Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Thecal adjective Of or pertaining to a theca; as, a thecal abscess.
+ Greek ... to bear: confer French thécaphore
.] (Botany) (a) A surface or organ bearing a theca, or covered with thecæ. (b) See Basigynium .
Thecasporous adjective (Botany) Having the spores in thecæ, or cases.
Thecata noun plural
[ New Latin , from Greek ... a case.] (Zoology) Same as Thecophora .
Thecla noun Any one of many species of small delicately colored butterflies belonging to Thecla and allied genera; -- called also hairstreak , and elfin .
Thecodactyl noun [ ... case + ... finger.] (Zoology) Any one of a group of lizards of the Gecko tribe, having the toes broad, and furnished with a groove in which the claws can be concealed.
Thecodont adjective [ Greek ... a case + ..., ..., a tooth.]
1. (Anat.) Having the teeth inserted in sockets in the alveoli of the jaws. 2. (Paleon.) Of or pertaining to the thecodonts.
Thecodont noun (Paleon.) One of the Thecodontia.
Thecodontia noun plural [ New Latin ] (Paleon.) A group of fossil saurians having biconcave vertebræ and the teeth implanted in sockets.
Thecophora noun plural
[ New Latin , from Greek ... a case + ... to bear.] (Zoology) A division of hydroids comprising those which have the hydranths in thecæ and the gonophores in capsules. The campanularians and sertularians are examples. Called also Thecata . See Illust. under Hydroidea .
Thecosomata noun plural
[ New Latin See Theca
, and Soma
.] (Zoology) An order of Pteropoda comprising those species which have a shell. See Pteropoda .
-- The`co*so"ma*tous adjective
to prosper + -dom
.] Success; fortune; luck; chance.
Evil thedom on his monk's snout. Chaucer.
Thee intransitive verb
[ Anglo-Saxon ...eón
; akin to Old Saxon thīhan
, D. ge dijen
, G. ge deihen
, Old High German gi dihan
, Goth. ...eihan
, Lithuanian tekti
to fall to the lot of. Confer Tight
] To thrive; to prosper.
[ Obsolete] "He shall never thee
Well mote thee , as well can wish your thought. Spenser.
[ Anglo-Saxon ðē
, acc. & dat. of ðū
thou. See Thou
.] The objective case of thou . See Thou .
» Thee is poetically used for thyself
, as him
This sword hath ended him; so shall it thee, Shak.
Unless thou yield thee as my prisoner.
[ Middle English thefte
, Anglo-Saxon þiéfðe
. See Thief
.] 1. (Law) The act of stealing; specifically, the felonious taking and removing of personal property, with an intent to deprive the rightful owner of the same; larceny.
» To constitute theft there must be a taking without the owner's consent, and it must be unlawful or felonious; every part of the property stolen must be removed, however slightly, from its former position; and it must be, at least momentarily, in the complete possession of the thief. See Larceny
, and the Note under Robbery
. 2. The thing stolen.
If the theft be certainly found in his hand alive, . . . he shall restore double. Ex. xxii. 4.
Theftbote noun [ Theft + bote compensation.] (Law) The receiving of a man's goods again from a thief, or a compensation for them, by way of composition, with the intent that the thief shall escape punishment.
Thegn noun Thane. See Thane . E. A. Freeman.
Thegnhood noun Thanehood. E. A. Freeman.
Theiform adjective [ New Latin thea tea, the tea plant + -form : confer French théiforme .] Having the form of tea.
[ French théine
, from New Latin thea
. See Theiform
.] (Chemistry) See Caffeine . Called also theina .
Their pron. & adjective
[ Middle English thair
, from Icelandic þeirra
, of them, but properly gen. plural of the definite article; akin to Anglo-Saxon ðāra
, gen. plural of the definite article, or from Anglo-Saxon ðǣra
, influenced by the Scandinavian use. See That
.] The possessive case of the personal pronoun they ; as, their houses; their country.
» The possessive takes the form theirs
when the noun to which it refers is not expressed, but implied or understood; as, our land is richest, but theirs
is best cultivated.
Nothing but the name of zeal appears Denham.
'Twixt our best actions and the worst of theirs .
[ From Greek ... God; probably akin to ... to pray for, ... spoken by God, decreed: confer French théisme
. Confer Enthusiasm
.] The belief or acknowledgment of the existence of a God, as opposed to atheism , pantheism , or polytheism .
Theism (thē"ĭz'm) noun [ New Latin & English thea tea + -ism .] (Medicine) The morbid condition resulting from the excessive use of tea.
[ Confer French théiste
. See Theism
.] One who believes in the existence of a God; especially, one who believes in a personal God; -- opposed to atheist .
Theistic, Theistical adjective Of or pertaining to theism, or a theist; according to the doctrine of theists.
Thelphusian noun [ Greek ... nipple + ... to blow, to puff.] (Zoology) One of a tribe of fresh-water crabs which live in or on the banks of rivers in tropical countries.
Thelytokous (the*lĭt"o*kŭs) adjective [ Greek qh^lys female + to`kos a bringing forth.] (Zoology) Producing females only; -- said of certain female insects.
[ Anglo-Saxon ðǣm
, dat. plural of the article, but influenced by the Scand. use of the corresponding form þeim
as a personal pronoun. See They
.] The objective case of they. See They .
Go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. Matt. xxv. 9.
Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father. Matt. xxv. 34.
is poetically used for themselves
, as him
Little stars may hide them when they list. Shak.
[ Greek ...: confer French thématique
.] 1. (Gram.) Of or pertaining to the theme of a word. See Theme , noun , 4. 2. (Mus.) Of or pertaining to a theme, or subject. Thematic catalogue (Mus.)
, a catalogue of musical works which, besides the title and other particulars, gives in notes the theme, or first few measures, of the whole work or of its several movements.
[ Middle English teme
, Old French teme
, French thème
, Latin thema
, Greek ..., from ... to set, place. See Do
, and confer Thesis
.] 1. A subject or topic on which a person writes or speaks; a proposition for discussion or argument; a text.
My theme is alway one and ever was. Chaucer.
And when a soldier was the theme , my name Shak. 2. Discourse on a certain subject.
Was not far off.
Then ran repentance and rehearsed his theme . Piers Plowman.
It was the subject of my theme . Shak. 3. A composition or essay required of a pupil. Locke. 4. (Gram.) A noun or verb, not modified by inflections; also, that part of a noun or verb which remains unchanged (except by euphonic variations) in declension or conjugation; stem. 5. That by means of which a thing is done; means; instrument.
[ Obsolete] Swift. 6. (Mus.) The leading subject of a composition or a movement.
Themis noun [ Latin , from Greek ..., from ... that which is laid down or established by usage, law, probably from ... to set, place.] (Gr. Myth.) The goddess of law and order; the patroness of existing rights.
[ Originally the same word as than
. See Than
.] 1. At that time (referring to a time specified, either past or future).
And the Canaanite was then in the land. Gen. xii. 6.
Now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. 1 Cor. xiii. 12. 2. Soon afterward, or immediately; next; afterward.
First be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift. Matt. v. 24. 3. At another time; later; again.
One while the master is not aware of what is done, and then in other cases it may fall out to be own act. L'Estrange. By then
. (a) By that time. (b) By the time that.
But that opinion, I trust, by then this following argument hath been well read, will be left for one of the mysteries of an indulgent Antichrist. Milton. Now and then
. See under Now , adverb
-- Till then
, until that time; until the time mentioned. Milton.
is often used elliptically, like an adjective, for then existing
; as, the then
Then conj. 1. Than.
[ Obsolete] Spenser. 2. In that case; in consequence; as a consequence; therefore; for this reason.
If all this be so, then man has a natural freedom. Locke.
Now, then , be all thy weighty cares away. Dryden. Syn.
-- Therefore. Then
. Both these words are used in reasoning; but therefore
takes the lead, while then
is rather subordinate or incidental. Therefore
states reasons and draws inferences in form; then
, to a great extent, takes the point as proved, and passes on to the general conclusion. " Therefore
being justified by faith, we have peace with God." Rom. v. 1.
faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." Rom. x. 17.
Thenadays adverb At that time; then; in those days; -- correlative to nowadays . [ R.]
Thenal, Thenar adjective [ New Latin , from Greek ....] (Anat.) Of or pertaining to the thenar; corresponding to thenar; palmar.
Thenar noun (Anat.) (a) The palm of the hand. (b) The prominence of the palm above the base of the thumb; the thenar eminence; the ball of the thumb. Sometimes applied to the corresponding part of the foot.
Thenardite noun [ Named after the French chemist, Latin J. Thénard .] (Min.) Anhydrous sodium sulphate, a mineral of a white or brown color and vitreous luster.
[ Middle English thenne
, and (with the adverbal -s
; see -wards
, now written thence
), Anglo-Saxon ðanon
; akin to Old High German dannana
, and G. von dannen
, English that
. See That
.] 1. From that place.
"Bid him thence
When ye depart thence , shake off the dust under your feet for a testimony against them. Mark vi. 11.
» It is not unusual, though pleonastic, to use from
. Confer Hence
Then I will send, and fetch thee from thence . Gen. xxvii. 45. 2. From that time; thenceforth; thereafter.
There shall be no more thence an infant of days. Isa. lxv. 20. 3. For that reason; therefore.
Not to sit idle with so great a gift Milton. 4. Not there; elsewhere; absent.
Useless, and thence ridiculous, about him.
[ Poetic] Shak.
Thenceforth adverb From that time; thereafter.
If the salt have lost his savor, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing. Matt. v. 13.
This word is sometimes preceded by from
, -- a redundancy sanctioned by custom. Chaucer. John. xix. 12.
Thenceforward adverb From that time onward; thenceforth.
Thencefrom adverb From that place. [ Obsolete]
[ New Latin , from Greek ... a god + ... food, from ... to eat: confer French théobrome
.] (Botany) A genus of small trees. See Cacao .
Theobromic adjective (Chemistry) Of, pertaining to, or designating, an acid extracted from cacao butter (from the Theobroma Cacao ), peanut oil (from Arachis hypogæa ), etc., as a white waxy crystalline substance.
Theobromine noun (Chemistry) An alkaloidal ureide, C 7 H 8 N 4 O 2 , homologous with and resembling caffeine, produced artificially, and also extracted from cacao and chocolate (from Theobroma Cacao ) as a bitter white crystalline substance; -- called also dimethyl xanthine .
Theochristic adjective [ Greek ...; ... God + ... anointed, from ... to anoint.] Anointed by God.
[ Greek ...; ... God + ... to be strong, to rule, from ... strength: confer French théocratie
. See Theism
, and confer Democracy
.] 1. Government of a state by the immediate direction or administration of God; hence, the exercise of political authority by priests as representing the Deity. 2. The state thus governed, as the Hebrew commonwealth before it became a kingdom.
[ Greek ... union of the soul with God; ... God + ... a mixing, akin to ... to mix.] 1. A mixture of the worship of different gods, as of Jehovah and idols.
This syncretistic theocracy by no means excludes in him [ Solomon] the proper service of idols. J. Murphy. 2. (Philos.) An intimate union of the soul with God in contemplation, -- an ideal of the Neoplatonists and of some Oriental mystics.
Theocrat noun One who lives under a theocratic form of government; one who in civil affairs conforms to divine law.
Theocratic, Theocratical adjective [ Confer French théocratique .] Of or pertaining to a theocracy; administred by the immediate direction of God; as, the theocratical state of the Israelites.