Druid

Definitions

  • The Roman soldiers massacre the druids
    The Roman soldiers massacre the druids
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Druid a pre-Christian priest among the Celts of ancient Gaul and Britain and Ireland
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Druids prepare to make a human sacrifice Druids prepare to make a human sacrifice

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: About two hundred years before the birth of Christ, the Druids used mistletoe to celebrate that winter was approaching
    • Druid A member of a social and benevolent order, founded in London in 1781, and professedly based on the traditions of the ancient Druids. Lodges or groves of the society are established in other countries.
    • Druid One of an order of priests which in ancient times existed among certain branches of the Celtic race, especially among the Gauls and Britons.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The kissing under the missletoe tradition originated from the Druids.
    • n druid One of an order of priests or ministers of religion among the ancient Celts of Gaul, Britain, and Ireland. The chief seats of the druids were in Wales, Brittany, and the regions around the modern Dreux and Chartres in France. The druids are believed to have possessed some knowledge of geometry, natural philosophy, etc. They superintended the affairs of religion and morality, and performed the office of judges. The oak is said to have represented to them the one supreme God, and the mistletoe when growing upon it the dependence of man upon him; and they accordingly held these in the highest veneration, oak-groves being their places of worship. They are said to have had a common superior, who was elected by a majority of votes from their own members, and who enjoyed his dignity for life. The druids, as an order, always opposed the Romans, but were ultimately exterminated by them.
    • n druid A member of a society called the United Ancient Order of Druids, founded in London in 1781, for the mutual benefit of the members, and now counting numerous lodges, called groves, in America, Australia, Germany, etc.
    • n druid In entomology, a kind of saw-fly, a hyme-nopterous insect of the family Tenthredinidœ.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Druid drōō′id a priest among the ancient Celts of Britain, Gaul, and Germany, who worshipped under oak-trees: a member of a benefit society (founded 1781), its lodges called groves
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. Druides,; of Celtic origin; cf. Ir. & Gael. draoi, druidh, magician, Druid, W. derwydd, Druid
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. pl. druidæ—Celt. druid—whence Old Ir. drai, Ir. and Gael. draoi, magician. Littré accepts the ety. from Celt. derw, an oak, which is from the same root as Gr. drys, an oak.

Usage

In literature:

They were almost at Druid Hill Park before Mamise realized that she was wasting her time and her trip for nothing.
"The Cup of Fury" by Rupert Hughes
In England, Stonehenge and the entire system of the Druids had to do with solar worship.
"The Sex Worship and Symbolism of Primitive Races" by Sanger Brown, II
The arts of rain-making, bringing down fire from heaven, and causing mists, snow-storms, and floods were also claimed for the Druids.
"Legends & Romances of Brittany" by Lewis Spence
Twenty yards on yonder is the Druids' altar, or the top of it.
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
The Druids added fuel to the fiery energy thus excited.
"The Ethnology of the British Islands" by Robert Gordon Latham
The eighth night after the second encounter in Druid Hill he had taken her to Gwynn Oak Park to dance.
"The Mermaid of Druid Lake and Other Stories" by Charles Weathers Bump
How he bartered with Phoenicians or Gauls for amber or iron no Druid has recorded.
"Old and New London" by Walter Thornbury
Aztecs, human sacrifices, 59, 60, 62, 102, 106; how explained by comparison with Jews, Greeks, Druids, etc., 100-106.
"The Story of Extinct Civilizations of the West" by Robert E. Anderson
The traditions of the Druids perished with them.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 3" by Various
Is she one of the nine druid priestesses of the Isle of Sen?
"The Gold Sickle" by Eugène Sue
Our old priests, the venerated druids, never allied themselves with the Roman conquerors of Gaul.
"The Poniard's Hilt" by Eugène Sue
The Celtic Druids, by Godfrey Higgins, Esq., F. R. A. S. London: Hunter & Co., 1827.
"Bible Myths and their Parallels in other Religions" by T. W. Doane
Brigandtia was her first known name, a centre of the Celtic druid religion.
"The Cathedrals of Northern Spain" by Charles Rudy
The Druid bards had their vestments of blue, while the star-gazers and leeches went in green.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 4" by Various
I have written the part of the Druid into your throstle (by permission), and you will have to sing it out again.
"The Standard Cantatas" by George P. Upton
Gaulish Druids that the universe was immortal, but destined to survive catastrophes both of fire and water.
"Principles of Geology" by Charles Lyell
Noteworthy is the exalted position occupied by the druid in the Ulster sagas, showing how little the romances were influenced by Christianity.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 5" by Various
The island of Mona may be called the Druid's sepulchre.
"Zigzag Journeys in Europe" by Hezekiah Butterworth
The druids were the learned men among the pagan Irish: they were believed to be wizards, or magicians.
"A Reading Book in Irish History" by P. W. Joyce
All the other Druids, with abject terror expressed on their faces, sank at once into the ground.
"Bill the Minder" by W. Heath Robinson
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In poetry:

In the fern-favored hollow
The fire-flies fleet
Uncertainly follow
Pale phantoms of heat,
Druid shadows that meet.
"Fairies" by Madison Julius Cawein
“Do not throw out of the window” —
Thus went the haunting tune,
Like a magical incantation,
Like a druid’s mystic rune —
"Everything Is Different In Africa" by Cicely Fox Smith
Within, a Druid's mound is seen,
Set round with stony warders;
A fountain, gushing through the turf,
Flows o'er its grassy borders.
"The Well of Loch Maree" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Aibric. I have heard the Druids
Mutter such things as they awake from trance.
It may be that the Ever-living know it -
No mortal can.
"A Dramatic Poem" by William Butler Yeats
This planet will forget offences
Of him who trades, of him who kills,
And, as in reminiscences,
Druids will teach from greenish hills.
"Oh, How Silent Is the Nature" by Nikolai Stepanovich Gumilev
Aibric. I have heard the Druids
Mutter such things as they awake from trance.
It may be that the Ever-living know it—
No mortal can.
"The Shadowy Waters: The Shadowy Waters" by William Butler Yeats

In news:

Apparently when city leaders were planning Druid Hill Park in 1860, the landscapers thought well enough of one particular tree that they created a nasty hooked turn in the roadway around it so it could be saved from the ax.
Druid Theatre draws peasant life in the raw at UCLA Live.
A Druid Theater Company/Lincoln Center Festival presentation of three plays ("Conversations on a Homecoming," "A Whistle in the Dark," "Famine") by Tom Murphy.
A Lincoln Center Festival presentation of a Druid Theater Company production of a play in two acts by Sean O'Casey.
The druids march out a casket.
The Druid City's about to get a little extra noisy tonight, thanks to some friends out West.
Druids, pagans and revellers take part in a winter solstice ceremony at Stonehenge on December 22, 2011 in Wiltshire, England.
Pagans, Druids, Wiccans, Witches and followers of Native American faiths are now welcome to practice just as mainstream believers can.
DENVER (AP AP) — The Air Force Academy has set aside an outdoor worship area for Pagans, Wiccans, Druids and other Earth-centered believers, school officials said Monday.
Kozy's Restaurant in Tuscaloosa will host a gala charity dinner featuring local pianist Henderson Huggins , benefiting Mystic Krewe of the Druids.
Pagans , Druids, Wiccans, Witches and followers of Native American faiths are now welcome to practice just as mainstream believers can.
Air Force Academy Welcomes Pagans , Druids and Witches – Oh My.
2935 N Druid Hills Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30329.
Somewhere, druids are dancing around a circle of stones.
Or at least a facsimile thereof in Goldendale, open to Druids and other visitors.
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In science:

The stauts and plans for the GRPC SDHCAL software development are presented, as well the first order digitization module for the GRPC and the display program DRUID (Display Root module Used for ILD) have been introduced.
Semi-DHCAL software developments: Digitization and Display
The idea is to integrate the SDHCAL reconstruction algorithm into the full Pandora reconstruction chain , to achieve the best performance in jet energy resolution. A 3d display program DRUID based on root TEve class ( developed for the LHC event display ) has been developed.
Semi-DHCAL software developments: Digitization and Display
With DRUID, better understanding of the ILD/test beam event and reconstruction algorithm performance could be achieved.
Semi-DHCAL software developments: Digitization and Display
Druid is a 3d display program used to visualize information stored in standard ilc data file (slcio format).
Semi-DHCAL software developments: Digitization and Display
According to different collections stored in the lcio file, Druid could display different ob jects in different combinations and styles.
Semi-DHCAL software developments: Digitization and Display
Druid will remember the status of display/hide for different ob jects from last event, and keep the status when navigated to a new event.
Semi-DHCAL software developments: Digitization and Display
By default, Druid will always display the new ob ject.
Semi-DHCAL software developments: Digitization and Display
Druid display could be easily zoomed, rotated and shifted by the mouse.
Semi-DHCAL software developments: Digitization and Display
With a self defined GUI pannel, lots of interactive actions are supported in DRUID.
Semi-DHCAL software developments: Digitization and Display
Druid allows various of options for the size and color of calorimeter hits, which could be specified in the option pannel.
Semi-DHCAL software developments: Digitization and Display
By comparing the Monte Carlo truth ob jects and the digitized/reconstructed ob jects, DRUID provides a platform to analysis the reconstruction software performance.
Semi-DHCAL software developments: Digitization and Display
The digitization module will be upgraded with realistic physics efforts (saturation, efficiency and multiplicity) and the DRUID will be updated with new geometries.
Semi-DHCAL software developments: Digitization and Display
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