Webster's Dictionary, 1913
[ Latin sonor
, a sound + facere
to make. See Sonorous
.] Producing sound; as, the sonorific quality of a body.
[ R.] I. Watts.
Sonority noun [ Latin sonoritas .] The quality or state of being sonorous; sonorousness.
[ Latin sonorus
, from sonor
, a sound, akin to sonus
a sound. See Sound
.] 1. Giving sound when struck; resonant; as, sonorous metals. 2. Loud-sounding; giving a clear or loud sound; as, a sonorous voice. 3. Yielding sound; characterized by sound; vocal; sonant; as, the vowels are sonorous . 4. Impressive in sound; high- sounding.
The Italian opera, amidst all the meanness and familiarty of the thoughts, has something beautiful and sonorous in the expression. Addison.
There is nothing of the artificial Johnsonian balance in his style. It is as often marked by a pregnant brevity as by a sonorous amplitude. E. Everett. 5. (Medicine) Sonant; vibrant; hence, of sounds produced in a cavity, deep-toned; as, sonorous rhonchi. Sonorous figures (Physics)
, figures formed by the vibrations of a substance capable of emitting a musical tone, as when the bow of a violin is drawn along the edge of a piece of glass or metal on which sand is strewed, and the sand arranges itself in figures according to the musical tone. Called also acoustic figures .
-- Sonorous tumor (Medicine)
, a tumor which emits a clear, resonant sound on percussion.
Sonship noun The state of being a son, or of bearing the relation of a son; filiation. Dr. H. More.
Sonsy adjective See Soncy .
[ Scot.] Burns.
Sontag noun [ So called from from Mme. Henriette Sontag , a famous singer.] A knitted worsted jacket, worn over the waist of a woman's dress.
Sonties noun Probably from " saintes " saints, or from sanctities ; -- used as an oath. [ Obsolete] Shak.
Soojee noun Same as Suji .
[ Middle English sone
, Anglo-Saxon s...na
; confer OFries. s...n
, Old Saxon sāna
, Old High German sār
, Goth. suns
.] 1. In a short time; shortly after any time specified or supposed; as, soon after sunrise.
said than done." Old Proverb.
as it might be." Chaucer.
She finished, and the subtle fiend his lore Milton. 2. Without the usual delay; before any time supposed; early.
How is it that ye are come so soon to- day? Ex. ii. 18. 3. Promptly; quickly; easily.
Small lights are soon blown out, huge fires abide. Shak. 4. Readily; willingly; -- in this sense used with would , or some other word expressing will .
I would as soon see a river winding through woods or in meadows, as when it is tossed up in so many whimsical figures at Versailles. Addison. As soon as
, or So soon as
, immediately at or after another event.
" As soon as
he came nigh unto the camp . . . he saw the calf, and the dancing." Ex. xxxii. 19.
See So . . . as
, under So
. -- Soon at
, as soon as; or, as soon as the time referred to arrives.
[ Obsolete] "I shall be sent for soon at
-- Sooner or later
, at some uncertain time in the future; as, he will discover his mistake sooner or later .
-- With the soonest
, as soon as any; among the earliest; too soon.
[ Obsolete] Holland.
Soon adjective Speedy; quick. [ Obsolete] Shak.
Sooner noun In the western United States, one who settles on government land before it is legally open to settlement in order to gain the prior claim that the law gives to the first settler when the land is opened to settlement; hence, any one who does a thing prematurely or anticipates another in acting in order to gain an unfair advantage.
Sooner State Oklahoma; -- a nickname.
Soonly adverb Soon. [ Obsolete] Dr. H. More.
Soord noun Skin of bacon. [ Obsolete] Bp. Hall.
Soorma noun [ Hind. & Persian surma .] A preparation of antimony with which Mohammedan men anoint their eyelids.
Soosoo noun (Zoology) A kind of dolphin ( Platanista Gangeticus ) native of the river Ganges; the Gangetic dolphin. It has a long, slender, somewhat spatulate beak. [ Written also susu .]
[ Middle English sot
, Anglo-Saxon s...t
; akin to Icelandic s...t
, Swedish sot
, Danish sod
, OD. soet
, Lithuanian s...dis
; confer Gael. suith
, Ir. suth
.] A black substance formed by combustion, or disengaged from fuel in the process of combustion, which rises in fine particles, and adheres to the sides of the chimney or pipe conveying the smoke; strictly, the fine powder, consisting chiefly of carbon, which colors smoke, and which is the result of imperfect combustion. See Smoke .
Soot transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Sooted
; present participle & verbal noun Sooting
.] To cover or dress with soot; to smut with, or as with, soot; as, to soot land. Mortimer.
Soot, Soote adjective
[ See Sweet
[ Obsolete] "The soote
savour of the vine." Chaucer.
[ Confer Prov. German suttern
to boil gently.] A kind of false birth, fabled to be produced by Dutch women from sitting over their stoves; also, an abortion, in a figurative sense; an abortive scheme.
Fruits of dull heat, and sooterkins of wit. Pope.
(sōth) adjective ; also adverb
[ Compar. Soother
(sōth"ẽr); superl. Soothest
.] [ Middle English soth
, Anglo-Saxon sōð
, for sanð
; akin to Old Saxon sōð
, Old High German sand
, Icelandic sannr
, Swedish sann
, Danish sand
, Sanskrit sat
, real, genuine, present, being; properly present participle from a root meaning, to be, Sanskrit as
, Latin esse
; also akin to Goth. sunjis
true, Greek 'eteo`s
, Sanskrit satya
. √9. Confer Absent
.] 1. True; faithful; trustworthy.
[ Obsolete or Scot.]
The sentence [ meaning] of it sooth is, out of doubt. Chaucer.
That shall I sooth (said he) to you declare. Spensser. 2. Pleasing; delightful; sweet.
The soothest shepherd that ever piped on plains. Milton.
With jellies soother than the creamy curd. Keats.
[ Anglo-Saxon sōð
. See Sooth
] 1. Truth; reality.
The sooth it this, the cut fell to the knight. Chaucer.
In sooth , I know not why I am so sad. Shak.
In good sooth , Longfellow. 2. Augury; prognostication.
Its mystery is love, its meaninng youth.
The soothe of birds by beating of their wings. Spenser. 3. Blandishment; cajolery.
[ Obsolete] Shak.
Soothe transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Soothed
; present participle & verbal noun Soothing
.] [ Originally, to assent to as true; Middle English so...ien
to verify, Anglo-Saxon ges......ian
to prove the truth of, to bear witness. See Sooth
] 1. To assent to as true.
[ Obsolete] Testament of Love. 2. To assent to; to comply with; to gratify; to humor by compliance; to please with blandishments or soft words; to flatter.
Good, my lord, soothe him, let him take the fellow. Shak.
I've tried the force of every reason on him, Addison. 3. To assuage; to mollify; to calm; to comfort; as, to soothe a crying child; to soothe one's sorrows.
Soothed and caressed, been angry, soothed again.
Music hath charms to soothe the savage breast, Congreve.
To soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.
Though the sound of Fame Byron. Syn.
May for a moment soothe , it can not slake
The fever of vain longing.
-- To soften; assuage; allay; compose; mollify; tranquilize; pacify; mitigate.
Soother noun One who, or that which, soothes.
, that is, fast or firm with respect to truth.] Firmly fixed in, or founded upon, the thruth; true; genuine; real; also, truthful; faithful.
[ Archaic] -- Sooth"fast`ness
[ Archaic] "In very soothfastness.
Why do not you . . . bear leal and soothfast evidence in her behalf, as ye may with a clear conscience! Sir W. Scott.
Soothfast adverb Soothly; really; in fact.
I care not if the pomps you show Emerson.
Be what they soothfast appear.
Soothing adjective & noun from Soothe , v.
Soothingly adverb In a soothing manner.
Soothly adverb In truth; truly; really; verily. [ Obsolete] " Soothly for to say." Chaucer.
Soothness noun Truth; reality. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Soothsay intransitive verb [ Sooth + say ; properly to say truth, tell the truth.] To foretell; to predict. "You can not soothsay ." Shak. "Old soothsaying Glaucus' spell." Milton.
Soothsay noun 1. A true saying; a proverb; a prophecy.
[ Obsolete] Spenser. 2. Omen; portent. Having
God turn the same to good soothsay . Spenser.
1. One who foretells events by the art of soothsaying; a prognosticator. 2. (Zoology) A mantis.
Soothsaying noun 1. A true saying; truth.
[ Obsolete] 2. The act of one who soothsays; the foretelling of events; the art or practice of making predictions.
A damsel, possessed with a spirit of divination . . . which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying . Acts xvi. 16. 3. A prediction; a prophecy; a prognostication.
Divinations and soothsayings and dreams are vain. Eclus. xxxiv. 5.
Sootiness noun The quality or state of being sooty; fuliginousness. Johnson.
Sootish adjective Sooty. Sir T. Browne.
[ Compar Sootier
; superl. Sootiest
.] [ Anglo-Saxon s...tig
. See Soot
.] 1. Of or pertaining to soot; producing soot; soiled by soot.
"Fire of sooty
coal." Milton. 2. Having a dark brown or black color like soot; fuliginous; dusky; dark.
"The grisly legions that troop under the sooty
flag of Acheron." Milton. Sooty albatross (Zoology)
, an albatross ( Phœbetria fuliginosa ) found chiefly in the Pacific Ocean; -- called also nellie .
-- Sooty tern (Zoology)
, a tern ( Sterna fuliginosa ) found chiefly in tropical seas.
Sooty transitive verb To black or foul with soot.
Sootied with noisome smoke. Chapman.
[ Middle English sop
; akin to Anglo-Saxon s...pan
to sup, to sip, to drink, Dutch sop
sop, German suppe
soup, Icelandic soppa
sop. See Sup
, transitive verb
, and confer Soup
.] 1. Anything steeped, or dipped and softened, in any liquid; especially, something dipped in broth or liquid food, and intended to be eaten.
He it is to whom I shall give a sop , when I have dipped it. John xiii. 26.
Sops in wine, quantity, inebriate more than wine itself. Bacon.
The bounded waters Shak. 2. Anything given to pacify; -- so called from the sop given to Cerberus, as related in mythology.
Should lift their bosoms higher than the shores,
And make a sop of all this solid globe.
All nature is cured with a sop . L'Estrange. 3. A thing of little or no value.
[ Obsolete] P. Plowman. Sops in wine (Botany)
, an old name of the clove pink, alluding to its having been used to flavor wine.
Garlands of roses and sops in wine . Spenser.
-- Sops of wine (Botany)
, an old European variety of apple, of a yellow and red color, shading to deep red; -- called also sopsavine , and red shropsavine .
Sop transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Sopped
; present participle & verbal noun Sopping
.] To steep or dip in any liquid.
Sope noun See Soap .
Soph noun (Eng. Univ.) A contraction of Soph ister .
Soph noun (Amer. Colleges) A contraction of Sophomore .
; plural Sophis See Sufi .
Sophic, Sophical adjective [ Greek ..., from ... wise, ... wisdom.] Teaching wisdom. [ Obsolete] S. Harris.