Alexandrian

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj Alexandrian of or relating to Alexander the Great or his empire
    • n Alexandrian a resident or native of Alexandria (especially Alexandria in Egypt)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Alexandrian Applied to a kind of heroic verse. See Alexandrine n.
    • Alexandrian Of or pertaining to Alexandria in Egypt; as, the Alexandrian library.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • Alexandrian Pertaining to Alexandria, an important city of Egypt, founded by Alexander the Great in 332 b. c.
    • Alexandrian Pertaining to Alexander the Great.
    • Alexandrian A school of Christian philosophy and theology at Alexandria during the first five centuries; especially, the catechetical school of Alexandria, existing in that city from the earliest times of Christianity down to about a. d. 400, for the purpose of instruction in the Christian faith, and distinguished for the high attainments of its instructors in pagan as well as in Christian philosophy and literature. Among its most famous directors were St. Clement and Origen. This school was remarkable for its attempt to accommodate Greek philosophy to Christianity and to make use of it in Christian teaching, thus antagonizing Judaizing views, according to which there was and could be nothing in common between the two. In some of its forms it tended on the one extreme to a philosophic rationalism, on the other to an idealizing mysticism. Alexandria continued to be the most important center of Christian theology down to the time of the Council of Chalcedon, a. d. 451.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Alexandrian al-egz-an′dri-an relating to Alexandria in Egypt, or its school of philosophy: relating to Alexander.
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Quotations

  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “A character is like an acrostic or Alexandrian stanza; read it forward, backward, or across, it still spells the same thing.”

Usage

In literature:

This, probably, took place during the Alexandrian period.
"The Metamorphoses of Ovid" by Publius Ovidius Naso
But, although Athanasius was removed, the Alexandrian Church would not admit Arius.
"Sketches of Church History" by James Craigie Robertson
The Alexandrians appealed to General Winder, who recommended the strengthening of the post.
"Commodore Barney's Young Spies" by James Otis
The vague "Egyptian" year, however, continued in use in native documents for some centuries along with the Alexandrian "Ionian" year.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 1" by Various
Danaea Laurus (Alexandrian Laurel).
"Trees and Shrubs for English Gardens" by Ernest Thomas Cook
The first act is concluded by a long chorus of Alexandrian women, who bewail the shortness of life in six-syllable quatrains.
"A Short History of French Literature" by George Saintsbury
Alexandrian Library, destruction of, 377.
"The Library and Society" by Various
The first had the brevity of Simonides, the next Alexandrian luxuriance.
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 16" by Various
For now he wore a faultless morning-coat and the most George-Alexandrian of perfectly creased trousers.
"Miss Million's Maid" by Bertha Ruck
Is presented with one of the Alexandrian libraries, i.
"History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, Volume II (of 2)" by John William Draper
Yet the Alexandrian grammarians ranked him next to Homer.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 2" by Various
The work has all the characteristics of the Alexandrian school of poetry.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 4" by Various
If it be true, it falls in with the palaeographic indications and suggests an Alexandrian provenance.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 7" by Various
The legends of Echo are of late, probably Alexandrian, origin, and she is first personified in Euripides.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 10" by Various
Hosius, a Spanish Bishop, arbitrates in an Alexandrian controversy.
"An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine" by John Henry Cardinal Newman
In consequence of the dispute as to the rightful successor, the Alexandrian War followed.
"The World and Its People: Book VII" by Anna B. Badlam
The use of Alexandrian categories is wholly governed by this interest.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 6" by Various
The Alexandrian theology strengthened this movement against chiliasm.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 7" by Various
He was well versed in Judaism and in the Mithraism and Alexandrian religion of the day.
"A Short History of the World" by H. G. Wells
Some Alexandrians were incensed against a bishop, who, it is true, was a wicked man, chosen by a worthless cabal.
"A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 1 (of 10)" by François-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
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In poetry:

Joy. But the Hermes and Narcissus fashion
Wasted and killed me. Traveller, you will not blame,
If Alexandrian. You know the passion
Of our life here, the pleasure and the flame.
"Tomb of Iases" by Constantine P Cavafy
O'er limpid pool, and wide, palm-sheltered bay,
And round deep-dreaming isles, thy leaves expand,
Where Alexandrian barges plough their way,
Full-freighted, to the ancient Theban land.
"The Egyptian Lotus (In an Artificial Pond)" by Arthur Wentworth Hamilton Eaton
I do not believe,
Musing on Socrates and his great wisdom,
And the Alexandrian schools,
That wise men are worth survival.
I see only in the dusk of these great stones
That the wise are destroyed by fools.
"Avebury" by Dorothy Violet Wellesley
Hell is empty. O that has come to pass
which the cut Alexandrian foresaw,
and Hell is empty.
Lightning fell silent where the Devil knelt
and over the whole grave space hath settled awe
in a full death of guilt.
"Dream Song 56: Hell is empty. O that has come to pass" by John Berryman

In news:

Jersey City?s Alexandrian fish places have become legendary.
Balloons , beavers and buses all come into play when Alexandrians consider the future of mass transit in Potomac Yard, along US 1 (also known as Jefferson Davis Highway).
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In science:

It should be marked that almost all classical geometries use a certain postulate, which we shall call Alexandrian, but do not include it in their axiomatics explicitely. A precise formulation of this postulate is given below.
Belavkin-Kolokoltsov Watch-Dog Effects in Interactively Controlled Stochastic Computer-Graphic Dynamical Systems. A Summary of Mathematical Researches
Alexandrian postulate means that an addition of any subsidiary ob jects to a given geometric configuration does not influence on this configuration.
Belavkin-Kolokoltsov Watch-Dog Effects in Interactively Controlled Stochastic Computer-Graphic Dynamical Systems. A Summary of Mathematical Researches
All examples of soliton geometries confirm the opinion that a breaking of the Alexandrian postulate is generated by an interaction of geometrical ob jects, in particular, such interaction maybe defined by a nonlinear character of their evolution.
Belavkin-Kolokoltsov Watch-Dog Effects in Interactively Controlled Stochastic Computer-Graphic Dynamical Systems. A Summary of Mathematical Researches
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