Webster's Dictionary, 1913
[ French officier
. See Office
, and confer Official
] 1. One who holds an office; a person lawfully invested with an office, whether civil, military, or ecclesiastical; as, a church officer ; a police officer ; a staff officer .
"I am an officer
of state." Shak. 2. (U. S. Mil.) Specifically, a commissioned officer, in distinction from a warrant officer. Field officer
, General officer
, etc. See under Field , General . etc.
-- Officer of the day (Mil.)
, the officer who, on a given day, has charge for that day of the quard, prisoners, and police of the post or camp.
-- Officer of the deck
, or Officer of the watch (Nautical)
, the officer temporarily in charge on the deck of a vessel, esp. a war vessel.
Officer transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Officered
; present participle & verbal noun Officering
.] 1. To furnish with officers; to appoint officers over. Marshall. 2. To command as an officer; as, veterans from old regiments officered the recruits.
[ Latin officialis
: confer French officiel
. See Office
, and confer Official
] 1. Of or pertaining to an office or public trust; as, official duties, or routine.
That, in the official marks invested, you Shak. 2. Derived from the proper office or officer, or from the proper authority; made or communicated by virtue of authority; as, an official statement or report. 3. (Pharm.) Approved by authority; sanctioned by the pharmacopœia; appointed to be used in medicine; as, an official drug or preparation. Confer Officinal . 4. Discharging an office or function.
Anon do meet the senate.
The stomach and other parts official unto nutrition. Sir T. Browne.
[ Latin officialis
a magistrate's servant or attendant: confer French official
. See Official
, and confer Officer
.] 1. One who holds an office; esp., a subordinate executive officer or attendant. 2. An ecclesiastical judge appointed by a bishop, chapter, archdeacon, etc., with charge of the spiritual jurisdiction. Blackstone.
Officialism noun The state of being official; a system of official government; also, adherence to office routine; red-tapism.
Officialism may often drift into blunders. Smiles.
(ŏf*fĭsh`ĭ*ăl"ĭ*tȳ) noun See Officialty .
Officially adverb By the proper officer; by virtue of the proper authority; in pursuance of the special powers vested in an officer or office; as, accounts or reports officially verified or rendered; letters officially communicated; persons officially notified.
Officialty noun [ Confer F. officialité .] The charge, office, court, or jurisdiction of an official. Ayliffe.
[ Latin officians
, present participle See Officiate
.] (Eccl.) The officer who officiates or performs an office, as the burial office. Shipley.
Officiary adjective Of or pertaining to an office or an officer; official. [ R.] Heylin.
Officiate intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Officiated
; present participle & verbal noun Officiating
.] [ Late Latin officiare
. See Office
.] To act as an officer in performing a duty; to transact the business of an office or public trust; to conduct a public service. Bp. Stillingfleet.
Officiate transitive verb To discharge, perform, or supply, as an official duty or function.
Merely to officiate light Milton.
Round this opacous earth.
Officiator noun One who officiates. Tylor.
[ French, from Latin officina
a workshop, contr.fr. opificina
, from opifex
a workman; opus
work + facere
to make or do.] 1. Used in a shop, or belonging to it.
[ Obsolete or R.] Johnson. 2. (Pharm.) Kept in stock by apothecaries; -- said of such drugs and medicines as may be obtained without special preparation or compounding; not magistral.
» This term is often interchanged with official
, but in strict use officinal
drugs are not necessarily official
. See Official
[ Latin officiosus
: confer French officieux
. See Office
.] 1. Pertaining to, or being in accordance with, duty.
If there were any lie in the case, it could be no more than as officious and venial one. Note on Gen. xxvii. (Douay version). 2. Disposed to serve; kind; obliging.
Yet not to earth are those bright luminaries Milton.
They were tolerably well bred, very officious , humane, and hospitable. Burke. 3. Importunately interposing services; intermeddling in affairs in which one has no concern; meddlesome.
You are too officious Shak. Syn.
In her behalf that scorns your services.
-- Impertinent; meddling. See Impertinent
. -- Of*fi"cious*ly
[ From Off
.] That part of the sea at a good distance from the shore, or where there is deep water and no need of a pilot; also, distance from the shore; as, the ship had ten miles offing ; we saw a ship in the offing .
Offish adjective Shy or distant in manner. [ Colloq. U.S.]
Offlet noun [ Off + let .] A pipe to let off water.
Offprint transitive verb [ Off + print .] To reprint (as an excerpt); as, the articles of some magazines are offprinted from other magazines.
Offprint noun A reprint or excerpt.
Offscouring noun [ Off + scour .] That which is scoured off; hence, refuse; rejected matter; that which is vile or despised. Lam. iii. 45.
Offscum noun [ Off + scum .] Removed scum; refuse; dross.
. Confer Set-off
.] In general, that which is set off, from, before, or against, something
; as: -- 1. (Botany) A short prostrate shoot, which takes root and produces a tuft of leaves, etc. See Illust. of Houseleek . 2. A sum, account, or value set off against another sum or account, as an equivalent; hence, anything which is given in exchange or retaliation; a set-off. 3. A spur from a range of hills or mountains. 4. (Architecture) A horizontal ledge on the face of a wall, formed by a diminution of its thickness, or by the weathering or upper surface of a part built out from it; -- called also set-off . 5. (Surv.) A short distance measured at right angles from a line actually run to some point in an irregular boundary, or to some object. 6. (Mech.) An abrupt bend in an object, as a rod, by which one part is turned aside out of line, but nearly parallel, with the rest; the part thus bent aside. 7. (Print.) A more or less distinct transfer of a printed page or picture to the opposite page, when the pages are pressed together before the ink is dry or when it is poor. Offset staff (Surv.)
, a rod, usually ten links long, used in measuring offsets.
Offset transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Offset
; present participle & verbal noun Offsetting
.] 1. To set off; to place over against; to balance; as, to offset one account or charge against another. 2. To form an offset in, as in a wall, rod, pipe, etc.
Offset intransitive verb (Printing) To make an offset.
Offshoot noun [ Off + shoot .] That which shoots off or separates from a main stem, channel, family, race, etc.; as, the offshoots of a tree.
Offshore adjective From the shore; as, an offshore wind; an offshore signal.
Offskip noun [ Off + - skip , as in landskip .] (Paint.) That part of a landscape which recedes from the spectator into distance. [ R.] Fairholt.
Offspring noun sing. & plural
.] 1. The act of production; generation.
[ Obsolete] 2. That which is produced; a child or children; a descendant or descendants, however remote from the stock.
To the gods alone Dryden. 3. Origin; lineage; family.
Our future offspring and our wives are known.
[ Obsolete] Fairfax.
Offtake noun [ Off + take .]
1. Act of taking off; specif., the taking off or purchase of goods. 2. Something taken off; a deduction. 3. A channel for taking away air or water; also, the point of beginning of such a channel; a take-off.
(ŏft; 115) adverb
[ Anglo-Saxon oft
; akin to Old Saxon & German oft
, Old High German ofto
, Swedish ofta
, Danish ofte
, Icelandic opt
, Goth. ufta
; of uncertain origin. Confer Often
.] Often; frequently; not rarely; many times.
[ Poetic] Chaucer.
Oft she rejects, but never once offends. Pope.
Oft adjective Frequent; often; repeated. [ Poetic]
[ Compar. Oftener
; superl. Oftenest
.] [ Formerly also ofte
, from oft
. See Oft
] Frequently; many times; not seldom.
Often adjective Frequent; common; repeated.
[ R.] "Thine often
infirmities." 1 Tim. v. 23.
And weary thee with often welcomes. Beau. & Fl.
Oftenness noun Frequency. Hooker.
time.] Frequently; often.
For whom I sighed have so oftensith . Gascoigne.
Oftentide adverb [ Often + tide time.] Frequently; often. [ Obsolete] Robert of Brunne.
.] Frequently; often; many times. Wordsworth.
Ofter adverb Compar. of Oft .
[ Obsolete] Chaucer.
.] Frequently; often. Milton.
Ogam noun Same as Ogham .
Ogdoad noun [ Gr . ... , ... , from ... eight.] A thing made up of eight parts. Milman.
Ogdoastich noun [ Greek ... the eighth + ... a verse.] A poem of eight lines. [ Obsolete] Selden
[ French ogive
, Late Latin augiva
, of uncertain origin; confer Late Latin ogis
a support, prop. Latin augere
to increase, strengthen, Spanish auge
highest point of power or fortune, apogee, Arabic auj
, an astronomical term.] 1. (Architecture) A molding, the section of which is the form of the letter S, with the convex part above; cyma reversa. See Illust. under Cyma . 2. Hence, any similar figure used for any purpose. Ogee arch (Architecture)
, a pointed arch, each of the sides of which has the curve of an ogee, that is, has a reversed curve near the apex.
Ogeechee lime [ So named from the Ogeechee River in Georgia.] (Botany) (a) The acid, olive-shaped, drupaceous fruit of a species of tupelo ( Nyssa capitata ) which grows in swamps in Georgia and Florida. (b) The tree which bears this fruit.
[ Latin oggannire
to snarl at; ob
) + gannire
to yelp.] Snarling; grumbling.
[ R.] Bp. Montagu.
Ogham noun [ Ir.] A particular kind of writing practiced by the ancient Irish, and found in inscriptions on stones, metals, etc. [ Written also ogam .]
Ogive noun [ French ogive , Old French augive a pointed arch, Late Latin augiva a double arch of two at right angles.] (Architecture) The arch or rib which crosses a Gothic vault diagonally.