• WordNet 3.6
    • n Morpheus the Roman god of sleep and dreams
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Morphine was given its name in 1803 by the discoverer, a 20 year old German pharmacist named Friedrich Saturner. He named it after Morpheus, the Greek god of dreams.
    • n Morpheus (Class. Myth) The god of dreams.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Morpheus In the later Roman poets, a god of dreams, son of Sleep; hence, sleep.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Morpheus mor′fūs a god of dreams: sleep
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., fr. Gr. Morfey`s prop., the fashioner or molder, because of the shapes he calls up before the sleeper, fr. morfh` form, shape
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary


In literature:

When he had winged his way to Trachine, Morpheus took upon himself the form of Ceyx and sought the room where Halcyone slept.
"A Book of Myths" by Jean Lang
The West Dormitory had apparently been "in the arms of Morpheus" for half an hour, at least.
"Ruth Fielding and the Gypsies" by Alice B. Emerson
I don't see Morpheus.
"Pagan Passions" by Gordon Randall Garrett
Arter thet we kin squat down an' surrender to Morpheus.
"The Death Shot" by Mayne Reid
Mr. Rogers noticed my glance in the direction of the Morpheus music.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 11 (of 14)" by Elbert Hubbard
At last Morpheus claimed him.
"The Kangaroo Marines" by R. W. Campbell
Morpheus had drawn his stilly presence nigh, And hush'd all things into a calm profound.
"A Leaf from the Old Forest" by J. D. Cossar
He tried every position, every trick for propitiating Morpheus.
"The Panchronicon" by Harold Steele Mackaye
Morpheus acquaints her with her husband's death.
"The Metamorphoses of Publius Ovidus Naso in English blank verse Vols. I & II" by Ovid
Presumably Morpheus (Sleep) is responsible for this mishap.
"Life of John Keats" by William Michael Rossetti
The rural congregation shows every symptom of being able to fall at a moment's notice into the arms of Morpheus.
"Portia" by Duchess
Phantasus and Morpheus contended for possession of him: the first had the advantage.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 61, No. 377, March 1847" by Various
Who could travel with Morpheus into the country of dreams, not being prepared with good food for the journey?
"Count Brühl" by Joseph Kraszewski
Morpheus attend you all.
"Istar of Babylon" by Margaret Horton Potter
However, after an excellent supper, we spent two hours in amorous raptures, and then Morpheus claimed us for his own.
"The Memoirs of Jacques Casanova de Seingalt, Vol. IV (of VI), "Adventures In The South" The First Complete and Unabridged English Translation, Illustrated with Old Engravings" by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
She tossed feverishly upon her couch, and long and vainly invoked Morpheus, the brother of Death.
"One of Cleopatra's Nights and Other Fantastic Romances" by Thophile Gautier
She's a very caricatura of Morpheus.
"Camilla" by Fanny Burney
We are off again to the arms of Morpheus.
"The Empire Makers" by Hume Nesbit
She wakes the drowsy god, demands a dream: And quits the sunless cave with winged Morpheus.
"Divine Adventures" by John Niendorff
He never stayed to woo Morpheus, but rose at once, however early it might be, in Aurora's reign.
"Miles Tremenhere, Vol 1 of 2" by Annette Marie Maillard

In poetry:

At night when all things are at rest,
Safe in Old Morpheus' keeping,
No troubles do my mind infest,
For I am soundly--
"Saturday On The Farm" by Edwin Carty Ranck
One night, while peaceful in my bed
I lay, unwitting what befell,
By Morpheus' arms clasped close,
In blissful rest, I slumber'd well.
"A Dream" by Thomas Frederick Young
THEY reached the house when nearly break of day,
The time old Morpheus' slumbers often weigh;
The gang, with few exceptions, (then asleep),
Were sent, their vigils with grim death to keep.
"The Princess Betrothed To The King Of Garba" by Jean de La Fontaine
And others, from exhaustion, lay down on the ground,
And soon in the arms of Morpheus they were sleeping sound;
While the Prince and some of his officers began to search for food,
And got some bread and whisky, which they thought very good.
"The Battle of Culloden" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

CD Release Party for The Morpheus Youth Project.
Morpheus ' ColorFader3™ is the preferred choice for CYM mixing color changers in sound-sensitive environments.
Morpheus Lights has announced the resignation of Jim Gordon, vice president of sales and marketing, who has left to pursue new opportunities.
"Jim served as the company spokesman for 14 years," says Bob King, president of Morpheus .
The Week's Best Robot Videos: Unlike Curiosity, NASA's Morpheus Crashes and Burns.
NASA's Morpheus lander in fiery crash at Cape Canaveral.
For a few moments today, NASA forgot about the successful landing of the Curiosity rover on Mars, and focused on the Morpheus lander, which unfortunately caught fire and crashed this morning.
Will Morpheus Be the First Vehicle on the Moon Since Apollo.
ITN has committed to purchase and install Pro-Bel Morpheus Control and Monitoring for its London headquarters.
New Morpheus vehicle hopes to take humans to moon, Mars or beyond.
NASA's Morpheus lander, packed with innovative technologies onboard, is seen during its second tethered engine test at Johnson Space Center in Houston.
The unmanned Morpheus is designed to carry cargo to the moon.
To see the Morpheus lander 's brief takeoff, watch the video provided by NASA.
NASA Morpheus Lander Crashes During Test Flight.
Chirold Epp of Houston, a JSC Project Manager for ALHAT (Autonomous Landing and Hazard Avoidance Technology), talks about the Morpheus Project Wednesday afternoon at Kennedy Space Center.