- (initial capital letter) I have found (it): the reputed exclamation of Archimedes when, after long study, he discovered a method of detecting the amount of alloy mixed with the gold in the crown of the king of Syracuse.
- (used as an exclamation of triumph at a discovery.)
Origin of eureka
- a city in NW California.
Related Words for eurekabewilderment, consternation, revelation, shock, jolt, miracle, disappointment, curiosity, amazement, awe, wonder, astonishment, phenomenon, precipitance, miscalculation, portent, disillusion, prodigy, start, attack
Examples from the Web for eureka
Contemporary Examples of eureka
Mayor Frank Jager of Eureka made that clear when he spoke at a press conference outside the church.
A dispatcher relayed instructions from a Eureka detective to the arresting deputies.
Not just one of his films but all of them from Performance through to Eureka.Danny Boyle, Director of 'Trance,' On His Favorite Psychological Thrillers
April 2, 2013
The two were sitting in front of a heater one November afternoon when Apple had a eureka moment.The Original Apple Icon
October 6, 2010
Soon after this, Levenson had a eureka moment: He decided to host parties, where everything could take place at one venue.The Studio 54 of Sex
April 7, 2009
Historical Examples of eureka
This paper is from the collection of 105 in the Court House at Eureka.
"Eureka sees better in the dark than we can," whispered Dorothy.
They mounted into the buggy, Dorothy holding Eureka safe in her lap.
Dorothy held Eureka in her arms and bade her friends a fond good-bye.
"Eureka," said the doctor calmly, and emitted a curly cloud.Put Yourself in His Place
- an exclamation of triumph on discovering or solving something
Word Origin for eureka
c.1600, from Greek heureka "I have found (it)," first person singular perfect active indicative of heuriskein "to find" (see heuristic). Supposedly shouted by Archimedes (c.287-212 B.C.E.) when he solved a problem that had been set to him: determining whether goldsmiths had adulterated the metal in the crown of Hiero II, king of Syracuse.
A Greek word meaning “I have found it!” An exclamation that accompanies a discovery: “When she finally located the rare book, the scholar cried, ‘Eureka!’” (See Archimedes.)