Rube Goldberg
also Rube Goldbergian adjective Etymology: Reuben (Rube) L. Goldberg died 1970 American cartoonist Date: 1931 accomplishing by complex means what seemingly could be done simply <
a kind of Rube Goldberg contraption…with five hundred moving parts — L. T. Grant
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; also characterized by such complex means

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  • Rube Goldberg — en 1928. Reuben Lucius Goldberg, né le 4 juillet 1883 à San Francisco et mort le 7 décembre 1970 à New York, est un dessinateur juif américain, spécialisé dans le dessin de presse, politique comme d humour, et la bande dessinée. Il a également… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Rube Goldberg — Nombre Reuben Lucius Goldberg …   Wikipedia Español

  • Rube Goldberg — (eigentlich Reuben Lucius Goldberg; * 4. Juli 1883 in San Francisco; † 7. Dezember 1970 in New York) war ein US amerikanischer Cartoonist sowie Mitbegründer und erster Präsident der National Cartoonists Society, der US amerikanischen Vereinigung… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Rube Goldberg — Rube Gold•berg [[t]ˈrub ˈgoʊld bɜrg[/t]] adj. 1) having a fantastically complicated, improvised appearance: a Rube Goldberg arrangement of flasks and test tubes[/ex] 2) deviously complex and impractical • Etymology: 1955–60; after Rube (Reuben)… …   From formal English to slang

  • Rube Goldberg — ☆ Rube Goldberg [ro͞ob′ gōld′bərg ] adj. [after Rube (Reuben Lucius) Goldberg (1883 1970), U.S. cartoonist of comically involved contrivances] designating any very complicated invention, machine, scheme, etc. laboriously contrived to perform a… …   English World dictionary

  • Rube Goldberg — Rube Gold|berg [ ,rub gould,bɜrg ] adjective AMERICAN a Rube Goldberg machine or system appears funny because it provides an extremely complicated way of doing something simple …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Rube Goldberg — 1940, from the U.S. cartoonist Reuben Lucius Goldberg (1883 1970) who devised fantastically complex gadgetry to accomplish simple tasks. His British counterpart was Heath Robinson (1872 1944) …   Etymology dictionary

  • Rube Goldberg — Infobox Person name = Rube Goldberg image size = 200 caption = birth date = July 4, 1883 birth place = death date = December 7, 1970 death place = other names = known for = occupation = Cartoonist nationality = AmericanReuben Garret Lucius… …   Wikipedia

  • Rube Goldberg — 1. having a fantastically complicated, improvised appearance: a Rube Goldberg arrangement of flasks and test tubes. 2. deviously complex and impractical: a Rube Goldberg scheme for reducing taxes. Also, Goldbergian, Rube Goldbergian. [1955 60;… …   Universalium

  • Rube Goldberg — American, informal a Rube Goldberg piece of equipment or plan is very complicated and not very practical. They use a Rube Goldberg type contraption to open and close the farm gate. The city is not well served by this Rube Goldberg scheme for… …   New idioms dictionary

  • Rube Goldberg —    The man who created, for the amusement of his readers, cartoons of preposterous, elaborate contraptions to illustrate a simple operation was Reuben Lucius Goldberg (1883 1970). His diagrams were logical and fun to follow.    Goldberg was born… …   Dictionary of eponyms

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