Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Re-search transitive verb [ Prefix re- + search .] To search again; to examine anew.

Rescissory adjective [ Latin rescissorius : confer French rescisoire .] Tending to rescind; rescinding.

To pass a general act rescissory (as it was called), annulling all the Parliaments that had been held since the year 1633.
Bp. Burnet.

Rescous noun [ Middle English , from Old French rescousse , from rescourre , past participle rescous , to rescue. See Rescue .]
1. Rescue; deliverance. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

2. (Law) See Rescue , 2. [ Obsolete]

Rescowe transitive verb To rescue. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Rescribe transitive verb [ Latin rescribere ; prefix re- re- + scribere to write. See Scribe .]
1. To write back; to write in reply. Ayliffe.

2. To write over again. Howell.

Rescript noun [ Latin rescriptum : confer French rescrit , formerly also spelt rescript . See Rescribe , transitive verb ]


1. (Rom.Antiq.) The answer of an emperor when formallyconsulted by particular persons on some difficult question; hence, an edict or decree.

In their rescripts and other ordinances, the Roman emperors spoke in the plural number.
Hare.

2. (R.C.Ch.) The official written answer of the pope upon a question of canon law, or morals.

3. A counterpart. Bouvier.

Rescription noun [ Latin rescriptio : confer French rescription . See Rescribe .] A writing back; the answering of a letter. Loveday.

Rescriptive adjective Pertaining to, or answering the purpose of, a rescript; hence, deciding; settling; determining.

Rescriptively adverb By rescript. Burke.

Rescuable adjective That may be rescued.

Rescue transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Rescued (-k?d); present participle & verbal noun Rescuing .] [ Middle English rescopuen , Old French rescourre , rescurre , rescorre ; Latin prefix re- re- + excutere to shake or drive out; ex out + quatere to shake. See Qtash to crush, Rercussion .] To free or deliver from any confinement, violence, danger, or evil; to liberate from actual restraint; to remove or withdraw from a state of exposure to evil; as, to rescue a prisoner from the enemy; to rescue seamen from destruction.

Had I been seized by a hungry lion,
I would have been a breakfast to the best,
Rather than have false Proteus rescue me.
Shak.

Syn. -- To retake; recapture; free; deliver; liberate; release; save.

Rescue noun [ From Rescue , v. ; confer Rescous .]


1. The act of rescuing; deliverance from restraint, violence, or danger; liberation.

Spur to the rescue of the noble Talbot.
Shak.

2. (Law) (a) The forcible retaking, or taking away, against law, of things lawfully distrained. (b) The forcible liberation of a person from an arrest or imprisonment. (c) The retaking by a party captured of a prize made by the enemy. Bouvier.

The rescue of a prisoner from the court is punished with perpetual imprisonment and forfeiture of goods.
Blackstone.

Rescue grass . [ Etymol. uncertain.] (Botany) A tall grass ( Ceratochloa unioloides ) somewhat resembling chess, cultivated for hay and forage in the Southern States.

Rescueless adjective Without rescue or release.

Rescuer noun One who rescues.

Rescussee noun (O.Eng. Law) The party in whose favor a rescue is made. Crabb.

Rescussor noun [ Late Latin ] (O.Eng.Law) One who makes an unlawful rescue; a rescuer. Burril.

Rese intransitive verb To shake; to quake; to tremble. [ Obsolete] "It made all the gates for to rese ." Chaucer.

Research noun [ Prefix re- + search : cf Old French recerche , French recherche .] Diligent inquiry or examination in seeking facts or principles; laborious or continued search after truth; as, researches of human wisdom.

The dearest interests of parties have frequently been staked on the results of the researches of antiquaries.
Macaulay.

Syn. -- Investigation; examination; inquiry; scrutiny.

Research transitive verb [ Prefix re- + search : confer Old French recerchier , French rechercher .] To search or examine with continued care; to seek diligently.

Researcher noun One who researches.

Researchful adjective Making researches; inquisitive. [ R.] Coleridge.

Reseat transitive verb
1. To seat or set again, as on a chair, throne, etc. Dryden.

2. To put a new seat, or new seats, in; as, to reseat a theater; to reseat a chair or trousers.

Réseau noun [ French] A network; specif.: (a) (Astron.) A system of lines forming small squares of standard size, which is photographed, by a separate exposure, on the same plate with star images to facilitate measurements, detect changes of the film, etc. (b) In lace, a ground or foundation of regular meshes, like network.

Resect transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Resected ; present participle & verbal noun Resecting .] [ Latin resectus , past participle of resecare to cut off; prefix re- re- + secare to cut.] To cut or pare off; to remove by cutting.

Resection noun [ Latin resectio : confer French résection .]
1. The act of cutting or paring off. Cotgrave.

2. (Surg.) The removal of the articular extremity of a bone, or of the ends of the bones in a false articulation.

Reseda noun [ Latin , a kind of plant.]
1. (Botany) A genus of plants, the type of which is mignonette.

2. A grayish green color, like that of the flowers of mignonette.

Reseek transitive verb To seek again. J. Barlow.

Reseize transitive verb [ Prefix re- + seize : confer French ressaisir .]
1. To seize again, or a second time.

2. To put in possession again; to reinstate.

And then therein [ in his kingdom] reseized was again.
Spenser.

3. (Law) To take possession of, as lands and tenements which have been disseized.

The sheriff is commanded to reseize the land and all the chattels thereon, and keep the same in his custody till the arrival of the justices of assize.
Blackstone.

Reseizer noun
1. One who seizes again.

2. (Eng. Law) The taking of lands into the hands of the king where a general livery, or oustre le main , was formerly mis-sued, contrary to the form and order of law.

Reseizure (r...-s..."zh...r; 135) noun A second seizure; the act of seizing again. Bacon.

Resell transitive verb To sell again; to sell what has been bought or sold; to retail.

Resemblable adjective [ See Resemble .] Admitting of being compared; like. [ Obsolete] Gower.

Resemblance (-bl a ns) noun [ Confer French ressemblance . See Resemble .]
1. The quality or state of resembling; likeness; similitude; similarity.

One main end of poetry and painting is to please; they bear a great resemblance to each other.
Dryden.

2. That which resembles, or is similar; a representation; a likeness.

These sensible things, which religion hath allowed, are resemblances formed according to things spiritual.
Hooker.

3. A comparison; a simile. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

4. Probability; verisimilitude. [ Obsolete] Shak.

Syn. -- Likeness; similarity; similitude; semblance; representation; image.

Resemblant (-bl a nt) adjective [ French, a . and present participle from ressembler to resemble. See Resemble .] Having or exhibiting resemblance; resembling. [ R.] Gower.

Resemble transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Resembled (-b'ld); present participle & verbal noun Resembling (-bl?ng).] [ French ressembler ; prefix re- re- + sembler to seem, resemble, from Latin similare , simulare , to imitate, from similis like, similar. See Similar .]
1. To be like or similar to; to bear the similitude of, either in appearance or qualities; as, these brothers resemble each other.

We will resemble you in that.
Shak.

2. To liken; to compare; to represent as like. [ Obsolete]

The other . . .
He did resemble to his lady bright.
Spenser.

3. To counterfeit; to imitate. [ Obsolete] "They can so well resemble man's speech." Holland.

4. To cause to imitate or be like. [ R.] H. Bushnell.

Resembler noun One who resembles.

Resemblingly adverb So as to resemble; with resemblance or likeness.

Reseminate transitive verb [ Latin prefix re- again + seminatus , past participle of seminare to sow.] To produce again by means of seed. [ Obsolete] Sir. T. Browne.

Resend transitive verb
1. To send again; as, to resend a message.

2. To send back; as, to resend a gift. [ Obsolete] Shak.

3. (Telegraphy) To send on from an intermediate station by means of a repeater.

Resent transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Resented ; present participle & verbal noun Resenting .] [ French ressentir ; Latin prefix re- re- + sentire to feel. See Sense .]
1. To be sensible of; to feel ; as: (a) In a good sense, to take well; to receive with satisfaction. [ Obsolete]

Which makes the tragical ends of noble persons more favorably resented by compassionate readers.
Sir T. Browne.

(b) In a bad sense, to take ill; to consider as an injury or affront; to be indignant at.

2. To express or exhibit displeasure or indignation at, as by words or acts.

The good prince King James . . . bore dishonorably what he might have resented safely.
Bolingbroke.

3. To recognize; to perceive, especially as if by smelling; -- associated in meaning with sent , the older spelling of scent to smell. See Resent , intransitive verb [ Obsolete]

This bird of prey resented a worse than earthly savor in the soul of Saul.
Fuller.

Our King Henry the Seventh quickly resented his drift.
Fuller.

Resent intransitive verb
1. To feel resentment. Swift.

2. To give forth an odor; to smell; to savor. [ Obsolete]

The judicious prelate will prefer a drop of the sincere milk of the word before vessels full of traditionary pottage resenting of the wild gourd of human invention.
Fuller.

Resenter noun One who resents. Sir H. Wotton.

Resentful adjective Inclined to resent; easily provoked to anger; irritable. -- Re*sent"ful*ly , adverb

Resentiment noun Resentment. [ Obsolete]

Resentingly adverb
1. With deep sense or strong perception. [ Obsolete] Dr. H. More.

2. With a sense of wrong or affront; with resentment.

Resentive adjective Resentful. [ R.] Thomson.

Resentment (-m e nt) noun [ French ressentiment .]
1. The act of resenting.

2. The state of holding something in the mind as a subject of contemplation, or of being inclined to reflect upon something; a state of consciousness; conviction; feeling; impression. [ Obsolete]

He retains vivid resentments of the more solid morality.
Dr. H. More.

It is a greater wonder that so many of them die, with so little resentment of their danger.
Jer. Taylor.

3. In a good sense, satisfaction; gratitude. [ Obsolete]

The Council taking notice of the many good services performed by Mr. John Milton, . . . have thought fit to declare their resentment and good acceptance of the same.
The Council Book (1651).

4. In a bad sense, strong displeasure; anger; hostility provoked by a wrong or injury experienced.

Resentment . . . is a deep, reflective displeasure against the conduct of the offender.
Cogan.

Syn. -- Anger; irritation; vexation; displeasure; grudge; indignation; choler; gall; ire; wrath; rage; fury. -- Resentment , Anger . Anger is the broader term, denoting a keen sense of disapprobation (usually with a desire to punish) for whatever we feel to be wrong, whether directed toward ourselves or others. Resentment is anger exicted by a sense of personal injury. It is, etymologically, that reaction of the mind which we instinctively feel when we think ourselves wronged. Pride and selfishness are apt to aggravate this feeling until it changes into a criminal animosity; and this is now the more common signification of the term. Being founded in a sense of injury, this feeling is hard to be removed; and hence the expressions bitter or implacable resentment . See Anger .

Anger is like
A full-hot horse, who being allowed his way,
Self-mettle tires him.
Shak.

Can heavently minds such high resentment show,
Or exercise their spite in human woe?
Dryden.

Reserate transitive verb [ Latin reseratus , past participle of reserare to unlock.] To unlock; to open. [ Obsolete] Boyle.

Reservance noun Reservation. [ R.]

Reservation noun [ Confer French réservation , Late Latin reservatio . See Reserve .]
1. The act of reserving, or keeping back; concealment, or withholding from disclosure; reserve. A. Smith.

With reservation of an hundred knights.
Shak.

Make some reservation of your wrongs.
Shak.

2. Something withheld, either not expressed or disclosed, or not given up or brought forward. Dryden.

3. A tract of the public land reserved for some special use, as for schools, for the use of Indians, etc. [ U.S.]

4. The state of being reserved, or kept in store. Shak.

5. (Law) (a) A clause in an instrument by which some new thing is reserved out of the thing granted, and not in esse before. (b) A proviso. Kent.

» This term is often used in the same sense with exception , the technical distinction being disregarded.

6. (Eccl.) (a) The portion of the sacramental elements reserved for purposes of devotion and for the communion of the absent and sick. (b) A term of canon law, which signifies that the pope reserves to himself appointment to certain benefices.

Mental reservation , the withholding, or failing to disclose, something that affects a statement, promise, etc., and which, if disclosed, would materially change its import.