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SLOTH, n.

1. Slowness; tardiness I abhor this dilatory sloth and tricks of Rome.

2. Disinclination to action or labor; sluggishness; laziness; idleness. They change their course to pleasure, ease and sloth. Sloth, like rust, consumes faster than labor wears.

3. An animal, so called from the remarkable slowness of his motions. There are two species of this animal; the ai or three toed sloth, and the unau or two toed sloth; both found in South America. It is said that its greatest speed seldom exceeds three yard an hour. it feeds on vegetables and ruminates.

SLOTH, v.i. To be idle. [Not in use.]




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SLOTH, n.

1. Slowness; tardiness I abhor this dilatory sloth and tricks of Rome.

2. Disinclination to action or labor; sluggishness; laziness; idleness. They change their course to pleasure, ease and sloth. Sloth, like rust, consumes faster than labor wears.

3. An animal, so called from the remarkable slowness of his motions. There are two species of this animal; the ai or three toed sloth, and the unau or two toed sloth; both found in South America. It is said that its greatest speed seldom exceeds three yard an hour. it feeds on vegetables and ruminates.

SLOTH, v.i. To be idle. [Not in use.]


SLOTH, n. [Sax. slæwth, from slaw, slow. See Slow.]

  1. Slowness; tardiness. I abhor / This dilatory sloth and tricks of Rome. – Shak.
  2. Disinclination to action or labor; sluggishness; laziness; idleness. They change their course to pleasure, ease and sloth. – Milton. Sloth, like rust, consumes faster than labor wears. – Franklin.
  3. The popular name of a genus of tardigrade edentate mammals, – a genus which comprises only two species, viz. Bradypus tridactylus or Ai, about the size of a common cat, and Bradypus didactylus or Unan, about half the size of the former, both of South America. These animals are so called from the remarkable slowness of their motions. It is said that their greatest speed seldom exceeds three yards an hour. They feed on vegetables.

SLOTH, v.i.

To be idle. [Not in use.] – Gower.


Sloth
  1. Slowness; tardiness.

    These cardinals trifle with me; I abhor
    This dilatory sloth and tricks of Rome.
    Shak.

  2. To be idle.

    [Obs.] Gower.
  3. Disinclination to action or labor; sluggishness; laziness; idleness.

    [They] change their course to pleasure, ease, and sloth. Milton.

    Sloth, like rust, consumes faster than labor wears. Franklin.

  4. Any one of several species of arboreal edentates constituting the family Bradypodidæ, and the suborder Tardigrada. They have long exserted limbs and long prehensile claws. Both jaws are furnished with teeth (see Illust. of Edentata), and the ears and tail are rudimentary. They inhabit South and Central America and Mexico.

    * The three-toed sloths belong to the genera Bradypus and Arctopithecus, of which several species have been described. They have three toes on each foot. The best-known species are collared sloth (Bradypus tridactylus), and the ai (Arctopitheus ai). The two-toed sloths, consisting the genus Cholopus, have two toes on each fore foot and three on each hind foot. The best-known is the unau (Cholopus didactylus) of South America. See Unau. Another species (C. Hoffmanni) inhabits Central America. Various large extinct terrestrial edentates, such as Megatherium and Mylodon, are often called sloths.

    Australian, or Native sloth (Zoöl.), the koala. -- Sloth animalcule (Zoöl.), a tardigrade. -- Sloth bear (Zoöl.), a black or brown long-haired bear (Melursus ursinus, or labiatus), native of India and Ceylon; -- called also aswail, labiated bear, and jungle bear. It is easily tamed and can be taught many tricks. -- Sloth monkey (Zoöl.), a loris.

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Sloth

SLOTH, noun

1. Slowness; tardiness I abhor this dilatory sloth and tricks of Rome.

2. Disinclination to action or labor; sluggishness; laziness; idleness. They change their course to pleasure, ease and sloth sloth like rust, consumes faster than labor wears.

3. An animal, so called from the remarkable slowness of his motions. There are two species of this animal; the ai or three toed sloth and the unau or two toed sloth; both found in South America. It is said that its greatest speed seldom exceeds three yard an hour. it feeds on vegetables and ruminates.

SLOTH, verb intransitive To be idle. [Not in use.]

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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.

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AM'PLIFY, v.t. [L. amplifico; of amplus and facio, to make large.]

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