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knee-deep

KNEE-DEEP, a. nee'-deep. Rising to the knees; as water or snow knee-deep.




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KNEE-DEEP, a. nee'-deep. Rising to the knees; as water or snow knee-deep.


KNEE'-DEEP, a. [nee'-deep.]

  1. Rising to the knees; as, water or snow knee-deep.
  2. Sunk to the knees; as, wading in water or mire knee-deep.

Knee"-deep`
  1. Rising to the knees; knee-high; as, water or snow knee- deep.

    Grass knee-deep within a month. Milton.

  2. Sunk to the knees; as, men knee- deep in water.

    Where knee-deep the trees were standing. Longfellow.

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Knee-deep

KNEE-DEEP, adjective nee'-deep. Rising to the knees; as water or snow knee-deep

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importance

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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excellency

EXCELLENCY, n. [L. excellentia.] The state of possessing food qualities in an unusual or eminent degree; the state of excelling in any thing.

1. An valuabale quality; any thing highly laudable, meritorious or virtuous, in persons, or valuable and esteemed, in things. Purity of heart, uprightness of mind, sincerity, virtue, piety, are excellencies of character; symmetry of parts, strength and beauty are excellencies of body; an accurate knowledge of an art is an excellence in the artisan; soundness and durability are excellencies in timber; fertility, in land; elegance, in writing. In short, whatever contributes to exalt man, or to render him esteemed and happy, or to bless society, is in him an excellence.

2. Dignity; high rank in the scale of beings. Angels are beings of more excellence than men; men are beings of more excellence than brutes.

3. A title of honor formerly given to kings and emperors, now given to embassadors, governors, and other persons, below the rank of kings, but elevated above the common classes of men.

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