- a judge of Israel famous for his great strength. Judges 13–16.
- any man of extraordinary physical strength.
- a male given name: from a Hebrew word meaning “like the sun.”
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Examples from the Web for samson
And he rejected the notion that Wolff Samson helped to bring the project to completion.Why Is Walmart Paying Chris Christie's Pals?
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Samson describes how his ancestors used the cave decades earlier.
Samson, the head guide, is the son of the local Maasai chief.
In the Bible story of Samson and Delilah, Samson wooed and won his lady with sweet-smelling almond branches.Five Aphrodisiac Foods
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Samson's agency is one of the few to specifically target gay couples.Outsourcing Pregnancy
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Samson was there, too; I believe that he was playing that night in one of Molire's comedies.
Samson saw this, and said to me, "Come, come; we are not ogres!"
We find Samson visiting his Philistine wife, who remained with her kindred.The Truth About Woman
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She also accompanied Samson on a number of European and American opera expeditions.Who Was Who: 5000 B. C. to Date
"The Philistines be upon thee, Samson," cried Csar, and with that there was a struggle.The Manxman
- a judge of Israel, who performed herculean feats of strength against the Philistine oppressors until he was betrayed to them by his mistress Delilah (Judges 13–16)
- any man of outstanding physical strength
Word Origin and History for samson
masc. proper name, Biblical strong-man (Judges xiii-xvi), from Late Latin, from Greek Sampson, from Hebrew Shimshon, probably from shemesh "sun." As a generic name for a man of great strength, attested from 1565. Samsonite, proprietary name for a make of luggage, is 1939, by Shwayder Bros. Inc., Denver, U.S.
In the Old Testament, an Israelite servant of God who pitted his invincible strength and his wits against the Philistines on many occasions. He was eventually betrayed by his lover, the beautiful Delilah, who tricked Samson into telling her that the secret of his strength lay in his uncut hair. Delilah cut Samson's hair while he slept, and then called for the Philistines, who captured and blinded him. During his captivity, Samson's hair grew back, and he eventually pulled the Philistines' banquet hall down on their heads.