American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various large diurnal birds of prey of the family Accipitridae, including members of the genera Aquila and Haliaeetus, characterized by a powerful hooked bill, keen vision, long broad wings, and strong soaring flight.
- n. A representation of an eagle used as an emblem or insignia.
- n. A gold coin formerly used in the United States, stamped with an eagle on the reverse side and having a face value of ten dollars.
- n. Sports A golf score of two strokes under par on a hole.
- v. To shoot (a hole in golf) in two strokes under par.
- v. To score an eagle in golf.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Properly, a very large diurnal raptorial bird of the family Falconidæ and genus Aquila (which see), having the feet feathered to the toes, and no tooth to the bill, which is straight for the length of the cere. There are about 9 species, all confined to the old world except the golden eagle, Aquila chrysaëtus, which ranges also in North America. This is the typespecies, to which the term originally attached; it is 3 feet or more in length, of a dark-brown color, deriving the epithet golden from the ruddybrown feathers of the back of the neck. It preys on lambs, hares, rabits, various birds, such as grouse, and carrion. Other notable species are the imperial eagle, A. heliaca; the Russian eagle, A. mogilnik; the spotted eagle, A. maculata (or nævia). From its size, strength, rapacity, and powers of flight and vision, the eagle has been called the king of birds; but its prowess is greatly exaggerated. By the ancients it was called the bird of Jove, and it was borne on the Roman standards. Many nations, as France under the Bonapartes, Austria, Prussia, and Russia, have adopted it as the national emblem. In heraldry it ranks as one of the most noble bearings in coat-armor.
- n. A member of the genus Haliaëtus, which comprises the fishing-eagles, sea-eagles, or earns, resembling the eagle proper in size and form, but having the shank bare of feathers and scaly: such as the white-or bald-headed eagle, or bald eagle, H. leucocephalus, the national emblem of the United States; the white-tailed eagle, H. albicilla; the pelagic eagle, H. pelagicus, etc.
- n. A name of many raptorial birds lager than the hawk and the buzzard, only distantly related, as the harpy eagle, booted eagle, etc. A number of genera of such large hawks are sometimes grouped with the true eagles in a subfamily Aquilinæ (which see).
- n. [capitalized] An ancient northern constellation between Cygnus and Sagittarius, containing the bright star Altair. It seems to be shown on Bæbylonian stones of high antiquity, and the statement still current that it almost touches the equinoctial refers to the position of that circle about 2000 b. c. At present the constellation, enlarged by the addition of Antinoüs shortly after the Christian era, extends 20° north and 13° south of the equator. See
- n. A military ensign or standard surmounted by the figure of an eagle. It is especially associated with ancient Rome, though borne, with various modifications, by certain modern nations, as France under the first and second empires.
- n. A lectern, usually of wood or brass, the upper part of which is in the shape of an eagle with outstretched wings supporting a book-rest, the eagle being the symbol of Saint John the Evangelist.
- n. A gold coin of the United States, of the value of 10 dollars, weighing 258 grains troy, 900 fine, and equivalent to £2 1s. 1d. sterling.
- n. In architecture, a name for a pediment.
- n. In the game of roulette, a spot, outside the regular 36 numbers, upon which is the picture of an eagle. If this is the winning number, the bank takes in all bets except those made on that particular one. See
roulette. Also called eagle-bird.
- n. The young of the bald eagle, Haliaėtus leucocephalus.
- n. A base foreign coin which circulated in England in the reign of Edward I.
- n. Any of several large carnivorous and carrion-eating birds in the family Accipitridae, having a powerful hooked bill and keen vision.
- n. A representation of such a bird carried as an emblem
- n. US, numismatics A gold coin with a face value of $10.00 formerly used in the United States.
- n. golf A score of two under par for a hole.
- v. golf To score an eagle.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) Any large, rapacious bird of the Falcon family, esp. of the genera Aquila and Haliæetus. The eagle is remarkable for strength, size, graceful figure, keenness of vision, and extraordinary flight. The most noted species are the golden eagle (Aquila chrysaëtus); the imperial eagle of Europe (Aquila mogilnik or Aquila imperialis); the American bald eagle (Haliæetus leucocephalus); the European sea eagle (Haliæetus albicilla); and the great harpy eagle (Thrasaetus harpyia). The figure of the eagle, as the king of birds, is commonly used as an heraldic emblem, and also for standards and emblematic devices. See bald eagle, Harpy, and golden eagle.
- n. A gold coin of the United States, of the value of ten dollars.
- n. (Astron.) A northern constellation, containing Altair, a star of the first magnitude. See Aquila.
- n. The figure of an eagle borne as an emblem on the standard of the ancient Romans, or so used upon the seal or standard of any people.
- v. shoot in two strokes under par
- v. shoot two strokes under par
- n. (golf) a score of two strokes under par on a hole
- n. a former gold coin in the United States worth 10 dollars
- n. any of various large keen-sighted diurnal birds of prey noted for their broad wings and strong soaring flight
- n. an emblem representing power
- Middle English egle, from Anglo-Norman egle, from Old French aigle, from Latin aquila. Displaced native Middle English ern, earn, arn, from Old English earn. More at erne. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English egle, from Anglo-Norman, from Old Provençal aigla, from Latin aquila. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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