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Meaning of DRAGON

Pronunciation:  'dragun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  any of several small tropical Asian lizards capable of gliding by spreading winglike membranes on each side of the body
  2. [n]  a faint constellation twisting around the north celestial pole and lying between Ursa Major and Cepheus
  3. [n]  a creature of Teutonic mythology; usually represented as breathing fire and having a reptilian body and sometimes wings
  4. [n]  a fiercely vigilant and unpleasant woman

DRAGON is a 6 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: Draco, firedrake, flying dragon, flying lizard, tartar
 See Also: agamid, agamid lizard, constellation, disagreeable woman, Draco, Fafnir, genus Draco, mythical creature, mythical monster, unpleasant woman, wivern, wyvern



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Drag"on\, n. [F. dragon, L. draco, fr. Gr. ?, prob. fr.
?, ?, to look (akin to Skr. dar? to see), and so called from
its terrible eyes. Cf. {Drake} a dragon, {Dragoon}.]
1. (Myth.) 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

         The dragons which appear in early paintings and
         sculptures are invariably representations of a
         winged crocodile.                     --Fairholt.

Note: In Scripture the term dragon refers to any great
      monster, whether of the land or sea, usually to some
      kind of serpent or reptile, sometimes to land serpents
      of a powerful and deadly kind. It is also applied
      metaphorically to Satan.

            Thou breakest the heads of the dragons in the
            waters.                            -- Ps. lxxiv.

            Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder; the
            young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample
            under feet.                        -- Ps. xci.

            He laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent,
            which is the Devil and Satan, and bound him a
            thousand years.                    --Rev. xx. 2.

2. A fierce, violent person, esp. a woman. --Johnson.

3. (Astron.) A constellation of the northern hemisphere
   figured as a dragon; Draco.

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

5. (Mil. Antiq.) 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. --Fairholt.

6. (Zo["o]l.) 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. (Zo["o]l.) A variety of carrier pigeon.

8. (Her.) A fabulous winged creature, sometimes borne as a
   charge in a coat of arms.

Note: Dragon is often used adjectively, or in combination, in
      the sense of relating to, resembling, or characteristic
      of, a dragon.

{Dragon arum} (Bot.), the name of several species of
   {Aris[ae]ma}, a genus of plants having a spathe and
   spadix. See {Dragon root}(below).

{Dragon fish} (Zo["o]l.), the dragonet.

{Dragon fly} (Zo["o]l.), any insect of the family
   {Libellulid[ae]}. They have finely formed, large and
   strongly reticulated wings, a large head with enormous
   eyes, and a long body; -- called also {mosquito hawks}.
   Their larv[ae] are aquatic and insectivorous.

{Dragon root} (Bot.), an American aroid plant ({Aris[ae]ma
   Dracontium}); green dragon.

{Dragon's blood}, a resinous substance obtained from the
   fruit of several species of {Calamus}, esp. from {C.
   Rotang} and {C. Draco}, growing in the East Indies. A
   substance known as dragon's blood is obtained by exudation
   from {Drac[ae]na Draco}; also from {Pterocarpus Draco}, a
   tree of the West Indies and South America. The color is
   red, or a dark brownish red, and it is used chiefly for
   coloring varnishes, marbles, etc. Called also {Cinnabar

{Dragon's head}.
   (a) (Bot.) A plant of several species of the genus
       {Dracocephalum}. They are perennial herbs closely
       allied to the common catnip.
   (b) (Astron.) The ascending node of a planet, indicated,
       chiefly in almanacs, by the symbol ?. The deviation
       from the ecliptic made by a planet in passing from one
       node to the other seems, according to the fancy of
       some, to make a figure like that of a dragon, whose
       belly is where there is the greatest latitude; the
       intersections representing the head and tail; -- from
       which resemblance the denomination arises. --Encyc.

{Dragon shell} (Zo["o]l.), a species of limpet.

{Dragon's skin}, fossil stems whose leaf scars somewhat
   resemble the scales of reptiles; -- a name used by miners
   and quarrymen. --Stormonth.

{Dragon's tail} (Astron.), the descending node of a planet,
   indicated by the symbol ?. See {Dragon's head} (above).

{Dragon's wort} (Bot.), a plant of the genus {Artemisia} ({A.

{Dragon tree} (Bot.), a West African liliaceous tree
   ({Drac[ae]na Draco}), yielding one of the resins called
   dragon's blood. See {Drac[ae]na}.

{Dragon water}, a medicinal remedy very popular in the
   earlier half of the 17th century. ``Dragon water may do
   good upon him.'' --Randolph (1640).

{Flying dragon}, a large meteoric fireball; a bolide.

Computing Dictionary
  1. 1. An esprit project aimed at providing effective support to reuse in real-time distributed ada application programs.

    2. An implementation language used by bti computer systems.

    E-mail: Pat Helland <helland@hal.com>.

    [jargon file]

  2. [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". Use is rare outside mit, under unix and most other operating systems this would be called a "background demon" or daemon. The best-known Unix example of a dragon is cron. At sail, they called this sort of thing a "phantom".

    [jargon file]

Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing a dragon in your dream means that you tend to let yourself get carried away by your passion. This kind of behavior may lead you into trouble. You need to exercise some self-control. In the eastern cultures, dragons are seen as spiritual creatures symbolizing good luck and fortune. Dreaming that you are a dragon and breathing fire and everyone, suggests that you are using your anger to get your own way.
Easton Bible Dictionary

(1.) Heb. tannim, plural of tan. The name of some unknown creature inhabiting desert places and ruins (Job 30:29; Ps. 44:19; Isa. 13:22; 34:13; 43:20; Jer. 10:22; Micah 1:8; Mal. 1:3); probably, as translated in the Revised Version, the jackal (q.v.).

(2.) Heb. tannin. Some great sea monster (Jer. 51:34). In Isa. 51:9 it may denote the crocodile. In Gen. 1:21 (Heb. plural tanninim) the Authorized Version renders "whales," and the Revised Version "sea monsters." It is rendered "serpent" in Ex. 7:9. It is used figuratively in Ps. 74:13; Ezek. 29:3.

In the New Testament the word "dragon" is found only in Rev. 12:3, 4, 7, 9, 16, 17, etc., and is there used metaphorically of "Satan." (See WHALE.)

Thesaurus Terms
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