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SPEC'ULAR, a. [L. specularis, from speculum, a mirror, from specio, to see.]

1. Having the qualities of a mirror or looking glass; having a smooth reflecting surface; as a specular metal; a specular surface.

2. Assisting sight. [Improper and not used.]

3. Affording view.



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SPEC'ULAR, a. [L. specularis, from speculum, a mirror, from specio, to see.]

1. Having the qualities of a mirror or looking glass; having a smooth reflecting surface; as a specular metal; a specular surface.

2. Assisting sight. [Improper and not used.]

3. Affording view.

SPEC'U-LAR, a. [L. specularis, from speculum, a mirror, from specio, to see.]

  1. Having the qualities of a mirror or looking-glass; having a smooth reflecting surface; as, a specular metal; a specular surface. – Newton.
  2. Assisting sight. [Improper and not used.] – Philips.
  3. Affording view. – Milton.

Spec"u*lar
  1. Having the qualities of a speculum, or mirror; having a smooth, reflecting surface; as, a specular metal; a specular surface.
  2. Of or pertaining to a speculum; conducted with the aid of a speculum; as, a specular examination.
  3. Assisting sight, as a lens or the like.

    [Obs.]

    Thy specular orb
    Apply to well-dissected kernels; lo!
    In each observe the slender threads
    Of first-beginning trees.
    J. Philips.

  4. Affording view.

    [R.] "Look once more, ere we leave this specular mount." Milton.

    Specular iron. (Min.) See Hematite.

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Specular

SPEC'ULAR, adjective [Latin specularis, from speculum, a mirror, from specio, to see.]

1. Having the qualities of a mirror or looking glass; having a smooth reflecting surface; as a specular metal; a specular surface.

2. Assisting sight. [Improper and not used.]

3. Affording view.

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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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COLOPHONY, n. In pharmacy, black resin or turpentine boiled in water and dried; or the residuum, after distillation of the etherial oil of turpentine, being further urged by a more intense and long continued fire. It is so named from Colophon in Ionia, whence the best was formerly brought.

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