Definitions of daedalus

  1. ( Greek mythology) an Athenian inventor who built the Labyrinth of Minos; to escape the Labyrinth he fashioned wings for himself and his sone Icarus

Usage examples for daedalus

  1. Now when Daedalus fled to Athens, Minos, contrary to the decree, pursued him in long war galleys, and being driven to Sicily by a storm, died there. – Plutarch's Lives, Volume I (of 4) by Plutarch
  2. For we had only an Odyssey in Latin, which resembled one of the rough and unfinished statues of Daedalus; and some dramatic pieces of Livius, which will scarcely bear a second reading. – Cicero's Brutus or History of Famous Orators; also His Orator, or Accomplished Speaker. by Cicero
  3. Theseus knew that this was Daedalus, the builder of the palace and the labyrinth. – The Golden Fleece and the Heroes who Lived Before Achilles by Padraic Colum
  4. It would be simply impossible to meet up with a more valuable fellow: he'd make you a fish out of a sow's coynte, if that's what you wanted, a pigeon out of her lard, a turtle- dove out of her ham, and a hen out of a knuckle of pork: that's why I named him Daedalus, in a happy moment. – The Satyricon, Complete by Petronius Arbiter
  5. But Daedalus having escaped from Crete, and flying by sea to Athens, Minos, contrary to this decree, pursued him with his ships of war, was forced by a storm upon Sicily, and there ended his life. – Plutarch-Lives-of-the-noble-Grecians-and-Romans by Clough, Arthur Hugh