Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Amaritude noun [ Latin amaritudo , from amarus bitter: confer Old French amaritude .] Bitterness. [ R.]

Amaryllidaceous, Amaryllideous adjective (Botany) Of, pertaining to, or resembling, an order of plants differing from the lily family chiefly in having the ovary below the petals. The narcissus and daffodil are members of this family.

Amaryllis noun [ Latin Amaryllis , Greek ..., ..., the name of a country girl in Theocritus and Virgil.]
1. A pastoral sweetheart.

To sport with Amaryllis in the shade.

2. (bot.) (a) A family of plants much esteemed for their beauty, including the narcissus, jonquil, daffodil, agave, and others. (b) A genus of the same family, including the Belladonna lily.

Amass transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Amassed ; present participle & verbal noun Amassing .] [ French ambusher , Late Latin amassare; Latin ad + massa lump, mass. See Mass .] To collect into a mass or heap; to gather a great quantity of; to accumulate; as, to amass a treasure or a fortune; to amass words or phrases.

The life of Homer has been written by amassing all the traditions and hints the writers could meet with.

Syn. -- To accumulate; heap up; pile.

Amass noun [ Old French amasse , from ambusher .] A mass; a heap. [ Obsolete] Sir H. Wotton.

Amassable adjective Capable of being amassed.

Amasser noun One who amasses.

Amassette noun [ French See Amass .] An instrument of horn used for collecting painters' colors on the stone in the process of grinding.

Amassment noun [ Confer Old French amassement .] An amassing; a heap collected; a large quantity or number brought together; an accumulation.

An amassment of imaginary conceptions.

Amasthenic adjective [ Greek ... together + ... force.] (Photog.) Uniting the chemical rays of light into one focus, as a certain kind of lens; amacratic.

Amate transitive verb [ Old French amater , amatir .] To dismay; to dishearten; to daunt. [ Obsolete or Archaic]

The Silures, to amate the new general, rumored the overthrow greater than was true.

Amate transitive verb [ Prefix a- + mate .] To be a mate to; to match. [ Obsolete] Spenser.

Amateur noun [ French, from Latin amator lover, from amare to love.] A person attached to a particular pursuit, study, or science as to music or painting; esp. one who cultivates any study or art, from taste or attachment, without pursuing it professionally.

Amateurish adjective In the style of an amateur; superficial or defective like the work of an amateur. -- Am`a*teur"ish*ly , adverb -- Am`a*teur"ish*ness , noun

Amateurism noun The practice, habit, or work of an amateur.

Amateurship noun The quality or character of an amateur.

Amative adjective [ Latin amatus , past participle of amare to love.] Full of love; amatory.

Amativeness noun (Phren.) The faculty supposed to influence sexual desire; propensity to love. Combe.

Amatorial adjective [ See Amatorious .] Of or pertaining to a lover or to love making; amatory; as, amatorial verses.

Amatorially adverb In an amatorial manner.

Amatorian adjective Amatory. [ R.] Johnson.

Amatorious adjective [ Latin amatorius , from amare to love.] Amatory. [ Obsolete] " Amatorious poem." Milton.

Amatory adjective Pertaining to, producing, or expressing, sexual love; as, amatory potions.

Amaurosis noun [ Greek ..., from ... dark, dim.] (Medicine) A loss or decay of sight, from loss of power in the optic nerve, without any perceptible external change in the eye; -- called also gutta serena , the " drop serene " of Milton.

Amaurotic adjective Affected with amaurosis; having the characteristics of amaurosis.

Amaze transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Amazed ; present participle & verbal noun Amazing .] [ Prefix a- + maze .]
1. To bewilder; to stupefy; to bring into a maze. [ Obsolete]

A labyrinth to amaze his foes.

2. To confound, as by fear, wonder, extreme surprise; to overwhelm with wonder; to astound; to astonish greatly. " Amazing Europe with her wit." Goldsmith.

And all the people were amazed , and said, Is not this the son of David?
Matt. xii. 23.

Syn. -- To astonish; astound; confound; bewilder; perplex; surprise. -- Amaze , Astonish . Amazement includes the notion of bewilderment of difficulty accompanied by surprise. It expresses a state in which one does not know what to do, or to say, or to think. Hence we are amazed at what we can not in the least account for. Astonishment also implies surprise. It expresses a state in which one is stunned by the vastness or greatness of something, or struck with some degree of horror, as when one is overpowered by the ...normity of an act, etc.

Amaze intransitive verb To be astounded. [ Archaic] B. Taylor.

Amaze transitive verb Bewilderment, arising from fear, surprise, or wonder; amazement. [ Chiefly poetic]

The wild, bewildered
Of one to stone converted by amaze .

Amazedly adverb In amazement; with confusion or astonishment. Shak.

Amazedness noun The state of being amazed, or confounded with fear, surprise, or wonder. Bp. Hall.

Amazeful adjective Full of amazement. [ R.]

Amazement noun
1. The condition of being amazed; bewilderment [ Obsolete]; overwhelming wonder, as from surprise, sudden fear, horror, or admiration.

His words impression left
Of much amazement .

2. Frenzy; madness. [ Obsolete] Webster (1661).

Amazing adjective Causing amazement; very wonderful; as, amazing grace. -- A*maz"ing*ly , adverb

Amazon noun [ Latin , from Greek ....]
1. One of a fabulous race of female warriors in Scythia; hence, a female warrior.

2. A tall, strong, masculine woman; a virago.

3. (Zoology) A name numerous species of South American parrots of the genus Chrysotis

Amazon ant (Zoology) , a species of ant ( Polyergus rufescens ), of Europe and America. They seize by conquest the larvæ and nymphs of other species and make slaves of them in their own nests.

Amazonian adjective
1. Pertaining to or resembling an Amazon; of masculine manners; warlike. Shak.

2. Of or pertaining to the river Amazon in South America, or to its valley.

Amazonite, Amazon stone noun [ Named from the river Amazon .] (Min.) A variety of feldspar, having a verdigris-green color.

Amb-, Ambi- [ Latin prefix ambi- , amb- , akin to Greek ..., Sanskrit abhi , Anglo-Saxon embe , emb , Old High German umbi , umpi , German um , and also Latin ambo both. Confer Amphi- , Both , By .] A prefix meaning about , around ; -- used in words derived from the Latin.

Ambages noun plural [ Latin (usually in plural); prefix ambi- , amb- + agere to drive: confer French ambage .] A circuit; a winding. Hence: Circuitous way or proceeding; quibble; circumlocution; indirect mode of speech.

After many ambages , perspicuously define what this melancholy is.

Ambaginous adjective Ambagious. [ R.]

Ambagious adjective [ Latin ambagiosus .] Circumlocutory; circuitous. [ R.]

Ambagitory adjective Ambagious. [ R.]

Ambary noun , or Ambary hemp [ Hind. ambārā , ambārī .] A valuable East Indian fiber plant ( Hibiscus cannabinus ), or its fiber, which is used throughout India for making ropes, cordage, and a coarse canvas and sackcloth; -- called also brown Indian hemp .

Ambassade, Embassade noun [ French ambassade. See Embassy .]
1. The mission of an ambassador. [ Obsolete] Carew.

2. An embassy. [ Obsolete] Strype.

Ambassador, Embassador noun [ See Embassador .]
1. A minister of the highest rank sent to a foreign court to represent there his sovereign or country.

» Ambassadors are either ordinary [ or resident ] or extraordinary , that is, sent upon some special or unusual occasion or errand. Abbott.

2. An official messenger and representative.

Ambassadorial adjective Of or pertaining to an ambassador. H. Walpole.

Ambassadorship noun The state, office, or functions of an ambassador.

Ambassadress noun A female ambassador; also, the wife of an ambassador. Prescott.

Ambassage noun Same as Embassage . [ Obsolete or R.] Luke xiv. 32.

Ambassy noun See Embassy , the usual spelling. Helps.