Webster's Dictionary, 1913
[ Confer Hag- taper
.] (Botany) A plant of the genus Verbascum ( V. Thapsus ); the common mullein. [ Also high-taper and hag-taper .]
High-low noun A laced boot, ankle high.
High-mettled adjective Having abundance of mettle; ardent; full of fire; as, a high-mettled steed.
High-minded adjective 1. Proud; arrogant.
Be not high-minded , but fear. Rom. xi. 20. 2. Having, or characterized by, honorable pride; of or pertaining to elevated principles and feelings; magnanimous; -- opposed to mean .
High-minded , manly recognition of those truths. A. Norton.
High-mindedness noun The quality of being highminded; nobleness; magnanimity.
High-palmed adjective (Zoology) Having high antlers; bearing full-grown antlers aloft.
High-pressure adjective 1. Having or involving a pressure greatly exceeding that of the atmosphere; -- said of steam, air, water, etc., and of steam, air, or hydraulic engines, water wheels, etc. 2. Fig.: Urgent; intense; as, a high- pressure business or social life. High-pressure engine
, an engine in which steam at high pressure is used. It may be either a condensing or a noncondensing engine. Formerly the term was used only of the latter. See Steam engine .
High-priesthood noun The office, dignity, or position of a high priest.
High-priestship noun High- priesthood.
High-principled adjective Possessed of noble or honorable principles.
1. Highly rectified; very strongly alcoholic; as, high-proof spirits. 2. So as to stand any test. "We are high-proof melancholy." Shak.
1. Elevated; raised aloft; upreared. 2. Elated with great ideas or hopes. Milton.
High-reaching adjective Reaching high or upward; hence, ambitious; aspiring. Shak.
High-red adjective Of a strong red color.
High-seasoned adjective Enriched with spice and condiments; hence, exciting; piquant.
High-sighted adjective Looking upward; supercilious. Shak.
High-souled adjective Having a high or noble spirit; honorable. E. Everett.
High-sounding adjective Pompous; noisy; ostentatious; as, high-sounding words or titles.
High-spirited adjective Full of spirit or natural fire; haughty; courageous; impetuous; not brooking restraint or opposition.
High-stepper noun A horse that moves with a high step or proud gait; hence, a person having a proud bearing. [ Colloq.]
High-stomached adjective Having a lofty spirit; haughty. [ Obsolete] Shak.
High-strung adjective Strung to a high pitch; spirited; sensitive; as, a high-strung horse.
High-swelling adjective Inflated; boastful.
High-toned adjective 1. High in tone or sound. 2. Elevated; high-principled; honorable.
In whose high-toned impartial mind Sir W. Scott.
Degrees of mortal rank and state
Seem objects of indifferent weight.
High-top noun A ship's masthead. Shak.
1. Wrought with fine art or skill; elaborate. [ Obsolete] Pope. 2. Worked up, or swollen, to a high degree; as, a highwrought passion. "A high-wrought flood." Shak.
Highlandry noun Highlanders, collectively.
Highly adverb In a high manner, or to a high degree; very much; as, highly esteemed.
Highmen noun plural Loaded dice so contrived as to turn up high numbers. [ Obs] Sir J. Harrington.
Highmost adjective Highest. [ Obsolete] Shak.
Highness noun [ Anglo-Saxon heáhnes .]
1. The state of being high; elevation; loftiness. 2. A title of honor given to kings, princes, or other persons of rank; as, His Royal Highness . Shak.
Highroad noun A highway; a much traveled or main road.
Hight noun A variant of Height .
Hight transitive verb & i.
[ imperfect Hight
, Hot past participle Hight
, Hote Hoten
.] [ Middle English heiten
; also hight
, is called, was called, Anglo-Saxon hātan
to call, name, be called, to command, promise; also hātte
is called, was called; akin to German heissen
to call, be called, bid, Goth. haitan
to call, in the passive, to be called.] 1. To be called or named.
[ Archaic & Poetic.] » In the form hight
, it is used in a passive sense as a present, meaning is called
, also as a preterite, was called
. This form has also been used as a past participle. See Hote
The great poet of Italy, Chaucer.
That highte Dante.
Bright was her hue, and Geraldine she hight . Surrey.
Entered then into the church the Reverend Teacher. Longfellow.
Father he hight , and he was, in the parish.
Childe Harold was he hight . Byron. 2. To command; to direct; to impel.
But the sad steel seized not where it was hight Spenser. 3. To commit; to intrust.
Upon the child, but somewhat short did fall.
Yet charge of them was to a porter hight . Spenser. 4. To promise.
He had hold his day, as he had hight . Chaucer.
Hightener noun That which heightens.
(hīth or hītth) noun Variant of Height .
Highty-tighty adjective Hoity- toity.
Highway noun A road or way open to the use of the public; a main road or thoroughfare. Syn. -- Way; road; path; course.
; plural Highwaymen One who robs on the public road; a highway robber.
Higre noun See Eagre .
[ Obsolete] Drayton.
Hijera, Hijra noun See Hegira .
Hike transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Hiked
; present participle & verbal noun Hiking
.] [ Confer Hitch
.] To move with a swing, toss, throw, jerk, or the like.
[ Dial. or Colloq.]
Hike intransitive verb To hike one's self; specif., to go with exertion or effort; to tramp; to march laboriously.
[ Dial. or Colloq.] "If you persist in heaving and hiking
like this." Kipling.
It's hike , hike , hike (march) till you stick in the mud, and then you hike back again a little slower than you went. Scribner's Mag.
Hike noun The act of hiking; a tramp; a march.
[ Dial. or Colloq.]
With every hike there's a few laid out with their hands crossed. Scribner's Mag.
Hilal adjective Of or pertaining to a hilum.
Hilar adjective (Botany) Belonging to the hilum.
Hilarious adjective [ Latin hilaris , hilarus , Greek ...; confer ... gracious, kindly.] Mirthful; noisy; merry.
[ Latin hilaritas
: confer French hilarité
. See Hilarious
.] Boisterous mirth; merriment; jollity. Goldsmith.
differs from joy
: the latter, excited by good news or prosperity, is an affection of the mind; the former, produced by social pleasure, drinking, etc., which rouse the animal spirits, is more demonstrative. Syn.
-- Glee; cheerfulness; mirth; merriment; gayety; joyousness; exhilaration; joviality; jollity.
Hilary term Formerly, one of the four terms of the courts of common law in England, beginning on the eleventh of January and ending on the thirty-first of the same month, in each year; -- so called from the festival of St. Hilary, January 13th. » The Hilary term is superseded by the Hilary sittings, which commence on the eleventh of January and end on the Wednesday before Easter. Mozley & W.
[ Prob. a corruption of hindling
, dim. of hind
, adj. Confer Prov. English hilderling
. See Hinderling
.] A base, menial wretch.
-- adjective Base; spiritless.
[ Obsolete] Shak.