Webster's Dictionary, 1913
[ Latin anxius
, from angere
to cause pain, choke; akin to Greek 'a`gchein
to choke. See Anger
.] 1. Full of anxiety or disquietude; greatly concerned or solicitous, esp. respecting something future or unknown; being in painful suspense; -- applied to persons; as, anxious for the issue of a battle. 2. Accompanied with, or causing, anxiety; worrying; -- applied to things; as, anxious labor.
The sweet of life, from which 3. Earnestly desirous; as, anxious to please.
God hath bid dwell far off all anxious cares.
He sneers alike at those who are anxious to preserve and at those who are eager for reform. Anxious
is followed by for
, etc., before the object of solicitude. Syn.
-- Solicitous; careful; uneasy; unquiet; restless; concerned; disturbed; watchful.
Anxiously adverb In an anxious manner; with painful uncertainty; solicitously.
Anxiousness noun The quality of being anxious; great solicitude; anxiety.
Any adjective & pron.
[ Middle English æniʒ
, Anglo-Saxon ǣnig
, from ān
one. It is akin to Old Saxon ēnig
, Old High German einic
, German einig
, Dutch eenig
. See One
.] 1. One indifferently, out of an indefinite number; one indefinitely, whosoever or whatsoever it may be.
is often used in denying or asserting without limitation; as, this thing ought not be done at any
time; I ask any
one to answer my question.
No man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son. 2. Some, of whatever kind, quantity, or number; as, are there any witnesses present? are there any other houses like it?
Matt. xi. 27.
"Who will show us any
good?" Ps. iv. 6.
It is often used, either in the singular or the plural, as a pronoun, the person or thing being understood; anybody; anyone; ( plural
) any persons.
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, . . . and it shall be given him.
Jas. i. 5.
That if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem. At any rate
Acts ix. 2.
, In any case
, whatever may be the state of affairs; anyhow.
Any adverb To any extent; in any degree; at all.
You are not to go loose any longer.
Before you go any farther.
Anybody noun 1. Any one out of an indefinite number of persons; anyone; any person.
His Majesty could not keep any secret from anybody . 2. A person of consideration or standing.
All the men belonged exclusively to the mechanical and shopkeeping classes, and there was not a single banker or anybody in the list.
Lond. Sat. Rev.
Anyhow adverb In any way or manner whatever; at any rate; in any event.
Anyhow , it must be acknowledged to be not a simple selforiginated error.
J. H. Newman.
Anyhow , the languages of the two nations were closely allied.
E. A. Freeman.
Anyone noun One taken at random rather than by selection; anybody. [ Commonly written as two words.]
Anything noun 1. Any object, act, state, event, or fact whatever; thing of any kind; something or other; aught; as, I would not do it for anything .
Did you ever know of anything so unlucky?
They do not know that anything is amiss with them. 2. Expressing an indefinite comparison; -- with as or like .
W. G. Sumner.
[ Colloq. or Lowx]
I fear your girl will grow as proud as anything .
» Any thing
, written as two words, is now commonly used in contradistinction to any person
. Formerly it was also separated when used in the wider sense. "Necessity drove them to undertake any thing
and venture any thing
." De Foe. Anything but
, not at all or in any respect.
"The battle was a rare one, and the victory anything but
-- Anything like
, in any respect; at all; as, I can not give anything like a fair sketch of his trials.
Anything adverb In any measure; anywise; at all.
Mine old good will and hearty affection towards you is not . . . anything at all quailed.
Robynson (More's Utopia).
Anythingarian noun One who holds to no particular creed or dogma.
Anyway, Anyways adverb Anywise; at all. Tennyson. Southey.
Anywhere adverb In any place. Udall.
Anywhither adverb To or towards any place. [ Archaic] De Foe.
Anywise adverb In any wise or way; at all. " Anywise essential." Burke.
Aonian (a*ō"nĭ* a n) adjective [ From Aonia , a part of Bœotia, in Greece.] Pertaining to Aonia, in Bœotia, or to the Muses, who were supposed to dwell there. Aonian fount , the fountain of Aganippe, at the foot of Mount Helicon, not far from Thebes, and sacred to the Muses.
Aorist (ā"o*rĭst) noun [ Greek 'ao`ristos indefinite; 'a priv. + "ori`zein to define, ... boundary, limit.] (Gram.) A tense in the Greek language, which expresses an action as completed in past time, but leaves it, in other respects, wholly indeterminate.
Aoristic adjective [ Greek 'aoristiko`s .] Indefinite; pertaining to the aorist tense.
Aorta noun [ New Latin , from Greek ..., from ... to lift, heave.] (Anat.) The great artery which carries the blood from the heart to all parts of the body except the lungs; the main trunk of the arterial system. » In fishes and the early stages of all higher vertebrates the aorta divides near its origin into several branches (the aortic arches ) which pass in pairs round the œsophagus and unite to form the systemic aorta. One or more pairs of these arches persist in amphibia and reptiles, but only one arch in birds and mammals, this being on the right side in the former, and on the left in the latter.
Aortic adjective Of or pertaining to the aorta.
Aortitis noun [ Aorta + - itis .] (Medicine) Inflammation of the aorta.
Aoudad noun [ The Moorish name.] (Zoology) An African sheeplike quadruped (the Ammotragus tragelaphus ) having a long mane on the breast and fore legs. It is, perhaps, the chamois of the Old Testament.
[ Prefix a-
. Middle English a pas
at a walk, in which a
is the article. See Pace
.] With a quick pace; quick; fast; speedily.
His dewy locks did drop with brine apace .
A visible triumph of the gospel draws on apace .
Apaches noun plural ; sing. Apache (Ethnol.) A group of nomadic North American Indians including several tribes native of Arizona, New Mexico, etc.
Apagoge noun [ Greek ... a leading away, from ... to lead away; ... from + ... to lead.] (Logic) An indirect argument which proves a thing by showing the impossibility or absurdity of the contrary.
Apagogic, Apagogical adjective Proving indirectly, by showing the absurdity, or impossibility of the contrary. Bp. Berkeley.
Apaid adjective Paid; pleased. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Apair transitive verb & i. To impair or become impaired; to injure. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Apanthropy noun [ Greek ...; ... from + ... man.] An aversion to the company of men; a love of solitude.
Apar, Apara noun
[ Native name apara
.] (Zoology) See Mataco .
Aparejo noun [ Spanish ] A kind of pack saddle used in the American military service and among the Spanish Americans. It is made of leather stuffed with hay, moss, or the like.
Aparithmesis noun [ Greek ..., from ... to count off or over.] (Rhet.) Enumeration of parts or particulars.
[ French Ã part
; (L. ad
) + part
part. See Part
.] 1. Separately, in regard to space or company; in a state of separation as to place; aside.
Others apart sat on a hill retired.
The Lord hath set apart him that is godly for himself. 2. In a state of separation, of exclusion, or of distinction, as to purpose, use, or character, or as a matter of thought; separately; independently; as, consider the two propositions apart . 3. Aside; away.
Ps. iv. 3.
"Wherefore lay apart
all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness." Jas. i. 21.
Let Pleasure go, put Care apart . 4. In two or more parts; asunder; to piece; as, to take a piece of machinery apart .
[ French appartement
; confer Italian appartamento
, from appartare
to separate, set apart; all from Latin ad
, part. See Apart
.] 1. A room in a building; a division in a house, separated from others by partitions. Fielding. 2. A set or suite of rooms. De Quincey. 3. A compartment.
[ Obsolete] Pope.
Apartment house A building comprising a number of suites designed for separate housekeeping tenements, but having conveniences, such as heat, light, elevator service, etc., furnished in common; -- often distinguished in the United States from a flat house .
Apartness noun The quality of standing apart.
Apastron noun [ Greek ... from + ... star.] (Astron.) That point in the orbit of a double star where the smaller star is farthest from its primary.
Apathetic, Apathetical adjective
[ See Apathy
.] Void of feeling; not susceptible of deep emotion; passionless; indifferent.
Apathetically adverb In an apathetic manner.
Apathist noun [ Confer French apathiste .] One who is destitute of feeling.
Apathistical adjective Apathetic; une motional. [ R.]
; plural Apathies
[ Latin apathia
, Greek ...; 'a
priv. + ..., from ..., ..., to suffer: confer French apathie
. See Pathos
.] Want of feeling; privation of passion, emotion, or excitement; dispassion; -- applied either to the body or the mind. As applied to the mind, it is a calmness, indolence, or state of indifference, incapable of being ruffled or roused to active interest or exertion by pleasure, pain, or passion.
of despair." Macaulay.
A certain apathy or sluggishness in his nature which led him . . . to leave events to take their own course.
According to the Stoics, apathy meant the extinction of the passions by the ascendency of reason.
» In the first ages of the church, the Christians adopted the term to express a contempt of earthly concerns. Syn.
-- Insensibility; unfeelingness; indifference; unconcern; stoicism; supineness; sluggishness.
Apatite noun [ Greek ... deceit, from ... to deceive; it having been often mistaken for other minerals.] (Min.) Native phosphate of lime, occurring usually in six-sided prisms, color often pale green, transparent or translucent.
Ape (āp) noun [ Anglo-Saxon apa ; akin to Dutch aap , Old High German affo , German affe , Icelandic api , Swedish apa , Danish abe , W. epa .]
1. (Zoology) A quadrumanous mammal, esp. of the family Simiadæ , having teeth of the same number and form as in man, and possessing neither a tail nor cheek pouches. The name is applied esp. to species of the genus Hylobates , and is sometimes used as a general term for all Quadrumana. The higher forms, the gorilla, chimpanzee, and ourang, are often called anthropoid apes or man apes . » The ape of the Old Testament was probably the rhesus monkey of India, and allied forms. 2. One who imitates servilely (in allusion to the manners of the ape); a mimic. Byron. 3. A dupe. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Ape transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Aped
; present participle & verbal noun Aping
.] To mimic, as an ape imitates human actions; to imitate or follow servilely or irrationally.
"How he apes
his sire." Addison.
The people of England will not ape the fashions they have never tried.
Apeak adverb & adjective [ Prefix a- + peak . Confer French Ã pic vertically.] (Nautical) In a vertical line. The anchor in apeak , when the cable has been sufficiently hove in to bring the ship over it, and the ship is them said to be hove apeak . [ Spelt also apeek .]
Apehood noun The state of being an ape.