Promethean

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Promethean (Old Chem) An apparatus for automatic ignition.
    • Promethean Having a life-giving quality; inspiring.
    • Promethean Of or pertaining to Prometheus. See Prometheus. "Promethean fire."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • Promethean Of, pertaining to, or resembling Prometheus in Greek mythology, who showed men various arts, including the use of fire, and by the will of Zeus was chained to a rock and tortured by a vulture.
    • Promethean [lowercase] In entomology, of or pertaining to the prometheus; being or known as the prometheus: as, a promethean silkworm.
    • n Promethean A small glass tube containing sulphuric acid, and surrounded by an inflammable mixture which it ignited on being pressed: formerly used for affording a ready light.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Promethean prō-mē′thē-an pertaining to Prometheus, who stole fire from heaven, for which Zeus chained him to a rock, to be tortured by a vulture
    • n Promethean a glass tube containing sulphuric acid and an inflammable mixture: a kind of lucifer-match
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. Prometh,us,: cf. F. prométhéen,

Usage

In literature:

And at last Bert was left almost alone, a sad, blackened Promethean figure, cursed by the gift of fire.
"The War in the Air" by Herbert George Wells
More than Promethean was the audacity that, having kindled, quenched that spark.
"The Rhythm of Life" by Alice Meynell
More than Promethean was the audacity that, having kindled, quenched that spark.
"Essays" by Alice Meynell
This was the Promethean flower.
"The Golden Fleece and the Heroes who Lived Before Achilles" by Padraic Colum
How about the Promethean vulture?
"Olympian Nights" by John Kendrick Bangs
Thus the electric spark is the true Promethean fire, which is to kindle human hearts.
"Modern Eloquence: Vol II, After-Dinner Speeches E-O" by Various
I will apply the Promethean torch, and soon vivify that rude mass.
"Mr. Midshipman Easy" by Captain Frederick Marryat
The first spirit rises up in stern Promethean revolt against the decrees of Fate.
"Visions and Revisions" by John Cowper Powys
In the year 1828, "Prometheans" were invented.
"The Story of a Tinder-box" by Charles Meymott Tidy
In no respect was his music more original than in his Promethean boldness in their use.
"Music: An Art and a Language" by Walter Raymond Spalding
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In poetry:

But what is He, whose pardon slow
At so much blood is priced?—
If such thou art, O Jove, I go
To the Promethean Christ!
"The Disciple" by George MacDonald
Vain is the wish. Better hope to describe
All that the spirit desires,
When through a cloud of vague fancies and schemes
Flash the Promethean fires.
"Dreams Of Beauty" by Adah Isaacs Menken
In their feverish exultations,
In their triumph and their yearning,
In their passionate pulsations,
In their words among the nations,
The Promethean fire is burning.
"Prometheus, Or, The Poet's Forethought. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The First)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
From party's Promethean vulture,
When wilt thou get release?
When will the strife of races,
The strife of religions cease?
And the hearts of thy loving children
Mingle and be at peace?
"My Own Green Land" by Nora Pembroke
Let the fire sink into ashes as the shadows of the night
Creep upon the darken'd hearthstone in a sweet and solemn flight;
Let me bow as if in slumber, and with busy heart and brain
Try with Promethean power to start the dead to life again.
"Winter Visitors" by Alexander Anderson

In news:

Gregg Weiner, Dumb Show, The Promethean Theatre.
Students and teachers at John Adams Middle School in Edison, New Jersey use interactive Promethean education technology to enhance learning.
The zombies aren't one-note automatons, snailing across the blood-spattered stage at the Promethean Theatre with arms outstretched in one direction.
Sanchez's Red Tide The Promethean Theatre at the Mailman Hollywood Theatre Nova Southeastern University.
In the century since the birth of Maurice Ravel two or three Promethean composers have transformed the very identifying features of Western music.
The new head of EFPIA faces a Promethean challenge: selling the merits of costly science and innovation in an era of bristling competition, fiscal crisis, and declining demographics.
The Unseen, through March 25 at Promethean Theatre at Nova Southeastern University, 3301 College Ave, Davie.
Promethean Unveils Interactive Table.
Promethean unveiled the ActivTable at BETT 2012.
One of the more memorable things I saw at ISTE was a press conference with Promethean , the neon orange-themed maker of interactive whiteboards, response systems and assorted accessories.
Promethean ActivBoard 387 Pro.
The Promethean ActivBoard 387 Pro ($3,999 list) is an interactive whiteboard solution that lets teachers use writing, drawing, audio, and video to engage students in the classroom.
A Promethean Bunch, Bound to Their Rocks.
FOR all the legendary machismo of the Abstract Expressionists, the true Promethean demigods, shaping the earth and entire cities with their craggy hands, are the Land artists.
The Unseen' brings Promethean full circle.
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