Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Cosecant noun [ For co. secans , an abbrev. of Latin complementi secans .] (Trig.) The secant of the complement of an arc or angle. See Illust. of Functions .

Cosen transitive verb See Cozen .

Cosenage noun See Cozenage .

Cosening noun (O. Eng. Law) Anything done deceitfully, and which could not be properly designated by any special name, whether belonging to contracts or not. Burrill.

Cosentient adjective Perceiving together.

Cosey adjective See Cozy . Dickens.

Cosher transitive verb [ Ir. cosair a feast, a banquet? or confer French coucher to lie. Confer Couch , Coshering .]
1. (Old Law) To levy certain exactions or tribute upon; to lodge and eat at the expense of. See Coshering .

2. To treat with hospitality; to pet. [ Ireland]

Cosherer noun One who coshers.

Coshering noun (Old Law) A feudal prerogative of the lord of the soil entitling him to lodging and food at his tenant's house. Burrill.

Sometimes he contrived, in deflance of the law, to live by coshering , that is to say, by quartering himself on the old tentants of his family, who, wretched as was their own condition, could not refuse a portion of their pittance to one whom they still regarded as their rightful lord.
Macaulay.

Cosier noun [ Confer Old French coussier maker of mattresses; or couseor tailor, from Old French & French coudre , past participle cousu to sew, from Latin consuere to sew together; con- + seure to sew. See Sew to stitch.] A tailor who botches his work. [ Obsolete] Shak.

Cosignificative ( k... ` s...g- n...f " ...-k...-t...v ) adjective Having the same signification. Cockerham.

Cosignitary adjective [ Prefix co- + sign . Confer Signatory .] Signing some important public document with another or with others; as, a treaty violated by one of the cosignitary powers.

Cosignitary noun ; plural Cosignitaries (-r...z). One who signs a treaty or public document along with others or another; as, the cosignitaries of the treaty of Berlin.

Cosily adverb See Cozily .

Cosinage noun [ See Cousinage .] (Law) (a) Collateral relationship or kindred by blood; consanguinity. Burrill. (b) A writ to recover possession of an estate in lands, when a stranger has entered, after the death of the grandfather's grandfather, or other distant collateral relation. Blackstone.

Cosine noun [ For co . sinus , an abbrev. of Latin complementi sinus .] (Trig.) The sine of the complement of an arc or angle. See Illust. of Functions .

Cosmetic adjective [ Greek kosmitiko`s skilled in decorating, from ko`smos order, ornament: confer French cosmétique . See Cosmos .] Imparting or improving beauty, particularly the beauty of the complexion; as, a cosmetical preparation.

First, robed in white, the nymph intent adores,
With head uncovered, the cosmetic powers.
Pope.

Cosmetic noun Any external application intended to beautify and improve the complexion.

Cosmic adjective [ Greek kosmiko`s of the world, from ko`smos : confer F. cosmique . See Cosmos .]
1. Pertaining to the universe, and having special reference to universal law or order, or to the one grand harmonious system of things; hence; harmonious; orderly.

2. Pertaining to the solar system as a whole, and not to the earth alone.

3. Characteristic of the cosmos or universe; inconceivably great; vast; as, cosmic speed. " Cosmic ranges of time." Tyndall.

4. (Astron.) Rising or setting with the sun; -- the opposite of acronycal .

Cosmically adverb
1. With the sun at rising or setting; as, a star is said to rise or set cosmically when it rises or sets with the sun.

2. Universally. [ R.] Emerson.

Cosmogonal (k?z-m?g"?-n a l), Cos`mo*gon"ic (k?z`m?-g?n"?k), Cos`mo*gon"ic*al (-g?n"?-k a l) adjective Belonging to cosmogony. B. Powell. Gladstone.

Cosmogonist noun One who treats of the origin of the universe; one versed in cosmogony.

Cosmogony noun ; plural Cosmogonies (-n...z). [ Greek kosmogoni`a ; ko`smos the world + root of gi`gnesthai to be born: confer French cosmogonie .] The creation of the world or universe; a theory or account of such creation; as, the poetical cosmogony of Hesoid; the cosmogonies of Thales, Anaxagoras, and Plato.

The cosmogony or creation of the world has puzzled philosophers of all ages.
Goldsmith.

Cosmographer noun One who describes the world or universe, including the heavens and the earth.

The name of this island is nowhere found among the old and ancient cosmographers .
Robynson (More's Utopia).

Cosmographic (k?z`m?-gr?f"?k), Cos`mo*graph"ic*al (-?-k a l) adjective [ Confer French cosmographique .] Of or pertaining to cosmography.

Cosmographically adverb In a cosmographic manner; in accordance with cosmography.

Cosmography noun ; plural Cosmographies (-f...z). [ Greek .........; ......... the world + ......... to write: confer French cosmographie .] A description of the world or of the universe; or the science which teaches the constitution of the whole system of worlds, or the figure, disposition, and relation of all its parts.

Cosmolabe noun [ Greek ......... the world + ............ to take: confer French cosmolade .] An instrument resembling the astrolabe, formerly used for measuring the angles between heavenly bodies; - - called also pantacosm .

Cosmolatry noun [ Greek ......... the world + ......... to worship.] Worship paid to the world. Cudworth.

Cosmoline noun [ Prob. from cosmetic + Latin ole um oil.] (Chemistry) A substance obtained from the residues of the distillation of petroleum, essentially the same as vaseline , but of somewhat stiffer consistency, and consisting of a mixture of the higher paraffines; a kind of petroleum jelly.

Cosmological adjective Of or pertaining to cosmology.

Cosmologist noun One who describes the universe; one skilled in cosmology.

Cosmology (kŏz*mŏl"o*jȳ) noun [ Greek ko`smos the world + - logy : confer French cosmologie .] The science of the world or universe; or a treatise relating to the structure and parts of the system of creation, the elements of bodies, the modifications of material things, the laws of motion, and the order and course of nature.

Cosmometry noun [ Greek ko`smos the world + -metry .] The art of measuring the world or the universe. Blount.

Cosmoplastic adjective [ Greek ko`smos the world + pla`ssein to form.] Pertaining to a plastic force as operative in the formation of the world independently of God; world-forming. " Cosmoplastic and hylozoic atheisms." Gudworth.

Cosmopolitan (-p?l"?-t a n), Cos*mop"o*lite (k?z-m?p"?-l?t) noun [ Greek .........; ko`smos the world + ......... citizen, ......... city: confer French cosmopolitain , cosmopolite .] One who has no fixed residence, or who is at home in every place; a citizen of the world.

Cosmopolitan, Cosmopolite adjective
1. Having no fixed residence; at home in any place; free from local attachments or prejudices; not provincial; liberal.

In other countries taste is perphaps too exclusively national, in Germany it is certainly too cosmopolite .
Sir W. Hamilton.

2. Common everywhere; widely spread; found in all parts of the world.

The Cheiroptera are cosmopolitan .
R. Owen.

Cosmopolitanism noun The quality of being cosmopolitan; cosmopolitism.

Cosmopolite adjective & noun See Cosmopolitan .

Cosmopolitical adjective Having the character of a cosmopolite. [ R.] Hackluyt.

Cosmopolitism noun The condition or character of a cosmopolite; disregard of national or local peculiarities and prejudices.

Cosmorama noun [ New Latin , from Greek ko`smos the world + ......... a sight, spectacle, from ......... to see.] An exhibition in which a series of views in various parts of the world is seen reflected by mirrors through a series of lenses, with such illumination, etc., as will make the views most closely represent reality.

Cosmoramic (kŏz`mo*răm"ĭk) adjective Of or pertaining to a cosmorama.

Cosmos (kŏz"mŏs) noun [ New Latin , from Greek ko`smos order, harmony, the world (from its perfect order and arrangement); akin to Sanskrit çad to distinguish one's self.]


1. The universe or universality of created things; -- so called from the order and harmony displayed in it.

2. The theory or description of the universe, as a system displaying order and harmony. Humboldt.

Cosmos noun (Botany) A genus of composite plants closely related to Bidens , usually with very showy flowers, some with yellow, others with red, scarlet, purple, white, or lilac rays. They are natives of the warmer parts of America, and many species are cultivated. Cosmos bipinnatus and C. diversifolius are among the best-known species; C. caudatus , of the West Indies, is widely naturalized.

Cosmosphere noun [ Greek ko`smos the world + English sphere .] An apparatus for showing the position of the earth, at any given time, with respect to the fixed stars. It consist of a hollow glass globe, on which are depicted the stars and constellations, and within which is a terrestrial globe.

Cosmotheism noun [ Greek ko`smos the world + ......... god.] Same as Pantheism . [ R.]

Cosmothetic adjective [ Greek ko`smos universe + ......... to place or arrange.] (Metaph.) Assuming or positing the actual existence or reality of the physical or external world.

Cosmothetic idealists (Metaph.) , those who assume, without attempting to prove, the reality of external objects as corresponding to, and being the ground of, the ideas of which only the mind has direct cognizance.

The cosmothetic idealists . . . deny that mind is immediately conscious of matter.
Sir W. Hamilton.

Cosovereign noun A joint sovereign.