Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Care-tuned adjective Weary; mournful. Shak.

Carene noun [ Late Latin carena , corrupted from quarentena . See Quarantine .] (Ecol.) A fast of forty days on bread and water. [ Obsolete]

Caress (kȧ*rĕs") noun [ French caresse , Italian carezza , Late Latin caritia dearness, from Latin carus dear. See Charity .] An act of endearment; any act or expression of affection; an embracing, or touching, with tenderness.

Wooed her with his soft caresses .
Langfellow.

He exerted himself to win by indulgence and caresses the hearts of all who were under his command.
Macaulay.

Caress transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Caressed (-rĕst"); present participle & verbal noun Caressing .] [ French caresser , from Italian carezzare , from carezza caress. See Caress ., noun ] To treat with tokens of fondness, affection, or kindness; to touch or speak to in a loving or endearing manner; to fondle.

The lady caresses the rough bloodhound.
Sir W. Scott.

Syn. -- To fondle; embrace; pet; coddle; court; flatter. -- Caress , Fondle . "We caress by words or actions; we fondle by actions only." Crabb.

Caressingly adverb In caressing manner.

Caret (kā"rĕt or kăr"ĕt) noun [ Latin caret there is wanting, from carere to want.] A mark [ ^] used by writers and proof readers to indicate that something is interlined above, or inserted in the margin, which belongs in the place marked by the caret.

Caret noun [ French, a species of tortoise.] (Zoology) The hawkbill turtle. See Hawkbill .

Careworn adjective Worn or burdened with care; as, careworn look or face.

Carex noun [ Latin , sedge.] (Botany) A numerous and widely distributed genus of perennial herbaceous plants of the order Cypreaceæ ; the sedges.

Carf (kärf), pret. of Carve . [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Cargason noun [ French cargaison , Spanish cargazon , Late Latin cargare to load. See rgo .] A cargo. [ Obsolete]

Cargo noun ; plural Cargoes . [ Spanish cargo , carga , burden, load, from cargar to load, from cargar to load, charge, See Charge .] The lading or freight of a ship or other vessel; the goods, merchandise, or whatever is conveyed in a vessel or boat; load; freight.

Cargoes of food or clothing.
E. Everett.

» The term cargo , in law, is usually applied to goods only, and not to live animals or persons. Burill.

Cargoose noun [ Perh. from Gael. & Ir. cir , cior (pronounced kir, kior), crest, comb + English goose . Confer Crebe .] (Zoology) A species of grebe ( Podiceps crisratus ); the crested grebe.

Çariama (sä`re*ȧ"mȧ) noun [ Native name.] (Zoology) A large, long-legged South American bird ( Dicholophus cristatus ) which preys upon snakes, etc. See Seriema .

Carib noun ; plural Caries . [ See Cannibal .] (Ethol.) A native of the Caribbee islands or the coasts of the Caribbean sea; esp., one of a tribe of Indians inhabiting a region of South America, north of the Amazon, and formerly most of the West India islands.

Caribbean, Caribbee adjective Of or pertaining to the Caribs, to their islands (the eastern and southern West Indies), or to the sea (called the Caribbean sea) lying between those islands and Central America.

Caribbee noun A Carib.

Caribe noun [ Spanish a cannibal.] (Zoöl) . A south American fresh water fish of the genus Serrasalmo of many species, remarkable for its voracity. When numerous they attack man or beast, often with fatal results.

Caribou (kăr"ĭ*bō) noun [ Canadian French.] (Zoology) The American reindeer, especially the common or woodland species ( Rangifer Caribou ).

Barren Ground caribou . See under Barren . -- Woodland caribou , the common reindeer ( Rangifer Caribou ) of the northern forests of America.

Caricature noun [ Italian caricatura , from caricare to charge, overload, exaggerate. See Charge , transitive verb ]
1. An exaggeration, or distortion by exaggeration, of parts or characteristics, as in a picture.

2. A picture or other figure or description in which the peculiarities of a person or thing are so exaggerated as to appear ridiculous; a burlesque; a parody. [ Formerly written caricatura .]

The truest likeness of the prince of French literature will be the one that has most of the look of a caricature .
I. Taylor.

A grotesque caricature of virtue.
Macaulay.

Caricature transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Caricatured ; present participle & verbal noun Caricaturing .] To make or draw a caricature of; to represent with ridiculous exaggeration; to burlesque.

He could draw an ill face, or caricature a good one, with a masterly hand.
Lord Lyttelton.

Caricaturist noun One who caricatures.

Caricous adjective [ Latin carica a kind of dry fig.] Of the shape of a fig; as, a caricous tumor. Graig.

Caries noun [ Latin , decay.] (Medicine) Ulceration of bone; a process in which bone disintegrates and is carried away piecemeal, as distinguished from necrosis , in which it dies in masses.

Carillon noun [ French carillon a chime of bells, originally consisting of four bells, as if from . (assumed) Latin quadrilio , from quatuer four.]


1. (Mus.) A chime of bells diatonically tuned, played by clockwork or by finger keys.

2. A tune adapted to be played by musical bells.

Carina noun [ Latin , keel.]
1. (Botany) A keel . (a) That part of a papilionaceous flower, consisting of two petals, commonly united, which incloses the organs of fructification . (b) A longitudinal ridge or projection like the keel of a boat.

2. (Zoology) The keel of the breastbone of birds.

Carinaria noun [ New Latin , from Latin carina keel.] (Zoology) A genus of oceanic heteropod Mollusca, having a thin, glassy, bonnet-shaped shell, which covers only the nucleus and gills.

Carinate, Carinated adjective [ Latin carinatus , from carina keel.] Shaped like the keel or prow of a ship; having a carina or keel; as, a carinate calyx or leaf; a carinate sternum (of a bird).

Carinatæ noun plural [ New Latin , Fem. plural from Latin carinatus . See Carinate .] A grand division of birds, including all existing flying birds; -- So called from the carina or keel on the breastbone.

Cariole noun [ French carriole , dim. from Latin carrus . See Car , and Carryall .] (a) A small, light, open one-horse carriage . (b) A covered cart . (c) A kind of calash. See Carryall .

Cariopsis noun See Caryopsis .

Cariosity noun (Medicine) Caries.

Carious adjective [ Latin cariosus , from caries dacay.] Affected with caries; decaying; as, a carious tooth.

Cark (kärk) noun [ Middle English cark , from a dialectic form of French charge ; confer W. carc anxiety, care, Arm karg charge, burden. See Charge , and confer Cargo .] A noxious or corroding care; solicitude; worry. [ Archaic.]

His heavy head, devoid of careful cark .
Spenser.

Fling cark and care aside.
Motherwell.

Freedom from the cares of money and the cark of fashion.
R. D. Blackmore.

Cark (kärk) intransitive verb To be careful, anxious, solicitous, or troubled in mind; to worry or grieve. [ R.] Beau. & Fl.

Cark transitive verb To vex; to worry; to make by anxious care or worry. [ R.]

Nor can a man, independently . . . of God's blessing, care and cark himself one penny richer.
South.

Carkanet noun A carcanet. Southey.

Carking adjective Distressing; worrying; perplexing; corroding; as, carking cares.

Carl noun [ Icel, karl a male, a man; akin to Anglo-Saxon ceorl , Old High German charal, German kerl fellow. See Churl .] [ Written also carle .]
1. A rude, rustic man; a churl.

The miller was a stout carl .
Chaucer.

2. Large stalks of hemp which bear the seed; -- called also carl hemp .

3. plural A kind of food. See citation, below.

Caring or carl are gray steeped in water and fried the next day in butter or fat. They are eaten on the second Sunday before Easter, formerly called Carl Sunday.
Robinson's Whitby Glossary (1875).

Carlin noun [ Dim., from carl male.] An old woman. [ Scot. & Prov. Eng.]

Carline thistle [ French carline , Italian , Spanish , & Portuguese , carlina . Said to be so called from the Emperor Charlemagne, whose army is reputed to have used it as a remedy for pestilence.] (Botany) A prickly plant of the genus Carlina ( C. vulgaris ), found in Europe and Asia.

Carline, Carling noun [ Confer French carlingur , Spanish Portuguese , & Italian carlinga .] (Nautical) A short timber running lengthwise of a ship, from one transverse desk beam to another; also, one of the cross timbers that strengthen a hath; -- usually in plural

Carline, Caroline noun [ French carin ; confer Italian carlino ; -- so called from Carlo (Charles) VI. of Naples.] A silver coin once current in some parts of Italy, worth about seven cents. Simmonds.

Carlings noun plural Same as Carl , 3.

Carling Sunday , a Sunday in Lent when carls are eaten. In some parts of England, Passion Sunday. See Carl , 4.

Carlist (kär"lĭst) noun A partisan of Charles X. of France, or of Don Carlos of Spain.

Carlock noun [ French carlock , from Russian Karlúk' .] A sort of Russian isinglass, made from the air bladder of the sturgeon, and used in clarifying wine.

Carlot noun [ From Carl .] A churl; a boor; a peasant or countryman. [ Obsolete] Shak.

Carlovingian adjective [ French Carlovingen .] Pertaining to, founded by, of descended from, Charlemagne; as, the Carlovingian race of kings.

Carmagnole noun [ French]
1. A popular or Red Rebublican song and dance, of the time of the first French Revolution.

They danced and yelled the carmagnole .
Compton Reade.

2. A bombastic report from the French armies.

Carman noun ; plural Carmen A man whose employment is to drive, or to convey goods in, a car or car.