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maiden

1. Horse racing
a. a horse that has never won a race
b. (as modifier): a maiden race
2. Cricket See maiden over
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Maiden

(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

The Triple Goddess is viewed as Maiden, Mother, Crone. In the Maiden aspect, she is considered a virgin, representing youth and innocence, with potential for growth and learning. She is allied with the waxing Moon. As Janet and Stewart Farrar say, "She is the adventurous young flame that banishes indifference and leapfrogs obstacles. . . .She is springtime. . . she is excitement."

Maiden is also the title given to a young Wiccan Priestess who is training to become a coven leader. In a degree system she would be Second Degree, training to eventually take over the position of High Priestess when that lady feels it is time to retire. In this respect, the Gardnerian tradition is criticized for its chauvinism in demanding that a High Priestess retire when she is no longer young and beautiful. The Priestess is a representative of the Goddess, but the Goddess is in three aspects, including the Crone, so many feel that there should be no such pressure. In fact, most women in the position of Maiden are simply training for when they will eventually break away from the mother coven and form their own coven, as a High Priestess in their own right. In family traditions of Witchcraft, the Maiden is usually the daughter of the Priestess.

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More than 56 years later Ron was called in to bowl in a big match and delivered seven maiden overs - so called when the opposing batsmen fail to score a single run.
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Experienced discarded Pakistan slow left-armer Zulfiqar Babar, off-spinner Daniyal Rajput both captured two wickets apiece after left-arm speedster Taj had bowled a couple of maiden overs in which he picked up two wickets.
Mavi, who delivered three successive maiden overs in Pakistan's chase, threw the ball back in from the fine-leg beoundary because he was slightly overbalanced and completed a stunning catch to dismiss Muhammad Zaid Alam.
Rahul, who wrecked Bahrain by bagging six wickets for 25 runs in the UAE's opening game, destroyed Oman in the second match on Saturday with a haul of five wickets for just four runs from his six overs, out of which three were maiden overs.
The two-time champions were completely off-colour with the willow as they played an astounding 54 dot balls (9 maiden overs) in 20 overs, a testimony to their plight.
Younger took 1-0 in two maiden overs despite 82 not out from M Davison.
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A CRICKET?LOVING grandfather showed his young team-mates how to play - by bowling seven maiden overs in a man-of-the- match performance.
Wadsworth eventually settled on an accurate line, bowling three consecutive maiden overs. Honley bowlers Tommy Woodhead and Lindley found economy difficult.
Somerset found runs hard to come by in their response and after four consecutive maiden overs Trescothick scored just two from 27 balls before he was pouched by Steven Mullaney at third slip pushing forward to Gurney with the total on seven.