• WordNet 3.6
    • n Hermes (Greek mythology) messenger and herald of the gods; god of commerce and cunning and invention and theft; identified with Roman Mercury
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Hermes (Archæology) Originally, a boundary stone dedicated to Hermes as the god of boundaries, and therefore bearing in some cases a head, or head and shoulders, placed upon a quadrangular pillar whose height is that of the body belonging to the head, sometimes having feet or other parts of the body sculptured upon it. These figures, though often representing Hermes, were used for other divinities, and even, in later times, for portraits of human beings. Called also herma. See Terminal statue, under Terminal.
    • Hermes (Myth) See Mercury.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Hermes In Greek myth, the herald and messenger of the gods, protector of herdsmen, god of science, commerce, invention, and the arts of life, and patron of travelers and rogues, son of Zeus (Jupiter) and Maia, born on Mount Cyllene in Arcadia. He was the guide (psychopompos) of the shades of the dead to their final abode. In art he is represented as a vigorous youth, beardless after the archaic period, and usually but slightly draped, with caduceus, petasus, and talaria as attributes. The Roman Mercury, a god of much more material and sordid character, became identified with Hermes. See the cut of Hermes of Praxiteles, under Greek, a.
    • n Hermes [lowercase; pl. hermæ (-mē).] In Greek antiquity, a head or bust supported upon a quadrangular base, which corresponds roughly in mass to the absent body, and often bears in front a phallus as an indication of the sex. The bust was often double-faced, as if representing two individuals back to back. These monuments were so called because the god Hermes was frequently so represented. Such statues of him were placed at the doors of houses in Athens, and at the corners of streets, in his character as tutelary divinity of highways and boundaries, in gymnasia, and in other public places. The hermæ were held in great reverence as guarding or symbolizing many of the common interests of life. Compare gaine.
    • n Hermes The Egyptian god Thoth, as identified with the Greek Hermes.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Hermes hėr′mēz the herald and messenger of the gods of Greek mythology, patron of herdsmen, arts, and thieves: a head or bust on a square base, often double-faced
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., fr. Gr.


In literature:

Thoth (p. 27, line 17), is the Recording Angel of Judgment; and the Greek Hermes Phre (line 20), is the Sun.
"The Crown of Wild Olive" by John Ruskin
I did not see him in Italy, but in Herm, one of the minor Channel Islands.
"When Winter Comes to Main Street" by Grant Martin Overton
Look to the example in your standard series, Hermes Eriophoros.
"Ariadne Florentina" by John Ruskin
Hermes himself might have envied the perfect grace of the man.
"Brand Blotters" by William MacLeod Raine
With Hermes as guide of travelers cf.
"Introduction to the History of Religions" by Crawford Howell Toy
Could you play Hermes for me to one of the maids of honor?
"In Doublet and Hose" by Lucy Foster Madison
He was greatly pleased with a curious kind of aromatic tube which Hermes invented for him this morning.
"Hypolympia" by Edmund Gosse
They were Jocki and Herming, the only two sailors of the crew of the Norwegian schooner who were left.
"A Winter Amid the Ice" by Jules Verne
So Hermes flew along the waste of waves.
"Poetical Works of William Cullen Bryant" by William Cullen Bryant
I had not the slightest idea that the figure of that woman was meant for Irene Herms.
"The Lonely Way--Intermezzo--Countess Mizzie" by Arthur Schnitzler

In poetry:

In Heav'n, one Holy-day, You read
In wise Anacreon, Ganymede Drew heedless Cupid in, to throw
A Main, to pass an Hour, or so.
The little Trojan, by the way,
By Hermes taught, play'd All the Play.
"Cupid And Ganymede" by Matthew Prior
Who shall calm the angry storm?
Who the mighty task perform,
And bid the raging tumult cease?
See the son of Hermes rise,
With siren tongue, and speaking eyes,
Hush the noise, and soothe to peace!
"Ode To Eloquence " by Henry Carey
In sullen Humour one Day Jove Sent Hermes down to Ida's Grove,
Commanding Cupid to deliver
His Store of Darts, his total Quiver;
That Hermes shou'd the Weapons break,
Or throw 'em into Lethe's Lake.
"Mercury And Cupid" by Matthew Prior
Hills are dark with honeyed cloud.
Look: I do not touch lithe strings.
Your gaze, prophetically flying,
is clenched, gushes no winged streams,
and beckons by no May road, trying
to outstrip Hermes in his flight.
"The Sense Of Your Bidding" by Mikhail Alekseevich Kuzmin
When airs breathe drowsily and sweet,
Charming the woods to colors gay,
And distant pastures send the bleat
Of hungry lambs at break of day,
Old Hermes' wings grow on my feet,
And, good-by, home! I'm called away!
""If I Could Glimpse Him"" by John Charles McNeill
Jove made his leg, and kiss'd the dame;
Obsequious Hermes did the same.
Jove kiss'd the farmer's wife, you say!
He did — but in an honest way:
Oh! not with half that warmth and life
With which he kiss'd Amphitryon's wife. —
"The Ladle. A Tale" by Matthew Prior

In news:

And special guest, Michael Hermes, guitar.
Oprah revisits her feud with Hermes.
NEW YORK — Oprah Winfrey didn't waste any time in the new season of her syndicated TV show to revisit her summer feud with luxury store Hermes.
Advice from Hermès Designer Véronique Nichanian.
But not so at Hermès , where Véronique Nichanian has overseen men's-wear for the past 21 years.
Postal worker doubles as Hermès scarf illustrator.
The World's Best Vintage Hermès Shop.
But my yearly pilgrimage brings me here for only one: Hermès .
Since Letizia opened her boutique in 1977, she has been one of Italy's top purveyors of vintage Hermès bags and scarves, representing every era.
Hermès Sales Get a Lift From Luxury's High End.
Hermes Boosts Sales 24%, Raises Forecast Amid Asia Growth.
In other words, he designs the frames of the pictures that he's painting, and htat's the way Hermès has chosen its path and it just fit in to what Kermit was doing.
He lives in Waco, Texas, and he's the only American to ever design scarves for Hermès .
4 Steps To Building An Enduring Brand: Lessons From Hermes.
Puiforcat at the Highland Park Village Hermès Boutique.

In science:

Given A ∈ Cd×d Herm , say that A (cid:23) 0 if A is positive semi-definite, which is the same as saying that all eigenvalues of A are non-negative, or that v∗Av ≥ 0 for all v ∈ Cd .
Concentration of the adjacency matrix and of the Laplacian in random graphs with independent edges
A, B ∈ Cd×d Herm : “A (cid:23) 0” ⇒ “λmax (A + B ) ≥ λmax (B )”.
Concentration of the adjacency matrix and of the Laplacian in random graphs with independent edges
C − B )1/2 ∈ Cd×d Herm is the (also positive semi-definite) square root of C − B .
Concentration of the adjacency matrix and of the Laplacian in random graphs with independent edges
Herm and such that there exists a M > 0 with kXi k ≤ M almost surely for al l 1 ≤ i ≤ m.
Concentration of the adjacency matrix and of the Laplacian in random graphs with independent edges
Herm is the space of d × d Hermitian matrices, which are the A ∈ Cd×d with A∗ = A.
The spectrum of random k-lifts of large graphs (with possibly large k)