• WordNet 3.6
    • adj classic of or relating to the most highly developed stage of an earlier civilisation and its culture "classic Cinese pottery"
    • adj classic of or pertaining to or characteristic of the ancient Greek and Roman cultures "classical mythology","classical"
    • adj classic of recognized authority or excellence "the definitive work on Greece","classical methods of navigation"
    • n classic a creation of the highest excellence
    • n classic an artist who has created classic works
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Studies have shown that classical music helps cows produce more milk
    • Classic A work of acknowledged excellence and authority, or its author; -- originally used of Greek and Latin works or authors, but now applied to authors and works of a like character in any language. "In is once raised him to the rank of a legitimate English classic ."
    • Classic Conforming to the best authority in literature and art; chaste; pure; refined; as, a classical style. "Classical , provincial, and national synods."
    • Classic Of or pertaining to the ancient Greeks and Romans, esp. to Greek or Roman authors of the highest rank, or of the period when their best literature was produced; of or pertaining to places inhabited by the ancient Greeks and Romans, or rendered famous by their deeds. "Though throned midst Latium's classic plains.""The epithet classical , as applied to ancient authors, is determined less by the purity of their style than by the period at which they wrote.""He [Atterbury] directed the classical studies of the undergraduates of his college."
    • Classic Of or relating to the first class or rank, especially in literature or art. "Give, as thy last memorial to the age,
      One classic drama, and reform the stage."
      "Mr. Greaves may justly be reckoned a classical author on this subject [Roman weights and coins]."
    • Classic One learned in the literature of Greece and Rome, or a student of classical literature.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: During his entire lifetime, Herman Melville's timeless classic of the sea, 'Moby Dick', only sold 50 copies.
    • classic Belonging to or associated with the first or highest class, especially in literature; accepted as of the highest rank; serving as a standard, model, or guide.
    • classic Pertaining to or having the characteristics of ancient Greece or Rome, especially of their literature and art; specifically, relating to places associated with the ancient Greek and Latin writers.
    • classic Hence Relating to localities associated with great modern authors, or with great historical events: as, classic Stratford; classic Hastings.
    • classic In accordance with the canons of Greek and Roman art: as, a classic profile.
    • classic Same as classical, 5.
    • n classic An author of the first rank; a writer whose style is pure and correct, and whose works serve as a standard or model; primarily and specifically, a Greek or Roman author of this character, but also a writer of like character in any nation.
    • n classic A literary production of the first class or rank; specifically, in the plural, the literature of ancient Greece and Rome.
    • n classic One versed in the classics.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • 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.
    • Classic any great writer or work: a student of the ancient classics: a standard work:
    • adjs Classic of the highest class or rank, esp. in literature: originally and chiefly used of the best Greek and Roman writers: (as opposed to Romantic) like in style to the authors of Greece and Rome: chaste, refined, in keeping with classical art: famous for literary or historical reasons
    • Classic (pl.) Greek, Roman, and modern writers of the first rank, or their works
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  • Italo Calvino
    “A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say.”
  • Carl Van Doren
    Carl Van Doren
    “A classic is a book that doesn't have to be written again.”
  • Jose Ortega Y Gasset
    “There is but one way left to save a classic: to give up revering him and use him for our own salvation.”
  • Henry Miller
    “Every man with a bellyful of the classics is an enemy to the human race.”
  • Mark Twain
    “A classic is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read.”
  • Coco Chanel
    “Innovation! One cannot be forever innovating. I want to create classics.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. classicus, relating to the classes of the Roman people, and especially to the frist class; hence, of the first rank, superior, from classis, class: cf. F. classique,. See Class (n.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. classe—L. classis, cog. with L. calāre, Gr. kalein.


In literature:

Meanwhile, above all things he should read classic fiction, abstaining entirely from "Wild West Weeklies" and the like.
"Writings in the United Amateur, 1915-1922" by Howard Phillips Lovecraft
The Pagan adhered to the rolls with their associations of classic culture.
"Books Before Typography" by Frederick W. Hamilton
He was Goth, not Greek; he suffered from the mystic fear of the Goth, while he yearned for the great day flame of the classics.
"Ivory Apes and Peacocks" by James Huneker
However, the classic drama which is based upon old stories and traditions is more dramatic and melodramatic.
"Letters from China and Japan" by John Dewey
"In the School-Room" by John S. Hart
Another blow at the classics.
"The So-called Human Race" by Bert Leston Taylor
Hence what has been called the classical and domestic drama.
"English Critical Essays" by Various
I am impregnated with the ideas of classical art and classical thought.
"The Forerunners" by Romain Rolland
Quotations from the classics abound to show what was the practice of the Greeks and Romans in this respect.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 4" by Various
Samuel Blair, at Fagg's Manor, where he was thoroughly instructed in the classics, sciences, and theology.
"History of the Colony and Ancient Dominion of Virginia" by Charles Campbell
If it ever existed, it existed outside of our classic literature, in a rustic or plebeian dialect.
"The Revival of Irish Literature" by Charles Gavan Duffy
France was the only country, besides Italy, in which classical tragedy was naturalized.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 7" by Various
No less an authority than Victor Maurel pronounced it a triumph of the French classic style.
"Interpreters" by Carl Van Vechten
The authorized edition of these children's classics.
"The Youngest Girl in the School" by Evelyn Sharp
Other Romances on Classical subjects.
"A Short History of French Literature" by George Saintsbury
The Upper Sixth, Classical, should have traditions and its traditions should include the things of art.
"Years of Plenty" by Ivor Brown
We now leave America, the classic soil of the pairing family.
"The Origin of the Family Private Property and the State" by Frederick Engels
Yet here, too, is intermixed the classical with the romantic.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 57, No. 355, May 1845" by Various
The moment of Kuei-shan's enlightenment at the hands of Huai-hai is a Zen classic.
"The Zen Experience" by Thomas Hoover
Was professor of classical literature at Landshut and Munich.
"A Biographical Dictionary of Freethinkers of All Ages and Nations" by Joseph Mazzini Wheeler

In poetry:

'We met on Grecia's classic plain,
We part in Araby.
And let us hope to meet again
Beneath our Gondal's sky.'
"Alexander And Zenobia" by Anne Bronte
Round the classic Inland Ocean,
Where the Roman world held sway,
Storied shores are iridescent
With the splendor of decay;
"Discouragement" by John Lawson Stoddard
Now, O toiling Muse, repose;
Muse! the classic volume close:--
Bid the cares of study cease,
Give the vacant hours to peace!
"Dulce Domum," by Helen Maria Williams
NO classic warrior tempts my pen
To fill with verse these pages—
No lordly-hearted man of men
My Muse’s thought engages.
"Rover" by Henry Kendall
THE minstrel of the classic lay
Of love and wine who sings
Still found the fingers run astray
That touched the rebel strings.
"The Lyre Of Anacreon" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
High culture born of classic lore,
A richer culture of the heart,
A quiet scorn of aught that wore
The mean device of idle art.
"In Memoriam" by Alexander Anderson

In news:

View full size (AP Photo/Sony Pictures Classics, David Lanzenberg) This film image released by Sony Pictures Classics shows Andy Samberg as Jesse, right, and Rashida Jones as Celeste in a scene from "Celeste & Jesse Forever".
Summer Classics has announced that Columbus, Ohio-based retailer Fortin Ironworks will become the fourth Summer Classics licensee store.
Joe brought the Ford to Doug Leopold with Classic Collision and Restoration in Bryan to rebuild the classic car from the ground up.
The lineup of artist paying tribute to Deep Purple's classic album Machine Head is phenomenal and will be offered exclusively in a 'fanpack' issue of the U.K.'s Classic Rock magazine.
Send classical listings two weeks in advance to
With Open title, Classic berthWho's Classic-bound.
The episode features Peruvian classical guitarist Caballero, along with the Miró Quartet and the Classical Guitar Orchestra, performing their Modest Mussorgsky's masterpiece suite "Pictures At An Exhibition" entitled "Austin Pictures.
A few new songs and some of the great classics (recent classics).
With two tournaments left — The McGladrey Classic at Sea Island, Ga. Starts today, and the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Rochelle's Table: Classic Vinaigrette Dressing Post-Standard food advice columnist Rochelle Bilow demonstrates how to make the classic vinaigrette-style salad dressing -- a simple, tasty and healthful alternative to bottled dressings.
The Tannenbaum Classic 10K this Sunday has been changed to a shorter classic race that will be a fundraiser for the Junior Nordic Teams.
Top Ten Classical Albums for People Who Don't Know Shit About Classical Music.
The Ohio and Erie Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America will give a free guided tour of St James Cathedral, 17514 Detroit Ave in Lakewood, at 10 am May 9.
This year, the lineups for the standout classical music festivals around the country and the world are an exiting treat for classical enthusiasts.
The classic designer suit and the classic white cotton T-shirt, the kind that comes three to a package, are having a summer romance.

In science:

The analysis in [NiP] derives elegant bounds on the proportions of ppd elements in the finite classical groups and applies them to the group recognition problem for classical groups over finite fields (determining when a group generated by a set of matrices contains SL(n, q)).
Random matrix theory over finite fields: a survey
In the classical case where the residue field is perfect, we recover the classical upper numbering filtration.
Ramification of local fields with imperfect residue fields
The additional classical communication requires single classical bit.
Optimal conclusive teleportation of a d-dimensional unknown state
Although the mathematical construction used is similar to those used in geometric quantization of classical systems, after regularizing the continuous classical membrane theory the resulting theory is a system which has a finite number of degrees of freedom, but is still classical.
M(atrix) Theory: Matrix Quantum Mechanics as a Fundamental Theory
Classically, the blocks describing each ob ject evolve independently, so that there are no classical interactions in matrix theory between separated ob jects.
M(atrix) Theory: Matrix Quantum Mechanics as a Fundamental Theory
By including factors of ˆN and ˜N for semi-classical graviton states with finite momentum P + and comparing to supergravity, one finds that the terms on the diagonal are precisely those which should correspond to classical supergravity.
M(atrix) Theory: Matrix Quantum Mechanics as a Fundamental Theory
The classical matrix theory potential is −[X i , X j ]2 , from which we have the classical equations of motion ¨X i = −[[X i , X j ], X j ].
M(atrix) Theory: Matrix Quantum Mechanics as a Fundamental Theory
This coproduct leads to the classical convolution of measures and thus classical convolution of states.
Filtered random variables, bialgebras and convolutions
This close connection between what quantum theory gives and what classical physics gives is the basic reason why von Neumann quantum theory is able to produce all of the correct predictions of classical physics.
Quantum theory and the role of mind in nature
A sequence (ˆgε )ε of classical (smooth) metrics constitutes a representative of a generalized metric if it is moderate and zero-associated to a classical (then necessarily continuous) metric g .
Nonlinear distributional geometry and general relativity
To be able to state the appropriate consistency results with respect to classical resp. distributional geometry we need to define the action of a classical (smooth) connection D on generalized vector fields Ξ, H by DΞH := cl[(Dξε ηε )ε ].
Nonlinear distributional geometry and general relativity
Section III is an overview of the classical symmetry structure, culminating in a presentation of the finite classical generator of one-parameter subgroups of symmetry transformations.
Quantum general invariance and loop gravity
To state the next result concerning consistency properties of generalized connections resp. generalized Christoffel symbols with respect to their classical counterparts we need to define the action of a classical (smooth) connection D on generalized vector fields ξ , η .
Generalized pseudo-Riemannian geometry
In the classical trajectory approach to SHG , deterministic solutions of the classical SHG are used, while quantum noise of initial fields is artificially simulated by G aussian distribution.
Quantum, classical and semiclassical analyses of photon statistics in harmonic generation
Newton’s classical theory for gravity appears as a classical limit of general relativity.
Gauge Theory of Gravity