John Henry

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n John Henry hero of American folk tales; portrayed as an enormously strong black man who worked on the railroads and died from exhaustion after winning a contest with a steam drill
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Usage

In literature:

Malachi, Henry, Martin, and John took it up.
"The Settlers in Canada" by Frederick Marryat
Sir Edward and Sir John Winter, of Lydney, and Henry, Lord Herbert of Ragland, had iron works as well.
"Iron Making in the Olden Times as instanced in the Ancient Mines, Forges, and Furnaces of The Forest of Dean" by H. G. Nicholls
Dutch John, when faced with death, acted much as his chief, Henry Plummer, had done.
"The Story of the Outlaw" by Emerson Hough
And thanks a lot, John Henry; just send the reports to me personally, at Sixty-ninth Street.
"Out Like a Light" by Gordon Randall Garrett
Sir John Perrot was a natural son of Henry VIII.
"Shakespeare's Lost Years in London, 1586-1592" by Arthur Acheson
I went to Lord John this morning, and read to him my brother Henry's letter.
"The Greville Memoirs (Second Part)" by Charles C. F. Greville
At Three Rivers, Montreal, St. Johns, and William Henry, addresses were presented to him.
"The Rise of Canada, from Barbarism to Wealth and Civilisation" by Charles Roger
Nicholas, Henry Roberts, R. Ashington, John Adams, John Marsh.
"Heroes of the Goodwin Sands" by Thomas Stanley Treanor
Among these were Henry Clay, Daniel Webster, and John Quincy Adams.
"Stories of New Jersey" by Frank Richard Stockton
John Bolton, from whom the proverb derives its origin, was one of Henry VIII.
"Notes and Queries, 1850.12.21" by Various
Henry, John, a Quebec founder, 137-8.
"All Afloat" by William Wood
NEWMAN, JOHN HENRY (Cardinal).
"Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 10" by Charles Herbert Sylvester
When John Henry died there seemed to be nothing for me to do but pack up and go back east.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1907 to 1908" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Deposition of John Johnson and Henry Harris.
"Privateering and Piracy in the Colonial Period" by Various
Sheares, Henry and John, United Irishmen, 354; arrested, 355, 356.
"William Pitt and the Great War" by John Holland Rose
ATKINSON, HENRY JOHN FARMER.
"English Book Collectors" by William Younger Fletcher
Sid, Henry, John was Tom Williams' boys, and his girls were Pink and Tish.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves, Arkansas Narratives, Part 4" by Work Projects Administration
Newman, John Henry, 325, 336-338, 340.
"The Political History of England - Vol XI" by George Brodrick
Many of his friends and mine, William Harness, John Kenyon, and Henry Chorley, speak very highly of him.
"Stories of Authors, British and American" by Edwin Watts Chubb
Oxford & London: JOHN HENRY PARKER.
"Notes and Queries, Number 213, November 26, 1853" by Various
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In poetry:

The hounds close in, the saints press out,
And you are crushed between,
What will you do, John Henry,
With none to intervene?
"Ballad Of A New Villon" by Benjamin Musser
The Church cries out, John Henry,
Her curses on your head;
Where will you find a blessed grave,
Cross-marked, when you are dead?
"Ballad Of A New Villon" by Benjamin Musser
They are closing in, John Henry,
The law-dogs loudly bay;
Where will you hide your frightened heart
Tonight, where will you stay?
"Ballad Of A New Villon" by Benjamin Musser
But we all fits into places dat no othah ones could fill,
An' we does the things we has to, big er little, good er ill.
John cain't tek de place o' Henry, Su an' Sally ain't alike;
Bass ain't nuthin' like a suckah, chub ain't nuthin' like a pike.
"Accountability" by Paul Laurence Dunbar

In news:

John Henry 's future.
Commodities trader John Henry 's Boca Raton, Fla.-based John W Henry & Co.
John Henry and the Engine in Strauss Park Sam Africano.
Thursdays at the Intersection featured the sounds of John Henry and the Engine this week.
John Henry Jacobs, a native of Escanaba, passed away at his home in Atherton, Calif, on Aug 16, 2012, at the age of 84, after a shortbattle with leukemia.
Will the real John Henry please stand up (and fix this Fenway mess).
Did someone kidnap Boston Red Sox owner John Henry .
John Henry Havemeier, age 89, of Hutchinson, passed away Thursday, Aug 9, 2012, at the Hutchinson Community Hospital in Hutchinson.
John Henry 's got his back.
Blame this mess on John Henry .
Aceyalone and Sunspot Jonz live at John Henry 's 5.18.12.
John Henry Johnson passed away in his home on April 7, 2012, overlooking the mountains and valley in Wickenburg at the age of 82.
John Henry Browne, the 'Barefoot Bandit's' attorney, to defend US soldier's Afghan murders.
John Ernest Henry, 87, of Lima, died at 8:30 pm, Wednesday, Jan 25, 2012, at his residence.
John Henry Newman and Liturgical Reverence.
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In science:

Pal Gronas, Henry Ibstedt, John McCarthy, Mike Mudge, Marcela Popescu, Paul Popescu, E.
Sequences of Numbers Involved in Unsolved Problems
Pliny the Elder, Natural history, translated by John Bostock and Henry Thomas Riley, London, H. G.
Abusir: from Pliny the Elder to Google Maps
The authors also wish to thank Henri Darmon, Matthew Greenberg, Victor Rotger and John Voight for their advice and encouragement.
Computing quotients of the Bruhat-Tits tree for GL2(Qp) by quaternionic groups
The author would like to thank Henry Frisch, Ray Culbertson, Peter Wilson, Sarah Eno, John Hobbs, John Womersley, Bryan Laurer, Takanobu Handa, Juan Valls, Leslie Groer, Stephen Mrenna, Dave Hedin, Chris Kolda, Gordy Kane and Jianming Qian for their work on the analyses presented.
CDF Searches for New Phenomena
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