Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Genethliatic noun One who calculates nativities. Sir W. Drummond.

Genetic (je*nĕt"ĭk) adjective Same as Genetical .

Genetical (-ĭ*k a l) adjective [ See Genesis .] Pertaining to, concerned with, or determined by, the genesis of anything, or its natural mode of production or development.

This historical, genetical method of viewing prior systems of philosophy.
Hare.

Genetically adverb In a genetical manner.

Geneva noun The chief city of Switzerland.

Geneva Bible , a translation of the Bible into English, made and published by English refugees in Geneva (Geneva, 1560; London, 1576). It was the first English Bible printed in Roman type instead of the ancient black letter, the first which recognized the division into verses, and the first which omitted the Apocrypha. In form it was a small quarto, and soon superseded the large folio of Cranmer's translation. Called also Genevan Bible . -- Geneva convention (Mil.) , an agreement made by representatives of the great continental powers at Geneva and signed in 1864, establishing new and more humane regulation regarding the treatment of the sick and wounded and the status of those who minister to them in war. Ambulances and military hospitals are made neutral, and this condition affects physicians, chaplains, nurses, and the ambulance corps. Great Britain signed the convention in 1865. -- Geneva cross (Mil.) , a red Greek cross on a white ground; -- the flag and badge adopted in the Geneva convention.

Geneva noun [ French genièvre juniper, juniper berry, gin, Old French geneivre juniper, from Latin juniperus the juniper tree: confer Dutch jenever , from French genièvre . See Juniper , and confer Gin a liquor.] A strongly alcoholic liquor, flavored with juniper berries; -- made in Holland; Holland gin; Hollands.

Genevan adjective Of or pertaining to Geneva, in Switzerland; Genevese.

Genevan noun
1. A native or inhabitant of Geneva.

2. A supported of Genevanism.

Genevanism noun [ From Geneva , where Calvin resided.] Strict Calvinism. Bp. Montagu.

Genevese adjective [ Confer Latin Genevensis , French génevois .] Of or pertaining to Geneva, in Switzerland; Genevan. -- noun sing. & plural A native or inhabitant of Geneva; collectively, the inhabitants of Geneva; people of Geneva.

Genial adjective (Anat.) Same as Genian .

Genial adjective [ Latin genialis : confer Old French genial . See Genius .]
1. Contributing to, or concerned in, propagation or production; generative; procreative; productive. "The genial bed." Milton.

Creator Venus, genial power of love.
Dryden.

2. Contributing to, and sympathizing with, the enjoyment of life; sympathetically cheerful and cheering; jovial and inspiring joy or happiness; exciting pleasure and sympathy; enlivening; kindly; as, she was of a cheerful and genial disposition.

So much I feel my genial spirits droop.
Milton.

3. Belonging to one's genius or natural character; native; natural; inborn. [ Obsolete]

Natural incapacity and genial indisposition.
Sir T. Browne.

4. Denoting or marked with genius; belonging to the higher nature. [ R.]

Men of genius have often attached the highest value to their less genial works.
Hare.

Genial gods (Pagan Mythol.) , the powers supposed to preside over marriage and generation.

Geniality noun [ Latin genialitas .] The quality of being genial; sympathetic cheerfulness; warmth of disposition and manners.

Genially adverb
1. By genius or nature; naturally. [ Obsolete]

Some men are genially disposed to some opinions.
Glanvill.

2. Gayly; cheerfully. Johnson.

Genialness noun The quality of being genial.

Genian adjective [ Greek ... chin; akin to ... under jaw. Confer Chin .] (Anat.) Of or pertaining to the chin; mental; as, the genian prominence.

Geniculate adjective [ Latin geniculatus , from geniculum little knee, knot or joint, dim. of genu knee. See Knee .] Bent abruptly at an angle, like the knee when bent; as, a geniculate stem; a geniculate ganglion; a geniculate twin crystal.

Geniculate transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Geniculated ; present participle & verbal noun Geniculating .] To form joints or knots on. [ R.] Cockeram.

Geniculated adjective Same as Geniculate .

Geniculation noun [ Latin geniculatio a kneeling.]


1. The act of kneeling. [ R.] Bp. Hall.

2. The state of being bent abruptly at an angle.

Génie noun [ French] See Genius .

Genio noun [ Italian See Genius .] A man of a particular turn of mind. [ R.] Tatler.

Geniohyoid adjective [ Greek ... the chin + English hyoid .] (Anat.) Of or pertaining to the chin and hyoid bone; as, the geniohyoid muscle.

Genip noun , or Genip tree
1. Any tree or shrub of the genus Genipa .

2. The West Indian sapindaceous tree Melicocca bijuga , which yields the honeyberry; also, the related trees Exothea paniculata and E. trifoliata .

Genipap noun (Botany) The edible fruit of a West Indian tree ( Genipa Americana ) of the order Rubiaceæ . It is oval in shape, as a large as a small orange, of a pale greenish color, and with dark purple juice.

Genista noun [ Latin , broom.] (Botany) A genus of plants including the common broom of Western Europe.

Genital adjective [ Latin genitalis , from genere , gignere , to beget: confer French génital . See Gender .] Pertaining to generation, or to the generative organs.

Genital cord (Anat.) , a cord developed in the fetus by the union of portions of the Wolffian and Müllerian ducts and giving rise to parts of the urogenital passages in both sexes.

Genitals noun plural [ From Genital , adjective : confer Latin genitalia .] The organs of generation; the sexual organs; the private parts.

Geniting noun [ See Jenneting .] A species of apple that ripens very early. Bacon.

Genitival adjective Possessing genitive from; pertaining to, or derived from, the genitive case; as, a genitival adverb. -- Gen`i*ti"val*ly , adverb

Genitive adjective [ Latin genitivus , from gignere , genitum , to beget: confer French génitif . See Gender .] (Gram.) Of or pertaining to that case (as the second case of Latin and Greek nouns) which expresses source or possession. It corresponds to the possessive case in English.

Genitive noun (Gram.) The genitive case.

Genitive absolute , a construction in Greek similar to the ablative absolute in Latin. See Ablative absolute .

Genitocrural adjective [ Genit al + crural .] (Anat.) Pertaining to the genital organs and the thigh; -- applied especially to one of the lumbar nerves.

Genitor noun [ Latin ]
1. One who begets; a generator; an originator. Sheldon.

2. plural The genitals. [ Obsolete] Holland.

Genitourinary adjective [ Genit al + urinary .] (Anat.) See Urogenital .

Geniture noun [ Latin genitura : confer French géniture .] Generation; procreation; birth. Dryden.

Genius noun ; plural English Geniuses ; in sense 1 , Latin Genii . [ Latin genius , prop., the superior or divine nature which is innate in everything, the spirit, the tutelar deity or genius of a person or place, taste, talent, genius, from genere , gignere , to beget, bring forth. See Gender , and confer Engine .]
1. A good or evil spirit, or demon, supposed by the ancients to preside over a man's destiny in life; a tutelary deity; a supernatural being; a spirit, good or bad. Confer Jinnee .

The unseen genius of the wood.
Milton.

We talk of genius still, but with thought how changed! The genius of Augustus was a tutelary demon, to be sworn by and to receive offerings on an altar as a deity.
Tylor.

2. The peculiar structure of mind with which each individual is endowed by nature; that disposition or aptitude of mind which is peculiar to each man, and which qualifies him for certain kinds of action or special success in any pursuit; special taste, inclination, or disposition; as, a genius for history, for poetry, or painting.

3. Peculiar character; animating spirit, as of a nation, a religion, a language.

4. Distinguished mental superiority; uncommon intellectual power; especially, superior power of invention or origination of any kind, or of forming new combinations; as, a man of genius .

Genius of the highest kind implies an unusual intensity of the modifying power.
Coleridge.

5. A man endowed with uncommon vigor of mind; a man of superior intellectual faculties; as, Shakespeare was a rare genius .

Syn. -- Genius , Talent . Genius implies high and peculiar gifts of nature, impelling the mind to certain favorite kinds of mental effort, and producing new combinations of ideas, imagery, etc. Talent supposes general strength of intellect, with a peculiar aptitude for being molded and directed to specific employments and valuable ends and purposes. Genius is connected more or less with the exercise of imagination, and reaches its ends by a kind of intuitive power. Talent depends more on high mental training, and a perfect command of all the faculties, memory, judgment, sagacity, etc. Hence we speak of a genius for poetry, painting. etc., and a talent for business or diplomacy. Among English orators, Lord Chatham was distinguished for his genius ; William Pitt for his preëminent talents , and especially his unrivaled talent for debate.

Genoa cake (Cookery) A rich glazed cake, with almonds, pistachios, filberts, or other nuts; also, a rich currant cake with almonds on the top.

Genoese adjective Of or pertaining to Genoa, a city of Italy. -- noun sing. & plural A native or inhabitant of Genoa; collectively, the people of Genoa.

Genouillère noun [ French]


1. (Anc. Armor) A metal plate covering the knee.

2. (Fort.) That part of a parapet which lies between the gun platform and the bottom of an embrasure.

Genre (zhäN"r') noun [ French See Gender .] (Fine Arts) A style of painting, sculpture, or other imitative art, which illustrates everyday life and manners.

Genre noun Kind; genus; class; form; style, esp. in literature.

French drama was lisping or still inarticulate; the great French genre of the fabliau was hardly born.
Saintsbury.

A particular demand . . . that we shall pay special attention to the matter of genres -- that is, to the different forms or categories of literature.
W. P. Trent.

Gens (jĕnz) noun ; plural Gentes (jĕn"tēz). [ Latin See Gentle , adjective ] (Rom. Hist.)
1. A clan or family connection, embracing several families of the same stock, who had a common name and certain common religious rites; a subdivision of the Roman curia or tribe.

2. (Ethnol.) A minor subdivision of a tribe, among American aborigines. It includes those who have a common descent, and bear the same totem.

Gent adjective [ Old French gent , from Latin genitus born, or (less probably ) from gentilis . See Genteel .]


1. Gentle; noble; of gentle birth. [ Obsolete]

All of a knight [ who] was fair and gent .
Chaucer.

2. Neat; pretty; fine; elegant. [ Obsolete] Spenser.

Her body gent and small.
Chaucer.

Genteel adjective [ French gentil noble, pretty, graceful. See Gentle .]
1. Possessing or exhibiting the qualities popularly regarded as belonging to high birth and breeding; free from vulgarity, or lowness of taste or behavior; adapted to a refined or cultivated taste; polite; well-bred; as, genteel company, manners, address.

2. Graceful in mien or form; elegant in appearance, dress, or manner; as, the lady has a genteel person. Law .

3. Suited to the position of lady or a gentleman; as, to live in a genteel allowance.

Syn. -- Polite; well-bred; refined; polished.

Genteelish adjective Somewhat genteel.

Genteelly adverb In a genteel manner.

Genteelness noun The quality of being genteel.

Genterie, Gentrie noun [ Middle English See Gentry .] Nobility of birth or of character; gentility. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.