legend

Definitions

  • From Animal Legends from many Lands
    From Animal Legends from many Lands
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n legend brief description accompanying an illustration
    • n legend a story about mythical or supernatural beings or events
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Communion silver used in the Jamestown church after 1661. Both the chalice and paten were made in London, and donated to the church by Lt. Gov. Francis Morrison (or Moryson) in 1661. On both pieces is the legend: “Mixe not holy thinges with profane.” Communion silver used in the Jamestown church after 1661. Both the chalice and paten were made in London, and donated...
From Caxton's 'Golden Legend From Caxton's 'Golden Legend
Jewish Fairy Tales and Legends Jewish Fairy Tales and Legends
Embodiment of an Arthurian legend Embodiment of an Arthurian legend
Hieroglyphic Legend Hieroglyphic Legend

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: According to legend, tea originated in China when tea leaves accidentally blew into a pot of boiling water
    • Legend A story respecting saints; especially, one of a marvelous nature.
    • Legend An inscription, motto, or title, esp. one surrounding the field in a medal or coin, or placed upon an heraldic shield or beneath an engraving or illustration.
    • Legend Any wonderful story coming down from the past, but not verifiable by historical record; a myth; a fable. "And in this legend all that glorious deed Read, whilst you arm you."
    • Legend That which is appointed to be read; especially, a chronicle or register of the lives of saints, formerly read at matins, and in the refectories of religious houses.
    • v. t Legend To tell or narrate, as a legend.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The magician's words "hocus-pocus" were taken from the name of a mythological sorcerer, Ochus Bochus, who appeared in Norse folktales and legends.
    • n legend In the early church, a selection of readings from Scripture appointed for use at divine service; later, and more especially, the chronicle or register of the lives of the saints, formerly read at matins and in the refectories of religious houses.
    • n legend An entertaining story, especially in early times one relating to wonders or miracles told of a saint; hence, any unauthentic and improbable or non-historical narrative handed down from early times; a tradition.
    • n legend A musical composition set to a poetical story, or intended to express such a story without words.
    • n legend An inscription or device of any kind; particularly, the inscription on a shield or coat or arms, or the explanatory inscription on a monument or under a plan or drawing, or the inscription which accompanies a picture, whether descriptive or supposed to stand for words used by the persons represented in the picture.
    • n legend In numismatics, the words or letters stamped on the obverse or the reverse of a coin or medal: sometimes differentiated from, inscription as the reading around the circumference of a coin or medal, and sometimes as all that is inscribed excepting the name of the sovereign or other person represented.
    • n legend A roll; list; book.
    • legend To narrate or celebrate in or as in a legend.
    • legend To furnish with an inscription; inscribe with a legend: as, “a legended tomb,”
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There is an extra leg in the Iwo Jima memorial statue and extra hand. While the legend is that these extremedies belong to God, who is helping the Marines win, they are actually there for added support to the statue, and designed not to look like a metal rod going throught the middle of the group of Marines.
    • n Legend lej′end or lē′- a marvellous story from early times: the motto on a coat of arms, medal, or coin: an inscription of any kind: a musical composition set to a poetical story
    • adj Legend consisting of legends: romantic: fabulous
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Quotations

  • Francis Bacon
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    “I had rather believe all the Fables in the Legend, and the Talmud, and the Alcoran, than that this universal frame is without a Mind.”
  • Miles Davis
    Miles Davis
    “A legend is an old man with a cane known for what he used to do. I'm still doing it.”
  • Judy Garland
    Judy Garland
    “If I'm such a legend, then why am I so lonely? Let me tell you, legends are all very well if you've got somebody around who loves you.”
  • H. L. Mencken
    H.%20L.%20Mencken
    “Legend : a lie that has attained the dignity of age.”
  • Hugo Ball
    Hugo Ball
    “We should burn all libraries and allow to remain only that which everyone knows by heart. A beautiful age of the legend would then begin.”
  • Salman Rushdie
    Salman%20Rushdie
    “Sometimes legends make reality, and become more useful than the facts.”

Idioms

Legend in your own lunchtime - Somebody who becomes a legend in their own lifetime acquires fame, but often only to a select or specialist audience, while they are still alive.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. legende, OF. legende, F. légende, LL. legenda, fr. L. legendus, to be read, fr. legere, to read, gather; akin to Gr. le`gein to gather, speak. Cf. Collect Dialogue Lesson Logic

Usage

In literature:

You know the legend?
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
The legend appears to have existed in the Roman times, as they called it Unipes, or the one-footed.
"A Danish Parsonage" by John Fulford Vicary
The legends were legends.
"Aliens" by William McFee
Too clearly indeed does he step forward from legend to legend.
"La Sorcière: The Witch of the Middle Ages" by Jules Michelet
The old poem of this "Saengerkrieg," is further connected with the legend of Lohengrin.
"Life of Wagner" by Louis Nohl
At Isleta, the people will tell you to this day legends of the friar's martyrdom.
"Through Our Unknown Southwest" by Agnes C. Laut
There is a legend which connects the foundation of Frankfort with a saying of Charlemagne's when he was warring against the Saxons.
"The Cathedrals and Churches of the Rhine" by Francis Miltoun
Legends explain the Moor's landing differently.
"The Cathedrals of Northern Spain" by Charles Rudy
Ascapart, according to the legend, was "ful thyrty fote longe," and was conquered by Sir Bevis of Southampton.
"Folk-lore of Shakespeare" by Thomas Firminger Thiselton-Dyer
And so the legend grew.
"The Woodlands Orchids" by Frederick Boyle
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In poetry:

What of the dim old legends,
What of the story and song
That put this planet to slumber
Ere it grew to be mighty and strong?
"What Of The Dim Old Legends?" by Alexander Anderson
The old-time legend is not vain;
Nor vain thy art, Verona's Paul,
Telling it o'er and o'er again
On gray Vicenza's frescoed wall.
"St.Gregory's Guest" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Little candles glistening,
Telling those are listening
Legends manifold,
Many a little story,
Tales of blood and glory
Of the days of old.
"The Feast Of Lights" by Morris Rosenfeld
Or, robed in raiment of romantic lore,
Like Oriana, dark of eye and hair,
Riding through realms of legend evermore,
And ever young and fair.
"Romance" by Madison Julius Cawein
Close came the others man by man,
But farther than the shadow ran,
The legend says, they never rode,
These men who three gray mules bestrode.
"Legend Of Seville" by Alice Cary
O shell-strewn shore, that silent hears
The legend of the mighty main,
And tells to none the lore again,—
We catch one utterance only: "Years!"
"Inlet and Shore" by Rose Hawthorne Lathrop

In news:

Legends Gaming filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization in Shreveport, La.
Ayakulik River Chinook Salmon 20+ pounds caught on a 10wt St Croix legend ultra.
Deconstructing the Legend of Choo Choo.
Venus shares lesson learned from a legend.
The Legend of Bert Sugar, Boxing's Larger-Than-Life Chronicler .
Elmer ' Chump ' Pollock: Keeper of Pottstown sports legends.
He was a legend on the gridiron and courageous on the battlefield.
SF DJ legends James Glass and Garth, aka King & Hound, rejiggered classic tracks.
Award presented by expedition legend, Scott Lindgren.
A push to get young voters to the polls brought civil rights legend Dr Joseph Lowery to Savannah State University Monday.
According to legend and many historians, the first clambakes originated with the native Americans, long before the founding fathers set foot on Plymouth Rock.
Gable, the 23-year-old grandson of Hollywood legend Clark Gable , hopes to rejuvenate the family name as.
Joe DiMaggio, unquestionably one of the real baseball legends of all time, has gone to the big ballpark in the sky.
Country music legend Loretta Lynn has chosen her next leading lady.
Reggae with Yabba Griffiths, World Champion VJ DJ Crime, and Black Mask returns with Living Legend Scarub.
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In science:

Data are shown for three values of p (lines and symbols), and for three values of m (lines), as indicated in the legend. N = 105 , K = 10.
Complex structures in generalized small worlds
Values of m and p as indicated in the legends.
Complex structures in generalized small worlds
Figure 4: The average fraction of vertices in the largest cluster for various system sizes N (see the legend in Fig. 5) in random geometric graphs with no edges across the boundaries.
Random Geometric Graphs
Panel (a) of Fig. 10 illustrates star fractions against virial temperature for groups in the radiative model plus feedback models with varying parameter values (given in the legend).
The impact of galaxy formation on X-ray groups
FIG. 1: The figure shows the data used in this paper (see legend) and 68% confidence intervals in the space of inferred theoretical power spectra (solid).
Precision Primordial $^4$He Measurement with CMB Experiments
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