, and the public-house opposite the serendipity shop was lighting up.The Lure of Old London | Sophie Cole
serendipity, sėr-en-dip′i-ti, n. a love for rare old books and other articles of virtu.
That polite trifler is fond of a word which he coined himself—'serendipity.'Miss Cayley's Adventures | Grant Allen
It is more than this: it is a matter of observation to any one with a moderate degree of "serendipity."Humanly Speaking | Samuel McChord Crothers
They think of serendipity as earned, of work as bestowed, of success as deserved and reserved to the deserving.After the Rain | Sam Vaknin
British Dictionary definitions for serendipity
the faculty of making fortunate discoveries by accident
- serendipitous, adjective
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