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[lach-uh-sis] /ˈlætʃ ə sɪs/
noun, Classical Mythology
the Fate who determines the length of the thread of life.
Origin of Lachesis
< Latin < Greek, personification of láchesis destiny, equivalent to lache(în) to happen or obtain by lot + -sis -sis Unabridged
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  • Clotho draws the thread, Lachesis turns the wheel, and Atropos cuts the string asunder when spun to a due length.

  • I eased the "Lachesis" into Cth and hung like glue to the border.

    A Question of Courage Jesse Franklin Bone
  • Clotho spins, Lachesis apportions, and Atropos cuts, the thread of life.

  • Lachesis announced the past, Clotho the present, and Atropos the future.

    The Phantom World Augustin Calmet
  • When all the souls had chosen they went to Lachesis, who sent with each of them their genius or attendant to fulfil their lot.

    The Republic Plato
  • So sang Apollo, and Lachesis did even more than he required.

    Darkness and Dawn Frederic W. Farrar
  • The 'Lachesis' didn't have a mark on her and all we had was a few possible hits.

    A Question of Courage Jesse Franklin Bone
  • Charles made his adieux to Clotho and Lachesis, and departed at the other end of the room.

    Ravenshoe Henry Kingsley
  • The "Lachesis" shuddered to the recoil from the port turrets.

    A Question of Courage Jesse Franklin Bone
  • Clotho spun the thread of life, Lachesis held it, and Atropos cut it.

    Palamon and Arcite John Dryden
British Dictionary definitions for Lachesis


(Greek myth) one of the three Fates
Word Origin
via Latin from Greek, from lakhesis destiny, from lakhein to befall by lot
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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