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[ahr-kuh-mee-dee-uh n, -mi-dee-uh n] /ˌɑr kəˈmi di ən, -mɪˈdi ən/
of, relating to, or discovered by Archimedes.
Mathematics. of or relating to any ordered field, as the field of real numbers, having the property that for any two unequal positive elements there is an integral multiple of the smaller which is greater than the larger.
Origin of Archimedean
First recorded in 1805-15; Archimede(s) + -an Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • This term generally alludes to the Archimedean screw, or screw-propeller.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • The invention with which his name is most frequently linked is that of the Archimedean screw.

    Invention Bradley A. Fiske
  • An Archimedean lever had been found at last with which to move the world.

    Inventions in the Century William Henry Doolittle
  • Thus, a word suggested by chance became my Archimedean lever.

  • There are no sects in geometry; one does not speak of a Euclidian, an Archimedean.

  • Archimedean Screw, a machine for raising water, said to have been invented by Archimedes.

  • When a business man once gets his mind set, not even an Archimedean lever could stir it.

  • He had found what he had so long sighed for in vain,—his point d'appui, wherein to fix the Archimedean screw.

    The Caxtons, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Never mind what the after-dinner speaker says—the press is not an Archimedean lever and probably never was.

    Local Color Irvin S. Cobb
  • The former is styled the Archimedean, the latter the Phantom Minnow, which collapses when struck by a fish.

    The Teesdale Angler R Lakeland

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