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THE GUTENBERG WEBSTER'S UNABRIDGED DICTIONARY BY PROJECT GUTENBERG

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ASCENDANCY; ASCENDANCE

ASCENDANCY; ASCENDANCE As*cendan*cy, As*cendance, n. Defn: Same as Ascendency.

ASCENDANT

ASCENDANT As*cendant, n. Etym: [F. ascendant, L. ascendens; p. pr. of ascendere.] 1. Ascent; height; elevation. [R.] Sciences that were then in their highest ascendant. Temple. 2. (Astrol.) Defn: The horoscope, or that degree of the ecliptic which rises above the horizon at the moment of one's birth; supposed to have a commanding influence on a person's life and fortune. Note: Hence the phrases To be in the ascendant, to have commanding power or influence, and Lord of the ascendant, one who has possession of such power or influence; as, to rule, for a while, lord of the ascendant. Burke. 3. Superiority, or commanding influence; ascendency; as, one man has the ascendant over another. Chievres had acquired over the mind of the young monarch the ascendant not only of a tutor, but of a parent. Robertson. 4. An ancestor, or one who precedes in genealogy or degrees of kindred; a relative in the ascending line; a progenitor; -- opposed to descendant. Ayliffe.

ASCENDANT; ASCENDENT

ASCENDANT; ASCENDENT As*cendant, As*cendent, a. 1. Rising toward the zenith; above the horizon. The constellation . . . about that time ascendant. Browne. 2. Rising; ascending. Ruskin. 3. Superior; surpassing; ruling. An ascendant spirit over him. South. The ascendant community obtained a surplus of wealth. J. S. Mill. Without some power of persuading or confuting, of defending himself against accusations, . . . no man could possibly hold an ascendent position. Grote.

ASCENDENCY

ASCENDENCY As*cenden*cy, n. Defn: Governing or controlling influence; domination; power. An undisputed ascendency. Macaulay. Custom has an ascendency over the understanding. Watts. Syn. -- Control; authority; influence; sway; dominion; prevalence; domination.

ASCENDIBLE

ASCENDIBLE As*cendi*ble, a. Etym: [L. ascendibilis.] Defn: Capable of being ascended; climbable.

ASCENDING

ASCENDING As*cending, a. Defn: Rising; moving upward; as, an ascending kite. -- As*cending*ly, adv. Ascending latitude (Astron.), the increasing latitude of a planet. Ferguson. -- Ascending line (Geneol.), the line of relationship traced backward or through one's ancestors. One's father and mother, grandfather and grandmother, etc., are in the line direct ascending. -- Ascending node having, that node of the moon or a planet wherein it passes the ecliptic to proceed northward. It is also called the northern node. Herschel. -- Ascending series. (Math.) (a) A series arranged according to the ascending powers of a quantity. (b) A series in which each term is greater than the preceding. -- Ascending signs, signs east of the meridian.

ASCENSION

ASCENSION As*cension, n. Etym: [F. ascension, L. ascensio, fr. ascendere. See Ascend.] 1. The act of ascending; a rising; ascent. 2. Specifically: The visible ascent of our Savior on the fortieth day after his resurrection. (Acts i. 9.) Also, Ascension Day. 3. An ascending or arising, as in distillation; also that which arises, as from distillation. Vaporous ascensions from the stomach. Sir T. Browne. Ascension Day, the Thursday but one before Whitsuntide, the day on which commemorated our Savior's ascension into heaven after his resurrection; -- called also Holy Thursday. -- Right ascension (Astron.), that degree of the equinoctial, counted from the beginning of Aries, which rises with a star, or other celestial body, in a right sphere; or the arc of the equator intercepted between the first point of Aries and that point of the equator that comes to the meridian with the star; -- expressed either in degrees or in time. -- Oblique ascension (Astron.), an arc of the equator, intercepted between the first point of Aries and that point of the equator which rises together with a star, in an oblique sphere; or the arc of the equator intercepted between the first point of Aries and that point of the equator that comes to the horizon with a star. It is little used in modern astronomy.

ASCENSIONAL

ASCENSIONAL As*cension*al, a. Defn: Relating to ascension; connected with ascent; ascensive; tending upward; as, the ascensional power of a balloon. Ascensional difference (Astron.), the difference between oblique and right ascension; -- used chiefly as expressing the difference between the time of the rising or setting of a body and six o'clock, or six hours from its meridian passage.

ASCENSIVE

ASCENSIVE As*censive, a. Etym: [See Ascend.] 1. Rising; tending to rise, or causing to rise. Owen. 2. (Gram.) Defn: Augmentative; intensive. Ellicott.

ASCENT

ASCENT As*cent. Etym: [Formed like descent, as if from a F. ascente, fr. a verb ascendre, fr. L. ascendere. See Ascend, Descent.] 1. The act of rising; motion upward; rise; a mounting upward; as, he made a tedious ascent; the ascent of vapors from the earth. To him with swift ascent he up returned. Milton. 2. The way or means by which one ascends. 3. An eminence, hill, or high place. Addison. 4. The degree of elevation of an object, or the angle it makes with a horizontal line; inclination; rising grade; as, a road has an ascent of five degrees.

ASCERTAIN

ASCERTAIN As`cer*tain, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Ascertained; p. pr. & vb. n. Ascertaining.] Etym: [OF. acertener; a (L. ad) + certain. See Certain.] 1. To render (a person) certain; to cause to feel certain; to make confident; to assure; to apprise. [Obs.] When the blessed Virgin was so ascertained. Jer. Taylor. Muncer assured them that the design was approved of by Heaven, and that the Almighty had in a dream ascertained him of its effects. Robertson. 2. To make (a thing) certain to the mind; to free from obscurity, doubt, or change; to make sure of; to fix; to determine. [Archaic] The divine law . . . ascertaineth the truth. Hooker. The very deferring [of his execution] shall increase and ascertain the condemnation. Jer. Taylor. The ministry, in order to ascertain a majority . . . persuaded the queen to create twelve new peers. Smollett. The mildness and precision of their laws ascertained the rule and measure of taxation. Gibbon. 3. To find out or learn for a certainty, by trial, examination, or experiment; to get to know; as, to ascertain the weight of a commodity, or the purity of a metal. He was there only for the purpose of ascertaining whether a descent on England was practicable. Macaulay.

ASCERTAINABLE

ASCERTAINABLE As`cer*taina*ble, a. Defn: That may be ascertained. -- As`cer*taina*ble*ness, n. -- As`cer*taina*bly, adv.

ASCERTAINER

ASCERTAINER As`cer*tainer, n. Defn: One who ascertains.

ASCERTAINMENT

ASCERTAINMENT As`cer*tainment, n. Defn: The act of ascertaining; a reducing to certainty; a finding out by investigation; discovery. The positive ascertainment of its limits. Burke.

ASCESSANCY; ASCESSANT

ASCESSANCY; ASCESSANT As*cessan*cy, n. As*cessant, a. Defn: See Acescency, Acescent. [Obs.]

ASCETIC

ASCETIC As*cetic a. Etym: [Gr. Defn: Extremely rigid in self-denial and devotions; austere; severe. The stern ascetic rigor of the Temple discipline. Sir W. Scott.

ASCETIC

ASCETIC As*cetic, n. Defn: In the early church, one who devoted himself to a solitary and contemplative life, characterized by devotion, extreme self-denial, and self-mortification; a hermit; a recluse; hence, one who practices extreme rigor and self-denial in religious things. I am far from commending those ascetics that take up their quarters in deserts. Norris. Ascetic theology, the science which treats of the practice of the theological and moral virtues, and the counsels of perfection. Am. Cyc.

ASCETICISM

ASCETICISM As*ceti*cism, n. Defn: The condition, practice, or mode of life, of ascetics.

ASCHAM

ASCHAM Ascham, n. Etym: [From Roger Ascham, who was a great lover of archery.] Defn: A sort of cupboard, or case, to contain bows and other implements of archery.

ASCI

ASCI Asci, n. pl. Defn: See Ascus.

ASCIAN

ASCIAN Ascian, n. Defn: One of the Ascii.

ASCIDIAN

ASCIDIAN As*cidi*an, n. Etym: [Gr. (Zo?l.) Defn: One of the Ascidioidea, or in a more general sense, one of the Tunicata. Also as an adj.

ASCIDIARIUM

ASCIDIARIUM As*cid`i*ari*um, n. Etym: [NL. See Ascidium.] (Zo?l.) Defn: The structure which unites together the ascidiozooids in a compound ascidian.

ASCIDIFORM

ASCIDIFORM As*cidi*form, a. Etym: [Gr. -form.] (Zo?l.) Defn: Shaped like an ascidian.

ASCIDIOIDEA

ASCIDIOIDEA As*cid`i*oide*a, n. pl. Etym: [NL., fr. ascidium + -oid. See Ascidium.] (Zo?l.) Defn: A group of Tunicata, often shaped like a two-necked bottle. The group includes, social, and compound species. The gill is a netlike structure within the oral aperture. The integument is usually leathery in texture. See Illustration in Appendix.

ASCIDIOZOOID

ASCIDIOZOOID As*cid`i*o*zooid, n. Etym: [Ascidium + zooid.] (Zo?l.) Defn: One of the individual members of a compound ascidian. See Ascidioidea.

ASCIDIUM

ASCIDIUM As*cidi*um, n.; pl. Ascidia. Etym: [NL., fr. ascus. See Ascus.] 1. (Bot.) Defn: A pitcher-shaped, or flask-shaped, organ or appendage of a plant, as the leaves of the pitcher plant, or the little bladderlike traps of the bladderwort (Utricularia). 2. pl. (Zo?l.) Defn: A genus of simple ascidians, which formerly included most of the known species. It is sometimes used as a name for the Ascidioidea, or for all the Tunicata.

ASCIGEROUS

ASCIGEROUS As*ciger*ous, a. Etym: [Ascus + -gerous.] (Bot.) Defn: Having asci. Loudon.

ASCII; ASCIANS

ASCII; ASCIANS Asci*i, Ascians, n. pl. Etym: [L. ascii, pl. of ascius, Gr. Defn: Persons who, at certain times of the year, have no shadow at noon; -- applied to the inhabitants of the torrid zone, who have, twice a year, a vertical sun.

ASCITES

ASCITES As*cites, n. Etym: [L., fr. Gr. (Med.) Defn: A collection of serous fluid in the cavity of the abdomen; dropsy of the peritoneum. Dunglison.

ASCITIC; ASCITICAL

ASCITIC; ASCITICAL As*citic, As*citic*al, a. Defn: Of, pertaining to, or affected by, ascites; dropsical.

ASCITITIOUS

ASCITITIOUS As`ci*titious, a. Etym: [See Adscititious.] Defn: Supplemental; not inherent or original; adscititious; additional; assumed. Homer has been reckoned an ascititious name. Pope.

ASCLEPIAD

ASCLEPIAD As*clepi*ad, n. (Gr. & L. Pros.) Defn: A choriambic verse, first used by the Greek poet Asclepias, consisting of four feet, viz., a spondee, two choriambi, and an iambus.

ASCLEPIADACEOUS

ASCLEPIADACEOUS As*cle`pi*a*daceous, a. Etym: [See Asclepias.] (Bot.) Defn: Of, pertaining to, or resembling, plants of the Milkweed family.

ASCLEPIAS

ASCLEPIAS As*clepi*as, n. Etym: [L., fr. Gr. Asclepios or Aesculapius.] (Bot.) Defn: A genus of plants including the milkweed, swallowwort, and some other species having medicinal properties. Asclepias butterfly (Zo?l.), a large, handsome, red and black butterfly (Danais Archippus), found in both hemispheres. It feeds on plants of the genus Asclepias.

ASCOCARP

ASCOCARP Asco*carp, n. [Gr. 'asko`s a bladder + karpo`s fruit.] (Bot.) Defn: In ascomycetous fungi, the spherical, discoid, or cup-shaped body within which the asci are collected, and which constitutes the mature fructification. The different forms are known in mycology under distinct names. Called also spore fruit.

ASCOCOCCUS

ASCOCOCCUS As`co*coccus, n.; pl. Ascococci. Etym: [NL., fr. Gr. (Biol.) Defn: A form of micrococcus, found in putrid meat infusions, occurring in peculiar masses, each of which is inclosed in a hyaline capsule and contains a large number of spherical micrococci.

ASCOMYCETES

ASCOMYCETES As`co*my*cetes, n. pl. [NL.; ascus + Gr. , , fungus.] (Bot.) Defn: A large class of higher fungi distinguished by septate hyph?, and by having their spores formed in asci, or spore sacs. It comprises many orders, among which are the yeasts, molds, mildews, truffles, morels, etc. -- As`co*my*cetous (#), a.

ASCOSPORE

ASCOSPORE Asco*spore, n. Etym: [Ascus + spore.] (Bot.) Defn: One of the spores contained in the asci of lichens and fungi. [See Illust. of Ascus.]

ASCRIBABLE

ASCRIBABLE As*criba*ble, a. Defn: Capable of being ascribed; attributable.

ASCRIBE

ASCRIBE As*cribe, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Ascribed; p. pr. & vb. n. Ascribing.] Etym: [L. ascribere, adscribere, to ascribe; ad + scribere to write: cf. OF. ascrire. See Scribe.] 1. To attribute, impute, or refer, as to a cause; as, his death was ascribed to a poison; to ascribe an effect to the right cause; to ascribe such a book to such an author. The finest [speech] that is ascribed to Satan in the whole poem. Addison. 2. To attribute, as a quality, or an appurtenance; to consider or allege to belong. Syn. -- To Ascribe, Attribute, Impute. Attribute denotes, 1. To refer some quality or attribute to a being; as, to attribute power to God. 2. To refer something to its cause or source; as, to attribute a backward spring to icebergs off the coast. Ascribe is used equally in both these senses, but involves a different image. To impute usually denotes to ascribe something doubtful or wrong, and hence, in general literature, has commonly a bad sense; as, to impute unworthy motives. The theological sense of impute is not here taken into view. More than good-will to me attribute naught. Spenser. Ascribes his gettings to his parts and merit. Pope. And fairly quit him of the imputed blame. Spenser.

ASCRIPT

ASCRIPT Ascript, a. Defn: See Adscript. [Obs.]

ASCRIPTION

ASCRIPTION As*cription, n. Etym: [L. ascriptio, fr. ascribere. See Ascribe.] Defn: The act of ascribing, imputing, or affirming to belong; also, that which is ascribed.

ASCRIPTITIOUS

ASCRIPTITIOUS As`crip*titious, a. Etym: [L. ascriptitius, fr. ascribere.] 1. Ascribed. 2. Added; additional. [Obs.] An ascriptitious and supernumerary God. Farindon.

ASCUS

ASCUS Ascus, n.; pl. Asci. Etym: [NL., fr. Gr. (Bot.) Defn: A small membranous bladder or tube in which are inclosed the seedlike reproductive particles or sporules of lichens and certain fungi. A-SEA A-sea, adv. Etym: [Pref. a- + sea.] Defn: On the sea; at sea; toward the sea.

ASEMIA

ASEMIA A*semi*a, n. [NL., fr. Gr. priv. + sign.] (Med.) Defn: Loss of power to express, or to understand, symbols or signs of thought.

ASEPSIS

ASEPSIS A*sepsis, n. [NL., fr. Gr. priv. + sepsis.] Defn: State of being aseptic; the methods or processes of asepticizing.

ASEPTIC

ASEPTIC A*septic, a. Etym: [Pref. a- not + septic.] Defn: Not liable to putrefaction; nonputrescent. -- n. Defn: An aseptic substance.

ASEXUAL

ASEXUAL A*sexu*al, a. Etym: [Pref. a- not + sexual.] (Biol.) Defn: Having no distinct; without sexual action; as, asexual reproduction. See Fission and Gemmation.

ASEXUALIZATION

ASEXUALIZATION A*sex`u*al*i*zation, n. [Asexual + -ize + -ation.] Defn: The act or process of sterilizing an animal or human being, as by vasectomy.

ASEXUALLY

ASEXUALLY A*sexu*al*ly, adv. Defn: In an asexual manner; without sexual agency.

ASH

ASH Ash, n. Etym: [OE. asch, esh, AS. ?sc; akin to OHG. asc, Sw. & Dan. ask, Icel. askr, D. esch, G. esche.] 1. (Bot.) Defn: A genus of trees of the Olive family, having opposite pinnate leaves, many of the species furnishing valuable timber, as the European ash (Fraxinus excelsior) and the white ash (F. Americana). Prickly ash (Zanthoxylum Americanum) and Poison ash (Rhus venenata) are shrubs of different families, somewhat resembling the true ashes in their foliage. -- Mountain ash. See Roman tree, and under Mountain. 2. The tough, elastic wood of the ash tree. Note: Ash is used adjectively, or as the first part of a compound term; as, ash bud, ash wood, ash tree, etc.

ASH

ASH Ash, n., Defn: sing. of Ashes. Note: Ash is rarely used in the singular except in connection with chemical or geological products; as, soda ash, coal which yields a red ash, etc., or as a qualifying or combining word; as, ash bin, ash heap, ash hole, ash pan, ash pit, ash-grey, ash-colored, pearlash, potash. Bone ash, burnt powered; bone earth. -- Volcanic ash. See under Ashes.

ASH

ASH Ash, v. t. Defn: To strew or sprinkle with ashes. Howell.

ASH WEDNESDAY

ASH WEDNESDAY Ash` Wednesday. Defn: The first day of Lent; -- so called from a custom in the Roman Catholic church of putting ashes, on that day, upon the foreheads of penitents.

ASH-COLORED

ASH-COLORED Ash-col`ored, a. Defn: Of the color of ashes; a whitish gray or brownish gray.

ASH-FIRE

ASH-FIRE Ash-fire, n. Defn: A low fire used in chemical operations.

ASH-FURNACE; ASH

ASH-FURNACE; ASH-OVEN Ash-fur`nace, Ash-ov`en, n. Defn: A furnace or oven for fritting materials for glass making.

ASHAME

ASHAME A*shame, v. t. Etym: [Pref. a- + shame: cf. AS. ascamian to shame (where a- is the same as Goth. us-, G. er-, and orig. meant out), gescamian, gesceamian, to shame.] Defn: To shame. [R.] Barrow.

ASHAMED

ASHAMED A*shamed, a. Etym: [Orig. a p. p. of ashame, v. t.] Defn: Affected by shame; abashed or confused by guilt, or a conviction or consciousness of some wrong action or impropriety. I am ashamed to beg. Wyclif. All that forsake thee shall be ashamed. Jer. xvii. 13. I began to be ashamed of sitting idle. Johnson. Enough to make us ashamed of our species. Macaulay. An ashamed person can hardly endure to meet the gaze of those present. Darwin. Note: Ashamed seldom precedes the noun or pronoun it qualifies. By a Hebraism, it is sometimes used in the Bible to mean disappointed, or defeated.

ASHAMEDLY

ASHAMEDLY A*shamed*ly, adv. Defn: Bashfully. [R.]

ASHANTEE

ASHANTEE Ash`an*tee, n.; pl. Ashantees. Defn: A native or an inhabitant of Ashantee in Western Africa.

ASHANTEE

ASHANTEE Ash`an*tee, a. Defn: Of or pertaining to Ashantee.

ASHEN

ASHEN Ashen, a. Etym: [See Ash, the tree.] Defn: Of or pertaining to the ash tree. Ashen poles. Dryden.

ASHEN

ASHEN Ashen, a. Defn: Consisting of, or resembling, ashes; of a color between brown and gray, or white and gray. The ashen hue of age. Sir W. Scott.

ASHEN

ASHEN Ashen, n., Defn: obs. pl. for Ashes. Chaucer.

ASHERY

ASHERY Asher*y, n. 1. A depository for ashes. 2. A place where potash is made.

ASHES

ASHES Ashes, n. pl. Etym: [OE. asche, aske, AS. asce, ?sce, axe; akin to

ASHINE

ASHINE A*shine, a. Defn: Shining; radiant.

ASHLAR; ASHLER

ASHLAR; ASHLER Ashlar, Ashler, n. Etym: [OE. ascheler, achiler, OF. aiseler, fr. aiselle, dim. of ais plank, fr. L. axis, assis, plank, axle. See Axle.] 1. (Masonry) (a) Hewn or squared stone; also, masonry made of squared or hewn stone. Rough ashlar, a block of freestone as brought from the quarry. When hammer-dressed it is known as common ashlar. Knight. (b) In the United States especially, a thin facing of squared and dressed stone upon a wall of rubble or brick. Knight.

ASHLARING; ASHLERING

ASHLARING; ASHLERING Ashlar*ing, Ashler*ing, n. 1. The act of bedding ashlar in mortar. 2. Ashlar when in thin slabs and made to serve merely as a case to the body of the wall. Brande & C. 3. (Carp.) Defn: The short upright pieces between the floor beams and rafters in garrets. See Ashlar, 2.

ASHORE

ASHORE A*shore, adv. Etym: [Pref. a- + shore.] Defn: On shore or on land; on the land adjacent to water; to the shore; to the land; aground (when applied to a ship); -- sometimes opposed to aboard or afloat. Here shall I die ashore. Shak. I must fetch his necessaries ashore. Shak.

ASHTORETH

ASHTORETH Ashto*reth, n.; pl. Ashtaroth. Defn: The principal female divinity of the Phoenicians, as Baal was the principal male divinity. W. Smith.

ASHWEED

ASHWEED Ashweed`, n. (Bot.) Etym: [A corruption of ache-weed; F. ache. So named from the likeness of its leaves to those of ache (celery).] Defn: Goutweed.

ASHY

ASHY Ashy, a. 1. Pertaining to, or composed of, ashes; filled, or strewed with, ashes. 2. Ash-colored; whitish gray; deadly pale. Shak. Ashy pale, pale as ashes. Shak.

ASIAN

ASIAN Asian, a. Etym: [L. Asianus, Gr. Asia.] Defn: Of or pertaining to Asia; Asiatic. Asian princes. Jer. Taylor. -- n. Defn: An Asiatic.

ASIARCH

ASIARCH Asi*arch, n. Etym: [L. Asiarcha, Gr. Defn: One of the chiefs or pontiffs of the Roman province of Asia, who had the superintendence of the public games and religious rites. Milner.

ASIATIC

ASIATIC A`si*atic, a. Etym: [L. Asiaticus, Gr. Defn: Of or pertaining to Asia or to its inhabitants. -- n. Defn: A native, or one of the people, of Asia.

ASIATICISM

ASIATICISM A`si*ati*cism, n. Defn: Something peculiar to Asia or the Asiatics.

ASIDE

ASIDE A*side, adv. Etym: [Pref. a- + side.] 1. On, or to, one side; out of a straight line, course, or direction; at a little distance from the rest; out of the way; apart. Thou shalt set aside that which is full. 2 Kings iv. 4. But soft! but soft! aside: here comes the king. Shak. The flames were blown aside. Dryden. 2. Out of one's thoughts; off; away; as, to put aside gloomy thoughts. Lay aside every weight. Heb. xii. 1. 3. So as to be heard by others; privately. Then lords and ladies spake aside. Sir W. Scott. To set aside (Law), to annul or defeat the effect or operation of, by a subsequent decision of the same or of a superior tribunal; to declare of no authority; as, to set aside a verdict or a judgment.

ASIDE

ASIDE A*side, n. Defn: Something spoken aside; as, a remark made by a stageplayer which the other players are not supposed to hear.

ASILUS

ASILUS A*silus, n. Etym: [L., a gadfly.] (Zo?l.) Defn: A genus of large and voracious two-winged flies, including the bee killer and robber fly.

ASINEGO; ASSINEGO

ASINEGO; ASSINEGO As`i*nego, As`si*nego, n. Etym: [Sp. asnico, dim. of asno an ass.] Defn: A stupid fellow. [Obs.] Shak.

ASININE

ASININE Asi*nine, a. Etym: [L. asininus, fr. asinus ass. See Ass.] Defn: Of or belonging to, or having the qualities of, the ass, as stupidity and obstinacy. Asinine nature. B. Jonson. Asinine feast. Milton.

ASININITY

ASININITY As`i*nini*ty, n. Defn: The quality of being asinine; stupidity combined with obstinacy.

ASIPHONATE

ASIPHONATE A*siphon*ate, a. (Zo?l.) Defn: Destitute of a siphon or breathing tube; -- said of many bivalve shells. -- n. Defn: An asiphonate mollusk.

ASIPHONEA; ASIPHONATA

ASIPHONEA; ASIPHONATA; ASIPHONIDA As`i*phone*a, A*si`pho*nata, As`i*phoni*da, n. pl. Etym: [NL., fr. Gr. (Zo?l.) Defn: A group of bivalve mollusks destitute of siphons, as the oyster; the asiphonate mollusks.

ASITIA

ASITIA A*siti*a, n. Etym: [Gr. (Med.) Defn: Want of appetite; loathing of food.

ASK

ASK Ask, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Asked; p. pr. & vb. n. Asking.] Etym: [OE. asken, ashen, axien, AS. ascian, acsian; akin to OS. escon, OHG. eiscon, Sw. aska, Dan. ?ske, D. eischen, G. heischen, Lith. j?sk?ti, OSlav. iskati to seek, Skr. ish to desire. *5.] 1. To request; to seek to obtain by words; to petition; to solicit; - - often with of, in the sense of from, before the person addressed. Ask counsel, we pray thee, of God. Judg. xviii. 5. If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. John xv. 7. 2. To require, demand, claim, or expect, whether by way of remuneration or return, or as a matter of necessity; as, what price do you ask Ask me never so much dowry. Gen. xxxiv. 12. To whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more. Luke xii. 48. An exigence of state asks a much longer time to conduct a design to maturity. Addison. 3. To interrogate or inquire of or concerning; to put a question to or about; to question. He is of age; ask him: he shall speak for himself. John ix. 21. He asked the way to Chester. Shak. 4. To invite; as, to ask one to an entertainment. 5. To publish in church for marriage; -- said of both the banns and the persons. Fuller. Syn. -- To beg; request; seek; petition; solicit; entreat; beseech; implore; crave; require; demand; claim; exhibit; inquire; interrogate. See Beg.

ASK

ASK Ask, v. i. 1. To request or petition; -- usually folllowed by for; as, to ask for bread. Ask, and it shall be given you. Matt. vii. 7. 2. To make inquiry, or seek by request; -- sometimes followed by after. Wherefore . . . dost ask after my name Gen. xxxii. 29.

ASK

ASK Ask, n. Etym: [See 2d Asker.] (Zo?l.) Defn: A water newt. [Scot. & North of Eng.]

ASKANCE

ASKANCE A*skance, v. t. Defn: To turn aside. [Poet.] O, how are they wrapped in with infamies That from their own misdeeds askance their eyes! Shak.

ASKANCE; ASKANT

ASKANCE; ASKANT A*skance, A*skant, adv. Etym: [Cf. D. schuin, schuins, sideways, schuiven to shove, schuinte slope. Cf. Asquint.] Defn: Sideways; obliquely; with a side glance; with disdain, envy, or suspicion. They dart away; they wheel askance. Beattie. My palfrey eyed them askance. Landor. Both . . . were viewed askance by authority. Gladstone.

ASKER

ASKER Asker, n. Defn: One who asks; a petitioner; an inquirer. Shak.

ASKER

ASKER Asker, n. Etym: [A corruption of AS. a lizard, newt.] (Zo?l.) Defn: An ask; a water newt. [Local Eng.]

ASKEW

ASKEW A*skew, adv. & a. Etym: [Pref. a- + skew.] Defn: Awry; askance; asquint; oblique or obliquely; -- sometimes indicating scorn, or contempt, or entry. Spenser.

ASKING

ASKING Asking, n. 1. The act of inquiring or requesting; a petition; solicitation. Longfellow. 2. The publishing of banns.

ASLAKE

ASLAKE A*slake, v. t. & i. Etym: [AS. aslacian, slacian, to slacken. Cf. Slake.] Defn: To mitigate; to moderate; to appease; to abate; to diminish. [Archaic] Chaucer.

ASLANT

ASLANT A*slant, adv. & a. Etym: [Pref. a- + slant.] Defn: Toward one side; in a slanting direction; obliquely. [The shaft] drove through his neck aslant. Dryden.

ASLANT

ASLANT A*slant, prep. Defn: In a slanting direction over; athwart. There is a willow grows aslant a brook. Shak.

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