Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Chevy transitive verb See Chivy , transitive verb
[ Slang, Eng.]
One poor fellow was chevied about among the casks in the storm for ten minutes.
[ Written also chivy
, and chivvy
.] [ Prob. from the ballad of Chevy Chase
; confer Prov. English chevychase
a noise, confusion, pursuit.] [ Eng.] 1. A cry used in hunting. 2. A hunt; chase; pursuit. 3. The game of prisoners' base. See Base , noun , 24.
(chu) transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Chewed
(chud); present participle & verbal noun Chewing
.] [ As ceówan
, akin to Dutch kauwen
, German kauen
. Confer Chaw
.] 1. To bite and grind with the teeth; to masticate. 2. To ruminate mentally; to meditate on.
He chews revenge, abjuring his offense. To chew the cud
, to chew the food over again, as a cow; to ruminate; hence, to meditate.
Every beast the parteth the hoof, and cleaveth the cleft into two claws, and cheweth the cud among the beasts, that ye shall eat.
Deut. xxiv. 6.
Chew intransitive verb To perform the action of biting and grinding with the teeth; to ruminate; to meditate.
old politicians chew wisdom past.
Chew noun That which is chewed; that which is held in the mouth at once; a cud. [ Law]
Chewer noun One who chews.
Chewet noun A kind of meat pie. [ Obsolete]
Chewink noun (Zoology) An american bird ( Pipilo erythrophthalmus ) of the Finch family, so called from its note; -- called also towhee bunting and ground robin .
Cheyennes noun plural ; sing. cheyenne . (Ethnol.) A warlike tribe of indians, related to the blackfeet, formerly inhabiting the region of Wyoming, but now mostly on reservations in the Indian Territory. They are noted for their horsemanship.
Chian adjective [ Latin chius , from Chios the island Chios, Greek ....] Of or pertaining to Chios, an island in the Ægean Sea. Chian earth , a dense, compact kind of earth, from Chios, used anciently as an astringent and a cosmetic. -- Chian turpentine , a fragrant, almost transparent turpentine, obtained from the Pistacia Terebinthus .
Chiaroscurist noun A painter who cares for and studies light and shade rather than color.
Chiaroscuro Chi*a"ro-os*cu"ro noun [ Italian , clear dark.] (a) The arrangement of light and dark parts in a work of art, such as a drawing or painting, whether in monochrome or in color. (b) The art or practice of so arranging the light and dark parts as to produce a harmonious effect. Confer Clair-obscur .
Chiasm (kī"ăz'm), Chi*as"ma (ki*ăz"mȧ) noun [ New Latin chiasma , from Greek chi`asma two lines placed crosswise, from ... to mark with a χ.] (Anat.) A commissure; especially, the optic commissure, or crucial union of the optic nerves. -- Chi*as"mal adjective .
[ New Latin , from Greek chiasmo`s
a placing crosswise, from chia`zein
. See Chiasm
.] (Rhet.) An inversion of the order of words or phrases, when repeated or subsequently referred to in a sentence
If e'er to bless thy sons
My voice or hands deny,
These hands let useful skill forsake,
This voice in silence die.
[ Greek chiasto`s
marked with a χ + -lite
. See Chiasm
. So called from the resemblance of the cross cuts of its crystals to the Greek letter χ.] (Min.) A variety of andalusite; -- called also macle . The tessellated appearance of a cross section is due to the symmetrical arrangement of impurities in the crystal.
Chibbal noun (Botany) See Cibol .
Chibouque, Chibouk noun [ French chibouque , from Turk.] A Turkish pipe, usually with a mouthpiece of amber, a stem, four or five feet long and not pliant, of some valuable wood, and a bowl of baked clay.
Chic noun [ French] Good form; style. [ Slang]
[ French Confer Chic
] Original and in good taste or form.
Chica noun [ Spanish ] A red coloring matter. extracted from the Bignonia Chica , used by some tribes of South American Indians to stain the skin. 2. A fermented liquor or beer made in South American from a decoction of maize. 3. A popular Moorish, Spanish, and South American dance, said to be the original of the fandango, etc.
Chicalote noun [ Spanish , probably of Mex. origin.] (Botany) A Mexican prickly poppy ( Argemone platyceras ), which has migrated into California.
[ French, probably earlier meaning a dispute
, orig. in the game of mall (F. mail
), from LGr. ... the game of mall, fr Pers chaugān
club or bat; or possibly ultimated from Latin ciccus
a trible.] The use of artful subterfuge, designed to draw away attention from the merits of a case or question; -- specifically applied to legal proceedings; trickery; chicanery; caviling; sophistry. Prior.
To shuffle from them by chicane .
To cut short this chicane , I propound it fairly to your own conscience.
Chicane intransitive verb
[ Confer French chicaner
. See Chicane
] To use shifts, cavils, or artifices. Burke.
Chicane noun (Card playing) In bridge, the holding of a hand without trumps, or the hand itself. It counts as simple honors.
Chicaner noun [ Confer French chicaneur .] One who uses chicanery. Locke.
[ French chicanerie
.] Mean or unfair artifice to perplex a cause and obscure the truth; stratagem; sharp practice; sophistry.
Irritated by perpetual chicanery . Syn.
-- Trickery; sophistry; stratagem.
; plural Chiches
[ French chiche
, pois chiche
, a dwarf pea, from Latin cicer
the chick-pea.] (Botany) The chick-pea.
[ Spanish ] See Chica .
Chichevache noun [ French chiche lean + vache cow.] A fabulous cow of enormous size, whose food was patient wives, and which was therefore in very lean condition.
Chichling, Chichling vetch noun [ Chich + -ling .] (Botany) A leguminous plant ( Lathyrus sativus ), with broad flattened seeds which are sometimes used for food.
Chick (chĭk) intransitive verb [ Middle English chykkyn , chyke , chicken .] To sprout, as seed in the ground; to vegetate. Chalmers.
1. A chicken. 2. A child or young person; -- a term of endearment. Shak.
[ See Chich
.] 1. (Botany) A Small leguminous plant ( Cicer arietinum ) of Asia, Africa, and the south of Europe; the chich; the dwarf pea; the gram. 2. Its nutritious seed, used in cookery, and especially, when roasted (parched pulse), as food for travelers in the Eastern deserts.
Chickabiddy noun A chicken; a fowl; also, a trivial term of endearment for a child.
Chickadee noun (Zoology) A small bird, the blackcap titmouse ( Parus atricapillus ), of North America; -- named from its note.
Chickaree noun (Zoology) The American red squirrel ( Sciurus Hudsonius ); -- so called from its cry.
Chickasaws noun plural ; sing. Chickasaw . (Ethnol.) A tribe of North American Indians (Southern Appalachian) allied to the Choctaws. They formerly occupied the northern part of Alabama and Mississippi, but now live in the Indian Territory.
[ Anglo-Saxon cicen
, dim. of coc
cock; akin to LG. kiken
, Dutch Kieken
, German küchkein
. See Cock
the animal.] 1. A young bird or fowl, esp. a young barnyard fowl. 2. A young person; a child; esp. a young woman; a maiden.
"Stella is no chicken
." Swift. Chicken cholera
, a contagious disease of fowls; -- so called because first studied during the prevalence of a cholera epidemic in France. It has no resemblance to true cholera.
Chicken pox (Medicine) A mild, eruptive disease, generally attacking children only; varicella.
Chicken-breasted adjective Having a narrow, projecting chest, caused by forward curvature of the vertebral column.
Chicken-hearted adjective Timid; fearful; cowardly. Bunyan.
Chickling (chĭk"lĭng) noun [ Chick + -ling .] A small chick or chicken.
Chickweed (-wēd`) noun (Botany) The name of several caryophyllaceous weeds, especially Stellaria media , the seeds and flower buds of which are a favorite food of small birds.
Chicky (chĭk"ȳ) noun A chicken; -- used as a diminutive or pet name, especially in calling fowls.
Chicle noun , Chicle gum [ Amer. Spanish chicle .] A gumlike substance obtained from the bully tree ( Mimusops globosa ) and sometimes also from the naseberry or sapodilla ( Sapota zapotilla ). It is more plastic than caoutchouc and more elastic than gutta-percha, as an adulterant of which it is used in England. It is used largely in the United States in making chewing gum.
Chico noun 1. Var. of Chica . 2. The common greasewood of the western United States ( Sarcobatus vermiculatus ). 3. In the Philippines, the sapodilla or its fruit; also, the marmalade tree or its fruit.
[ French chicorée
, earlier also cichorée
, Latin cichorium
, from Greek ...
.] 1. (Botany) A branching perennial plant ( Cichorium Intybus ) with bright blue flowers, growing wild in Europe, Asia, and America; also cultivated for its roots and as a salad plant; succory; wild endive. See Endive . 2. The root, which is roasted for mixing with coffee.