Webster's Dictionary, 1913
[ Middle English aumbre
, French ambre
, Spanish ámbar
, and with the Arabic article, alámbar
, from Arabic 'anbar
ambergris.] 1. (Min.) A yellowish translucent resin resembling copal, found as a fossil in alluvial soils, with beds of lignite, or on the seashore in many places. It takes a fine polish, and is used for pipe mouthpieces, beads, etc., and as a basis for a fine varnish. By friction, it becomes strongly electric. 2. Amber color, or anything amber-colored; a clear light yellow; as, the amber of the sky. 3. Ambergris.
You that smell of amber at my charge. 4. The balsam, liquidambar. Black amber
Beau. & Fl.
, and old and popular name for jet .
1. Consisting of amber; made of amber. " Amber bracelets." Shak. 2. Resembling amber, especially in color; amber- colored. "The amber morn." Tennyson.
Amber transitive verb
[ past participle & p. adjective Ambered
.] 1. To scent or flavor with ambergris; as, ambered wine. 2. To preserve in amber; as, an ambered fly.
Amber fish (Zoology) A fish of the southern Atlantic coast ( Seriola Carolinensis. )
Amber room A room formerly in the Czar's Summer Palace in Russia, which was richly decorated with walls and fixtures made from amber. The amber was removed by occupying German troops during the Second World War and has, as of 1997, never been recovered. The room is being recreated from old photographs by Russian artisans. PJC
Amber seed Seed of the Hibiscus abelmoschus , somewhat resembling millet, brought from Egypt and the West Indies, and having a flavor like that of musk; musk seed. Chambers.
Amber tree A species of Anthospermum , a shrub with evergreen leaves, which, when bruised, emit a fragrant odor.
[ French ambre gris
, i. e., gray amber; French gris
gray, which is of German origin: confer Old Saxon grîs
, German greis
, gray-haired. See Amber
.] A substance of the consistence of wax, found floating in the Indian Ocean and other parts of the tropics, and also as a morbid secretion in the intestines of the sperm whale ( Physeter macrocephalus ), which is believed to be in all cases its true origin. In color it is white, ash- gray, yellow, or black, and often variegated like marble. The floating masses are sometimes from sixty to two hundred and twenty-five pounds in weight. It is wholly volatilized as a white vapor at 212Â° Fahrenheit, and is highly valued in perfumery. Dana.
Ambes-as noun Ambs-ace. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Ambidexter adjective [ Late Latin , from Latin ambo both + dexter right, dextra (sc. manus ) the right hand.] Using both hands with equal ease. Smollett.
Ambidexter noun 1. A person who uses both hands with equal facility. 2.
Hence: A double-dealer; one equally ready to act on either side in party disputes.
The rest are hypocrites, ambidexters , so many turning pictures -- a lion on one side, a lamb on the other. 3. (Law) A juror who takes money from both parties for giving his verdict. Cowell.
Ambidexterity noun 1. The quality of being ambidextrous; the faculty of using both hands with equal facility.
Hence: Versatility; general readiness; as, ambidexterity of argumentation. Sterne.
Ignorant I was of the human frame, and of its latent powers, as regarded speed, force, and ambidexterity . 2. Double-dealing. (Law) A juror's taking of money from the both parties for a verdict.
Ambidextral adjective Pertaining equally to the right-hand side and the left-hand side. Earle.
Ambidextrous adjective 1. Having the faculty of using both hands with equal ease. Sir T. Browne. 2. Practicing or siding with both parties.
All false, shuffling, and ambidextrous dealings.
Ambidextrously adverb In an ambidextrous manner; cunningly.
Ambidextrousness noun The quality of being ambidextrous; ambidexterity.
Ambient adjective [ Latin ambiens , present participle of ambire to go around; amb- + ire to go.] Encompassing on all sides; circumfused; investing. " Ambient air." Milton. " Ambient clouds." Pope.
Ambient noun Something that surrounds or invests; as, air . . . being a perpetual ambient . Sir H. Wotton.
Ambigenous adjective [ Latin ambo both + genus kind.] Of two kinds. (Botany) Partaking of two natures, as the perianth of some endogenous plants, where the outer surface is calycine, and the inner petaloid.
[ French, from ambigu
doubtful, Latin ambiquus
. See Ambiguous
.] An entertainment at which a medley of dishes is set on at the same time.
; plural Ambiguities
[ Latin ambiguitas
, from ambiguus
: confer French ambiguité
.] The quality or state of being ambiguous; doubtfulness or uncertainty, particularly as to the signification of language, arising from its admitting of more than one meaning; an equivocal word or expression.
No shadow of ambiguity can rest upon the course to be pursued.
The words are of single signification, without any ambiguity .
[ Latin ambiguus
, from ambigere
to wander about, waver; amb-
to drive.] Doubtful or uncertain, particularly in respect to signification; capable of being understood in either of two or more possible senses; equivocal; as, an ambiguous course; an ambiguous expression.
What have been thy answers? What but dark, Syn.
Ambiguous , and with double sense deluding?
-- Doubtful; dubious; uncertain; unsettled; indistinct; indeterminate; indefinite. See Equivocal
Ambiguously adverb In an ambiguous manner; with doubtful meaning.
Ambiguousness noun Ambiguity.
Ambilevous adjective [ Latin ambo both + laevus left.] Left-handed on both sides; clumsy; -- opposed to ambidexter . [ R.] Sir T. Browne.
Ambiloquy noun Doubtful or ambiguous language. [ Obsolete] Bailey.
Ambiparous adjective [ Latin ambo both + parere to bring forth.] (Botany) Characterized by containing the rudiments of both flowers and leaves; -- applied to a bud.
[ Latin ambitus
circuit, from ambire
to go around. See Ambient
.] Circuit or compass.
His great parts did not live within a small ambit .
[ French ambition
, Latin ambitio
a going around, especially of candidates for office is Rome, to solicit votes (hence, desire for office or honor... from ambire
to go around. See Ambient
.] 1. The act of going about to solicit or obtain an office, or any other object of desire; canvassing.
[ I] used no ambition to commend my deeds. 2. An eager, and sometimes an inordinate, desire for preferment, honor, superiority, power, or the attainment of something.
Cromwell, I charge thee, fling a way ambition :
By that sin fell the angels.
The pitiful ambition of possessing five or six thousand more acres.
Ambition transitive verb
[ Confer French ambitionner
.] To seek after ambitiously or eagerly; to covet.
Pausanias, ambitioning the sovereignty of Greece, bargains with Xerxes for his daughter in marriage.
Ambitionist noun One excessively ambitious. [ R.]
Ambitionless adjective Devoid of ambition. Pollok.
[ Latin ambitiosus
: confer French ambitieux
. See Ambition
.] 1. Possessing, or controlled by, ambition; greatly or inordinately desirous of power, honor, office, superiority, or distinction.
Yet Brutus says he was ambitious , 2. Strongly desirous; -- followed by of or the infinitive; as, ambitious to be or to do something.
And Brutus is an honorable man.
I was not ambitious of seeing this ceremony.
Studious of song, and yet ambitious not to sing in vain. 3. Springing from, characterized by, or indicating, ambition; showy; aspiring; as, an ambitious style.
A giant statue . . .
Pushed by a wild and artless race,
From off wide, ambitious base.
Ambitiously adverb In an ambitious manner.
Ambitiousness (ăm*bĭsh"ŭs*nĕs) noun The quality of being ambitious; ambition; pretentiousness.
[ Latin See Ambit
.] 1. The exterior edge or border of a thing, as the border of a leaf, or the outline of a bivalve shell. 2. (Rom. Antiq.) A canvassing for votes.
Amble intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Ambled
; present participle & verbal noun Ambling
] [ French ambler
to amble, from Latin ambulare
to walk, in Late Latin , to amble, perhaps from amb-
, and a root meaning to go
: confer Greek ... to go, English base
. Confer Ambulate
.] 1. To go at the easy gait called an amble; -- applied to the horse or to its rider. 2. To move somewhat like an ambling horse; to go easily or without hard shocks.
The skipping king, he ambled up and down.
Sir, your wit ambles well; it goes easily.
1. A peculiar gait of a horse, in which both legs on the same side are moved at the same time, alternating with the legs on the other side. "A fine easy amble ." B. Jonson. 2. A movement like the amble of a horse.
Ambler noun A horse or a person that ambles.
Amblingly adverb With an ambling gait.
Amblotic adjective [ Greek ..., ..., from ... an abortion.] Tending to cause abortion.
Amblygon noun [ Greek ... obtuse + ... angle: confer French amblygone .] (Geom.) An obtuse-angled figure, esp. and obtuse-angled triangle. [ Obsolete]
Amblygonal adjective Obtuse- angled. [ Obsolete] Hutton.
Amblyopia, Amblyopy noun [ Greek ...; ... blunt, dim + ... eye: confer French amblyopie .] (Medicine) Weakness of sight, without and opacity of the cornea, or of the interior of the eye; the first degree of amaurosis.
Amblyopic adjective (Medicine) Of or pertaining to amblyopy. Quain.
Amblypoda noun plural [ New Latin , from Greek ... blunt + ..., ..., foot.] (Paleon.) A group of large, extinct, herbivorous mammals, common in the Tertiary formation of the United States.
; plural Ambos
[ Late Latin ambo
, Greek ..., any rising, a raised stage, pulpit: confer French ambon
.] A large pulpit or reading desk, in the early Christian churches. Gwilt.
Ambon noun Same as Ambo .
Amboyna button (Medicine) A chronic contagious affection of the skin, prevalent in the tropics.
Amboyna pine (Botany) The resiniferous tree Agathis Dammara , of the Moluccas.