Words whose third letter is H

Anhydrite(n.) A mineral of a white or a slightly bluish color, usually massive. It is anhydrous sulphate of lime, and differs from gypsum in not containing water (whence the name).

Aphaeresis(n.) Same as Apheresis.

Aphakia(n.) An anomalous state of refraction caused by the absence of the crystal

Aphakial(a.) Pertaining to aphakia; as, aphakial eyes.

Aphaniptera(n. pl.) A group of wingless insects, of which the flea in the type. See Flea.

Aphanipterous(a.) Of or pertaining to the Aphaniptera.

Aphanite(n.) A very compact, dark-colored /ock, consisting of hornblende, or pyroxene, and feldspar, but neither of them in perceptible grains.

Aphanitic(a.) Resembling aphanite; having a very fine-grained structure.

Aphasia(n.) Alt. of Aphasy

Aphasy(n.) Loss of the power of speech, or of the appropriate use of words, the vocal organs remaining intact, and the intelligence being preserved. It is dependent on injury or disease of the brain.

Aphasic(a.) Pertaining to, or affected by, aphasia; speechless.

Aphelia(pl. ) of Aphelion

Aphelion(n.) That point of a planet's or comet's orbit which is most distant from the sun, the opposite point being the perihelion.

Apheliotropic(a.) Turning away from the sun; -- said of leaves, etc.

Apheliotropism(n.) The habit of bending from the sunlight; -- said of certain plants.

Aphemia(n.) Loss of the power of speaking, while retaining the power of writing; -- a disorder of cerebral origin.

Apheresis(n.) The dropping of a letter or syllable from the beginning of a word; e. g., cute for acute.

Apheresis(n.) An operation by which any part is separated from the rest.

Aphesis(n.) The loss of a short unaccented vowel at the beginning of a word; -- the result of a phonetic process; as, squire for esquire.

Aphetic(a.) Shortened by dropping a letter or a syllable from the beginning of a word; as, an aphetic word or form.

Aphetism(n.) An aphetized form of a word.

Aphetize(v. t.) To shorten by aphesis.

Aphid(n.) One of the genus Aphis; an aphidian.

Aphides(n. pl.) See Aphis.

Aphidian(a.) Of or pertaining to the family Aphidae.

Aphidian(n.) One of the aphides; an aphid.

Aphidivorous() Devouring aphides; aphidophagous.

Aphidophagous(a.) Feeding upon aphides, or plant lice, as do beetles of the family Coccinellidae.

Aphilanthropy(n.) Want of love to mankind; -- the opposite of philanthropy.

Aphides(pl. ) of Aphis

Aphis(n.) A genus of insects belonging to the order Hemiptera and family Aphidae, including numerous species known as plant lice and green flies.

Aphis lion() The larva of the lacewinged flies (Chrysopa), which feeds voraciously upon aphids. The name is also applied to the larvae of the ladybugs (Coccinella).

Aphlogistic(a.) Flameless; as, an aphlogistic lamp, in which a coil of wire is kept in a state of continued ignition by alcohol, without flame.

Aphonia(n.) Alt. of Aphony

Aphony(n.) Loss of voice or vocal utterance.

Aphonic(a.) Alt. of Aphonous

Aphonous(a.) Without voice; voiceless; nonvocal.

Aphorism(n.) A comprehensive maxim or principle expressed in a few words; a sharply defined sentence relating to abstract truth rather than to practical matters.

Aphorismatic(a.) Alt. of Aphorismic

Aphorismic(a.) Pertaining to aphorisms, or having the form of an aphorism.

Aphorismer(n.) A dealer in aphorisms.

Aphorist(n.) A writer or utterer of aphorisms.

Aphoristic(a.) Alt. of Aphoristical

Aphoristical(a.) In the form of, or of the nature of, an aphorism; in the form of short, unconnected sentences; as, an aphoristic style.

Aphoristically(adv.) In the form or manner of aphorisms; pithily.

Aphorize(v. i.) To make aphorisms.

Aphrite(n.) See under Calcite.

Aphrodisiac(a.) Alt. of Aphrodisiacal

Aphrodisiacal(a.) Exciting venereal desire; provocative to venery.

Aphrodisiac(n.) That which (as a drug, or some kinds of food) excites to venery.

Aphrodisian(a.) Pertaining to Aphrodite or Venus. "Aphrodisian dames" [that is, courtesans].

Aphrodite(n.) The Greek goddess of love, corresponding to the Venus of the Romans.

Aphrodite(n.) A large marine annelid, covered with long, lustrous, golden, hairlike setae; the sea mouse.

Aphrodite(n.) A beautiful butterfly (Argunnis Aphrodite) of the United States.

Aphroditic(a.) Venereal.

Aphtha(n.) One of the whitish specks called aphthae.

Aphtha(n.) The disease, also called thrush.

Aphthae(n. pl.) Roundish pearl-colored specks or flakes in the mouth, on the lips, etc., terminating in white sloughs. They are commonly characteristic of thrush.

Aphthoid(a.) Of the nature of aphthae; resembling thrush.

Aphthong(n.) A letter, or a combination of letters, employed in spelling a word, but in the pronunciation having no sound.

Aphthous(a.) Pertaining to, or caused by, aphthae; characterized by aphtae; as, aphthous ulcers; aphthous fever.

Aphyllous(a.) Destitute of leaves, as the broom rape, certain euphorbiaceous plants, etc.

Athlete(n.) Any one trained to contend in exercises requiring great physical agility and strength; one who has great activity and strength; a champion.

Coherency(n.) Connection or dependence, proceeding from the subordination of the parts of a thing to one principle or purpose, as in the parts of a discourse, or of a system of philosophy; consecutiveness.

Cohosh(n.) A perennial American herb (Caulophyllum thalictroides), whose rootstock is used in medicine; -- also called pappoose root. The name is sometimes also given to the Cimicifuga racemosa, and to two species of Actaea, plants of the Crowfoot family.

Echinoidea(n. pl.) The class Echinodermata which includes the sea urchins. They have a calcareous, usually more or less spheroidal or disk-shaped, composed of many united plates, and covered with movable spines. See Spatangoid, Clypeastroid.

Echiuroidea(n. pl.) A division of Annelida which includes the genus Echiurus and allies. They are often classed among the Gephyrea, and called the armed Gephyreans.

Echo(n.) A wood or mountain nymph, regarded as repeating, and causing the reverberation of them.

Echo(n.) A nymph, the daughter of Air and Earth, who, for love of Narcissus, pined away until nothing was left of her but her voice.

Ephah(n.) Alt. of Epha

Epha(n.) A Hebrew dry measure, supposed to be equal to two pecks and five quarts. ten ephahs make one homer.

Ephemera(n.) A fever of one day's continuance only.

Ephemera(n.) A genus of insects including the day flies, or ephemeral flies. See Ephemeral fly, under Ephemeral.

Ephemeral(a.) Beginning and ending in a day; existing only, or no longer than, a day; diurnal; as, an ephemeral flower.

Ephemeral(a.) Short-lived; existing or continuing for a short time only.

Ephemeral(n.) Anything lasting but a day, or a brief time; an ephemeral plant, insect, etc.

Ephemeran(n.) One of the ephemeral flies.

Ephemeric(a.) Ephemeral.

Ephemerides(pl. ) of Ephemeris

Ephemeris(n.) A diary; a journal.

Ephemeris(n.) A publication giving the computed places of the heavenly bodies for each day of the year, with other numerical data, for the use of the astronomer and navigator; an astronomical almanac; as, the "American Ephemeris and Nautical Almanac."

Ephemeris(n.) Any tabular statement of the assigned places of a heavenly body, as a planet or comet, on several successive days.

Ephemeris(n.) A collective name for reviews, magazines, and all kinds of periodical literature.

Ephemerist(n.) One who studies the daily motions and positions of the planets.

Ephemerist(n.) One who keeps an ephemeris; a journalist.

Ephemera(pl. ) of Ephemeron

Ephemeron(n.) One of the ephemeral flies.

Ephemerous(a.) Ephemeral.

Ephesian(a.) Of or pertaining to Ephesus, an ancient city of Ionia, in Asia Minor.

Ephesian(n.) A native of Ephesus.

Ephesian(n.) A jolly companion; a roisterer.

Ephialtes(n.) The nightmare.

Ephippial(a.) Saddle-shaped; occupying an ephippium.

Ephippium(n.) A depression in the sphenoid bone; the pituitary fossa.

Ephippium(n.) A saddle-shaped cavity to contain the winter eggs, situated on the back of Cladocera.

Ephod(n.) A part of the sacerdotal habit among Jews, being a covering for the back and breast, held together on the shoulders by two clasps or brooches of onyx stones set in gold, and fastened by a girdle of the same stuff as the ephod.

Ephors(pl. ) of Ephor

Ephori(pl. ) of Ephor

Ephor(n.) A magistrate; one of a body of five magistrates chosen by the people of ancient Sparta. They exercised control even over the king.

Ephoral(a.) Pertaining to an ephor.

Ephoralty(n.) The office of an ephor, or the body of ephors.

Ephraim(n.) A hunter's name for the grizzly bear.

Ephyra(n.) A stage in the development of discophorous medusae, when they first begin to swim about after being detached from the strobila. See Strobila.

Ether(n.) A light, volatile, mobile, inflammable liquid, (C2H5)2O, of a characteristic aromatic odor, obtained by the distillation of alcohol with sulphuric acid, and hence called also sulphuric ether. It is powerful solvent of fats, resins, and pyroxylin, but finds its chief use as an anaesthetic. Called also ethyl oxide.

Ethereal(a.) Pertaining to the hypothetical upper, purer air, or to the higher regions beyond the earth or beyond the atmosphere; celestial; as, ethereal space; ethereal regions.

Etherification(n.) The act or process of making ether; specifically, the process by which a large quantity of alcohol is transformed into ether by the agency of a small amount of sulphuric, or ethyl sulphuric, acid.

Ethical(a.) Of, or belonging to, morals; treating of the moral feelings or duties; containing percepts of morality; moral; as, ethic discourses or epistles; an ethical system; ethical philosophy.

Ethnographer(n.) One who investigates ethnography.

Ethnographic(a.) Alt. of Ethnographical

Ethnographical(a.) pertaining to ethnography.

Ethnographically(adv.) In an ethnographical manner.

Ethnography(n.) That branch of knowledge which has for its subject the characteristics of the human family, developing the details with which ethnology as a comparative science deals; descriptive ethnology. See Ethnology.

Ethylene(n.) A colorless, gaseous hydrocarbon, C2H4, forming an important ingredient of illuminating gas, and also obtained by the action of concentrated sulphuric acid in alcohol. It is an unsaturated compound and combines directly with chlorine and bromine to form oily liquids (Dutch liquid), -- hence called olefiant gas. Called also ethene, elayl, and formerly, bicarbureted hydrogen.

Ethylsulphuric(a.) Pertaining to, or containing, ethyl and sulphuric acid.

Exhalation(n.) A bright phenomenon; a meteor.

Exhaust(v. t.) To drain, metaphorically; to use or expend wholly, or till the supply comes to an end; to deprive wholly of strength; to use up; to weary or tire out; to wear out; as, to exhaust one's strength, patience, or resources.

Fahlband(n.) A stratum in crystal

Gehenna(n.) The valley of Hinnom, near Jerusalem, where some of the Israelites sacrificed their children to Moloch, which, on this account, was afterward regarded as a place of abomination, and made a receptacle for all the refuse of the city, perpetual fires being kept up in order to prevent pestilential effluvia. In the New Testament the name is transferred, by an easy metaphor, to Hell.

Ichnographic(a.) Alt. of Ichnographical

Ichnographical(a.) Of or pertaining to ichonography; describing a ground plot.

Ichnography(n.) A horizontal section of a building or other object, showing its true dimensions according to a geometric scale; a ground plan; a map; also, the art of making such plans.

Ichthyography(n.) A treatise on fishes.

Ichthyoidal(a.) Somewhat like a fish; having some of the characteristics of fishes; -- said of some amphibians.

Ichthyomorpha(n. pl.) The Urodela.

Ichthyomorphic(a.) Alt. of Ichthyomorphous

Ichthyomorphous(a.) Fish-shaped; as, the ichthyomorphic idols of ancient Assyria.

Ichthyophagist(n.) One who eats, or subsists on, fish.

Ichthyophagous(a.) Eating, or subsisting on, fish.

Ichthyophthalmite(n.) See Apophyllite.

Ichthyophthira(n. pl.) A division of copepod crustaceans, including numerous species parasitic on fishes.

Ichthyopsida(n. pl.) A grand division of the Vertebrata, including the Amphibia and Fishes.

Inherit(v. t.) To receive or take by birth; to have by nature; to derive or acquire from ancestors, as mental or physical qualities; as, he inherits a strong constitution, a tendency to disease, etc.

Inheritance(n.) The act or state of inheriting; as, the inheritance of an estate; the inheritance of mental or physical qualities.

Ithyphallic(a.) Lustful; lewd; salacious; indecent; obscene.

Mahout(n.) The keeper and driver of an elephant.

Aphotic(a.) Without light.

Aphotic region() A depth of water so great that only those organisms can exist that do not assimilate.

Aphrasia(n.) = Dumbness.

Aphrasia(n.) A disorder of speech in which words can be uttered but not intelligibly joined together.

Bahai(n.) A member of the sect of the Babis consisting of the adherents of Baha (Mirza Husain Ali, entitled "Baha 'u 'llah," or, "the Splendor of God"), the elder half brother of Mirza Yahya of Nur, who succeeded the Bab as the head of the Babists. Baha in 1863 declared himself the supreme prophet of the sect, and became its recognized head. There are upwards of 20,000 Bahais in the United States.

school() A French school of the middle of the 19th century centering in the village of Barbizon near the forest of Fontainebleau. Its members went straight to nature in disregard of academic tradition, treating their subjects faithfully and with poetic feeling for color, light, and atmosphere. It is exemplified, esp. in landscapes, by Corot, Rousseau, Daubigny, Jules Dupre, and Diaz. Associated with them are certain painters of animals, as Troyon and Jaque

Coherer(n.) Any device in which an imperfectly conducting contact between pieces of metal or other conductors loosely resting against each other is materially improved in conductivity by the influence of Hertzian waves; -- so called by Sir O. J. Lodge in 1894 on the assumption that the impact of the electic waves caused the loosely connected parts to cohere, or weld together, a condition easily destroyed by tapping.

Mahratta(n.) A Sanskritic language of western India, prob. descended from the Maharastri Prakrit, spoken by the Marathas and neighboring peoples. It has an abundant literature dating from the 13th century. It has a book alphabet nearly the same as Devanagari and a cursive script translation between the Devanagari and the Gujarati.

Ophism(n.) Doctrines and rites of the Ophites.

Ophism(n.) Serpent worship or the use of serpents as magical agencies.

Vehicle(n.) A liquid used to spread sensitive salts upon glass and paper for use in photography.

Jehovist() The author of the passages of the Old Testament, esp. those of the Hexateuch, in which God is styled Yahweh, or Jehovah; the author of the Yahwistic, or Jehovistic, Prophetic Document (J); also, the document itself.

Ophelic(a.) Of, pertaining to, or designating, a substance (called ophelic acid) extracted from a plant (Ophelia) of the Gentian family as a bitter yellowish sirup, used in India as a febrifuge and tonic.

Ophicleide(n.) A large brass wind instrument, formerly used in the orchestra and in military bands, having a loud tone, deep pitch, and a compass of three octaves; -- now generally supplanted by bass and contrabass tubas.

Ophidia(n. pl.) The order of reptiles which includes the serpents.

Ophidian(n.) One of the Ophidia; a snake or serpent.

Ophidian(a.) Of or pertaining to the Ophidia; belonging to serpents.

Ophidioid(a.) Of or pertaining to the Ophidiidae, a family of fishes which includes many slender species.

Ophidioid(n.) One of the Ophidiidae.

Ophidia(pl. ) of Ophidion

Ophidion(n.) The typical genus of ophidioid fishes. [Written also Ophidium.] See Illust. under Ophidioid.

Ophidious(a.) Ophidian.

Ophiolatry(n.) The worship of serpents.

Ophiologic(a.) Alt. of Ophiological

Ophiological(a.) Of or pertaining to ophiology.

Ophiologist(n.) One versed in the natural history of serpents.

Ophiology(n.) That part of natural history which treats of the ophidians, or serpents.

Ophiomancy(n.) Divination by serpents, as by their manner of eating, or by their coils.

Ophiomorpha(n. pl.) An order of tailless amphibians having a slender, wormlike body with regular annulations, and usually with minute scales imbedded in the skin. The limbs are rudimentary or wanting. It includes the caecilians. Called also Gymnophiona and Ophidobatrachia.

Ophiomorphite(n.) An ammonite.

Ophiomorphous(a.) Having the form of a serpent.

Ophiophagous(a.) Feeding on serpents; -- said of certain birds and reptiles.

Ophiophagus(n.) A genus of venomous East Indian snakes, which feed on other snakes. Ophiophagus elaps is said to be the largest and most deadly of poisonous snakes.

Ophite(a.) Of or pertaining to a serpent.

Ophite(n.) A greenish spotted porphyry, being a diabase whose pyroxene has been altered to uralite; -- first found in the Pyreness. So called from the colored spots which give it a mottled appearance.

Ophite(a.) A mamber of a Gnostic serpent-worshiping sect of the second century.

Ophiuchus(n.) A constellation in the Northern Hemisphere

Ophiura(n.) A genus of ophiurioid starfishes.

Ophiuran(a.) Of or pertaining to the Ophiurioidea.

Ophiuran(n.) One of the Ophiurioidea.

Ophiurid(n.) Same as Ophiurioid.

Ophiurida(n. pl.) Same as Ophiurioidea.

Ophiurioid(a.) Of or pertaining to the Ophiurioidea.

Ophiurioid(n.) One of the Ophiurioidea.

Ophiurioidea(n. pl.) Alt. of Ophiuroidea

Ophiuroidea(n. pl.) A class of star-shaped echinoderms having a disklike body, with slender, articulated arms, which are not grooved beneath and are often very fragile; -- called also Ophiuroida and Ophiuridea. See Illust. under Brittle star.

Ophryon(n.) The supraorbital point.

Ophthalmia(n.) An inflammation of the membranes or coats of the eye or of the eyeball.

Ophthalmic(a.) Of, pertaining to, or in the region of, the eye; ocular; as the ophthalmic, or orbitonasal, nerve, a division of the trigeminal, which gives branches to the lachrymal gland, eyelids, nose, and forehead.

Ophthalmite(n.) An eyestalk; the organ which bears the compound eyes of decapod Crustacea.

Ophthalmological(a.) Of or pertaining to ophthalmology.

Ophthalmologist(n.) One skilled in ophthalmology; an oculist.

Ophthalmology(n.) The science which treats of the structure, functions, and diseases of the eye.

Ophthalmometer(n.) An instrument devised by Helmholtz for measuring the size of a reflected image on the convex surface of the cornea and lens of the eye, by which their curvature can be ascertained.

Ophthalmoscope(n.) An instrument for viewing the interior of the eye, particularly the retina. Light is thrown into the eye by a mirror (usually concave) and the interior is then examined with or without the aid of a lens.

Ophthalmoscopy(n.) A branch of physiognomy which deduces the knowledge of a person's temper and character from the appearance of the eyes.

Ophthalmoscopy(n.) Examination of the eye with the ophthalmoscope.

Ophthalmy(n.) Same as Ophthalmia.

Scherzo(n.) A playful, humorous movement, commonly in 3-4 measure, which often takes the place of the old minuet and trio in a sonata or a symphony.

Schizomycetes(n. pl.) An order of Schizophyta, including the so-called fission fungi, or bacteria. See Schizophyta, in the Supplement.

Schizophyte(n.) One of a class of vegetable organisms, in the classification of Cohn, which includes all of the inferior forms that multiply by fission, whether they contain chlorophyll or not.

Scholastic(a.) Of or pertaining to the schoolmen and divines of the Middle Ages (see Schoolman); as, scholastic divinity or theology; scholastic philosophy.

Scholasticism(n.) The method or subtilties of the schools of philosophy; scholastic formality; scholastic doctrines or philosophy.

School(n.) A place for learned intercourse and instruction; an institution for learning; an educational establishment; a place for acquiring knowledge and mental training; as, the school of the prophets.

School(n.) One of the seminaries for teaching logic, metaphysics, and theology, which were formed in the Middle Ages, and which were characterized by academical disputations and subtilties of reasoning.

School(n.) The disciples or followers of a teacher; those who hold a common doctrine, or accept the same teachings; a sect or denomination in philosophy, theology, science, medicine, politics, etc.

Schreibersite(n.) A mineral occurring in steel-gray flexible folia. It contains iron, nickel, and phosphorus, and is found only in meteoric iron.

Sphacel(n.) Gangrene.

Sphacelated(imp. & p. p.) of Spacelate

Sphacelating(p. pr. & vb. n.) of Spacelate

Sphacelate(v. t.) To affect with gangrene.

Sphacelate(a.) Alt. of Sphacelated

Sphacelated(a.) Affected with gangrene; mortified.

Sphacelation(n.) The process of becoming or making gangrenous; mortification.

Sphacelus(n.) Gangrenous part; gangrene; slough.

Sphaerenchyma(n.) Vegetable tissue composed of thin-walled rounded cells, -- a modification of parenchyma.

Sphaeridia(pl. ) of Sphaeridium

Sphaeridium(n.) A peculiar sense organ found upon the exterior of most kinds of sea urchins, and consisting of an oval or sherical head surmounting a short pedicel. It is generally supposed to be an olfactory organ.

Sphaerospore(n.) One of the nonsexual spores found in red algae; a tetraspore.

Sphaerulite(n.) Same as Spherulite.

Sphagnicolous(a.) Growing in moss of the genus Sphagnum.

Sphagnous(a.) Pertaining to moss of the genus Sphagnum, or bog moss; abounding in peat or bog moss.

Sphagnum(n.) A genus of mosses having white leaves slightly tinged with red or green and found growing in marshy places; bog moss; peat moss.

Sphalerite(n.) Zinc sulphide; -- called also blende, black-jack, false galena, etc. See Blende (a).

Sphene(n.) A mineral found usually in thin, wedge-shaped crystals of a yellow or green to black color. It is a silicate of titanium and calcium; titanite.

Sphenethmoid(a.) Of or pertaining to both the sphenoidal and the ethmoidal regions of the skull, or the sphenethmoid bone; sphenethmoidal.

Sphenethmoid(n.) The sphenethmoid bone.

Sphenethmoidal(a.) Relating to the sphenoethmoid bone; sphenoethmoid.

Spheniscan(n.) Any species of penguin.

Spheno-() A combining form used in anatomy to indicate connection with, or relation to, the sphenoid bone; as in sphenomaxillary, sphenopalatine.

Sphenodon(n.) Same as Hatteria.

Sphenoethmoidal(a.) Sphenethmoid.

Sphenogram(n.) A cuneiform, or arrow-headed, character.

Sphenographer(n.) One skilled in sphenography; a sphenographist.

Sphenographic(a.) Of or pertaining to sphenography.

Sphenographist(n.) A sphenographer.

Sphenography(n.) The art of writing in cuneiform characters, or of deciphering inscriptions made in such characters.

Sphenoid(a.) Wedge-shaped; as, a sphenoid crystal.

Sphenoid(a.) Of or pertaining to the sphenoid bone.

Sphenoid(n.) A wedge-shaped crystal bounded by four equal isosceles triangles. It is the hemihedral form of a square pyramid.

Sphenoid(n.) The sphenoid bone.

Sphenoidal(a.) Sphenoid.

Sphenoidal(a.) Pertaining to, or resembling, a sphenoid.

Sphenotic(a.) Of, pertaining to, or designating, the sphenotic bone.

Sphenotic(n.) The sphenotic bone.

Spheral(a.) Of or pertaining to a sphere or the spheres.

Spheral(a.) Rounded like a sphere; sphere-shaped; hence, symmetrical; complete; perfect.

Sphere(n.) A body or space contained under a single surface, which in every part is equally distant from a point within called its center.

Sphere(n.) Hence, any globe or globular body, especially a celestial one, as the sun, a planet, or the earth.

Sphere(n.) The apparent surface of the heavens, which is assumed to be spherical and everywhere equally distant, in which the heavenly bodies appear to have their places, and on which the various astronomical circles, as of right ascension and declination, the equator, ecliptic, etc., are conceived to be drawn; an ideal geometrical sphere, with the astronomical and geographical circles in their proper positions on it.

Sphere(n.) In ancient astronomy, one of the concentric and eccentric revolving spherical transparent shells in which the stars, sun, planets, and moon were supposed to be set, and by which they were carried, in such a manner as to produce their apparent motions.

Sphere(n.) The extension of a general conception, or the totality of the individuals or species to which it may be applied.

Sphere(n.) Circuit or range of action, knowledge, or influence; compass; province; employment; place of existence.

Sphere(n.) Rank; order of society; social positions.

Sphere(n.) An orbit, as of a star; a socket.

Sphered(imp. & p. p.) of Sphere

Sphering(p. pr. & vb. n.) of Sphere

Sphere(v. t.) To place in a sphere, or among the spheres; to insphere.

Sphere(v. t.) To form into roundness; to make spherical, or spheral; to perfect.

Spherical(a.) Alt. of Spheric

Spheric(a.) Having the form of a sphere; like a sphere; globular; orbicular; as, a spherical body.

Spheric(a.) Of or pertaining to a sphere.

Spheric(a.) Of or pertaining to the heavenly orbs, or to the sphere or spheres in which, according to ancient astronomy and astrology, they were set.

Sphericity(n.) The quality or state of being spherial; roundness; as, the sphericity of the planets, or of a drop of water.

Sphericle(n.) A small sphere.

Spherics(n.) The doctrine of the sphere; the science of the properties and relations of the circles, figures, and other magnitudes of a sphere, produced by planes intersecting it; spherical geometry and trigonometry.

Spherobacteria(n. pl.) See the Note under Microbacteria.

Spheroconic(n.) A nonplane curve formed by the intersection of the surface of an oblique cone with the surface of a sphere whose center is at the vertex of the cone.

Spherograph(n.) An instrument for facilitating the practical use of spherics in navigation and astronomy, being constructed of two cardboards containing various circles, and turning upon each other in such a manner that any possible spherical triangle may be readily found, and the measures of the parts read off by inspection.

Spheroid(n.) A body or figure approaching to a sphere, but not perfectly spherical; esp., a solid generated by the revolution of an ellipse about one of its axes.

Spheroidal(a.) Having the form of a spheroid.

Spheroidic(a.) Alt. of Spheroidical

Spheroidical(a.) See Spheroidal.

Spheroidicity(n.) Alt. of Spheroidity

Spheroidity(n.) The quality or state of being spheroidal.

Spheromere(n.) Any one of the several symmetrical segments arranged around the central axis and composing the body of a radiate anmal.

Spherometer(n.) An instrument for measuring the curvature of spherical surface, as of lenses for telescope, etc.

Spherosiderite(n.) Siderite occuring in spheroidal masses.

Spherosome(n.) The body wall of any radiate animal.

Spherulate(a.) Covered or set with spherules; having one or more rows of spherules, or minute tubercles.

Spherule(n.) A little sphere or spherical body; as, quicksilver, when poured upon a plane, divides itself into a great number of minute spherules.

Spherulite(n.) A minute spherical crystal

Spherulitic(a.) Of or pertaining to a spherulite; characterized by the presence of spherulites.

Sphery(a.) Round; spherical; starlike.

Sphery(a.) Of or pertaining to the spheres.

Sphex(n.) Any one of numerous species of sand wasps of the genus Sphex and allied genera. These wasps have the abdomen attached to the thorax by a slender pedicel. See Illust. of Sand wasp, under Sand.

Sphigmometer(n.) See Sphygmometer.

Sphincter(n.) A muscle which surrounds, and by its contraction tends to close, a natural opening; as, the sphincter of the bladder.

Sphincter(a.) Of, pertaining to, or designating, a sphincter; as, a sphincter muscle.

Sphingid(n.) A sphinx.

Sphingid(a.) Of or pertaining to a sphinx, or the family Sphingidae.

Sphinx(n.) In Egyptian art, an image of granite or porphyry, having a human head, or the head of a ram or of a hawk, upon the wingless body of a lion.

Sphinx(n.) On Greek art and mythology, a she-monster, usually represented as having the winged body of a lion, and the face and breast of a young woman.

Sphinx(n.) Hence: A person of enigmatical character and purposes, especially in politics and diplomacy.

Sphinx(n.) Any one of numerous species of large moths of the family Sphingidae; -- called also hawk moth.

Sphinx(n.) The Guinea, or sphinx, baboon (Cynocephalus sphinx).

Sphragide(n.) Lemnian earth.

Sphragistics(n.) The science of seals, their history, age, distinctions, etc., esp. as verifying the age and genuiness of documents.

Sphrigosis(n.) A condition of vegetation in which there is too abundant growth of the stem and leaves, accompanied by deficiency of flowers and fruit.

Sphygmic(a.) Of or pertaining to the pulse.

Sphygmogram(n.) A tracing, called a pulse tracing, consisting of a series of curves corresponding with the beats of the heart, obtained by the application of the sphygmograph.

Sphygmograph(n.) An instrument which, when applied over an artery, indicates graphically the movements or character of the pulse. See Sphygmogram.

Sphygmographic(a.) Relating to, or produced by, a sphygmograph; as, a sphygmographic tracing.

Sphygmometer(n.) An instrument for measuring the strength of the pulse beat; a sphygmograph.

Sphygmophone(n.) An electrical instrument for determining by the ear the rhythm of the pulse of a person at a distance.

Sphygmoscope(n.) Same as Sphygmograph.

Sphyraenoid(a.) Of or pertaining to the Sphyraenidae, a family of marine fishes including the barracudas.

Taha(n.) The African rufous-necked weaver bird (Hyphantornis texor).

Uphaf() imp. of Upheave.

Uphand(a.) Lifted by the hand, or by both hands; as, the uphand sledge.

Uphang(v. t.) To hang up.

Uphasp(v. t.) To hasp or faster up; to close; as, sleep uphasps the eyes.

Upheaped(a.) Piled up; accumulated.

Upheaval(n.) The act of upheaving, or the state of being upheaved; esp., an elevation of a portion of the earth's crust.

Upheave(v. t.) To heave or lift up from beneath; to raise.

Upheld() imp. & p. p. of Uphold.

Upher(n.) A fir pole of from four to seven inches diameter, and twenty to forty feet long, sometimes roughly hewn, used for scaffoldings, and sometimes for slight and common roofs, for which use it is split.

Uphill(adv.) Upwards on, or as on, a hillside; as, to walk uphill.

Uphill(a.) Ascending; going up; as, an uphill road.

Uphill(a.) Attended with labor; difficult; as, uphill work.

Uphilt(v. t.) To thrust in up to the hilt; as, to uphilt one's sword into an enemy.

Uphoard(v. t.) To hoard up.

Uphold(v. t.) To hold up; to lift on high; to elevate.

Uphold(v. t.) To keep erect; to support; to sustain; to keep from falling; to maintain.

Uphold(v. t.) To aid by approval or encouragement; to countenance; as, to uphold a person in wrongdoing.

Upholder(n.) A broker or auctioneer; a tradesman.

Upholder(n.) An undertaker, or provider for funerals.

Upholder(n.) An upholsterer.

Upholder(n.) One who, or that which, upholds; a supporter; a defender; a sustainer.

Upholster(v. t.) To furnish (rooms, carriages, bedsteads, chairs, etc.) with hangings, coverings, cushions, etc.; to adorn with furnishings in cloth, velvet, silk, etc.; as, to upholster a couch; to upholster a room with curtains.

Upholster(n.) A broker.

Upholster(n.) An upholsterer.

Upholsterer(n.) One who provides hangings, coverings, cushions, curtains, and the like; one who upholsters.

Upholstery(n.) The articles or goods supplied by upholsterers; the business or work of an upholsterer.

Uphroe(n.) Same as Euphroe.

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