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  5  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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 
 
  2.  A  dwarf;  a  goblin;  a  person  of  small  stature  or  misshapen 
  features,  or  of  strange  appearance. 
 
  3.  (Zo["o]l.)  A  small  owl  ({Glaucidium  gnoma})  of  the  Western 
  United  States. 
 
  4.  [Gr.  ?.]  A  brief  reflection  or  maxim.  --Peacham. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  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 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  GNOME 
 
  {GNU  Network  Object  Model  Environment} 
 
 
 
  From  V.E.R.A.  --  Virtual  Entity  of  Relevant  Acronyms  13  March  2001  [vera]: 
 
  GNOME 
  GNU  Network  Object  Model  Environment  (GNU) 
 
 
 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  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. 
 
 




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