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  4  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Samson  \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. 
  From  U.S.  Gazetteer  (1990)  [gazetteer]: 
  Samson,  AL  (city,  FIPS  67800) 
  Location:  31.11221  N,  86.04660  W 
  Population  (1990):  2190  (977  housing  units) 
  Area:  9.4  sq  km  (land),  0.0  sq  km  (water) 
  Zip  code(s):  36477 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
  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 
  From  Hitchcock's  Bible  Names  Dictionary  (late  1800's)  [hitchcock]: 
  Samson,  his  sun;  his  service;  there  the  second  time 

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