Definition of Gordian

1. Adjective. Extremely intricate; usually in phrase 'Gordian knot'.

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Definition of Gordian

1. a. Pertaining to Gordius, king of Phrygia, or to a knot tied by him; hence, intricate; complicated; inextricable.

2. n. One of the Gordiacea.

Definition of Gordian

1. Adjective. Of or pertaining to Gordium, capital of Phrygia (now Yassihüyük in Turkey). ¹

2. Adjective. Of the Gordian knot. ¹

3. Adjective. Twisted; convoluted; tied as a knot. ¹

4. Adjective. (alternative form of Gordian) ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Medical Definition of Gordian

1. 1. Pertaining to Gordius, king of Phrygia, or to a knot tied by him; hence, intricate; complicated; inextricable. Gordian knot, an intricate knot tied by Gordius in the thong which connected the pole of the chariot with the yoke. An oracle having declared that he who should untie it should be master of Asia, Alexander the Great averted the ill omen of his inability to loosen it by cutting it with his sword. Hence, a Gordian knot is an inextricable difficulty; and to cut the Gordian knot is to remove a difficulty by bold and energetic measures. 2. Pertaining to the Gordiacea. One of the Gordiacea. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Gordian

goras
gorbellies
gorbelly
gorblimey
gorblimy
gorce
gorceixite
gorces
gorcock
gorcocks
gorcrow
gorcrows
gordaite
gordiacea
gordiaceous
gordian (current term)
gordita
gorditas
gordius
gordonite
gore
gorebill
gorebills
gored
gorefest
gorefests
gorehound
gorehounds
gores
gorfly

Literary usage of Gordian

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1. The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon, Henry Hart Milman (1899)
"The minister, with the conscious dignity of vir'.ue congratulates gordian that he is delivered from the tyranny of the eunuchs,47 and still more that he is ..."

2. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon (1914)
"It should seem that love and learning introduced Misi- theus*0 to the favour of gordian. The young prince married AD «o, the daughter of his master of ..."

3. The Historians' History of the World: A Comprehensive Narrative of the Rise by Henry Smith Williams (1907)
"He spoke disparagingly of the youth of gordian ; he contrived, by diverting the supplies, to cause the army to be in want, and then laid the blame on the ..."

4. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon (1802)
"gordian, who had Cordial!*1 a'rea^y received the title of ... As the third gordian was only nineteen years of Go'""" of age at tne l'me of his death, ..."

5. Lectures on the History of Rome: From the Earliest Times to the Fall of the by Barthold Georg Niebuhr, Leonhard Schmitz (1849)
"His grandfather gordian, had borne the name of M. Antonius, although he had no connexion with the family of the triumvir M. Antony; he belonged however to ..."

6. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1918)
"The world's production of cocoa for the year was — according to the leading cocoa- trade journal, the gordian, of Hamburg — 143537 metric tons (metric ton, ..."

7. The Student's Gibbon: The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon, William Smith (1857)
"gordian, who had already received the title of Caesar, was the only person ... As the third gordian was only nineteen years of age at the time of his death, ..."

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