• WordNet 3.6
    • adj Gordian extremely intricate; usually in phrase `Gordian knot'
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Gordian (Zoöl) One of the Gordiacea.
    • Gordian Pertaining to Gordius, king of Phrygia, or to a knot tied by him; hence, intricate; complicated; inextricable.
    • Gordian (Zoöl) Pertaining to the Gordiacea.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • gordian Pertaining to Gordius, the first king of Phrygia (father of Midas, called by some the first king), or to an inextricable knot tied by him.
    • gordian In heraldry, a name sometimes given to the Navarre knot, or the figure of interlinked chains which forms the bearing of the kings of Navarre.
    • n gordian [lowercase] A complication; a Gordian knot.
    • n gordian [⟨ Gordius + -an.] A hairworm; one of the Gordiidæ.
    • gordian To tie or bind up; knot.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Gordian gord′yan intricate: difficult
    • v.t Gordian (Keats) to tie up, knot
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Cut the Gordian knot - If someone cuts the Gordian knot, they solve a very complex problem in a simple way.


In literature:

Nothing is easier to understand, and it needs no Alexander to cut this Gordian knot.
"Historical Tales, Vol. 6 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
His inventive genius soon cut the Gordian-knot.
"The Jest Book" by Mark Lemon
Unlike Alexander the Great, we dared not cut the "Gordian Knots," but we did get them untangled.
"A Negro Explorer at the North Pole" by Matthew A. Henson
It is the enthusiasm of youth which cuts the Gordian knot age cannot untie.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
Let, then, the priest of Hymen knit that gordian knot, the knot of wedlock, which death alone has power to untie.
"The Seven Champions of Christendom" by W. H. G. Kingston
Sir Paul was, indeed, confronted by a very Gordian knot of problems.
"High Noon" by Anonymous
That was really the only way to hack the Gordian knot.
"Planet of the Damned" by Harry Harrison
The succession to the throne is a Gordian knot, to be cut only by the sword.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 61, No. 379, May, 1847" by Various
Doris cut the Gordian knot by flashing through the kitchen and entering the lower end of the hall.
"A Little Girl in Old Boston" by Amanda Millie Douglas
This is unusual and he finds a knot that is harder than any Gordian knot whatsoever.
"Wappin' Wharf" by Charles S. Brooks

In poetry:

Love God, and love your neighbour. Watch and pray.
Do as you would be done unto.
O dark instructions, ev'n as dark as day!
Who can these Gordian knots undo?
"Divinitie" by George Herbert

In news:

' Gordian Knott' Sliced Through Chrysler Woes with Suppliers.
Can Progressive Approvals Cut Regulatory's Gordian Knot.
Mortgage crisis a ' Gordian knot'.
Mortgage crisis a ' Gordian knot '.
Can Progressive Approvals Cut Regulatory's Gordian Knot .
Fixing the state's retirement finances is like untangling a Gordian knot.
Untying Ramona's Gordian Knot.
Gordian Health Solutions, June 14, 2004.
Untangle and tidy up the Gordian knot with a homemade charging station .

In science:

Currently, the keys are specified manually, but in the future we plan to adopt the techniques of GORDIAN to discover them automatically.
Search Driven Analysis of Heterogenous XML Data
We conjecture that T (3, 4) and T (3, 5) cannot occur and, more generally, that a torus knot cannot be Gordian adjacent to a torus knot of strictly smaller index.
Gordian adjacency for torus knots
An obvious motivation for finding Gordian adjacencies is that, by definition, every Gordian adjacency determines the Gordian distance of the involved knots.
Gordian adjacency for torus knots
But Gordian adjacencies can also lead to good estimates of Gordian distances between nonadjacent torus knots.
Gordian adjacency for torus knots
Trying to generalize this example for any two torus knots T1 and T2 we look for the highest unknotting number u(K ) realized by a knot K , adjacent to both T1 and T2 , and ask if u(T1 ) − u(K ) + u(T2 ) − u(K ) is close to the Gordian distance dg (T1 , T2 ).
Gordian adjacency for torus knots