Lydian
Lydian Lyd"i*an, a. [L. Lydius, fr. Lydia, Gr. ?.] Of or pertaining to Lydia, a country of Asia Minor, or to its inhabitants; hence, soft; effeminate; -- said especially of one of the ancient Greek modes or keys, the music in which was of a soft, pathetic, or voluptuous character. [1913 Webster]

Softly sweet in Lydian measures, Soon he soothed his soul to pleasures. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

{Lydian stone}, a flint slate used by the ancients to try gold and silver; a touchstone. See {Basanite}. [1913 Webster]


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  • Lydian — may refer to:* Lydian language, an ancient Anatolian language * Lydian script * Lydian mode, one of the modes derived from ancient Greek music * Lydian (typeface), a decorative typeface * Lydia, an ancient kingdom in western Anatolia * Lydian… …   Wikipedia

  • Lydian — [lid′ēən] adj. 1. of Lydia or its people, language, or culture 2. a) soft; gentle; effeminate b) voluptuous; sensual n. 1. a person born or living in Lydia 2. the language spoken by the Lydians, an extinct Anatolian language …   English World dictionary

  • Lydian — noun Date: 15th century 1. a native or inhabitant of Lydia 2. an Anatolian language of the Indo European language family see Indo European languages table • Lydian adjective …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Lydian — 1. noun a) A native or inhabitant of ancient Lydia. b) An extinct Indo European language in the Anatolian subgroup. 2. adjective …   Wiktionary

  • Lydian — adj. & n. n. 1 a native or inhabitant of ancient Lydia in W. Asia Minor. 2 the language of this people. adj. of or relating to the people of Lydia or their language. Phrases and idioms: Lydian mode Mus. the mode represented by the natural… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Lydian — /lid ee euhn/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to Lydia. 2. (of music) softly or sensuously sweet; voluptuous. n. 3. an inhabitant of Lydia. 4. an Anatolian language of Lydia, written in a modified Greek alphabet. [1535 45; LYDI(A) + AN] * * * …   Universalium

  • Lydian — ISO 639 3 Code : xld ISO 639 2/B Code : ISO 639 2/T Code : ISO 639 1 Code : Scope : Individual Language Type : Ancient …   Names of Languages ISO 639-3

  • Lydian — n. person from the ancient kingdom of Lydia in Asia Minor; resident of Lydia n. Anatolian language of the Indo European languages spoken in Lydia adj. of or pertaining to Lydia or to its culture or people …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Lydian — noun 1》 a native or inhabitant of the ancient region of Lydia in western Asia Minor. 2》 the extinct language of the Lydians. adjective relating to the Lydians or their language …   English new terms dictionary

  • lydian — a. 1. Of Lydia. 2. Soft, effeminate, voluptuous …   New dictionary of synonyms

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