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[ar-uh-stot-l] /ˈær əˌstɒt l/
384–322 b.c, Greek philosopher: pupil of Plato; tutor of Alexander the Great. Unabridged
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  • "Let the very playthings of your children have a bearing upon the life and work of the coming man," says Aristotle.

    That Last Waif Horace Fletcher
  • The king is said also to have established there a school for Aristotle.

    Fathers of Biology Charles McRae
  • The total crash of Aristotle's closed universe, with the earth at its centre, followed as a consequence, and 'The earth moves!'

  • It is not easy to arrive at a just estimate of the character of Aristotle.

    Fathers of Biology Charles McRae
  • In the words of Aristotle, the primitive Roman was prone to the love of women.

British Dictionary definitions for Aristotle


noun (Austral, slang)
a bottle
(old-fashioned) the buttocks or anus
Word Origin
rhyming slang; in sense 2, shortened from bottle and glass arse


384–322 bc, Greek philosopher; pupil of Plato, tutor of Alexander the Great, and founder of the Peripatetic school at Athens; author of works on logic, ethics, politics, poetics, rhetoric, biology, zoology, and metaphysics. His works influenced Muslim philosophy and science and medieval scholastic philosophy


a prominent crater in the NW quadrant of the moon about 83 kilometres in diameter
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Aristotle in Medicine

Aristotle Ar·is·tot·le (ār'ĭ-stŏt'l), 384-322 b.c.

Greek philosopher. A pupil of Plato, the tutor of Alexander the Great, and the author of works on logic, metaphysics, ethics, natural sciences, politics, and poetics, he profoundly influenced Western intellectual and scientific thought. In his works on science he emphasized the direct observation of nature and the philosophy that theory follows empirical observation.

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Aristotle in Science
Greek philosopher and scientist who wrote about virtually every area of knowledge, including most of the sciences. Throughout his life he made careful observations, collected specimens, and summarized all the existing knowledge of the natural world. He pioneered the study of zoology, developing a classification system for all animals and making extensive taxonomic studies. His systematic approach later evolved into the basic scientific method in the Western world.
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Aristotle in Culture
Aristotle [(ar-uh-stot-l)]

One of the greatest ancient Greek philosophers, with a large influence on subsequent Western thought. Aristotle was a student of Plato and tutor to Alexander the Great. He disagreed with Plato over the existence of ideal Forms and believed that form and matter are always joined. Aristotle's many books include Rhetoric, the Poetics, the Metaphysics, and the Politics.

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