• WordNet 3.6
    • n Nereid (Greek mythology) any of the 50 sea nymphs who were daughters of the sea god Nereus
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Nereid (Class. Myth) A sea nymph, one of the daughters of Nereus, who were attendants upon Neptune, and were represented as riding on sea horses, sometimes with the human form entire, and sometimes with the tail of a fish.
    • Nereid (Zoöl) Any species of Nereis. The word is sometimes used for similar annelids of other families.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Nereid In Greek myth, a sea-nymph, one of the daughters of Nereus and Doris, generally spoken of as fifty in number. The most famous among them were Amphitrite, Thetis, and Galatea. The Nereids were beautiful maidens helpful to voyagers, and constituted the main body of the female, as the Tritons did of the male, followers of Poseidon or Neptune. They were imagined asdancing, singing, playing musical instruments, wooed by the Tritons, and passing in long processions over the sea seated on hippocamps and other sea monsters. Monuments of ancient art represent them lightly draped or nude, in poses characterized by undulating lines, harmonizing with those of the ocean, and often riding on sea-monsters of fantastic forms.
    • n Nereid In zoology, a sea-centiped; an errant marine worm of the family Nereidæ; in a wider sense, a marine annelid: applicable to nearly all of the polychætous worms.
    • n Nereid Some ocean organism that shines by night. See the quotation under noctilucous.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Nereid nē′rē-id (Gr. myth.) a sea-nymph, one of the daughters of the sea-god Nereus, who attended Neptune riding on sea-horses:
    • n Nereid nē′rē-id (zool.) a genus of marine worms like long myriapods
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. Nereis, -idis, Gr. Nhrei:`s Nhrhi:`s Nhrhi:`dos, a daughter of Nereus, a nymph of the sea, fr. Nhrey`s Nereus, an ancient sea god; akin to nhro`s wet, Skr. nāra, water, cf. Gr. na`ein to flow
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary


In literature:

Now to answer the first summons of a Nereid meant madness.
"The Science of Fairy Tales" by Edwin Sidney Hartland
On his carrying out the old woman's suggestion the nereid cried out, 'Let go my child, dog!
"Ballads of Mystery and Miracle and Fyttes of Mirth" by Frank Sidgwick
Even Nereus and his wife Doris with the Nereids, their daughters, sought the deepest caves for refuge.
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry
The Nereid train Swim o'er the placid waves.
"The Metamorphoses of Publius Ovidus Naso in English blank verse Vols. I & II" by Ovid
The Nereids were fifty.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 16, No. 93, July, 1865" by Various
He came to a beautiful spring, a deep, clear, green pool, and there the water-fairies lived, whom men called Nereids.
"Tales of Troy and Greece" by Andrew Lang
She summons the Nereids, and informs them of her intentions.
"The Lusiad" by Luís de Camões
Passion held in check will consume with inward fire, whilst its expression often cools like the Nereid's embrace.
"The Heart of a Woman" by Emmuska Orczy, Baroness Orczy
By Jove, the Nereids in the British Museum.
"Carnival" by Compton Mackenzie
The nereids are, like the fairy ladies, beautiful and capricious, and are likewise invariably blue eyed and golden haired.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia" by Various

In poetry:

Look on the lily lids,
The eyes of dawn,
Deep as a Nereid's,
Swimming with dewy lids
In waters wan.
"Pictured" by Madison Julius Cawein
All day he looks, with hazy lids,
At gods who cleave the deep;
All night he hears the Nereids
Sing their wild hearts asleep.
"Argonauts" by Madison Julius Cawein
Or had you shameful secret quests and did
you harry to your home
Some Nereid coiled in amber foam with curious
rock crystal breasts?
"The Sphinx" by Oscar Wilde
This melody, you say, has certain voices—
They rise like nereids from a river, singing,
Lift white faces, and dive to darkness again.
Wherever you go you bear this river with you:
A leaf falls,—and it flows, and you have pain.
"The House Of Dust: Part 03: 05: " by Conrad Potter Aiken
The billows' rainbow splendor, like a strange enchanting dream.
In fading, softened slowly to a trembling pearly gleam;
And soon the wondrous Sun-god, and the Nereids and the sea
Had vanished; one gray-tinted cloud alone remained for me.
"Sunset Picture" by Henrietta Cordelia Ray
The Sun-god wove bright flowers, gold and purple in their hue,
And to the smiling Nereids tenderly the blossoms threw;
The sapphire seas were shadowy, like an eye with dreamy thought,
Where all the soul's mute rapture—a prisoned staris caught
"Sunset Picture" by Henrietta Cordelia Ray

In news:

Nereid Out of Filly & Mare Turf.
Nereid has been declared out of the Nov 2 Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf (gr IT) after sustaining a minor injury, according to trainer John Shirreffs.
American Oaks Winner Nereid Returns.
Nereid makes her first start of 2012 in the Wilshire.
Nereid , who finished in a dead heat with.
On Friday night the back wall of Feverhead, the multidisciplinary arts space in Grandview, will be transformed into a projection screen for " Nereid ," itself a multidisciplinary creation.
Windansea is herself a half sister to Sing and Swing (by Dixieland Band, sire of Nereid 's second dam), a multiple stakes winner and dam of graded scorer S. S Stone, and is out of the Kentucky Oaks (gr II) heroine Sun and Snow.
Garcia was up in the saddle at that point but began riding Cambina again and the Irish-bred filly came on gamely while slicing into Nereid 's lead.
Donna Wilson Mini Swan Scarf (about $63 here) Les Nereides Black Swan Drop Earrings (about $119 here).
Some 400 rowers , representing 142 crews in the Metropolitan Area, raced in a variety of events from the Nereid Boat Club in Rutherford to the Passaic River Rowing Association facility in Lyndhurst.