Serpentize

Definitions

  • THE BRAZEN SERPENT
    THE BRAZEN SERPENT
  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i Serpentize To turn or bend like a serpent, first in one direction and then in the opposite; to meander; to wind; to serpentine. "The river runs before the door, and serpentizes more than you can conceive."
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Additional illustrations & photos:

An Immense Serpent Stretched across the Road An Immense Serpent Stretched across the Road
Immense serpents were peeping out of holes on every side Immense serpents were peeping out of holes on every side
We soon were awakened by the hissing of an enormous serpent We soon were awakened by the hissing of an enormous serpent
HOW THE SERPENT THAT GUARDED THE GOLDEN FLEECE WAS SLAIN HOW THE SERPENT THAT GUARDED THE GOLDEN FLEECE WAS SLAIN
VISHNU RECLINING ON THE SERPENT VISHNU RECLINING ON THE SERPENT
IN "THE SERPENT." IN "THE SERPENT."

Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The "caduceus" the classical medical symbol of two serpents wrapped around a staff comes from an ancient Greek legend in which snakes revealed the practice of medicine to human beings.
    • serpentize To wind; turn or bend, first in one direction and then in the opposite; meander.
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Quotations

  • Baltasar Gracian
    Baltasar%20Gracian
    “At twenty a man is a peacock, at thirty a lion, at forty a camel, at fifty a serpent, at sixty a dog, at seventy an ape, at eighty a nothing at all.”
  • William Shakespeare
    William%20Shakespeare
    “How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have a thankless child.”
  • D. H. Lawrence
    D.%20H.%20Lawrence
    “The deadly Hydra now is the hydra of Equality. Liberty, Equality and Fraternity is the three-fanged serpent.”
  • Haug
    Haug
    “Innocent as a dove you will harm no one, but wise as a serpent no one will harm you.”
  • Minna Antrim
    Minna%20Antrim
    “The Green-eyed Monster causes much woe, but the absence of this ugly serpent argues the presence of a corpse whose name is Eros.”
  • King Jr. Martin Luther
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    “We must combine the toughness of the serpent with the softness of the dove, a tough mind and a tender heart.”

Usage

In literature:

We want to ask you a question or two; only first put that serpent away.
"Lavengro the Scholar - the Gypsy - the Priest" by George Borrow
There lay the dreaded serpent, coiled in a ring round the wall.
"Historical Tales, Vol. 9 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
One morning he saw a man sleeping, and a serpent and lioness bent on making him their prey.
"Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama" by E. Cobham Brewer
It would be hard to die because a serpent of the forest came in after seeing the light.
"Gil the Gunner" by George Manville Fenn
A serpent entwined round a knotted staff is the symbol of AEsculapius.
"Outlines of Greek and Roman Medicine" by James Sands Elliott
Or it might be that one of the huge serpents of which I had read so much might creep in at the open door.
"Nat the Naturalist" by G. Manville Fenn
Why, Rob, my lad, it would have almost frightened me into fits: I have such a horror of serpents.
"Rob Harlow's Adventures" by George Manville Fenn
It was a huge serpent.
"On the Banks of the Amazon" by W.H.G. Kingston
I was anxious to shoot the serpent.
"In the Eastern Seas" by W.H.G. Kingston
The fire came hissing along towards us like a fiery serpent.
"Manco, the Peruvian Chief" by W.H.G. Kingston
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In poetry:

THE winding way the serpent takes
The mystic water took,
From where, to count its beaded lakes,
The forest sped its brook.
"Norembega" by John Greenleaf Whittier
No midnight terrors haunt their bed,
No arrow wounds by day;
Unhurt on serpents they shall tread,
If found in duty's way.
"The Believer's Safety" by John Newton
Arise O Lord, fulfill thy grace,
While I thy glory sing;
My God has broke the serpent's teeth,
And death has lost his sting.
"Psalm III: My God, How Many Are My Fears" by Isaac Watts
Arise, O Lord, fulfil thy grace,
While I thy glory sing;
My God has broke the serpent's teeth,
And death has lost his sting.
"Psalm 3" by Isaac Watts
We hear it; smile, yet fearfully,
As 'twere the serpent's hiss,
Bosom to beating bosom, crush
Our wild hearts' lonely bliss.
"Immortal Eve - II" by Manmohan Ghose
Come, desire of nations, come,
Fix in us thy humble home;
Rise, the woman's conquering seed,
Bruise in us the serpent's head.
"For Christmas Day" by Charles Wesley

In news:

Sharon Van Etten , 'Serpents'.
Specter's Lesson: Sharper Than a Serpent 's Tooth Is an Ungrateful Abortion Lobby.
Sharper than a serpent 's tooth.
And the Serpent Said, Have a Bite of Chocolate.
Sharper than a serpent's tooth.
How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have a resigning employee.
Specter's Lesson: Sharper Than a Serpent's Tooth Is an Ungrateful Abortion Lobby.
Asian and Australian serpents were thought to be one, but DNA proves otherwise.
A gold serpent brooch that then-U.
Cobra sports cars are 'Serpents in the Garden' at L.A. 0 A Cobra sports car sits ready to strike at the L.A. County Arboretum as part of the "Serpents in the Garden" exhibit.
The Wild Side by Scott Shalaway: Spiders, serpents and bats , oh my.
It could be a very long time before the reptilian corps locates New York's most famous serpent at large.
Orchestral works ('La donna serpente' orchestral fragments, Concerto for Orchestra, etc.).
Romuald Hazoume made this predatory creature - the "Rainbow Serpent" - out of recycled jerry cans that are typically used to carry gasoline.
The Serpent by Jean Claude van Itallie, directed by Joe Chaikin The Open Theater.
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In science:

To connect this epilogue back to the prologue like the proverbial tail-biting serpent, in QG research the glaring absence of comprehensive experiments and thus of reliable and concrete experimental data to support and constrain theorymaking is, at least from a mathematical viewpoint, quite liberating.
`Iconoclastic', Categorical Quantum Gravity
The Mayan pyramid of Kukulk´an (also called El Castil lo, “The Castle”) in Chich´en Itz´a, in the Mexican state of Yucat´an, was built so that the setting sun, around the time of the equinoxes, casts a shadow that looks like a serpent slithering down the side of the staircase.
The sun's position in the sky
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