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THE GUTENBERG WEBSTER'S UNABRIDGED DICTIONARY BY PROJECT GUTENBERG

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AGATIZE

AGATIZE Aga*tize, v. t. Etym: [Usually p. p. Agatized(#).] Defn: To convert into agate; to make resemble agate. Dana.

AGATY

AGATY Aga*ty, a. Defn: Of the nature of agate, or containing agate.

AGAVE

AGAVE A*gave, n. Etym: [L. Agave, prop. name, fr. Gr. (bot.) Defn: A genus of plants (order Amaryllidace?) of which the chief species is the maguey or century plant (A. Americana), wrongly called Aloe. It is from ten to seventy years, according to climate, in attaining maturity, when it produces a gigantic flower stem, sometimes forty feet in height, and perishes. The fermented juice is the pulque of the Mexicans; distilled, it yields mescal. A strong thread and a tough paper are made from the leaves, and the wood has many uses.

AGAZED

AGAZED A*gazed, p. p. Etym: [Only in p. p.; another spelling for aghast.] Defn: Gazing with astonishment; amazed. [Obs.] The whole army stood agazed on him. Shak.

AGE

AGE Age, n. Etym: [OF. aage, eage, F. ?ge, fr. L. aetas through a supposed LL. aetaticum. L. aetas is contracted fr. aevitas, fr. aevum lifetime, age; akin to E. aye ever. Cf. Each.] 1. The whole duration of a being, whether animal, vegetable, or other kind; lifetime. Mine age is as nothing before thee. Ps. xxxix. 5. 2. That part of the duration of a being or a thing which is between its beginning and any given time; as, what is the present age of a man, or of the earth 3. The latter part of life; an advanced period of life; seniority; state of being old. Nor wrong mine age with this indignity. Shak. 4. One of the stages of life; as, the age of infancy, of youth, etc. Shak. 5. Mature age; especially, the time of life at which one attains full personal rights and capacities; as, to come of age; he (or she) is of age. Abbott. Note: In the United States, both males and females are of age when twenty-one years old. 6. The time of life at which some particular power or capacity is understood to become vested; as, the age of consent; the age of discretion. Abbott. 7. A particular period of time in history, as distinguished from others; as, the golden age, the age of Pericles. The spirit of the age. Prescott. Truth, in some age or other, will find her witness. Milton. Archeological ages are designated as three: The Stone age (the early and the later stone age, called paleolithic and neolithic), the Bronze age, and the Iron age. During the Age of Stone man is supposed to have employed stone for weapons and implements. See Augustan, Brazen, Golden, Heroic, Middle. 8. A great period in the history of the Earth. Note: The geologic ages are as follows: 1. The Arch?an, including the time when was no life and the time of the earliest and simplest forms of life. 2. The age of Invertebrates, or the Silurian, when the life on the globe consisted distinctively of invertebrates. 3. The age of Fishes, or the Devonian, when fishes were the dominant race. 4. The age of Coal Plants, or Acrogens, or the Carboniferous age. 5. The Mesozoic or Secondary age, or age of Reptiles, when reptiles prevailed in great numbers and of vast size. 6. The Tertiary age, or age of Mammals, when the mammalia, or quadrupeds, abounded, and were the dominant race. 7. The Quaternary age, or age of Man, or the modern era. Dana. 9. A century; the period of one hundred years. Fleury . . . apologizes for these five ages. Hallam. 10. The people who live at a particular period; hence, a generation. Ages yet unborn. Pope. The way which the age follows. J. H. Newman. Lo! where the stage, the poor, degraded stage, Holds its warped mirror to a gaping age. C. Sprague. 11. A long time. [Colloq.] He made minutes an age. Tennyson. Age of a tide, the time from the origin of a tide in the South Pacific Ocean to its arrival at a given place. -- Moon's age, the time that has elapsed since the last preceding conjunction of the sun and moon. Note: Age is used to form the first part of many compounds; as, agelasting, age-adorning, age-worn, age-enfeebled, agelong. Syn. -- Time; period; generation; date; era; epoch.

AGE

AGE Age, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Aged; p. pr. & vb. n. Aging.] Defn: To grow aged; to become old; to show marks of age; as, he grew fat as he aged. They live one hundred and thirty years, and never age for all that. Holland. I am aging; that is, I have a whitish, or rather a light-colored, hair here and there. Landor.

AGE

AGE Age, v. t. Defn: To cause to grow old; to impart the characteristics of age to; as, grief ages us.

AGED

AGED Aged, a. 1. Old; having lived long; having lived almost to or beyond the usual time allotted to that species of being; as, an aged man; an aged oak. 2. Belonging to old age. Aged cramps. Shak. 3. Having a certain age; at the age of; having lived; as, a man aged forty years.

AGEDLY

AGEDLY Aged*ly, adv. Defn: In the manner of an aged person.

AGEDNESS

AGEDNESS Aged*ness, n. Defn: The quality of being aged; oldness. Custom without truth is but agedness of error. Milton.

AGELESS

AGELESS Ageless, a. Defn: Without old age limits of duration; as, fountains of ageless youth.

AGEN

AGEN A*gen, adv. & prep. Defn: See Again. [Obs.]

AGENCY

AGENCY Agen*cy, n.; pl. Agencies. Etym: [agentia, fr. L. agens, agentis: cf. F. agence. See Agent.] 1. The faculty of acting or of exerting power; the state of being in action; action; instrumentality. The superintendence and agency of Providence in the natural world. Woodward. 2. The office of an agent, or factor; the relation between a principal and his agent; business of one intrusted with the concerns of another. 3. The place of business of am agent. Syn. -- Action; operation; efficiency; management.

AGEND

AGEND Agend, n. Defn: See Agendum. [Obs.]

AGENDUM

AGENDUM A*gendum, n.; pl. Agenda. Etym: [L., neut. of the gerundive of agere to act.] 1. Something to be done; in the pl., a memorandum book. 2. A church service; a ritual or liturgy. [In this sense, usually Agenda.]

AGENESIC

AGENESIC Ag`e*nesic, a. Etym: [See Agensis.] (Physiol.) Defn: Characterized by sterility; infecund.

AGENESIS

AGENESIS A*gene*sis, n. Etym: [Gr. (Physiol.) Defn: Any imperfect development of the body, or any anomaly of organization.

AGENNESIS

AGENNESIS Ag`en*nesis, n. Etym: [Gr. (Physiol.) Defn: Impotence; sterility.

AGENT

AGENT Agent, a. Etym: [L. agens, agentis, p. pr. of agere to act; akin to Gr. aka to drive, Skr. aj. Defn: Actingpatient, or sustaining, action. [Archaic] The body agent. Bacon.

AGENT

AGENT Agent, n. 1. One who exerts power, or has the power to act; an actor. Heaven made us agents, free to good or ill. Dryden. 2. One who acts for, or in the place of, another, by authority from him; one intrusted with the business of another; a substitute; a deputy; a factor. 3. An active power or cause; that which has the power to produce an effect; as, a physical, chemical, or medicinal agent; as, heat is a powerful agent.

AGENTIAL

AGENTIAL A*gential, a. Defn: Of or pertaining to an agent or an agency. Fitzed. Hall.

AGENTSHIP

AGENTSHIP Agent*ship, n. Defn: Agency. Beau. & Fl.

AGERATUM

AGERATUM A*gera*tum, n. Etym: [NL., fr. Gr. (Bot.) Defn: A genus of plants, one species of which (A. Mexicanum) has lavender-blue flowers in dense clusters.

AGGENERATION

AGGENERATION Ag*gen`er*ation, n. Etym: [L. aggenerare to beget in addition. See Generate.] Defn: The act of producing in addition. [Obs.] T. Stanley.

AGGER

AGGER Agger, n. Etym: [L., a mound, fr. aggerere to bear to a place, heap up; ad + gerere to bear.] Defn: An earthwork; a mound; a raised work. [Obs.] Hearne.

AGGERATE

AGGERATE Agger*ate, v. t. Etym: [L. aggeratus, p. p. of aggerare. See Agger.] Defn: To heap up. [Obs.] Foxe.

AGGERATION

AGGERATION Ag`ger*ation, n. Etym: [L. aggeratio.] Defn: A heaping up; accumulation; as, aggerations of sand. [R.]

AGGEROSE

AGGEROSE Ag`ger*ose, a. Defn: In heaps; full of heaps.

AGGEST

AGGEST Ag*gest, v. t. Etym: [L. aggestus, p. p. of aggerere. See Agger.] Defn: To heap up. [Obs.] The violence of the waters aggested the earth. Fuller.

AGGLOMERATE

AGGLOMERATE Ag*glomer*ate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Agglomerated; p. pr. & vb. n. Agglomerating.] Etym: [L. agglomeratus, p. p. of agglomerare; ad + glomerare to form into a ball. See Glomerate.] Defn: To wind or collect into a ball; hence, to gather into a mass or anything like a mass. Where he builds the agglomerated pile. Cowper.

AGGLOMERATE

AGGLOMERATE Ag*glomer*ate, v. i. Defn: To collect in a mass.

AGGLOMERATE

AGGLOMERATE Ag*glomer*ate, n. 1. A collection or mass. 2. (Geol.) Defn: A mass of angular volcanic fragments united by heat; -- distinguished from conglomerate.

AGGLOMERATE; AGGLOMERATED

AGGLOMERATE; AGGLOMERATED Ag*glomer*ate, Ag*glomer*a`ted, a. 1. Collected into a ball, heap, or mass. 2. (Bot.) Defn: Collected into a rounded head of flowers.

AGGLOMERATION

AGGLOMERATION Ag*glom`er*ation, n. Etym: [Cf. F. agglom?ration.] 1. The act or process of collecting in a mass; a heaping together. An excessive agglomeration of turrets. Warton. 2. State of being collected in a mass; a mass; cluster.

AGGLOMERATIVE

AGGLOMERATIVE Ag*glomer*a*tive, a. Defn: Having a tendency to gather together, or to make collections. Taylor is eminently discursive, accumulative, and (to use one of his own words) agglomerative. Coleridge.

AGGLUTINANT

AGGLUTINANT Ag*gluti*nant, a. Etym: [L. agglutinans, -antis, p. pr. of agglutinare.] Defn: Uniting, as glue; causing, or tending to cause, adhesion. -- n. Defn: Any viscous substance which causes bodies or parts to adhere.

AGGLUTINATE

AGGLUTINATE Ag*gluti*nate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Agglutinated; p. pr. & vb. n. Agglutinating.] Etym: [L. agglutinatus, p. p. of agglutinare to glue or cement to a thing; ad + glutinare to glue; gluten glue. See Glue.] Defn: To unite, or cause to adhere, as with glue or other viscous substance; to unite by causing an adhesion of substances.

AGGLUTINATE

AGGLUTINATE Ag*gluti*nate, a. 1. United with glue or as with glue; cemented together. 2. (physiol.) Defn: Consisting of root words combined but not materially altered as to form or meaning; as, agglutinate forms, languages, etc. See Agglutination, 2.

AGGLUTINATION

AGGLUTINATION Ag*glu`ti*nation, n. Etym: [Cf. F. agglutination.] 1. The act of uniting by glue or other tenacious substance; the state of being thus united; adhesion of parts. 2. (Physiol.) Defn: Combination in which root words are united with little or no change of form or loss of meaning. See Agglutinative, 2.

AGGLUTINATIVE

AGGLUTINATIVE Ag*gluti*na*tive, a. Etym: [Cf. F. agglutinatif.] 1. Pertaining to agglutination; tending to unite, or having power to cause adhesion; adhesive. 2. (Philol.) Defn: Formed or characterized by agglutination, as a language or a compound. In agglutinative languages the union of words may be compared to mechanical compounds, in inflective languages to chemical compounds. R. Morris. Cf. man-kind, heir-loom, war-like, which are agglutinative compounds. The Finnish, Hungarian, Turkish, the Tamul, etc., are agglutinative languages. R. Morris. Agglutinative languages preserve the consciousness of their roots. Max M?ller.

AGGRACE

AGGRACE Ag*grace, v. t. Etym: [Pref. a- + grace: cf. It. aggraziare, LL. aggratiare. See Grace.] Defn: To favor; to grace. [Obs.] That knight so much aggraced. Spenser.

AGGRACE

AGGRACE Ag*grace, n. Defn: Grace; favor. [Obs.] Spenser.

AGGRADE

AGGRADE Ag*grade, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Aggraded; p. pr. & vb. n. Aggrading.] (Phys. Geog.) Defn: To bring, or tend to bring, to a uniform grade, or slope, by addition of material; as, streams aggrade their beds by depositing sediment.

AGGRANDIZABLE

AGGRANDIZABLE Aggran*diza*ble, a. Defn: Capable of being aggrandized.

AGGRANDIZATION

AGGRANDIZATION Ag*gran`di*zation, n. Defn: Aggrandizement. [Obs.] Waterhouse.

AGGRANDIZE

AGGRANDIZE Aggran*dize, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Aggrandized; p. pr. & vb. n. Aggrandizing.] Etym: [F. agrandir; ? (L. ad) + grandir to increase, L. grandire, fr. grandis great. See Grand, and cf. Finish.] 1. To make great; to enlarge; to increase; as, to aggrandize our conceptions, authority, distress. 2. To make great or greater in power, rank, honor, or wealth; -- applied to persons, countries, etc. His scheme for aggrandizing his son. Prescott. 3. To make appear great or greater; to exalt. Lamb. Syn. -- To augment; exalt; promote; advance.

AGGRANDIZE

AGGRANDIZE Aggran*dize, v. i. Defn: To increase or become great. [Obs.] Follies, continued till old age, do aggrandize. J. Hall.

AGGRANDIZEMENT

AGGRANDIZEMENT Ag*grandize*ment, n. Etym: [Cf. F. agrandissement.] Defn: The act of aggrandizing, or the state of being aggrandized or exalted in power, rank, honor, or wealth; exaltation; enlargement; as, the emperor seeks only the aggrandizement of his own family. Syn. -- Augmentation; exaltation; enlargement; advancement; promotion; preferment.

AGGRANDIZER

AGGRANDIZER Aggran*di`zer, n. Defn: One who aggrandizes, or makes great.

AGGRATE

AGGRATE Ag*grate, v. t. Etym: [It. aggratare, fr. L. ad + gratus pleasing. See Grate, a.] Defn: To please. [Obs.] Each one sought his lady to aggrate. Spenser.

AGGRAVATE

AGGRAVATE Aggra*vate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Aggravated; p. pr. & vb. n. Aggravating.] Etym: [L. aggravatus, p. p. of aggravare. See Aggrieve.] 1. To make heavy or heavier; to add to; to increase. [Obs.] To aggravate thy store. Shak. 2. To make worse, or more severe; to render less tolerable or less excusable; to make more offensive; to enhance; to intensify. To aggravate my woes. Pope. To aggravate the horrors of the scene. Prescott. The defense made by the prisioner's counsel did rather aggravate than extenuate his crime. Addison. 3. To give coloring to in description; to exaggerate; as, to aggravate circumstances. Paley. 4. To exasperate; to provoke; to irritate. [Colloq.] If both were to aggravate her parents, as my brother and sister do mine. Richardson (Clarissa). Syn. -- To heighten; intensify; increase; magnify; exaggerate; provoke; irritate; exasperate.

AGGRAVATING

AGGRAVATING Aggra*va`ting, a. 1. Making worse or more heinous; as, aggravating circumstances. 2. Exasperating; provoking; irritating. [Colloq.] A thing at once ridiculous and aggravating. J. Ingelow.

AGGRAVATINGLY

AGGRAVATINGLY Aggra*va`ting*ly, adv. Defn: In an aggravating manner.

AGGRAVATION

AGGRAVATION Ag`gra*vation, n. Etym: [LL. aggravatio: cf. F. aggravation.] 1. The act of aggravating, or making worse; -- used of evils, natural or moral; the act of increasing in severity or heinousness; something additional to a crime or wrong and enhancing its guilt or injurious consequences. 2. Exaggerated representation. By a little aggravation of the features changed it into the Saracen's head. Addison. 3. An extrinsic circumstance or accident which increases the guilt of a crime or the misery of a calamity. 4. Provocation; irritation. [Colloq.] Dickens.

AGGRAVATIVE

AGGRAVATIVE Aggra*va*tive, a. Defn: Tending to aggravate. Ag*gressive*ly, adv. -- Ag*gressive*ness, n. No aggressive movement was made. Macaulay.

AGGREGATE

AGGREGATE Aggre*gate, a. [L. aggregatus, p. p.] 1. Formed by a collection of particulars into a whole mass or sum; collective. The aggregate testimony of many hundreds. Sir T. Browne. 2. (Anat.) Formed into clusters or groups of lobules; as, aggregate glands. 3. (Bot.) Composed of several florets within a common involucre, as in the daisy; or of several carpels formed from one flower, as in the raspberry. 4. (Min. & Geol.) Having the several component parts adherent to each other only to such a degree as to be separable by mechanical means. 5. (Zo?l.) United into a common organized mass; -- said of certain compound animals. Corporation aggregate. (Law) See under Corporation.

AGGREGATE

AGGREGATE Aggre*gate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Aggregated; p. pr. & vb. n. Aggregating.] [L. aggregatus, p. p. of aggregare to lead to a flock or herd; ad + gregare to collect into a flock, grex flock, herd. See Gregarious.] 1. To bring together; to collect into a mass or sum. The aggregated soil. Milton. 2. To add or unite, as, a person, to an association. It is many times hard to discern to which of the two sorts, the good or the bad, a man ought to be aggregated. Wollaston. 3. To amount in the aggregate to; as, ten loads, aggregating five hundred bushels. [Colloq.] Syn. -- To heap up; accumulate; pile; collect.

AGGREGATE

AGGREGATE Aggre*gate, n. 1. A mass, assemblage, or sum of particulars; as, a house is an aggregate of stone, brick, timber, etc. In an aggregate the particulars are less intimately mixed than in a compound. 2. (Physics) A mass formed by the union of homogeneous particles; -- in distinction from a compound, formed by the union of heterogeneous particles. In the aggregate, collectively; together.

AGGREGATELY

AGGREGATELY Aggre*gate*ly, adv. Defn: Collectively; in mass.

AGGREGATION

AGGREGATION Ag`gre*gation, n. [Cf. LL. aggregatio, F. agr?gation.] Defn: The act of aggregating, or the state of being aggregated; collection into a mass or sum; a collection of particulars; an aggregate. Each genus is made up by aggregation of species. Carpenter. A nation is not an idea only of local extent and individual momentary aggregation, but . . . of continuity, which extends in time as well as in numbers, and in space. Burke.

AGGREGATIVE

AGGREGATIVE Aggre*ga*tive, a. [Cf. Fr. agr?gatif.] 1. Taken together; collective. 2. Gregarious; social. [R.] Carlyle.

AGGREGATOR

AGGREGATOR Aggre*ga`tor, n. Defn: One who aggregates.

AGGREGE

AGGREGE Ag*grege, v. t. [OF. agreger. See Aggravate.] Defn: To make heavy; to aggravate. [Obs.] Chaucer.

AGGRESS

AGGRESS Ag*gress, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Aggressed; p. pr. & vb. n. Aggressing.] [L. aggressus, p. p. of aggredi to go to, approach; ad + gradi to step, go, gradus step: cf. OF. aggresser. See Grade.] Defn: To commit the first act of hostility or offense; to begin a quarrel or controversy; to make an attack; -- with on.

AGGRESS

AGGRESS Ag*gress, n. [L. aggressus.] Defn: Aggression. [Obs.] Their military aggresses on others. Sir M. Hale.

AGGRESS

AGGRESS Ag*gress, v. t. Defn: To set upon; to attack. [R.]

AGGRESSION

AGGRESSION Ag*gression, n. [L. aggressio, fr. aggredi: cf. F. agression.] Defn: The first attack, or act of hostility; the first act of injury, or first act leading to a war or a controversy; unprovoked attack; assault; as, a war of aggression. Aggressions of power. Hallam Syn. -- Attack; offense; intrusion; provocation.

AGGRESSIVE

AGGRESSIVE Ag*gressive, a. [Cf. F. agressif.] Defn: Tending or disposed to aggress; characterized by aggression; making assaults; unjustly attacking; as, an aggressive policy, war, person, nation. -- Ag*gressive*ly, adv. -- Ag*gressive*ness, n. No aggressive movement was made. Macaulay.

AGGRESSOR

AGGRESSOR Ag*gressor, n. Etym: [L.: cf. F. agresseur.] Defn: The person who first attacks or makes an aggression; he who begins hostility or a quarrel; an assailant. The insolence of the aggressor is usually proportioned to the tameness of the sufferer. Ames.

AGGRIEVANCE

AGGRIEVANCE Ag*grievance, n. Etym: [OF. agrevance, fr. agrever. See Aggrieve.] Defn: Oppression; hardship; injury; grievance. [Archaic]

AGGRIEVE

AGGRIEVE Ag*grieve, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Aggrieved; p. pr. & vb. n. Aggrieving.] Etym: [OE. agreven, OF. agrever; a (L. ad) + grever to burden, injure, L. gravare to weigh down, fr. gravis heavy. See Grieve, and cf. Aggravate.] Defn: To give pain or sorrow to; to afflict; hence, to oppress or injure in one's rights; to bear heavily upon; -- now commonly used in the passive TO be aggrieved. Aggrieved by oppression and extortion. Macaulay.

AGGRIEVE

AGGRIEVE Ag*grieve, v. i. Defn: To grieve; to lament. [Obs.]

AGGROUP

AGGROUP Ag*group, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Aggrouped; p. pr. & vb. n. Aggrouping.] Etym: [F. agrouper; ? (L. ad) + groupe group. See Group..] Defn: To bring together in a group; to group. Dryden.

AGGROUPMENT

AGGROUPMENT Ag*groupment, n. Defn: Arrangement in a group or in groups; grouping.

AGGRY; AGGRI

AGGRY; AGGRI Aggry, Aggri, a. Defn: Applied to a kind of variegated glass beads of ancient manufacture; as, aggry beads are found in Ashantee and Fantee in Africa.

AGHAST

AGHAST A*ghast, v. t. Defn: See Agast, v. t. [Obs.]

AGHAST

AGHAST A*ghast, a & p. p. Etym: [OE. agast, agasted, p. p. of agasten to terrify, fr. AS. pref. a- (cf. Goth. us-, G. er-, orig. meaning out) + g to terrify, torment: cf. Goth. usgaisjan to terrify, primitively to fix, to root to the spot with terror; akin to L. haerere to stick fast, cling. See Gaze, Hesitate.] Defn: Terrified; struck with amazement; showing signs of terror or horror. Aghast he waked; and, starting from his bed, Cold sweat in clammy drops his limbs o'erspread. Dryden. The commissioners read and stood aghast. Macaulay.

AGIBLE

AGIBLE Agi*ble, a. Etym: [Cf. LL. agibilis, fr. L. agere to move, do.] Defn: Possible to be done; practicable. [Obs.] Fit for agible things. Sir A. Sherley.

AGILE

AGILE Agile, a. Etym: [F. agile, L. agilis, fr. agere to move. See Agent.] Defn: Having the faculty of quick motion in the limbs; apt or ready to move; nimble; active; as, an agile boy; an agile tongue. Shaking it with agile hand. Cowper. Syn. -- Active; alert; nimble; brisk; lively; quick.

AGILELY

AGILELY Agile*ly, adv. Defn: In an agile manner; nimbly.

AGILENESS

AGILENESS Agile*ness, n. Defn: Agility; nimbleness. [R.]

AGILITY

AGILITY A*gili*ty, n. Etym: [F. agili?, L. agilitas, fr. agilis.] 1. The quality of being agile; the power of moving the limbs quickly and easily; nimbleness; activity; quickness of motion; as, strength and agility of body. They . . . trust to the agility of their wit. Bacon. Wheeling with the agility of a hawk. Sir W. Scott. 2. Activity; powerful agency. [Obs.] The agility of the sun's fiery heat. Holland.

AGIO

AGIO Agi*o, n.; pl. Agios. Etym: [It. aggio exchange, discount, premium, the same word as agio ease. See Ease.] (Com.) Defn: The premium or percentage on a better sort of money when it is given in exchange for an inferior sort. The premium or discount on foreign bills of exchange is sometimes called agio.

AGIOTAGE

AGIOTAGE Agi*o*tage, n. Etym: [F. agiotage, fr. agioter to practice stockjobbing, fr. agio.] Defn: Exchange business; also, stockjobbing; the maneuvers of speculators to raise or lower the price of stocks or public funds. Vanity and agiotage are to a Parisian the oxygen and hydrogen of life. Landor.

AGIST

AGIST A*gist, v. t. Etym: [OF. agister; ? (L. ad) + gister to assign a lodging, fr. giste lodging, abode, F. g?te, LL. gistum, gista, fr. L. jacitum, p. p. of jac to lie: cf. LL. agistare, adgistare. See Gist.] (Law) Defn: To take to graze or pasture, at a certain sum; -- used originally of the feeding of cattle in the king's forests, and collecting the money for the same. Blackstone.

AGISTATOR

AGISTATOR Ag`is*tator, n. Etym: [LL.] Defn: See Agister.

AGISTER; AGISTOR

AGISTER; AGISTOR A*gister, A*gistor, n. Etym: [Anglo-Norman agistour.] (Law) (a) Formerly, an officer of the king's forest, who had the care of cattle agisted, and collected the money for the same; -- hence called gisttaker, which in England is corrupted into guest-taker. (b) Now, one who agists or takes in cattle to pasture at a certain rate; a pasturer. Mozley & W.

AGISTMENT

AGISTMENT A*gistment, n. Etym: [OF. agistement. See Agist.] (Law) (a) Formerly, the taking and feeding of other men's cattle in the king's forests. (b) The taking in by any one of other men's cattle to graze at a certain rate. Mozley & W. (c) The price paid for such feeding. (d) A charge or rate against lands; as, an agistment of sea banks, i. e., charge for banks or dikes.

AGITABLE

AGITABLE Agi*ta*ble, a. Etym: [L. agitabilis: cf. F. agitable.] Defn: Capable of being agitated, or easily moved. [R.]

AGITATE

AGITATE Agi*tate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Agitated; p. pr. & vb. n. Agitating.] Etym: [L. agitatus, p. p. of agitare to put in motion, fr. agere to move: cf. F. agiter. See Act, Agent.] 1. To move with a violent, irregular action; as, the wind agitates the sea; to agitate water in a vessel. Winds . . . agitate the air. Cowper. 2. To move or actuate. [R.] Thomson. 3. To stir up; to disturb or excite; to perturb; as, he was greatly agitated. The mind of man is agitated by various passions. Johnson. 4. To discuss with great earnestness; to debate; as, a controversy hotly agitated. Boyle. 5. To revolve in the mind, or view in all its aspects; to contrive busily; to devise; to plot; as, politicians agitate desperate designs. Syn. -- To move; shake; excite; rouse; disturb; distract; revolve; discuss; debate; canvass.

AGITATEDLY

AGITATEDLY Agi*ta`ted*ly, adv. Defn: In an agitated manner.

AGITATION

AGITATION Ag`i*tation, n. Etym: [L. agitatio: cf. F. agitation.] 1. The act of agitating, or the state of being agitated; the state of being moved with violence, or with irregular action; commotion; as, the sea after a storm is in agitation. 2. A stirring up or arousing; disturbance of tranquillity; disturbance of mind which shows itself by physical excitement; perturbation; as, to cause any one agitation. 3. Excitement of public feeling by discussion, appeals, etc.; as, the antislavery agitation; labor agitation. Religious agitations. Prescott. 4. Examination or consideration of a subject in controversy, or of a plan proposed for adoption; earnest discussion; debate. A logical agitation of the matter. L'Estrange. The project now in agitation. Swift. Syn. -- Emotion; commotion; excitement; trepidation; tremor; perturbation. See Emotion.

AGITATIVE

AGITATIVE Agi*ta*tive, a. Defn: Tending to agitate.

AGITATO

AGITATO A`gi*tato, a. Etym: [It., agitated.] (Med.) Defn: Sung or played in a restless, hurried, and spasmodic manner.

AGITATOR

AGITATOR Agi*ta`tor, n. Etym: [L.] 1. One who agitates; one who stirs up or excites others; as, political reformers and agitators. 2. (Eng. Hist.) Defn: One of a body of men appointed by the army, in Cromwell's time, to look after their interests; -- called also adjutators. Clarendon. 3. An implement for shaking or mixing.

AGLEAM

AGLEAM A*gleam, adv. & a. Etym: [Pref. a- + gleam.] Defn: Gleaming; as, faces agleam. Lowell.

AGLET; AIGLET

AGLET; AIGLET Aglet, Aiglet, n. Etym: [F. aiguillette point, tagged point, dim. of aiguilee needle, fr. LL. acucula for acicula, dim. of L. acus needle, pinagleter to hook on. See Acute, and cf. Aiguillette.] 1. A tag of a lace or of the points, braids, or cords formerly used in dress. They were sometimes formed into small images. Hence, aglet baby (Shak.), an aglet image. 2. (Haberdashery) Defn: A round white staylace. Beck.

AGLEY

AGLEY A*gley, adv. Defn: Aside; askew. [Scotch] Burns.

AGLIMMER

AGLIMMER A*glimmer, adv. & a. Etym: [Pref. a- + glimmer.] Defn: In a glimmering state. Hawthorne.

AGLITTER

AGLITTER A*glitter, adv. & a. Etym: [Pref. a- + glitter.] Defn: Clittering; in a glitter.

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