Meaning of eureka in English:


Pronunciation /jʊˈriːkə/

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  • A cry of joy or satisfaction when one finds or discovers something.

    ‘The answer hit me. ‘Eureka!’ I cried’
    • ‘there weren't many eurekas but science is moving steadily’
    • ‘the eureka moment for him came when he was hill-walking’
    • ‘There's nothing like the eureka moment of discovering something that no one knew before.’
    • ‘The samples were also chemically analyzed, and - eureka!’
    • ‘A few minutes later, as his story goes, he glanced at his full bookshelf and eureka!’
    • ‘How many of you have read a blog that: crystallises lots of thoughts and questions and uneases that have been whirling round in your head, makes you think eureka!’
    • ‘So I decided to visit the Imperial War Museum and was invited into the private reading room to research the books and, eureka!’
    • ‘His suggestive techniques had begun to dethaw items that were permafrozen in my subconscious; a few such items bubbled up to the surface - eureka moments - much to my astonishment.’
    • ‘I don't know that there will have been a eureka moment for string theory in the same way, so that there will be a specific time, but it could well be that some of the ideas of string theory.’
    • ‘Well, I had what they call a eureka moment at that time.’
    • ‘The technology made for some interesting eureka moments.’
    • ‘Then one day you have a eureka moment: two facts connect themselves in your mind in some way you've never thought of before.’
    • ‘I've always thought that people can achieve eureka moments by doodling.’
    • ‘It looks like the place to nail down a place in the social network where resource sharing and eureka moments follow.’
    • ‘Robert discovers what happens when we have those eureka moments of original thought - and how to have more of them.’
    • ‘That's handy because you never know when you'll be struck by a eureka moment.’
    • ‘While trying to put myself into her frame of mind, a sudden and unprovoked eureka moment came over me.’
    • ‘I can immediately apply many of these eureka moments to my practise as a new media lecturer.’
    • ‘As students began to understand the historical process and utilize it, questions were reflected in their eyes or discomfort in their body language and then, eureka!’
    • ‘The novel thus can be alternately vague and eureka!’
    • ‘As he claimed descent from kings, the priesthood, under the threat of being put to the sword, no doubt, confirmed his rights to the throne of Persia, and eureka!’
    • ‘‘I think the eureka moment is a bit of a myth,’ he said.’


mass noun Trademark
  • An alloy of copper and nickel used for electrical filaments and resistance wire.


Early 17th century from Greek heurēka ‘I have found it’ (from heuriskein ‘find’), said to have been uttered by Archimedes when he hit upon a method of determining the purity of gold. The noun dates from the early 20th century.