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ˈsɪr əˌkyus, -ˌkyuzSyra·cuse

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Syracuse(noun)

    a city in central New York

  2. Syracuse, Siracusa(noun)

    a city in southeastern Sicily that was founded by Corinthians in the 8th century BC

  3. Syracuse, siege of Syracuse(noun)

    the Roman siege of Syracuse (214-212 BC) was eventually won by the Romans who sacked the city (killing Archimedes)

  4. Syracuse, siege of Syracuse(noun)

    the Athenian siege of Syracuse (415-413 BC) was eventually won by Syracuse


  1. Syracuse(ProperNoun)

    Province of Sicily, Italy.

  2. Syracuse(ProperNoun)

    City and port in the province of Syracuse.

  3. Syracuse(ProperNoun)

    A city in New York state.

  4. Syracuse(ProperNoun)

    Small municipalities, each with less than 2000 inhabitants, in the American states of Indiana, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, and Utah.

  5. Syracuse(ProperNoun)

    A type of red wine.

  6. Origin: Ultimately from Συρακοῦσαι.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Syracuse(noun)

    a red wine of Italy


  1. Syracuse

    Syracuse is a town in Turkey Creek Township, Kosciusko County, Indiana, United States. The population was 2,810 at the 2010 census. Syracuse is the location of Lake Syracuse and the nearby, larger Lake Wawasee, in addition to several other lakes in the region.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Syracuse

    1, one of the great cities of antiquity (19), occupied a wide triangular tableland on the SE. coast of Sicily, 80 m. SW. of Messina, and also the small island Ortygia, lying close to the shore; founded by Corinthian settlers about 733 B.C.; amongst its rulers were the tyrants Dionysius the Elder and Dionysius the Younger (q. v.) and Hiero, the patron of Æschylus, Pindar, &c.; successfully resisted the long siege of the Athenians in 414 B.C., and rose to a great pitch of renown after its struggle with the Carthaginians in 397 B.C., but siding with Hannibal in the Punic Wars, was taken after a two years' siege by the Romans (212 B.C.), in whose hands it slowly declined, and finally was sacked and destroyed by the Saracens in 878 A.D. Only the portion on Ortygia was rebuilt, and this constitutes the modern city, which has interesting relics of its former greatness, but is otherwise a crowded and dirty place, surrounded by walls, and fortified; exports fruit, olive-oil, and wine. 2, A city (108) of New York State, United States, 148 m. W. of Albany, in the beautiful valley of Onondaga; is a spacious and handsomely laid-out city, with university, &c.; has flourishing steel-works, foundries, rolling-mills, &c., and enormous salt manufactures.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. syracuse

    (It. Siracusa). Anciently the most famous and powerful city of Sicily, situated on the southeast coast of the island, 80 miles south-southwest from Messina; was founded by a body of Corinthian settlers under Archias, one of the Bacchiadæ, 734 B.C. In 486 a revolution took place and the oligarchic families—Geomori, or Gamori, “land-owners”—were expelled, and the sovereign power was transferred to the citizens at large. Before a year passed, however, Gelon, “despot” of Gela, had restored the exiles, and at the same time made himself master of Syracuse. Hieron, brother of Gelon, raised Syracuse to an unexampled degree of prosperity. Hieron died in 467, and was succeeded by his brother Thrasybulus; but the rapacity and cruelty of the latter soon provoked a revolt among his subjects, which led to his deposition and the establishment of a democratical form of government. The next most important event in the history of Syracuse was the siege of the city by the Athenians, which ended in the total destruction of the great Athenian armament in 413; and Syracuse’s renown at once spread over the whole Greek world. Dionysius restored the “tyranny” of Gelon, and his fierce and victorious war with Carthage (397 B.C.) raised the renown of Syracuse still higher. On the death of Hieron II., his grandson Hieronymus, who succeeded him, espoused the side of the Carthaginians. A Roman army under Marcellus was sent against Syracuse, and after a siege of two years, during which Archimedes assisted his fellow-citizens by the construction of various engines of war, the city was taken by Marcellus in 212. Under the Romans, Syracuse slowly but surely declined. Captured, pillaged, and burned by the Saracens (878) it sunk into complete decay, so that very few traces of its ancient grandeur are now to be seen. It was taken by Count Roger, the Norman, 1088; in the insurrection, Syracuse surrendered to the Neapolitan troops, April 8, 1849.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Syracuse in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Syracuse in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of Syracuse in a Sentence

  1. Kent Syverud:

    My kids were threatened... my wife was subjected to many racial epithets, their car tires were slashed, my kids' dog was shot. There was little investigation, those responsible were never found. That was then, that was the South. It was hard for my wife, it was hard for my kids. But this is Syracuse. This is 2019. I do not accept this hatred here and now, this is not who Syracuse is at its best, and is not who we can let ourselves become.

  2. Karen Felter:

    The 15 students have been suspended indefinitely for one to two years, this means Syracuse University does not have any obligation to readmit them once the suspension is over. Syracuse University is up to their discretion.

  3. Theta Tau:

    It was revealed that the video was a parody, skit, or roast of the active brothers by a pledge class, and not Chapter members hazing, humiliating, or disparaging its pledges as Syracuse University had described to Theta Tau central office. However, this does not excuse the behavior.

  4. Ken McClendon:

    It was presumed because of her special condition, she would never excel and never achieve and great feat, yet watching our daughter walk across the stage at Bishop McNamara High School with honors, then going to Ball State and graduating with honors, then graduating at Syracuse with honors, and then staying here in Southeast Washington D.C., when she could have gone anywhere.

  5. Mark Muhammad:

    I am honored to join the Syracuse City School District Board of Education, we are fortunate to live in a country where we are free to practice the religion we choose ; and to work to help others, regardless of their ethnicity, socio-economic or religious background.

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