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

 or·a·cle /ˈɔrəkəl, ˈɑr-/

From: Taiwan MOE computer dictionary

 啟示器; 啟示程序

From: Network Terminology


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Or·a·cle n.
 1. The answer of a god, or some person reputed to be a god, to an inquiry respecting some affair or future event, as the success of an enterprise or battle.
    Whatso'er she saith, for oracles must stand.   --Drayton.
 2. Hence: The deity who was supposed to give the answer; also, the place where it was given.
 The oracles are dumb;
 No voice or hideous hum
 Runs through the arched roof in words deceiving.   --Milton.
 3. The communications, revelations, or messages delivered by God to the prophets; also, the entire sacred Scriptures -- usually in the plural.
    The first principles of the oracles of God.   --Heb. v. 12.
 4. Jewish Antiq. The sanctuary, or Most Holy place in the temple; also, the temple itself.
 Siloa's brook, that flow'd
 Fast by the oracle of God.   --Milton.
 5. One who communicates an oracle1 or divine command; an angel; a prophet.
 God hath now sent his living oracle
 Into the world to teach his final will.   --Milton.
 6. Any person reputed uncommonly wise; one whose decisions are regarded as of great authority; as, a literary oracle. Oracles of mode.”
    The country rectors . . . thought him an oracle on points of learning.   --Macaulay.
 7. A wise pronouncement or decision considered as of great authority.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Or·a·cle, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Oracled p. pr. & vb. n. Oracling ] To utter oracles. [Obs.]

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: an authoritative person who divines the future [syn: prophet,
            seer, vaticinator]
      2: a prophecy (usually obscure or allegorical) revealed by a
         priest or priestess; believed to be infallible
      3: a shrine where an oracular god is consulted

From: Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary

    In the Old Testament used in every case, except 2 Sam. 16:23, to
    denote the most holy place in the temple (1 Kings 6:5, 19-23;
    8:6). In 2 Sam. 16:23 it means the Word of God. A man inquired
    "at the oracle of God" by means of the Urim and Thummim in the
    breastplate on the high priest's ephod. In the New Testament it
    is used only in the plural, and always denotes the Word of God
    (Rom. 3:2; Heb. 5:12, etc.). The Scriptures are called "living
    oracles" (comp. Heb. 4:12) because of their quickening power
    (Acts 7:38).