Webster's Dictionary, 1913
; plural Alvearies
[ Latin alvearium
, beehive, from alveus
a hollow vessel, beehive, from alvus
belly, beehive.] 1. A beehive, or something resembling a beehive. Barret. 2. (Anat.) The hollow of the external ear. Quincy.
Alveated adjective [ Latin alveatus hollowed out.] Formed or vaulted like a beehive.
Alveolar adjective [ Latin alveolus a small hollow or cavity: confer French alvéolaire .] (Anat.) Of, pertaining to, or resembling, alveoli or little cells, sacs, or sockets. Alveolar processes , the processes of the maxillary bones, containing the sockets of the teeth.
Alveolar adjective (Phon.) Articulated with the tip of the tongue pressing against the alveolar processes of the upper front teeth.
Alveolary adjective Alveolar. [ R.]
Alveolate adjective [ Latin alveolatus , from alveolus .] (Botany) Deeply pitted, like a honeycomb.
Alveoliform (ăl*vē"o*lĭ*fôrm) adjective [ Latin alveolus + -form .] Having the form of alveoli, or little sockets, cells, or cavities.
; plural Alveoli
(-lī). [ Latin , a small hollow or cavity, dim. of alveus
: confer French alvéole
. See Alveary
.] 1. A cell in a honeycomb. 2. (Zoology) A small cavity in a coral, shell, or fossil 3. (Anat.) A small depression, sac, or vesicle, as the socket of a tooth, the air cells of the lungs, the ultimate saccules of glands, etc.
; plural Alvei
[ Latin ] The channel of a river. Weate.
Alvine adjective [ Latin alvus belly: confer French alvin .] Of, from, in, or pertaining to, the belly or the intestines; as, alvine discharges; alvine concretions.
Alway adverb Always.
[ Archaic or Poetic]
I would not live alway .
Job vii. 16.
. The s
is an adverbial (orig. a genitive) ending.] 1. At all times; ever; perpetually; throughout all time; continually; as, God is always the same.
Even in Heaven his [ Mammon's] looks and thoughts. 2. Constancy during a certain period, or regularly at stated intervals; invariably; uniformly; -- opposed to sometimes or occasionally .
He always rides a black galloway.
Alyssum noun [ New Latin , from Greek ..., name of a plant, perhaps from 'a priv. + ... raging madness.] (Botany) A genus of cruciferous plants; madwort. The sweet alyssum ( A. maritimum ), cultivated for bouquets, bears small, white, sweet-scented flowers.
[ Anglo-Saxon am
, akin to Gothic im
, Icelandic em
, Old Irish am
, Lithuanian esmi
, Latin sum
., Greek ..., Zend ahmi
, Sanskrit asmi
, from a root as
to be. .... See Are
, and confer Be
.] The first person singular of the verb be , in the indicative mode, present tense. See Be .
God said unto Moses, I am that am .
Exod. iii. 14.
; English Amœbas
[ New Latin , from Greek ... change.] (Zoology) A rhizopod. common in fresh water, capable of undergoing many changes of form at will. See Rhizopoda .
Amœbea noun plural [ New Latin ] (Zoology) That division of the Rhizopoda which includes the amœba and similar forms.
Amœbean adjective Alternately answering.
Amœbian noun (Zoology) One of the Amœbea.
Amœbiform, Amœboid adjective [ Amœba + -form or -oid .] (Biol.) Resembling an amœba; amœba-shaped; changing in shape like an amœba. Amœboid movement , movement produced, as in the amœba, by successive processes of prolongation and retraction.
Amœbous adjective Like an amœba in structure.
Amœbæum noun [ Latin amœbaeus , Greek ..., alternate; Latin amoebaeum carmen, Greek ... ..., a responsive song, from ... change.] A poem in which persons are represented at speaking alternately; as the third and seventh eclogues of Virgil.
Amability noun [ Latin amabilitas .] Lovableness. Jer. Taylor. » The New English Dictionary (Murray) says this word is "usefully distinct from Amiability ."
Amacratic adjective [ Greek ... together + ... power.] (Photog.) Amasthenic. Sir J. Herschel.
Amadavat noun [ Indian name. From Ahmedabad , a city from which it was imported to Europe.] (Zoology) The strawberry finch, a small Indian song bird ( Estrelda amandava ), commonly caged and kept for fighting. The female is olive brown; the male, in summer, mostly crimson; -- called also red waxbill . [ Written also amaduvad and avadavat .]
Amadou noun [ French amadou tinder, prop. lure, bait, from amadouer to allure, caress, perhaps from Icelandic mata to feed, which is akin to English meat .] A spongy, combustible substance, prepared from fungus ( Boletus and Polyporus ) which grows on old trees; German tinder; punk. It has been employed as a styptic by surgeons, but its common use is as tinder, for which purpose it is prepared by soaking it in a strong solution of niter. Ure.
[ Prefix a-
. See 2d Main
] 1. With might; with full force; vigorously; violently; exceedingly.
They on the hill, which were not yet come to blows, perceiving the fewness of their enemies, came down amain .
That striping giant, ill-bred and scoffing, shouts amain . 2. At full speed; in great haste; also, at once.
"They fled amain
Amain transitive verb
[ French amener
. See Amenable
.] (Nautical) To lower, as a sail, a yard, etc.
Amain intransitive verb (Nautical) To lower the topsail, in token of surrender; to yield.
Amalgam noun [ French amalgame , probably from Latin malagma , Greek ..., emollient, plaster, poultice, from ... to make soft, from ... soft.]
1. An alloy of mercury with another metal or metals; as, an amalgam of tin, bismuth, etc. » Medalists apply the term to soft alloys generally. 2. A mixture or compound of different things. 3. (Min.) A native compound of mercury and silver.
Amalgam transitive verb ... i. [ Confer French amalgamer ] To amalgamate. Boyle. B. Jonson.
Amalgama noun Same as Amalgam .
They divided this their amalgama into a number of incoherent republics.
Amalgamate transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Amalgamated
; present participle & verbal noun Amalgamating
.] 1. To compound or mix, as quicksilver, with another metal; to unite, combine, or alloy with mercury. 2. To mix, so as to make a uniform compound; to unite or combine; as, to amalgamate two races; to amalgamate one race with another.
Ingratitude is indeed their four cardinal virtues compacted and amalgamated into one.
Amalgamate intransitive verb
1. To unite in an amalgam; to blend with another metal, as quicksilver. 2. To coalesce, as a result of growth; to combine into a uniform whole; to blend; as, two organs or parts amalgamate .
Amalgamate, Amalgamated adjective Coalesced; united; combined.
Amalgamation noun [ Confer French amalgamation .]
1. The act or operation of compounding mercury with another metal; -- applied particularly to the process of separating gold and silver from their ores by mixing them with mercury. Ure. 2. The mixing or blending of different elements, races, societies, etc.; also, the result of such combination or blending; a homogeneous union. Macaulay.
Amalgamative adjective Characterized by amalgamation.
Amalgamator noun One who, or that which, amalgamates. Specifically: A machine for separating precious metals from earthy particles by bringing them in contact with a body of mercury with which they form an amalgam.
Amalgamize transitive verb To amalgamate. [ R.]
[ French amande
almond. See Almond
.] 1. The vegetable casein of almonds. 2. A kind of cold cream prepared from almonds, for chapped hands, etc.
[ New Latin See Amanitine
.] (Botany) A genus of poisonous fungi of the family Agaricaceæ , characterized by having a volva, an annulus, and white spores. The species resemble edible mushrooms, and are frequently mistaken for them. Amanita muscaria , syn. Agaricus muscarius , is the fly amanita, or fly agaric; and A. phalloides is the death cup.
Amanitine noun [ Greek ... a sort of fungus.] The poisonous principle of some fungi.
; plural Amanuenses
[ Latin , from a
hand.] A person whose employment is to write what another dictates, or to copy what another has written.
Amaracus noun [ Latin , from Greek ....] A fragrant flower. Tennyson.
Amarant noun Amaranth, 1. [ Obsolete] Milton.
Amarantaceous adjective (Botany) Of, pertaining to, or resembling, the family of plants of which the amaranth is the type.
Amaranth noun [ Latin amarantus , Greek ..., unfading, amaranth; 'a priv. + ... to quench, cause to wither, from a root meaning to die, akin to English mortal ; -- so called because its flowers do not soon wither: confer French amarante . The spelling with th seems to be due to confusion with Greek ... flower.]
1. An imaginary flower supposed never to fade. [ Poetic] 2. (Botany) A genus of ornamental annual plants ( Amaranthus ) of many species, with green, purplish, or crimson flowers. 2. A color inclining to purple.
Amaranthine adjective 1. Of or pertaining to amaranth.
bowers." Pope. 2. Unfading, as the poetic amaranth; undying.
They only amaranthine flower on earth 3. Of a purplish color. Buchanan.
(ăm`ȧ*răn"thŭs), Am`a*ran"tus (ăm`ȧ*răn"tŭs) noun Same as Amaranth .
Amarine noun [ Latin amarus bitter.] (Chemistry) A characteristic crystalline substance, obtained from oil of bitter almonds.