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Headword: *)/atoma
Adler number: alpha,4373
Translated headword: atoms
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning things that are] most/very subtle.[1]
Those things that cannot be cut because of their utmost subtlety.[2]
The Greeks also called bodies "atomic" and partless[3] due to their imperviousness or extreme smallness, since they are unable to admit cut or division. Thus they call the most subtle and smallest bodies, [the ones] which, thrown in through its enlightenings, the sun in itself shows swaying upwards and downwards.[4]
Greek Original:
*)/atoma: lepto/tata. ta\ mh\ duna/mena dia\ th\n a)/kran lepto/thta te/mnesqai. o(/ti a)/toma w)no/masan oi( *(/ellhnes kai\ a)merh= sw/mata dia\ to\ a)paqe\s h)\ smikro\n a)/gan, a(/te mh\ tomh\n h)\ diai/resin de/casqai duna/mena. ou(/tw de\ kalou=si ta\ lepto/tata kai\ smikro/tata sw/mata, a(\ dia\ tw=n fwtagwgw=n ei)sballo/mena o( h(/lios dei/knusin e)n e(autw=| a)/nw kai\ ka/tw pallo/mena.
The headword is neuter plural.
[1] = Synagoge alpha1060; Photius, Lexicon alpha3103.
[2] Similar glossing in Hesychius and (according to Adler) the Ambrosian Lexicon.
[3] See already alpha 1554.
[4] George the Monk, Chronicon 81.11-16.
Keywords: Christianity; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; historiography; philosophy; science and technology
Translated by: Marcelo Boeri on 13 August 2001@16:40:25.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added notes; cosmetics) on 27 August 2002@06:23:23.
David Whitehead (augmented notes and keywords; tweaks and cosmetics) on 29 April 2012@04:25:21.
William Hutton (augmented note, typo) on 21 August 2013@11:34:10.
David Whitehead (more keywords; cosmetics) on 21 August 2013@13:39:31.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 6 November 2014@00:50:57.
David Whitehead on 10 September 2015@07:25:21.


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