• The princess and her companions by the brook
    The princess and her companions by the brook
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v companion be a companion to somebody
    • n companion one paid to accompany or assist or live with another
    • n companion a friend who is frequently in the company of another "drinking companions","comrades in arms"
    • n companion a traveler who accompanies you
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Treacherous Companions Treacherous Companions
Aeneas asks his companions to take the body Aeneas asks his companions to take the body
The dying Camilla supported by one of her companions The dying Camilla supported by one of her companions

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The electric automobile self-starter was invented to make it possible for women to drive without a companion, who was previously needed to crank the engine.
    • Companion A fellow; -- in contempt.
    • Companion A knight of the lowest rank in certain orders; as, a companion of the Bath.
    • Companion (Naut) A skylight on an upper deck with frames and sashes of various shapes, to admit light to a cabin or lower deck.
    • Companion (Naut) A wooden hood or penthouse covering the companion way; a companion hatch.
    • Companion One who accompanies or is in company with another for a longer or shorter period, either from choice or casually; one who is much in the company of, or is associated with, another or others; an associate; a comrade; a consort; a partner. "The companions of his fall.""The companion of fools shall smart for it.""Here are your sons again; and I must lose
      Two of the sweetest companions in the world."
      "A companion is one with whom we share our bread; a messmate."
    • Companion To be a companion to; to attend on; to accompany.
    • Companion To qualify as a companion; to make equal. "Companion me with my mistress."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The first cookbook published in the United States was Compleat Housewife, or Accomplished Gentlewoman's Companion, printed in Williamsburg, VA in 1742.
    • n companion One who accompanies or associates with another, either habitually or casually; one who shares the lot of another; a mate; a comrade.
    • n companion A fellow; a worthless person.
    • n companion One who holds the lowest rank in an English honorary order: as, a companion of the Bath (abbreviated C. B.), St. Michael and St. George, etc.
    • companion To be a companion to; accompany.
    • companion To make equal; put on the same level.
    • n companion Nautical: The framing and sash-lights on the quarter-deck or round-house, through which light passes to the cabins and deck below.
    • n companion A raised hatch or cover to the cabin-stair of a merchant vessel.
    • companion To associate or keep company: used with with: as, to companion with vagabonds.
    • companion A simplified spelling of companion.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Companion kom-pan′yun one who keeps company or frequently associates with another: an associate or partner: a higher rank of servant, who, though receiving pay, stands rather in the relation of a friend: fellow, in a bad sense
    • v.t Companion to accompany
    • adj Companion of the nature of a companion: accompanying
    • n Companion kom-pan′yun (naut.) the skylight or window-frame through which light passes to a lower deck or cabin: companion-ladder
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  • Elisabeth KuBler-Ross
    Elisabeth KuBler-Ross
    “Guilt is perhaps the most painful companion of death.”
  • Voltaire
    “Exaggeration is the inseparable companion of greatness.”
  • Isaac Disraeli
    Isaac Disraeli
    “Fortune has rarely condescended to be the companion of genius.”
  • George Eliot
    “She was no longer wrestling with the grief, but could sit down with it as a lasting companion and make it a sharer in her thoughts.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “The thing that counts most in the pursuit of happiness is choosing the right companion.”
  • Samuel Smiles
    “Hope is the companion of power, and mother of success; for who so hopes strongly has within him the gift of miracles.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. compagnon, OF. compaing, fr. an assumed LL. companio,cf. companium, fellowship, a mess), fr. L. com-, + panis, bread. See Pantry
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Cf. Dut. kompanje; O. Fr. compagne; It. compagne.


In literature:

The cavalier and his companion were much alarmed by this unexpected occurrence.
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 2 (of 2)" by John Roby
Perhaps he was of a coarser "make" than any of his three companions.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
In part, maybe, this was due to the poverty of the wit of their sable companions, but the three were obviously ill at ease.
"Sea-Dogs All!" by Tom Bevan
Then his companions began to discuss the best means of further progress.
"The Long Portage" by Harold Bindloss
She felt drawn to her brown-faced companion, who had obviously redeemed whatever errors he had been guilty of in the past.
"Prescott of Saskatchewan" by Harold Bindloss
Miss Martha looked up at her companion appealingly.
"The Opened Shutters" by Clara Louise Burnham
I rose long before day and woke my companion.
"Adventures of a Young Naturalist" by Lucien Biart
The desolation of Menelaus and his companions on the island of Pharos; no Return possible, death from hunger imminent.
"Homer's Odyssey" by Denton J. Snider
Paul did not mind for himself, but he did for his companion.
"The Hero of Garside School" by J. Harwood Panting
He was previous to Smoaker, and was indeed the first four-footed companion established in my confidence.
"Anecdotes of Dogs" by Edward Jesse
Five seconds later Ross Trefusis lay unconscious beside his companion in misfortune.
"The Submarine Hunters" by Percy F. Westerman
Up to this he had been almost companionable.
"The Pools of Silence" by H. de Vere Stacpoole
Miss Torrance rose as she saw them, and touched her companion.
"The Cattle-Baron's Daughter" by Harold Bindloss
His companion evidently understood boy nature, for Tom was much flattered by the supposition that he was a city boy.
"The Young Adventurer" by Horatio Alger
He looked at his companions riding in scout fashion in front.
"The Watchers of the Plains" by Ridgewell Cullum
His companions looked on with curiosity, but asked no questions, for they knew their chum delighted in surprises.
"The Boy Chums in the Forest" by Wilmer M. Ely
Her companion, who was wrapped in furs, for there was a sting in the east wind, smiled at her.
"Hawtrey's Deputy" by Harold Bindloss
His misfortune was similar to that which had befallen his companion.
"The Giraffe Hunters" by Mayne Reid
He was gazing at his companion as though he were some strange, curious animal.
"Bring Me His Ears" by Clarence E. Mulford
Melton was back in the rear, but Guy rode in front, with the Arab who had assumed the leadership since the death of his companion.
"Guy in the Jungle" by William Murray Graydon

In poetry:

I ask not for companions
Whose presence might intrude;
My dearest friend is Nature,—
I love the solitude.
"Texas" by William Lawrence Chittenden
The one halfe of them.
Hie time it is Sirs as I trow
We hie vs packing on a row
To our companions where they be.
"A Tragedie of Abrahams Sacrifice" by Arthur Golding
Companion of my loneliness
Along my journey westward,
It never leaves me comfortless,
But has the last and best word.
"The Little Clock" by Hattie Howard
"No Edward, I will follow thee,
And share thy hapless doom:
Companions shall our spirits be,
Tho' distant is thy tomb.
"Night Scenes Of Other Times" by Joanna Baillie
I then, companions always had
In all my ways, however bad;
But now not any one will come
To answer for me at my doom.
"The Unhappy State Of The Ungodly, After Death" by Rees Prichard
Do they no more in mundane mire
For golden garbage scramble?
Or, but companioned with the lyre,
Up twisting Anio ramble?
"The Reply Of Q. Horatius Flaccus To A Roman "Round-Robin"" by Alfred Austin

In news:

This artist's impression shows the speedy companion (right) as it races around the pulsar PSR J1311-3430 (left).
Next time your wife or girlfriend (or paid companion) complains that you fall asleep right after sex instead of engaging in hours of after-glow pillow talk, tell her it's not your fault — and you can back it up with science.
When it comes to writing scripts, most administrators fall back on their tried-and-true companion: Microsoft Notepad .
That pleased Jessica Lainhart, of Corbin, and her new canine companion, a Boston Terrier she and her mother Peggy Bayer adopted a half-hour earlier.
You'll also need an iPhone, iPod touch, or Android phone because all of Orb 's controls are operated via a companion app.
Last year, in this period just before Halloween, a friend and I were discussing the upcoming holiday and the potential dangers to our animal companions.
It's lovely to think that both Prophet Jesus (peace be upon him) and Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) used the same greeting of peace with their companions.
A shooting at the long time, popular fast food eatery, Johnny's Pastrami on Adams Boulevard near Crenshaw Boulevard, claimed the life of one male and wounded his female companion.
As we were waxing on about the exalted pleasures of biscuits, one dining companion recounted that the best one she ever ate was Miss June's penitentiary biscuit.
As the push towards personalised healthcare in many developed and emerging economies continues, the race to develop quick and accurate companion diagnostic tests is hotting up, with cancer diagnostics at the forefront.
Welcome to the companion Web site to the NOVA program " Pharaoh 's Obelisk," originally broadcast on February 8, 2000.
Today pharmacodynamic biomarkers are widely used in the industry elaborating optimal dosing of new drugs and predictive biomarkers have an enormous potential for companion diagnostics.
the old man said to his much younger lunch companion.
The Germans wanted to create a functional protection and guard dog that would also serve as a family companion.
Protecting Dead Spy's Lunch Companion.

In science:

The Apache web server will be used along with its companion Java Servlet Apache-JServ.
A GRB Tool Shed
H I spectral line synthesis observations of UGC 12695 and its companions were done in two runs with the VLA in its new C-short configuration and are specified in Table 2.
Star Formation and Tidal Encounters with the Low Surface Brightness Galaxy UGC 12695 and Companions
First, find an element α of GL(n, q) conjugate to diag(C ((z − τ )2 ), R) where C is the companion matrix as in Subsection 2.1 and R is semisimple without τ as an eigenvalue.
Random matrix theory over finite fields: a survey
This yields a new result of Leech type factorization theorems as a companion to those of .
A note on interpolation in the generalized Schur class
This paper is a companion paper to , and these two papers should be read together.
Combinatorics of geometrically distributed random variables: Value and position of large left-to-right maxima
Binary with B star companion. c Located in the 30 Doradus region of the LMC.
Radio Pulsars in the Magellanic Clouds
We achieve this by proving the equivalent lifting property for the class of central simple algebras of degree 8m with involution. A companion paper ([S3]) deals with the case of m, 2m and 4m where stronger rationality results are proven.
Generic algebras with involution of degree 8m
The data are used in a companion paper which compares the distances derived from the FP and SBF methods.
A Synthesis of Data from Fundamental Plane and Surface Brightness Fluctuation Surveys
We include a data table listing both the FP and SBF parameters; these are used in a companion paper (Blakeslee et al. 2002, hereafter Paper II) which makes detailed comparisons of the distance estimates for individual galaxies from the two methods.
A Synthesis of Data from Fundamental Plane and Surface Brightness Fluctuation Surveys
Nevertheless, further investigations of these ob jects, especially to detect the cool companions and to study the variations in the radial velocity, are needed.
Planetary nebula or symbiotic Mira? Near infrared colours mark the difference
However, as we explain, the classification of the non-hermitian Dirac operators H is finer, and more involved, than that of their doubled companions H.
A Classification of random Dirac fermions
Detailed discussion of embeddings of existing algebras of conditional events into (TL|TL) is included in the companion paper .
The temporal calculus of conditional objects and conditional events
The resulting partially-maximized overlap is called the match, is denoted by M (h, g ), and is a function of the source and template intrinsic parameters only (e.g., at 2.5PN order, the binary companion-masses, spin-spin and spin-orbit parameters).
Optimum Placement of Post-1PN GW Chirp Templates Made Simple at any Match Level via Tanaka-Tagoshi Coordinates
The lattice-cell measure corresponding to the optimum triangular-tile is displayed in Fig. 7 as a function of Γ, together with the number of templates needed to cover the companion-mass range 0.2M⊙ ≤ m1 ≤ m2 ≤ 10M⊙, for a number of representative minimal-match values.
Optimum Placement of Post-1PN GW Chirp Templates Made Simple at any Match Level via Tanaka-Tagoshi Coordinates
Most are binaries in which a neutron star or black hole accretes matter from a companion star.
X-ray sources in globular clusters