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[lach-uh-sis] /ˈlætʃ ə sɪs/
noun, Classical Mythology.
the Fate who determines the length of the thread of life.
Origin of Lachesis
< Latin < Greek, personification of láchesis destiny, equivalent to lache(în) to happen or obtain by lot + -sis -sis Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for Lachesis
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  • Lachesis announced the past, Clotho the present, and Atropos the future.

    The Phantom World Augustin Calmet
  • Here we are told by our law of cure, that the sphere of Lachesis commences.

    Apis Mellifica C. W. Wolf
  • The 'Lachesis' didn't have a mark on her and all we had was a few possible hits.

    A Question of Courage Jesse Franklin Bone
  • You say the 'Lachesis' and they say 'Oh, yes, the cruise ship.'

    A Question of Courage Jesse Franklin Bone
  • Not that I didn't expect it, but the "Lachesis" was worse than the "Clotho" had ever been.

    A Question of Courage Jesse Franklin Bone
  • The "Lachesis" shuddered to the recoil from the port turrets.

    A Question of Courage Jesse Franklin Bone
  • I eased the "Lachesis" into Cth and hung like glue to the border.

    A Question of Courage Jesse Franklin Bone
  • So sang Apollo, and Lachesis did even more than he required.

    Darkness and Dawn Frederic W. Farrar
  • Charles made his adieux to Clotho and Lachesis, and departed at the other end of the room.


    Henry Kingsley
  • Clotho spun the thread of life, Lachesis held it, and Atropos cut it.

    Palamon and Arcite John Dryden
British Dictionary definitions for Lachesis


(Greek myth) one of the three Fates
Word Origin
via Latin from Greek, from lakhesis destiny, from lakhein to befall by lot
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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