Webster's Dictionary, 1913
[ Latin attritio
: confer French attrition
.] 1. The act of rubbing together; friction; the act of wearing by friction, or by rubbing substances together; abrasion.
Effected by attrition of the inward stomach. 2. The state of being worn. Johnson. 3. (Theol.) Grief for sin arising only from fear of punishment or feelings of shame. See Contrition . Wallis.
Attritus noun [ Latin attritus , past participle of atterere ; ad + terere to rub.] Matter pulverized by attrition.
[ See Atter
.] Poisonous; malignant; malicious.
[ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Attune transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Attuned
; present participle & verbal noun Attuning
.] [ Prefix ad-
.] 1. To tune or put in tune; to make melodious; to adjust, as one sound or musical instrument to another; as, to attune the voice to a harp. 2. To arrange fitly; to make accordant.
Wake to energy each social aim,
Attuned spontaneous to the will of Jove.
Atwain adverb [ Middle English atwaine , atwinne ; prefix a- + twain .] In twain; asunder. [ Obsolete or Poetic] "Cuts atwain the knots." Tennyson.
Atween adverb or preposition
[ See Atwain
, and confer Between
[ Archaic] Spenser. Tennyson.
Atwirl adjective & adverb [ Prefix a- + twist .] Twisted; distorted; awry. [ R.] Halliwell.
Atwite transitive verb
[ Middle English attwyten
, Anglo-Saxon ætwītan
. See Twit
.] To speak reproachfully of; to twit; to upbraid.
Atwixt adverb Betwixt. [ Obsolete] Spenser.
Atwo adverb [ Prefix a- + two .] In two; in twain; asunder. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Atypic, Atypical adjective [ Prefix a- not + typic , typical .] That has no type; devoid of typical character; irregular; unlike the type.
(ō` fa"). [ French Lit., to the deed, act, or point. Fait
is from Latin factum
. See Fact
.] Expert; skillful; well instructed.
Au fond [ French, lit., at the bottom.] At bottom; fundamentally; essentially.
Au gratin [ French] (Cookery) With a crust made by browning in the oven; as, spaghetti may be served au gratin .
Au revoir [ French, lit., to the seeing again.] Good-by until we meet again.
[ French, from aube
the dawn, from Latin albus
white.] An open air concert in the morning, as distinguished from an evening serenade; also, a pianoforte composition suggestive of morning. Grove.
The crowing cock . . .
Sang his aubade with lusty voice and clear.
Aubaine noun [ French, from aubain an alien, from Latin alibi elsewhere.] Succession to the goods of a stranger not naturalized. Littré. Droit d'aubaine the right, formerly possessed by the king of France, to all the personal property of which an alien died possessed. It was abolished in 1819. Bouvier.
[ See Ale
.] An alb.
[ Obsolete] Fuller.
Auberge noun [ French] An inn. Beau. & Fl.
Aubin noun [ French] A broken gait of a horse, between an amble and a gallop; -- commonly called a Canterbury gallop .
[ Middle English auburne
blonde, Old French alborne
, from Late Latin alburnus
whitish, from Latin albus
white. Confer Alburn
.] 1. Flaxen- colored.
[ Obsolete] Florio. 2. Reddish brown.
His auburn locks on either shoulder flowed.
Auchenium noun [ New Latin , from Greek ..., from ... the neck.] (Zoology) The part of the neck nearest the back.
Auctary noun [ Latin auctarium .] That which is superadded; augmentation. [ Obsolete] Baxter.
[ Latin auctio
an increasing, a public sale, where the price was called out, and the article to be sold was adjudged to the last increaser of the price, or the highest bidder, from Latin augere
, to increase. See Augment
.] 1. A public sale of property to the highest bidder, esp. by a person licensed and authorized for the purpose; a vendue. 2. The things sold by auction or put up to auction.
Ask you why Phryne the whole auction buys ?
» In the United States, the more prevalent expression has been "sales at
auction," that is, by an increase
of bids (Lat. auctione
). This latter form is preferable. Dutch auction
, the public offer of property at a price beyond its value, then gradually lowering the price, till some one accepts it as purchaser. P. Cyc.
Auction transitive verb To sell by auction.
Auction bridge A variety of the game of bridge in which the players, beginning with the dealer, bid for the privilege of naming the trump and playing with the dummy for that deal, there being heavy penalties for a player's failure to make good his bid. The score value of each trick more than six taken by the successful bidder is as follows: when the trump is spades, 2; clubs, 6; diamonds, 7; hearts, 8; royal spades (lilies), 9; and when the deal is played with no trump, 10.
Auction pitch A game of cards in which the players bid for the privilege of determining or "pitching" the trump suit. R. F. Foster.
[ Latin auctionarius
.] Of or pertaining to an auction or an auctioneer.
With auctionary hammer in thy hand.
Auctioneer noun A person who sells by auction; a person whose business it is to dispose of goods or lands by public sale to the highest or best bidder.
Auctioneer transitive verb To sell by auction; to auction.
Estates . . . advertised and auctioneered away.
Aucupation noun [ Latin aucupatio , from auceps , contr. for aviceps ; avis bird + capere to take.] Birdcatching; fowling. [ Obsolete] Blount.
[ French audacieux
, as if from Late Latin audaciosus
(not found), from Latin audacia
audacity, from audax
, bold, from audere
to dare.] 1. Daring; spirited; adventurous.
As in a cloudy chair, ascending rides 2. Contemning the restraints of law, religion, or decorum; bold in wickedness; presumptuous; impudent; insolent.
" Audacious traitor." Shak.
" Such audacious
neighborhood." Milton. 3. Committed with, or proceedings from, daring effrontery or contempt of law, morality, or decorum.
cruelty." " Audacious
Audaciously adverb In an audacious manner; with excess of boldness; impudently.
Audaciousness noun The quality of being audacious; impudence; audacity.
Audacity noun 1. Daring spirit, resolution, or confidence; venturesomeness.
The freedom and audacity necessary in the commerce of men. 2. Reckless daring; presumptuous impudence; -- implying a contempt of law or moral restraints.
With the most arrogant audacity .
Audibility noun The quality of being audible; power of being heard; audible capacity.
Audible adjective [ Late Latin audibilis , from Latin audire , auditum , to hear: confer Greek ... ear, Latin auris , and English ear .] Capable of being heard; loud enough to be heard; actually heard; as, an audible voice or whisper.
Audible noun That which may be heard.
Visibles are swiftlier carried to the sense than audibles .
Audibleness noun The quality of being audible.
Audibly adverb So as to be heard.
[ French audience
, Latin audientia
, from audire
to hear. See Audible
] 1. The act of hearing; attention to sounds.
Thou, therefore, give due audience , and attend. 2. Admittance to a hearing; a formal interview, esp. with a sovereign or the head of a government, for conference or the transaction of business.
According to the fair play of the world, 3. An auditory; an assembly of hearers. Also applied by authors to their readers.
Let me have audience : I am sent to speak.
Fit audience find, though few.
He drew his audience upward to the sky. Court of audience
, or Audience court (Eng.)
, a court long since disused, belonging to the Archbishop of Canterbury; also, one belonging to the Archbishop of York. Mozley & W.
-- In general
-- To give audience
, to listen; to admit to an interview.
[ Latin audiens
, present participle of audire
. See Audible
] Listening; paying attention; as, audient souls. Mrs. Browning.
Audient noun A hearer; especially a catechumen in the early church. [ Obsolete] Shelton.
Audile noun [ Latin audire to hear.] (Psychol.) One whose thoughts take the form of mental sounds or of internal discourse rather than of visual or motor images.
Audiometer noun [ Latin audire to hear + -meter .] (Acous.) An instrument by which the power of hearing can be gauged and recorded on a scale.
Audiphone noun [ Latin audire to hear + Greek ... sound.] An instrument which, placed against the teeth, conveys sound to the auditory nerve and enables the deaf to hear more or less distinctly; a dentiphone.
[ Latin auditus
a hearing, from audire
. See Audible
] 1. An audience; a hearing.
He appeals to a high audit . 2. An examination in general; a judicial examination.
Specifically: An examination of an account or of accounts, with the hearing of the parties concerned, by proper officers, or persons appointed for that purpose, who compare the charges with the vouchers, examine witnesses, and state the result. 3. The result of such an examination, or an account as adjusted by auditors; final account.
Yet I can make my audit up. 4. A general receptacle or receiver.
It [ a little brook] paid to its common audit no more than the revenues of a little cloud. Audit ale
, a kind of ale, brewed at the English universities, orig. for the day of audit.
-- Audit house
, Audit room
, an appendage to a cathedral, for the transaction of its business.
Audit transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Audited
; present participle & verbal noun Auditing
.] To examine and adjust, as an account or accounts; as, to audit the accounts of a treasure, or of parties who have a suit depending in court.
Audit intransitive verb To settle or adjust an account.
Let Hocus audit ; he knows how the money was disbursed.
Audita querela [ Latin , the complaint having been heard.] (Law) A writ which lies for a party against whom judgment is recovered, but to whom good matter of discharge has subsequently accrued which could not have been availed of to prevent such judgment. Wharton.