Webster's Dictionary, 1913
E'en adverb A contraction for even . See Even .
I have e'en done with you. L'Estrange.
E'er adverb A contraction for ever . See Ever .
Educe transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Educed
; present participle & verbal noun Educing
.] [ Latin educere
out + ducere
to lead. See Duke
.] To bring or draw out; to cause to appear; to produce against counter agency or influence; to extract; to evolve; as, to educe a form from matter.
The eternal art educing good from ill. Pope.
They want to educe and cultivate what is best and noblest in themselves. M. Arnold.
Educible adjective Capable of being educed.
Educt noun [ Latin eductum , from educere .] That which is educed, as by analysis. Sir W. Hamilton.
[ Latin eductio
.] The act of drawing out or bringing into view. Eduction pipe
, & Eduction port
. See Exhaust pipe and Exhaust port , under Exhaust , adjective
Eductive adjective Tending to draw out; extractive.
[ Latin , tutor.] One who, or that which, brings forth, elicits, or extracts.
Stimulus must be called an eductor of vital ether. E. Darwin.
[ See Edulcorate
.] Having a tendency to purify or to sweeten by removing or correcting acidity and acrimony.
Edulcorant noun An edulcorant remedy.
Edulcorate transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Edulcorated
; present participle & verbal noun Edulcorating
.] [ Latin e
out + dulcoratus
, past participle of dulcorare
to sweeten, from dulcor
sweetness, from dulcis
sweet: confer French édulcorer
.] 1. To render sweet; to sweeten; to free from acidity.
Succory . . . edulcorated with sugar and vinegar. Evelyn. 2. (Chemistry) To free from acids, salts, or other soluble substances, by washing; to purify.
Edulcoration noun [ Confer French édulcoration .]
1. The act of sweetening or edulcorating. 2. (Chemistry) The act of freeing from acids or any soluble substances, by affusions of water. [ R.] Ure.
Edulcorative adjective Tending to ...weeten or purify by affusions of water.
Edulcorator noun A contrivance used to supply small quantities of sweetened liquid, water, etc., to any mixture, or to test tubes, etc.; a dropping bottle.
Edulious adjective [ Latin edulis , from edere to eat.] Edible. [ Obsolete] " Edulious pulses." Sir T. Browne.
Eek, Eeke transitive verb See Eke .
[ Obsolete] Spenser.
[ Anglo-Saxon ...l
; akin to D., G., & Danish aal
, Icelandic āll
, Swedish ål
.] (Zoology) An elongated fish of many genera and species. The common eels of Europe and America belong to the genus Anguilla . The electrical eel is a species of Gymnotus . The so called vinegar eel is a minute nematode worm. See Conger eel , Electric eel , and Gymnotus .
Eel-mother noun (Zoology) The eelpout.
Eelbuck noun An eelpot or eel basket.
Eelfare noun [ Eel + fare a journey or passage.] (Zoology) A brood of eels. [ Prov. Eng.]
Eelgrass noun (Botany) A plant ( Zostera marina ), with very long and narrow leaves, growing abundantly in shallow bays along the North Atlantic coast.
Eelpot noun A boxlike structure with funnel-shaped traps for catching eels; an eelbuck.
Eelpout noun [ Anglo-Saxon ...lepute .] (Zoology) (a) A European fish ( Zoarces viviparus ), remarkable for producing living young; -- called also greenbone , guffer , bard , and Maroona eel . Also, an American species ( Z. anguillaris ), -- called also mutton fish , and, erroneously, congo eel , ling , and lamper eel . Both are edible, but of little value. (b) A fresh-water fish, the burbot.
Eelspear noun A spear with barbed forks for spearing eels.
Een noun The old plural of Eye .
And eke with fatness swollen were his een . Spenser.
Eerie, Eery adjective
[ Scotch, from Anglo-Saxon earh
timid.] 1. Serving to inspire fear, esp. a dread of seeing ghosts; wild; weird; as, eerie stories.
She whose elfin prancer springs Tennyson. 2. Affected with fear; affrighted. Burns.
By night to eery warblings.
Eerily adverb In a strange, unearthly way.
Eerisome adjective Causing fear; eerie. [ Scot.]
Eet obsolete imperfect of Eat . Chaucer.
Effable adjective [ Latin effabilis ; ex out + fari to speak.] Capable of being uttered or explained; utterable. Barrow.
Efface transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Effaced
; present participle & verbal noun Effacing
.] [ French effacer
; prefix es-
) + face
face; prop., to destroy the face or form. See Face
, and confer Deface
.] 1. To cause to disappear (as anything impresses or inscribed upon a surface) by rubbing out, striking out, etc.; to erase; to render illegible or indiscernible; as, to efface the letters on a monument, or the inscription on a coin. 2. To destroy, as a mental impression; to wear away.
Efface from his mind the theories and notions vulgarly received. Bacon. Syn.
-- To blot out; expunge; erase; obliterate; cancel; destroy. -- Efface
. To deface
is to injure or impair a figure; to efface
is to rub out or destroy, so as to render invisible.
Effaceable adjective Capable of being effaced.
Effacement noun [ Confer French effacement .] The act if effacing; also, the result of the act.
Effascinate transitive verb [ Latin effascinare .] To charm; to bewitch. [ Obsolete] Heywood.
Effascination noun [ Latin effascinatio .] A charming; state of being bewitched or deluded. [ Obsolete]
[ Latin effectus
, from efficere
, to effect; ex
to make: confer French effet
, formerly also spelled effect
. See Fact
.] 1. Execution; performance; realization; operation; as, the law goes into effect in May.
That no compunctious visitings of nature Shak. 2. Manifestation; expression; sign.
Shake my fell purpose, nor keep peace between
The effect and it.
All the large effects Shak. 3. In general: That which is produced by an agent or cause; the event which follows immediately from an antecedent, called the cause ; result; consequence; outcome; fruit; as, the effect of luxury.
That troop with majesty.
The effect is the unfailing index of the amount of the cause. Whewell. 4. Impression left on the mind; sensation produced.
Patchwork . . . introduced for oratorical effect . J. C. Shairp.
The effect was heightened by the wild and lonely nature of the place. W. Irving. 5. Power to produce results; efficiency; force; importance; account; as, to speak with effect . 6. Consequence intended; purpose; meaning; general intent; -- with to .
They spake to her to that effect . 2 Chron. xxxiv. 22. 7. The purport; the sum and substance.
of his intent." Chaucer. 8. Reality; actual meaning; fact, as distinguished from mere appearance.
No other in effect than what it seems. Denham. 9. plural Goods; movables; personal estate; -- sometimes used to embrace real as well as personal property; as, the people escaped from the town with their effects . For effect
, for an exaggerated impression or excitement.
-- In effect
, in fact; in substance. See 8, above.
-- Of no effect
, Of none effect
, To no effect
, or Without effect
, destitute of results, validity, force, and the like; vain; fruitless.
"Making the word of God of none effect
through your tradition." Mark vii. 13.
"All my study be to no effect
-- To give effect to
, to make valid; to carry out in practice; to push to its results.
-- To take effect
, to become operative, to accomplish aims. Shak. Syn.
. These words indicate things which arise out of some antecedent, or follow as a consequent. Effect
, which may be regarded as the generic term, denotes that which springs directly from something which can properly be termed a cause. A consequence
is more remote, not being strictly caused, nor yet a mere sequence, but following out of and following indirectly, or in the train of events, something on which it truly depends. A result
is still more remote and variable, like the rebound of an elastic body which falls in very different directions. We may foresee the effects
of a measure, may conjecture its consequences
, but can rarely discover its final results
Resolving all events, with their effects Cowper.
And manifold results , into the will
And arbitration wise of the Supreme.
Shun the bitter consequence , for know, Milton.
The day thou eatest thereof, . . . thou shalt die.
Effect transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Effected
; present participle & verbal noun Effecting
.] 1. To produce, as a cause or agent; to cause to be.
So great a body such exploits to effect . Daniel. 2. To bring to pass; to execute; to enforce; to achieve; to accomplish.
To effect that which the divine counsels had decreed. Bp. Hurd.
They sailed away without effecting their purpose. Jowett (Th. ). Syn.
-- To accomplish; fulfill; achieve; complete; execute; perform; attain. See Accomplish
Effecter noun One who effects.
Effectible adjective Capable of being done or achieved; practicable; feasible. Sir T. Browne.
Effection noun [ Latin effectio : confer French effection .] Creation; a doing. [ R.] Sir M. Hale.
[ Latin effectivus
: confer French effectif
.] Having the power to produce an effect or effects; producing a decided or decisive effect; efficient; serviceable; operative; as, an effective force, remedy, speech; the effective men in a regiment.
They are not effective of anything, nor leave no work behind them. Bacon.
Whosoever is an effective , real cause of doing his heighbor wrong, is criminal. Jer. Taylor. Syn.
-- Efficient; forcible; active; powerful; energetic; competent. See Effectual
Effective noun 1. That which produces a given effect; a cause. Jer. Taylor. 2. One who is capable of active service.
He assembled his army -- 20,000 effectives -- at Corinth. W. P. Johnston. 3.
[ French effectif
real, effective, real amount.] (Com.) Specie or coin, as distinguished from paper currency; -- a term used in many parts of Europe. Simmonds.
Effective noun The serviceable soldiers in a country; an army or any military body, collectively; as, France's effective .
Effectively adverb With effect; powerfully; completely; thoroughly.
Effectiveness noun The quality of being effective.
Effectless adjective Without effect or advantage; useless; bootless. Shak. -- Ef*fect"less*ly , adverb
Effector noun [ Latin ] An effecter. Derham.
[ See Effect
] Producing, or having adequate power or force to produce, an intended effect; adequate; efficient; operative; decisive. Shak.
Effectual steps for the suppression of the rebellion. Macaulay. Effectual calling (Theol.)
, a doctrine concerning the work of the Holy Spirit in producing conviction of sin and acceptance of salvation by Christ, -- one of the five points of Calvinism. See Calvinism . Syn.
. An efficacious
remedy is had recourse to, and proves effective
if it does decided good, effectual
if it does all the good desired. C. J. Smith.
1. With effect; efficaciously. 2. Actually; in effect. [ Obsolete] Fuller.
Effectualness noun The quality of being effectual.