from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of a group of British workers who between 1811 and 1816 rioted and destroyed laborsaving textile machinery in the belief that such machinery would diminish employment.
- n. One who opposes technical or technological change.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of a group of early 19th century English textile workers who destroyed machinery because it would harm their livelihood.
- n. Someone who opposes technological change.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One of a number of riotous persons in England, who for six years (1811-17) tried to prevent the use of labor-saving machinery by breaking it, burning factories, etc.; -- so called from Ned Lud, a half-witted man who some years previously had broken stocking frames.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A member of a conspiracy of workmen in England (1811–1816) banded together for the destruction of improved machines, under the delusion that these diminished employment: said to have called themselves Luddites from an imbecile named Ned Lud, who broke two stocking-frames from anger. The disturbances created by them were called Luddite riots, and required stern measures for their repression.
- Of or pertaining to the Luddites: as, Luddite riots.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. one of the 19th century English workmen who destroyed laborsaving machinery that they thought would cause unemployment
- n. any opponent of technological progress
After Ned Ludd, an English laborer who was supposed to have destroyed weaving machinery around 1779.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
After Ned Ludd, a legendary example. See -ite. (Wiktionary)