- Eureka is a Greek word that is defined as "I have found it!" and is a cry of happiness or satisfaction when you find something or have an achievement.
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.
- 1821: Eureka! I have found it! What I mean / To say is, not that love is idleness, / But that in love such idleness has been / An accessory, as I have cause to guess. — Byron, Don Juan, 1821
- 1970: A page is turned - eureka, a snatch of tune / is playing itself, the piss-proud syllables / are unveiling a difficult prosody — Peter Porter, The Sanitized Sonnets, in The Last of England, 1970
From Ancient Greek εὕρηκα (heurēka, “I have found”), perfect active indicative 1st singular of εὑρίσκω (heuriskō, “I find”).