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GUESS, v.t. ges. [L. conjicio; Eng. to gush.]

1. To conjecture; to form an opinion without certain principles or means of knowledge; to judge at random, either of a present unknown fact, or of a future fact.

First, if thou canst, the harder reason guess.

2. To judge or form an opinion from some reasons that render a thing probable, but fall short of sufficient evidence. From slight circumstances or occasional expressions, we guess an author's meaning.

3. To hit upon by accident.

GUESS, v.i. To conjecture; to judge at random. We do not know which road to take, but we must guess at it.

GUESS, n. Conjecture; judgment without any certain evidence or grounds.

A poet must confess

His arts like physic,but a happy guess.



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GUESS, v.t. ges. [L. conjicio; Eng. to gush.]

1. To conjecture; to form an opinion without certain principles or means of knowledge; to judge at random, either of a present unknown fact, or of a future fact.

First, if thou canst, the harder reason guess.

2. To judge or form an opinion from some reasons that render a thing probable, but fall short of sufficient evidence. From slight circumstances or occasional expressions, we guess an author's meaning.

3. To hit upon by accident.

GUESS, v.i. To conjecture; to judge at random. We do not know which road to take, but we must guess at it.

GUESS, n. Conjecture; judgment without any certain evidence or grounds.

A poet must confess

His arts like physic,but a happy guess.

GUESS, n.

Conjecture; judgment without any certain evidence or grounds. A poet must confess / His art 's like physic, but a happy guess. Dryden.


GUESS, v.i.

To conjecture; to judge at random. We do not know which road to take, but we must guess at it.


GUESS, v.t. [ges; D. gissen; Sw. gissa; Ir. geasam; Dan. gietter. It coincides with cast, like the L. conjicio; for in Danish, gietter is to guess, and giet-huus is a casting-house or foundery, gyder to pour out. Hence we see that this is the G. giessen, to pour, cast, or found, Eng. to gush. In Russ. gadayu is to guess, and kidayu, to cast Ar. حَزَي chajai, to divine or guess. Class Gs, No. 31. See also Class Gd. The sense is to cast, that is, to throw together circumstances, or to cast forward in mind.]

  1. To conjecture; to form an opinion without certain principles or means of knowledge; to judge at random, either of a present unknown fact, or of a future fact. First, if thou canst, the harder reason guess. Pope.
  2. To judge or form an opinion from some reasons that render a thing probable, but fall short of sufficient evidence. From slight circumstances or occasional expressions, we guess an author's meaning.
  3. To hit upon by accident. Locke,
  4. To suppose; to think; to be inclined to believe. Your own people have informed you, I guess, by this time. Middleton.

Guess
  1. To form an opinion concerning, without knowledge or means of knowledge; to judge of at random; to conjecture.

    First, if thou canst, the harder reason guess. Pope.

  2. To make a guess or random judgment; to conjecture; -- with at, about, etc.

    This is the place, as well as I may guess. Milton.

  3. An opinion as to anything, formed without sufficient or decisive evidence or grounds; an attempt to hit upon the truth by a random judgment; a conjecture; a surmise.

    A poet must confess
    His art 's like physic -- but a happy guess.
    Dryden.

  4. To judge or form an opinion of, from reasons that seem preponderating, but are not decisive.

    We may then guess how far it was from his design. Milton.

    Of ambushed men, whom, by their arms and dress,
    To be Taxallan enemies I guess.
    Dryden.

  5. To solve by a correct conjecture; to conjecture rightly; as, he who guesses the riddle shall have the ring; he has guessed my designs.
  6. To hit upon or reproduce by memory.

    [Obs.]

    Tell me their words, as near as thou canst guess them. Shak.

  7. To think; to suppose; to believe; to imagine; -- followed by an objective clause.

    Not all together; better far, I guess,
    That we do make our entrance several ways.
    Shak.

    But in known images of life I guess
    The labor greater.
    Pope.

    Syn. -- To conjecture; suppose; surmise; suspect; divine; think; imagine; fancy. -- To Guess, Think, Reckon. Guess denotes, to attempt to hit upon at random; as, to guess at a thing when blindfolded; to conjecture or form an opinion on hidden or very slight grounds: as, to guess a riddle; to guess out the meaning of an obscure passage. The use of the word guess for think or believe, although abundantly sanctioned by good English authors, is now regarded as antiquated and objectionable by discriminating writers. It may properly be branded as a colloguialism and vulgarism when used respecting a purpose or a thing about which there is no uncertainty; as, I guess I 'll go to bed.

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Guess

GUESS, verb transitive ges. [Latin conjicio; Eng. to gush.]

1. To conjecture; to form an opinion without certain principles or means of knowledge; to judge at random, either of a present unknown fact, or of a future fact.

First, if thou canst, the harder reason guess

2. To judge or form an opinion from some reasons that render a thing probable, but fall short of sufficient evidence. From slight circumstances or occasional expressions, we guess an author's meaning.

3. To hit upon by accident.

GUESS, verb intransitive To conjecture; to judge at random. We do not know which road to take, but we must guess at it.

GUESS, noun Conjecture; judgment without any certain evidence or grounds.

A poet must confess

His arts like physic, but a happy guess

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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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