Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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All-possessed adjective Controlled by an evil spirit or by evil passions; wild. [ Colloq.]

Allowedly adverb By allowance; admittedly. Shenstone.

Allower noun
1. An approver or abettor. [ Obsolete]

2. One who allows or permits.

Alloxan noun [ All antoin + oxa lic, as containing the elements of allantion and oxalic acid.] (Chemistry) An oxidation product of uric acid. It is of a pale reddish color, readily soluble in water or alcohol.

Alloxanate noun (Chemistry) A combination of alloxanic acid and a base or base or positive radical.

Alloxanic adjective (Chemistry) Of or pertaining to alloxan; -- applied to an acid obtained by the action of soluble alkalies on alloxan.

Alloxantin noun (Chemistry) A substance produced by acting upon uric with warm and very dilute nitric acid.

Alloy noun [ Middle English alai , Old French alei , French aloyer , to alloy, alier to ally. See Alloy , transitive verb ]
1. Any combination or compound of metals fused together; a mixture of metals; for example, brass, which is an alloy of copper and zinc. But when mercury is one of the metals, the compound is called an amalgam .

2. The quality, or comparative purity, of gold or silver; fineness.

3. A baser metal mixed with a finer.

Fine silver is silver without the mixture of any baser metal. Alloy is baser metal mixed with it.
Locke.

4. Admixture of anything which lessens the value or detracts from; as, no happiness is without alloy . "Pure English without Latin alloy ." F. Harrison.

Alloy transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Alloyed ; present participle & verbal noun Alloying .] [ French aloyer , Old French alier , allier , later allayer , from Latin aligare . See Alloy , noun , Ally , transitive verb , and confer Allay .]
1. To reduce the purity of by mixing with a less valuable substance; as, to alloy gold with silver or copper, or silver with copper.

2. To mix, as metals, so as to form a compound.

3. To abate, impair, or debase by mixture; to allay; as, to alloy pleasure with misfortunes.

Alloy transitive verb To form a metallic compound.

Gold and iron alloy with ease.
Ure.

Alloy steel Any steel containing a notable quantity of some other metal alloyed with the iron, usually chromium, nickel, manganese, tungsten, or vanadium.

Alloyage noun [ French aloyage .] The act or art of alloying metals; also, the combination or alloy.

Allspice noun The berry of the pimento ( Eugenia pimenta ), a tree of the West Indies; a spice of a mildly pungent taste, and agreeably aromatic; Jamaica pepper; pimento. It has been supposed to combine the flavor of cinnamon, nutmegs, and cloves; and hence the name. The name is also given to other aromatic shrubs; as, the Carolina allspice ( Calycanthus floridus ); wild allspice ( Lindera benzoin ), called also spicebush , spicewood , and feverbush .

Allthing adverb [ For in all (= every) thing .] Altogether. [ Obsolete] Shak.

Allude intransitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Alluded ; present participle & verbal noun Alluding .] [ Latin alludere to play with, to allude; ad + ludere to play.] To refer to something indirectly or by suggestion; to have reference to a subject not specifically and plainly mentioned; -- followed by to ; as, the story alludes to a recent transaction.

These speeches . . . do seem to allude unto such ministerial garments as were then in use.
Hooker.

Syn. -- To refer; point; indicate; hint; suggest; intimate; signify; insinuate; advert. See Refer .

Allude transitive verb To compare allusively; to refer (something) as applicable. [ Obsolete] Wither.

Allumette noun [ French, from allumer to light.] A match for lighting candles, lamps, etc.

Alluminor noun [ Old French alumineor , from Latin ad + liminare . See Luminate .] An illuminator of manuscripts and books; a limner. [ Obsolete] Cowell.

Allurance noun Allurement. [ R.]

Allure transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Alluded ; present participle & verbal noun Alluring .] [ Old French aleurrer , alurer , from a (L. ad ) + leurre lure. See Lure .] To attempt to draw; to tempt by a lure or bait, that is, by the offer of some good, real or apparent; to invite by something flattering or acceptable; to entice; to attract.

With promised joys allured them on.
Falconer.

The golden sun in splendor likest Heaven
Allured his eye.
Milton.

Syn. -- To attract; entice; tempt; decoy; seduce. -- To Allure , Entice , Decoy , Seduce . These words agree in the idea of acting upon the mind by some strong controlling influence, and differ according to the image under which is presented. They are all used in a bad sense, except allure , which has sometimes (though rarely) a good one. We are allured by the prospect or offer (usually deceptive) of some future good. We are commonly enticed into evil by appeals to our passions. We are decoyed into danger by false appearances or representations. We are seduced when drawn aside from the path of rectitude. What allures draws by gentle means; what entices leads us by promises and persuasions; what decoys betrays us, as it were, into a snare or net; what seduces deceives us by artful appeals to the passions.

Allure noun Allurement. [ R.] Hayward.

Allure noun [ F.; aller to go.] Gait; bearing.

The swing, the gait, the pose, the allure of these men.
Harper's Mag.

Allurement noun
1. The act alluring; temptation; enticement.

Though Adam by his wife's allurement fell.
Milton.

2. That which allures; any real or apparent good held forth, or operating, as a motive to action; as, the allurements of pleasure, or of honor.

Allurer noun One who, or that which, allures.

Alluring adjective That allures; attracting; charming; tempting. -- Al*lur"ing*ly , adverb -- Al*lur"ing*ness , noun

Allusion noun [ Latin allusio , from alludere to allude: confer French allusion .]
1. A figurative or symbolical reference. [ Obsolete]

2. A reference to something supposed to be known, but not explicitly mentioned; a covert indication; indirect reference; a hint.

Allusive adjective
1. Figurative; symbolical.

2. Having reference to something not fully expressed; containing an allusion.

Allusively adverb Figuratively [ Obsolete]; by way of allusion; by implication, suggestion, or insinuation.

Allusiveness noun The quality of being allusive.

Allusory adjective Allusive. [ R.] Warburton.

Alluvial adjective [ Confer French alluvial . See Alluvion .] Pertaining to, contained in, or composed of, alluvium; relating to the deposits made by flowing water; washed away from one place and deposited in another; as, alluvial soil, mud, accumulations, deposits.

Alluvial noun Alluvial soil; specif., in Australia, gold-bearing alluvial soil.

Alluvion noun [ French alluvion , Latin alluvio , from alluere to wash against; ad + luere , equiv. to lavare , to wash. See Lave .]
1. Wash or flow of water against the shore or bank.

2. An overflowing; an inundation; a flood. Lyell.

3. Matter deposited by an inundation or the action of flowing water; alluvium.

The golden alluvions are there [ in California and Australia] spread over a far wider space: they are found not only on the banks of rivers, and in their beds, but are scattered over the surface of vast plains.
R. Cobden.

4. (Law) An accession of land gradually washed to the shore or bank by the flowing of water. See Accretion .

Alluvious noun [ Latin alluvius . See Alluvion .] Alluvial. [ R.] Johnson.

Alluvium noun ; plural English Alluviums , Latin Alluvia [ Latin , neut. of alluvius . See Alluvious .] (Geol.) Deposits of earth, sand, gravel, and other transported matter, made by rivers, floods, or other causes, upon land not permanently submerged beneath the waters of lakes or seas. Lyell.

Allwhere adverb Everywhere. [ Archaic]

Allwork noun Domestic or other work of all kinds; as, a maid of allwork , that is, a general servant.

Ally transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Allied ; present participle & verbal noun Allying .] [ Middle English alien , Old French alier , French alier , from Latin alligare to bind to; ad + ligare to bind. Confer Alligate , Alloy , Allay , Ligament .]
1. To unite, or form a connection between, as between families by marriage, or between princes and states by treaty, league, or confederacy; -- often followed by to or with .

O chief! in blood, and now in arms allied .
Pope.

2. To connect or form a relation between by similitude, resemblance, friendship, or love.

These three did love each other dearly well,
And with so firm affection were allied .
Spenser.

The virtue nearest to our vice allied .
Pope.

» Ally is generally used in the passive form or reflexively.

Ally noun ; plural Allies [ See Ally , v. ]
1. A relative; a kinsman. [ Obsolete] Shak.

2. One united to another by treaty or league; -- usually applied to sovereigns or states; a confederate.

The English soldiers and their French allies .
Macaulay.

3. Anything associated with another as a helper; an auxiliary.

Science, instead of being the enemy of religion, becomes its ally .
Buckle.

4. Anything akin to another by structure, etc.

Ally noun See Alley , a marble or taw.

Allyl noun [ Latin all ium garlic + -yl .] (Chemistry) An organic radical, C 3 H 5 , existing especially in oils of garlic and mustard.

Allylene noun (Chemistry) A gaseous hydrocarbon, C 3 H 4 , homologous with acetylene; propine.

Alma Mater [ Latin , fostering mother.] A college or seminary where one is educated.

Alma, Almah noun Same as Alme .

Almacantar noun (Astron.) (a) Same as Almucantar . (b) A recently invented instrument for observing the heavenly bodies as they cross a given almacantar circle. See Almucantar .

Almadia Al"ma*die noun [ French almadie (cf. Spanish & Portuguese almadia ), from Arabic alma'dīyah a raft, float.] (Nautical) (a) A bark canoe used by the Africans. (b) A boat used at Calicut, in India, about eighty feet long, and six or seven broad.

Almagest noun [ French almageste , Late Latin almageste , Arabic al-majistī , from Greek ... (sc. ...), the greatest composition.] The celebrated work of Ptolemy of Alexandria, which contains nearly all that is known of the astronomical observations and theories of the ancients. The name was extended to other similar works.

Almagra noun [ Spanish almagra , almagre , from Arabic al - maghrah red clay or earth.] A fine, deep red ocher, somewhat purplish, found in Spain. It is the sil atticum of the ancients. Under the name of Indian red it is used for polishing glass and silver.

Almain (ăl"mān), Al"mayne (- mān), Al"man (-m a n) noun [ Old French Aleman , French Allemand , from Latin Alemanni , ancient German tribes.] [ Obsolete]
1. A German. Also adj. , German. Shak.

2. The German language. J. Foxe.

3. A kind of dance. See Allemande .

Almain rivets , Almayne rivets , or Alman rivets , a sort of light armor from Germany, characterized by overlapping plates, arranged to slide on rivets, and thus afford great flexibility.

Almanac noun [ Late Latin almanac , almanach : confer French almanach , Spanish almanaque , Italian almanacco , all of uncertain origin.] A book or table, containing a calendar of days, and months, to which astronomical data and various statistics are often added, such as the times of the rising and setting of the sun and moon, eclipses, hours of full tide, stated festivals of churches, terms of courts, etc.

Nautical almanac , an almanac, or year book, containing astronomical calculations (lunar, stellar, etc.), and other information useful to mariners.