Words whose third letter is T
Actinism(n.) The property of radiant energy (found chiefly in solar or electric light) by which chemical changes are produced, as in photography.
Actinograph(n.) An instrument for measuring and recording the variations in the actinic or chemical force of rays of light.
Actinolite(n.) A bright green variety of amphibole occurring usually in fibrous or columnar masses.
Actinophorous(a.) Having straight projecting spines.
Actinozoa(n. pl.) A group of Coelenterata, comprising the Anthozoa and Ctenophora. The sea anemone, or actinia, is a familiar example.
Active(a.) Quick in physical movement; of an agile and vigorous body; nimble; as, an active child or animal.
Esthetics(n.) The theory or philosophy of taste; the science of the beautiful in nature and art; esp. that which treats of the expression and embodiment of beauty by art.
Aethogen(n.) A compound of nitrogen and boro/, which, when heated before the blowpipe, gives a brilliant phosphorescent; boric nitride.
Aftergrowth(n.) A second growth or crop, or (metaphorically) development.
Antagonist(a.) Antagonistic; opposing; counteracting; as, antagonist schools of philosophy.
Antaphrodisiac(a.) Capable of blunting the venereal appetite.
Antaphrodisiac(n.) Anything that quells the venereal appetite.
Antaphroditic(n.) An antaphroditic medicine.
Ant-bear(n.) An edentate animal of tropical America (the Tamanoir), living on ants. It belongs to the genus Myrmecophaga.
Ant-cattle(n.) Various kinds of plant lice or aphids tended by ants for the sake of the honeydew which they secrete. See Aphips.
Antephialtic(a.) Good against nightmare.
Antephialtic(n.) A remedy nightmare.
Anthography(n.) A description of flowers.
Anthophagous(a.) Eating flowers; -- said of certain insects.
Anthophore(n.) The stipe when developed into an internode between calyx and corolla, as in the Pink family.
Anthophorous(a.) Flower bearing; supporting the flower.
Anthophyllite(n.) A mineral of the hornblende group, of a yellowish gray or clove brown color.
Anthracene(n.) A solid hydrocarbon, C6H4.C2H2.C6H4, which accompanies naphthalene in the last stages of the distillation of coal tar. Its chief use is in the artificial production of alizarin.
Anthrenus(n.) A genus of small beetles, several of which, in the larval state, are very destructive to woolen goods, fur, etc. The common "museum pest" is A. varius; the carpet beetle is A. scrophulariae. The larvae are commonly confounded with moths.
Anthropography(n.) That branch of anthropology which treats of the actual distribution of the human race in its different divisions, as distinguished by physical character, language, institutions, and customs, in contradistinction to ethnography, which treats historically of the origin and filiation of races and nations.
Anthropomorpha(n. pl.) The manlike, or anthropoid, apes.
Anthropomorphic(a.) Of or pertaining to anthropomorphism.
Anthropomorphism(n.) The representation of the Deity, or of a polytheistic deity, under a human form, or with human attributes and affections.
Anthropomorphism(n.) The ascription of human characteristics to things not human.
Anthropomorphist(n.) One who attributes the human form or other human attributes to the Deity or to anything not human.
Anthropomorphite(n.) One who ascribes a human form or human attributes to the Deity or to a polytheistic deity. Taylor. Specifically, one of a sect of ancient heretics who believed that God has a human form, etc. Tillotson.
Anthropomorphitic(a.) to anthropomorphism.
Anthropomorphize(v. t. & i.) To attribute a human form or personality to.
Anthropomorphology(n.) The application to God of terms descriptive of human beings.
Anthropomorphosis(n.) Transformation into the form of a human being.
Anthropomorphous(a.) Having the figure of, or resemblance to, a man; as, an anthropomorphous plant.
Anthropophagi(n. pl.) Man eaters; cannibals.
Anthropophagic(a.) Alt. of Anthropophagical
Anthropophagical(a.) Relating to cannibalism or anthropophagy.
Anthropophaginian(n.) One who east human flesh.
Anthropophagite(n.) A cannibal.
Anthropophagous(a.) Feeding on human flesh; cannibal.
Anthropophagy(n.) The eating of human flesh; cannibalism.
Anthropophuism(n.) Human nature.
Anthroposophy(n.) Knowledge of the nature of man; hence, human wisdom.
Antiaphrodisiac(a. & n.) Same as Antaphrodisiac.
Antichlor(n.) Any substance (but especially sodium hyposulphite) used in removing the excess of chlorine left in paper pulp or stuffs after bleaching.
Antichthon(n.) Inhabitants of opposite hemispheres.
Anticyclone(n.) A movement of the atmosphere opposite in character, as regards direction of the wind and distribution of barometric pressure, to that of a cyclone.
Antiephialtic(a. & n.) Same as Antephialtic.
Antigraph(n.) A copy or transcript.
Antihydrophobic(a.) Counteracting or preventing hydrophobia.
Antihydrophobic(n.) A remedy for hydrophobia.
Antilyssic(a. & n.) Antihydrophobic.
Antimephitic(a.) Good against mephitic or deleterious gases.
Antimephitic(n.) A remedy against mephitic gases.
Antimony(n.) An elementary substance, resembling a metal in its appearance and physical properties, but in its chemical relations belonging to the class of nonmetallic substances. Atomic weight, 120. Symbol, Sb.
Antinephritic(a.) Counteracting, or deemed of use in, diseases of the kidneys.
Antinephritic(n.) An antinephritic remedy.
Antinomy(n.) A contradiction or incompatibility of thought or language; -- in the Kantian philosophy, such a contradiction as arises from the attempt to apply to the ideas of the reason, relations or attributes which are appropriate only to the facts or the concepts of experience.
Antiochian(a.) Pertaining to Antiochus, a contemporary with Cicero, and the founder of a sect of philosophers.
Antipharmic(a.) Antidotal; alexipharmic.
Antiphlogistian(n.) An opposer of the theory of phlogiston.
Antiphlogistic(a.) Opposed to the doctrine of phlogiston.
Antiphlogistic(a.) Counteracting inflammation.
Antiphlogistic(n.) Any medicine or diet which tends to check inflammation.
Antiphon(n.) A musical response; alternate singing or chanting. See Antiphony, and Antiphone.
Antiphon(n.) A verse said before and after the psalms.
Antiphonal(a.) Of or pertaining to antiphony, or alternate singing; sung alternately by a divided choir or opposite choirs.
Antiphonal(n.) A book of antiphons or anthems.
Antiphonary(n.) A book containing a collection of antiphons; the book in which the antiphons of the breviary, with their musical notes, are contained.
Antiphone(n.) The response which one side of the choir makes to the other in a chant; alternate chanting or signing.
Antiphoner(n.) A book of antiphons.
Antiphonies(pl. ) of Antiphony
Antiphony(n.) A musical response; also, antiphonal chanting or signing.
Antiphony(n.) An anthem or psalm sung alternately by a choir or congregation divided into two parts. Also figuratively.
Antiphrasis(n.) The use of words in a sense opposite to their proper meaning; as when a court of justice is called a court of vengeance.
Antiphrastic(a.) Alt. of Antiphrastical
Antiphrastical(a.) Pertaining to antiphrasis.
Antiphthisic(a.) Relieving or curing phthisis, or consumption.
Antiphthisic(n.) A medicine for phthisis.
Antiphysical(a.) Contrary to nature; unnatural.
Antiphysical(a.) Relieving flatulence; carminative.
Antistrophe(n.) In Greek choruses and dances, the returning of the chorus, exactly answering to a previous strophe or movement from right to left. Hence: The Antistrophe(n.) The repetition of words in an inverse order; as, the master of the servant and the servant of the master.
Antistrophe(n.) The retort or turning of an adversary's plea against him.
Antistrophic(a.) Of or pertaining to an antistrophe.
Antistrophon(n.) An argument retorted on an opponent.
Antisyphilitic(a.) Efficacious against syphilis.
Antisyphilitic(n.) A medicine for syphilis.
Antivenereal(a.) Good against venereal poison; antisyphilitic.
Antonomasia(n.) The use of some epithet or the name of some office, dignity, or the like, instead of the proper name of the person; as when his majesty is used for a king, or when, instead of Aristotle, we say, the philosopher; or, conversely, the use of a proper name instead of an appellative, as when a wise man is called a Solomon, or an eminent orator a Cicero.
Apteral(a.) Without lateral columns; -- applied to buildings which have no series of columns along their sides, but are either prostyle or amphiprostyle, and opposed to peripteral.
Artemia(n.) A genus of phyllopod Crustacea found in salt lakes and brines; the brine shrimp. See Brine shrimp.
Arteriography(n.) A systematic description of the arteries.
Arthrography(n.) The description of joints.
Arthrostraca(n. pl.) One of the larger divisions of Crustacea, so called because the thorax and abdomen are both segmented; Tetradecapoda. It includes the Amphipoda and Isopoda.
Articulary(n.) A bone in the base of the lower jaw of many birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fishes.
Aster(n.) A plant of the genus Callistephus. Many varieties (called China asters, German asters, etc.) are cultivated for their handsome compound flowers.
Asteriated(a.) Radiated, with diverging rays; as, asteriated sapphire.
Asterisk(n.) The figure of a star, thus, /, used in printing and writing as a reference to a passage or note in the margin, to supply the omission of letters or words, or to mark a word or phrase as having a special character.
Asterism(n.) An optical property of some crystals which exhibit a star-shaped by reflected light, as star sapphire, or by transmitted light, as some mica.
Asterophyllite(n.) A fossil plant from the coal formations of Europe and America, now regarded as the branchlets and foliage of calamites.
Astrography(n.) Astrolabe(n.) A stereographic projection of the sphere on the plane of a great circle, as the equator, or a meridian; a planisphere.
Astronomer(n.) One who is versed in astronomy; one who has a knowledge of the laws of the heavenly orbs, or the principles by which their motions are regulated, with their various phenomena.
Astronomy(n.) The science which treats of the celestial bodies, of their magnitudes, motions, distances, periods of revolution, eclipses, constitution, physical condition, and of the causes of their various phenomena.
Astrophel(n.) See Astrofel.
Astrophotography(n.) The application of photography Astrophysical(a.) Pertaining to the physics of astronomical science.
Astrophyton(n.) A genus of ophiurans having the arms much branched.
Attack(v. t.) To assail with unfriendly speech or writing; to begin a controversy with; to attempt to overthrow or bring into disrepute, by criticism or satire; to censure; as, to attack a man, or his opinions, in a pamphlet.
Attaint(v. t.) To affect or infect, as with physical or mental disease or with moral contagion; to taint or corrupt.
Attend(v. t.) To go or stay with, as a companion, nurse, or servant; to visit professionally, as a physician; to accompany or follow in order to do service; to escort; to wait on; to serve.
Attributive(n.) A word that denotes an attribute; esp. a modifying word joined to a noun; an adjective or adjective phrase.
Authentic(n.) Having a genuine original or authority, in opposition to that which is false, fictitious, counterfeit, or apocryphal; being what it purports to be; genuine; not of doubtful origin; real; as, an authentic paper or register.
Authotype(n.) A type or block containing a facsimile of an autograph.
Autobiographer(n.) One who writers his own life or biography.
Autobiographic(a.) Alt. of Autobiographical
Autobiographical(a.) Pertaining to, or containing, autobiography; as, an autobiographical sketch.
Autobiographist(n.) One who writes his own life; an autobiographer.
Autobiographies(pl. ) of Autobiography
Autobiography(n.) A biography written by the subject of it; memoirs of one's life written by one's self.
Autocephalous(a.) Having its own head; independent of episcopal or patriarchal jurisdiction, as certain Greek churches.
Autochronograph(n.) An instrument for the instantaneous self-recording or printing of time.
Autograph(n.) That which is written with one's own hand; an original manuscript; a person's own signature or handwriting.
Autograph(a.) In one's own handwriting; as, an autograph letter; an autograph will.
Autographic(a.) Alt. of Autographical
Autographical(a.) Pertaining to an autograph, or one's own handwriting; of the nature of an autograph.
Autographical(a.) Pertaining to, or used in, the process of autography; as, autographic ink, paper, or press.
Autography(n.) The science of autographs; a person's own handwriting; an autograph.
Autography(n.) A process in lithography by which a writing or drawing is transferred from paper to stone.
Automatism(n.) The state or quality of being automatic; the power of self-moving; automatic, mechanical, or involuntary action. (Metaph.) A theory as to the activity of matter.
Automorphic(a.) Patterned after one's self.
Automorphism(n.) Automorphic characterization.
Autonomy(n.) The sovereignty of reason in the sphere of morals; or man's power, as possessed of reason, to give law to himself. In this, according to Kant, consist the true nature and only possible proof of liberty.
Autophagi(n. pl.) Birds which are able to run about and obtain their own food as soon as hatched.
Autophoby(n.) Fear of one's self; fear of being egotistical.
Autophony(n.) An auscultatory process, which consists in noting the tone of the observer's own voice, while he speaks, holding his head close to the patient's chest.
Autostylic(a.) Having the mandibular arch articulated directly to the cranium, as in the skulls of the Amphibia.
Autotype(n.) A photographic picture produced in sensitized pigmented gelatin by exposure to light under a negative; and subsequent washing out of the soluble parts; a kind of picture in ink from a gelatin plate.
Autotypography(n.) A process resembling "nature printing," by which drawings executed on gelatin are impressed into a soft metal plate, from which the printing is done as from copperplate.
Batfish(n.) A name given to several species of fishes: (a) The Malthe vespertilio of the Atlantic coast. (b) The flying gurnard of the Atlantic (Cephalacanthus spinarella). (c) The California batfish or sting ray (Myliobatis Californicus.)
Bathe(v. t.) To apply water or some liquid medicament to; as, to bathe the eye with warm water or with sea water; to bathe one's forehead with camphor.
Batrachia(n. pl.) The order of amphibians which includes the frogs and toads; the Anura. Sometimes the word is used in a wider sense as equivalent to Amphibia.
Batrachophagous(a.) Feeding on frogs.
Better(a.) Having good qualities in a greater degree than another; as, a better man; a better physician; a better house; a better air.
Better(a.) To improve the condition of, morally, physically, financially, socially, or otherwise.
Betulin(n.) A substance of a resinous nature, obtained from the outer bark of the common European birch (Betula alba), or from the tar prepared therefrom; -- called also birch camphor.
Between(prep.) In the space which separates; betwixt; as, New York is between Boston and Philadelphia.
Bitumen(n.) Mineral pitch; a black, tarry substance, burning with a bright flame; Jew's pitch. It occurs as an abundant natural product in many places, as on the shores of the Dead and Caspian Seas. It is used in cements, in the construction of pavements, etc. See Asphalt.
Bitumen(n.) By extension, any one of the natural hydrocarbons, including the hard, solid, brittle varieties called asphalt, the semisolid maltha and mineral tars, the oily petroleums, and even the light, volatile naphthas.
Botfly(n.) A dipterous insect of the family (Estridae, of many different species, some of which are particularly troublesome to domestic animals, as the horse, ox, and sheep, on which they deposit their eggs. A common species is one of the botflies of the horse (Gastrophilus equi), the larvae of which (bots) are taken into the stomach of the animal, where they live several months and pass through their larval states.
Botryogen(n.) A hydrous sulphate of iron of a deep red color. It often occurs in botryoidal form.
Botryoidal(a.) Having the form of a bunch of grapes; like a cluster of grapes, as a mineral presenting an aggregation of small spherical or spheroidal prominences.
Bottle-nose(n.) A cetacean of the Dolphin family, of several species, as Delphinus Tursio and Lagenorhyncus leucopleurus, of Europe.
Butcher's broom() A genus of plants (Ruscus); esp. R. aculeatus, which has large red berries and leaflike branches. See Cladophyll.
Butterfish(n.) A name given to several different fishes, in allusion to their slippery coating of mucus, as the Stromateus triacanthus of the Atlantic coast, the Epinephelus punctatus of the southern coast, the rock eel, and the kelpfish of New Zealand.
Buttonbush(n.) A shrub (Cephalanthus occidentalis) growing by the waterside; -- so called from its globular head of flowers. See Capitulum.
Cataclysm(n.) Any violent catastrophe, involving sudden and extensive changes of the earth's surface.
Cataclysmist(n.) One who believes that the most important geological phenomena have been produced by cataclysms.
Catadioptrics(n.) The science which treats of catadioptric phenomena, or of the used of catadioptric instruments.
Catallacta(n. pl.) A division of Protozoa, of which Magosphaera is the type. They exist both in a myxopod state, with branched pseudopodia, and in the form of ciliated bodies united in free, spherical colonies.
Catalogue(n.) A list or enumeration of names, or articles arranged methodically, often in alphabetical order; as, a catalogue of the students of a college, or of books, or of the stars.
Catalysis(n.) A process by which reaction occurs in the presence of certain agents which were formerly believed to exert an influence by mere contact. It is now believed that such reactions are attended with the formation of an intermediate compound or compounds, so that by alternate composition and decomposition the agent is apparenty left unchanged; as, the catalysis of making ether from alcohol by means of sulphuric acid
Cataphonic(a.) Of or relating to cataphonics; catacoustic.
Cataphonics(n.) That branch of acoustics which treats of reflected sounds; catacoustics.
Cataphract(n.) Defensive armor used for the whole body and often for the horse, also, esp. the linked mail or scale armor of some eastern nations.
Cataphract(n.) A horseman covered with a cataphract.
Cataphract(n.) The armor or plate covering some fishes.
Cataphracted(a.) Covered with a cataphract, or armor of plates, scales, etc.; or with that which corresponds to this, as horny or bony plates, hard, callous skin, etc.
Cataphractic(a.) Of, pertaining to, or resembling, a cataphract.
Cataphysical(a.) Unnatural; contrary to nature.
Catastrophe(n.) An event producing a subversion of the order or system of things; a final event, usually of a calamitous or disastrous nature; hence, sudden calamity; great misfortune.
Catastrophe(n.) The final event in a romance or a dramatic piece; a denouement, as a death in a tragedy, or a marriage in a comedy.
Catastrophe(n.) A violent and widely extended change in the surface of the earth, as, an elevation or subsidence of some part of it, effected by internal causes.
Catastrophic(a.) Of a pertaining to a catastrophe.
Catastrophism(n.) The doctrine that the geological changes in the earth's crust have been caused by the sudden action of violent physical causes; -- opposed to the doctrine of uniformism.
Catastrophist(n.) One who holds the theory or catastrophism.
Catchword(n.) A word or phrase caught up and repeated for effect; as, the catchword of a political party, etc.
Catechumen(L. catechunenus, Gr. / instructed, from /. See) One who is receiving rudimentary instruction in the doctrines of Christianity; a neophyte; in the primitive church, one officially recognized as a Christian, and admitted to instruction preliminary to admission to full membership in the church.
Catoptrics(n.) That part of optics which explains the properties and phenomena of reflected light, and particularly that which is reflected from mirrors or polished bodies; -- formerly called anacamptics.
Cat-tail(n.) A tall rush or flag (Typha latifolia) growing in marshes, with long, flat leaves, and having its flowers in a close cylindrical spike at the top of the stem. The leaves are frequently used for seating chairs, making mats, etc. See Catkin.
Chthonophagia(n.) Alt. of Chthonophagy
Chthonophagy(n.) A disease characterized by an irresistible desire to eat earth, observed in some parts of the southern United States, the West Indies, etc.
Citrination(n.) The process by which anything becomes of the color of a lemon; esp., in alchemy, the state of perfection in the philosopher's stone indicated by its assuming a deep yellow color.
Cuttlefish(n.) A cephalopod of the genus Sepia, having an internal shell, large eyes, and ten arms furnished with denticulated suckers, by means of which it secures its prey. The name is sometimes applied to dibranchiate cephalopods generally.
Cytogenous(a.) Producing cells; -- applied esp. to lymphatic, or adenoid, tissue.
Cytoid(a.) Cell-like; -- applied to the corpuscles of lymph, blood, chyle, etc.
Detonate(v. i.) To explode with a sudden report; as, niter detonates with sulphur.
Diterebene(n.) See Colophene.
Dithionic(a.) Containing two equivalents of sulphur; as, dithionic acid.
Ectolecithal(a.) Having the food yolk, at the commencement of segmentation, in a peripheral position, and the cleavage process confined to the center of the egg; as, ectolecithal ova.
Ectypography(n.) A method of etching in which the design upon the plate is produced in relief.
Either(conj. Either) precedes two, or more, coordinate words or phrases, and is introductory to an alternative. It is correlative to or.
Entangle(v. t.) To involve in such complications as to render extrication a bewildering difficulty; hence, metaphorically, to insnare; to perplex; to bewilder; to puzzle; as, to entangle the feet in a net, or in briers.
Enteradenography(n.) A treatise upon, or description of, the intestinal glands.
Enterography(n.) A treatise upon, or description of, the intestines; enterology.
Enterorrhaphy(n.) The operation of sewing up a rent in the intestinal canal.
Entheic(a.) Caused by a morbifie virus implanted in the system; as, an enthetic disease like syphilis.
Entomophaga(n. pl.) One of a group of hymenopterous insects whose larvae feed parasitically upon living insects. See Ichneumon, 2.
Entomophaga(n. pl.) A group of marsupials which are partly insectivorous, as the opossum.
Entomophaga(n. pl.) A group of edentates, including the ant-eaters.
Entomophagan(a.) Relating to the Entomophaga.
Entomophagan(n.) One of the Entomophaga.
Entomophagous(a.) Feeding on insects; insectivorous.
Entomophilous(a.) Fertilized by the agency of insects; -- said of plants in which the pollen is carried to the stigma by insects.
Entoperipheral(a.) Being, or having its origin, within the external surface of the body; -- especially applied to feelings, such as hunger, produced by internal disturbances. Opposed to epiperipheral.
Entophyte(n.) A vegetable parasite subsisting in the interior of the body.
Entophytic(a.) Of or pertaining to entophytes; as, an entophytic disease.
Estophed(imp. & p. p.) of Estop
Eutrophy(n.) Healthy nutrition; soundless as regards the nutritive functions.
Eutychian(n.) A follower of Eutyches [5th century], who held that the divine and the human in the person of Christ were blended together as to constitute but one nature; a monophysite; -- opposed to Nestorian.
Extend(v. t.) To enlarge; to widen; to carry out further; as, to extend the capacities, the sphere of usefulness, or commerce; to extend power or influence; to continue, as time; to lengthen; to prolong; as, to extend the time of payment or a season of trail.
Extensive(a.) Having wide extent; of much superficial extent; expanded; large; broad; wide; comprehensive; as, an extensive farm; an extensive lake; an extensive sphere of operations; extensive benevolence; extensive greatness.
Exterior(a.) External; outward; pertaining to that which is external; -- opposed to interior; as, the exterior part of a sphere.
External(a.) Outside of or separate from ourselves; (Metaph.) separate from the perceiving mind.
External(a.) Outwardly perceptible; visible; physical or corporeal, as distinguished from mental or moral.
Externalism(n.) That philosophy or doctrine which recognizes or deals only with externals, or objects of sense perception; positivism; phenomenalism.
Extort(v. t.) To wrest from an unwilling person by physical force, menace, duress, torture, or any undue or illegal exercise of power or ingenuity; to wrench away (from); to tear away; to wring (from); to exact; as, to extort contributions from the vanquished; to extort confessions of guilt; to extort a promise; to extort payment of a debt.
Extraphysical(a.) Not subject to physical laws or methods.
Fathead(n.) A cyprinoid fish of the Mississippi valley (Pimephales promelas); -- called also black-headed minnow.
Fatidical(a.) Having power to foretell future events; prophetic; fatiloquent; as, the fatidical oak.
Fatiloquent(a.) Prophetic; fatidical.
Futurist(n.) One who believes or maintains that the fulfillment of the prophecies of the Bible is to be in the future.
Gutta(n.) One of a series of ornaments, in the form of a frustum of a cone, attached to the lower part of the triglyphs, and also to the lower faces of the mutules, in the Doric order; -- called also campana, and drop.
Hatteria(n.) A New Zealand lizard, which, in anatomical character, differs widely from all other existing lizards. It is the only living representative of the order Rhynchocephala, of which many Mesozoic fossil species are known; -- called also Sphenodon, and Tuatera.
Heterocarpism(n.) The power of producing two kinds of reproductive bodies, as in Amphicarpaea, in which besides the usual pods, there are others underground.
Hetercephalous(a.) Bearing two kinds of heads or capitula; -- said of certain composite plants.
Heterographic(a.) Employing the same letters to represent different sounds in different words or syllables; -- said of methods of spelling; as, the ordinary English orthography is heterographic.
Heterography(n.) That method of spelling in which the same letters represent different sounds in different words, as in the ordinary English orthography; e. g., g in get and in ginger.
Heteromerous(a.) Unrelated in chemical composition, though similar or indentical in certain other respects; as, borax and augite are homoemorphous, but heteromerous.
Heteromorphic(a.) Deviating from the normal, perfect, or mature form; having different forms at different stages of existence, or in different individuals of the same species; -- applied especially to insects in which there is a wide difference of form between the larva and the adult, and to plants having more than one form of flower.
Heteromorphism(n.) Alt. of Heteromorphy
Heteromorphy(n.) The state or quality of being heteromorphic.
Heteronereis(n.) A free-swimming, dimorphic, sexual form of certain species of Nereis.
Heterophagi(n. pl.) Altrices.
Heterophemist(n.) One liable to the fault of heterophemy.
Heterophemy(n.) The unconscious saying, in speech or in writing, of that which one does not intend to say; -- frequently the very reverse of the thought which is present to consciousness.
Heterophony(n.) An abnormal state of the voice.
Heterophyllous(a.) Having leaves of more than one shape on the same plant.
Heterotropous(a.) Having the embryo or ovule oblique or transverse to the funiculus; amphitropous.
Hit(n.) A peculiarly apt expression or turn of thought; a phrase which hits the mark; as, a happy hit.
Hither(adv.) To this point, source, conclusion, design, etc.; -- in a sense not physical.
Iatrochemist(n.) A physician who explained or treated diseases upon chemical principles; one who practiced iatrochemistry.
Iatrochemistry(n.) Chemistry applied to, or used in, medicine; -- used especially with reference to the doctrines in the school of physicians in Flanders, in the 17th century, who held that health depends upon the proper chemical relations of the fluids of the body, and who endeavored to explain the conditions of health or disease by chemical principles.
Iatromathematician(n.) One of a school of physicians in Italy, about the middle of the 17th century, who tried to apply the laws of mechanics and mathematics to the human body, and hence were eager student of anatomy; -- opposed to the iatrochemists.
Integumation(n.) That part of physiology which treats of the integuments of animals and plants.
Intellectual(a.) Relating to the understanding; treating of the mind; as, intellectual philosophy, sometimes called "mental" philosophy.
Intensifier(n.) One who or that which intensifies or strengthens; in photography, an agent used to intensify the lights or shadows of a picture.
Intensify(v. t.) To render more intense; as, to intensify heat or cold; to intensify colors; to intensify a photographic negative; to intensify animosity.
Intension(n.) The collective attributes, qualities, or marks that make up a complex general notion; the comprehension, content, or connotation; -- opposed to extension, extent, or sphere.
Intensive(a.) Serving to give force or emphasis; as, an intensive verb or preposition.
Intensive(n.) That which intensifies or emphasizes; an intensive verb or word.
Interbrain(n.) See Thalamencephalon.
Intercalation(n.) The insertion or introduction of anything among others, as the insertion of a phraseInterference(n.) The mutual influence, under certain conditions, of two streams of light, or series of pulsations of sound, or, generally, two waves or vibrations of any kind, producing certain characteristic phenomena, as colored fringes, dark bands, or darkness, in the case of light, silence or increased intensity in sounds; neutralization or superposition of waves generally.
Interfollicular(a.) Between follicles; as, the interfollicular septa in a lymphatic gland.
Interjectional(a.) Thrown in between other words or phrases; parenthetical; ejaculatory; as, an interjectional remark.
Internationalize(v. t.) To make international; to cause to affect the mutual relations of two or more nations; as, to internationalize a principle of law, or a philanthropic enterprise.
Internode(n.) A part between two joints; a segment; specifically, one of the phalanges.
Interphalangeal(a.) Between phalanges; as, interphalangeal articulations.
Interpret(v. t.) To explain or tell the meaning of; to expound; to translate orally into intelligible or familiar language or terms; to decipher; to define; -- applied esp. to language, but also to dreams, signs, conduct, mysteries, etc.; as, to interpret the Hebrew language to an Englishman; to interpret an Indian speech.
Intonation(n.) Reciting in a musical prolonged tone; intonating, or singing of the opening phrase of a plain-chant, psalm, or canticle by a single voice, as of a priest. See Intone, v. t.
Introspectionist(n.) One given to the introspective method of examining the phenomena of the soul.
Introspective(a.) Involving the act or results of conscious knowledge of physical phenomena; -- contrasted with associational.
Iota(n.) The ninth letter of the Greek alphabet (/) corresponding with the English i.
Jatrophic(a.) Of or pertaining to physic nuts, the seeds of plants of the genus Jatropha.
Katabolism(n.) Destructive or downward metabolism; regressive metamorphism; -- opposed to anabolism. See Disassimilation.
Kattinumdoo(n.) A caoutchouc like substance obtained from the milky juice of the East Indian Euphorbia Kattimundoo. It is used as a cement.
Katydid(n.) A large, green, arboreal, orthopterous insect (Cyrtophyllus concavus) of the family Locustidae, common in the United States. The males have stridulating organs at the bases of the front wings. During the summer and autumn, in the evening, the males make a peculiar, loud, shrill sound, resembling the combination Katy-did, whence the name.
Kettledrum(n.) A drum made of thin copper in the form of a hemispherical kettle, with parchment stretched over the mouth of it.
Kitcat(a.) Designating a club in London, to which Addison and Steele belonged; -- so called from Christopher Cat, a pastry cook, who served the club with mutton pies.
Latinize(v. i.) To use words or phrases borrowed from the Latin.
Let(n.) A retarding; hindrance; obstacle; impediment; delay; -- common in the phrase without let or hindrance, but elsewhere archaic.
Letheon(n.) Sulphuric ether used as an anaesthetic agent.
Letterer(n.) One who makes, inscribes, or engraves, alphabetical letters.
Letterwood(n.) The beautiful and highly elastic wood of a tree of the genus Brosimum (B. Aubletii), found in Guiana; -- so called from black spots in it which bear some resemblance to hieroglyphics; also called snakewood, and leopardwood. It is much used for bows and for walking sticks.
Litchi(n.) The fruit of a tree native to China (Nephelium Litchi). It is nutlike, having a rough but tender shell, containing an aromatic pulp, and a single large seed. In the dried fruit which is exported the pulp somewhat resembles a raisin in color and form.
Literal(a.) According to the letter or verbal expression; real; not figurative or metaphorical; as, the literal meaning of a phrase.
Litharge(n.) Lead monoxide; a yellowish red substance, obtained as an amorphous powder, or crystallized in fine scales, by heating lead moderately in a current of air or by calcining lead nitrate or carbonate. It is used in making flint glass, in glazing earthenware, in making red lead minium, etc. Called also massicot.
Lithe(a.) Capable of being easily bent; pliant; flexible; limber; as, the elephant's lithe proboscis.
Lithiophilite(n.) A phosphate of manganese and lithium; a variety of triphylite.
Lithium(n.) A metallic element Lithodomous(a.) Like, or pertaining to, Lithodomus; lithophagous.
Lithodomus(n.) A genus of elongated bivalve shells, allied to the mussels, and remarkable for their ability to bore holes for shelter, in solid limestone, shells, etc. Called also Lithophagus.
Lithoglyph(n.) An engraving on a gem.
Lithoglypher(n.) One who curs or engraves precious stones.
Lithoglyphic(a.) Of or pertaining to the art of cutting and engraving precious stones.
Lithographed(imp. & p. p.) of Lithograph
Lithographing(p. pr. & vb. n.) of Lithograph
Lithograph(v. t.) To trace on stone by the process of lithography so as to transfer the design to paper by printing; as, to lithograph a design; to lithograph a painting. See Lithography.
Lithograph(n.) A print made by lithography.
Lithographer(n.) One who lithographs; one who practices lithography.
Lithographic(a.) Alt. of Lithographical
Lithographical(a.) Of or pertaining to lithography; made by lithography; as, the lithographic art; a lithographic picture.
Lithography(n.) The art or process of putting designs or writing, with a greasy material, on stone, and of producing printed impressions therefrom. The process depends, in the main, upon the antipathy between grease and water, which prevents a printing ink containing oil from adhering to wetted parts of the stone not covered by the design. See Lithographic limestone, under Lithographic.
Lithophagous(a.) Eating or swallowing stones or gravel, as the ostrich.
Lithophagous(a.) Eating or destroying stone; -- applied to various animals which make burrows in stone, as many bivalve mollusks, certain sponges, annelids, and sea urchins. See Lithodomus.
Lithophane(n.) Porcelain impressed with figures which are made distinct by transmitted light, -- as when hung in a window, or used as a lamp shade.
Lithophosphor(n.) A stone that becomes phosphoric by heat.
Lithophosphoric(a.) Pertaining to lithophosphor; becoming phosphoric by heat.
Lithophotography(n.) Same as Photolithography.
Lithophyll(n.) A fossil leaf or impression of a leaf.
Lithophyse(n.) A spherulitic cavity often with concentric chambers, observed in some volcanic rocks, as in rhyolitic lavas. It is supposed to be produced by expanding gas, whence the name.
Lithophyte(n.) A hard, or stony, plantlike organism, as the gorgonians, coralsLithophytic(a.) Of or pertaining to lithophytes.
Lithotint(n.) A kind of lithography by which the effect of a tinted drawing is produced, as if made with India ink.
Litmus(n.) A dyestuff extracted from certain lichens (Roccella tinctoria, Lecanora tartarea, etc.)
Lotophagi(n. pl.) A people visited by Ulysses in his wanderings. They subsisted on the lotus. See Lotus (b), and Lotus-eater.
Lotus(n.) A name of several kinds of water lilies; as Nelumbium speciosum, used in religious ceremonies, anciently in Egypt, and to this day in Asia; Nelumbium luteum, the American lotus; and Nymphaea Lotus and N. caerulea, the respectively white-flowered and blue-flowered lotus of modern Egypt, which, with Nelumbium speciosum, are figured on its ancient monuments.
Lotus(n.) The lotus of the lotuseaters, probably a tree found in Northern Africa, Sicily, Portugal, and Spain (Zizyphus Lotus), the fruit of which is mildly sweet. It was fabled by the ancients to make strangers who ate of it forget their native country, or lose all desire to return to it.
Lotos-eater(n.) One who ate the fruit or leaf of the lotus, and, as a consequence, gave himself up to indolence and daydreams; one of the Lotophagi.
Luteic(a.) Pertaining to, or designating, an acid resembling luteolin, but obtained from the flowers of Euphorbia cyparissias.
Match(n.) Anything used for catching and retaining or communicating fire, made of some substance which takes fire readily, or remains burning some time; esp., a small strip or splint of wood dipped at one end in a substance which can be easily ignited by friction, as a preparation of phosphorus or chlorate of potassium.
Material(a.) Consisting of matter; not spiritual; corporeal; physical; as, material substance or bodies.
Material(a.) Hence: Pertaining to, or affecting, the physical nature of man, as distinguished from the mental or moral nature; relating to the bodily wants, interests, and comforts.
Materialist(n.) One who denies the existence of spiritual substances or agents, and maintains that spiritual phenomena, so called, are the result of some peculiar organization of matter.
Mathematical(a.) Of or pertaining to mathematics; according to mathematics; hence, theoretically precise; accurate; as, mathematical geography; mathematical instruments; mathematical exactness.
Matte(n.) A partly reduced copper sulphide, obtained by alternately roasting and melting copper ore in separating the metal from associated iron ores, and called coarse metal, fine metal, etc., according to the grade of fineness. On the exterior it is dark brown or black, but on a fresh surface is yellow or bronzy in color.
Matter(n.) Affair worthy of account; thing of consequence; importance; significance; moment; -- chiefly in the phrases what matter 0 d h p u z no matter, and the like.
Matter(n.) That which is permanent, or is supposed to be given, and in or upon which changes are effected by psychological or physical processes and relations; -- opposed to form.
Matweed(n.) A name of several maritime grasses, as the sea sand-reed (Ammophila arundinacea) which is used in Holland to bind the sand of the seacoast dikes (see Beach grass, under Beach); also, the Lygeum Spartum, a Mediterranean grass of similar habit.
Met-() A prefix meaning between, with, after, behind, over, about, reversely; as, metachronism, the error of placing after the correct time; metaphor, lit., a carrying over; metathesis, a placing reversely.
Met-() Having less than the highest number of hydroxyl groups; -- said of acids; as, metaphosphoric acid. Also used adjectively.
Metabolia(n. pl.) A comprehensive group of insects, including those that undegro a metamorphosis.
Metabolian(n.) An insect which undergoes a metamorphosis.
Metabolic(a.) Of or pertaining to metamorphosis; pertaining to, or involving, change.
Metacarpus(n.) That part of the skeleton of the hand or forefoot between the carpus and phalanges. In man it consists of five bones. See Illust. of Artiodactyla.
Metachloral(n.) A white, amorphous, insoluble substance regarded as a polymeric variety of chloral.
Metacinnabarite(n.) Sulphide of mercury in isometric form and black in color.
Metagraphic(a.) By or pertaining to metagraphy.
Metagraphy(n.) The art or act of rendering the letters of the alphabet of one language into the possible equivalents of another; transliteration.
Metallograph(n.) A print made by metallography.
Metallographic(a.) Pertaining to, or by means of, metallography.
Metallographist(n.) One who writes on the subject of metals.
Metallography(n.) The science or art of metals and metal working; also, a treatise on metals.
Metallography(n.) A method of transferring impressions of the grain of wood to metallic surfaces by chemical action.
Metallography(n.) A substitute for lithography, in which metallic plates are used instead of stone.
Metalloid(n.) Now, one of several elementary substances which in the free state are unlike metals, and whose compounds possess or produce acid, rather than basic, properties; a nonmetal; as, boron, carbon, phosphorus, nitrogen, oxygen, sulphur, chlorine, bromine, etc., are metalloids.
Metamorphic(a.) Subject to change; changeable; variable.
Metamorphic(a.) Causing a change of structure.
Metamorphic(a.) Pertaining to, produced by, or exhibiting, certain changes which minerals or rocks may have undergone since their original deposition; -- especially applied to the recrystallization which sedimentary rocks have undergone through the influence of heat and pressure, after which they are called metamorphic rocks.
Metamorphism(n.) The state or quality of being metamorphic; the process by which the material of rock masses has been more or less recrystallized by heat, pressure, etc., as in the change of sedimentary limestone to marble.
Metamorphist(n.) One who believes that the body of Christ was merged into the Deity when he ascended.
Metamorphize(v. t.) To metamorphose.
Metamorphosed(imp. & p. p.) of Metamorphose
Metamorphosing(p. pr. & vb. n.) of Metamorphose
Metamorphose(v. t.) To change into a different form; to transform; to transmute.
Metamorphose(n.) Same as Metamorphosis.
Metamorphoser(n.) One who metamorphoses.
Metamorphosic(a.) Changing the form; transforming.
Metamorphoses(pl. ) of Metamorphosis
Metamorphosis(n.) Change of form, or structure; transformation.
Metamorphosis(n.) A change in the form or function of a living organism, by a natural process of growth or development; as, the metamorphosis of the yolk into the embryo, of a tadpole into a frog, or of a bud into a blossom. Especially, that form of sexual reproduction in which an embryo undergoes a series of marked changes of external form, as the chrysalis stage, pupa stage, etc., in insects.
Metamorphosis(n.) The change of material of one kind into another through the agency of the living organism; metabolism.
Metanephritic(a.) Of or pertaining to the metanephros.
Metanephros(n.) The most posterior of the three pairs of embryonic renal organs developed in many vertebrates.
Metanotum(n.) The dorsal portion of the metaphorax of insects.
Metantimonic(a.) Pertaining to, or designating, an acid (formerly called antimonic acid) analogous to metaphosphoric acid, and obtained as a white amorphous insoluble substance, (HSbO3).
Metantimonic(a.) Formerly, designating an acid, which is now properly called pyroantimonic acid, and analogous to pyrophosphoric acid.
Metaphor(n.) The transference of the relation between one set of objects to another set for the purpose of brief explanation; a compressed simile; e. g., the ship plows the sea.
Metaphoric(a.) Alt. of Metaphorical
Metaphorical(a.) Of or pertaining to metaphor; comprising a metaphor; not literal; figurative; tropical; as, a metaphorical expression; a metaphorical sense.
Metaphorist(n.) One who makes metaphors.
Metaphosphate(n.) A salt of metaphosphoric acid.
Metaphosphoric(a.) Pertaining to, or designating, a monobasic acid, HPO3, analogous to nitric acid, and, by heating phosphoric acid, obtained as a crystal. Metaphrase(n.) A verbal translation; a version or translation from one language into another, word for word; -- opposed to paraphrase.
Metaphrase(n.) An answering phrase; repartee.
Metaphrased(a.) Translated literally.
Metaphrast(n.) A literal translator.
Metaphrastic(a.) Alt. of Metaphrastical
Metaphrastical(a.) Close, or literal.
Metaphysic(n.) See Metaphysics.
Metaphysical(a.) Of or pertaining to metaphysics.
Metaphysical(a.) According to rules or principles of metaphysics; as, metaphysical reasoning.
Metaphysical(a.) Preternatural or supernatural.
Metaphysically(adv.) In the manner of metaphysical science, or of a metaphysician.
Metaphysician(n.) One who is versed in metaphysics.
Metaphysics(n.) The science of real as distinguished from phenomenal being; ontology; also, the science of being, with reference to its abstract and universal conditions, as distinguished from the science of determined or concrete being; the science of the conceptions and relations which are necessarily implied as true of every kind of being; phylosophy in general; first principles, or the science of first principles.
Metaphysics(n.) Hence: The scientific knowledge of mental phenomena; mental philosophy; psychology.
Metaphysis(n.) Change of form; transformation.
Metapophyses(pl. ) of Metapophysis
Metapophysis(n.) A tubercle projecting from the anterior articular processes of some vertebr/; a mammillary process.
Metasomatism(n.) An alteration in a mineral or rock mass when involving a chemical change of the substance, as of chrysolite to serpentine; -- opposed to ordinary metamorphism, as implying simply a recrystallization.
Metastannic(a.) Pertaining to, or designating, a compound of tin (metastannic acid), obtained, as an isomeric modification of stannic acid, in the form of a white amorphous substance.
Metasternum(n.) The most posterior element of the sternum; the ensiform process; xiphisternum.
Metatarsus(n.) That part of the skeleton of the hind or lower limb between the tarsus and phalanges; metatarse. It consists, in the human foot, of five bones. See Illustration in Appendix.
Metavanadic(a.) Of, pertaining to, or designating, a vanadic acid analogous to metaphosphoric acid.
Metazoa(n. pl.) Those animals in which the protoplasmic mass, constituting the egg, is converted into a multitude of cells, which are metamorphosed into the tissues of the body. A central cavity is commonly developed, and the cells around it are at first arranged in two layers, -- the ectoderm and endoderm. The group comprises nearly all animals except the Protozoa.
Mete(n.) Measure; limit; boundary; -- used chiefly in the plural, and in the phrase metes and bounds.
Metencephalon(n.) The posterior part of the brain, including the medulla; the afterbrain. Sometimes abbreviated to meten.
Meteor(n.) Any phenomenon or appearance in the atmosphere, as clouds, rain, hail, snow, etc.
Meteor(n.) Specif.: A transient luminous body or appearance seen in the atmosphere, or in a more elevated region.
Meteoric(a.) Of or pertaining to a meteor, or to meteors; atmospheric, as, meteoric phenomena; meteoric stones.
Meteorograph(n.) An instrument which registers meteorologic phases or conditions.
Meteorographic(a.) Of or pertaining to meteorography.
Meteorography(n.) The registration of meteorological phenomena.
Meteoroid(n.) A small body moving through space, or revolving about the sun, which on entering the earth's atmosphere would be deflagrated and appear as a meteor.
Meteorological(a.) Of or pertaining to the atmosphere and its phenomena, or to meteorology.
Meteorology(n.) The science which treats of the atmosphere and its phenomena, particularly of its variations of heat and moisture, of its winds, storms, etc.
Meteorometer(n.) An apparatus which transmits automatically to a central station atmospheric changes as marked by the anemometer, barometer, thermometer, etc.
Meteoroscope(n.) An astrolabe; a planisphere.
Metre(n.) Rhythmical arrangement of syllables or words into verses, stanzas, strophes, etc.; poetical measure, depending on number, quantity, and accent of syllables; rhythm; measure; verse; also, any specific rhythmical arrangements; as, the Horatian meters; a dactylic meter.
Methionic(a.) Of, pertaining to, or designating, a sulphonic (thionic) acid derivative of methane, obtained as a stable white crystal. Method(n.) Classification; a mode or system of classifying natural objects according to certain common characteristics; as, the method of Theophrastus; the method of Ray; the Linnaean method.
Methodical(a.) Of or pertaining to the ancient school of physicians called methodists.
Methodist(n.) One of an ancient school of physicians who rejected observation and founded their practice on reasoning and theory.
Metoche(n.) The space between two triglyphs.
Metope(n.) The space between two triglyphs of the Doric frieze, which, among the ancients, was often adorned with carved work. See Illust. of Entablature.
Metopomancy(n.) Fortune telling by physiognomy.
Metoposcopy(n.) The study of physiognomy; the art of discovering the character of persons by their features
Metrograph(n.) An instrument attached to a locomotive for recording its speed and the number and duration of its stops.
Mithridate(n.) An antidote against poison, or a composition in form of an electuary, supposed to serve either as a remedy or a preservative against poison; an alexipharmic; -- so called from King Mithridates, its reputed inventor.
Motet(n.) A composition adapted to sacred words in the elaborate polyphonic church style; an anthem.
Mother-of-thyme(n.) An aromatic plant (Thymus Serphyllum); -- called also wild thyme.
Motive(n.) The theme or subject; a leading phrase or passage which is reproduced and varied through the course of a comor a movement; a short figure, or melodic germ, out of which a whole movement is develpoed. See also Leading motive, under Leading.
Moto(n.) Movement; manner of movement; particularly, movement with increased rapidity; -- used especially in the phrase con moto, directing to a somewhat quicker movement; as, andante con moto, a little more rapidly than andante, etc.
Motorial(n.) Causing or setting up motion; pertaining to organs of motion; -- applied especially in physiology to those nerves or nerve fibers which only convey impressions from a nerve center to muscles, thereby causing motion.
Motto(n.) A sentence, phrase, or word, forming part of an heraldic achievment.
Motto(n.) A sentence, phrase, or word, prefixed to an essay, discourse, chapter, canto, or the like, suggestive of its subject matter; a short, suggestive expression of a guiding principle; a maxim.
Mute(n.) One who does not speak, whether from physical inability, unwillingness, or other cause.
Myth(n.) A story of great but unknown age which originally embodied a belief regarding some fact or phenomenon of experience, and in which often the forces of nature and of the soul are personified; an ancient legend of a god, a hero, the origin of a race, etc.; a wonder story of prehistoric origin; a popular fable which is, or has been, received as historical.
Mythographer(n.) A composer of fables.
Nation(n.) A great number; a great deal; -- by way of emphasis; as, a nation of herbs.
Naturalism(n.) The doctrine of those who deny a supernatural agency in the miracles and revelations recorded in the Bible, and in spiritual influences; also, any system of philosophy which refers the phenomena of nature to a blind force or forces acting necessarily or according to fixed laws, excluding origination or direction by one intelligent will.
Naturalize(v. i.) To explain phenomena by natural agencies or laws, to the exclusion of the supernatural.
Nature(n.) The personified sum and order of causes and effects; the powers which produce existing phenomena, whether in the total or in detail; the agencies which carry on the processes of creation or of being; -- often conceived of as a single and separate entity, embodying the total of all finite agencies and forces as disconnected from a creating or ordering intelligence.
Netfish(n.) An astrophyton.
Nitrogelatin(n.) An explosive consisting of gun cotton and camphor dissolved in nitroglycerin.
Nitrogen(n.) A colorless nonmetallic element, tasteless and odorless, comprising four fifths of the atmosphere by volume. It is chemically very inert in the free state, and as such is incapable of supporting life (hence the name azote still used by French chemists); but it forms many important compounds, as ammonia, nitric acid, the cyanides, etc, and is a constituent of all organized living tissues, animal or vegetable. Symbol N. Atomic weight 14.
Nitroglycerin(n.) A liquid appearing like a heavy oil, colorless or yellowish, and consisting of a mixture of several glycerin salts of nitric acid, and hence more properly called glycerin nitrate. It is made by the action of nitric acid on glycerin in the presence of sulphuric acid. It is extremely unstable and terribly explosive. A very dilute solution is used in medicine as a neurotic under the name of glonion.
Nitrophnol(n.) Any one of a series of nitro derivatives of phenol. They are yellow oily or crystal. Nitroprussic(a.) Pertaining to, derived from, or designating, a complex acid called nitroprussic acid, obtained indirectly by the action of nitric acid on potassium ferrocyanide (yellow prussiate), as a red crystal. Nitrosyl(n.) the radical NO, called also the nitroso group. The term is sometimes loosely used to designate certain nitro compounds; as, nitrosyl sulphuric acid. Used also adjectively.
Nothing(n.) A cipher; naught.
Actinogram(n.) A record made by the actinograph.
Actinophone(n.) An apparatus for the production of sound by the action of the actinic, or ultraviolet, rays.
Actinophonic(a.) Pertaining to, or causing the production of, sound by means of the actinic, or ultraviolet, rays; as, actinophonic phenomena.
Ant cow() Any aphid from which ants obtain honeydew.
Anthophilous(a.) Lit., fond of flowers; hence, feeding upon, or living among, flowers.
Anthracosis(n.) A chronic lung disease, common among coal miners, due to the inhalation of coal dust; -- called also collier's lung and miner's phthisis.
Anthropogeography(n.) The science of the human species as to geographical distribution and environment. Broadly, it includes industrial, commercial, and political geography, and that part of ethnology which deals with distribution and physical environment.
Anticoherer(n.) A device, one form of which consists of a scratched deposit of silver on glass, used in connection with the receiving apparatus for reading wireless signals. The electric waves falling on this contrivance increase its resistance several times. The anticoherer can be used in conjunction with a telephone.
Antidiphtheritic(a.) Destructive to, or hindering the growth of, diphtheria bacilli.
Antidiphtheritic(n.) An antidiphtheritic agent.
Antimonsoon(n.) The upper, contrary-moving current of the atmosphere over a monsoon.
Anti-trade(n.) A westerly wind which blows nearly continuously between 30? and 50? of latitude in both the northern and the southern hemisphere.
Astral(a.) Of or pertaining to an aster; as, astral rays; astral sphere.
Astrophotometer(n.) A photometer for measuring the brightness of stars.
Astrophotometry(n.) The determination of the brightness of stars, and also of the sun, moon, and planets.
Astrophysics(n.) The science treating of the physical characteristics of the stars and other heavenly bodies, their chemical constitution, light, heat, atmospheres, etc.
Attraction sphere() The central mass of the aster in mitotic cell division; centrosphere.
Attraction sphere() the mass of archoplasm left by the aster in the resting cell.
Attraction sphere() A small body situated on or near the nucleus in the cells of some of the lower plants, consisting of two centrospheres containing centrosomes. It exercises an important function in mitosis.
Autocoherer(n.) A self-restoring coherer, as a microphonic detector.
Autogenetic topography() A system of land forms produced by the free action of rain and streams on rocks of uniform texture.
Autokinetic system() In fire-alarm telegraphy, a system so arranged that when one alarm is being transmitted, no other alarm, sent in from another point, will be transmitted until after the first alarm has been disposed of.
Automobile(n.) An automobile vehicle or mechanism; esp., a self-propelled vehicle suitable for use on a street or roadway. Automobiles are usually propelled by internal combustion engines
Autophagy(n.) The feeding of the body upon itself, as in fasting; nutrition by consumption of one's own tissues.
Autotrophic(a.) Capable of self-nourishment; -- said of all plants in which photosynthetic activity takes place, as opposed to parasitism or saprophytism.
Autunite(n.) A lemon-yellow phosphate of uranium and calcium occurring in tabular crystals with basal cleavage, and in micalike scales. H., 2-2.5. Sp. gr., 3.05-3.19.
Bathygraphic(a.) Descriptive of the ocean depth; as, a bathygraphic chart.
Beta(n.) The second letter of the Greek alphabet, B, /. See B, and cf. etymology of Alphabet.
Bitumen process() Any process in which advantage is taken of the fact that prepared bitumen is rendered insoluble by exposure to light, as in photolithography.
Catacrotic(a.) Designating, pertaining to, or characterized by, that form of pulse tracing, or sphygmogram, in which the descending portion of the curve is marked by secondary elevations due to two or more expansions of the artery in the same beat.
Cathodograph() Alt. of Cathodegraph
Cathodegraph() A picture produced by the Rontgen rays; a radiograph.
Chthonian(a.) Designating, or pertaining to, gods or spirits of the underworld; esp., relating to the underworld gods of the Greeks, whose worship is widely considered as more primitive in form than that of the Olympian gods. The characteristics of chthonian worship are propitiatory and magical rites and generalized or euphemistic names of the deities, which are supposed to have been primarily ghosts.
Cotton batting() Cotton prepared in sheets or rolls for quilting, upholstering, and similar purposes.
Extravasate(v. t.) To pass by infiltration or effusion from the normal channel, such as a blood vessel or a lymphatic, into the surrounding tissue; -- said of blood, lymph, etc.
Futhork(n.) The Runic alphabet; -- so called from the six letters f, u, / (th), o (or a), r, c (=k).
Futurism(n.) A movement or phase of post-impressionism (which see, below).
Hittite(n.) A member of an ancient people (or perhaps group of peoples) whose settlements extended from Armenia westward into Asia Minor and southward into Palestine. They are known to have been met along the Orontes as early as 1500 b. c., and were often at war with the Egyptians and Assyrians. Especially in the north they developed a considerable civilization, of which numerous monuments and inscriptions are extant. Authorities are not agreed as to their race.
Hittorf tube() A highly exhausted glass tube with metallic electrodes nearly in contact so as to exhibit the insulating effects of a vacuum. It was used by the German physicist W. Hittorf (b. 1824).
Internal-combustion(a.) Designating, or pertaining to, any engine (called an Internal-combustion engine) in which the heat or pressure energy necessary to produce motion is developed in the engine cylinder, as by the explosion of a gas, and not in a separate chamber, as in a steam-engine boiler.
Interne(n.) A resident physician in a hospital; a house physician.
Letter(n.) A telegram longer than an ordinary message sent at rates lower than the standard message rate in consideration of its being sent and delivered subject to priority in service of regular messages. Such telegrams are called by the Western Union Company day, / night, letters according to the time of sending, and by The Postal Telegraph Company day, / night, lettergrams.
Litchi(n.) A genus of East Indian sapindaceous trees consisting of a single species (Litchi Chinensis, syn. Nephelium Litchi) which bears the litchi nut.
Lithophane(n.) Porcelain impressed with figures which are made distinct by transmitted light, as in a lamp shade.
Lithosphere(n.) The solid earth as distinguished from its fluid envelopes, the hydrosphere and atmosphere.
Lithosphere(n.) The outer part of the solid earth, the portion undergoing change through the gradual transfer of material by volcanic eruption, the circulation of underground water, and the process of erosion and deposition. It is, therefore, regarded as a third mobile envelope comparable with the hydrosphere and atmosphere.
Lithotype(n.) A machine, with a keyboard like that of a typewriter, for making a lithographic transfer sheet. It produces a perforated strip of paper which controls the printing.
Metallophone(n.) An instrument like a pianoforte, but having metal bars instead of strings.
Metallophone(n.) An instrument like the xylophone, but having metallic instead of wooden bars.
Metol(n.) A whitish soluble powder used as a developer in photography. Chemically, it is the sulphate of methyl-p-amino-m-cresol.
Mother's Day() A day appointed for the honor and uplift of motherhood by the loving remembrance of each person of his mother through the performance of some act of kindness, visit, tribute, or letter. The founder of the day is Anna Jarvis, of Philadelphia, who designated the second Sunday in May, or for schools the second Friday, as the time, and a white carnation as the badge.
Motograph(n.) A device utilized in the making of a loud-speaking telephone, depending on the fact that the friction between a metallic point and a moving cylinder of moistened chalk, or a moving slip of paper, on which it rests is diminished by the passage of a current between the point and the moving surface.
Mutoscope(n.) A simple form of moving-picture machine in which the series of views, exhibiting the successive phases of a scene, are printed on paper and mounted around the periphery of a wheel. The rotation of the wheel brings them rapidly into sight, one after another, and the blended effect gives a semblance of motion.
Orthograph(n.) An orthographic projection, sometimes partly in section, esp. of a building.
Pot lead() Graphite, or black lead, often used on the bottoms of racing vessels to diminish friction.
Rotograph(n.) A photograph printed by a process in which a strip or roll of sensitized paper is automatically fed over the negative so that a series of prints are made, and are then developed, fixed, cut apart, and washed at a very rapid rate.
Titi(n.) A tree of the southern United States (Cliftonia monophylla) having glossy leaves and racemes of fragrant white flowers succeeded by one-seeded drupes; -- called also black titi, buckwheat tree, and ironwood.
Ultragaseous(a.) Having the properties exhibited by gases under very low pressures (one millionth of an atmosphere or less). Matter under this condition, which has been termed the fourth state of matter, is sometimes called radiant matter.
Vitriol(n.) To dip in dilute sulphuric acid; to pickle.
Vitriolize(v. t.) To injure (a person) with vitriol, or sulphuric acid, as by throwing it upon the face.
Wattless(a.) Without any power (cf. Watt); -- said of an alternating current or component of current when it differs in phase by ninety degrees from the electromotive force which produces it, or of an electromotive force or component thereof when the current it produces differs from it in phase by 90 degrees.
Oath(n.) A careless and blasphemous use of the name of the divine Being, or anything divine or sacred, by way of appeal or as a profane exclamation or ejaculation; an expression of profane swearing.
Octillion(n.) According to the French method of numeration (which method is followed also in the United States) the number expressed by a unit with twenty-seven ciphers annexed. According to the English method, the number expressed by a unit with forty-eight ciphers annexed. See Numeration.
Octocerata(n.pl.) A suborder of Cephalopoda including Octopus, Argonauta, and allied genera, having eight arms around the head; -- called also Octopoda.
Octonaphthene(n.) A colorless liquid hydrocarbon of the octylene series, occurring in Caucasian petroleum.
Octopus(n.) A genus of eight-armed cephalopods, including numerous species, some of them of large size. See Devilfish,
Ontogeny(n.) The history of the individual development of an organism; the history of the evolution of the germ; the development of an individual organism, -- in distinction from phylogeny, or evolution of the tribe. Called also henogenesis, henogeny.
Ontogenetic(a.) Of or pertaining to ontogenesis; as, ontogenetic phenomena.
Ontology(n.) That department of the science of metaphysics which investigates and explains the nature and essential properties and relations of all beings, as such, or the principles and causes of being.
Optics(n.) That branch of physical science which treats of the nature and properties of light, the laws of its modification by opaque and transparent bodies, and the phenomena of vision.
Optigraph(a.) A telescope with a diagonal eyepiece, suspended vertically in gimbals by the object end beneath a fixed diagonal plane mirror. It is used for deOptogram(n.) An image of external objects fixed on the retina by the photochemical action of light on the visual purple. See Optography.
Optography(n.) The production of an optogram on the retina by the photochemical action of light on the visual purple; the fixation of an image in the eye. The object so photographed shows white on a purple or red background. See Visual purple, under Visual.
Ortho-() A combining form signifying straight, right, upright, correct, regular; as, orthodromy, orthodiagonal, orthodox, orthographic.
Ortho-() The one of several acids of the same element (as the phosphoric acids), which actually occurs with the greatest number of hydroxyl groups; as, orthophosphoric acid. Cf. Normal.
Orthoceras(n.) An extinct genus of Paleozoic Cephalopoda, having a long, straight, conical shell. The interior is divided into numerous chambers by transverse septa.
Orthographer(n.) One versed in orthography; one who spells words correctly.
Orthographic(a.) Alt. of Orthographical
Orthographical(a.) Of or pertaining to orthography, or right spelling; also, correct in spelling; as, orthographical rules; the letter was orthographic.
Orthographically(adv.) In an orthographical manner
Orthographically(adv.) according to the rules of proper spelling
Orthographically(adv.) according to orthographic projection.
Orthographist(n.) One who spells words correctly; an orthographer.
Orthographize(v. t.) To spell correctly or according to usage; to correct in regard to spelling.
Orthography(n.) The art or practice of writing words with the proper letters, according to standard usage; conventionally correct spelling; also, mode of spelling; as, his orthography is vicious.
Orthography(n.) The part of grammar which treats of the letters, and of the art of spelling words correctly.
Orthography(n.) A drawing in correct projection, especially an elevation or a vertical section.
Orthomorphic(a.) Having the right form.
Orthophony(n.) The art of correct articulation; voice training.
Osteographer(n.) An osteologist.
Osteography(n.) The description of bones; osteology.
Osteolite(n.) A massive impure apatite, or calcium phosphate.
Osteophone(n.) An instrument for transmission of auditory vibrations through the bones of the head, so as to be appreciated as sounds by persons deaf from causes other than those affecting the nervous apparatus of hearing.
Ostreophagist(n.) One who feeds on oysters.
Out(n.) A place or space outside of something; a nook or corner; an angle projecting outward; an open space; -- chiefly used in the phrase ins and outs; as, the ins and outs of a question. See under In.
Patient(a.) Having the quality of enduring; physically able to suffer or bear.
Patient(n.) A person under medical or surgical treatment; -- correlative to physician or nurse.
Petalody(n.) The metamorphosis of various floral organs, usually stamens, into petals.
Petro-() A combining form from Gr. / a rock, / a stone; as, petrology, petroglyphic.
Petroglyphic(a.) Of or pertaining to petroglyphy.
Petroglyphy(n.) The art or operation of carving figures or inscriptions on rock or stone.
Petrographic(a.) Alt. of Petrographical
Petrographical(a.) Pertaining to petrography.
Petrography(n.) The art of writing on stone.
Petrography(n.) The scientific description of rocks; that department of science which investigates the constitution of rocks; petrology.
Phthalate(n.) A salt of phthalic acid.
Phthalein(n.) One of a series of artificial organic dyes made as condensation products of the phenols with phthalic acid, and well represented by phenol phthalein.
Phthalic(a.) Pertaining to, or designating, a dibasic acid obtained by the oxidation of naphthalene and allied substances.
Phthalide(n.) A lactone obtained by reduction of phthalyl chloride, as a white crystal. Phthalimide(n.) An imido derivative of phthalic acid, obtained as a white crystal. Phthalin(n.) A colorless crystal. Phthalyl(n.) The hypothetical radical of phthalic acid.
Phthisical(a.) Of or pertaining to phthisis; affected with phthisis; wasting; consumptive.
Phthisicky(a.) Having phthisis, or some symptom of it, as difficulty in breathing.
Phthisiology(n.) A treatise on phthisis.
Phthisis(n.) A wasting or consumption of the tissues. The term was formerly applied to many wasting diseases, but is now usually restricted to pulmonary phthisis, or consumption. See Consumption.
Pituitary(a.) Secreting mucus or phlegm
Pituite(n.) Mucus, phlegm.
Pot(n.) A crucible; as, a graphite pot; a melting pot.
Potamography(n.) An account or description of rivers; potamology.
Potamology(n.) A scientific account or discussion of rivers; a treatise on rivers; potamography.
Potassium(n.) An Alkali element, occurring abundantly but always combined, as in the chloride, sulphate, carbonate, or silicate, in the minerals sylvite, kainite, orthoclase, muscovite, etc. Atomic weight 39.0. Symbol K (Kalium).
Potelot(n.) Molybdenum sulphide.
Potency(n.) The quality or state of being potent; physical or moral power; inherent strength; energy; ability to effect a purpose; capability; efficacy; influence.
Potent(a.) Producing great physical effects; forcible; powerful' efficacious; as, a potent medicine.
Pythagorean(a.) Of or pertaining to Pythagoras (a Greek philosopher, born about 582 b. c.), or his philosophy.
Pythagorean(n.) A follower of Pythagoras; one of the school of philosophers founded by Pythagoras.
Pythian(a.) Of or pertaining to Delphi, to the temple of Apollo, or to the priestess of Apollo, who delivered oracles at Delphi.
Pythoness(n.) The priestess who gave oracular answers at Delphi in Greece.
Pythonic(a.) Prophetic; oracular; pretending to foretell events.
Pythonism(n.) The art of predicting events after the manner of the priestess of Apollo at Delphi; equivocal prophesying.
Pythonomorpha(n. pl.) Same as Mosasauria.
Rational(a.) Relating to the reason; not physical; mental.
Rational(a.) Expressing the type, structure, relations, and reactions of a compound; graphic; -- said of formulae. See under Formula.
Rationale(a.) An explanation or exposition of the principles of some opinion, action, hypothesis, phenomenon, or the like; also, the principles themselves.
Retinasphalt(n.) Alt. of Retinasphaltum
Retiniphorae(pl. ) of Retinophora
Retinophora(n.) One of group of two to four united cells which occupy the axial part of the ocelli, or ommatidia, of the eyes of invertebrates, and contain the terminal nerve fibrillae. See Illust. under Ommatidium.
Retinophoral(a.) Of or pertaining to retinophorae.
Retinoscopy(n.) The study of the retina of the eye by means of the ophthalmoscope.
Retinula(n.) One of the group of pigmented cells which surround the retinophorae of invertebrates. See Illust. under Ommatidium.
Retired(a.) Withdrawn from active duty or business; as, a retired officer; a retired physician.
Retrogression(n.) Backward development; a passing from a higher to a lower state of organization or structure, as when an animal, approaching maturity, becomes less highly organized than would be expected from its earlier stages or known relationship. Called also retrograde development, and regressive metamorphism.
Ritornello(n.) A short return or repetition; a concluding symphony to an air, often consisting of the burden of the song.
Ritornello(n.) A short intermediate symphony, or instrumental passage, in the course of a vocal piece; an interlude.
Rotund(a.) Round; circular; spherical.
Rotundity(n.) The state or quality of being rotu/; roundness; sphericity; circularity.
Satanophany(n.) An incarnation of Satan; a being possessed by a demon.
Saturate(v. t.) To satisfy the affinity of; to cause to become inert by chemical combination with all that it can hold; as, to saturate phosphorus with chlorine.
Saturnian(n.) Any one of numerous species of large handsome moths belonging to Saturnia and allied genera. The luna moth, polyphemus, and promethea, are examples. They belong to the Silkworn family, and some are raised for their silk. See Polyphemus.
Satyr(n.) Any one of many species of butterflies belonging to the family Nymphalidae. Their colors are commonly brown and gray, often with ocelli on the wings. Called also meadow browns.
Sitophobia(n.) A version to food; refusal to take nourishment.
Sitting(n.) The act or time of sitting, as to a portrait painter, photographer, etc.
Sutra(n.) A precept; an aphorism; a brief rule.
Sutra(n.) A collection of such aphorisms.
Sutra(n.) A body of Hindoo literature containing aphorisms on grammar, meter, law, and philosophy, and forming a connecting link between the Vedic and later Sanscrit literature.
Tetel(n.) A large African antelope (Alcelaphus tora). It has widely divergent, strongly ringed horns.
Tethys(n.) A genus of a large naked mollusks having a very large, broad, fringed cephalic disk, and branched dorsal gills. Some of the species become a foot long and are brilliantly colored.
Tetrabranchiata(n. pl.) An order of Cephalopoda having four gills. Among living species it includes only the pearly nautilus. Numerous genera and species are found in the fossil state, such as Ammonites, Baculites, Orthoceras, etc.
Tetrahedrite(n.) A sulphide of antimony and copper, with small quantities of other metals. It is a very common ore of copper, and some varieties yield a considerable presentage of silver. Called also gray copper ore, fahlore, and panabase.
Tetramorph(n.) The union of the four attributes of the Evangelists in one figure, which is represented as winged, and standing on winged fiery wheels, the wings being covered with eyes. The representations of it are evidently suggested by the vision of Ezekiel (ch. i.)
Tetrapharmacom(n.) Alt. of Tetrapharmacum
Tetrapharmacum(n.) A combination of wax, resin, lard, and pitch, composing an ointment.
Tetraphyllous(a.) Having four leaves; consisting of four distinct leaves or leaflets.
Tetrathionic(a.) Of, pertaining to, or designating, a thionic derivative, H/S/O/, of sulphuric acid, obtained as a colorless, odorless liquid.
Tetratomic(a.) Consisting of four atoms; having four atoms in the molecule, as phosphorus and arsenic.
Titanite(n.) See Sphene.
Titanium(n.) An elementary substance found combined in the minerals manaccanite, rutile, sphene, etc., and isolated as an infusible iron-gray amorphous powder, having a metallic luster. It burns when heated in the air. Symbol Ti. Atomic weight 48.1.
Tithonographic(a.) Of, relating to, or produced by, the chemical action of rays of light; photographic.
Tithymal(n.) Any kind of spurge, esp. Euphorbia Cyparissias.
Tutty(n.) A yellow or brown amorphous substance obtained as a sublimation product in the flues of smelting furnaces of zinc, and consisting of a crude zinc oxide.
Ultramarine(n.) A blue pigment formerly obtained by powdering lapis lazuli, but now produced in large quantities by fusing together silica, alumina, soda, and sulphur, thus forming a glass, colored blue by the sodium polysulphides made in the fusion. Also used adjectively.
Ultramontanist(n.) One who upholds ultramontanism.
Ultra vires() Beyond power; transcending authority; -- a phrase used frequently in relation to acts or enactments by corporations in excess of their chartered or statutory rights.
Ustulation(n.) The operation of expelling one substance from another by heat, as sulphur or arsenic from ores, in a muffle.
Vatical(a.) Of or pertaining to a prophet; prophetical.
Vaticide(n.) The murder, or the murderer, of a prophet.
Vaticinal(a.) Of or pertaining to prophecy; prophetic.
Vaticinate(v. i. & t.) To prophesy; to foretell; to practice prediction; to utter prophecies.
Vaticination(n.) Prediction; prophecy.
Vaticinator(n.) One who vaticinates; a prophet.
Vitalism(n.) The doctrine that all the functions of a living organism are due to an unknown vital principle distinct from all chemical and physical forces.
Vitalist(n.) A believer in the theory of vitalism; -- opposed to physicist.
Vitriol(n.) A sulphate of any one of certain metals, as copper, iron, zinc, cobalt. So called on account of the glassy appearance or luster.
Vitriol(n.) Sulphuric acid; -- called also oil of vitriol. So called because first made by the distillation of green vitriol. See Sulphuric acid, under Sulphuric.
Vitriolate(v. t.) To convert into, or change to, a vitriol; to make into sulphuric acid or a sulphate.
Vitriolate(n.) A sulphate.
Vitriolated(a.) Changed into a vitriol or a sulphate, or subjected to the action of sulphuric acid or of a sulphate; as, vitriolated potash, i. e., potassium sulphate.
Water barometer() A barometer in which the changes of atmospheric pressure are indicated by the motion of a column of water instead of mercury. It requires a column of water about thirty-three feet in height.
Water beetle() Any one of numerous species of aquatic beetles belonging to Dytiscus and allied genera of the family Dytiscidae, and to various genera of the family Hydrophilidae. These beetles swim with great agility, the fringed hind legs acting together like oars.
Water buck() A large, heavy antelope (Kobus ellipsiprymnus) native of Central Africa. It frequents the banks of rivers and is a good swimmer. It has a white ring around the rump. Called also photomok, water antelope, and waterbok.
Water can() Any one of several species of Nuphar; the yellow frog lily; -- so called from the shape of the seed vessel. See Nuphar, and cf. Candock.
Water devil() The rapacious larva of a large water beetle (Hydrophilus piceus), and of other similar species. See Illust. of Water beetle.
Water doctor() A physician who treats diseases with water; an hydropathist.
Water elephant() The hippopotamus.
Water flannel() A floating mass formed in pools by the entangled filaments of a European fresh-water alga (Cladophora crispata).
Water flea() Any one of numerous species of small aquatic Entomostraca belonging to the genera Cyclops, Daphnia, etc; -- so called because they swim with sudden leaps, or starts.
Waterleaf(n.) Any plant of the American genus Hydrophyllum, herbs having white or pale blue bell-shaped flowers.
Water lily() A blossom or plant of any species of the genus Nymphaea, distinguished for its large floating leaves and beautiful flowers. See Nymphaea.
Water milfoil() Any plant of the genus Myriophyllum, aquatic herbs with whorled leaves, the submersed ones pinnately parted into capillary divisions.
Water nymph() A goddess of any stream or other body of water, whether one of the Naiads, Nereids, or Oceanides.
Water nymph() A water lily (Nymphaea).
Water pheasant() The pintail. See Pintail, n., 1.
Water pheasant(n.) The goosander.
Water pheasant(n.) The hooded merganser.
Water radish() A coarse yellow-flowered plant (Nasturtium amphibium) related to the water cress and to the horse-radish.
Water sapphire() A deep blue variety of iolite, sometimes used as a gem; -- called also saphir d'eau.
Waterspout(n.) A remarkable meteorological phenomenon, of the nature of a tornado or whirlwind, usually observed over the sea, but sometimes over the land.
Water torch() The common cat-tail (Typha latifolia), the spike of which makes a good torch soaked in oil.
Wattlebird(n.) Any one of several species of honey eaters belonging to Anthochaera and allied genera of the family Meliphagidae. These birds usually have a large and conspicuous wattle of naked skin hanging down below each ear. They are natives of Australia and adjacent islands.
Wit(v.) A mental faculty, or power of the mind; -- used in this sense chiefly in the plural, and in certain phrases; as, to lose one's wits; at one's wits' end, and the like.
Withstand(prep.) To stand against; to oppose; to resist, either with physical or moral force; as, to withstand an attack of troops; to withstand eloquence or arguments.
Witticism(n.) A witty saying; a sentence or phrase which is affectedly witty; an attempt at wit; a conceit.
Witily(adv.) In a witty manner; wisely; ingeniously; artfully; with it; with a delicate turn or phrase, or with an ingenious association of ideas.
Yet(conj.) Even; -- used emphatically.
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