2. [syn: bull, bruiser, strapper, Samson]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Samson \Sam"son\, n.
An Israelite of Bible record (see --Judges xiii.),
distinguished for his great strength; hence, a man of
extraordinary physical strength.
(a) (Naut.) A strong post resting on the keelson, and
supporting a beam of the deck; also, a temporary or
movable pillar carrying a leading block or pulley for
various purposes. --Brande & C.
(b) In deep-well boring, the post which supports the walking
beam of the apparatus.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: (Old Testament) a judge of Israel who performed herculean
feats of strength against the Philistines until he was
betrayed to them by his mistress Delilah
2: a large and strong and heavyset man; "he was a bull of a
man"; "a thick-skinned bruiser ready to give as good as he
got" [syn: bull, bruiser, strapper, Samson]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
51 Moby Thesaurus words for "Samson":
Achilles, Antaeus, Atlas, Briareus, Brobdingnagian, Charles Atlas,
Cyclops, David, Goliath, Hector, Hercules, Polyphemus, Roland,
Superman, Tarzan, Titan, a man, brave, bulldog, bully, bullyboy,
chutzpanik, colossus, decorated hero, demigod, demigoddess,
fighting cock, gallant, gamecock, giant, good soldier, gorilla,
hero, heroine, lion, man of courage, muscle man, paladin,
powerhouse, stalwart, strong man, strong-arm man, the brave,
the mighty, the strong, tiger, tough, tough guy, tower of strength,
valiant, valiant knight
Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary:
of the sun, the son of Manoah, born at Zorah. The narrative of
his life is given in Judg. 13-16. He was a "Nazarite unto God"
from his birth, the first Nazarite mentioned in Scripture (Judg.
13:3-5; comp. Num. 6:1-21). The first recorded event of his life
was his marriage with a Philistine woman of Timnath (Judg.
14:1-5). Such a marriage was not forbidden by the law of Moses,
as the Philistines did not form one of the seven doomed
Canaanite nations (Ex. 34:11-16; Deut. 7:1-4). It was, however,
an ill-assorted and unblessed marriage. His wife was soon taken
from him and given "to his companion" (Judg. 14:20). For this
Samson took revenge by burning the "standing corn of the
Philistines" (15:1-8), who, in their turn, in revenge "burnt her
and her father with fire." Her death he terribly avenged
(15:7-19). During the twenty years following this he judged
Israel; but we have no record of his life. Probably these twenty
years may have been simultaneous with the last twenty years of
Eli's life. After this we have an account of his exploits at
Gaza (16:1-3), and of his infatuation for Delilah, and her
treachery (16:4-20), and then of his melancholy death
(16:21-31). He perished in the last terrible destruction he
brought upon his enemies. "So the dead which he slew at his
death were more [in social and political importance=the elite of
the people] than they which he slew in his life."
"Straining all his nerves, he bowed:
As with the force of winds and waters pent,
When mountains tremble, those two massy pillars
With horrible convulsion to and fro
He tugged, he shook, till down they came, and drew
The whole roof after them, with burst of thunder
Upon the heads of all who sat beneath,
Lords, ladies, captains, counsellors, or priests,
Their choice nobility and flower."
Milton's Samson Agonistes.
Hitchcock's Bible Names Dictionary (late 1800's):
Samson, his sun; his service; there the second time
U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000):
Samson, AL -- U.S. city in Alabama
Population (2000): 2071
Housing Units (2000): 1016
Land area (2000): 3.620157 sq. miles (9.376162 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.005709 sq. miles (0.014787 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 3.625866 sq. miles (9.390949 sq. km)
FIPS code: 67800
Located within: Alabama (AL), FIPS 01
Location: 31.112574 N, 86.047865 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 36477
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.