Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Egestion noun [ Latin egestio .] Act or process of egesting; a voiding. Sir M. Hale.

Egg noun [ Middle English , from Icelandic egg ; akin to Anglo-Saxon æg (whence Middle English ey ), Swedish ägg , Danish æg , G. & Dutch ei , and probably to OSlav. aje , jaje , Latin ovum , Greek 'w,o`n , Ir. ugh , Gael. ubh , and perhaps to Latin avis bird. Confer Oval .]
1. (Popularly) The oval or roundish body laid by domestic poultry and other birds, tortoises, etc. It consists of a yolk, usually surrounded by the "white" or albumen, and inclosed in a shell or strong membrane.

2. (Biol.) A simple cell, from the development of which the young of animals are formed; ovum; germ cell.

3. Anything resembling an egg in form.

» Egg is used adjectively, or as the first part of self-explaining compounds; as, egg beater or egg - beater, egg case, egg ladle, egg -shaped, etc.

Egg and anchor (Architecture) , an egg-shaped ornament, alternating with another in the form of a dart, used to enrich the ovolo; -- called also egg and dart , and egg and tongue . See Anchor , noun , 5. Ogilvie. -- Egg cleavage (Biol.) , a process of cleavage or segmentation, by which the egg undergoes endogenous division with formation of a mass of nearly similar cells, from the growth and differentiation of which the new organism is ultimately formed. See Segmentation of the ovum , under Segmentation . -- Egg development (Biol.) , the process of the development of an egg, by which the embryo is formed. -- Egg mite (Zoology) , any mite which devours the eggs of insects, as Nothrus ovivorus , which destroys those of the canker worm. -- Egg parasite (Zoology) , any small hymenopterous insect, which, in the larval stage, lives within the eggs of other insects. Many genera and species are known.

Egg transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Egged ; present participle & verbal noun Egging .] [ Middle English eggen , Icelandic eggja , from egg edge. ....... See Edge .] To urge on; to instigate; to incite...

Adam and Eve he egged to ill.
Piers Plowman.

[ She] did egg him on to tell
How fair she was.

Egg squash A variety of squash with small egg-shaped fruit.

Egg-bird noun (Zoology) A species of tern, esp. the sooty tern ( Sterna fuliginosa ) of the West Indies. In the Bahama Islands the name is applied to the tropic bird, Phaëthon flavirostris .

Egg-cup noun A cup used for holding an egg, at table.

Egg-glass noun A small sandglass, running about three minutes, for marking time in boiling eggs; also, a small glass for holding an egg, at table.

Egg-shaped adjective Resembling an egg in form; ovoid.

Eggar noun [ Etymol. uncertain.] (Zoology) Any bombycid moth of the genera Eriogaster and Lasiocampa ; as, the oak eggar ( Latin roboris ) of Europe.

Eggement noun [ Egg , transitive verb + -ment .] Instigation; incitement. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Egger noun [ See Egg , noun ] One who gathers eggs; an eggler.

Eggery noun A place where eggs are deposited (as by sea birds) or kept; a nest of eggs. [ R.]

Egghot noun A kind of posset made of eggs, brandy, sugar, and ale. Lamb.

Eggler noun One who gathers, or deals in, eggs.

Eggnog noun A drink consisting of eggs beaten up with sugar, milk, and (usually) wine or spirits.

Eggplant noun (Botany) A plant ( Solanum Melongena ), of East Indian origin, allied to the tomato, and bearing a large, smooth, edible fruit, shaped somewhat like an egg; mad-apple.

Eggshell noun
1. The shell or exterior covering of an egg. Also used figuratively for anything resembling an eggshell.

2. (Zoology) A smooth, white, marine, gastropod shell of the genus Ovulum , resembling an egg in form.

Eghen noun plural Eyes. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Egilopical adjective [ See Ægilops .] (Medicine) Pertaining to, of the nature of, or affected with, an ægilops, or tumor in the corner of the eye.

Egilops noun See Ægilops .

Eglandulose (?; 135), E*glan"du*lous adjective [ Prefix e- + glandulose , glandulosus .] Destitute of glands.

Eglantine noun [ French églantine , from Old French aiglent brier, hip tree, from (assumed) Late Latin acuculentus , from a dim. of Latin acus needle; confer French aiguille needle. Confer Aglet .] (Botany) (a) A species of rose ( Rosa Eglanteria ), with fragrant foliage and flowers of various colors. (b) The sweetbrier ( R. rubiginosa ).

» Milton, in the following lines, has applied the name to some twining plant, perhaps the honeysuckle.

Through the sweetbrier, or the vine,
Or the twisted eglantine .
L'Allegro, 47.

Eglatere noun Eglantine. [ Obsolete or R.] [ Written also eglantere .] Tennyson.

Egling noun [ Etymol. uncertain.] (Zoology) The European perch when two years old. [ Prov. Eng.]

Eglomerate transitive verb [ Prefix e- + glomerate .] To unwind, as a thread from a ball. [ R.]

Ego noun [ Latin , I.] (Met.) The conscious and permanent subject of all psychical experiences, whether held to be directly known or the product of reflective thought; -- opposed to non-ego .

Egoical adjective Pertaining to egoism. [ R.]

Egoism noun [ French égoïsme , from Latin -ego I. See I , and confer Egotism .]
1. (Philos.) The doctrine of certain extreme adherents or disciples of Descartes and Johann Gottlieb Fichte, which finds all the elements of knowledge in the ego and the relations which it implies or provides for.

2. Excessive love and thought of self; the habit of regarding one's self as the center of every interest; selfishness; -- opposed to altruism .

Egoist noun [ French égoïste . See Egoism .]
1. One given overmuch to egoism or thoughts of self.

I, dullard egoist , taking no special recognition of such nobleness.

2. (Philos.) A believer in egoism.

Egoistic, Egoistical adjective Pertaining to egoism; imbued with egoism or excessive thoughts of self; self-loving.

Ill-natured feeling, or egoistic pleasure in making men miserable.
G. Eliot.

Egoistically adverb In an egoistic manner.

Egoity noun Personality. [ R.] Swift.

Egomism noun Egoism. [ R.] A. Baxter.

Egophonic adjective Belonging to, or resembling, egophony.

Egophony noun [ Greek ..., ..., goat + ... voice.] (Medicine) The sound of a patient's voice so modified as to resemble the bleating of a goat, heard on applying the ear to the chest in certain diseases within its cavity, as in pleurisy with effusion.

Egotheism noun [ Greek 'egw` I + qeo`s God.] The deification of self. [ R.]

Egotism noun [ Latin ego I + ending -tism for -ism , probably influenced by other English words in -tism from the Greek, where t is not part of the ending, as baptism . See Egoism .] The practice of too frequently using the word I ; hence, a speaking or writing overmuch of one's self; self-exaltation; self-praise; the act or practice of magnifying one's self or parading one's own doings. The word is also used in the sense of egoism .

His excessive egotism , which filled all objects with himself.

Syn. -- Egotism , Self-conceit , Vanity , Egoism . Self-conceit is an overweening opinion of one's talents, capacity, attractions, etc.; egotism is the acting out of self-conceit , or self-importance, in words and exterior conduct; vanity is inflation of mind arising from the idea of being thought highly of by others. It shows itself by its eagerness to catch the notice of others. Egoism is a state in which the feelings are concentrated on one's self. Its expression is egotism .

Egotist noun [ Latin ego I + ending -tist for -ist . See Egotism , and confer Egoist .] One addicted to egotism; one who speaks much of himself or magnifies his own achievements or affairs.

Egotistic, Egotistical adjective Addicted to, or manifesting, egotism.

Syn. -- Conceited; vain; self-important; opinionated.

Egotistically adverb With egotism.

Egotize intransitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Egotized ; present participle & verbal noun Egotizing .] [ See Egotism .] To talk or write as an egotist. Cowper.

Egranulose adjective [ Prefix e- + granule .] (Botany) Having no granules, as chlorophyll in certain conditions. R. Brown.

Egre adjective & noun See Eager , and Eagre . [ Obsolete]

Egregious adjective [ Latin egregius ; lit., separated or chosen from the herd, i. e. , distinguished, excellent; e out + grex , gregis , herd. See Gregarious .] Surpassing; extraordinary; distinguished (in a bad sense); -- formerly used with words importing a good quality, but now joined with words having a bad sense; as, an egregious rascal; an egregious ass; an egregious mistake.

The egregious impudence of this fellow.
Bp. Hall.

His [ Wyclif's] egregious labors are not to be neglected.

Egregiously adverb Greatly; enormously; shamefully; as, egregiously cheated.

Egregiousness noun The state of being egregious.

Egremoin noun [ See Agrimony .] Agrimony ( Agrimonia Eupatoria ). [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Egress noun [ Latin egressus , from egredi to go out; e out + gradi to go. See Grade .]
1. The act of going out or leaving, or the power to leave; departure.

Embarred from all egress and regress.

Gates of burning adamant,
Barred over us, prohibit all egress .

2. (Astron.) The passing off from the sun's disk of an inferior planet, in a transit.

Egress intransitive verb To go out; to depart; to leave.