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Snub intransitive verb [ Confer Dutch snuiven to snort, to pant, German schnauben , Middle High German snūben , Prov. German schnupfen , to sob, and English snuff , v.t.] To sob with convulsions. [ Obsolete] Bailey.

Snub transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Snubbed ; present participle & verbal noun Snubbing .] [ Confer Icelandic ssnubba to snub, chide, Swedish snubba , Icelandic snubbōttr snubbed, nipped, and English snib .]
1. To clip or break off the end of; to check or stunt the growth of; to nop.

2. To check, stop, or rebuke, with a tart, sarcastic reply or remark; to reprimand; to check. J. Foster.

3. To treat with contempt or neglect, as a forward or pretentious person; to slight designedly.

To snub a cable or rope (Nautical) , to check it suddenly in running out. Totten.

Snub noun
1. A knot; a protuberance; a song. [ Obsolete]

[ A club] with ragged snubs and knotty grain.
Spenser.

2. A check or rebuke; an intended slight. J. Foster.

Snub nose , a short or flat nose. -- Snub post , or Snubbing post (Nautical) , a post on a dock or shore, around which a rope is thrown to check the motion of a vessel.

Snub-nosed adjective Having a short, flat nose, slightly turned up; as, the snub-nosed eel.

Snub-nosed cachalot (Zoology) , the pygmy sperm whale.

Snudge intransitive verb [ Confer Snug .] To lie snug or quiet. [ Obsolete] Herbert.

Snudge noun A miser; a sneaking fellow. [ Obsolete]

Snuff noun [ Confer German schnuppe candle snuff, schnuppen to snuff a candle (see Snuff , transitive verb , to snuff a candle), or confer Snub , transitive verb ] The part of a candle wick charred by the flame, whether burning or not.

If the burning snuff happens to get out of the snuffers, you have a chance that it may fall into a dish of soup.
Swift.

Snuff transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Snuffed ; present participle & verbal noun Snuffing .] [ Middle English snuffen . See Snuff of a candle Snuff to sniff.] To crop the snuff of, as a candle; to take off the end of the snuff of.

To snuff out , to extinguish by snuffing.

Snuff transitive verb [ Akin to Dutch snuffen , German schnupfen , schnuppen , to snuff, schnupfen a cold in the head, schnuppen to snuff (air), also, to snuff (a candle). Confer Sniff , Snout , Snub , intransitive verb ]
1. To draw in, or to inhale, forcibly through the nose; to sniff.

He snuffs the wind, his heels the sand excite.
Dryden.

2. To perceive by the nose; to scent; to smell.

Snuff intransitive verb
1. To inhale air through the nose with violence or with noise, as do dogs and horses. Dryden.

2. To turn up the nose and inhale air, as an expression of contempt; hence, to take offense.

Do the enemies of the church rage and snuff ?
Bp. Hall.

Snuff noun
1. The act of snuffing; perception by snuffing; a sniff.

2. Pulverized tobacco, etc., prepared to be taken into the nose; also, the amount taken at once.

3. Resentment, displeasure, or contempt, expressed by a snuffing of the nose. [ Obsolete]

Snuff dipping . See Dipping , noun , 5. -- Snuff taker , one who uses snuff by inhaling it through the nose. -- To take it in snuff , to be angry or offended. Shak. -- Up to snuff , not likely to be imposed upon; knowing; acute. [ Slang]

Snuffbox noun A small box for carrying snuff about the person.

Snuffer noun
1. One who snuffs.

2. (Zoology) The common porpoise.

Snuffers noun plural An instrument for cropping and holding the snuff of a candle.

Snuffingly adverb In a snuffing manner.

Snuffle intransitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Snuffled; present participle & verbal noun Snuffling .] [ Freq. of snuff , v.i.; akin to LG. snuffeln , German schnüffeln , Dutch snuffeln , Danish snövle . Confer Sniffle .] To speak through the nose; to breathe through the nose when it is obstructed, so as to make a broken sound.

One clad in purple
Eats, and recites some lamentable rhyme . . .
Snuffling at nose, and croaking in his throat.
Dryden.

Snuffle noun
1. The act of snuffing; a sound made by the air passing through the nose when obstructed.

This dread sovereign, Breath, in its passage, gave a snort or snuffle .
Coleridge.

2. An affected nasal twang; hence, cant; hypocrisy.

3. plural Obstruction of the nose by mucus; nasal catarrh of infants or children. [ Colloq.]

Snuffler noun One who snuffles; one who uses cant.

Snuffy adjective
1. Soiled with snuff.

2. Sulky; angry; vexed. [ Obsolete or Scot.] Jamieson.

Snug adjective [ Compar. Snugger ; superl. Snuggest .] [ Prov. English snug tight, handsome; confer Icelandic snöggr smooth, ODan. snög neat, Swedish snugg .]
1. Close and warm; as, an infant lies snug .

2. Close; concealed; not exposed to notice.

Lie snug , and hear what critics say.
Swift.

3. Compact, convenient, and comfortable; as, a snug farm, house, or property.

Snug noun (Machinery) Same as Lug , noun , 3.

Snug intransitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Snugged ; present participle & verbal noun Snugging.] To lie close; to snuggle; to snudge; -- often with up , or together ; as, a child snugs up to its mother.

Snug transitive verb
1. To place snugly. [ R.] Goldsmith.

2. To rub, as twine or rope, so as to make it smooth and improve the finish.

Snuggery noun ; plural Snuggeries A snug, cozy place. [ Colloq.] Dickens.

Snuggle transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Snuggled ; present participle & verbal noun Snuggling .] [ Freq. of snug .] To move one way and the other so as to get a close place; to lie close for comfort; to cuddle; to nestle.

Snugly adverb In a snug manner; closely; safely.

Snugness noun The quality or state of being snug.

Sny noun [ Confer Icelandic snūa to turn.] An upward bend in a piece of timber; the sheer of a vessel.

Snying noun (Nautical) A curved plank, placed edgewise, to work in the bows of a vessel. R. H. Dana, Jr.

So adverb [ Middle English so , sa , swa , Anglo-Saxon swā ; akin to OFries, , s... , Dutch zoo , Old Saxon & Old High German s... , German so , Icelandic svā , sv... , svo , so , Swedish s... , Danish saa , Goth. swa so, sw... as; confer Latin suus one's own, Sanskrit sva one's own, one's self. √192. Confer As, Custom , Ethic , Idiom , Such .]
1. In that manner or degree; as, indicated (in any way), or as implied, or as supposed to be known.

Why is his chariot so long in coming?
Judges v. 28.

2. In like manner or degree; in the same way; thus; for like reason; whith equal reason; -- used correlatively, following as , to denote comparison or resemblance; sometimes, also, following inasmuch as .

As a war should be undertaken upon a just motive, so a prince ought to consider the condition he is in.
Swift.

3. In such manner; to such degree; -- used correlatively with as or that following; as, he was so fortunate as to escape.

I viewed in may mind, so far as I was able, the beginning and progress of a rising world.
T. Burnet.

He is very much in Sir Roger's esteem, so that he lives in the family rather as a relation than dependent.
Addison.

4. Very; in a high degree; that is, in such a degree as can not well be expressed; as, he is so good; he planned so wisely.

5. In the same manner; as has been stated or suggested; in this or that condition or state; under these circumstances; in this way; -- with reflex reference to something just asserted or implied; used also with the verb to be , as a predicate.

Use him [ your tutor] with great respect yourself, and cause all your family to do so too.
Locke.

It concerns every man, with the greatest seriousness, to inquire into those matters, whether they be so or not.
Tillotson.

He is Sir Robert's son, and so art thou.
Shak.

6. The case being such; therefore; on this account; for this reason; on these terms; -- used both as an adverb and a conjuction.

God makes him in his own image an intellectual creature, and so capable of dominion.
Locke.

Here, then, exchange we mutually forgiveness;
So may the guilt of all my broken vows,
My perjuries to thee, be all forgotten.
Rowe.

7. It is well; let it be as it is, or let it come to pass; -- used to express assent.

And when 't is writ, for my sake read it over,
And if it please you, so ; if not, why, so .
Shak.

There is Percy; if your father will do me any honor, so ; if not, let him kill the next Percy himself.
Shak.

8. Well; the fact being as stated; -- used as an expletive; as, so the work is done, is it?

9. Is it thus? do you mean what you say? -- with an upward tone; as, do you say he refuses? So ? [ Colloq.]

10. About the number, time, or quantity specified; thereabouts; more or less; as, I will spend a week or so in the country; I have read only a page or so .

A week or so will probably reconcile us.
Gay.

» See the Note under Ill , adverb

So . . . as . So is now commonly used as a demonstrative correlative of as when it is the puprpose to emphasize the equality or comparison suggested, esp. in negative assertions, and questions implying a negative answer. By Shakespeare and others so . . . as was much used where as . . . as is now common. See the Note under As , 1.

So do, as thou hast said.
Gen. xviii. 5.

As a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.
Ps. ciii. 15.

Had woman been so strong as men.
Shak.

No country suffered so much as England.
Macaulay.

-- So far , to that point or extent; in that particular. "The song was moral, and so far was right." Cowper. -- So far forth , as far; to such a degree. Shak. Bacon. -- So forth , further in the same or similar manner; more of the same or a similar kind. See And so forth , under And . -- So, so , well, well. " So, so , it works; now, mistress, sit you fast." Dryden. Also, moderately or tolerably well; passably; as, he succeeded but so so . "His leg is but so so ." Shak. -- So that , to the end that; in order that; with the effect or result that. -- So then , thus then it is; therefore; the consequence is.

So conj. Provided that; on condition that; in case that; if.

Though all the winds of doctrine were let loose play upon the earth, so truth be in the field, we do injuriously, by licensing and prohibiting, to misdoubt her strength.
Milton.

So interj. Be as you are; stand still; stop; that will do; right as you are; -- a word used esp. to cows; also used by sailors.

Soak transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Soaked ; present participle & verbal noun Soaking .] [ Middle English soken , Anglo-Saxon socian to sioak, steep, from s...can , s...gan , to suck. See Suck .]
1. To cause or suffer to lie in a fluid till the substance has imbibed what it can contain; to macerate in water or other liquid; to steep, as for the purpose of softening or freshening; as, to soak cloth; to soak bread; to soak salt meat, salt fish, or the like.

2. To drench; to wet thoroughly.

Their land shall be soaked with blood.
Isa. xxiv. 7.

3. To draw in by the pores, or through small passages; as, a sponge soaks up water; the skin soaks in moisture.

4. To make (its way) by entering pores or interstices; -- often with through .

The rivulet beneath soaked its way obscurely through wreaths of snow.
Sir W. Scott.

5. Fig.: To absorb; to drain. [ Obsolete] Sir H. Wotton.

Soak intransitive verb
1. To lie steeping in water or other liquid; to become sturated; as, let the cloth lie and soak .

2. To enter (into something) by pores or interstices; as, water soaks into the earth or other porous matter.

3. To drink intemperately or gluttonously. [ Slang]

Soakage noun The act of soaking, or the state of being soaked; also, the quantity that enters or issues by soaking.

Soaker noun
1. One who, or that which, soaks.

2. A hard drinker. [ Slang] South.

Soaking adjective Wetting thoroughly; drenching; as, a soaking rain. -- Soak"ing*ly , adverb

Soaky adjective Full of moisture; wet; soppy.

Soal noun
1. The sole of a shoe. [ Obsolete or R.]

2. (Zoology) See Sole , the fish. [ Obsolete]

Soal noun [ Anglo-Saxon sol mire. Confer Sully .] A dirty pond. [ Prov. Eng.] Halliwell.

Soam noun A chain by which a leading horse draws a plow. Knight.

Soap noun [ Middle English sope , Anglo-Saxon sāpe ; akin to Dutch zeep , German seife , Old High German seifa , Icelandic sāpa , Swedish s...pa , Danish s...be , and perhaps to Anglo-Saxon sīpan to drip, Middle High German sīfen , and Latin sebum tallow. Confer Saponaceous .] A substance which dissolves in water, thus forming a lather, and is used as a cleansing agent. Soap is produced by combining fats or oils with alkalies or alkaline earths, usually by boiling, and consists of salts of sodium, potassium, etc., with the fatty acids (oleic, stearic, palmitic, etc.). See the Note below, and confer Saponification . By extension, any compound of similar composition or properties, whether used as a cleaning agent or not.

» In general, soaps are of two classes, hard and soft . Calcium, magnesium, lead, etc., form soaps, but they are insoluble and useless.

The purifying action of soap depends upon the fact that it is decomposed by a large quantity of water into free alkali and an insoluble acid salt. The first of these takes away the fatty dirt on washing, and the latter forms the soap lather which envelops the greasy matter and thus tends to remove it.
Roscoe & Schorlemmer.

Castile soap , a fine-grained hard soap, white or mottled, made of olive oil and soda; -- called also Marseilles, or Venetian, soap . -- Hard soap , any one of a great variety of soaps, of different ingredients and color, which are hard and compact. All solid soaps are of this class. -- Lead soap , an insoluble, white, pliable soap made by saponifying an oil (olive oil) with lead oxide; -- used externally in medicine. Called also lead plaster , diachylon , etc. -- Marine soap . See under Marine . -- Pills of soap (Medicine) , pills containing soap and opium. -- Potash soap , any soap made with potash, esp. the soft soaps, and a hard soap made from potash and castor oil. -- Pumice soap , any hard soap charged with a gritty powder, as silica, alumina, powdered pumice, etc., which assists mechanically in the removal of dirt. -- Resin soap , a yellow soap containing resin, -- used in bleaching. -- Silicated soap , a cheap soap containing water glass (sodium silicate). -- Soap bark . (Botany) See Quillaia bark . -- Soap bubble , a hollow iridescent globe, formed by blowing a film of soap suds from a pipe; figuratively, something attractive, but extremely unsubstantial.

This soap bubble of the metaphysicians.
J. C. Shairp.

-- Soap cerate , a cerate formed of soap, olive oil, white wax, and the subacetate of lead, sometimes used as an application to allay inflammation. -- Soap fat , the refuse fat of kitchens, slaughter houses, etc., used in making soap. -- Soap liniment (Medicine) , a liniment containing soap, camphor, and alcohol. -- Soap nut , the hard kernel or seed of the fruit of the soapberry tree, -- used for making beads, buttons, etc. -- Soap plant (Botany) , one of several plants used in the place of soap, as the Chlorogalum pomeridianum , a California plant, the bulb of which, when stripped of its husk and rubbed on wet clothes, makes a thick lather, and smells not unlike new brown soap. It is called also soap apple , soap bulb , and soap weed . -- Soap tree . (Botany) Same as Soapberry tree . -- Soda soap , a soap containing a sodium salt. The soda soaps are all hard soaps. -- Soft soap , a soap of a gray or brownish yellow color, and of a slimy, jellylike consistence, made from potash or the lye from wood ashes. It is strongly alkaline and often contains glycerin, and is used in scouring wood, in cleansing linen, in dyehouses, etc. Figuratively, flattery; wheedling; blarney. [ Colloq.] -- Toilet soap , hard soap for the toilet, usually colored and perfumed.

Soap transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Soaped ; present participle & verbal noun Soaping .]
1. To rub or wash over with soap.

2. To flatter; to wheedle. [ Slang]

Soapberry tree (Botany) Any tree of the genus Sapindus , esp. Sapindus saponaria , the fleshy part of whose fruit is used instead of soap in washing linen; -- also called soap tree .

Soapfish noun (Zoology) Any serranoid fish of the genus Rhypticus ; -- so called from the soapy feeling of its skin.

Soapiness noun Quality or state of being soapy.

Soaproot noun (Botany) A perennial herb ( Gypsophila Struthium ) the root of which is used in Spain as a substitute for soap.

Soapstone noun See Steatite , and Talc .

Soapsuds noun plural Suds made with soap.

Soapwort noun (Botany) A common plant ( Saponaria officinalis ) of the Pink family; -- so called because its bruised leaves, when agitated in water, produce a lather like that from soap. Called also Bouncing Bet .