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Nautilus meaning

nautilus - 5 dictionary results

  1. 1. The only existing genus of tetrabranchiate cephalopods. About four species are found living in the tropical Pacific, but many other species are found fossil. The shell is spiral, symmetrical, and chambered, or divided into several cavities by simple curved partitions, which are traversed and connected together by a continuous and nearly central tube or siphuncle. See Tetrabranchiata.
  2. 2. A variety of diving bell, the lateral as well as vertical motions of which are controlled, by the occupants.
  3. 3. The argonaut; - also called paper nautilus. See Argonauta, and Paper nautilus, under Paper.
  4. 4. A kind of shellfish of the South Pacific and Indian oceans.
  5. 5. A univalve shellfish, once supposed to be a sailer.

nautilus - examples of usage

  1. The remainder of the fleet, scattered in every direction by the storm, did not discover the absence of the Nautilus till mid- forenoon, when bits of wreckage, into which they sailed, soon told the pitiful story. - "Sara, a Princess", Fannie E. Newberry.
  2. Before the " Nautilus" got round from New Orleans to the Northern Atlantic coast with the prisoner on board, the sentence had been approved, and he was a man without a country. - "The Man Without a Country", Edward E. Hale.
  3. As to learning any longer from the bee to build, or of the little nautilus to sail, we gave it up long ago. - "Tales & Novels, Vol. IX [Contents: Harrington; Thoughts on Bores; Ormond]", Maria Edgeworth.
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