American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- In the Bible, the son of Abraham who was offered as a sacrifice to God. The sacrifice was prevented at the last moment by divine intervention.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The hedge-sparrow.
- n. The son of Abraham and Sarah, father of Esau and Jacob, from whom the Hebrew people trace their descent.
- n. A male given name
- n. (Old Testament) the second patriarch; son of Abraham and Sarah who was offered by Abraham as a sacrifice to God; father of Jacob and Esau
- From Hebrew יִצְחָק (Yitzchak or Yitzhak), meaning "laughed; laughter" (since his mother Sarah laughed when told she was pregnant at her old age). (Wiktionary)
“BIC'KERSTAFF (_Isaac_), a pseudonym of dean Swift, assumed in the paper-war with Partridge, the almanac-maker, and subsequently adopted by Steele in _The Tatler_, which was announced as edited by "Isaac”
“No, Sarah your wife shall bear you a son, and you shall call his name Isaac; I will establish My covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his descendants after him.”
“In the Hebrew here "Isaac" is written with s, instead of the usual ts; both forms mean "laughter"; the change of spelling perhaps expresses that their "high places of Isaac" may be well so called, but not as they meant by the name; for they are only fit to be laughed at in scorn.”
“The Pakistani ISI would torture this guy as gladly as Abraham would have slain Isaac, and pretty much for the same reason.”
“Isaac is in Cranburn Alley — Bet Hawyes is agog for coming with me.”
“My son Isaac is so attached to baseball that he brings his glove and ball everywhere, just in case: you never know when you might meet another seven-year-old in search of round objects to bat, pound, throw and kick.”
“Isaac is irritated enough not to notice that he has, once again, been addressed inappropriately.”
“I bet if Carol had been on that show, she would have won - after all Isaac is a real designer, not a lingerie model!”
“Your main character, Isaac, is the son of Christian missionaries.”
“Already in the middle of the second century, Saint Melito of Sardis (in the first surviving Easter homily) says that the Sacrifice of Isaac is a prophecy of the Death of Christ.”
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