- IPA: /ˈɔɹəkəl/, /ˈɒɹəkəl/
oracle (plural oracles)
- A shrine dedicated to some prophetic deity.
- 1629, John Milton, “On the Morning of Christ's Nativity”, in Poems of Mr. John Milton, […] , London: Printed by Ruth Raworth for Humphrey Moſely, […], published 1645, OCLC 606951673 ↗:
- The oracles are dumb; / No voice or hideous hum / Runs through the arched roof in words deceiving.
- A person such as a priest through whom the deity is supposed to respond with prophecy or advice.
- A prophetic response, often enigmatic or allegorical, so given.
- Whatso'er she saith, for oracles must stand.
- A person considered to be a source of wisdom.
- a literary oracle
- 1881, Thomas Babington Macaulay, “[https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Encyclop%C3%A6dia_Britannica,_Ninth_Edition/Johnson,_Samuel Samuel Johnson]”, in Encyclopædia Britannica, Ninth Edition:
- The country rectors […] thought him an oracle on points of learning.
- 1847, Alfred Tennyson, The Princess: A Medley, London: Edward Moxon, […], OCLC 2024748 ↗, (
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- oracles of mode
- A wise sentence or decision of great authority.
- One who communicates a divine command; an angel; a prophet.
- 1671, John Milton, “Book the First”, in Paradise Regain’d. A Poem. In IV Books. To which is Added, Samson Agonistes, London: Printed by J. M[acock] for John Starkey […], OCLC 228732398 ↗:
- God hath now sent his living oracle / Into the world to teach his final will.
- (computing theory) A theoretical entity capable of answering some collection of questions.
- (Jewish antiquity) The sanctuary, or most holy place in the temple; also, the temple itself.
- 1667, John Milton, “Book 1”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554 ↗:
- Siloa's brook, that flow'd / Fast by the oracle of God.
- Bible, 1 Kings 6:19, King James Version:
- And the oracle he prepared in the house within, to set there the ark of the covenant of the Lord.
- French: oracle
- German: Orakel, Orakelspruch
- Italian: oracolo, divinazione
- Portuguese: oráculo
- Russian: прорица́ние
oracle (oracles, present participle oracling; past and past participle oracled)
- (obsolete) To utter oracles or prophecies.
- (computing) A database management system (and its associated software) developed by the Oracle Corporation