Harmotome Har"mo·tome (-mo*tōm) noun [ Greek "armo`s a joint + te`mnein to cut: confer French harmotome .] (Min.) A hydrous silicate of alumina and baryta, occurring usually in white cruciform crystals; cross- stone. » A related mineral, called lime harmotome , and Phillipsite , contains lime in place of baryta. Dana.
[ Middle English harneis
, Old French harneis
, French harnais
; of Celtic origin; confer Armor. harnez
old iron, armor, W. haiarn
iron, Armor. houarn
, Ir. iarann
, Gael. iarunn
. Confer Iron
.] 1. Originally, the complete dress, especially in a military sense, of a man or a horse; hence, in general, armor.
At least we'll die with harness on our back. Shak. 2. The equipment of a draught or carriage horse, for drawing a wagon, coach, chaise, etc.; gear; tackling. 3. The part of a loom comprising the heddles, with their means of support and motion, by which the threads of the warp are alternately raised and depressed for the passage of the shuttle. To die in harness
, to die with armor on; hence, colloquially, to die while actively engaged in work or duty.
Harness Har"ness transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Harnessed
(-nĕst); present participle & verbal noun Harnessing
.] [ Middle English harneisen
; confer French harnacher
, Old French harneschier
.] 1. To dress in armor; to equip with armor for war, as a horseman; to array.
Harnessed in rugged steel. Rowe.
A gay dagger, Chaucer. 2. Fig.: To equip or furnish for defense. Dr. H. More. 3. To make ready for draught; to equip with harness, as a horse. Also used figuratively.
Harnessed well and sharp as point of spear.
Harnessed to some regular profession. J. C. Shairp. Harnessed antelope
. (Zoology) See Guib .
-- Harnessed moth (Zoology)
, an American bombycid moth ( Arctia phalerata of Harris), having, on the fore wings, stripes and bands of buff on a black ground.
Harness cask Har"ness cask` (kȧsk`). (Nautical) A tub lashed to a vessel's deck and containing salted provisions for daily use; -- called also harness tub . W. C. Russell.
Harnesser Har"ness·er (-ẽr) noun One who harnesses.
Harns Harns (härnz) noun plural [ Akin to Icelandic hjarni , Danish hierne .] The brains. [ Scot.]
Harp Harp (härp) noun [ Middle English harpe , Anglo-Saxon hearpe ; akin to Dutch harp , German harfe , Old High German harpha , Danish harpe , Icelandic & Swedish harpa .] 1. A musical instrument consisting of a triangular frame furnished with strings and sometimes with pedals, held upright, and played with the fingers. 2. (Astron.) A constellation; Lyra , or the Lyre. 3. A grain sieve. [ Scot.] Æolian harp . See under Æolian . Harp seal (Zoology) , an arctic seal ( Phoca Grœnlandica ). The adult males have a light- colored body, with a harp-shaped mark of black on each side, and the face and throat black. Called also saddler , and saddleback . The immature ones are called bluesides . -- Harp shell (Zoology) , a beautiful marine gastropod shell of the genus Harpa , of several species, found in tropical seas. See Harpa .
Harp Harp intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Harped
(härpt) present participle & verbal noun Harping
.] [ Anglo-Saxon hearpian
. See Harp
] 1. To play on the harp.
I heard the voice of harpers, harping with their harps. Rev. xiv. 2. 2. To dwell on or recur to a subject tediously or monotonously in speaking or in writing; to refer to something repeatedly or continually; -- usually with on or upon .
upon old themes." W. Irving.
Harping on what I am, Shak. To harp on one string
Not what he knew I was.
, to dwell upon one subject with disagreeable or wearisome persistence.
Harp Harp transitive verb To play on, as a harp; to play (a tune) on the harp; to develop or give expression to by skill and art; to sound forth as from a harp; to hit upon.
Thou 'st harped my fear aright. Shak.
Harpa Har"pa (här"pȧ) noun [ Latin , harp.] (Zoology) A genus of marine univalve shells; the harp shells; -- so called from the form of the shells, and their ornamental ribs.
Harpagon Har"pa·gon (-gŏn) noun [ Latin harpago , Greek "arpa`gh hook, rake.] A grappling iron. [ Obsolete]
[ Anglo-Saxon hearpere
.] 1. A player on the harp; a minstrel.
The murmuring pines and the hemlocks . . . Longfellow. 2. A brass coin bearing the emblem of a harp, -- formerly current in Ireland. B. Jonson.
Stand like harpers hoar, with beards that rest on their bosoms.
Harping Harp"ing (härp"ĭng) adjective Pertaining to the harp; as, harping symphonies. Milton.
Harping iron Harp"ing i`ron (ī`ŭrn). [ French harper to grasp strongly. See Harpoon .] A harpoon. Evelyn.
Harpings Harp"ings (-ĭngz) noun plural (Nautical) The fore parts of the wales, which encompass the bow of a vessel, and are fastened to the stem. [ Written also harpins .] Totten.
Harpist Harp"ist noun [ Confer French harpiste .] A player on the harp; a harper. W. Browne.
Harpoon Har·poon" (här*pōn") noun [ French harpon , Late Latin harpo , perhaps of German origin, from the harp ; confer French harper to take and grasp strongly, harpe a dog's claw, harpin boathook (the sense of hook coming from the shape of the harp); but confer also Greek "a`rph the kite, sickle, and English harpy . Confer Harp .] A spear or javelin used to strike and kill large fish, as whales; a harping iron. It consists of a long shank, with a broad, fiat, triangular head, sharpened at both edges, and is thrown by hand, or discharged from a gun. Harpoon fork , a kind of hayfork, consisting of bar with hinged barbs at one end and a loop for a rope at the other end, used for lifting hay from the load by horse power. -- Harpoon gun , a gun used in the whale fishery for shooting the harpoon into a whale.
Harpoon Har·poon" transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Harpooned (-pōnd"); present participle & verbal noun Harpooning .] To strike, catch, or kill with a harpoon.
Harpooneer Har`poon·eer" (här`pōn*ēr") noun An harpooner. Crabb.
Harpooner Har·poon"er (här*pōn"ẽr) noun [ Confer French harponneur .] One who throws the harpoon.
Harpress Harp"ress (härp"rĕs) noun A female harper. [ R.] Sir W. Scott.
Harpsichon Harp"si·chon (härp"sĭ*kŏn) noun A harpsichord. [ Obsolete]
Harpsichord Harp"si·chord (-kôrd) noun [ Old French harpechorde , in which the harpe is of German origin. See Harp , and Chord .] (Mus.) A harp-shaped instrument of music set horizontally on legs, like the grand piano, with strings of wire, played by the fingers, by means of keys provided with quills, instead of hammers, for striking the strings. It is now superseded by the piano.
; plural Harpies
(-pĭz). [ French harpie
, Latin harpyia
, Greek "a`rpyia
, from the root of "arpa`zein
to snatch, to seize. Confer Rapacious
.] 1. (Gr. Myth.) A fabulous winged monster, ravenous and filthy, having the face of a woman and the body of a vulture, with long claws, and the face pale with hunger. Some writers mention two, others three.
Both table and provisions vanished quite. Milton. 2. One who is rapacious or ravenous; an extortioner.
With sound of harpies' wings and talons heard.
The harpies about all pocket the pool. Goldsmith. 3. (Zoology) (a) The European moor buzzard or marsh harrier ( Circus æruginosus ). (b) A large and powerful, double-crested, short-winged American eagle ( Thrasaëtus harpyia ). It ranges from Texas to Brazil. Harpy bat (Zoology) (a) An East Indian fruit bat of the genus Harpyia (esp. H. cephalotes ), having prominent, tubular nostrils. (b) A small, insectivorous Indian bat ( Harpiocephalus harpia ).
-- Harpy fly (Zoology)
, the house fly.
Harquebus, Harquebuse Har"que·bus, Har"que·buse (här"kwe*bŭs) noun [ See Arquebus .] A firearm with match holder, trigger, and tumbler, made in the second half of the 15th century. The barrel was about forty inches long. A form of the harquebus was subsequently called arquebus with matchlock .
Harrage Har"rage (hăr"raj; 48) transitive verb [ See Harry .] To harass; to plunder from. [ Obsolete] Fuller.
Harre Har"re (här"r e ) noun [ Middle English , from Anglo-Saxon heorr , híor .] A hinge. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.
[ French haridelle
a worn-out horse, jade.] A worn-out strumpet; a vixenish woman; a hag.
Such a weak, watery, wicked old harridan , substituted for the pretty creature I had been used to see. De Quincey.
Harrier Har"ri·er (-ẽr) noun [ From Hare , noun ] (Zoology) One of a small breed of hounds, used for hunting hares. [ Written also harier .]
Harrier Har"ri·er noun [ From Harry .] 1. One who harries. 2. (Zoology) One of several species of hawks or buzzards of the genus Circus which fly low and harry small animals or birds, -- as the European marsh harrier ( Circus æruginosus ), and the hen harrier ( C. cyaneus ). Harrier hawk (Zoology) , one of several species of American hawks of the genus Micrastur .
Harrow Har"row (hăr"ro) noun [ Middle English harowe , harwe , Anglo-Saxon hearge ; confer Dutch hark rake, German harke , Icelandic herfi harrow, Danish harve , Swedish harf . √16.] 1. An implement of agriculture, usually formed of pieces of timber or metal crossing each other, and set with iron or wooden teeth. It is drawn over plowed land to level it and break the clods, to stir the soil and make it fine, or to cover seed when sown. 2. (Mil.) An obstacle formed by turning an ordinary harrow upside down, the frame being buried. Bush harrow , a kind of light harrow made of bushes, for harrowing grass lands and covering seeds, or to finish the work of a toothed harrow. -- Drill harrow . See under 6th Drill . -- Under the harrow , subjected to actual torture with a toothed instrument, or to great affliction or oppression.
Harrow Har"row transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Harrowed
(-rod); present participle & verbal noun Harrowing
.] [ Middle English harowen
; confer Danish harve
. See Harrow
] 1. To draw a harrow over, as for the purpose of breaking clods and leveling the surface, or for covering seed; as, to harrow land.
Will he harrow the valleys after thee? Job xxxix. 10. 2. To break or tear, as with a harrow; to wound; to lacerate; to torment or distress; to vex.
My aged muscles harrowed up with whips. Rowe.
I could a tale unfold, whose lightest word Shak.
Would harrow up thy soul.
Harrow Har"row interj.
[ Old French harau
; from Old High German hara
, or from Old Saxon herod
hither, akin to English here
.] Help! Halloo! An exclamation of distress; a call for succor; -- the ancient Norman hue and cry.
and well away!" Spenser.
Harrow ! alas! here lies my fellow slain. Chaucer.
Harrow Har"row transitive verb
[ See Harry
.] To pillage; to harry; to oppress.
[ Obsolete] Spenser.
Meaning thereby to harrow his people. Bacon
Harrower Har"row·er (-ẽr) noun One who harrows.
Harrower Har"row·er noun One who harries. [ Obsolete]
(-rȳ) transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Harried
(-rĭd); present participle & verbal noun Harrying
.] [ Middle English harwen
, Anglo-Saxon hergian
to act as an army, to ravage, plunder, from here
army; akin to German heer
, Icelandic herr
, Goth. harjis
, and Lithuanian karas
war. Confer Harbor
.] 1. To strip; to pillage; to lay waste; as, the Northmen came several times and harried the land.
To harry this beautiful region. W. Irving.
A red squirrel had harried the nest of a wood thrush. J. Burroughs. 2. To agitate; to worry; to harrow; to harass. Shak. Syn.
-- To ravage; plunder; pillage; lay waste; vex; tease; worry; annoy; harass.
Harry Har"ry intransitive verb To make a predatory incursion; to plunder or lay waste. [ Obsolete] Beau. & Fl.
[ Compar. Harsher
(-ẽr); superl. Harshest
.] [ Middle English harsk
; akin to German harsch
, Danish harsk
rancid, Swedish härsk
; from the same source as English hard
. See Hard
] 1. Rough; disagreeable; grating
; esp.: (a) To the touch.
sand." Boyle. (b) To the taste.
and crude." Milton. (c) To the ear.
din." Milton. 2. Unpleasant and repulsive to the sensibilities; austere; crabbed; morose; abusive; abusive; severe; rough.
Clarence is so harsh , so blunt. Shak.
Though harsh the precept, yet the preacher charmed. Dryden. 3. (Painting, Drawing, etc.) Having violent contrasts of color, or of light and shade; lacking in harmony.
Harshly Harsh"ly adverb In a harsh manner; gratingly; roughly; rudely.
'T will sound harshly in her ears. Shak.
Harshness Harsh"ness noun The quality or state of being harsh.
O, she is Shak.
Ten times more gentle than her father's crabbed,
And he's composed of harshness .
'Tis not enough no harshness gives offense, Pope. Syn.
The sound must seem an echo to the sense.
-- Acrimony; roughness; sternness; asperity; tartness. See Acrimony
Harslet Hars"let (härs"lĕt) noun See Haslet .
[ Middle English hart
, Anglo-Saxon heort
; akin to Dutch hert
, Old High German hiruz
, German hirsch
, Icelandic hjörtr
, Dan. & Swedish hjort
, Latin cervus
, and probably to Greek kerao`s
horn. √230. See Horn
.] (Zoology) A stag; the male of the red deer. See the Note under Buck .
Goodliest of all the forest, hart and hind. Milton.
Hart's clover Hart's" clo`ver (härts" klō`vẽr). (Botany) Melilot or sweet clover. See Melilot .
Hart's-ear Hart's"-ear` (-ēr`) noun (Botany) An Asiatic species of Cacalia ( C. Kleinia ), used medicinally in India.
Hart's-tongue Hart's"-tongue` (härts"tŭng`) noun (Botany) (a) A common British fern ( Scolopendrium vulgare ), rare in America. (b) A West Indian fern, the Polypodium Phyllitidis of Linnæus. It is also found in Florida.
Hartbeest Hart"beest` (-bēst`) noun [ Dutch hertebeest . See Hart , and Beast .] (Zoology) A large South African antelope ( Alcelaphus caama ), formerly much more abundant than it is now. The face and legs are marked with black, the rump with white. [ Written also hartebeest , and hartebest .]
Harten Hart"en (-'n) transitive verb To hearten; to encourage; to incite. [ Obsolete] Spenser.
Hartford Hart"ford (härt"fẽrd) noun The Hartford grape, a variety of grape first raised at Hartford , Connecticut, from the Northern fox grape. Its large dark-colored berries ripen earlier than those of most other kinds.
Hartshorn Harts"horn` (-hôrn`) noun 1. The horn or antler of the hart, or male red deer. 2. Spirits of hartshorn (see below); volatile salts. Hartshorn plantain (Botany) , an annual species of plantain ( Plantago Coronopus ); -- called also buck's-horn . Booth. -- Hartshorn shavings , originally taken from the horns of harts, are now obtained chiefly by planing down the bones of calves. They afford a kind of jelly. Hebert. -- Salt of hartshorn (Chemistry) , an impure solid carbonate of ammonia, obtained by the destructive distillation of hartshorn, or any kind of bone; volatile salts. Brande & C. -- Spirits of hartshorn (Chemistry) , a solution of ammonia in water; -- so called because formerly obtained from hartshorn shavings by destructive distillation. Similar ammoniacal solutions from other sources have received the same name.
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