Procrustes Pro*crus"tes, n. [L., fr. Gr. ?, fr. ? to beat out, to stretch; ? forward + ? to strike.] (Gr. Antiq.) A celebrated legendary highwayman of Attica, who tied his victims upon an iron bed, and, as the case required, either stretched or cut of their legs to adapt them to its length; -- whence the metaphorical phrase,

{the bed of Procrustes}. [1913 Webster]

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  • Procrustes — [prō krus′tēz] n. [L < Gr Prokroustēs < prokrouein, to beat out, stretch out < pro , PRO 1 + krouein, to strike: see RUE1] Gr. Myth. a giant of Attica who seizes travelers, ties them to a bedstead, and either stretches them or cuts off… …   English World dictionary

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  • Procrustes — /proh krus teez/, n. Class. Myth. a robber who stretched or amputated the limbs of travelers to make them conform to the length of his bed. He was killed by Theseus. Also called Damastes. * * * ▪ Greek mythological figure also called  Polypemon,… …   Universalium

  • Procrustes — noun Etymology: Latin, from Greek Prokroustēs Date: 1567 a villainous son of Poseidon in Greek mythology who forces travelers to fit into his bed by stretching their bodies or cutting off their legs …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Procrustes — noun A celebrated legendary highwayman of Attica, who tied his victims upon an iron bed, and, as the case required, either stretched or cut off their legs to adapt them to its length. See Also: Procrustean assignment, procrustean bed …   Wiktionary

  • PROCRUSTES —    a brigand of ancient Attica, who when any one fell into his hands placed him on a bed, stretching him out if he was too short for it and amputating him if he was too long till he died; he was one day overpowered by Theseus, who tortured him to …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • Procrustes — n. robber who altered his victims to fit his bed by stretching them or cutting off their legs (Classical Mythology) …   English contemporary dictionary

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