What does oracle mean?

Definitions for oracle
ˈɔr ə kəl, ˈɒr-or·a·cle

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. prophet, prophesier, oracle, seer, vaticinator(noun)

    an authoritative person who divines the future

  2. oracle(noun)

    a prophecy (usually obscure or allegorical) revealed by a priest or priestess; believed to be infallible

  3. oracle(noun)

    a shrine where an oracular god is consulted

GCIDE

  1. Oracle(n.)

    A wise pronouncement or decision considered as of great authority.

    Etymology: [F., fr. L. oraculum, fr. orare to speak, utter, pray, fr. os, oris, mouth. See Oral.]

Wiktionary

  1. oracle(Noun)

    A shrine dedicated to some prophetic deity.

    Etymology: From oracle.

  2. oracle(Noun)

    A person such as a priest through whom the deity is supposed to respond with prophecy or advice.

    Etymology: From oracle.

  3. oracle(Noun)

    A prophetic response, often enigmatic or allegorical, so given.

    Etymology: From oracle.

  4. oracle(Noun)

    A person considered to be a source of wisdom.

    Etymology: From oracle.

  5. oracle(Noun)

    A theoretical entity capable of answering some collection of questions.

    Etymology: From oracle.

  6. Oracle(ProperNoun)

    A database management system (and its associated software) developed by the Oracle Corporation

    Etymology: From oracle.

Freebase

  1. Oracle

    In Classical Antiquity, an oracle was a person or agency considered to interface wise counsel or prophetic predictions or precognition of the future, inspired by the gods. As such it is a form of divination. The word oracle comes from the Latin verb ōrāre "to speak" and properly refers to the priest or priestess uttering the prediction. In extended use, oracle may also refer to the site of the oracle, and to the oracular utterances themselves, called khrēsmoi in Greek. Oracles were thought to be portals through which the gods spoke directly to people. In this sense they were different from seers who interpreted signs sent by the gods through bird signs, animal entrails, and other various methods. The most important oracles of Greek antiquity were Pythia, priestess to Apollo at Delphi, and the oracle of Dione and Zeus at Dodona in Epirus. Other temples of Apollo were located at Didyma on the coast of Asia Minor, at Corinth and Bassae in the Peloponnese, and at the islands of Delos and Aegina in the Aegean Sea. The Sibylline Oracles are a collection of oracular utterances written in Greek hexameters ascribed to the Sibyls, prophetesses who uttered divine revelations in a frenzied state.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Oracle

    or′a-kl, n. the answer spoken or uttered by the gods: the place where responses were given, and the deities supposed to give them: a person famed for wisdom: a wise decision: (B.) the sanctuary: (pl.) the revelations made to the prophets: the word of God.—adj. Orac′ular, delivering oracles: resembling oracles: grave: venerable: not to be disputed: ambiguous: obscure—also Orac′ulous.—ns. Oracular′ity, Orac′ularness.—adv. Orac′ularly. [Fr.,—L. ora-culum, double dim. from orāre, to speak—os, oris, the mouth.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of oracle in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of oracle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of oracle in a Sentence

  1. Med Jones:

    I do not understand why some would call me an economic oracle. Although I correctly foretasted key economic events in the past 10 years, the truth is that any economic forecasting model can become useless with the change of just one variable. And if we learned anything from experience, the only constant in markets is change. The first rule of economic forecasting is to understand that it is a science of probability not a science of certainty.

  2. Daniel Ives:

    This was an ugly print and speaks to the headwinds Oracle is seeing in the field as their legacy database business is seeing slowing growth, while cloud has seen pockets of strength, overall the excuses we see out of Oracle have continued to frustrate Wall Street.

  3. Kim Forrest:

    In many cases where Oracle Corp CEO has been very acquisitive, the next guy pares down and refocuses the company, and that is what I would be expecting with this change.

  4. Paul Valery:

    The folly of mistaking a paradox for a discovery, a metaphor for a proof, a torrent of verbiage for a spring of capital truths, and oneself for an oracle, is inborn in us.

  5. Geesche Jacobsen:

    The ACCC met with Oracle and is considering information it has provided about Google services, we are exploring how much consumers know about the use of location data and are working closely with the Privacy Commissioner.

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