Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Ectoprocta noun plural [ New Latin , from Greek ... outside + ... the anus.] (Zoology) An order of Bryozoa in which the anus lies outside the circle of tentacles.
Ectopy noun (Medicine) Same as Ectopia .
Ectorganism noun [ Ect- + organism .] (Biol.) An external parasitic organism.
Ectosarc noun [ Ecto- + Greek ..., ..., flesh.] (Biol.) The semisolid external layer of protoplasm in some unicellular organisms, as the amœba; ectoplasm; exoplasm.
Ectosteal adjective (Physiol.) Of or pertaining to ectostosis; as, ectosteal ossification.
[ New Latin See Ect-
, and Ostosis
.] (Physiol.) A process of bone formation in which ossification takes place in the perichondrium and either surrounds or gradually replaces the cartilage.
Ectozoic adjective (Zoology) See Epizoic .
; plural Ectozoa
. [ New Latin , from Greek 'ekto`s
outside outside + zw^,on
an animal.] (Zoology) See Epizoön .
Ectropion noun [ New Latin , from Greek ..., from ... a turning aside; ... from + ... to turn.] (Medicine) An unnatural eversion of the eyelids.
[ New Latin ] (Medicine) Same as Ectropion .
Ectrotic adjective [ Greek ... for abortion; 'ek out + ... to wound, cause mischief to.] (Medicine) Having a tendency to prevent the development of anything, especially of a disease.
[ Latin ectypus
worked in high relief, Greek ...; 'ek
out + ... stamp, figure. See Type
.] Copied, reproduced as a molding or cast, in contradistinction from the original model.
[ Confer French ectype
. See Ectypal
.] 1. (Classical Archæol.) (a) A copy, as in pottery, of an artist's original work. Hence: (b) A work sculptured in relief, as a cameo, or in bas-relief (in this sense used loosely). 2. A copy from an original; a type of something that has previously existed.
Some regarded him [ Klopstock] as an ectype of the ancient prophets. Eng. Cyc. .
Ectypography noun [ Ectype + -graphy .] A method of etching in which the design upon the plate is produced in relief.
Ecumenic, Ecumenical adjective
[ Latin oecumenicus
, Greek ... (sc. ...) the inhabited world, from ... to inhabit, from ... house, dwelling. See Economy
.] General; universal; in ecclesiastical usage, that which concerns the whole church; as, an ecumenical council.
[ Written also œcumenical
.] Ecumenical Bishop
, a title assumed by the popes.
-- Ecumenical council
. See under Council .
[ French See Equerry
.] A stable.
Eczema noun [ New Latin , from Greek 'e`kzema ; "ek out + zei^n to boil.] (Medicine) An inflammatory disease of the skin, characterized by the presence of redness and itching, an eruption of small vesicles, and the discharge of a watery exudation, which often dries up, leaving the skin covered with crusts; -- called also tetter , milk crust , and salt rheum .
Eczematous adjective (Medicine) Pertaining to eczema; having the characteristic of eczema.
[ Latin edax
, from edere
to eat.] Given to eating; voracious; devouring.
Swallowed in the depths of edacious Time. Carlyle.
Edacity noun [ Latin edacitas .] Greediness; voracity; ravenousness; rapacity. Bacon.
Edam noun , or Edam cheese A Dutch pressed cheese of yellow color and fine flavor, made in balls weighing three or four pounds, and usually colored crimson outside; -- so called from the village of Edam, near Amsterdam. Also, cheese of the same type, wherever made.
; plural Eddas
. [ Icelandic , lit. great-grandmother
( i. e.
, of Scandinavian poetry), so called by Bishop Brynjúlf Sveinsson, who brought it again to light in 1643.] The religious or mythological book of the old Scandinavian tribes of German origin, containing two collections of Sagas (legends, myths) of the old northern gods and heroes.
» There are two Eddas. The older, consisting of 39 poems, was reduced to writing from oral tradition in Iceland between 1050 and 1133. The younger or prose Edda
, called also the Edda of Snorri
, is the work of several writers, though usually ascribed to Snorri Sturleson, who was born in 1178.
Eddaic, Eddic adjective Relating to the Eddas; resembling the Eddas.
[ See Adder
.] (Zoology) An adder or serpent.
[ Prov. Eng.] Wright.
Edder noun [ Anglo-Saxon edor hedge, fence; akin to etar .] Flexible wood worked into the top of hedge stakes, to bind them together. [ Obsolete] Tusser.
Edder transitive verb To bind the top interweaving edder; as, to edder a hedge. [ Obsolete]
[ Anglo-Saxon edisc
; confer Anglo-Saxon prefix ed-
again, anew. Confer Eddy
, and Arrish
.] Aftermath; also, stubble and stubble field. See Arrish .
Eddoes noun plural (Botany) The tubers of Colocasia antiquorum . See Taro .
; plural Eddies
(-dĭz). [ Prob. from Icelandic iða
; confer Icelandic prefix ið-
back, Anglo-Saxon ed-
, Old Saxon idug-
, Old High German ita-
; Goth. id-
.] 1. A current of air or water running back, or in a direction contrary to the main current. 2. A current of water or air moving in a circular direction; a whirlpool.
And smiling eddies dimpled on the main. Dryden.
Wheel through the air, in circling eddies play. Addison.
Used also adjectively; as, eddy
Eddy intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Eddied
; present participle & verbal noun Eddying
.] To move as an eddy, or as in an eddy; to move in a circle.
Eddying round and round they sink. Wordsworth.
Eddy transitive verb To collect as into an eddy.
The circling mountains eddy in Thomson.
From the bare wild the dissipated storm.
Eddy current (Electricity) An induced electric current circulating wholly within a mass of metal; -- called also Foucault current .
Eddy kite Called also Malay kite . [ After William A. Eddy , American kite expert.] A quadrilateral, tailless kite, with convex surfaces exposed to the wind. This kite was extensively used by Eddy in his famous meteorological experiments. It is now generally superseded by the box kite.
Edelweiss noun [ G., from edel noble + weiss white.] (Botany) A little, perennial, white, woolly plant ( Leontopodium alpinum ), growing at high elevations in the Alps.
[ New Latin ] (Medicine) Same as œdema .
Edematous, Edematose adjective (Medicine) Same as œdematous .
Eden noun [ Hebrew ēden delight, pleasure; also, a place of pleasure, Eden.] The garden where Adam and Eve first dwelt; hence, a delightful region or residence.
Edenic adjective Of or pertaining to Eden; paradisaic. " Edenic joys." Mrs. Browning.
[ From Eden
ville, N. Y.] (Min.) A variety of amphibole. See Amphibole .
Edenized adjective Admitted to a state of paradisaic happiness. [ R.] Davies (Wit's Pilgr. ).
Edental adjective See Edentate , adjective
-- noun (Zoology) One of the Edentata.
Edentalous adjective See Edentate , adjective
Edentata noun plural [ New Latin , neut. plural from Latin edentatus , past participle of edentare to render toothless; e out + dens , dentis , tooth.] (Zoology) An order of mammals including the armadillos, sloths, and anteaters; -- called also Bruta . The incisor teeth are rarely developed, and in some groups all the teeth are lacking.
1. Destitute of teeth; as, an edentate quadruped; an edentate leaf. 2. (Zoology) Belonging to the Edentata.
Edentate noun (Zoology) One of the Edentata.
Edentated adjective Same as Edentate , adjective
Edentation noun A depriving of teeth. [ R.] Cockeram.
Edentulous adjective [ Latin edentulus ; e out + dens , dentis , tooth.] Toothless.