Gorgon

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Gorgon (Greek mythology) any of three winged sister monsters and the mortal Medusa who had live snakes for hair; a glance at Medusa turned the beholder to stone
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Gorgon Anything very ugly or horrid.
    • a Gorgon Like a Gorgon; very ugly or terrific; as, a Gorgon face.
    • Gorgon (Gr. Myth) One of three fabled sisters, Stheno, Euryale, and Medusa, with snaky hair and of terrific aspect, the sight of whom turned the beholder to stone. The name is particularly given to Medusa.
    • Gorgon (Zoöl) The brindled gnu. See Gnu.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Gorgon [capitalized] In Greek myth, a female monster, one of three sisters, Stheno, Euryale, and Medusa, whose heads were covered with writhing serpents instead of hair, and the sight of whose terrific aspect turned the beholder to stone. Only Medusa was mortal, and she alone is meant when the Gorgon is mentioned singly.
    • n Gorgon The head of Medusa, after she was killed by Perseus, placed on the shield of Pallas, and, according to the legend, still capable of petrifying beholders; hence, a representation of Medusa's head; a gorgoneion.
    • n Gorgon Something very ugly; specifically, a woman of repulsive appearance or manners.
    • n Gorgon A type of direct-acting marine engine for paddle-steamers. See marine engine, under marine.
    • n Gorgon A name, generic or specific, of the brindled gnu. Also Gorgonia.
    • Gorgon Like one of the Gorgons; pertaining to a gorgon; very ugly or repulsive.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Gorgon gor′gun one of three fabled female monsters (Stheno, Euryale, and Medusa), of horrible aspect, winged, with hissing serpents for hair—every one who looked on Medusa was turned to stone: anything very ugly
    • adjs Gorgon like a gorgon: very ugly or terrific
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. Gorgo, -onis, Gr. Gorgw`, fr. gorgo`s terrible
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. gorgon—Gr. gorgōgorgos, grim.

Usage

In literature:

It can only be that your peaceful visage has had the effect of the Gorgon's head upon them.
"Debit and Credit" by Gustav Freytag
Miss Caldegard," he went on, "please make Gorgon lie outside the window.
"Ambrotox and Limping Dick" by Oliver Fleming
Only the Gorgon Medusa and the spirit of Meleager remained.
"Famous Tales of Fact and Fancy" by Various
As if the Gorgon's head had surveyed it when it was finished two centuries ago.
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern — Volume 11" by Various
There may be Gorgons to encounter, and monsters of the deep.
"A Son of the Immortals" by Louis Tracy
There too a Gorgon's head of monstrous size Frown'd terrible, portent of angry Jove.
"A History of Art for Beginners and Students" by Clara Erskine Clement
Though he be painted one way like a Gorgon, T'other way he's a Mars.
"Characteristics of Women" by Anna Jameson
In the tussle between Perseus and the Gorgon the odds are all in favour of Perseus.
"The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol" by William J. Locke
Get out of my sight, Gorgon!
"A Sheaf of Corn" by Mary E. Mann
Oh, gaze not on the Syren's fatal features, More baneful than the Gorgon head, Medusa.
"Turandot: The Chinese Sphinx" by Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller
You might as well look on the Gorgon's head!
"Turandot, Princess of China" by Karl Gustav Vollmöller
The boys used to call her Mother Gorgon.
"Humorous Ghost Stories" by Dorothy Scarborough
Judy stood on the last step and turned her neck round and her eyes upward until she resembled the Gorgon.
"The Art of Disappearing" by John Talbot Smith
Furies sit over the inner gate; Gorgons and Harpies play their parts.
"Dante: His Times and His Work" by Arthur John Butler
Aye, confound your gorgon hydras, I say too.
"The Politician Out-Witted" by Samuel Low
For the Gorgons were three terrible sisters, who lived in the far west beyond the setting sun.
"Aunt Charlotte's Stories of Greek History" by Charlotte M. Yonge
And fear of the same Gorgon follows and troubles them at home.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 18 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
What was clearly the muzzle of some kind of pistol, smoothly machined, was held ready by a mass of tendrils that suggested Gorgon hair.
"Stamped Caution" by Raymond Zinke Gallun
Would it not be better to set out at once in search of the terrible Gorgons?
"A Wonder Book for Girls & Boys" by Nathaniel Hawthorne
I know the Gorgon-seal; and from Silverius, the archdeacon.
"A Struggle for Rome, v. 1" by Felix Dahn
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In poetry:

Against eternal light and gorgon's face
Day is the shield
And we the grass
Native to fields of iron, and skies of brass.
"Harvest" by Kathleen Raine
And more the gorgon horror crushed
With dry petrific pressure in,
Till forth my waking spirit rushed
With agonizing din!
"Love, Dreaming of Death" by Charles Harpur
I have gone down where dragons writhe,
Mating within the nadir slime;
I have caressed in some mad clime
The Gorgon's ringlets, long and lithe."
"Dialogue" by Clark Ashton Smith
The mariners, what this might be,
Stood still as though 'twere Gorgon's head uplifted,
Instead of some stray iceberg that had drifted
Far out into the open sea.
"An Iceberg" by George Hannibal Temple
Of power,—­Bellona swept the crimson field,
And blue-eyed Pallas shook her Gorgon shield;
O’er the hushed waves their mightier monarch drove,
And Ida trembled to the tread of Jove!
"Poetry: A Metrical Essay, Read Before the Phi Beta Kappa Society, Harvard" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Orgies of vintages, an earthern image of Silenus
Strengthened with rushes, Tegaean Pan,
The small birds of the Cytharean mother,
their Punic faces dyed in the Gorgon's lake;
Nine girls, from as many countrysides
"Homage To Sextus Propertius - II" by Ezra Pound

In news:

Air Force stands by Gorgon Stare program.
The Air Force says it is not giving up on Gorgon Stare, the wide-area imaging pod whose development has been a top priority for the Defense Department's ISR Task Force.
With Air Force's Gorgon Drone 'we can see everything'.
News / Chicagoland H1N1, swine flu or Gorgon flu.
Reggae Carifest 2007 Comes Full Circle With The Return Of The Don Gorgon Published July 19, 2007.
Honking celebrity gorgon Fran Drescher now makes claims of alien abduction.
The Perseids have that name because if you traced all the meteor trails backward, they would meet within the boundaries of the constellation Perseus, the hero who, according to Greek mythology, slew the Gorgon Medusa.
Chubu also is a foundation member of Chevron's Gorgon LNG project.
Resembling the slithering locks of Medusa the Gorgon, they're a pile of serpentine protein in disarray.
Cristina Poe as the Gorgon dances with a pair of younger gorgons.
The Gorgon Stare wide-area surveillance system has overcome early integration problems and is delivering actionable intelligence to warfighters in Afghanistan as envisaged.
Gorgon Stare Sierra Nevada Corp.
According to an August 26 report from Bloomberg, Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. And its rivals may end an eight-month dry spell with a slew of new orders after Australia approved the $42b Gorgon liquefied natural gas project.
Even if a vehicle drives out of the view of the full-motion video sensor, it will still be within Gorgon Stare 's range.
The "Argus" program, recently highlighted by David Hambling, uses 92 cameras at once, compared to Gorgon Stare 's measly dozen.
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