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THE GUTENBERG WEBSTER'S UNABRIDGED DICTIONARY BY PROJECT GUTENBERG

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ADJACENT

ADJACENT Ad*jacent, n. Defn: That which is adjacent. [R.] Locke.

ADJACENTLY

ADJACENTLY Ad*jacent*ly, adv. Defn: So as to be adjacent.

ADJECT

ADJECT Ad*ject, v. t. Etym: [L. adjectus, p. p. of adjicere to throw to, to add to; ad + ac to throw. See Jet a shooting forth.] Defn: To add or annex; to join. Leland.

ADJECTION

ADJECTION Ad*jection, n. Etym: [L. adjectio, fr. adjicere: cf. F. adjection. See Adject.] Defn: The act or mode of adding; also, the thing added. [R.] B. Jonson.

ADJECTIONAL

ADJECTIONAL Ad*jection*al, a. Defn: Pertaining to adjection; that is, or may be, annexed. [R.] Earle.

ADJECTITIOUS

ADJECTITIOUS Ad`jec*titious, Etym: [L. adjectitius.] Defn: Added; additional. Parkhurst.

ADJECTIVAL

ADJECTIVAL Ad`jec*tival, a. Defn: Of or relating to the relating to the adjective; of the nature of an adjective; adjective. W. Taylor (1797)

ADJECTIVALLY

ADJECTIVALLY Ad`jec*tival*ly, adv. Defn: As, or in the manner of, an adjective; adjectively.

ADJECTIVE

ADJECTIVE Adjec*tive, a. Etym: [See Adjective, n.] 1. Added to a substantive as an attribute; of the nature of an adjunct; as, an word sentence. 2. Not standing by itself; dependent. Adjective color, a color which requires to be fixed by some mordant or base to give it permanency. 3. Relating to procedure. The whole English law, substantive and adjective. Macaulay.

ADJECTIVE

ADJECTIVE Adjec*tive, n. Etym: [L. adjectivum (sc. nomen), neut. of adjectivus that is added, fr. adjicere: cf. F. adjectif. See Adject.] 1. (Gram.) Defn: A word used with a noun, or substantive, to express a quality of the thing named, or something attributed to it, or to limit or define it, or to specify or describe a thing, as distinct from something else. Thus, in phrase, a wise ruler, wise is the adjective, expressing a property of ruler. 2. A dependent; an accessory. Fuller.

ADJECTIVE

ADJECTIVE Adjec*tive, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Adjectived; p. pr. & vb. n. Adjectiving.] Defn: To make an adjective of; to form or change into an adjective. [R.] Language has as much occasion to adjective the distinct signification of the verb, and to adjective also the mood, as it has to adjective time. It has . . . adjectived all three. Tooke.

ADJECTIVELY

ADJECTIVELY Adjec*tive*ly, adv. Defn: In the manner of an adjective; as, a word used adjectively.

ADJOIN

ADJOIN Ad*join, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Adjoined; p. pr. & vb. n. Adjoining.] Etym: [OE. ajoinen, OF. ajoindre, F. adjoindre, fr. L. adjungere; ad + jungere to join. See Join, and cf. Adjunct.] Defn: To join or unite to; to lie contiguous to; to be in contact with; to attach; to append. Corrections . . . should be, as remarks, adjoined by way of note. Watts.

ADJOIN

ADJOIN Ad*join, v. i. 1. To lie or be next, or in contact; to be contiguous; as, the houses adjoin. When one man's land adjoins to another's. Blackstone. Note: The construction with to, on, or with is obsolete or obsolescent. 2. To join one's self. [Obs.] She lightly unto him adjoined side to side. Spenser.

ADJOINANT

ADJOINANT Ad*joinant, a. Defn: Contiguous. [Obs.] Carew.

ADJOINING

ADJOINING Ad*joining, a. Defn: Joining to; contiguous; adjacent; as, an adjoining room. The adjoining fane. Dryden. Upon the hills adjoining to the city. Shak. Syn. -- Adjacent; contiguous; near; neighboring; abutting; bordering. See Adjacent.

ADJOINT

ADJOINT Adjoint, n. Defn: An adjunct; a helper. [Obs.]

ADJOURN

ADJOURN Ad*journ, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Adjourned; p. pr. & vb. n. Adjourning.] Etym: [OE. ajornen, OF. ajoiner, ajurner, F. ajourner; OF. a (L. ad) + jor, jur, jorn, F. jour, day, fr. L. diurnus belonging to the day, fr. dies day. Cf. Journal, Journey.] Defn: To put off or defer to another day, or indefinitely; to postpone; to close or suspend for the day; -- commonly said of the meeting, or the action, of convened body; as, to adjourn the meeting; to adjourn a debate. It is a common practice to adjourn the reformation of their lives to a further time. Barrow. 'Tis a needful fitness That we adjourn this court till further day. Shak. Syn. -- To delay; defer; postpone; put off; suspend. -- To Adjourn, Prorogue, Dissolve. These words are used in respect to public bodies when they lay aside business and separate. Adjourn, both in Great Britain and this country, is applied to all cases in which such bodies separate for a brief period, with a view to meet again. Prorogue is applied in Great Britain to that act of the executive government, as the sovereign, which brings a session of Parliament to a close. The word is not used in this country, but a legislative body is said, in such a case, to adjourn sine die. To dissolve is to annul the corporate existence of a body. In order to exist again the body must be reconstituted.

ADJOURN

ADJOURN Ad*journ, v. i. Defn: To suspend business for a time, as from one day to another, or for a longer period, or indefinitely; usually, to suspend public business, as of legislatures and courts, or other convened bodies; as, congress adjourned at four o'clock; the court adjourned without day.

ADJOURNAL

ADJOURNAL Ad*journal, n. Defn: Adjournment; postponement. [R.] An adjournal of the Diet. Sir W. Scott.

ADJOURNMENT

ADJOURNMENT Ad*journment, n. Etym: [Cf. f. adjournement, OF. ajornement. See Adjourn.] 1. The act of adjourning; the putting off till another day or time specified, or without day. 2. The time or interval during which a public body adjourns its sittings or postpones business.

ADJUDGE

ADJUDGE Ad*judge, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Adjudged; p. pr. & vb. n. Adjudging.] Etym: [OE. ajugen, OF. ajugier, fr. L. adjudicare; ad + judicare to judge. See Judge, and cf. Adjudicate.] 1. To award judicially in the case of a controverted question; as, the prize was adjudged to the victor. 2. To determine in the exercise of judicial power; to decide or award judicially; to adjudicate; as, the case was adjudged in the November term. 3. To sentence; to condemn. Without reprieve, adjudged to death For want of well pronouncing Shibboleth. Milton. 4. To regard or hold; to judge; to deem. He adjudged him unworthy of his friendship. Knolles. Syn. -- To decree; award; determine; adjudicate; ordain; assign.

ADJUDGER

ADJUDGER Ad*judger, n. Defn: One who adjudges.

ADJUDGMENT

ADJUDGMENT Ad*judgment, n. Defn: The act of adjudging; judicial decision; adjudication. Sir W. Temple.

ADJUDICATE

ADJUDICATE Ad*judi*cate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Adjudicated; p. pr. & vb. n. Adjudicating] Etym: [L. adjudicatus, p. p. of adjudicare. See Adjudge.] Defn: To adjudge; to try and determine, as a court; to settle by judicial decree.

ADJUDICATE

ADJUDICATE Ad*judi*cate, v. i. Defn: To come to a judicial decision; as, the court adjudicated upon the case.

ADJUDICATION

ADJUDICATION Ad*ju`di*cation, n. Etym: [L. adjudicatio: cf. F. adjudication.] 1. The act of adjudicating; the act or process of trying and determining judicially. 2. A deliberate determination by the judicial power; a judicial decision or sentence. An adjudication in favor of natural rights. Burke. 3. (Bankruptcy practice) Defn: The decision upon the question whether the debtor is a bankrupt. Abbott. 4. (Scots Law) Defn: A process by which land is attached security or in satisfaction of a debt.

ADJUDICATIVE

ADJUDICATIVE Ad*judi*ca*tive, a. Defn: Adjudicating.

ADJUDICATOR

ADJUDICATOR Ad*judi*ca`tor, n. Defn: One who adjudicates.

ADJUDICATURE

ADJUDICATURE Ad*judi*ca*ture, n. Defn: Adjudication.

ADJUGATE

ADJUGATE Adju*gate, v. t. Etym: [L. adjugatus, p. p. of adjugare; ad + jugum a yoke.] Defn: To yoke to. [Obs.]

ADJUMENT

ADJUMENT Adju*ment, n. Etym: [L. adjumentum, for adjuvamentum, fr. adjuvare to help; ad + juvare to help.] Defn: Help; support; also, a helper. [Obs.] Waterhouse.

ADJUNCT

ADJUNCT Adjunct`, a. Etym: [L. adjunctus, p. p. of adjungere. See Adjoin.] Defn: Conjoined; attending; consequent. Though that my death were adjunct to my act. Shak. Adjunct notes (Mus.), short notes between those essential to the harmony; auxiliary notes; passing notes.

ADJUNCT

ADJUNCT Adjunct`, n. 1. Something joined or added to another thing, but not essentially a part of it. Learning is but an adjunct to our self. Shak. 2. A person joined to another in some duty or service; a colleague; an associate. Wotton. 3. (Gram.) Defn: A word or words added to quality or amplify the force of other words; as, the History of the American Revolution, where the words in italics are the adjunct or adjuncts of History. 4. (Metaph.) Defn: A quality or property of the body or the mind, whether natural or acquired; as, color, in the body, judgment in the mind. 5. (Mus.) Defn: A key or scale closely related to another as principal; a relative or attendant key. [R.] See Attendant keys, under Attendant, a.

ADJUNCTION

ADJUNCTION Ad*junction, n. Etym: [L. adjunctio, fr. adjungere: cf. F. adjonction, and see Adjunct.] Defn: The act of joining; the thing joined or added.

ADJUNCTIVE

ADJUNCTIVE Ad*junctive, a. Etym: [L. adjunctivus, fr. adjungere. See Adjunct.] Defn: Joining; having the quality of joining; forming an adjunct.

ADJUNCTIVE

ADJUNCTIVE Ad*junctive, n. Defn: One who, or that which, is joined.

ADJUNCTIVELY

ADJUNCTIVELY Ad*junctive*ly, adv. Defn: In an adjunctive manner.

ADJUNCTLY

ADJUNCTLY Ad*junctly, adv. Defn: By way of addition or adjunct; in connection with.

ADJURATION

ADJURATION Ad`ju*ration, n. Etym: [L. adjuratio, fr. adjurare: cf. F. adjuration. See Adjure.] 1. The act of adjuring; a solemn charging on oath, or under the penalty of a curse; an earnest appeal. What an accusation could not effect, an adjuration shall. Bp. Hall. 2. The form of oath or appeal. Persons who . . . made use of prayer and adjurations. Addison.

ADJURATORY

ADJURATORY Ad*jura*to*ry, a. Etym: [L. adjuratorius.] Defn: Containing an adjuration.

ADJURE

ADJURE Ad*jure, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Adjured; p. pr. & vb. n. Adjuring]. Etym: [L. adjurare, adjurdium, to swear to; later, to adjure: cf. F. adjurer. See Jury.] Defn: To charge, bind, or command, solemnly, as if under oath, or under the penalty of a curse; to appeal to in the most solemn or impressive manner; to entreat earnestly. Joshua adjured them at that time, saying, Cursed be the man before the Lord, that riseth up and buildeth this city Jericho. Josh. vi. 26. The high priest . . . said . . . I adjure thee by the living God, that thou tell us whether thou be the Christ. Matt. xxvi. 63. The commissioners adjured them not to let pass so favorable an opportunity of securing their liberties. Marshall.

ADJURER

ADJURER Ad*jurer, n. Defn: One who adjures.

ADJUST

ADJUST Ad*just, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Adjusted; p. pr. & vb. n. Adjusting.] Etym: [OF. ajuster, ajoster (whence F. ajouter to add), LL. adjuxtare to fit; fr. L. ad + juxta near; confused later with L. ad and justus just, right, whence F. ajuster to adjust. See Just, v. t. and cf. Adjute.] 1. To make exact; to fit; to make correspondent or conformable; to bring into proper relations; as, to adjust a garment to the body, or things to a standard. 2. To put in order; to regulate, or reduce to system. Adjusting the orthography. Johnson. 3. To settle or bring to a satisfactory state, so that parties are agreed in the result; as, to adjust accounts; the differences are adjusted. 4. To bring to a true relative position, as the parts of an instrument; to regulate for use; as, to adjust a telescope or microscope. Syn. -- To adapt; suit; arrange; regulate; accommodate; set right; rectify; settle.

ADJUSTABLE

ADJUSTABLE Ad*justa*ble, a. Defn: Capable of being adjusted.

ADJUSTAGE

ADJUSTAGE Ad*justage, n. Etym: [Cf. Ajutage.] Defn: Adjustment. [R.]

ADJUSTER

ADJUSTER Ad*juster, n. Defn: One who, or that which, adjusts.

ADJUSTING PLANE

ADJUSTING PLANE; ADJUSTING SURFACE Adjusting plane or surface. (A?ronautics) Defn: A small plane or surface, usually capable of adjustment but not of manipulation, for preserving lateral balance in an a?roplane or flying machine.

ADJUSTIVE

ADJUSTIVE Ad*justive, a. Defn: Tending to adjust. [R.]

ADJUSTMENT

ADJUSTMENT Ad*justment, n. Etym: [Cf. F. ajustement. See Adjust.] 1. The act of adjusting, or condition of being adjusted; act of bringing into proper relations; regulation. Success depends on the nicest and minutest adjustment of the parts concerned. Paley. 2. (Law) Defn: Settlement of claims; an equitable arrangement of conflicting claims, as in set-off, contribution, exoneration, subrogation, and marshaling. Bispham. 3. The operation of bringing all the parts of an instrument, as a microscope or telescope, into their proper relative position for use; the condition of being thus adjusted; as, to get a good adjustment; to be in or out of adjustment. Syn. -- Suiting; fitting; arrangement; regulation; settlement; adaptation; disposition.

ADJUTAGE

ADJUTAGE Adju*tage, n. Defn: Same as Ajutage.

ADJUTANCY

ADJUTANCY Adju*tan*cy, n. Etym: [See Adjutant.] 1. The office of an adjutant. 2. Skillful arrangement in aid; assistance. It was, no doubt, disposed with all the adjutancy of definition and division. Burke.

ADJUTANT

ADJUTANT Adju*tant, n. Etym: [L. adjutans, p. pr. of adjutare to help. See Aid.] 1. A helper; an assistant. 2. (Mil.) Defn: A regimental staff officer, who assists the colonel, or commanding officer of a garrison or regiment, in the details of regimental and garrison duty. Adjutant general (a) (Mil.), the principal staff officer of an army, through whom the commanding general receives communications and issues military orders. In the U. S. army he is brigadier general. (b) (Among the Jesuits), one of a select number of fathers, who resided with the general of the order, each of whom had a province or country assigned to his care. 3. (Zo?l.) Defn: A species of very large stork (Ciconia argala), a native of India; -- called also the gigantic crane, and by the native name argala. It is noted for its serpent-destroying habits.

ADJUTATOR

ADJUTATOR Adju*ta`tor, n. (Eng. Hist.) Defn: A corruption of Agitator.

ADJUTE

ADJUTE Ad*jute, v. t. Etym: [F. ajouter; confused with L. adjutare.] Defn: To add. [Obs.]

ADJUTOR

ADJUTOR Ad*jutor, n. Etym: [L., fr. adjuvare. See Aid.] Defn: A helper or assistant. [Archaic] Drayton.

ADJUTORY

ADJUTORY Ad*juto*ry, a. Etym: [L. adjutorius.] Defn: Serving to help or assist; helping. [Obs.]

ADJUTRIX

ADJUTRIX Ad*jutrix, n. Etym: [L. See Adjutor.] Defn: A female helper or assistant. [R.]

ADJUVANT

ADJUVANT Adju*vant, a. Etym: [L. adjuvans, p. pr. of adjuvare to aid: cf. F. adjuvant. See Aid.] Defn: Helping; helpful; assisting. [R.] Adjuvant causes. Howell.

ADJUVANT

ADJUVANT Adju*vant, n. 1. An assistant. [R.] Yelverton. 2. (Med.) Defn: An ingredient, in a prescription, which aids or modifies the action of the principal ingredient.

ADLEGATION

ADLEGATION Ad`le*gation, n. Etym: [L. adlegatio, allegatio, a sending away; fr. adlegare, allegare, to send away with a commission; ad in addition + legare to send as ambassador. Cf. Allegation.] Defn: A right formerly claimed by the states of the German Empire of joining their own ministers with those of the emperor in public treaties and negotiations to the common interest of the empire. Encyc. Brit.

ADLOCUTION

ADLOCUTION Ad`lo*cution, n. Defn: See Allocution. [Obs.]

ADMARGINATE

ADMARGINATE Ad*margin*ate, v. t. Etym: [Pref. ad- + margin.] Defn: To write in the margin. [R.] Coleridge.

ADMAXILLARY

ADMAXILLARY Ad*maxil*la*ry, a. Etym: [Pref. ad- + maxillary.] (Anat.) Defn: Near to the maxilla or jawbone.

ADMEASURE

ADMEASURE Ad*measure, v. t. Etym: [Cf. OF. amesurer, LL. admensurare. See Measure.] 1. To measure. 2. (Law) Defn: To determine the proper share of, or the proper apportionment; as, to admeasure dower; to admeasure common of pasture. Blackstone. 2. The measure of a thing; dimensions; size. 3. (Law) Defn: Formerly, the adjustment of proportion, or ascertainment of shares, as of dower or pasture held in common. This was by writ of admeasurement, directed to the sheriff.

ADMEASURER

ADMEASURER Ad*measur*er, n. Defn: One who admeasures.

ADMENSURATION

ADMENSURATION Ad*men`su*ration, n. Etym: [LL. admensuratio; L. ad + mensurare to measure. See Mensuration.] Defn: Same as Admeasurement.

ADMINICLE

ADMINICLE Ad*mini*cle, n. Etym: [L. adminculum support, orig., that on which the hand rests; ad + manus hand + dim. ending -culym.] 1. Help or support; an auxiliary. Grote. 2. (Law) Defn: Corroborative or explanatory proof. Note: In Scots law, any writing tending to establish the existence or terms of a lost deed. Bell.

ADMINICULAR

ADMINICULAR Ad`mi*nicu*lar, a. Defn: Supplying help; auxiliary; corroborative; explanatory; as, adminicular evidence. H. Spencer.

ADMINICULARY

ADMINICULARY Ad`mi*nicu*la*ry, a. Defn: Adminicular.

ADMINISTER

ADMINISTER Ad*minis*ter, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Administered; p. pr. & vb. n. Administering.] Etym: [OE. aministren, OF. aministrer, F. administer, fr. L. administrare; ad + ministrare to serve. See Minister.] 1. To manage or conduct, as public affairs; to direct or superintend the execution, application, or conduct of; as, to administer the government or the state. For forms of government let fools contest: Whate'er is best administered is best. Pope. 2. To dispense; to serve out; to supply; execute; as, to administer relief, to administer the sacrament. [Let zephyrs] administer their tepid, genial airs. Philips. Justice was administered with an exactness and purity not before known. Macaulay. 3. To apply, as medicine or a remedy; to give, as a dose or something beneficial or suitable. Extended to a blow, a reproof, etc. A noxious drug had been administered to him. Macaulay. 4. To tender, as an oath. Swear . . . to keep the oath that we administer. Shak. 5. (Law) Defn: To settle, as the estate of one who dies without a will, or whose will fails of an executor. Syn. -- To manage; conduct; minister; supply; dispense; give out; distribute; furnish.

ADMINISTER

ADMINISTER Ad*minis*ter, v. i. 1. To contribute; to bring aid or supplies; to conduce; to minister. A fountain . . . administers to the pleasure as well as the plenty of the place. Spectator. 2. (Law) Defn: To perform the office of administrator; to act officially; as, A administers upon the estate of B.

ADMINISTER

ADMINISTER Ad*minis*ter, n. Defn: Administrator. [Obs.] Bacon.

ADMINISTERIAL

ADMINISTERIAL Ad*min`is*teri*al, a. Defn: Pertaining to administration, or to the executive part of government.

ADMINISTRABLE

ADMINISTRABLE Ad*minis*tra*ble, a. Defn: Capable of being administered; as, an administrable law.

ADMINISTRANT

ADMINISTRANT Ad*minis*trant, a. Etym: [F., p. pr. of administrer. See Administer.] Defn: Executive; acting; managing affairs. -- n. Defn: One who administers.

ADMINISTRATE

ADMINISTRATE Ad*minis*trate, v. t. Etym: [L. administratus, p. p. of administrare.] Defn: To administer. [R.] Milman.

ADMINISTRATION

ADMINISTRATION Ad*min`is*tration, n. Etym: [OE. administracioun, L. administratio: cf. F. administration.] 1. The act of administering; government of public affairs; the service rendered, or duties assumed, in conducting affairs; the conducting of any office or employment; direction; management. His financial administration was of a piece with his military administration. Macaulay. 2. The executive part of government; the persons collectively who are intrusted with the execution of laws and the superintendence of public affairs; the chief magistrate and his cabinet or council; or the council, or ministry, alone, as in Great Britain. A mild and popular administration. Macaulay. The administration has been opposed in parliament. Johnson. 3. The act of administering, or tendering something to another; dispensation; as, the administration of a medicine, of an oath, of justice, or of the sacrament. 4. (Law) (a) The management and disposal, under legal authority, of the estate of an intestate, or of a testator having no competent executor. (b) The management of an estate of a deceased person by an executor, the strictly corresponding term execution not being in use. Administration with the will annexed, administration granted where the testator has appointed no executor, or where his appointment of an executor for any cause has failed, as by death, incompetency, refusal to act, etc. Syn. -- Conduct; management; direction; regulation; execution; dispensation; distribution.

ADMINISTRATIVE

ADMINISTRATIVE Ad*minis*tra`tive, a. Etym: [L. administrativus: cf. F. administratif.] Defn: Pertaining to administration; administering; executive; as, an administrative body, ability, or energy. -- Ad*minis*tra`tive*ly, adv.

ADMINISTRATOR

ADMINISTRATOR Ad*min`is*trator, n. Etym: [L.] 1. One who administers affairs; one who directs, manages, executes, or dispenses, whether in civil, judicial, political, or ecclesiastical affairs; a manager. 2. (Law) Defn: A man who manages or settles the estate of an intestate, or of a testator when there is no competent executor; one to whom the right of administration has been committed by competent authority.

ADMINISTRATORSHIP

ADMINISTRATORSHIP Ad*min`is*trator*ship, n. Defn: The position or office of an administrator.

ADMINISTRATRIX

ADMINISTRATRIX Ad*min`is*tratrix, n. Etym: [NL.] Defn: A woman who administers; esp., one who administers the estate of an intestate, or to whom letters of administration have been granted; a female administrator.

ADMIRABILITY

ADMIRABILITY Ad`mi*ra*bili*ty, n. Etym: [L. admirabilitac.] Defn: Admirableness. [R.] Johnson.

ADMIRABLE

ADMIRABLE Admi*ra*ble, a. Etym: [L. admirabilis: cf. F. admirable.] 1. Fitted to excite wonder; wonderful; marvelous. [Obs.] In man there is nothing admirable but his ignorance and weakness. Jer. Taylor. 2. Having qualities to excite wonder united with approbation; deserving the highest praise; most excellent; -- used of persons or things. An admirable machine. Admirable fortitude. Macaulay. Syn. -- Wonderful; marvelous; surprising; excellent; delightful; praiseworthy.

ADMIRABLENESS

ADMIRABLENESS Admi*ra*ble*ness, n. Defn: The quality of being admirable; wonderful excellence.

ADMIRABLY

ADMIRABLY Admi*ra*bly, adv. Defn: In an admirable manner.

ADMIRAL

ADMIRAL Admi*ral, n. Etym: [OE. amiral, admiral, OF. amiral, ultimately fr. Ar. amir-al-bahr commander of the sea; Ar. amir is commander, al is the Ar. article, and amir-al, heard in different titles, was taken as one word. Early forms of the word show confusion with L. admirabilis admirable, fr. admirari to admire. It is said to have been introduced into Europe by the Genoese or Venetians, in the 12th or 13th century. Cf. Ameer, Emir.] 1. A naval officer of the highest rank; a naval officer of high rank, of which there are different grades. The chief gradations in rank are admiral, vice admiral, and rear admiral. The admiral is the commander in chief of a fleet or of fleets. 2. The ship which carries the admiral; also, the most considerable ship of a fleet. Like some mighty admiral, dark and terrible, bearing down upon his antagonist with all his canvas straining to the wind, and all his thunders roaring from his broadsides. E. Everett. 3. (Zo?l.) Defn: A handsome butterfly (Pyrameis Atalanta) of Europe and America. The larva feeds on nettles. Admiral shell (Zo?l.), the popular name of an ornamental cone shell (Conus admiralis). Lord High Admiral, a great officer of state, who (when this rare dignity is conferred) is at the head of the naval administration of Great Britain.

ADMIRALSHIP

ADMIRALSHIP Admi*ral*ship, n. Defn: The office or position oaf an admiral; also, the naval skill of an admiral.

ADMIRALTY

ADMIRALTY Admi*ral*ty, n.; pl. Admiralties. Etym: [F. amiraut?, for an older amiralt?, office of admiral, fr. LL. admiralitas. See Admiral.] 1. The office or jurisdiction of an admiral. Prescott. 2. The department or officers having authority over naval affairs generally. 3. The court which has jurisdiction of maritime questions and offenses. Note: In England, admiralty jurisdiction was formerly vested in the High Court of Admiralty, which was held before the Lord High Admiral, or his deputy, styled the Judge of the Admiralty; but admiralty jurisdiction is now vested in the probate, divorce, and admiralty division of the High Justice. In America, there are no admiralty courts distinct from others, but admiralty jurisdiction is vested in the district courts of the United States, subject to revision by the circuit courts and the Supreme Court of the United States. Admiralty jurisprudence has cognizance of maritime contracts and torts, collisions at sea, cases of prize in war, etc., and in America, admiralty jurisdiction is extended to such matters, arising out of the navigation of any of the public waters, as the Great Lakes and rivers. 4. The system of jurisprudence of admiralty courts. 5. The building in which the lords of the admiralty, in England, transact business.

ADMIRANCE

ADMIRANCE Ad*mirance, n. Etym: [Cf. OF. admirance.] Defn: Admiration. [Obs.] Spenser.

ADMIRATION

ADMIRATION Ad`mi*ration, n. Etym: [F., fr. L. admiratio. See Admire.] 1. Wonder; astonishment. [Obs.] Season your admiration for a while. Shak. 2. Wonder mingled with approbation or delight; an emotion excited by a person or thing possessed of wonderful or high excellence; as, admiration of a beautiful woman, of a landscape, of virtue. 3. Cause of admiration; something to excite wonder, or pleased surprise; a prodigy. Now, good Lafeu, bring in the admiration. Shak. Note of admiration, the mark (!), called also exclamation point. Syn. -- Wonder; approval; appreciation; adoration; reverence; worship.

ADMIRATIVE

ADMIRATIVE Ad*mira*tive, a. Defn: Relating to or expressing admiration or wonder. [R.] Earle.

ADMIRE

ADMIRE Ad*mire, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Admired; p. pr. & vb. n. Admiring.] Etym: [F. admirer, fr. L. admirari; ad + mirari to wonder, for smirari, akin to Gr. smi, and E. smile.] 1. To regard with wonder or astonishment; to view with surprise; to marvel at. [Archaic] Examples rather to be admired than imitated. Fuller. 2. To regard with wonder and delight; to look upon with an elevated feeling of pleasure, as something which calls out approbation, esteem, love, or reverence; to estimate or prize highly; as, to admire a person of high moral worth, to admire a landscape. Admired as heroes and as gods obeyed. Pope. Note: Admire followed by the infinitive is obsolete or colloquial; as, I admire to see a man consistent in his conduct. Syn. -- To esteem; approve; delight in.

ADMIRE

ADMIRE Ad*mire, v. i. Defn: To wonder; to marvel; to be affected with surprise; -- sometimes with at. To wonder at Pharaoh, and even admire at myself. Fuller.

ADMIRED

ADMIRED Ad*mired, a. 1. Regarded with wonder and delight; highly prized; as, an admired poem. 2. Wonderful; also, admirable. [Obs.] Admired disorder. Admired Miranda. Shak.

ADMIRER

ADMIRER Ad*mirer, n. Defn: One who admires; one who esteems or loves greatly. Cowper.

ADMIRING

ADMIRING Ad*miring, a. Defn: Expressing admiration; as, an admiring glance. -- Ad*miring*ly, adv. Shak.

ADMISSIBILITY

ADMISSIBILITY Ad*mis`si*bili*ty, n. Etym: [Cf. F. admissibilit?.] Defn: The quality of being admissible; admissibleness; as, the admissibility of evidence.

ADMISSIBLE

ADMISSIBLE Ad*missi*ble, a. Etym: [F. admissible, LL. admissibilis. See Admit.] Defn: Entitled to be admitted, or worthy of being admitted; that may be allowed or conceded; allowable; as, the supposition is hardly admissible. -- Ad*missi*ble*ness, n. -- Ad*missi*bly, adv.

ADMISSION

ADMISSION Ad*mission, n. Etym: [L. admissio: cf. F. admission. See Admit.] 1. The act or practice of admitting. 2. Power or permission to enter; admittance; entrance; access; power to approach. What numbers groan for sad admission there! Young. 3. The granting of an argument or position not fully proved; the act of acknowledging something The too easy admission of doctrines. Macaulay. 4. (Law) Defn: Acquiescence or concurrence in a statement made by another, and distinguishable from a confession in that an admission presupposes prior inquiry by another, but a confession may be made without such inquiry. 5. A fact, point, or statement admitted; as, admission made out of court are received in evidence. 6. (Eng. Eccl. Law) Defn: Declaration of the bishop that he approves of the presentee as a fit person to serve the cure of the church to which he is presented. Shipley. Syn. -- Admittance; concession; acknowledgment; concurrence; allowance. See Admittance.

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