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Diana \Di*a"na\, n. [L. Diana.] (Myth.) The daughter of Jupiter and Latona; a virgin goddess who presided over hunting, chastity, and marriage; -- identified with the Greek goddess Artemis.

And chaste Diana haunts the forest shade.

Diana monkey (Zo["o]l.), a handsome, white-bearded monkey of West Africa ( Cercopithecus Diana). [1913 Webster] ||

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1200, ancient Italian goddess of the moon, patroness of virginity and hunting, later identified with Greek Artemis, and through her with eastern goddesses such as Diana of Ephesus. The name is explained as *Diwjana, from *diw-yo-, from PIE root *dyeu- "to shine" (see Zeus) in reference to the shining moon, or from dius "godly."


n. 1 (context Roman god English) The daughter of Latona and Jupiter, and twin sister of Apollo; the goddess of the hunt, associated wild animals and the forest or wilderness, and an emblem of chastity; the Roman counterpart of Artemis. 2 (context astronomy English) Short for (w: 78 Diana), a main belt asteroid. 3 (given name female from=Latin).

Diana (mythology)

In Roman mythology, Diana was the goddess of the hunt, the moon, and nature being associated with wild animals and woodland, and having the power to talk to and control animals. She was eventually equated with the Greek goddess Artemis, though she had an independent origin in Italy. Diana was worshipped in ancient Roman religion and is revered in Roman Neopaganism and Stregheria. Diana was known to be the virgin goddess of childbirth and women. She was one of the three maiden goddesses, along with Minerva and Vesta, who swore never to marry.

Oak groves were especially sacred to her as were deer. According to mythology (in common with the Greek religion and their deity Artemis), Diana was born with her twin brother, Apollo, on the island of Delos, daughter of Jupiter and Latona. She made up a triad with two other Roman deities: Egeria the water nymph, her servant and assistant midwife; and Virbius, the woodland god.

Diana (camera)

The Diana camera is a plastic-bodied box camera using 120 rollfilm and 35 mm film. The camera has a simple plastic meniscus lens. Originally marketed as an inexpensive novelty gift item, the Diana has been used to specifically take soft focus, impressionistic photographs somewhat reminiscent of the Pictorialist Period of artistic photography, but using contemporary themes and concepts, known as lomography.

The Diana frequently suffers from light leaks, film advance issues, and other problems. However, its low-quality plastic lens has been celebrated for its artistic effects in photographs, normally resulting in a slightly blurred composition that can provide a 'dreamlike' quality to the print.


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Diana (album)

Diana is the tenth studio album by American singer Diana Ross, released in May 22, 1980 by Motown Records. The album is the biggest-selling studio album of Ross's career. All songs are composed, played and produced by Chic members Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards

Diana (ship)

Many ships have held the name of Diana. They include:

  • An 18th-century Dutch frigate was called Diana
  • In the late 18th century, a whaling ship called Diana had her home port in Hull
  • Diana (Russian ship) was a Russian navy ship from the early 19th century
  • Diana (1840 ship), whaling ship, home port in Hull
  • A steamship with that name took part in the Dundee Whaling Expedition to the Antarctic in 1892
  • Russian cruiser Diana (1899), a cruiser of the Imperial Russian Navy
  • Ten ships of the Royal Navy have borne the name HMS Diana
  • Diana (1997 ship), a Cyprus-owned bulk carrier IMO: 9133769
  • Diana (2007 ship), an Antigua and Barbuda general cargo ship IMO: 9370082
Diana (Princess of Wales)
  1. redirect Diana, Princess of Wales
Diana (Bryan Adams song)

"Diana" is a song performed by Bryan Adams. Written by Adams and Jim Vallance, the track appears as the B-side to " Heaven" and is one of the most prominent of Bryan Adams' non-album songs. It was released as single in Portugal.

Diana (singer)

Diana (born June 2, 1954) is a Brazilian singer, who gained fame in the 1970s. She was born Ana Maria Siqueira Iorio, in Botafogo ward, in Rio de Janeiro city, at 2 June, and raised in the Leblon ward. Her fans has given her the nickname "The Lover Singer of Brazil". Singer styles: Jovem Guarda and Brazilian Pop

Diana (agricultural machinery)

Diana (Διάνα) is the brand name for agricultural machinery produced by Irene Chrissadakou A.E. a company located in Tavros ( Athens), Greece. Founded in 1976, it is one of the most successful in its field, also managing to survive the crisis in Greek manufacturing industry of the 1980s and 1990s.

Diana has produced a wide range of machinery and accessories. Between 1979 and 1984 it developed and produced a type of light truck in "open" and "closed" cab versions, 18 hp Ruggerini Diesel engine, max speed 67 km/h, 1 ton payload and cross-country capability, as well as a number of light tractor models.

Diana (Saint-Gaudens)

Diana – also known as Diana of the Tower – is an iconic statue by sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens. Once a famous New York City landmark, the second version stood atop the tower of Madison Square Garden from 1893 to 1925. Since 1932, it has been in the collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Diana (Wiken)

Diana is a public art work designed by American artist Dick Wiken and carved by Adoph Roegner, located in downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The carved limestone depicts the Roman goddess Diana seated and surrounded by fish, cattails and a unicorn. It is located on the facade of the Milwaukee Athletic Club.

Diana (Paul Anka song)

"Diana" is a song written and made famous by Paul Anka in 1957, recorded in May 1957 at Don Costa studio in New York. Reportedly inspired by a high school friend of Anka's named Diana Ayoub, in an interview with NPR's Terry Gross in 2005, Anka stated that it was inspired by a girl at his church whom he hardly knew. Session musicians on the record included Bucky Pizzarelli on Guitar, Irving Wexler on piano, Jerry Bruno on bass, and Panama Francis on drums. The song was recorded in May 1957 at RCA studios. Backup singers included Artie Ripp (who later in his career as a music industry executive was the first to sign and produce Billy Joel as a solo artist after Michael Lang, who had given Joel a monetary advance, passed Joel along to Ripp--while retaining rights to a cut of profits from Joel's output--to focus his attentions elsewhere instead.)

The original Paul Anka 1957 recording reached number one on the Billboard "Best Sellers In Stores" chart (although it climbed no higher than number 2 on Billboard′s composite "Top 100" chart) and has reportedly sold over nine million copies. "Diana" also hit number one on the R&B Best Sellers list chart. It also reached number 1 in the UK Singles Chart and sold 1.25 million copies in the UK.

After signing with RCA Records, Anka re-recorded "Diana", along with many other hits in 1963. All these versions were also published in Italian for a special LP.

Diana (TV series)
For the US TV series starring Diana Rigg, see Diana (U.S. TV series).

Diana is a British television drama series first broadcast by the BBC in 1984. It was adapted by Andrew Davies from two R. F. Delderfield novels.

It follows the intersecting but very different lives of Jan, a poor but studious young country lad and Diana, the equally single minded daughter of a rich landowner, from the 1920s through to post-war Britain. The early story revolves around the class mismatch between the pair; the besotted Jan attempts to elevate his status through hard work and the more aloof Diana attempts to keep her affections in check and pursue her own goals.

Unusually, despite a generally warm reception and a host of stars – including Jenny Seagrove, Kevin McNally and a young Patsy Kensit – it has never been repeated on the BBC and was only made available for purchase commercially in 2015.

Diana (given name)

Diana or Diane is a feminine given name probably derived from an Indo-European root word referring to the divine. It is the name of the Roman goddess Diana, the goddess of the hunt, forests, and childbirth. The French form of the name is Diane. In Persian Diana means "supplier (messenger) of beneficence & wellness". Diana has consistently ranked among the top 200 names used for girls born in the United States since the 1930s. It was the 107th most popular name for baby girls born in the United States in 2007. It was the 96th most common name for girls and women in the United States in the 1990 census. Diana ranks among the 100 most popular names for baby girls born in Hungary, Spain, and Ukraine, where it was among the top 10 most popular names for baby girls born in 2008.

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DIANA (intermediate language)

DIANA, the Descriptive Intermediate Attributed Notation for Ada, is an intermediate language used to represent the semantics of an Ada program. It was originally designed as an interface between the front end (syntactic analysis) and middle (semantic analysis) of the compiler on the one hand and the back end (code generation and optimization) on the other. It is also used as an internal representation by other language tools.

DIANA is also used by PL/SQL, which is based on Ada.

DIANA is an abstract data type; its concrete implementations are defined using the IDL specification language.

DIANA descends from TCOL and AIDA, earlier representations of Ada programs.

The Ada-0 subset of Ada at Karlsruhe (1980) was first using AIDA, but later AIDA got replaced by DIANA. The full Karlsruhe Ada compilation system used DIANA as well and the IDL External Representation for marshalling between the middle-end and the code generating back-end.

Diana (film)

Diana is a 2013 biographical drama film, directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel, about the last two years of the life of Diana, Princess of Wales. The screenplay is based on Kate Snell's 2001 book Diana: Her Last Love, and was written by Stephen Jeffreys. Anglo-Australian actress Naomi Watts plays the title role of Diana.

The world premiere of the film was held in London on 5 September 2013. It was released in the UK on 20 September 2013. The film received negative reviews from both the British and American critics.

Diana (U.S. TV series)
For the 1984 UK series, see Diana (TV series).

Diana is an American sitcom that aired on NBC during the 1973-1974 television season that was created by Leonard Stern, which ran from September 10, 1973 to January 7, 1974. The series was filmed in front of a live studio audience at CBS Studio Center in Los Angeles.

Diana (pastoral romance)

''The Seven Books of the Diana ''(Spanish: Los siete libros de la Diana) is a pastoral romance written in Spanish by the Portuguese author Jorge de Montemayor. The Diana was first published in 1559, though later editions expanded upon the original text. A sixteenth-century bestseller, the Diana helped launch a vogue for stories about shepherds, shepherdesses, and their experiences in love. One of its most famous readers was William Shakespeare, who seems to have borrowed the Proteus-Julia-Sylvia plot of The Two Gentlemen of Verona from Felismena's tale in the Diana.

Diana (Felderhoff)

Diana is an outdoor 1898 bronze sculpture of Diana by Reinhold Felderhoff, cast in 1910 and installed in the Kolonnadenhof outside the Alte Nationalgalerie in Berlin, Germany.

Diana (Rozvadov)

Diana is an almost abandoned settlement located in the forests south-east of Rozvadov municipality, Tachov District, Czech Republic. The population is around 30 people. The area of Diana, today a part of Rozvadov, consists also of a former glasshouse and a large defunct woodworking factory. A hunting mansion Diana (first mentioned in 1742) is situated in the settlement. The mansion, which was in the past owned by the Kolowrat noble family, was named after the goddess of hunting. Its project is sometimes attributed to the Czech-Italian architect Jan Santini Aichel. The adjacent natural reserve Diana (since 1933) consists of one of the oldest and most valuable beech tree forests in the Upper Palatine Forest.

Diana (One Direction song)

"Diana" is a song by English-Irish boy band One Direction from their third studio album Midnight Memories (2013). It was released on 18 November 2013, a week prior to the album's release.

The song debuted at number two on the Irish Singles Chart on 19 November 2013, the day after it was released; it was one of three One Direction songs in the top 10 that week, along with the album's title track " Midnight Memories" (number three) and " Story of My Life" (number six). One Direction performed the song on all two of their major concert tours: Where We Are Tour (2014) and On the Road Again Tour (2015).

Diana (band)

DIANA is a Canadian synthpop band, whose debut album Perpetual Surrender was a longlisted nominee for the 2014 Polaris Music Prize.

Formed by Toronto musicians Joseph Shabason and Kieran Adams after another project they had planned to work on fell through, the duo later added vocalist Carmen Elle. Originally intended as a recording project which would not tour, popular interest in their early demos on SoundCloud led them to begin touring, with Paul Mathew also joining the band's live performance lineup.

Perpetual Surrender was released in August 2013 on Paper Bag Records and Jagjaguwar. They have toured extensively across Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom to support the album, both at music festivals and as an opening act for Austra.

Diana (Lights Out)

Diana is a fictional character in the Lights Out series. She is portrayed by Alicia Vela-Bailey. She serves as the antagonist of the films. She is a vengeful ghost that attacks people in the dark.

Usage examples of "diana".

The dying Camilla is assisted by her fellow-in-arms, Acca, before Diana carries her off.

Emily gazed at the mythical goddess above her head, recalling the story of Diana and Actaeon, the arrogant young hunter who learned his lesson at the hands of the goddess.

He thought of Actaeon, the young hunteR Diana had destroyed for spying upon her.

As, for example, in his version of the fate of Actaeon, who, returning from the hunt with his hounds, accidentally stumbles on the virgin goddess Diana as she bathes naked in a pool.

Diana, chagrined that Actaeon has seen her naked, transforms the hunter into a stag, who is then devoured by his own dogs.

Diana, the virgin goddess of the hunt, was bitterly offended at this, and turned Actaeon into a stag so that he was torn to pieces by his own dogs.

Phrygians call me the mother of the Gods: the Athenians, Minerva: the Cyprians, Venus: the Candians, Diana: the Sicilians Proserpina: the Eleusians, Ceres: some Juno, other Bellona, other Hecate: and principally the Aethiopians which dwell in the Orient, and the Aegyptians which are excellent in all kind of ancient doctrine, and by their proper ceremonies accustome to worship mee, doe call mee Queene Isis.

Diana Estes calmly held out her arm for the tourniquet and squeezed her hand open and shut several times to plump up her antecubital vein.

O thou, the very power by which I am, And but for which it were in vain to be, Chief next Diana, virgin heavenly fair, Admired Arete, of them admired Whose souls are not enkindled by the sense, Disdain not my chaste fire, but feed the flame Devoted truly to thy gracious name.

Princess Diana, and who had actually been able to sue for breach of promise in a French court.

I also owe many thanks to my team of beta readers on this one for all their help and encouragement: Holly Benton, Francesca Coppa, Dana Dupont, Doris Egan, Diana Fox, Vanessa Len, Shelley Mitchell, Georgina Paterson, Sara Rosenbaum, L.

Holly Benton, Francesca Coppa, Dana Dupont, Doris Egan, Diana Fox, Vanessa Len, Shelley Mitchell, Georgina Paterson, Sara Rosenbaum, L.

And he declared it even more unlikely that an abusive doctor would solicit advice from a Harvard expert on a sticky countertransference issue with said patient, as Diana had also done.

Lady Diana smiled back at her as her maid calmly began to lay out gowns over a decoupage screen.

Tonight they were going to an informal gathering at the home of Harriette Wilson, queen of the London demireps, and for the first time Diana would be offering herself in the market.