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Styx \Styx\, n. [L., fr. Gr. ?.] (Class. Myth.) The principal river of the lower world, which had to be crossed in passing to the regions of the dead.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 14c., the Greek river of the Underworld, literally "the Hateful," cognate with Greek stygos "hatred," stygnos "gloomy," from stygein "to hate, abominate," from PIE *stug-, extended form of root *steu- (1) "to push, stick, knock, beat." Oaths sworn by it were supremely binding and even the gods feared to break them. The adjective is Stygian.


In Greek mythology, Styx (; ) is a deity and a river that forms the boundary between Earth and the Underworld (the domain often called Hades, which also is the name of its ruler). The rivers Styx, Phlegethon, Acheron, Lethe, and Cocytus all converge at the center of the underworld on a great marsh, which sometimes is also called the Styx. According to Herodotus, the river Styx originates near Feneos. Styx is also a goddess with prehistoric roots in Greek mythology as a daughter of Tethys, after whom the river is named and because of whom it had miraculous powers.

Styx (band)

Styx is an American rock band from Chicago that formed in 1972 and became famous for its albums released in the late 1970s and early 1980s. They are best known for melding the style of pop rock and hard rock with the power of a hard-rock guitar balanced with acoustic guitar, synthesizers mixed with acoustic piano, upbeat tracks with power ballads, and incorporating elements of international musical theater.

Styx is best known for the hit songs " Lady" (#6, 1973), " Come Sail Away" (#8, 1977), " Babe" (#1, 1979), " The Best of Times" (#3, 1981), " Too Much Time on My Hands" (#9, 1981) and " Mr. Roboto" (#3, 1983). Other major hits include " Show Me the Way" (#3, 1990), " Don't Let It End" (#6, 1983), " Renegade" (#16, 1979) and " Boat on the River", a big hit in much of Europe and Japan. The band has five consecutive albums certified multi-platinum by the RIAA as well as sixteen top 40 singles in the US, 8 of which hit the top 10.

Styx (disambiguation)

In Greek mythology the Styx is the river that forms the boundary between the underworld and the world of the living, as well as a goddess and a nymph that represents the river.

Styx may also refer to:

Styx (album)

Styx is the self-titled debut album by Styx. It was released in 1972 on Wooden Nickel Records. The album was reissued in 1980 under the title Styx I with new artwork. In late 2012, it was re-released for CD and digital download, along with Styx II, The Serpent Is Rising, and Man of Miracles.

Styx (Windmill game)

Styx was originally created by Windmill Software in 1983 and released as a copy-protected, bootable 5.25" floppy disk for the IBM PC/XT.

It is a clone of the 1981 arcade game Qix. Three significant differences are: the caterpillar (that can grow in size in later rounds), the introduction of diagonal movement (in contrast to Qix allowing only four directions), and the X1/X5/X10 multiplier that would color a claimed area corresponding to the color of the multiplier (also awarding that many points).

Styx used the same game engine as two other Windmill Software games, The Exterminator and Moonbugs, and these were some of the few programs to make use of the 16-color quasi-graphics CGA mode (normally the CGA could only use 4 or 2 color graphics). However, it was possible to play on a monochrome monitor as long as the graphics card also supported color graphics (e.g. a Genoa Color Graphics Card).

Styx, The Exterminator, and Moonbugs set CGA 320x200x4 mode on the title screen by directly manipulating the video registers; this causes them to display a screen full of garbage on later video cards. The in-game graphics also will only occupy half the screen due to technical differences between CGA and EGA/VGA, however the games can be patched to work correctly on VGA.

In September 2004 the source code of the game became available "for historical interest" (with other Windmill Software games as Digger). Also, there is a free software reverse engineered variant available by Andrew Jenner, called Styx Remastered.

Styx (Spectrum video game)

Styx was an action maze game published by Bug-Byte Software in 1983. It was the first ZX Spectrum game written by Matthew Smith, and the first of his three-game contract with the company. He went on to write Manic Miner in the same year, as well as a sprite designer utility for Adrian Sherwin to use in developing The Birds and the Bees.

Styx (newspaper)

Styx (Greek: Στύξ) is a weekly newspaper that features local and general information. It is based in Akrata in the eastern part of Achaea, Greece. It was first published in 2004. It is the Independent Cultural and Political Newspaper of the Northern Peloponnese. Its editor-in-chief is Vasileios Antoniou.

Styx (moon)

'''Styx ''' is a small natural satellite of Pluto whose discovery was announced on 11 July 2012. It was imaged along with Pluto and Pluto's other moons by the New Horizons spacecraft in July 2015. A single image was returned.

Styx is the second satellite of Pluto by distance and the fifth discovered. It was discovered one year after Kerberos. Styx is approximately across, and its orbital period is 20.2 days.

Usage examples of "styx".

The two moons, Hestia and Styx, when aligned, created a period when access to power was far, far easier.

The man we believe them to have contacted for the job is known in the trade by the name of Charon, after the Styx ferryman.

A bittersweet passage, Ferries ev'rywhere upon that cold and cloud-torn Styx, Bells dolefully a-bang in the Murk, strange little gaff-rigg'd coasters and lighters veering all over the Water, stack'd high abovedecks with Cargo, a prosperous Hell.

Fraker had dictated effectively reduced Rick's death to observations about the craniocerebral trauma he'd sustained, with a catalogue of abrasions, contusions, small-intestine avulsions, mesenteric lacerations, and sufficient skeletal damage to certify Rick's crossing of the River Styx.

Fraker had dictated effectively reduced Rick's death to observations about the craniocerebral trauma he'd sustained, with a catalogue of abrasions, contusions, small-intestine avulsions, mesenteric lacerations, and sufficient skeletal damage to certify Ricks crossing of the River Styx.

And in the midst thereof did horror dwell,And darkenesse dredd, that neuer viewed day,Like to the balefull house of lowest hell,In which old Styx her aged bones alway,Old Styx the Grandame of the Gods, doth lay.

But such a star hath influence in his sword As rules the skies and countermands the gods More than Cimmerian Styx or Destiny: And then shall we in this detested guise, With shame, with hunger, and with horror stay, Griping our bowels with retorqued thoughts, And have no hope to end our ecstasies.

That inky Dark—gulf between aham and Asti—blackest Styx, abyss between Lord and Man.

That inky Dark-- gulf between aham and Asti--blackest Styx, abyss between Lord and Man.

That inky Dark–gulf between aham and Asti–blackest Styx, abyss between Lord and Man.

Los oscuros amos fueron desplazados hacia el sur del gran río Styx, Nilus o Nilo, que fluye hacia el norte desde las sombrías tierras interiores del continente, se vuelve casi en ángulo recto y sigue hacia el oeste a través de las praderas de Shem hasta desembocar en el gran mar.

Even in the shade of a huge old Indian laurel with roots no doubt deep enough to tap the Styx, I couldn't pretend that I was being cod­dled in a sauna.

The ground these warehouses stood upon sloped marshily down to the low muddy banks of the Styx.

Inch and, of course, Neale of the Styx, followed closely by Captain Peel of the Relentless.

She herself polices text – against men like the Moriarty-like Acheron Styx, whose current scam is to hold the minor characters of Dickens' novels to ransom, entering the manuscript and abducting them for execution and extinction one by one.