Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Re-sound transitive verb & i. [ Prefix re- + sound .] To sound again or anew.

Resolvableness noun The quality of being resolvable; resolvability.

Resolve transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Resolved (-z?lvd"); present participle & verbal noun Resolving .] [ Latin resolvere , resolutum , to untie, loosen, relax, enfeeble; prefix re- re- + solvere to loosen, dissolve: confer French résoudare to resolve. See Solve , and confer Resolve , intransitive verb , Resolute , Resolution .]
1. To separate the component parts of; to reduce to the constituent elements; -- said of compound substances; hence, sometimes, to melt, or dissolve.

O, that this too too solid flesh would melt,
Thaw, and resolve itself into a dew!
Shak.

Ye immortal souls, who once were men,
And now resolved to elements again.
Dryden.

2. To reduce to simple or intelligible notions; -- said of complex ideas or obscure questions; to make clear or certain; to free from doubt; to disentangle; to unravel; to explain; hence, to clear up, or dispel, as doubt; as, to resolve a riddle. " Resolve my doubt." Shak.

To the resolving whereof we must first know that the Jews were commanded to divorce an unbelieving Gentile.
Milton.

3. To cause to perceive or understand; to acquaint; to inform; to convince; to assure; to make certain.

Sir, be resolved . I must and will come.
Beau. & Fl.

Resolve me, Reason, which of these is worse,
Want with a full, or with an empty purse?
Pope.

In health, good air, pleasure, riches, I am resolved it can not be equaled by any region.
Sir W. Raleigh.

We must be resolved how the law can be pure and perspicuous, and yet throw a polluted skirt over these Eleusinian mysteries.
Milton.

4. To determine or decide in purpose; to make ready in mind; to fix; to settle; as, he was resolved by an unexpected event.

5. To express, as an opinion or determination, by resolution and vote; to declare or decide by a formal vote; -- followed by a clause; as, the house resolved (or, it was resolved by the house) that no money should be apropriated (or, to appropriate no money).

6. To change or convert by resolution or formal vote; -- used only reflexively; as, the house resolved itself into a committee of the whole.

7. (Math.) To solve, as a problem, by enumerating the several things to be done, in order to obtain what is required; to find the answer to, or the result of. Hutton.

8. (Medicine) To dispere or scatter; to discuss, as an inflammation or a tumor.

9. (Mus.) To let the tones (as of a discord) follow their several tendencies, resulting in a concord.

10. To relax; to lay at ease. [ Obsolete] B. Jonson.

To resolve a nebula . (Astron.) See Resolution of a nebula , under Resolution .

Syn. -- To solve; analyze; unravel; disentangle.

Resolve intransitive verb [ The sense "to be convinced, to determine" comes from the idea of loosening, breaking up into parts, analyzing, hence, determining.]


1. To be separated into its component parts or distinct principles; to undergo resolution.

2. To melt; to dissolve; to become fluid.

When the blood stagnates in any part, it first coagulates, then resolves , and turns alkaline.
Arbuthhnot.

3. To be settled in opinion; to be convinced. [ R.]

Let men resolve of that as they plaease.
Locke.

4. To form a purpose; to make a decision; especially, to determine after reflection; as, to resolve on a better course of life.

Syn. -- To determine; decide; conclude; purpose.

Resolve noun
1. The act of resolving or making clear; resolution; solution. "To give a full resolve of that which is so much controverted." Milton.

2. That which has been resolved on or determined; decisive conclusion; fixed purpose; determination; also, legal or official determination; a legislative declaration; a resolution.

Nor is your firm resolve unknown.
Shak.

Cæsar's approach has summoned us together,
And Rome attends her fate from our resolves .
Addison.

Resolved past participle & adjective Having a fixed purpose; determined; resolute; -- usually placed after its noun; as, a man resolved to be rich.

That makes him a resolved enemy.
Jer. Taylor.

I am resolved she shall not settle here.
Fielding.

Resolvedly adverb
1. So as to resolve or clear up difficulties; clearly. [ Obsolete]

Of that, and all the progress, more or less,
Resolvedly more leisure shall express.
Shak.

2. Resolutely; decidedly; firmly. Grew.

Resolvedness noun Fixedness of purpose; firmness; resolution. Dr. H. More.

Resolvent (- e nt) adjective Having power to resolve; causing solution; solvent.

Resolvent noun [ Latin resolvens , present participle of resolvere : confer French résolvant . See Resolve .]
1. That which has the power of resolving, or causing solution; a solvent.

2. (Medicine) That which has power to disperse inflammatory or other tumors; a discutient; anything which aids the absorption of effused products. Coxe.

3. (Math.) An equation upon whose solution the solution of a given pproblem depends.

Resolver noun
1. That which decomposes, or dissolves. Boyle.

2. That which clears up and removes difficulties, and makes the mind certain or determined. Bp. Burnet.

3. One who resolves, or formal a firm purpose.

Resonance noun [ Confer French résonance , Latin resonantia an echo.]
1. The act of resounding; the quality or state of being resonant.

2. (Acoustics) A prolongation or increase of any sound, either by reflection, as in a cavern or apartment the walls of which are not distant enough to return a distinct echo, or by the production of vibrations in other bodies, as a sounding-board, or the bodies of musical instruments.

Pulmonary resonance (Medicine) , the sound heard on percussing over the lungs. -- Vocal resonance (Medicine) , the sound transmitted to the ear when auscultation is made while the patient is speaking.

Resonance noun An electric phenomenon corresponding to that of acoustic resonance, due to the existance of certain relations of the capacity, inductance, resistance, and frequency of an alternating circuit.

Resonancy noun Resonance.

Resonant (-n a nt) adjective [ Latin resonans , present participle of resonare to resound: confer French résonnant . See Resound .] Returning, or capable of returning, sound; fitted to resound; resounding; echoing back.

Through every hour of the golden morning, the streets were resonant with female parties of young and old.
De Quincey.

Resonant adjective (Electricity) Adjusted as to dimensions (as an electric circuit) so that currents or electric surgings are produced by the passage of electric waves of a given frequency.

Resonantly adverb In a resonant manner.

Resonator noun (Acoustics) Anything which resounds; specifically, a vessel in the form of a cylinder open at one end, or a hollow ball of brass with two apertures, so contrived as to greatly intensify a musical tone by its resonance. It is used for the study and analysis of complex sounds.

Resonator noun [ New Latin & G.] Anything that resounds or resonates; specif.: (a) (Teleg.) An open box for containing a sounder and designed to concentrate and amplify the sound. (b) (Electricity) Any of various apparatus for exhibiting or utilizing the effects of resonance in connection with open circuits, as a device having an oscillating circuit which includes a helix of bare copper wire, a variable number of coils of which can be connected in circuit with a condenser and spark gap excited with an induction coil. It is used to create high-frequency electric brush discharges. (c) (Wireless Teleg.) The antenna system and other high-frequency circuits of a receiving apparatus.

Resorb transitive verb [ Latin reorbere ; prefix re- re- + sorbere to suck or drink in.] To swallow up.

Now lifted by the tide, and now resorbed .
Young.

Resorbent (- e nt) adjective [ Latin resorbens , present participle of resorbere .] Swallowing up. Wodhull.

Resorcin noun [ Res in + orcin . So called because in its higher homologue it resembles orcin .] (Chemistry) A colorless crystalline substance of the phenol series, obtained by melting certain resins, as galbanum, asafetida, etc., with caustic potash. It is also produced artificially and used in making certain dyestuffs, as phthaleïn, fluoresceïn, and eosin.

Resorcylic adjective (Chemistry) Of, or pertaining to, or producing, resorcin; as, resorcylic acid.

Resorption noun The act of resorbing; also, the act of absorbing again; reabsorption.

Resorption (re*sôrp"shŭn) noun (Petrography) The redissolving wholly or in part, in the molten magma of an igneous rock, of crystals previously formed. The dissolved material may again solidify, giving rise to a mass of small crystals, usually of a different kind.

Resort noun [ French ressort .] Active power or movement; spring. [ A Gallicism] [ Obsolete]

Some . . . know the resorts and falls of business that can not sink into the main of it.
Bacon.

Resort intransitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Resorted ; present participle & verbal noun Resorting .] [ Old French resortir to withdraw, take refuge, French ressortir to be in the jurisdiction, Late Latin resortire ; prefix re- re- + Latin sortiri to draw lots, obtain by lot, from sors lot. See Sort . The meaning is first to reobtain (by lot), then to gain by appeal to a higher court (as a law term), to appeal, go for protection or refuge.]
1. To go; to repair; to betake one's self.

What men name resort to him?
Shak.

2. To fall back; to revert. [ Obsolete]

The inheritance of the son never resorted to the mother, or to any of her ancestors.
Sir M. Hale.

3. To have recourse; to apply; to one's self for help, relief, or advantage.

The king thought it time to resort to other counsels.
Clarendon.

Resort noun [ Confer French ressort jurisdiction. See Resort , v. ]
1. The act of going to, or making application; a betaking one's self; the act of visiting or seeking; recourse; as, a place of popular resort ; -- often figuratively; as, to have resort to force.

Join with me to forbid him her resort .
Shak.

2. A place to which one betakes himself habitually; a place of frequent assembly; a haunt.

Far from all resort of mirth.
Milton.

3. That to which one resorts or looks for help; resource; refuge.

Last resort , ultimate means of relief; also, final tribunal; that from which there is no appeal.

Resorter noun One who resorts; a frequenter.

Resoun noun Reason. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Resoun intransitive verb & t. To resound. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Resound intransitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Resounded ; present participle & verbal noun Resounding .] [ Middle English resounen , Old French resoner , French résonner , from Latin resonare ; prefix re- re- + sonare to sound, sonus sound. See Sound to make a noise.]
1. To sound loudly; as, his voice resounded far.

2. To be filled with sound; to ring; as, the woods resound with song.

3. To be echoed; to be sent back, as sound. "Common fame . . . resounds back to them again." South.

4. To be mentioned much and loudly. Milton.

5. To echo or reverberate; to be resonant; as, the earth resounded with his praise.

Resound transitive verb
1. To throw back, or return, the sound of; to echo; to reverberate.

Albion's cliffs resound the rur......ay.
Pope.

2. To praise or celebrate with the voice, or the sound of instruments; to extol with sounds; to spread the fame of.

The man for wisdom's various arts renowned,
Long exercised in woes, O muse, resound .
Pope.

Syn. -- To echo; reëcho; reverberate; sound.

Resound noun Return of sound; echo. Beaumont.

Resource noun [ French ressource , from Old French ressourdre , resourdre , to spring forth or up again; prefix re- re- + sourdre to spring forth. See Source .]
1. That to which one resorts orr on which one depends for supply or support; means of overcoming a difficulty; resort; expedient.

Threat'nings mixed with prayers, his last resource .
Dryden.

2. plural Pecuniary means; funds; money, or any property that can be converted into supplies; available means or capabilities of any kind.

Scotland by no means escaped the fate ordained for every country which is connected, but not incorporated, with another country of greater resources .
Macaulay.

Syn. -- Expedient; resort; means; contrivance.

Resourceful adjective Full of resources.

Resourceless adjective Destitute of resources. Burke.

-- Re*source"less*ness , noun R. Browning.

Resow transitive verb To sow again. Bacon.

Resown v. To resound. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Respeak transitive verb
1. To speak or utter again.

2. To answer; to echo. [ Obsolete or Poetic] Shak.

Respect transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Respected ; present participle & verbal noun Respecting .] [ Latin respectare , v. intens. from respicere , respectum , to look back, respect; prefix re- re- + specere , spicere , to look, to view: confer French respecter . See Spy , and confer Respite .]
1. To take notice of; to regard with special attention; to regard as worthy of special consideration; hence, to care for; to heed.

Thou respectest not spilling Edward's blood.
Shak.

In orchards and gardens, we do not so much respect beauty as variety of ground for fruits, trees, and herbs.
Bacon.

2. To consider worthy of esteem; to regard with honor. "I do respect thee as my soul." Shak.

3. To look toward; to front upon or toward. [ Obsolete]

Palladius adviseth the front of his house should so respect the ......uth.
Sir T. Browne.

4. To regard; to consider; to deem. [ Obsolete]

To whom my father gave this name of Gaspar,
And as his own respected him to death.
B. Jonson.

5. To have regard to; to have reference to; to relate to; as, the treaty particularly respects our commerce.

As respects , as regards; with regard to; as to. Macaulay. -- To respect the person or persons , to favor a person, or persons on corrupt grounds; to show partiality. "Ye shall not respect persons in judgment." Deut. i. 17.

Syn. -- To regard; esteem; honor; revere; venerate.

Respect noun [ Latin respectus : confer French respect . See Respect , v. , and confer Respite .]
1. The act of noticing with attention; the giving particular consideration to; hence, care; caution.

But he it well did ward with wise respect .
Spenser.

2. Esteem; regard; consideration; honor.

Seen without awe, and served without respect .
Prior.

The same men treat the Lord's Day with as little respect .
R. Nelson.

3. plural An expression of respect of deference; regards; as, to send one's respects to another.

4. Reputation; repute. [ Obsolete]

Many of the best respect in Rome.
Shak.

5. Relation; reference; regard.

They believed but one Supreme Deity, which, with respect to the various benefits men received from him, had several titles.
Tillotson.

4. Particular; point regarded; point of view; as, in this respect ; in any respect ; in all respects .

Everything which is imperfect, as the world must be acknowledged in many respects .
Tillotson.

In one respect I'll be thy assistant.
Shak.

7. Consideration; motive; interest. [ Obsolete] "Whatever secret respects were likely to move them." Hooker.

To the publik good
Private respects must yield.
Milton.

In respect , in comparison. [ Obsolete] Shak. -- In respect of . (a) In comparison with. [ Obsolete] Shak. (b) As to; in regard to. [ Archaic] "Monsters in respect of their bodies." Bp. Wilkins. " In respect of these matters." Jowett. (Thucyd.) -- In, or With , respect to , in relation to; with regard to; as respects. Tillotson. -- To have respect of persons , to regard persons with partiality or undue bias, especially on account of friendship, power, wealth, etc. "It is not good to have respect of persons in judgment." Prov. xxiv. 23.

Syn. -- Deference; attention; regard; consideration; estimation. See Deference .

Respectability noun The state or quality of being respectable; the state or quality which deserves or commands respect.

Respectable (-...-b'l) adjective [ French respectable , Late Latin respectabilis .]
1. Worthy of respect; fitted to awaken esteem; deserving regard; hence, of good repute; not mean; as, a respectable citizen. "The respectable quarter of Sicca." J. H. Newman.

No government, any more than an individual, will long be respected, without being truly respectable .
Madison.

2. Moderate in degree of excellence or in number; as, a respectable performance; a respectable audience.

-- Re*spect"a*ble*ness , noun -- Re*spect"a*bly , adverb

Respectant (- a nt) adjective [ French, present participle of respecter . See Respect .] (Her.) Placed so as to face one another; -- said of animals.

Respecter noun One who respects.

A respecter of persons , one who regards or judges with partiality.

Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons .
Acts x. 34.

Respectful adjective Marked or characterized by respect; as, respectful deportment.

With humble joi and with respectful fear.
Prior.

-- Re*spect"ful*ly , adverb -- Re*spect"ful*ness , noun

Respecting preposition With regard or relation to; regarding; concerning; as, respecting his conduct there is but one opinion.

Respection noun [ Confer LL. respectio .] The act of respecting; respect; regard. [ Obsolete]

Without difference or respection of persons.
Tyndale.

Respective adjective [ Confer French respectif , Late Latin respectivus . See Respect .]
1. Noticing with attention; hence, careful; wary; considerate. [ Obsolete]

If you look upon the church of England with a respective eye, you can not . . . refuse this charge.
A...p. Sandys.

2. Looking towardl having reference to; relative, not absolute; as, the respective connections of society.

3. Relating to particular persons or things, each to each; particular; own; as, they returned to their respective places of abode.

4. Fitted to awaken respect. [ Obsolete] Shak.

5. Rendering respect; respectful; regardful. [ Obsolete]

With respective shame, rose, took us by the hands.
Chapman.

With thy equals familiar, yet respective .
Lord Burleigh.