The sharp edge of an outside corner, as on the outside corner of a building. The term was initially used to describe a glacially-carved mountain ridge, but it has become widely used by rock climbers to describe any outside edge.
Means "virtue". In Platonic ideal it is a reference to the importance of meaning above technical skill ( techne). In other words it denotes mythological value within a literate framework or craft. Later philosophical movements Would refer to this notion as "High Art" vs. "Low Art".
A jagged, narrow ridge that separates two adjacent glacier valleys or cirques. The ridge frequently resembles the blade of a serrated knife. A French term referring to the bones in a fish backbone. ----------------- Barren Zone An area of fresh, vegetation-free bedrock around the margin of a retreating glacier that documents the recent loss of ice.
excellence, virtue (within one's social context); being the best you can be; also used to indicate courage and military prowess, derived from Ares see also http://www.wsu.edu:8080/%7edee/GLOSSARY/ARETE.HTM
Literally "excellence" and originally used by the ancient Greeks to denote the character of the brave and noble warrior. This is the word that translates into English as "virtue". In the broad sense it refers to human excellence, generally, and particularly to those markers of character which indicate a decided nobility of real connection between the individual and others.
Arete means 'excellence' in ancient Greek. Everything and every action had an arete of its own. The arete of a man was often disputed by the philosophers of the era. The arete of a soldier (or, soldiering) involved bravery, competition, and skill. For me arete is a state of mind. When doing a yoga pose you can put you hands in the air OR you can extend your hands into the air with arete - arching the back for every inch of length, relaxing your shoulders, reaching through to the very fingertips. I've seen this term used in Eastern contexts under the name mindfulness. I think you could argue that acting with mindfulness or arete is a way to cheat death, in living so completely you make the most of every moment until the inevitable hand takes hold.
In Greek mythology, Queen Arete of Scheria was a queen of the Phaeacians, wife of Alcinous and mother of Nausicaa and Laodamas. She welcomed Odysseus and treated him hospitably. (See Odyssey VII,54, 66, 141, 233) The origin of her name ("unspeakable")seems to be disputed.
Arete (Greek: , pronounced in English or "ar-uh-tay") in its basic sense means "goodness" or "excellence" of any kind. In its earliest appearance in Greek this notion of excellence was bound up with the notion of the fulfillment of purpose or function; the act of living up to one's full potential. It is essentially being and doing one's absolute best - becoming the best person one can be.