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Opine transitive verb & i. [ imperfect & past participle Opined ; present participle & verbal noun Opining .] [ Latin opinari , past participle opinatus ; akin to opinus (in comp.) thinking, and perhaps to English apt : confer French opiner .] To have an opinion; to judge; to think; to suppose. South.

Opiner noun One who opines. Jer. Taylor.

Opiniaster, Opiniatre adjective [ Old French opiniastre , French opiniâtre . See Opinion .] Opinionated. [ Obsolete] Sir W. Raleigh.

Opiniastrous adjective See Opiniaster . [ Obsolete].

Opiniate transitive verb To hold or maintain persistently. [ Obsolete] Barrow.

Opiniated adjective Opinionated. [ Obsolete]

Opiniative adjective Opinionative. Glanvill. -- O*pin"ia*tive*ly , adverb -- O*pin"ia*tive*ness , noun

Opiniator, Opiniatre noun One who is opinionated. [ Obsolete] South. Barrow.

Opiniatre adjective See Opiniaster . [ Obsolete] Locke.

Opiniatrety noun [ Confer French opiniâtreté .] Obstinacy in opinious. [ Written also opiniatry .] [ Obsolete]

Opinicus noun (Her.) An imaginary animal borne as a charge, having wings, an eagle's head, and a short tail; -- sometimes represented without wings.

Opining noun Opinion. [ Obsolete] Jer. Taylor.

Opinion noun [ French, from Latin opinio . See Opine .]
1. That which is opined; a notion or conviction founded on probable evidence; belief stronger than impression, less strong than positive knowledge; settled judgment in regard to any point of knowledge or action.

Opinion is when the assent of the understanding is so far gained by evidence of probability, that it rather inclines to one persussion than to another, yet not without a mixture of incertainty or doubting.
Sir M. Hale.

I can not put off my opinion so easily.
Shak.

2. The judgment or sentiment which the mind forms of persons or things; estimation.

I have bought golden opinions from all sorts of people.
Shak.

Friendship . . . gives a man a peculiar right and claim to the good opinion of his friend.
South.

However, I have no opinion of those things.
Bacon.

3. Favorable estimation; hence, consideration; reputation; fame; public sentiment or esteem. [ Obsolete]

Thou hast redeemed thy lost opinion .
Shak.

This gained Agricola much opinion , who . . . had made such early progress into laborious . . . enterprises.
Milton.

4. Obstinacy in holding to one's belief or impression; opiniativeness; conceitedness. [ Obsolete] Shak.

5. (Law.) The formal decision, or expression of views, of a judge, an umpire, a counselor, or other party officially called upon to consider and decide upon a matter or point submitted.

To be of opinion , to think; to judge. - - To hold opinion with , to agree with. [ Obsolete] Shak.

Syn. -- Sentiment; notion; persuasion; idea; view; estimation. See Sentiment .

Opinion transitive verb To opine. [ Obsolete]

Opinionable adjective Being, or capable of being, a matter of opinion; that can be thought; not positively settled; as, an opinionable doctrine. C. J. Ellicott.

Opinionate adjective Opinionated.

Opinionated adjective Stiff in opinion; firmly or unduly adhering to one's own opinion or to preconceived notions; obstinate in opinion. Sir W. Scott.

Opinionately adverb Conceitedly. Feltham.

Opinionatist noun An opinionist. [ Obsolete]

Opinionative adjective
1. Unduly attached to one's own opinions; opinionated. Milton.

2. Of the nature of an opinion; conjectured. [ Obsolete] "Things both opinionative and practical." Bunyan. -- O*pin"ion*a*tive*ly , adverb -- O*pin"ion*a*tive*ness , noun

Opinionator noun An opinionated person; one given to conjecture. [ Obsolete] South.

Opinioned adjective Opinionated; conceited.

His opinioned zeal which he thought judicious.
Milton.

Opinionist noun [ Confer French opinioniste .] One fond of his own notions, or unduly attached to his own opinions. Glanvill.

Opiparous adjective [ Latin opiparus , from ops , opis , riches + parare to provide.] Sumptuous. [ Obsolete] -- O*pip"a*rous*ly , adverb [ Obsolete] E. Waterhouse.

Opisometer noun [ Greek ... backwards + -meter .] An instrument with a revolving wheel for measuring a curved line, as on a map.

Opisthion noun [ New Latin , from Greek ... hinder.] (Anat.) The middle of the posterior, or dorsal, margin of the great foramen of the skull.

Opisthobranchia, Opisthobranchiata noun plural [ New Latin , from Greek ... behind + ... gills.] (Zoology) A division of gastropod Mollusca, in which the breathing organs are usually situated behind the heart. It includes the tectibranchs and nudibranchs.

Opisthobranchiate adjective (Zoology) Of or pertaining to the Opisthobranchiata. -- noun One of the Opisthobranchiata.

Opisthocœlian, Opisthocœlous adjective [ Greek ... behind + koi^los hollow,] (Anat.) Concave behind; -- applied especially to vertebræ in which the anterior end of the centrum is convex and the posterior concave.

Opisthodome noun [ Latin opisthodomus , Greek ...; ... behind + do`mos house: confer French opisthodome .] (Architecture) A back chamber; especially, that part of the naos, or cella, farthest from the main entrance, sometimes having an entrance of its own, and often used as a treasury.

Opisthoglypha noun plural [ New Latin , from Greek ... behind + ... to carve.] (Zoology) A division of serpents which have some of the posterior maxillary teeth grooved for fangs.

Opisthography noun [ Greek ... behind + -graphy .] A writing upon the back of anything, as upon the back of a leaf or sheet already written upon on one side. [ R.] Scudamore.

Opisthomi noun plural [ New Latin , from Greek ... behind + ... the shoulder.] (Zoology) An order of eellike fishes having the scapular arch attached to the vertebræ, but not connected with the skull.

Opisthopulmonate adjective [ Greek ... behind + English pulmonate .] (Zoology) Having the pulmonary sac situated posteriorly; -- said of certain air-breathing Mollusca.

Opisthotic noun [ Greek ... behind + ..., ..., ear.] (Anat.) The inferior and posterior of the three elements forming the periotic bone.

Opisthotonos noun [ New Latin , from Greek ... backwards + ... a stretching.] (Medicine) A tetanic spasm in which the body is bent backwards and stiffened.

Opitulation noun [ Latin opitulatio , from opitulari to bring help.] The act of helping or aiding; help. [ Obsolete] Bailey.

Opium noun [ Latin , from Greek ... poppy juice, dim. of ... vegetable juice.] (Chemistry) The inspissated juice of the Papaver somniferum , or white poppy.

» Opium is obtained from incisions made in the capsules of the plant, and the best flows from the first incision. It is imported into Europe and America chiefly from the Levant, and large quantities are sent to China from India, Persia, and other countries. It is of a brownish yellow color, has a faint smell, and bitter and acrid taste. It is a stimulant narcotic poison, which may produce hallicinations, profound sleep, or death. It is much used in medicine to soothe pain and inflammation, and is smoked as an intoxicant with baneful effects.

Opium joint , a low resort of opium smokers. [ Slang]

Ople tree [ Latin opulus a kind of maple tree.] The witch-hazel. [ Obsolete] Ainsworth.

Opobalsam Op`o*bal"sa*mum noun [ Latin opobalsamum , Greek ...; ... vegetable juice + ... balsam.] (Medicine) The old name of the aromatic resinous juice of the Balsamodendron opobalsamum , now commonly called balm of Gilead . See under Balm .

Opodeldoc noun [ So called by Paracelsus. The first syllable may be from Greek ... vegetable juice.]


1. A kind of plaster, said to have been invented by Mindererus, -- used for external injuries. [ Obsolete]

2. A saponaceous, camphorated liniment; a solution of soap in alcohol, with the addition of camphor and essential oils; soap liniment.

Opolchenie noun [ Russian , from opolchit' to make an army, polk army. Confer Folk .] (Russia) See Army organization , above.

Opopanax noun [ Latin , from Greek ...; ... vegetable juice + ..., .... a kind of plant: confer French opopanax .] The inspissated juice of an umbelliferous plant (the Opoponax Chironum ), brought from Turkey and the East Indies in loose granules, or sometimes in larger masses, of a reddish yellow color, with specks of white. It has a strong smell and acrid taste, and was formerly used in medicine as an emmenagogue and antispasmodic. Dunglison.

Opossum noun [ Of N. American Indian origin.] (Zoology) Any American marsupial of the genera Didelphys and Chironectes . The common species of the United States is Didelphys Virginiana .

» Several related species are found in South America. The water opossum of Brazil ( Chironectes variegatus ), which has the hind feet, webbed, is provided with a marsupial pouch and with cheek pouches. It is called also yapock .

Opossum mouse . (Zoology) See Flying mouse , under Flying . -- Opossum shrimp (Zoology) , any schizopod crustacean of the genus Mysis and allied genera. See Schizopoda .

Oppidan adjective [ Latin oppidanus , from oppidum town.] Of or pertaining to a town. Howell.

Oppidan noun
1. An inhabitant of a town.

2. A student of Eton College, England, who is not a King's scholar, and who boards in a private family.

Oppignerate intransitive verb [ Latin oppigneratus , past participle of oppignerare to pawn. See Ob- , and Pignerate .] To pledge; to pawn. [ Obsolete] Bacon.

Oppilate transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Oppilated ; present participle & verbal noun Oppilating .] [ Latin oppilatus , past participle of oppilare to stop up; ob (see Ob- ) + pilare to ram down, to thrust.] To crowd together; to fill with obstructions; to block up. [ Obsolete] Cockeram.

Oppilation noun [ Latin oppilatio : confer French opilation .] The act of filling or crowding together; a stopping by redundant matter; obstruction, particularly in the lower intestines. Jer. Taylor.

Oppilative adjective [ Confer French opilatif . See Oppilate .] Obstructive. [ Obsolete] Sherwood.