noun Classical Mythology.
Examples from the Web for achilles
Our visionary scientists have found the Achilles heel of yet another enemy of the State—the Superbug!
A second doctor suggested it might be possible to extend his Achilles tendon.
Obama, extremely/quite confident: 32 percent Romney, extremely/quite confident: 19 percent That's the Achilles Heel, gang.
Alexander the Great fashioned himself after Achilles and very much identified with him.
We tried to stay with a very strict core, which is Achilles and Hector.
On this they all joined in a cry of wailing and Achilles led them in their lament.The Iliad|Homer
Sound forth his praise from sea to listening sea— Greece her Achilles claimed, immortal Custer, we.Custer, and Other Poems.|Ella Wheeler Wilcox
The glistening helmet of Achilles was on his head, and his armor was girt around his body.Museum of Antiquity|L. W. Yaggy
This lad was always first in the charge, and last in the retreat—the Achilles at once and Ajax of the Cross-causeway.Memoirs of the Life of Sir Walter Scott, Volume I (of 10)|John Gibson Lockhart
When Achilles saw them he gave a cry of surprise, and sprang from his seat, harp in hand; and Patroclus rose up with him.Stories from the Iliad|H. L. Havell
British Dictionary definitions for achilles
Word Origin and History for achilles
Greek hero of the Trojan War stories, son of Thetis and Peleus, his name is perhaps a compound of akhos "pain, grief" (see awe) + laos "the people, a people" (see lay (adj.)); or else it is from a pre-Greek language.
Culture definitions for achilles
In classical mythology, the greatest warrior on the Greek side in the Trojan War (see also Trojan War). When he was an infant, his mother tried to make him immortal by bathing him in a magical river, but the heel by which she held him remained vulnerable. During the Trojan War, he quarreled with the commander, Agamemnon, and in anger sulked in his tent. Eventually Achilles emerged to fight and killed the Trojan hero Hector, but he was wounded in the heel by an arrow and died shortly thereafter.