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D'ARK, a.

1. Destitute of light; obscure. A dark atmosphere is one which prevents vision.

2. Wholly or partially black; having the quality opposite to white; as a dark color or substance.

3. Gloomy; disheartening; having unfavorable prospects; as a dark time in political affairs.

There is in every true woman's heart a spark of
heavenly fire, which beams and blazes in the dark
hour of adversity. Irving.

4. Obscure; not easily understood or explained; as a dark passage in an author; a dark saying.

5. Mysterious; as, the ways of Providence are often dark to human reason.

6. Not enlightened with knowledge; destitute of learning and science; rude; ignorant; as a dark age.

7. Not vivid; partially black. Lev. xiii

8. Blind.

9. Gloomy; not cheerful; as a dark temper.

10. Obscure; concealed; secret; not understood; as a dark design.

11. Unclean; foul.

12. Opake. But dark and opake are not synonymous. Chalk is opake, but not dark.

13. Keeping designs concealed.

The dark unrelenting Tiberius. Gibbon.

D'ARK, n.

1. Darkness; obscurity; the absence of light. We say we can hear in the dark.

Shall the wonders be known in the dark? Ps.
1xxxviii.

2. Obscurity; secrecy; a state unknown; as, things done in the dark.

3. Obscurity; a state of ignorance; as, we are all in the dark.

D'ARK, v.t.

1. To make dark; to deprive of light; as, close the shutters and darken the room.

2. To obscure; to cloud.

His confidence seldom darkened his foresight.
Bacon.

3. To make black.

The locusts darkened the land. Ex. x.

4. To make dim; to deprive of vision.

Let their eyes be darkened. Rom xi.

5. To render gloomy; as, all joy is darkened. Is.24.

6. To deprive of intellectual vision; to render ignorant or stupid.

Their foolish heart was darkened. Rom. i.

Having the understanding darkened. Eph. iv.

7. To obscure; to perplex; to render less clear or intelligible.

Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words
without knowledge? Job 38.

8. To render less white or clear; to tan; as, a burning sun darkens the complexion.

9. To sully; to make foul.



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D'ARK, a.

1. Destitute of light; obscure. A dark atmosphere is one which prevents vision.

2. Wholly or partially black; having the quality opposite to white; as a dark color or substance.

3. Gloomy; disheartening; having unfavorable prospects; as a dark time in political affairs.

There is in every true woman's heart a spark of
heavenly fire, which beams and blazes in the dark
hour of adversity. Irving.

4. Obscure; not easily understood or explained; as a dark passage in an author; a dark saying.

5. Mysterious; as, the ways of Providence are often dark to human reason.

6. Not enlightened with knowledge; destitute of learning and science; rude; ignorant; as a dark age.

7. Not vivid; partially black. Lev. xiii

8. Blind.

9. Gloomy; not cheerful; as a dark temper.

10. Obscure; concealed; secret; not understood; as a dark design.

11. Unclean; foul.

12. Opake. But dark and opake are not synonymous. Chalk is opake, but not dark.

13. Keeping designs concealed.

The dark unrelenting Tiberius. Gibbon.

D'ARK, n.

1. Darkness; obscurity; the absence of light. We say we can hear in the dark.

Shall the wonders be known in the dark? Ps.
1xxxviii.

2. Obscurity; secrecy; a state unknown; as, things done in the dark.

3. Obscurity; a state of ignorance; as, we are all in the dark.

D'ARK, v.t.

1. To make dark; to deprive of light; as, close the shutters and darken the room.

2. To obscure; to cloud.

His confidence seldom darkened his foresight.
Bacon.

3. To make black.

The locusts darkened the land. Ex. x.

4. To make dim; to deprive of vision.

Let their eyes be darkened. Rom xi.

5. To render gloomy; as, all joy is darkened. Is.24.

6. To deprive of intellectual vision; to render ignorant or stupid.

Their foolish heart was darkened. Rom. i.

Having the understanding darkened. Eph. iv.

7. To obscure; to perplex; to render less clear or intelligible.

Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words
without knowledge? Job 38.

8. To render less white or clear; to tan; as, a burning sun darkens the complexion.

9. To sully; to make foul.

DARK, a. [Sax. deorc; Ir. dorcha; Pers. تِيَره tirah, dark; تَأَرِيْک tarik, dark, darkness. See Class Dr, No. 15.]

  1. Destitute of light; obscure. A dark atmosphere is one which prevents vision.
  2. Wholly or partially black; having the quality opposite to white; as, a dark color or substance.
  3. Gloomy; disheartening: having unfavorable prospects; as, a dark time in political affairs. There is, in every true woman's heart, a spark of heavenly fire, which beams and blazes in the dark hour of adversity. – Irving.
  4. Obscure; not easily understood or explained; as, a dark passage in an author; a dark saying.
  5. Mysterious; as, the ways of Providence are often dark to human reason.
  6. Not enlightened with knowledge; destitute of learning and science; rude; ignorant; as, a dark age.
  7. Not vivid; partially black. – Lev. xiii.
  8. Blind. [Not in use.] Dryden.
  9. Gloomy; not cheerful; as, a dark temper. – Addison.
  10. Obscure; concealed; secret; not understood; as, a dark design.
  11. Unclean; foul. – Milton.
  12. Opake. But dark and opake are not synonymous. Chalk is opake, but not dark.
  13. Keeping designs concealed. The dark unrelenting Tiberius. – Gibbon.

DARK, n. [Sans. tareki.]

  1. Darkness; obscurity; the absence of light. We say, we can hear in the dark. Shall thy wonders be known in the dark? – Ps. lxxxviii.
  2. Obscurity; secrecy; a state unknown; as, things done in the dark.
  3. Obscurity; a state of ignorance; as, we are all in the dark.

DARK, v.t.

To darken; to obscure. [Obs.]


Dark
  1. Destitute, or partially destitute, of light] not receiving, reflecting, or radiating light; wholly or partially black, or of some deep shade of color; not light-colored; as, a dark room; a dark day; dark cloth; dark paint; a dark complexion.

    O dark, dark, dark, amid the blaze of noon,
    Irrecoverably dark, total eclipse
    Without all hope of day!
    Milton.

    In the dark and silent grave. Sir W. Raleigh.

  2. Absence of light; darkness; obscurity; a place where there is little or no light.

    Here stood he in the dark, his sharp sword out. Shak.

  3. To darken; to obscure.

    [Obs.] Milton.
  4. Not clear to the understanding; not easily seen through; obscure; mysterious; hidden.

    The dark problems of existence. Shairp.

    What may seem dark at the first, will afterward be found more plain. Hooker.

    What's your dark meaning, mouse, of this light word? Shak.

  5. The condition of ignorance; gloom; secrecy.

    Look, what you do, you do it still i' th' dark. Shak.

    Till we perceive by our own understandings, we are as much in the dark, and as void of knowledge, as before. Locke.

  6. Destitute of knowledge and culture; in moral or intellectual darkness; unrefined; ignorant.

    The age wherein he lived was dark, but he
    Could not want light who taught the world to see.
    Denhan.

    The tenth century used to be reckoned by mediæval historians as the darkest part of this intellectual night. Hallam.

  7. A dark shade or dark passage in a painting, engraving, or the like; as, the light and darks are well contrasted.

    The lights may serve for a repose to the darks, and the darks to the lights. Dryden.

  8. Evincing black or foul traits of character; vile; wicked; atrocious; as, a dark villain; a dark deed.

    Left him at large to his own dark designs. Milton.

  9. Foreboding evil; gloomy; jealous; suspicious.

    More dark and dark our woes. Shak.

    A deep melancholy took possesion of him, and gave a dark tinge to all his views of human nature. Macaulay.

    There is, in every true woman-s heart, a spark of heavenly fire, which beams and blazes in the dark hour of adversity. W. Irving.

  10. Deprived of sight; blind.

    [Obs.]

    He was, I think, at this time quite dark, and so had been for some years. Evelyn.

    * Dark is sometimes used to qualify another adjective; as, dark blue, dark green, and sometimes it forms the first part of a compound; as, dark-haired, dark-eyed, dark-colored, dark-seated, dark-working.

    A dark horse, in racing or politics, a horse or a candidate whose chances of success are not known, and whose capabilities have not been made the subject of general comment or of wagers. [Colloq.] -- Dark house, Dark room, a house or room in which madmen were confined. [Obs.] Shak. -- Dark lantern. See Lantern. -- The Dark Ages, a period of stagnation and obscurity in literature and art, lasting, according to Hallam, nearly 1000 years, from about 500 to about 1500 A. D.. See Middle Ages, under Middle. -- The Dark and Bloody Ground, a phrase applied to the State of Kentucky, and said to be the significance of its name, in allusion to the frequent wars that were waged there between Indians. -- The dark day, a day (May 19, 1780) when a remarkable and unexplained darkness extended over all New England. -- To keep dark, to reveal nothing. [Low]

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Dark

D'ARK, adjective

1. Destitute of light; obscure. A dark atmosphere is one which prevents vision.

2. Wholly or partially black; having the quality opposite to white; as a dark color or substance.

3. Gloomy; disheartening; having unfavorable prospects; as a dark time in political affairs.

There is in every true woman's heart a spark of

heavenly fire, which beams and blazes in the dark

hour of adversity. Irving.

4. Obscure; not easily understood or explained; as a dark passage in an author; a dark saying.

5. Mysterious; as, the ways of Providence are often dark to human reason.

6. Not enlightened with knowledge; destitute of learning and science; rude; ignorant; as a dark age.

7. Not vivid; partially black. Leviticus 13:6

8. Blind.

9. Gloomy; not cheerful; as a dark temper.

10. Obscure; concealed; secret; not understood; as a dark design.

11. Unclean; foul.

12. Opake. But dark and opake are not synonymous. Chalk is opake, but not dark

13. Keeping designs concealed.

The dark unrelenting Tiberius. Gibbon.

D'ARK, noun

1. Darkness; obscurity; the absence of light. We say we can hear in the dark

Shall the wonders be known in the dark? Ps.

1xxxviii.

2. Obscurity; secrecy; a state unknown; as, things done in the dark

3. Obscurity; a state of ignorance; as, we are all in the dark

D'ARK, verb transitive

1. To make dark; to deprive of light; as, close the shutters and darken the room.

2. To obscure; to cloud.

His confidence seldom darkened his foresight.

Bacon.

3. To make black.

The locusts darkened the land. Exodus 10:1.

4. To make dim; to deprive of vision.

Let their eyes be darkened. Romans 11:10.

5. To render gloomy; as, all joy is darkened. Isaiah 24:1.

6. To deprive of intellectual vision; to render ignorant or stupid.

Their foolish heart was darkened. Romans 1:21.

Having the understanding darkened. Ephesians 4:1.

7. To obscure; to perplex; to render less clear or intelligible.

Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words

without knowledge? Job 38:1.

8. To render less white or clear; to tan; as, a burning sun darkens the complexion.

9. To sully; to make foul.

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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.

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He believes himself a man of importance.

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MATU'RE, a. [L. maturus; meto.]

1. Ripe; perfected by time or natural growth; as a man of mature age. We apply it to a young man of mature age. We apply it to a young man who has arrived to the age when he is supposed to be competent to manage his own concerns; to a young woman who is fit to be married; and to elderly men who have much experience.

Their prince is a man of learning and virtue,

mature in years--

Mature the virgin was, of Egypt's race.

How shall I meet or how accost the sage,

Unskilled in speech, nor yet mature of age.

2. Brought to perfection; used of plants. The wheat is mature.

3. Completed; prepared; ready. The plan or scheme was mature.

This lies glowing, and is mature for the violent breaking out.

4. Ripe; come to suppuration; as,the tumor is mature.

MATU'RE, v.t. [L. maturo.] To ripen; to hasten to a perfect state; to promote ripeness.

Prick an apple with a pin full of holes, not deep,and smear it with sack, to see if the virtual heat of the wine will not mature it.

1. To advance towards perfection.

Love indulged my labors past,

Matures my present, and shall bound my last.

MATU'RE, v.i. To advance toward ripeness; to become ripe or perfect. Wine matures by age, or by agitation in a long voyage. The judgment matures by age and experience.

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