Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Elytriform adjective [ Elytrum + -form .] (Zoology) Having the form, or structure, of an elytron.

Elytrin noun [ From Elytrum .] (Chemistry) See Chitin .

Elytroid adjective [ Greek ... sheath, a wing case + -oid .] (Zoology) Resembling a beetle's wing case.

Elytron (?; 277), El"y*trum (-tr...m) noun ; 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. See Coleoptera . (b) One of the shieldlike dorsal scales of certain annelids. See Chætopoda .

Elzevir adjective (Bibliog.) Applied to books or editions (esp. of the Greek New Testament and the classics) printed and published by the Elzevir family at Amsterdam, Leyden, etc., from about 1592 to 1680; also, applied to a round open type introduced by them.

The Elzevir editions are valued for their neatness, and the elegant small types used.
Brande & C.

Em An obsolete or colloquial contraction of the old form hem , them. Addison.

Em noun (Print.) The portion of a line formerly occupied by the letter m , then a square type, used as a unit by which to measure the amount of printed matter on a page; the square of the body of a type.

Em- A prefix. See En- .

Emacerate transitive verb & i. [ Latin emaceratus emaciated; e + macerare to make soft.] To make lean or to become lean; to emaciate. [ Obsolete] Bullokar.

Emaceration noun Emaciation. [ Obsolete]

Emaciate intransitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Emaciated ; present participle & verbal noun Emaciating .] [ Latin emaciatus , past participle of emaciare to make lean; e + maciare to make lean or meager, from macies leanness, akin to macer lean. See Meager .] To lose flesh gradually and become very lean; to waste away in flesh. "He emaciated and pined away." Sir T. Browne.

Emaciate transitive verb To cause to waste away in flesh and become very lean; as, his sickness emaciated him.

Emaciate adjective [ Latin emaciatus , past participle ] Emaciated. " Emaciate steeds." T. Warton.

Emaciation noun [ Confer French émaciation .]
1. The act of making very lean.

2. The state of being emaciated or reduced to excessive leanness; an excessively lean condition.

Emaculate transitive verb [ Latin emaculatus , past participle of emaculare to clear from spots. See Maculate .] To clear from spots or stains, or from any imperfection. [ Obsolete] Hales.

Emaculation noun The act of clearing from spots. [ Obsolete] Johnson.

Emanant adjective [ Latin emanans , -antis , present participle of emanare . See Emanate .] Issuing or flowing forth; emanating; passing forth into an act, or making itself apparent by an effect; -- said of mental acts; as, an emanant volition.

Emanate intransitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Emanated ; present participle & verbal noun Emanating .] [ Latin emanare , emanatum , to emanate; e out + manare to flow, probably for madnare , and akin to madere to be wet, drip, madidus wet, drenched, drunk, Greek ..., ..., wet, ... to be wet, Sanskrit mad to boil, matta drunk. Confer Emane .]


1. To issue forth from a source; to flow out from more or less constantly; as, fragrance emanates from flowers.

2. To proceed from, as a source or fountain; to take origin; to arise, to originate.

That subsisting from of government from which all special laws emanate .
De Quincey.

Syn. -- To flow; arise; proceed; issue; originate.

Emanate adjective Issuing forth; emanant. [ R.]

Emanation noun [ Latin emanatio : confer French émanation .]
1. The act of flowing or proceeding from a fountain head or origin. South.

Those profitable and excellent emanations from God.
Jer. Taylor.

2. That which issues, flows, or proceeds from any object as a source; efflux; an effluence; as, perfume is an emanation from a flower.

An emanation of the indwelling life.
Bryant.

Emanative adjective Issuing forth; effluent.

Emanatively adverb By an emanation.

Emanatory adjective Emanative; of the nature of an emanation. Dr. H. More.

Emancipate transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Emancipated ; present participle & verbal noun Emancipating .] [ Latin emancipatus , past participle of emancipare to emancipate; e + mancipare to transfer ownership in, from manceps purchaser, as being one who laid his hand on the thing bought; manus hand + capere to take. See Manual , and Capable .] To set free from the power of another; to liberate; as: (a) To set free, as a minor from a parent; as, a father may emancipate a child. (b) To set free from bondage; to give freedom to; to manumit; as, to emancipate a slave, or a country.

Brasidas . . . declaring that he was sent to emancipate Hellas.
Jowett (Thucyd. ).

(c) To free from any controlling influence, especially from anything which exerts undue or evil influence; as, to emancipate one from prejudices or error.

From how many troublesome and slavish impertinences . . . he had emancipated and freed himself.
Evelyn.

To emancipate the human conscience.
A. W. Ward.

Emancipate adjective [ Latin emancipatus , past participle ] Set at liberty.

Emancipation noun [ Latin emancipatio : confer French émancipation .] The act of setting free from the power of another, from slavery, subjection, dependence, or controlling influence; also, the state of being thus set free; liberation; as, the emancipation of slaves; the emancipation of minors; the emancipation of a person from prejudices; the emancipation of the mind from superstition; the emancipation of a nation from tyranny or subjection.

Syn. -- Deliverance; liberation; release; freedom; manumission; enfranchisement.

Emancipationist noun An advocate of emancipation, esp. the emancipation of slaves.

Emancipator noun [ Latin ] One who emancipates.

Emancipatory adjective Pertaining to emancipation, or tending to effect emancipation. " Emancipatory laws." G. Eliot.

Emancipist noun A freed convict. [ Australia]

Emarginate transitive verb [ Latin emarginare ; e out + marginare to furnish with a margin, from margo margin.] To take away the margin of.

Emarginate, Emarginated adjective
1. Having the margin interrupted by a notch or shallow sinus.

2. (Botany) Notched at the summit.

3. (Cryst.) Having the edges truncated.

Emarginately adverb In an emarginate manner.

Emargination noun The act of notching or indenting the margin, or the state of being so notched; also, a notch or shallow sinus in a margin.

Emasculate transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Emasculated ; present participle & verbal noun Emasculating .] [ Latin emasculare ; e + masculus male, masculine. See Male masculine.]
1. To deprive of virile or procreative power; to castrate power; to castrate; to geld.

2. To deprive of masculine vigor or spirit; to weaken; to render effeminate; to vitiate by unmanly softness.

Luxury had not emasculated their minds.
V. Knox.

Emasculate adjective Deprived of virility or vigor; unmanned; weak. " Emasculate slave." Hammond.

Emasculation noun
1. The act of depriving of virility, or the state of being so deprived; castration.

2. The act of depriving, or state of being deprived, of vigor or strength; unmanly weakness.

Emasculator noun [ Latin ] One who, or that which, emasculates.

Emasculatory adjective Serving or tending to emasculate.

Embace transitive verb See Embase . [ Obsolete]

Embale transitive verb [ French emballer ; prefix em- (L. in ) + balle bale. See 1st Bale .] [ Obsolete]
1. To make up into a bale or pack. Johnson.

2. To bind up; to inclose.

Legs . . . embaled in golden buskins.
Spenser.

Emball transitive verb [ See Embale .] To encircle or embrace. [ Obsolete] Sir P. Sidney.

Embalm transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Embalmed ; present participle & verbal noun Embalming .] [ French embaumer ; prefix em- (L. in ) + baume balm. See Balm .]
1. To anoint all over with balm; especially, to preserve from decay by means of balm or other aromatic oils, or spices; to fill or impregnate (a dead body), with aromatics and drugs that it may resist putrefaction.

Joseph commanded his servants, the physicians, to embalm ...is father; and the physicians embalmed Israel.
Gem. l. 2.

2. To fill or imbue with sweet odor; to perfume.

With fresh dews embalmed the earth.
Milton.

3. To preserve from decay or oblivion as if with balm; to perpetuate in remembrance.

Those tears eternal that embalm the dead.
Pope.

Embalmer noun One who embalms.

Embalmment noun [ Confer French embaumement .] The act of embalming. [ R.] Malone.

Embank transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Embanked ; present participle & verbal noun Embanking .] [ Prefix em- + bank . Confer Imbank .] To throw up a bank so as to confine or to defend; to protect by a bank of earth or stone.

Embankment noun
1. The act of surrounding or defending with a bank.

2. A structure of earth, gravel, etc., raised to prevent water from overflowing a level tract of country, to retain water in a reservoir, or to carry a roadway, etc.

Embar transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Embarred ; present participle & verbal noun Embanking .] [ Prefix em- + bar : confer French embarrer . Confer Embargo .]
1. To bar or shut in; to inclose securely, as with bars.

Where fast embarred in mighty brazen wall.
Spenser.

2. To stop; to hinder by prohibition; to block up.

He embarred all further trade.
Bacon.

Embarcation noun Same as Embarkation .

Embarge transitive verb To put in a barge. [ Poetic] Drayton.