Definition of Gnome

1. Noun. A legendary creature resembling a tiny old man; lives in the depths of the earth and guards buried treasure.

Exact synonyms: Dwarf
Specialized synonyms: Nibelung, Andvari
Generic synonyms: Faerie, Faery, Fairy, Fay, Sprite
Derivative terms: Gnomic



2. Noun. A short pithy saying expressing a general truth.
Generic synonyms: Axiom, Maxim
Specialized synonyms: Murphy's Law, Sod's Law

Definition of Gnome

1. n. An imaginary being, supposed by the Rosicrucians to inhabit the inner parts of the earth, and to be the guardian of mines, quarries, etc.

Definition of Gnome

1. Proper noun. an open source, free software computer desktop environment for Unix operating systems. ¹

2. Noun. A brief reflection or maxim; a pithy saying. ¹

3. Noun. A legendary being, supposed to be short, usually bearded men who inhabit the inner parts of the earth, and act as guardians of mines, treasure, etc ¹

4. Noun. (''Rosicrucianism'') The elemental being of earth. ¹

5. Noun. A dwarf; a goblin; a person of small stature or misshapen features, or of strange appearance. ¹

6. Noun. (zoology) A small owl (''Glaucidium gnoma'') of the Western United States. ¹

7. Noun. (context: paganism) A nature spirit in Heathenry. ¹

8. Noun. a small statue placed in a garden to ward off pests and protect a home from sorcery ¹

9. Noun. (astronomy meteorology) an upper atmospheric optical phenomena associated with thunderstorms, a compact blue starter ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Gnome

1. a dwarf [n -S] - See also: dwarf

Medical Definition of Gnome

1. 1. An imaginary being, supposed by the Rosicrucians to inhabit the inner parts of the earth, and to be the guardian of mines, quarries, etc. 2. A dwarf; a goblin; a person of small stature or misshapen features, or of strange appearance. 3. A small owl (Glaucidium gnoma) of the Western United States. 4. [Gr] A brief reflection or maxim. Origin: F. Gnome, prob. Fr. Gr. One that knows, a guardian, i. E, of the treasures in the inner parts of the earth, or fr. Intelligence, both fr, to know. See Know. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Gnome

gneissic
gneissoid
gneissoids
gneissose
gnetum
gnide
gnit
gnocchi
gnocchis
gnod
gnof
gnoff
gnoll
gnolls
gnomae
gnome (current term)
gnome's calf
gnomelike
gnomes
gnomic
gnomical
gnomically
gnomish
gnomishly
gnomishness
gnomist
gnomists
gnomological
gnomologies
gnomology

Literary usage of Gnome

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1. The English Illustrated Magazine (1903)
"THE gnome AND THE FAY By FRANK F. SHERRIFF \ gnome one day fell in love with a fay— £\ A fay that was sweet and shy— And the fay was as pretty as you, ..."

2. Chambers's Encyclopaedia: A Dictionary of Universal Knowledge for the People (1865)
"gnome (Gr. gnome), л pithy and sententious saying, commonly in verse, embodying some moral sentiment or precept The gnome belongs to the same generic class ..."

3. Songs of Three Centuries by John Greenleaf Whittier (1879)
"Then he started up to see me, and he ran heap of sand, I saw the green gnome sitting, with his with a cry and bound, And drew me from my palfrey white and ..."

4. Gnomic Poetry in Anglo-Saxon by Blanche Colton Williams (1914)
"According to the New English Dictionary, a gnome is " a short pithy story of a general ... 3 Meyer's Konversations-Lexikon defines gnome as " ein spruch, ..."

5. Practical Aeronautics: An Understandable Presentation of Interesting and by Charles Brian Hayward (1912)
"End View of Fourteen-Cylinder gnome Motor, Giving Dimensions water-cooled motors. ... gnome Revolving=Cylinder Type. While the revolving-cylinder motor has ..."

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