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62893

z
Z, the last letter of the English Alphabet, is a sibilant articulation, and is merely a vocal S. It ...

62894

zabaism
ZABAISM. [See Sabianism.]

62895

zaccho
ZACCHO, n. The lowest part of the pedestal of a column.

62896

zaffer
ZAFFER, n. The residuum of cobalt, after the sulphur, arsenic and other volatile matters have been ...

62897

zany
ZANY, n. A merry andrew; a buffoon.

62898

zapote
ZAPOTE, n. In Mexico, the generic name of fruits which are roundish and contain a hard stone; the ...

62899

zarnich
ZARNICH, n. [See Arsenic.] The name of a genus of fossils, which are inflammable, of a plain ...

62900

zea
ZEA, n. The generic name of maiz.

62901

zeal
ZEAL, n. [Gr., L.] Passionate ardor in the pursuit of any thing. In general, zeal is an eagerness ...

62902

zealot
ZEALOT, n. Zelot. One who engages warmly in any cause, and pursues his object with earnestness and ...

62903

zealotical
ZEALOTICAL, a. Ardently zealous. [Little used.]

62904

zealous
ZEALOUS, a. Zelus. Warmly engaged or ardent in the pursuit of an object.Being thus saved himself, ...

62905

zealously
ZEALOUSLY, adv. Zelusly. With passionate ardor; with eagerness.It is good to be zealously affected ...

62906

zealousness
ZEALOUSNESS, n. Zelusness. The quality of being zealous; zeal.

62907

zebra
ZEBRA, n. An animal of the genus Equus, beautifully marked with stripes; a native of Africa.

62908

zebu
ZEBU, n. A variety of the common ox, with a hump on the shoulders. It is found in the East Indies ...

62909

zechin
ZECHIN, n. A Venetian gold coin; usually written sequin, which see. If named from Zecha, the place ...

62910

zedoary
ZEDOARY, n. A medicinal root, belonging to a plant growing in the East Indies, whose leaves ...

62911

zeine
ZEINE, n. A substance of a yellowish color, soft, insipid, and elastic, procured from the seeds of ...

62912

zemindar
ZEMINDAR, n. [from zem, zemin, land.] In India, a feudatory or landholder who governs a district of ...

62913

zemindary
ZEMINDARY, n. The jurisdiction of a zemindar.

62914

zend
ZEND, n. A language that formerly prevailed in Persia.

62915

zendavesta
ZENDAVESTA, n. Among the Persees, a sacred book ascribed to Zoroaster, and reverenced as a bible, ...

62916

zenith
ZENITH, n. That point in the visible celestial hemisphere, which is vertical to the spectator, and ...

62917

zeolite
ZEOLITE, n. [Gr., to boil, to foam; stone.] A mineral, so named by Cronstedt from its intumescence ...

62918

zeolitic
ZEOLITIC, a. Pertaining to zeolite; consisting of zeolite, or resembling it.

62919

zeolitiform
ZEOLITIFORM, a. Having the form of zeolite.

62920

zephyr
ZEPHYR, n. [L., Gr.] The west wind; and peotically, any soft, mild, gentle breeze. The poets ...

62921

zerda
ZERDA, n. An animal of the canine genus, found in the desert of Zaara, beyond mount Atlas. It is ...

62922

zero
ZERO, n. Cipher; nothing. The point of a thermometer from which it is graduated. Zero, in the ...

62923

zest
ZEST, n. 1. A piece of orange or lemon peel, used to give flavor to liquor; or the fine thin oil ...

62924

zeta
ZETA, n. 1. A Greek letter.2. A little closet or chamber, with pipes running along the walls, to ...

62925

zetetic
ZETETIC, a. [Gr., to seek.] That seeks; that proceeds by inquiry. The zetetic method in ...

62926

zeugma
ZEUGMA, n. [Gr., to join. See Yoke.] A figure in grammar by which an adjective or verb which agrees ...

62927

zibet
ZIBET, n. [See Civet.] AN animal of the genus Viverra; the ash-gray weasel, striated with black ...

62928

zigzag
ZIGZAG, a. Having short turns.ZIGZAG, n. Something that has short turns or angles.ZIGZAG, v.t. To ...

62929

zimome
ZIMOME, ZYMOME, n. [Gr.] One of the constituents of gluten.

62930

zink
ZINK, n. [G. The common orthography, zine, is erroneous.] A metal of a brilliant white color, with ...

62931

zinkiferous
ZINKIFEROUS, a. [zink and L. Fero.] Producing zink; as zinkiferous ore.

62932

zinky
ZINKY, a. Pertaining to zink, or having its appearance.Some effervesce with acids, some not, though ...

62933

zircon
ZIRCON, n. Called also jargon of Ceylon, a mineral originally found in Ceylon, in the sands of ...

62934

zirconia
ZIRCONIA, n. A peculiar earth obtained from the gem zircon; a fine white powder.

62935

zirconite
ZIRCONITE, n. A variety of the zircon.

62936

zirconium
ZIRCONIUM, n. The metallic basis of zirconia.

62937

zivolo
ZIVOLO, n. A bird resembling the yellow hammer, and by some considered as the same species.

62938

zizel
ZIZEL, n. The suslik or earless marmot, a small quadruped found in Poland and the south of Russia.

62939

zocco
ZOCCO, ZOCLE, ZOCCOLO, n. [L., a sock.] A square body under the base of a pedestal, &c. Serving for ...

62940

zoccolo
ZOCCO, ZOCLE, ZOCCOLO, n. [L., a sock.] A square body under the base of a pedestal, &c. Serving for ...

62941

zocle
ZOCCO, ZOCLE, ZOCCOLO, n. [L., a sock.] A square body under the base of a pedestal, &c. Serving for ...

62942

zodiac
ZODIAC, n. [L, Gr., an animal.] A broad circle in the heavens, containing the twelve signs through ...

62943

zodiacal
ZODIACAL, a. Pertaining to the zodiac.Zodiacal light, a luminous track or space in the heavens, ...

62944

zoisite
ZOISITE, n. [from Van Zois, its discoverer.] A mineral regarded as a variety of epidote. It occurs ...

62945

zone
ZONE, n. [L., Gr.] 1. A girdle.An embroiderd zone surrounds her waist.2. In geography, a division ...

62946

zoned
ZONED, a. Wearing a zone.

62947

zonnar
ZONNAR, n. A belt or girdle, which the Christians and Jews in the Levat are obliged to wear, to ...

62948

zoographer
ZOOGRAPHER, n. [See Zoography.] One who describes animals, their forms and habits.

62949

zoographical
ZOOGRAPHICAL, a. Pertaining to the description of animals.

62950

zoography
ZOOGRAPHY, n. [Gr., an animal; to describe.] A description of animals, their forms and habits. [But ...

62951

zoolite
ZOOLITE, n. [Gr., an animal; stone.] An animal substance petrified or fossil.

62952

zoological
ZOOLOGICAL, a. [from zoology.] Pertaining to zoology, or the science of animals.

62953

zoologically
ZOOLOGICALLY, adv. According to the principles of zoology.

62954

zoologist
ZOOLOGIST, n. [from zoology.] One who is well versed in the natural history of animals, or who ...

62955

zoology
ZOOLOGY, n. [Gr., an animal; discourse.] A treatise on animals, or the science of animals; that ...

62956

zoonic
ZOONIC, a. [Gr., an animal.] Pertaining to animals; as the zoonic acid, obtained from animal ...

62957

zoonomy
ZOONOMY, n. [Gr., an animal; law.] The laws of animal life, or the science which treats of the ...

62958

zoophite
ZOOPHITE. [See Zoophyte.]

62959

zoophoric
ZOOPHORIC, a. [Gr., an animal; to bear.] The zoophoric column is one which supports the figure of ...

62960

zoophorus
ZOOPHORUS, n. [supra.] In ancient architecture, the same with the frieze in modern architecture; a ...

62961

zoophyte
ZOOPHYTE, n. [Gr., an animal; a plant.] In natural history, a body supposed to partake of the ...

62962

zoophytological
ZOOPHYTOLOGICAL, a. Pertaining to zoophytology.

62963

zoophytology
ZOOPHYTOLOGY, n. [zoophyte, Gr., discourse.] The natural history of zoophytes.

62964

zootomist
ZOOTOMIST, n. [See Zootomy.] One who dissects the bodies of brute animals; a comparative anatomist.

62965

zootomy
ZOOTOMY, n. [Gr., an animal; to cut.] Anatomy; particularly, the dissecting of bodies of beasts or ...

62966

zoril
ZORIL, n. A fetid animal of the weasel kind, found in South America.

62967

zuffolo
ZUFFOLO, n. [L.] A little flute or flageolet, especially that which is used to teach birds.

62968

zumate
ZUMATE, n. [See Zumic.] A combination of the zumic acid and a salifiable base.

62969

zumic
ZUMIC, a. [Gr., ferment.] The zumic acid is procured from many accescent vegetable substances.

62970

zumological
ZUMOLOGICAL, a. [See Zumology.] Pertaining to zumology.

62971

zumologist
ZUMOLOGIST, n. One who is skilled in the fermentation of liquors.

62972

zumology
ZUMOLOGY, n. [Gr., ferment; to ferment; discourse.] A treatise on the fermentation of liquors, or ...

62973

zumosimeter
ZUMOSIMETER, n. [Gr., fermentation; to measure.] An instrument proposed by Swammerdam for ...

62974

zurlite
ZURLITE, n. A newly discovered Vesuvian mineral, whose primitive form is a cube, or according to ...

62975

zygodactylous
ZYGODACTYLOUS, a. [Gr., to join; a finger.] Having the toes disposed in pairs; distinguishing an ...

62976

zygomatic

62977

zymome
ZIMOME, ZYMOME, n. [Gr.] One of the constituents of gluten.

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IMPORT'ANCE, n.

1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

Thy own importance know.

Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.

3. Weight or consequence in self-estimation.

He believes himself a man of importance.

4. Thing implied; matter; subject; importunity. [In these senses, obsolete.]

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lay

LAY, pret. of lie. The estate lay in the county of Hartford.

When Ahab heard these words, he rent his clothes, and put sackcloth upon his head, and fasted and lay in sackcloth.

1Kings 21.

LAY, v.t. pret. and pp. laid. [L. loco, whence locus, Eng. ley or lea. The primary sense is to send or throw; hence this word is the L. lego, legare, differently applied; Gr. to lie down.]

1. Literally, to throw down; hence, to put or place; applied to things broad or long, and in this respect differing from set. We lay a book on the table, when we place it on its side, but we set it on the end. We lay the foundation of a house, but we set a building on its foundation.

He laid his robe from him. Jonah 3.

Soft on the flowery herb I found me laid.

A stone was brought and laid on the mouth of the den.

Dan. 6.

2. To beat down; to prostrate. Violent winds with rain lay corn and grass.

3. To settle; to fix and keep from rising. A shower lays the dust.

4. To place in order; to dispose with regularity in building; as, to lay bricks or stones in constructing walls.

5. To spread on a surface; as, to lay plaster or paint.

6. To spread or set; as, to lay snares.

7. To calm; to appease; to still; to allay.

After a tempest, when the winds are laid.

8. To quiet; to still; to restrain from walking; as, to lay the devil.

9. To spread and set in order; to prepare; as, to lay a table for dinner.

10. To place in the earth for growth.

The chief time of laying gilliflowers, is in July.

11. To place at hazard; to wage; to stake; as, to lay a crown or an eagle; to lay a wager.

12. To bring forth; to exclude; as, to lay eggs.

13. To add; to join.

Woe to them that join house to house, that lay field to field. Is. 5.

14. To put; to apply.

She layeth her hand to the spindle. Prov. 31.

15. To asses; to charge; to impose; as, to lay a tax on land; to lay a duty on salt.

16. To charge; to impute; as, to lay blame on one; to lay want of prudence to one's charge.

17. To impose, as evil, burden, or punishment.

The Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. Is. 53.

18. To enjoin as a duty; as, to lay commands on one.

19. To exhibit; to present or offer; as, to lay an indictment in a particular county.

20. To prostrate; to slay.

The leaders first he laid along.

21. To depress and lose sight of, by sailing or departing from; as, to lay the land; a seaman's phrase.

22. To station; to set; as, to lay an ambush.

23. To contrive; to scheme; to plan.

To lay a cable, to twist or unite the strands.

To lay apart, to put away; to reject.

Lay apart all filthiness. James 1.

1. To lay aside, to put off or away; not to retain.

Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin that doth so easily beset us. Heb. 41.

2. To discontinue; as, to lay aside the use of any thing.

To lay away, to reposit in store; to put aside for preservation.

To lay before, to exhibit; to show; to present to view. The papers are laid before Congress.

1. To lay by, to reserve for future use.

Let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him. 1Cor. 16.

2. To put away; to dismiss.

Let brave spirits not be laid by, as persons unnecessary for the time.

3. To put off.

And she arose and went away, and laid by her veil. Gen. 38.

1. To lay down, to deposit, as a pledge, equivalent or satisfaction; to resign.

I lay down my life for the sheep. John 10.

2. To give up; to resign; to quit or relinquish; as, to lay down an office or commission.

3. To quit; to surrender the use of; as, to lay down one's arms.

4. To offer or advance; as, to lay down a proposition or principle.

To lay one's self down, to commit to repose.

I will both lay me down in peace and sleep - Ps. 4.

To lay hold of, to seize; to catch. To lay hold on, is used in a like sense.

To lay in, to store; to treasure; to provide previously.

To lay on, to apply with force; to inflict; as, to lay on blows.

To lay open, to open; to make bare; to uncover; also, to show; to expose; to reveal; as, to lay open the designs of an enemy.

To lay over, to spread over; to incrust; to cover the surface; as, to lay over with gold or silver.

1. To lay out, to expend; as, to lay out money, or sums of money.

2. To display; to discover.

He takes occasion to lay out bigotry and false confidence in all its colors. Obs.

3. To plan; to dispose in order the several parts; as, to lay out a garden.

4. To dress in grave clothes and place in a decent posture; as, to lay out a corpse. Shakespeare uses to lay, forth.

5. To exert; as, to lay out all one's strength. So with the reciprocal pronoun, to lay one's self out, is to exert strength.

1. To lay to, to charge upon; to impute.

2. To apply with vigor.

3. To attack or harass. Obs.

4. To check the motion of a ship, and cause her to be stationary.

To lay together, to collect; to bring to one place; also, to bring into one view.

To lay to heart, to permit to affect greatly.

To lay under, to subject to; as, to lay one under restraint or obligation.

1. To lay up, to store; to treasure; to reposit for future use.

Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven. Matt. 6.

2. To confine to the bed or chamber. He is laid up with the gout.

To lay siege, to besiege; to encompass with an army.

To lay wait, to station for private attack; to lay in ambush for.

To lay the course, in sailing, is to sail towards the port intended, without gibing.

To lay waste, to destroy; to desolate; to deprive of inhabitants, improvements and productions.

To lay the land, in seamen's language, is to cause the land apparently to sink or appear lower, by sailing from it; the distance diminishing the elevation.

LAY, v.i.

1. To bring or produce eggs.

Hens will greedily eat the herb that will make them lay the better.

2. To contrive; to form a scheme. [Unusual.]

To lay about, to strike or throw the arms on all sides; to act with vigor.

To lay at, to strike or to endeavor to strike.

The sword of him that layeth at him cannot hold. Job. 41.

1. To lay out, to purpose; to intend. he lays out to make a journey.

2. To take measures.

I made strict inquiry wherever I came, and laid out for intelligence of all places.

To lay upon, to importune. Obs.

LAY, n.

1. That which lies or is laid; a row; a stratum; a layer; one rank in a series reckoned upward; as a lay of wood.

A viol should have a lay of wire-strings below.

2. A bet; a wager. [Little used.]

3. Station; rank. [Not used.]

LAY, n. [L. locus. See Lay, the verb. The words which signify place, are from verbs which express setting or laying. It is written also ley, and lea, but less properly.]

A meadow; a plain or plat of grass land.

A tuft of daisies on a flowery lay.

The lowing herd wind slowly o'er the lea.

LAY, n. [Gr. to sound. L. laudo, plaudo.]

A song; as a loud or soft lay; immortal lays.

[It is used chiefly in poetry.]

LAY, a. [L. laicus, Gr. from people.]

Pertaining to the laity or people, as distinct from the clergy; not clerical; as a lay person; a lay preacher; a lay brother.

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