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GAR'RULOUS, a. Talkative; prating; as garrulous old age.

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GAR'RULOUS, a. Talkative; prating; as garrulous old age.


Talkative; prating; as, garrulous old age. Thomson.

  1. Talking much, especially about commonplace or trivial things; talkative; loquacious.

    The most garrulous people on earth. De Quincey.

  2. Having a loud, harsh note; noisy; -- said of birds; as, the garrulous roller.

    Syn. -- Garrulous, Talkative, Loquacious. A garrulous person indulges in long, prosy talk, with frequent repetitions and lengthened details; talkative implies simply a great desire to talk; and loquacious a great flow of words at command. A child is talkative; a lively woman is loquacious; an old man in his dotage is garrulous.

    -- Gar"ru*lous*ly, adv. -- Gar"ru*lous*ness, n.

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GAR'RULOUS, adjective Talkative; prating; as garrulous old age.

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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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TRACE, n. [L. tractus, tracto. See Track, and the verb Trace.]

1. A mark left by any thing passing; a footstep; a track; a vestige; as the trace of a carriage or sled; the trade of a man or of a deer.

2. Remains; a mark, impression or visible appearance of any thing left when the thing itself no longer exists. We are told that there are no traces of ancient Babylon now to be seen.

The shady empire shall retain no trace

Of war or blood, but in the sylvan chase.

TRACE, n. Traces, in a harness, are the straps, chains or ropes by which a carriage or sleigh is drawn by horses. [Locally these are called tugs.]

TRACE, v.t. [L. tracto, from traho; Eng. to draw, to drag.]

1. To mark out; to draw or delineate with marks; as, to race a figure with a pencil; to trace the outline of any thing.

2. To follow by some mark that has been left by something which has preceded; to follow by footsteps or tracks.

You may trace the deluge quite round the globe.

I feel thy power to trace the ways

Of highest agents.

3. To follow with exactness.

That servile path thou nobly do'st decline,

Of tracing word by word, and line by line.

4. To walk over.

We do trace this alley up and down.

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