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spaniel

SPAN'IEL, n.

1. A dog used in sports of the field, remarkable for his sagacity and obedience.

2. A mean, cringing, fawning person.

SPAN'IEL, a. Like a spaniel; mean; fawning.

SPAN'IEL, v.i. TO fawn; to cringe; to be obsequious.

SPAN'IEL, v.t. To follow like a spaniel.




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SPAN'IEL, n.

1. A dog used in sports of the field, remarkable for his sagacity and obedience.

2. A mean, cringing, fawning person.

SPAN'IEL, a. Like a spaniel; mean; fawning.

SPAN'IEL, v.i. TO fawn; to cringe; to be obsequious.

SPAN'IEL, v.t. To follow like a spaniel.


SPAN'IEL, a.

Like a spaniel; mean; fawning. – Shak.


SPAN'IEL, n. [Fr. epagneul; said to be from Hispaniola, now Hayti.]

  1. A dog used in sports of the field, remarkable for his sagacity and obedience. – Dryden.
  2. A mean, cringing, fawning person. – Shak.

SPAN'IEL, v.i.

To fawn; to cringe; to be obsequious.


SPAN'IEL, v.t.

To follow like a spaniel.


Span"iel
  1. One of a breed of small dogs having long and thick hair and large drooping ears. The legs are usually strongly feathered, and the tail bushy. See Illust. under Clumber, and Cocker.

    * There are several varieties of spaniels, some of which, known as field spaniels, are used in hunting; others are used for toy or pet dogs, as the Blenheim spaniel, and the King Charles spaniel (see under Blenheim). Of the field spaniels, the larger kinds are called springers, and to these belong the Sussex, Norfolk, and Clumber spaniels (see Clumber). The smaller field spaniels, used in hunting woodcock, are called cocker spaniels (see Cocker). Field spaniels are remarkable for their activity and intelligence.

    As a spaniel she will on him leap. Chaucer.

  2. Cringing; fawning.

    Shak.
  3. To fawn; to cringe; to be obsequious.

    [R.] Churchill.
  4. To follow like a spaniel.

    [R.]
  5. A cringing, fawning person.

    Shak.
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Spaniel

SPAN'IEL, noun

1. A dog used in sports of the field, remarkable for his sagacity and obedience.

2. A mean, cringing, fawning person.

SPAN'IEL, adjective Like a spaniel; mean; fawning.

SPAN'IEL, verb intransitive TO fawn; to cringe; to be obsequious.

SPAN'IEL, verb transitive To follow like a spaniel

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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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comparison

COMPARISON, n.

1. The act of comparing; the act of considering the relation between persons or things, with a view to discover their agreement or resemblance, or their disagreement or difference.

We learn to form a correct estimate of men and their actions by comparison.

2. The state of being compared.

If we rightly estimate what we call good and evil, we shall find it lies much in comparison.

3. Comparative estimate; proportion.

Who is left among you that saw this house in its first glory? And how do you see it now? Is it not in your eyes in comparison of it as nothing? Hag. 2.

4. In grammar, the formation of an adjective in its several degrees of signification; as strong, stronger, strongest; greenish, green, greener, greenest; glorious, more glorious, most glorious. In English, there are strictly four degrees of comparison.

5. A simile, similitude, or illustration by similitude.

Whereto shall we liken the kingdom of God? Or with what comparison shall we compare it? Mark 4.

6. In rhetoric, a figure by which two things are considered with regard to a third, which is common to them both; as, a hero is like a lion in courage. Here courage is common to hero and lion, and constitutes the point of resemblance.

The distinction between similitude and comparison is, that the former has reference to the quality; the latter, to the quantity. Comparison is between more and less; similitude is between good and gad. Hannibal--hung like a tempest on the declivities of the Alps--is a likeness by similitude. The sublimity of the scriptural prophets exceeds that of Homer, as much as thunder is louder than a whisper--is a likeness by comparison.

But comparison has reference to quality as well as quantity.

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