Definition of Thales

1. Noun. A presocratic Greek philosopher and astronomer (who predicted an eclipse in 585 BC) who was said by Aristotle to be the founder of physical science; he held that all things originated in water (624-546 BC).

Exact synonyms: Thales Of Miletus
Generic synonyms: Astronomer, Stargazer, Uranologist, Philosopher

Definition of Thales

1. Proper noun. An ancient Greek philosopher. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Thales

Thakurgaon District
Thal procedure
Thalarctos maritimus
Thales (current term)
Thales of Miletus
Thames River
Thamnophis proximus

Literary usage of Thales

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1. Plato, and the Other Companions of Sokrates by George Grote (1888)
"Even in the sixth century BC, when the habit of composing Thales. the in ... It was, however, in the same century, and in the first half of it, that Thales, ..."

2. Penny Cyclopaedia of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge by Charles Knight (1842)
"In the Life of Thales by Diogenes we find numerous traditions attached to his ... Thales is enumerated among the Seven Wise Men, whose wisdom was not the ..."

3. The Grecian History: From the Earliest State to the Death of Alexander the Great by Oliver Goldsmith (1828)
"One day when Solon went to Miletos to see Thales, the first thing he said was to express his surprise that Thales had never desired to marry, ..."

4. A History of Philosophy by Frank Thilly (1914)
"PROBLEM OF SUBSTANCE Thales was born in Miletus, a Greek colony ... Thales probably never wrote anything; at any rate we possess no work of his; ..."

5. History of Philosophy by William Turner (1903)
"Thales, the first philosopher of Greece, was of Phoenician descent. ... Our knowledge of the doctrines of Thales is based entirely on secondary sources, ..."

6. A Short History of Freethought Ancient and Modern by John Mackinnon Robertson (1906)
"This brings us to the time of Thales (640-548 BC). At the same time, ... Thales was thus in the direct sphere of Babylonian culture before the conquest of ..."

7. A Student's History of Philosophy by Arthur Kenyon Rogers (1907)
"Thales 1. The first attempts at philosophy, then, are occupied with the only world ... The decisive step is attributed to Thales, a member of one of the ..."

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