Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Seismoscope noun [ Greek ......... an earthquake + -scope .] (Physics) A seismometer.
Seity noun [ Latin se one's self.] Something peculiar to one's self. [ R.] Tatler.
Seizable adjective That may be seized.
Seize transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Seized
; present participle & verbal noun Seizing
.] [ Middle English seisen
, Old French seisir
, French saisir
, of Teutonic origin, and akin to English set
. The meaning is properly, to set, put, place, hence, to put in possession of. See Set
, transitive verb
] 1. To fall or rush upon suddenly and lay hold of; to gripe or grasp suddenly; to reach and grasp.
For by no means the high bank he could seize . Spenser.
Seek you to seize and gripe into your hands Shak. 2. To take possession of by force.
The royalties and rights of banished Hereford?
At last they seize Milton. 3. To invade suddenly; to take sudden hold of; to come upon suddenly; as, a fever seizes a patient.
The scepter, and regard not David's sons.
Hope and deubt alternate seize her seul. Pope. 4. (law) To take possession of by virtue of a warrant or other legal authority; as, the sheriff seized the debtor's goods. 5. To fasten; to fix.
As when a bear hath seized her cruel claws Spenser. 6. To grap with the mind; to comprehend fully and distinctly; as, to seize an idea. 7. (Nautical) To bind or fasten together with a lashing of small stuff, as yarn or marline; as, to seize ropes.
Upon the carcass of some beast too weak.
» This word, by writers on law, is commonly written seise
, in the phrase to be seised of
(an estate), as also, in composition, disseise
. To be seized of
, to have possession, or right of possession; as, A B was seized and possessed of the manor of Dale.
"Whom age might see seized of
what youth made prize." Chapman.
-- To seize on
, to fall on and grasp; to take hold on; to take possession of suddenly and forcibly. Syn.
-- To catch; grasp; clutch; snatch; apprehend; arrest; take; capture.
Seizer noun One who, or that which, seizes.
[ French saisine
. See Seize
.] 1. (Law) Possession; possession of an estate of froehold. It may be either in deed or in law ; the former when there is actual possession, the latter when there is a right to such possession by construction of law. In some of the United States seizin means merely ownership . Burrill. 2. The act of taking possession.
[ Obsolete] 3. The thing possessed; property. Sir M. Halle.
» Commonly spelt by writers on law seisin
. Livery of seizin
. (Eng. Law) See Note under Livery , 1.
1. The act of taking or grasping suddenly. 2. (Nautical) (a) The operation of fastening together or lashing. (b) The cord or lashing used for such fastening.
Seizor noun (Law) One who seizes, or takes possession.
Seizure noun 1. The act of seizing, or the state of being seized; sudden and violent grasp or gripe; a taking into possession; as, the seizure of a thief, a property, a throne, etc. 2. Retention within one's grasp or power; hold; possession; ownership.
Make o'er thy honor by a deed of trust, Dryden. 3. That which is seized, or taken possession of; a thing laid hold of, or possessed.
And give me seizure of the mighty wealth.
Sejant, Sejeant adjective [ French séant , present participle of seoir to sit, Latin sedere .] (Her.) Sitting, as a lion or other beast. Sejant rampant , sitting with the forefeet lifted up. Wright.
Sejein transitive verb
[ Latin sejungere
; prefix se-
aside + jungere
to join. See Join
.] To separate.
[ Latin sejunctio
. See Sejoin
.] The act of disjoining, or the state of being disjoined.
[ Obsolete] Bp. Pearson.
[ See Sejoin
.] Capable of being disjoined.
[ Obsolete] Bp. Pearson.
Seke adjective Sick. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Seke transitive verb & i. To seek. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Sekes noun [ New Latin , from Greek ......... a pen, a sacred inclosure, a shrine.] (Architecture) A place in a pagan temple in which the images of the deities were inclosed.
Selachian noun (Zoology) One of the Selachii. See Illustration in Appendix.
Selachii noun plural [ New Latin , from Greek ......... a fish having cartilages instead of bones.] (Zoology) An order of elasmobranchs including the sharks and rays; the Plagiostomi. Called also Selacha , Selache , and Selachoidei .
Selachostomi noun plural
[ New Latin See Selachii
, and Stoma
.] (Zoology) A division of ganoid fishes which includes the paddlefish, in which the mouth is armed with small teeth.
Selaginella noun [ New Latin , from Latin selago , -inis , a kind of plant.] (Botany) A genus of cryptogamous plants resembling Lycopodia, but producing two kinds of spores; also, any plant of this genus. Many species are cultivated in conservatories.
[ Hebrew selāh
.] (Script.) A word of doubtful meaning, occuring frequently in the Psalms; by some, supposed to signify silence or a pause in the musical performance of the song.
Beyond the fact that Selah is a musical term, we know absolutely nothing about it. Dr. W. Smith (Bib. Dict.)
[ Anglo-Saxon selcūð
rare + cūð
known. See Uncouth
.] Rarely known; unusual; strange.
[ She] wondered much at his so selcouth case. Spenser.
[ See Seldom
.] Rare; uncommon; unusual.
[ Obsolete] Chaucer. Spenser.
Seld adverb Rarely; seldom. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Selden (-s e n) adverb Seldom. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.
[ Usually, Compar
. More seldom
. Most seldom
(mōst"); but sometimes also, Seldomer
.] [ Anglo-Saxon seldan
, from seld
rare; akin to OFries. sielden
, Dutch zelden
, German selten
, Old High German seltan
, Icelandic sjaldan
, Danish sielden
, Swedish sällan
, Goth. sildaleiks
marvelous.] Rarely; not often; not frequently.
Wisdom and youth are seldom joined in one. Hooker.
Seldom adjective Rare; infrequent. [ Archaic.] "A suppressed and seldom anger." Jer. Taylor.
Seldomness noun Rareness. Hooker.
Seldseen adjective [ Anglo-Saxon seldsiene .] Seldom seen. [ Obsolete] Drayton.
Seldshewn adjective [ Seld + shown .] Rarely shown or exhibited. [ Obsolete] Shak.
[ Latin selectus
, past participle of seligere
to select; prefix se-
aside + levere
to gather. See Legend
.] Taken from a number by preferance; picked out as more valuable or exellent than others; of special value or exellence; nicely chosen; selected; choice.
A few select spirits had separated from the crowd, and formed a fit audience round a far greater teacher. Macaulay.
Select transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Selected
; present participle & verbal noun Selecting
.] To choose and take from a number; to take by preference from among others; to pick out; to cull; as, to select the best authors for perusal.
"One peculiar nation to select
The pious chief . . . Dryden.
A hundred youths from all his train selects .
Selectedly adverb With care and selection. [ R.]
[ Latin selectio
: confer French sélection
.] . The act of selecting, or the state of being selected; choice, by preference. 2. That which is selected; a collection of things chosen; as, a choice selection of books. Natural selection
. (Biol.) See under Natural .
Selective adjective Selecting; tending to select.
This selective providence of the Almighty. Bp. Hall.
; plural Selectmen One of a board of town officers chosen annually in the New England States to transact the general public business of the town, and have a kind of executive authority. The number is usually from three to seven in each town.
The system of delegated town action was then, perhaps, the same which was defined in an "order made in 1635 by the inhabitants of Charlestown at a full meeting for the government of the town, by selectmen ;" the name presently extended throughout New England to municipal governors. Palfrey.
Selectness noun The quality or state of being select.
Selector noun [ Latin ] One who selects.
Selenate noun (Chemistry) A salt of selenic acid; -- formerly called also seleniate .
Selenhydric adjective (Chemistry) Of, pertaining to, or designating, hydrogen selenide, H 2 Se, regarded as an acid analogous to sulphydric acid.
Selenic adjective [ Confer French sélénique .] (Chemistry) Of or pertaining to selenium; derived from, or containing, selenium; specifically, designating those compounds in which the element has a higher valence as contrasted with selenious compounds.
Selenide noun (Chemistry) A binary compound of selenium, or a compound regarded as binary; as, ethyl selenide .
Seleniferous adjective [ Selenium + -ferous . ] Containing, or impregnated with, selenium; as, seleniferous pyrites.
Selenio- (Chemistry) A combining form (also used adjectively) denoting the presence of selenium or its compounds ; as, selenio -phosphate, a phosphate having selenium in place of all, or a part, of the oxygen.
Selenious adjective [ Confer French sélénieux .] (Chemistry) Of, pertaining to, or containing, selenium; specifically, designating those compounds in which the element has a lower valence as contrasted with selenic compounds.
Selenite noun (Chemistry) A salt of selenious acid.
Selenite noun [ Latin selenites , Greek ............ (sc. .........), from selh`nh the moon. So called from a fancied resemblance in luster or appearance to the moon.] (Min.) A variety of gypsum, occuring in transparent crystals or crystalline masses.
Selenitic, Selenitical adjective (Min.) Of or pertaining to selenite; resembling or containing selenite.
Selenium noun [ New Latin , from Greek selh`nh the moon. So called because of its chemical analogy to tellurium (from Latin tellus the earth), being, as it were, a companion to it.] (Chemistry) A nonmetallic element of the sulphur group, and analogous to sulphur in its compounds. It is found in small quantities with sulphur and some sulphur ores, and obtained in the free state as a dark reddish powder or crystalline mass, or as a dark metallic-looking substance. It exhibits under the action of light a remarkable variation in electric conductivity, and is used in certain electric apparatus. Symbol Se. Atomic weight 78.9.