Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Glisteringly adverb In a glistering manner.

Glitter intransitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Glittered ; present participle & verbal noun Glittering .] [ Middle English gliteren ; akin to Swedish glittra , Icelandic glitra , glita , Anglo-Saxon glitenian , Old Saxon glītan , Old High German glīzzan , German gleissen , Goth. glitmunjan , and also to English glint , glisten , and probably glance , gleam .]


1. To sparkle with light; to shine with a brilliant and broken light or showy luster; to gleam; as, a glittering sword.

The field yet glitters with the pomp of war.
Dryden.

2. To be showy, specious, or striking, and hence attractive; as, the glittering scenes of a court.

Syn. -- To gleam; to glisten; to shine; to sparkle; to glare. See Gleam , Flash .

Glitter noun A bright, sparkling light; brilliant and showy luster; brilliancy; as, the glitter of arms; the glitter of royal equipage. Milton.

Glitterand adjective Glittering. [ Obsolete] Spenser.

Glitteringly adverb In a glittering manner.

Gloam intransitive verb [ See Gloom , Glum .]


1. To begin to grow dark; to grow dusky.

2. To be sullen or morose. [ Obsolete]

Gloam noun The twilight; gloaming. [ R.] Keats.

Gloaming noun [ See Gloom .]
1. Twilight; dusk; the fall of the evening. [ Scot. & North of Eng., and in poetry.] Hogg.

2. Sullenness; melancholy. [ Obsolete] J. Still.

Gloar intransitive verb [ OD. gloeren, glueren, gluyeren. Confer Glower .] To squint; to stare. [ Obsolete]

Gloat intransitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Gloated ; present participle & verbal noun Gloating .] [ Akin to Icelandic glotta to smile scornfully, German glotzen to gloat.] To look steadfastly; to gaze earnestly; -- usually in a bad sense, to gaze with malignant satisfaction, passionate desire, lust, or avarice.

In vengeance gloating on another's pain.
Byron.

Globard noun [ Middle English globerde , from glow .] A glowworm. [ > Obsolete] Holland.

Globate, Globated adjective [ Latin globatus , past participle of globare to make into a ball, from globus ball.] Having the form of a globe; spherical.

Globe noun [ Latin globus , perhaps akin to Latin glomus a ball of yarn, and English clump , golf : confer French globe .]


1. A round or spherical body, solid or hollow; a body whose surface is in every part equidistant from the center; a ball; a sphere.

2. Anything which is nearly spherical or globular in shape; as, the globe of the eye; the globe of a lamp.

3. The earth; the terraqueous ball; -- usually preceded by the definite article. Locke.

4. A round model of the world; a spherical representation of the earth or heavens; as, a terrestrial or celestial globe ; -- called also artificial globe .

5. A body of troops, or of men or animals, drawn up in a circle; -- a military formation used by the Romans, answering to the modern infantry square.

Him round
A globe of fiery seraphim inclosed.
Milton.

Globe amaranth (Botany) , a plant of the genus Gomphrena ( G. globosa ), bearing round heads of variously colored flowers, which long retain color when gathered. -- Globe animalcule , a small, globular, locomotive organism ( Volvox globator ), once throught to be an animal, afterward supposed to be a colony of microscopic algæ. -- Globe of compression (Mil.) , a kind of mine producing a wide crater; -- called also overcharged mine . -- Globe daisy (Botany) , a plant or flower of the genus Globularing , common in Europe. The flowers are minute and form globular heads. -- Globe sight , a form of front sight placed on target rifles. -- Globe slater (Zoology) , an isopod crustacean of the genus Spheroma . -- Globe thistle (Botany) , a thistlelike plant with the flowers in large globular heads ( Cynara Scolymus ); also, certain species of the related genus Echinops . -- Globe valve . (a) A ball valve. (b) A valve inclosed in a globular chamber. Knight.

Syn. -- Globe , Sphere , Orb , Ball . -- Globe denotes a round, and usually a solid body; sphere is the term applied in astronomy to such a body, or to the concentric spheres or orbs of the old astronomers; orb is used, especially in poetry, for globe or sphere, and also for the pathway of a heavenly body; ball is applied to the heavenly bodies concieved of as impelled through space.

Globe transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Globed ; present participle & verbal noun Globing .] To gather or form into a globe.

Globe-shaped adjective Shaped like a globe.

Globefish noun (Zoology) A plectognath fish of the genera Diodon , Tetrodon , and allied genera. The globefishes can suck in water or air and distend the body to a more or less globular form. Called also porcupine fish , and sea hedgehog . See Diodon .

Globeflower noun (Botany) (a) A plant of the genus Trollius ( T. Europæus ), found in the mountainous parts of Europe, and producing handsome globe-shaped flowers. (b) The American plant Trollius laxus .

Japan globeflower . See Corchorus .

Globiferous adjective [ Globe + -ferous .] (Zoology) Having a round or globular tip.

Globigerina noun ; plural Globigerinæ . [ New Latin , from Latin globus a round body + gerere to bear.] (Zoology) A genus of small Foraminifera, which live abundantly at or near the surface of the sea. Their dead shells, falling to the bottom, make up a large part of the soft mud, generally found in depths below 3,000 feet, and called globigerina ooze . See Illust. of Foraminifera .

Globose adjective [ Latin globosus .] Having a rounded form resembling that of a globe; globular, or nearly so; spherical. Milton.

Globosely adverb In a globular manner; globularly.

Globosity noun [ Latin globositas : confer French globosité .] Sphericity. Ray.

Globous adjective [ See Globose .] Spherical. Milton.

Globular adjective [ Confer French globulaire .] Globe-shaped; having the form of a ball or sphere; spherical, or nearly so; as, globular atoms. Milton.

Globular chart , a chart of the earth's surface constructed on the principles of the globular projection. -- Globular projection (Map Projection) , a perspective projection of the surface of a hemisphere upon a plane parallel to the base of the hemisphere, the point of sight being taken in the axis produced beyond the surface of the opposite hemisphere a distance equal to the radius of the sphere into the sine of 45°. -- Globular sailing , sailing on the arc of a great circle, or so as to make the shortest distance between two places; circular sailing.

Globularity noun The state of being globular; globosity; sphericity.

Globularly adverb Spherically.

Globularness noun Sphericity; globosity.

Globule noun [ Latin globulus , dim. of globus globe: confer French globule .]
1. A little globe; a small particle of matter, of a spherical form.

Globules of snow.
Sir I. Newton.

These minute globules [ a mole's eyes] are sunk . . . deeply in the skull.
Paley.

2. (Biol.) A minute spherical or rounded structure; as blood, lymph, and pus corpuscles, minute fungi, spores, etc.

3. A little pill or pellet used by homeopathists.

Globulet noun A little globule. Crabb.

Globuliferous adjective [ Globule + -ferous .] Bearing globules; in geology, used of rocks, and denoting a variety of concretionary structure, where the concretions are isolated globules and evenly distributed through the texture of the rock.

Globulimeter noun [ Globule + -meter .] (Physiol.) An instrument for measuring the number of red blood corpuscles in the blood.

» The method depends on the differences of tint obtained by mixing a sample of the blood with sodium carbonate solution.

Globulin noun [ From Globule : confer French globuline .] (Phisiol. Chem.) An albuminous body, insoluble in water, but soluble in dilute solutions of salt. It is present in the red blood corpuscles united with hæmatin to form hæmoglobin. It is also found in the crystalline lens of the eye, and in blood serum, and is sometimes called crystallin . In the plural the word is applied to a group of proteid substances such as vitellin, myosin, fibrinogen, etc., all insoluble in water, but soluble in dilute salt solutions.

Globulite noun [ See Globule .] (Min.) A rudimentary form of crystallite, spherical in shape.

Globulous adjective [ Confer French globuleux .] Globular; spherical; orbicular. -- Glob"u*lous*ness , noun

Globy adjective Resembling, or pertaining to, a globe; round; orbicular. "The globy sea." Milton.

Glochidiate adjective [ Greek ... point of an arrow.] (Botany) Having barbs; as, glochidiate bristles. Gray.

Glochidium noun ; plural Glochidia . [ New Latin , from Greek ... the point of an arrow.] (Zoology) The larva or young of the mussel, formerly thought to be a parasite upon the parent's gills.

Glockenspiel noun [ G.; glocke bell + spiel play.] (Music) An instrument, originally a series of bells on an iron rod, now a set of flat metal bars, diatonically tuned, giving a bell-like tone when played with a mallet; a carillon.

Glode obsolete imperfect of Glide . Chaucer.

Glombe, Glome intransitive verb To gloom; to look gloomy, morose, or sullen. [ Obsolete] Surrey.

Glome noun Gloom. [ Obsolete]

Glome noun [ Latin glomus a ball. Confer Globe .] (Anat.) One of the two prominences at the posterior extremity of the frog of the horse's foot.

Glomerate adjective [ Latin glomeratus , past participle of glomerare to glomerate, from glomus . See 3d Glome .] Gathered together in a roundish mass or dense cluster; conglomerate.

Glomerate transitive verb & i. [ imperfect & past participle Glomerated ; present participle & verbal noun Glomerating .] To gather or wind into a ball; to collect into a spherical form or mass, as threads.

Glomeration noun [ Latin glomeratio .]


1. The act of forming or gathering into a ball or round mass; the state of being gathered into a ball; conglomeration.

2. That which is formed into a ball; a ball. Bacon.

Glomerous adjective [ Latin glomerosus , from glomus . See 3d Glome .] Gathered or formed into a ball or round mass. [ Obsolete] Blount.

Glomerule noun [ Dim. from Latin glomus ball.]


1. (Botany) A head or dense cluster of flowers, formed by condensation of a cyme, as in the flowering dogwood.

2. (Anat.) A glomerulus.

Glomerulus noun ; plural Glomeruli . [ New Latin , dim. of Latin glomus . See 3d Glome .] (Anat.) The bunch of looped capillary blood vessels in a Malpighian capsule of the kidney.

Glomuliferous adjective [ Latin glomus a ball + -ferous .] (Biol.) Having small clusters of minutely branched coral-like excrescences. M. C. Cooke.

Glonoin, Glonoine noun [ Gl ycerin + o xygen + n itrogen + -in , -ine .]


1. Same as Nitroglycerin ; -- called also oil of glonoin . [ Obsolete]

2. (Medicine) A dilute solution of nitroglycerin used as a neurotic.