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1828 edition of Webster's American Dictionary of the English Language

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vicount

VI'COUNT, n. [vice-comes.]

1. In law books, the sheriff.

2. A degree of nobility next below a count or earl. [See Viscount.]

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follow

FOL'LOW, v.t.

1. To go after or behind; to walk, ride or move behind, but in the same direction. Soldiers will usually follow a brave officer.

2. To pursue; to chase; as an enemy, or as game.

3. To accompany; to attend in a journey.

And Rebekah arose, and her damsels, and they rode on the camels, and followed the man. Gen. 24.

4. To accompany; to be of the same company; to attend, for any purpose. Luke 5.

5. To succeed in order of time; to come after; as a storm is followed by a calm.

Signs following signs lead on the mighty year.

6. To be consequential; to result from, as effect from a cause. Intemperance is often followed by disease or poverty, or by both.

7. To result from, as an inference or deduction. It follows from these facts that the accused is guilty.

8. To pursue with the eye; to keep the eyes fixed on a moving body. He followed or his eyes followed the ship, till it was beyond sight.

He followed with his eyes the fleeting shade.

9. To imitate; to copy; as, to follow a pattern or model; to follow fashion.

10. To embrace; to adopt and maintain; to have or entertain like opinions; to think or believe like another; as, to follow the opinions and tenets of a philsophic sect; to follow Plato.

11. To obey; to observe; to practice; to act in conformity to. It is our duty to follow the commands of Christ. Good soldiers follow the orders of their general; good servants follow the directions of their master.

12. To pursue as an object of desire; to endeavor to obtain.

Follow peace with all men. Heb. 12.

13. To use; to practice; to make the chief business; as, to follow the trade of a carpenter; to follow the profession of law.

14. To adhere to; to side with.

The house of Judah followed David. 2Sam. 2.

15. To adhere to; to honor; to worship; to serve.

If the Lord be God, follow him. 1Kings 18.

16. To be led or guided by.

Wo to the foolish prophets, who follow their own spirit, and have seen nothing. Ezek. 13.

17. To move on in the same course or direction; to be guided by; as, to follow a track or course.

FOL'LOW, v.i.

1. To come after another.

The famine - shall follow close after you. Jer. 42.

2. To attend; to accompany.

3. To be posterior in time; as following ages.

4. To be consequential, as effect to cause. From such measures, great mischiefs must follow.

5. To result, as an inference. The facts may be admitted, but the inference drawn from them does not follow.

To follow on, to continue pursuit or endeavor; to persevere.

Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the Lord.

Hosea 6.

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countersway

COUNTERSWAY, n. Contrary sway; opposite influence.

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No other dictionary compares with the Webster's 1828 dictionary. The English language has changed again and again and in many instances has become corrupt. The American Dictionary of the English Language is based upon God's written word, for Noah Webster used the Bible as the foundation for his definitions. This standard reference tool will greatly assist students of all ages in their studies. From American History to literature, from science to the Word of God, this dictionary is a necessity. For homeschoolers as well as avid Bible students it is easy, fast, and sophisticated.


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