Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Shuttlecock noun A cork stuck with feathers, which is to be struck by a battledoor in play; also, the play itself.
Shuttlecock transitive verb To send or toss to and fro; to bandy; as, to shuttlecock words. Thackeray.
Shuttlewise adverb Back and forth, like the movement of a shuttle.
[ Compar. Shier
(-ẽr) or Shyer
; superl. Shiest
.] [ Middle English schey
, Anglo-Saxon sceóh
; akin to Danish sky
, Swedish skygg
, Dutch schuw
, Middle High German schiech
, German scheu
, Old High German sciuhen
to be or make timid. Confer Eschew
.] 1. Easily frightened; timid; as, a shy bird.
The horses of the army . . . were no longer shy , but would come up to my very feet without starting. Swift. 2. Reserved; coy; disinclined to familiar approach.
What makes you so shy , my good friend? There's nobody loves you better than I. Arbuthnot.
The embarrassed look of shy distress Wordsworth. 3. Cautious; wary; suspicious.
And maidenly shamefacedness.
I am very shy of using corrosive liquors in the preparation of medicines. Boyle.
Princes are, by wisdom of state, somewhat shy of thier successors. Sir H. Wotton. To fight shy
. See under Fight , intransitive verb
Shy intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Shied
; present participle & verbal noun Shying
.] [ From Shy
] To start suddenly aside through fright or suspicion; -- said especially of horses.
Shy transitive verb To throw sidewise with a jerk; to fling; as, to shy a stone; to shy a slipper. T. Hughes.
Shy noun 1. A sudden start aside, as by a horse. 2. A side throw; a throw; a fling. Thackeray.
If Lord Brougham gets a stone in his hand, he must, it seems, have a shy at somebody. Punch.
Shy adjective Inadequately supplied; short; lacking; as, the team is shy two players. [ Slang]
Shyly adverb In a shy or timid manner; not familiarly; with reserve. [ Written also shily .]
Shyness noun The quality or state of being shy.
[ Written also shiness
Frequency in heavenly contemplation is particularly important to prevent a shyness bewtween God and thy soul. Baxter. Syn.
-- Bashfulness; reserve; coyness; timidity; diffidence. See Bashfulness
Shyster noun [ Perh. from German scheisse excrement.] A trickish knave; one who carries on any business, especially legal business, in a mean and dishonest way. [ Slang, U.S.]
Si [ Italian ] (Mus.) A syllable applied, in solmization, to the note B; more recently, to the seventh tone of any major diatonic scale. It was added to Guido's scale by Le Maire about the end of the 17th century.
Si quis [ Latin , if any one (the first words of the notice in Latin).] (Ch. of Eng.) A notification by a candidate for orders of his intention to inquire whether any impediment may be alleged against him.
Siaga noun (Zoology) The ahu, or jairou.
Sialogogue noun [ Greek si`alon saliva + ............ leading, from ......... to lead: confer French sialagogue .] (Medicine) An agent which promotes the flow of saliva.
Siamang noun [ Malay siāmang .] (Zool.) A gibbon ( Hylobates syndactylus ), native of Sumatra. It has the second and third toes partially united by a web.
Siamese adjective Of or pertaining to Siam, its native people, or their language.
Siamese noun sing. & plural
1. A native or inhabitant of Siam; plural , the people of Siam. 2. sing. The language of the Siamese.
[ Anglo-Saxon sibb
a relative. √289. See Gossip
.] A blood relation.
[ Obsolete] Nash.
Sib adjective Related by blood; akin.
[ Obsolete or Prov. Eng. & Scot.] Sir W. Scott.
Your kindred is but . . . little sib to you. Chaucer.
[ He] is no fairy birn, ne sib at all Spenser.
To elfs, but sprung of seed terrestrial.
Sibbens noun [ Etymol. uncertain.] (Medicine) A contagious disease, endemic in Scotland, resembling the yaws. It is marked by ulceration of the throat and nose and by pustules and soft fungous excrescences upon the surface of the body. In the Orkneys the name is applied to the itch. [ Written also sivvens .]
[ From Siberia
, Russian Sibire
.] Of or pertaining to Siberia, a region comprising all northern Asia and belonging to Russia; as, a Siberian winter.
-- noun A native or inhabitant of Siberia. Siberian crab (Botany)
, the Siberian crab apple. See Crab apple , under Crab .
-- Siberian dog (Zoology)
, one of a large breed of dogs having erect ears and the hair of the body and tail very long. It is distinguished for endurance of fatigue when used for the purpose of draught.
-- Siberian pea tree (Botany)
, a small leguminous tree ( Cragana arborescens ) with yellow flowers. It is a native of Siberia.
Sibilance, Sibilancy noun The quality or state of being sibilant; sibilation.
Milton would not have avoided them for their sibilancy , he who wrote . . . verses that hiss like Medusa's head in wrath. Lowell.
Sibilant adjective [ Latin sibilans , -antis , present participle of sibilare to hiss: confer French sibilant .] Making a hissing sound; uttered with a hissing sound; hissing; as, s , z , sh , and zh , are sibilant elementary sounds. -- noun A sibiliant letter.
Sibilate transitive verb & i. To pronounce with a hissing sound, like that of the letter s ; to mark with a character indicating such pronunciation.
[ Latin sibilatio
.] Utterance with a hissing sound; also, the sound itself; a hiss.
He, with a long, low sibilation , stared. Tennyson.
Sibilatory adjective Hissing; sibilant.
Sibilous adjective [ Latin sibilus .] Having a hissing sound; hissing; sibilant. [ R.] Pennant.
Sibyl noun [ Latin sibylla , Greek .............]
1. (Class. Antiq.) A woman supposed to be endowed with a spirit of prophecy. » The number of the sibyls is variously stated by different authors; but the opinion of Varro, that there were ten, is generally adopted. They dwelt in various parts of Persia, Greece, and Italy. 2. A female fortune teller; a pythoness; a prophetess. "An old highland sibyl ." Sir W. Scott.
Sibylist noun One who believes in a sibyl or the sibylline prophecies. Cudworth.
[ Latin sibyllinus
.] Pertaining to the sibyls; uttered, written, or composed by sibyls; like the productions of sibyls. Sibylline books
. (a) (Rom. Antiq.) Books or documents of prophecies in verse concerning the fate of the Roman empire, said to have been purchased by Tarquin the Proud from a sibyl. (b) Certain Jewish and early Christian writings purporting to have been prophetic and of sibylline origin. They date from 100 b. c. to a.d. 500.
Sic adjective Such. [ Scot.]
Sic adverb [ Latin ] Thus. » This word is sometimes inserted in a quotation [ sic ], to call attention to the fact that some remarkable or inaccurate expression, misspelling, or the like, is literally reproduced.
Sicca noun [ Arabic sikka .] A seal; a coining die; -- used adjectively to designate the silver currency of the Mogul emperors, or the Indian rupee of 192 grains. Sicca rupee , an East Indian coin, valued nominally at about two shillings sterling, or fifty cents.
Siccate transitive verb [ Latin siccatus , past participle of siccare to dry, from siecus dry.] To dry. [ R.]
Siccation noun [ Latin siccatio .] The act or process of drying. [ R.] Bailey.
Siccative adjective [ Latin siccativus .] Drying; causing to dry. -- noun That which promotes drying.
[ Latin siccificus
dry + facere
to make. See -fy
.] Causing dryness.
[ Latin siccitas
, from siccus
dry.] Dryness; aridity; destitution of moisture.
The siccity and dryness of its flesh. Sir T. Browne.
[ French six
, from Latin sex
six. See Six
.] The number six at dice.
[ Latin sicera
. See Cider
.] A strong drink; cider.
[ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Sich adjective Such. [ Obsolete or Colloq.] Spenser.
Sicilian adjective Of or pertaining to Sicily or its inhabitants. Sicilian vespers , the great massacre of the French in Sicily, in the year 1282, on the evening of Easter Monday, at the hour of vespers.
Sicilian noun A native or inhabitant of Sicily.
Siciliano noun [ Italian , Sicilian.] A Sicilian dance, resembling the pastorale, set to a rather slow and graceful melody in 12-8 or 6-8 measure; also, the music to the dance.
Sicilienne noun [ French, fem. of sicilien Sicilian.] A kind of rich poplin.