Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Selve adjective Self; same. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Selves noun , plural of Self .

Sely adjective Silly. [ Obsolete] Chaucer. Wyclif.

Semaphore noun [ Greek sh^ma a sign + fe`rein to bear: confer French sémaphore .] A signal telegraph; an apparatus for giving signals by the disposition of lanterns, flags, oscillating arms, etc.

Semaphoric, Semaphorical adjective [ Confer French sémaphorique .] Of or pertaining to a semaphore, or semaphores; telegraphic.

Semaphorically adverb By means of a semaphore.

Semaphorist noun One who manages or operates a semaphore.

Semasiology noun [ Greek ... signification + -logy .] (Philol.) The science of meanings or sense development (of words); the explanation of the development and changes of the meanings of words. -- Se*ma`si*o*log"ic*al adjective

Sematic adjective [ Greek ..., ..., sign, token.] Significant; ominous; serving as a warning of danger; -- applied esp. to the warning colors or forms of certain animals.

Sematology noun [ Greek sh^ma , sh`matos , sign + -logy .] The doctrine of signs as the expression of thought or reasoning; the science of indicating thought by signs. Smart.

Sematrope noun [ Greek sh^ma sign + tre`pein to turn. ] An instrument for signaling by reflecting the rays of the sun in different directions. Knight.

Semblable adjective [ French, from sembler to seem, resemble, Latin similare , simulare . See Simulate .] Like; similar; resembling. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Semblable noun Likeness; representation. [ Obsolete]

Semblably adverb In like manner. [ Obsolete] Shak.

Semblance noun [ French See Semblable , adjective ]
1. Seeming; appearance; show; figure; form.

Thier semblance kind, and mild their gestures were.
Fairfax.

2. Likeness; resemblance, actual or apparent; similitude; as, the semblance of worth; semblance of virtue.

Only semblances or imitations of shells.
Woodward.

Semblant adjective [ French semblant , present participle]
1. Like; resembling. [ Obsolete] Prior.

2. Seeming, rather than real; apparent. [ R.] Carlyle.

Semblant noun [ French]
1. Show; appearance; figure; semblance. [ Obsolete] Spenser.

His flatterers made semblant of weeping.
Chaucer.

2. The face. [ Obsolete] Wyclif (Luke xxiv. 5).

Semblative adjective Resembling. [ Obsolete]

And all is semblative a woman's part.
Shak.

Semble intransitive verb [ French sembler . See Semblable , adjective ]
1. To imitate; to make a representation or likeness. [ Obsolete]

Where sembling art may carve the fair effect.
Prior.

2. (Law) It seems; -- chiefly used impersonally in reports and judgments to express an opinion in reference to the law on some point not necessary to be decided, and not intended to be definitely settled in the cause.

Semble adjective Like; resembling. [ Obsolete] T. Hudson.

Sembling noun [ Confer Assemble .] (Zoology) The practice of attracting the males of Lepidoptera or other insects by exposing the female confined in a cage.

» It is often adopted by collectors in order to procure specimens of rare species.

Semé adjective [ French semé , from semer to sow.] (Her.) Sprinkled or sown; -- said of field, or a charge, when strewed or covered with small charges.

Semeiography, Semiography noun [ Greek shmei^on sign + -graphy .] (Medicine) A description of the signs of disease.

Semeiological, Semiologioal adjective Of or pertaining to the science of signs, or the systematic use of signs; as, a semeiological classification of the signs or symptoms of disease; a semeiological arrangement of signs used as signals.

Semeiology, Semiology noun [ Greek shmei^on a mark, a sign + - logy .] The science or art of signs. Specifically: (a) (Medicine) The science of the signs or symptoms of disease; symptomatology. (b) The art of using signs in signaling.

Semeiotic, Semiotic adjective [ Greek ............, from shmei^on a mark, a sign.]
1. Relating to signs or indications; pertaining to the language of signs, or to language generally as indicating thought.

2. (Medicine) Of or pertaining to the signs or symptoms of diseases.

Semeiotics, Semiotics noun Semeiology.

Semele noun [ Latin , from Greek ..........] (Gr. Myth.) A daughter of Cadmus, and by Zeus mother of Bacchus.

Semen noun ; plural Semina . [ Latin , from the root of serere , satum , to sow. See Sow to scatter seed.]
1. (Botany) The seed of plants.

2. (Physiol.) The seed or fecundating fluid of male animals; sperm. It is a white or whitish viscid fluid secreted by the testes, characterized by the presence of spermatozoids to which it owes its generative power.

Semen contra , or Semen cinæ or cynæ , a strong aromatic, bitter drug, imported from Aleppo and Barbary, said to consist of the leaves, peduncles, and unexpanded flowers of various species of Artemisia ; wormseed.

Semeniferous adjective (Biol.) Seminiferous.

Semester noun [ G., from Latin semestris half-yearly; sex six + mensis a month.] A period of six months; especially, a term in a college or uneversity which divides the year into two terms.

Semi circumference noun Half of a circumference.

Semi crustaceous adjective Half crustaceous; partially crustaceous.

Semi pupa noun (Zoology) The young of an insect in a stage between the larva and pupa.

Semi- [ Latin semi ; akin to Greek ........., Sanskrit sāmi -, Anglo-Saxon sām -, and probably to English same , from the division into two parts of the same size. Confer Hemi- , Sandelend .] A prefix signifying half , and sometimes partly or imperfectly ; as, semi annual, half yearly; semi transparent, imperfectly transparent.

» The prefix semi is joined to another word either with the hyphen or without it. In this book the hyphen is omitted except before a capital letter; as, semi acid, semi aquatic, semi -Arian, semi axis, semi calcareous.

Semi-Arian noun [ See Arian .] (Eccl. Hist.) A member of a branch of the Arians which did not acknowledge the Son to be consubstantial with the Father, that is, of the same substance, but admitted him to be of a like substance with the Father, not by nature, but by a peculiar privilege.

Semi-Arian adjective Of or pertaining to Semi-Arianism.

Semi-Arianism noun The doctrines or tenets of the Semi-Arians.

Semiacid adjective Slightly acid; subacid.

Semiacidified adjective Half acidified.

Semiadherent adjective Adherent part way.

Semiamplexicaul adjective (Botany) Partially amplexicaul; embracing the stem half round, as a leaf.

Semiangle noun (Geom.) The half of a given, or measuring, angle.

Semiannual adjective Half- yearly.

Semiannually adverb Every half year.

Semiannular adjective Having the figure of a half circle; forming a semicircle. Grew.

Semiaxis noun (Geom.) One half of the axis of an ...llipse or other figure.

Semibarbarian adjective Half barbarous; partially civilized. -- noun One partly civilized.

Semibarbaric adjective Half barbarous or uncivilized; as, semibarbaric display.

Semæostomata noun plural [ New Latin , from Greek ............ a military standard + ........., ........., mouth.] (Zoology) A division of Discophora having large free mouth lobes. It includes Aurelia , and Pelagia . Called also Semeostoma . See Illustr . under Discophora , and Medusa .