Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Inaugural adjective [ Confer French inaugural .] Pertaining to, or performed or pronounced at, an inauguration; as, an inaugural address; the inaugural exercises.

Inaugural noun An inaugural address. [ U.S.]

Inaugurate adjective [ Latin inauguratus , past participle of inaugurare to take omens from the flight of birds (before entering upon any important undertaking); hence, to consecrate, inaugurate, or install, with such divination; prefix in- in + augurare , augurari , to augur. See Augur .] Invested with office; inaugurated. Drayton.

Inaugurate transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Inaugurated ; present participle & verbal noun Inaugurating .]


1. To introduce or induct into an office with suitable ceremonies or solemnities; to invest with power or authority in a formal manner; to install; as, to inaugurate a president; to inaugurate a king. Milton.

2. To cause to begin, esp. with formality or solemn ceremony; hence, to set in motion, action, or progress; to initiate; -- used especially of something of dignity or worth or public concern; as, to inaugurate a new era of things, new methods, etc.

As if kings did choose remarkable days to inaugurate their favors.
Sir H. Wotton.

3. To celebrate the completion of, or the first public use of; to dedicate, as a statue. [ Colloq.]

4. To begin with good omens. [ Obsolete] Sir H. Wotton.

Inauguration noun [ Latin inauguratio a beginning: confer French inauguration .]


1. The act of inuagurating, or inducting into office with solemnity; investiture by appropriate ceremonies.

At his regal inauguration , his old father resigned the kingdom to him.
Sir T. Browne.

2. The formal beginning or initiation of any movement, course of action, etc.; as, the inauguration of a new system, a new condition, etc.

Inauguration Day The day on which the President of the United States is inaugurated, the 4th of March in every year next after a year divisible by four.

Inaugurator noun One who inaugurates.

Inauguratory adjective Suitable for, or pertaining to, inauguration. Johnson.

Inaurate adjective [ Latin inauratus , past participle inaurare to gild; prefix in- in + aurum gold.] Covered with gold; gilded.

Inaurate transitive verb To cover with gold; to gild.

Inauration noun [ Confer French inauration .] The act or process of gilding or covering with gold.

Inauspicate adjective [ Latin inauspicatus ; prefix in- not + auspicatus , past participle auspicari . See Auspicate .] Inauspicious. [ Obsolete] Sir G. Buck.

Inauspicious adjective Not auspicious; ill-omened; unfortunate; unlucky; unfavorable. " Inauspicious stars." Shak. " Inauspicious love." Dryden.

-- In`aus*pi"cious*ly , adverb -- In`aus*pi"cious*ness , noun

Inauthoritative adjective Without authority; not authoritative.

Inbarge transitive verb & i. To embark; to go or put into a barge. [ Obsolete] Drayton.

Inbeaming noun Shining in. South.

Inbeing noun Inherence; inherent existence. I. Watts.

Inbind transitive verb To inclose. [ Obsolete] Fairfax.

Inblown adjective Blown in or into. [ Obsolete]

Inboard adjective & adverb
1. (Nautical) Inside the line of a vessel's bulwarks or hull; the opposite of outboard ; as, an inboard cargo; haul the boom inboard .

2. (Mech.) From without inward; toward the inside; as, the inboard stroke of a steam engine piston, the inward or return stroke.

Inborn adjective Born in or with; implanted by nature; innate; as, inborn passions. Cowper.

Syn. -- Innate; inherent; natural.

Inbreak, Inbreaking noun A breaking in; inroad; invasion.

Inbreathe transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Inbreathed ; present participle & verbal noun Inbreathing .] To infuse by breathing; to inspire. Coleridge.

Inbred adjective Bred within; innate; as, inbred worth. " Inbred sentiments." Burke.

Inbreed transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Inbred ; present participle & verbal noun Inbreeding .] [ Confer Imbreed .]


1. To produce or generate within. Bp. Reynolds.

To inbreed and cherish . . . the seeds of virtue.
Milton.

2. To breed in and in. See under Breed , intransitive verb

Inburning adjective Burning within.

Her inburning wrath she gan abate.
Spenser.

Inburnt adjective Burnt in; ineffaceable.

Her inburnt , shamefaced thoughts.
P. Fletcher.

Inburst noun A bursting in or into.

Inc noun A Japanese measure of length equal to about two and one twelfth yards. [ Written also ink .]

Inca noun (a) An emperor or monarch of Peru before, or at the time of, the Spanish conquest; any member of this royal dynasty, reputed to have been descendants of the sun. (b) plural The people governed by the Incas, now represented by the Quichua tribe.

Inca dove (Zoology) , a small dove ( Scardafella inca ), native of Arizona, Lower California, and Mexico.

Incage transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Incaged ; present participle & verbal noun Incaging .] [ Confer Encage .] To confine in, or as in, a cage; to coop up. [ Written also encage .] " Incaged birds." Shak.

Incagement noun Confinement in, or as in, cage. [ Obsolete] Shelton.

Incalculability noun The quality or state of being incalculable.

Incalculable adjective [ Prefix in- not + calculable : confer French incalculable .] Not capable of being calculated; beyond calculation; very great. -- In*cal"cu*la*ble*ness , noun -- In*cal"cu*la*bly , adverb

Incalescence noun The state of being incalescent, or of growing warm. Sir T. Browne.

Incalescency noun Incalescence. Ray.

Incalescent adjective [ Latin incalescens , -entis , present participle of incalescere to grow hot. See 1st In- , and Calescence .] Growing warm; increasing in heat.

Incameration noun [ Prefix in- in + Latin camera chamber, Late Latin , also, jurisdiction: confer French incamération , Italian incamerazione .] (R. C. Ch.) The act or process of uniting lands, rights, or revenues, to the ecclesiastical chamber, i. e. , to the pope's domain.

Incan adjective Of or pertaining to the Incas.

Incandescence noun [ Confer French incandescence .] A white heat, or the glowing or luminous whiteness of a body caused by intense heat.

Incandescent adjective [ Latin incandecens , -entis , present participle of incandescere to become warm or hot; prefix in- in + candescere to become of a glittering whiteness, to become red hot, incho. from candere to be of a glittering whiteness: confer French incandescent . See Candle .] White, glowing, or luminous, with intense heat; as, incandescent carbon or platinum; hence, clear; shining; brilliant.

Holy Scripture become resplendent; or, as one might say, incandescent throughout.
I. Taylor.

Incandescent lamp or light (Electricity) , a kind of lamp in which the light is produced by a thin filament of conducting material, usually carbon, contained in a vacuum, and heated to incandescence by an electric current, as in the Edison lamp; -- called also incandescence lamp , and glowlamp .

Incanescent adjective [ Latin incanescens , present participle incanescere to become gray.] Becoming hoary or gray; canescent.

Incanous adjective [ Latin incanus ; prefix in- in + canus hoary.] (Botany) Hoary with white pubescence.

Incantation noun [ Latin incantatio , from incantare to chant a magic formula over one: confer French incantation . See Enchant .]


1. The act or process of using formulas sung or spoken, with occult ceremonies, for the purpose of raising spirits, producing enchantment, or affecting other magical results; enchantment. "Mysterious ceremony and incantation ." Burke.

2. A formula of words used as above.

Incantatory adjective Dealing by enchantment; magical. Sir T. Browne.

Incanting adjective Enchanting. [ Obsolete] Sir T. Herbert.

Incanton transitive verb To unite to, or form into, a canton or separate community. Addison.

Incapability noun
1. The quality of being incapable; incapacity. Suckling.

2. (Law) Want of legal qualifications, or of legal power; as, incapability of holding an office.

Incapable adjective [ Prefix in- not + capable : confer French incapable , Latin incapabilis incomprehensible.]


1. Wanting in ability or qualification for the purpose or end in view; not large enough to contain or hold; deficient in physical strength, mental or moral power, etc.; not capable; as, incapable of holding a certain quantity of liquid; incapable of endurance, of comprehension, of perseverance, of reform, etc.

2. Not capable of being brought to do or perform, because morally strong or well disposed; -- used with reference to some evil; as, incapable of wrong, dishonesty, or falsehood.

3. Not in a state to receive; not receptive; not susceptible; not able to admit; as, incapable of pain, or pleasure; incapable of stain or injury.

4. (Law) Unqualified or disqualified, in a legal sense; as, a man under thirty-five years of age is incapable of holding the office of president of the United States; a person convicted on impeachment is thereby made incapable of holding an office of profit or honor under the government.

5. (Mil.) As a term of disgrace, sometimes annexed to a sentence when an officer has been cashiered and rendered incapable of serving his country.

» Incapable is often used elliptically.

Is not your father grown incapable of reasonable affairs?
Shak.

Syn. -- Incompetent; unfit; unable; insufficient; inadequate; deficient; disqualified. See Incompetent .

Incapable noun One who is morally or mentally weak or inefficient; an imbecile; a simpleton.