What is gnome?

  • (noun): A legendary creature resembling a tiny old man; lives in the depths of the earth and guards buried treasure.
    Synonyms: dwarf
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A gnome /ˈnoʊm/ is a diminutive spirit in Renaissance magic and alchemy, first introduced by Paracelsus and later adopted by more recent authors including those of modern fantasy literature. Its characteristics have been reinterpreted to suit the needs of various story-tellers, but it is typically said to be a small, humanoid creature that lives underground.

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Gnome - Derivative Uses - Metaphorical Uses
... The expression of the "Gnomes of Zürich", Swiss bankers pictured as diminutive creatures hoarding gold in subterranean vaults, was coined in 1956 by ... a number of stone houses in Charlevoix, Michigan, that have been referred to as gnome homes ...
Breguet 730 - Variants
... Powered by four 753 kW (1,010 hp) Gnome-Rhône 14N 2/3 engines ... Powered by four 835 kW (1,120 hp) Gnome-Rhône 14N 44/45 engines ... Powered by 1,010 kW (1,350 hp) Gnome-Rhône 14R 200/201 engines ...
Stormy Peters - Career
... was managing the HP-UX desktop development and became aware of the GNOME project when the team decided to provide GNOME on HPUX ... In 2000 she became one of the founding members of the GNOME Foundation Advisory board. 2008 Peters left OpenLogic and became the executive director of the GNOME Foundation ...
Cheese (software)
... Cheese is a GNOME webcam application, similar to Apple's Photo Booth ... It can export to Flickr and is integrated into GNOME ... From version was added as an official part of GNOME in Gnome 2.22 ...
Sad Gnome Records
... Sad Gnome Records is a small, independent record label, based in Oslo (Norway) and London (UK). 2007 saw Sad Gnome expand, putting out debut singles by Remodel, Joe Rybicki and My Name Is Red ... In December 2007, they released A Sad Gnome's Dream, a free, limited edition, download only compilation featuring exclusive or rare tracks from the label's roster and friends ...

More definitions of "gnome":

  • (noun): A short pithy saying expressing a general truth.