|Convince Con·vince" transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Convinced
; present participle & verbal noun Convincing
.] [ Latin convincere
, - victum
, to refute, prove; con-
to conquer. See Victor
, and confer Convict
.] 1. To overpower; to overcome; to subdue or master.
His two chamberlains 2. To overcome by argument; to force to yield assent to truth; to satisfy by proof.
Will I with wine and wassail so convince
That memory, the warder of the brain,
Shall be a fume.
Such convincing proofs and assurances of it as might enable them to convince others. 3. To confute; to prove the fallacy of.
God never wrought miracle to convince atheism, because his ordinary works convince it. 4. To prove guilty; to convict.
Which of you convinceth me of sin?
John viii. 46.
Seek not to convince me of a crime Syn.
Which I can ne'er repent, nor you can pardon.
-- To persuade; satisfy; convict. -- To Convince
. To convince
is an act of the understanding; to persuade
, of the will or feelings. The one is effected by argument, the other by motives. There are cases, however, in which persuade
may seem to be used in reference only to the assent of the understanding; as when we say, I am persuaded
it is so; I can not persuade
myself of the fact. But in such instances there is usually or always a degree of awakened feeling which has had its share in producing the assent of the understanding.
Convincement Con·vince"ment noun Act of convincing, or state of being convinced; conviction.
The fear of a convincement .
Convincer Con·vin"cer noun One who, or that which, convinces; one who wins over by proof.
Convincible Con·vin"ci·ble adjective 1. Capable of being convinced or won over. 2. Capable of being confuted and disproved by argument; refutable. [ Obsolete] Sir T. Browne.
Convincingly Con·vin"cing·ly adverb in a convincing manner; in a manner to compel assent.
Convincingness Con·vin"cing·ness noun The power of convincing, or the quality of being convincing.
Convival Con·viv"al adjective [ Latin convivalis . See Convive .] pertaining to a feast or to festivity; convivial. [ Obsolete] "A convival dish." Sir T. Browne.
Convive Con·vive" intransitive verb [ Latin convivari ; akin to convivium a feast, convivere to live or feast together; con- + vivere to live.] To feast together; to be convivial. [ Obsolete] "There, in the full, convive we." Shak.
Convive Con"vive noun [ Latin conviva : confer French convive .] A quest at a banquet. [ R.] Beaumont.
Convivial Con·viv"i·al adjective
[ From Latin convivium
a feast; con-
to live. See Victuals
, and confer Convive
.] Of or relating to a feast or entertainment, or to eating and drinking, with accompanying festivity; festive; social; gay; jovial.
Which feasts convivial meetings we did name.
Convivialist Con·viv"i·al·ist noun A person of convivial habits.
Conviviality Con·viv`i·al"i·ty noun
; plural Convivialities The good humor or mirth indulged in upon festive occasions; a convivial spirit or humor; festivity.
Convivially Con·viv"i·al·ly adverb In a convivial manner.
Convocate Con"vo·cate transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Convocated ; present participle & verbal noun Convocating .] [ Latin convocatus , past participle of convocare to convocate; con- + vocare to call. See Vocal , and confer Convoce .] To convoke; to call together. [ Obsolete] May (Lucan).
Convocation Con`vo·ca"tion noun
[ Latin convocatio
: confer French convocation
. See Convoke
.] 1. The act of calling or assembling by summons. 2. An assembly or meeting.
In the first day there shall be a holy convocation . 3. (Ch. of Eng.) An assembly of the clergy, by their representatives, to consult on ecclesiastical affairs.
Ex. xii. 16.
» In England, the provinces of Canterbury and York have each their convocation, but no session for business were allowed from 1717 to 1861. The Convocation of Canterbury
consists of two houses. In the Convocation of York
the business has been generally conducted in one assembly. 4. (Oxf. University) An academical assembly, in which the business of the university is transacted. Syn.
-- meeting; assembly; congregation; congress; diet; convention; synod; council.
Convocational Con`vo·ca"tion·al adjective Of or pertaining to a convocation.
Convocationist Con`vo·ca"tion·ist noun An advocate or defender of convocation.
Convoke Con·voke" transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Convoked
; present participle & verbal noun Convoking
.] [ Latin convocare
: confer French convoquer
. See Convocate
.] To call together; to summon to meet; to assemble by summons.
There remained no resource but the dreadful one of convoking a parliament. Syn.
-- To summon; assemble; convene. See Call
Convolute Con"vo·lute adjective [ Latin convolutus , past participle of convolvere . See Convolve .] (Botany) Rolled or wound together, one part upon another; -- said of the leaves of plants in æstivation.
Convoluted Con"vo·lu`ted adjective 1. Having convolutions.
beaks recurved and convoluted like a ram's horn. 2. Folded in tortuous windings.
A highly convoluted brain.
North Amer. Rev.
Convolution Con`vo·lu"tion noun 1. The act of rolling anything upon itself, or one thing upon another; a winding motion.
O'er the calm sea, in convolution swift, 2. The state of being rolled upon itself, or rolled or doubled together; a tortuous or sinuous winding or fold, as of something rolled or folded upon itself. Blackmore. 3. (Anat.) An irregular, tortuous folding of an organ or part; as, the convolutions of the intestines; the cerebral convolutions . See Brain .
The feathered eddy floats.
Convolve Con·volve" transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Convolved
; present participle & verbal noun Convolving
.] [ Latin convolvere
, - volutum
to roll. See Voluble
.] To roll or wind together; to roll or twist one part on another.
Then Satan first knew pain,
And writhed him to and fro convolved .
Convolvulaceous Con·vol`vu·la"ceous adjective [ From Convolvus .] (Botany) Of, pertaining to, or resembling, the family of plants of which the bindweed and the morning-glory are common examples.
Convolvulin Con·vol"vu·lin noun (Chemistry) A glucoside occurring in jalap (the root of a convolvulaceous plant), and extracted as a colorless, tasteless, gummy mass of powerful purgative properties.
Convolvulus Con·vol"vu·lus noun
, English Convoluluses
. [ Latin , bindweed, from convolvere
to roll around. So named from its twining stems.] (Botany) A large genus of plants having monopetalous flowers, including the common bindweed ( C. arwensis ), and formerly the morning-glory, but this is now transferred to the genus Ipomæa .
The luster of the long convolvuluses
That coiled around the stately stems.
Convoy Con·voy" transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Convoyed
; present participle & verbal noun Convoying
.] [ French convoyer
, Old French conveier
. See Convey
.] To accompany for protection, either by sea or land; to attend for protection; to escort; as, a frigate convoys a merchantman.
I know ye skillful to convoy
The total freight of hope and joy.
Convoy Con"voy noun
[ French convoi
.] 1. The act of attending for defense; the state of being so attended; protection; escort.
To obtain the convoy of a man-of-war. 2. A vessel or fleet, or a train or trains of wagons, employed in the transportation of munitions of war, money, subsistence, clothing, etc., and having an armed escort. 3. A protection force accompanying ships, etc., on their way from place to place, by sea or land; an escort, for protection or guidance.
When every morn my bosom glowed 4. Conveyance; means of transportation.
To watch the convoy on the road.
[ Obsolete] Shak. 5. A drag or brake applied to the wheels of a carriage, to check their velocity in going down a hill. Knight.
Convoy pennant Con"voy pen"nant A white pennant with red border, carried : (a) Forward on all vessels on convoy duty. (b) Alone by a senior officer present during evolutions or drills, when it commands "Silence." (c) Over a signal number, when it refers to the signal number of an officer in the Annual Navy Register.
Convulse Con·vulse" transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Convulsed
; present participle & verbal noun Convulsing
.] [ Latin convulsus
, past participle of convellere
to tear up, to shake; con-
to pluck, pull.] 1. To contract violently and irregulary, as the muscular parts of an animal body; to shake with irregular spasms, as in excessive laughter, or in agony from grief or pain.
With emotions which checked his voice and convulsed his powerful frame. 2. To agitate greatly; to shake violently.
The world is convulsed by the agonies of great nations. Syn.
-- To agitate; disturb; shake; tear; rend.
Convulsion Con·vul"sion noun
[ Latin convulsio
: confer French convulsion
.] 1. (Medicine) An unnatural, violent, and unvoluntary contraction of the muscular parts of an animal body. 2. Any violent and irregular motion or agitation; a violent shaking; a tumult; a commotion.
Those two massy pillars,
With horrible convulsion , to and fro
He tugged, he shook, till down they came.
Times of violence and convulsion . Syn.
-- Agitation; commotion; tumult; disturbance.
Convulsional Con·vul"sion·al adjective Pertaining to, or having, convulsions; convulsionary. [ R.] Lamb.
Convulsionary Con·vul"sion·a·ry adjective [ Confer French convulsionnaire .] Pertaining to convulsion; convulsive. " Convulsionary struggles." Sir W. Scott.
Convulsionary Con·vul"sion·a·ry noun A convulsionist.
Convulsionist Con·vul"sion·ist noun One who has convulsions; esp., one of a body of fanatics in France, early in the eighteenth century, who went into convulsions under the influence of religious emotion; as, the Convulsionists of St. Médard.
Convulsive Con·vul"sive adjective
[ Confer French convulsif
.] Producing, or attended with, convulsions or spasms; characterized by convulsions; convulsionary.
An irregular, convulsive movement may be necessary to throw off an irregular, convulsive disease.
Convulsively Con·vul"sive·ly adverb in a convulsive manner.
Cony Co"ny noun
[ Middle English coning
, Old French connin
, from Latin cuniculus
a rabbit, cony, probably an Hispanic word.] [ Written also coney
.] 1. (Zoology) (a) A rabbit, esp., the European rabbit ( Lepus cuniculus )
. (b) The chief hare.
» The cony
of Scripture is thought to be Hyrax Syriacus
, called also daman
, and cherogril
. See Daman
. 2. A simpleton.
It is a most simple animal; whence are derived our usual phrases of cony and cony catcher . 3. (Zoology) (a) An important edible West Indian fish ( Epinephelus apua ); the hind of Bermuda. (b) A local name of the burbot.
Diet's Dry Dinner (1599).
Cony-catch Co"ny-catch transitive verb To deceive; to cheat; to trick.
Take heed, Signor Baptista, lest you be cony- catched in the this business.
Cony-catcher Co"ny-catch`er noun A cheat; a sharper; a deceiver. [ Obsolete] Minsheu.
Conylene Con"y·lene noun [ Con ine + acetylene.] An oily substance, C 8 H 14 , obtained from several derivatives of conine.
Conyrine Con"y·rine noun [ From Conine .] (Chemistry) A blue, fluorescent, oily base (regarded as a derivative of pyridine), obtained from conine.
Coo Coo intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Cooed
; present participle & verbal noun Cooing
.] 1. To make a low repeated cry or sound, like the characteristic note of pigeons or doves.
The stockdove only through the forest cooes , 2. To show affection; to act in a loving way. See under Bill , intransitive verb
"Billing or cooing
Cooey, Cooee Coo"ey, Coo"ee noun [ Of imitative origin.] A peculiar whistling sound made by the Australian aborigenes as a call or signal. [ Written also cooie .]
Cooey, Cooee Coo"ey, Coo"ee noun [ Of imitative origin.] A peculiar cry uttered by the Australian aborigines as a call to attract attention, and also in common use among the Australian colonists. In the actual call the first syllable is much prolonged (kō"-) and the second ends in a shrill, staccato ē. To represent the sound itself the spelling cooee is generally used. Within cooey , within earshot.
Cooey, Cooee Coo"ey, Coo"ee intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Cooeyed
; present participle & verbal noun Cooeying
.] To call out cooee .
I cooeyed and beckoned them to approach. E. Giles.
(kōk) intransitive verb
[ Of imitative origin.] To make the noise of the cuckoo.
[ Obsolete or R.]
Constant cuckoos cook on every side.
The Silkworms (1599).
Cook Cook (kok) transitive verb [ Etymol. unknown.] To throw. [ Prov.Eng.] " Cook me that ball." Grose.
Cook Cook (kok) noun [ Anglo-Saxon cōc , from l. cocus , coquus , coquus , from coquere to cook; akin to Greek ..., Sanskrit pac , and to English apricot , biscuit , concoct , dyspepsia , precocious . Confer Pumpkin .] 1. One whose occupation is to prepare food for the table; one who dresses or cooks meat or vegetables for eating. 2. (Zoology) A fish, the European striped wrasse.
Cook Cook transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Cooked
; p. pr & verbal noun Cooking
.] 1. To prepare, as food, by boiling, roasting, baking, broiling, etc.; to make suitable for eating, by the agency of fire or heat. 2. To concoct or prepare; hence, to tamper with or alter; to garble; -- often with up ; as, to cook up a story; to cook an account.
They all of them receive the same advices from abroad, and very often in the same words; but their way of cooking it is so different.
Cook Cook (kok) intransitive verb To prepare food for the table.
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