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ˈsɛn tɔrCen·taur

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. centaurnoun

    (classical mythology) a mythical being that is half man and half horse

  2. Centaurus, Centaurnoun

    a conspicuous constellation in the southern hemisphere near the Southern Cross

Wiktionary

  1. centaurnoun

    A mythical beast having a horse's body with a human head and torso in place of the head and neck of the horse.

    Etymology: {ME}; Latin Centaurus; Greek (Kentauros); (Eng. usg. ca. 14c)

  2. centaurnoun

    An icy planetoid that orbits the Sun between Jupiter and Neptune (also capitalized).

    Etymology: {ME}; Latin Centaurus; Greek (Kentauros); (Eng. usg. ca. 14c)

  3. Centaurnoun

    One of a race of monsters having a head, trunk, and arms of a man, and the body and legs of a horse.

    Etymology: {ME}; Latin Centaurus; Greek (Kentauros); (Eng. usg. ca. 14c)

  4. Centaurnoun

    A skillful horseman or horsewoman.

    Etymology: {ME}; Latin Centaurus; Greek (Kentauros); (Eng. usg. ca. 14c)

  5. Centaurnoun

    A U.S. upper stage, with a restartable liquid-propellant engine, used with an Atlas or Titan booster to launch satellites and probes.

    Etymology: {ME}; Latin Centaurus; Greek (Kentauros); (Eng. usg. ca. 14c)

  6. Centaurnoun

    An icy planetoid that orbits the Sun between Jupiter and Neptune

    Etymology: {ME}; Latin Centaurus; Greek (Kentauros); (Eng. usg. ca. 14c)

Webster Dictionary

  1. Centaurnoun

    a fabulous being, represented as half man and half horse

    Etymology: [L. centaurus, Gr. Ke`ntayros.]

  2. Centaurnoun

    a constellation in the southern heavens between Hydra and the Southern Cross

    Etymology: [L. centaurus, Gr. Ke`ntayros.]

Freebase

  1. Centaur

    A centaur or hippocentaur is a mythological creature with the head, arms, and torso of a human and the body and legs of a horse. In early Attic and Beotian vase-paintings, they are depicted with the hindquarters of a horse attached to them; in later renderings centaurs are given the torso of a human joined at the waist to the horse's withers, where the horse's neck would be. This half-human and half-horse composition has led many writers to treat them as liminal beings, caught between the two natures, embodied in contrasted myths, both as the embodiment of untamed nature, as in their battle with the Lapiths, or conversely as teachers, like Chiron. The centaurs were usually said to have been born of Ixion and Nephele. Another version, however, makes them children of a certain Centaurus, who mated with the Magnesian mares. This Centaurus was either himself the son of Ixion and Nephele or of Apollo and Stilbe, daughter of the river god Peneus. In the later version of the story his twin brother was Lapithes, ancestor of the Lapiths, thus making the two warring peoples cousins.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Centaur

    sen′tawr, n. a fabulous monster, half-man, half-horse.—adj. Centau′rian. [L.,—Gr. kentauros; ety. dub.]

Mythology

  1. Centaur

    (Cen′taur). A huntsman who had the forepart like a man, and the remainder of the body like a horse. The Centauri lived in Thessaly.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Centaur in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Centaur in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of Centaur in a Sentence

  1. Claudio Semini:

    For us, it was natural to start to design also an arm, and then the plan is to build two arms and have them both on the robot to create a 'centaur' style of robot. And with the two arms the robot can be deployed to the real area where it needs to do any maintenance work or turn a valve in a rescue scenario or pick up a sample in a contaminated area or just clean up radioactive materials; there's a lot of potential future applications where manipulation is really important.

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