Owelty Ow"el·ty noun [ Old French oelté , ivelté .] (Law) Equality; -- sometimes written ovelty and ovealty . Burrill.
Owen Ow"en adjective [ See Own .] Own. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Owenite Ow"en·ite noun A follower of Robert Owen , who tried to reorganize society on a socialistic basis, and established an industrial community on the Clyde, Scotland, and, later, a similar one in Indiana.
Owher O"wher adverb [ Anglo-Saxon āhwær .] Anywhere. [ Obsolete] "If he found owher a good fellow." Chaucer.
Owing Ow`ing past participle & adjective
[ Used in a passive sense for owed
. See Own
).] 1. Had or held under obligation of paying; due.
There is more owing her than is paid. Shak. 2. Had or experienced as a consequence, result, issue, etc.; ascribable; -- with to ; as, misfortunes are often owing to vices; his failure was owing to speculations.
Owl Owl noun [ Anglo-Saxon ūle ; akin to Dutch uil , Old High German ūwila , German eule , Icelandic ugla , Swedish ugla , Danish ugle .] 1. (Zoology) Any species of raptorial birds of the family Strigidæ . They have large eyes and ears, and a conspicuous circle of feathers around each eye. They are mostly nocturnal in their habits. » Some species have erectile tufts of feathers on the head. The feathers are soft and somewhat downy. The species are numerous. See Barn owl , Burrowing owl , Eared owl , Hawk owl , Horned owl , Screech owl , Snowy owl , under Barn , Burrowing , etc. » In the Scriptures the owl is commonly associated with desolation; poets and story-tellers introduce it as a bird of ill omen. . . . The Greeks and Romans made it the emblem of wisdom, and sacred to Minerva, -- and indeed its large head and solemn eyes give it an air of wisdom. Am. Cyc. 2. (Zoology) A variety of the domestic pigeon. Owl monkey (Zoology) , any one of several species of South American nocturnal monkeys of the genus Nyctipithecus . They have very large eyes. Called also durukuli . -- Owl moth (Zoology) , a very large moth ( Erebus strix ). The expanse of its wings is over ten inches. -- Owl parrot (Zoology) , the kakapo. -- Sea owl (Zoology) , the lumpfish. -- Owl train , a cant name for certain railway trains whose run is in the nighttime.
Owl Owl intransitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Owled ; present participle & verbal noun Owling .] 1. To pry about; to prowl. [ Prov. Eng.] 2. To carry wool or sheep out of England. [ Obsolete] » This was formerly illegal, and was done chiefly by night. 3. Hence, to carry on any contraband trade. [ Eng.]
Owl-eyed Owl"-eyed` adjective Having eyes like an owl's.
Owler Owl"er noun [ From Owl , intransitive verb ] One who owls; esp., one who conveys contraband goods. See Owling , noun [ Obsolete or Prov. Eng.] T. Brown.
Owlery Owl"er·y noun
; plural Owleries An abode or a haunt of owls.
Owlet Owl"et noun [ Dim. of owl . Confer Howlet .] (Zoology) A small owl; especially, the European species ( Athene noctua ), and the California flammulated owlet ( Megascops flammeolus ). Owlet moth (Zoology) , any noctuid moth.
Owling Owl"ing noun [ From Owl , intransitive verb ] (O. Eng. Law) The offense of transporting wool or sheep out of England contrary to the statute formerly existing. Blackstone.
Owlish Owl"ish adjective Resembling, or characteristic of, an owl.
Owlism Owl"ism noun Affected wisdom; pompous dullness. [ R.]
Owllight Owl"light` noun Glimmering or imperfect light. [ R.] Bp. Warburton.
(ōn) transitive verb
[ Middle English unnen
to grant, permit, be pleased with, Anglo-Saxon unnan
to grant; akin to Old Saxon giunnan
, German gönnen
, Icelandic unna
; of uncertain origin. This word has been confused with own
to possess.] To grant; to acknowledge; to admit to be true; to confess; to recognize in a particular character; as, we own that we have forfeited your love.
The wakeful bloodhound rose, and shook his hide; Keats.
But his sagacious eye an inmate owns .
Own Own adjective [ Middle English owen , awen , auen , aughen , Anglo-Saxon āgen , past participle of āgan to possess; akin to Old Saxon ēgan , G. & Dutch eigen , Icelandic eiginn , Swedish & Danish egen . √110. See Owe .] Belonging to; belonging exclusively or especially to; peculiar; -- most frequently following a possessive pronoun, as my , our , thy , your , his , her , its , their , in order to emphasize or intensify the idea of property, peculiar interest, or exclusive ownership; as, my own father; my own composition; my own idea; at my own price. "No man was his own [ i. e. , no man was master of himself, or in possession of his senses]." Shak. To hold one's own , to keep or maintain one's possessions; to yield nothing; esp., to suffer no loss or disadvantage in a contest. Shak.
Own Own transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Owned ; present participle & verbal noun Owning .] [ Middle English ohnien , ahnien , Anglo-Saxon āgnian , from āgen own, adjective See Own , adjective ] To hold as property; to have a legal or rightful title to; to be the proprietor or possessor of; to possess; as, to own a house.
Owner Own"er noun One who owns; a rightful proprietor; one who has the legal or rightful title, whether he is the possessor or not. Shak.
Ownerless Own"er·less adjective Without an owner.
Ownership Own"er·ship noun The state of being an owner; the right to own; exclusive right of possession; legal or just claim or title; proprietorship.
Owre Owre noun [ Anglo-Saxon ūr ; akin to German auer ochs, Old High German ūr , ūr ohso, Icelandic ūrr .] (Zoology) The aurochs. [ Obsolete]
Owse Owse (ouz), Ow"ser (ou"zẽr) noun Tanner's ooze. See Ooze , 3.
; plural Oxen
. [ Anglo-Saxon oxa
; akin to Dutch os
. German ochs
, Old High German ohso
, Icelandic oxi
, Swedish & Danish oxe
, Goth. aúhsa
, Sanskrit ukshan
ox, bull; confer Sanskrit uksh
to sprinkle. √214. Confer Humid
.] (Zoology) The male of bovine quadrupeds, especially the domestic animal when castrated and grown to its full size, or nearly so. The word is also applied, as a general name, to any species of bovine animals, male and female.
All sheep and oxen , yea, and the beasts of the field. Ps. viii. 7.
» The castrated male is called a steer
until it attains its full growth, and then, an ox
; but if castrated somewhat late in life, it is called a stag
. The male, not castrated, is called a bull
. These distinctions are well established in regard to domestic animals of this genus. When wild animals of this kind are spoken of, ox
is often applied both to the male and the female. The name ox
is never applied to the individual cow
, or female, of the domestic kind. Oxen
may comprehend both the male and the female. Grunting ox (Zoology)
, the yak.
-- Indian ox (Zoology)
, the zebu.
-- Javan ox (Zoology)
, the banteng.
-- Musk ox
. (Zoology) See under Musk .
-- Ox bile
. See Ox gall , below.
-- Ox gall
, the fresh gall of the domestic ox; -- used in the arts and in medicine.
-- Ox pith
, ox marrow.
[ Obsolete] Marston.
-- Ox ray (Zoology)
, a very large ray ( Dicerobatis Giornæ ) of Southern Europe. It has a hornlike organ projecting forward from each pectoral fin. It sometimes becomes twenty feet long and twenty-eight feet broad, and weighs over a ton. Called also sea devil .
-- To have the black ox tread on one's foot
, to be unfortunate; to know what sorrow is (because black oxen were sacrificed to Pluto). Leigh Hunt.
Oxacid Ox`ac"id (ŏks`ăs"ĭd) noun (Chemistry) See Oxyacid .
Oxalan Ox"a·lan noun [ From Alloxan , by transposition of letters.] (Chemistry) A complex nitrogenous substance C 3 N 3 H 5 O 3 obtained from alloxan (or when urea is fused with ethyl oxamate), as a stable white crystalline powder; -- called also oxaluramide .
Oxalantin Ox`a·lan"tin noun [ From Alloxantin , by transposition of letters.] (Chemistry) A white crystalline nitrogenous substance (C 6 H 4 N 4 O 5 ) obtained by the reduction of parabanic acid; -- called also leucoturic acid .
Oxalate Ox"a·late noun [ Confer French oxalate . See Oxalic .] (Chemistry) A salt of oxalic acid.
Oxaldehyde Ox·al"de·hyde noun [ Oxa lic + aldehyde .] (Chemistry) Same as Glyoxal .
Oxalethyline Ox`al·eth"yl·ine noun [ Oxal ic + ethyl + -ine .] A poisonous nitrogenous base (C 6 H 10 N 2 ) obtained indirectly from oxamide as a thick transparent oil which has a strong narcotic odor, and a physiological action resembling that of atropine. It is probably related to pyridine.
Oxalic Ox·al"ic adjective [ From Oxalis : confer French oxalique .] (Chemistry) Pertaining to, derived from, or contained in, sorrel, or oxalis; specifically, designating an acid found in, and characteristic of, oxalis, and also certain plant of the Buckwheat family. Oxalic acid (Chemistry) , a dibasic acid, existing combined in oxalis as an acid potassium oxalate, and in many plant tissues as the calcium oxalate. It is prepared on a large scale, by the action of fused caustic soda or potash on sawdust, as a white crystalline substance, which has a strong acid taste, and is poisonous in large doses. It is used in dyeing, calico printing, bleaching flax and straw, the preparation of formic acid, and in salts of lemon for removing ink stains, mold, etc.
Oxaline Ox"a·line noun [ Gly oxal + - ine .] (Chemistry) See Glyoxaline .
Oxalis Ox"a·lis noun [ Latin , a kind of sorrel, Greek ........., from ............ sharp, pungent, acid.] (Botany) A genus of plants, mostly herbs, with acid-tasting trifoliolate or multifoliolate leaves; -- called also wood sorrel .
Oxalite Ox"a·lite noun (Min.) A yellow mineral consisting of oxalate of iron.
Oxaluramide Ox`a·lur·am"ide noun [ Oxaluric + amide .] (Chemistry) Same as Oxalan .
Oxalurate Ox`a·lur"ate noun (Chemistry) A salt of oxaluric acid.
Oxaluric Ox`a·lur"ic adjective [ Oxal yl + urea .] (Chemistry) Pertaining to, or designating, a complex nitrogenous acid related to the ureids, and obtained from parabanic acid as a white silky crystalline substance.
Oxalyl Ox"a·lyl noun [ Oxal ic + - yl .] (Chemistry) (a) A hydrocarbon radical (C 2 O 2 ) regarded as a residue of oxalic acid and occurring in derivatives of it. (b) An old name for carbonyl . (c) An old name for carboxyl .
Oxamate Ox·am"ate noun (Chemistry) A salt of oxamic acid.
Oxamethane Ox`a·meth"ane noun [ Oxam ic + eth yl.] (Chemistry) Ethyl oxamate, obtained as a white scaly crystalline powder.
Oxamethylane Ox`a·meth"yl·ane noun [ Oxam ic + methyl .] (Chemistry) Methyl oxamate, obtained as a pearly white crystalline substance.
Oxamic Ox·am"ic adjective [ Ox alic + am ido] (Chemistry) Pertaining to, or designating, an acid NH 2 .C 2 O 2 .HO obtained as a fine crystalline powder, intermediate between oxalic acid and oxamide. Its ammonium salt is obtained by boiling oxamide with ammonia.
Oxamide Ox·am"ide n , [ Ox alic + amide .] (Chemistry) A white crystalline neutral substance (C 2 O 2 (NH 2 ) 2 ) obtained by treating ethyl oxalate with ammonia. It is the acid amide of oxalic acid. Formerly called also oxalamide .
Oxamidine Ox·am"i·dine noun [ Ox ygen + amido + -ine .] (Chemistry) One of a series of bases containing the amido and the isonitroso groups united to the same carbon atom.
Oxanilamide Ox`a·nil·am"ide noun [ Oxanil ic + amide .] (Chemistry) A white crystalline nitrogenous substance, obtained indirectly by the action of cyanogen on aniline, and regarded as an anilide of oxamic acid; -- called also phenyl oxamide .
Oxanilate Ox·an"i·late noun (Chemistry) A salt of oxanilic acid.
Oxanilic Ox`an·il"ic adjective [ Ox alic + anil ine.] (Chemistry) Pertaining to, or derived from, oxalic acid and aniline; -- used to designate an acid obtained in white crystalline scales by heating these substances together.
Oxanilide Ox·an"i·lide noun [ Ox alic + anil ine + am ide .] (Chemistry) A white crystalline substance, resembling oxanilamide, obtained by heating aniline oxalate, and regarded as a double anilide of oxalic acid; -- called also diphenyl oxamide .
Oxbane Ox"bane` noun (Botany) A poisonous bulbous plant ( Buphane toxicaria ) of the Cape of Good Hope.
Oxbird Ox"bird` noun (Zoology) (a) The dunlin. (b) The sanderling. (c) An African weaver bird ( Textor alector ).