Webster's Dictionary, 1913
[ Greek ..., from .... See Bishop
.] 1. Survey; superintendence.
[ Obsolete] Milton. 2. Episcopacy.
[ Obsolete] Jer. Taylor.
Episepalous adjective [ Prefix epi- + sepal .] (Botany) Growing on the sepals or adnate to them.
Episkeletal adjective [ Prefix epi- + skeleletal .] (Anat.) Above or outside of the endoskeleton; epaxial.
Episode noun [ Greek ... a coming in besides, ... episode; ... into, besides + ... a coming in, ... into + ... way, confer Sanskrit sad to go: confer French épisode .] (Rhet.) A separate incident, story, or action, introduced for the purpose of giving a greater variety to the events related; an incidental narrative, or digression, separable from the main subject, but naturally arising from it.
Episodial adjective Pertaining to an episode; by way of episode; episodic.
Episodic, Episodical adjective
[ Confer French épisodique
. See Episode
.] Of or pertaining to an episode; adventitious.
Such a figure as Jacob Brattle, purely episodical though it be, is an excellent English portrait. H. James.
Epispadias noun [ New Latin , from Greek 'epi` upon + ... to draw, rend.] (Medicine) A deformity in which the urethra opens upon the top of the penis, instead of at its extremity.
Epispastic adjective [ Greek ..., from ... to draw to, attract; ... to + ... to draw: confer French épispastique .] (Medicine) Attracting the humors to the skin; exciting action in the skin; blistering.
Epispastic noun (Medicine) An external application to the skin, which produces a puriform or serous discharge by exciting inflammation; a vesicatory.
[ Prefix epi-
+ Greek ... seed: confer French épisperme
.] (Botany) The skin or coat of a seed, especially the outer coat. See Testa .
Epispermic adjective (Botany) Pertaining, or belonging, to the episperm, or covering of a seed.
Epispore noun [ Prefix epi- + spore .] (Botany) The thickish outer coat of certain spores.
Epistaxis noun [ New Latin , from Greek 'epi` upon + ... to drop.] (Medicine) Bleeding at the nose.
Epistemology noun [ Greek ... knowledge + -logy .] The theory or science of the method or grounds of knowledge.
Episternal adjective (Anat. & Zoology) Of or pertaining to the episternum.
; plural Episterna
. [ New Latin See Epi-
, and Sternum
.] 1. (Anat.) (a) A median bone connected with the sternum, in many vertebrates; the interclavicle. (b) Same as Epiplastron . 2. (Zoology) One of the lateral pieces next to the sternum in the thorax of insects.
Epistilbite noun [ Prefix epi- + stilbite .] (Min.) A crystallized, transparent mineral of the Zeolite family. It is a hydrous silicate of alumina and lime.
[ Middle English epistle
, Anglo-Saxon epistol
, Latin epistola
, from Greek ... anything sent by a messenger, message, letter, from ... to send to, tell by letter or message; 'epi`
upon, to + ... to dispatch, send; confer Old French epistle
, French épître
. See Stall
.] 1. A writing directed or sent to a person or persons; a written communication; a letter; -- applied usually to formal, didactic, or elegant letters.
A madman's epistles are no gospels. Shak. 2. (Eccl.) One of the letters in the New Testament which were addressed to their Christian brethren by Apostles. Epistle side
, the right side of an altar or church to a person looking from the nave toward the chancel.
One sees the pulpit on the epistle side . R. Browning.
Epistle transitive verb To write; to communicate in a letter or by writing. [ Obsolete] Milton.
1. A writer of epistles, or of an epistle of the New Testament. M. Arnold. 2. (Eccl.) The ecclesiastic who reads the epistle at the communion service.
Epistolar adjective Epistolary. Dr. H. More.
Epistolary adjective [ Latin epistolaris , from epistola : confer French épistolaire .]
1. Pertaining to epistles or letters; suitable to letters and correspondence; as, an epistolary style. 2. Contained in letters; carried on by letters. " Epistolary correspondence." Addison.
Epistolean (ĕp`ĭs*tō"lĕ* a n) noun One who writes epistles; a correspondent. Mary Cowden Clarke.
Epistoler (e*pĭs"to*lẽr) noun (Eccl.) One of the clergy who reads the epistle at the communion service; an epistler.
Epistolet (-lĕt) noun A little epistle. Lamb.
Epistolic, Epistolical adjective [ Latin epistolicus , Greek ....] Pertaining to letters or epistles; in the form or style of letters; epistolary.
Epistolize intransitive verb To write epistles.
Epistolizer noun A writer of epistles.
[ Greek ... : confer French épistolographique
.] Pertaining to the writing of letters; used in writing letters; epistolary. Epistolographic character
or mode of writing
, the same as Demotic character . See under Demotic .
Epistolography noun [ Greek ... epistle + -graphy : confer French épistolographie .] The art or practice of writing epistles.
Epistoma, Epistome noun
[ New Latin epistoma
, from Greek 'epi`
upon + ..., ..., mouth.] (Zoology) (a) The region between the antennæ and the mouth, in Crustacea. (b) A liplike organ that covers the mouth, in most Bryozoa. See Illust. , under Entoprocta .
Epistrophe noun [ Latin , from Greek ... a turning toward, return, from ... to turn toward; 'epi` upon, to + ... to turn.] (Rhet.) A figure in which successive clauses end with the same word or affirmation; e. g. , "Are they Hebrews? so am I . Are they Israelites? so am I ." 2 Cor. xi. 22.
Epistyle noun [ Latin epistylium , Greek ...; 'epi` upon + ... column: confer French épistyle .] (Anc. Arch.) A massive piece of stone or wood laid immediately on the abacus of the capital of a column or pillar; -- now called architrave .
Episyllogism noun [ Prefix epi- + syllogism .] (Logic) A syllogism which assumes as one of its premises a proposition which was the conclusion of a preceding syllogism, called, in relation to this, the prosyllogism.
[ French épitaphe
, Latin epitaphium
a funeral oration, from Greek ..., orig. an adj., over or at a tomb; 'epi`
upon + ... tomb. Confer Cenotaph
.] 1. An inscription on, or at, a tomb, or a grave, in memory or commendation of the one buried there; a sepulchral inscription.
Hang her an epitaph upon her tomb. Shak. 2. A brief writing formed as if to be inscribed on a monument, as that concerning Alexander: "Sufficit huic tumulus, cui non sufficeret orbis."
Epitaph transitive verb To commemorate by an epitaph.
Let me be epitaphed the inventor of English hexameters. G. Harvey.
Epitaph intransitive verb To write or speak after the manner of an epitaph.
The common in their speeches epitaph upon him . . . "He lived as a wolf and died as a dog." Bp. Hall.
Epitapher noun A writer of epitaphs. Nash.
Epitaphial, Epitaphian adjective Relating to, or of the nature of, an epitaph.
The noble Pericles in his epitaphian speech. Milton.
Epitaphial Latin verses are not to be taken too literally. Lowell.
Epitaphic adjective Pertaining to an epitaph; epitaphian. -- noun An epitaph. Udall.
Epitaphist noun An epitapher.
Epitasis noun [ New Latin , from Greek ... a stretching, from ... to stretch upon or over; 'epi` upon + ... to stretch.]
1. That part which embraces the main action of a play, poem, and the like, and leads on to the catastrophe; -- opposed to protasis . 2. (Medicine) The period of violence in a fever or disease; paroxysm. Dunglison.
Epithalamic adjective Belonging to, or designed for, an epithalamium.
; plural Epithalamiums
, Latin Epithalamia
. [ Latin , from Greek ... , orig. an adj., nuptial; 'epi`
upon, at + ... bride chamber.] A nuptial song, or poem in honor of the bride and bridegroom.
The kind of poem which was called epithalamium . . . sung when the bride was led into her chamber. B. Jonson.
; plural Epithalamies Epithalamium.
[ R.] Donne.
Epitheca noun [ New Latin , from Greek 'epi` upon + ... a case, box, from ... to place.] (Zoology) A continuous and, usually, structureless layer which covers more or less of the exterior of many corals.
Epithelial adjective Of or pertaining to epithelium; as, epithelial cells; epithelial cancer.
Epithelioid adjective [ Epithelium + -oid .] (Anat.) Like epithelium; as, epithelioid cells.
[ New Latin See Epithelium
, and -oma
.] (Medicine) A malignant growth containing epithelial cells; -- called also epithelial cancer .