Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Septuagint noun [ From Latin septuaginta seventy.] A Greek version of the Old Testament; -- so called because it was believed to be the work of seventy (or rather of seventy-two) translators. » The causes which produced it [ the Septuagint], the number and names of the translators, the times at which different portions were translated, are all uncertain. The only point in which all agree is that Alexandria was the birthplace of the version. On one other point there is a near agreement, namely, as to time, that the version was made, or at least commenced, in the time of the early Ptolemies, in the first half of the third century b.c. Dr. W. Smith (Bib. Dict.) Septuagint chronology , the chronology founded upon the dates of the Septuagint, which makes 1500 years more from the creation to Abraham than the Hebrew Bible.
Septuary noun [ Latin septem seven.] Something composed of seven; a week. [ R.] Ash.
Septulate adjective [ Dim. from septum .] (Botany) Having imperfect or spurious septa.
; plural Septula
. [ New Latin , dim. of Latin septum
septum.] (Anat.) A little septum; a division between small cavities or parts.
; plural Septa
. [ Latin septum
, an inclosure, hedge, fence, from sepire
, to hedge in, inclose.] 1. A wall separating two cavities; a partition; as, the nasal septum . 2. (Botany) A partition that separates the cells of a fruit. 3. (Zoology) (a) One of the radial calcareous plates of a coral. (b) One of the transverse partitions dividing the shell of a mollusk, or of a rhizopod, into several chambers. See Illust. under Nautilus . (c) One of the transverse partitions dividing the body cavity of an annelid.
Septuor noun [ French] (Mus.) A septet.
[ Late Latin septuplus
; confer Greek ...............:cf. French septuple
. Confer Double
.] Seven times as much; multiplied by seven; sevenfold.
Septuple transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Septupled
; present participle & verbal noun Septupling
.] To multiply by seven; to make sevenfold. Sir J. Herschel.
Sepulcher, Sepulchre noun
[ Middle English sepulcre
, Old French sepulcre, French sépulcre
, from Latin sepulcrum
, from sepelire
to bury.] The place in which the dead body of a human being is interred, or a place set apart for that purpose; a grave; a tomb.
The stony entrance of this sepulcher . Shak.
The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulcher . John xx. 1. A whited sepulcher
. Fig.: Any person who is fair outwardly but unclean or vile within. See Matt. xxiii. 27.
Sepulcher, Sepulchre transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Sepulchered
; present participle & verbal noun Sepulchering
] To bury; to inter; to entomb; as, obscurely sepulchered .
And so sepulchered in such pomp dost lie Milton.
That kings for such a tomb would wish to die.
[ Latin sepulcralis
: confer French sépulcral
.] 1. Of or pertaining to burial, to the grave, or to monuments erected to the memory of the dead; as, a sepulchral stone; a sepulchral inscription. 2. Unnaturally low and grave; hollow in tone; -- said of sound, especially of the voice.
This exaggerated dulling of the voice . . . giving what is commonly called a sepulchral tone. H. Sweet.
[ French sépulture
, Latin sepultura
, from sepelire
, to bury.] 1. The act of depositing the dead body of a human being in the grave; burial; interment.
Where we may royal sepulture prepare. Dryden. 2. A sepulcher; a grave; a place of burial.
Drunkeness that is the horrible sepulture of man's reason. Chaucer.
[ Latin sequax
, from suquit
to follow. See Sue
to follow. ] 1. Inclined to follow a leader; following; attendant.
Trees uprooted left their place, Dryden. 2. Hence, ductile; malleable; pliant; manageable.
Sequacious of the lyre.
In the greater bodies the forge was easy, the matter being ductile and sequacious . Ray. 3. Having or observing logical sequence; logically consistent and rigorous; consecutive in development or transition of thought.
The scheme of pantheistic omniscience so prevalent among the sequacious thinkers of the day. Sir W. Hamilton.
Milton was not an extensive or discursive thinker, as Shakespeare was; for the motions of his mind were slow, solemn, and sequacious , like those of the planets. De Quincey.
Sequaciousness noun Quality of being sequacious.
Sequacity noun [ Latin sequacitas .] Quality or state of being sequacious; sequaciousness. Bacon.
[ Latin sequela
, from sequit
to follow: confer French séquelle
a following. See Sue
to follow.] 1. That which follows; a succeeding part; continuation; as, the sequel of a man's advantures or history.
O, let me say no more! Shak. 2. Consequence; event; effect; result; as, let the sun cease, fail, or swerve, and the sequel would be ruin. 3. Conclusion; inference.
Gather the sequel by that went before.
[ R.] Whitgift.
; plural Sequelæ
. [ Latin , a follower, a result, from sequit
to follow.] One who, or that which, follows.
Specifically: (a) An adherent, or a band or sect of adherents.
"Coleridge and his sequela
." G. P. Marsh. (b) That which follows as the logical result of reasoning; inference; conclusion; suggestion.
Sequelæ , or thoughts suggested by the preceding aphorisms. Coleridge. (c) (Medicine) A morbid phenomenon left as the result of a disease; a disease resulting from another.
[ French séquence
, Latin sequentia
, from sequens
. See Sequent
.] 1. The state of being sequent; succession; order of following; arrangement.
How art thou a king Shak.
But by fair sequence and succession?
Sequence and series of the seasons of the year. Bacon. 2. That which follows or succeeds as an effect; sequel; consequence; result.
The inevitable sequences of sin and punishment. Bp. Hall. 3. (Philos.) Simple succession, or the coming after in time, without asserting or implying causative energy; as, the reactions of chemical agents may be conceived as merely invariable sequences . 4. (Mus.) (a) Any succession of chords (or harmonic phrase) rising or falling by the regular diatonic degrees in the same scale; a succession of similar harmonic steps. (b) A melodic phrase or passage successively repeated one tone higher; a rosalia. 5. (R.C.Ch.) A hymn introduced in the Mass on certain festival days, and recited or sung immediately before the gospel, and after the gradual or introit, whence the name. Bp. Fitzpatrick.
Originally the sequence was called a Prose, because its early form was rhythmical prose. Shipley. 6. (Card Playing) (a) (Whist) Three or more cards of the same suit in immediately consecutive order of value; as, ace, king, and queen; or knave, ten, nine, and eight. (b) (Poker) All five cards, of a hand, in consecutive order as to value, but not necessarily of the same suit; when of one suit, it is called a sequence flush .
[ Latin sequens
, present participle of sequi
to follow. See Sue
to follow.] 1. Following; succeeding; in continuance.
What to this was sequent Shak. 2. Following as an effect; consequent.
Thou knowest already.
1. A follower. [ R.] Shak. 2. That which follows as a result; a sequence.
Sequential adjective Succeeding or following in order. -- Se*quen"tial*ly , adverb
Sequester transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Sequestered
; present participle & verbal noun Sequestering
.] [ French séquestrer
, Latin sequestrare
to give up for safe keeping, from sequester
a depositary or trustee in whose hands the thing contested was placed until the dispute was settled. Confer Sequestrate
.] 1. (Law) To separate from the owner for a time; to take from parties in controversy and put into the possession of an indifferent person; to seize or take possession of, as property belonging to another, and hold it till the profits have paid the demand for which it is taken, or till the owner has performed the decree of court, or clears himself of contempt; in international law, to confiscate.
Formerly the goods of a defendant in chancery were, in the last resort, sequestered and detained to enforce the decrees of the court. And now the profits of a benefice are sequestered to pay the debts of ecclesiastics. Blackstone. 2. To cause (one) to submit to the process of sequestration; to deprive (one) of one's estate, property, etc.
It was his tailor and his cook, his fine fashions and his French ragouts, which sequestered him. South. 3. To set apart; to put aside; to remove; to separate from other things.
I had wholly sequestered my civil affairss. Bacon. 4. To cause to retire or withdraw into obscurity; to seclude; to withdraw; -- often used reflexively.
When men most sequester themselves from action. Hooker.
A love and desire to sequester a man's self for a higher conversation. Bacon.
Sequester intransitive verb 1. To withdraw; to retire.
To sequester out of the world into Atlantic and Utopian politics. Milton. 2. (Law) To renounce (as a widow may) any concern with the estate of her husband.
Sequester noun 1. Sequestration; separation.
[ R.] 2. (Law) A person with whom two or more contending parties deposit the subject matter of the controversy; one who mediates between two parties; a mediator; an umpire or referee. Bouvier. 3. (Medicine) Same as Sequestrum .
Sequestered adjective Retired; secluded.
Along the cool, sequestered vale of life. Gray.
Sequestrable adjective Capable of being sequestered; subject or liable to sequestration.
Sequestral adjective (Medicine) Of or pertaining to a sequestrum. Quian.
Sequestrate transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Sequestrated
; present participle & verbal noun Sequestrating
.] To sequester.
[ Latin sequestratio
: confer French séquestration
.] 1. (a) (Civil & Com. Law) The act of separating, or setting aside, a thing in controversy from the possession of both the parties that contend for it, to be delivered to the one adjudged entitled to it. It may be voluntary or involuntary. (b) (Chancery) A prerogative process empowering certain commissioners to take and hold a defendant's property and receive the rents and profits thereof, until he clears himself of a contempt or performs a decree of the court. (c) (Eccl. Law) A kind of execution for a rent, as in the case of a beneficed clerk, of the profits of a benefice, till he shall have satisfied some debt established by decree; the gathering up of the fruits of a benefice during a vacancy, for the use of the next incumbent; the disposing of the goods, by the ordinary, of one who is dead, whose estate no man will meddle with. Craig. Tomlins. Wharton. (d) (Internat. Law) The seizure of the property of an individual for the use of the state; particularly applied to the seizure, by a belligerent power, of debts due from its subjects to the enemy. Burrill. 2. The state of being separated or set aside; separation; retirement; seclusion from society.
Since Henry Monmouth first began to reign, . . . Shak. 3. Disunion; disjunction.
This loathsome sequestration have I had.
[ Obsolete] Boyle.
Sequestrator noun [ Latin , one that hinders or impedes.] (Law) (a) One who sequesters property, or takes the possession of it for a time, to satisfy a demand out of its rents or profits. (b) One to whom the keeping of sequestered property is committed.
; plural Sequestra
. [ New Latin See Sequester
.] (Medicine) A portion of dead bone which becomes separated from the sound portion, as in necrosis.
[ French sequin
, Italian zecchino
, from zecca
the mint, from Arabic sekkah
, a die, a stamp. Confer Zechin
.] An old gold coin of Italy and Turkey. It was first struck at Venice about the end of the 13th century, and afterward in the other Italian cities, and by the Levant trade was introduced into Turkey. It is worth about 9s. 3d. sterling, or about $2.25. The different kinds vary somewhat in value.
[ Written also chequin
, and zequin
Sequoia noun [ New Latin So called by Dr. Endlicher in honor of Sequoyah , who invented the Cherokee alphabet.] (Botany) A genus of coniferous trees, consisting of two species, Sequoia Washingtoniana , syn. S. gigantea , the "big tree" of California, and S. sempervirens , the redwood, both of which attain an immense height.
Sequoiëne noun (Chemistry) A hydrocarbon (C 13 H 10 ) obtained in white fluorescent crystals, in the distillation products of the needles of the California "big tree" ( Sequoia gigantea ).
Sérac noun [ French (in the Alps), orig., a kind of solid cheese.] A pinnacle of ice among the crevasses of a glacier; also, one of the blocks into which a glacier breaks on a steep grade.
[ Italian serraglio
, originally, an inclosure of palisades, afterwards also, a palace, seraglio (by confusion with Persian serāï
a a palace, an entirely different word), from serrare
to shut, from Late Latin serra
a bar for fastening doors, Latin sera
. See Serry
.] 1. An inclosure; a place of separation.
I went to the Ghetto, where the Jews dwell as in a suburb, by themselves. I passed by the piazza Judea, where their seraglio begins. Evelyn. 2. The palace of the Grand Seignior, or Turkish sultan, at Constantinople, inhabited by the sultan himself, and all the officers and dependents of his court. In it are also kept the females of the harem. 3. A harem; a place for keeping wives or concubines; sometimes, loosely, a place of licentious pleasure; a house of debauchery.
[ Persian serāï
, or sarā
ï, a palace, a king's court, a seraglio, an inn. Confer Caravansary
.] A palace; a seraglio; also, in the East, a place for the accommodation of travelers; a caravansary, or rest house.
Seralbumen noun (Physiol. CHem.) Serum albumin.
Serang noun [ Persian sarhang a commander.] The boatswain of a Lascar or East Ondian crew.
Serape noun [ Spanish Amer. sarape .] A blanket or shawl worn as an outer garment by the Spanish Americans, as in Mexico.
, Hebrew Seraphim
. [ Hebrew serāphim
, plural] One of an order of celestial beings, each having three pairs of wings. In ecclesiastical art and in poetry, a seraph is represented as one of a class of angels. Isa. vi. 2.
As full, as perfect, in vile man that mourns, Pope. Seraph moth (Zoology)
As the rapt seraph that adores and burns.
, any one of numerous species of geometrid moths of the genus Lobophora , having the hind wings deeply bilobed, so that they seem to have six wings.
Seraphic, Seraphical adjective [ Confer French séraphique .] Of or pertaining to a seraph; becoming, or suitable to, a seraph; angelic; sublime; pure; refined. " Seraphic arms and trophies." Milton. " Seraphical fervor." Jer. Taylor. -- Se*raph"ic*al*ly , adverb -- Se*raph"ic*al*ness , noun
Seraphicism noun The character, quality, or state of a seraph; seraphicalness. [ R.] Cudworth.
Seraphim noun The Hebrew plural of Seraph . Confer Cherubim .
» The double plural form seraphims
is sometimes used, as in the King James version of the Bible, Isa. vi. 2 and 6.
Seraphina noun [ New Latin ] A seraphine.
[ From Seraph
.] (Mus.) A wind instrument whose sounding parts are reeds, consisting of a thin tongue of brass playing freely through a slot in a plate. It has a case, like a piano, and is played by means of a similar keybord, the bellows being worked by the foot. The melodeon is a portable variety of this instrument.
Serapis noun [ Latin , from Greek ........., ..........] (Myth.) An Egyptian deity, at first a symbol of the Nile, and so of fertility; later, one of the divinities of the lower world. His worship was introduced into Greece and Rome.
Seraskier noun [ Turk., from Persian ser head, chief + Arabic 'asker an army.] A general or commander of land forces in the Turkish empire; especially, the commander-in-chief of minister of war.
Seraskierate noun The office or authority of a seraskier.
Serbonian adjective Relating to the lake of Serbonis in Egypt, which by reason of the sand blowing into it had a deceptive appearance of being solid land, but was a bog.
A gulf profound as that Serbonian bog . . . Milton.
Where armies whole have sunk.