Definitions

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

  • n. In the occult philosophy of Paracelsus, a being having water as its element.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A female water-sprite or nymph.
  • n. The elemental being of water.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One of a class of fabled female water spirits who might receive a human soul by intermarrying with a mortal.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An apparatus for irrigating the eye in the operation of extracting cataract.
  • n. A water-spirit of the female sex, resembling in character the sylphs or spirits of the air, and corresponding in some measure to the naiads of classical mythology. According to Paracelsus, when an undine married a mortal and bore a child she received a soul.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of various female water spirits

Etymologies

New Latin undīna, from Latin unda, wave.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Modern Latin undina, from Latin unda ("wave"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • When I had swum a while -- how many breaths I cannot say, for I did not draw breath -- I recalled the undine and set out to find her.

    The Urth of the New Sun

  • There were some suggested improvements, including building up the growing love between the plumber and the undine, mentioning earlier that undines are incurable romantics, and changing the plumber's ex (who shows up several times) into several separate exes to demonstrate the plumber's previous personal history.

    6/18/08: Taos Toolbox, days 10-11: Some have broken under the strain of it

  • For a variety of reasons I decided to use on a story idea I had a long time ago about a magical plumber who meets an undine.

    6/14/08: Taos Toolbox, days 6-7: Nellie Goes Spung!

  • Something that could only be an undine stared into Kellen's eyes for a long moment before flitting away.

    Tran Siberian

  • They came to a place where a small waterfall spilled down into a deep rocky catch-basin, which in turn overflowed to make the stream where he had seen the undine the day before.

    Tran Siberian

  • She (to persist in personifying the sensation as female) is a wild and sea-eyed undine, the darling daughter of adventure, the sister of risk, and it is for her rare and always ephemeral embrace, the temporary pressure she exerts on the membrane of ecstasy, that many men leave home.

    La insistencia de Jürgen Fauth

  • A new career: hired background. undine posted at 3:43 PM

    Island mansion

  • I'll skip over asking them to see that themselves. undine commented at 1:33 PM~

    Ferule & Fescue

  • Nope, not unless he's really hungry. undine commented at 1:34 PM~

    Ferule & Fescue

  • What a cool family you have. undine posted at 5:49 PM

    Camp has never smelled so good

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