Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Hip-roofed adjective Having a hip roof.

Hippuric 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 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 adjective [ Hip + shot .] Having the hip dislocated; hence, having one hip lower than the other. L'Estrange.

Hir pron. [ Obsolete] See Here , pron. Chaucer.

Hircic 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 noun [ Latin hircus , he- goat, buck: confer French hircine .] (Chemistry) Hircic acid. See Hircic . [ R.]

Hircine, Hircinous 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 (hẽr) pron. [ Obsolete] See Here , pron. Chaucer.

Hire (hīr) noun [ Middle English hire , hure , 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 transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Hired (hīrd); present participle & verbal noun Hiring .] [ Middle English hiren , huren , Anglo-Saxon hȳrian ; akin to Dutch huren , German heuern , Danish hyre , Swedish hyra . See Hire , noun ]


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 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 adjective Without hire. Davenant.

Hireling (-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 adjective Serving for hire or wages; venal; mercenary. " Hireling mourners." Dryden.

Hirer noun One who hires.

Hires, Hirs pron. Hers; theirs. See Here , pron. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Hirsute adjective [ Latin hirsutus ; probably akin to horridus horrid. Confer Horrid .]
1. Rough with hair; set with bristles; shaggy.

2. Rough and coarse; boorish. [ R.]

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 noun Hairiness. Burton.

Hirtellous adjective [ Dim., from Latin hirtus hairy.] (Bot. & Zoology) Pubescent with minute and somewhat rigid hairs.

Hirudine adjective (Zoology) Of or pertaining to the leeches.

Hirudinea noun plural [ New Latin , from Latin hirudo , hirudinis , a leech.] (Zoology) An order of Annelida, including the leeches; -- called also Hirudinei .

Hirudo noun [ Latin , a leech.] (Zoology) A genus of leeches, including the common medicinal leech. See Leech .

Hirundine adjective (Zoology) Like or pertaining to the swallows.

Hirundo noun [ Latin , swallow.] (Zoology) A genus of birds including the swallows and martins.

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
Unfix his earth-bound root?
Shak.

» Also formerly used in connection with a noun simply as a sign of the possessive. "The king his son." Shak. "By young Telemachus his blooming years." Pope. This his 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 noun [ Named after W. Hisinger , a Swedish mineralogist.] (Min.) A soft black, iron ore, nearly earthy, a hydrous silicate of iron.

Hispanic adjective [ Latin Hispanicus .] Of or pertaining to Spain or its language; as, Hispanic words.

Hispanicism noun A Spanish idiom or mode of speech. Keightley.

Hispanicize transitive verb To give a Spanish form or character to; as, to Hispanicize Latin words.

Hispid adjective [ Latin hispidus : confer French hispide .]


1. Rough with bristles or minute spines.

2. (Bot. & Zoology) Beset with stiff hairs or bristles.

Hispidulous adjective [ Dim. of hispid .] (Bot. & Zoology) Minutely hispid.

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,
We hissed along the polished ice.
Wordsworth.

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?
Ros . That of an hour's age doth hiss the speaker.
Shak.

2. To utter with a hissing sound.

The long-necked geese of the world that are ever hissing dispraise.
Tennyson.

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
Of public scorn.
Milton.

2. Any sound resembling that above described ; 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 noun
1. The act of emitting a hiss or hisses.

2. The occasion of contempt; the object of scorn and derision. [ Archaic]

I will make this city desolate, and a hissing .
Jer. xix. 8.

Hissingly adverb With a hissing sound.

Hist interj. [ Confer Danish hys . .... Confer Hush , Whist .] Hush; be silent; -- a signal for silence. Milton.

Histiology noun [ Greek "isto`s tissue + -logy .] Same as Histology .

Histogenesis noun [ Greek "isto`s tissue + English genesis .] (Biol.) (a) The formation and development of organic tissues; histogeny; -- the opposite of histolysis . (b) Germ history of cells, and of the tissues composed of cells. Haeckel.

Histogenetic adjective [ See Histogeny .] (Biol.) Tissue-producing; connected with the formation and development of the organic tissues.

Histogeny noun [ Greek "isto`s tissue + root of ... to be born.] (Biol.) Same as Histogenesis . Dunglison.

Histographer noun One who describes organic tissues; an histologist.

Histographical adjective Of or pertaining to histography.

Histography noun [ Greek "isto`s tissue + -graphy .] A description of, or treatise on, organic tissues.

Histohæmatin noun [ Greek "isto`s tissue + English hæmatin .] (Physiol.) One of a class of respiratory pigments, widely distributed in the animal kingdom, capable of ready oxidation and reduction.

Histoid adjective [ Greek "isto`s tissue + -oid .] Resembling the normal tissues; as, histoid tumors.

Histologic, Histological adjective (Biol.) Pertaining to histology, or to the microscopic structure of the tissues of living organisms. -- His`to*log"ic*al*ly , adverb

Histologist noun One versed in histology.

Histology noun [ Greek "isto`s tissue + -logy .] That branch of biological science, which treats of the minute (microscopic) structure of animal and vegetable tissues; -- called also histiology .