Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Consonantize transitive verb To change into, or use as, a consonant. "The vowel is consonantized , that is, made closer in position." Peile.
Consonantly adverb In a consonant, consistent, or congruous manner; agreeably.
Consonantness noun The quality or condition of being consonant, agreeable, or consistent.
[ Latin consonus
. See Consonant
.] Agreeing in sound; symphonious.
Consopiation noun The act of sleeping, or of lulling, to sleep. [ Obsolete] Pope.
Consopite (kŏn"so*pīt) adjective [ Latin consopitus , past participle of consopire .] Lulled to sleep. [ Obsolete] Dr. H. More.
Consopite transitive verb To lull to sleep; to quiet; to compose.
The operation of the masculine faculties of the soul were, for a while, well slacked and consopited .
Dr. H. More.
[ Latin consore
lot, fate, share. See Sort
.] 1. One who shares the lot of another; a companion; a partner; especially, a wife or husband. Milton.
He single chose to live, and shunned to wed,
Well pleased to want a consort of his bed.
The consort of the queen has passed from this troubled sphere.
The snow-white gander, invariably accompanied by his darker consort . 2. (Nautical) A ship keeping company with another. 3. Concurrence; conjunction; combination; association; union.
"By Heaven's consort
"Working in consort
Take it singly, and it carries an air of levity; but, in consort with the rest, has a meaning quite different. 4.
[ Late Latin consortium
.] An assembly or association of persons; a company; a group; a combination.
In one consort ' there sat
Cruel revenge and rancorous despite,
Disloyal treason, and heart-burning hate.
Lord, place me in thy consort . 5.
[ Perh. confused with concert
.] Harmony of sounds; concert, as of musical instruments.
[ Obsolete] Milton.
To make a sad consort '; Prince consort
Come, let us join our mournful song with theirs.
, the husband of a queen regnant.
-- Queen consort
, the wife of a king, as distinguished from a queen regnant , who rules alone, and a queen dowager , the window of a king.
(kŏn*sôrt") intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Consorted
; present participle & verbal noun Consorting
.] To unite or to keep company; to associate; -- used with with .
Which of the Grecian chiefs consorts with thee?
Consort transitive verb 1. To unite or join, as in affection, harmony, company, marriage, etc.; to associate.
He with his consorted Eve.
For all that pleasing is to living ears
Was there consorted in one harmony.
He begins to consort himself with men. 2. To attend; to accompany.
Thou, wretched boy, that didst consort him here,
Shalt with him hence.
Consortable (kŏn*sôrt"ȧ*b'l) adjective Suitable for association or companionship. [ Obsolete] Sir H. Wotton.
Consortion (kŏn*sôr"shŭn) noun [ Latin consortio .] Fellowship; association; companionship. [ Obsolete] Sir T. Browne.
Consortship (kŏn"sôrt*shĭp) noun The condition of a consort; fellowship; partnership. Hammond.
[ Corrupted from French consoude
, fr Latin consolida
comfrey (so called because supposed to have healing power); con-
to make solid. Confer Comfrey
.] (Botany) A name applied loosely to several plants of different genera, esp. the comfrey.
Conspecific (kŏn`spe*sĭf"ĭk) adjective Of the same species.
(- spĕk*tū"ĭ*tȳ) noun
; plural Conspectuities
(-tĭz). The faculty of seeing; sight; eye.
[ A word of Menenius's making. Coriolanus ii. 1
Conspectus (kŏn*spĕk"tŭs) noun A general sketch or outline of a subject; a synopsis; an epitome.
[ Latin conspersio
, from conspergere
to sprinkle.] The act of sprinkling.
The conspersion washing the doorposts.
Conspicuity noun The state or quality of being clear or bright; brightness; conspicuousness. [ R.] Chapman.
[ Latin conspicuus
, from conspicere
to get sight of, to perceive; con-
, to look. See Spy
] 1. Open to the view; obvious to the eye; easy to be seen; plainly visible; manifest; attracting the eye.
It was a rock
Of alabaster, piled up to the clouds,
Conspicious by her veil and hood, 2. Obvious to the mental eye; easily recognized; clearly defined; notable; prominent; eminent; distinguished; as, a conspicuous excellence, or fault.
Signing the cross, the abbess stood.
Sir W. Scott.
A man who holds a conspicuous place in the political, ecclesiastical, and literary history of England. Syn.
-- Distinguished; eminent; famous; illustrious; prominent; celebrated. See Distinguished
. -- Con*spic"u*ous*ly
; plural Conspiracies
. [ See Conspiration
.] 1. A combination of men for an evil purpose; an agreement, between two or more persons, to commit a crime in concert, as treason; a plot.
When shapen was all his conspiracy
From point to point.
They made a conspiracy against [ Amaziah].
2 Kings xiv. 19.
I had forgot that foul conspiracy
Of the beast Caliban and his confederates. 2. A concurence or general tendency, as of circumstances, to one event, as if by agreement.
A conspiracy in all heavenly and earthly things. 3. (Law) An agreement, manifesting itself in words or deeds, by which two or more persons confederate to do an unlawful act, or to use unlawful to do an act which is lawful; confederacy. Syn.
Sir P. Sidney.
-- Combination; plot; cabal.
Conspirant adjective [ Latin conspirans , present participle of conspirare : confer French conspirant .] Engaging in a plot to commit a crime; conspiring. [ Obsolete] Shak.
[ French conspiration
, Latin conspiratio
.] Agreement or concurrence for some end or purpose; conspiracy.
As soon as it was day, certain Jews made a conspiration .
In our natural body every part has a nacassary sympathy with every other, and all together form, by their harmonious onspiration , a healthy whole.
Sir W. Hamilton.
Conspirator noun One who engages in a conspiracy; a plotter. 2 Sam. xv. 31.
(kŏn*spīr") intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Conspired
(- spīrd"); present participle & verbal noun Conspiring
.] [ French conspirer
, Latin conspirare
to blow together, harmonize, agree, plot; con-
to breathe, blow. See Spirit
.] 1. To make an agreement, esp. a secret agreement, to do some act, as to commit treason or a crime, or to do some unlawful deed; to plot together.
They conspired against [ Joseph] to slay him.
Gen. xxxvii. 18.
You have conspired against our royal person, 2. To concur to one end; to agree.
Joined with an enemy proclaimed.
The press, the pulpit, and the stage Syn.
Conspire to censure and expose our age.
-- To unite; concur; complot; confederate; league.
Conspire transitive verb To plot; to plan; to combine for.
Angry clouds conspire your overthrow.
Conspirer noun One who conspires; a conspirator.
Conspiringly adverb In the manner of a conspirator; by conspiracy. Milton.
Conspissation noun [ Latin conspissatio , from conspissare to make thick.] A making thick or viscous; thickness; inspissation. [ R.] Dr. H. More.
Conspurcate transitive verb [ Latin conspurcatus , past participle of conspurcare .] To pollute; to defile. [ Obsolete] Cockeram.
Conspurcation noun [ Latin conspurcare , -spuratum , to defile.] The act of defiling; defilement; pollution. Bp. Hall.
[ Middle English conestable
, a constable (in sense 1), Old French conestable
, French connétable
, Late Latin conestabulus
, comes stabuli
, orig., count of the stable, master of the horse, equerry; comes
count (L. companion) + Latin stabulum
stable. See Count
a nobleman, and Stable
.] 1. A high officer in the monarchical establishments of the Middle Ages.
» The constable of France
was the first officer of the crown, and had the chief command of the army. It was also his duty to regulate all matters of chivalry. The office was suppressed in 1627. The constable
, or lord high constable
, of England
, was one of the highest officers of the crown, commander in chief of the forces, and keeper of the peace of the nation. He also had judicial cognizance of many important matters. The office was as early as the Conquest, but has been disused (except on great and solemn occasions), since the attainder of Stafford, duke of Buckingham, in the reign of Henry VIII. 2. (Law) An officer of the peace having power as a conservator of the public peace, and bound to execute the warrants of judicial officers. Bouvier.
» In England, at the present time, the constable
is a conservator of the peace within his district, and is also charged by various statutes with other duties, such as serving summons, precepts, warrants, etc. In the United States, constables
are town or city officers of the peace, with powers similar to those of the constables of England. In addition to their duties as conservators of the peace, they are invested with others by statute, such as to execute civil as well as criminal process in certain cases, to attend courts, keep juries, etc. In some cities, there are officers called high constables
, who act as chiefs of the constabulary or police force. In other cities the title of constable, as well as the office, is merged in that of the police officer. High constable
, a constable having certain duties and powers within a hundred.
[ Eng.] -- Petty constable
, a conservator of the peace within a parish or tithing; a tithingman.
[ Eng.] -- Special constable
, a person appointed to act as constable of special occasions.
-- To overrun, or outrun
, the constable
, to spend more than one's income; to get into debt.
[ Colloq.] Smollett.
[ Old French conestablerie
. Confer Constabulary
.] 1. The constabulary.
[ Obsolete] 2. The district or jurisdiction of a constable.
Constableship noun The office or functions of a constable.
Constabless noun The wife of a constable. [ Obsolete]
Constablewick noun [ Constable + wick a village] The district to which a constable's power is limited. [ Obsolete] Sir M. Hale.
[ Late Latin constabularius
an equerry. See Constable
.] Of or pertaining to constables; consisting of constables.
Constabulary noun The collective body of constables in any town, district, or country.
Constabulatory noun A constabulary. [ Obsolete] Bp. Burnet.
[ Latin constantia
: confer French constance
. See Constant
.] 1. The state or quality of being constant or steadfast; freedom from change; stability; fixedness; immutability; as, the constancy of God in his nature and attributes. 2. Fixedness or firmness of mind; persevering resolution; especially, firmness of mind under sufferings, steadiness in attachments, or perseverance in enterprise; stability; fidelity.
A fellow of plain uncoined constancy .
Constancy and contempt of danger. Syn.
-- Fixedness; stability; firmness; steadiness; permanence; steadfastness; resolution. See Firmness
[ Latin onstans
, present participle of constare
to stand firm, to be consistent; con-
to stand: confer French constant
. See Stand
and confer Cost
, transitive verb
] 1. Firm; solid; fixed; immovable; -- opposed to fluid .
If . . . you mix them, you may turn these two fluid liquors into a constant body. 2. Not liable, or given, to change; permanent; regular; continuous; continually recurring; steadfast; faithful; not fickle.
Both loving one fair maid, they yet remained constant friends.
Sir P. Sidney.
I am constant to my purposes.
His gifts, his constant courtship, nothing gained.
Onward the constant current sweeps. 3. (Math. & Physics) Remaining unchanged or invariable, as a quantity, force, law, etc. Contrasted with variable . 4. Consistent; logical.
[ Obsolete] Shak. Syn.
-- Fixed; steadfast; unchanging; permanent; unalterable; immutable; invariable; perpetual; continual; resolute; firm; unshaken; determined. -- Constant
. These words are sometimes used in an absolute and sometimes in a qualified sense. Constant
denotes, in its absolute sense, unchangeably fixed; as, a constant
mind or purpose. In its qualified sense, it marks something as a "standing" fact or occurence; as, liable to constant
called for. Continual
, in its absolute sense, coincides with continuous
. See Continuous
. In its qualified sense, it describes a thing as occuring in steady and rapid succession; as, a round of continual
denotes, in its absolute sense, what literally never ceases or comes to an end; as, perpetual
motion. In its qualified sense, it is used hyperbolically, and denotes that which rarely ceases; as, perpetual
Constant noun Absolute constant (Math.) , one whose value is absolutely the same under all circumstances, as the number 10, or any numeral. -- Arbitrary constant , an undetermined constant in a differential equation having the same value during all changes in the values of the variables.
1. That which is not subject to change; that which is invariable. 2. (Math.) A quantity that does not change its value; -- used in countradistinction to variable .
Constantia noun A superior wine, white and red, from Constantia, in Cape Colony.
Constantly adverb With constancy; steadily; continually; perseveringly; without cessation; uniformly.
But she constantly affirmed that it was even so.
Acts. xii. 15.
Constat noun [ Latin , it is evident.] (Law) A certificate showing what appears upon record touching a matter in question.
Constate transitive verb [ French constater ; Latin con- + stare to stand.] To ascertain; to verify; to establish; to prove. F. P. Cobbe.
Constellate intransitive verb
[ Prefix con-
+ Latin stellatus
, past participle of stellare
to cover with stars, stella
star. See Stellate
.] To join luster; to shine with united radiance, or one general light.
The several things which engage our affections . . . shine forth and constellate in God.
Constellate transitive verb 1. To unite in one luster or radiance, as stars.
Whe know how to constellate these lights. 2. To set or adorn with stars or constellations; as, constellated heavens. J. Barlow.
[ French constellation
, Latin constellatio
.] 1. A cluster or group of fixed stars, or division of the heavens, designated in most cases by the name of some animal, or of some mythologial personage, within whose imaginary outline, as traced upon the heavens, the group is included.
The constellations seem to have been almost purposely named and delineated to cause as much confusion and inconvenience as possible.
Sir J. Herschel.
» In each of the constellations now recognized by astronomers (about 90 in number) the brightest stars, both named and unnamed, are designated nearly in the order of brilliancy by the letters of the Greek alphabet; as, α Tauri (Aldebaran) is the first star of Taurus, γ Orionis (Bellatrix) is the third star of Orion. 2. An assemblage of splendors or excellences.
The constellations of genius had already begun to show itself . . . which was to shed a glory over the meridian and close of Philip's reign. 3. Fortune; fate; destiny.
It is constellation , which causeth all that a man doeth.