Procrustes


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Procrustes

(prəʊˈkrʌstiːz)
n
(Classical Myth & Legend) Greek myth a robber, who put travellers in his bed, stretching or lopping off their limbs so that they fitted it
[C16: from Greek Prokroustēs the stretcher, from prokrouein to extend by hammering out]

Pro•crus•tes

(proʊˈkrʌs tiz)

n.
(in Greek myth) a robber who stretched or amputated the limbs of travelers to make them conform to the length of his bed.
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Noun1.Procrustes - (Greek mythology) a mythical giant who was a thief and murderer; he would capture people and tie them to an iron bed, stretching them or hacking off their legs to make them fit; was killed by Theseus
Greek mythology - the mythology of the ancient Greeks
Translations

Procrustes

[prəʊˈkrʌstiːz] NProcusto
References in classic literature ?
Thus, however weary a man might be, he never liked to lie in the bed of Procrustes.
In complex field, the inverse eigenvalue problem and procrustes problem on (R, S)-symmetric matrices have been studied by William [1, 2].
to fuzz attempting to do a Procrustes on science [{by pruning
11) Of course, Christian faith is not to be accommodated to an alien ideology or tied to the bed of some latter-day Procrustes.
Literary history used to be written in the Old School types of Literary Studies departments, which were usually organized by language; and so Irish literature was placed on the Procrustes bed of its linguistic dividedness.
Evaluating replicability of factors in the NEO personality inventory: Confirmatory factor: analysis versus Procrustes Rotation.
There are no literal references to sheep or shepherds in this text, and one must take care not to go into the hotel furniture business with Procrustes.
On the other hand, appellate advocates are appalled when, "[1]ike Procrustes and his iron bed, the opinion lops off some of the facts or some of the law if they are too much for the desired conclusion or stretches them if they fall somewhat short.
The contributors propose an aspect-ration Voronoi diagram, an application of Procrustes distance to shape analysis of Delaunay simplexes, Voronoi random fields, and a Delaunay triangulation algorithm for fingerprint matching.
Blondel even alluded to something like Vincent's law of the body, echoing his appeal for a via media between stultification and transformation: "Thus, we are no longer exposed to the objections of those who would tie us to a bed of Procrustes, mutilating us and forbidding us growth, or of those who see only the Protean metamorphoses of an indefinite evolution where they should see a development governed and unified by the internal finality of an organism" (ibid.
Along the way the three friends meet and defeat Procrustes, Charon, Medusa, Echidna (mother of monsters), and Ares, who is masquerading as a Santa Monica biker bad guy.