Words whose second letter is B

Ab- () A prefix in many words of Latin origin. It signifies from, away , separating, or departure, as in abduct, abstract, abscond. See A-(6).

Ab (n.) The fifth month of the Jewish year according to the ecclesiastical reckoning, the eleventh by the civil computation, coinciding nearly with August.

Abaca (n.) The Manila-hemp plant (Musa textilis); also, its fiber. See Manila hemp under Manila.

Abacinate (v. t.) To blind by a red-hot metal plate held before the eyes.

Abacination (n.) The act of abacinating.

Abaciscus (n.) One of the tiles or squares of a tessellated pavement; an abaculus.

Abacist (n.) One who uses an abacus in casting accounts; a calculator.

Aback (adv.) Toward the back or rear; backward.

Aback (adv.) Behind; in the rear.

Aback (adv.) Backward against the mast; -- said of the sails when pressed by the wind.

Aback (n.) An abacus.

Abactinal (a.) Pertaining to the surface or end opposite to the mouth in a radiate animal; -- opposed to actinal.

Abaction (n.) Stealing cattle on a large scale.

Abactor (n.) One who steals and drives away cattle or beasts by herds or droves.

Abaculi (pl. ) of Abaculus

Abaculus (n.) A small tile of glass, marble, or other substance, of various colors, used in making ornamental patterns in mosaic pavements.

Abacuses (pl. ) of Abacus

Abaci (pl. ) of Abacus

Abacus (n.) A table or tray strewn with sand, anciently used for drawing, calculating, etc.

Abacus (n.) A calculating table or frame; an instrument for performing arithmetical calculations by balls sliding on wires, or counters in grooves, the lowest line representing units, the second line, tens, etc. It is still employed in China.

Abacus (n.) The uppermost member or division of the capital of a column, immediately under the architrave. See Column.

Abacus (n.) A tablet, panel, or compartment in ornamented or mosaic work.

Abacus (n.) A board, tray, or table, divided into perforated compartments, for holding cups, bottles, or the like; a kind of cupboard, buffet, or sideboard.

Abada (n.) The rhinoceros.

Abaddon (n.) The destroyer, or angel of the bottomless pit; -- the same as Apollyon and Asmodeus.

Abaddon (n.) Hell; the bottomless pit.

Abaft (prep.) Behind; toward the stern from; as, abaft the wheelhouse.

Abaft (adv.) Toward the stern; aft; as, to go abaft.

Abaisance (n.) Obeisance.

Abaiser (n.) Ivory black or animal charcoal.

Abaist (p. p.) Abashed; confounded; discomfited.

Abalienate (v. t.) To transfer the title of from one to another; to alienate.

Abalienate (v. t.) To estrange; to withdraw.

Abalienate (v. t.) To cause alienation of (mind).

Abalienation (n.) The act of abalienating; alienation; estrangement.

Abalone (n.) A univalve mollusk of the genus Haliotis. The shell is lined with mother-of-pearl, and used for ornamental purposes; the sea-ear. Several large species are found on the coast of California, clinging closely to the rocks.

Aband (v. t.) To abandon.

Aband (v. t.) To banish; to expel.

Abandoned (imp. & p. p.) of Abandon

Abandoning (p. pr. & vb. n.) of Abandon

Abandon (v. t.) To cast or drive out; to banish; to expel; to reject.

Abandon (v. t.) To give up absolutely; to forsake entirely ; to renounce utterly; to relinquish all connection with or concern on; to desert, as a person to whom one owes allegiance or fidelity; to quit; to surrender.

Abandon (v. t.) Reflexively: To give (one's self) up without attempt at self-control; to yield (one's self) unrestrainedly; -- often in a bad sense.

Abandon (v. t.) To relinquish all claim to; -- used when an insured person gives up to underwriters all claim to the property covered by a policy, which may remain after loss or damage by a peril insured against.

Abandon (v.) Abandonment; relinquishment.

Abandon (n.) A complete giving up to natural impulses; freedom from artificial constraint; careless freedom or ease.

Abandoned (a.) Forsaken, deserted.

Abandoned (a.) Self-abandoned, or given up to vice; extremely wicked, or sinning without restraint; irreclaimably wicked ; as, an abandoned villain.

Abandonedly (adv.) Unrestrainedly.

Abandonee (n.) One to whom anything is legally abandoned.

Abandoner (n.) One who abandons.

Abandonment (n.) The act of abandoning, or the state of being abandoned; total desertion; relinquishment.

Abandonment (n.) The relinquishment by the insured to the underwriters of what may remain of the property insured after a loss or damage by a peril insured against.

Abandonment (n.) The relinquishment of a right, claim, or privilege, as to mill site, etc.

Abandonment (n.) The voluntary leaving of a person to whom one is bound by a special relation, as a wife, husband, or child; desertion.

Abandonment (n.) Careless freedom or ease; abandon.

Abandum (n.) Anything forfeited or confiscated.

Abanet (n.) See Abnet.

Abanga (n.) A West Indian palm; also the fruit of this palm, the seeds of which are used as a remedy for diseases of the chest.

Abannation (n.) Alt. of Abannition

Abannition (n.) Banishment.

Abarticulation (n.) Articulation, usually that kind of articulation which admits of free motion in the joint; diarthrosis.

Abased (imp. & p. p.) of Abase

Abasing (p. pr. & vb. n.) of Abase

Abase (a.) To lower or depress; to throw or cast down; as, to abase the eye.

Abase (a.) To cast down or reduce low or lower, as in rank, office, condition in life, or estimation of worthiness; to depress; to humble; to degrade.

Abased (a.) Lowered; humbled.

Abased (a.) Borne lower than usual, as a fess; also, having the ends of the wings turned downward towards the point of the shield.

Abasedly (adv.) Abjectly; downcastly.

Abasement (n.) The act of abasing, humbling, or bringing low; the state of being abased or humbled; humiliation.

Abaser (n.) He who, or that which, abases.

Abashed (imp. & p. p.) of Abash

Abashing (p. pr. & vb. n.) of Abash

Abash (v. t.) To destroy the self-possession of; to confuse or confound, as by exciting suddenly a consciousness of guilt, mistake, or inferiority; to put to shame; to disconcert; to discomfit.

Abashedly (adv.) In an abashed manner.

Abashment (n.) The state of being abashed; confusion from shame.

Abassi (n.) Alt. of Abassis

Abassis (n.) A silver coin of Persia, worth about twenty cents.

Abatable (a.) Capable of being abated; as, an abatable writ or nuisance.

Abated (imp. & p. p.) of Abate

Abating (p. pr. & vb. n.) of Abate

Abate (v. t.) To beat down; to overthrow.

Abate (v. t.) To bring down or reduce from a higher to a lower state, number, or degree; to lessen; to diminish; to contract; to moderate; to cut short; as, to abate a demand; to abate pride, zeal, hope.

Abate (v. t.) To deduct; to omit; as, to abate something from a price.

Abate (v. t.) To blunt.

Abate (v. t.) To reduce in estimation; to deprive.

Abate (v. t.) To bring entirely down or put an end to; to do away with; as, to abate a nuisance, to abate a writ.

Abate (v. t.) To diminish; to reduce. Legacies are liable to be abated entirely or in proportion, upon a deficiency of assets.

Abate (v. t.) To decrease, or become less in strength or violence; as, pain abates, a storm abates.

Abate (v. t.) To be defeated, or come to naught; to fall through; to fail; as, a writ abates.

Abate (n.) Abatement.

Abatement (n.) The act of abating, or the state of being abated; a lessening, diminution, or reduction; removal or putting an end to; as, the abatement of a nuisance is the suppression thereof.

Abatement (n.) The amount abated; that which is taken away by way of reduction; deduction; decrease; a rebate or discount allowed.

Abatement (n.) A mark of dishonor on an escutcheon.

Abatement (n.) The entry of a stranger, without right, into a freehold after the death of the last possessor, before the heir or devisee.

Abater (n.) One who, or that which, abates.

Abatis (n.) Alt. of Abattis

Abattis (n.) A means of defense formed by felled trees, the ends of whose branches are sharpened and directed outwards, or against the enemy.

Abatised (a.) Provided with an abatis.

Abator (n.) One who abates a nuisance.

Abator (n.) A person who, without right, enters into a freehold on the death of the last possessor, before the heir or devisee.

Abattoirs (pl. ) of Abattoir

Abattoir (n.) A public slaughterhouse for cattle, sheep, etc.

Abature (n.) Grass and sprigs beaten or trampled down by a stag passing through them.

Abatvoix (n.) The sounding-board over a pulpit or rostrum.

Abawed (p. p.) Astonished; abashed.

Abaxial (a.) Alt. of Abaxile

Abaxile (a.) Away from the axis or central line; eccentric.

Abay (n.) Barking; baying of dogs upon their prey. See Bay.

Abb (n.) Among weavers, yarn for the warp. Hence, abb wool is wool for the abb.

Abba (n.) Father; religious superior; -- in the Syriac, Coptic, and Ethiopic churches, a title given to the bishops, and by the bishops to the patriarch.

Abbacies (pl. ) of Abbacy

Abbacy (n.) The dignity, estate, or jurisdiction of an abbot.

Abbatial (a.) Belonging to an abbey; as, abbatial rights.

Abbatical (a.) Abbatial.

Abbe (n.) The French word answering to the English abbot, the head of an abbey; but commonly a title of respect given in France to every one vested with the ecclesiastical habit or dress.

Abbess (n.) A female superior or governess of a nunnery, or convent of nuns, having the same authority over the nuns which the abbots have over the monks. See Abbey.

Abbeys (pl. ) of Abbey

Abbey (n.) A monastery or society of persons of either sex, secluded from the world and devoted to religion and celibacy; also, the monastic building or buildings.

Abbey (n.) The church of a monastery.

Abbot (n.) The superior or head of an abbey.

Abbot (n.) One of a class of bishops whose sees were formerly abbeys.

Abbotship (n.) The state or office of an abbot.

Abbreviated (imp. & p. p.) of Abbreviate

Abbreviating (p. pr. & vb. n.) of Abbreviate

Abbreviate (v. t.) To make briefer; to shorten; to abridge; to reduce by contraction or omission, especially of words written or spoken.

Abbreviate (v. t.) To reduce to lower terms, as a fraction.

Abbreviate (a.) Abbreviated; abridged; shortened.

Abbreviate (a.) Having one part relatively shorter than another or than the ordinary type.

Abbreviate (n.) An abridgment.

Abbreviated (a.) Shortened; relatively short; abbreviate.

Abbreviation (n.) The act of shortening, or reducing.

Abbreviation (n.) The result of abbreviating; an abridgment.

Abbreviation (n.) The form to which a word or phrase is reduced by contraction and omission; a letter or letters, standing for a word or phrase of which they are a part; as, Gen. for Genesis; U.S.A. for United States of America.

Abbreviation (n.) One dash, or more, through the stem of a note, dividing it respectively into quavers, semiquavers, or demi-semiquavers.

Abbreviator (n.) One who abbreviates or shortens.

Abbreviator (n.) One of a college of seventy-two officers of the papal court whose duty is to make a short minute of a decision on a petition, or reply of the pope to a letter, and afterwards expand the minute into official form.

Abbreviatory (a.) Serving or tending to abbreviate; shortening; abridging.

Abbreviature (n.) An abbreviation; an abbreviated state or form.

Abbreviature (n.) An abridgment; a compendium or abstract.

Abb wool () See Abb.

A B C () The first three letters of the alphabet, used for the whole alphabet.

A B C () A primer for teaching the alphabet and first elements of reading.

A B C () The simplest rudiments of any subject; as, the A B C of finance.

Abdal (n.) A religious devotee or dervish in Persia.

Abderian (a.) Given to laughter; inclined to foolish or incessant merriment.

Abderite (n.) An inhabitant of Abdera, in Thrace.

Abdest (n.) Purification by washing the hands before prayer; -- a Mohammedan rite.

Abdicable (a.) Capable of being abdicated.

Abdicant (a.) Abdicating; renouncing; -- followed by of.

Abdicant (n.) One who abdicates.

Abdicated (imp. & p. p.) of Abdicate

Abdicating (p. pr. & vb. n.) of Abdicate

Abdicate (v. t.) To surrender or relinquish, as sovereign power; to withdraw definitely from filling or exercising, as a high office, station, dignity; as, to abdicate the throne, the crown, the papacy.

Abdicate (v. t.) To renounce; to relinquish; -- said of authority, a trust, duty, right, etc.

Abdicate (v. t.) To reject; to cast off.

Abdicate (v. t.) To disclaim and expel from the family, as a father his child; to disown; to disinherit.

Abdicate (v. i.) To relinquish or renounce a throne, or other high office or dignity.

Abdication (n.) The act of abdicating; the renunciation of a high office, dignity, or trust, by its holder; commonly the voluntary renunciation of sovereign power; as, abdication of the throne, government, power, authority.

Abdicative (a.) Causing, or implying, abdication.

Abdicator (n.) One who abdicates.

Abditive (a.) Having the quality of hiding.

Abditory (n.) A place for hiding or preserving articles of value.

Abdomen (n.) The belly, or that part of the body between the thorax and the pelvis. Also, the cavity of the belly, which is lined by the peritoneum, and contains the stomach, bowels, and other viscera. In man, often restricted to the part between the diaphragm and the commencement of the pelvis, the remainder being called the pelvic cavity.

Abdomen (n.) The posterior section of the body, behind the thorax, in insects, crustaceans, and other Arthropoda.

Abdominal (a.) Of or pertaining to the abdomen; ventral; as, the abdominal regions, muscles, cavity.

Abdominal (a.) Having abdominal fins; belonging to the Abdominales; as, abdominal fishes.

Abdominals (pl. ) of Abdominal

Abdominales (pl. ) of Abdominal

Abdominal (n.) A fish of the group Abdominales.

Abdominales (n. pl.) A group including the greater part of fresh-water fishes, and many marine ones, having the ventral fins under the abdomen behind the pectorals.

Abdominalia (n. pl.) A group of cirripeds having abdominal appendages.

Abdominoscopy (n.) Examination of the abdomen to detect abdominal disease.

Abdominothoracic (a.) Relating to the abdomen and the thorax, or chest.

Abdominous (a.) Having a protuberant belly; pot-bellied.

Abduced (imp. & p. p.) of Abduce

Abducing (p. pr. & vb. n.) of Abduce

Abduce (v. t.) To draw or conduct away; to withdraw; to draw to a different part.

Abducted (imp. & p. p.) of Abduct

Abducting (p. pr. & vb. n.) of Abduct

Abduct (v. t.) To take away surreptitiously by force; to carry away (a human being) wrongfully and usually by violence; to kidnap.

Abduct (v. t.) To draw away, as a limb or other part, from its ordinary position.

Abduction (n.) The act of abducing or abducting; a drawing apart; a carrying away.

Abduction (n.) The movement which separates a limb or other part from the axis, or middle line, of the body.

Abduction (n.) The wrongful, and usually the forcible, carrying off of a human being; as, the abduction of a child, the abduction of an heiress.

Abduction (n.) A syllogism or form of argument in which the major is evident, but the minor is only probable.

Abductor (n.) One who abducts.

Abductor (n.) A muscle which serves to draw a part out, or form the median line of the body; as, the abductor oculi, which draws the eye outward.

Abeam (adv.) On the beam, that is, on a line which forms a right angle with the ship's keel; opposite to the center of the ship's side.

Abear (v. t.) To bear; to behave.

Abear (v. t.) To put up with; to endure.

Abearance (n.) Behavior.

Abearing (n.) Behavior.

Abecedarian (n.) One who is learning the alphabet; hence, a tyro.

Abecedarian (n.) One engaged in teaching the alphabet.

Abecedarian (a.) Alt. of Abecedary

Abecedary (a.) Pertaining to, or formed by, the letters of the alphabet; alphabetic; hence, rudimentary.

Abecedary (n.) A primer; the first principle or rudiment of anything.

Abed (adv.) In bed, or on the bed.

Abed (adv.) To childbed (in the phrase "brought abed," that is, delivered of a child).

Abegge () Same as Aby.

Abele (n.) The white poplar (Populus alba).

Abelian (n.) Alt. of Abelonian

Abelite (n.) Alt. of Abelonian

Abelonian (n.) One of a sect in Africa (4th century), mentioned by St. Augustine, who states that they married, but lived in continence, after the manner, as they pretended, of Abel.

Abelmosk (n.) An evergreen shrub (Hibiscus -- formerly Abelmoschus -- moschatus), of the East and West Indies and Northern Africa, whose musky seeds are used in perfumery and to flavor coffee; -- sometimes called musk mallow.

Aber-de-vine (n.) The European siskin (Carduelis spinus), a small green and yellow finch, related to the goldfinch.

Aberr (v. i.) To wander; to stray.

Aberrance (n.) Alt. of Aberrancy

Aberrancy (n.) State of being aberrant; a wandering from the right way; deviation from truth, rectitude, etc.

Aberrant (a.) Wandering; straying from the right way.

Aberrant (a.) Deviating from the ordinary or natural type; exceptional; abnormal.

Aberrate (v. i.) To go astray; to diverge.

Aberration (n.) The act of wandering; deviation, especially from truth or moral rectitude, from the natural state, or from a type.

Aberration (n.) A partial alienation of reason.

Aberration (n.) A small periodical change of position in the stars and other heavenly bodies, due to the combined effect of the motion of light and the motion of the observer; called annual aberration, when the observer's motion is that of the earth in its orbit, and daily or diurnal aberration, when of the earth on its axis; amounting when greatest, in the former case, to 20.4'', and in the latter, to 0.3''. Planetary aberration is that due to the motion of light and the motion of the planet relative to the earth.

Aberration (n.) The convergence to different foci, by a lens or mirror, of rays of light emanating from one and the same point, or the deviation of such rays from a single focus; called spherical aberration, when due to the spherical form of the lens or mirror, such form giving different foci for central and marginal rays; and chromatic aberration, when due to different refrangibilities of the colored rays of the spectrum, those of each color having a distinct focus.

Aberration (n.) The passage of blood or other fluid into parts not appropriate for it.

Aberration (n.) The producing of an unintended effect by the glancing of an instrument, as when a shot intended for A glances and strikes B.

Aberrational (a.) Characterized by aberration.

Aberuncate (v. t.) To weed out.

Aberuncator (n.) A weeding machine.

Abetted (imp. & p. p.) of Abet

Abetting (p. pr. & vb. n.) of Abet

Abet (v. t.) To instigate or encourage by aid or countenance; -- used in a bad sense of persons and acts; as, to abet an ill-doer; to abet one in his wicked courses; to abet vice; to abet an insurrection.

Abet (v. t.) To support, uphold, or aid; to maintain; -- in a good sense.

Abet (v. t.) To contribute, as an assistant or instigator, to the commission of an offense.

Abet (n.) Act of abetting; aid.

Abetment (n.) The act of abetting; as, an abetment of treason, crime, etc.

Abettal (n.) Abetment.

Abetter (n.) Alt. of Abettor

Abettor (n.) One who abets; an instigator of an offense or an offender.

Abevacuation (n.) A partial evacuation.

Abeyance (n.) Expectancy; condition of being undetermined.

Abeyance (n.) Suspension; temporary suppression.

Abeyancy (n.) Abeyance.

Abeyant (a.) Being in a state of abeyance.

Abhal (n.) The berries of a species of cypress in the East Indies.

Abhominable (a.) Abominable.

Abhominal (a.) Inhuman.

Abhorred (imp. & p. p.) of Abhor

Abhorring (p. pr. & vb. n.) of Abhor

Abhor (v. t.) To shrink back with shuddering from; to regard with horror or detestation; to feel excessive repugnance toward; to detest to extremity; to loathe.

Abhor (v. t.) To fill with horror or disgust.

Abhor (v. t.) To protest against; to reject solemnly.

Abhor (v. i.) To shrink back with horror, disgust, or dislike; to be contrary or averse; -- with

Abhorrence (n.) Extreme hatred or detestation; the feeling of utter dislike.

Abhorrency (n.) Abhorrence.

Abhorrent (a.) Abhorring; detesting; having or showing abhorrence; loathing; hence, strongly opposed to; as, abhorrent thoughts.

Abhorrent (a.) Contrary or repugnant; discordant; inconsistent; -- followed by to.

Abhorrent (a.) Detestable.

Abhorrently (adv.) With abhorrence.

Abhorrer (n.) One who abhors.

Abhorrible (a.) Detestable.

Abhorring (n.) Detestation.

Abhorring (n.) Object of abhorrence.

Abib (n.) The first month of the Jewish ecclesiastical year, corresponding nearly to our April. After the Babylonish captivity this month was called Nisan.

Abidance (n.) The state of abiding; abode; continuance; compliance (with).

Abode (imp. & p. p.) of Abide

Abid () of Abide

Abiding (p. pr. & vb. n.) of Abide

Abide (v. i.) To wait; to pause; to delay.

Abide (v. i.) To stay; to continue in a place; to have one's abode; to dwell; to sojourn; -- with with before a person, and commonly with at or in before a place.

Abide (v. i.) To remain stable or fixed in some state or condition; to continue; to remain.

Abide (v. t.) To wait for; to be prepared for; to await; to watch for; as, I abide my time.

Abide (v. t.) To endure; to sustain; to submit to.

Abide (v. t.) To bear patiently; to tolerate; to put up with.

Abide (v. t.) To stand the consequences of; to answer for; to suffer for.

Abider (n.) One who abides, or continues.

Abider (n.) One who dwells; a resident.

Abiding (a.) Continuing; lasting.

Abidingly (adv.) Permanently.

Abies (n.) A genus of coniferous trees, properly called Fir, as the balsam fir and the silver fir. The spruces are sometimes also referred to this genus.

Abietene (n.) A volatile oil distilled from the resin or balsam of the nut pine (Pinus sabiniana) of California.

Abietic (a.) Of or pertaining to the fir tree or its products; as, abietic acid, called also sylvic acid.

Abietin (n.) Alt. of Abietine

Abietine (n.) A resinous obtained from Strasburg turpentine or Canada balsam. It is without taste or smell, is insoluble in water, but soluble in alcohol (especially at the boiling point), in strong acetic acid, and in ether.

Abietinic (a.) Of or pertaining to abietin; as, abietinic acid.

Abietite (n.) A substance resembling mannite, found in the needles of the common silver fir of Europe (Abies pectinata).

Abigail (n.) A lady's waiting-maid.

Abiliment (n.) Habiliment.

Abilities (pl. ) of Ability

Ability (n.) The quality or state of being able; power to perform, whether physical, moral, intellectual, conventional, or legal; capacity; skill or competence in doing; sufficiency of strength, skill, resources, etc.; -- in the plural, faculty, talent.

Abime (n.) Alt. of Abyme

Abyme (n.) A abyss.

Abiogenesis (n.) The supposed origination of living organisms from lifeless matter; such genesis as does not involve the action of living parents; spontaneous generation; -- called also abiogeny, and opposed to biogenesis.

Abiogenetic (a.) Of or pertaining to abiogenesis.

Abiogenist (n.) One who believes that life can be produced independently of antecedent.

Abiogenous (a.) Produced by spontaneous generation.

Abiogeny (n.) Same as Abiogenesis.

Abiological (a.) Pertaining to the study of inanimate things.

Abirritant (n.) A medicine that diminishes irritation.

Abirritate (v. t.) To diminish the sensibility of; to debilitate.

Abirritation (n.) A pathological condition opposite to that of irritation; debility; want of strength; asthenia.

Abirritative (a.) Characterized by abirritation or debility.

Abit () 3d sing. pres. of Abide.

Abject (a.) Cast down; low-lying.

Abject (a.) Sunk to a law condition; down in spirit or hope; degraded; servile; groveling; despicable; as, abject posture, fortune, thoughts.

Abject (a.) To cast off or down; hence, to abase; to degrade; to lower; to debase.

Abject (n.) A person in the lowest and most despicable condition; a castaway.

Abjectedness (n.) A very abject or low condition; abjectness.

Abjection (n.) The act of bringing down or humbling.

Abjection (n.) The state of being rejected or cast out.

Abjection (n.) A low or downcast state; meanness of spirit; abasement; degradation.

Abjectly (adv.) Meanly; servilely.

Abjectness (n.) The state of being abject; abasement; meanness; servility.

Abjudge (v. t.) To take away by judicial decision.

Abjudicate (v. t.) To reject by judicial sentence; also, to abjudge.

Abjudication (n.) Rejection by judicial sentence.

Abjugate (v. t.) To unyoke.

Abjunctive (a.) Exceptional.

Abjuration (n.) The act of abjuring or forswearing; a renunciation upon oath; as, abjuration of the realm, a sworn banishment, an oath taken to leave the country and never to return.

Abjuration (n.) A solemn recantation or renunciation; as, an abjuration of heresy.

Abjuratory (a.) Containing abjuration.

Abjured (imp. & p. p.) of Abjure

Abjuring (p. pr. & vb. n.) of Abjure

Abjure (v. t.) To renounce upon oath; to forswear; to disavow; as, to abjure allegiance to a prince. To abjure the realm, is to swear to abandon it forever.

Abjure (v. t.) To renounce or reject with solemnity; to recant; to abandon forever; to reject; repudiate; as, to abjure errors.

Abjure (v. i.) To renounce on oath.

Abjurement (n.) Renunciation.

Abjurer (n.) One who abjures.

Ablactate (v. t.) To wean.

Ablactation (n.) The weaning of a child from the breast, or of young beasts from their dam.

Ablactation (n.) The process of grafting now called inarching, or grafting by approach.

Ablaqueate (v. t.) To lay bare, as the roots of a tree.

Ablaqueation (n.) The act or process of laying bare the roots of trees to expose them to the air and water.

Ablastemic (a.) Non-germinal.

Ablation (n.) A carrying or taking away; removal.

Ablation (n.) Extirpation.

Ablation (n.) Wearing away; superficial waste.

Ablatitious (a.) Diminishing; as, an ablatitious force.

Ablative (a.) Taking away or removing.

Ablative (a.) Applied to one of the cases of the noun in Latin and some other languages, -- the fundamental meaning of the case being removal, separation, or taking away.

Ablative () The ablative case.

Ablaut (n.) The substitution of one root vowel for another, thus indicating a corresponding modification of use or meaning; vowel permutation; as, get, gat, got; sing, song; hang, hung.

Ablaze (adv. & a.) On fire; in a blaze, gleaming.

Ablaze (adv. & a.) In a state of glowing excitement or ardent desire.

Able (superl.) Fit; adapted; suitable.

Able (superl.) Having sufficient power, strength, force, skill, means, or resources of any kind to accomplish the object; possessed of qualifications rendering competent for some end; competent; qualified; capable; as, an able workman, soldier, seaman, a man able to work; a mind able to reason; a person able to be generous; able to endure pain; able to play on a piano.

Able (superl.) Specially: Having intellectual qualifications, or strong mental powers; showing ability or skill; talented; clever; powerful; as, the ablest man in the senate; an able speech.

Able (superl.) Legally qualified; possessed of legal competence; as, able to inherit or devise property.

Able (a.) To make able; to enable; to strengthen.

Able (a.) To vouch for.

-able () An adjective suffix now usually in a passive sense; able to be; fit to be; expressing capacity or worthiness in a passive sense; as, movable, able to be moved; amendable, able to be amended; blamable, fit to be blamed; salable.

Able-bodied (a.) Having a sound, strong body; physically competent; robust.

Ablegate (v. t.) To send abroad.

Ablegate (n.) A representative of the pope charged with important commissions in foreign countries, one of his duties being to bring to a newly named cardinal his insignia of office.

Ablegation (n.) The act of sending abroad.

Able-minded (a.) Having much intellectual power.

Ableness (n.) Ability of body or mind; force; vigor.

Ablepsy (n.) Blindness.

Abler (a.) comp. of Able.

Abler (a.) superl. of Able.

Ablet () Alt. of Ablen

Ablen () A small fresh-water fish (Leuciscus alburnus); the bleak.

Abligate (v. t.) To tie up so as to hinder from.

Abligurition (n.) Prodigal expense for food.

Ablins (adv.) Perhaps.

Abloom (adv.) In or into bloom; in a blooming state.

Ablude (v. t.) To be unlike; to differ.

Abluent (a.) Washing away; carrying off impurities; detergent.

Abluent (n.) A detergent.

Ablush (adv. & a.) Blushing; ruddy.

Ablution (n.) The act of washing or cleansing; specifically, the washing of the body, or some part of it, as a religious rite.

Ablution (n.) The water used in cleansing.

Ablution (n.) A small quantity of wine and water, which is used to wash the priest's thumb and index finger after the communion, and which then, as perhaps containing portions of the consecrated elements, is drunk by the priest.

Ablutionary (a.) Pertaining to ablution.

Abluvion (n.) That which is washed off.

Ably (adv.) In an able manner; with great ability; as, ably done, planned, said.

-ably () A suffix composed of -able and the adverbial suffix -ly; as, favorably.

Abnegated (imp. & p. p.) of Abnegate

Abnegating (p. pr. & vb. n.) of Abnegate

Abnegate (v. t.) To deny and reject; to abjure.

Abnegation (n.) a denial; a renunciation.

Abnegative (a.) Denying; renouncing; negative.

Abnegator (n.) One who abnegates, denies, or rejects anything.

Abnet (n.) The girdle of a Jewish priest or officer.

Abnodate (v. t.) To clear (tress) from knots.

Abnodation (n.) The act of cutting away the knots of trees.

Abnormal (a.) Not conformed to rule or system; deviating from the type; anomalous; irregular.

Abnormalities (pl. ) of Abnormality

Abnormality (n.) The state or quality of being abnormal; variation; irregularity.

Abnormality (n.) Something abnormal.

Abnormally (adv.) In an abnormal manner; irregularly.

Abnormities (pl. ) of Abnormity

Abnormity (n.) Departure from the ordinary type; irregularity; monstrosity.

Abnormous (a.) Abnormal; irregular.

Aboard (adv.) On board; into or within a ship or boat; hence, into or within a railway car.

Aboard (adv.) Alongside; as, close aboard.

Aboard (prep.) On board of; as, to go aboard a ship.

Aboard (prep.) Across; athwart.

Abodance (n.) An omen; a portending.

Abode () pret. of Abide.

Abode (n.) Act of waiting; delay.

Abode (n.) Stay or continuance in a place; sojourn.

Abode (n.) Place of continuance, or where one dwells; abiding place; residence; a dwelling; a habitation.

Abode (v. t.) An omen.

Abode (v. t.) To bode; to foreshow.

Abode (v. i.) To be ominous.

Abodement (n.) A foreboding; an omen.

Aboding (n.) A foreboding.

Abolished (imp. & p. p.) of Abolish

Abolishing (p. pr. & vb. n.) of Abolish

Abolish (v. t.) To do away with wholly; to annul; to make void; -- said of laws, customs, institutions, governments, etc.; as, to abolish slavery, to abolish folly.

Abolish (v. t.) To put an end to, or destroy, as a physical objects; to wipe out.

Abolishable (a.) Capable of being abolished.

Abolisher (n.) One who abolishes.

Abolishment (n.) The act of abolishing; abolition; destruction.

Abolition (n.) The act of abolishing, or the state of being abolished; an annulling; abrogation; utter destruction; as, the abolition of slavery or the slave trade; the abolition of laws, decrees, ordinances, customs, taxes, debts, etc.

Abolitionism (n.) The principles or measures of abolitionists.

Abolitionist (n.) A person who favors the abolition of any institution, especially negro slavery.

Abolitionize (v. t.) To imbue with the principles of abolitionism.

Aboma (n.) A large South American serpent (Boa aboma).

Abomasum (n.) Alt. of Abomasus

Abomasus (n.) The fourth or digestive stomach of a ruminant, which leads from the third stomach omasum. See Ruminantia.

Abominable (a.) Worthy of, or causing, abhorrence, as a thing of evil omen; odious in the utmost degree; very hateful; detestable; loathsome; execrable.

Abominable (a.) Excessive; large; -- used as an intensive.

Abominableness (n.) The quality or state of being abominable; odiousness.

Abominably (adv.) In an abominable manner; very odiously; detestably.

Abominated (imp. & p. p.) of Abominate

Abominating (p. pr. & vb. n.) of Abominate

Abominate (v. t.) To turn from as ill-omened; to hate in the highest degree, as if with religious dread; loathe; as, to abominate all impiety.

Abomination (n.) The feeling of extreme disgust and hatred; abhorrence; detestation; loathing; as, he holds tobacco in abomination.

Abomination (n.) That which is abominable; anything hateful, wicked, or shamefully vile; an object or state that excites disgust and hatred; a hateful or shameful vice; pollution.

Abomination (n.) A cause of pollution or wickedness.

Aboon (prep.) and adv. Above.

Aboral (a.) Situated opposite to, or away from, the mouth.

Abord (n.) Manner of approaching or accosting; address.

Abord (v. t.) To approach; to accost.

Aboriginal (a.) First; original; indigenous; primitive; native; as, the aboriginal tribes of America.

Aboriginal (a.) Of or pertaining to aborigines; as, a Hindoo of aboriginal blood.

Aboriginal (n.) An original inhabitant of any land; one of the aborigines.

Aboriginal (n.) An animal or a plant native to the region.

Aboriginality (n.) The quality of being aboriginal.

Aboriginally (adv.) Primarily.

Aborigines (n. pl.) The earliest known inhabitants of a country; native races.

Aborigines (n. pl.) The original fauna and flora of a geographical area

Aborsement (n.) Abortment; abortion.

Aborsive (a.) Abortive.

Abort (v. i.) To miscarry; to bring forth young prematurely.

Abort (v. i.) To become checked in normal development, so as either to remain rudimentary or shrink away wholly; to become sterile.

Abort (n.) An untimely birth.

Abort (n.) An aborted offspring.

Aborted (a.) Brought forth prematurely.

Aborted (a.) Rendered abortive or sterile; undeveloped; checked in normal development at a very early stage; as, spines are aborted branches.

Aborticide (n.) The act of destroying a fetus in the womb; feticide.

Abortifacient (v.) Producing miscarriage.

Abortifacient (n.) A drug or an agent that causes premature delivery.

Abortion (n.) The act of giving premature birth; particularly, the expulsion of the human fetus prematurely, or before it is capable of sustaining life; miscarriage.

Abortion (n.) The immature product of an untimely birth.

Abortion (n.) Arrest of development of any organ, so that it remains an imperfect formation or is absorbed.

Abortion (n.) Any fruit or produce that does not come to maturity, or anything which in its progress, before it is matured or perfect; a complete failure; as, his attempt proved an abortion.

Abortional (a.) Pertaining to abortion; miscarrying; abortive.

Abortionist (n.) One who procures abortion or miscarriage.

Abortive (v.) Produced by abortion; born prematurely; as, an abortive child.

Abortive (v.) Made from the skin of a still-born animal; as, abortive vellum.

Abortive (v.) Rendering fruitless or ineffectual.

Abortive (v.) Coming to naught; failing in its effect; miscarrying; fruitless; unsuccessful; as, an abortive attempt.

Abortive (v.) Imperfectly formed or developed; rudimentary; sterile; as, an abortive organ, stamen, ovule, etc.

Abortive (v.) Causing abortion; as, abortive medicines.

Abortive (v.) Cutting short; as, abortive treatment of typhoid fever.

Abortive (n.) That which is born or brought forth prematurely; an abortion.

Abortive (n.) A fruitless effort or issue.

Abortive (n.) A medicine to which is attributed the property of causing abortion.

Abortively (adv.) In an abortive or untimely manner; immaturely; fruitlessly.

Abortiveness (n.) The quality of being abortive.

Abortment (n.) Abortion.

Abought () imp. & p. p. of Aby.

Abounded (imp. & p. p.) of Abound

Abounding (p. pr. & vb. n.) of Abound

Abound (v. i.) To be in great plenty; to be very prevalent; to be plentiful.

Abound (v. i.) To be copiously supplied; -- followed by in or with.

About (prep.) Around; all round; on every side of.

About (prep.) In the immediate neighborhood of; in contiguity or proximity to; near, as to place; by or on (one's person).

About (prep.) Over or upon different parts of; through or over in various directions; here and there in; to and fro in; throughout.

About (prep.) Near; not far from; -- determining approximately time, size, quantity.

About (prep.) In concern with; engaged in; intent on.

About (prep.) On the point or verge of; going; in act of.

About (prep.) Concerning; with regard to; on account of; touching.

About (adv.) On all sides; around.

About (adv.) In circuit; circularly; by a circuitous way; around the outside; as, a mile about, and a third of a mile across.

About (adv.) Here and there; around; in one place and another.

About (adv.) Nearly; approximately; with close correspondence, in quality, manner, degree, etc.; as, about as cold; about as high; -- also of quantity, number, time.

About (adv.) To a reserved position; half round; in the opposite direction; on the opposite tack; as, to face about; to turn one's self about.

About-sledge (n.) The largest hammer used by smiths.

Above (prep.) In or to a higher place; higher than; on or over the upper surface; over; -- opposed to below or beneath.

Above (prep.) Figuratively, higher than; superior to in any respect; surpassing; beyond; higher in measure or degree than; as, things above comprehension; above mean actions; conduct above reproach.

Above (prep.) Surpassing in number or quantity; more than; as, above a hundred. (Passing into the adverbial sense. See Above, adv., 4.)

Above (adv.) In a higher place; overhead; into or from heaven; as, the clouds above.

Above (adv.) Earlier in order; higher in the same page; hence, in a foregoing page.

Above (adv.) Higher in rank or power; as, he appealed to the court above.

Above (adv.) More than; as, above five hundred were present.

Aboveboard (adv.) Above the board or table. Hence: in open sight; without trick, concealment, or deception.

Above-cited (a.) Cited before, in the preceding part of a book or writing.

Abovedeck (a.) On deck; and hence, like aboveboard, without artifice.

Above-mentioned (a.) Alt. of Above-named

Above-named (a.) Mentioned or named before; aforesaid.

Abovesaid (a.) Mentioned or recited before.

Abox (adv. & a.) Braced aback.

Abracadabra (n.) A mystical word or collocation of letters written as in the figure. Worn on an amulet it was supposed to ward off fever. At present the word is used chiefly in jest to denote something without meaning; jargon.

Abradant (n.) A material used for grinding, as emery, sand, powdered glass, etc.

Abraded (imp. & p. p.) of Abrade

Abrading (p. pr. & vb. n.) of Abrade

Abrade (v. t.) To rub or wear off; to waste or wear away by friction; as, to abrade rocks.

Abrade (v. t.) Same as Abraid.

Abrahamic (a.) Pertaining to Abraham, the patriarch; as, the Abrachamic covenant.

Abrahamitic (a.) Alt. of ical

ical (a.) Relating to the patriarch Abraham.

Abraham-man (n.) Alt. of Abram-man

Abram-man (n.) One of a set of vagabonds who formerly roamed through England, feigning lunacy for the sake of obtaining alms.

Abraid (v. t. & i.) To awake; to arouse; to stir or start up; also, to shout out.

Abranchial (a.) Abranchiate.

Abranchiata (n. pl.) A group of annelids, so called because the species composing it have no special organs of respiration.

Abranchiate (a.) Without gills.

Abrase (a.) Rubbed smooth.

Abrasion (n.) The act of abrading, wearing, or rubbing off; the wearing away by friction; as, the abrasion of coins.

Abrasion (n.) The substance rubbed off.

Abrasion (n.) A superficial excoriation, with loss of substance under the form of small shreds.

Abrasive (a.) Producing abrasion.

Abraum (n.) Alt. of Abraum salts

Abraum salts (n.) A red ocher used to darken mahogany and for making chloride of potassium.

Abraxas (n.) A mystical word used as a charm and engraved on gems among the ancients; also, a gem stone thus engraved.

Abray (v.) See Abraid.

Abreast (adv.) Side by side, with breasts in a line; as, "Two men could hardly walk abreast."

Abreast (adv.) Side by side; also, opposite; over against; on a line with the vessel's beam; -- with of.

Abreast (adv.) Up to a certain level or line; equally advanced; as, to keep abreast of [or with] the present state of science.

Abreast (adv.) At the same time; simultaneously.

Abregge (v. t.) See Abridge.

Abrenounce (v. t.) To renounce.

Abrenunciation (n.) Absolute renunciation or repudiation.

Abreption (n.) A snatching away.

Abreuvoir (n.) The joint or interstice between stones, to be filled with mortar.

Abricock (n.) See Apricot.

Abridged (imp. & p. p.) of Abridge

Abridging (p. pr. & vb. n.) of Abridge

Abridge (v. t.) To make shorter; to shorten in duration; to lessen; to diminish; to curtail; as, to abridge labor; to abridge power or rights.

Abridge (v. t.) To shorten or contract by using fewer words, yet retaining the sense; to epitomize; to condense; as, to abridge a history or dictionary.

Abridge (v. t.) To deprive; to cut off; -- followed by of, and formerly by from; as, to abridge one of his rights.

Abridger (n.) One who abridges.

Abridgment (n.) The act of abridging, or the state of being abridged; diminution; lessening; reduction or deprivation; as, an abridgment of pleasures or of expenses.

Abridgment (n.) An epitome or compend, as of a book; a shortened or abridged form; an abbreviation.

Abridgment (n.) That which abridges or cuts short; hence, an entertainment that makes the time pass quickly.

Abroach (v. t.) To set abroach; to let out, as liquor; to broach; to tap.

Abroach (adv.) Broached; in a condition for letting out or yielding liquor, as a cask which is tapped.

Abroach (adv.) Hence: In a state to be diffused or propagated; afoot; astir.

Abroad (adv.) At large; widely; broadly; over a wide space; as, a tree spreads its branches abroad.

Abroad (adv.) Without a certain confine; outside the house; away from one's abode; as, to walk abroad.

Abroad (adv.) Beyond the bounds of a country; in foreign countries; as, we have broils at home and enemies abroad.

Abroad (adv.) Before the public at large; throughout society or the world; here and there; widely.

Abrogable (a.) Capable of being abrogated.

Abrogate (a.) Abrogated; abolished.

Abrogated (imp. & p. p.) of Abrogate

Abrogating (p. pr. & vb. n.) of Abrogate

Abrogate (v. t.) To annul by an authoritative act; to abolish by the authority of the maker or his successor; to repeal; -- applied to the repeal of laws, decrees, ordinances, the abolition of customs, etc.

Abrogate (v. t.) To put an end to; to do away with.

Abrogation (n.) The act of abrogating; repeal by authority.

Abrogative (a.) Tending or designed to abrogate; as, an abrogative law.

Abrogator (n.) One who repeals by authority.

Abrood (adv.) In the act of brooding.

Abrook (v. t.) To brook; to endure.

Abrupt (a.) Broken off; very steep, or craggy, as rocks, precipices, banks; precipitous; steep; as, abrupt places.

Abrupt (a.) Without notice to prepare the mind for the event; sudden; hasty; unceremonious.

Abrupt (a.) Having sudden transitions from one subject to another; unconnected.

Abrupt (a.) Suddenly terminating, as if cut off.

Abrupt (n.) An abrupt place.

Abrupt (v. t.) To tear off or asunder.

Abruption (n.) A sudden breaking off; a violent separation of bodies.

Abruptly (adv.) In an abrupt manner; without giving notice, or without the usual forms; suddenly.

Abruptly (adv.) Precipitously.

Abruptness (n.) The state of being abrupt or broken; craggedness; ruggedness; steepness.

Abruptness (n.) Suddenness; unceremonious haste or vehemence; as, abruptness of style or manner.

Abscesses (pl. ) of Abscess

Abscess (n.) A collection of pus or purulent matter in any tissue or organ of the body, the result of a morbid process.

Abscession (n.) A separating; removal; also, an abscess.

Abscind (v. t.) To cut off.

Abscision (n.) See Abscission.

Abscisses (pl. ) of Absciss

Absciss (n.) See Abscissa.

Abscissas (pl. ) of Abscissa

Abscissae (pl. ) of Abscissa

Abscissa (n.) One of the elements of reference by which a point, as of a curve, is referred to a system of fixed rectilineal coordinate axes.

Abscission (n.) The act or process of cutting off.

Abscission (n.) The state of being cut off.

Abscission (n.) A figure of speech employed when a speaker having begun to say a thing stops abruptly: thus, "He is a man of so much honor and candor, and of such generosity -- but I need say no more."

Absconded (imp. & p. p.) of Abscond

Absconding (p. pr. & vb. n.) of Abscond

Abscond (v. i.) To hide, withdraw, or be concealed.

Abscond (v. i.) To depart clandestinely; to steal off and secrete one's self; -- used especially of persons who withdraw to avoid a legal process; as, an absconding debtor.

Abscond (v. t.) To hide; to conceal.

Abscondence (n.) Fugitive concealment; secret retirement; hiding.

Absconder (n.) One who absconds.

Absence (n.) A state of being absent or withdrawn from a place or from companionship; -- opposed to presence.

Absence (n.) Want; destitution; withdrawal.

Absence (n.) Inattention to things present; abstraction (of mind); as, absence of mind.

Absent (a.) Being away from a place; withdrawn from a place; not present.

Absent (a.) Not existing; lacking; as, the part was rudimental or absent.

Absent (a.) Inattentive to what is passing; absent-minded; preoccupied; as, an absent air.

Absented (imp. & p. p.) of Absent

Absenting (p. pr. & vb. n.) of Absent

Absent (v. t.) To take or withdraw (one's self) to such a distance as to prevent intercourse; -- used with the reflexive pronoun.

Absent (v. t.) To withhold from being present.

Absentaneous (a.) Pertaining to absence.

Absentation (n.) The act of absenting one's self.

Absentee (n.) One who absents himself from his country, office, post, or duty; especially, a landholder who lives in another country or district than that where his estate is situated; as, an Irish absentee.

Absenteeism (n.) The state or practice of an absentee; esp. the practice of absenting one's self from the country or district where one's estate is situated.

Absenter (n.) One who absents one's self.

Absently (adv.) In an absent or abstracted manner.

Absentment (n.) The state of being absent; withdrawal.

Absent-minded (a.) Absent in mind; abstracted; preoccupied.

Absentness (n.) The quality of being absent-minded.

Absey-book (n.) An A-B-C book; a primer.

Absinthate (n.) A combination of absinthic acid with a base or positive radical.

Absinth (n.) Alt. of Absinthe

Absinthe (n.) The plant absinthium or common wormwood.

Absinthe (n.) A strong spirituous liqueur made from wormwood and brandy or alcohol.

Absinthial (a.) Of or pertaining to wormwood; absinthian.

Absinthian (n.) Of the nature of wormwood.

Absinthiate (v. t.) To impregnate with wormwood.

Absinthiated (a.) Impregnated with wormwood; as, absinthiated wine.

Absinthic (a.) Relating to the common wormwood or to an acid obtained from it.

Absinthin (n.) The bitter principle of wormwood (Artemisia absinthium).

Absinthism (n.) The condition of being poisoned by the excessive use of absinth.

Absinthium (n.) The common wormwood (Artemisia absinthium), an intensely bitter plant, used as a tonic and for making the oil of wormwood.

Absis (n.) See Apsis.

Absist (v. i.) To stand apart from; top leave off; to desist.

Absistence (n.) A standing aloof.

Absolute (a.) Loosed from any limitation or condition; uncontrolled; unrestricted; unconditional; as, absolute authority, monarchy, sovereignty, an absolute promise or command; absolute power; an absolute monarch.

Absolute (a.) Complete in itself; perfect; consummate; faultless; as, absolute perfection; absolute beauty.

Absolute (a.) Viewed apart from modifying influences or without comparison with other objects; actual; real; -- opposed to relative and comparative; as, absolute motion; absolute time or space.

Absolute (a.) Loosed from, or unconnected by, dependence on any other being; self-existent; self-sufficing.

Absolute (a.) Capable of being thought or conceived by itself alone; unconditioned; non-relative.

Absolute (a.) Positive; clear; certain; not doubtful.

Absolute (a.) Authoritative; peremptory.

Absolute (a.) Pure; unmixed; as, absolute alcohol.

Absolute (a.) Not immediately dependent on the other parts of the sentence in government; as, the case absolute. See Ablative absolute, under Ablative.

Absolute (n.) In a plane, the two imaginary circular points at infinity; in space of three dimensions, the imaginary circle at infinity.

Absolutely (adv.) In an absolute, independent, or unconditional manner; wholly; positively.

Absoluteness (n.) The quality of being absolute; independence of everything extraneous; unlimitedness; absolute power; independent reality; positiveness.

Absolution (n.) An absolving, or setting free from guilt, sin, or penalty; forgiveness of an offense.

Absolution (n.) An acquittal, or sentence of a judge declaring and accused person innocent.

Absolution (n.) The exercise of priestly jurisdiction in the sacrament of penance, by which Catholics believe the sins of the truly penitent are forgiven.

Absolution (n.) An absolving from ecclesiastical penalties, -- for example, excommunication.

Absolution (n.) The form of words by which a penitent is absolved.

Absolution (n.) Delivery, in speech.

Absolutism (n.) The state of being absolute; the system or doctrine of the absolute; the principles or practice of absolute or arbitrary government; despotism.

Absolutism (n.) Doctrine of absolute decrees.

Absolutist (n.) One who is in favor of an absolute or autocratic government.

Absolutist (n.) One who believes that it is possible to realize a cognition or concept of the absolute.

Absolutist (a.) Of or pertaining to absolutism; arbitrary; despotic; as, absolutist principles.

Absolutistic (a.) Pertaining to absolutism; absolutist.

Absolutory (a.) Serving to absolve; absolving.

Absolvable (a.) That may be absolved.

Absolvatory (a.) Conferring absolution; absolutory.

Absolved (imp. & p. p.) of Absolve

Absolving (p. pr. & vb. n.) of Absolve

Absolve (v. t.) To set free, or release, as from some obligation, debt, or responsibility, or from the consequences of guilt or such ties as it would be sin or guilt to violate; to pronounce free; as, to absolve a subject from his allegiance; to absolve an offender, which amounts to an acquittal and remission of his punishment.

Absolve (v. t.) To free from a penalty; to pardon; to remit (a sin); -- said of the sin or guilt.

Absolve (v. t.) To finish; to accomplish.

Absolve (v. t.) To resolve or explain.

Absolvent (a.) Absolving.

Absolvent (n.) An absolver.

Absolver (n.) One who absolves.

Absonant (a.) Discordant; contrary; -- opposed to consonant.

Absonous (a.) Discordant; inharmonious; incongruous.

Absorbed (imp. & p. p.) of Absorb

Absorbing (p. pr. & vb. n.) of Absorb

Absorb (v. t.) To swallow up; to engulf; to overwhelm; to cause to disappear as if by swallowing up; to use up; to include.

Absorb (v. t.) To suck up; to drink in; to imbibe; as a sponge or as the lacteals of the body.

Absorb (v. t.) To engross or engage wholly; to occupy fully; as, absorbed in study or the pursuit of wealth.

Absorb (v. t.) To take up by cohesive, chemical, or any molecular action, as when charcoal absorbs gases. So heat, light, and electricity are absorbed or taken up in the substances into which they pass.

Absorbability (n.) The state or quality of being absorbable.

Absorbable (a.) Capable of being absorbed or swallowed up.

Absorbedly (adv.) In a manner as if wholly engrossed or engaged.

Absorbency (n.) Absorptiveness.

Absorbent (a.) Absorbing; swallowing; absorptive.

Absorbent (n.) Anything which absorbs.

Absorbent (n.) Any substance which absorbs and neutralizes acid fluid in the stomach and bowels, as magnesia, chalk, etc.; also a substance e. g., iodine) which acts on the absorbent vessels so as to reduce enlarged and indurated parts.

Absorbent (n.) The vessels by which the processes of absorption are carried on, as the lymphatics in animals, the extremities of the roots in plants.

Absorber (n.) One who, or that which, absorbs.

Absorbing (a.) Swallowing, engrossing; as, an absorbing pursuit.

Absorbition (n.) Absorption.

Absorpt (a.) Absorbed.

Absorption (n.) The act or process of absorbing or sucking in anything, or of being absorbed and made to disappear; as, the absorption of bodies in a whirlpool, the absorption of a smaller tribe into a larger.

Absorption (n.) An imbibing or reception by molecular or chemical action; as, the absorption of light, heat, electricity, etc.

Absorption (n.) In living organisms, the process by which the materials of growth and nutrition are absorbed and conveyed to the tissues and organs.

Absorption (n.) Entire engrossment or occupation of the mind; as, absorption in some employment.

Absorptive (a.) Having power, capacity, or tendency to absorb or imbibe.

Absorptiveness (n.) The quality of being absorptive; absorptive power.

Absorptivity (n.) Absorptiveness.

Absquatulate (v. i.) To take one's self off; to decamp.

Absque hoc () The technical words of denial used in traversing what has been alleged, and is repeated.

Abstained (imp. & p. p.) of Abstain

Abstaining (p. pr. & vb. n.) of Abstain

Abstain (v. i.) To hold one's self aloof; to forbear or refrain voluntarily, and especially from an indulgence of the passions or appetites; -- with from.

Abstain (v. t.) To hinder; to withhold.

Abstainer (n.) One who abstains; esp., one who abstains from the use of intoxicating liquors.

Abstemious (a.) Abstaining from wine.

Abstemious (a.) Sparing in diet; refraining from a free use of food and strong drinks; temperate; abstinent; sparing in the indulgence of the appetite or passions.

Abstemious (a.) Sparingly used; used with temperance or moderation; as, an abstemious diet.

Abstemious (a.) Marked by, or spent in, abstinence; as, an abstemious life.

Abstemious (a.) Promotive of abstemiousness.

Abstemiousness (n.) The quality of being abstemious, temperate, or sparing in the use of food and strong drinks. It expresses a greater degree of abstinence than temperance.

Abstention (a.) The act of abstaining; a holding aloof.

Abstentious (a.) Characterized by abstinence; self-restraining.

Absterge (v. t.) To make clean by wiping; to wipe away; to cleanse; hence, to purge.

Abstergent (a.) Serving to cleanse, detergent.

Abstergent (n.) A substance used in cleansing; a detergent; as, soap is an abstergent.

Absterse (v. t.) To absterge; to cleanse; to purge away.

Abstersion (n.) Act of wiping clean; a cleansing; a purging.

Abstersive (a.) Cleansing; purging.

Abstersive (n.) Something cleansing.

Abstersiveness (n.) The quality of being abstersive.

Abstinence (n.) The act or practice of abstaining; voluntary forbearance of any action, especially the refraining from an indulgence of appetite, or from customary gratifications of animal or sensual propensities. Specifically, the practice of abstaining from intoxicating beverages, -- called also total abstinence.

Abstinence (n.) The practice of self-denial by depriving one's self of certain kinds of food or drink, especially of meat.

Abstinency (n.) Abstinence.

Abstinent (a.) Refraining from indulgence, especially from the indulgence of appetite; abstemious; continent; temperate.

Abstinent (n.) One who abstains.

Abstinent (n.) One of a sect who appeared in France and Spain in the 3d century.

Abstinently (adv.) With abstinence.

Abstorted (a.) Wrested away.

Abstract (a.) Withdraw; separate.

Abstract (a.) Considered apart from any application to a particular object; separated from matter; existing in the mind only; as, abstract truth, abstract numbers. Hence: ideal; abstruse; difficult.

Abstract (a.) Expressing a particular property of an object viewed apart from the other properties which constitute it; -- opposed to concrete; as, honesty is an abstract word.

Abstract (a.) Resulting from the mental faculty of abstraction; general as opposed to particular; as, "reptile" is an abstract or general name.

Abstract (a.) Abstracted; absent in mind.

Abstracted (imp. & p. p.) of Abstract

Abstracting (p. pr. & vb. n.) of Abstract

Abstract (a.) To withdraw; to separate; to take away.

Abstract (a.) To draw off in respect to interest or attention; as, his was wholly abstracted by other objects.

Abstract (a.) To separate, as ideas, by the operation of the mind; to consider by itself; to contemplate separately, as a quality or attribute.

Abstract (a.) To epitomize; to abridge.

Abstract (a.) To take secretly or dishonestly; to purloin; as, to abstract goods from a parcel, or money from a till.

Abstract (a.) To separate, as the more volatile or soluble parts of a substance, by distillation or other chemical processes. In this sense extract is now more generally used.

Abstract (v. t.) To perform the process of abstraction.

Abstract (a.) That which comprises or concentrates in itself the essential qualities of a larger thing or of several things. Specifically: A summary or an epitome, as of a treatise or book, or of a statement; a brief.

Abstract (a.) A state of separation from other things; as, to consider a subject in the abstract, or apart from other associated things.

Abstract (a.) An abstract term.

Abstract (a.) A powdered solid extract of a vegetable substance mixed with sugar of milk in such proportion that one part of the abstract represents two parts of the original substance.

Abstracted (a.) Separated or disconnected; withdrawn; removed; apart.

Abstracted (a.) Separated from matter; abstract; ideal.

Abstracted (a.) Abstract; abstruse; difficult.

Abstracted (a.) Inattentive to surrounding objects; absent in mind.

Abstractedly (adv.) In an abstracted manner; separately; with absence of mind.

Abstractedness (n.) The state of being abstracted; abstract character.

Abstracter (n.) One who abstracts, or makes an abstract.

Abstraction (a.) The act of abstracting, separating, or withdrawing, or the state of being withdrawn; withdrawal.

Abstraction (a.) The act process of leaving out of consideration one or more properties of a complex object so as to attend to others; analysis. Thus, when the mind considers the form of a tree by itself, or the color of the leaves as separate from their size or figure, the act is called abstraction. So, also, when it considers whiteness, softness, virtue, existence, as separate from any particular objects.

Abstraction (a.) An idea or notion of an abstract, or theoretical nature; as, to fight for mere abstractions.

Abstraction (a.) A separation from worldly objects; a recluse life; as, a hermit's abstraction.

Abstraction (a.) Absence or absorption of mind; inattention to present objects.

Abstraction (a.) The taking surreptitiously for one's own use part of the property of another; purloining.

Abstraction (a.) A separation of volatile parts by the act of distillation.

Abstractional (a.) Pertaining to abstraction.

Abstractionist (n.) An idealist.

Abstractitious (a.) Obtained from plants by distillation.

Abstractive (a.) Having the power of abstracting; of an abstracting nature.

Abstractively (adv.) In a abstract manner; separately; in or by itself.

Abstractiveness (n.) The quality of being abstractive; abstractive property.

Abstractly (adv.) In an abstract state or manner; separately; absolutely; by itself; as, matter abstractly considered.

Abstractness (n.) The quality of being abstract.

Abstringe (v. t.) To unbind.

Abstrude (v. t.) To thrust away.

Abstruse (a.) Concealed or hidden out of the way.

Abstruse (a.) Remote from apprehension; difficult to be comprehended or understood; recondite; as, abstruse learning.

Abstrusely (adv.) In an abstruse manner.

Abstruseness (n.) The quality of being abstruse; difficulty of apprehension.

Abstrusion (n.) The act of thrusting away.

Abstrusity (n.) Abstruseness; that which is abstruse.

Absume (v. t.) To consume gradually; to waste away.

Absumption (n.) Act of wasting away; a consuming; extinction.

Absurd (a.) Contrary to reason or propriety; obviously and fiatly opposed to manifest truth; inconsistent with the plain dictates of common sense; logically contradictory; nonsensical; ridiculous; as, an absurd person, an absurd opinion; an absurd dream.

Absurd (n.) An absurdity.

Absurdities (pl. ) of Absurdity

Absurdity (n.) The quality of being absurd or inconsistent with obvious truth, reason, or sound judgment.

Absurdity (n.) That which is absurd; an absurd action; a logical contradiction.

Absurdly (adv.) In an absurd manner.

Absurdness (n.) Absurdity.

Abuna (n.) The Patriarch, or head of the Abyssinian Church.

Abundance (n.) An overflowing fullness; ample sufficiency; great plenty; profusion; copious supply; superfluity; wealth: -- strictly applicable to quantity only, but sometimes used of number.

Abundant (a.) Fully sufficient; plentiful; in copious supply; -- followed by in, rarely by with.

Abundantly (adv.) In a sufficient degree; fully; amply; plentifully; in large measure.

Aburst (adv.) In a bursting condition.

Abusable (a.) That may be abused.

Abusage (n.) Abuse.

Abused (imp. & p. p.) of Abuse

Abusing (p. pr. & vb. n.) of Abuse

Abuse (v. t.) To put to a wrong use; to misapply; to misuse; to put to a bad use; to use for a wrong purpose or end; to pervert; as, to abuse inherited gold; to make an excessive use of; as, to abuse one's authority.

Abuse (v. t.) To use ill; to maltreat; to act injuriously to; to punish or to tax excessively; to hurt; as, to abuse prisoners, to abuse one's powers, one's patience.

Abuse (v. t.) To revile; to reproach coarsely; to disparage.

Abuse (v. t.) To dishonor.

Abuse (v. t.) To violate; to ravish.

Abuse (v. t.) To deceive; to impose on.

Abuse (v. t.) Improper treatment or use; application to a wrong or bad purpose; misuse; as, an abuse of our natural powers; an abuse of civil rights, or of privileges or advantages; an abuse of language.

Abuse (v. t.) Physical ill treatment; injury.

Abuse (v. t.) A corrupt practice or custom; offense; crime; fault; as, the abuses in the civil service.

Abuse (v. t.) Vituperative words; coarse, insulting speech; abusive language; virulent condemnation; reviling.

Abuse (v. t.) Violation; rape; as, abuse of a female child.

Abuseful (a.) Full of abuse; abusive.

Abuser (n.) One who abuses [in the various senses of the verb].

Abusion (v. t.) Evil or corrupt usage; abuse; wrong; reproach; deception; cheat.

Abusive (a.) Wrongly used; perverted; misapplied.

Abusive (a.) Given to misusing; also, full of abuses.

Abusive (a.) Practicing abuse; prone to ill treat by coarse, insulting words or by other ill usage; as, an abusive author; an abusive fellow.

Abusive (a.) Containing abuse, or serving as the instrument of abuse; vituperative; reproachful; scurrilous.

Abusive (a.) Tending to deceive; fraudulent; cheating.

Abusively (adv.) In an abusive manner; rudely; with abusive language.

Abusiveness (n.) The quality of being abusive; rudeness of language, or violence to the person.

Abutted (imp. & p. p.) of Abut

Abutting (p. pr. & vb. n.) of Abut

Abut (v. i.) To project; to terminate or border; to be contiguous; to meet; -- with on, upon, or against; as, his land abuts on the road.

Abutilon (n.) A genus of malvaceous plants of many species, found in the torrid and temperate zones of both continents; -- called also Indian mallow.

Abutment (n.) State of abutting.

Abutment (n.) That on or against which a body abuts or presses

Abutment (n.) The solid part of a pier or wall, etc., which receives the thrust or lateral pressure of an arch, vault, or strut.

Abutment (n.) A fixed point or surface from which resistance or reaction is obtained, as the cylinder head of a steam engine, the fulcrum of a lever, etc.

Abutment (n.) In breech-loading firearms, the block behind the barrel which receives the pressure due to recoil.

Abuttal (n.) The butting or boundary of land, particularly at the end; a headland.

Abutter (n.) One who, or that which, abuts. Specifically, the owner of a contiguous estate; as, the abutters on a street or a river.

Abuzz (a.) In a buzz; buzzing.

Abought (imp. & p. p.) of Abye

Aby (v. t. & i.) Alt. of Abye

Abye (v. t. & i.) To pay for; to suffer for; to atone for; to make amends for; to give satisfaction.

Abye (v. t. & i.) To endure; to abide.

Abysm (n.) An abyss; a gulf.

Abysmal (a.) Pertaining to, or resembling, an abyss; bottomless; unending; profound.

Abysmally (adv.) To a fathomless depth; profoundly.

Abyss (n.) A bottomless or unfathomed depth, gulf, or chasm; hence, any deep, immeasurable, and, specifically, hell, or the bottomless pit.

Abyss (n.) Infinite time; a vast intellectual or moral depth.

Abyss (n.) The center of an escutcheon.

Abyssal (a.) Belonging to, or resembling, an abyss; unfathomable.

Abyssinian (a.) Of or pertaining to Abyssinia.

Abyssinian (n.) A native of Abyssinia.

Abyssinian (n.) A member of the Abyssinian Church.

Ebb (n.) The European bunting.

Ebb (n.) The reflux or flowing back of the tide; the return of the tidal wave toward the sea; -- opposed to flood; as, the boats will go out on the ebb.

Ebb (n.) The state or time of passing away; a falling from a better to a worse state; low state or condition; decline; decay.

Ebbed (imp. & p. p.) of Ebb

Ebbing (p. pr. & vb. n.) of Ebb

Ebb (v. i.) To flow back; to return, as the water of a tide toward the ocean; -- opposed to flow.

Ebb (v. i.) To return or fall back from a better to a worse state; to decline; to decay; to recede.

Ebb (v. t.) To cause to flow back.

Ebb (a.) Receding; going out; falling; shallow; low.

Ebb tide () The reflux of tide water; the retiring tide; -- opposed to flood tide.

Ebionite (n.) One of a sect of heretics, in the first centuries of the church, whose doctrine was a mixture of Judaism and Christianity. They denied the divinity of Christ, regarding him as an inspired messenger, and rejected much of the New Testament.

Ebionitism (n.) The system or doctrine of the Ebionites.

Eblanin (n.) See Pyroxanthin.

Eblis (n.) The prince of the evil spirits; Satan.

Ebon (a.) Consisting of ebony.

Ebon (a.) Like ebony, especially in color; black; dark.

Ebon (n.) Ebony.

Ebonist (n.) One who works in ebony.

Ebonite (n.) A hard, black variety of vulcanite. It may be cut and polished, and is used for many small articles, as combs and buttons, and for insulating material in electric apparatus.

Ebonized (imp. & p. p.) of Ebonize

Ebonizing (p. pr. & vb. n.) of Ebonize

Ebonize (v. t.) To make black, or stain black, in imitation of ebony; as, to ebonize wood.

Ebonies (pl. ) of Ebony

Ebony (n.) A hard, heavy, and durable wood, which admits of a fine polish or gloss. The usual color is black, but it also occurs red or green.

Ebony (a.) Made of ebony, or resembling ebony; black; as, an ebony countenance.

Ebracteate (a.) Without bracts.

Ebracteolate (a.) Without bracteoles, or little bracts; -- said of a pedicel or flower stalk.

Ebrauke (a.) Hebrew.

Ebrieties (pl. ) of Ebriety

Ebriety (n.) Drunkenness; intoxication by spirituous liquors; inebriety.

Ebrillade (n.) A bridle check; a jerk of one rein, given to a horse when he refuses to turn.

Ebriosity (n.) Addiction to drink; habitual drunkenness.

Ebrious (a.) Inclined to drink to excess; intoxicated; tipsy.

Ebulliate (v. i.) To boil or bubble up.

Ebullience (n.) Alt. of Ebulliency

Ebulliency (n.) A boiling up or over; effervescence.

Ebullient (a.) Boiling up or over; hence, manifesting exhilaration or excitement, as of feeling; effervescing.

Ebullioscope (n.) An instrument for observing the boiling point of liquids, especially for determining the alcoholic strength of a mixture by the temperature at which it boils.

Ebullition (n.) A boiling or bubbling up of a liquid; the motion produced in a liquid by its rapid conversion into vapor.

Ebullition (n.) Effervescence occasioned by fermentation or by any other process which causes the liberation of a gas or an aeriform fluid, as in the mixture of an acid with a carbonated alkali.

Ebullition (n.) A sudden burst or violent display; an outburst; as, an ebullition of anger or ill temper.

Eburin (n.) A composition of dust of ivory or of bone with a cement; -- used for imitations of valuable stones and in making moldings, seals, etc.

Eburnation (n.) A condition of bone cartilage occurring in certain diseases of these tissues, in which they acquire an unnatural density, and come to resemble ivory.

Eburnean (a.) Made of or relating to ivory.

Eburnification (n.) The conversion of certain substances into others which have the appearance or characteristics of ivory.

Eburnine (a.) Of or pertaining to ivory.

Iberian (a.) Of or pertaining to Iberia.

Ibexes (pl. ) of Ibex

Ibices (pl. ) of Ibex

Ibex (n.) One of several species of wild goats having very large, recurved horns, transversely ridged in front; -- called also steinbok.

Ibidem (adv.) In the same place; -- abbreviated ibid. or ib.

Ibis (n.) Any bird of the genus Ibis and several allied genera, of the family Ibidae, inhabiting both the Old World and the New. Numerous species are known. They are large, wading birds, having a long, curved beak, and feed largely on reptiles.

-ible () See -able.

Ob- () A prefix signifying to, toward, before, against, reversely, etc.; also, as a simple intensive; as in oblige, to bind to; obstacle, something standing before; object, lit., to throw against; obovate, reversely, ovate. Ob- is commonly assimilated before c, f, g, and p, to oc-, of-, og-, and op-.

Obcompressed (a.) Compressed or flattened antero-posteriorly, or in a way opposite to the usual one.

Obconic (a.) Alt. of Obconical

Obconical (a.) Conical, but having the apex downward; inversely conical.

Obcordate (a.) Heart-shaped, with the attachment at the pointed end; inversely cordate: as, an obcordate petal or leaf.

Obdiplostemonous (a.) Having twice as many stamens as petals, those of the outer set being opposite the petals; -- said of flowers.

Obdiplostemony (n.) The condition of being obdiplostemonous.

Obdormition (n.) Sleep.

Obduce (v. t.) To draw over, as a covering.

Obduct (v. t.) To draw over; to cover.

Obduction (n.) The act of drawing or laying over, as a covering.

Obduracy (n.) The duality or state of being obdurate; invincible hardness of heart; obstinacy.

Obdurate (a.) Hardened in feelings, esp. against moral or mollifying influences; unyielding; hard-hearted; stubbornly wicked.

Obdurate (a.) Hard; harsh; rugged; rough; intractable.

Obdurate (v. t.) To harden.

Obduration (n.) A hardening of the heart; hardness of heart.

Obdure (v. t.) To harden.

Obdure (a.) Alt. of Obdured

Obdured (a.) Obdurate; hard.

Obdureness (n.) Alt. of Obduredness

Obduredness (n.) Hardness.

Obbe (n.) See Obi.

Obeah (n.) Same as Obi.

Obeah (a.) Of or pertaining to obi; as, the obeah man.

Obedible (a.) Obedient.

Obedience (n.) The act of obeying, or the state of being obedient; compliance with that which is required by authority; subjection to rightful restraint or control.

Obedience (n.) Words or actions denoting submission to authority; dutifulness.

Obedience (n.) A following; a body of adherents; as, the Roman Catholic obedience, or the whole body of persons who submit to the authority of the pope.

Obedience (n.) A cell (or offshoot of a larger monastery) governed by a prior.

Obedience (n.) One of the three monastic vows.

Obedience (n.) The written precept of a superior in a religious order or congregation to a subject.

Obedienciary (n.) One yielding obedience.

Obedient (a.) Subject in will or act to authority; willing to obey; submissive to restraint, control, or command.

Obediential (a.) According to the rule of obedience.

Obediently (adv.) In an obedient manner; with obedience.

Obeisance (n.) Obedience.

Obeisance (n.) A manifestation of obedience; an expression of difference or respect; homage; a bow; a courtesy.

Obeisancy (n.) See Obeisance.

Obeisant (a.) Ready to obey; reverent; differential; also, servilely submissive.

Obelion (n.) The region of the skull between the two parietal foramina where the closure of the sagittal suture usually begins.

Obeliscal (a.) Formed like an obelisk.

Obelisk (n.) An upright, four-sided pillar, gradually tapering as it rises, and terminating in a pyramid called pyramidion. It is ordinarily monolithic. Egyptian obelisks are commonly covered with hieroglyphic writing from top to bottom.

Obelisk (n.) A mark of reference; -- called also dagger [/]. See Dagger, n., 2.

Obelisked (imp. & p. p.) of Obelisk

Obelisking (p. pr. & vb. n.) of Obelisk

Obelisk (v. t.) To mark or designate with an obelisk.

Obelized (imp. & p. p.) of Obelize

Obelizing (p. pr. & vb. n.) of Obelize

Obelize (v. t.) To designate with an obelus; to mark as doubtful or spirituous.

Obeli (pl. ) of Obelus

Obelus (n.) A mark [thus /, or O ]; -- so called as resembling a needle. In old MSS. or editions of the classics, it marks suspected passages or readings.

Obequitate (v. i.) To ride about.

Oberon (n.) The king of the fairies, and husband of Titania or Queen Mab.

Oberration (n.) A wandering about.

Obese (a.) Excessively corpulent; fat; fleshy.

Obeseness (n.) Quality of being obese; obesity.

Obesity (n.) The state or quality of being obese; incumbrance of flesh.

Obeyed (imp. & p. p.) of Obey

Obeying (p. pr. & vb. n.) of Obey

Obey (v. t.) To give ear to; to execute the commands of; to yield submission to; to comply with the orders of.

Obey (v. t.) To submit to the authority of; to be ruled by.

Obey (v. t.) To yield to the impulse, power, or operation of; as, a ship obeys her helm.

Obey (v. i.) To give obedience.

Obeyer (n.) One who yields obedience.

Obeyingly (adv.) Obediently; submissively.

Obfirm (v. t.) Alt. of Obfirmate

Obfirmate (v. t.) To make firm; to harden in resolution.

Obfirmation (n.) Hardness of heart; obduracy.

Obfuscate (a.) Obfuscated; darkened; obscured.

Obfuscated (imp. & p. p.) of Obfuscate

Obfuscating (p. pr. & vb. n.) of Obfuscate

Obfuscate (v. t.) To darken; to obscure; to becloud; hence, to confuse; to bewilder.

Obfuscation (n.) The act of darkening or bewildering; the state of being darkened.

Obi (n.) A species of sorcery, probably of African origin, practiced among the negroes of the West Indies.

Obi (n.) A charm or fetich.

Obimbricate (a.) Imbricated, with the overlapping ends directed downward.

Obit (n.) Death; decease; the date of one's death.

Obit (n.) A funeral solemnity or office; obsequies.

Obit (n.) A service for the soul of a deceased person on the anniversary of the day of his death.

Obiter (adv.) In passing; incidentally; by the way.

Obitual (a.) Of or pertaining to obits, or days when obits are celebrated; as, obitual days.

Obituarily (adv.) In the manner of an obituary.

Obiyuary (a.) Of or pertaining to the death of a person or persons; as, an obituary notice; obituary poetry.

Obituaries (pl. ) of Obituary

Obituary (n.) That which pertains to, or is called forth by, the obit or death of a person; esp., an account of a deceased person; a notice of the death of a person, accompanied by a biographical sketch.

Obituary (n.) A list of the dead, or a register of anniversary days when service is performed for the dead.

Objected (imp. & p. p.) of Object

Objecting (p. pr. & vb. n.) of Object

Object (v. t.) To set before or against; to bring into opposition; to oppose.

Object (v. t.) To offer in opposition as a criminal charge or by way of accusation or reproach; to adduce as an objection or adverse reason.

Object (v. i.) To make opposition in words or argument; -- usually followed by to.

Object (v. t.) That which is put, or which may be regarded as put, in the way of some of the senses; something visible or tangible; as, he observed an object in the distance; all the objects in sight; he touched a strange object in the dark.

Object (v. t.) That which is set, or which may be regarded as set, before the mind so as to be apprehended or known; that of which the mind by any of its activities takes cognizance, whether a thing external in space or a conception formed by the mind itself; as, an object of knowledge, wonder, fear, thought, study, etc.

Object (v. t.) That by which the mind, or any of its activities, is directed; that on which the purpose are fixed as the end of action or effort; that which is sought for; end; aim; motive; final cause.

Object (v. t.) Sight; show; appearance; aspect.

Object (v. t.) A word, phrase, or clause toward which an action is directed, or is considered to be directed; as, the object of a transitive verb.

Object (a.) Opposed; presented in opposition; also, exposed.

Objectable (a.) Such as can be presented in opposition; that may be put forward as an objection.

Objectify (v. t.) To cause to become an object; to cause to assume the character of an object; to render objective.

Objection (n.) The act of objecting; as, to prevent agreement, or action, by objection.

Objection (n.) That which is, or may be, presented in opposition; an adverse reason or argument; a reason for objecting; obstacle; impediment; as, I have no objection to going; unreasonable objections.

Objection (n.) Cause of trouble; sorrow.

Objectionable (a.) Liable to objection; likely to be objected to or disapproved of; offensive; as, objectionable words.

Objectist (n.) One who adheres to, or is skilled in, the objective philosophy.

Objectivate (v. t.) To objectify.

Objectivation (n.) Converting into an object.

Objective (a.) Of or pertaining to an object.

Objective (a.) Of or pertaining to an object; contained in, or having the nature or position of, an object; outward; external; extrinsic; -- an epithet applied to whatever ir exterior to the mind, or which is simply an object of thought or feeling, and opposed to subjective.

Objective (a.) Pertaining to, or designating, the case which follows a transitive verb or a preposition, being that case in which the direct object of the verb is placed. See Accusative, n.

Objective (n.) The objective case.

Objective (n.) An object glass. See under Object, n.

Objective (n.) Same as Objective point, under Objective, a.

Objectively (adv.) In the manner or state of an object; as, a determinate idea objectively in the mind.

Objectiveness (n.) Objectivity.

Objectivity (n.) The state, quality, or relation of being objective; character of the object or of the objective.

Obectize (v. t.) To make an object of; to regard as an object; to place in the position of an object.

Objectless (a.) Having no object; purposeless.

Objector (n.) One who objects; one who offers objections to a proposition or measure.

Objibways (n.pl.) See Chippeways.

Objicient (n.) One who makes objection; an objector.

Objuration (n.) A binding by oath.

Objurgated (imp. & p. p.) of Objurgate

Objurgating (p. pr. & vb. n.) of Objurgate

Objurgate (v. t.) To chide; to reprove.

Objurgation (n.) The act of objurgating; reproof.

Objurgatory (a.) Designed to objurgate or chide; containing or expressing reproof; culpatory.

Oblanceolate (a.) Lanceolate in the reversed order, that is, narrowing toward the point of attachment more than toward the apex.

Oblate (a.) Flattened or depressed at the poles; as, the earth is an oblate spheroid.

Oblate (a.) Offered up; devoted; consecrated; dedicated; -- used chiefly or only in the titles of Roman Catholic orders. See Oblate, n.

Oblate (a.) One of an association of priests or religious women who have offered themselves to the service of the church. There are three such associations of priests, and one of women, called oblates.

Oblate (a.) One of the Oblati.

Oblateness (n.) The quality or state of being oblate.

Oblati (n. pl.) Children dedicated in their early years to the monastic state.

Oblati (n. pl.) A class of persons, especially in the Middle Ages, who offered themselves and their property to a monastery.

Oblation (n.) The act of offering, or of making an offering.

Oblation (n.) Anything offered or presented in worship or sacred service; an offering; a sacrifice.

Oblation (n.) A gift or contribution made to a church, as for the expenses of the eucharist, or for the support of the clergy and the poor.

Oblationer (n.) One who makes an offering as an act worship or reverence.

Oblatrate (v. i.) To bark or snarl, as a dog.

Oblatration (n.) The act of oblatrating; a barking or snarling.

Oblata (pl. ) of Oblatum

Oblatum (n.) An oblate spheroid; a figure described by the revolution of an ellipse about its minor axis. Cf. Oblongum.

Oblectate (v. t.) To delight; to please greatly.

Oblectation (n.) The act of pleasing highly; the state of being greatly pleased; delight.

Obligable (a.) Acknowledging, or complying with, obligation; trustworthy.

Obligated (imp. & p. p.) of Obligate

Obligating (p. pr. & vb. n.) of Obligate

Obligate (v. t.) To bring or place under obligation, moral or legal; to hold by a constraining motive.

Obligate (v. t.) To bind or firmly hold to an act; to compel; to constrain; to bind to any act of duty or courtesy by a formal pledge.

Obligation (n.) The act of obligating.

Obligation (n.) That which obligates or constrains; the binding power of a promise, contract, oath, or vow, or of law; that which constitutes legal or moral duty.

Obligation (n.) Any act by which a person becomes bound to do something to or for anouther, or to forbear something; external duties imposed by law, promise, or contract, by the relations of society, or by courtesy, kindness, etc.

Obligation (n.) The state of being obligated or bound; the state of being indebted for an act of favor or kindness; as, to place others under obligations to one.

Obligation (n.) A bond with a condition annexed, and a penalty for nonfulfillment. In a larger sense, it is an acknowledgment of a duty to pay a certain sum or do a certain things.

Obligato (a.) See Obbligato.

Obligatorily (adv.) In an obligatory manner; by reason of obligation.

Obligatoriness (n.) The quality or state of being obligatory.

Obligatory (a.) Binding in law or conscience; imposing duty or obligation; requiring performance or forbearance of some act; -- often followed by on or upon; as, obedience is obligatory on a soldier.

Obliged (imp. & p. p.) of Oblige

Obliging (p. pr. & vb. n.) of Oblige

Oblige (v. t.) To attach, as by a bond.

Oblige (v. t.) To constrain by physical, moral, or legal force; to put under obligation to do or forbear something.

Oblige (v. t.) To bind by some favor rendered; to place under a debt; hence, to do a favor to; to please; to gratify; to accommodate.

Obligee (n.) The person to whom another is bound, or the person to whom a bond is given.

Obligement (n.) Obligation.

Obliger (n.) One who, or that which, obliges.

Obliging (a.) Putting under obligation; disposed to oblige or do favors; hence, helpful; civil; kind.

Obligor (n.) The person who binds himself, or gives his bond to another.

Obliquation (n.) The act of becoming oblique; a turning to one side; obliquity; as, the obliquation of the eyes.

Obliquation (n.) Deviation from moral rectitude.

Oblique (a.) Not erect or perpendicular; neither parallel to, nor at right angles from, the base; slanting; inclined.

Oblique (a.) Not straightforward; indirect; obscure; hence, disingenuous; underhand; perverse; sinister.

Oblique (a.) Not direct in descent; not following the line of father and son; collateral.

Oblique (n.) An oblique line.

Obliqued (imp. & p. p.) of Oblique

Obliquing (p. pr. & vb. n.) of Oblique

Oblique (v. i.) To deviate from a perpendicular line; to move in an oblique direction.

Oblique (v. i.) To march in a direction oblique to the line of the column or platoon; -- formerly accomplished by oblique steps, now by direct steps, the men half-facing either to the right or left.

Oblique-angled (a.) Having oblique angles; as, an oblique-angled triangle.

Obliquely (adv.) In an oblique manner; not directly; indirectly.

Obliqueness (n.) Quality or state of being oblique.

Obliquities (pl. ) of Obliquity

Obliquity (n.) The condition of being oblique; deviation from a right line; deviation from parallelism or perpendicularity; the amount of such deviation; divergence; as, the obliquity of the ecliptic to the equator.

Obliquity (n.) Deviation from ordinary rules; irregularity; deviation from moral rectitude.

Oblite (a.) Indistinct; slurred over.

Obliterated (imp. & p. p.) of Obliterate

Obliterating (p. pr. & vb. n.) of Obliterate

Obliterate (v. t.) To erase or blot out; to efface; to render undecipherable, as a writing.

Obliterate (v. t.) To wear out; to remove or destroy utterly by any means; to render imperceptible; as. to obliterate ideas; to obliterate the monuments of antiquity.

Obliterate (a.) Scarcely distinct; -- applied to the markings of insects.

Obliteration (n.) The act of obliterating, or the state of being obliterated; extinction.

Obliterative (a.) Tending or serving to obliterate.

Oblivion (n.) The act of forgetting, or the state of being forgotten; cessation of remembrance; forgetfulness.

Oblivion (n.) Official ignoring of offenses; amnesty, or general pardon; as, an act of oblivion.

Oblivious (a.) Promoting oblivion; causing forgetfulness.

Oblivious (a.) Evincing oblivion; forgetful.

Oblocutor (n.) A disputer; a gainsayer.

Oblong (a.) Having greater length than breadth, esp. when rectangular.

Oblong (n.) A rectangular figure longer than it is broad; hence, any figure longer than it is broad.

Oblongata (n.) The medulla oblongata.

Oblongatal (a.) Of or pertaining to the medulla oblongata; medullar.

Oblongish (a.) Somewhat oblong.

Oblongly (adv.) In an oblong form.

Oblongness (n.) State or quality of being oblong.

Oblong-ovate (a.) Between oblong and ovate, but inclined to the latter.

Oblonga (pl. ) of Oblongum

Oblongum (n.) A prolate spheroid; a figure described by the revolution of an ellipse about its greater axis. Cf. Oblatum, and see Ellipsoid of revolution, under Ellipsoid.

Obloquious (a.) Containing obloquy; reproachful

Obloquy (n.) Censorious speech; defamatory language; language that casts contempt on men or their actions; blame; reprehension.

Obloquy (n.) Cause of reproach; disgrace.

Obluctation (n.) A struggle against; resistance; opposition.

Obmutescence (n.) A becoming dumb; loss of speech.

Obmutescence (n.) A keeping silent or mute.

Obnoxious (a.) Subject; liable; exposed; answerable; amenable; -- with to.

Obnoxious (a.) Liable to censure; exposed to punishment; reprehensible; blameworthy.

Obnoxious (a.) Offensive; odious; hateful; as, an obnoxious statesman; a minister obnoxious to the Whigs.

Obnubilate (v. t.) To cloud; to obscure.

Oboe (n.) One of the higher wind instruments in the modern orchestra, yet of great antiquity, having a penetrating pastoral quality of tone, somewhat like the clarinet in form, but more slender, and sounded by means of a double reed; a hautboy.

Oboist (n.) A performer on the oboe.

Obolary (a.) Possessing only small coins; impoverished.

Obole (n.) A weight of twelve grains; or, according to some, of ten grains, or half a scruple.

Obolize (v. t.) See Obelize.

Obolo (n.) A copper coin, used in the Ionian Islands, about one cent in value.

Oboli (pl. ) of Obolus

Obolus (n.) A small silver coin of Athens, the sixth part of a drachma, about three cents in value.

Obolus (n.) An ancient weight, the sixth part of a drachm.

Obomegoid (a.) Obversely omegoid.

Oboval (a.) Obovate.

Obovate (a.) Inversely ovate; ovate with the narrow end downward; as, an obovate leaf.

Obreption (n.) The act of creeping upon with secrecy or by surprise.

Obreption (n.) The obtaining gifts of escheat by fraud or surprise.

Obreptitious (a.) Done or obtained by surprise; with secrecy, or by concealment of the truth.

Obrogate (v. t.) To annul indirectly by enacting a new and contrary law, instead of by expressly abrogating or repealing the old one.

Obrok (n.) A rent.

Obrok (n.) A poll tax paid by peasants absent from their lord's estate.

Obscene (a/) Offensive to chastity or modesty; expressing of presenting to the mind or view something which delicacy, purity, and decency forbid to be exposed; impure; as, obscene language; obscene pictures.

Obscene (a/) Foul; fifthy; disgusting.

Obscene (a/) Inauspicious; ill-omened.

Obscenities (pl. ) of Obscenity

Obscenity (n.) That quality in words or things which presents what is offensive to chasity or purity of mind; obscene or impure lanquage or acts; moral impurity; lewdness; obsceneness; as, the obscenity of a speech, or a picture.

Obscurant (n.) One who obscures; one who prevents enlightenment or hinders the progress of knowledge and wisdom.

Obscurantism (n.) The system or the principles of the obscurants.

Obscurantist (n.) Same as Obscurant.

Obscuration (v. t.) The act or operation of obscuring; the state of being obscured; as, the obscuration of the moon in an eclipse.

Obscure (superl.) Covered over, shaded, or darkened; destitute of light; imperfectly illuminated; dusky; dim.

Obscure (superl.) Of or pertaining to darkness or night; inconspicuous to the sight; indistinctly seen; hidden; retired; remote from observation; unnoticed.

Obscure (superl.) Not noticeable; humble; mean.

Obscure (superl.) Not easily understood; not clear or legible; abstruse or blind; as, an obscure passage or inscription.

Obscure (superl.) Not clear, full, or distinct; clouded; imperfect; as, an obscure view of remote objects.

Obscured (imp. & p. p.) of Obscure

Obscuring (p. pr. & vb. n.) of Obscure

Obscure (a.) To render obscure; to darken; to make dim; to keep in the dark; to hide; to make less visible, intelligible, legible, glorious, beautiful, or illustrious.

Obscure (v. i.) To conceal one's self; to hide; to keep dark.

Obscure (n.) Obscurity.

Obscurely (adv.) In an obscure manner.

Obscurement (n.) The act of obscuring, or the state of being obscured; obscuration.

Obscureness (n.) Obscurity.

Obscurer (n.) One who, or that which, obscures.

Obscurity (n.) The quality or state of being obscure; darkness; privacy; inconspicuousness; unintelligibleness; uncertainty.

Obsecrated (imp. & p. p.) of Obsecrate

Obsecrating (p. pr. & vb, n.) of Obsecrate

Obsecrate (v. t.) To beseech; to supplicate; to implore.

Obsecration (n.) The act of obsecrating or imploring; as, the obsecrations of the Litany, being those clauses beginning with "By."

Obsecration (n.) A figure of speech in which the orator implores the assistance of God or man.

Obsecratory (a.) Expressing, or used in, entreaty; supplicatory.

Obsequent (a.) Obedient; submissive; obsequious.

Obsequience (n.) Obsequiousness.

Obsequies (n.pl.) See Obsequy.

Obsequious (a.) Promptly obedient, or submissive, to the will of another; compliant; yielding to the desires of another; devoted.

Obsequious (a.) Servilely or meanly attentive; compliant to excess; cringing; fawning; as, obsequious flatterer, parasite.

Obsequious (a.) Of or pertaining to obsequies; funereal.

Obsequiously (adv.) In an obsequious manner; compliantly; fawningly.

Obsequiously (adv.) In a manner appropriate to obsequies.

Obsequiousness (n.) The quality or state of being obsequious.

Obsequies (pl. ) of Obsequy

Obsequy (n.) The last duty or service to a person, rendered after his death; hence, a rite or ceremony pertaining to burial; -- now used only in the plural.

Obsequy (n.) Obsequiousness.

Observable (a.) Worthy or capable of being observed; discernible; noticeable; remarkable.

Observance (n.) The act or practice of observing or noticing with attention; a heeding or keeping with care; performance; -- usually with a sense of strictness and fidelity; as, the observance of the Sabbath is general; the strict observance of duties.

Observance (n.) An act, ceremony, or rite, as of worship or respect; especially, a customary act or service of attention; a form; a practice; a rite; a custom.

Observance (n.) Servile attention; sycophancy.

Observancy (n.) Observance.

Observanda (pl. ) of Observandum

Observandum (n.) A thing to be observed.

Observant (a.) Taking notice; viewing or noticing attentively; watchful; attentive; as, an observant spectator; observant habits.

Observant (a.) Submissively attentive; obediently watchful; regardful; mindful; obedient (to); -- with of, as, to be observant of rules.

Observant (n.) One who observes forms and rules.

Observant (n.) A sycophantic servant.

Observant (n.) An Observantine.

Observantine (n.) One of a branch of the Order of Franciscans, who profess to adhere more strictly than the Conventuals to the intention of the founder, especially as to poverty; -- called also Observants.

Observantly (adv.) In an observant manner.

Observation (n.) The act or the faculty of observing or taking notice; the act of seeing, or of fixing the mind upon, anything.

Observation (n.) The result of an act, or of acts, of observing; view; reflection; conclusion; judgment.

Observation (n.) Hence: An expression of an opinion or judgment upon what one has observed; a remark.

Observation (n.) Performance of what is prescribed; adherence in practice; observance.

Observation (n.) The act of recognizing and noting some fact or occurrence in nature, as an aurora, a corona, or the structure of an animal.

Observation (n.) Specifically, the act of measuring, with suitable instruments, some magnitude, as the time of an occultation, with a clock; the right ascension of a star, with a transit instrument and clock; the sun's altitude, or the distance of the moon from a star, with a sextant; the temperature, with a thermometer, etc.

Observation (n.) The information so acquired.

Observational (a.) Of a pertaining to observation; consisting of, or containing, observations.

Observative (a.) Observing; watchful.

Observator (n.) One who observes or takes notice.

Observator (n.) One who makes a remark.

Observatories (pl. ) of Observatory

Observatory (n.) A place or building for making observations on the heavenly bodies.

Observatory (n.) A building fitted with instruments for making systematic observations of any particular class or series of natural phenomena.

Observatory (n.) A place, as an elevated chamber, from which a view may be observed or commanded.

Observatory (n.) A lookout on a flank of a battery whence an officer can note the range and effect of the fire.

Observed (imp. & p. p.) of Observe

Observing (p. pr. & vb. n.) of Observe

Observe (v. t.) To take notice of by appropriate conduct; to conform one's action or practice to; to keep; to heed; to obey; to comply with; as, to observe rules or commands; to observe civility.

Observe (v. t.) To be on the watch respecting; to pay attention to; to notice with care; to see; to perceive; to discover; as, to observe an eclipse; to observe the color or fashion of a dress; to observe the movements of an army.

Observe (v. t.) To express as what has been noticed; to utter as a remark; to say in a casual or incidental way; to remark.

Observe (v. i.) To take notice; to give attention to what one sees or hears; to attend.

Observe (v. i.) To make a remark; to comment; -- generally with on or upon.

Observer (n.) One who observes, or pays attention to, anything; especially, one engaged in, or trained to habits of, close and exact observation; as, an astronomical observer.

Observer (n.) One who keeps any law, custom, regulation, rite, etc.; one who conforms to anything in practice.

Observer (n.) One who fulfills or performs; as, an observer of his promises.

Observer (n.) A sycophantic follower.

Observership (n.) The office or work of an observer.

Observing (a.) Giving particular attention; habitually attentive to what passes; as, an observing person; an observing mind.

Obsess (v. t.) To besiege; to beset.

Obsession (n.) The act of besieging.

Obsession (n.) The state of being besieged; -- used specifically of a person beset by a spirit from without.

Obsidian (n.) A kind of glass produced by volcanoes. It is usually of a black color, and opaque, except in thin splinters.

Obsidional (a.) Of or pertaining to a siege.

Obsigillation (n.) A sealing up.

Obsign (v. t.) To seal; to confirm, as by a seal or stamp.

Obsignate (v. t.) To seal; to ratify.

Obsignation (n.) The act of sealing or ratifying; the state of being sealed or confirmed; confirmation, as by the Holy Spirit.

Obsignatory (a.) Ratifying; confirming by sealing.

Obsolesce (v. i.) To become obsolescent.

Obsolescence (n.) The state of becoming obsolete.

Obsolescent (a.) Going out of use; becoming obsolete; passing into desuetude.

Obsolete (a.) No longer in use; gone into disuse; disused; neglected; as, an obsolete word; an obsolete statute; -- applied chiefly to words, writings, or observances.

Obsolete (a.) Not very distinct; obscure; rudimental; imperfectly developed; abortive.

Obsolete (v. i.) To become obsolete; to go out of use.

Obsoletely (adv.) In an obsolete manner.

Obsoleteness (n.) The state of being obsolete, or no longer used; a state of desuetude.

Obsoleteness (n.) Indistinctness; want of development.

Obsoletism (n.) A disused word or phrase; an archaism.

Obstacle (v.) That which stands in the way, or opposes; anything that hinders progress; a hindrance; an obstruction, physical or moral.

Obstancy (n.) Opposition; impediment; obstruction.

Obstetric (a.) Alt. of Obstetrical

Obstetrical (a.) Of or pertaining to midwifery, or the delivery of women in childbed; as, the obstetric art.

Obstetricate (v. i.) To perform the office of midwife.

Obstetricate (v. t.) To assist as a midwife.

Obstetrication (n.) The act of assisting as a midwife; delivery.

Obstetrician (n.) One skilled in obstetrics; an accoucheur.

Obstetricious (a.) Serving to assist childbirth; obstetric; hence, facilitating any bringing forth or deliverance.

Obstetrics (n.) The science of midwifery; the art of assisting women in parturition, or in the trouble incident to childbirth.

Obstetricy (n.) Obstetrics.

Obstinacy (n.) A fixedness in will, opinion, or resolution that can not be shaken at all, or only with great difficulty; firm and usually unreasonable adherence to an opinion, purpose, or system; unyielding disposition; stubborness; pertinacity; persistency; contumacy.

Obstinacy (n.) The quality or state of being difficult to remedy, relieve, or subdue; as, the obstinacy of a disease or evil.

Obstinate (a.) Pertinaciously adhering to an opinion, purpose, or course; persistent; not yielding to reason, arguments, or other means; stubborn; pertinacious; -- usually implying unreasonableness.

Obstinate (a.) Not yielding; not easily subdued or removed; as, obstinate fever; obstinate obstructions.

Obstination (n.) Obstinacy; stubbornness.

Obstipation (n.) The act of stopping up, as a passage.

Obstipation (n.) Extreme constipation.

Obstreperous (a.) Attended by, or making, a loud and tumultuous noise; clamorous; noisy; vociferous.

Obstriction (n.) The state of being constrained, bound, or obliged; that which constrains or obliges; obligation; bond.

Obstringe (v. t.) To constrain; to put under obligation.

Obstructed (imp. & p. p.) of Obstruct

Obstructing (p. pr. & vb. n.) of Obstruct

Obstruct (v. t.) To block up; to stop up or close, as a way or passage; to place an obstacle in, or fill with obstacles or impediments that prevent or hinder passing; as, to obstruct a street; to obstruct the channels of the body.

Obstruct (v. t.) To be, or come, in the way of; to hinder from passing; to stop; to impede; to retard; as, the bar in the harbor obstructs the passage of ships; clouds obstruct the light of the sun; unwise rules obstruct legislation.

Obstructer (n.) One who obstructs or hinders.

Obstruction (n.) The act of obstructing, or state of being obstructed.

Obstruction (n.) That which obstructs or impedes; an obstacle; an impediment; a hindrance.

Obstruction (n.) The condition of having the natural powers obstructed in their usual course; the arrest of the vital functions; death.

Obstructionism (n.) The act or the policy of obstructing progress.

Obstructionist (n.) One who hinders progress; one who obstructs business, as in a legislative body.

Obstructionist (a.) Of or pertaining to obstructionists.

Obstructive (a.) Tending to obstruct; presenting obstacles; hindering; causing impediment.

Obstructive (n.) An obstructive person or thing.

Obstruent (a.) Causing obstruction; blocking up; hindering; as, an obstruent medicine.

Obstruent (n.) Anything that obstructs or closes a passage; esp., that which obstructs natural passages in the body; as, a medicine which acts as an obstruent.

Obstupefaction (n.) See Stupefaction.

Obstupefactive (a.) Stupefactive.

Obstupefy (v. t.) See Stupefy.

Obtained (imp. & p. p.) of Obtain

Obtaining (p. pr. & vb. n.) of Obtain

Obtain (v. t.) To hold; to keep; to possess.

Obtain (v. t.) To get hold of by effort; to gain possession of; to procure; to acquire, in any way.

Obtain (v. i.) To become held; to gain or have a firm footing; to be recognized or established; to subsist; to become prevalent or general; to prevail; as, the custom obtains of going to the seashore in summer.

Obtain (v. i.) To prevail; to succeed.

Obtainable (a.) Capable of being obtained.

Obtainer (n.) One who obtains.

Obtainment (n.) The act or process of obtaining; attainment.

Obtected (a.) Covered; protected.

Obtected (a.) Covered with a hard chitinous case, as the pupa of certain files.

Obtemper (v. t. & i.) To obey (a judgment or decree).

Obtemperate (v. t.) To obey.

Obtended (imp. & p. p.) of Obtend

Obtending (p. pr. & vb. n.) of Obtend

Obtend (v. t.) To oppose; to hold out in opposition.

Obtend (v. t.) To offer as the reason of anything; to pretend.

Obtenebration (n.) The act of darkening; the state of being darkened; darkness.

Obtension (n.) The act of obtending.

Obtested (imp. & p. p.) of Obtest

Obtesting (p. pr. & vb. n.) of Obtest

Obtest (v. t.) To call to witness; to invoke as a witness.

Obtest (v. t.) To beseech; to supplicate; to beg for.

Obtest (v. i.) To protest.

Obtestation (n.) The act of obtesting; supplication; protestation.

Obtrectation (n.) Slander; detraction; calumny.

Obtruded (imp. & p. p.) of Obtrude

Obtruding (p. pr. & vb. n.) of Obtrude

Obtrude (v. t.) To thrust impertinently; to present without warrant or solicitation; as, to obtrude one's self upon a company.

Obtrude (v. t.) To offer with unreasonable importunity; to urge unduly or against the will.

Obtrude (v. i.) To thrust one's self upon a company or upon attention; to intrude.

Obtruder (n.) One who obtrudes.

Obtruncate (v. t.) To deprive of a limb; to lop.

Obtruncation (n.) The act of lopping or cutting off.

Obtrusion (n.) The act of obtruding; a thrusting upon others by force or unsolicited; as, the obtrusion of crude opinions on the world.

Obtrusion (n.) That which is obtruded.

Obtrusionist (n.) One who practices or excuses obtrusion.

Obtrusive (a.) Disposed to obtrude; inclined to intrude or thrust one's self or one's opinions upon others, or to enter uninvited; forward; pushing; intrusive.

Obtunded (imp. & p. p.) of Obtund

Obtunding (p. pr. & vb. n.) of Obtund

Obtund (v. t.) To reduce the edge, pungency, or violent action of; to dull; to blunt; to deaden; to quell; as, to obtund the acrimony of the gall.

Obtundent (n.) A substance which sheathes a part, or blunts irritation, usually some bland, oily, or mucilaginous matter; -- nearly the same as demulcent.

Obtunder (n.) That which obtunds or blunts; especially, that which blunts sensibility.

Obturation (n.) The act of stopping up, or closing, an opening.

Obturator (n.) That which closes or stops an opening.

Obturator (n.) An apparatus designed to close an unnatural opening, as a fissure of the palate.

Obturator (a.) Serving as an obturator; closing an opening; pertaining to, or in the region of, the obturator foramen; as, the obturator nerve.

Obtusangular (a.) See Obstuseangular.

Obtuse (superl.) Not pointed or acute; blunt; -- applied esp. to angles greater than a right angle, or containing more than ninety degrees.

Obtuse (superl.) Not having acute sensibility or perceptions; dull; stupid; as, obtuse senses.

Obtuse (superl.) Dull; deadened; as, obtuse sound.

Obtuse-angled (a.) Alt. of obtuse-angular

obtuse-angular (a.) Having an obtuse angle; as, an obtuse-angled triangle.

Obtusely (adv.) In an obtuse manner.

Obtuseness (n.) State or quality of being obtuse.

Obtusion (n.) The act or process of making obtuse or blunt.

Obtusion (n.) The state of being dulled or blunted; as, the obtusion of the senses.

Obtusity (n.) Obtuseness.

Obumbrant (a.) Overhanging; as, obumbrant feathers.

Obumbrate (v. t.) To shade; to darken; to cloud.

Obumbration (n.) Act of darkening or obscuring.

Obuncous (a.) Hooked or crooked in an extreme degree.

Obvention (n.) The act of happening incidentally; that which happens casually; an incidental advantage; an occasional offering.

Obversant (a.) Conversant; familiar.

Obverse (a.) Having the base, or end next the attachment, narrower than the top, as a leaf.

Obverse (a.) The face of a coin which has the principal image or inscription upon it; -- the other side being the reverse.

Obverse (a.) Anything necessarily involved in, or answering to, another; the more apparent or conspicuous of two possible sides, or of two corresponding things.

Obversely (adv.) In an obverse manner.

Obversion (n.) The act of turning toward or downward.

Obversion (n.) The act of immediate inference, by which we deny the opposite of anything which has been affirmed; as, all men are mortal; then, by obversion, no men are immortal. This is also described as "immediate inference by privative conception."

Obverted (imp. & p. p.) of Obvert

Obverting (p. pr. & vb. n.) of Obvert

Obvert (v. t.) To turn toward.

Obviated (imp. & p. p.) of Obviate

Obviating (p. pr. & vb. n.) of Obviate

Obviate (v. t.) To meet in the way.

Obviate (v. t.) To anticipate; to prevent by interception; to remove from the way or path; to make unnecessary; as, to obviate the necessity of going.

Obviation (n.) The act of obviating, or the state of being obviated.

Obvious (a.) Opposing; fronting.

Obvious (a.) Exposed; subject; open; liable.

Obvious (a.) Easily discovered, seen, or understood; readily perceived by the eye or the intellect; plain; evident; apparent; as, an obvious meaning; an obvious remark.

Obvolute (a.) Alt. of Obvoluted

Obvoluted (a.) Overlapping; contorted; convolute; -- applied primarily, in botany, to two opposite leaves, each of which has one edge overlapping the nearest edge of the other, and secondarily to a circle of several leaves or petals which thus overlap.

Oby (n.) See Obi.

'Sblood (interj.) An abbreviation of God's blood; -- used as an oath.

Uberous (a.) Fruitful; copious; abundant; plentiful.

Uberty (n.) Fruitfulness; copiousness; abundance; plenty.

Ubication (n.) Alt. of Ubiety

Ubiety (n.) The quality or state of being in a place; local relation; position or location; whereness.

Ubiquarian (a.) Ubiquitous.

Ubiquitist (n.) Alt. of Ubiquitarian

Ubiquitarian (n.) One of a school of Lutheran divines which held that the body of Christ is present everywhere, and especially in the eucharist, in virtue of his omnipresence. Called also ubiquitist, and ubiquitary.

Ubiquitariness (n.) Quality or state of being ubiquitary, or ubiquitous.

Ubiquitary (a.) Ubiquitous.

Ubiquitaries (pl. ) of Ubiquitary

Ubiquitary (n.) One who exists everywhere.

Ubiquitary (n.) A ubiquist.

Ubiquitist (n.) Same as Ubiquist.

Ubiquitous (a.) Existing or being everywhere, or in all places, at the same time; omnipresent.

Ubiquity (n.) Existence everywhere, or in places, at the same time; omnipresence; as, the ubiquity of God is not disputed by those who admit his existence.

Ubiquity (n.) The doctrine, as formulated by Luther, that Christ's glorified body is omnipresent.

Ybe (p. p.) Been.

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Mark McCracken

Author: Mark McCracken is a corporate trainer and author living in Higashi Osaka, Japan. He is the author of thousands of online articles as well as the Business English textbook, "25 Business Skills in English".

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