See also: archimedean

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From Archimedes +‎ -an.

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Archimedean (comparative more Archimedean, superlative most Archimedean)

  1. Of or pertaining to Archimedes.
    • 1629, William Bastian, “To the Authour” in Francis Malthus (translator), A Treatise of Artificial Fire-Works, London: Richard Hawkins,[1]
      Thy Archimedean hand hath learnt to frame
      Celestiall Meteors out of Nitrous flame:
    • 1717, anonymous author, British Wonders[2], London: John Morphew, page 2:
      [] sporting Nature, to amuse us,
      Did startling Novelties produce us;
      Mocking our Archimedean Sons
      Of Art with strange Phænomenons,
    • 1820, Percy Bysshe Shelley, “Letter to ――”, in Posthumous Poems of Percy Bysshe Shelley[3], London: John and Henry L. Hunt, published 1825, page 59:
      Whoever should behold me now, I wist
      Would think I were a mighty mechanist
      Bent with sublime Archimedean art
      To breathe a soul into the iron heart
      Of some machine portentous,
    • 1969, Philip Roth, Portnoy’s Complaint[4], New York: Random House, page 223:
      [] we are leaving the Campbell house for the train station, and I have my Archimedean experience: Elm Street . . . . . then . . . . . elm trees!
  2. (mathematics) Having no infinitely large or infinitely small elements.

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Archimedean (plural Archimedeans)

  1. A member of The Archimedeans, the mathematical society of the University of Cambridge.