- (1st century), Greek mathematician and inventor; known as Hero of Alexandria. His surviving works are important as a source for ancient practical mathematics and mechanics. He described a number of hydraulic, pneumatic, and other mechanical devices, including elementary applications of the power of steam.
noun (plural heroes)
- 1A person, typically a man, who is admired for their courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities: a war heroMore example sentences
brave man, champion, man of courage, great man, man of the hour, conquering hero, victor, winner, conqueror, lionheart, warrior, paladin, knight, white hat; French chevalieridol, superstar, megastar, celebrity, celebutante, luminary, lion; ideal, ideal man, paragon, exemplar, shining example, perfect example; favourite, darling; knight in shining armour, knight on a white charger; French beau idéal• informal celeb
- I admired players but my heroes were the ones who were doing what I wanted to be doing or achieving in a year's time.
- Bridgette and Francoise concentrated their energy on admiring their current hero.
- As a nation, we ought to be thankful for the courage of unsung heroes who have sacrificed much to protect society.
- 1.1The chief male character in a book, play, or film, who is typically identified with good qualities, and with whom the reader is expected to sympathize: the hero of Kipling’s storyMore example sentences
- In several films the hero is a comical character, but the portrayal is gentle.
- All of the book's heroes inspire readers to take action in our own neighborhoods and situations.
- She's as strong and likable a female character as Davy is a male hero, making this a perfect bookend to book one.
- 1.2(In mythology and folklore) a person of superhuman qualities and often semi-divine origin, in particular one whose exploits were the subject of ancient Greek myths.More example sentences
- The myth of the solar hero can be found within many of the ancient civilisations even before the Christian era.
- The second story transports us into the high-pitched world of the famous Greek heroes Ajax and Achilles.
- The birth myths of supernatural heroes have been a subject of considerable interest to psychoanalysts.
- 2 (also hero sandwich) North American another term for hoagie.More example sentences
- A little larger than a hero sandwich, it carries a box of flies, a tippet spool, and a pair of pliers.
- In a Norwegian language class, my teacher illustrated the meaning of the word matpakke - ‘packed lunch’ - by reaching into her backpack and pulling out a hero sandwich wrapped in wax paper.
- She sat on an overturned twenty-liter bucket (her clothes were too filthy to sit on anything else) and munched a hero sandwich with reflective enjoyment.
from hero to zero • informal
- Used to refer to a sudden, rapid decline in popularity or success: he went from hero to zero just three days after being hailed as one of England’s World Cup starsMore example sentences
- His career illustrates how quickly someone can travel from hero to zero.
- He has gone from hero to zero in just a few months.
- He has gone from hero to zero sitting in a blue Benetton.
Middle English (with mythological reference): via Latin from Greek hērōs.