Definitions for dragonˈdræg ən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

drag•onˈdræg ən(n.)

  1. a mythical monster generally represented as a huge winged reptile with a crested head, often spouting fire.

    Category: Mythology

  2. a fierce, combative person.

  3. a very strict, protective woman.

  4. Category: Reptiles and Amphibians

    Ref: flying dragon.

  5. a short musket of the 16th and 17th centuries.

    Category: Military

  6. a soldier armed with such a musket.

    Category: Military

  7. (cap.) the constellation Draco.

    Category: Astronomy

  8. Archaic. a huge serpent or snake.

Origin of dragon:

1175–1225; ME < OF < L dracōn-, s. of dracō < Gk drákōn kind of serpent

Princeton's WordNet

  1. dragon, firedrake(noun)

    a creature of Teutonic mythology; usually represented as breathing fire and having a reptilian body and sometimes wings

  2. dragon, tartar(noun)

    a fiercely vigilant and unpleasant woman

  3. Draco, Dragon(noun)

    a faint constellation twisting around the north celestial pole and lying between Ursa Major and Cepheus

  4. dragon, flying dragon, flying lizard(noun)

    any of several small tropical Asian lizards capable of gliding by spreading winglike membranes on each side of the body

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. dragon(noun)ˈdræg ən

    a mythical animal that breathes fire

Wiktionary

  1. dragon(Noun)

    A legendary, serpentine or reptilian creature.

  2. dragon(Noun)

    An animal of various species that resemble a dragon in appearance:

  3. dragon(Noun)

    The constellation Draco.

  4. dragon(Noun)

    An unpleasant woman; a harridan.

    Sheu2019s a bit of a dragon.

  5. dragon(Noun)

    The (historical) Chinese empire or the People's Republic of China.

    Napoleon already warned of the awakening of the Dragon.

  6. dragon(Noun)

    Something very formidable or dangerous.

  7. Dragon(ProperNoun)

    the Devil.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dragon(noun)

    a fabulous animal, generally represented as a monstrous winged serpent or lizard, with a crested head and enormous claws, and regarded as very powerful and ferocious

  2. Dragon(noun)

    a fierce, violent person, esp. a woman

  3. Dragon(noun)

    a constellation of the northern hemisphere figured as a dragon; Draco

  4. Dragon(noun)

    a luminous exhalation from marshy grounds, seeming to move through the air as a winged serpent

  5. Dragon(noun)

    a short musket hooked to a swivel attached to a soldier's belt; -- so called from a representation of a dragon's head at the muzzle

  6. Dragon(noun)

    a small arboreal lizard of the genus Draco, of several species, found in the East Indies and Southern Asia. Five or six of the hind ribs, on each side, are prolonged and covered with weblike skin, forming a sort of wing. These prolongations aid them in making long leaps from tree to tree. Called also flying lizard

  7. Dragon(noun)

    a variety of carrier pigeon

  8. Dragon(noun)

    a fabulous winged creature, sometimes borne as a charge in a coat of arms

Freebase

  1. Dragon

    A dragon is a legendary creature, typically with serpentine or reptilian traits, that features in the myths of many cultures. There are two distinct cultural traditions of dragons: the European dragon, derived from European folk traditions and ultimately related to Greek and Middle Eastern mythologies, and the Chinese dragon, with counterparts in Japan, Korea and other East Asian countries. The two traditions may have evolved separately, but have influenced each other to a certain extent, particularly with the cross-cultural contact of recent centuries. The English word "dragon" derives from Greek δράκων, "dragon, serpent of huge size, water-snake".

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Dragon

    a fabulous monster, being a hideous impersonation of some form of deadly evil, which only preternatural heroic strength and courage can subdue, and on the subdual and slaying of which depends the achievement of some conquest of vital moment to the human race or some members of it; is represented in mediæval art as a large, lizard-like animal, with the claws of a lion, the wings of an eagle, and the tail of a serpent, with open jaws ready and eager to devour, which some knight high-mounted thrusts at to pierce to death with a spear; in the Greek mythology it is represented with eyes ever on the watch, in symbol of the evil that waylays us to kill us if we don't kill it, as in guarding the "Apples of the Hesperides" and the "Golden Fleece," because these are prizes that fall only to those who are as watchful of him as he is of them; and it is consecrated to Minerva to signify that true wisdom, as sensible of the ever-wakeful dragon, never goes to sleep, but is equally ever on the watch.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. dragon

    [MIT] A program similar to a daemon, except that it is not invoked at all, but is instead used by the system to perform various secondary tasks. A typical example would be an accounting program, which keeps track of who is logged in, accumulates load-average statistics, etc. Under ITS, many terminals displayed a list of people logged in, where they were, what they were running, etc., along with some random picture (such as a unicorn, Snoopy, or the Enterprise), which was generated by the ‘name dragon’. Usage: rare outside MIT — under Unix and most other OSes this would be called a background demon or daemon. The best-known Unix example of a dragon is cron(1). At SAIL, they called this sort of thing a phantom.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'dragon' in Nouns Frequency: #2605


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

dragon(noun)

a mythical beast, a usually large, winged, fire-breathing reptile

St George and the dragon.

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