Words whose third letter is M

Almucantar(n.) A small circle of the sphere parallel to the horizon; a circle or parallel of altitude. Two stars which have the same almucantar have the same altitude. See Almacantar.

Ammonite(n.) A fossil cephalopod shell related to the nautilus. There are many genera and species, and all are extinct, the typical forms having existed only in the Mesozoic age, when they were exceedingly numerous. They differ from the nautili in having the margins of the septa very much lobed or plaited, and the siphuncle dorsal. Also called serpent stone, snake stone, and cornu Ammonis.

Ammonitoidea(n. pl.) An extensive group of fossil cephalopods often very abundant in Mesozoic rocks. See Ammonite.

Atmo(n.) The standard atmospheric pressure used in certain physical measurements calculations; conventionally, that pressure under which the barometer stands at 760 millimeters, at a temperature of 0? Centigrade, at the level of the sea, and in the latitude of Paris.

Atmology(n.) That branch of science which treats of the laws and phenomena of aqueous vapor.

Atmosphere(n.) The whole mass of aeriform fluid surrounding the earth; -- applied also to the gaseous envelope of any celestial orb, or other body; as, the atmosphere of Mars.

Atmosphere(n.) Any gaseous envelope or medium.

Atmosphere(n.) A supposed medium around various bodies; as, electrical atmosphere, a medium formerly supposed to surround electrical bodies.

Atmosphere(n.) The pressure or weight of the air at the sea level, on a unit of surface, or about 14.7 Ibs. to the sq. inch.

Atmosphere(n.) Any surrounding or pervading influence or condition.

Atmosphere(n.) The portion of air in any locality, or affected by a special physical or sanitary condition; as, the atmosphere of the room; a moist or noxious atmosphere.

Atmospheric(a.) Alt. of Atmospherical

Atmospherical(a.) Of or pertaining to the atmosphere; of the nature of, or resembling, the atmosphere; as, atmospheric air; the atmospheric envelope of the earth.

Atmospherical(a.) Existing in the atmosphere.

Atmospherical(a.) Caused, or operated on, by the atmosphere; as, an atmospheric effect; an atmospheric engine.

Atmospherical(a.) Dependent on the atmosphere.

Atmospherically(adv.) In relation to the atmosphere.

Atmospherology(n.) The science or a treatise on the atmosphere.

Bomb(n.) A shell; esp. a spherical shell, like those fired from mortars. See Shell.

Bombardon(n.) Originally, a deep-toned instrument of the oboe or bassoon family; thence, a bass reed stop on the organ. The name bombardon is now given to a brass instrument, the lowest of the saxhorns, in tone resembling the ophicleide.

Bombolo(n.) A thin spheroidal glass retort or flask, used in the sublimation of camphor.

Bumbelo(n.) A glass used in subliming camphor.

Bummalo(n.) A small marine Asiatic fish (Saurus ophidon) used in India as a relish; -- called also Bombay duck.

Cam(n.) A turning or sliding piece which, by the shape of its periphery or face, or a groove in its surface, imparts variable or intermittent motion to, or receives such motion from, a rod, lever, or block brought into sliding or rolling contact with it.

Camera(n.) A chamber, or instrument having a chamber. Specifically: The camera obscura when used in photography. See Camera, and Camera obscura.

Camphene(n.) One of a series of substances C10H16, resembling camphor, regarded as modified terpenes.

Camphine(n.) Rectified oil of turpentine, used for burning in lamps, and as a common solvent in varnishes.

Camphire(n.) An old spelling of Camphor.

Camphogen(n.) See Cymene.

Camphol(n.) See Borneol.

Camphor(n.) A tough, white, aromatic resin, or gum, obtained from different species of the Laurus family, esp. from Cinnamomum camphara (the Laurus camphara of Linnaeus.). Camphor, C10H16O, is volatile and fragrant, and is used in medicine as a diaphoretic, a stimulant, or sedative.

Camphor(n.) A gum resembling ordinary camphor, obtained from a tree (Dryobalanops camphora) growing in Sumatra and Borneo; -- called also Malay camphor, camphor of Borneo, or borneol. See Borneol.

Camphor(v. t.) To impregnate or wash with camphor; to camphorate.

Camphoraceous(a.) Of the nature of camphor; containing camphor.

Camphorate(v. t.) To impregnate or treat with camphor.

Camphorate(n.) A salt of camphoric acid.

Camphorate() Alt. of Camporated

Camporated() Combined or impregnated with camphor.

Camphoric(a.) Of, pertaining to, or derived from, camphor.

Camphretic(a.) Pertaining to, or derived from camphor.

Cementation(n.) A process which consists in surrounding a solid body with the powder of other substances, and heating the whole to a degree not sufficient to cause fusion, the physical properties of the body being changed by chemical combination with powder; thus iron becomes steel by cementation with charcoal, and green glass becomes porcelain by cementation with sand.

Comet(n.) A member of the solar system which usually moves in an elongated orbit, approaching very near to the sun in its perihelion, and receding to a very great distance from it at its aphelion. A comet commonly consists of three parts: the nucleus, the envelope, or coma, and the tail; but one or more of these parts is frequently wanting. See Illustration in Appendix.

Cometographer(n.) One who describes or writes about comets.

Cometography(n.) A description of, or a treatise concerning, comets.

Comfrey(n.) A rough, hairy, perennial plant of several species, of the genus Symphytum.

Command(v. t.) To have within a sphere of control, influence, access, or vision; to dominate by position; to guard; to overlook.

Compass(n.) Extent; reach; sweep; capacity; sphere; as, the compass of his eye; the compass of imagination.

Compel(v. t.) To drive or urge with force, or irresistibly; to force; to constrain; to oblige; to necessitate, either by physical or moral force.

Compose(v. t.) To construct by mental labor; to design and execute, or put together, in a manner involving the adaptation of forms of expression to ideas, or to the laws of harmony or proportion; as, to compose a sentence, a sermon, a symphony, or a picture.

Compulsion(n.) The act of compelling, or the state of being compelled; the act of driving or urging by force or by physical or moral constraint; subjection to force.

Comtism(n.) Positivism; the positive philosophy. See Positivism.

Cymene(n.) A colorless, liquid, combustible hydrocarbon, CH3.C6H4.C3H7, of pleasant odor, obtained from oil of cumin, oil of caraway, carvacrol, camphor, etc.; -- called also paracymene, and formerly camphogen.

Cymophane(n.) See Chrysoberyl.

Cymophanous(a.) Having a wavy, floating light; opalescent; chatoyant.

Damiana(n.) A Mexican drug, used as an aphrodisiac.

Dematerialize(v. t.) To deprive of material or physical qualities or characteristics.

Demephitized(imp. & p. p.) of Demephitize

Demephitizing(p. pr. & vb. n.) of Demephitize

Demephitize(v. t.) To purify from mephitic or foul air.

Demography(n.) The study of races, as to births, marriages, mortality, health, etc.

Demonographer(n.) A demonologist.

Dimension(n.) A literal factor, as numbered in characterizing a term. The term dimensions forms with the cardinal numbers a phrase equivalent to degree with the ordinal; thus, a2b2c is a term of five dimensions, or of the fifth degree.

Dimension(n.) The manifoldness with which the fundamental units of time, length, and mass are involved in determining the units of other physical quantities.

Dimera(n. pl.) A division of the Hemiptera, including the aphids.

Dimidiate(a.) Having the organs of one side, or half, different in function from the corresponding organs on the other side; as, dimidiate hermaphroditism.

Dimorph(n.) Either one of the two forms of a dimorphous substance; as, calcite and aragonite are dimorphs.

Dimorphic(a.) Having the property of dimorphism; dimorphous.

Dimorphism(n.) Difference of form between members of the same species, as when a plant has two kinds of flowers, both hermaphrodite (as in the partridge berry), or when there are two forms of one or both sexes of the same species of butterfly.

Dimorphism(n.) Crystallization in two independent forms of the same chemical compound, as of calcium carbonate as calcite and aragonite.

Dimorphous(a.) Characterized by dimorphism; occurring under two distinct forms, not dependent on sex; dimorphic.

Dimorphous(a.) Crystallizing under two forms fundamentally different, while having the same chemical composition.

Dumb-bell(n.) A weight, consisting of two spheres or spheroids, connected by a short bar for a handle; used (often in pairs) for gymnastic exercise.

Eumenides(n. pl.) A euphemistic name for the Furies of Erinyes.

Fume(v. t.) To expose to the action of fumes; to treat with vapors, smoke, etc.; as, to bleach straw by fuming it with sulphur; to fill with fumes, vapors, odors, etc., as a room.

Game(v. i.) A contest, physical or mental, according to certain rules, for amusement, recreation, or for winning a stake; as, a game of chance; games of skill; field games, etc.

Gamma(n.) The third letter (/, / = Eng. G) of the Greek alphabet.

Gamomorphism(n.) That stage of growth or development in an organism, in which the reproductive elements are generated and matured in preparation for propagating the species.

Gamophyllous(a.) Composed of leaves united by their edges (coalescent).

Gem(n.) A precious stone of any kind, as the ruby, emerald, topaz, sapphire, beryl, spinel, etc., especially when cut and polished for ornament; a jewel.

Gomphiasis(n.) A disease of the teeth, which causes them to loosen and fall out of their sockets.

Gomphosis(n.) A form of union or immovable articulation where a hard part is received into the cavity of a bone, as the teeth into the jaws.

Gumma(n.) A kind of soft tumor, usually of syphilitic origin.

Gummite(n.) A yellow amorphous mineral, essentially a hydrated oxide of uranium derived from the alteration of uraninite.

Gymnocopa(n. pl.) A group of transparent, free-swimming Annelida, having setae only in the cephalic appendages.

Gymnoglossa(n. pl.) A division of gastropods in which the odontophore is without teeth.

Gymnophiona(n. pl.) An order of Amphibia, having a long, annulated, snakelike body. See Ophiomorpha.

Gymnophthalmata(n. pl.) A group of acalephs, including the naked-eyed medusae; the hydromedusae. Most of them are known to be the free-swimming progeny (gonophores) of hydroids.

Gymnosophist(n.) One of a sect of philosophers, said to have been found in India by Alexander the Great, who went almost naked, denied themselves the use of flesh, renounced bodily pleasures, and employed themselves in the contemplation of nature.

Gymnosophy(n.) The doctrines of the Gymnosophists.

Hamadryad(n.) A tree nymph whose life ended with that of the particular tree, usually an oak, which had been her abode.

Hamadryad(n.) A large venomous East Indian snake (Orhiophagus bungarus), allied to the cobras.

Hamadryas(n.) The sacred baboon of Egypt (Cynocephalus Hamadryas).

Hamite(n.) A fossil cephalopod of the genus Hamites, related to the ammonites, but having the last whorl bent into a hooklike form.

Hammerhead(n.) A shark of the genus Sphyrna or Zygaena, having the eyes set on projections from the sides of the head, which gives it a hammer shape. The Sphyrna zygaena is found in the North Atlantic. Called also hammer fish, and balance fish.

Hamular(a.) Hooked; hooklike; hamate; as, the hamular process of the sphenoid bone.

Hemaphaein(n.) Same as Haemaphaein.

Hemapophyses(pl. ) of Hemapophysis

Hemapophysis(n.) The second element in each half of a hemal arch, corresponding to the sternal part of a rib.

Hematein(n.) A reddish brown or violet crystal.

Hematin(n.) A bluish black, amorphous substance containing iron and obtained from blood. It exists the red blood corpuscles united with globulin, and the form of hemoglobin or oxyhemoglobin gives to the blood its red color.

Hematoidin(n.) A crystal.

Hematophilia(n.) A condition characterized by a tendency to profuse and uncontrollable hemorrhage from the slightest wounds.

Hemautography(n.) The obtaining of a curve similar to a pulse curve or sphygmogram by allowing the blood from a divided artery to strike against a piece of paper.

Hemiglyph(n.) The half channel or groove in the edge of the triglyph in the Doric order.

Hemimetabola(n. pl.) Those insects which have an incomplete metamorphosis.

Hemimetabolic(a.) Having an incomplete metamorphosis, the larvae differing from the adults chiefly in laking wings, as in the grasshoppers and cockroaches.

Hemimorphic(a.) Having the two ends modified with unlike planes; -- said of a crystal.

Hemiprotein(n.) An insoluble, proteid substance, described by Schutzenberger, formed when albumin is heated for some time with dilute sulphuric acid. It is apparently identical with antialbumid and dyspeptone.

Hemisphere(n.) A half sphere; one half of a sphere or globe, when divided by a plane passing through its center.

Hemisphere(n.) Half of the terrestrial globe, or a projection of the same in a map or picture.

Hemisphere(n.) The people who inhabit a hemisphere.

Hemispheric(a.) Alt. of Hemispherical

Hemispherical(a.) Containing, or pertaining to, a hemisphere; as, a hemispheric figure or form; a hemispherical body.

Hemispheroid(n.) A half of a spheroid.

Hemispheroidal(a.) Resembling, or approximating to, a hemisphere in form.

Hemispherule(n.) A half spherule.

Hemitropous(a.) Having the raphe terminating about half way between the chalaza and the orifice; amphitropous; -- said of an ovule.

Hemophilia(n.) See Hematophilia.


Homalographic(a.) Same as Homolographic.

Homaxonial(a.) Relating to that kind of homology or symmetry, the mathematical conception of organic form, in which all axes are equal. See under Promorphology.

Home(adv.) To one's home or country; as in the phrases, go home, come home, carry home.

Homer(n.) A Hebrew measure containing, as a liquid measure, ten baths, equivalent to fifty-five gallons, two quarts, one pint; and, as a dry measure, ten ephahs, equivalent to six bushels, two pecks, four quarts.

Homocategoric(a.) Belonging to the same category of individuality; -- a morphological term applied to organisms so related.

Homodemic(a.) A morphological term signifying development, in the case of multicellular organisms, from the same unit deme or unit of the inferior orders of individuality.

Homoeomorphism(n.) A near similarity of crystal.

Homoeomorphous(a.) Manifesting homoeomorphism.

Homograph(n.) One of two or more words identical in orthography, but having different derivations and meanings; as, fair, n., a market, and fair, a., beautiful.

Homographic(a.) Employing a single and separate character to represent each sound; -- said of certain methods of spelling words.

Homographic(a.) Possessing the property of homography.

Homography(n.) That method of spelling in which every sound is represented by a single character, which indicates that sound and no other.

Homography(n.) A relation between two figures, such that to any point of the one corresponds one and but one point in the other, and vise versa. Thus, a tangent Homolographic(a.) Preserving the mutual relations of parts, especially as to size and form; maintaining relative proportion.

Homology(n.) The correspondence or resemblance of substances belonging to the same type or series; a similarity of composition varying by a small, regular difference, and usually attended by a regular variation in physical properties; as, there is an homology between methane, CH4, ethane, C2H6, propane, C3H8, etc., all members of the paraffin series. In an extended sense, the term is applied to the relation between chemical elements of the same group

Homomorphic(a.) Alt. of Homomorphous

Homomorphous(a.) Characterized by homomorphism.

Homomorphism(n.) Same as Homomorphy.

Homomorphism(n.) The possession, in one species of plants, of only one kind of flowers; -- opposed to heteromorphism, dimorphism, and trimorphism.

Homomorphism(n.) The possession of but one kind of larvae or young, as in most insects.

Homomorphy(n.) Similarity of form; resemblance in external characters, while widely different in fundamental structure; resemblance in geometric ground form. See Homophyly, Promorphology.

Homophone(n.) A letter or character which expresses a like sound with another.

Homophone(n.) A word having the same sound as another, but differing from it in meaning and usually in spelling; as, all and awl; bare and bear; rite, write, right, and wright.

Homophonic(a.) Alt. of Homophonous

Homophonous(a.) Originally, sounding alike; of the same pitch; unisonous; monodic.

Homophonous(a.) Now used for plain harmony, note against note, as opposed to polyphonic harmony, in which the several parts move independently, each with its own melody.

Homophonous(a.) Expressing the same sound by a different combination of letters; as, bay and bey.

Homophony(n.) Sameness of sound.

Homophony(n.) Sameness of sound; unison.

Homophony(n.) Plain harmony, as opposed to polyphony. See Homophonous.

Homophylic(a.) Relating to homophily.

Homophyly(n.) That form of homology due to common ancestry (phylogenetic homology), in opposition to homomorphy, to which genealogic basis is wanting.

Homopolic(a.) In promorphology, pertaining to or exhibiting that kind of organic form, in which the stereometric ground form is a pyramid, with similar poles. See Promorphology.

Humanitarian(a.) Benevolent; philanthropic.

Humanitarian(n.) One who limits the sphere of duties to human relations and affections, to the exclusion or disparagement of the religious or spiritual.

Humanitarian(n.) One who is actively concerned in promoting the welfare of his kind; a philanthropist.

Humanize(v. t.) To convert into something human or belonging to man; as, to humanize vaccine lymph.

Humid(a.) Containing sensible moisture; damp; moist; as, a humidair or atmosphere; somewhat wet or watery; as, humid earth; consisting of water or vapor.

Humidity(n.) Moisture; dampness; a moderate degree of wetness, which is perceptible to the eye or touch; -- used especially of the atmosphere, or of anything which has absorbed moisture from the atmosphere, as clothing.

Humin(n.) A bitter, brownish yellow, amorphous substance, extracted from vegetable mold, and also produced by the action of acids on certain sugars and carbohydrates; -- called also humic acid, ulmin, gein, ulmic or geic acid, etc.

Humor(n.) Moisture, especially, the moisture or fluid of animal bodies, as the chyle, lymph, etc.; as, the humors of the eye, etc.

Humpback(n.) Any whale of the genus Megaptera, characterized by a hump or bunch on the back. Several species are known. The most common ones in the North Atlantic are Megaptera longimana of Europe, and M. osphyia of America; that of the California coasts is M. versabilis.

Humph(interj.) An exclamation denoting surprise, or contempt, doubt, etc.

Hymenophore(n.) That part of a fungus which is covered with the hymenium.

Hymnographer(n.) One who writes on the subject of hymns.

Hymnographer(n.) A writer or composed of hymns.

Hymnography(n.) The art or act of composing hymns.

Immaterialism(n.) The doctrine that external bodies may be reduced to mind and ideas in a mind; any doctrine opposed to materialism or phenomenalism, esp. a system that maintains the immateriality of the soul; idealism; esp., Bishop Berkeley's theory of idealism.

Immortelle(n.) A plant with a conspicuous, dry, unwithering involucre, as the species of Antennaria, Helichrysum, Gomphrena, etc. See Everlasting.

Jamesonite(n.) A steel-gray mineral, of metallic luster, commonly fibrous massive. It is a sulphide of antimony and lead, with a little iron.

James's powder() Antimonial powder, first prepared by Dr. James, ar English physician; -- called also fever powder.

Kymograph(n.) An instrument for measuring, and recording graphically, the pressure of the blood in any of the blood vessels of a living animal; -- called also kymographion.

Kymographic(a.) Of or pertaining to a kymograph; as, a kymographic tracing.

Lamarckism(n.) The theory that structural variations, characteristic of species and genera, are produced in animals and plants by the direct influence of physical environments, and esp., in the case of animals, by effort, or by use or disuse of certain organs.

Lamb(n.) A simple, unsophisticated person; in the cant of the Stock Exchange, one who ignorantly speculates and is victimized.

Lamentation(n.) A book of the Old Testament attributed to the prophet Jeremiah, and taking its name from the nature of its contents.

Lamp(n.) Figuratively, anything which enlightens intellectually or morally; anything regarded metaphorically a performing the uses of a lamp.

Lemming(n.) Any one of several species of small arctic rodents of the genera Myodes and Cuniculus, resembling the meadow mice in form. They are found in both hemispheres.

Lemniscus(n.) One of two oval bodies hanging from the interior walls of the body in the Acanthocephala.

Limoniad(n.) A nymph of the meadows; -- called also Limniad.

Limpet(n.) Any species of Siphonaria, a genus of limpet-shaped Pulmonifera, living between tides, on rocks.

Limuloidea(n. pl.) An order of Merostomata, including among living animals the genus Limulus, with various allied fossil genera, mostly of the Carboniferous period. Called also Xiphosura.

Limulus(n.) The only existing genus of Merostomata. It includes only a few species from the East Indies, and one (Limulus polyphemus) from the Atlantic coast of North America. Called also Molucca crab, king crab, horseshoe crab, and horsefoot.

Lymph(n.) A spring of water; hence, water, or a pure, transparent liquid like water.

Lymph(n.) A fibrinous material exuded from the blood vessels in inflammation. In the process of healing it is either absorbed, or is converted into connective tissue binding the inflamed surfaces together.

Lymphadenitis(n.) Inflammation of the lymphatic glands; -- called also lymphitis.

Lymphadenoma(n.) See Lymphoma.

Lymphangeitis(n.) Inflammation of the lymphatic vessels.

Lymphangial(a.) Of or pertaining to the lymphatics, or lymphoid tissue; lymphatic.

Lymphate(a.) Alt. of Lymphated

Lymphated(a.) Frightened into madness; raving.

Lymphatic(a.) pertaining to, containing, or conveying lymph.

Lymphatic(a.) Madly enthusiastic; frantic.

Lymphatic(n.) One of the lymphatic or absorbent vessels, which carry lymph and discharge it into the veins; lymph duct; lymphatic duct.

Lymphatic(n.) A mad enthusiast; a lunatic.

Lymphitis(n.) See Lymphadenitis.

Lymphogenic(a.) Connected with, or formed in, the lymphatic glands.

Lymphography(n.) A description of the lymphatic vessels, their origin and uses.

Lymphoid(a.) Resembling lymph; also, resembling a lymphatic gland; adenoid; as, lymphoid tissue.

Lymphoma(n.) A tumor having a structure resembling that of a lymphatic gland; -- called also lymphadenoma.

Lymphy(a.) Containing, or like, lymph.

Mammoth(n.) An extinct, hairy, maned elephant (Elephas primigenius), of enormous size, remains of which are found in the northern parts of both continents. The last of the race, in Europe, were coeval with prehistoric man.

Memoirs(n.) A memorial of any individual; a biography; often, a biography written without special regard to method and completeness.

Memphian(a.) Of or pertaining to the ancient city of Memphis in Egypt; hence, Egyptian; as, Memphian darkness.

Mimeograph(n.) An autographic stencil copying device invented by Edison.

Mimographer(n.) A writer of mimes.

Nematogene(n.) One of the dimorphic forms of the species of Dicyemata, which produced vermiform embryos; -- opposed to rhombogene.

Nematophora(n. pl.) Same as Coelenterata.

Nemophilist(n.) One who is fond of forest or forest scenery; a haunter of the woods.

Nemophily(n.) Fondness for forest scenery; love of the woods.

Nomic(a.) Customary; ordinary; -- applied to the usual English spelling, in distinction from strictly phonetic methods.

Nominalism(n.) The principles or philosophy of the Nominalists.

Nominalist(n.) One of a sect of philosophers in the Middle Ages, who adopted the opinion of Roscelin, that general conceptions, or universals, exist in name only.

Nomography(n.) A treatise on laws; an exposition of the form proper for laws.

Numismatography(n.) A treatise on, or description of, coins and medals.

Nymph(n.) A goddess of the mountains, forests, meadows, or waters.

Nymph(n.) A lovely young girl; a maiden; a damsel.

Nymph(n.) The pupa of an insect; a chrysalis.

Nymph(n.) Any one of a subfamily (Najades) of butterflies including the purples, the fritillaries, the peacock butterfly, etc.; -- called also naiad.

Nymph/(pl. ) of Nympha

Nympha(n.) Same as Nymph, 3.

Nympha(n.) Two folds of mucous membrane, within the labia, at the opening of the vulva.

Nymphaea(n.) A genus of aquatic plants having showy flowers (white, blue, pink, or yellow, often fragrant), including the white water lily and the Egyptia lotus.

Nymphal(a.) Of or pertaining to a nymph or nymphs; nymphean.

Nymphales(n. pl.) An extensive family of butterflies including the nymphs, the satyrs, the monarchs, the heliconias, and others; -- called also brush-footed butterflies.

Nymphean(a.) Of, pertaining to, or appropriate to, nymphs; inhabited by nymphs; as, a nymphean cave.

Nymphet(n.) A little or young nymph.

Nymphic(a.) Alt. of Nymphical

Nymphical(a.) Of or pertaining to nymphs.

Nymphiparous(a.) Producing pupas or nymphs.

Nymphish(a.) Relating to nymphs; ladylike.

Nymphlike(a.) Alt. of Nymphly

Nymphly(a.) Resembling, or characteristic of, a nymph.

Nympholepsy(n.) A species of demoniac enthusiasm or possession coming upon one who had accidentally looked upon a nymph; ecstasy.

Nympholeptic(a.) Under the influence of nympholepsy; ecstatic; frenzied.

Nymphomania(n.) Morbid and uncontrollable sexual desire in women, constituting a true disease.

Nymphomany(n.) Same as Nymphomania.

Nymphotomy(n.) Excision of the nymphae.

Comptograph(n.) A machine for adding numbers and making a printed record of the sum.

Cymograph(n.) An instrument for making tracings

Cymograph(n.) Var. of Kymograph.

Cymograph(v. t.) To trace or copy with a cymograph.

Cymometer(n.) an instrument for determining the frequency of electic wave oscillations, esp. in connection with wireless telegraphy.

Fume(n.) Solid material deposited by condensation of fumes; as, lead fume (a grayish powder chiefly lead sulphate).

Gamete(n.) A sexual cell or germ cell; a conjugating cell which unites with another of like or unlike character to form a new individual. In Bot., gamete designates esp. the similar sex cells of the lower thallophytes which unite by conjugation, forming a zygospore. The gametes of higher plants are of two sorts, sperm (male) and egg (female); their union is called fertilization, and the resulting zygote an oospore.

Gametophyte(n.) In the alternation of generations in plants, that generation or phase which bears sex organs. In the lower plants, as the algae, the gametophyte is the conspicuous part of the plant body; in mosses it is the so-called moss plant; in ferns it is reduced to a small, early perishing body; and in seed plants it is usually microscopic or rudimentary.

Hammer(n.) A spherical weight attached to a flexible handle and hurled from a mark or ring. The weight of head and handle is usually not less than 16 pounds.

Lumen(n.) A unit of illumination, being the amount of illumination of a unit area of spherical surface, due to a light of unit intensity placed at the center of the sphere.

Luminescence(n.) Any emission of light not ascribable directly to incandescence, and therefore occurring at low temperatures, as in phosphorescence and fluorescence or other luminous radiation resulting from vital processes, chemical action, friction, solution, or the influence of light or of ultraviolet or cathode rays, etc.

Luminescence(n.) The light thus produced; luminosity; phosphorescence.

Lymph(n.) A fluid containing certain products resulting from the growth of specific microorganisms upon some culture medium, and supposed to be possessed of curative properties.

Lymph node() A lymphatic gland.

Osmograph(n.) An instrument for recording the height of the liquid in an endosmometer or for registering osmotic pressures.

Somatology(n.) The science which treats of anatomy and physiology, apart from psychology.

Somatology(n.) The consideration of the physical characters of races and classes of men and of mankind in general.

Symbiosis(n.) The living together in more or less imitative association or even close union of two dissimilar organisms. In a broad sense the term includes parasitism, or antagonistic, / antipathetic, symbiosis, in which the association is disadvantageous or destructive to one of the organisms, but ordinarily it is used of cases where the association is advantageous, or often necessary, to one or both, and not harmful to either.

Yuman(a.) Designating, or pertaining to, an important linguistic stock of North American Indians of the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico, nearly all agriculturists and adept potters and basket makers. Their usual dwelling is the brush wikiup, and in their native state they wear little clothing. The Yuma, Maricopa, Mohave, Walapi, and Yavapai are among the chief tribes, all of fine physique.

Odmyl(n.) A volatile liquid obtained by boiling sulphur with linseed oil. It has an unpleasant garlic odor.

Pamphlet(n.) A writing; a book.

Pamphlet(n.) A small book consisting of a few sheets of printed paper, stitched together, often with a paper cover, but not bound; a short essay or written discussion, usually on a subject of current interest.

Pamphlet(v. i.) To write a pamphlet or pamphlets.

Pamphleteer(n.) A writer of pamphlets; a scribbler.

Pamphleteer(v. i.) To write or publish pamphlets.

Pemphigus(n.) A somewhat rare skin disease, characterized by the development of blebs upon different part of the body.

Pimelic(a.) Designating the acid proper (C5H10(CO2/H)2) which is obtained from camphoric acid.

Pompholyx(n.) Impure zinc oxide.

Pompholyx(n.) A skin disease in which there is an eruption of bullae, without inflammation or fever.

Pumpernickel(n.) A sort of bread, made of unbolted rye, which forms the chief food of the Westphalian peasants. It is acid but nourishing.

Rambutan(n.) A Malayan fruit produced by the tree Nephelium lappaceum, and closely related to the litchi nut. It is bright red, oval in shape, covered with coarse hairs (whence the name), and contains a pleasant acid pulp. Called also ramboostan.

Ramist(n.) A follower of Pierre Rame, better known as Ramus, a celebrated French scholar, who was professor of rhetoric and philosophy at Paris in the reign of Henry II., and opposed the Aristotelians.

Ramoon(n.) A small West Indian tree (Trophis Americana) of the Mulberry family, whose leaves and twigs are used as fodder for cattle.

Romic(n.) A method of notation for all spoken sounds, proposed by Mr. Sweet; -- so called because it is based on the common Roman-letter alphabet. It is like the palaeotype of Mr. Ellis in the general plan, but simpler.

Rumicin(n.) A yellow crystal.

Rumination(n.) The regurgitation of food from the stomach after it has been swallowed, -- occasionally observed as a morbid phenomenon in man.

Samphire(n.) A fleshy, suffrutescent, umbelliferous European plant (Crithmum maritimum). It grows among rocks and on cliffs along the seacoast, and is used for pickles.

Samphire(n.) The species of glasswort (Salicornia herbacea); -- called in England marsh samphire.

Samphire(n.) A seashore shrub (Borrichia arborescens) of the West Indies.

Samson(n.) An Israelite of Bible record (see Judges xiii.), distinguished for his great strength; hence, a man of extraordinary physical strength.

Semaeostomata(n. pl.) A division of Discophora having large free mouth lobes. It includes Aurelia, and Pelagia. Called also Semeostoma. See Illustr. under Discophora, and Medusa.

Semaphore(n.) A signal telegraph; an apparatus for giving signals by the disposition of lanterns, flags, oscillating arms, etc.

Semaphoric(a.) Alt. of Semaphorical

Semaphorical(a.) Of or pertaining to a semaphore, or semaphores; telegraphic.

Semaphorically(adv.) By means of a semaphore.

Semaphorist(n.) One who manages or operates a semaphore.

Semeiography(n.) Alt. of Semiography

Semiography(n.) A description of the signs of disease.


Semidiameter(n.) Half of a diameter

Semidiaphaneity(n.) Half or imperfect transparency; translucency.

Semidiaphanous(a.) Half or imperfectly transparent; translucent.

Semidome(n.) A roof or ceiling covering a semicircular room or recess, or one of nearly that shape, as the apse of a church, a niche, or the like. It is approximately the quarter of a hollow sphere.

Seminymph(n.) The pupa of insects which undergo only a slight change in passing to the imago state.

Semiography() Alt. of Semiological

Semiological() Same as Semeiography, Semeiology, Semeiological.

Semiorbicular(a.) Having the shape of a half orb or sphere.

Semiphlogisticated(a.) Partially impregnated with phlogiston.

Semispheric(a.) Alt. of Semispherical

Semispherical(a.) Having the figure of a half sphere.

Semispheroidal(a.) Formed like a half spheroid.

Simile(n.) A word or phrase by which anything is likened, in one or more of its aspects, to something else; a similitude; a poetical or imaginative comparison.

Simpai(n.) A long-tailed monkey (Semnopitchecus melalophus) native of Sumatra. It has a crest of black hair. The forehead and cheeks are fawn color, the upper parts tawny and red, the under parts white. Called also black-crested monkey, and sinpae.

Somatocyst(n.) A cavity in the primary nectocalyx of certain Siphonophora. See Illust. under Nectocalyx.

Sumph(n.) A dunce; a blockhead.

Symphonic(a.) Symphonious.

Symphonic(a.) Relating to, or in the manner of, symphony; as, the symphonic form or style of composition.

Symphonious(a.) Agreeing in sound; accordant; harmonious.

Symphonious(a.) Symphonic.

Symphonist(n.) A composer of symphonies.

Symphonized(imp. & p. p.) of Symphonize

Symphonizing(p. pr. & vb. n.) of Symphonize

Symphonize(v. i.) To agree; to be in harmony.

Symphonies(pl. ) of Symphony

Symphony(n.) A consonance or harmony of sounds, agreeable to the ear, whether the sounds are vocal or instrumental, or both.

Symphony(n.) A stringed instrument formerly in use, somewhat resembling the virginal.

Symphony(n.) An elaborate instrumental composition for a full orchestra, consisting usually, like the sonata, of three or four contrasted yet inwardly related movements, as the allegro, the adagio, the minuet and trio, or scherzo, and the finale in quick time. The term has recently been applied to large orchestral works in freer form, with arguments or programmes to explain their meaning, such as the "symphonic poems" of Liszt. The term was formerly applied to any composition for an orchestra

Symphony(n.) An instrumental passage at the beginning or end, or in the course of, a vocal composition; a prelude, interlude, or postude; a ritornello.

Symphyla(n. pl.) An order of small apterous insects having an elongated body, with three pairs of thoracic and about nine pairs of abdominal legs. They are, in many respects, intermediate between myriapods and true insects.

Symphyseal(a.) Of or pertaining to to symphysis.

Symphyseotomy(n.) The operation of dividing the symphysis pubis for the purpose of facilitating labor; -- formerly called the Sigualtian section.

Symphyses(pl. ) of Symphysis

Symphysis(n.) An articulation formed by intervening cartilage; as, the pubic symphysis.

Symphysis(n.) The union or coalescence of bones; also, the place of union or coalescence; as, the symphysis of the lower jaw. Cf. Articulation.

Symphysotomy(n.) Symphyseotomy.

Symphytism(n.) Coalescence; a growing into one with another word.

Sympiesometer(n.) A sensitive kind of barometer, in which the pressure of the atmosphere, acting upon a liquid, as oil, in the lower portion of the instrument, compresses an elastic gas in the upper part.

Symploce(n.) The repetition of a word or phrase at the beginning and another at the end of successive clauses; as, Justice came down from heaven to view the earth; Justice returned to heaven, and left the earth.

Symposiac(n.) A conference or conversation of philosophers at a banquet; hence, any similar gathering.

Symposium(n.) A collection of short essays by different authors on a common topic; -- so called from the appellation given to the philosophical dialogue by the Greeks.

Symptom(n.) Any affection which accompanies disease; a perceptible change in the body or its functions, which indicates disease, or the kind or phases of disease; as, the causes of disease often lie beyond our sight, but we learn their nature by the symptoms exhibited.

Temper(n.) Constitution of body; temperament; in old writers, the mixture or relative proportion of the four humors, blood, choler, phlegm, and melancholy.

Temperament(v. t.) The peculiar physical and mental character of an individual, in olden times erroneously supposed to be due to individual variation in the relations and proportions of the constituent parts of the body, especially of the fluids, as the bile, blood, lymph, etc. Hence the phrases, bilious or choleric temperament, sanguine temperament, etc., implying a predominance of one of these fluids and a corresponding influence on the temperament.

Tompon(n.) An inking pad used in lithographic printing.

Ulmin(n.) A brown amorphous substance found in decaying vegetation. Cf. Humin.

Vampire(n.) Either one of two or more species of South American blood-sucking bats belonging to the genera Desmodus and Diphylla. These bats are destitute of molar teeth, but have strong, sharp cutting incisors with which they make punctured wounds from which they suck the blood of horses, cattle, and other animals, as well as man, chiefly during sleep. They have a caecal appendage to the stomach, in which the blood with which they gorge themselves is stored.

Vomitory(n.) A principal door of a large ancient building, as of an amphitheater.

Zamang(n.) An immense leguminous tree (Pithecolobium Saman) of Venezuela. Its branches form a hemispherical mass, often one hundred and eighty feet across. The sweet pulpy pods are used commonly for feeding cattle. Also called rain tree.

Zemni(n.) The blind mole rat (Spalax typhlus), native of Eastern Europe and Asia. Its eyes and ears are rudimentary, and its fur is soft and brownish, more or less tinged with gray. It constructs extensive burrows.

Zymogene(n.) One of a physiological group of globular bacteria which produces fermentations of diverse nature; -- distinguished from pathogene.

Zymophyte(n.) A bacteroid ferment.

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