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RE'GENT, a. [L. regens, from rego, to rule.

1. Ruling; governing; as a regent principle.

2. Exercising vicarious authority.

Queen regent, a queen who governs; opposed to queen consort.

RE'GENT, n.

1. A governor; a ruler; in a general sense; as Uriel, regent of the sun.

2. One invested with vicarious authority; one who governs a kingdom in the minority, absence or disability of the king.

3. In colleges, a teacher of arts and sciences, having pupils under his care, generally of the lower classes; those who instruct the higher classes being called professors.

4. In English universities, a master of arts under five years standing, and a doctor under two.

5. In the state of New york, the member of a corporate body which is invested with the superintendence of all the colleges, academies and schools in the state. This board consists of twenty one members, who are called "the regents of the university of the state of New York." They are appointed and removable by the legislature. They have power to grant acts of incorporation for colleges, to visit and inspect all colleges, academies and schools, and to make regulations for governing the same.



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RE'GENT, a. [L. regens, from rego, to rule.

1. Ruling; governing; as a regent principle.

2. Exercising vicarious authority.

Queen regent, a queen who governs; opposed to queen consort.

RE'GENT, n.

1. A governor; a ruler; in a general sense; as Uriel, regent of the sun.

2. One invested with vicarious authority; one who governs a kingdom in the minority, absence or disability of the king.

3. In colleges, a teacher of arts and sciences, having pupils under his care, generally of the lower classes; those who instruct the higher classes being called professors.

4. In English universities, a master of arts under five years standing, and a doctor under two.

5. In the state of New york, the member of a corporate body which is invested with the superintendence of all the colleges, academies and schools in the state. This board consists of twenty one members, who are called "the regents of the university of the state of New York." They are appointed and removable by the legislature. They have power to grant acts of incorporation for colleges, to visit and inspect all colleges, academies and schools, and to make regulations for governing the same.

RE'GENT, n.

  1. A governor; a ruler; in a general sense; as Uriel, regent of the sun. – Milton.
  2. One invested with vicarious authority; one who governs a kingdom in the minority, absence or disability of the king. – Encyc.
  3. In colleges, a teacher of arts and sciences, having pupils under his care, generally of the lower classes; those who instruct the higher classes being called professors. – Encyc.
  4. In English universities, a master of arts under five years standing, and a doctor under two. – Encyc.
  5. In the state of New York, the member of a corporate body which is invested with the superintendence of all the colleges, academies and schools in the state. This board consists of twenty-one members, who are called “the regents of the university of the state of New York.” They are appointed and removable by the legislature. They have power to grant acts of incorporation for colleges, to visit and inspect all colleges, academies and schools, and to make regulations for governing the same. – Stat. New York.

RE'GENT, a. [L. regens, from rego, to rule.]

  1. Ruling; governing; as, a regent principle. – Hale.
  2. Exercising vicarious authority. – Milton. Queen regent, a queen who governs; opposed to queen consort.

Re"gent
  1. Ruling; governing; regnant.

    "Some other active regent principle . . . which we call the soul." Sir M. Hale.
  2. One who rules or reigns; a governor; a ruler.

    Milton.
  3. Exercising vicarious authority.

    Milton.

    Queen regent. See under Queen, n.

  4. Especially, one invested with vicarious authority; one who governs a kingdom in the minority, absence, or disability of the sovereign.
  5. One of a governing board; a trustee or overseer; a superintendent; a curator; as, the regents of the Smithsonian Institution.
  6. A resident master of arts of less than five years' standing, or a doctor of less than twwo. They were formerly privileged to lecture in the schools.

    Regent bird (Zoöl.), a beautiful Australian bower bird (Sericulus melinus). The male has the head, neck, and large patches on the wings, bright golden yellow, and the rest of the plumage deep velvety black; -- so called in honor of the Prince of Wales (afterward George IV.), who was Prince Regent in the reign of George III. -- The Regents of the University of the State of New York, the members of a corporate body called the University of New York. They have a certain supervisory power over the incorporated institution for Academic and higher education in the State.

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Regent

RE'GENT, adjective [Latin regens, from rego, to rule.

1. Ruling; governing; as a regent principle.

2. Exercising vicarious authority.

Queen regent a queen who governs; opposed to queen consort.

RE'GENT, noun

1. A governor; a ruler; in a general sense; as Uriel, regent of the sun.

2. One invested with vicarious authority; one who governs a kingdom in the minority, absence or disability of the king.

3. In colleges, a teacher of arts and sciences, having pupils under his care, generally of the lower classes; those who instruct the higher classes being called professors.

4. In English universities, a master of arts under five years standing, and a doctor under two.

5. In the state of New york, the member of a corporate body which is invested with the superintendence of all the colleges, academies and schools in the state. This board consists of twenty one members, who are called 'the regents of the university of the state of New York.' They are appointed and removable by the legislature. They have power to grant acts of incorporation for colleges, to visit and inspect all colleges, academies and schools, and to make regulations for governing the same.

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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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MIN'CINGLY, adv. In small parts; not fully.

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