Ventuse Ven"tuse transitive verb & i. See Ventouse . [ Obsolete]
Venue Ven"ue noun
[ French venue
a coming, arrival, from venir
to come, Latin venire
; hence, in English, the place whither the jury are summoned to come. See Come
, and confer Venew
.] 1. (Law) A neighborhood or near place; the place or county in which anything is alleged to have happened; also, the place where an action is laid.
The twelve men who are to try the cause must be of the same venue where the demand is made. Blackstone.
» In certain cases, the court has power to change the venue
, which is to direct the trial to be had in a different county from that where the venue
is laid. 2. A bout; a hit; a turn. See Venew .
[ R.] To lay a venue (Law)
, to allege a place.
Venule Ven"ule noun [ Latin venula , dim. from vena vein.] A small vein; a veinlet; specifically (Zoology) , one of the small branches of the veins of the wings in insects.
Venulose Ven"u·lose` adjective Full of venules, or small veins.
Venus Ve"nus noun [ Latin Venus , - eris , the goddess of love, the planet Venus.] 1. (Class. Myth.) The goddess of beauty and love, that is, beauty or love deified. 2. (Anat.) One of the planets, the second in order from the sun, its orbit lying between that of Mercury and that of the Earth, at a mean distance from the sun of about 67,000,000 miles. Its diameter is 7,700 miles, and its sidereal period 224.7 days. As the morning star, it was called by the ancients Lucifer ; as the evening star, Hesperus . 3. (Alchem.) The metal copper; -- probably so designated from the ancient use of the metal in making mirrors, a mirror being still the astronomical symbol of the planet Venus. [ Archaic] 4. (Zoology) Any one of numerous species of marine bivalve shells of the genus Venus or family Veneridæ . Many of these shells are large, and ornamented with beautiful frills; others are smooth, glossy, and handsomely colored. Some of the larger species, as the round clam, or quahog, are valued for food. Venus's basin (Botany) , the wild teasel; -- so called because the connate leaf bases form a kind of receptacle for water, which was formerly gathered for use in the toilet. Also called Venus's bath . -- Venus's basket (Zoology) , an elegant, cornucopia-shaped, hexactinellid sponge ( Euplectella speciosa ) native of the East Indies. It consists of glassy, transparent, siliceous fibers interwoven and soldered together so as to form a firm network, and has long, slender, divergent anchoring fibers at the base by means of which it stands erect in the soft mud at the bottom of the sea. Called also Venus's flower basket , and Venus's purse . -- Venus's comb . (a) (Botany) Same as Lady's comb . (b) (Zoology) A species of Murex ( M. tenuispinus ). It has a long, tubular canal, with a row of long, slender spines along both of its borders, and rows of similar spines covering the body of the shell. Called also Venus's shell . -- Venus's fan (Zoology) , a common reticulated, fanshaped gorgonia ( Gorgonia flabellum ) native of Florida and the West Indies. When fresh the color is purple or yellow, or a mixture of the two. -- Venus's flytrap . (Botany) See Flytrap , 2. -- Venus's girdle (Zoology) , a long, flat, ribbonlike, very delicate, transparent and iridescent ctenophore ( Cestum Veneris ) which swims in the open sea. Its form is due to the enormous development of two spheromeres. See Illust. in Appendix. -- Venus's hair (Botany) , a delicate and graceful fern ( Adiantum Capillus-Veneris ) having a slender, black and shining stem and branches. -- Venus's hair stone (Min.) , quartz penetrated by acicular crystals of rutile. -- Venus's looking-glass (Botany) , an annual plant of the genus Specularia allied to the bellflower; -- also called lady's looking-glass . -- Venus's navelwort (Botany) , any one of several species of Omphalodes , low boraginaceous herbs with small blue or white flowers. -- Venus's pride (Botany) , an old name for Quaker ladies. See under Quaker . -- Venus's purse . (Zoology) Same as Venus's basket , above. -- Venus's shell . (Zoology) (a) Any species of Cypræa; a cowrie. (b) Same as Venus's comb , above. (c) Same as Venus , 4. -- Venus's slipper . (a) (Botany) Any plant of the genus Cypripedium . See Lady's slipper . (b) (Zoology) Any heteropod shell of the genus Carinaria . See Carinaria .
Venust Ve·nust" adjective [ Latin venustus , from Venus the goddess of love.] Beautiful. [ R.] E. Waterhouse.
Veracious Ve·ra"cious adjective
[ Latin verax
, - acis
, from verus
true. See Very
.] 1. Observant of truth; habitually speaking truth; truthful; as, veracious historian.
The Spirit is most perfectly and absolutely veracious . Barrow. 2. Characterized by truth; not false; as, a veracious account or narrative.
The young, ardent soul that enters on this world with heroic purpose, with veracious insight, will find it a mad one. Carlyle.
Veraciously Ve·ra"cious·ly adverb In a veracious manner.
Veracity Ve·rac"i·ty noun [ Confer French véracité .] The quality or state of being veracious; habitual observance of truth; truthfulness; truth; as, a man of veracity .
Veranda Ve·ran"da noun
[ A word brought by the English from India; of uncertain origin; confer Sanskrit vara......a
, Portuguese varanda
, Spanish baranda
, Malay baranda
.] (Architecture) An open, roofed gallery or portico, adjoining a dwelling house, forming an out-of-door sitting room. See Loggia .
The house was of adobe, low, with a wide veranda on the three sides of the inner court. Mrs. H. H. Jackson.
Veratralbine Ver`a·tral"bine noun (Chemistry) A yellowish amorphous alkaloid extracted from the rootstock of Veratrum album .
Veratrate Ve·ra"trate noun (Chemistry) A salt of veratric acid.
Veratria Ve·ra"tri·a noun [ New Latin ] (Chemistry) Veratrine.
Veratric Ve·ra"tric adjective (Chemistry) Pertaining to, or derived from, plants of the genus Veratrum. Veratric acid (Chemistry) , an acid occurring, together with veratrine, in the root of white hellebore ( Veratrum album ), and in sabadilla seed; -- extracted as a white crystalline substance which is related to protocatechuic acid.
Veratrina Ver`a·tri"na noun [ New Latin ] (Chemistry) Same as Veratrine .
Veratrine Ve·ra"trine noun [ Confer French vératrine . See Veratrum .] (Chemistry) A poisonous alkaloid obtained from the root hellebore ( Veratrum ) and from sabadilla seeds as a white crystalline powder, having an acrid, burning taste. It is sometimes used externally, as in ointments, in the local treatment of neuralgia and rheumatism. Called also veratria , and veratrina .
Veratrol Ve·ra"trol noun [ Veratric + ol .] (Chemistry) A liquid hydrocarbon obtained by the decomposition of veratric acid, and constituting the dimethyl ether of pyrocatechin.
Veratrum Ve·ra"trum noun [ Latin veratrum hellebore.] (Botany) A genus of coarse liliaceous herbs having very poisonous qualities. » Veratrum album of Europe, and Veratrum viride of America, are both called hellebore . They grow in wet land, have large, elliptical, plicate leaves in three vertical ranks, and bear panicles of greenish flowers.
Verb Verb noun [ French verbe , Latin verbum a word, verb. See Word .] 1. A word; a vocable. [ Obsolete] South. 2. (Gram.) A word which affirms or predicates something of some person or thing; a part of speech expressing being, action, or the suffering of action. » A verb is a word whereby the chief action of the mind [ the assertion or the denial of a proposition] finds expression. Earle. Active verb , Auxiliary verb , Neuter verb , etc. See Active , Auxiliary , Neuter , etc.
Verbal Ver"bal adjective
[ French, from Latin verbalis
. See Verb
.] 1. Expressed in words, whether spoken or written, but commonly in spoken words; hence, spoken; oral; not written; as, a verbal contract; verbal testimony.
Made she no verbal question? Shak.
We subjoin an engraving . . . which will give the reader a far better notion of the structure than any verbal description could convey to the mind. Mayhew. 2. Consisting in, or having to do with, words only; dealing with words rather than with the ideas intended to be conveyed; as, a verbal critic; a verbal change.
And loses, though but verbal , his reward. Milton.
Mere verbal refinements, instead of substantial knowledge. Whewell. 3. Having word answering to word; word for word; literal; as, a verbal translation. 4. Abounding with words; verbose.
[ Obsolete] Shak. 5. (Gram.) Of or pertaining to a verb; as, a verbal group; derived directly from a verb; as, a verbal noun; used in forming verbs; as, a verbal prefix. Verbal inspiration
. See under Inspiration .
-- Verbal noun (Gram.)
, a noun derived directly from a verb or verb stem; a verbal. The term is specifically applied to infinitives, and nouns ending in -ing , esp. to the latter. See Gerund , and -ing , 2. See also, Infinitive mood , under Infinitive .
Verbal Ver"bal noun (Gram.) A noun derived from a verb.
Verbalism Ver"bal·ism noun Something expressed verbally; a verbal remark or expression.
Verbalist Ver"bal·ist noun A literal adherent to, or a minute critic of, words; a literalist.
Verbality Ver·bal"i·ty noun The quality or state of being verbal; mere words; bare literal expression. [ R.] "More verbality than matter." Bp. Hall.
Verbalization Ver`bal·i·za"tion noun The act of verbalizing, or the state of being verbalized.
Verbalize Ver"bal·ize transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Verbalized ; present participle & verbal noun Verbalizing .] [ Confer French verbaliser .] To convert into a verb; to verbify.
Verbalize Ver"bal·ize intransitive verb To be verbose.
Verbally Ver"bal·ly adverb 1. In a verbal manner; orally. 2. Word for word; verbatim. Dryden.
Verbarian Ver·ba"ri·an adjective Of or pertaining to words; verbal. [ R.] Coleridge.
Verbarian Ver·ba"ri·an noun One who coins words.
Southey gives himself free scope as a verbarian . Fitzed. Hall.
Verbarium Ver·ba"ri·um noun [ New Latin , from Latin verbum word.] A game in word making. See Logomachy , 2.
Verbatim Ver·ba"tim adverb [ Late Latin , from Latin verbum word.] Word for word; in the same words; verbally; as, to tell a story verbatim as another has related it. Verbatim et literatim [ Late Latin ], word for word, and letter for letter.
Verbena Ver·be"na noun [ Latin See Vervain .] (Botany) A genus of herbaceous plants of which several species are extensively cultivated for the great beauty of their flowers; vervain. » Verbena, or vervain, was used by the Greeks, the Romans, and the Druids, in their sacred rites. Brewer. Essence of verbena , Oil of verbena , a perfume prepared from the lemon verbena; also, a similar perfume properly called grass oil . See Grass oil , under Grass . -- Lemon , or Sweet , verbena , a shrubby verbenaceous plant ( Lippia citriodora ), with narrow leaves which exhale a pleasant, lemonlike fragrance when crushed.
Verbenaceous Ver`be·na"ceous adjective (Botany) Of or pertaining to a natural order ( Verbenaceæ ) of gamopetalous plants of which Verbena is the type. The order includes also the black and white mangroves, and many plants noted for medicinal use or for beauty of bloom.
Verbenate Ver"be·nate transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Verbenated ; present participle & verbal noun Verbenating .] [ Latin verbenatus crowned with a wreath of sacred boughs. See Verbena .] To strew with verbena, or vervain, as in ancient sacrifices and rites.
Verberate Ver"ber·ate transitive verb [ Latin verberatus , past participle of verberare to beat, from verber a lash, a whip.] To beat; to strike. [ Obsolete] "The sound . . . rebounds again and verberates the skies." Mir. for Mag.
Verberation Ver`ber·a"tion noun [ Latin verberatio : confer French verbération .] 1. The act of verberating; a beating or striking. Arbuthnot. 2. The impulse of a body; which causes sound. [ R.]
Verbiage Ver"bi·age noun
[ French verbiage
, from Old French verbe
a word. See Verb
.] The use of many words without necessity, or with little sense; a superabundance of words; verbosity; wordiness.
Verbiage may indicate observation, but not thinking. W. Irving.
This barren verbiage current among men. Tennyson.
Verbify Verb"i·fy transitive verb [ Verb + - fy .] To make into a verb; to use as a verb; to verbalize. [ R.] Earle.
Verbigerate Ver·big"er·ate intransitive verb [ imperfect & past participle -ated ; present participle & verbal noun -ating .] [ Latin verbigerate , -atum , to talk.] 1. To talk; chat. [ Obsolete] 2. (Medicine) To repeat a word or sentence, in speaking or writing, without wishing to do so or in spite of efforts to cease. -- Ver*big`er*a"tion noun
Verbose Ver·bose" adjective
[ Latin verbosus
, from verbum
a word. See Verb
.] Abounding in words; using or containing more words than are necessary; tedious by a multiplicity of words; prolix; wordy; as, a verbose speaker; a verbose argument.
Too verbose in their way of speaking. Ayliffe.
Verbosity Ver·bos"i·ty noun
; plural Verbosities
. [ Latin verbositas
: confer French verbosité
.] The quality or state of being verbose; the use of more words than are necessary; prolixity; wordiness; verbiage.
The worst fault, by far, is the extreme diffuseness and verbosity of his style. Jeffrey.
Verd Verd noun [ See Vert , Verdant .] 1. (Eng. Forest Law) (a) The privilege of cutting green wood within a forest for fuel. (b) The right of pasturing animals in a forest. Burrill. 2. Greenness; freshness. [ Obsolete] Nares.
Verd antique Verd` an·tique" [ French vert antique a kind of marble; verd , vert , green + antique ancient: confer Italian verde antico .] (Min.) (a) A mottled-green serpentine marble. (b) A green porphyry called oriental verd antique .
Verdancy Ver"dan·cy noun The quality or state of being verdant.
Verdant Ver"dant adjective
[ French verdoyant
, present participle of verdoyer
to be verdant, to grow green, Old French verdoier
, from verd
, green, from Latin viridis
green, from virere
to be green: confer Old French verdant
verdant, Latin viridans
, present participle of viridare
to make green. Confer Farthingale
.] 1. Covered with growing plants or grass; green; fresh; flourishing; as, verdant fields; a verdant lawn.
Let the earth Milton. 2. Unripe in knowledge or judgment; unsophisticated; raw; green; as, a verdant youth.
Put forth the verdant grass.
Verdantly Ver"dant·ly adverb In a verdant manner.
Verderer, Verderor Ver"der·er, Ver"der·or noun [ French verdier , Late Latin viridarius , from Latin viridis green.] (Eng. Forest Law) An officer who has the charge of the king's forest, to preserve the vert and venison, keep the assizes, view, receive, and enroll attachments and presentments of all manner of trespasses. Blackstone.
Verdict Ver"dict noun
[ Middle English verdit
, Old French verdit
, Late Latin verdictum
; Latin vere
truly (fr. verus
true) + dictum
a saying, a word, from dicere
, dictum, to say. See Very
, and Dictum
.] 1. (Law) The answer of a jury given to the court concerning any matter of fact in any cause, civil or criminal, committed to their examination and determination; the finding or decision of a jury on the matter legally submitted to them in the course of the trial of a cause.
» The decision of a judge or referee, upon an issue of fact, is not called a verdict
, but a finding
, or a finding of fact
. Abbott. 2. Decision; judgment; opinion pronounced; as, to be condemned by the verdict of the public.
These were enormities condemned by the most natural verdict of common humanity. South.
Two generations have since confirmed the verdict which was pronounced on that night. Macaulay.
Verdigris Ver"di·gris noun [ French vert-de-gris , apparently from verd , vert , green + de of + gris gray, but really a corruption of Late Latin viride aeris (equivalent to Latin aerugo ), from Latin viridis green + aes , aeris , brass. See Verdant , and 2d Ore .] 1. (Chemistry) A green poisonous substance used as a pigment and drug, obtained by the action of acetic acid on copper, and consisting essentially of a complex mixture of several basic copper acetates. 2. The green rust formed on copper. [ Colloq.] » This rust is a carbonate of copper, and should not be confounded with true verdigris. U. S. Disp. Blue verdigris (Chemistry) , a verdigris having a blue color, used a pigment, etc. -- Distilled verdigris (Old Chem.) , an acid copper acetate; -- so called because the acetic acid used in making it was obtained from distilled vinegar. -- Verdigris green , clear bluish green, the color of verdigris.
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