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[ih-lahy-zuh] /ɪˈlaɪ zə/
a female given name, form of Elizabeth. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Eliza, with her sensitive, unforgiving nature, could not make allowances.

    Mary Wollstonecraft Elizabeth Robins Pennell
  • There he married sweet Eliza, With her lands and ruddy gold— Wo is me!

    Romantic Ballads George Borrow
  • Eliza said that she had found her scissors, and very likely I should find the Shakespeare some other night.

    Eliza Barry Pain
  • Homeward went the sweet Eliza; Oh, her heart was chill and cold:— Wo is me!

    Romantic Ballads George Borrow
  • George and Eliza are in the nominative case independent: Rule 5.

Eliza in Technology

artificial intelligence
A famous program by Joseph Weizenbaum, which simulated a Rogerian psychoanalyst by rephrasing many of the patient's statements as questions and posing them to the patient. It worked by simple pattern recognition and substitution of key words into canned phrases. It was so convincing, however, that there are many anecdotes about people becoming very emotionally caught up in dealing with ELIZA. All this was due to people's tendency to attach to words meanings which the computer never put there.
See also ELIZA effect.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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