Definitions

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  • n. One of a race of monsters having a head, trunk, and arms of a man, and the body and legs of a horse.
  • n. A skillful horseman or horsewoman.
  • n. A U.S. upper stage, with a restartable liquid-propellant engine, used with an Atlas or Titan booster to launch satellites and probes.
  • n. An icy planetoid that orbits the Sun between Jupiter and Neptune

Etymologies

{ME}; Latin Centaurus; Greek (Kentauros); (Eng. usg. ca. 14c) (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The name Centaur, which so much resembles the Greek verb κεντέω, ‘to spur,’ we fancy gave origin to the fiction.

    The Metamorphoses of Ovid Literally Translated into English Prose, with Copious Notes and Explanations

  • If the data match, scientists will be able to say with a good deal of certainty that Phoebe is indeed a "Centaur" -- an asteroid that has migrated from the Kuiper Belt into the inner solar system.

    Cassini Nears Strange Saturn Moon

  • An article Monday incorrectly gave the chip's name as Centaur, which is the name of the Via unit that designed the chip.

    Corrections & Amplifications

  • Via Technologies Inc., meanwhile, is already selling low-power chips based on the x86 design used by Intel and Advanced Micro Devices Inc., and it recently disclosed a new design called Centaur that is expected to compete with Silverthorne.

    Intel Enters Competition

  • This article incorrectly gave the chip's name as Centaur, which is the name of the Via unit that designed the chip.

    Intel Enters Competition

  • Centaur, which is a medley composed of meters of all kinds, we should bring him too under the general term poet.

    Poetics

  • While most mythological monsters were despicable characters, the Centaur is the only one with a few redeeming qualities.

    HerScopes

  • The Centaur is a portrait, not just of Chiron, the schoolteacher, wearied by domestic and professional struggles, but also of his son, an artist, who recalls three ice-bound days of his Pennsylvania childhood.

    Off-Centaur

  • He blessed old Cheiron and said, "Surely the Centaur is a prophet and knew what would come to pass when he bade me speak harshly to no soul whom I might meet."

    Young Folks Treasury, Volume 2 (of 12)

  • Then a great fear fell on Jason; but after a while he grew light of heart; and he blessed old Cheiron, and said: "Surely the Centaur is a prophet, and guessed what would come to pass, when he bade me speak harshly to no soul whom I might meet."

    Myths That Every Child Should Know A Selection Of The Classic Myths Of All Times For Young People

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