• WordNet 3.6
    • n hero the principal character in a play or movie or novel or poem
    • n hero a large sandwich made of a long crusty roll split lengthwise and filled with meats and cheese (and tomato and onion and lettuce and condiments); different names are used in different sections of the United States
    • n Hero (Greek mythology) priestess of Aphrodite who killed herself when her lover Leander drowned while trying to swim the Hellespont to see her
    • n hero someone who fights for a cause
    • n hero (classical mythology) a being of great strength and courage celebrated for bold exploits; often the offspring of a mortal and a god
    • n hero a man distinguished by exceptional courage and nobility and strength "RAF pilots were the heroes of the Battle of Britain"
    • n Hero Greek mathematician and inventor who devised a way to determine the area of a triangle and who described various mechanical devices (first century)
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Glad to Serve Any of the Descendants Of The Heroes 126 Glad to Serve Any of the Descendants Of The Heroes 126
The Last Watch of Hero The Last Watch of Hero
Old Yale Heroes--Lee McClung's Team Old Yale Heroes--Lee McClung's Team
Old Penn Heroes Old Penn Heroes
Hero's aeolipile Hero's aeolipile
A Hero "Fin de Siècle." A Hero "Fin de Siècle."

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The studios wanted Matthew McConaughey, the newest heartthrob in the industry, cast as hero Jack Dawson in the 1997 box office hit Titanic, but director James Cameron insisted on Leonardo DiCaprio.
    • Hero A man of distinguished valor or enterprise in danger, or fortitude in suffering; a prominent or central personage in any remarkable action or event; hence, a great or illustrious person. "Each man is a hero and oracle to somebody."
    • Hero (Myth) An illustrious man, supposed to be exalted, after death, to a place among the gods; a demigod, as Hercules.
    • Hero The principal personage in a poem, story, and the like, or the person who has the principal share in the transactions related; as Achilles in the Iliad, Ulysses in the Odyssey, and Æneas in the Æneid. "The shining quality of an epic hero .""Hero worship exists, has existed, and will forever exist, universally among mankind."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The first coin operated machine ever designed was a holy-water dispenser that required a five-drachma piece to operate. It was the brainchild of the Greek scientist Hero in the first century AD.
    • n hero In classical mythology, a superior being, distinguished from ordinary men chiefly by greater physical strength, courage, and ability, at the time of the Homeric poems still regarded as mortal, but from the time of Hesiod (about the eighth century b. c.) regarded as intermediate in nature between gods and men (a demigod), and immortal. Except in the case of Hercules, the Greek cult of heroes was essentially local, each country, region, or even town holding its own in especial honor. Thus Theseus was the national hero of Attica, Ajax was especially honored in Salamis, Amphiaraus at Orchomenus; while Lycurgus became a hero in Sparta, and Hesiod himself in Bœotia. The ancient veneration of heroes was to some extent parallel with that now paid to the saints of Christianity.
    • n hero A man of distinguished valor, intrepidity, or enterprise in danger; a prominent or central personage in any remarkable action or event; one who exhibits extraordinary courage, firmness, fortitude, or intellectual greatness in any course of action.
    • n hero The principal male personage in a poem, play, or story, or the person who has the chief place and share in the transactions related, as Achilles in the Iliad, Odysseus (Ulysses) in the Odyssey, Æneas in the Æneid.
    • n hero A person regarded as heroic; one invested by opinion with heroic qualities.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A device invented as a primitive steam engine by the Greek engineer Hero, about the time of the birth of Christ, is used today as a rotating lawn sprinkler.
    • n Hero hē′rō a man of distinguished bravery: any illustrious person: the principal figure in any history or work of fiction:
    • n Hero a heroic verse:
    • n Hero hē′rō (orig.) a demigod
    • n Hero (pl.) extravagant phrases, bombast
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  • John Barth
    John Barth
    “Everyone is necessarily the hero of his own life story.”
  • Bertolt Brecht
    “Unhappy the land that is in need of heroes.”
  • George Foreman
    George Foreman
    “A hero is someone right who doesn't change.”
  • Georg Hegel
    “No man is a hero to his valet. This is not because the hero is no hero, but because the valet is a valet.”
  • Doug Horton
    “Be your own hero, it's cheaper than a movie ticket.”
  • Michael Jordan
    Michael Jordan
    “My heroes are and were my parents. I can't see having anyone else as my heroes.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. héros, L. heros, Gr.


In literature:

We took Hero with us.
"Five Little Friends" by Sherred Willcox Adams
It is this grand primitive hero who embodies the ideal of English heroism.
"Hero-Myths & Legends of the British Race" by Maud Isabel Ebbutt
Such a hero would be a credit to our modern schoolrooms, and lift a load of care from the shoulders of our modern critics.
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry
Of Suvantola the hero, Kalevala's most famous hero.
"Kalevala, Volume I (of 2)" by Anonymous
Believe me, we hate your hero less than he hates us.
"The Bronze Eagle" by Emmuska Orczy, Baroness Orczy
A hasty survey satisfied our hero that the stock was really worth more than the amount asked for it.
"Rufus and Rose" by Horatio Alger, Jr
Why take from him his own sentiments, to give him those of his hero?
"My Recollections of Lord Byron" by Teresa Guiccioli
A hero you are and a hero you remain, old chap.
"Left Guard Gilbert" by Ralph Henry Barbour
Our hero returned to his lodgings.
"A Successful Shadow" by Harlan Page Halsey
Into the dusky glow of the smithy plunged the hero, and swiftly he slew the traitor Mimer.
"Stories of Siegfried" by Mary MacGregor

In poetry:

No hero, this, of Roman mould;
Nor like our stately sires of old:
Perhaps he was not Great--
But he preserved the State!
"Abraham Lincoln: An Horatian Ode" by Richard Henry Stoddard
By such strange and wonderful ways
God would save His world again.
All our days are holy days,
Starry heroes all our men.
"The Heroes" by Katharine Tynan
"This friend, with whom to live and die,
Is now my dearest aim;
He likes the world no more than I,
And Hero is his name."
"The Hermit's Dog" by William Hayley
"Oft to the spot with mournful praise,
The mindful Hero springs,
And in such notes, as he can raise,
A requiem he sings."
"The Hermit's Dog" by William Hayley
And many a stranger who shall mark
That peasant roll of fame,
Will think on prouder ones, yet say
This was a hero's name.
"The Record" by Letitia Elizabeth Landon
Soldier coming from the war--
Who shall bind your sunburnt brow
With the laurel of the hero,
Soldier, soldier--vow for vow!
""Soldier Going To The War"" by Richard Le Gallienne

In news:

Looking down at us from a painting on the wall was Portman's political hero: Ohio Republican Sen Robert A Taft.
Latin America's self-styled Bolivarian hero may be losing his populist touch.
Police officer called 'hero' for rescuing woman from burning house .
An Oregon teen is being hailed a hero after he rescued an 8-year-old boy from a fire that broke out in his home Monday.
I don't use the word "hero" very often.
Police officer called 'hero' for rescuing woman from burning house.
He's been a hero of Salt Lake's culinary scene for decades, most recently as chef/owner of Vienna Bistro.
I didn't know the man personally…but then again, many of my disc jockey heroes I'd only known by their radio personas.
Red Bull Launches Sports Cinema Event 'Heroes by Nature '.
Paul Ngei, a former cabinet minister and one of the heroes of Kenya's independence movement, died here on Aug 15, an official of the M.P.
Freedom Now's agenda for this March 10,2012 will commence with the African Drum Beat historical calendar praising up our She-ores and Heroes.
A hometown hero lighting Whistler's cauldron .
'Bachelor,' 'Bachelorette' Heroes and Villains.
Remembering Our Heroes to feature fighting, eating and dancing.
Remembering Our Heroes is not your typical dinner dance.

In science:

Olbrechts s , C. P ´erez de los Heros q , A.C.
The ICECUBE prototype string in AMANDA
Hero III, “Manifold learning algorithms for localization in wireless sensor networks,” in IEEE International Conference on Sig.
Distributed Sensor Localization in Random Environments using Minimal Number of Anchor Nodes
In Section 6 we prove that Archimedes’ lower bound cannot be obtained by Hero’s method.
Archimedes' calculations of square roots
In the first century AD Hero of Alexandria described a method which converges more rapidly than the interpolation method.
Archimedes' calculations of square roots
Hero’s method’ to refer to any algorithm for calculating square roots that relies upon the fact that the arithmetic mean of two numbers is greater than their geometric mean, which in turn is larger than their harmonic mean.
Archimedes' calculations of square roots