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Indigest adjective [ Latin indigestus unarranged. See Indigested .] Crude; unformed; unorganized; undigested. [ Obsolete] "A chaos rude and indigest ." W. Browne. "Monsters and things indigest ." Shak.

Indigest noun Something indigested. [ Obsolete] Shak.

Indigested adjective [ Prefix in- not + digested .]


1. Not digested; undigested. " Indigested food." Dryden.

2. Not resolved; not regularly disposed and arranged; not methodical; crude; as, an indigested array of facts.

In hot reformations . . . the whole is generally crude, harsh, and indigested .
Burke.

This, like an indigested meteor, appeared and disappeared almost at the same time.
South.

3. (Medicine) (a) Not in a state suitable for healing; -- said of wounds. (b) Not ripened or suppurated; -- said of an abscess or its contents.

4. Not softened by heat, hot water, or steam.

Indigestedness noun The state or quality of being undigested; crudeness. Bp. Burnet.

Indigestibility noun The state or quality of being indigestible; indigestibleness.

Indigestible adjective [ Latin indigestibilis : confer French indigestible . See In- not, and Digest .]


1. Not digestible; not readily soluble in the digestive juices; not easily convertible into products fitted for absorption.

2. Not digestible in the mind; distressful; intolerable; as, an indigestible simile. T. Warton.

-- In`di*gest"i*ble*ness , noun -- In`di*gest"i*bly , adverb

Indigestion noun [ Latin indigestio : confer French indigestion . See In- not, and Digest .] Lack of proper digestive action; a failure of the normal changes which food should undergo in the alimentary canal; dyspepsia; incomplete or difficult digestion.

Indigitate intransitive verb [ Prefix in- in + Latin digitus finger.] To communicate ideas by the fingers; to show or compute by the fingers. [ Obsolete]

Indigitate transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Indigitated ; present participle & verbal noun Indigitating .] To point out with the finger; to indicate. [ Obsolete]

The depressing this finger, . . . in the right hand indigitates six hundred.
Sir T. Browne.

Indigitation noun The act of pointing out as with the finger; indication. [ Obsolete] Dr. H. More.

Indiglucin noun [ Indi can + glucin .] (Chemistry) The variety of sugar (glucose) obtained from the glucoside indican. It is unfermentable, but reduces Fehling's solution.

Indign adjective [ Latin indignus ; prefix in- not + dignus worthy: confer French indigne . See Dignity .] Unworthy; undeserving; disgraceful; degrading. Chaucer.

Counts it scorn to draw
Comfort indign from any meaner thing.
Trench.

Indignance, Indignancy noun Indignation. [ Obsolete] Spenser.

Indignant adjective [ Latin indignans , -antis , present participle of indignari to be indignant, disdain. See Indign .] Affected with indignation; wrathful; passionate; irate; feeling wrath, as when a person is exasperated by unworthy or unjust treatment, by a mean action, or by a degrading accusation.

He strides indignant , and with haughty cries
To single fight the fairy prince defies.
Tickell.

Indignantly adverb In an indignant manner.

Indignation noun [ French indignation , Latin indignatio . See Indign .]


1. The feeling excited by that which is unworthy, base, or disgraceful; anger mingled with contempt, disgust, or abhorrence. Shak.

Indignation expresses a strong and elevated disapprobation of mind, which is also inspired by something flagitious in the conduct of another.
Cogan.

When Haman saw Mordecai in the king's gate, that he stood not up, nor moved for him, he was full of indignation against Mordecai.
Esther v. 9.

2. The effect of anger; punishment. Shak.

Hide thyself . . . until the indignation be overpast.
Is. xxvi. 20.

Syn. -- Anger; ire wrath; fury; rage. See Anger .

Indignify transitive verb [ Latin indignus unworthy + -fy .] To treat disdainfully or with indignity; to contemn. [ Obsolete] Spenser.

Indignity noun ; plural Indignities . [ Latin indignitas : confer French indignité . See Indign .] Any action toward another which manifests contempt for him; an offense against personal dignity; unmerited contemptuous treatment; contumely; incivility or injury, accompanied with insult.

How might a prince of my great hopes forget
So great indignities you laid upon me?
Shak.

A person of so great place and worth constrained to endure so foul indignities .
Hooker.

Indignly adverb Unworthily. [ Obsolete]

Indigo noun ; plural Indigoes . [ French indigo , Spanish indigo , indico , Latin indicum indigo, from Indicus Indian. See Indian .]


1. A kind of deep blue, one of the seven prismatic colors.

2. (Chemistry) A blue dyestuff obtained from several plants belonging to very different genera and orders; as, the woad, Isatis tinctoria , Indigofera tinctoria , I. Anil , Nereum tinctorium , etc. It is a dark blue earthy substance, tasteless and odorless, with a copper-violet luster when rubbed. Indigo does not exist in the plants as such, but is obtained by decomposition of the glycoside indican.

» Commercial indigo contains the essential coloring principle indigo blue or indigotine , with several other dyes; as, indigo red , indigo brown , etc., and various impurities. Indigo is insoluble in ordinary reagents, with the exception of strong sulphuric acid.

Chinese indigo (Botany) , Isatis indigotica , a kind of woad. -- Wild indigo (Botany) , the American herb Baptisia tinctoria which yields a poor quality of indigo, as do several other species of the same genus.

Indigo adjective Having the color of, pertaining to, or derived from, indigo.

Indigo berry (Botany) , the fruit of the West Indian shrub Randia aculeata , used as a blue dye. -- Indigo bird (Zoology) , a small North American finch ( Cyanospiza cyanea ). The male is indigo blue in color. Called also indigo bunting . -- Indigo blue . (a) The essential coloring material of commercial indigo, from which it is obtained as a dark blue earthy powder, with a reddish luster, C 16 H 10 N 2 O 2 , which may be crystallized by sublimation. Indigo blue is also made from artificial amido cinnamic acid, and from artificial isatine; and these methods are of great commercial importance. Called also indigotin . (b) A dark, dull blue color like the indigo of commerce. -- Indigo brown (Chemistry) , a brown resinous substance found in crude indigo. -- Indigo copper (Min.) , covellite. -- Indigo green , a green obtained from indigo. -- Indigo plant (Botany) , a leguminous plant of several species (genus Indigofera ), from which indigo is prepared. The different varieties are natives of Asia, Africa, and America. Several species are cultivated, of which the most important are the I. tinctoria , or common indigo plant, the I. Anil , a larger species, and the I. disperma . -- Indigo purple , a purple obtained from indigo. -- Indigo red , a dyestuff, isomeric with indigo blue, obtained from crude indigo as a dark brown amorphous powder. -- Indigo snake (Zoology) , the gopher snake. -- Indigo white , a white crystalline powder obtained by reduction from indigo blue, and by oxidation easily changed back to it; -- called also indigogen . -- Indigo yellow , a substance obtained from indigo.

Indigofera noun [ New Latin , from English indigo + Latin ferre to bear.] (Botany) A genus of leguminous plants having many species, mostly in tropical countries, several of them yielding indigo, esp. Indigofera tinctoria , and I. Anil .

Indigogen noun [ Indigo + -gen .]


1. (Chemistry) See Indigo white , under Indigo .

2. (Physiol. Chem.) Same as Indican , 2.

Indigometer noun [ Indigo + -meter .] An instrument for ascertaining the strength of an indigo solution, as in volumetric analysis. Ure.

Indigometry noun The art or method of determining the coloring power of indigo.

Indigotic adjective [ Confer French indigotique .] (Chemistry) Pertaining to, or derived from, indigo; as, indigotic acid, which is also called anilic or nitrosalicylic acid .

Indigotin noun (Chemistry) See Indigo blue , under Indigo .

Indigrubin noun [ Indigo + Latin ruber red.] (Physiol. Chem.) Same as Urrhodin .

Indihumin noun [ Indi can + humin .] (Chemistry) A brown amorphous substance resembling humin, and obtained from indican.

Indilatory adjective Not dilatory. [ Obsolete]

Indiligence noun [ Latin indiligentia : confer French indiligence .] Want of diligence. [ Obsolete] B. Jonson.

Indiligent adjective [ Latin indiligens : confer French indiligent . See Diligent .] Not diligent; idle; slothful. [ Obsolete] Feltham. -- In*dil"i*gent*ly , adverb [ Obsolete]

Indiminishable adjective Incapable of being diminished. [ R.] Milton.

Indin noun [ From Indigo .] (Chemistry) A dark red crystalline substance, isomeric with and resembling indigo blue, and obtained from isatide and dioxindol.

Indirect adjective [ Prefix in- not + direct : confer French indirect .]


1. Not direct; not straight or rectilinear; deviating from a direct line or course; circuitous; as, an indirect road.

2. Not tending to an aim, purpose, or result by the plainest course, or by obvious means, but obliquely or consequentially; by remote means; as, an indirect accusation, attack, answer, or proposal.

By what bypaths and indirect , crooked ways
I met this crown.
Shak.

3. Not straightforward or upright; unfair; dishonest; tending to mislead or deceive.

Indirect dealing will be discovered one time or other.
Tillotson.

4. Not resulting directly from an act or cause, but more or less remotely connected with or growing out of it; as, indirect results, damages, or claims.

5. (Logic & Math.) Not reaching the end aimed at by the most plain and direct method; as, an indirect proof, demonstration, etc.

Indirect claims , claims for remote or consequential damage. Such claims were presented to and thrown out by the commissioners who arbitrated the damage inflicted on the United States by the Confederate States cruisers built and supplied by Great Britain. -- Indirect demonstration , a mode of demonstration in which proof is given by showing that any other supposition involves an absurdity ( reductio ad absurdum ), or an impossibility; thus, one quantity may be proved equal to another by showing that it can be neither greater nor less. -- Indirect discourse . (Gram.) See Direct discourse , under Direct . -- Indirect evidence , evidence or testimony which is circumstantial or inferential, but without witness; -- opposed to direct evidence . -- Indirect tax , a tax, such as customs, excises, etc., exacted directly from the merchant, but paid indirectly by the consumer in the higher price demanded for the articles of merchandise.

Indirected adjective Not directed; aimless. [ Obsolete]

Indirection noun [ Confer French indirection .] Oblique course or means; dishonest practices; indirectness. "By indirections find directions out." Shak.

Indirectly adverb In an direct manner; not in a straight line or course; not in express terms; obliquely; not by direct means; hence, unfairly; wrongly.

To tax it indirectly by taxing their expense.
A. Smith.

Your crown and kingdom indirectly held.
Shak.

Indirectness noun
1. The quality or state of being indirect; obliquity; deviousness; crookedness.

2. Deviation from an upright or straightforward course; unfairness; dishonesty. W. Montagu.

Indiretin noun [ Indi an + Greek ... resin.] (Chemistry) A dark brown resinous substance obtained from indican.

Indirubin noun [ Indi go + Latin ruber red.] (Chemistry) A substance isomeric with, and resembling, indigo blue, and accompanying it as a side product, in its artificial production.

Indiscernible adjective [ Prefix in- not + discernible : confer French indiscernable .] Not to be discerned; imperceptible; not discoverable or visible.

Secret and indiscernible ways.
Jer. Taylor.

-- In`dis*cern"i*ble*ness , noun -- In`dis*cern"i*bly , adverb

Indiscerpibility, Indiscerptibility noun The state or quality of being indiscerpible. [ Obsolete] Dr. H. More.

Indiscerpible, Indiscerptible adjective Not discerpible; inseparable. [ Obsolete] Bp. Butler. -- In`dis*cerp"i*ble*ness , noun , In`dis*cerp"ti*ble*ness , noun [ Obsolete] -- In`dis*cerp"ti*bly , adverb [ Obsolete]

Indisciplinable adjective [ Prefix in- not + disciplinable : confer French indisciplinable .] Not disciplinable; undisciplinable. [ R.]

Indiscipline noun [ Latin indisplina : confer French indiscipline . See In- not, and Discipline .] Want of discipline or instruction. [ R.]

Indiscoverable adjective Not discoverable; undiscoverable. J. Conybeare.

Indiscovery noun Want of discovery. [ Obsolete]

Indiscreet adjective [ Middle English indiscret , French indiscret , from Latin indiscretus unseparated, indiscreet. See In- not, and Discreet , and confer Indiscrete .] Not discreet; wanting in discretion.

So drunken, and so indiscreet an officer.
Shak.

Syn. -- Imprudent; injudicious; inconsiderate; rash; hasty; incautious; heedless; undiscerning; foolish.

-- In`dis*creet"ly , adverb -- In`dis*creet"ness , noun

Indiscrete adjective [ Latin indiscretus unseparated. See Indiscreet .]


1. Indiscreet. [ Obsolete] Boyle.

2. Not discrete or separated; compact; homogenous.

An indiscrete mass of confused matter.
Pownall.

Indiscretion noun [ Prefix in- not + discretion : confer French indiscrétion .]


1. The quality or state of being indiscreet; want of discretion; imprudence.

2. An indiscreet act; indiscreet behavior.

Past indiscretion is a venial crime.
Cowper.