Contingence Con·tin"gence noun See Contingency .
Contingency Con·tin"gen·cy noun
; plural Contingencies
. [ Confer French contingence
.] 1. Union or connection; the state of touching or contact.
"Point of contingency
." J. Gregory. 2. The quality or state of being contingent or casual; the possibility of coming to pass.
Aristotle says we are not to build certain rules on the contingency of human actions. 3. An event which may or may not occur; that which is possible or probable; a fortuitous event; a chance.
The remarkable position of the queen rendering her death a most important contingency . 4. An adjunct or accessory. Wordsworth. 5. (Law) A certain possible event that may or may not happen, by which, when happening, some particular title may be affected. Syn.
-- Casualty; accident; chance.
Contingent Con·tin"gent adjective
[ Latin contingens
, present participle of contingere
to touch on all sides, to happen; con-
to touch: confer French contingent
. See Tangent
.] 1. Possible, or liable, but not certain, to occur; incidental; casual.
Weighing so much actual crime against so much contingent advantage. 2. Dependent on that which is undetermined or unknown; as, the success of his undertaking is contingent upon events which he can not control.
"Uncertain and contingent
causes." Tillotson. 3. (Law) Dependent for effect on something that may or may not occur; as, a contingent estate.
If a contingent legacy be left to any one when he attains, or if he attains, the age of twenty-one.
Contingent Con·tin"gent noun 1. An event which may or may not happen; that which is unforeseen, undetermined, or dependent on something future; a contingency.
His understanding could almost pierce into future contingents . 2. That which falls to one in a division or apportionment among a number; a suitable share; proportion; esp., a quota of troops.
From the Alps to the border of Flanders, contingents were required . . . 200,000 men were in arms.
Contingently Con·tin"gent·ly adverb In a contingent manner; without design or foresight; accidentally.
Contingentness Con·tin"gent·ness noun The state of being contingent; fortuitousness.
Continuable Con·tin"u·a·ble adjective Capable of being continued [ R.]
Continual Con·tin"u·al adjective
[ Middle English continuel
, French continuel
. See Continue
.] 1. Proceeding without interruption or cesstaion; continuous; unceasing; lasting; abiding.
He that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast. 2. Occuring in steady and rapid succession; very frequent; often repeated.
Prov. xv. 15.
The eye is deligh by a continental succession of small landscapes. Continual proportionals (Math.)
, quantities in continued proportion. Brande & C. Syn.
-- Constant; prepetual; incessant; unceasing; uninterrupted; unintermitted; continuous. See Constant
, and Continuous
Continually Con·tin"u·al·ly adverb 1. Without cessation; unceasingly; continuously; as, the current flows continually .
Why do not all animals continually increase in bigness? 2. In regular or repeated succession; very often.
Thou shalt eat bread at my table continually .
2 Sam. ix. 7.
Continuance Con·tin"u·ance noun
[ Old French continuance
.] 1. A holding on, or remaining in a particular state; permanence, as of condition, habits, abode, etc.; perseverance; constancy; duration; stay.
Great plagues, and of long continuance .
Deut. xxviii. 59.
Patient continuance in well-doing. 2. Uninterrupted succession; continuation; constant renewal; perpetuation; propagation.
Rom. ii. 7.
The brute immediately regards his own preservation or the continuance of his species. 3. A holding together; continuity.
[ Obsolete] Bacon. 4. (Law) (a) The adjournment of the proceedings in a cause from one day, or from one stated term of a court, to another. (b) The entry of such adjournment and the grounds thereof on the record.
Continuant Con·tin"u·ant adjective Continuing; prolonged; sustained; as, a continuant sound. -- noun A continuant sound; a letter whose sound may be prolonged.
Continuate Con·tin"u·ate adjective
[ Latin continuatus
, past participle See Continue
.] 1. Immediately united together; intimately connected.
We are of Him and in Him, even as though our very flesh and bones should be made continuate with his. 2. Uninterrupted; unbroken; continual; continued.
An untirable and continuate goodness.
Continuation Con·tin`u·a"tion noun
[ Latin continuatio
: confer French connuation
.] 1. That act or state of continuing; the state of being continued; uninterrupted extension or succession; prolongation; propagation.
Preventing the continuation of the royal line. 2. That which extends, increases, supplements, or carries on; as, the continuation of a story.
My continuation of the version of Statius.
Continuative Con·tin"u·a·tive noun
[ Confer French continuatif
.] 1. (Logic) A term or expression denoting continuance.
To these may be added continuatives ; as, Rome remains to this day; which includes, at least, two propositions, viz., Rome was, and Rome is. 2. (Gram.) A word that continues the connection of sentences or subjects; a connective; a conjunction.
Continuatives . . . consolidate sentences into one continuous whole.
Continuator Con·tin"u·a`tor noun [ Confer French continuateur .] One who, or that which, continues; esp., one who continues a series or a work; a continuer. Sir T. Browne.
Continue Con·tin"ue intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Continued
; present participle & verbal noun Continuing
.] [ French continuer
, Latin continuare
, to connect, continue, from continuus
. See Continuous
, and confer Continuate
.] 1. To remain in a given place or condition; to remain in connection with; to abide; to stay.
Here to continue , and build up here
A growing empire.
They continue with me now three days, and have nothing to eat. 2. To be permanent or durable; to endure; to last.
Matt. xv. 32.
But now thy kingdom shall not continue . 3. To be steadfast or constant in any course; to persevere; to abide; to endure; to persist; to keep up or maintain a particular condition, course, or series of actions; as, the army continued to advance.
1 Sam. xiii. 14.
If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed. Syn.
John viii. 31.
-- To persevere; persist. See Persevere
Continue Con·tin"ue transitive verb 1. To unite; to connect.
the use of the navel is to continue the infant unto the mother. 2. To protract or extend in duration; to preserve or persist in; to cease not.
Sir T. browne.
O continue thy loving kindness unto them that know thee.
Ps. xxxvi. 10.
You know how to make yourself happy by only continuing such a life as you have been long accustomed to lead. 3. To carry onward or extend; to prolong or produce; to add to or draw out in length.
A bridge of wond'rous length, 4. To retain; to suffer or cause to remain; as, the trustees were continued ; also, to suffer to live.
From hell continued , reaching th' utmost orb
of this frail world.
And how shall we continue Claudio.
Continued Con·tin"ued past participle & adjective Having extension of time, space, order of events, exertion of energy, etc.; extended; protracted; uninterrupted; also, resumed after interruption; extending through a succession of issues, session, etc.; as, a continued story. " Continued woe." Jenyns. " Continued succession." Locke. Continued bass (Mus.) , a bass continued through an entire piece of music, while the other parts of the harmony are indicated by figures beneath the bass; the same as thorough bass or figured bass ; basso continuo. [ Italian ] -- Continued fever (Medicine) , a fever which presents no interruption in its course. -- Continued fraction (Math.) , a fraction whose numerator is 1, and whose denominator is a whole number plus a fraction whose numerator is 1 and whose denominator is a whole number, plus a fraction, and so on. -- Continued proportion (Math.) , a proportion composed of two or more equal ratios, in which the consequent of each preceding ratio is the same with the antecedent of the following one; as, 4 : 8 : 8 : 16 :: 16 : 32.
Continuedly Con·tin"u·ed·ly adverb Continuously.
Continuer Con·tin"u·er noun One who continues; one who has the power of perseverance or persistence.
in sin." Hammond.
I would my horse had the speed of your tongue, and so good a continuer .
Continuity Con`ti·nu"i·ty noun
; plural Continuities
. [ Latin continuitas
: confer French continuité
. See Continuous
.] the state of being continuous; uninterrupted connection or succession; close union of parts; cohesion; as, the continuity of fibers. Grew.
The sight would be tired, if it were attracted by a continuity of glittering objects. Law of continuity (Math. & Physics)
, the principle that nothing passes from one state to another without passing through all the intermediate states.
-- Solution of continuity
. (Math.) See under Solution .
Continuo Con·ti"nu·o noun [ It .] (Mus.) Basso continuo, or continued bass.
Continuous Con·tin"u·ous adjective
[ Latin continuus
, from continere
to hold together. See Continent
.] 1. Without break, cessation, or interruption; without intervening space or time; uninterrupted; unbroken; continual; unceasing; constant; continued; protracted; extended; as, a continuous line of railroad; a continuous current of electricity.
he can hear its continuous murmur. 2. (Botany) Not deviating or varying from uninformity; not interrupted; not joined or articulated. Continuous brake (Railroad)
, a brake which is attached to each car a train, and can be caused to operate in all the cars simultaneously from a point on any car or on the engine.
-- Continuous impost
. See Impost . Syn.
is the stronger word, and denotes that the continuity or union of parts is absolute and uninterrupted; as, a continuous
sheet of ice; a continuous
flow of water or of argument. So Daniel Webster speaks of "a continuous
and unbroken strain of the martial airs of England." Continual
, in most cases, marks a close and unbroken succession of things, rather than absolute continuity. Thus we speak of continual
showers, implying a repetition with occasional interruptions; we speak of a person as liable to continual calls
, or as subject to continual
applications for aid, etc. See Constant
Continuously Con·tin"u·ous·ly adverb In a continuous maner; without interruption. -- Con*tin"u*ous*ness , noun
Contline Cont"line` noun 1. (Ropemaking) The space between the strands on the outside of a rope. Knight. 2. (Nautical) The space between the bilges of two casks stowed side by side.
Contorniate Con·tor"ni·ate Con*tor"ni*a`te noun , [ Italian contorniato , present participle of contorniare to make a circuit or outline, from contorno circuit, outline. See Contour .] (Numis.) A species of medal or medallion of bronze, having a deep furrow on the contour or edge; -- supposed to have been struck in the days of Constantine and his successors. R. S. Poole.
Contorsion Con·tor"sion noun See Contortion .
Contort Con·tort" transitive verb
[ Latin contortus
, past participle of contorquere
to twist; con-
to twist. See Torture
.] To twist, or twist together; to turn awry; to bend; to distort; to wrest.
The vertebral arteries are variously contorted .
Kant contorted the term category from the proper meaning of attributed.
Sir W. Hamilton.
Contorted Con·tort"ed adjective 1. Twisted, or twisted together. "A contorted chain of icicles." Massinger. 2. (Botany) (a) Twisted back upon itself, as some parts of plants. (b) Arranged so as to overlap each other; as, petals in contorted or convolute æstivation.
[ Latin contortio
: confer French contorsion
. See Contort
, and confer Torsion
.] A twisting; a writhing; wry motion; a twist; as, the contortion of the muscles of the face. Swift.
All the contortions of the sibyl, without the inspiration.
Contortionist Con·tor"tion·ist noun One who makes or practices contortions.
Contortive Con·tor"tive adjective Expressing contortion.
Contortuplicate Con`tor·tu"pli·cate adjective [ Latin contortuplicatus ; contortus contorted + plicare to fold.] (Botany) Plaited lengthwise and twisted in addition, as the bud of the morning-glory. Gray.
Contour Con·tour" noun
[ French contour
, from contourner
to mark the outlines; con-
to turn. See Turn
.] 1. The outline of a figure or body, or the line or lines representing such an outline; the line that bounds; periphery.
Titian's coloring and contours . 2. (Mil.) The outline of a horizontal section of the ground, or of works of fortification. Contour feathers (Zoology)
, those feathers that form the general covering of a bird.
-- Contour of ground (Surv.)
, the outline of the surface of ground with respect to its undulation, etc.
-- Contour line (Topographical Suv.)
, the line in which a horizontal plane intersects a portion of ground, or the corresponding line in a map or chart.
Contourné' Con`tour`né' adjective [ French, past participle of contourner to twist.] (Her.) Turned in a direction which is not the usual one; -- said of an animal turned to the sinister which is usually turned to the dexter, or the like.
Contourniated Con·tour"ni·a`ted adjective [ Confer Contorniate .] (Numis.) Having furrowed edges, as if turned in a lathe.
Contra Con"tra A Latin adverb and preposition, signifying against , contrary , in opposition , etc., entering as a prefix into the composition of many English words. Confer Counter , adverb & prefix
Contraband Con"tra·band noun
[ Italian contrabando
ban, proclamation: confer French contrebande
. See Ban
an edict.] 1. Illegal or prohibited traffic.
Persons the most bound in duty to prevent contraband , and the most interested in the seizures. 2. Goods or merchandise the importation or exportation of which is forbidden. 3. A negro slave, during the Civil War, escaped to, or was brought within, the Union lines. Such slave was considered contraband of war.
[ U.S.] Contraband of war
, that which, according to international law, cannot be supplied to a hostile belligerent except at the risk of seizure and condemnation by the aggrieved belligerent. Wharton.
Contraband Con"tra·band adjective Prohibited or excluded by law or treaty; forbidden; as, contraband goods, or trade.
The contraband will always keep pace, in some measure, with the fair trade.
Contraband Con"tra·band transitive verb 1. To import illegally, as prohibited goods; to smuggle.
[ Obsolete] Johnson. 2. To declare prohibited; to forbid.
The law severly contrabands
Our taking business of men's hands.
Contrabandism Con"tra·band·ism (-ĭz'm) noun Traffic in contraband goods; smuggling.
Contrabandist Con"tra·band`ist noun One who traffics illegally; a smuggler.
Contrabass Con`tra·bass" noun (Mus.) Double bass; -- applied to any instrument of the same deep range as the stringed double bass; as, the contrabass ophicleide; the contrabass tuba or bombardon.
Contrabass Con`tra·bass" noun (Mus.) The lowest stringed instrument of the violin family.
Contrabasso Con`tra·bas"so noun [ Italian contrabasso .] (Mus.) The largest kind of bass viol. See Violone .
(kŏn*trăkt") transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Contracted
; present participle & verbal noun Contracting
.] [ Latin contractus
, past participle of contrahere
to contract; con-
to draw: confer French contracter
. See Trace
, and confer Contract
] 1. To draw together or nearer; to reduce to a less compass; to shorten, narrow, or lessen; as, to contract one's sphere of action.
In all things desuetude doth contract and narrow our faculties. 2. To draw together so as to wrinkle; to knit.
Dr. H. More.
Thou didst contract and purse thy brow. 3. To bring on; to incur; to acquire; as, to contract a habit; to contract a debt; to contract a disease.
Each from each contract new strength and light.
Such behavior we contract by having much conversed with persons of high station. 4. To enter into, with mutual obligations; to make a bargain or covenant for.
We have contracted an inviolable amity, peace, and lague with the aforesaid queen.
Many persons . . . had contracted marriage within the degrees of consanguinity . . . prohibited by law. 5. To betroth; to affiance.
The truth is, she and I, long since contracted , 6. (Gram.) To shorten by omitting a letter or letters or by reducing two or more vowels or syllables to one. Syn.
Are now so sure, that nothing can dissolve us.
-- To shorten; abridge; epitomize; narrow; lessen; condense; reduce; confine; incur; assume.
(kŏn*trăkt") intransitive verb 1. To be drawn together so as to be diminished in size or extent; to shrink; to be reduced in compass or in duration; as, iron contracts in cooling; a rope contracts when wet.
Years contracting to a moment. 2. To make an agreement; to covenant; to agree; to bargain; as, to contract for carrying the mail.
Contract Con"tract (kŏn"trăkt) adjective Contracted; as, a contract verb. Goodwin.
Contract Con·tract" (kŏn*trăkt") adjective [ Latin contractus , past participle ] Contracted; affianced; betrothed. [ Obsolete] Shak.
[ Latin contractus
, from contrahere
: confer French contrat
, formerly also contract
.] 1. (Law) The agreement of two or more persons, upon a sufficient consideration or cause, to do, or to abstain from doing, some act; an agreement in which a party undertakes to do, or not to do, a particular thing; a formal bargain; a compact; an interchange of legal rights. Wharton. 2. A formal writing which contains the agreement of parties, with the terms and conditions, and which serves as a proof of the obligation. 3. The act of formally betrothing a man and woman.
This is the the night of the contract . Syn.
-- Covenant; agreement; compact; stipulation; bargain; arrangement; obligation. See Covenant
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