• WordNet 3.6
    • n oracle a shrine where an oracular god is consulted
    • n oracle a prophecy (usually obscure or allegorical) revealed by a priest or priestess; believed to be infallible
    • n oracle an authoritative person who divines the future
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Oracle A wise pronouncement or decision considered as of great authority.
    • Oracle Any person reputed uncommonly wise; one whose decisions are regarded as of great authority; as, a literary oracle . "Oracles of mode.""The country rectors . . . thought him an oracle on points of learning."
    • Oracle One who communicates an oracle{1} or divine command; an angel; a prophet. "God hath now sent his living oracle Into the world to teach his final will."
    • Oracle The answer of a god, or some person reputed to be a god, to an inquiry respecting some affair or future event, as the success of an enterprise or battle. "Whatso'er she saith, for oracles must stand."
    • Oracle The communications, revelations, or messages delivered by God to the prophets; also, the entire sacred Scriptures -- usually in the plural. "The first principles of the oracles of God."
    • Oracle The deity who was supposed to give the answer; also, the place where it was given. "The oracles are dumb;
      No voice or hideous hum
      Runs through the arched roof in words deceiving."
    • Oracle (Jewish Antiq) The sanctuary, or Most Holy place in the temple; also, the temple itself. "Siloa's brook, that flow'd
      Fast by the oracle of God."
    • v. i Oracle To utter oracles.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n oracle In classical antiquity: An utterance given by a priest or priestess of a god, in the name of the god and, as was believed, by his inspiration, in answer to a human inquiry, usually respecting some future event, as the success of an enterprise or battle, or some proposed line of conduct. Such oracles exerted for centuries a strong influence npon the course of human affairs, the belief of both the medium and the questioner in their divine inspiration being in most cases genuine. The oracles themselves, however, were often ambiguous or at least obscure. The prestige of the chief oracular seats of Greece was powerful in the promotion of good government and justice. After the introduction of Christianity the utterance of oracles gradually ceased. It was a common belief of early Christians that the oracles actually proceeded from evil spirits.
    • n oracle The deity who was supposed to give such answers to inquiries.
    • n oracle The place where oracular answers were given; the sanctuary, temple, or adytum whence the supposed supernatural responses proceeded. The Greeks surpassed every other nation in both the number and the celebrity of their oracles. Those of Zeus at Dodona in Epirus, of Apollo at Delphi, and of Trophonius near Lebadeia in Bœotia enjoyed the highest reputation.
    • n oracle Hence, by extension — The communications, revelations, or instruction delivered by God to or through his prophets: rarely used in the singular: as, the oracles of God; the divine oracles.
    • n oracle The sanctuary or most holy place in the temple, in which was deposited the ark of the covenant (1 Ki. vi. 19): sometimes used for the temple itself.
    • n oracle A source or repository of the divine will that may be consulted or drawn upon.
    • n oracle An uncommonly wise person, whose opinions are of great authority, and whose determinations are not disputed.
    • n oracle A wise saying or an authoritative decision given by such a person.
    • n oracle Something that is looked upon as an infallible guide or standard of reference.
    • oracle To utter oracles.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Oracle or′a-kl the answer spoken or uttered by the gods: the place where responses were given, and the deities supposed to give them: a person famed for wisdom: a wise decision: :
    • n Oracle or′a-kl (B.) the sanctuary
    • n Oracle or′a-kl (pl.) the revelations made to the prophets: the word of God
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  • John Morley
    John Morley
    “They are the guiding oracles which man has found out for himself in that great business of ours, of learning how to be, to do, to do without, and to depart.”
  • Edwin Hubbel Chapin
    “Poetry is the utterance of deep and heart-felt truth -- the true poet is very near the oracle.”
  • Rufus Choate
    Rufus Choate
    “We have built no national temples but the Capitol; we consult no common oracle but the Constitution.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. L. oraculum, fr. orare, to speak, utter, pray, fr. os, oris, mouth. See Oral
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. ora-culum, double dim. from orāre, to speak—os, oris, the mouth.


In literature:

We must consult the oracle.
"The Magic City" by Edith Nesbit
Oracles and Omens 328 XX.
"The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria" by Morris Jastrow
The oracle was ultimately found in Lantern-land.
"Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama" by E. Cobham Brewer
And thus history has brought us again to the Aztecs, the founders of Tenochtitlan by the lake-shore, on the spot indicated by their oracle.
"Mexico" by Charles Reginald Enock
One aspect of this oracle's voice is precisely what we are concerned with now.
"The Complex Vision" by John Cowper Powys
They resolved to pray to the Deities of Heaven, and to seek relief through the sacred oracles.
"The Metamorphoses of Ovid" by Publius Ovidius Naso
Abandoned, the Hellenic oracles were silent.
"The Oriental Religions in Roman Paganism" by Franz Cumont
We come now to interrogate our oracle again, and we open the third chapter as we do so.
"Messages from the Epistle to the Hebrews" by Handley C.G. Moule
I know of nothing in our modern times which approaches so nearly to the ancient oracle as the letter of a Presidential candidate.
"The Biglow Papers" by James Russell Lowell
I'm as silent as the oracle of Delphi.
""George Washington's" Last Duel" by Thomas Nelson Page

In poetry:

He but repeats the oracle
That bade him first set sail;
And cheers his soul with, "All is well!
Go on! I will not fail."
"Argonauts" by Madison Julius Cawein
Until Eleusis gleams through dawn,
Where, though a suppliant soul I come,
The veil remains still unwithdrawn,
And all the Oracles are dumb.
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
And, listening there, I seem to hear
The unseen Oracle say, ``Be strong:
Subdue the sigh, repress the tear,
And let not sorrow silence Song.
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
He has turn'd again to broken rest,
And sunk upon that rugged rock,
When a voice came near, that roused him,...
'Twas the Oracle that spoke !
"The Prophetess Of The Oracle Of Seam" by Anne Bannerman
And, nearer at my hand, the streamlet sings
Its little oracles, from which the woods
Know when to don their ample blossomings,
And flush the stillness of their solitudes.
"Oh, Glorious Time!" by Alexander Anderson
Oh! silent lute, when will thy silver chords
Give the light wings of melody to words—
Words sweet as are the lips from whence they flow
In murmurings passionate with joy or woe?
When will the oracle that dwells in thee
Speak forth in melody?
"The Incantation" by Peter John Allan

In news:

He said that he has Hewlett-Packard servers that have been running heavy-duty Oracle databases 24/7 without fail.
Oracle today announced the appointment of a new president and CFO, former Microsoft executive Greg Maffei.
Strangely enough, many of the patches released on the quarterly Patch Tuesday cure vulnerabilities that Oracle itself created with its own faulty security products, a database security researcher/vendor told eWEEK.
Oracle Releases 78 Patches, Some for Self-Imposed Security Holes.
Oracle Corporation yesterday announced it had finalized a deal to acquire BEA Systems, a key rival in the enterprise middleware industry.
Oracle Will Shell Out $46M to Settle Kickbacks Lawsuit.
The asset acquisition also included the Quattro Elite and Sympro Elite snares and the Oracle retrieval system, all of which were either recently launched or are in development.
Oracle Application Server 10g Release 3 features support for service-oriented architectures and a variety of middleware components, as well as enhanced security and key Java and Web services standards.
New Oracle App Server Targets SOAs .
Oracle Hardware- Software System Enables High Availability for Applications.
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Coming off a quarter in which higher product support sales drove surprisingly strong profits, Oracle tacked on an acquisition Mar 23 that could broaden the market for those contracts.
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Oracle/Taleo Deal Spurring Gains For Cloud Software Names.
Business software maker Infor will acquire SSA Global Technologies for approximately $1.4 billion to challenge market leaders Oracle Corporation and SAP.

In science:

The latter property can be satisfied using practical functions, such as HMAC so far, and then KHk () does not need to be a random oracle.
Pretty-Simple Password-Authenticated Key-Exchange Protocol
If the state sequence of G is not pseudorandom, then the sequence ~c can be distinguished from pseudorandom noise by considering hf , g i ⋆ ~c, and looking at the state sequence of G . (3) This is proved as in Theorem 4.3(2); the only difference is in the definition of Oracle 3.
Guaranteeing the diversity of number generators
The second oracle is reliable, and corresponds to applying the operator H ⊗n .
Parrondo Games and Quantum Algorithms
Quality of Solutions: Given the oracle, n, m, ω , L, and ǫ > 0, our algorithms return ǫ-approximate solutions.
Randomized Rounding without Solving the Linear Program
Each iteration requires O(log m) time and O(m) operations (on an EREWPRAM), plus one oracle call.
Randomized Rounding without Solving the Linear Program