Hippodame Hip"po·dame noun [ Confer French hippopotame .] A fabulous sea monster. [ Obsolete] Spenser.
Hippodrome Hip"po·drome noun [ Latin hippodromos , Greek ...; "i`ppos horse + ... course, from ... to run: confer French hippodrome .] 1. (Gr. Antiq.) A place set apart for equestrian and chariot races. 2. An arena for equestrian performances; a circus.
Hippodrome Hip"po·drome noun (Sports) A fraudulent contest with a predetermined winner. [ Slang, U. S.]
Hippodrome Hip"po·drome intransitive verb [ imperfect & past participle -dromed ; present participle & verbal noun -droming .] (Sports) To arrange contests with predetermined winners. [ Slang, U. S.]
Hippogriff Hip"po·griff noun [ French hippogriffe ; confer Italian ippogrifo . See Hippopotamus , Griffon .] (Myth.) A fabulous winged animal, half horse and half griffin. Milton.
Hippolith Hip"po·lith noun [ Greek "i`ppos horse + -lith .] A concretion, or kind of bezoar, from the intestines of the horse.
Hippopathology Hip`po·pa·thol`o·gy noun [ Greek "i`ppos horse + English pathology : confer French hippopathologie .] The science of veterinary medicine; the pathology of the horse.
Hippophagi Hip·poph"a·gi noun plural [ New Latin See Hippophagous .] Eaters of horseflesh.
Hippophagism Hip·poph"a·gism noun Hippophagy. Lowell.
Hippophagist Hip·poph"a·gist noun One who eats horseflesh.
Hippophagous Hip·poph"a·gous adjective [ Greek "i`ppos horse + ... to eat: confer French hippophage .] Feeding on horseflesh; -- said of certain nomadic tribes, as the Tartars.
Hippophagy Hip·poph"a·gy noun [ Confer French hippophagie .] The act or practice of feeding on horseflesh.
Hippophile Hip"po·phile noun [ Greek "i`ppos horse + ... to love.] One who loves horses. Holmes.
Hippopotamus Hip`po·pot"a·mus noun
, Latin Hippopotami
. [ Latin , from Greek ...; "i`ppos
horse + ... river. Confer Equine
.] (Zoology) A large, amphibious, herbivorous mammal ( Hippopotamus amphibius ), common in the rivers of Africa. It is allied to the hogs, and has a very thick, naked skin, a thick and square head, a very large muzzle, small eyes and ears, thick and heavy body, and short legs. It is supposed to be the behemoth of the Bible. Called also zeekoe , and river horse . A smaller species ( H. Liberiencis ) inhabits Western Africa.
Hippotomy Hip·pot"o·my noun [ Greek "i`ppos horse + ... to cut: confer French hippotomie .] Anatomy of the horse.
Hippuric Hip·pu"ric adjective [ Greek "i`ppos horse + o"y`ron urine: confer French hippurique .] (Physiol. Chem.) Obtained from the urine of horses; as, hippuric acid. Hippuric acid , a white crystalline substance, containing nitrogen, present in the urine of herbivorous animals, and in small quantity in human urine. By the action of acids, it is decomposed into benzoic acid and glycocoll.
Hippurite Hip"pu·rite noun [ Greek ... decked with a horse's tail; "i`ppos horse + ... tail: confer French hippurite .] (Paleon.) A fossil bivalve mollusk of the genus Hippurites , of many species, having a conical, cup- shaped under valve, with a flattish upper valve or lid. Hippurites are found only in the Cretaceous rocks.
Hipshot Hip"shot` adjective [ Hip + shot .] Having the hip dislocated; hence, having one hip lower than the other. L'Estrange.
Hir Hir pron. [ Obsolete] See Here , pron. Chaucer.
Hircic Hir"cic adjective [ Confer French hircique . See Hircin .] (Chemistry) Of, pertaining to, or derived from, mutton suet; -- applied by Chevreul to an oily acid which was obtained from mutton suet, and to which he attributed the peculiar taste and smell of that substance. The substance has also been called hircin . Watts.
Hircin Hir"cin noun [ Latin hircus , he- goat, buck: confer French hircine .] (Chemistry) Hircic acid. See Hircic . [ R.]
Hircine, Hircinous Hir"cine, Hir"ci·nous adjective [ Latin hircinus , from hircus hegoat: confer French hircin .] 1. Goatlike; of or pertaining to a goat or the goats. 2. Of a strong goatish smell.
Hire Hire (hẽr) pron. [ Obsolete] See Here , pron. Chaucer.
[ Middle English hire
, Anglo-Saxon hȳr
; akin to Dutch huur
, German heuer
, Danish hyre
, Swedish hyra
.] 1. The price, reward, or compensation paid, or contracted to be paid, for the temporary use of a thing or a place, for personal service, or for labor; wages; rent; pay.
The laborer is worthy of his hire . Luke x. 7. 2. (Law.) A bailment by which the use of a thing, or the services and labor of a person, are contracted for at a certain price or reward. Story. Syn.
-- Wages; salary; stipend; allowance; pay.
Hire Hire transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Hired
(hīrd); present participle & verbal noun Hiring
.] [ Middle English hiren
, Anglo-Saxon hȳrian
; akin to Dutch huren
, German heuern
, Danish hyre
, Swedish hyra
. See Hire
] 1. To procure (any chattel or estate) from another person, for temporary use, for a compensation or equivalent; to purchase the use or enjoyment of for a limited time; as, to hire a farm for a year; to hire money. 2. To engage or purchase the service, labor, or interest of (any one) for a specific purpose, by payment of wages; as, to hire a servant, an agent, or an advocate. 3. To grant the temporary use of, for compensation; to engage to give the service of, for a price; to let; to lease; -- now usually with out , and often reflexively; as, he has hired out his horse, or his time.
They . . . have hired out themselves for bread. 1 Sam. ii. 5.
Hire purchase Hire purchase or, more fully , Hire purchase agreement or Hire and purchase agreement (Law) A contract (more fully called contract of hire with an option of purchase) in which a person hires goods for a specified period and at a fixed rent, with the added condition that if he shall retain the goods for the full period and pay all the installments of rent as they become due the contract shall determine and the title vest absolutely in him, and that if he chooses he may at any time during the term surrender the goods and be quit of any liability for future installments upon the contract. In the United States such a contract is generally treated as a conditional sale, and the term hire purchase is also sometimes applied to a contract in which the hirer is not free to avoid future liability by surrender of the goods. In England, however, if the hirer does not have this right the contract is a sale.
Hireless Hire"less adjective Without hire. Davenant.
Hireling Hire"ling (-lĭng) noun [ Anglo-Saxon hȳreling . See Hire , noun , and -ling .] One who is hired, or who serves for wages; esp., one whose motive and interest in serving another are wholly gainful; a mercenary. "Lewd hirelings ." Milton.
Hireling Hire"ling adjective Serving for hire or wages; venal; mercenary. " Hireling mourners." Dryden.
Hirer Hir"er noun One who hires.
Hires, Hirs Hires, Hirs pron. Hers; theirs. See Here , pron. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Hirsute Hir·sute" adjective
[ Latin hirsutus
; probably akin to horridus
horrid. Confer Horrid
.] 1. Rough with hair; set with bristles; shaggy. 2. Rough and coarse; boorish.
Cynical and hirsute in his behavior. Life of A. Wood. 3. (Botany) Pubescent with coarse or stiff hairs. Gray. 4. (Zoology) Covered with hairlike feathers, as the feet of certain birds.
Hirsuteness Hir·sute"ness noun Hairiness. Burton.
Hirtellous Hir·tel"lous adjective [ Dim., from Latin hirtus hairy.] (Bot. & Zoology) Pubescent with minute and somewhat rigid hairs.
Hirudine Hi·ru"dine adjective (Zoology) Of or pertaining to the leeches.
Hirudinea Hir`u·din"e·a noun plural [ New Latin , from Latin hirudo , hirudinis , a leech.] (Zoology) An order of Annelida, including the leeches; -- called also Hirudinei .
Hirudo Hi·ru"do noun [ Latin , a leech.] (Zoology) A genus of leeches, including the common medicinal leech. See Leech .
Hirundine Hi·run"dine adjective (Zoology) Like or pertaining to the swallows.
Hirundo Hi·run"do noun [ Latin , swallow.] (Zoology) A genus of birds including the swallows and martins.
His His pron.
[ Anglo-Saxon his
of him, his, gen. masc. & neut. of h...
, neut. hit
. See He
.] 1. Belonging or pertaining to him ; -- used as a pronominal adjective or adjective pronoun; as, tell John his papers are ready; formerly used also for its , but this use is now obsolete.
No comfortable star did lend his light. Shak.
Who can impress the forest, bid the tree Shak.
Unfix his earth-bound root?
» Also formerly used in connection with a noun simply as a sign of the possessive. "The king his
"By young Telemachus his
blooming years." Pope.
is probably a corruption of the old possessive ending - is
or - es
, which, being written as a separate word, was at length confounded with the pronoun his
. 2. The possessive of he ; as, the book is his .
"The sea is his
, and he made it." Ps. xcv. 5.
Hisingerite His"ing·er·ite noun [ Named after W. Hisinger , a Swedish mineralogist.] (Min.) A soft black, iron ore, nearly earthy, a hydrous silicate of iron.
Hispanic His·pan"ic adjective [ Latin Hispanicus .] Of or pertaining to Spain or its language; as, Hispanic words.
Hispanicism His·pan"i·cism noun A Spanish idiom or mode of speech. Keightley.
Hispanicize His·pan"i·cize transitive verb To give a Spanish form or character to; as, to Hispanicize Latin words.
Hispid His"pid adjective [ Latin hispidus : confer French hispide .] 1. Rough with bristles or minute spines. 2. (Bot. & Zoology) Beset with stiff hairs or bristles.
Hispidulous His·pid"u·lous adjective [ Dim. of hispid .] (Bot. & Zoology) Minutely hispid.
Hiss Hiss intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Hissed
; present participle & verbal noun Hissing
.] [ Anglo-Saxon hysian
; probably of imitative origin...; confer LG. hissen
, OD. hisschen
.] 1. To make with the mouth a prolonged sound like that of the letter s , by driving the breath between the tongue and the teeth; to make with the mouth a sound like that made by a goose or a snake when angered; esp., to make such a sound as an expression of hatred, passion, or disapproval.
The merchants among the people shall hiss at thee. Ezek. xxvii. 36. 2. To make a similar noise by any means; to pass with a sibilant sound; as, the arrow hissed as it flew.
Shod with steel, Wordsworth.
We hissed along the polished ice.
Hiss Hiss transitive verb 1. To condemn or express contempt for by hissing.
If the tag-rag people did not clap him and hiss him, according as he pleased and displeased them. Shak.
Malcolm . What is the newest grief? Shak. 2. To utter with a hissing sound.
Ros . That of an hour's age doth hiss the speaker.
The long-necked geese of the world that are ever hissing dispraise. Tennyson.
Hiss Hiss noun 1. A prolonged sound like that letter s , made by forcing out the breath between the tongue and teeth, esp. as a token of disapprobation or contempt.
" Hiss " implies audible friction of breath consonants. H. Sweet.
A dismal, universal hiss , the sound Milton. 2. Any sound resembling that above described
Of public scorn.
; as: (a) The noise made by a serpent.
But hiss for hiss returned with forked tongue. Milton. (b) The note of a goose when irritated. (c) The noise made by steam escaping through a narrow orifice, or by water falling on a hot stove.
Hissing Hiss"ing noun 1. The act of emitting a hiss or hisses. 2. The occasion of contempt; the object of scorn and derision.
I will make this city desolate, and a hissing . Jer. xix. 8.
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