Midas

Definitions

  • MIDAS'S EAR
    MIDAS'S EAR
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Midas (Greek legend) the greedy king of Phrygia who Dionysus gave the power to turn everything he touched into gold
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Midas (Zoöl) A genus of longeared South American monkeys, including numerous species of marmosets. See Marmoset.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Midas A genus of marmosets, typical of the family Mididæ. Upward of 20 species are described. Characteristic examples are the lion-marmoset (M. leoninus), the tamarin (M. ursulus), the pinche (M. œdipus), and the marikina (M. rosalia).
    • n Midas In entomology, the typical genus of Mididæ or Midasidæ. The species are mainly North American, as 26 against 3 in Europe. Their larvæ as far as knowu occur in decaying wood, and are probably carnivorous. M. fulvipes and M. clavatus are examples. Latreille, 1796. Also Mydas (Fabricius, 1794).
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Midas mī′das a fabulously rich man, from the king of Phrygia who got the power of turning everything he touched into gold, till he was like to be starved. His ears were changed by Apollo to those of an ass for deciding a musical contest in favour of Pan.
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Idioms

Midas touch - If someone has the Midas touch, they make a lot of money out of any scheme they try.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
So called from L. Midas, a man fabled to have had ass's ears

Usage

In literature:

The golden ass well managed, and Midas restored to reason.
"Notes and Queries, Number 56, November 23, 1850" by Various
King Midas had one little daughter, whose name was Marigold.
"The Beacon Second Reader" by James H. Fassett
It is the very same system which is represented by Midas.
"Essays on Political Economy" by Frederic Bastiat
He might be as rich as Midas, or as poor as a church-mouse.
"Austin and His Friends" by Frederic H. Balfour
This King Midas was fonder of gold than of anything else in the world.
"Myths That Every Child Should Know" by Various
Every venture turned under his Midas hand to gold and increased power.
"Destiny" by Charles Neville Buck
Midas proved to be less rich when he had only gold.
"Theodicy" by G. W. Leibniz
Remember the miserable barber of King Midas in mythology.
"The Golden Censer" by John McGovern
Before we enter, however, we must step into the office of Midas, on the left.
"Olympian Nights" by John Kendrick Bangs
The women pleaded with him, and then Mida confided her plan to him.
"The Wonder Island Boys: Adventures on Strange Islands" by Roger Thompson Finlay
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In poetry:

Ever in the New rejoicing,
Kindly beckoning back the Old,
Turning, with the gift of Midas,
All things into gold.
"To ------," by John Greenleaf Whittier
To speak, as 'twere, his private mind,
Unhindered by repression,
To make his motley life a kind,
Of Midas' ears confession;
"A Pepys' "Diary"" by Henry Austin Dobson
The pen, that was my humble slave,
Has now enslaved its master;
And fast as flows its Midas-wave,
My rebel tears flow faster.
"Pen And Shears" by Morris Rosenfeld
When slyly touched by his white hand
Of Midas-magic, forests old
Dariuses of pomp then stand
Barbaric-crowned with living gold....
"Frost" by Madison Julius Cawein
Time is our Midas. We are of his line;
His touch descends to us on either side—
That golden touch. One gesture will refine
This dust into such realms as dust would hide.
"The Attic" by Henri Coulette
Thus humble let me live and die,
Nor long for Midas' golden touch;
If Heaven more generous gifts deny,
I shall not miss them much,—
Too grateful for the blessing lent
Of simple tastes and mind content!
"Contentment" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

Luke, Swizz Beatz Have Midas Touch for Music Hits.
Luke, Swizz Beatz Have Midas Touch for Music Hits 382.
What a difference it makes to have China and India included in the Forb es' Midas List 2012.
The just-released 2012 Midas List has 38 new names out of the 100 on the list of best venture capitalists.
Jim Breyer, Tops On Midas List Again, On Global Change, Luck And Predicting The Future.
Not quite a Midas touch.
King Midas Sound Releases Dub Version Of 'Without You.
London dubstep collective King Midas Sound is gearing up for the November 1 release of a dub version of its debut album, Without You, originally released in 2009.
HUNTERSVILLE – On July 13, the hottest day of the summer at that time, Huntersville-based Midas Spring Water provided cold, bottled water free to construction crews adding lanes on Sam Furr Road/N.
Dempsey's Midas touch bodes well for USA.
An alpaca named Midas at Rum River Alpacas.
Judy Riess and Beau, Duke and Midas.
Former Alaska Gov Sarah Palin is apparently no Midas after all.
Midas Public Relations has been appointed by critically acclaimed artists' collective Greyworld, creator of the Trafalgar Square sun installation.
Midas Chain, a premier jewelry manufacturer, is set to release a new 200 page catalog.
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In science:

Thereafter, the spectroscopic data were processed by the MIDAS software package.
Structure of the hot object in the symbiotic prototype Z And during its 2000-03 active phase
The data were reduced in a standard way using MIDAS.
New findings on the prototypical Of?p stars
The MIDAS experiment: A prototype for the microwave emission of Ultra-High Energy Cosmic Rays M.
The MIDAS experiment: A prototype for the microwave emission of Ultra-High Energy Cosmic Rays
The main goal of the MIDAS experiment is to detect and characterize the microwave emission from EAS.
The MIDAS experiment: A prototype for the microwave emission of Ultra-High Energy Cosmic Rays
In this paper, we present the MIcrowave Detection of Air Showers (MIDAS) experiment, an imaging telescope whose primary ob jective is to confirm the microwave emission from EAS, and to demonstrate the feasibility of a low cost design for this novel technique.
The MIDAS telescope for microwave detection of ultra-high energy cosmic rays
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