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THE GUTENBERG WEBSTER'S UNABRIDGED DICTIONARY BY PROJECT GUTENBERG

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AMBASSADOR; EMBASSADOR

AMBASSADOR; EMBASSADOR Am*bassa*dor, Em*bassa*dor, n. Etym: [See Embassador.] 1. A minister of the highest rank sent a foreign court to represent there his sovereign or country. Note: Ambassador are either ordinary [or resident] or extraordinary, that is, sent upon some special or unusual occasion or errand. Abbott. 2. An official messenger and representative.

AMBASSADORIAL

AMBASSADORIAL Am*bas`sa*dori*al, a. Defn: Of or pertaining to an ambassador. H. Walpole.

AMBASSADORSHIP

AMBASSADORSHIP Am*bas`sa*dor*ship, n. Defn: The state, office, or functions of an ambassador.

AMBASSADRESS

AMBASSADRESS Am*bassa*dress, n. Defn: A female ambassador; also, the wife of an ambassador. Prescott.

AMBASSAGE

AMBASSAGE Ambas*sage, n. Defn: Same as Embassage. [Obs. or R.] Luke xiv. 32.

AMBASSY

AMBASSY Ambas*sy, n. Defn: See Embassy, the usual spelling. Helps.

AMBER

AMBER Amber, n. Etym: [OE. aumbre, F. ambre, Sp. ?mbar, and with the Ar. article, al?mbar, fr. Ar. 'anbar ambergris.] 1. (Min.) Defn: A yellowish translucent resin resembling copal, found as a fossil in alluvial soils, with beds of lignite, or on the seashore in many places. It takes a fine polish, and is used for pipe mouthpieces, beads, etc., and as a basis for a fine varnish. By friction, it becomes strongly electric. 2. Amber color, or anything amber-colored; a clear light yellow; as, the amber of the sky. 3. Ambergris. [Obs.] You that smell of amber at my charge. Beau. & Fl. 4. The balsam, liquidambar. Black amber, and old and popular name for jet.

AMBER

AMBER Amber, a. 1. Consisting of amber; made of amber. Amber bracelets. Shak. 2. Resembling amber, especially in color; amber-colored. The amber morn. Tennyson.

AMBER

AMBER Amber, v. t. [p. p. & p. a. Ambered .] 1. To scent or flavor with ambergris; as, ambered wine. 2. To preserve in amber; as, an ambered fly.

AMBER FISH

AMBER FISH Amber fish. (Zo?l.) Defn: A fish of the southern Atlantic coast (Seriola Carolinensis.)

AMBER ROOM

AMBER ROOM Amber room Defn: A room formerly in the Czar's Summer Palace in Russia, which was richly decorated with walls and fixtures made from amber. The amber was removed by occupying German troops during the Second World War and has, as of 1997, never been recovered. The room is being recreated from old photographs by Russian artisans. PJC

AMBER SEED

AMBER SEED Amber seed`. Defn: Seed of the Hibiscus abelmoschus, somewhat resembling millet, brought from Egypt and the West Indies, and having a flavor like that of musk; musk seed. Chambers.

AMBER TREE

AMBER TREE Amber tree`. Defn: A species of Anthospermum, a shrub with evergreen leaves, which, when bruised, emit a fragrant odor.

AMBERGREASE

AMBERGREASE Amber*grease, n. Defn: See Ambergris.

AMBERGRIS

AMBERGRIS Amber*gris, n. Etym: [F. ambre gris, i. e., gray amber; F. gris gray, which is of German origin: cf. OS. gr?s, G. greis, gray-haired. See Amber.] Defn: A substance of the consistence of wax, found floating in the Indian Ocean and other parts of the tropics, and also as a morbid secretion in the intestines of the sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus), which is believed to be in all cases its true origin. In color it is white, ash-gray, yellow, or black, and often variegated like marble. The floating masses are sometimes from sixty to two hundred and twenty-five pounds in weight. It is wholly volatilized as a white vapor at 212? Fahrenheit, and is highly valued in perfumery. Dana.

AMBES-AS

AMBES-AS Ambes-as, n. Defn: Ambs-ace. [Obs.] Chaucer.

AMBIDEXTER

AMBIDEXTER Ambi*dexter, a. Etym: [LL., fr. L. ambo both + dexter right, dextra (sc. manus) the right hand.] Defn: Using both hands with equal ease. Smollett.

AMBIDEXTER

AMBIDEXTER Am`bi*dexter, n. 1. A person who uses both hands with equal facility. 2. Hence; A double-dealer; one equally ready to act on either side in party disputes. The rest are hypocrites, ambidexters, so many turning pictures -- a lion on one side, a lamb on the other. Burton. 3. (Law) Defn: A juror who takes money from both parties for giving his verdict. Cowell.

AMBIDEXTERITY

AMBIDEXTERITY Ambi*dex*teri*ty, n. 1. The quality of being ambidexas, ambidexterity of argumentation. Sterne. Ignorant I was of the human frame, and of its latent powers, as regarded speed, force, and ambidexterity. De Quincey. 2. Double-dealing. (Law) Defn: A juror's taking of money from the both parties for a verdict.

AMBIDEXTRAL

AMBIDEXTRAL Am`bi*dextral, a. Defn: Pertaining equally to the right-hand side and the left-hand side. Earle.

AMBIDEXTROUS

AMBIDEXTROUS Am`bi*dextrous, a. 1. Pertaining the faculty of using both hands with equal ease. Sir T. Browne. 2. Practicing or siding with both parties. All false, shuffling, and ambidextrous dealings. L'Estrange.

AMBIDEXTROUSLY

AMBIDEXTROUSLY Ambi*dextrous*ly, adv. Defn: In an ambidextrous manner; cunningly.

AMBIDEXTROUSNESS

AMBIDEXTROUSNESS Am`bi*dextrous*ness, n. Defn: The quality of being ambidextrous; ambidexterity.

AMBIENT

AMBIENT Ambi*ent, a. Etym: [L. ambiens, p. pr. of ambire to go around; amb- + ire to go.] Defn: Encompassing on all sides; circumfused; investing. Ambient air. Milton. Ambient clouds. Pope.

AMBIENT

AMBIENT Ambi*ent, n. Defn: Something that surrounds or invests; as, air . . . being a perpetual ambient. Sir H. Wotton.

AMBIGENOUS

AMBIGENOUS Am*bige*nous, a. Etym: [L. ambo both + genus kind.] Defn: Of two kinds. (Bot.) Defn: Partaking of two natures, as the perianth of some endogenous plants, where the outer surface is calycine, and the inner petaloid.

AMBIGU

AMBIGU Ambi*gu, n. Etym: [F., fr. ambigu doubtful, L. ambiquus. See Ambiguous.] Defn: An entertainment at which a medley of dishes is set on at the same time.

AMBIGUITY

AMBIGUITY Am`bi*gui*ty, n.; pl. Ambiguities. Etym: [L. ambiguitas, fr. ambiguus: cf. F. ambiguit?.] Defn: The quality or state of being ambiguous; doubtfulness or uncertainty, particularly as to the signification of language, arising from its admitting of more than one meaning; an equivocal word or expression. No shadow of ambiguity can rest upon the course to be pursued. I. Taylor. The words are of single signification, without any ambiguity. South.

AMBIGUOUS

AMBIGUOUS Am*bigu*ous, a. Etym: [L. ambiguus, fr. ambigere to wander about, waver; amb- + agere to drive.] Defn: Doubtful or uncertain, particularly in respect to signification; capable of being understood in either of two or more possible senses; equivocal; as, an ambiguous course; an ambiguous expression. What have been thy answers What but dark, Ambiguous, and with double sense deluding Milton. Syn. -- Doubtful; dubious; uncertain; unsettled; indistinct; indeterminate; indefinite. See Equivocal.

AMBIGUOUSLY

AMBIGUOUSLY Am*bigu*ous*ly, adv. Defn: In an ambiguous manner; with doubtful meaning.

AMBIGUOUSNESS

AMBIGUOUSNESS Am*bigu*ous*ness, n. Defn: Ambiguity.

AMBILEVOUS

AMBILEVOUS Am`bi*levous, a. Etym: [L. ambo both + laevus left.] Defn: Left-handed on both sides; clumsy; -- opposed to ambidexter. [R.] Sir T. Browne.

AMBILOQUY

AMBILOQUY Am*bilo*quy, n. Defn: Doubtful or ambiguous language. [Obs.] Bailey.

AMBIPAROUS

AMBIPAROUS Am*bipa*rous, a. Etym: [L. ambo both + parere to bring forth.] (Bot.) Defn: Characterized by containing the rudiments of both flowers and leaves; -- applied to a bud.

AMBIT

AMBIT Ambit, n. Etym: [L. ambitus circuit, fr. ambire to go around. See Ambient.] Defn: Circuit or compass. His great parts did not live within a small ambit. Milward.

AMBITION

AMBITION Am*bition, n. Etym: [F. ambition, L. ambitio a going around, especially of candidates for office is Rome, to solicit votes (hence, desire for office or honorambire to go around. See Ambient, Issue.] 1. The act of going about to solicit or obtain an office, or any other object of desire; canvassing. [Obs.] [I] used no ambition to commend my deeds. Milton. 2. An eager, and sometimes an inordinate, desire for preferment, honor, superiority, power, or the attainment of something. Cromwell, I charge thee, fling a way ambition: By that sin fell the angels. Shak. The pitiful ambition of possessing five or six thousand more acres. Burke.

AMBITION

AMBITION Am*bition, v. t. Etym: [Cf. F. ambitionner.] Defn: To seek after ambitiously or eagerly; to covet. [R.] Pausanias, ambitioning the sovereignty of Greece, bargains with Xerxes for his daughter in marriage. Trumbull.

AMBITIONIST

AMBITIONIST Am*bition*ist, n. Defn: One excessively ambitious. [R.]

AMBITIONLESS

AMBITIONLESS Am*bition*less, a. Defn: Devoid of ambition. Pollok.

AMBITIOUS

AMBITIOUS Am*bitious, a. Etym: [L. ambitiosus: cf. F. ambitieux. See Ambition.] 1. Possessing, or controlled by, ambition; greatly or inordinately desirous of power, honor, office, superiority, or distinction. Yet Brutus says he was ambitious, And Brutus is an honorable man. Shak. 2. Strongly desirous; -- followed by of or the infinitive; as, ambitious to be or to do something. I was not ambitious of seeing this ceremony. Evelyn. Studious of song, and yet ambitious not to sing in vain. Cowper. 3. Springing from, characterized by, or indicating, ambition; showy; aspiring; as, an ambitious style. A giant statue . . . Pushed by a wild and artless race, From off wide, ambitious base. Collins.

AMBITIOUSLY

AMBITIOUSLY Am*bitious*ly, adv. Defn: In an ambitious manner.

AMBITIOUSNESS

AMBITIOUSNESS Am*bitious*ness, n. Defn: The quality of being ambitious; ambition; pretentiousness.

AMBITUS

AMBITUS Ambi*tus, n. Etym: [L. See Ambit, Ambition.] 1. The exterior edge or border of a thing, as the border of a leaf, or the outline of a bivalve shell. 2. (Rom. Antiq.) Defn: A canvassing for votes.

AMBLE

AMBLE Amble, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Ambled; p. pr. & vb. n. Ambling.] Etym: [F. ambler to amble, fr. L. ambulare to walk, in LL., to amble, perh. fr. amb-, ambi-, and a root meaning to go: cf. Gr. base. Cf. Ambulate.] 1. To go at the easy gait called an amble; -- applied to the horse or to its rider. 2. To move somewhat like an ambling horse; to go easily or without hard shocks. The skipping king, he ambled up and down. Shak. Sir, your wit ambles well; it goes easily. Shak.

AMBLE

AMBLE Amble, n. 1. A peculiar gait of a horse, in which both legs on the same side are moved at the same time, alternating with the legs on the other side. A fine easy amble. B. Jonson. 2. A movement like the amble of a horse.

AMBLER

AMBLER Ambler, n. Defn: A horse or a person that ambles.

AMBLINGLY

AMBLINGLY Ambling*ly, adv. Defn: With an ambling gait.

AMBLOTIC

AMBLOTIC Am*blotic, a. Etym: [Gr. Defn: Tending to cause abortion.

AMBLYGON

AMBLYGON Ambly*gon, n. Etym: [Gr. amblygone.] (Geom.) Defn: An obtuse-angled figure, esp. and obtuse-angled triangle. [Obs.]

AMBLYGONAL

AMBLYGONAL Am*blygo*nal, a. Defn: Obtuse-angled. [Obs.] Hutton.

AMBLYOPIA; AMBLYOPY

AMBLYOPIA; AMBLYOPY Am`bly*opi*a, Ambly*o`py, n. Etym: [Gr. amblyopie.] (Med.) Defn: Weakness of sight, without and opacity of the cornea, or of the interior of the eye; the first degree of amaurosis.

AMBLYOPIC

AMBLYOPIC Ambly*opic, a. (Med.) Defn: Of or pertaining to amblyopy. Quain.

AMBLYPODA

AMBLYPODA Am*blypo*da, n. pl. Etym: [NL., fr. Gr. (Paleon.) Defn: A group of large, extinct, herbivorous mammals, common in the Tertiary formation of the United States.

AMBO

AMBO Ambo, n.; pl. Ambos. Etym: [LL. ambo, Gr. ambon.] Defn: A large pulpit or reading desk, in the early Christian churches. Gwilt.

AMBON

AMBON Ambon, n. Defn: Same as Ambo.

AMBOYNA BUTTON

AMBOYNA BUTTON Am*boyna button. (Med.) Defn: A chronic contagious affection of the skin, prevalent in the tropics.

AMBOYNA PINE

AMBOYNA PINE Amboyna pine. (Bot.) Defn: The resiniferous tree Agathis Dammara, of the Moluccas.

AMBOYNA WOOD

AMBOYNA WOOD Am*boyna wood. Defn: A beautiful mottled and curled wood, used in cabinetwork. It is obtained from the Pterocarpus Indicus of Amboyna, Borneo, etc.

AMBREATE

AMBREATE Ambre*ate, n. (Chem.) Defn: A salt formed by the combination of ambreic acid with a base or positive radical.

AMBREIC

AMBREIC Am*breic, a. (Chem.) Defn: Of or pertaining to ambrein; -- said of a certain acid produced by digesting ambrein in nitric acid.

AMBREIN

AMBREIN Ambre*in, n. Etym: [Cf. F. ambr?ine. See Amber.] (Chem.) Defn: A fragrant substance which is the chief constituent of ambergris.

AMBRITE

AMBRITE Ambrite, n. Etym: [From amber.] Defn: A fossil resin occurring in large masses in New Zealand.

AMBROSE

AMBROSE Ambrose, n. Defn: A sweet-scented herb; ambrosia. See Ambrosia, 3. Turner.

AMBROSIA

AMBROSIA Am*brosia, n. Etym: [L. ambrosia, Gr. mrita, L. mortuus, dead, and to E. mortal.] 1. (Myth.) (a) The fabled food of the gods (as nectar was their drink), which conferred immortality upon those who partook of it. (b) An unguent of the gods. His dewy locks distilled ambrosia. Milton. 2. A perfumed unguent, salve, or draught; something very pleasing to the taste or smell. Spenser. 3. Formerly, a kind of fragrant plant; now (Bot.), a genus of plants, including some coarse and worthless weeds, called ragweed, hogweed, etc.

AMBROSIA BEETLE

AMBROSIA BEETLE Ambrosia beetle. (Zo?l.) Defn: A bark beetle that feeds on ambrosia.

AMBROSIAC

AMBROSIAC Ambrosi*ac, a. Etym: [L. ambrosiacus: cf. F. ambrosiaque.] Defn: Having the qualities of ambrosia; delicious. [R.]Ambrosiac odors. B. Jonson.

AMBROSIAL

AMBROSIAL Am*brosial, a. Etym: [L. ambrosius, Gr. 1. Consisting of, or partaking of the nature of, ambrosia; delighting the taste or smell; delicious. Ambrosial food. Ambrosial fragrance. Milton. 2. Divinely excellent or beautiful. Shakes his ambrosial curls. Pope.

AMBROSIALLY

AMBROSIALLY Am*brosial*ly, adv. Defn: After the manner of ambrosia; delightfully. Smelt ambrosially. Tennyson.

AMBROSIAN

AMBROSIAN Am*brosian, a. Defn: Ambrosial. [R.] . Jonson.

AMBROSIAN

AMBROSIAN Am*brosian, a. Defn: Of or pertaining to St. Ambrose; as, the Ambrosian office, or ritual, a formula of worship in the church of Milan, instituted by St. Ambrose. Ambrosian chant, the mode of signing or chanting introduced by St. Ambrose in the 4th century.

AMBROSIN

AMBROSIN Ambro*sin, n. Etym: [LL. Ambrosinus nummus.] Defn: An early coin struck by the dukes of Milan, and bearing the figure of St. Ambrose on horseback.

AMBROTYPE

AMBROTYPE Ambro*type, n. Etym: [Gr. -type.] (Photog.) Defn: A picture taken on a place of prepared glass, in which the lights are represented in silver, and the shades are produced by a dark background visible through the unsilvered portions of the glass.

AMBRY

AMBRY Ambry, n.; pl. Ambries. Etym: [OE. aumbry, almery, OF. almarie, armarie, aumaire, F. armoire, LL. armarium chest, cupboard, orig. a repository for arms, fr. L. arama arms. The word has been confused with almonry. See Armory.] 1. In churches, a kind of closet, niche, cupboard, or locker for utensils, vestments, etc. 2. A store closet, as a pantry, cupboard, etc. 3. Almonry. [Improperly so used]

AMBS-ACE

AMBS-ACE Ambs-ace, n. Etym: [OF. ambesas; ambes both (fr. L. ambo) + as ace. See Ace.] Defn: Double aces, the lowest throw of all at dice. Hence: Bad luck; anything of no account or value.

AMBULACRAL

AMBULACRAL Am`bu*lacral, a. (Zo?l.) Defn: Of or pertaining to ambulacra; avenuelike; as, the ambulacral ossicles, plates, spines, and suckers of echinoderms.

AMBULACRIFORM

AMBULACRIFORM Am`bu*lacri*form, a. Etym: [Ambulacrum + -form] (Zo?l.) Defn: Having the form of ambulacra.

AMBULACRUM

AMBULACRUM Am`bu*lacrum, n.; pl. Ambulacra. Etym: [L., an alley or covered way.] (Zo?l.) (a) One of the radical zones of echinoderms, along which run the principal nerves, blood vessels, and water tubes. These zones usually bear rows of locomotive suckers or tentacles, which protrude from regular pores. In star fishes they occupy the grooves along the under side of the rays. (b) One of the suckers on the feet of mites.

AMBULANCE

AMBULANCE Ambu*lance, n. Etym: [F. ambulance, h?pital ambulant, fr. L. ambulare to walk. See Amble.] (Mil.) (a) A field hospital, so organized as to follow an army in its movements, and intended to succor the wounded as soon as possible. Often used adjectively; as, an ambulance wagon; ambulance stretcher; ambulance corps. (b) An ambulance wagon or cart for conveying the wounded from the field, or to a hospital.

AMBULANT

AMBULANT Ambu*lant, a. Etym: [L. ambulans, p. pr. of ambulare to walk: cf. F. ambulant.] Defn: Walking; moving from place to place. Gayton.

AMBULATE

AMBULATE Ambu*late, v. i. Etym: [L. ambulare to walk. See Amble.] Defn: To walk; to move about. [R.] Southey.

AMBULATION

AMBULATION Am`bu*lation, n. Etym: [L. ambulatio.] Defn: The act of walking. Sir T. Browne.

AMBULATIVE

AMBULATIVE Ambu*la*tive, a. Defn: Walking. [R.]

AMBULATOR

AMBULATOR Ambu*la`tor, n. 1. One who walks about; a walker. 2. (Zo?l.) (a) A beetle of the genus Lamia. (b) A genus of birds, or one of this genus. 3. An instrument for measuring distances; -- called also perambulator. Knight.

AMBULATORIAL

AMBULATORIAL Am`bu*la*tori*al, a. Defn: Ambulatory; fitted for walking. Verrill.

AMBULATORY

AMBULATORY Ambu*la*to*ry, a. Etym: [L. ambulatorius.] 1. Of or pertaining to walking; having the faculty of walking; formed or fitted for walking; as, an ambulatory animal. 2. Accustomed to move from place to place; not stationary; movable; as, an ambulatory court, which exercises its jurisdiction in different places. The priesthood . . . before was very ambulatory, and dispersed into all families. Jer. Taylor. 3. Pertaining to a walk. [R.] The princess of whom his majesty had an ambulatory view in his travels. Sir H. Wotton. 4. (Law) Defn: Not yet fixed legally, or settled past alteration; alterable; as, the dispositions of a will are ambulatory until the death of the testator.

AMBULATORY

AMBULATORY Ambu*la*to*ry, n.; pl. Ambulatories. Etym: [Cf. LL. ambulatorium.] (Arch.) Defn: A place to walk in, whether in the open air, as the gallery of a cloister, or within a building.

AMBURRY

AMBURRY Ambur*ry, n. Defn: Same as Anbury.

AMBUSCADE

AMBUSCADE Am`bus*cade, n. Etym: [F. embuscade, fr. It. imboscata, or Sp. emboscada, fr. emboscar to ambush, fr. LL. imboscare. See Ambush, v. t.] 1. A lying in a wood, concealed, for the purpose of attacking an enemy by surprise. Hence: A lying in wait, and concealed in any situation, for a like purpose; a snare laid for an enemy; an ambush. 2. A place in which troops lie hid, to attack an enemy unexpectedly. [R.] Dryden. 3. (Mil.) Defn: The body of troops lying in ambush.

AMBUSCADE

AMBUSCADE Am`bus*cade, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Ambuscaded; p. pr. & vb. n. Ambuscading.] 1. To post or conceal in ambush; to ambush. 2. To lie in wait for, or to attack from a covert or lurking place; to waylay.

AMBUSCADE

AMBUSCADE Am`bus*cade, v. i. Defn: To lie in ambush.

AMBUSCADO

AMBUSCADO Am`bus*cado, n. Defn: Ambuscade. [Obs.] Shak.

AMBUSCADOED

AMBUSCADOED Am`bus*cadoed, p. p. Defn: Posted in ambush; ambuscaded. [Obs.]

AMBUSH

AMBUSH Ambush, n. Etym: [F. emb?che, fr. the verb. See Ambush, v. t.] 1. A disposition or arrangement of troops for attacking an enemy unexpectedly from a concealed station. Hence: Unseen peril; a device to entrap; a snare. Heaven, whose high walls fear no assault or siege Or ambush from the deep. Milton. 2. A concealed station, where troops or enemies lie in wait to attack by surprise. Bold in close ambush, base in open field. Dryden. 3. The troops posted in a concealed place, for attacking by surprise; liers in wait. [Obs.] The ambush arose quickly out of their place. Josh. viii. 19. To lay an ambush, to post a force in ambush.

AMBUSH

AMBUSH Ambush, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Ambushed; p. pr. & vb. n. Ambushing.] Etym: [OE. enbussen, enbushen, OF. embushier, embuissier, F. emb?cher, embusquer, fr. LL. imboscare; in + LL. boscus, buscus, a wood; akin to G. bush, E. bush. See Ambuscade, Bu.] 1. To station in ambush with a view to surprise an enemy. By ambushed men behind their temple Dryden. 2. To attack by ambush; to waylay.

AMBUSH

AMBUSH Ambush, v. i. Defn: To lie in wait, for the purpose of attacking by surprise; to lurk. Nor saw the snake that ambushed for his prey. Trumbull.

AMBUSHER

AMBUSHER Ambush*er, n. Defn: One lying in ambush.

AMBUSHMENT

AMBUSHMENT Ambush*ment, n. Etym: [OF. embuschement. See Ambush, v. t.] Defn: An ambush. [Obs.] 2 Chron. xiii. 13.

AMBUSTION

AMBUSTION Am*bustion, n. Etym: [L. ambustio.] (Med.) Defn: A burn or scald. Blount.

AMEBEAN

AMEBEAN Am`e*bean, a. (Zo?l.) Defn: See Am.

AMEER; AMIR

AMEER; AMIR A*meer, A*mir, n. Etym: [See Emir.] 1. Emir. [Obs.] 2. One of the Mohammedan nobility of Afghanistan and Scinde.

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