Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Greek Mythology A hero and king of Athens who slew the Minotaur and united Attica.

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  • proper n. A legendary Ancient Greek hero most famous for defeating the minotaur in the labyrinth of Crete.

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  • n. (Greek mythology) a hero and king of Athens who was noted for his many great deeds: killed Procrustes and the Minotaur and defeated the Amazons and united Attica

Etymologies

From Ancient Greek Θησεύς (Thēseus). His name comes from the same root as θεσμός (thesmos), Greek for “institution”. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Claude Shannon's clever electromechanical mouse, which he called Theseus, was one of the earliest attempts to teach a machine to learn and one of the first experiments in artificial intelligence.

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  • Hyperion was one of the 12 Titans (but never a "king"), and Phaedra does appear in Theseus's myths, but it seems to me they're just mixing up a couple of stories through each other.

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  • Slumdog Millionaire star Freida Pinto plays Phaedra, an oracle priestess who must join Theseus (played by Henry Cavill) on his quest to prevent the cataclysmic war from erupting.

    Stephen Dorff Joins Tarsem’s War of the Gods | /Film

  • According to Variety, Pinto will portray Phaedra, an oracle priestess who must join Theseus (played by Henry Cavill) on his quest to prevent the cataclysmic war from erupting.

    Slumdog Millionaire star Freida Pinto Cast in Tarsem’s War of the Gods | /Film

  • The Theseus image and video search project Pandia (Nov 28) Theseus is definitely not about developing a European Google.

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  • A son was born to Aethra, whom she called Theseus, and who was carefully trained and educated by his grandfather Pittheus.

    Myths and Legends of Ancient Greece and Rome

  • Scientists have now launched a European Union research programme called Theseus to investigate how our coastlines should be managed.

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  • Getulia, whereby he calleth himself half a Numidian and half a Getulian: and Sidonius named him the Platonian Madaurence: his father called Theseus had passed all offices of dignity in his countrey with much honour.

    The Golden Asse

  • To call Theseus hither is my herald to the city gone, that he may rid the land of that which grieveth them, or loose these my suppliant bonds, with pious observance of the gods 'will; for such as are discreet amongst women should in all cases invoke the aid of men.

    The Suppliants

  • Since I was first a wrestler, I had clipped short the hair across my brows, so as not to be grabbed by the forelock; they had taken that up (the cut is still called a Theseus) and I saw this would be next.

    The Bull From The Sea

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