Chimera

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n chimera a grotesque product of the imagination
    • n Chimera (Greek mythology) fire-breathing female monster with a lion's head and a goat's body and a serpent's tail; daughter of Typhon
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Chimera (Myth) A monster represented as vomiting flames, and as having the head of a lion, the body of a goat, and the tail of a dragon. "Dire chimeras and enchanted isles."
    • Chimera A vain, foolish, or incongruous fancy, or creature of the imagination; as, the chimera of an author.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n chimera In Greek myth, a fire-breathing monster, the fore part of whose body, according to the Iliad, was that of a lion, the middle that of a goat, and the hinder that of a dragon, or which, according to Hesiod, had three heads, one of each of these animals: supposed by the ancients to represent a volcanic mountain of that name in Lycia, the top of which was said to be the resort of lions, the middle that of goats, and the foot that of serpents. The Chimera, a symbol of storms and other destructive natural forces, was overcome and slain by the solar hero Bellerophon.
    • n chimera Hence— In ornamental art, etc., a fantastic assemblage of animal forms so combined as to produce a single complete but unnatural design.
    • n chimera An absurd or impossible creature of the imagination; a vain or idle fancy; a fantastic conceit.
    • n chimera Same as chimere.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Chimera ki-mē′ra a fabulous, fire-spouting monster, with a lion's head, a serpent's tail, and a goat's body: any idle or wild fancy: a picture of an animal having its parts made up of various animals: a genus of cartilaginous fishes, often ranked along with the sharks and rays
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. chimaera, a chimera (in sense 1), Gr. a she-goat, a chimera, fr. he-goat; cf. Icel. qymbr, a yearling ewe
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—Gr. chimaira, a she-goat.

Usage

In literature:

Aye, well she knew that the world laughed, and called it chimera; called it idealism, and emotional weakness.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
In fact, in her case self-accusation was a chimera.
"Shirley" by Charlotte Brontë
Why, money has become a chimera, love's labor would be lost.
"Woman under socialism" by August Bebel
Things of opposite natures, joined into one, became the poetical chimera of Horace.
"Calamities and Quarrels of Authors" by Isaac Disraeli
And he had the courage of his chimera.
"Ivory Apes and Peacocks" by James Huneker
You do indeed smile, Madam, at my being obliged seriously to combat such chimeras.
"Letters to Eugenia" by Baron d'Holbach
First, it is a chimera.
"The History of Freedom" by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
And whether he be really so clever or so strong as he supposes, in either case he will enjoy his chimera while it lasts.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. XXII (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Lincoln's army, that has been coming so long, is a chimera; it will never come.
"Cudjo's Cave" by J. T. Trowbridge
His senses were awhirl, his spirits high in the chimera that Trusia cared for him.
"Trusia" by Davis Brinton
Fancy any woman throwing over the man she likes, for a mere chimera.
"Portia" by Duchess
It behooved me to scourge out of my brain the mischievous chimeras I had harbored there.
"The Portal of Dreams" by Charles Neville Buck
The age-old chimera of a 'job ashore.
"Captain Macedoine's Daughter" by William McFee
They touch the frontier of man's domain and people the region of chimeras.
"Toilers of the Sea" by Victor Hugo
Having refused to believe the most holy truths, it lent credence to the most fantastic chimeras.
"Marie Antoinette and the Downfall of Royalty" by Imbert de Saint-Amand
The woman who had burst out of the door and fled up the street seemed now a chimera of the night.
"Sinister Street, vol. 2" by Compton Mackenzie
He had proved that what had been considered only a chimera was a reality.
"The Crime of the Boulevard" by Jules Claretie
Lefty shook his head to rid himself of that hateful chimera.
"Lefty Locke Pitcher-Manager" by Burt L. Standish
But she knows it is a chimera.
"Syndrome" by Thomas Hoover
The pomp of kingship was to her the hollowest of all chimeras.
"Mrs. Fitz" by J. C. Snaith
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In poetry:

ESCARPIN.
Certain wild chimeras haunt me,
Jealousy doth tear my heart,
And despairing love distracts me.
"The Purgatory Of St. Patrick - Act II" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
I sought by night to foal
Chimeras into men-
Decadence of power
That, at late hour,
Untimed the soul
To live the past again:
"Ode To Our Young Pro-Consuls Of The Air" by Allen Tate
And from the brick-built Lycian tomb what
horrible Chimera came
With fearful heads and fearful flame to breed
new wonders from your womb?
"The Sphinx" by Oscar Wilde
How they mock and sneer, both devils and men!
"Thy hope is Chimera’s head
Painting the sky with its fiery stain;
Thou shalt fall and thy work lie dead.
"A God's Labour" by Aurobindo Ghose
O, who will slay the last chimera, Time?
Though Love and Death have many a cunning dart—
In spite of these, and close-wrought webs of Art,
And Slumber, with a slow, Lethean lime—
"The Chimera" by Clark Ashton Smith

In news:

Jason Chimera 's finest on-ice moment of his time with the Capitals – and likely his whole NHL career – came last spring when he scored the double-overtime game-winning goal in Game 4 of the first-round series against the New York Rangers.
The deflection sent a bouncing puck on bad ice toward Henrik Lundqvist, but before the all-star goaltender could make the save, Marian Gaborik poked the puck away, knocking it off Chimera 's chest.
But Chimera 's with Ovechkin and Backstrom will be similar – though he'll try to spread the ice for those guys even more.
"Sometimes you get caught watching, just not skating where you need to and just watching them," Chimera said.
As Henrik Lundqvist prepared to pounce on the puck after Bryan McCabe had blocked Chimera 's initial shot, a backtracking Marian Gaborik knocked the puck away and it bounced off Chimera 's chest, behind Lundqvist.
Montgomery Township supervisor candidate Candyce Chimera .
Speedy Jason Chimera will skate on Capitals' top line vs Isles.
One of Chimera 's first moves as a Capital was to seek out Alex Ovechkin.
When the Capitals hosted Columbus on Nov 1, it was Chimera who instigated a scrum that resulted in Ovechkin suffering a shoulder injury that sidelined the two-time MVP for six games.
Like some kind of shape-shifting chimera, our concept of knowledge (thirst for, quest for, meaning of etc.
Generating electricity by nuclear fusion has long looked like a chimera.
Chimera, Laich and Ward are Capitals' ' meat and potatoes line,' Boudreau says.
Seven years after the $35 Billion Sprint-Nextel merger, the Nextel portion of the chimera is losing 690'000 subs per quarter while the Spint portion is adding 440'000 subs per quarter.
Quite a few Capitals didn't wear visors last season, including Mike Knuble, Jason Chimera, Brooks Laich, Matt Hendricks, Dennis Wideman, John Erskine, D.J.
On ice aspect of Jason Chimera's extension with Capitals.
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In science:

Under the mean-field approximation, the observed inhomogeneous dynamical patterns can be interpreted as a mixture of various limit cycles and fixed points, which is reminiscent of the “chimera” states found in nonlocally coupled oscillators [5, 14].
Diffusion-induced instability and chaos in random oscillator networks
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