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Tartarus \Tar"ta*rus\ (t[aum]r"t[.a]*r[u^]s), prop. n. [L., from Gr. Ta`rtaros.] (Class. Myth.) The infernal regions, described in the Iliad as situated as far below Hades as heaven is above the earth, and by later writers as the place of punishment for the spirits of the wicked. By the later poets, also, the name is often used synonymously with Hades, or the Lower World in general.


Hades \Ha"des\ (h[=a]"d[=e]z), n. [Gr. "a',dhs, "A'idhs; 'a priv. + 'idei^n to see. Cf. Un-, Wit.] The nether world (according to classical mythology, the abode of the shades, ruled over by Hades or Pluto); the invisible world; the grave.

And death and Hades gave up the dead which were in them.
--Rev. xx. 13 (Rev. Ver.).

Neither was he left in Hades, nor did his flesh see corruption.
--Acts ii. 31 (Rev. Ver.).

And in Hades he lifted up his eyes, being in torments.
--Luke xvi. 23 (Rev. Ver.).

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1590s, from Greek Haides, in Homer the name of the god of the underworld, of unknown origin. Perhaps literally "the invisible" [Watkins]. The name of the god transferred in later Greek writing to his kingdom. Related: Hadal (adj.), 1964; Hadean.


n. 1 (context Greek god English) The god of the underworld and ruler of the dead, son of Cronus and Rhea, brother of Zeus and Poseidon. 2 (context Greek mythology English) The underworld, the domain of Hades, by transference from its god. 3 (non-gloss definition: In the Septuagint Bible, the Greek translation of) Sheol. 4 Hell.


Hades (; or , Háidēs) was the ancient Greek chthonic god of the underworld, which eventually took his name.

In Greek mythology, Hades was regarded as the oldest son of Cronus and Rhea, although the last son regurgitated by his father. He and his brothers Zeus and Poseidon defeated their father's generation of gods, the Titans, and claimed rulership over the cosmos. Hades received the underworld, Zeus the air, and Poseidon the sea, with the solid earth—long the province of Gaia—available to all three concurrently. Hades was often portrayed with his three-headed guard dog Cerberus and, in later mythological authors, associated with the Helm of Darkness and the bident.

The Etruscan god Aita and Roman gods Dis Pater and Orcus were eventually taken as equivalent to the Greek Hades and merged as Pluto, a Latinization of his euphemistic Greek name Plouton.


The Hadès system was a short-range ballistic pre-strategic nuclear weapon system designed by France, as a last warning before use of strategic nuclear weapons, in the perspective of a Soviet invasion of Western Europe. It was designed from July 1984 as a replacement for the tactical road-mobile Pluton missile. Initially 120 missiles were planned to be deployed.

A wheeled trailer and launcher, each carrying two missiles in containers, was planned for deploying the Hadès. The original design had a range of 250 km, which was later increased to 480 km. The guidance system was an inertial platform which could be programmed to execute evasive maneuvers before hitting the target. A version designed to hit hardened underground targets also had a final guidance system which used a GPS-based digital system, resulting in a Circular Error Probable of only 5 m, compared to a CEP of 100 m for the standard version.

Hades (disambiguation)

Hades is the ancient Greek abode of the dead and the god of that place.

Hades may also refer to:

Hades (comics)
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Hades (horse)

Hades (foaled 7 November 1996) is a Thoroughbred racehorse who, when he won the New Zealand Derby in 1999, gave trainer Roger James his third Derby win in five years.

He had only won 1 race going into the Derby, a maiden race at Awapuni at his first start, but had run well in strong company since including a second-placing in the Avondale Guineas.

Following his Derby win he travelled to Australia and finished a good third in the Group 1 Cadbury Guineas behind Pins and Freemason before being sold to Hong Kong. He raced for the remainder of his career as Helene Vitality, winning HK$12,696,550 in 38 starts there.

Hades (film)

Hades is a 1995 German drama film directed by and starring Herbert Achternbusch. It was entered into the 45th Berlin International Film Festival.

Hades (rapper)

Łukasz Bułat-Mironowicz (born 16 August 1985), better known by his stage name Hades, is a Polish rapper. He is also member of bands HiFi Banda and RH-.

Hades (single)

Hades is the sixth single album, and the second part of the VIXX 2016 CONCEPTION trilogy, by the South Korean boy band VIXX. The album was released on August 12, 2016 under the label of Jellyfish Entertainment. The song "Fantasy" was used to promote the album.

Hades (DC Comics)

Hades (also sometimes referred to as Pluto or Hell) is a fictional character appearing in DC Comics publications and related media, commonly as an adversary and sometimes-ally of the super hero Wonder Woman. Based upon the Greek mythological figure of the same name, he is the Greek god of the dead and ruler of the underworld. He first appeared under his Roman name Pluto in Wonder Woman #16, volume 1, published in the summer of 1946, written by Wonder Woman creator William Moulton Marston. Later appearances named him as Hades, such as in Wonder Woman's final Bronze Age adventure in Wonder Woman #329 (vol. 1), 1986, as well as in writer/artist George Pérez's Post- Crisis reboot of the Wonder Woman mythos in 1987. The current New 52 version of the character, referred to primarily as Hell and sometimes as Hades, was introduced in 2011. In a departure from previous incarnations who were presented as adult men, the current Hades/Hell, designed by artist Cliff Chiang, is a young boy in black and red armor, his head crowned with a mass of melting candles, his face partially obscured by dripping wax.

HADES (software)

HADES (Haskins Analysis Display and Experiment System)1 refers to a family of signal processing computer programs that was developed in the 1980s at Haskins Laboratories by Philip Rubin and colleagues to provide for the display and analysis of multiple channel physiological, speech, and other sampled data in an experimental context. Principal programmers over the years on this project included Vance Maverick2, Mark Tiede 3, Marian Pressler, and Simon Levy 4. The most significant feature of HADES was the incorporation of a procedural language known as SPIEL (Signal Processing Interactive Editing Language) that provided for the creation and customization of specialized analysis procedures that can be stored as text files, edited, etc., and are similar to functions and subroutines in programming languages like C and Fortran. HADES was one of the earliest signal processing systems with an integrated language and, through the use of SPIEL, provided for automated procedural analysis of large datasets, usually speech data or multiple-channel physiological data acquired with specialized hardware such as the EMMA5 magnetometer system. Previous systems at the time included ILS from STI, Inc., and the MITSYN6 system designed by Bill Henke. HADES was written in C and implemented on VAX systems running VMS. Although HADES still finds limited use, its functionality was eventually replaced by commercial systems such as MATLAB.

Usage examples of "hades".

Goddess in an illuminated globe so that her face was clearly visible and Hades could see her grinning girlishly as she patted each horse in turn.

She straightened her shoulders, gave the stallion a final pat, started to join Hades and then stopped.

Eurydice up next to her, Hades barked a command and the chariot lurched forward, whipped around in a tight circle and plunged back through the jagged opening in the earth.

If Hades allowed the girl to stay with her that would give Eurydice six months to become settled.

With a flourish, Hades swept his arm ahead of them and the two women looked up.

The left-handed fork disappeared quickly into the thick forest, but it was the right-handed branch to which Hades drew their attention.

Neptune, it was Hades in all of his grim splendor, pulled, of course, by the famous steeds of dread.

She might as well help Hades out while she was there, as well as whatever she needed to do for the dead.

And Hades was nothing like the uninteresting god Demeter had described.

What Hades needed was a good marketing campaign to bring about a change in image.

Lina felt a rush of warmth for Hades and the compassion he was showing Eurydice.

While Lina chanted to herself, Hades stepped aside and motioned for her to enter the palace.

He was wearing a white, toga-like robe, much like the one Hades wore, only less voluminous.

The frontmost part of it was designated as the Great Hall of Hades, where he held court and heard the petitions of the dead.

With the return of passion, the old emptiness reared alive within him as the ancient difference between Hades and the other immortals reawakened.