• WordNet 3.6
    • n Zeus type genus of the family Zeidae
    • n Zeus (Greek mythology) the supreme god of ancient Greek mythology; son of Rhea and Cronus whom he dethroned; husband and brother of Hera; brother of Poseidon and Hades; father of many gods; counterpart of Roman Jupiter
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Some frogs sitting on a log about to be eaten by a stork. Zeus looks on from afar Some frogs sitting on a log about to be eaten by a stork. Zeus looks on from afar

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Olympics were originally held for the Greek god Zeus
    • n Zeus (Gr. Myth) The chief deity of the Greeks, and ruler of the upper world (cf. Hades). He was identified with Jupiter.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Paul Quincy Randolph Shermasn Thomas Uncas Victor William Xerxes Yancy Zeus Wolfeschlegelsteinhausenbergerdorft Sr.
    • n Zeus In Gr. Myth., the chief and master of the gods, the supreme deity, omnipresent and all-powerful, generally looked upon as the son of Kronos and Rhea, and held to have dethroned and succeeded his father In a narrower sense, he was the god of the heavens, and controlled all celestial phenomena, as rains, snows, and tempests, heat and cold, and the lightning. His consort was Hera. Zeus was worshiped universally; but the most renowned of his sanctuaries were those of Olympia in Elis and Do-dona in Epirus. In art Zeus was represented as a majestic and powerful figure, with full beard and flowing hair, in early works sometimes fully draped, but in later art, in general, only lightly draped in the himation. The type fixed by Phidias in the second half of the fifth century b. c., in his great chryselephantine statue for the temple at Olympia, influenced all artists who came after him. The usual attributes of the god are a long staff or scepter, the thunderbolt, the eagle, and sometimes a figure of Victory borne on one hand. The head is generally encircled by a fillet or a wreath; in later sculptures the hair rises from the brow in luxuriant locks like a crown, and falls in masses on either side of the face. Compare Jupiter. See cut on preceding page, and cut under thunderbolt.
    • n Zeus [NL. (Linnæus, 1758).] In ichthyology, a genus of acanthopterygian fishes, typical of the family Zenidæ. It includes several fishes of remarkable appearance, as the John-dory, Z. faber, well known in classic times. See cut under dory, 1.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The seven wonders of the ancient world werethe Egyptian Pyramids at Giza, Hanging Gardens of Babylon, Statue of Zeus at Olympia, Colossus of Rhodes or huge bronze statue near the Harbor of Rhodes that honored the sun god Helios, Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, Lighthouse at Alexandria
    • n Zeus zūs the greatest of the national deities of Greece, son of Cronos (Saturn) and Rhea, brother of Poseidon (Neptune), Hades (Pluto), Hestia (Vesta), Demeter (Ceres), and Hera (Juno). His consort was Hera; his supreme seat, Mount Olympus in Thessaly.
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  • Sophocles
    “The dice of Zeus always fall luckily.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary


In literature:

I don't know; but something in us appears to save us from the punishing comet of Zeus.
"Waiting for Daylight" by Henry Major Tomlinson
Other famous baetylic idols were those in the temples of Zeus Casius at Seleucia, and of Zeus Teleios at Tegea.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 2" by Various
Zeus interposed, and the mother and son were removed from the earth, and placed among the stars.
"Poetical Works of Matthew Arnold" by Matthew Arnold
They were celebrated in honor of Zeus, at Olympia, in Elis, which became the Holy Land of Greece.
"History of Education" by Levi Seeley
Is it Zeus who has driven us forth?
"Hypolympia" by Edmund Gosse
To the King he presented a golden sceptre and thunderbolts, which no one but Zeus himself could hold.
"Harper's Young People, April 20, 1880" by Various
Zeus, pleased with the boy's adventurous spirit, appointed him his special Ambassador.
"Harper's Young People, May 25, 1880" by Various
Even his Zeus Terpikeraunos seemed fonder of other occupations than hurling his flashing bolts.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 15, No. 89, May, 1875" by Various
Why crown whom Zeus has crowned in soul before?
"Browning's England" by Helen Archibald Clarke
They are accustomed to offer sacrifices to Zeus on the summits of mountains; they call the whole circle of heaven Zeus.
"History of Religion" by Allan Menzies

In poetry:

Pan is at the reeds to-night,
Earth is on the ancient plan.
Listen to the risen wind:
Earth has quite forgotten man.
'Tis a night for Zeus and Pan.
"April 8th, 1901" by Ethel Clifford
Throned on the rainbow, goddess Aphrodite,
Daughter of Zeus, wile-weaver, I beseech thee,
Neither with fears nor sorrows, O thou dread one,
Thrall my poor bosom;
"Aphrodite (From Sappho)" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
Wasted with fire are the halls they built me,
And sown with salt are the streets I trod,
Where flowers they scattered and spices spilt me.
Alas that Zeus is a jealous God!
"Helen Of Troy" by Nora Jane Hopper Chesson
Steadfast, ne'er thrown in fight,
The deed in brow of Zeus to ripeness brought;
For wrapt in shadowy night,
Tangled, unscanned by mortal sight,
Extend the pathways of his secret thought.
"A Prayer For Artemis" by Aeschylus
"What to do?" Zeus exclaimed,—"for the world has been given;
The harvest, the market, the chase, are not free;
But if thou with me wilt abide in my heaven,
Whenever thou comest, 'twill be open to thee!"
"The Division Of The Earth" by Friedrich von Schiller
"Take the world!" Zeus exclaimed from his throne in the skies
To the children of man—"take the world I now give;
It shall ever remain as your heirloom and prize,
So divide it as brothers, and happily live."
"The Division Of The Earth" by Friedrich von Schiller

In news:

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The series currently consists of Haiku, White Zeus, Kensho (shown), Gray Expo and Nuit Bleu.
The Guinness World Record s 2013 book published last week recognizes Zeus of Otsego, Mich. As the world's Tallest Dog.
Riverbed Technology on Tuesday said it would acquire two companies: virtual application delivery controller (ADC) specialist Zeus Technology and Web content optimization vendor Aptimize Limited.
Pop Zeus rolls tape and rolls out shiny, homemade tunes.
Zeus , Xena, and Sam '.
Meet Zeus , The World's Tallest Dog.
Zeus , a Great Dane, is now officially the world's tallest dog according to Guinness World Records.
Meet Zeus after the break.
Enter a hip-hop artist named Carleton Zeus .
Zeus - or at least so.
Browsing all posts tagged with Zeus .
In the upcoming Guinness Book of World Records 2013, the tallest dog in the world is Zeus the Great Dane.

In science:

A major experimental achievement of H1 and ZEUS [1, 2] has been the measurement of DVCS cross sections, differential in t = ( p′ − p)2 , the momentum transfer (squared) at the proton vertex. A good description of dsDV CS /d t by a fit of the form e−b|t | is obtained [1, 2].
GPDs at HERA and perspectives at COMPASS
The errors on the various cross section ratios are taken from the present analysis for the φ to ρ and ρ′ to ρ ratios, and from the ZEUS measurements of the ω/ρ ratio .
Diffractive Electroproduction of rho and phi Mesons at HERA
ZEUS measurements of ρ and φ electroproduction are also shown in Fig. 12.
Diffractive Electroproduction of rho and phi Mesons at HERA
Whereas the ρ measurements agree well, φ measurements of ZEUS are a factor 1.20 above the present data.
Diffractive Electroproduction of rho and phi Mesons at HERA
Figure 26 summarises α′ measurements by H1 and ZEUS for DVCS and in photo- and electroproduction of ρ, φ and J/ψ mesons.
Diffractive Electroproduction of rho and phi Mesons at HERA