If you've been looking for your keys for an hour and you finally find them, this is an example of a time when you would shout "Eureka!"
- I have found (it): believed to have been uttered by Archimedes when he discovered a way to determine the purity of gold by applying the principle of specific gravity
- I've got it; yes; that's it: used to express triumphant achievement, success, or discovery
Origin of eurekaClassical Greek heurēka, I have found, perfect tense of heuriskein, to find, discover ; from Indo-European base an unverified form wer-, to find, take from source Armenian gerem, (I) capture, Old Irish fūar, I have found
Origin of eurekaGreek heurēka, I have found (it) (supposedly exclaimed by Archimedes upon discovering how to measure the volume of an irregular solid and thereby determine the purity of a gold object), first person sing. perfect tense of heuriskein, to find.
- An exclamation indicating sudden discovery.
From Ancient Greek εὕρηκα (heurēka, “I have found”), perfect active indicative 1st singular of εὑρίσκω (heuriskō, “I find”).