Niobe

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Niobe (Greek mythology) the daughter of Tantalus whose boasting about her children provoked Apollo and Artemis to slay them all; Niobe was turned to stone while bewailing her loss
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Niobe (Class. Myth) The daughter of Tantalus, and wife of Amphion, king of Thebes. Her pride in her children provoked Apollo and Diana, who slew them all. Niobe herself was changed by the gods into stone.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Niobe In Gr. mythology, the daughter of Tantalus, married to Amphion, king of Thebes. Proud of her numerous progeny, she provoked the anger of Apollo and Artemis (Diana), by boasting over their mother Leto (Latona), who had but those two children. She was punished by seeing all her children die by the arrows of the two light-deities. She herself was metamorphosed by Zeus (Jupiter) into a stone which it is still sought to identify on the slope of Mount Sipylus, near Smyrna. This legend has afforded a fruitful subject for art, and was notably represented in a group attributed to Scopas, now best known from copies in the Uffizi at Florence.
    • n Niobe In zoology:
    • n Niobe A genus of trilobites.
    • n Niobe A genus of mollusks.
    • n Niobe A genus of African weaver-birds of the subfamily Viduinæ. N. ardens and N. concolor are examples.
    • n Niobe In botany, a genus of monocotyledonous plants belonging to the family Liliaceæ. See Funkia.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Niobe nī′o-bē daughter of Tantalus, and wife of Amphion, king of Thebes. Proud of her many children, she gloried over Latona, who had but two, Artemis and Apollo. But these killed them all, on which the weeping mother was turned into stone by Zeus
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. Nioba, Niobe, Gr.

Usage

In literature:

We have seen a striking instance of the manner in which this divinity punishes the proud and arrogant in the history of Niobe.
"Myths and Legends of Ancient Greece and Rome" by E.M. Berens
Even in our own day there are mortal mothers who feel as Niobe felt.
"A Book of Myths" by Jean Lang
Niobe over her last was not more graceful, nor more sad.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, No. 105, July 1866" by Various
Now, my little Niobe, dry up your tears.
"The Death Shot" by Mayne Reid
Honor never did things by halves; if she wept, she wept, and at present she was a perfect Niobe, almost drowned in tears.
"The New Girl at St. Chad's" by Angela Brazil
Niobe, Queen of Thebes, was proud of many things.
"Famous Tales of Fact and Fancy" by Various
I knew that Cynthia's darts had been as effective as though he had been a son of Niobe!
"Hopes and Fears scenes from the life of a spinster" by Charlotte M. Yonge
The madness of Goliath and, of course, this gentleman Niobe.
"Fantazius Mallare" by Ben Hecht
She endured his long, searching gaze, like any other Niobe, and he dropped the little pearly hand and quitted the room.
"Macaria" by Augusta Jane Evans Wilson
Fast by, like Niobe, (her children gone,) Sits Mother Osborne, stupify'd to stone!
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 58, Number 358, August 1845" by Various
Her sister stood erect in grief like a daughter of Niobe wept into stone.
"In a Little Town" by Rupert Hughes
For not unmindful of food in her sorrow was Niobe, fair-hair'd, Albeit she in her dwelling lamented for twelve of her offspring.
"Blackwoods Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 59, No. 365, March, 1846" by Various
With the slow step of a Niobe she moved down the room and disappeared.
"Tante" by Anne Douglas Sedgwick
Why, in the hall of Niobe I wanted to stay for days to cry and weep and enjoy myself.
"Around the World with Josiah Allen's Wife" by Marietta Holley
The mother gathers her children like Niobe.
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
A Niobe weeping for her own and the world's sorrows!
"Orphans of the Storm" by Henry MacMahon
She stood over him, weeping for him like another Niobe among her slaughtered family.
"The Cup of Fury" by Rupert Hughes
For goodness' sake, do try and look a little less like a modern Niobe when he comes up.
"'Laramie;'" by Charles King
The Confederation had sunk billions into Niobe and was prepared to sink many more if necessary.
"To Choke an Ocean" by Jesse F. (Jesse Franklin) Bone
But the Niobe is not in Rome, you will say; why not take some statue or group of statues here in the Vatican?
"Belcaro" by Vernon Lee
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In poetry:

Before they were mothers
Leto and Niobe
had been the most
devoted of friends
"Leto and Niobe" by Sappho
My wine, of Niobe,
My bed the cragie rocke,
My harmony, the serpent's hisse,
The shreikinge owle, my cocke.
"A Fancy" by Edward Dyer
When she the fate of Niobe beheld,
Why has my pride against my heart rebell'd?
She sighing cried: disdain forsook her breast,
And Strephon now was thought a worthy guest.
"The Fan : A Poem. Book III." by John Gay

In news:

Niobe's Alibi ,Holsteiner Mare Gray-1998,Land of Kings.
Her name is Niobe 's Alibi.
Stereotaxis Announces Positive Results from First 50 Procedures Performed With New Niobe ES System.
Deep Secrets: Boys' Friendships and the Crisis of Connection, by Niobe Way.
Niobe Way presents an important exploration of how young people's same-sex relationships affect society.
Boys' Friendships and the Crisis of Connection by Niobe Way.
Very Low MACE Rates Reported in 2,500 Cases With Niobe Magnetic Irrigated Catheter.
The offices in Niobe and Dayton were on the chopping block until Congress began considering an emergency bailout.
Post offices in Niobe and Dayton, which are set to be closed by the Postal Service, could be retained if Congress provides the agency what amounts to an $11 billion bailout.
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In science:

In parallel, cryogenic resonant detectors were designed and constructed in several laboratories, and towards mid 1990’s the next generation of ultracryogenic antennas, NAUTILUS (Rome), AURIGA (Padua), ALLEGRO (Baton Rouge, Louisiana) and NIOBE (Australia), began taking data.
The detection of Gravitational Waves
Today the network [107] has only three detectors (Explorer, Nautilus, and Auriga). Niobe and Allegro are no longer in operation.
The Past, Present and Future of the Resonant-Mass Gravitational Wave Detectors
Niobe was a bar, which had good sensitivity from the beginning.
The Past, Present and Future of the Resonant-Mass Gravitational Wave Detectors
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