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GAUD, v.i. [L. gaudeo, to rejoice.] To exult; to rejoice.

GAUD, n. [L. gaudium.] An ornament; something worn for adorning the person; a fine thing.

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GAUD, v.i. [L. gaudeo, to rejoice.] To exult; to rejoice.

GAUD, n. [L. gaudium.] An ornament; something worn for adorning the person; a fine thing.

GAUD, n. [L. gaudium.]

An ornament; something worn for adorning the person; a fine thing. [Obs.] Shak.

GAUD, v.i. [L. gaudeo, to rejoice.]

To exult; to rejoice. [Obs.] Shak.

  1. Trick; jest; sport.

    [Obs.] Chaucer.
  2. To sport or keep festival.

    [Obs.] "Gauding with his familiars. " [Obs.] Sir T. North.
  3. To bedeck gaudily] to decorate with gauds or showy trinkets or colors; to paint.

    [Obs.] "Nicely gauded cheeks." Shak.
  4. Deceit; fraud; artifice; device.

    [Obs.] Chaucer.
  5. An ornament; a piece of worthless finery; a trinket.

    "An idle gaud." Shak.
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GAUD, verb intransitive [Latin gaudeo, to rejoice.] To exult; to rejoice.

GAUD, noun [Latin gaudium.] An ornament; something worn for adorning the person; a fine thing.

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IN'FLUENCE, n. [L. influens, influo, to flow in; in and fluo, to flow.] Literally, a flowing in, into or on, and referring to substances spiritual or too subtil to be visible, like inspiration. Hence the word was formerly followed by into.

God hath his influence into the very essence of all things.

It is not followed by on or with.

1. In a general sense, influence denotes power whose operation is invisible and known only by its effects, or a power whose cause and operation are unseen.

2. The power which celestial bodies are supposed to exert on terrestrial; as the influence of the planets on the birth and fortunes of men; an exploded doctrine of astrology.

3. Moral power; power of truth operating on the mind, rational faculties or will, in persuading or dissuading, as the influence of motives, of arguments,or of prayer. We say, arguments had no influence on the jury. The magistrate is not popular; he has no influence with the people; or he has great influence with the prince.

4. Physical power; power that affects natural bodies by unseen operation; as, the rays of the sun have an influence in whitening cloth, and in giving a green color to vegetables.

5. Power acting on sensibility; as the influence of love or pity in sympathy.

6. Spiritual power, or the immediate power of God on the mind; as divine influence; the influences of the Holy Spirit.

IN'FLUENCE, v.t. To move by physical power operating by unseen laws or force; to affect.

These experiments succeed after the same manner in vacuo, as in the open air, and therefore are not influenced by the weight or pressure of the atmosphere.

1. To move by moral power; to act on and affect, as the mind or will, in persuading or dissuading; to induce. Men are influenced by motives of interest or pleasure. An orator may influence the people to take arms, or to abandon an enterprise.

2. To move, as the passions, as, to influence one by pity.

3. To lead or direct. This revelation is sufficient to influence our faith and practice.

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BREEZE, n. A genus of flies or insects, technically called Tabanus. There are many species,but the most noted is the bovinus, great horsefly, whose mouth is armed with two hooks which penetrate the skin of an animal, while with a proboscis, like a sting, it sucks the blood.

BREEZE, n. [Gr. to boil.]

1. A light wind; a gentle gale.

From land a gentle breeze arose at night.

2. A shifting wind, that blows from the sea or from the land, for a certain time, by night or by day. Such breezes are common in the tropical regions, and in a good degree regular. The wind from the sea is called a sea breeze, and that from the land, a land breeze. In general, the sea breeze blows in the day time, and the land breeze at night. The like breezes are common, in the summer months, in the temperate latitudes.

BREEZE, v.i. To blow gently; a word common among seamen.

For now the breathing airs, from ocean born,

Breeze up the bay, and lead the lively morn.

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