Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Cocoonery noun A building or apartment for silkworms, when feeding and forming cocoons.

Coctible adjective [ See Coctile .] Capable of being cooked. Blount.

Coctile adjective [ Latin coctilis , from coguere . See Cook .] Made by baking, or exposing to heat, as a brick.

Coction noun [ Latin coctio .]
1. Act of boiling.

2. (Medicine) (a) Digestion. [ Obsolete] (b) The change which the humorists believed morbific matter undergoes before elimination. [ Obsolete] Dunglison.

Cocus wood A West Indian wood, used for making flutes and other musical instruments.

Cod (kŏd) noun [ Anglo-Saxon codd small bag; akin to Icelandic koddi pillow, Swedish kudde cushion; confer W. cod , cwd , bag, shell.]


1. A husk; a pod; as, a peas cod . [ Eng.] Mortimer.

2. A small bag or pouch. [ Obsolete] Halliwell.

3. The scrotum. Dunglison.

4. A pillow or cushion. [ Prov. Eng.] Halliwell.

Cod noun [ Confer German gadde , and (in Heligoland) gadden , Latin gadus merlangus.] (Zoology) An important edible fish ( Gadus morrhua ), taken in immense numbers on the northern coasts of Europe and America. It is especially abundant and large on the Grand Bank of Newfoundland. It is salted and dried in large quantities.

» There are several varieties; as shore cod , from shallow water; bank cod , from the distant banks; and rock cod , which is found among ledges, and is often dark brown or mottled with red. The tomcod is a distinct species of small size. The bastard , blue , buffalo , or cultus cod of the Pacific coast belongs to a distinct family. See Buffalo cod , under Buffalo .

Cod fishery , the business of fishing for cod. -- Cod line , an eighteen-thread line used in catching codfish. McElrath.

Cod liver noun The liver of the common cod and allied species.

Cod-liver oil , an oil obtained from the liver of the codfish, and used extensively in medicine as a means of supplying the body with fat in cases of malnutrition.

Coda (kō"dȧ) noun [ Italian , tail, from Latin cauda .] (Mus.) A few measures added beyond the natural termination of a composition.

Codder noun A gatherer of cods or peas. [ Obsolete or Prov.] Johnson.

Codding adjective Lustful. [ Obsolete] Shak.

Coddle (kŏd"d'l) transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Coddled (-d'ld); present participle & verbal noun Coddling (- dlĭng).] [ Confer Prov . English caddle to coax, spoil, fondle, and Cade , adjective & transitive verb ] [ Written also codle .]
1. To parboil, or soften by boiling.

It [ the guava fruit] may be coddled .
Dampier.

2. To treat with excessive tenderness; to pamper.

How many of our English princes have been coddled at home by their fond papas and mammas!
Thackeray.

He [ Lord Byron] never coddled his reputation.
Southey.

Coddymoddy (kŏd"dȳ*mŏd"dȳ) noun (Zoology) A gull in the plumage of its first year.

Code (kōd) noun [ French, from Latin codex , caudex , the stock or stem of a tree, a board or tablet of wood smeared over with wax, on which the ancients originally wrote; hence, a book, a writing.]
1. A body of law, sanctioned by legislation, in which the rules of law to be specifically applied by the courts are set forth in systematic form; a compilation of laws by public authority; a digest.

» The collection of laws made by the order of Justinian is sometimes called, by way of eminence. " The Code " Wharton.

2. Any system of rules or regulations relating to one subject; as, the medical code , a system of rules for the regulation of the professional conduct of physicians; the naval code , a system of rules for making communications at sea means of signals.

Code civil or Code Napoleon , a code enacted in France in 1803 and 1804, embodying the law of rights of persons and of property generally. Abbot.

Codefendant noun A joint defendant. Blackstone.

Codeine noun [ Greek ... poppy head: confer French cod...ine .] (Chemistry) One of the opium alkaloids; a white crystalline substance, C 18 H 21 NO 3 , similar to and regarded as a derivative of morphine, but much feebler in its action; -- called also codeia .

Codetta noun [ Italian , dim. of coda tail.] (Mus.) A short passage connecting two sections, but not forming part of either; a short coda.

Codex noun ; plural Codices . [ Latin See Code .]
1. A book; a manuscript.

2. A collection or digest of laws; a code. Burrill.

3. An ancient manuscript of the Sacred Scriptures, or any part of them, particularly the New Testament.

4. A collection of canons. Shipley.

Codfish noun (Zoology) A kind of fish. Same as Cod .

Codger noun [ Confer Cadger .]
1. A miser or mean person.

2. A singular or odd person; -- a familiar, humorous, or depreciatory appellation. [ Colloq.]

A few of us old codgers met at the fireside.
Emerson.

Codical adjective Relating to a codex, or a code.

Codicil noun [ Latin codicillus , dim. of codex : confer French codicille . See Code .] (Law) A clause added to a will.

Codicillary adjective [ Latin codicillaris , codicillarius .] Of the nature of a codicil.

Codification noun [ Confer French codification .] The act or process of codifying or reducing laws to a code.

Codifier noun One who codifies.

Codify transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Codified ; present participle & verbal noun Codifying .] [ Code + - fy : confer French codifier .] To reduce to a code, as laws.

Codilla noun [ Confer Latin codicula a little tail, dim. of cauda tail.] (Com.) The coarse tow of flax and hemp. McElrath.

Codille noun [ French codile .] A term at omber, signifying that the game is won. Pope.

Codist noun A codifier; a maker of codes. [ R.]

Codle transitive verb See Coddle .

Codlin, Codling noun [ Confer Anglo-Saxon codæppel a quince.] (a) An apple fit to stew or coddle. (b) An immature apple.

A codling when 't is almost an apple.
Shak.

Codling moth (Zoology) , a small moth ( Carpocapsa Pomonella ), which in the larval state (known as the apple worm ) lives in apples, often doing great damage to the crop.

Codling noun [ Dim. of cod the fish.] (Zoology) A young cod; also, a hake.

Codpiece noun [ Cod , noun , ... + piece .] A part of male dress in front of the breeches, formerly made very conspicuous. Shak. Fosbroke.

Coeducation noun An educating together, as of persons of different sexes or races.

Coefficacy noun Joint efficacy.

Coefficiency noun Joint efficiency; coöperation. Glanvill.

Coefficient adjective Coöperating; acting together to produce an effect.

Coefficient noun
1. That which unites in action with something else to produce the same effect.

2. [ Confer French coefficient .] (Math.) A number or letter put before a letter or quantity, known or unknown, to show how many times the latter is to be taken; as, 6 x ; bx ; here 6 and b are coefficients of x .

3. (Physics) A number, commonly used in computation as a factor, expressing the amount of some change or effect under certain fixed conditions as to temperature, length, volume, etc.; as, the coefficient of expansion; the coefficient of friction.

Arbitrary coefficient (Math.) , a literal coefficient placed arbitrarily in an algebraic expression, the value of the coefficient being afterwards determined by the conditions of the problem.

Coehorn noun [ From its inventor, Baron Coehorn .] (Mil.) A small bronze mortar mounted on a wooden block with handles, and light enough to be carried short distances by two men.

Coelectron noun See Electron .

Coemption noun [ Latin coëmptio , from coëmere to buy up. See Emption .] The act of buying the whole quantity of any commodity. [ R.] Bacon.

Coendoo noun [ Native name.] (Zoology) The Brazilian porcupine ( Cercolades, or Sphingurus, prehensiles ), remarkable for its prehensile tail.

Coequal adjective [ Latin coaequalis ; co- + aequalis equal.] Being on an equality in rank or power. -- noun One who is on an equality with another.

In once he come to be a cardinal,
He'll make his cap coequal with the crown.
Shak.

Coequality noun The state of being on an equality, as in rank or power.

Coequally adverb With coequality.

Coerce transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Coerced ; present participle & verbal noun Coercing .] [ Latin coërcere ; co- + arcere to shut up, to press together. See Ark .]
1. To restrain by force, especially by law or authority; to repress; to curb. Burke.

Punishments are manifold, that they may coerce this profligate sort.
Ayliffe.

2. To compel or constrain to any action; as, to coerce a man to vote for a certain candidate.

3. To compel or enforce; as, to coerce obedience.

Syn. -- To Coerce , Compel . To compel denotes to urge on by force which cannot be resisted. The term aplies equally to physical and moral force; as, compelled by hunger; compelled adverse circumstances; compelled by parental affection. Coerce had at first only the negative sense of checking or restraining by force; as, to coerce a bad man by punishments or a prisoner with fetters. It has now gained a positive sense., viz., that of driving a person into the performance of some act which is required of him by another; as, to coerce a man to sign a contract; to coerce obedience. In this sense (which is now the prevailing one), coerce differs but little from compel , and yet there is a distinction between them. Coercion is usually acomplished by indirect means, as threats and intimidation, physical force being more rarely employed in coercing .

Coercible adjective Capable of being coerced.

-- Co*er"ci*ble*ness , noun

Coercion noun [ Latin coercio , from coercere . See Coerce .]
1. The act or process of coercing.

2. (Law) The application to another of either physical or moral force. When the force is physical, and cannot be resisted, then the act produced by it is a nullity, so far as concerns the party coerced. When the force is moral, then the act, though voidable, is imputable to the party doing it, unless he be so paralyzed by terror as to act convulsively. At the same time coercion is not negatived by the fact of submission under force. "Coactus volui" (I consented under compulsion) is the condition of mind which, when there is volition forced by coercion, annuls the result of such coercion. Wharton.

Coercitive adjective Coercive. " Coercitive power in laws." Jer. Taylor.

Coercive adjective Serving or intended to coerce; having power to constrain.

-- Co*er"cive*ly , adverb -- Co*er"cive*ness, noun

Coercive power can only influence us to outward practice.
Bp. Warburton.

Coercive or Coercitive force (Magnetism) , the power or force which in iron or steel produces a slowness or difficulty in imparting magnetism to it, and also interposes an obstacle to the return of a bar to its natural state when active magnetism has ceased. It plainly depends on the molecular constitution of the metal. Nichol.

The power of resisting magnetization or demagnization is sometimes called coercive force .
S. Thompson.