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Plato

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noun
  1. 427–347 b.c., Greek philosopher.
  2. a walled plain in the second quadrant of the face of the moon, having a dark floor: about 60 miles (96 km) in diameter.
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Related formsan·ti-Pla·to, adjective
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  • The testimony of Pericles, Alcibiades, and Plato, confirmed the truth of his words.

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  • "Yet it is ever thus, when Plato is with us," exclaimed Pericles.

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  • Yet the voice of Plato would be pleasant to my ears, as music on the waters in the night-time.

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  • "I have heard that she remains at the house where Phidias died," rejoined Plato.

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  • He arose, as he spoke, and reverently placed the chaplet on the head of Plato.

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British Dictionary definitions for plato

Plato1

noun
  1. ?427–?347 bc, Greek philosopher: with his teacher Socrates and his pupil Aristotle, he is regarded as the initiator of western philosophy. His influential theory of ideas, which makes a distinction between objects of sense perception and the universal ideas or forms of which they are an expression, is formulated in such dialogues as Phaedo, Symposium, and The Republic. Other works include The Apology and Laws
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Plato2

noun
  1. a crater in the NW quadrant of the moon, about 100 km in diameter, that has a conspicuous dark floor
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Plato

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An ancient Greek philosopher, often considered the most important figure in Western philosophy. Plato was a student of Socrates and later became the teacher of Aristotle. He founded a school in Athens (see also Athens) called the Academy. Most of his writings are dialogues. He is best known for his theory that ideal Forms or Ideas, such as Truth or the Good, exist in a realm beyond the material world. In fact, however, his chief subjects are ethics and politics. His best-known dialogues are the Republic, which concerns the just state, and the Symposium, which concerns the nature of love.

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