Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Introduct transitive verb To introduce. [ Obsolete]

Introduction noun [ Latin introductio : confer French introduction . See Introduce .]


1. The act of introducing, or bringing to notice.

2. The act of formally making persons known to each other; a presentation or making known of one person to another by name; as, the introduction of one stranger to another.

3. That part of a book or discourse which introduces or leads the way to the main subject, or part; preliminary; matter; preface; proem; exordium.

4. A formal and elaborate preliminary treatise; specifically, a treatise introductory to other treatises, or to a course of study; a guide; as, an introduction to English literature.

Introductive adjective [ Confer French introductif .] Serving to introduce; introductory. - - In`tro*duc"tive*ly , adverb

Introductor noun [ Latin ] An introducer. [ Obsolete]

Introductorily adverb By way of introduction.

Introductory adjective [ Latin itroductorius : confer French introductoire .] Serving to introduce something else; leading to the main subject or business; preliminary; prefatory; as, introductory proceedings; an introductory discourse.

Introductress noun A female introducer.

Introflexed adjective Flexed or bent inward.

Introgression noun [ Latin introgressus , past participle of introgredi to go in; intro- within + gradi to step, go.] The act of going in; entrance. Blount.

Introit noun [ Latin introitus , from introire to go into, to enter; intro within + ire to go: confer French introit .]


1. A going in. Caxton.

2. (R. C. Ch.) (a) A psalm sung or chanted immediately before the collect, epistle, and gospel, and while the priest is entering within the rails of the altar. (b) A part of a psalm or other portion of Scripture read by the priest at Mass immediately after ascending to the altar.

3. (R. C. Ch.) An anthem or psalm sung before the Communion service.

4. Any composition of vocal music appropriate to the opening of church services.

Intromission noun [ Confer French intromission . See Intromit .]


1. The act of sending in or of putting in; insertion. South.

2. The act of letting go in; admission.

3. (Scots Law) An intermeddling with the affairs of another, either on legal grounds or without authority.

Intromit transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Intromitted ; present participle & verbal noun Intromitting .] [ Latin intromittere , intromissum ; intro- within + mittere to send.]


1. To send in or put in; to insert or introduce. Greenhill.

2. To allow to pass in; to admit.

Glass in the window intromits light, without cold.
Holder.

Intromit intransitive verb (Scots Law) To intermeddle with the effects or goods of another.

Intromittent adjective [ Latin intromittens , present participle]


1. Throwing, or allowing to pass, into or within.

2. (Zoology) Used in copulation; -- said of the external reproductive organs of the males of many animals, and sometimes of those of the females.

Intromitter noun One who intromits.

Intropression noun Pressure acting within. [ R.]

Introreception noun The act of admitting into or within. Hammond.

Introrse adjective [ Latin introrsus inward, contr. from introversus . See Introvert .] (Botany) Turning or facing inward, or toward the axis of the part to which it belongs. Gray.

Introspect transitive verb [ Latin introspectus , past participle introspicere to look into; intro within + specere to look. See Spy .] To look into or within; to view the inside of. Bailey.

Introspection noun [ Confer French introspection .] A view of the inside or interior; a looking inward; specifically, the act or process of self-examination, or inspection of one's own thoughts and feelings; the cognition which the mind has of its own acts and states; self-consciousness; reflection.

I was forced to make an introspection into my own mind.
Dryden.

Introspectionist noun (Metaph.) One given to the introspective method of examining the phenomena of the soul.

Introspective adjective [ Confer French introspectif .]


1. Inspecting within; seeing inwardly; capable of, or exercising, inspection; self-conscious.

2. Involving the act or results of conscious knowledge of physical phenomena; -- contrasted with associational . J. S. Mill.

Introsume transitive verb [ Prefix intro- + Latin sumere to take.] To draw in; to swallow. [ Obsolete] Evelyn.

Introsusception noun
1. The act or process of receiving within.

The person is corrupted by the introsusception of a nature which becomes evil thereby.
Coleridge.

2. (Medicine) Same as Intussusception .

Introvenient adjective [ Latin introveniens , present participle of introvenire to come in; intro within + venire to come.] Coming in together; entering; commingling. [ R.] Sir T. Browne.

Introversion noun [ See Introvert .] The act of introverting, or the state of being introverted; the act of turning the mind inward. Berkeley.

Introvert transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Introverted ; present participle & verbal noun Introverting .] [ Prefix intro- + Latin vertere , versum , to turn.]


1. To turn or bend inward. " Introverted toes." Cowper.

2. To look within; to introspect. Lew Wallace.

Intrude intransitive verb [ Latin intrudere , intrusum ; prefix in- in + trudere to thrust, akin to English threat . See Threat .] To thrust one's self in; to come or go in without invitation, permission, or welcome; to encroach; to trespass; as, to intrude on families at unseasonable hours; to intrude on the lands of another.

Thy wit wants edge
And manners, to intrude where I am graced.
Shak.

Some thoughts rise and intrude upon us, while we shun them; others fly from us, when we would hold them.
I. Watts.

Intrude transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Intruded ; present participle & verbal noun Intruding .]


1. To thrust or force (something) in or upon; especially, to force (one's self) in without leave or welcome; as, to intrude one's presence into a conference; to intrude one's opinions upon another.

2. To enter by force; to invade. [ Obsolete]

Why should the worm intrude the maiden bud?
Shak.

3. (Geol.) The cause to enter or force a way, as into the crevices of rocks.

Syn. -- To obtrude; encroach; infringe; intrench; trespass. See Obtrude .

Intruded p. adjective (Geol.) Same as Intrusive .

Intruder noun One who intrudes; one who thrusts himself in, or enters without right, or without leave or welcome; a trespasser.

They were all strangers and intruders .
Locke.

Intrudress noun A female intruder.

Intrunk transitive verb To inclose as in a trunk; to incase. [ R.] Ford.

Intrusion noun [ Confer French intrusion . See Intrude .]


1. The act of intruding, or of forcing in; especially, the forcing (one's self) into a place without right or welcome; encroachment.

Why this intrusion ?
Were not my orders that I should be private?
Addison.

2. (Geol.) The penetrating of one rock, while in a plastic or metal state, into the cavities of another.

3. (Law) The entry of a stranger, after a particular estate or freehold is determined, before the person who holds in remainder or reversion has taken possession.

4. (Scotch Ch.) The settlement of a minister over a congregation without their consent.

Intrusional adjective Of or pertaining to intrusion.

Intrusionist noun One who intrudes; especially, one who favors the appointment of a clergyman to a parish, by a patron, against the wishes of the parishioners.

Intrusive adjective Apt to intrude; characterized by intrusion; entering without right or welcome.

Intrusive rocks (Geol.) , rocks which have been forced, while in a plastic or melted state, into the cavities or between the cracks or layers of other rocks. The term is sometimes used as equivalent to plutonic rocks . It is then contrasted with effusive or volcanic rocks .

-- In*tru"sive*ly , adverb -- In*tru"sive*ness , noun

Intrust transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Intrusted , present participle & verbal noun Intrusting .] To deliver (something) to another in trust; to deliver to (another) something in trust; to commit or surrender (something) to another with a certain confidence regarding his care, use, or disposal of it; as, to intrust a servant with one's money or intrust money or goods to a servant.

Syn. -- To commit; consign; confide. See Commit .

Intubation noun [ Prefix in- in + tube .] (Medicine) The introduction of a tube into an organ to keep it open, as into the larynx in croup.

Intuition noun [ Latin intuitus , past participle of intueri to look on; in- in, on + tueri : confer French intuition . See Tuition .]


1. A looking after; a regard to. [ Obsolete]

What, no reflection on a reward! He might have an intuition at it, as the encouragement, though not the cause, of his pains.
Fuller.

2. Direct apprehension or cognition; immediate knowledge, as in perception or consciousness; -- distinguished from "mediate" knowledge, as in reasoning; as, the mind knows by intuition that black is not white, that a circle is not a square, that three are more than two, etc.; quick or ready insight or apprehension.

Sagacity and a nameless something more, -- let us call it intuition .
Hawthorne.

3. Any object or truth discerned by direct cognition; especially, a first or primary truth.

Intuitional adjective Pertaining to, or derived from, intuition; characterized by intuition; perceived by intuition; intuitive.

Intuitionalism noun (Metaph.) The doctrine that the perception or recognition of primary truth is intuitive, or direct and immediate; -- opposed to sensationalism , and experientialism .

Intuitionalist noun One who holds the doctrine of intuitionalism.

Intuitionism noun Same as Intuitionalism .

Intuitionist noun Same as Intuitionalist . Bain.

Intuitive adjective [ Confer French intuitif .]


1. Seeing clearly; as, an intuitive view; intuitive vision.

2. Knowing, or perceiving, by intuition; capable of knowing without deduction or reasoning.

Whence the soul
Reason receives, and reason is her being,
Discursive, or intuitive .
Milton.

3. Received, reached, obtained, or perceived, by intuition; as, intuitive judgment or knowledge; -- opposed to deductive . Locke.

Intuitively adverb In an intuitive manner.

Intuitivism noun The doctrine that the ideas of right and wrong are intuitive. J. Grote.

Intumesce intransitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Intumesced ; present participle & verbal noun Intumescing .] [ Latin intumescere ; prefix in- in + tumescere to swell up, incho. from tumere to swell. See Tumid .] To enlarge or expand with heat; to swell; specifically, to swell up or bubble up under the action of heat, as before the blowpipe.

In a higher heat, it intumesces , and melts into a yellowish black mass.
Kirwan.

Intumescence noun [ Confer French intumescence .]


1. The act or process of swelling or enlarging; also, the state of being swollen; expansion; tumidity; especially, the swelling up of bodies under the action of heat.

The intumescence of nations.
Johnson.

2. Anything swollen or enlarged, as a tumor.