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OX, n. plu. oxen. pron. ox'n.

The male of the bovine genus of quadrupeds, castrated and grown to his size or nearly so. The young male is called in America a steer. The same animal not castrated is called a bull. These distinctions are well established with us in regard to domestic animals of this genus. When we speak of wild animals of this kind, ox is sometimes applied both to the male and female, and in zoology, the same practice exists in regard to the domestic animals. Sop in common usage, a pair of bulls yoked may be sometimes called oxen. We never apply the name ox to the cow or female of the domestic kind. Oxen in the plural may comprehend both the male and female.



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OX, n. plu. oxen. pron. ox'n.

The male of the bovine genus of quadrupeds, castrated and grown to his size or nearly so. The young male is called in America a steer. The same animal not castrated is called a bull. These distinctions are well established with us in regard to domestic animals of this genus. When we speak of wild animals of this kind, ox is sometimes applied both to the male and female, and in zoology, the same practice exists in regard to the domestic animals. Sop in common usage, a pair of bulls yoked may be sometimes called oxen. We never apply the name ox to the cow or female of the domestic kind. Oxen in the plural may comprehend both the male and female.

OX, n. [plur. Oxen; (pron. ox'n); Sax. oxa; G. ochs, ochse; D. os; Sw. and Dan. oxe; Sans. uksha, or uxan; W. ych; Erse, agh; Armen. os.]

The male of the bovine genus of quadrupeds, castrated and grown to its size or nearly so. The young male is called in America a steer. The same animal not castrated is called a bull. These distinctions are well established with us in regard to domestic animals of this genus. When we speak of wild animals of this kind, ox is sometimes applied both to the male and female; and in zoology, the same practice exists in regard to the domestic animals. So in common usage, a pair of bulls yoked may be sometimes called oxen. We never apply the name ox to the cow or female of the domestic kind. Oxen in the plural may comprehend both the male and female.


Ox
  1. The male of bovine quadrupeds, especially the domestic animal when castrated and grown to its full size, or nearly so. The word is also applied, as a general name, to any species of bovine animals, male and female.

    All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field. Ps. viii. 7.

    * The castrated male is called a steer until it attains its full growth, and then, an ox; but if castrated somewhat late in life, it is called a stag. The male, not castrated, is called a bull. These distinctions are well established in regard to domestic animals of this genus. When wild animals of this kind are spoken of, ox is often applied both to the male and the female. The name ox is never applied to the individual cow, or female, of the domestic kind. Oxen may comprehend both the male and the female.

    Grunting ox (Zoöl.), the yak. -- Indian ox (Zoöl.), the zebu. -- Javan ox (Zoöl.), the banteng. -- Musk ox. (Zoöl.) See under Musk. -- Ox bile. See Ox gall, below. -- Ox gall, the fresh gall of the domestic ox; -- used in the arts and in medicine. -- Ox pith, ox marrow. [Obs.] Marston. -- Ox ray (Zoöl.), a very large ray (Dicerobatis Giornæ) of Southern Europe. It has a hornlike organ projecting forward from each pectoral fin. It sometimes becomes twenty feet long and twenty-eight feet broad, and weighs over a ton. Called also sea devil. -- To have the black ox tread on one's foot, to be unfortunate; to know what sorrow is (because black oxen were sacrificed to Pluto). Leigh Hunt.

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Ox

OX, noun plural oxen. pronoun ox'n.

The male of the bovine genus of quadrupeds, castrated and grown to his size or nearly so. The young male is called in America a steer. The same animal not castrated is called a bull. These distinctions are well established with us in regard to domestic animals of this genus. When we speak of wild animals of this kind, ox is sometimes applied both to the male and female, and in zoology, the same practice exists in regard to the domestic animals. Sop in common usage, a pair of bulls yoked may be sometimes called oxen. We never apply the name ox to the cow or female of the domestic kind. Oxen in the plural may comprehend both the male and female.

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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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high

HIGH, a. hi.

1. Extending a great distance above the surface of the earth; elevated; lofty; of great altitude; as a high mountain; a high tower.

2. Rising, or having risen, or being far above the earth; elevated; lofty; as a high flight; the clouds are high in the atmosphere.

3. Elevated above the horizon; as, how high is the sun? It is an hour high.

4. Raised above any object.

High o'er their heads a moldering rock is placed.

5. Exalted in nature or dignity.

The highest faculty of the soul.

6. Elevated in rank, condition or office. We speak of high and low; of a high office; high rank; high station; a high court.

7. Possessing or governed by honorable pride; noble; exalted; magnanimous; dignified; as a man of a high mind.

8. Exalted in excellence or extent.

Solomon lived at ease, nor aimed beyond

Higher design than to enjoy his state.

9. Difficult; abstruse.

They meet to hear, and answer such high things.

10. Boastful; ostentatious.

His forces, after all the high discourses, amounted really but to eighteen hundred foot.

11. Arrogant; proud; lofty; loud.

The governor made himself merry with his high and threatening language.

12. Loud; boisterous; threatening or angry. The parties had very high words.

13. Violent; severe; oppressive.

When there appeareth on either side a high hand, violent persecution. &c.

14. Public; powerful; triumphant; glorious; or under divine protection.

The children of Israel went out of Egypt with a high hand. Ex.14.

15. Noble; illustrious; honorable; as a man of high birth.

16. Expressive of pride and haughtiness; as high looks. Is.10.

17. Powerful; mighty.

Strong is thy hand, high is thy right hand. Ps.89.

18. Possessed of supreme power, dominion or excellence.

Thou, Lord, art high above all the earth. Ps.97.

19. Great; important; solemn; held in veneration.

For that sabbath-day was a high day. John 19.

20. Violent; rushing with velocity; tempestuous; as a high wind.

21. Tumultuous; turbulent; inflamed; violent; as high passions.

22. Full; complete. It is high time to retire.

It is high time to awake from sleep. Rom.13.

23. Raised; accompanied by, or proceeding from great excitement of the feelings; as high pleasure of body or mind.

24. Rich; luxurious; well seasoned; as high fare; high living; high sauces.

25. Strong; vivid; deep; as a high color.

26. Dear; of a great price, or greater price than usual; as, to purchase at a high rate; goods are high.

27. Remote from the equator north or south; as a high latitude.

28. Remote in past time; early in former time; as high antiquity.

29. Extreme; intense; as a high heat.

30. Loud; as a high sound. but more generally,

31. In music, acute; sharp; as a high note; a high voice; opposed to low or grave.

32. Much raised; as high relief [alto relievo.]

33. Far advanced in art or science; as high attainments.

34. Great; capital; committed against the king, sovereign or state; as high treason, distinguished from petty treason, which is committed against a master or other superior.

35. Great; exalted; as a high opinion of one's integrity.

High church and low church, in Great Britain, a distinction introduced after the revolution. The high church were supposed to favor the papists, or at least to support the high claims to prerogative, which were maintained by the Stuarts. The low church entertained more moderate notions, manifested great enmity to popery, and were inclined to circumscribe the royal prerogatives. This distinction is now less marked, but not wholly obliterated.

High day, high noon, the time when the sun is in the meridian.

High Dutch, is the German language, as distinguished from Low Dutch or Belgic, or the cultivated German, as opposed to the vulgar dialects.

HIGH, n. An elevated place; superior region; as on high; from on high.

On high, aloud.

1. Aloft.

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