Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Infusionism noun The doctrine that the soul is preexistent to the body, and is infused into it at conception or birth; -- opposed to traducianism and creationism .

Infusive adjective Having the power of infusion; inspiring; influencing.

The infusive force of Spirit on man.
Thomson.

Infusoria noun plural [ New Latin ; -- so called because found in infusions which are left exposed to the air for a time. See Infuse .] (Zoology) One of the classes of Protozoa, including a large number of species, all of minute size.

» They are found in all seas, lakes, ponds, and streams, as well as in infusions of organic matter exposed to the air. They are distinguished by having vibrating lashes or cilia, with which they obtain their food and swim about. They are devided into the orders Flagellata, Ciliata, and Tentaculifera. See these words in the Vocabulary.

Formely the term Infusoria was applied to all microscopic organisms found in water, including many minute plants, belonging to the diatoms, as well as minute animals belonging to various classes, as the Rotifera, which are worms; and the Rhizopoda, which constitute a distinct class of Protozoa. Fossil Infusoria are mostly the siliceous shells of diatoms; sometimes they are siliceous skeletons of Radiolaria, or the calcareous shells of Foraminifera.

Infusorial adjective (Zoology) Belonging to the Infusoria; composed of, or containing, Infusoria; as, infusorial earth.

Infusorial earth (Geol.) , a deposit of fine, usually white, siliceous material, composed mainly of the shells of the microscopic plants called diatoms . It is used in polishing powder, and in the manufacture of dynamite.

Infusorian noun (Zoology) One of the Infusoria.

Infusory adjective (Zoology) Infusorial.

Infusory noun ; plural Infusories (Zoology) One of the Infusoria; -- usually in the plural

Ing noun [ Anglo-Saxon ing .] A pasture or meadow; generally one lying low, near a river. [ Obsolete or Prov. Eng.]

Ingannation noun [ Late Latin ingannare to deceive.] Cheat; deception. [ Obsolete] Sir T. Brown.

Ingate noun
1. Entrance; ingress. [ Obsolete]

Which hath in charge the ingate of the year.
Spenser.

2. (Founding) The aperture in a mold for pouring in the metal; the gate. Simmonds.

Ingathering noun The act or business of gathering or collecting anything; especially, the gathering of the fruits of the earth; harvest.

Thou shalt keep . . . the feast of ingathering .
Ex. xxii. 16.

Ingelable adjective Not congealable.

Ingeminate adjective [ Latin ingeminatus , past participle ] Redoubled; repeated. Jer. Taylor.

Ingeminate transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Ingeminated ; present participle & verbal noun Ingeminating .] [ Latin ingeminatus , past participle of ingeminare to double; prefix in- in + geminare . See Geminate .] To redouble or repeat; to reiterate. Clarendon.

. . . She yet ingeminates
The last of sounds, and what she hears relates.
Sandys.

Ingemination noun Repetition; reduplication; reiteration. De Quincey.

That Sacred ingemination , Amen, Amen.
Featley.

Happiness with an echo or ingemination .
Holdsworth.

Ingena noun (Zoology) The gorilla.

Ingender transitive verb See Engender .

Ingenerabillty noun Incapacity of being engendered or produced. Cudworth.

Ingenerable adjective [ Prefix in- not + generable : confer French ingenerable .] Incapable of being engendered or produced; original. Holland.

Ingenerably adverb In an ingenerable manner.

Ingenerate adjective [ Latin ingeneratus , past participle of ingenerare . See engender] Generated within; inborn; innate; as, ingenerate powers of body. W. Wotton.

Those virtues were rather feigned and affected . . . than true qualities ingenerate in his judgment.
Bacon.

Ingenerate transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Ingenerat ; present participle & verbal noun Ingenerating .] To generate or produce within; to beget; to engender; to occasion; to cause. Mede.

Those noble habits are ingenerated in the soul.
Sir M. Hale.

Ingeneration noun Act of ingenerating.

Ingeniate transitive verb & i. [ See Ingenious .] To invent; to contrive. [ Obsolete] Daniel.

Ingenie noun [ Obsolete] See Ingeny .

Ingeniosity noun [ Late Latin ingeniositas .] Ingenuity; skill; cunning. [ Obsolete] Cudworth.

Ingenious adjective [ Latin ingeniosus , from ingenium innate or natural quality, natural capacity, genius: confer French ingénieux . See Engine .]
1. Possessed of genius, or the faculty of invention; skillful or promp to invent; having an aptitude to contrive, or to form new combinations; as, an ingenious author, mechanic.

A man . . . very wise and ingenious in feats of war.
Hakluyt.

Thou, king, send out
For torturers ingenious .
Shak.

The more ingenious men are, the more apt are they to trouble themselves.
Sir W. Temple.

2. Proceeding from, pertaining to, or characterized by, genius or ingenuity; of curious design, structure, or mechanism; as, an ingenious model, or machine; an ingenious scheme, contrivance, etc.

Thus men go wrong with an ingenious skill.
Cowper.

3. Witty; shrewd; adroit; keen; sagacious; as, an ingenious reply.

4. Mental; intellectual. [ Obsolete]

A course of learning and ingenious studies.
Shak.

Ingeniously adverb In an ingenious manner; with ingenuity; skillfully; wittily; cleverly.

"Too ingeniously politic."
Sir W. Temple.

Ingeniousness noun The quality or state of being ingenious; ingenuity.

Ingenite, Ingenit adjective [ Latin ingenitus , past participle of ingignere to instill by birth or nature; prefix in- + gignere to beget.] Innate; inborn; inbred; inherent; native; ingenerate. [ Obsolete]

It is natural or ingenite , which comes by some defect of the organs and overmuch brain.
Burton.

Ingénue (ăN`zha`nu") noun ; plural -nues . [ French, fem. of ingénu ingenious.] An ingenuous or naïve girl or young woman, or an actress representing such a person.

Ingenuity noun [ Latin ingenuitas ingenuousness: confer French ingénuité . See Ingenuous .]
1. The quality or power of ready invention; quickness or acuteness in forming new combinations; ingeniousness; skill in devising or combining.

All the means which human ingenuity has contrived.
Blair.

2. Curiousness, or cleverness in design or contrivance; as, the ingenuity of a plan, or of mechanism.

He gives . . .
To artist ingenuity and skill.
Cowper.

3. Openness of heart; ingenuousness. [ Obsolete]

The stings and remorses of natural ingenuity , a principle that men scarcely ever shake off, as long as they carry anything of human nature about them.
South.

Syn. -- Inventiveness; ingeniousness; skill; cunning; cleverness; genius. -- Ingenuity , Cleverness . Ingenuity is a form of genius, and cleverness of talent. The former implies invention, the letter a peculiar dexterity and readiness of execution. Sir James Mackintosh remarks that the English overdo in the use of the word clever and cleverness , applying them loosely to almost every form of intellectual ability.

Ingenuous adjective [ Latin ingenuus inborn, innate, freeborn, noble, frank; prefix in- in + the root of gignere to beget. See Genius , and confer Ingenious .]
1. Of honorable extraction; freeborn; noble; as, ingenuous blood of birth.

2. Noble; generous; magnanimous; honorable; upright; high-minded; as, an ingenuous ardor or zeal.

If an ingenuous detestation of falsehood be but carefully and early instilled, that is the true and genuine method to obviate dishonesty.
Locke.

3. Free from reserve, disguise, equivocation, or dissimulation; open; frank; as, an ingenuous man; an ingenuous declaration, confession, etc.

Sensible in myself . . . what a burden it is for me, who would be ingenuous , to be loaded with courtesies which he hath not the least hope to requite or deserve.
Fuller.

4. Ingenious. [ Obsolete] Shak.

» (Formerly) printers did not discriminate between . . . ingenuous and ingenious , and these words were used or rather printed interchangeably almost to the beginning of the eighteenth century. G. P. Marsh.

Syn. -- Open; frank; unreserved; artless; plain; sincere; candid; fair; noble; generous. -- Ingenuous , Open , Frank . One who is open speaks out at once what is uppermost in his mind; one who is frank does it from a natural boldness, or dislike of self-restraint; one who is ingenuous is actuated by a native simplicity and artlessness, which make him willing to confess faults, and make known his sentiments without reserve. See Candid .

Ingenuously adverb In an ingenuous manner; openly; fairly; candidly; artlessly.

Being required to explain himself, he ingenuously confessed.
Ludlow.

Ingenuousness noun
1. The state or quality of being ingenuous; openness of heart; frankness.

2. Ingenuity. [ Obsolete] Fuller.

Ingeny noun [ Latin ingenium . See Ingenious .] Natural gift or talent; ability; wit; ingenuity. [ Obsolete] [ Written also ingenie .] Becon.

Ingerminate transitive verb To cause to germinate.

Ingest transitive verb [ Latin ingenium , past participle of ingerere to put in; prefix in- in + gerere to bear.] To take into, or as into, the stomach or alimentary canal. Sir T. Browne.

Ingesta noun plural [ New Latin See Ingest .] (Physiol.) That which is introduced into the body by the stomach or alimentary canal; -- opposed to egesta .

Ingestion noun [ Latin ingestio : confer French ingestion .] (Physiol.) The act of taking or putting into the stomach; as, the ingestion of milk or other food.

Inghalla noun (Zoology) The reedbuck of South Africa. [ Written also ingali .]

Ingirt transitive verb [ See Ingirt .] To encircle; to gird; to engirt.

The wreath is ivy that ingirts our beams.
Drayton.

Ingirt adjective Surrounded; encircled. Fenton.

Ingle (ĭn"g'l) noun [ Gael. & Ir. aingeali fire; confer Latin igniculusi spark, dim. of ignis fire. Confer Ignite .] Flame; blaze; a fire; a fireplace. [ Obsolete or Scot.] Burns.

Ingle nook , the chimney corner. -- Ingle side , Ingle cheek , the fireside.

Ingle noun [ Written also engle , enghle : confer Gael. & Ir. aingeal an angel. Confer Engle .] A paramour; a favourite; a sweetheart; an engle. [ Obsolete] Toone.

Ingle transitive verb To cajole or coax; to wheedle. See Engle . [ Obsolete]

Inglobate adjective In the form of a globe or sphere; -- applied to nebulous matter collected into a sphere by the force of gravitation.

Inglobe transitive verb To infix, as in a globe; to fix or secure firmly. [ Obsolete] Milton.

Inglorious adjective [ Latin inglorious ; prefix in- not + gloria glory, fame: confer French inglorieux . See Glory .]


1. Not glorious; not bringing honor or glory; not accompanied with fame, honor, or celebrity; obscure; humble; as, an inglorious life of ease. Shak.

My next desire is, void of care and strife,
To lead a soft, secure, inglorious life.
Dryden.

Some mute inglorious Milton here may rest.
Gray.

2. Shameful; disgraceful; ignominious; as, inglorious flight, defeat, etc.

Inglorious shelter in an alien land.
J. Philips.

Ingloriously adverb In an inglorious manner; dishonorably; with shame; ignominiously; obscurely.