Webster's Dictionary, 1913
E-la noun Originally, the highest note in the scale of Guido; hence, proverbially, any extravagant saying. "Why, this is above E-la !" Beau. & Fl.
[ Old French aisil
, from Latin acetum
. Confer Acetic
.] Vinegar; verjuice.
[ Obsolete] Sir T. More.
Eisteddfod (ās*tĕ&thlig;"vōd) noun [ W., session, from eistedd to sit.] An assembly or session of the Welsh bards; an annual congress of bards, minstrels and literati of Wales, -- being a patriotic revival of the old custom.
ī"&thlig;ẽr; 277) adjective & pron.
[ Middle English either
, Anglo-Saxon ǣgðer
(akin to Old High German ēogiwedar
, Middle High German iegeweder
whether. See Each
, and Whether
, and confer Or
.] 1. One of two; the one or the other; -- properly used of two things, but sometimes of a larger number, for any one .
Lepidus flatters both, Shak.
Of both is flattered; but he neither loves,
Nor either cares for him.
Scarce a palm of ground could be gotten by either of the three. Bacon.
There have been three talkers in Great British, either of whom would illustrate what I say about dogmatists. Holmes. 2. Each of two; the one and the other; both; -- formerly, also, each of any number.
His flowing hair Milton.
In curls on either cheek played.
On either side . . . was there the tree of life. Rev. xxii. 2.
The extreme right and left of either army never engaged. Jowett (Thucyd).
Either conj. Either precedes two, or more, coördinate words or phrases, and is introductory to an alternative. It is correlative to or .
Either he is talking, or he is pursuing, or he is in a journey, or peradventure he sleepeth. 1 Kings xviii. 27.
Few writers hesitate to use either in what is called a triple alternative; such as, We must either stay where we are, proceed, or recede. Latham.
was formerly sometimes used without any correlation, and where we should now use or
Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? James iii. 12.
Ejaculate transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Ejaculated
; present participle & verbal noun Ejaculating
.] [ Latin ejaculatus
, past participle of ejaculari
to throw out; e
out + ejaculari
to throw, from jaculum
javelin, dart, from jacere
to throw. See Eject
.] 1. To throw out suddenly and swiftly, as if a dart; to dart; to eject.
[ Archaic or Technical]
Its active rays ejaculated thence. Blackmore. 2. To throw out, as an exclamation; to utter by a brief and sudden impulse; as, to ejaculate a prayer.
Ejaculate intransitive verb To utter ejaculations; to make short and hasty exclamations. [ R.] " Ejaculating to himself." Sir W. Scott.
[ Confer French éjaculation
.] 1. The act of throwing or darting out with a sudden force and rapid flight.
[ Archaic or Technical] "An ejaculation
or irradiation of the eye." Bacon. 2. The uttering of a short, sudden exclamation or prayer, or the exclamation or prayer uttered.
In your dressing, let there be jaculations fitted to the several actions of dressing. Jer. Taylor. 3. (Physiol.) The act of ejecting or suddenly throwing, as a fluid from a duct.
[ New Latin See Ejaculate
.] (Anat.) A muscle which helps ejaculation.
1. Casting or throwing out; fitted to eject; as, ejaculatory vessels. 2. Suddenly darted out; uttered in short sentences; as, an ejaculatory prayer or petition. 3. Sudden; hasty. [ Obsolete] " Ejaculatory repentances, that take us by fits and starts." L'Estrange.
Eject transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Ejected
; present participle & verbal noun Ejecting
.] [ Latin ejectus
, past participle of ejicere
out + jacere
to throw. See Jet
a shooting forth.] 1. To expel; to dismiss; to cast forth; to thrust or drive out; to discharge; as, to eject a person from a room; to eject a traitor from the country; to eject words from the language.
flame." H. Brooke. 2. (Law) To cast out; to evict; to dispossess; as, to eject tenants from an estate. Syn.
-- To expel; banish; drive out; discharge; oust; evict; dislodge; extrude; void.
[ See Eject
, transitive verb
] (Philos.) An object that is a conscious or living object, and hence not a direct object, but an inferred object or act of a subject, not myself; -- a term invented by W. K. Clifford.
Ejecta noun plural
[ Latin , neut. plural of ejectus
cast out. See Eject
.] Matter ejected; material thrown out; as, the ejecta of a volcano; the ejecta , or excreta, of the body.
Ejection noun [ Latin ejectio : confer French éjection .]
1. The act of ejecting or casting out; discharge; expulsion; evacuation. "Vast ejection of ashes." Eustace. "The ejection of a word." Johnson. 2. (Physiol.) The act or process of discharging anything from the body, particularly the excretions. 3. The state of being ejected or cast out; dispossession; banishment.
1. A casting out; a dispossession; an expulsion; ejection; as, the ejectment of tenants from their homes. 2. (Law) A species of mixed action, which lies for the recovery of possession of real property, and damages and costs for the wrongful withholding of it. Wharton.
Ejector noun Ejector condenser (Steam Engine) , a condenser in which the vacuum is maintained by a jet pump.
1. One who, or that which, ejects or dispossesses. 2. (Mech.) A jet jump for lifting water or withdrawing air from a space.
Ejector noun That part of the mechanism of a breech-loading firearm which ejects the empty shell.
[ Malay ījū
.] Gomuti fiber. See Gomuti .
Ejulation noun [ Latin ejulatio , from ejulare to wail, lament.] A wailing; lamentation. [ Obsolete] " Ejulation in the pangs of death." Philips.
[ G., from Sanskrit ēka
one + German bor
, English boron
.] (Chemistry) The name given by Mendelejeff in accordance with the periodic law, and by prediction, to a hypothetical element then unknown, but since discovered and named scandium ; -- so called because it was a missing analogue of the boron group. See Scandium .
[ Sanskrit ēka
one + English aluminium
.] (Chemistry) The name given to a hypothetical element, -- later discovered and called gallium . See Gallium , and confer Ekabor .
[ Sanskrit ēka
one + English silicon
.] (Chemistry) The name of a hypothetical element predicted and afterwards discovered and named germanium ; -- so called because it was a missing analogue of the silicon group. See Germanium , and confer Ekabor .
(ēk) transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Eked
; present participle & verbal noun Eking
.] [ Anglo-Saxon ēkan
; akin to OFries, āka
, Old Saxon ...kian
, Old High German ouhhōn
to add, Icelandic auka
to increase, Swedish öka
, Danish öge
, Goth. aukan
, Latin augere
, Sanskrit ...jas
mighty, and probably to English wax
, intransitive verb Confer Augment
.] To increase; to add to; to augment; -- now commonly used with out , the notion conveyed being to add to, or piece out by a laborious, inferior, or scanty addition; as, to eke out a scanty supply of one kind with some other.
my pain." Spenser.
He eked out by his wits an income of barely fifty pounds. Macaulay.
[ Anglo-Saxon eác
; akin to OFries. ák
, Old Saxon ...k
, Dutch ...ok
, Old High German ouh
, G. auch
, Icelandic auk
, Swedish och
and, Danish og
, Goth. auk
for, but. Prob. from the preceding verb.] In addition; also; likewise.
[ Obsolete or Archaic]
'T will be prodigious hard to prove Prior.
That this is eke the throne of love.
A trainband captain eke was he Cowper.
Of famous London town.
serves less to unite than to render prominent a subjoined more important sentence or notion. Mätzner.
Eke noun An addition.
Clumsy ekes that may well be spared. Geddes.
Ekebergite noun [ From Ekeberg , a German.] (Min.) A variety of scapolite.
[ See Nickname
.] An additional or epithet name; a nickname.
[ From Eke
, transitive verb
] (Shipbuilding) (a) A lengthening or filling piece to make good a deficiency in length. (b) The carved work under the quarter piece at the aft part of the quarter gallery.
[ Written also eiking
El Dorado plural El Doradoes
[ Spanish , lit., the gilt (sc. land); el
the + dorado
gilt, past participle of dorare
to gild. Confer Dorado
.] 1. A name given by the Spaniards in the 16th century to an imaginary country in the interior of South America, reputed to abound in gold and precious stones. 2. Any region of fabulous wealth; exceeding richness.
The whole comedy is a sort of El Dorado of wit. T. Moore.
[ Latin elaboratus
, past participle of elaborare
to work out; e
out + laborare
to labor, labor
labor. See Labor
.] Wrought with labor; finished with great care; studied; executed with exactness or painstaking; as, an elaborate discourse; an elaborate performance; elaborate research.
Drawn to the life in each elaborate page. Waller. Syn.
-- Labored; complicated; studied; perfected; high- wrought. -- E*lab"o*rate*ly
Elaborate transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Elaborated
; present participle & verbal noun Elaborating
.] 1. To produce with labor
They in full joy elaborate a sigh, Young. 2. To perfect with painstaking; to improve or refine with labor and study, or by successive operations; as, to elaborate a painting or a literary work.
The sap is . . . still more elaborated and exalted as it circulates through the vessels of the plant. Arbuthnot.
elaborated adj. developed or executed with care and in minute detail; as, the carefully elaborated theme.
Syn. -- detailed, elaborate.
[ WordNet 1.5]
Elaboration noun [ Latin elaboratio : confer French élaboration .]
1. The act or process of producing or refining with labor; improvement by successive operations; refinement. 2. (Physiol.) The natural process of formation or assimilation, performed by the living organs in animals and vegetables, by which a crude substance is changed into something of a higher order; as, the elaboration of food into chyme; the elaboration of chyle, or sap, or tissues.
Elaborative adjective Serving or tending to elaborate; constructing with labor and minute attention to details. Elaborative faculty (Metaph.) , the intellectual power of discerning relations and of viewing objects by means of, or in, relations; the discursive faculty; thought.
Elaborator noun One who, or that which, elaborates.
Elaboratory adjective Tending to elaborate.
Elaboratory noun A laboratory. [ Obsolete]
Elaidate noun (Chemistry) A salt of elaidic acid.
[ Confer French élaïdique
. See Elaine
.] Relating to oleic acid, or elaine. Elaidic acid (Chemistry)
, a fatty acid isomeric with oleic acid, and obtained from it by the action of nitrous acid.
Elaidin noun [ Confer French élaïdine .] (Chemistry) A solid isomeric modification of olein.
Elaine, Elain noun
[ Greek ... olive oil, oil, from ... the olive tree: confer French élaïne
.] (Chemistry) Same as Olein .
Elaiodic adjective [ Greek ... olive oil, oil + ... form.] (Chemistry) Derived from castor oil; ricinoleic; as, elaiodic acid. [ R.]
Elaiometer noun [ Greek ... olive oil, oil + -meter .] (Chemistry) An apparatus for determining the amount of oil contained in any substance, or for ascertaining the degree of purity of oil.
Elamite noun A dweller in Flam (or Susiana), an ancient kingdom of Southwestern Asia, afterwards a province of Persia.
[ See Lamp
[ Obsolete] G. Fletcher.
Élan noun [ French, from élancer to dart.] Ardor inspired by passion or enthusiasm.
Elæagnus noun [ New Latin , from Greek ... a Bœotian marsh plant; ... olive + ... sacred, pure.] (Botany) A genus of shrubs or small trees, having the foliage covered with small silvery scales; oleaster.
Elæis noun [ New Latin , from Greek ... olive tree.] (Botany) A genus of palms. » Elæis Guineensis , the African oil palm, is a tree twenty or thirty feet high, with immense pinnate leaves and large masses of fruit. The berries are rather larger than olives, and when boiled in water yield the orange-red palm oil.
Elæolite noun [ Greek ... olive oil, oil + -lite .] (Min.) A variety of hephelite, usually massive, of greasy luster, and gray to reddish color. Elæolite syenite , a kind of syenite characterized by the presence of elæolite.
Elæoptene noun [ Greek ... olive oil, oil + ... winged, fleeting.] (Chemistry) The more liquid or volatile portion of certain oily substance, as distinguished from stearoptene , the more solid parts. [ Written also elaoptene .]