Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Cone pulley A pulley for driving machines, etc., having two or more parts or steps of different diameters; a pulley having a conical shape.
Cone-in-cone adjective (Geol.) Consisting of a series of parallel cones, each made up of many concentric cones closely packed together; -- said of a kind of structure sometimes observed in sedimentary rocks.
Cone-nose noun A large hemipterous insect of the family Reduviidæ , often found in houses, esp. in the southern and western United States. It bites severely, and is one of the species called kissing bugs . It is also called big bedbug .
Coneflower noun Any plant of the genus Rudbeckia ; -- so called from the cone-shaped disk of the flower head. Also, any plant of the related genera Ratibida and Brauneria , the latter usually known as purple coneflower .
Coneine noun (Chemistry) See Conine .
Conepate, Conepatl noun [ Mexican conepatl and epatl .] (Zoology) The skunk.
Conestoga wagon, wain [ From Conestoga , Pennsylvania.] A kind of large broad-wheeled wagon, usually covered, for traveling in soft soil and on prairies.
Coney noun 1. (Zoology) A rabbit. See Cony . 2. (Zoology) A fish. See Cony .
Confab noun [ Contr. from confabulation .] Familiar talk or conversation. [ Colloq.]
Confabulate intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Confabulated
; present participle & verbal noun Confabulating
.] [ Latin confabulatus
, past participle of confabulary
, to converse together; con-
to speak, from fabula
. See Fable
.] To talk familiarly together; to chat; to prattle.
I shall not ask Jean Jaques Rousseau
If birds confabulate or no.
[ Latin confabulatio
.] Familiar talk; easy, unrestrained, unceremonious conversation.
Friends' confabulations are comfortable at all times, as fire in winter.
Confabulatory adjective Of the nature of familiar talk; in the form of a dialogue. Weever.
[ French See Confalon
.] (R. C. Ch.) One of a fraternity of seculars, also called Penitents .
Confarreation noun [ Latin confarreatio , from confarreare to marry; con- + farreum (sc. libum cake) a spelt cake, from farreus made of spelt, from far a sort of grain.] (Antiq.) A form of marriage among the Romans, in which an offering of bread was made, in presence of the high priest and at least ten witnesses.
Confated p. adjective Fated or decreed with something else. [ R.] A. Tucker.
Confect transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Confected
; present participle & verbal noun Confecting
.] [ Latin confectus
, past participle of conficere
to prepare. See Comfit
.] 1. To prepare, as sweetmeats; to make a confection of.
Saffron confected in Cilicia. 2. To construct; to form; to mingle or mix.
Of this were confected the famous everlasting lamps and tapers.
Sir T. Herbert.
[ My joys] are still confected with some fears.
Confect noun A comfit; a confection.
At supper eat a pippin roasted and sweetened with sugar of roses and caraway confects .
[ French, from Latin confectio
.] 1. A composition of different materials.
A new confection of mold. 2. A preparation of fruits or roots, etc., with sugar; a sweetmeat.
Certain confections . . . are like to candied conserves, and are made of sugar and lemons. 3. A composition of drugs. Shak. 4. (Medicine) A soft solid made by incorporating a medicinal substance or substances with sugar, sirup, or honey.
» The pharmacopœias formerly made a distinction between conserves
(made of fresh vegetable substances and sugar) and electuaries
(medicinal substances combined with sirup or honey), but the distinction is now abandoned and all are called confections
[ Confer Late Latin confectionaris
a pharmacist.] A confectioner.
He will take your daughters to be confectionaries , and to be cooks.
1 Sam. viii. 13.
Confectionary adjective Prepared as a confection.
The biscuit or confectionary plum.
Confectioner noun 1. A compounder.
Canidia Neapolitana was confectioner of unguents. 2. One whose occupation it is to make or sell confections, candies, etc.
Confectioners' sugar A highly refined sugar in impalpable powder, esp. suited to confectioners' uses.
1. Sweetmeats, in general; things prepared and sold by a confectioner; confections; candies. 2. A place where candies, sweetmeats, and similar things are made or sold.
Confectory adjective Pertaining to the art of making sweetmeats. [ Obsolete] Beaumont.
Confecture noun Same as Confiture .
(kŏn*fĕd"ẽr) intransitive verb
[ Confer French confédérer
. See Confederate
.] To confederate.
[ Obsolete] Sir T. North.
; plural Confederacies
. [ From Confederate
, adjective ] 1. A league or compact between two or more persons, bodies of men, or states, for mutual support or common action; alliance.
The friendships of the world are oft
Confederacies in vice or leagues of pleasure.
He hath heard of our confederacy .
Virginia promoted a confederacy . 2. The persons, bodies, states, or nations united by a league; a confederation.
The Grecian common wealth, . . . the most heroic confederacy that ever existed.
Virgil has a whole confederacy against him. 3. (Law) A combination of two or more persons to commit an unlawful act, or to do a lawful act by unlawful means. See Conspiracy . Syn.
-- League; compact; alliance; association; union; combination; confederation.
Confederacy noun (Amer. Hist.) With the , the Confederate States of America.
[ Latin confoederatus
, past participle of confoederare
to join by a league; con-
to establish by treaty or league, from foedus
league, compact. See Federal
.] 1. United in a league; allied by treaty; engaged in a confederacy; banded together; allied.
All the swords 2. (Amer. Hist.) Of or pertaining to the government of the eleven Southern States of the United States which (1860-1865) attempted to establish an independent nation styled the Confederate States of America; as, the Confederate congress; Confederate money.
In Italy, and her confederate arms,
Could not have made this peace.
Confederate noun 1. One who is united with others in a league; a person or a nation engaged in a confederacy; an ally; also, an accomplice in a bad sense.
He found some of his confederates in gaol. 2. (Amer. Hist.) A name designating an adherent to the cause of the States which attempted to withdraw from the Union (1860-1865).
Confederate transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Confederated
; present participle & verbal noun Confederating
.] To unite in a league or confederacy; to ally.
With these the Piercies them confederate .
Confederate intransitive verb To unite in a league; to join in a mutual contract or covenant; to band together.
By words men . . . covenant and confederate .
Confederater noun A confederate.
[ Latin confoederatio
: confer French confédération
.] 1. The act of confederating; a league; a compact for mutual support; alliance, particularly of princes, nations, or states.
The three princes enter into some strict league and confederation among themselves.
This was no less than a political confederation of the colonies of New England. 2. The parties that are confederated, considered as a unit; a confederacy. Articles of confederation
. See under Article .
Confederative adjective Of or pertaining to a confederation.
Confederator noun A confederate. Grafton.
Confer transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Conferred
; present participle & verbal noun Conferring
.] [ Latin conferre
to bring together, contribute, consult; con-
to bear: confer French conférer
. See 1st Bear
.] 1. To bring together for comparison; to compare.
If we confer these observations with others of the like nature, we may find cause to rectify the general opinion. 2. To grant as a possession; to bestow.
The public marks of honor and reward 3. To contribute; to conduce.
Conferred upon me.
The closeness and compactness of the parts resting together doth much confer to the strength of the union.
Confer intransitive verb To have discourse; to consult; to compare views; to deliberate.
Festus, when he had conferred with the council, answered.
Acts xxv. 12.
You shall hear us confer of this. Syn.
-- To counsel; advise; discourse; converse.
[ Confer Referee
.] 1. One who is conferred with, or who takes part in a conference; as, the conferees on the part of the Senate. 2. One upon whom something is conferred.
[ French conférence
. See Confer
.] 1. The act of comparing two or more things together; comparison.
Helps and furtherances which . . . the mutual conference of all men's collections and observations may afford. 2. The act of consulting together formally; serious conversation or discussion; interchange of views.
Nor with such free and friendly conference 3. A meeting for consultation, discussion, or an interchange of opinions. 4. A meeting of the two branches of a legislature, by their committees, to adjust between them. 5. (Methodist Church) A stated meeting of preachers and others, invested with authority to take cognizance of ecclesiastical matters. 6. A voluntary association of Congregational churches of a district; the district in which such churches are. Conference meeting
As he hath used of old.
, a meeting for conference. Specifically, a meeting conducted (usually) by laymen, for conference and prayer.
[ U. S.] -- Conference room
, a room for conference and prayer, and for the pastor's less formal addresses.
[ U. S.]
Conferential adjective Relating to conference. [ R.] Clarke.
Conferrable adjective Capable of being conferred.
(kŏn`fẽr*rē") noun Same as Conferee .
Conferrer (kŏn*fẽr"rẽr) noun
1. One who confers; one who converses. Johnson. 2. One who bestows; a giver.
Conferruminate, Conferruminated adjective
[ Latin conferruminare
to cement. See Ferruminate
.] (Botany) Closely united by the coalescence, or sticking together, of contiguous faces, as in the case of the cotyledons of the live-oak acorn.
; plural Confervæ
. [ Latin , a kind of water plant. See Comfrey
.] (Botany) Any unbranched, slender, green plant of the fresh-water algae. The word is frequently used in a wider sense.
Confervaceous adjective Belonging to the confervae.
Confervoid adjective [ Conferva + -oid .] Like, or related to, the confervae. Loudon.
Confervous adjective Pertaining to confervae; consisting of, or resembling, the confervae.
Yon exiguous pool's confervous scum.
O. W. Holmes.