• WordNet 3.6
    • n Charybdis (Greek mythology) a ship-devouring whirlpool lying on the other side of a narrow strait from Scylla
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Charybdis A dangerous whirlpool on the coast of Sicily opposite Scylla on the Italian coast. It is personified as a female monster. See Scylla.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Charybdis See Scylla.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Charybdis kar-ib′dis a dangerous whirlpool between Italy and Sicily, and opposite to Scylla, the two together providing a proverbial alternative of ruin hardly to be escaped.
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  • Norman Douglas
    “He talks about the Scylla of Atheism and the Charybdis of Christianity -- a state of mind which, by the way, is not conducive to bold navigation.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., Gr. cha`rybdis


In literature:

The Sirens still sang their entrancing songs, while Scylla and Charybdis were ever stretching out eager arms toward unwary mariners.
"Religion and Lust" by James Weir
Scylla infests the right hand side, the restless Charybdis the left.
"The Metamorphoses of Ovid" by Publius Ovidius Naso
Escaping Scylla they struck Charybdis.
"James Watt" by Andrew Carnegie
"The Son of Monte Christo" by Jules Lermina
The ancients would have represented it as a sea-monster with open jaws, more terrible than Scylla and Charybdis.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 86, December, 1864" by Various
Thus the Church steered a middle course between the Scylla of co-existence and the Charybdis of identity.
"Monophysitism Past and Present" by A. A. Luce
Road-making policy fluctuated between the Scylla of local neglect and the Charybdis of centralized jobbery.
"The Railway Builders" by Oscar D. Skelton
But this was plunging from Scylla into Charybdis, for it inferred that the Stuarts inherited the heavenly-gifted touch by descent.
"Calamities and Quarrels of Authors" by Isaac Disraeli
In escaping Scylla he had plunged headlong into Charybdis.
"Stories by American Authors, Volume 10" by Various
How could they escape between Scylla and Charybdis?
"Timar's Two Worlds" by Mór Jókai

In poetry:

Lowers Scylla--frowns Charybdis--and the bark is like to sink--
This the symbolistic moral of my rhyme--
If Opinion trims your sails and if you care what people think
You will have a most unhappy sort of time.
"Heads And Tails" by Franklin Pierce Adams
And when he stepped to the rock's rough brow
And looked down on the gulf so black,
The waters which it had swallowed, now
Charybdis bellowing rendered back;
And, with a roar as of distant thunder,
Foaming they burst from the dark lap under.
"The Diver" by George MacDonald
And when he draws nigh to the rocky brow,
And looks in the gulf so black,
The waters that she had swallowed but now,
The howling Charybdis is giving back;
And, with the distant thunder's dull sound.
From her gloomy womb they all-foaming rebound.
"The Driver" by Friedrich von Schiller

In news:

Navigating Between Scylla and Charybdis .
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock confronts a dilemma akin to choosing between the rocky shoals of Scylla and the whirlpool of Charybdis.
Navigating Between Scylla and Charybdis.

In science:

Two general purpose Monte Carlo generators for simulating black holes at the LHC have been significantly documented and made available on public websites: CHARYBDIS and CATFISH.
Comparison of Black Hole Generators for the LHC
CHARYBDIS can be used for either proton-proton or proton-antiproton collisions, and can be easily interfaced to any of the common parton density functions using the Les Houches accord or the PDFLIB library.
Comparison of Black Hole Generators for the LHC
Baryon number, colour, and electric charge are conserved in the black hole production and decay in CHARYBDIS.
Comparison of Black Hole Generators for the LHC
The black hole is allowed to decay to all standard model particles, including the Higgs boson. A few options exist in CHARYBDIS for excluding the Higgs, or the Higgs, gauge bosons, and top quark.
Comparison of Black Hole Generators for the LHC
In CHARYBDIS the longitudinal degrees of freedom are considered as scalars, while in CATFISH they are included in the counting of the vector bosons.
Comparison of Black Hole Generators for the LHC