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Absurdly impractical or visionary, especially to the neglect of more useful activity.

[After the flying island of Laputa, in Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift, where absurd projects are pursued and useful pursuits neglected.]

La·pu′tan n.
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Adj.1.Laputan - relating to or characteristic of the imaginary country of Laputa or its people
2.Laputan - not practical or realizable; speculative; "airy theories about socioeconomic improvement"; "visionary schemes for getting rich"
utopian - characterized by or aspiring to impracticable perfection; "the dim utopian future"; "utopian idealists"; "recognized the utopian nature of his hopes"
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The duke had a majordomo of a very facetious and sportive turn, and he it was that played the part of Merlin, made all the arrangements for the late adventure, composed the verses, and got a page to represent Dulcinea; and now, with the assistance of his master and mistress, he got up another of the drollest and strangest contrivances that can be imagined.
One Eye Kanty, owing to his early trade, held the always important post of chief armorer, while Peter the Hermit, the last of the five cut-throats whom Norman of Torn had bested that day, six years before, in the hut of Father Claude, had become majordomo of the great castle of Torn, which post included also the vital functions of quartermaster and commissary.
The majordomo of the Duchess stood before them with a bow.
2 Mari Erquita; Bandolis from Tubod, Lanao, took the girls' 14-U plum with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Gupit; unranked Christine Gula-Gula from Dapitan downed May Laputan, 6-3, 6-2, for the girls' 12-U title; and local bet third seed Mark Barrios ruled the 10-unisex division with a 4-0, 4-1 romp over May Gonzales.
This time he is confronted with a language that is more familiar than those he has previously experienced, the Laputan language being "not unlike in sound to the Italian", which causes him to answer in that same language, "hoping at least that the cadence might be more agreeable" to his listeners (412).
In the view of our Laputan foreign-policy establishment, what is happening in Syria and elsewhere is a conflict between "democracy" and dictatorship.
H But in his lampooning of the Laputan experimenters and their ridiculous productions, Swirl is satirizing not only natural philosophy but also its presentation in utopian terms and, thus, the utopian texts that had heralded the wonders of the new technologies a century before.
To the uninitiated, this index presents a curiously laputan mode of accounting.
In the guise of a travelog, Gulliver's Travels satirizes inappropriate curiosity in travel, experimentation, and sex through the Laputan women, whose sexual appetites are equivalent to the destructive excesses of the Whig scientists.
These Yahoos, a very few Granted, must further be advised to learn a second language, Jargon, exemplified by the Academy description of the Laputan Loadstone (142) and the precise language of the Mariner (64).
that would be merely as bad as telling a dream -- unless perhaps I do it in the manner of the Laputan printing press -- that is I put down Mountains, Rivers Lakes, dells, glens, Rocks, and Clouds, With beautiful enchanting, gothic picturesque fine, delightful, enchanting, Grand, sublime -- a few Blisters & c -- and now you have our journey thus far(4)
Certainly this is Armantrout's most audacious poem to date, getting away with something indeed in its comedic treatment of self-arousal and menstruation (think of how many solemnly declarative poems have addressed those subjects);(19) in its mockery of the (undoubtedly male) doctor and his Laputan etymology (or is it geometry?