American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Absurdly impractical or visionary, especially to the neglect of more useful activity.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to Laputa, an imaginary flying island described in Swift's “Gulliver's Travels,” whose inhabitants were engaged in all sorts of ridiculous projects; hence, chimerical; absurd; ridiculous; impossible.
- n. An inhabitant of Laputa; a visionary.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Of or pertaining to Laputa, an imaginary flying island described in
Gulliver's Travelsas the home of chimerical philosophers. fanciful; preposterous; absurd in science or philosophy.
- adj. not practical or realizable; speculative.
- adj. relating to or characteristic of the imaginary country of Laputa or its people
- Laputa + -an, after Laputa, an imaginary flying island described in Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels (1726). (Wiktionary)
- After the flying island of Laputa in Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift, where absurd projects are pursued and useful pursuits neglected. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“They utilize instead the services of a "Flapper" to hit them in the face with a bladder full of dried peas when another Laputan wishes to communicate something.”
“On the marshes of Iraq, three reports from Laputan Logic.”
“Gulliver also wonders why Laputan coats fit so badly until he visits a tailor and finds himself being fitted by quadrant and compass.”
“The new kindle from Amazon, like its several failed predecessors are Laputan biofuel technology and tailoring.”
“Wrapped up, like a Laputan, in intense thought, and possibly sometimes in no thought at all (which, I believe, is very often the case with absent people), he does not know his most intimate acquaintance by sight, or answers them as if he were at cross purposes.”
“Laputan tailors, which, though projected from the most refined geometrical data and the most profound calculations, he found to be the worst fit he ever put on his back.”
“Laputan, who passed his days in extracting sunbeams out of cucumbers, could have reached such a height of delirium as to rave about the time when a man should paint his miniature by looking at a blank tablet, and”
“In Part III he names Imagination, Fancy, and Invention as desirable faculties in which the Laputan mathematicians (in spite of their love of music) were wholly lacking.”
““Imagination, Fancy, and Invention” as desirable faculties in which the Laputan mathematicians (in spite of their love of music) were wholly lacking.”
“Kepler interpreted Galileo's anagram of the "triple" Saturn in this sense; they were perceived by Micromégas on his long voyage through space; and the Laputan astronomers had even arrived at a knowledge, curiously accurate under the circumstances, of their distances and periods.”
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