noun, plural nai·ads, nai·a·des [ney-uh-deez, nahy-] /ˈneɪ əˌdiz, ˈnaɪ-/.
Origin of naiad
Examples from the Web for naiad
First, a naiad is a water nymph in Greek myth—a woman who looked over the waterways.
If you look in the dictionary today, it says “naiad: any skillful female wimmer.”
Immediately the Naiad showed the quality of her love by striking him blind.The Classic Myths in English Literature and in Art (2nd ed.) (1911)|Charles Mills Gayley
For a fortnight we cruised without seeing any vessel but the Naiad.Percival Keene|Frederick Marryat
Had not seen a Naiad for many years, and thought the last had emigrated to Ball's Pond, and set up as a clear starcher.Punch - Volume 25 (Jul-Dec 1853)|Various
Moreover, from time to time the slopes were much greater, the naiad sang more loudly, and we began to dip downwards in earnest.A Journey to the Centre of the Earth|Jules Verne
The central figure of the group, a naiad, beckoned with a hand from which the water fell in a shower.The Girl and The Bill|Bannister Merwin
noun plural -ads or -ades (-əˌdiːz)
Word Origin for naiad
"water nymph," c.1600, from Latin Nais, Naias (genitive naiadis), from Greek Naias (plural Naiades) "river nymph," from naiein "to flow," from PIE *naw-yo-, suffixed form of root *(s)nau- "to swim, flow, let flow" (see nutriment). Dryden used the Latin singular form Nais, and the plural Naiades is attested in English from late 14c.