Webster's Dictionary, 1913
[ Latin attiguus
, from attingere
to touch. See Attain
.] Touching; bordering; contiguous.
[ Obsolete] -- At*tig"u*ous*ness
Attinge transitive verb
[ Latin attingere
to touch. See Attain
.] To touch lightly.
[ Obsolete] Coles.
Attire transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Attired
; present participle & verbal noun Attiring
.] [ Middle English atiren
to array, dispose, arrange, Old French atirier
) + French tire
rank, order, row; of German origin: confer As. tier
row, Old High German ziarī
, German zier
, ornament, zieren
to adorn. Confer Tire
a headdress.] To dress; to array; to adorn; esp., to clothe with elegant or splendid garments.
Finely attired in a robe of white.
With the linen miter shall he be attired .
Lev. xvi. 4.
Attire noun 1. Dress; clothes; headdress; anything which dresses or adorns; esp., ornamental clothing.
Earth in her rich attire .
I 'll put myself in poor and mean attire .
Can a maid forget her ornament, or a bride her attire ? 2. The antlers, or antlers and scalp, of a stag or buck. 3. (Botany) The internal parts of a flower, included within the calyx and the corolla.
Jer. ii. 32.
[ Obsolete] Johnson.
Attired past participle (Her.) Provided with antlers, as a stag.
Attirement noun Attire; adornment.
Attirer noun One who attires.
[ Italian attitudine
, Late Latin aptitudo
, from Latin aptus
suited, fitted: confer French attitude
. Confer Aptitude
.] 1. (Paint. & Sculp.) The posture, action, or disposition of a figure or a statue. 2. The posture or position of a person or an animal, or the manner in which the parts of his body are disposed; position assumed or studied to serve a purpose; as, a threatening attitude ; an attitude of entreaty. 3. Fig.: Position as indicating action, feeling, or mood; as, in times of trouble let a nation preserve a firm attitude ; one's mental attitude in respect to religion.
The attitude of the country was rapidly changing. To strike an attitude
J. R. Green.
, to take an attitude for mere effect. Syn.
. Both of these words describe the visible disposition of the limbs. Posture
relates to their position merely; attitude
refers to their fitness for some specific object. The object of an attitude
is to set forth exhibit some internal feeling; as, attitude
of wonder, of admiration, of grief, etc. It is, therefore, essentially and designedly expressive
. Its object is the same with that of gesture; viz., to hold forth and represent. Posture
has no such design. If we speak of posture
in prayer, or the posture
of devotion, it is only the natural disposition of the limbs, without any intention to show forth or exhibit.
'T is business of a painter in his choice of attitudes ( posituræ ) to foresee the effect and harmony of the lights and shadows.
Never to keep the body in the same posture half an hour at a time.
Attitudinal adjective Relating to attitude.
Attitudinarian noun One who attitudinizes; a posture maker.
Attitudinarianism noun A practicing of attitudes; posture making.
Attitudinize intransitive verb To assume affected attitudes; to strike an attitude; to pose.
Maria, who is the most picturesque figure, was put to attitudinize at the harp.
Attitudinizer noun One who practices attitudes.
[ Confer Addle
mire.] (Mining) Rubbish or refuse consisting of broken rock containing little or no ore. Weale.
Attollent adjective [ Latin attollens , present participle of attollere ; ad + tollere to lift.] Lifting up; raising; as, an attollent muscle. Derham.
Attonce adverb [ At + once .] At once; together. [ Obsolete] Spenser.
Attone adverb See At one .
Attorn intransitive verb
[ Old French atorner
, to direct, prepare, dispose, attorn (cf. Middle English atornen
to return, adorn); Ã
) + torner
to turn; confer Late Latin attornare
to commit business to another, to attorn; ad
to turn, Latin tornare
to turn in a lathe, to round off. See Turn
, transitive verb
] 1. (Feudal Law) To turn, or transfer homage and service, from one lord to another. This is the act of feudatories, vassals, or tenants, upon the alienation of the estate. Blackstone. 2. (Modern Law) To agree to become tenant to one to whom reversion has been granted.
; plural Attorneys
[ Middle English aturneye
, Old French atorné
, past participle of atorner
: confer Late Latin atturnatus
, from attornare
. See Attorn
.] 1. A substitute; a proxy; an agent.
And will have no attorney but myself. 2. (Law) (a) One who is legally appointed by another to transact any business for him; an attorney in fact . (b) A legal agent qualified to act for suitors and defendants in legal proceedings; an attorney at law .
» An attorney is either public
. A private attorney
, or an attorney in fact
, is a person appointed by another, by a letter or power of attorney, to transact any business for him out of court; but in a more extended sense, this class includes any agent employed in any business, or to do any act in pais
, for another. A public attorney
, or attorney at law
, is a practitioner in a court of law, legally qualified to prosecute and defend actions in such court, on the retainer of clients. Bouvier.
- - The attorney at law answers to the procurator
of the civilians, to the solicitor
in chancery, and to the proctor
in the ecclesiastical and admiralty courts, and all of these are comprehended under the more general term lawyer
. In Great Britain and in some states of the United States, attorneys are distinguished from counselors in that the business of the former is to carry on the practical and formal parts of the suit. In many states of the United States however, no such distinction exists. In England, since 1873, attorneys at law are by statute called solicitors
. A power
, or warrant
, of attorney
, a written authority from one person empowering another to transact business for him.
Attorney transitive verb To perform by proxy; to employ as a proxy. [ Obsolete] Shak.
Attorney-general noun ; (pl. Attorney-generals or Attorneys-general). (Law) The chief law officer of the state, empowered to act in all litigation in which the law- executing power is a party, and to advise this supreme executive whenever required. Wharton.
Attorneyism noun The practice or peculiar cleverness of attorneys.
Attorneyship noun The office or profession of an attorney; agency for another. Shak.
[ Old French attornement
, Late Latin attornamentum
. See Attorn
.] (Law) The act of a feudatory, vassal, or tenant, by which he consents, upon the alienation of an estate, to receive a new lord or superior, and transfers to him his homage and service; the agreement of a tenant to acknowledge the purchaser of the estate as his landlord. Burrill. Blackstone.
Attract transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Attracted
; present participle & verbal noun Attracting
.] [ Latin attractus
, past participle of attrahere
to draw. See Trace
, transitive verb
] 1. To draw to, or cause to tend to; esp. to cause to approach, adhere, or combine; or to cause to resist divulsion, separation, or decomposition.
All bodies and all parts of bodies mutually attract themselves and one another. 2. To draw by influence of a moral or emotional kind; to engage or fix, as the mind, attention, etc.; to invite or allure; as, to attract admirers.
Attracted by thy beauty still to gaze. Syn.
-- To draw; allure; invite; entice; influence.
Attract noun Attraction. [ Obsolete] Hudibras.
Attractability noun The quality or fact of being attractable. Sir W. Jones.
Attractable adjective Capable of being attracted; subject to attraction. -- At*tract"a*ble*ness , noun
Attracter noun One who, or that which, attracts.
Attractile adjective Having power to attract.
Attracting adjective That attracts. - - At*tract"ing*ly , adverb
Attraction noun [ Latin attractio : confer French attraction .] Attraction of gravitation , which acts at all distances throughout the universe, with a force proportional directly to the product of the masses of the bodies and inversely to the square of their distances apart. (2.) Magnetic , diamagnetic , and electrical attraction , each of which is limited in its sensible range and is polar in its action, a property dependent on the quality or condition of matter, and not on its quantity. Under attraction at insensible distances, there are, -- (1.) Adhesive attraction , attraction between surfaces of sensible extent, or by the medium of an intervening substance. (2.) Cohesive attraction , attraction between ultimate particles, whether like or unlike, and causing simply an aggregation or a union of those particles, as in the absorption of gases by charcoal, or of oxygen by spongy platinum, or the process of solidification or crystallization. The power in adhesive attraction is strictly the same as that of cohesion. (3.) Capillary attraction , attraction causing a liquid to rise, in capillary tubes or interstices, above its level outside, as in very small glass tubes, or a sponge, or any porous substance, when one end is inserted in the liquid. It is a special case of cohesive attraction. (4.) Chemical attraction , or affinity , that peculiar force which causes elementary atoms, or groups of atoms, to unite to form molecules. 2. The act or property of attracting; the effect of the power or operation of attraction. Newton. 3. The power or act of alluring, drawing to, inviting, or engaging; an attractive quality; as, the attraction of beauty or eloquence. 4. That which attracts; an attractive object or feature. Syn. -- Allurement; enticement; charm.
1. (Physics) An invisible power in a body by which it draws anything to itself; the power in nature acting mutually between bodies or ultimate particles, tending to draw them together, or to produce their cohesion or combination, and conversely resisting separation. » Attraction is exerted at both sensible and insensible distances, and is variously denominated according to its qualities or phenomena. Under attraction at sensible distances, there are, -- (1.)
1. (Zoology) (a) The central mass of the aster in mitotic cell division; centrosphere. (b) Less often, the mass of archoplasm left by the aster in the resting cell. 2. (Botany) A small body situated on or near the nucleus in the cells of some of the lower plants, consisting of two centrospheres containing centrosomes. It exercises an important function in mitosis.
[ Confer French attractif
.] 1. Having the power or quality of attracting or drawing; as, the attractive force of bodies. Sir I. Newton. 2. Attracting or drawing by moral influence or pleasurable emotion; alluring; inviting; pleasing.
Flowers of a livid yellow, or fleshy color, are most attractive to flies.
Attractive noun That which attracts or draws; an attraction; an allurement.
Speaks nothing but attractives and invitation.
Attractivity (ăt`trăk*tĭv"ĭ*tȳ) noun The quality or degree of attractive power.
Attractor (ăt*trăkt"ẽr) noun One who, or that which, attracts. Sir T. Browne
[ Latin attrahens
, present participle of attrahere
. See Attract
, transitive verb
] Attracting; drawing; attractive.
Attrahent noun 1. That which attracts, as a magnet.
The motion of the steel to its attrahent
. Glanvill. 2. (Medicine) A substance which, by irritating the surface, excites action in the part to which it is applied, as a blister, an epispastic, a sinapism.
Attrap transitive verb
[ French attraper
to catch; Ã (L. ad
) + trappe
trap. See Trap
(for taking game).] To entrap; to insnare.
[ Obsolete] Grafton.
Attrap transitive verb
[ Prefix ad
to adorn.] To adorn with trapping; to array.
Shall your horse be attrapped . . . more richly?
Attrectation noun [ Latin attrectatio ; ad + tractare to handle.] Frequent handling or touching. [ Obsolete] Jer. Taylor.
Attributable adjective Capable of being attributed; ascribable; imputable.
Errors . . . attributable to carelessness.
J. D. Hooker.
(ăt"trĭ*būt) transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Attributed
; present participle & verbal noun Attributing
.] [ Latin attributus
, past participle of attribuere
to bestow. See Tribute
.] To ascribe; to consider (something) as due or appropriate ( to ); to refer, as an effect to a cause; to impute; to assign; to consider as belonging ( to ).
We attribute nothing to God that hath any repugnancy or contradiction in it.
The merit of service is seldom attributed to the true and exact performer. Syn.
-- See Ascribe
[ Latin attributum
.] 1. That which is attributed; a quality which is considered as belonging to, or inherent in, a person or thing; an essential or necessary property or characteristic.
But mercy is above this sceptered away; . . . 2. Reputation.
It is an attribute to God himself.
[ Poetic] Shak. 3. (Paint. & Sculp.) A conventional symbol of office, character, or identity, added to any particular figure; as, a club is the attribute of Hercules. 4. (Gram.) Quality, etc., denoted by an attributive; an attributive adjunct or adjective.
Attribution noun [ Latin attributio : confer French attribution .]
1. The act of attributing or ascribing, as a quality, character, or function, to a thing or person, an effect to a cause. 2. That which is ascribed or attributed.
Attributive adjective [ Confer French attributif .] Attributing; pertaining to, expressing, or assigning an attribute; of the nature of an attribute.
Attributive noun , (Gram.) A word that denotes an attribute; esp. a modifying word joined to a noun; an adjective or adjective phrase.
Attributively adverb In an attributive manner.
[ Latin attritus
, past participle of atterere
to rub. See Trite
.] 1. Rubbed; worn by friction. Milton. 2. (Theol.) Repentant from fear of punishment; having attrition of grief for sin; -- opposed to contrite .