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elegant

(From Mathematics) Combining simplicity, power, and a certain ineffable grace of design. Higher praise than "clever", "winning" or even cuspy.

The French aviator, adventurer, and author Antoine de Saint-Exup'ery, probably best known for his classic children's book "The Little Prince", was also an aircraft designer. He gave us perhaps the best definition of engineering elegance when he said "A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away."
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An index, a checklist, and a brief supplementary section of birds that are not common in the area round out this elegantly useful guide.
Insight electromechanical testing systems models are said to combine an elegantly simple drive system, state-of-the-art electronics and an intuitive user-interface to produce accurate and reliable results, according to the literature.
Providing an easy-to-follow collection of simple but elegantly effective workout routines, Get Ripped showcases a three to four week program of "cutting edge" workout exercises for men and women resulting in maximum muscle definition, body fat loss, and cardiovascular productivity.
The catchiest pieces might sniff the charts: the elegantly rocking tide track Black Cadillac; the bluegrass / honky tonk rich Radio Operator; the driving elegy Like Fugitives, the relatively poppy minor chord toggle Dreams Are Not My Home; and the N'awlins-spiced World Without Sound.
Winter Passage elegantly combines history and highly personal drama to produce a modern masterpiece of the colonial era.
Feed the Birds, hand-finished contemporary wallpaper from a range of new designs from wallprint diva Louise Body that elegantly combine hand screen printing with digital image making.
Though the novel works too hard at its ending, forcing Lui's redemption and realization, Snakes and Earrings remains elegantly raw and remarkable in its potent simplicity.
This elegantly printed, oversize book features Cook's spectacular illustrations of what these planets might look like.
It is elegantly photographed by David Tennant and intelligently organized into three distinct but overlapping chapters: "Love," "Recollection" and "Redemption.
This sumptuously illustrated, elegantly designed history of the organization's first two decades is a bit short on text, but the book abounds in visual allure.
It's easy to picture a pair of elegantly dressed diners chatting about how much fun it is to dip chunks of bread into melted cheese as they sip on the white wine that the package recommends.