- Also Ikaros. Classical Mythology. a youth who attempted to escape from Crete with wings of wax and feathers but flew so high that his wings melted from the heat of the sun, and he plunged to his death in the sea.
- Astronomy. an asteroid whose eccentric orbit brings it closer to the sun than any other known asteroid.
Examples from the Web for icarus
But like the Icarus of her poems, Sor Juana ended up flying too close to the sun.Sor Juana: Mexico’s Most Erotic Poet and Its Most Dangerous Nun
November 8, 2014
“The Fall of Icarus”, by Hendrick Goltzius, is one of my all-time favorite images by one of my all-time favorite artists.Icarus Needed a Higher SPF
May 1, 2013
In Greek mythology, Icarus was a young lad being held in prison with his father by an evil King.‘Law & Order’ Spoofs ‘Spider-Man’
June 17, 2011
His latest book is The Icarus Syndrome: A History of American Hubris .Putting America on Democracy's Side
May 19, 2011
His latest book, The Icarus Syndrome: A History of American Hubris, is available from HarperCollins.How Wisconsin Helps Obama
March 14, 2011
For Icarus, these cautions went in at one ear and out by the other.Old Greek Folk Stories Told Anew
Josephine Preston Peabody
From Icarus on down, levitation or its equivalent has been a favorite.Disowned
Like Icarus on the sands he fell, Where lie all broken shafts of dream.Enamels and Cameos and other Poems
The death of Ddalus was represented, and also that of Icarus.Quo Vadis
Naturally, nobody anywhere else thought of the Icarus any more.Nightmare Planet
- Greek myth the son of Daedalus, with whom he escaped from Crete, flying with wings made of wax and feathers. Heedless of his father's warning he flew too near the sun, causing the wax to melt, and fell into the Aegean and drowned
Word Origin and History for icarus
son of Daedalus in Greek mythology; he flew too high on artificial wings and so plunged to his death. Used allusively from 1580s. The name is of unknown origin.
- A small asteroid with a highly eccentric, Earth-crossing orbit that takes it to within 30 million km (19 million mi) of the Sun, or closer than the planet Mercury. In 1968 Icarus approached within 6 million km (4 million mi) of the Earth. See more at asteroid.