Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Ensconce transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Ensconced
; imperfect & past participle Ensconcing
.] To cover or shelter, as with a sconce or fort; to place or hide securely; to conceal.
She shall not see me: I will ensconce me behind the arras. Shak.
(ĕn*sēl") transitive verb To impress with a seal; to mark as with a seal; hence, to ratify.
This deed I do enseal . Piers Plowman.
Enseam transitive verb
[ Prefix en-
suture. Confer Inseam
.] To sew up; to inclose by a seam; hence, to include; to contain. Camden.
Ensear transitive verb To sear; to dry up.
Ensear thy fertile and conceptious womb. Shak.
Ensearch intransitive verb
[ Old French encerchier
. See Search
.] To make search; to try to find something.
[ Obsolete] -- transitive verb To search for.
[ Obsolete] Sir T. Elyot.
Enseel (ĕn*sēl") transitive verb To close eyes of; to seel; -- said in reference to a hawk. [ Obsolete]
(ĕn*sānt") adjective (Law) With child; pregnant. See Enceinte .
Ensemble noun [ French] The whole; all the parts taken together.
Ensemble adverb [ French] All at once; together.
Enshelter transitive verb To shelter. [ Obsolete]
Enshield transitive verb To defend, as with a shield; to shield. [ Archaic] Shak.
Enshield adjective Shielded; enshielded. [ Obsolete] Shak.
Enshrine transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Enshrined
; present participle & verbal noun Enshrining
.] To inclose in a shrine or chest; hence, to preserve or cherish as something sacred; as, to enshrine something in memory.
We will enshrine it as holy relic. Massinger.
Enshroud transitive verb To cover with, or as with, a shroud; to shroud. Churchill.
Ensiferous adjective [ Latin ensifer ; ensis sword + ferre to bear: confer French ensifère .] Bearing a sword.
[ Latin ensis
sword + -form
: confer French ensiforme
.] Having the form of a sword blade; sword-shaped; as, an ensiform leaf. Ensiform cartilage
, & Ensiform process
. (Anat.) See Xiphisternum .
[ Latin enseigne
, Latin insignia
, plural of insigne
a distinctive mark, badge, flag; in + signum
mark, sign. See Sign
, and confer Insignia
, 3d Ancient
.] 1. A flag; a banner; a standard; esp., the national flag, or a banner indicating nationality, carried by a ship or a body of soldiers; -- as distinguished from flags indicating divisions of the army, rank of naval officers, or private signals, and the like.
Hang up your ensigns , let your drums be still. Shak. 2. A signal displayed like a standard, to give notice.
He will lift an ensign to the nations from far. Is. v. 26. 3. Sign; badge of office, rank, or power; symbol.
The ensigns of our power about we bear. Waller. 4. (a) Formerly, a commissioned officer of the army who carried the ensign or flag of a company or regiment. (b) A commissioned officer of the lowest grade in the navy, corresponding to the grade of second lieutenant in the army. Ham. Nav. Encyc.
» In the British army the rank of ensign
was abolished in 1871. In the United States army the rank is not recognized; the regimental flags being carried by a sergeant called the color sergeant
. Ensign bearer
, one who carries a flag; an ensign.
Ensign transitive verb 1. To designate as by an ensign.
Henry but joined the roses that ensigned B. Jonson. 2. To distinguish by a mark or ornament; esp. (Her.) , by a crown; thus, any charge which has a crown immediately above or upon it, is said to be ensigned .
; plural Ensigncies The rank or office of an ensign.
Ensignship noun The state or rank of an ensign.
[ F.; prefix en-
) + silo
. See Silo
.] 1. The process of preserving fodder (such as cornstalks, rye, oats, millet, etc.) by compressing it while green and fresh in a pit or vat called a silo, where it is kept covered from the air; as, the ensilage of fodder. 2. The fodder preserved in a silo.
Ensilage transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Ensilaged
; present participle & verbal noun Ensilaging
.] To preserve in a silo; as, to ensilage cornstalks.
Ensile transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Ensiled
; present participle & verbal noun Ensiling
.] [ French ensiler
: confer Spanish ensilar
. See Silo
.] To store (green fodder) in a silo; to prepare as silage.
-- En"si*list noun
Ensky transitive verb To place in the sky or in heaven. [ R.] "A thing enskied and sainted." Shak.
Enslave transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Enslaved
; present participle & verbal noun Enslaving
.] To reduce to slavery; to make a slave of; to subject to a dominant influence.
The conquer'd, also, and enslaved by war, Milton.
Shall, with their freedom lost, all virtue lose.
Pleasure admitted in undue degree Cowper.
Enslaves the will.
Enslavedness noun State of being enslaved.
Enslavement noun The act of reducing to slavery; state of being enslaved; bondage; servitude.
A fresh enslavement to their enemies. South.
Enslaver noun One who enslaves. Swift.
Ensnare transitive verb To catch in a snare. See Insnare .
Ensnarl transitive verb To entangle. [ Obsolete] Spenser.
Ensober transitive verb To make sober.
Sad accidents to ensober his spirits. Jer. Taylor.
Ensoul transitive verb To indue or imbue (a body) with soul. [ R.] Emerson.
Ensphere transitive verb
[ Prefix en-
. Confer Insphere
.] 1. To place in a sphere; to envelop.
His ample shoulders in a cloud ensphered . Chapman. 2. To form into a sphere.
Enstamp transitive verb To stamp; to mark as with a stamp; to impress deeply.
It is the motive . . . which enstamps the character. Gogan.
Enstate transitive verb See Instate .
Enstatite noun [ Named from Greek ... an adversary, because infusible before the blowpipe.] (Min.) A mineral of the pyroxene group, orthorhombic in crystallization; often fibrous and massive; color grayish white or greenish. It is a silicate of magnesia with some iron. Bronzite is a ferriferous variety.
Enstatitic adjective Relating to enstatite.
Enstore transitive verb
[ See Instaurate
.] To restore.
[ Obsolete] Wyclif.
Enstyle transitive verb To style; to name. [ Obsolete]
Ensuable adjective Ensuing; following.
Ensue transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Ensued
; present participle & verbal noun Ensuing
.] [ Old French ensevre
, Old French & French ensuivre
, from Latin insequi
; in + sequi
to pursue. See Sue
.] To follow; to pursue; to follow and overtake.
[ Obsolete] "Seek peace, and ensue
it." 1 Pet. iii. 11.
To ensue his example in doing the like mischief. Golding.
Ensue intransitive verb To follow or come afterward; to follow as a consequence or in chronological succession; to result; as, an ensuing conclusion or effect; the year ensuing was a cold one.
So spoke the Dame, but no applause ensued . Pope.
Damage to the mind or the body, or to both, ensues , unless the exciting cause be presently removed. I. Taylor. Syn.
-- To follow; pursue; succeed. See Follow
Ensure transitive verb 1. To make sure. See Insure . 2. To betroth.
[ Obsolete] Sir T. More.
Enswathe transitive verb To swathe; to envelop, as in swaddling clothes. Shak.
Enswathement noun The act of enswathing, or the state of being enswathed.
Ensweep transitive verb To sweep over or across; to pass over rapidly. [ R.] Thomson.
Ent- A prefix signifying within . See Ento- .
[ Old French entablature
: confer It intavolatura
, from Late Latin intabulare
to construct a basis; Latin in + tabulatum
board work, flooring, from tabula
. See Table
.] (Architecture) The superstructure which lies horizontally upon the columns. See Illust. of Column , Cornice .
» It is commonly divided into architrave
, the part immediately above the column; frieze
, the central space; and cornice
, the upper projecting moldings. Parker.