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E'AGER, a. [L. acer, fierce, brisk, sharp, sour; acus, Eng.edge.]

1. Excited by ardent desire in the pursuit of any object; ardent to pursue, perform or obtain; inflamed by desire; ardently wishing or longing. The soldiers were eager to engage the enemy. Men are eager in the pursuit of wealth. The lover is eager to possess the object of his affections.

2. Ardent; vehement; impetuous; as eager spirits; eager zeal; eager clamors.

3. Sharp; sour; acid; as eager droppings into milk. [Little used.]

4. Sharp; keen; biting; severe; as eager air; eager cold. [Little used.]

5. Brittle; inflexible; not ductile; as, the gold is too eager. [Local.]



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E'AGER, a. [L. acer, fierce, brisk, sharp, sour; acus, Eng.edge.]

1. Excited by ardent desire in the pursuit of any object; ardent to pursue, perform or obtain; inflamed by desire; ardently wishing or longing. The soldiers were eager to engage the enemy. Men are eager in the pursuit of wealth. The lover is eager to possess the object of his affections.

2. Ardent; vehement; impetuous; as eager spirits; eager zeal; eager clamors.

3. Sharp; sour; acid; as eager droppings into milk. [Little used.]

4. Sharp; keen; biting; severe; as eager air; eager cold. [Little used.]

5. Brittle; inflexible; not ductile; as, the gold is too eager. [Local.]

EA'GER, a. [Fr. aigre; Arm. egr; W. egyr; It. agro; Sp. agrio; L. acer, fierce, brisk, sharp, sour. If r is radical, this word belongs to Class Gr. Ir. gear, geire, sharp; Ger. gier. Otherwise, it coincides with L. acus, Eng. edge, Sax. ecg.]

  1. Excited by ardent desire in the pursuit of any object; ardent to pursue, perform or obtain; inflamed by desire; ardently wishing or longing. The soldiers were eager to engage the enemy. Men are eager in the pursuit of wealth. The lover is eager to possess the object of his affections.
  2. Ardent; vehement; impetuous; as, eager spirits; eager zeal; eager clamors.
  3. Sharp; sour; acid; as, eager droppings into milk, [Little used.] Shak.
  4. Sharp; keen; biting; severe; as, eager air; eager cold. [Little used.] Shak. Bacon.
  5. Brittle; inflexible; not ductile; as, the gold is too eager. [Local.] Locke.

Ea"ger
  1. Sharp; sour; acid.

    [Obs.] "Like eager droppings into milk." Shak.
  2. Same as Eagre.
  3. Sharp; keen; bitter; severe.

    [Obs.] "A nipping and an eager air." "Eager words." Shak.
  4. Excited by desire in the pursuit of any object; ardent to pursue, perform, or obtain; keenly desirous; hotly longing; earnest; zealous; impetuous; vehement; as, the hounds were eager in the chase.

    And gazed for tidings in my eager eyes. Shak.

    How eagerly ye follow my disgraces! Shak.

    When to her eager lips is brought
    Her infant's thrilling kiss.
    Keble.

    A crowd of eager and curious schoolboys. Hawthorne.

    Conceit and grief an eager combat fight. Shak.

  5. Brittle; inflexible; not ductile.

    [Obs.]

    Gold will be sometimes so eager, as artists call it, that it will as little endure the hammer as glass itself. Locke.

    Syn. -- Earnest; ardent; vehement; hot; impetuous; fervent; intense; impassioned; zealous; forward. See Earnest. -- Eager, Earnest. Eager marks an excited state of desire or passion; thus, a child is eager for a plaything, a hungry man is eager for food, a covetous man is eager for gain. Eagerness is liable to frequent abuses, and is good or bad, as the case may be. It relates to what is praiseworthy or the contrary. Earnest denotes a permanent state of mind, feeling, or sentiment. It is always taken in a good sense; as, a preacher is earnest in his appeals to the conscience; an agent is earnest in his solicitations.

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Eager

E'AGER, adjective [Latin acer, fierce, brisk, sharp, sour; acus, Eng.edge.]

1. Excited by ardent desire in the pursuit of any object; ardent to pursue, perform or obtain; inflamed by desire; ardently wishing or longing. The soldiers were eager to engage the enemy. Men are eager in the pursuit of wealth. The lover is eager to possess the object of his affections.

2. Ardent; vehement; impetuous; as eager spirits; eager zeal; eager clamors.

3. Sharp; sour; acid; as eager droppings into milk. [Little used.]

4. Sharp; keen; biting; severe; as eager air; eager cold. [Little used.]

5. Brittle; inflexible; not ductile; as, the gold is too eager [Local.]

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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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REPLE'TION, n. [L. repletio.]

1. The state of being completely filled; or superabundant fullness.

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