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A city of northwest California on Humboldt Bay, an arm of the Pacific Ocean. Lumbering, fishing, and tourism are important to its economy.
Used to express triumph upon finding or discovering something.
[Greek heurēka, I have found (it) (supposedly exclaimed by Archimedes upon discovering how to measure the volume of an irregular solid and thereby determine the purity of a gold object), first person sing. perfect tense of heuriskein, to find.]
an exclamation of triumph on discovering or solving something
[C17: from Greek heurēka I have found (it), from heuriskein to find; traditionally the exclamation of Archimedes when he realized, during bathing, that the volume of an irregular solid could be calculated by measuring the water displaced when it was immersed]
eu•re•ka(yʊˈri kə, yə-)
1. (used as an exclamation of triumph at a discovery.)
2. (cap.) I have found (it): the reputed exclamation of Archimedes when he discovered a test, based on the principle of buoyancy, for the purity of gold.
[1560–70; < Greek heúrēka, 1st person singular perf. indic. of heurískein to find, discover]
A word exclaimed when someone discovers something, from an ancient Greek word meaning I have found it.
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|Noun||1.||Eureka - an alloy of copper and nickel with high electrical resistance and a low temperature coefficient; used as resistance wire|
copper-base alloy - any alloy whose principal component is copper
|2.||Eureka - a town in northwest California on an arm of the Pacific Ocean|