1. Burl (I·cle Ivanhoe) [burl ik-uh l] /bɜrl ˈɪk əl/, 1909–1995, U.S. actor and folk singer.
  2. Charles Edward,1874–1954, U.S. composer.
  3. Frederic Eugene,1856–1937, U.S. inventor.
  4. James Mer·ritt [mer-it] /ˈmɛr ɪt/, 1824–95, U.S. lithographer.Compare Currier.
  5. a male given name.
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Historical Examples of ives

  • Ives and Norton are much used for red wines and sell for top prices.

  • Diamond Creek mouth was determined accurately by Ives in 1858.

    A Canyon Voyage

    Frederick S. Dellenbaugh

  • Ives is absent—at Rome, I believe, though I did not meet him there.

    Glances at Europe

    Horace Greeley

  • "I can't stand things that scuttle and slither and crawl," said Ives.

    Breaking Point

    James E. Gunn

  • But they lowered the boom on Ives when he showed any resilience.

    Breaking Point

    James E. Gunn

British Dictionary definitions for ives


  1. Charles Edward. 1874–1954, US composer, noted for his innovative use of polytonality, polyrhythms, and quarter tones. His works include Second Piano Sonata: Concord (1915), five symphonies, chamber music, and songs
  2. Frederick Eugene. 1856–1937, US inventor of halftone photography
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