|Elongation E`lon·ga"tion noun
[ Late Latin elongatio
: confer French élongation
.] 1. The act of lengthening, or the state of being lengthened; protraction; extension.
of the fibers." Arbuthnot. 2. That which lengthens out; continuation.
May not the mountains of Westmoreland and Cumberland be considered as elongations of these two chains? Pinkerton. 3. Removal to a distance; withdrawal; a being at a distance; distance.
The distant points in the celestial expanse appear to the eye in so small a degree of elongation from one another, as bears no proportion to what is real. Glanvill. 4. (Astron.) The angular distance of a planet from the sun; as, the elongation of Venus or Mercury.
Elope E·lope" intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Eloped
; present participle & verbal noun Eloping
.] [ Dutch ontloopen
to run away; prefix ont-
(akin to German ent-
, Anglo-Saxon and-
, confer English answer
) + loopen
to run; akin to English leap
. See Leap
, transitive verb
] To run away, or escape privately, from the place or station to which one is bound by duty; -- said especially of a woman or a man, either married or unmarried, who runs away with a paramour or a sweetheart.
Great numbers of them [ the women] have eloped from their allegiance. Addison.
Elopement E·lope"ment noun The act of eloping; secret departure; -- said of a woman and a man, one or both, who run away from their homes for marriage or for cohabitation.
Eloper E·lop"er noun One who elopes.
Elops E"lops noun [ Latin elops , helops , a kind of sea fish, Greek ....] 1. (Zoology) A genus of fishes. See Saury . 2. A mythical serpent. [ Obsolete] Milton.
Eloquence El"o·quence noun
[ French éloquence
, Latin eloquentia
, from eloquens
. See Eloquent
.] 1. Fluent, forcible, elegant, and persuasive speech in public; the power of expressing strong emotions in striking and appropriate language either spoken or written, thereby producing conviction or persuasion.
Eloquence is speaking out . . . out of the abundance of the heart. Hare. 2. Fig.: Whatever produces the effect of moving and persuasive speech.
Silence that spoke and eloquence of eyes. Pope.
The hearts of men are their books; events are their tutors; great actions are their eloquence . Macaulay. 3. That which is eloquently uttered or written.
O, let my books be then the eloquence Shak. Syn.
And dumb presagers of my speaking breast.
-- Oratory; rhetoric.
Eloquent El"o·quent adjective
[ French éloquent
, Latin eloquens
, present participle of eloqui
to speak out, declaim; e
to speak. See Loquacious
.] 1. Having the power of expressing strong emotions or forcible arguments in an elevated, impassioned, and effective manner; as, an eloquent orator or preacher.
O Death, all- eloquent ! You only prove Pope. 2. Adapted to express strong emotion or to state facts arguments with fluency and power; as, an eloquent address or statement; an eloquent appeal to a jury.
What dust we dote on when 't is man we love.
Eloquently El"o·quent·ly adverb In an eloquent manner.
Elrich, Elritch El"rich, El"ritch adjective Ghastly; preternatural. Same as Eldritch . [ Scot. & Local, Eng.]
Else Else adjective & pron. [ Middle English & Anglo-Saxon elles otherwise, gen. sing. of an adj. signifying other ; akin to Old High German elles otherwise, OSw. äljes , Swedish eljest , Goth. aljis , adj., other, Latin alius , Greek .... Confer Alias , Alien .] Other; one or something beside; as, Who else is coming? What else shall I give? Do you expect anything else ? "Bastards and else ." Shak. » This word always follows its noun. It is usual to give the possessive form to else rather than to the substantive; as, somebody else's ; no one else's . "A boy who is fond of somebody else's pencil case." G. Eliot. "A suit of clothes like everybody else's ." Thackeray.
Else Else adverb & conj. 1. Besides; except that mentioned; in addition; as, nowhere else ; no one else . 2. Otherwise; in the other, or the contrary, case; if the facts were different.
For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it. Ps. li. 16.
» After ‘or', else
is sometimes used expletively, as simply noting an alternative. "Will you give thanks, . . . or else
shall I?" Shak.
Elsewhere Else"where` adverb 1. In any other place; as, these trees are not to be found elsewhere . 2. In some other place; in other places, indefinitely; as, it is reported in town and elsewhere .
Elsewhither Else"whith`er adverb To some, or any, other place; as, you will have to go elsewhither for it. R. of Gloucester. "For elsewhither was I bound." Carlyle.
Elsewise Else"wise` adverb Otherwise. [ R.]
Elsin El"sin noun A shoemaker's awl. [ Prov. Eng.]
Elucidate E·lu"ci·date transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Elucidated ; present participle & verbal noun Elucidating .] [ Late Latin elucidatus , past participle of elucidare ; e + lucidus full of light, clear. See Lucid .] To make clear or manifest; to render more intelligible; to illustrate; as, an example will elucidate the subject.
Elucidation E·lu`ci·da"tion noun [ Confer French élucidation .] A making clear; the act of elucidating or that which elucidates, as an explanation, an exposition, an illustration; as, one example may serve for further elucidation of the subject.
Elucidative E·lu"ci·da`tive adjective Making clear; tending to elucidate; as, an elucidative note.
Elucidator E·lu"ci·da`tor noun One who explains or elucidates; an expositor.
Elucidatory E·lu"ci·da·to·ry adjective Tending to elucidate; elucidative. [ R.]
Eluctate E·luc"tate intransitive verb [ Latin eluctatus , past participle of eluctari to struggle out; e + luctari to wrestle.] To struggle out; -- with out . [ Obsolete] Bp. Hacket.
Eluctation E`luc·ta"tion noun [ Latin eluctatio .] A struggling out of any difficulty. [ Obsolete] Bp. Hall.
Elucubrate E·lu"cu·brate intransitive verb [ Latin elucubratus , past participle of elucubrare to compose by lamplight.] See Lucubrate . [ Obsolete] Blount.
Elucubration E·lu`cu·bra"tion noun [ Confer French élucubration .] See Lucubration . [ Obsolete] Evelyn.
Elude E·lude" transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Eluded
; present participle & verbal noun Eluding
.] [ Latin eludere
to play: confer French éluder
. See Ludicrous
.] To avoid slyly, by artifice, stratagem, or dexterity; to escape from in a covert manner; to mock by an unexpected escape; to baffle; as, to elude an officer; to elude detection, inquiry, search, comprehension; to elude the force of an argument or a blow.
Me gentle Delia beckons from the plain, Pope.
Then, hid in shades, eludes he eager swain.
The transition from fetichism to polytheism seems a gradual process of which the stages elude close definition. Tylor. Syn.
-- To evade; avoid; escape; shun; eschew; flee; mock; baffle; frustrate; foil.
Eludible E·lud"i·ble adjective Capable of being eluded; evadible.
Elul E"lul noun [ Hebrew ] The sixth month of the Jewish year, by the sacred reckoning, or the twelfth, by the civil reckoning, corresponding nearly to the month of September.
Elumbated E·lum"ba·ted adjective [ Latin elumbis ; e + lumbus loin.] Weak or lame in the loins. [ Obsolete]
Elusion E·lu"sion noun [ Late Latin elusio , from Latin eludere , elusum. See Elude .] Act of eluding; adroit escape, as by artifice; a mockery; a cheat; trickery.
Elusive E·lu"sive adjective Tending to elude; using arts or deception to escape; adroitly escaping or evading; eluding the grasp; fallacious.
Elusive of the bridal day, she gives Pope.
Fond hopes to all, and all with hopes deceives.
Elusory E·lu"so·ry adjective [ Late Latin elusorius .] Tending to elude or deceive; evasive; fraudulent; fallacious; deceitful; deceptive. -- E*lu"so*ri*ness noun
Elute E·lute" transitive verb [ Latin elutus , past participle of eluers to elute; e + luere to wash.] To wash out. [ R.] Arbuthnot.
Elutriate E·lu"tri·ate transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Elutriated ; present participle & verbal noun Elutriating .] [ Latin elutriatus , past participle of elutriare .] To wash or strain out so as to purify; as, to elutriate the blood as it passes through the lungs; to strain off or decant, as a powder which is separated from heavier particles by being drawn off with water; to cleanse, as by washing.
Elutriation E·lu`tri·a"tion noun The process of elutriating; a decanting or racking off by means of water, as finer particles from heavier.
Eluxate E·lux"ate transitive verb [ Prefix e- + luxate .] To dislocate; to luxate.
Eluxation E`lux·a"tion noun Dislocation; luxation.
Elvan Elv"an adjective 1. Pertaining to elves; elvish. 2. (Mining) Of or pertaining to certain veins of feldspathic or porphyritic rock crossing metalliferous veins in the mining districts of Cornwall; as, an elvan course.
Elvan, Elvanite Elv"an, Elv"an·ite noun The rock of an elvan vein, or the elvan vein itself; an elvan course.
Elve Elve noun An old form of Elf.
Elver El"ver noun (Zoology) A young eel; a young conger or sea eel; -- called also elvene .
Elves Elves noun
Elvish Elv"ish adjective 1. Pertaining to elves; implike; mischievous; weird; also, vacant; absent in demeanor. See Elfish .
He seemeth elvish by his countenance. Chaucer. 2. Mysterious; also, foolish.
Elvishly Elv"ish·ly adverb In an elvish manner. Sir W. Scott.
Elwand El"wand noun [ Obsolete] See Ellwand .
Elysian E·ly"sian adjective
[ Latin Elysius
, from Elysium
.] Pertaining, or the abode of the blessed after death; hence, yielding the highest pleasures; exceedingly delightful; beatific.
This life of mortal breath Longfellow.
Is but a suburb of the life elysian .
Elysium E·ly"sium noun
, Latin Elysia
. [ Latin , from Greek ..., ... ..., Elysian field.] (Anc. Myth.) 1. A dwelling place assigned to happy souls after death; the seat of future happiness; Paradise. 2. Hence, any delightful place.
An Elysian more pure and bright than that pf the Greeks. I. Taylor.
Elytriform E·lyt"ri·form adjective [ Elytrum + -form .] (Zoology) Having the form, or structure, of an elytron.
Elytrin El"y·trin noun [ From Elytrum .] (Chemistry) See Chitin .
Elytroid El"y·troid adjective [ Greek ... sheath, a wing case + -oid .] (Zoology) Resembling a beetle's wing case.
(?; 277), El"y*trum
; plural Elytra
. [ New Latin , from Greek ..., from ... to roll round.] (Zoology) (a) One of the anterior pair of wings in the Coleoptera and some other insects, when they are thick and serve only as a protection for the posterior pair.
. (b) One of the shieldlike dorsal scales of certain annelids. See Chætopoda .
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