from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- interj. Used to express triumph upon finding or discovering something.
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- interj. An exclamation indicating sudden discovery.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- The exclamation attributed to Archimedes, who is said to have cried out “Eureka! eureka!” (I have found it! I have found it!), upon suddenly discovering a method of finding out how much the gold of King Hiero's crown had been alloyed. Hence, an expression of triumph concerning a discovery.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Literally, I have found (it): the reputed exclamation of Archimedes when, after long study, he discovered a method of detecting the amount of alloy in King Hiero's crown (see crown problem, under crown); hence, an exclamation of triumph at a discovery or supposed discovery.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an alloy of copper and nickel with high electrical resistance and a low temperature coefficient; used as resistance wire
- n. a town in northwest California on an arm of the Pacific Ocean
BLOODSWORTH: Well, I had what they call a eureka moment at that time.
Interviewed at his office in Madison, Halzen said he's forgotten his "eureka" moment back in 1987.
I never experienced a "eureka" moment, but various experiences and impressions began to flow together, like tributary streams into a river, and I started writing.
I think the greatest single "eureka" moment was deciding that this novel can be written in an epistolary form, even though I "just" did that with The Red Tree.
My teacher's remark undoubtedly stuck in the mind, but I'm not sure if there was a single "eureka" moment so much as a gradual snowballing of interest.
"The 'eureka' moment was when I realized that the head is very well protected because the scalp prevents rotation by sliding over the skull on impact," he says.
Q: Have you ever had any "eureka" moments while studying animal behavior?
Short of following Archimedes into the bathtub, what you can do to create your own "eureka" moments and cultivate new ideas?
They worry over what they don't understand and have been shown to experience "eureka" moments when they solve a puzzle such as how to open a particularly difficult gate.
The "eureka" moment for pursuing this topic came when I encountered an attorney colleague (my pay-the-bills job), hurrying out of his office to attend a nursery school interview.