classical

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj classical of or relating to the most highly developed stage of an earlier civilisation and its culture "classic Cinese pottery"
    • adj classical of or pertaining to or characteristic of the ancient Greek and Roman cultures "classical mythology","classical"
    • adj classical of recognized authority or excellence "the definitive work on Greece","classical methods of navigation"
    • adj classical (language) having the form used by ancient standard authors "classical Greek"
    • adj classical of or relating to the study of the literary works of ancient Greece and Rome " a classical scholar"
    • n classical traditional genre of music conforming to an established form and appealing to critical interest and developed musical taste
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Studies have shown that classical music helps cows produce more milk
    • Classical Conforming to the best authority in literature and art; chaste; pure; refined; as, a classical style. "Classical , provincial, and national synods."
    • Classical 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."
    • Classical 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]."
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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.
    • classical Belonging to or associated with the first or highest class in literature, especially in literary style. Primarily and specifically, relating to Greek and Roman authors and orators of the first rank or highest estimation.
    • classical Pertaining to writers of the first rank among the moderns; constituting the best model or authority as a composition or an author.
    • classical Hence In general, of the first rank, or constituting a model, in its kind; having in a high degree the qualities which constitute excellence in its kind: as, a classical work of art.
    • classical Same as classic, 2 and 3.
    • classical Pertaining to a class; of the taxonomic rank or grade of a class.
    • classical Belonging to classification; classificatory.
    • classical In some Reformed churches, relating to or of the nature of a classis or class. See classis, 2.
    • classical Belonging or pertaining to a fleet.
    • classical In music, belonging or pertaining to a style of composition in which regularity of form is conspicuous, particularly to the style developed in the latter part of the eighteenth century: opposed to romantic. Thus Haydn's music is classical, while Schumann's is mostly romantic. The term is also loosely used of all music that is elaborate, difficult, or abstruse: opposed to popular.
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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.
    • adjs Classical 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
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Quotations

  • Jose Ortega Y Gasset
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    “There is but one way left to save a classic: to give up revering him and use him for our own salvation.”
  • Clifton Fadiman
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    “When you reread a classic, you do not see more in the book than you did before; you see more in you than there was before.”
  • Stephen B. Leacock
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    “The classics are only primitive literature. They belong to the same class as primitive machinery and primitive music and primitive medicine.”
  • Lord Edward Lytton
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    “In science, read by preference the newest works. In literature, read the oldest. The classics are always modern.”
  • Mark Twain
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    “A classic is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read.”
  • Coco Chanel
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    “Innovation! One cannot be forever innovating. I want to create classics.”

Etymology

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.

Usage

In literature:

THE ANGLO-NORMAN, AND THE LANGUAGES OF THE CLASSICAL STOCK.
"A Handbook of the English Language" by Robert Gordon Latham
The Junior Class study the Latin and Greek classics, Geometry, Natural and Moral Philosophy, and Astronomy.
"The History of Dartmouth College" by Baxter Perry Smith
Doing very well in Classics, and making marvellous progress in French.
"War Letters of a Public-School Boy" by Henry Paul Mainwaring Jones
At the sides the roof starts from a cornice of some depth whose mouldings and ornamentation are more classic than Gothic.
"Portuguese Architecture" by Walter Crum Watson
The remarkable freedom and originality of Rubens's treatment of classical subjects is thus accounted for.
"Six Centuries of Painting" by Randall Davies
His mistranslations of the classics were themselves classics.
"In a Little Town" by Rupert Hughes
Notwithstanding its drawbacks, our book is a classic both as to form and contents.
"Cooking and Dining in Imperial Rome" by Apicius
He took some University prizes, and a first class in both Classics and Mathematics.
"A History of Giggleswick School" by Edward Allen Bell
He was a classical scholar of the old school.
"My Autobiography" by F. Max Müller
History and faded rags are the only witnesses to its fabulous glories, in Classical, Oriental, and early Mediaeval days.
"Needlework As Art" by Marian Alford
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In poetry:

On Monticello's classic brow,
I stood and gazed around on earth;
And feelings of no common glow,
Within my bosom had their birth.
"Monticello" by James Avis Bartley
That lightly flecked the classic ripple
Of their full—flowing hair—
For shivering child and leprous cripple
Had not a look to spare.
"Two Visions" by Alfred Austin
Not less thy pulse of trade shall beat,
Nor less thy tall fleets swim,
That shaded square and dusty street
Are classic ground through him.
"Fitz-Greene Halleck" by John Greenleaf Whittier
And while, in fashion picturesque,
The poet rhymes of blood and blows,
The grave historian at his desk
Describes the same in classic prose.
"The Chronicle Of The Drum" by William Makepeace Thackeray
And trust me while I turn'd the page,
And track'd you still on classic ground,
I grew in gladness till I found
My spirits in the golden age.
"To Edward Lear: on His Travels in Greece" by Alfred Lord Tennyson
And thus, among the untaught poor,
Great deeds and feelings find a home,
That cast in shadow all the golden lore
Of classic Greece and Rome.
"An Incident In A Railroad Car" by James Russell Lowell

In news:

Payback' Pays Off / Gibson grimly whimsical as bad-guy hero in colorful update of classic thriller.
On July 22, 1982 authorities in Leningrad arrested Rostislav Evdokimov, a thirty-two-year-old classical scholar and son of the dissident historian Boris Evdokimov.
Blasphemy is an anthology combining 15 of Alexie's classics with 15 new stories about life among Native Americans in the Pacific Northwest.
He didn't dream of hammering out guitar licks or thumping on a bass, or even being a classical pianist at music hall.
CLASSICS BAH , HUMBUG: A SYMPOSIUM.
The featured classic on the June 30th edition of KLAW's Classic Saturday Morning comes from a man known simply as 'The Voice.
Classical 90.5 hosted the company for a preview of their first production on Lunchtime Classics.
Stay tuned to Classical 89.5 to hear what's next on Classical Austin.
What makes a classic film a classic.
The Herman Melville book 'Moby-Dick' has been parodied on TV and several directors have tried to capture the classic novel on film, though no movie version has quite attained classic status.
Courtesy/Charleneís Classic Carriages Charlene's Classic Carriages have been taking wedding parties and prom-goers to events on Marco and in Naples for 13 years.
Here's your chance to win a Bluray copy of the new " Classic Albums " documentary about the making of Peter Gabriel's classic album " So.".
Classic meal needs a classic finish - pumpkin pie.
A Classic Life, Sky Classic.
This weekend it unveils its first production of that classic of classics, Swan Lake.
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In science:

Somewhat analogously, here Eq. (5) was the motivation from an analysis of classical mechanics for getting Eq. (10), but after Eq. (10) was generalized from the real diagonal matrices applicable to classical mechanics to the more general Hermitian matrices that give quantum mechanics, one loses Eq. (5).
Quantum Mechanics as a Simple Generalization of Classical Mechanics
Starting with the above motivation, we assume that it suffices to explain the primordial emergence and subsequent persistence of classicality - the resistance of macroscopic bodies to form superpositions; then randomness is generated in the classical domain through some kind of chaotic dynamics.
Quantum randomness emerging under gravitational nonlinearity
Once classical states of matter are present, gravitation forces macroscopic bodies to remain confined, and allows them to explore the possibilities classicality offers to generate randomness.
Quantum randomness emerging under gravitational nonlinearity
We shall show that C-logics admit a classical conjunction and a classical negation.
Connectives in Quantum and other Cumulative Logics
This coincides with the interpretation by which the set of basis states of the combined system A, B is spanned by all possible classical configurations of the two classical systems A and B.
Quantum Random Walks Hit Exponentially Faster
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