Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Sea-walled adjective Surrounded, bounded, or protected by the sea, as if by a wall. Shak.
Seasonable adjective Occurring in good time, in due season, or in proper time for the purpose; suitable to the season; opportune; timely; as, a seasonable supply of rain.
Mercy is seasonable in the time of affliction. Ecclus. xxxv. 20.
Seasonage noun A seasoning. [ Obsolete] South.
Seasonal adjective Of or pertaining to the seasons. Seasonal dimorphism (Zoology) , the condition of having two distinct varieties which appear at different seasons, as certain species of butterflies in which the spring brood differs from the summer or autumnal brood.
Seasoner noun One who, or that which, seasons, or gives a relish; a seasoning.
Seasoning noun 1. The act or process by which anything is seasoned. 2. That which is added to any species of food, to give it a higher relish, as salt, spices, etc.; a condiment. 3. Hence, something added to enhance enjoyment or relieve dullness; as, wit is the seasoning of conversation.
Political speculations are of so dry and austere a nature, that they will not go down with the public without frequent seasonings . Addison. Seasoning tub (Bakery)
, a trough in which dough is set to rise. Knight.
Seasonless adjective Without succession of the seasons.
[ Middle English sete
, Icelandic sæti
; akin to Swedish säte
, Danish sæde
, Middle High German sāze
, Anglo-Saxon set
, and English sit
. √154. See Sit
, and confer Settle
] 1. The place or thing upon which one sits; hence; anything made to be sat in or upon, as a chair, bench, stool, saddle, or the like.
And Jesus . . . overthrew the tables of the money changers, and the seats of them that sold doves. Matt. xxi. 12. 2. The place occupied by anything, or where any person or thing is situated, resides, or abides; a site; an abode, a station; a post; a situation.
Where thou dwellest, even where Satan's seat is. Rev. ii. 13.
He that builds a fair house upon an ill seat committeth himself to prison. Bacon.
A seat of plenty, content, and tranquillity. Macaulay. 3. That part of a thing on which a person sits; as, the seat of a chair or saddle; the seat of a pair of pantaloons. 4. A sitting; a right to sit; regular or appropriate place of sitting; as, a seat in a church; a seat for the season in the opera house. 5. Posture, or way of sitting, on horseback.
She had so good a seat and hand she might be trusted with any mount. G. Eliot. 6. (Machinery) A part or surface on which another part or surface rests; as, a valve seat . Seat worm (Zoology)
, the pinworm.
Seat transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Seated
; present participle & verbal noun Seating
.] 1. To place on a seat; to cause to sit down; as, to seat one's self.
The guests were no sooner seated but they entered into a warm debate. Arbuthnot. 2. To cause to occupy a post, site, situation, or the like; to station; to establish; to fix; to settle.
Thus high . . . is King Richard seated . Shak.
They had seated themselves in New Guiana. Sir W. Raleigh. 3. To assign a seat to, or the seats of; to give a sitting to; as, to seat a church, or persons in a church. 4. To fix; to set firm.
From their foundations, loosening to and fro, Milton. 5. To settle; to plant with inhabitants; as to seat a country.
They plucked the seated hills.
[ Obsolete] W. Stith. 6. To put a seat or bottom in; as, to seat a chair.
Seat intransitive verb To rest; to lie down. [ Obsolete] Spenser.
Seating (sēt"ĭng) noun
1. The act of providing with a seat or seats; as, the seating of an audience. 2. The act of making seats; also, the material for making seats; as, cane seating .
Seatless adjective Having no seat.
Seave noun [ Confer Danish siv , Swedish säf , Icelandic sef .] A rush. [ Prov. Eng.] Halliwell.
Seavy adjective Overgrown with rushes. [ Prov. Eng.]
Seawan, Seawant noun The name used by the Algonquin Indians for the shell beads which passed among the Indians as money. » Seawan was of two kinds; wampum , white, and suckanhock , black or purple, -- the former having half the value of the latter. Many writers, however, use the terms seawan and wampum indiscriminately. Bartlett.
Seaward adjective Directed or situated toward the sea. Donne.
Two still clouds . . . sparkled on their seaward edges like a frosted fleece. G. W. Cable.
Seaward adverb Toward the sea. Drayton.
[ Confer Anglo-Saxon sǣwār
seaweed.] (Botany) Seaweed; esp., coarse seaweed. See Ware , and Sea girdles .
1. Popularly, any plant or plants growing in the sea. 2. (Botany) Any marine plant of the class Algæ, as kelp, dulse, Fucus, Ulva, etc.
; plural Seawives (Zoology) A European wrasse ( Labrus vetula ).
Seaworthiness noun The state or quality of being seaworthy, or able to resist the ordinary violence of wind and weather. Kent.
Seaworthy adjective Fit for a voyage; worthy of being trusted to transport a cargo with safety; as, a seaworthy ship.
Sebaceous adjective [ New Latin sebaceus , from Latin sebum tallow, grease.] (Physiol.) Pertaining to, or secreting, fat; composed of fat; having the appearance of fat; as, the sebaceous secretions of some plants, or the sebaceous humor of animals. Sebaceous cyst (Medicine) , a cyst formed by distention of a sebaceous gland, due to obstruction of its excretory duct. -- Sebaceous glands (Anat.) , small subcutaneous glands, usually connected with hair follicles. They secrete an oily semifluid matter, composed in great part of fat, which softens and lubricates the hair and skin.
Sebacic adjective [ Latin sebum tallow: confer French sébacique .] (Chemistry) Of or pertaining to fat; derived from, or resembling, fat; specifically, designating an acid (formerly called also sebic , and pyroleic , acid), obtained by the distillation or saponification of certain oils (as castor oil) as a white crystalline substance.
Sebat noun [ Hebrew shĕbāt .] The eleventh month of the ancient Hebrew year, approximately corresponding with February. W. Smith (Bibl. Dict.).
Sebate (sē"b\ddt) noun (Chemistry) A salt of sebacic acid.
Sebesten noun [ Arabic sebestān the tree: confer Spanish sebesten .] (Botany) The mucilaginous drupaceous fruit of two East Indian trees ( Cordia Myxa , and C. latifolia ), sometimes used medicinally in pectoral diseases. » In the West Indies the name is given to the similar fruit of Cordia Sebestana .
Sebic adjective See Sebacic .
Sebiferous adjective [ Latin sebum tallow + -ferous .]
1. (Botany) Producing vegetable tallow. 2. (Physiol.) Producing fat; sebaceous; as, the sebiferous , or sebaceous, glands.
[ Latin sebum
tallow + parere
to bring forth.] (Physiol.) Same as Sebiferous .
Seborrhea noun [ New Latin , from Latin sebum tallow + Greek ... to flow.] (Medicine) A morbidly increased discharge of sebaceous matter upon the skin; stearrhea.
Secale noun [ Latin , a kind of grain.] (Botany) A genus of cereal grasses including rye.
[ See Secant
.] A cutting; an intersection; as, the point of secancy of one line by another.
[ R.] Davies & Peck (Math. Dict. ).
[ Latin secans
, present participle of secare
to cut. See Section
.] Cutting; dividing into two parts; as, a secant line.
[ Confer French sécante
. See Secant
] 1. (Geom.) A line that cuts another; especially, a straight line cutting a curve in two or more points. 2. (Trig.) A right line drawn from the center of a circle through one end of a circular arc, and terminated by a tangent drawn from the other end; the number expressing the ratio of this line to the radius of the circle. See Trigonometrical function , under Function .
Secco adjective [ Italian ] Dry. Secco painting , or Painting in secco , painting on dry plaster, as distinguished from fresco painting , which is on wet or fresh plaster.
Secede intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Seceded
; present participle & verbal noun Seceding
.] [ Latin secedere
; pref se-
aside + cedere
to go, move. See Cede
.] To withdraw from fellowship, communion, or association; to separate one's self by a solemn act; to draw off; to retire; especially, to withdraw from a political or religious body.
1. One who secedes. 2. (Eccl. Hist.) One of a numerous body of Presbyterians in Scotland who seceded from the communion of the Established Church, about the year 1733, and formed the Secession Church, so called.
Secern transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Secerned
; present participle & verbal noun Secerning
.] [ Latin secernere
. See Secrete
.] 1. To separate; to distinguish.
Averroes secerns a sense of titillation, and a sense of hunger and thirst. Sir W. Hamilton. 2. (Physiol.) To secrete; as, mucus secerned in the nose. Arbuthnot.
Secernent adjective [ Latin secernens , present participle] (Physiol.) Secreting; secretory.
1. That which promotes secretion. 2. (Anat.) A vessel in, or by means of, which the process of secretion takes place; a secreting vessel.
Secernment noun (Physiol.) The act or process of secreting.
[ Latin secessus
. See Secede
.] Retirement; retreat; secession.
[ Obsolete] Dr. H. More.
[ Latin secessio
: confer French sécession
. See Secede
.] 1. The act of seceding; separation from fellowship or association with others, as in a religious or political organization; withdrawal. 2. (U.S. Hist.) The withdrawal of a State from the national Union. Secession Church (in Scotland). See Seceder .
Secessionism noun The doctrine or policy of secession; the tenets of secession; the tenets of secessionists.
1. One who upholds secession. 2. (U.S. Hist.) One who holds to the belief that a State has the right to separate from the Union at its will.
Seche transitive verb & i. To seek. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Sechium noun [ New Latin : confer French séchion ; perhaps formed from Greek ... cucumber.] (Botany) The edible fruit of a West Indian plant ( Sechium edule ) of the Gourd family. It is soft, pear-shaped, and about four inches long, and contains a single large seed. The root of the plant resembles a yam, and is used for food.
[ French sec
, properly, dry, Latin siccus
.] Barren; unprofitable. See Rent seck , under Rent .