Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Silverling noun A small silver coin.
A thousand vines at a thousand silverings . Isa. vii. 23.
Silverly adverb Like silver in appearance or in sound.
Let me wipe off this honorable dew, Shak.
That silverly doth progress on thy cheeks.
[ Anglo-Saxon seolfern
.] Made of silver.
[ Archaic.] Wyclif (Acts xix. 24).
Speech is silvern ; silence is golden. Old Proverb.
Silversides noun (Zoology) Any one of several species of small fishes of the family Atherinidæ , having a silvery stripe along each side of the body. The common species of the American coast ( Menidia notata ) is very abundant. Called also silverside , sand smelt , friar , tailor , and tinker . Brook silversides (Zoology) , a small fresh-water North American fish ( Labadesthes sicculus ) related to the marine silversides.
Silversmith noun One whose occupation is to manufacture utensils, ornaments, etc., of silver; a worker in silver.
Silverspot noun (Zoology) Any one of numerous species of butterflies of the genus Argynnis and allied genera, having silvery spots on the under side of the wings. See Illust. under Aphrodite .
Silverware noun Dishes, vases, ornaments, and utensils of various sorts, made of silver.
Silverweed noun (Botany) A perennial rosaceous herb ( Potentilla Anserina ) having the leaves silvery white beneath.
Silvery adjective 1. Resembling, or having the luster of, silver; grayish white and lustrous; of a mild luster; bright.
All the enameled race, whose silvery wing Pope. 2. Besprinkled or covered with silver. 3. Having the clear, musical tone of silver; soft and clear in sound; as, silvery voices; a silvery laugh. Silvery iron (Metal.)
Waves to the tepid zephyrs of the spring.
, a peculiar light-gray fine-grained cast iron, usually obtained from clay iron ore.
1. The science treating of the life of trees in the forest. 2. Habit or behavior of a forest tree.
[ Confer French silviculture
.] See Sylviculture .
Sima noun (Architecture) A cyma.
Simagre noun [ French simagrée .] A grimace. [ Obsolete] Dryden.
[ French simarre
. See Chimere
.] A woman's long dress or robe; also light covering; a scarf.
[ Written also cimar
[ French] See Simar . Sir W. Scott.
Simblot noun [ French simbleau .] The harness of a drawloom.
Simia noun [ Latin , an ape; confer simus flatnosed, snub-nosed, Greek ..........] (Zoology) A Linnæan genus of Quadrumana which included the types of numerous modern genera. By modern writers it is usually restricted to the genus which includes the orang- outang.
Simial adjective (Zoology) Simian; apelike.
Simian adjective [ Latin simia an ape.] (Zoology) Of or pertaining to the family Simiadæ , which, in its widest sense, includes all the Old World apes and monkeys; also, apelike. -- noun Any Old World monkey or ape.
[ French similaire
, from Latin similis
like, similar. See Same
, and confer Simulate
.] 1. Exactly corresponding; resembling in all respects; precisely like. 2. Nearly corresponding; resembling in many respects; somewhat like; having a general likeness. 3. Homogenous; uniform.
[ R.] Boyle. Similar figures (Geom.)
, figures which differ from each other only in magnitude, being made up of the same number of like parts similarly situated.
-- Similar rectilineal figures
, such as have their several angles respectively equal, each to each, and their sides about the equal angles proportional.
-- Similar solids
, such as are contained by the same number of similar planes, similarly situated, and having like inclination to one another.
Similar noun That which is similar to, or resembles, something else, as in quality, form, etc.
; plural -ties
. [ Confer French similarité
.] The quality or state of being similar; likeness; resemblance; as, a similarity of features.
Hardly is there a similarity detected between two or three facts, than men hasten to extend it to all. Sir W. Hamilton.
Similarly adverb In a similar manner.
Similary adjective Similar.
Rhyming cadences of similarly words. South.
Similative adjective Implying or indicating likeness or resemblance.
In similative or instrumental relation to a pa. pple. [ past participle], as almond-leaved, -scented, etc. New English Dict.
; plural Similes
. [ Latin , from similis
. See Similar
.] (Rhet.) A word or phrase by which anything is likened, in one or more of its aspects, to something else; a similitude; a poetical or imaginative comparison.
A good swift simile , but something currish. Shak.
Similiter noun [ Latin , in like manner.] (Law) The technical name of the form by which either party, in pleading, accepts the issue tendered by his opponent; -- called sometimes a joinder in issue .
[ French similitude
, Latin similitudo
, from similis
similar. See Similar
.] 1. The quality or state of being similar or like; resemblance; likeness; similarity; as, similitude of substance. Chaucer.
Let us make now man in our image, man Milton.
In our similitude .
If fate some future bard shall join Pope. 2. The act of likening, or that which likens, one thing to another; fanciful or imaginative comparison; a simile.
In sad similitude of griefs to mine.
Tasso, in his similitudes , never departed from the woods; that is, all his comparisons were taken from the country. Dryden. 3. That which is like or similar; a representation, semblance, or copy; a facsimile.
Man should wed his similitude . Chaucer.
Similitudinary adjective Involving or expressing similitude. [ Obsolete] Coke.
Similize transitive verb To liken; to compare; as, to similize a person, thing, or act. Lowell.
[ French, from Latin similus
similar + French or
gold, Latin aurum
. Confer Semilor
.] An alloy of copper and zinc, resembling brass, but of a golden color. Ure.
[ Latin simia
an ape.] (Zoology) Of or pertaining to the Simiæ; monkeylike.
That strange simious , schoolboy passion of giving pain to others. Sydney Smith.
Simmer intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Simmered
; present participle & verbal noun Simmering
.] [ Prov. E. also simper
; -- an onomatopoetic word.] To boil gently, or with a gentle hissing; to begin to boil.
I simmer as liquor doth on the fire before it beginneth to boil. Palsgrave.
Simmer transitive verb To cause to boil gently; to cook in liquid heated almost or just to the boiling point.
[ Old French simenel
cake or bread of wheat flour, Late Latin simenellus
wheat bread, from Latin simila
the finest wheat flour. Confer Semolina
.] 1. A kind of cake made of fine flour; a cracknel.
Not common bread, but vastel bread, or simnels . Fuller. 2. A kind of rich plum cake, eaten especially on Mid-Lent Sunday.
[ Eng.] Herrick.
Simon-pure adjective Genuine; true; real; authentic; -- a term alluding to the comedy character Simon Pure, who is impersonated by another and is obliged to prove himself to be the "real Simon Pure."
[ Late Latin simoniacus
. See Simony
.] One who practices simony, or who buys or sells preferment in the church. Ayliffe.
Simoniacal adjective Of or pertaining to simony; guilty of simony; consisting of simony.
The flagitious profligacy of their lives, and the simoniacal arts by which they grasped at the popedom. J. S. Harford.
Simonial adjective Simoniacal. [ Obsolete]
[ See Simony
.] One of the followers of Simon Magus; also, an adherent of certain heretical sects in the early Christian church.
Simonious adjective Simoniacal. [ Obsolete] Milton.
Simonist noun One who practices simony.
Simony noun [ French simonie , Late Latin simonia , from Simon Magus, who wished to purchase the power of conferring the Holy Spirit. Acts viii.] The crime of buying or selling ecclesiastical preferment; the corrupt presentation of any one to an ecclesiastical benefice for money or reward. Piers Plowman.
Simoom, Simoon noun
[ Arabic sam...m
, from samma
to poison. Confer Samiel
.] A hot, dry, suffocating, dust-laden wind, that blows occasionally in Arabia, Syria, and neighboring countries, generated by the extreme heat of the parched deserts or sandy plains.
Simous adjective [ Latin simus , Greek ..........] Having a very flat or snub nose, with the end turned up.
Simpai noun [ Malay simpei .] (Zoology) A long-tailed monkey ( Semnopitchecus melalophus ) native of Sumatra. It has a crest of black hair. The forehead and cheeks are fawn color, the upper parts tawny and red, the under parts white. Called also black-crested monkey , and sinpæ .
Simper intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Simpered
; present participle & verbal noun Simpering
.] [ Confer Norw. semper
fine, smart, dial. Danish semper
, affected, coy, prudish, OSw. semper
one who affectedly refrains from eating, Swedish sipp
finical, prim, LG. sipp
.] 1. To smile in a silly, affected, or conceited manner.
Behold yond simpering dame. Shak.
With a made countenance about her mouth, between simpering and smiling. ir. P. Sidney. 2. To glimmer; to twinkle.
Yet can I mark how stars above Herbert.
Simper and shine.
Simper noun A constrained, self- conscious smile; an affected, silly smile; a smirk.
The conscious simper , and the jealous leer. Pope.
Simperer noun One who simpers. Sir W. Scott.
A simperer that a court affords. T. Nevile.