grail grail  /ˈɡreɪl/

Definition(s):

  1. (n) the object of any prolonged endeavor
  2. (n) (legend) chalice used by Christ at the Last Supper

Synonym(s)

Usage(s):

  1. And it has achieved the holy grail by becoming a verb that defines a category, a la Xerox in the 1970s and FedEx in the '90s.
  2. The blue LED was the last step in the creation of lighting's holy grail, the brilliant white LED--an ultra-efficient successor to Thomas Edison's incandescent lightbulb, circa 1879.
  3. For TV comics, Damiano's film was a grail: a Buttofuoco- or Lewinsky-like solid laugh line.

News

  1. Mali manual suggests al-Qaida has feared weapon

    The 26-page document in Arabic, recovered by The Associated Press in a building that had been occupied by al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb in Timbuktu, strongly suggests the group now possesses the SA-7 surface-to-air missile, known to the Pentagon as the Grail, according to terrorism specialists.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Stars and Stripes

  2. Australian woman to brave sharks on swim from Cuba to U.S.

    By Jeff Franks HAVANA (Reuters) - With favorable weather predicted and a team of scientists on her side, Australian Chloe McCardel will set out on Wednesday to become the first person to make the 103-mile (166-km) swim between Cuba and the Florida Keys without a shark cage to protect her. The treacherous body of water known as the Florida Straits is the Holy Grail for marathon swimmers and has ...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News

  3. Masterpiece yields quite a markup

    It is the holy grail of yard sale junkies: The dusty painting, forgotten in the attic, that turns out to be a long-lost masterpiece.        
    on June 10, 2013     Source: Boston Globe

Quotes

  1. "We don't have the holy grail of digital offsetting the decline of CDs as yet," IFPI Chairman John Kennedy said in London after the release of the group's 2007 Digital Music Report.
    on Jan 17, 2007 By: John F Kennedy Source: Washington Post

  2. "I have no problem working. ...... As long as I can breathe, I will be involved with Newport because that to me is the holy grail of jazz festivals," said Wein, interviewed behind the main stage at Fort Adams State Park during last month's festival.
    on Sep 4, 2008 By: George Wein Source: FOXNews

  3. "At last. I've hit the Holy Grail of animation gigs. Yesterday I got to be a character on:tan-tara:SpongeBob SquarePants. Oh Yeah!! We, the family, are thrilled. Nothing else need happen this year, well, this week anyway," Bowie said.
    on Oct 11, 2006 By: David Bowie Source: Blogger News Network (blog)

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