Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Testificator noun [ New Latin ] A testifier.
Testifier noun One who testifies; one who gives testimony, or bears witness to prove anything; a witness.
Testify intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Testified
; present participle & verbal noun Testifying
.] [ Old French testifier
, Latin testificari
a witness + -ficare
(in comp.) to make. See - fy
, and confer Attest
.] 1. To make a solemn declaration, verbal or written, to establish some fact; to give testimony for the purpose of communicating to others a knowledge of something not known to them.
Jesus . . . needed not that any should testify of man, for he knew what was in man. John ii. 25. 2. (Law) To make a solemn declaration under oath or affirmation, for the purpose of establishing, or making proof of, some fact to a court; to give testimony in a cause depending before a tribunal.
One witness shall not testify against any person to cause him to die. Num. xxxv. 30. 3. To declare a charge; to protest; to give information; to bear witness; -- with against .
O Israel, . . . I will testify against thee. Ps. l. 7.
I testified against them in the day wherein they sold victuals. Neh. xiii. 15.
Testify transitive verb 1. To bear witness to; to support the truth of by testimony; to affirm or declare solemny.
We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness. John iii. 11. 2. (Law) To affirm or declare under oath or affirmation before a tribunal, in order to prove some fact.
Testify adverb In a testy manner; fretfully; peevishly; with petulance.
[ Confer Old French testimoniale
, Late Latin testimonialis
, Latin testimoniales
). See Testimonial
] 1. A writing or certificate which bears testimony in favor of one's character, good conduct, ability, etc., or of the value of a thing. 2. Something, as money or plate, presented to a preson as a token of respect, or of obligation for services rendered.
Testimonial adjective [ Latin testimonialis : confer French testimonial .] Relating to, or containing, testimony.
; plural Testimonies
. [ Latin testimonium
, from testis
a witness: confer Old French testimoine
. See Testify
.] 1. A solemn declaration or affirmation made for the purpose of establishing or proving some fact.
» Such declaration, in judicial proceedings, may be verbal or written, but must be under oath or affirmation. 2. Affirmation; declaration; as, these doctrines are supported by the uniform testimony of the fathers; the belief of past facts must depend on the evidence of human testimony , or the testimony of historians. 3. Open attestation; profession.
[ Thou] for the testimony of truth, hast borne Milton. 4. Witness; evidence; proof of some fact.
When ye depart thence, shake off the dust under your feet for a testimony against them. Mark vi. 11. 5. (Jewish Antiq.) The two tables of the law.
Thou shalt put into the ark the testimony which I shall give thee. Ex. xxv. 16. 6. Hence, the whole divine revelation; the sacre... Scriptures.
The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. Ps. xix. 7. Syn.
-- Proof; evidence; attestation; witness; affirmation; confirmation; averment. -- Testimony
is the most familiar, and is used more frequently (though not exclusively) of facts and things which occur in the ordinary concerns of life. Evidence
is a word of more dignity, and is more generally applied to that which is moral or intellectual; as, the evidences
of Christianity, etc. Testimony
is what is deposed to by a witness on oath or affirmation. When used figuratively or in a wider sense, the word testimony
has still a reference to some living agent as its author, as when we speak of the testimony
of conscience, or of doing a thing in testimony
of our affection, etc. Testimony
refers rather to the thing declared, evidence
to its value or effect. "To conform our language more to common use, we ought to divide arguments into demonstrations, proofs
, and probabilities; ba proofs
, meaning such arguments from experience as leave no room for doubt or opposition." Hume.
of sense is the first and highest kind of evidence
of which human nature is capable." Bp. Wilkins.
of everything must be by the testimony
of such as the parties produce." Spenser.
Testimony transitive verb To witness; to attest; to prove by testimony. [ Obsolete] Shak.
Testiness noun The quality or state of being testy; fretfulness; petulance.
Testiness is a disposition or aptness to be angry. Locke.
Testing noun Testing machine (Engineering) , a machine used in the determination of the strength of materials, as iron, stone, etc., and their behavior under strains of various kinds, as elongation, bending, crushing, etc.
1. The act of testing or proving; trial; proof. 2. (Metal.) The operation of refining gold or silver in a test , or cupel; cupellation.
; plural Testes
. [ Latin ] (Anat.) A testicle.
Teston noun A tester; a sixpence. [ Obsolete]
[ Confer Portuguese testão
. See Testoon
.] A silver coin of Portugal, worth about sixpence sterling, or about eleven cents. Homans.
[ Italian testone
. See Tester
a coin.] An Italian silver coin. The testoon of Rome is worth 1s. 3d. sterling, or about thirty cents. Homans.
[ See Testudo
.] (Zoology) Of, pertaining to, or resembling, a tortoise.
Testudinarious adjective (Zoology) Of or pertaining to the shell of a tortoise; resembling a tortoise shell; having the color or markings of a tortoise shell.
Testudinata noun plural
[ Nl. See Testudo
.] (Zoology) An order of reptiles which includes the turtles and tortoises. The body is covered by a shell consisting of an upper or dorsal shell, called the carapace , and a lower or ventral shell, called the plastron , each of which consists of several plates.
Testudinate, Testudinated adjective [ Latin testudinatus , from testudo , - inis , a tortoise, an arch or vault.] Resembling a tortoise shell in appearance or structure; roofed; arched; vaulted.
Testudineous adjective [ Latin testudineus .] Resembling the shell of a tortoise.
; plural Testudines
. [ Latin , from testa
the shell of shellfish, or of testaceous animals.] 1. (Zoology) A genus of tortoises which formerly included a large number of diverse forms, but is now restricted to certain terrestrial species, such as the European land tortoise ( Testudo Græca ) and the gopher of the Southern United States. 2. (Rom. Antiq.) A cover or screen which a body of troops formed with their shields or targets, by holding them over their heads when standing close to each other. This cover resembled the back of a tortoise, and served to shelter the men from darts, stones, and other missiles. A similar defense was sometimes formed of boards, and moved on wheels. 3. (Mus.) A kind of musical instrument. a species of lyre; -- so called in allusion to the lyre of Mercury, fabled to have been made of the shell of a tortoise.
[ Compar. Testier
; superl. Testiest
.] [ Old French testu
obstinate, headstrong, French têtu
, from Old French teste
the head, French tête
. See Test
a cupel.] Fretful; peevish; petulant; easily irritated.
Must I observe you? must I stand and crouch Shak.
Under your testy humor?
I was displeased with myself; I was testy . Latimer.
[ Confer Latin tetanicus
suffering from tetanus, Greek ..., French tétanique
.] 1. (Physiol.) Of or pertaining to tetanus; having the character of tetanus; as, a tetanic state; tetanic contraction.
This condition of muscle, this fusion of a number of simple spasms into an apparently smooth, continuous effort, is known as tetanus, or tetanic contraction. Foster. 2. (Physiol. & Med.) Producing, or tending to produce, tetanus, or tonic contraction of the muscles; as, a tetanic remedy. See Tetanic , noun
Tetanic noun (Physiol. & Med.) A substance (notably nux vomica, strychnine, and brucine) which, either as a remedy or a poison, acts primarily on the spinal cord, and which, when taken in comparatively large quantity, produces tetanic spasms or convulsions.
Tetanin noun (Physiol. Chem.) A poisonous base (ptomaine) formed in meat broth through the agency of a peculiar microbe from the wound of a person who has died of tetanus; -- so called because it produces tetanus as one of its prominent effects.
Tetanization noun (Physiol.) The production or condition of tetanus.
Tetanize transitive verb (Physiol.) To throw, as a muscle, into a state of permanent contraction; to cause tetanus in. See Tetanus , noun , 2.
Tetanoid adjective [ Tetanus + - oid .] (Med. & Physiol.) Resembling tetanus.
Tetanomotor noun (Physiol.) An instrument from tetanizing a muscle by irritating its nerve by successive mechanical shocks.
Tetanus noun [ Latin , from Greek ..., from ... stretched, ... to stretch.]
1. (Medicine) A painful and usually fatal disease, resulting generally from a wound, and having as its principal symptom persistent spasm of the voluntary muscles. When the muscles of the lower jaw are affected, it is called locked-jaw , or lickjaw , and it takes various names from the various incurvations of the body resulting from the spasm. 2. (Physiol.) That condition of a muscle in which it is in a state of continued vibratory contraction, as when stimulated by a series of induction shocks.
Tetany noun (Medicine) A morbid condition resembling tetanus, but distinguished from it by being less severe and having intermittent spasms.
Tetard noun (Zoology) A gobioid fish ( Eleotris gyrinus ) of the Southern United States; -- called also sleeper .
Tetartohedral adjective [ Greek ... fourth + ... base.] (Crystallog.) Having one fourth the number of planes which are requisite to complete symmetry. -- Te*tar`to*he"dral*ly , adverb
Tetartohedrism noun (Crystallog.) The property of being tetartohedral.
Tetaug noun (Zoology) See Tautog .
Tetchy adjective See Techy . Shak.
[ French, the head. See Tester
a covering.] A kind of wig; false hair.
[ French, head to head. See Tester
a covering, Test
a cupel.] 1. Private conversation; familiar interview or conference of two persons. 2. A short sofa intended to accomodate two persons.
Tête-Ã -tête adjective Private; confidential; familiar.
She avoided tête-Ã -tête walks with him. C. Kingsley.
Tête-Ã -tête adverb Face to face; privately or confidentially; familiarly. Prior.
; plural Têtes-de-pont
. [ French, head of a bridge.] (Mil.) A work thrown up at the end of a bridge nearest the enemy, for covering the communications across a river; a bridgehead.
Tetel noun (Zoology) A large African antelope ( Alcelaphus tora ). It has widely divergent, strongly ringed horns.
Tether noun [ Formerly tedder , Middle English tedir ; akin to LG. tider , tier , Icelandic tjō...r , Danish töir . √64.] A long rope or chain by which an animal is fastened, as to a stake, so that it can range or feed only within certain limits.
Tether transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Tethered
; present participle & verbal noun Tethering
.] To confine, as an animal, with a long rope or chain, as for feeding within certain limits.
And by a slender cord was tethered to a stone. Wordsworth.
Tether-ball noun A game played with rackets and a ball suspended by a string from an upright pole, the object of each side being to wrap the string around the pole by striking the ball in a direction opposite to the other.
[ See Tethys
.] (Zoology) A tunicate.
Tethyodea noun plural [ New Latin , from Tethys + Greek ... form.] (Zoology) A division of Tunicata including the common attached ascidians, both simple and compound. Called also Tethioidea .
Tethys noun [ New Latin , from Greek ... an oyster, or ... a kind of ascidian.] (Zoology) A genus of a large naked mollusks having a very large, broad, fringed cephalic disk, and branched dorsal gills. Some of the species become a foot long and are brilliantly colored.
[ Greek te`tra-
, from te`sares
, four. See Four
.] 1. A combining form or prefix signifying four , as in tetra basic, tetra petalous. 2. (Chemistry) A combining form (also used adjectively) denoting four proportional or combining parts of the substance or ingredient denoted by the term to which it is prefixed, as in tetra -chloride, tetr oxide.