from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- Matilda 1 Known as "Empress Maud.” 1102-1167. English princess as the daughter of Henry I. After her first husband, Emperor Henry V, died, she married Geoffrey, Count of Anjou (died 1151), in 1128 and by him bore Henry II.
- n. Australian The pack or bundle containing the personal belongings of a swagman; a swag.
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- proper n. A female given name.
- n. Either of two British infantry tanks in use during World War II, the Infantry Tank Mark I or Infantry Tank Mark II.
"This is what they call Matilda," he told her, weighing the swag in his hand.
State police said Monday that the death of 21-year-old Racheal Lynn Perryman of Port Matilda is being investigated by the state police, county coroner and state Game Commission ....
When Hong Kong resident Elaine Chan's water broke one night last October, she called Matilda International Hospital—where she had paid a deposit of about US$2,600, or around $20,000 Hong Kong dollars—to say she was on the way, but the response she received was simply: "Don't come."
It made me cry because it reminded me, sharply – more than could any picture of Heath and Matilda together – that he was a dad who loved his daughter, and that Matilda is a daughter who has lost her dad, and that whatever future they had together – whatever adventures lay ahead of them, whatever sidewalks they might have lovingly defaced – is now gone.
But equally revealing about the centrality of psychical reality is the depiction in Matilda of the absence of reality for its protagonist, not only as the symptom of trauma but the precursor to it.
Because of its topic, autobiographical resonances, and style of presentation, Matilda is the richest text for beginning our investigation.
For Lord Elmwood, Matilda is the living emblem of the repressed.
Matilda is the fiction of desire personified, and the magic mirror is the means to her end.
But the lilting Waltzing Matilda is perhaps all that many Americans, myself included, know about the hours -, kilometers - and hemisphere-away Aussies of Australia.
Who on earth had been responsible for giving such a beauty the name Matilda?
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