Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Intranuclear adjective (Biol.) Within the nucleus of a cell; as. the intranuclear network of fibrils, seen in the first stages of karyokinesis.

Intrap transitive verb See Entrap . Spenser.

Intraparietal adjective Situated or occurring within an inclosure; shut off from public sight; private; secluded; retired.

I have no Turkish proclivities, and I do not think that, after all, impaling is preferable as a mode of capital punishment to intraparietal hanging.
Rolleston.

Intrapetiolar adjective (Botany) Situated between the petiole and the stem; -- said of the pair of stipules at the base of a petiole when united by those margins next the petiole, thus seeming to form a single stipule between the petiole and the stem or branch; -- often confounded with interpetiolar , from which it differs essentially in meaning.

Intraterritorial adjective Within the territory or a territory.

Intrathoracic adjective Within the thora... or chest.

Intratropical adjective Within the tropics.

Intrauterine adjective Within the uterus or womb; as, intrauterine hemorrhage.

Intravalvular adjective Between valves.

Intravenous adjective Within the veins.

Intraventricular adjective Within or between ventricles.

Intreasure transitive verb To lay up, as in a treasury; to hoard. [ Obsolete] Shak.

Intreat transitive verb See Entreat . Spenser.

Intreatable adjective [ Prefix in- not + treatable .] Not to be entreated; inexorable.

Intreatance noun Entreaty. [ Obsolete] Holland.

Intreatful adjective Full of entreaty. [ Obsolete] Spenser.

Intrench transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Intrenched ; present participle & verbal noun Intrenching .]


1. To cut in; to furrow; to make trenches in or upon.

It was this very sword intrenched it.
Shak.

His face
Deep scars of thunder had intrenched .
Milton.

2. To surround with a trench or with intrenchments, as in fortification; to fortify with a ditch and parapet; as, the army intrenched their camp, or intrenched itself. "In the suburbs close intrenched ." Shak.

Intrench intransitive verb To invade; to encroach; to infringe or trespass; to enter on, and take possession of, that which belongs to another; -- usually followed by on or upon ; as, the king was charged with intrenching on the rights of the nobles, and the nobles were accused of intrenching on the prerogative of the crown.

We are not to intrench upon truth in any conversation, but least of all with children.
Locke.

Intrenchant adjective [ Prefix in- not + trenchant .] Not to be gashed or marked with furrows. [ Obsolete]

As easy mayest thou the intrenchant air
With thy keen sword impress, as make me bleed.
Shak.

Intrenchment noun [ From Intrench .]


1. The act of intrenching or the state of being intrenched.

2. (Mil.) Any defensive work consisting of at least a trench or ditch and a parapet made from the earth thrown up in making such a ditch.

On our side, we have thrown up intrenchments on Winter and Prospect Hills.
Washington.

3. Any defense or protection.

4. An encroachment or infringement.

The slight intrenchment upon individual freedom.
Southey.

Intrepid adjective [ Latin intrepidus : confer French intrépide . See In- not, and Trepidation .] Not trembling or shaking with fear; fearless; bold; brave; undaunted; courageous; as, an intrepid soldier; intrepid spirit.

Syn. -- Fearless; dauntless; resolute; brave; courageous; daring; valiant; heroic; doughty.

Intrepidity noun [ Confer French intrépidité .] The quality or state of being intrepid; fearless bravery; courage; resoluteness; valor.

Sir Roger had acquitted himself of two or three sentences with a look of much business and great intrepidity .
Addison.

Syn. -- Courage; heroism; bravery; fortitude; gallantry; valor. See Courage , Heroism .

Intrepidly adverb In an intrepid manner; courageously; resolutely.

Intricable adjective [ See Intricate .] Entangling. [ Obsolete] Shelton.

Intricacy noun ; plural Intricacies . [ From Intricate .] The state or quality of being intricate or entangled; perplexity; involution; complication; complexity; that which is intricate or involved; as, the intricacy of a knot; the intricacy of accounts; the intricacy of a cause in controversy; the intricacy of a plot.

Freed from intricacies , taught to live
The easiest way.
Milton.

Intricate adjective [ Latin intricatus , past participle of intricare to entangle, perplex. Confer Intrigue , Extricate .] Entangled; involved; perplexed; complicated; difficult to understand, follow, arrange, or adjust; as, intricate machinery, labyrinths, accounts, plots, etc.

His style was fit to convey the most intricate business to the understanding with the utmost clearness.
Addison.

The nature of man is intricate .
Burke.

Syn. -- Intricate , Complex , Complicated . A thing is complex when it is made up of parts; it is complicated when those parts are so many, or so arranged, as to make it difficult to grasp them; it is intricate when it has numerous windings and confused involutions which it is hard to follow out. What is complex must be resolved into its parts; what is complicated must be drawn out and developed; what is intricate must be unraveled.

Intricate transitive verb To entangle; to involve; to make perplexing. [ Obsolete]

It makes men troublesome, and intricates all wise discourses.
Jer. Taylor.

Intricately adverb In an intricate manner.

Intricateness noun The state or quality of being intricate; intricacy.

Intrication noun Entanglement. [ Obsolete]

Intrigante noun [ French] A female intriguer.

Intrigue (ĭn*trēg") intransitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Intrigued (- trēgd"); present participle & verbal noun Intriguing .] [ French intriguer , Old French intriquer , entriquer ; confer Italian intrigare . See Intricate , Extricate .]
1. To form a plot or scheme; to contrive to accomplish a purpose by secret artifice.

2. To carry on a secret and illicit love or amour.

Intrigue transitive verb To fill with artifice and duplicity; to complicate; to embarrass. [ Obsolete]

How doth it [ sin] perplex and intrique the whole course of your lives!
Dr. J. Scott.

Intrigue noun [ Confer French intrique . See Intrigue , intransitive verb ]


1. Intricacy; complication. [ Obsolete] Sir M. Hale.

2. A complicated plot or scheme intended to effect some purpose by secret artifice; conspiracy; stratagem.

Busy meddlers with intrigues of state.
Pomfret.

3. The plot of a play or romance; a complicated scheme of designs, actions, and events. Pope.

4. A secret and illicit love affair between two persons of different sexes; an amour; a liaison.

The hero of a comedy is represented victorious in all his intrigues .
Swift.

Syn. -- Plot; scheme; conspiracy; machination.

Intriguer (ĭn*trēg"ẽr) noun One who intrigues.

Intriguery noun Arts or practice of intrigue.

Intriguingly adverb By means of, or in the manner of, intrigue.

Intrinse (-trĭns") adjective [ See Intrinsic , and Intense .] Tightly drawn; or (perhaps) intricate. [ Very rare]

Like rats, oft bite the holy cords atwain,
Which are too intrinse to unloose.
Shak.

Intrinsic (ĭn*trĭn"sĭk) adjective [ Latin intrinsecus inward, on the inside; intra within + secus otherwise, beside; akin to English second : confer French intrinsèque . See Inter- , Second , and confer Extrinsic .]


1. Inward; internal; hence, true; genuine; real; essential; inherent; not merely apparent or accidental; -- opposed to extrinsic ; as, the intrinsic value of gold or silver; the intrinsic merit of an action; the intrinsic worth or goodness of a person.

He was better qualified than they to estimate justly the intrinsic value of Grecian philosophy and refinement.
I. Taylor.

2. (Anat.) Included wholly within an organ or limb, as certain groups of muscles; -- opposed to extrinsic .

Intrinsic energy of a body (Physics) , the work it can do in virtue of its actual condition, without any supply of energy from without. -- Intrinsic equation of a curve (Geom.) , the equation which expresses the relation which the length of a curve, measured from a given point of it, to a movable point, has to the angle which the tangent to the curve at the movable point makes with a fixed line. -- Intrinsic value . See the Note under Value , noun

Syn. -- Inherent; innate; natural; real; genuine.

Intrinsic noun A genuine quality. [ Obsolete] Warburton.

Intrinsical adjective [ Formerly written intrinsecal .]


1. Intrinsic.

2. Intimate; closely familiar. [ Obsolete] Sir H. Wotton.

Intrinsicality noun The quality of being intrinsic; essentialness; genuineness; reality.

Intrinsically adverb Internally; in its nature; essentially; really; truly.

A lie is a thing absolutely and intrinsically evil.
South.

Intrinsicalness noun The quality of being intrinsical; intrinsicality.

Intrinsicate adjective Intricate. [ Obsolete] Shak.

Intro- [ Latin intro , adverb , inwardly, within. See Inter- .] A prefix signifying within , into , in , inward ; as, intro duce, intro reception, intro thoracic.

Introcession noun [ Latin introcedere , introcessum , to go in; intro within + cedere to go.] (Medicine) A depression, or inward sinking of parts.

Introduce transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Introduced ; present participle & verbal noun Introducing .] [ Latin introducere , introductum ; intro within + ducere to lead. See Intro- , and Duke .]


1. To lead or bring in; to conduct or usher in; as, to introduce a person into a drawing-room.

2. To put (something into a place); to insert; as, to introduce the finger, or a probe.

3. To lead to and make known by formal announcement or recommendation; hence, to cause to be acquainted; as, to introduce strangers; to introduce one person to another.

4. To bring into notice, practice, cultivation, or use; as, to introduce a new fashion, method, or plant.

5. To produce; to cause to exist; to induce. [ Obsolete]

Whosoever introduces habits in children, deserves the care and attention of their governors.
Locke.

6. To open to notice; to begin; to present; as, he introduced the subject with a long preface.

Syn. -- To bring in; usher in; insert; begin; preface.

Introducement noun Introduction. [ Obsolete]

Introducer noun One who, or that which, introduces.