Words whose third letter is S

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.

Aesculapius(n.) The god of medicine. Hence, a physician.

Aestho-physiology(n.) The science of sensation in relation to nervous action.

Aisle(n.) Improperly used also for the have; -- as in the phrases, a church with three aisles, the middle aisle.

Apsis(n.) One of the two points of an orbit, as of a planet or satellite, which are at the greatest and least distance from the central body, corresponding to the aphelion and perihelion of a planet, or to the apogee and perigee of the moon.

Arsenic(n.) One of the elements, a solid substance resembling a metal in its physical properties, but in its chemical relations ranking with the nonmetals. It is of a steel-gray color and brilliant luster, though usually dull from tarnish. It is very brittle, and sublimes at 356? Fahrenheit. It is sometimes found native, but usually combined with silver, cobalt, nickel, iron, antimony, or sulphur.

Arsenopyrite(n.) A mineral of a tin-white color and metallic luster, containing arsenic, sulphur, and iron; -- also called arsenical pyrites and mispickel.

Assault(n.) A violent onset or attack with physical means, as blows, weapons, etc.; an onslaught; the rush or charge of an attacking force; onset; as, to make assault upon a man, a house, or a town.

Assault(n.) To make an assault upon, as by a sudden rush of armed men; to attack with unlawful or insulting physical violence or menaces.

Basedow's disease() A disease characterized by enlargement of the thyroid gland, prominence of the eyeballs, and inordinate action of the heart; -- called also exophthalmic goiter.

Basigynium(n.) The pedicel on which the ovary of certain flowers, as the passion flower, is seated; a carpophore or thecaphore.

Basipterygoid(a. & n.) Applied to a protuberance of the base of the sphenoid bone.

Basisphenoid(a.) Alt. of Basisphenoidal

Basisphenoidal(a.) Of or pertaining to that part of the base of the cranium between the basioccipital and the presphenoid, which usually ossifies separately in the embryo or in the young, and becomes a part of the sphenoid in the adult.

Basisphenoid(n.) The basisphenoid bone.

Basommatophora(n. pl.) A group of Pulmonifera having the eyes at the base of the tentacles, including the common pond snails.

Bisexual(a.) Of both sexes; hermaphrodite; as a flower with stamens and pistil, or an animal having ovaries and testes.

Bismuthinite(n.) Native bismuth sulphide; -- sometimes called bismuthite.

Bisulphate(n.) A sulphate in which but half the hydrogen of the acid is replaced by a positive element or radical, thus making the proportion of the acid to the positive or basic portion twice what it is in the normal sulphates; an acid sulphate.

Bisulphide(n.) A sulphide having two atoms of sulphur in the molecule; a disulphide, as in iron pyrites, FeS2; -- less frequently called bisulphuret.

Bisulphite(n.) A salt of sulphurous acid in which the base replaces but half the hydrogen of the acid; an acid sulphite.

Bisulphuret(n.) See Bisulphide.

Boswellian(a.) Relating to, or characteristic of, Boswell, the biographer of Dr. Johnson.

Cascarilla(n.) A euphorbiaceous West Indian shrub (Croton Eleutheria); also, its aromatic bark.

Cassava(n.) A shrubby euphorbiaceous plant of the genus Manihot, with fleshy rootstocks yielding an edible starch; -- called also manioc.

Cassidony(n.) The goldilocks (Chrysocoma Linosyris) and perhaps other plants related to the genus Gnaphalium or cudweed.

Cassiopeia(n.) A constellation of the northern hemisphere, situated between Cepheus and Perseus; -- so called in honor of the wife of Cepheus, a fabulous king of Ethiopia.

Cast iron() Highly carbonized iron, the direct product of the blast furnace; -- used for making castings, and for conversion into wrought iron and steel. It can not be welded or forged, is brittle, and sometimes very hard. Besides carbon, it contains sulphur, phosphorus, silica, etc.

Castle(n.) A small tower, as on a ship, or an elephant's back.

Casuistry(a.) Sophistical, equivocal, or false reasoning or teaching in regard to duties, obligations, and morals.

Cession(n.) A yielding to physical force.

Cestus(n.) A girdle; particularly that of Aphrodite (or Venus) which gave the wearer the power of exciting love.

Cestus(n.) A genus of Ctenophora. The typical species (Cestus Veneris) is remarkable for its brilliant iridescent colors, and its long, girdlelike form.

Cosmographer(n.) One who describes the world or universe, including the heavens and the earth.

Cosmographic(a.) Alt. of Cosmographical

Cosmographical(a.) Of or pertaining to cosmography.

Cosmographically(adv.) In a cosmographic manner; in accordance with cosmography.

Cosmographies(pl. ) of Cosmography

Cosmography(n.) A description of the world or of the universe; or the science which teaches the constitution of the whole system of worlds, or the figure, disposition, and relation of all its parts.

Cosmosphere(n.) An apparatus for showing the position of the earth, at any given time, with respect to the fixed stars. It consist of a hollow glass globe, on which are depicted the stars and constellations, and within which is a terrestrial globe.

Cosmothetic(a.) Assuming or positing the actual existence or reality of the physical or external world.

Coss(n.) A thing (only in phrase below).

Cystine(n.) A white crystal.

Dasymeter(n.) An instrument for testing the density of gases, consisting of a thin glass globe, which is weighed in the gas or gases, and then in an atmosphere of known density.

Describe(v. t.) To represent by words written or spoken; to give an account of; to make known to others by words or signs; as, the geographer describes countries and cities.

Descriptive(a.) Tending to describe; having the quality of representing; containing description; as, a descriptive figure; a descriptive phrase; a descriptive narration; a story descriptive of the age.

Desiccator(n.) A short glass jar fitted with an air-tight cover, and containing some desiccating agent, as sulphuric acid or calcium chloride, above which is suspended the material to be dried, or preserved from moisture.

Designation(n.) Use or application; import; intention; signification, as of a word or phrase.

Desman(n.) An amphibious, insectivorous mammal found in Russia (Myogale moschata). It is allied to the moles, but is called muskrat by some English writers.

Desmodont(n.) A member of a group of South American blood-sucking bats, of the genera Desmodus and Diphylla. See Vampire.

Desophisticate(v. t.) To clear from sophism or error.

Desulphurated(imp. & p. p.) of Desulphurate

Desulphurating(p. pr. & vb. n.) of Desulphurate

Desulphurate(v. t.) To deprive of sulphur.

Desulphuration(n.) The act or process of depriving of sulphur.

Desulphurize(v. t.) To desulphurate; to deprive of sulphur.

Disability(n.) State of being disabled; deprivation or want of ability; absence of competent physical, intellectual, or moral power, means, fitness, and the like.

Disable(v. t.) To render unable or incapable; to destroy the force, vigor, or power of action of; to deprive of competent physical or intellectual power; to incapacitate; to disqualify; to make incompetent or unfit for service; to impair.

Disacryl(n.) A white amorphous substance obtained as a polymeric modification of acrolein.

Discip Discodactylia(n. pl.) A division of amphibians having suctorial disks on the toes, as the tree frogs.

Discomfort(v. t.) Want of comfort; uneasiness, mental or physical; disturbance of peace; inquietude; pain; distress; sorrow.

Discophora(n. pl.) A division of acalephs or jellyfishes, including most of the large disklike species.

Disgust(v. t.) Repugnance to what is offensive; aversion or displeasure produced by something loathsome; loathing; strong distaste; -- said primarily of the sickening opposition felt for anything which offends the physical organs of taste; now rather of the analogous repugnance excited by anything extremely unpleasant to the moral taste or higher sensibilities of our nature; as, an act of cruelty may excite disgust.

Disintegrate(v. t.) To separate into integrant parts; to reduce to fragments or to powder; to break up, or cause to fall to pieces, as a rock, by blows of a hammer, frost, rain, and other mechanical or atmospheric influences.

Disintegration(n.) The wearing away or falling to pieces of rocks or strata, produced by atmospheric action, frost, ice, etc.

Disorb(v. t.) To throw out of the proper orbit; to unsphere.

Dispatch(v. t.) A message transmitted by telegraph.

Dispensatory(n.) A book or medicinal formulary containing a systematic description of drugs, and of preparations made from them. It is usually, but not always, distinguished from a pharmacop/ia in that it issued by private parties, and not by an official body or by government.

Disposal(n.) Power or authority to dispose of, determine the condition of, control, etc., especially in the phrase at, or in, the disposal of.

Dispute(v. i.) To contend in argument; to argue against something maintained, upheld, or claimed, by another; to discuss; to reason; to debate; to altercate; to wrangle.

Dissertation(n.) A formal or elaborate argumentative discourse, oral or written; a disquisition; an essay; a discussion; as, Dissertations on the Prophecies.

Dissociation(n.) The process by which a compound body breaks up into simpler constituents; -- said particularly of the action of heat on gaseous or volatile substances; as, the dissociation of the sulphur molecules; the dissociation of ammonium chloride into hydrochloric acid and ammonia.

Distort(v. t.) To twist of natural or regular shape; to twist aside physically; as, to distort the limbs, or the body.

Disulphate(n.) A salt of disulphuric or pyrosulphuric acid; a pyrosulphate.

Disulphate(n.) An acid salt of sulphuric acid, having only one equivalent of base to two of the acid.

Disulphide(n.) A binary compound of sulphur containing two atoms of sulphur in each molecule; -- formerly called disulphuret. Cf. Bisulphide.

Disulphuret(n.) See Disulphide.

Disulphuric(a.) Applied to an acid having in each molecule two atoms of sulphur in the higher state of oxidation.

Dose(n.) To give doses to; to medicine or physic to; to give potions to, constantly and without need.

Dysphagia(n.) Alt. of Dysphagy

Dysphagy(n.) Difficulty in swallowing.

Dysphonia(n.) Alt. of Dysphony

Dysphony(n.) A difficulty in producing vocal sounds; enfeebled or depraved voice.

Dysphoria(n.) Impatience under affliction; morbid restlessness; dissatisfaction; the fidgets.

Dysteleology(n.) The doctrine of purposelessness; a term applied by Haeckel to that branch of physiology which treats of rudimentary organs, in view of their being useless to the life of the organism.

Ensphere(v. t.) To place in a sphere; to envelop.

Ensphere(v. t.) To form into a sphere.

Eosphorite(n.) A hydrous phosphate of alumina and manganese. It is generally of a rose-pink color, -- whence the name.

Epsomite(n.) Native sulphate of magnesia or Epsom salt.

Exsiccator(n.) An apparatus for drying substances or preserving them from moisture; a desiccator; also, less frequently, an agent employed to absorb moisture, as calcium chloride, or concentrated sulphuric acid.

Exstrophy(n.) The eversion or turning out of any organ, or of its inner surface; as, exstrophy of the eyelid or of the bladder.

Fascinate(v. t.) To excite and allure irresistibly or powerfully; to charm; to captivate, as by physical or mental charms.

Fashionable(a.) Established or favored by custom or use; current; prevailing at a particular time; as, the fashionable philosophy; fashionable opinions.

Gastrophrenic(a.) Pertaining to the stomach and diaphragm; as, the gastrophrenic ligament.

Gastroraphy(n.) The operation of sewing up wounds of the abdomen.

Gastrula(n.) An embryonic form having its origin in the invagination or pushing in of the wall of the planula or blastula (the blastosphere) on one side, thus giving rise to a double-walled sac, with one opening or mouth (the blastopore) which leads into the cavity

Gesture(n.) A motion of the body or limbs expressive of sentiment or passion; any action or posture intended to express an idea or a passion, or to enforce or emphasize an argument, assertion, or opinion.

Gospel(v.) Any system of religious doctrine; sometimes, any system of political doctrine or social philosophy; as, this political gospel.

Histographer(n.) One who describes organic tissues; an histologist.

Histographical(a.) Of or pertaining to histography.

Histography(n.) A description of, or treatise on, organic tissues.

Histophyly(n.) The tribal history of cells, a division of morphophyly.

Historiographer(n.) An historian; a writer of history; especially, one appointed or designated to write a history; also, a title bestowed by some governments upon historians of distinction.

Historiographership(n.) The office of an historiographer.

Historiography(n.) The art of employment of an historiographer.

Historionomer(n.) One versed in the phenomena of history and the laws controlling them.

History(n.) A systematic, written account of events, particularly of those affecting a nation, institution, science, or art, and usually connected with a philosophical explanation of their causes; a true story, as distinguished from a romance; -- distinguished also from annals, which relate simply the facts and events of each year, in strict chronological order; from biography, which is the record of an individual's life

Hospitalism(n.) A vitiated condition of the body, due to long confinement in a hospital, or the morbid condition of the atmosphere of a hospital.

Hysterophyte(n.) A plant, like the fungus, which lives on dead or living organic matter.

Hystricomorphous(a.) Like, or allied to, the porcupines; -- said of a group (Hystricomorpha) of rodents.

Insect(a.) Like an insect; small; mean; ephemeral.

Insignificance(n.) The condition or quality of being insignificant; want of significance, sense, or meaning; as, the insignificance of words or phrases.

Insphered(imp. & p. p.) of Insphere

Insphering(p. pr. & vb. n.) of Insphere

Insphere(v. t.) To place in, or as in, an orb a sphere. Cf. Ensphere.

Inspiration(n.) The act of inspiring or breathing in; breath; specif. (Physiol.), the drawing of air into the lungs, accomplished in mammals by elevation of the chest walls and flattening of the diaphragm; -- the opposite of expiration.

Inspiration(n.) A supernatural divine influence on the prophets, apostles, or sacred writers, by which they were qualified to communicate moral or religious truth with authority; a supernatural influence which qualifies men to receive and communicate divine truth; also, the truth communicated.

Inspired(a.) Moved or animated by, or as by, a supernatural influence; affected by divine inspiration; as, the inspired prophets; the inspired writers.

Jest(n.) Something done or said in order to amuse; a joke; a witticism; a jocose or sportive remark or phrase. See Synonyms under Jest, v. i.

Joseph(n.) An outer garment worn in the 18th century; esp., a woman's riding habit, buttoned down the front.

Joseph's flower() A composite herb (Tragopogon pratensis), of the same genus as the salsify.

Kish(n.) A workman's name for the graphite which forms incidentally in iron smelting.

Lissencephala(n. pl.) A general name for all those placental mammals that have a brain with few or no cerebral convolutions, as Rodentia, Insectivora, etc.

Listerism(n.) The systematic use of antiseptics in the performance of operations and the treatment of wounds; -- so called from Joseph Lister, an English surgeon.

Lost(v. t.) Ruined or destroyed, either physically or morally; past help or hope; as, a ship lost at sea; a woman lost to virtue; a lost soul.

Lyssa(n.) Hydrophobia.

Mascagnite(n.) Native sulphate of ammonia, found in volcanic districts; -- so named from Mascagni, who discovered it.

Massicot(n.) Lead protoxide, PbO, obtained as a yellow amorphous powder, the fused and crystal.

Mastax(n.) The pharynx of a rotifer. It usually contains four horny pieces. The two central ones form the incus, against which the mallei, or lateral ones, work so as to crush the food.

Mastery(n.) Superiority in war or competition; victory; triumph; preeminence.

Mastery(n.) Specifically, the philosopher's stone.

Masticin(n.) A white, amorphous, tenacious substance resembling caoutchouc, and obtained as an insoluble residue of mastic.

Mastodon(n.) An extinct genus of mammals closely allied to the elephant, but having less complex molar teeth, and often a pair of lower, as well as upper, tusks, which are incisor teeth. The species were mostly larger than elephants, and their romains occur in nearly all parts of the world in deposits ranging from Miocene to late Quaternary time.

Mesaticephalic(a.) Having the ratio of the length to the breadth of the cranium a medium one; neither brachycephalic nor dolichocephalic.

Mesaticephalous(a.) Mesaticephalic.

Mesencephalic(a.) Of or pertaining to the mesencephalon or midbrain.

Mesencephalon(n.) The middle segment of the brain; the midbrain. Sometimes abbreviated to mesen. See Brain.

Mesitylene(n.) A colorless, fragrant liquid, C6H3(CH3)3, of the benzene series of hydrocarbons, obtained by distilling acetone with sulphuric acid.

Mesocephalic(a.) Of or pertaining to, or in the region of, the middle of the head; as, the mesocephalic flexure.

Mesocephalic(a.) Having the cranial cavity of medium capacity; neither megacephalic nor microcephalic.

Mesocephalic(a.) Having the ratio of the length to the breadth of the cranium a medium one; mesaticephalic.

Mesocephalon(n.) The pons Varolii.

Mesocephalous(a.) Mesocephalic.

Mesocoelia(n.) The cavity of the mesencephalon; the iter.

Mesonephric(a.) Of or pertaining to the mesonephros; as, the mesonephric, or Wolffian, duct.

Mesonephros(n.) The middle one of the three pairs of embryonic renal organs developed in most vertebrates; the Wolffian body.

Mesophl/um(n.) The middle bark of a tree; the green layer of bark, usually soon covered by the outer or corky layer, and obliterated.

Mesophryon(n.) See Glabella.

Mesophyllum(n.) The parenchyma of a leaf between the skin of the two surfaces.

Mesotheca(n.) The middle layer of the gonophore in the Hydrozoa.

Mesozoa(n. pl.) A group of very lowly organized, wormlike parasites, including the Dicyemata. They are found in cephalopods. See Dicyemata.

Misanthropy(n.) Hatred of, or dislike to, mankind; -- opposed to philanthropy.

Mist(n.) Visible watery vapor suspended in the atmosphere, at or near the surface of the earth; fog.

Misty(superl.) Accompained with mist; characterized by the presence of mist; obscured by, or overspread with, mist; as, misty weather; misty mountains; a misty atmosphere.

Misy(n.) An impure yellow sulphate of iron; yellow copperas or copiapite.

Mosasauria(n. pl.) An order of large, extinct, marine reptiles, found in the Cretaceous rocks, especially in America. They were serpentlike in form and in having loosely articulated and dilatable jaws, with large recurved tteth, but they had paddlelike feet. Some of them were over fifty feet long. They are, essentially, fossil sea serpents with paddles. Called also Pythonomarpha, and Mosasauria.

Muscales(n. pl.) An old name for mosses in the widest sense, including the true mosses and also hepaticae and sphagna.

Musculophrenic(a.) Pertaining to the muscles and the diaphragm; as, the musculophrenic artery.

Mushroom(a.) Resembling mushrooms in rapidity of growth and shortness of duration; short-lived; ephemerial; as, mushroom cities.

Muskwood(n.) The wood of an Australian tree (Eurybia argophylla).

Must(v. i. / auxiliary) To be obliged; to be necessitated; -- expressing either physical or moral necessity; as, a man must eat for nourishment; we must submit to the laws.

Mustache(n.) A West African monkey (Cercopithecus cephus). It has yellow whiskers, and a triangular blue mark on the nose.

Myself(pron.) I or me in person; -- used for emphasis, my own self or person; as I myself will do it; I have done it myself; -- used also instead of me, as the object of the first person of a reflexive verb, without emphasis; as, I will defend myself.

Nasopharyngeal(a.) Of or pertaining to both throat and nose; as, a nasopharyngeal polypus.

Nosocomial(a.) Of or pertaining to a hospital; as, nosocomial atmosphere.

Nosography(n.) A description or classification of diseases.

Basic slag() A by-product from the manufacture of steel by the basic process, used as a fertilizer. It is rich in lime and contains 14 to 20 per cent of phosphoric acid. Called also Thomas slag, phosphatic slag, and odorless phosphate.

Boswellian(a.) Relating to, or characteristic of, Dr. Johnson's biographer, James Boswell, whose hero worship made his narrative a faithful but often uncritical record of details.

Busk(n.) Among the Creek Indians, a feast of first fruits celebrated when the corn is ripe enough to be eaten. The feast usually continues four days. On the first day the new fire is lighted, by friction of wood, and distributed to the various households, an offering of green corn, including an ear brought from each of the four quarters or directions, is consumed, and medicine is brewed from snakeroot.

Cassava wood() A West Indian tree (Turpinia occidentalis) of the family Staphyleaceae.

Cuscus(n.) A soft grass (Pennisetum typhoideum) found in all tropical regions, used as food for men and cattle in Central Africa.

Mastabah() A type of tomb, of the time of the Memphite dynasties, comprising an oblong structure with sloping sides (sometimes containing a decorated chamber, sometimes of solid masonry), and connected with a mummy chamber in the rock beneath.

Must(n.) Being in a condition of dangerous frenzy, usually connected with sexual excitement; -- said of adult male elephants which become so at irregular intervals.

Must(n.) An elephant in must.

Nisus(n.) The contraction of the diaphragm and abdominal muscles to evacuate feces or urine.

Nosophen(n.) An iodine compound obtained as a yellowish gray, odorless, tasteless powder by the action of iodine on phenolphthalein.

Nosophobia(n.) Morbid dread of disease.


Resonance(n.) An electric phenomenon corresponding to that of acoustic resonance, due to the existance of certain relations of the capacity, inductance, resistance, and frequency of an alternating circuit.

SOS() The letters signified by the signal ( . . . --- . . . ) prescribed by the International Radiotelegraphic Convention of 1912 for use by ships in distress.

Upsilon(n.) The 20th letter (/, /) of the Greek alphabet, a vowel having originally the sound of / as in room, becoming before the 4th century b. c. that French u or Ger. u. Its equivalent in English is u or y.

Visayan(n.) A member of the most numerous of the native races of the Philippines, occupying the Visayan Islands and the northern coast Mindanao; also, their language. The Visayans possessed a native culture and alphabet.

Wash(v. t.) To cause dephosphorisation of (molten pig iron) by adding substances containing iron oxide, and sometimes manganese oxide.

Wisdom literature() The class of ancient Hebrew writings which deal reflectively with general ethical and religious topics, as distinguished from the prophetic and liturgical literature, and from the law. It is comprised chiefly in the books of Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiasticus, Ecclesiastes, and Wisdom of Solomon. The "wisdom" (Hokhmah) of these writings consists in detached sage utterances on concrete issues of life

Observance(n.) Servile attention; sycophancy.

Observant(n.) A sycophantic servant.

Observatory(n.) A building fitted with instruments for making systematic observations of any particular class or series of natural phenomena.

Observer(n.) A sycophantic follower.

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.

Ods(interj.) A corruption of God's; -- formerly used in oaths and ejaculatory phrases.

Oesophagus(a.) Alt. of Oesophageal

Oesophageal(a.) Same as Esophagus, Esophageal, etc.

Oospore(n.) A special kind of spore resulting from the fertilization of an oosphere by antherozoids.

Oospore(n.) A fertilized oosphere in the ovule of a flowering plant.

Oss(n.) To prophesy; to presage.

Osse(n.) A prophetic or ominous utterance.

Pasigraphic(a.) Alt. of Pasigraphical

Pasigraphical(a.) Of or pertaining to pasigraphy.

Pasigraphy(n.) A system of universal writing, or a manner of writing that may be understood and used by all nations.

Pass(v. i.) To go; to move; to proceed; to be moved or transferred from one point to another; to make a transit; -- usually with a following adverb or adverbal phrase defining the kind or manner of motion; as, to pass on, by, out, in, etc.; to pass swiftly, directly, smoothly, etc.; to pass to the rear, under the yoke, over the bridge, across the field, beyond the border, etc.

Passage(v. i.) A particular portion constituting a part of something continuous; esp., a portion of a book, speech, or musical composition; a paragraph; a clause.

Passive(a.) Inactive; inert; not showing strong affinity; as, red phosphorus is comparatively passive.

Pasteurism(n.) A method of treatment, devised by Pasteur, for preventing certain diseases, as hydrophobia, by successive inoculations with an attenuated virus of gradually increasing strength.

Pastor(n.) A shepherd; one who has the care of flocks and herds.

Pastoral(a.) Of or pertaining to shepherds; hence, relating to rural life and scenes; as, a pastoral life.

Pastoral(n.) A poem describing the life and manners of shepherds; a poem in which the speakers assume the character of shepherds; an idyl; a bucolic.

Pisasphaltum(n.) See Pissasphalt.

Pisophalt(n.) Pissasphalt.

Pissasphalt(n.) Earth pitch; a soft, black bitumen of the consistence of tar, and of a strong smell. It is inflammable, and intermediate between petroleum and asphalt.

Pistillody(n.) The metamorphosis of other organs into pistils.

Positivism(n.) A system of philosophy originated by M. Auguste Comte, which deals only with positives. It excludes from philosophy everything but the natural phenomena or properties of knowable things, together with their invariable relations of coexistence and succession, as occurring in time and space. Such relations are denominated laws, which are to be discovered by observation, experiment, and comparison.

Post-abdomen(n.) That part of a crustacean behind the cephalothorax; -- more commonly called abdomen.

Postencephalon(n.) The metencephalon.

Postscript(n.) A paragraph added to a letter after it is concluded and signed by the writer; an addition made to a book or composition after the main body of the work has been finished, containing something omitted, or something new occurring to the writer.

Postsphenoid(a.) Of or pertaining to the posterior part of the sphenoid bone.

Postzygapophyses(pl. ) of Postzygapophysis

Postzygapophysis(n.) A posterior zygapophysis.

Resorcin(n.) A colorless crystal.

Responsorial(a.) Responsory; antiphonal.

Responsory(n.) An antiphonary; a response book.

Restrain(v. t.) To draw back again; to hold back from acting, proceeding, or advancing, either by physical or moral force, or by any interposing obstacle; to repress or suppress; to keep down; to curb.

Restraint(n.) The act or process of restraining, or of holding back or hindering from motion or action, in any manner; hindrance of the will, or of any action, physical or mental.

Rosalia(n.) A form of melody in which a phrase or passage is successively repeated, each time a step or half step higher; a melodic sequence.

Rosicrucian(n.) One who, in the 17th century and the early part of the 18th, claimed to belong to a secret society of philosophers deeply versed in the secrets of nature, -- the alleged society having existed, it was stated, several hundred years.

Rosin(n.) The hard, amber-colored resin left after distilling off the volatile oil of turpentine; colophony.

Rosolic(a.) Pertaining to, or designating, a complex red dyestuff (called rosolic acid)

Russophile(n.) Alt. of Russophilist

Russophilist(n.) One who, not being a Russian, favors Russian policy and aggrandizement.

Russophobe() Alt. of Russophobist

Russophobist() One who dreads Russia or Russian influence.

Russophobia(n.) Morbid dread of Russia or of Russian influence.

Sassabye(n.) A large African antelope (Alcelaphus lunata), similar to the hartbeest, but having its horns regularly curved.

Sassarara(n.) A word used to emphasize a statement.

Sassy bark() The bark of a West African leguminous tree (Erythrophlaeum Guineense, used by the natives as an ordeal poison, and also medicinally; -- called also mancona bark.

Sesquisulphide(n.) A sulphide, analogous to a sesquioxide, containing three atoms of sulphur to two of the other ingredient; -- formerly called also sesquisulphuret; as, orpiment, As2S3 is arsenic sesquisulphide.

Sessile(a.) Permanently attached; -- said of the gonophores of certain hydroids which never became detached.

Sismograph(n.) See Seismograph.

Sisyphean(a.) Relating to Sisyphus; incessantly recurring; as, Sisyphean labors.

Sisyphus(n.) A king of Corinth, son of Aeolus, famed for his cunning. He was killed by Theseus, and in the lower world was condemned by Pluto to roll to the top of a hill a huge stone, which constantly rolled back again, making his task incessant.

Suslik(n.) A ground squirrel (Spermophilus citillus) of Europe and Asia. It has large cheek pouches.

Sustain(v. t.) To keep from falling; to bear; to uphold; to support; as, a foundation sustains the superstructure; a beast sustains a load; a rope sustains a weight.

Sustain(n.) One who, or that which, upholds or sustains; a sustainer.

System(n.) An assemblage of objects arranged in regular subordination, or after some distinct method, usually logical or scientific; a complete whole of objects related by some common law, principle, or end; a complete exhibition of essential principles or facts, arranged in a rational dependence or connection; a regular union of principles or parts forming one entire thing; as, a system of philosophy; a system of government; a system of divinity; a system of botany or chemistry

Taste(n.) Manner, with respect to what is pleasing, refined, or in accordance with good usage; style; as, music composed in good taste; an epitaph in bad taste.

Taster(n.) One of a peculiar kind of zooids situated on the polyp-stem of certain Siphonophora. They somewhat resemble the feeding zooids, but are destitute of mouths. See Siphonophora.

Test(n.) A reaction employed to recognize or distinguish any particular substance or constituent of a compound, as the production of some characteristic precipitate; also, the reagent employed to produce such reaction; thus, the ordinary test for sulphuric acid is the production of a white insoluble precipitate of barium sulphate by means of some soluble barium salt.

Testaceography(n.) The science which treats of testaceans, or shellfish; the description of shellfish.

Testudo(n.) A genus of tortoises which formerly included a large number of diverse forms, but is now restricted to certain terrestrial species, such as the European land tortoise (Testudo Graeca) and the gopher of the Southern United States.

Tisical(a.) Consumptive, phthisical.

Tisic(n.) Consumption; phthisis. See Phthisis.

Tisicky(a.) Consumptive, phthisical.

Tusk(n.) One of the elongated incisor or canine teeth of the wild boar, elephant, etc.; hence, any long, protruding tooth.

Tusker(n.) An elephant having large tusks.

Unsophisticate(a.) Alt. of Unsophisticated

Unsophisticated(a.) Not sophisticated; pure; innocent; genuine.

Unsphere(v. t.) To remove, as a planet, from its sphere or orb.

Unstratified(a.) Not stratified; -- applied to massive rocks, as granite, porphyry, etc., and also to deposits of loose material, as the glacial till, which occur in masses without layers or strata.

Upset(a.) Set up; fixed; determined; -- used chiefly or only in the phrase upset price; that is, the price fixed upon as the minimum for property offered in a public sale, or, in an auction, the price at which property is set up or started by the auctioneer, and the lowest price at which it will be sold.

Vascular(a.) Of or pertaining to the higher division of plants, that is, the phaenogamous plants, all of which are vascular, in distinction from the cryptogams, which to a large extent are cellular only.

Vesicle(n.) A small cavity, nearly spherical in form, and usually of the size of a pea or smaller, such as are common in some volcanic rocks. They are produced by the liberation of watery vapor in the molten mass.

Vessel(n.) Any tube or canal in which the blood or other fluids are contained, secreted, or circulated, as the arteries, veins, lymphatics, etc.

Vestibulum(n.) A cavity into which, in certain bryozoans, the esophagus and anus open.

Vesuvianite(n.) A mineral occurring in tetragonal crystals, and also massive, of a brown to green color, rarely sulphur yellow and blue. It is a silicate of alumina and lime with some iron magnesia, and is common at Vesuvius. Also called idocrase.

Vision(v.) The faculty of seeing; sight; one of the five senses, by which colors and the physical qualities of external objects are appreciated as a result of the stimulating action of light on the sensitive retina, an expansion of the optic nerve.

Vision(v.) Especially, that which is seen otherwise than by the ordinary sight, or the rational eye; a supernatural, prophetic, or imaginary sight; an apparition; a phantom; a specter; as, the visions of Isaiah.

Visionary(a.) Affected by phantoms; disposed to receive impressions on the imagination; given to reverie; apt to receive, and act upon, fancies as if they were realities.

Visionary(n.) One whose imagination is disturbed; one who sees visions or phantoms.

Visit(v. t.) To go or come to see, as for the purpose of friendship, business, curiosity, etc.; to attend; to call upon; as, the physician visits his patient.

Visit(v. t.) The act of visiting, or going to see a person or thing; a brief stay of business, friendship, ceremony, curiosity, or the like, usually longer than a call; as, a visit of civility or respect; a visit to Saratoga; the visit of a physician.

West(n.) The Westen hemisphere, or the New World so called, it having been discovered by sailing westward from Europe; the Occident.

Westness(n.) A watery or moist state of the atmosphere; a state of being rainy, foggy, or misty; as, the wetness of weather or the season.

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