Webster's Dictionary, 1913

Search Webster
Word starts with Word or meaning contains
Almandine noun [ Late Latin almandina , alamandina , for Latin alabandina a precious stone, named after Alabanda , a town in Caria, where it was first and chiefly found: confer French almandine .] (Min.) The common red variety of garnet.

Alme Al"meh noun [ Arabic ' almah (fem.) learned, from 'alama to know: confer French almée .] An Egyptian dancing girl; an Alma.

The Almehs lift their arms in dance.
Bayard Taylor.

Almendron noun [ Spanish , from almendra almond.] The lofty Brazil-nut tree.

Almery noun See Ambry . [ Obsolete]

Almesse noun See Alms . [ Obsolete]

Almightful, Almightiful adjective All-powerful; almighty. [ Obsolete] Udall.

Almightily adverb With almighty power.

Almightiness noun Omnipotence; infinite or boundless power; unlimited might. Jer. Taylor.

Almighty (al*mīt"ȳ) adjective [ Anglo-Saxon ealmihtig , ælmihtig ; eal (OE. al ) all + mihtig mighty.]
1. Unlimited in might; omnipotent; all-powerful; irresistible.

I am the Almighty God.
Gen. xvii. 1.

2. Great; extreme; terrible. [ Slang]

Poor Aroar can not live, and can not die, -- so that he is in an almighty fix.
De Quincey.

The Almighty , the omnipotent God. Reintransitive verb 8.

Almner noun An almoner. [ Obsolete] Spenser.

Almond (ä"mŭnd) noun [ Middle English almande , almaunde , alemaunde , French amande , Latin amygdala , from Greek 'amygda`lh : confer Spanish almendra . Confer Amygdalate .]
1. The fruit of the almond tree.

» The different kinds, as bitter, sweet, thin-shelled, thick- shelled almonds, and Jordan almonds, are the products of different varieties of the one species, Amygdalus communis , a native of the Mediterranean region and western Asia.

2. The tree that bears the fruit; almond tree.

3. Anything shaped like an almond. Specifically: (Anat.) One of the tonsils.

Almond oil , fixed oil expressed from sweet or bitter almonds. -- Oil of bitter almonds , a poisonous volatile oil obtained from bitter almonds by maceration and distillation; benzoic aldehyde. -- Imitation oil of bitter almonds , nitrobenzene. -- Almond tree (Botany) , the tree bearing the almond. -- Almond willow (Botany) , a willow which has leaves that are of a light green on both sides; almond-leaved willow ( Salix amygdalina ). Shenstone.

Almond furnace [ Prob. a corruption of Almain furnace , i. e. , German furnace. See Almain .] A kind of furnace used in refining, to separate the metal from cinders and other foreign matter. Chambers.

Almondine noun See Almandine

Almoner noun [ Middle English aumener , aulmener , Old French almosnier , aumosnier , French aumônier , from Old French almosne , alms, Latin eleemosyna . See Alms .] One who distributes alms, esp. the doles and alms of religious houses, almshouses, etc.; also, one who dispenses alms for another, as the almoner of a prince, bishop, etc.

Almonership noun The office of an almoner.

Almonry noun ; plural Almonries [ Old French aumosnerie , French aumônerie , from Old French aumosnier . See Almoner .] The place where an almoner resides, or where alms are distributed.

Almose noun Alms. [ Obsolete] Cheke.

Almost adverb [ Anglo-Saxon ealmæst , ælmæst , quite the most, almost all; eal (OE. al ) all + m...st most.] Nearly; well nigh; all but; for the greatest part.

Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.
Acts xxvi. 28.

Almost never , scarcely ever. -- Almost nothing , scarcely anything.

Almry noun See Almonry . [ Obsolete]

Alms noun sing. & plural [ Middle English almes , almesse , Anglo-Saxon ælmysse , from Latin eleemosyna , Greek ... mercy, charity, alms, from ... to pity. Confer Almonry , Eleemosynary .] Anything given gratuitously to relieve the poor, as money, food, or clothing; a gift of charity.

A devout man . . . which gave much alms to the people.
Acts x. 2.

Alms are but the vehicles of prayer.

Tenure by free alms . See Frankalmoign . Blackstone.

» This word alms is singular in its form ( almesse ), and is sometimes so used; as, "asked an alms ." Acts iii. 3. "Received an alms ." Shak. It is now, however, commonly a collective or plural noun. It is much used in composition, as alms giver, alms giving, alms bag, alms chest, etc.

Almsdeed noun An act of charity. Acts ix. 36.

Almsfolk noun Persons supported by alms; almsmen. [ Archaic] Holinshed.

Almsgiver noun A giver of alms.

Almsgiving noun The giving of alms.

Almshouse noun A house appropriated for the use of the poor; a poorhouse.

Almsman noun ; fem. Almswoman .
1. A recipient of alms. Shak.

2. A giver of alms. [ R.] Halliwell.

Almucantar noun [ French almucantarat , almicantarat , ultimately from Arabic al- muqantarāt , plural, from qantara to bend, arch.] (Astron.) A small circle of the sphere parallel to the horizon; a circle or parallel of altitude. Two stars which have the same almucantar have the same altitude. See Almacantar . [ Archaic]

Almucanter staff , an ancient instrument, having an arc of fifteen degrees, formerly used at sea to take observations of the sun's amplitude at the time of its rising or setting, to find the variation of the compass.

Almuce noun Same as Amice , a hood or cape.

Almude noun [ Portuguese almude , or Spanish almud , a measure of grain or dry fruit, from Arabic al-mudd a dry measure.] A measure for liquids in several countries. In Portugal the Lisbon almude is about 4.4, and the Oporto almude about 6.6, gallons U. S. measure. In Turkey the "almud" is about 1.4 gallons.

Almug, Algum noun [ Hebrew , perhaps borrowed from Sanskrit valguka sandalwood.] (Script.) A tree or wood of the Bible (2 Chron. ii. 8; 1 K. x. 11).

» Most writers at the present day follow Celsius, who takes it to be the red sandalwood of China and the Indian Archipelago. W. Smith.

Alnage (ăl"naj) noun , [ Old French alnage , aulnage , French aunage , from Old French alne ell, of German origin: confer Old High German elina , Goth. aleina , cubit. See Ell .] (O. Eng. Law) Measurement (of cloth) by the ell; also, a duty for such measurement.

Alnager noun [ See Alnage .] A measure by the ell; formerly a sworn officer in England, whose duty was to inspect and measure woolen cloth, and fix upon it a seal.

Aloe (ăl"no) noun ; plural Aloes (-ōz). [ Latin aloë , Greek 'alo`h , aloe: confer Old French aloe , French aloès .]
1. plural The wood of the agalloch. [ Obsolete] Wyclif.

2. (Botany) A genus of succulent plants, some classed as trees, others as shrubs, but the greater number having the habit and appearance of evergreen herbaceous plants; from some of which are prepared articles for medicine and the arts. They are natives of warm countries.

3. plural (Medicine) The inspissated juice of several species of aloe, used as a purgative. [ Plural in form but syntactically singular.]

American aloe , Century aloe , the agave. See Agave .

Aloes wood See Agalloch .

Aloetic adjective [ Confer French aloétique .] Consisting chiefly of aloes; of the nature of aloes.

Aloetic noun A medicine containing chiefly aloes.

Aloft adverb [ Prefix a- + loft , which properly meant air . See Loft .]
1. On high; in the air; high above the ground. "He steers his flight aloft ." Milton.

2. (Nautical) In the top; at the mast head, or on the higher yards or rigging; overhead; hence (Fig. and Colloq.), in or to heaven.

Aloft preposition Above; on top of. [ Obsolete]

Fresh waters run aloft the sea.

Alogian noun [ Late Latin Alogiani , Alogii , from Greek ...; 'a priv. + ... word.] (Eccl.) One of an ancient sect who rejected St. John's Gospel and the Apocalypse, which speak of Christ as the Logos. Shipley.

Alogy noun [ Latin alogia , Greek ..., from 'a priv. + ... reason.] Unreasonableness; absurdity. [ Obsolete]

Aloin noun (Chemistry) A bitter purgative principle in aloes.

Alomancy noun [ Greek ..., salt + - mancy : confer French alomancie , halomancie .] Divination by means of salt. [ Spelt also halomancy .] Morin.

Alone adjective [ All + one . Middle English al one all allone, Anglo-Saxon ān one , alone. See All , One , Lone .]
1. Quite by one's self; apart from, or exclusive of, others; single; solitary; -- applied to a person or thing.

Alone on a wide, wide sea.

It is not good that the man should be alone .
Gen. ii. 18.

2. Of or by itself; by themselves; without any thing more or any one else; without a sharer; only.

Man shall not live by bread alone .
Luke iv. 4.

The citizens alone should be at the expense.

3. Sole; only; exclusive. [ R.]

God, by whose alone power and conversation we all live, and move, and have our being.

4. Hence; Unique; rare; matchless. Shak.

» The adjective alone commonly follows its noun.

To let or leave alone , to abstain from interfering with or molesting; to suffer to remain in its present state.

Alone adverb Solely; simply; exclusively.

Alonely adverb Only; merely; singly. [ Obsolete]

This said spirit was not given alonely unto him, but unto all his heirs and posterity.

Alonely adjective Exclusive. [ Obsolete] Fabyan.

Aloneness noun A state of being alone, or without company; solitariness. [ R.] Bp. Montagu.

Along adverb [ Middle English along , anlong , Anglo-Saxon andlang , along ; prefix and- (akin to Old Frisian ond- , Old High German ant- , German ent- , Goth. and- , anda- , Latin ante , Greek ..., Sanskrit anti , over against) + lang long. See Long .]
1. By the length; in a line with the length; lengthwise.

Some laid along . . . on spokes of wheels are hung.

2. In a line, or with a progressive motion; onward; forward.

We will go along by the king's highway.
Numb. xxi. 22.

He struck with his o'ertaking wings,
And chased us south along .

3. In company; together.

He to England shall along with you.

All along , all through the course of; during the whole time; throughout. "I have all along declared this to be a neutral paper." Addison. -- To get along , to get on; to make progress, as in business. "She 'll get along in heaven better than you or I." Mrs. Stowe.

Along preposition By the length of, as distinguished from across . " Along the lowly lands." Dryden.

The kine . . . went along the highway.
1 Sam. vi. 12.

Along [ Anglo-Saxon gelang owing to.] (Now heard only in the preposition phrase along of .)

Along of , Along on , often shortened to Long of , preposition phr. , owing to; on account of. [ Obsolete or Low. Eng.] " On me is not along thin evil fare." Chaucer. "And all this is long of you." Shak. "This increase of price is all along of the foreigners." London Punch.