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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 Gid·e·on /ˈgɪdiən/

From: Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary

    called also Jerubbaal (Judg. 6:29, 32), was the first of the
    judges whose history is circumstantially narrated (Judg. 6-8).
    His calling is the commencement of the second period in the
    history of the judges. After the victory gained by Deborah and
    Barak over Jabin, Israel once more sank into idolatry, and the
    Midianites (q.v.) and Amalekites, with other "children of the
    east," crossed the Jordan each year for seven successive years
    for the purpose of plundering and desolating the land. Gideon
    received a direct call from God to undertake the task of
    delivering the land from these warlike invaders. He was of the
    family of Abiezer (Josh. 17:2; 1 Chr. 7:18), and of the little
    township of Ophrah (Judg. 6:11). First, with ten of his
    servants, he overthrew the altars of Baal and cut down the
    asherah which was upon it, and then blew the trumpet of alarm,
    and the people flocked to his standard on the crest of Mount
    Gilboa to the number of twenty-two thousand men. These were,
    however, reduced to only three hundred. These, strangely armed
    with torches and pitchers and trumpets, rushed in from three
    different points on the camp of Midian at midnight, in the
    valley to the north of Moreh, with the terrible war-cry, "For
    the Lord and for Gideon" (Judg. 7:18, R.V.). Terror-stricken,
    the Midianites were put into dire confusion, and in the darkness
    slew one another, so that only fifteen thousand out of the great
    army of one hundred and twenty thousand escaped alive. The
    memory of this great deliverance impressed itself deeply on the
    mind of the nation (1 Sam. 12:11; Ps. 83:11; Isa. 9:4; 10:26;
    Heb. 11:32). The land had now rest for forty years. Gideon died
    in a good old age, and was buried in the sepulchre of his
    fathers. Soon after his death a change came over the people.
    They again forgot Jehovah, and turned to the worship of Baalim,
    "neither shewed they kindness to the house of Jerubbaal" (Judg.
    8:35). Gideon left behind him seventy sons, a feeble, sadly
    degenerated race, with one exception, that of Abimelech, who
    seems to have had much of the courage and energy of his father,
    yet of restless and unscrupulous ambition. He gathered around
    him a band who slaughtered all Gideon's sons, except Jotham,
    upon one stone. (See OPHRAH.)

From: Hitchcock's Bible Names Dictionary (late 1800's)

 Gideon, he that bruises or breaks; a destroyer