Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Ingurgitation noun [ Latin ingurgitatio : confer French ingurgitation .] The act of swallowing greedily or immoderately; that which is so swallowed. E. Darwin.

He drowned his stomach and senses with a large draught and ingurgitation of wine.
Bacon.

Ingustable adjective [ Latin ingustabilis . See Gustable .] Tasteless; insipid. Sir T. Browne.

Inhabile adjective [ Latin inhabilis : confer French inhabile . See In- not, and Habile , and confer Unable .]


1. Not apt or fit; unfit; not convenient; inappropriate; unsuitable; as, inhabile matter. [ Obsolete]

2. Unskilled; unready; awkward; incompetent; unqualified; -- said of persons. [ Obsolete] See Unable .

Inhability noun [ Confer French inhabileté , inhabilité . See Inability .] Unsuitableness; unaptness; unfitness; inability. [ Obsolete] Barrow.

Inhabit transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Inhabited ; present participle & verbal noun Inhabiting .] [ Middle English enhabiten , Old French enhabiter , Latin inhabitare ; prefix in- in + habitare to dwell. See Habit .] To live or dwell in; to occupy, as a place of settled residence; as, wild beasts inhabit the forest; men inhabit cities and houses.

The high and lofty One, that inhabiteth eternity.
Is. lvii. 15.

O, who would inhabit
This bleak world alone?
Moore.

Inhabit intransitive verb To have residence in a place; to dwell; to live; to abide. [ Archaic or Poetic] Shak.

They say wild beasts inhabit here.
Waller.

Inhabitable adjective [ Latin inhabitabilis . See Inhabit .] Capable of being inhabited; habitable.

Systems of inhabitable planets.
Locke.

Inhabitance, Inhabitancy noun
1. The act of inhabiting, or the state of being inhabited; the condition of an inhabitant; residence; occupancy.

Ruins yet resting in the wild moors testify a former inhabitance .
Carew.

2. (Law) The state of having legal right to claim the privileges of a recognized inhabitant; especially, the right to support in case of poverty, acquired by residence in a town; habitancy.

Inhabitant noun [ Latin inhabitans , -antis , present participle of inhabitare .]


1. One who dwells or resides permanently in a place, as distinguished from a transient lodger or visitor; as, an inhabitant of a house, a town, a city, county, or state. "Frail inhabitants of earth." Cowper.

In this place, they report that they saw inhabitants which were very fair and fat people.
Abp. Abbot.

2. (Law) One who has a legal settlement in a town, city, or parish; a permanent resident.

Inhabitate transitive verb To inhabit. [ Obsolete]

Inhabitation noun [ Latin inhabitatio a dwelling.]


1. The act of inhabiting, or the state of being inhabited; indwelling.

The inhabitation of the Holy Ghost.
Bp. Pearson.

2. Abode; place of dwelling; residence. [ Obsolete] Milton.

3. Population; inhabitants. [ Obsolete] Sir T. Browne.

The beginning of nations and of the world's inhabitation .
Sir W. Raleigh.

Inhabitativeness noun (Phrenol.) A tendency or propensity to permanent residence in a place or abode; love of home and country.

Inhabited adjective Uninhabited. [ Obsolete] Brathwait.

Inhabiter noun An inhabitant. [ R.] Derham.

Inhabitiveness noun (Phrenol.) See Inhabitativeness .

What the phrenologists call inhabitiveness .
Lowell.

Inhabitress noun A female inhabitant. [ R.]

Inhalant adjective [ Confer French inhalant .] Inhaling; used for inhaling.

Inhalant noun An apparatus also called an inhaler (which see); that which is to be inhaled.

Inhalation noun [ Confer French inhalation .] The act of inhaling; also, that which is inhaled.

Inhale transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Inhaled ; present participle & verbal noun Inhaling .] [ Latin inhalare to breathe upon; prefix in- in + halare to breathe: confer French inhaler . Confer Exhale .] To breathe or draw into the lungs; to inspire; as, to inhale air; -- opposed to exhale .

Martin was walking forth to inhale the fresh breeze of the evening.
Arbuthnot.

Inhalent adjective Used for inhaling; as, the inhalent end of a duct. Dana.

Inhaler noun
1. One who inhales.

2. An apparatus for inhaling any vapor or volatile substance, as ether or chloroform, for medicinal purposes.

3. A contrivance to filter, as air, in order to protect the lungs from inhaling damp or cold air, noxious gases, dust, etc.; also, the respiratory apparatus for divers.

Inhance transitive verb See Enhance .

Inharmonic, Inharmonical adjective Not harmonic; inharmonious; discordant; dissonant.

Inharmonious adjective [ Prefix in- not + harmonious : confer French inharmonieux .]


1. Not harmonious; unmusical; discordant; dissonant.

Sounds inharmonious in themselves and harsh.
Cowper.

2. Conflicting; jarring; not in harmony.

Inharmoniously adverb Without harmony.

Inharmoniousness noun The quality of being inharmonious; want of harmony; discord.

The inharmoniousness of a verse.
A. Tucker.

Inharmony noun Want of harmony.

Inhaul, Inhauler noun (Nautical) A rope used to draw in the jib boom, or flying jib boom.

Inhearse transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Inhearsed ; present participle & verbal noun Inhearsing .] To put in, or as in, a hearse or coffin. Shak.

Inhere intransitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Inhered ; present participle & verbal noun Inhering .] [ Latin inhaerere ; prefix in- in + haerere to stick, hang. See Hesitate .] To be inherent; to stick ( in ); to be fixed or permanently incorporated with something; to cleave ( to ); to belong, as attributes or qualities.

They do but inhere in the subject that supports them.
Digby.

Inherence, Inherency noun [ Confer French inhérence .] The state of inhering; permanent existence in something; innateness; inseparable and essential connection. Jer. Taylor.

Inherent adjective [ Latin inhaerens , -entis , present participle of inhaerere : confer French inhérent . See Inhere .] Permanently existing in something; inseparably attached or connected; naturally pertaining to; innate; inalienable; as, polarity is an inherent quality of the magnet; the inherent right of men to life, liberty, and protection. "A most inherent baseness." Shak.

The sore disease which seems inherent in civilization.
Southey.

Syn. -- Innate; inborn; native; natural; inbred; inwrought; inseparable; essential; indispensable.

Inherently adverb By inherence; inseparably.

Matter hath inherently and essentially such an internal energy.
Bentley.

Inherit transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Inherited ; present participle & verbal noun Inheriting .] [ Middle English enheriten to inherit, to give a heritage to, Old French enheriter to appoint as an heir, Latin inhereditare ; prefix in- in + hereditare to inherit, from heres heir. See Heir .]


1. (Law) To take by descent from an ancestor; to take by inheritance; to take as heir on the death of an ancestor or other person to whose estate one succeeds; to receive as a right or title descendible by law from an ancestor at his decease; as, the heir inherits the land or real estate of his father; the eldest son of a nobleman inherits his father's title; the eldest son of a king inherits the crown.

2. To receive or take by birth; to have by nature; to derive or acquire from ancestors, as mental or physical qualities; as, he inherits a strong constitution, a tendency to disease, etc.

Prince Harry is valiant; for the cold blood he did naturally inherit of his father he hath . . . manured . . . with good store of fertile sherris.
Shak.

3. To come into possession of; to possess; to own; to enjoy as a possession.

But the meek shall inherit the earth.
Ps. xxxvii. 11.

To bury so much gold under a tree,
And never after to inherit it.
Shak.

4. To put in possession of. [ R.] Shak.

Inherit intransitive verb To take or hold a possession, property, estate, or rights by inheritance.

Thou shalt not inherit our father's house.
Judg. xi. 2.

Inheritability noun The quality of being inheritable or descendible to heirs. Jefferson.

Inheritable adjective
1. Capable of being inherited; transmissible or descendible; as, an inheritable estate or title. Blackstone.

2. Capable of being transmitted from parent to child; as, inheritable qualities or infirmities.

3. [ Confer Old French enheritable , inheritable .] Capable of taking by inheritance, or of receiving by descent; capable of succeeding to, as an heir.

By attainder . . . the blood of the person attainted is so corrupted as to be rendered no longer inheritable .
Blackstone.

The eldest daughter of the king is also alone inheritable to the crown on failure of issue male.
Blackstone.

Inheritable blood , blood or relationship by which a person becomes qualified to be an heir, or to transmit possessions by inheritance.

Inheritably adverb By inheritance. Sherwood.

Inheritance noun [ Confer Old French enheritance .]


1. The act or state of inheriting; as, the inheritance of an estate; the inheritance of mental or physical qualities.

2. That which is or may be inherited; that which is derived by an heir from an ancestor or other person; a heritage; a possession which passes by descent.

When the man dies, let the inheritance
Descend unto the daughter.
Shak.

3. A permanent or valuable possession or blessing, esp. one received by gift or without purchase; a benefaction.

To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away.
1 Pet. i. 4.

4. Possession; ownership; acquisition. "The inheritance of their loves." Shak.

To you th' inheritance belongs by right
Of brother's praise; to you eke 'longs his love.
Spenser.

5. (Biol.) Transmission and reception by animal or plant generation.

6. (Law) A perpetual or continuing right which a man and his heirs have to an estate; an estate which a man has by descent as heir to another, or which he may transmit to another as his heir; an estate derived from an ancestor to an heir in course of law. Blackstone.

» The word inheritance (used simply) is mostly confined to the title to land and tenements by a descent. Mozley & W.

Men are not proprietors of what they have, merely for themselves; their children have a title to part of it which comes to be wholly theirs when death has put an end to their parents' use of it; and this we call inheritance .
Locke.

Inheritor noun One who inherits; an heir.

Born inheritors of the dignity.
Milton.

Inheritress noun A heiress. Milman.

Inheritrix noun Same as Inheritress . Shak.

Inherse transitive verb [ Obsolete] See Inhearse .

Inhesion noun [ Latin inhaesio . See Inhere .] The state of existing, of being inherent, in something; inherence. A. Baxter.

Constant inhesion and habitual abode.
South.

Inhiation noun [ Latin inhiatio , from inhiare to gape; prefix in- + hiare to gape.] A gaping after; eager desire; craving. [ R.] Bp. Hall.

Inhibit transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Inhibited ; present participle & verbal noun Inhibiting .] [ Latin inhibitus , past participle of inhibere ; prefix in- in + habere to have, hold. See Habit .]


1. To check; to hold back; to restrain; to hinder.

Their motions also are excited or inhibited . . . by the objects without them.
Bentley.

2. To forbid; to prohibit; to interdict.

All men were inhibited , by proclamation, at the dissolution, so much as to mention a Parliament.
Clarendon.

Burial may not be inhibited or denied to any one.
Ayliffe.

Inhibition noun [ Latin inhibitio : confer French inhibition .]


1. The act of inhibiting, or the state of being inhibited; restraint; prohibition; embargo.

2. (Physiol.) A stopping or checking of an already present action; a restraining of the function of an organ, or an agent, as a digestive fluid or ferment, etc.; as, the inhibition of the respiratory center by the pneumogastric nerve; the inhibition of reflexes, etc.

3. (Law) A writ from a higher court forbidding an inferior judge from further proceedings in a cause before; esp., a writ issuing from a higher ecclesiastical court to an inferior one, on appeal. Cowell.

Inhibitor noun [ New Latin ] That which causes inhibitory action; esp., an inhibitory nerve.