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Elegance is the attribute of being unusually effective and simple. It is frequently used as a standard of tastefulness, particularly in the areas of visual design and decoration. Elegant things exhibit refined grace and dignified propriety.

Some westerners associate elegance with simplicity and consistency of design, focusing on the main or basic features of an object, its dignified gracefulness, or restrained beauty of style.

Others understand the word in an opulent light as in tasteful richness of design or ornamentation "the sumptuous elegance of the furnishings."

The proof of a mathematical theorem is considered to have mathematical elegance if it is surprisingly simple yet effective and constructive; similarly, a computer program or algorithm is elegant if it uses a small amount of intuitive code to great effect[1][2].

In engineering, a solution may be considered elegant if it uses a non-obvious method to produce a solution which is highly effective and simple. An elegant solution may solve multiple problems at once, especially problems not thought to be inter-related.[3]

In chemistry, chemists always look for elegance in formulations as well as effectiveness in dosage form design.

Visual stimuli are frequently considered elegant if a small number of colors and stimuli are used, emphasizing the remainder.

Notes

  1. ^ Elegance, at Chad Perrin: SOB
  2. ^ Elegance, at Joel On Software
  3. ^ Ingenious Simplicity

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Hymn XIII. Elegance
by Christopher Smart
From the Hymns for the Amusement of Children (1771).
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                     HYMN XIII.                     

ELEGANCE.


'Tis in the spirit that attire,
Th'investiture of saints in heav'n,
Those robes of intellectual fire,
Which to the great elect are giv'n.

5"Bring out to my returning son,
"The robes for elegance the best;"
Thus in the height it shall be done,
And thus the penitent be blest.

'Tis in the body, that sweet mien,
10Ingenuous Christians all possess,
Grace, easy motions, smiles serene,
Clean hands and seemliness of dress.

Whoever has thy charming pow'rs,
Is amiable as Kidron's[1] swan,
15 Like holy Esdras feeds on flow'rs,
And lives on honey like St. John.


1771

Notes

  1. Kidron's — David.


PD-icon.svg This work published before January 1, 1923 is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.

Simple English

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Elegance is the attribute of being unusually effective and simple. It is frequently used as a standard of tastefulness, particularly in the areas of fashion and decoration.

Some associate elegance with simplicity of design. Others understand the word in an opulent light as in tasteful richness of design or ornamentation, like in "the elegance of clothings."

Visual stimuli are considered elegant if a small number of colors and stimuli are used. The color white is often associated with elegance, usually along with blue or black.

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