Elf and Gnome

Elf

An elf (plural: elves) is a type of supernatural being in Germanic mythology and folklore. Early elves, whose description depends almost entirely on Norse mythology texts, were a race of beings with magical skills, ambivalent towards humans and capable of either helping or hindering them.

elf n 1: (folklore) fairies that are somewhat mischievous [syn: {hob}, {gremlin}, {pixie}, {pixy}, {brownie}, {imp}] 2: below 3 kilohertz [syn: {extremely low frequency}] [also: {elves} (pl)]

ELF Executable and Linkable Format (Unix, OS/2)

97 Moby Thesaurus words for "elf": Ariel, Befind, Corrigan, Dingbelle, Fifinella, Finnbeara, Hob, Hobgoblin, JD, Lilliputian, Mab, Oberon, Puck, Titania, Tom Thumb, bad boy, bad fairy, bad peri, banshee, booger, brat, brownie, buffoon, bugger, cluricaune, cutup, devil, deviling, devilkin, diablotin, dwarf, enfant terrible, erlking, fairy, fairy queen, fay, funmaker, gamin, gnome, goblin, gremlin, hob, holy terror, homunculus, hood, hoodlum, hooligan, imp, joker, jokester, juvenile delinquent, knave, kobold, leprechaun, little devil, little monkey, little rascal, manikin, midge, midget, minx, mischief, mischief-maker, ouphe, peewee, peri, pip-squeak, pixie, poltergeist, pooka, practical joker, prankster, puca, puck, punk, punk kid, pwca, pygmy, rapscallion, rascal, rogue, rowdy, ruffian, runt, scamp, scapegrace, shrimp, spoiled brat, sprite, sylph, sylphid, tokoloshe, urchin, wag, wart, whippersnapper, young devil

Elves \Elves\, n.; pl. of {Elf}. [1913 Webster] Elvish \Elv"ish\, a. 1. Pertaining to elves; implike; mischievous; weird; also, vacant; absent in demeanor. See {Elfish}. [1913 Webster] He seemeth elvish by his countenance. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 2. Mysterious; also, foolish. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Elf \Elf\, v. t. To entangle mischievously, as an elf might do. [1913 Webster] Elf all my hair in knots. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Elf \Elf\ ([e^]lf), n.; pl. {Elves} ([e^]lvz). [AS. [ae]lf, ylf; akin to MHG. alp, G. alp nightmare, incubus, Icel. [=a]lfr elf, Sw. alf, elfva; cf. Skr. [.r]bhu skillful, artful, rabh to grasp. Cf. {Auf}, {Oaf}.] 1. An imaginary supernatural being, commonly a little sprite, much like a fairy; a mythological diminutive spirit, supposed to haunt hills and wild places, and generally represented as delighting in mischievous tricks. [1913 Webster] Every elf, and fairy sprite, Hop as light as bird from brier. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. A very diminutive person; a dwarf. [1913 Webster] {Elf arrow}, a flint arrowhead; -- so called by the English rural folk who often find these objects of prehistoric make in the fields and formerly attributed them to fairies; -- called also {elf bolt}, {elf dart}, and {elf shot}. {Elf child}, a child supposed to be left by elves, in room of one they had stolen. See {Changeling}. {Elf fire}, the ignis fatuus. --Brewer. {Elf owl} (Zo["o]l.), a small owl ({Micrathene Whitneyi}) of Southern California and Arizona. [1913 Webster]

ELF Binary format used by System V Release 4 Unix.

Gnome

GNOME (pronounced or ) is a desktop environment and graphical user interface that runs on top of a computer operating system.

gnome n 1: a legendary creature resembling a tiny old man; lives in the depths of the earth and guards buried treasure [syn: {dwarf}] 2: a short pithy saying expressing a general truth

GNOME GNU Network Object Model Environment (GNU)

93 Moby Thesaurus words for "gnome": Ariel, Befind, Corrigan, Finnbeara, Lilliputian, Mab, Oberon, Titania, Tom Thumb, adage, ana, analects, aphorism, apothegm, axiom, banshee, brocard, brownie, byword, catchword, cluricaune, collected sayings, current saying, dictate, dictum, distich, dwarf, elemental, elemental spirit, elf, epigram, expression, fairy, fairy queen, fay, goblin, golden saying, gremlin, hob, homunculus, imp, kobold, leprechaun, manikin, maxim, midge, midget, moral, mot, motto, oracle, ouphe, peewee, peri, phrase, pip-squeak, pithy saying, pixie, pooka, precept, prescript, proverb, proverbial saying, proverbs, puca, pwca, pygmy, rule, runt, salamander, saw, saying, sentence, sententious expression, shrimp, sloka, sprite, stock saying, sutra, sylph, sylphid, teaching, text, truism, undine, verse, wart, wisdom, wisdom literature, wise saying, witticism, word, words of wisdom

Gnome \Gnome\, n. [F. gnome, prob. fr. Gr. gnw`mon one that knows, a guardian, i. e., of the treasures in the inner parts of the earth, or fr. ? intelligence, both fr. gnw^nai, gignw^skein, to know. See {Know}.] 1. An imaginary being, supposed by the Rosicrucians to inhabit the inner parts of the earth, and to be the guardian of mines, quarries, etc. [1913 Webster] 2. A dwarf; a goblin; a person of small stature or misshapen features, or of strange appearance. [1913 Webster] 3. (Zo["o]l.) A small owl ({Glaucidium gnoma}) of the Western United States. [1913 Webster] 4. [Gr. ?.] A brief reflection or maxim. --Peacham.

GNOME {GNU Network Object Model Environment}

GNOME, n. In North-European mythology, a dwarfish imp inhabiting the interior parts of the earth and having special custody of mineral treasures. Bjorsen, who died in 1765, says gnomes were common enough in the southern parts of Sweden in his boyhood, and he frequently saw them scampering on the hills in the evening twilight. Ludwig Binkerhoof saw three as recently as 1792, in the Black Forest, and Sneddeker avers that in 1803 they drove a party of miners out of a Silesian mine. Basing our computations upon data supplied by these statements, we find that the gnomes were probably extinct as early as 1764.

Data Sources:

  • elf: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • elf: Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (Version 1.9, June 2002)
  • elf: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • elf: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • elf: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • elf: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • elf: The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (27 SEP 03)
  • gnome: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • gnome: Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (Version 1.9, June 2002)
  • gnome: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • gnome: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • gnome: The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (27 SEP 03)
  • gnome: THE DEVIL'S DICTIONARY ((C)1911 Released April 15 1993)

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