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heliacal

HELI'ACAL, a. [L. heliacus; Gr. the sun.]

Emerging from the light of the sun, or passing into it. The heliacal rising of a star, is when, after being in conjunction with it and invisible, it emerges from the light so as to be visible in the morning before sunrising. On the contrary, the heliacal setting of a star, is when the sun approaches so near as to render it invisible by its superior splendor.




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HELI'ACAL, a. [L. heliacus; Gr. the sun.]

Emerging from the light of the sun, or passing into it. The heliacal rising of a star, is when, after being in conjunction with it and invisible, it emerges from the light so as to be visible in the morning before sunrising. On the contrary, the heliacal setting of a star, is when the sun approaches so near as to render it invisible by its superior splendor.


HE-LI'AC-AL, a. [L. heliacus; Fr. heliaque; from Gr. ἡλιος, the sun; W. haul.]

Emerging from the light of the sun, or passing into it. The heliacal rising of a star, is when, after being in conjunction with it and invisible, it emerges from the light so as to be visible in the morning before sun-rising. On the contrary, the heliacal setting of a star, is when the sun approaches so near as to render it invisible by its superior splendor. Encyc.


He*li"a*cal
  1. Emerging from the light of the sun, or passing into it; rising or setting at the same, or nearly the same, time as the sun.

    Sir T. Browne.

    * The heliacal rising of a star is when, after being in conjunction with the sun, and invisible, it emerges from the light so as to be visible in the morning before sunrising. On the contrary, the heliacal setting of a star is when the sun approaches conjunction so near as to render the star invisible.

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Heliacal

HELI'ACAL, adjective [Latin heliacus; Gr. the sun.]

Emerging from the light of the sun, or passing into it. The heliacal rising of a star, is when, after being in conjunction with it and invisible, it emerges from the light so as to be visible in the morning before sunrising. On the contrary, the heliacal setting of a star, is when the sun approaches so near as to render it invisible by its superior splendor.

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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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retort

RETORT', v.t. [L. retortus, retorqueo; re and torqueo, to throw.]

1. To throw back; to reverberate.

And they retort that beat again to the first giver.

2. To return an argument, accusation, censure or incivility; as, to retort the charge of vanity.

He pass'd through hostile scorn; and with retorted scorn, his back he turn'd.

3. To bend or curve back; as a retorted line.

RETORT', v.i. To return an argument or charge; to make a severe reply. He retorted upon his adversary with severity.

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1. The return of an argument, charge or incivility in reply; as the retort courteous.

2. In chimistry, a spherical vessel with its neck bent, to which the receiver is fitted; used in distillation.

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