tend toward


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This motion, faithful to the laws of mechanics, would have been accelerated with the diminution of its volume; and a moment would have arrived when the centrifugal force would have overpowered the centripetal, which causes the molecules all to tend toward the center.
Beauty would be his life; his aspirations would all tend toward it; and, allowing his frame and physical organs to be in consonance, his own developments would likewise be beautiful.
Their theory of development is wrong, for it does not tend toward a perfectly balanced whole.
As they annually tend towards decay, they almost rival in brilliant variety of their gradually changing hues the fleeting shades of the expiring dolphin.
All the force of her nature had been concentrated on the one effort of concealment, and she had shrunk with irresistible dread from every course that could tend towards a betrayal of her miserable secret.
Nor do I understand," said he, "that any doubts tend towards you, my dear.
Casaubon to be already an accepted lover: she had only begun to feel disgust at the possibility that anything in Dorothea's mind could tend towards such an issue.
Both the community of property and the community of families, as I am saying, tend to make them more truly guardians; they will not tear the city in pieces by differing about `mine' and `not mine;' each man dragging any acquisition which he has made into a separate house of his own, where he has a separate wife and children and private pleasures and pains; but all will be affected as far as may be by the same pleasures and pains because they are all of one opinion about what is near and dear to them, and therefore they all tend towards a common end.
Among other havens of domestic tranquillity and peace of mind, my feet will naturally tend towards the King's Bench Prison.
Gorgeous gay-guy glimpses are South Florida givens, Concentrated queer congregations tend toward Collins Avenue, Ocean Drive.
I tend toward the creative side and he tends toward the business side.
Set in the violent drug world of Baltimore's beleaguered Westside, the show weaves in and out of the lives of the drug dealers and the families they destroy, the cops in a patient yet unwinnable war and the politicians who tend toward inertia.