Definitions

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

  • n. Greek Mythology A Titan who stole fire from Olympus and gave it to humankind, for which Zeus chained him to a rock and sent an eagle to eat his liver, which grew back daily.
  • n. The satellite of Saturn that is third in distance from the planet.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A male given name
  • proper n. The Titan chiefly honored for stealing fire from Zeus in the stalk of a fennel plant and giving it to mortals for their use. The god of fire and craft.
  • proper n. A moon of the planet Saturn.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The son of Iapetus (one of the Titans) and Clymene, fabled by the poets to have surpassed all mankind in knowledge, and to have formed men of clay to whom he gave life by means of fire stolen from heaven. Jupiter, being angry at this, sent Mercury to bind Prometheus to Mount Caucasus, where a vulture preyed upon his liver.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In entomology: The popular name and also the technical specific name of a large silk-spinning moth, Attacus prometheus, or Telea or Callosamia promethea.
  • n. [capitalized] A genus of moths.
  • n. In ornithology, the Blackburnian warbler, Dendrœca blackburniæ: so named by Coues from the flame color of the breast.

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

  • n. (Greek mythology) the Titan who stole fire from Olympus and gave it to mankind; Zeus punished him by chaining him to a rock where an eagle gnawed at his liver until Hercules rescued him

Etymologies

Latin Promētheus, from Greek.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek Προμηθεύς, from πρό ("before") + μήδεα ("thoughts, ruses, concerns") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Prometheus represented to Shelley's mind the human spirit fighting against divine oppression, and in his portrayal of this figure he kept in mind not only the _Prometheus_ of Aeschylus, but the Satan of

    From Chaucer to Tennyson

  • Its unparalleled age earned it the nickname Prometheus, for the Greek god who is said to have created mankind.

    NYT > Home Page

  • Like many Arabs who visit the UK, Prometheus is surprised with the large Arab and Asian communities in the British capital:

    Global Voices in English » Saudi Arabia: Thoughts from a London Trip

  • "The Justice League" welcomes 'Supergirl' and 'Shazam' to the roster, just as 'Prometheus' is caught ...

    Archive 2009-09-01

  • Here are some updates from a couple of N Prize teams (Team Prometheus is also participating with Team FREDNET in the Google Lunar X PRIZE):

    Archive 2010-03-07

  • According to Aeschylus, Prometheus is being punished not only for stealing fire, but also for thwarting Zeus 'plan to obliterate the human race.

    Archive 2009-03-01

  • At the beginning, Kratos (Force), Bia (Violence), and Hephaestus the smith-god chain Prometheus to a mountain in the Caucasus and then depart.

    Archive 2009-03-01

  • "Who's going to want to buy my house if Prometheus is having his liver pecked out on a daily basis next door?"

    Prison watchdogs, Tartarus residents object to Titan jails

  • Beneficia had recommended a different Poet's of the Fall song to me for possible use in Prometheus and I went there to see if they had it so I could hear it.

    Fic Update

  • And I for one do not think that the Modern Prometheus is the best sf book of all time, which it has to be to propel her to such a lofty place.

    SF Tidbits for 2/27/08

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