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Meaning of SAMSON

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a large and strong and heavyset man; "he was a bull of a man"; "a thick-skinned bruiser ready to give as good as he got"
  2. [n]  (Old Testament) a judge of Israel who performed herculean feats of strength against the Philistines until he was betrayed to them by his mistress Delilah

SAMSON is a 6 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: bruiser, bull, strapper
 See Also: adult male, judge, jurist, justice, magistrate, man



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Sam"son\, n.
An Israelite of Bible record (see --Judges xiii.),
distinguished for his great strength; hence, a man of
extraordinary physical strength.

{Samson post}.
(a) (Naut.) A strong post resting on the keelson, and
    supporting a beam of the deck; also, a temporary or
    movable pillar carrying a leading block or pulley for
    various purposes. --Brande & C.
(b) In deep-well boring, the post which supports the walking
    beam of the apparatus.

Easton Bible Dictionary

of the sun, the son of Manoah, born at Zorah. The narrative of his life is given in Judg. 13-16. He was a "Nazarite unto God" from his birth, the first Nazarite mentioned in Scripture (Judg. 13:3-5; comp. Num. 6:1-21). The first recorded event of his life was his marriage with a Philistine woman of Timnath (Judg. 14:1-5). Such a marriage was not forbidden by the law of Moses, as the Philistines did not form one of the seven doomed Canaanite nations (Ex. 34:11-16; Deut. 7:1-4). It was, however, an ill-assorted and unblessed marriage. His wife was soon taken from him and given "to his companion" (Judg. 14:20). For this Samson took revenge by burning the "standing corn of the Philistines" (15:1-8), who, in their turn, in revenge "burnt her and her father with fire." Her death he terribly avenged (15:7-19). During the twenty years following this he judged Israel; but we have no record of his life. Probably these twenty years may have been simultaneous with the last twenty years of Eli's life. After this we have an account of his exploits at Gaza (16:1-3), and of his infatuation for Delilah, and her treachery (16:4-20), and then of his melancholy death (16:21-31). He perished in the last terrible destruction he brought upon his enemies. "So the dead which he slew at his death were more [in social and political importance=the elite of the people] than they which he slew in his life."

"Straining all his nerves, he bowed:

As with the force of winds and waters pent,

When mountains tremble, those two massy pillars

With horrible convulsion to and fro

He tugged, he shook, till down they came, and drew

The whole roof after them, with burst of thunder

Upon the heads of all who sat beneath,

Lords, ladies, captains, counsellors, or priests,

Their choice nobility and flower."

Milton's Samson Agonistes.

 Definition:  his sun; his service; there the second time