Webster's Dictionary, 1913
En noun (Print.) Half an em, that is, half of the unit of space in measuring printed matter. See Em .
[ French Confer Block
] In a lump; as a whole; all together.
"Movement of the ossicles en bloc
En bloc they are known as "the herd". W. A. Fraser.
En passant [ French] In passing; in the course of any procedure; -- said specif. (Chess) , of the taking of an adverse pawn which makes a first move of two squares by a pawn already so advanced as to threaten the first of these squares. The pawn which takes en passant is advanced to the threatened square.
En rapport [ French] In accord, harmony, or sympathy; having a mutual, esp. a private, understanding; of a hypnotic subject, being in such a mental state as to be especially subject to the influence of a particular person or persons.
En route [ French] On the way or road.
[ French en
-, Latin in
.] A prefix signifying in or into , used in many English words, chiefly those borrowed from the French. Some English words are written indifferently with en- or in -. For ease of pronunciation it is commonly changed to em- before p , b , and m , as in em ploy, em body, em mew. It is sometimes used to give a causal force, as in en able, en feeble, to cause to be , or to make , able, or feeble; and sometimes merely gives an intensive force, as in en chasten. See In- . 2. A prefix from Greek ... in, meaning in ; as, en cephalon, en tomology. See In- .
Enable transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Enabled
; present participle & verbal noun Enabling
.] 1. To give strength or ability to; to make firm and strong.
[ Obsolete] "Who hath enabled
me." 1 Tim. i. 12.
Receive the Holy Ghost, said Christ to his apostles, when he enabled them with priestly power. Jer. Taylor. 2. To make able (to do, or to be, something); to confer sufficient power upon; to furnish with means, opportunities, and the like; to render competent for; to empower; to endow.
Temperance gives Nature her full play, and enables her to exert herself in all her force and vigor. Addison.
Enablement noun The act of enabling, or the state of being enabled; ability. Bacon.
Enact transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Enacted
; present participle & verbal noun Enacting
.] 1. To decree; to establish by legal and authoritative act; to make into a law; especially, to perform the legislative act with reference to (a bill) which gives it the validity of law. 2. To act; to perform; to do; to effect.
The king enacts more wonders than a man. Shak. 3. To act the part of; to represent; to play.
I did enact Julius Caesar. Shak. Enacting clause
, that clause of a bill which formally expresses the legislative sanction.
Enact noun Purpose; determination. [ Obsolete]
Enactive adjective Having power to enact or establish as a law. Abp. Bramhall.
1. The passing of a bill into a law; the giving of legislative sanction and executive approval to a bill whereby it is established as a law. 2. That which is enacted or passed into a law; a law; a decree; a statute; a prescribed requirement; as, a prohibitory enactment ; a social enactment .
Enactor noun One who enacts a law; one who decrees or establishes as a law. Atterbury.
Enacture noun Enactment; resolution. [ Obsolete] Shak.
Enaliosaur noun (Paleon.) One of the Enaliosauria.
Enaliosauria noun plural [ New Latin , from Greek ... marine (... in + ... the sea) + ... a lizard.] (Paleon.) An extinct group of marine reptiles, embracing both the Ichthyosauria and the Plesiosauria, now regarded as distinct orders.
Enaliosaurian adjective (Paleon.) Pertaining to the Enaliosauria. -- noun One of the Enaliosauria.
Enallage noun [ Latin , from Greek ... an exchange, from ... to exchange; ... in + ... to change.] (Gram.) A substitution, as of one part of speech for another, of one gender, number, case, person, tense, mode, or voice, of the same word, for another.
Enambush transitive verb To ambush. [ Obsolete]
[ Prefix en-
. See Amel
, transitive verb
] 1. A variety of glass, used in ornament, to cover a surface, as of metal or pottery, and admitting of after decoration in color, or used itself for inlaying or application in varied colors. 2. (Min.) A glassy, opaque bead obtained by the blowpipe. 3. That which is enameled; also, any smooth, glossy surface, resembling enamel, especially if variegated. 4. (Anat.) The intensely hard calcified tissue entering into the composition of teeth. It merely covers the exposed parts of the teeth of man, but in many animals is intermixed in various ways with the dentine and cement. Enamel painting
, painting with enamel colors upon a ground of metal, porcelain, or the like, the colors being afterwards fixed by fire.
-- Enamel paper
, paper glazed a metallic coating.
Enamel transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Enameled
; present participle & verbal noun Enameling
.] 1. To lay enamel upon; to decorate with enamel whether inlaid or painted. 2. To variegate with colors as if with enamel.
Oft he [ the serpent]bowed Milton. 3. To form a glossy surface like enamel upon; as, to enamel card paper; to enamel leather or cloth. 4. To disguise with cosmetics, as a woman's complexion.
His turret crest and sleek enameled neck.
Enamel intransitive verb To practice the art of enameling.
Enamel adjective Relating to the art of enameling; as, enamel painting. Tomlinson.
1. Any one of various preparations for giving a smooth, glossy surface like that of enamel. 2. A cosmetic intended to give the appearance of a smooth and beautiful complexion.
Enamelar adjective Consisting of enamel; resembling enamel; smooth; glossy. [ R.] Craig.
Enameled adjective Coated or adorned with enamel; having a glossy or variegated surface; glazed. [ Written also enamelled .]
Enameler, Enamelist noun One who enamels; a workman or artist who applies enamels in ornamental work. [ Written also enameller , enamellist .]
Enamor transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Enamored
; present participle & verbal noun Enamoring
.] [ Old French enamourer
; prefix en-
) + Old French & French amour
love, Latin amor
. See Amour
, and confer Inamorato
.] To inflame with love; to charm; to captivate; -- with of , or with , before the person or thing; as, to be enamored with a lady; to be enamored of books or science.
[ Written also enamour
Passionately enamored of this shadow of a dream. W. Irving.
Enamorment noun The state of being enamored. [ R.]
Enantiomorphous adjective [ Greek 'enanti`os opposite + morfh` form.] (Crystallog.) Similar, but not superposable, i. e. , related to each other as a right-handed to a left-handed glove; -- said of certain hemihedral crystals.
Enantiopathic adjective (Medicine) Serving to palliate; palliative. Dunglison.
Enantiopathy noun [ Greek ... of contrary properties or affections; 'enanti`os opposite + ... suffering, affection, from ..., ..., to suffer.]
1. An opposite passion or affection. Sir W. Hamilton. 2. (Medicine) Allopathy; -- a term used by followers of Hahnemann, or homeopathists.
Enantiosis noun [ New Latin , from Greek ... contradiction, from 'enanti`os opposite.] (Rhet.) A figure of speech by which what is to be understood affirmatively is stated negatively, and the contrary; affirmation by contraries.
Enarch transitive verb To arch. [ Obsolete] Lydgate.
Enarched adjective (Her.) Bent into a curve; -- said of a bend or other ordinary.
Enargite noun (Min.) An iron-black mineral of metallic luster, occurring in small orthorhombic crystals, also massive. It contains sulphur, arsenic, copper, and often silver.
Enarmed adjective (Her.) Same as Armed , 3.
[ Latin enarratio
. See Narration
.] A detailed exposition; relation.
[ Obsolete] Hakewill.
[ New Latin , from Greek ... in + .... See Arthrodia
.] (Anat.) See Enarthrosis .
[ New Latin , from Greek ..., from ... jointed; ... in + ... joint.] (Anat.) A ball and socket joint, or the kind of articulation represented by such a joint. See Articulation .
Enascent adjective [ Latin enascens , present participle of enasci to spring up; e out + nasci to be born.] Coming into being; nascent. [ Obsolete] Bp. Warburton.
[ Latin enatare
to swim out. See Natation
.] A swimming out.
[ Obsolete] Bailey.
[ Latin enatus
, past participle of enasci
. See Enascent
.] Growing out.
Enation noun (Botany) Any unusual outgrowth from the surface of a thing, as of a petal; also, the capacity or act of producing such an outgrowth.
Enaunter adverb [ Prefix en- + aunter .] Lest that. [ Obsolete] Spenser.
Enavigate transitive verb [ Latin enavigatus , past participle of enavigare .] To sail away or over. [ Obsolete] Cockeram.
Enbattled adjective Embattled. [ Obsolete]
Enbibe transitive verb To imbibe. [ Obsolete] Skelton.