Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Hempen (-'n) adjective
1. Made of hemp; as, a hempen cord.

2. Like hemp. "Beat into a hempen state." Cook.

Hempy adjective Like hemp. [ R.] Howell.

Hemself, Hemselve Hem*selv"en pron. pl . [ See Hem , pron. ] Themselves; -- used reflexively. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Hemstitch transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Hemstitched ; present participle & verbal noun Hemstitching .] [ Hem + stitch .] To ornament at the head of a broad hem by drawing out a few parallel threads, and fastening the cross threads in successive small clusters; as, to hemstitch a handkerchief.

Hemstitched adjective Having a broad hem separated from the body of the article by a line of open work; as, a hemistitched handkerchief.

Hemuse noun (Zoology) The roebuck in its third year. [ Prov. Eng.]

Hen noun [ Anglo-Saxon henn , hen , hæn ; akin to Dutch hen , Old High German henna , German henne , Icelandic h...na , Danish höna ; the fem. corresponding to Anglo-Saxon hana cock, Dutch haan , Old High German hano , German hahn , Icelandic hani , Dan. & Swedish hane . Prob. akin to Latin canere to sing, and orig. meaning, a singer. Confer Chanticleer .] (Zoology) The female of the domestic fowl; also, the female of grouse, pheasants, or any kind of birds; as, the heath hen ; the gray hen .

» Used adjectively or in combination to indicate the female; as, hen canary, hen eagle, hen turkey, pea hen .

Hen clam . (Zoology) (a) A clam of the Mactra , and allied genera; the sea clam or surf clam. See Surf clam . (b) A California clam of the genus Pachydesma . -- Hen driver . See Hen harrier (below). -- Hen harrier (Zoology) , a hawk ( Circus cyaneus ), found in Europe and America; -- called also dove hawk , henharm , henharrow , hen driver , and usually, in America, marsh hawk . See Marsh hawk . -- Hen hawk (Zoology) , one of several species of large hawks which capture hens; esp., the American red-tailed hawk ( Buteo borealis ), the red-shouldered hawk ( B. lineatus ), and the goshawk.

Hen-hearted adjective Cowardly; timid; chicken-hearted. Udall.

Hen's-foot noun (Botany) An umbelliferous plant ( Caucalis daucoides ).

Henbane noun [ Hen + bane .] (Botany) A plant of the genus Hyoscyamus ( H. niger ). All parts of the plant are poisonous, and the leaves are used for the same purposes as belladonna. It is poisonous to domestic fowls; whence the name. Called also, stinking nightshade , from the fetid odor of the plant. See Hyoscyamus .

Henbit noun (Botany) A weed of the genus Lamium ( Latin amplexicaule ) with deeply crenate leaves.

Hence adverb [ Middle English hennes , hens (the s is prop. a genitive ending; confer - wards ), also hen , henne , hennen , heonnen , heonene , Anglo-Saxon heonan , heonon , heona , hine ; akin to Old High German hinnān , German hinnen , Old High German hina , German hin ; all from the root of English he . See He .]
1. From this place; away. "Or that we hence wend." Chaucer.

Arise, let us go hence .
John xiv. 31.

I will send thee far hence unto the Gentiles.
Acts xxii. 21.

2. From this time; in the future; as, a week hence . "Half an hour hence ." Shak.

3. From this reason; as an inference or deduction.

Hence , perhaps, it is, that Solomon calls the fear of the Lord the beginning of wisdom.
Tillotson.

4. From this source or origin.

All other faces borrowed hence
Their light and grace.
Suckling.

Whence come wars and fightings among you? Come they not hence , even of your lusts?
James. iv. 1.

» Hence is used, elliptically and imperatively, for go hence ; depart hence ; away ; be gone . " Hence with your little ones." Shak. -- From hence , though a pleonasm, is fully authorized by the usage of good writers.

An ancient author prophesied from hence .
Dryden.

Expelled from hence into a world
Of woe and sorrow.
Milton.

Hence transitive verb To send away. [ Obsolete] Sir P. Sidney.

Henceforth adverb From this time forward; henceforward.

I never from thy side henceforth to stray.
Milton.

Henceforward adverb From this time forward; henceforth.

Henchboy (hĕnch"boi`) noun A page; a servant. [ Obsolete]

Henchman (-m a n) noun ; plural -men . [ Middle English hencheman , henxman ; probably from Middle English & Anglo-Saxon hengest horse + English man , and meaning, a groom. Anglo-Saxon hengest is akin to D. & German hengst stallion, Old High German hengist horse, gelding.] An attendant; a servant; a follower. Now chiefly used as a political cant term.

Hencoop noun A coop or cage for hens.

Hende adjective [ Middle English , near, handy, kind, from Anglo-Saxon gehende near, from hand hand. See Handy .]
1. Skillful; dexterous; clever. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

2. Friendly; civil; gentle; kind. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Hendecagon noun [ Greek ... eleven + ... angle: confer French hendécagone .] (Geom.) A plane figure of eleven sides and eleven angles. [ Written also endecagon .]

Hendecane noun [ Greek "e`ndeka eleven.] (Chemistry) A hydrocarbon, C 11 H 24 , of the paraffin series; -- so called because it has eleven atoms of carbon in each molecule. Called also endecane , undecane .

Hendecasyllabic adjective Pertaining to a line of eleven syllables.

Hendecasyllable noun [ Latin hendecasyllabus , Greek ... eleven-syllabled; ... eleven + ... syllable: confer French hendécasyllabe .] A metrical line of eleven syllables. J. Warton.

Hendecatoic adjective [ See Hendecane .] (Chemistry) Undecylic; pertaining to, or derived from, hendecane; as, hendecatoic acid.

Hendiadys noun [ New Latin , from Greek ... ... ... one by two.] (Gram.) A figure in which the idea is expressed by two nouns connected by and , instead of by a noun and limiting adjective; as, we drink from cups and gold , for golden cups .

Hendy adjective [ Obsolete] See Hende .

Henen adverb Hence. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Henfish noun (Zoology) (a) A marine fish; the sea bream. (b) A young bib. See Bib , noun , 2.

Heng obsolete imperfect of Hang . Hung. Chaucer.

Henhouse noun ; plural Henhouses . A house or shelter for fowls.

Henhussy noun A cotquean; a man who intermeddles with women's concerns.

Heniquen noun See Jeniquen .

Henna noun [ Arabic hinnā alcanna ( Lawsonia inermis or alba ). Confer Alcanna , Alkanet , Orchanet .]


1. (Botany) A thorny tree or shrub of the genus Lawsonia ( Latin alba ). The fragrant white blossoms are used by the Buddhists in religious ceremonies. The powdered leaves furnish a red coloring matter used in the East to stain the nails and fingers, the manes of horses, etc.

2. (Com.) The leaves of the henna plant, or a preparation or dyestuff made from them.

Hennery noun An inclosed place for keeping hens. [ U. S.]

Hennes adverb Hence. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Hennotannic adjective [ Henna + tannic .] (Chemistry) Pertaining to, or designating, a brown resinous substance resembling tannin, and extracted from the henna plant; as, hennotannic acid.

Henoge ny, Henogenesis noun [ Greek e"i`s , masc., "e`n , neut., one + root of ... to be born.] (Biol.) Same as Ontogeny .

Henotheism noun [ Greek e"i`s , "enos` , one + English theism .] Primitive religion in which each of several divinities is regarded as independent, and is worshiped without reference to the rest. [ R.]

Henotic adjective [ Greek ..., from ... to unite, from e"i`s one.] Harmonizing; irenic. Gladstone.

Henpeck transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Henpecked ; present participle & vb. Henpecking .] To subject to petty authority; -- said of a wife who thus treats her husband. Commonly used in the past participle (often adjectively).

Henrietta cloth A fine wide wooled fabric much used for women's dresses.

Henroost noun A place where hens roost.

Henry noun ; plural Henrys . [ From Joseph Henry , an American physicist.] The unit of electric induction; the induction in a circuit when the electro-motive force induced in this circuit is one volt, while the inducing current varies at the rate of one ampère a second.

Hent (hĕnt) transitive verb [ imperfect Hente ; past participle Hent .] [ Middle English hente , henten , from Anglo-Saxon hentan , gehentan , to pursue, take, seize; confer Icelandic henda , Goth. hinpan (in compos.), and English hunt .] To seize; to lay hold on; to catch; to get. [ Obsolete] Piers Plowman. Spenser.

This cursed Jew him hente and held him fast.
Chaucer.

But all that he might of his friendes hente
On bookes and on learning he it spente.
Chaucer.

Henware noun (Botany) A coarse, blackish seaweed. See Badderlocks .

Henxman noun Henchman. [ Obsolete]

Hep noun See Hip , the fruit of the dog-rose.

Hep tree [ See Hep .] The wild dog- rose.

Hepar noun [ Latin hepar , hepatis , the liver, Greek ....]
1. (Old Chem.) Liver of sulphur; a substance of a liver-brown color, sometimes used in medicine. It is formed by fusing sulphur with carbonates of the alkalies (esp. potassium), and consists essentially of alkaline sulphides. Called also hepar sulphuris

2. Any substance resembling hepar proper, in appearance; specifically, in homeopathy, calcium sulphide, called also hepar sulphuris calcareum

Hepar antimonii (Old Chem.) , a substance, of a liver-brown color, obtained by fusing together antimony sulphide with alkaline sulphides, and consisting of sulphantimonites of the alkalies; -- called also liver of antimony .

Hepatic adjective [ Latin hepaticus , Greek ..., from ... the liver; akin to Latin jecur , Sanskrit yak...t : confer French hépatique .]
1. Of or pertaining to the liver; as, hepatic artery; hepatic diseases.

2. Resembling the liver in color or in form; as, hepatic cinnabar.

3. (Botany) Pertaining to, or resembling, the plants called Hepaticæ , or scale mosses and liverworts.

Hepatic duct (Anat.) , any biliary duct; esp., the duct, or one of the ducts, which carries the bile from the liver to the cystic and common bile ducts. See Illust. , under Digestive . -- Hepatic gas (Old Chem.) , sulphureted hydrogen gas. -- Hepatic mercurial ore , or Hepatic cinnabar . See under Cinnabar .