Monday, October 22, 2007

It's under control.

I only knew this word in the latter part of sense 2. It makes a lot more sense now as the name of a a missile-cruiser weapons system now that I have an understanding of the first sense as well. Though, now that I consider it, I should have known before this since the word is used in World of Warcraft.

ægis

1. A shield, or defensive armour; applied in ancient mythology to that of Jupiter or Minerva.

2. fig. A protection, or impregnable defence. Now freq. in senses ‘auspices, control, etc.’, esp. in phr. under the ægis (of).

3. attrib. and Comb., ægis-bearing, ægis-orb.

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