Thule

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Thule the geographical region believed by ancient geographers to be the northernmost land in the inhabited world
    • n Thule a town in northwestern Greenland; during World War II a United States naval base was built there
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Thule The name given by ancient geographers to the northernmost part of the habitable world. According to some, this land was Norway, according to others, Iceland, or more probably Mainland, the largest of the Shetland islands; hence, the Latin phrase ultima Thule, farthest Thule.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Thule The name given by Pytheas of Marseilles to a region or island north of Great Britain, the position of which has been for more than two thousand years the subject of investigation and a matter of controversy. Of the voyage of Pytheas, who was probably nearly contemporaneous with Alexander the Great, nothing is known with certainty, since none of his writings have been preserved. It is, on the whole, most probable that he followed the east coast of Great Britain (of whose size he got a very much exaggerated idea), and that he obtained information in regard to the groups of islands lying still further north—namely. the Orkneys and Shetland—which he embraced under the general name of Thule. From what he is believed to have said in regard to the length of the day in Thule at the summer solstice, it is evident that, as he is known to have been a skilled astronomer, he thought that this land was situated on or near the arctic circle. The Romans frequently added to Thule the designation of Ultima (the Furthest Thule), and, from classic times down to the present day, Thule, besides remaining a subject for voluminous controversy among geographical critics, has been in constant use by poets and others as designating some unknown, far-distant, northern, or purely mythical region, or even some goal, not necessarily geographical, sought to be attained. This use of Thule and Ultima Thule runs through the literature of all the cultivated languages of Europe.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Thule thū′lē the name generally given by the ancients to the most northerly part of Europe known to them, of which their want of knowledge was eked out by the imagination—the Orkney and Shetland groups, Iceland, &c. The usual Roman phrase was Ultima Thule.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. Thule, Thyle, Gr. ,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—Gr. thylē.

Usage

In literature:

King in Thule, the, from Goethe, 166.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 57, No. 356, June, 1845" by Various
We might have been on the windward side of Ultima Thule.
"Old Junk" by H. M. Tomlinson
Southern Thule, Saunder's Island, and Chandeleur Islands, and finally Sandwich Land were discovered.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
From this moment White Webbs became their Ultima Thule of hope and expectation.
"It Might Have Been" by Emily Sarah Holt
She sang the 'King of Thule,' and every one listened in profound silence.
"Fair Margaret" by Francis Marion Crawford
We veer between the abomination of city-reform and the desolation of Ultima Thule.
"Visions and Revisions" by John Cowper Powys
By Thule Columbus doubtless means Iceland, which lies between latitudes 64 deg.
"The Discovery of America Vol. 1 (of 2)" by John Fiske
But Thule was quite as happy as if the hut had been a palace.
"Fairy Book" by Sophie May
ULTIMA THULE or, Thoughts suggested by a Residence in New Zealand.
"Notes and Queries, Number 237, May 13, 1854" by Various
Princess of Thule, A.
"The Lamplighter" by Maria S. Cummins
The next day found me on a disreputable ocean tramp bound for the Ultima Thule.
"The Portal of Dreams" by Charles Neville Buck
Far, far away from here, in the Land of Thule in Scandinavia, a noble hero was born of the Woelsung race.
"The Scarlet Banner" by Felix Dahn
They lived in a house called Thule, and kept six cats.
"Non-combatants and Others" by Rose Macaulay
Land sighted still more to the south was named Southern Thule.
"The Romance of Polar Exploration" by G. Firth Scott
We had reached the zenith of man's Ultima Thule, which had been sought for more than three centuries.
"My Attainment of the Pole" by Frederick A. Cook
Thule, according to the same author, abounds in fruits.
"Old English Chronicles" by Various
Ultima Thule was the island which marked the ultimate bounds of the extensive empire of this legitimate descendant of the Gods.
"The World's Sixteen Crucified Saviors" by Kersey Graves
ULTIMA THULE (L.), the utmost boundary or limit.
"Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 4 of 4: S-Z and supplements)" by Various
The northernmost island was called Thule.
"A Manual of Ancient History" by A. H. L. (Arnold Hermann Ludwig) Heeren
Another half-hour sees us into Bosheston, the remotest village of this Ultima Thule.
"Nooks and Corners of Pembrokeshire" by H. Thornhill Timmins
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In poetry:

Ultima Thule! Utmost Isle!
Here in thy harbors for a while
We lower our sails; a while we rest
From the unending, endless quest.
"Ultima Thule: Dedication To G. W. G." by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Mayhap you loved me at one time truly,
And I was jealous, and you were proud;
But mine the love of the king in Thule,
Till death; and yours—sleeps well in shroud.
"Years Ago" by Victor James Daley
Fronting the waters grey,
The halls of the ancients stand,
Fallen and gone to decay
With those who dwelt on a day,
A valiant band, In Thule, Ultima Thule,
The lonely land.
"Ultima Thule" by Cicely Fox Smith
By a route obscure and lonely,
Haunted by ill angels only,
Where an Eidolon, named NIGHT,
On a black throne reigns upright,
I have wandered home but newly
From this ultimate dim Thule.
"Dreamland" by Edgar Allan Poe
Sometimes the icepack white
Sails by, all silent and grand,
And sometimes the lightning bright
Pierces the heart of the night
Like a fiery brand, In Thule, Ultima Thule,
The lonely land.
"Ultima Thule" by Cicely Fox Smith
He rode and lilted, he rode and sang,
Then met he by chance Sir Thule Vang;
Sir Thule Vang, with his twelve sons bold,
All cas'd in iron, the bright and cold.
Look out, look out, Svend Vonved.
"Svend Vonved" by George Borrow

In news:

Thule Unloads Yakima Products.
BEAVERTON, OR (BRAIN)— Thule is selling Yakima products it purchased from a retailer through a dedicated Web site, Racks4Cheap.com.
Cadec Global has raised an additional $4 million from previous investor Thule Investments.
The Better Carry-On: Thule Crossover 38L Rolling Carry-On.
ULTIMA THULE By Davis McCombs.
Amed for the most remote cavern in Mammoth Cave National Park, " Ultima Thule," chosen by W. S Merwin as the winner of this year's Yale Series of Younger Poets competition, lucidly mines Kentucky's cave country as its subject matter.
Amed for the most remote cavern in Mammoth Cave National Park, " Ultima Thule ," chosen by W. S Merwin as the winner of this year's Yale Series of Younger Poets competition, lucidly mines Kentucky's cave country as its subject matter.
Depart a businessman, arrive an adventurer – the Thule Crossover 38L goes both ways.
McNally served in the Air Force during the Korean War from 1950-1953, stationed in Thule, Greenland.
CARiD – the one-stop shop for car parts and accessories, offers a wide assortment of the premium Thule cargo products.
BEMUS POINT — Members of the Thule Lodge, located at 4123 Pancake Hill Road, met recently at the lodge for the nomination of officer.
Thule Lodge Members Nominate Officers.
Peregrine dealers will be able to quickly receive Thule inventory, along with 7,000 other items, through Peregrine 's Williston, VT and Ogden, UT warehouses.
Thule Expands Dealers' Web Presence .
With Shopatron, participating Thule authorized dealers have the option to ship orders from their store locations for orders placed by shoppers on the thuleracks.com Web store.
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