oracle (plural oracles)
- A shrine dedicated to some prophetic deity.
- The oracles are dumb; / No voice or hideous hum / Runs through the arched roof in words deceiving.
- A person such as a priest through whom the deity is supposed to respond with prophecy or advice.
- A prophetic response, often enigmatic or allegorical, so given.
- Whatso'er she saith, for oracles must stand.
- A person considered to be a source of wisdom.
- a literary oracle
- The country rectors […] thought him an oracle on points of learning.
- oracles of mode
- A wise sentence or decision of great authority.
- One who communicates a divine command; an angel; a prophet.
- God hath now sent his living oracle / Into the world to teach his final will.
- (computing theory) A theoretical entity capable of answering some collection of questions.
- (Jewish antiquity) The sanctuary, or most holy place in the temple; also, the temple itself.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Bible, 1 Kings vi. 19 to this entry?)
- Siloa's brook, that flow'd / Fast by the oracle of God.
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oracle m (plural oracles)