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n. Greek Mythology
A renowned craftsman, sculptor, and inventor and builder of the Labyrinth. He fashioned the wings with which he and his son Icarus escaped from Crete after their imprisonment by Minos.

Dae·da′li·an, Dae·da′le·an (dĭ-dā′lē-ən, -dāl′yən) adj.


(Classical Myth & Legend) Greek myth an Athenian architect and inventor who built the labyrinth for Minos on Crete and fashioned wings for himself and his son Icarus to flee the island
Daedalian, Daedalean Daedalic adj


(ˈdɛd l əs; esp. Brit. ˈdid l əs)

a legendary Athenian who built the labyrinth for Minos and made wings for himself and his son Icarus to escape from Crete.
Dae•da•li•an, Dae•da•le•an (dɪˈdeɪ li ən) Dae•dal′ic (-ˈdæl ɪk) adj.
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Noun1.Daedalus - (Greek mythology) an Athenian inventor who built the labyrinth of MinosDaedalus - (Greek mythology) an Athenian inventor who built the labyrinth of Minos; to escape the labyrinth he fashioned wings for himself and his son Icarus
Greek mythology - the mythology of the ancient Greeks


[ˈdiːdələs] n (Myth) → Dedalo
References in classic literature ?
We are now," said Ariadne, "in the famous labyrinth which Daedalus built before he made himself a pair of wings, and flew away from our island like a bird.
There can be nothing else so intricate, unless it were the brain of a man like Daedalus, who planned it, or the heart of any ordinary man; which last, to be sure, is ten times as great a mystery as the labyrinth of Crete.
Furthermore he wrought a green, like that which Daedalus once made in Cnossus for lovely Ariadne.
spread out, with rich compartments of verdure and of flowers, a velvet carpet of cultivated land and royal parks, in the midst of which one recognized, by its labyrinth of trees and alleys, the famous Daedalus garden which Louis XI.
In the paroxysms of eagerness he dreamt of aerial ways, - the discovery of following century; he called to his mind Daedalus and the vast wings that had saved him from the prisons of Crete.
For virtue may be under the guidance of right opinion as well as of knowledge; and right opinion is for practical purposes as good as knowledge, but is incapable of being taught, and is also liable, like the images of Daedalus, to 'walk off,' because not bound by the tie of the cause.
The spangled heavens should be used as a pattern and with a view to that higher knowledge; their beauty is like the beauty of figures or pictures excellently wrought by the hand of Daedalus, or some other great artist, which we may chance to behold; any geometrician who saw them would appreciate the exquisiteness of their workmanship, but he would never dream of thinking that in them he could find the true equal or the true double, or the truth of any other proportion.
But, like thousands of other residents, they were left furious when the Home Office revealed plans to transform the former naval airbase HMS Daedalus into an asylum centre.
As Pennsylvania-based environmental attorney Donald Brown writes in Daedalus, climate change acquires a clear ethical dimension when, despite the disproportionate generation of global warming gases by wealthier nations, its biggest impact is on the health, food supplies and well-being of the world's poorest people.
Software programs (such as WebCT, BlackBoard, and Daedalus Online) can encompass large amounts of students' time spent writing.
Thanks to the new partnership with Mark Kimsey and everyone involved with the Daedalus Fund we have the freedom, autonomy and financial wherewithal to hit the ground running and build Atmosphere into a commercially significant entertainment company," Canton said.
We focus exclusively on the growth capital needs of middle market manufacturers," notes Daedalus Financial Group President Patrick Hanraty.