Webster's Dictionary, 1913

Search Webster
Word starts with Word or meaning contains
Pharmacomathy noun [ Greek fa`rmakon a drug + manqa`nein to learn.] See Pharmacognosis .

Pharmacon noun [ New Latin , from Greek fa`rmakon .] A medicine or drug; also, a poison. Dunglison.

Pharmacopœia noun [ New Latin , from Greek farmakopoii:`a the preparation of medicines; fa`rmakon medicine + poiei^n to make.]
1. A book or treatise describing the drugs, preparations, etc., used in medicine; especially, one that is issued by official authority and considered as an authoritative standard.

2. A chemical laboratory. [ Obsolete] Dunglison.

Pharmacopolist noun [ Latin pharmacopola , Greek farmakopw`lhs ; fa`rmakon medicine + pwlei^n to sell.] One who sells medicines; an apothecary.

Pharmacosiderite noun [ Greek ... drug, poison + English siderite .] (Min.) A hydrous arsenate of iron occurring in green or yellowish green cubic crystals; cube ore.

Pharmacy noun [ Middle English fermacie , Old French farmacie , pharmacie , French pharmacie , Greek ..., from ... to administer or use medicines, from ... medicine.]
1. The art or practice of preparing and preserving drugs, and of compounding and dispensing medicines according to prescriptions of physicians; the occupation of an apothecary or a pharmaceutical chemist.

2. A place where medicines are compounded; a drug store; an apothecary's shop.

Pharo noun
1. A pharos; a lighthouse. [ Obsolete]

2. See Faro .

Pharology noun [ Greek ... a lighthouse + -logy .] The art or science which treats of lighthouses and signal lights.

Pharos noun [ Latin , from Greek ..., from ... an island in the Bay of Alexandria, where king Ptolemy Philadelphus built a famous lighthouse.] A lighthouse or beacon for the guidance of seamen.

He . . . built a pharos , or lighthouse.

Pharyngal adjective Pharyngeal. H. Sweet.

Pharyngeal adjective [ See Pharynx .] (Anat.) Of or pertaining to the pharynx; in the region of the pharynx.

Pharyngeal noun (Anat.) A pharyngeal bone or cartilage; especially, one of the lower pharyngeals , which belong to the rudimentary fifth branchial arch in many fishes, or one of the upper pharyngeals , or pharyngobranchials, which are the dorsal elements in the complete branchial arches.

Pharyngitis noun [ New Latin See Pharynx , and -itis .] (Medicine) Inflammation of the pharynx.

Pharyngobranchial adjective [ Pharynx + branchial .] (Anat.) Of or pertaining to the pharynx and the branchiæ; -- applied especially to the dorsal elements in the branchial arches of fishes. See Pharyngeal . -- noun A pharyngobranchial, or upper pharyngeal, bone or cartilage.

Pharyngobranchii noun plural [ New Latin See Pharynx , and Branchia .] (Zoology) Same as Leptocardia .

Pharyngognathi noun plural [ New Latin See Pharynx , and Gnathic .] (Zoology) A division of fishes in which the lower pharyngeal bones are united. It includes the scaroid, labroid, and embioticoid fishes.

Pharyngolaryngeal adjective [ Pharynx + laryngeal .] Of or pertaining both to pharynx and the larynx.

Pharyngopneusta noun plural [ New Latin , from Greek ... the pharynx + ... to breathe.] (Zoology) A group of invertebrates including the Tunicata and Enteropneusta. -- Pha*ryn`gop*neus"tal adjective

Pharyngotome noun (Surg.) An instrument for incising or scarifying the tonsils, etc.

Pharyngotomy noun [ Pharynx + Gr . ... to cut : confer French pharyngotomie .] (Surg.) (a) The operation of making an incision into the pharynx, to remove a tumor or anything that obstructs the passage. (b) Scarification or incision of the tonsils.

Pharynx noun ; plural pharynges . [ New Latin , from Greek ..., ...: confer French pharynx .] (Anat.) The part of the alimentary canal between the cavity of the mouth and the esophagus. It has one or two external openings through the nose in the higher vertebrates, and lateral branchial openings in fishes and some amphibias.

Phascolome noun [ Greek ... pouch + ... mouse.] (Zoology) A marsupial of the genus Phascolomys ; a wombat.

Phase noun ; plural Phases . [ New Latin phasis , Greek ..., from ... to make to appear: confer French phase . See Phenomenon , Phantom , and Emphasis .]
1. That which is exhibited to the eye; the appearance which anything manifests, especially any one among different and varying appearances of the same object.

2. Any appearance or aspect of an object of mental apprehension or view; as, the problem has many phases .

3. (Astron.) A particular appearance or state in a regularly recurring cycle of changes with respect to quantity of illumination or form of enlightened disk; as, the phases of the moon or planets. See Illust. under Moon .

4. (Physics) Any one point or portion in a recurring series of changes, as in the changes of motion of one of the particles constituting a wave or vibration; one portion of a series of such changes, in distinction from a contrasted portion, as the portion on one side of a position of equilibrium, in contrast with that on the opposite side.

Phase noun
1. (Physics Chem.) A homogenous, physically distinct portion of matter in a system not homogeneous; as, the three phases , ice, water, and aqueous vapor. A phase may be either a single chemical substance or a mixture, as of gases.

2. (Zoology) In certain birds and mammals, one of two or more color variations characteristic of the species, but independent of the ordinary seasonal and sexual differences, and often also of age. Some of the herons which appear in white and colored phases, and certain squirrels which are sometimes uniformly blackish instead of the usual coloration, furnish examples. Color phases occur also in other animals, notably in butterflies.

3. (Electricity) The relation at any instant of a periodically varying electric magnitude, as electro-motive force, a current, etc., to its initial value as expressed in factorial parts of the complete cycle. It is usually expressed in angular measure, the cycle beb four right angles, or 360°. Such periodic variations are generally well represented by sine curves; and phase relations are shown by the relative positions of the crests and hollows of such curves. Magnitudes which have the same phase are said to be in phase .

Phase transitive verb [ Confer Feeze .] To disturb the composure of; to disconcert; to nonplus. [ Colloq.]

Phase angle (Electricity) The angle expressing phase relation.

Phase converter (Electricity) A machine for converting an alternating current into an alternating current of a different number of phases and the same frequency.

Phase displacement (Electricity) A charge of phase whereby an alternating current attains its maximum later or earlier. An inductance would cause a lag, a capacity would cause an advance, in phase.

Phase meter, Phasemeter noun (Electricity) A device for measuring the difference in phase of two alternating currents of electromotive forces.

Phase rule (Physics Chem.) A generalization with regard to systems of chemical equilibrium, discovered by Prof. J. Willard Gibbs. It may be stated thus: The degree of variableness (number of degrees of freedom) of a system is equal to the number of components minus the number of phases, plus two . Thus, if the components be salt and water, and the phases salt, ice, saturated solution, and vapor, the system is invariant, that is, there is only one set of conditions under which these four phases can exist in equilibrium. If only three phases be considered, the system is univariant, that is, the fixing of one condition, as temperature, determines the others.

Phase splitter (Electricity) A device by which a single-phase current is split into two or more currents differing in phase. It is used in starting single-phase induction motors.

Phase splitting (Electricity) The dephasing of the two parts of a single alternating current in two dissimilar branches of a given circuit.

Phasel noun [ Latin phaselus , phaseolus , Greek ..., ...: confer French phaséole , faséole . Confer Fesels .] The French bean, or kidney bean.

Phaseless adjective Without a phase, or visible form. [ R.] "A phaseless and increasing gloom." Poe.

Phaseolus noun [ Latin ] (Botany) A genus of leguminous plants, including the Lima bean, the kidney bean, the scarlet runner, etc. See Bean .

Phaseomannite noun [ So called because found in the unripe fruit of the bean ( Phaseolus vulgaris ).] (Chemistry) Same as Inosite .

Phasing adjective (Electricity) Pertaining to phase or differences of phase.

Phasing current The momentary current between two alternating-current generators when juxtaposed in parallel and not agreeing exactly in phase or period.

Phasing transformer Any of several transformers (there must be at least two) for changing phase.

Phasis noun ; plural Phases . [ New Latin ] See Phase . Creech.

Phasm, Phasma noun [ Latin phasma , Greek .... See Phase .] An apparition; a phantom; an appearance. [ R.] Hammond. Sir T. Herbert.

Phasmid noun [ See Phasm . Probably so called from its mimicking, or appearing like, inanimate objects.] (Zoology) Any orthopterous insect of the family Phasmidæ , as a leaf insect or a stick insect.

Phassachate noun [ Greek ... the wood pigeon + ... the agate.] (Min.) The lead-colored agate; -- so called in reference to its color.

Phatagin noun [ Confer Greek ...; perhaps from native name.] (Zoology) The long-tailed pangolin ( Manis tetradactyla ); -- called also ipi .

Pheasant noun [ Middle English fesant , fesaunt , Old French faisant , faisan , French faisan , Latin phasianus , Greek ... (sc. ...) the Phasian bird, pheasant, from ... a river in Colchis or Pontus.]
1. (Zoology) Any one of numerous species of large gallinaceous birds of the genus Phasianus , and many other genera of the family Phasianidæ , found chiefly in Asia.

» The common, or English, pheasant ( Phasianus Colchicus ) is now found over most of temperate Europe, but was introduced from Asia. The ring-necked pheasant ( P. torquatus ) and the green pheasant ( P. versicolor ) have been introduced into Oregon. The golden pheasant ( Thaumalea picta ) is one of the most beautiful species. The silver pheasant ( Euplocamus nychthemerus ) of China, and several related species from Southern Asia, are very beautiful.

2. (Zoology) The ruffed grouse. [ Southern U.S.]

» Various other birds are locally called pheasants , as the lyre bird, the leipoa, etc.

Fireback pheasant . See Fireback . -- Gold , or Golden , pheasant (Zoology) , a Chinese pheasant ( Thaumalea picta ), having rich, varied colors. The crest is amber-colored, the rump is golden yellow, and the under parts are scarlet. -- Mountain pheasant (Zoology) , the ruffed grouse. [ Local, U.S.] -- Pheasant coucal (Zoology) , a large Australian cuckoo ( Centropus phasianus ). The general color is black, with chestnut wings and brown tail. Called also pheasant cuckoo . The name is also applied to other allied species. -- Pheasant duck . (Zoology) (a) The pintail . (b) The hooded merganser. -- Pheasant parrot (Zoology) , a large and beautiful Australian parrakeet ( Platycercus Adelaidensis ). The male has the back black, the feathers margined with yellowish blue and scarlet, the quills deep blue, the wing coverts and cheeks light blue, the crown, sides of the neck, breast, and middle of the belly scarlet. -- Pheasant's eye . (Botany) (a) A red-flowered herb ( Adonis autumnalis ) of the Crowfoot family; -- called also pheasant's-eye Adonis . (b) The garden pink ( Dianthus plumarius ); - - called also Pheasant's-eye pink . -- Pheasant shell (Zoology) , any marine univalve shell of the genus Phasianella , of which numerous species are found in tropical seas. The shell is smooth and usually richly colored, the colors often forming blotches like those of a pheasant. -- Pheasant wood . (Botany) Same as Partridge wood (a) , under Partridge . -- Sea pheasant (Zoology) , the pintail. -- Water pheasant . (Zoology) (a) The sheldrake . (b) The hooded merganser.

Pheasantry noun [ Confer French faisanderie .] A place for keeping and rearing pheasants. Gwilt.

Phebe noun (Zoology) See Phœbe .

Pheer noun See 1st Fere . [ Obsolete] Spenser.

Pheese transitive verb To comb; also, to beat; to worry. [ Obsolete or Local] See Feaze , v.

Pheese noun Fretful excitement. [ Obsolete or Local] See Feaze , noun