Webster's Dictionary, 1913
[ French, from Latin imperium
a command, sovereignty, dominion, empire, from imperare
. See Emperor
; confer Imperial
.] 1. Supreme power; sovereignty; sway; dominion.
of the sea." Shak.
Over hell extend Milton. 2. The dominion of an emperor; the territory or countries under the jurisdiction and dominion of an emperor (rarely of a king), usually of greater extent than a kingdom, always comprising a variety in the nationality of, or the forms of administration in, constituent and subordinate portions; as, the Austrian empire .
His empire , and with iron scepter rule.
Empire carries with it the idea of a vast and complicated government. C. J. Smith. 3. Any dominion; supreme control; governing influence; rule; sway; as, the empire of mind or of reason.
"Under the empire
of facts." M. Arnold.
Another force which, in the Middle Ages, shared with chivalry the empire over the minds of men. A. W. Ward. Celestial empire
. See under Celestial .
-- Empire City
, a common designation of the city of New York.
-- Empire State
, a common designation of the State of New York. Syn.
-- Sway; dominion; rule; control; reign; sovereignty; government; kingdom; realm; state.
Empire State New York; -- a nickname alluding to its size and wealth.
Empire State of the South Georgia; -- a nickname.
Empire State of the West Missouri; -- a nickname.
[ Latin empiricus
an empiric, Greek ... experienced, equiv. to ...; ... in + ... a trial, experiment; akin to ... ford, way, and English fare
: confer French empirique
. See In
, and Fare
.] 1. One who follows an empirical method; one who relies upon practical experience. 2. One who confines himself to applying the results of mere experience or his own observation; especially, in medicine, one who deviates from the rules of science and regular practice; an ignorant and unlicensed pretender; a quack; a charlatan.
Among the Greek physicians, those who founded their practice on experience called themselves empirics . Krauth-Fleming.
Swallow down opinions as silly people do empirics ' pills. Locke.
Empiric, Empirical adjective 1. Pertaining to, or founded upon, experiment or experience; depending upon the observation of phenomena; versed in experiments.
In philosophical language, the term empirical means simply what belongs to or is the product of experience or observation. Sir W. Hamilton.
The village carpenter . . . lays out his work by empirical rules learnt in his apprenticeship. H. Spencer. 2. Depending upon experience or observation alone, without due regard to science and theory; -- said especially of medical practice, remedies, etc.; wanting in science and deep insight; as, empiric skill, remedies. Empirical formula
. (Chemistry) See under Formula . Syn.
-- See Transcendental
Empirically adverb By experiment or experience; without science; in the manner of quacks.
1. The method or practice of an empiric; pursuit of knowledge by observation and experiment. 2. Specifically, a practice of medicine founded on mere experience, without the aid of science or a knowledge of principles; ignorant and unscientific practice; charlatanry; quackery. 3. (Metaph.) The philosophical theory which attributes the origin of all our knowledge to experience.
Empiricist noun An empiric.
Empiristic adjective (Physics) Relating to, or resulting from, experience, or experiment; following from empirical methods or data; -- opposed to nativistic .
Emplace transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Emplaced
; present participle & verbal noun Emplacing
.] [ Confer French emplacer
. See En-
, v. & noun
] To put into place or position; to fix on an emplacement.
Emplacement noun [ Confer French emplacement .] A putting in, or assigning to, a definite place; localization; as, the emplacement of a structure.
[ Old French emplastre
, French emplâtre
, Latin emplastrum
a plaster or salve, from Greek ..., from ... to plaster up, daub over; ... in + ... to form, mold, apply as a plaster.] See Plaster .
[ Obsolete] Wiseman.
Emplaster transitive verb
[ Confer Old French emplastrer
, French emplâtrer
. See Emplaster
] To plaster over; to cover over so as to present a good appearance.
[ Obsolete] "Fair as ye his name emplaster
[ Confer French emplastique
, from Greek ... clogging. See Emplaster
.] Fit to be applied as a plaster; glutinous; adhesive; as, emplastic applications.
Emplastic noun A medicine causing constipation.
[ Latin emplastratio
a budding.] 1. The act or process of grafting by inoculation; budding.
[ Obsolete] Holland. 2.
[ See 1st Emplaster
.] (Medicine) The application of a plaster or salve.
Emplead transitive verb
[ Prefix em-
) + plead
: confer French emplaidier
. Confer Implead
.] To accuse; to indict. See Implead .
Emplecton noun [ French or Latin emplecton , from Greek ..., from ... interwoven, from ... to plait or weave in; ... in + ... to twist, weave.] A kind of masonry in which the outer faces of the wall are ashlar, the space between being filled with broken stone and mortar. Cross layers of stone are interlaid as binders. [ R.] Weale.
Emplore transitive verb See Implore .
Employ transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Employed
; present participle & verbal noun Employing
.] [ French employer
, from Latin implicare
to fold into, infold, involve, implicate, engage; in + plicare
to fold. See Ply
, and confer Imply
.] 1. To inclose; to infold.
[ Obsolete] Chaucer. 2. To use; to have in service; to cause to be engaged in doing something; -- often followed by in , about , on , or upon , and sometimes by to ; as: (a) To make use of, as an instrument, a means, a material, etc., for a specific purpose; to apply; as, to employ the pen in writing, bricks in building, words and phrases in speaking; to employ the mind; to employ one's energies.
This is a day in which the thoughts . . . ought to be employed on serious subjects. Addison. (b) To occupy; as, to employ time in study. (c) To have or keep at work; to give employment or occupation to; to intrust with some duty or behest; as, to employ a hundred workmen; to employ an envoy.
Jonathan . . . and Jahaziah . . . were employed about this matter. Ezra x. 15.
Thy vineyard must employ the sturdy steer Dryden. To employ one's self
To turn the glebe.
, to apply or devote one's time and attention; to busy one's self. Syn.
-- To use; busy; apply; exercise; occupy; engross; engage. See Use
[ Confer French emploi
.] That which engages or occupies a person; fixed or regular service or business; employment.
The whole employ of body and of mind. Pope. In one's employ
, in one's service.
Employable adjective [ Confer French employable .] Capable of being employed; capable of being used; fit or proper for use. Boyle.
Employé noun [ French, past participle of employer .] One employed by another; a clerk or workman in the service of an employer.
Employee noun [ The Eng. form of employé .] One employed by another.
Employer noun One who employs another; as, an employer of workmen.
Employment noun 1. The act of employing or using; also, the state of being employed. 2. That which engages or occupies; that which consumes time or attention; office or post of business; service; as, agricultural employments ; mechanical employments ; public employments ; in the employment of government.
Cares are employments , and without employ Young. Syn.
The soul is on a rack.
-- Work; business; occupation; vocation; calling; office; service; commission; trade; profession.
Emplumed adjective Plumed. [ R.]
Emplunge transitive verb
[ Confer Implunge
.] To plunge; to implunge.
[ Obsolete] Spenser.
Empoison transitive verb
[ French empoisonner
; prefix em-
+ French poison
. See Poison
, and confer Impoison
.] To poison; to impoison. Shak.
Empoison noun Poison. [ Obsolete] Remedy of Love.
Empoisoner noun Poisoner. [ Obsolete] Bacon.
Empoisonment noun [ French empoisonnement .] The act of poisoning. Bacon.
Emporetic, Emporetical adjective
[ Latin emporeticus
, Greek .... See Emporium
.] Pertaining to an emporium; relating to merchandise.
[ Obsolete] Johnson.
; plural Emporiums
, Latin Emporia
. [ Latin , from Greek ..., from ... belonging to commerce, from ... traveler, trader; ... in + ... way through and over, path. See In
, and Empiric
.] 1. A place of trade; a market place; a mart; esp., a city or town with extensive commerce; the commercial center of a country.
That wonderful emporium [ Manchester] . . . was then a mean and ill-built market town. Macaulay.
It is pride . . . which fills our streets, our emporiums , our theathers. Knox. 2. (Physiol.) The brain.
Empower transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Empowered
; present participle & verbal noun Empowering
.] 1. To give authority to; to delegate power to; to commission; to authorize (having commonly a legal force); as, the Supreme Court is empowered to try and decide cases, civil or criminal; the attorney is empowered to sign an acquittance, and discharge the debtor. 2. To give moral or physical power, faculties, or abilities to.
"These eyes . . . empowered
to gaze." Keble.
[ Middle English empress
, Old French empereis
, from Latin imperatrix
, fem. of imperator
. See Emperor
.] 1. The consort of an emperor. Shak. 2. A female sovereign. 3. A sovereign mistress.
of my soul." Shak. Empress cloth
, a cloth for ladies' dresses, either wholly of wool, or with cotton warp and wool weft. It resembles merino, but is not twilled.
[ French, fr s'empresser
to hasten.] Demonstrative warmth or cordiality of manner; display of enthusiasm.
He grasped my hand with a nervous empressement . Poe.
Emprint transitive verb
[ Obsolete] See Imprint .
[ Old French emprise
, from emprendre
to undertake; prefix em-
) + French prendre
to take, Latin prehendere
before + a verb akin to English get
. See Get
, and confer Enterprise
.] [ Archaic] 1. An enterprise; endeavor; adventure. Chaucer.
In brave pursuit of chivalrous emprise . Spenser.
The deeds of love and high emprise . Longfellow. 2. The qualifies which prompt one to undertake difficult and dangerous exploits.
I love thy courage yet and bolt emprise ; Milton.
But here thy sword can do thee little stead.
Emprise transitive verb To undertake. [ Obsolete] Sackville.
[ From Emprise
, transitive verb
] Full of daring; adventurous.
[ Archaic] T. Campbell.
Emprison transitive verb
.] See Imprison .
Emprosthotonos noun [ New Latin , from Greek ... forward + ... to draw.] (Medicine) A drawing of the body forward, in consequence of the spasmodic action of some of the muscles. Gross.
Empte transitive verb To empty. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Emptier noun One who, or that which, empties.
Emptier compar. of Empty .
[ From Empty
.] 1. The state of being empty; absence of contents; void space; vacuum; as, the emptiness of a vessel; emptiness of the stomach. 2. Want of solidity or substance; unsatisfactoriness; inability to satisfy desire; vacuity; hollowness; the emptiness of earthly glory. 3. Want of knowledge; lack of sense; vacuity of mind.
Eternal smiles his emptiness betray. Pope.
The sins of emptiness , gossip, and spite. Tennyson.