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SWEET, a. [L. suavis.]

1. Agreeable or grateful to the taste; as, sugar or honey is sweet.

2. Pleasing to the smell; fragrant; as a sweet rose; sweet odor; sweet incense. Ex.26.

3. Pleasing to the ear; soft; melodious; harmonious; as the sweet notes of a flute or an organ; sweet music; a sweet voice.

4. Pleasing to the eye; beautiful; as a sweet face; a sweet color or complexion; a sweet form.

5. Fresh; not salt; as sweet water.

6. Not sour; as sweet fruits; sweet oranges.

7. Mild; soft; gentle.

Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades?

Job 38.

8. Mild; soft; kind; obliging; as sweet manners.

9. Grateful; pleasing.

Sweet interchange of hill and valley.

10. Making soft or excellent music; as a sweet singer.

11. Not stale; as sweet butter. The bread is sweet.

12. Not turned; not sour; as sweet milk.

13. Not putrescent or putrid; as, the meat is sweet.

SWEET, n. Something pleasing or grateful to the mind; as the sweets of domestic life.

A little bitter mingled in our cup, leaves no relish of the sweet.

1. A sweet substance; particularly, any vegetable juice which is added to wines to improve them.

2. A perfume.

3. A word of endearment.

4. Cane juice, melasses,or other sweet vegetable substance.



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SWEET, a. [L. suavis.]

1. Agreeable or grateful to the taste; as, sugar or honey is sweet.

2. Pleasing to the smell; fragrant; as a sweet rose; sweet odor; sweet incense. Ex.26.

3. Pleasing to the ear; soft; melodious; harmonious; as the sweet notes of a flute or an organ; sweet music; a sweet voice.

4. Pleasing to the eye; beautiful; as a sweet face; a sweet color or complexion; a sweet form.

5. Fresh; not salt; as sweet water.

6. Not sour; as sweet fruits; sweet oranges.

7. Mild; soft; gentle.

Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades?

Job 38.

8. Mild; soft; kind; obliging; as sweet manners.

9. Grateful; pleasing.

Sweet interchange of hill and valley.

10. Making soft or excellent music; as a sweet singer.

11. Not stale; as sweet butter. The bread is sweet.

12. Not turned; not sour; as sweet milk.

13. Not putrescent or putrid; as, the meat is sweet.

SWEET, n. Something pleasing or grateful to the mind; as the sweets of domestic life.

A little bitter mingled in our cup, leaves no relish of the sweet.

1. A sweet substance; particularly, any vegetable juice which is added to wines to improve them.

2. A perfume.

3. A word of endearment.

4. Cane juice, melasses,or other sweet vegetable substance.

SWEET, a. [Sax. swete; D. zoet; G. süss; Sw. söt; Dan. söd; Sans. swad. Qu. L. suavis.]

  1. Agreeable or grateful to the taste; as, sugar or honey is sweet.
  2. Pleasing to the smell; fragrant; as, a sweet rose; sweet, odor; sweet incense. – Exod. xxxi.
  3. Pleasing to the ear; soft; melodious; harmonious; as, the sweet notes of a flute or an organ; sweet music; a sweet voice.
  4. Pleasing to the eye; beautiful; as, a sweet face; a sweet color or complexion; a sweet form. – Shak.
  5. Fresh; not salt; as, sweet water. – Bacon.
  6. Not sour; as, sweet fruits; sweet oranges.
  7. Mild; soft; gentle. Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades? – Job xxxviii.
  8. Mild; soft; kind; obliging; as, sweet manners.
  9. Grateful; pleasing. Sweet interchange of hill and valley. – Milton.
  10. Making soft or excellent music; as, a sweet singer.
  11. Not stale; as, sweet butter. The bread is sweet.
  12. Not turned; not sour; as, sweet milk.
  13. Not putrescent or putrid; as, the meat is sweet.

SWEET, n.

  1. Something pleasing or grateful to the mind; as, the sweets of domestic life. A little bitter mingled in our cup, leaves no relish of the sweet. – Locke.
  2. A sweet substance; particularly, any vegetable juice which is added to wines to improve them. – Encyc.
  3. A perfume. – Prior. Dryden.
  4. A word of endearment.
  5. Cane juice, melasses, or other sweet vegetable substance. – Edwards, West Indies.

Sweet
  1. Having an agreeable taste or flavor such as that of sugar; saccharine; -- opposed to sour and bitter; as, a sweet beverage; sweet fruits; sweet oranges.
  2. That which is sweet to the taste; -- used chiefly in the plural.

    Specifically: (a)
  3. Sweetly.

    Shak.
  4. To sweeten.

    [Obs.] Udall.
  5. Pleasing to the smell; fragrant; redolent; balmy; as, a sweet rose; sweet odor; sweet incense.

    The breath of these flowers is sweet to me. Longfellow.

  6. That which is sweet or pleasant in odor; a perfume.

    "A wilderness of sweets." Milton.
  7. Pleasing to the ear; soft; melodious; harmonious; as, the sweet notes of a flute or an organ; sweet music; a sweet voice; a sweet singer.

    To make his English sweet upon his tongue. Chaucer.

    A voice sweet, tremulous, but powerful. Hawthorne.

  8. That which is pleasing or grateful to the mind; as, the sweets of domestic life.

    A little bitter mingled in our cup leaves no relish of the sweet. Locke.

  9. Pleasing to the eye; beautiful; mild and attractive; fair; as, a sweet face; a sweet color or complexion.

    Sweet interchange
    Of hill and valley, rivers, woods, and plains.
    Milton.

  10. One who is dear to another; a darling; -- a term of endearment.

    "Wherefore frowns my sweet?" B. Jonson.
  11. Fresh; not salt or brackish; as, sweet water.

    Bacon.
  12. Not changed from a sound or wholesome state. Specifically: (a) Not sour; as, sweet milk or bread. (b) Not state; not putrescent or putrid; not rancid; as, sweet butter; sweet meat or fish.
  13. Plaesing to the mind; mild; gentle; calm; amiable; winning; presuasive; as, sweet manners.

    Canst thou bind the sweet influence of Pleiades? Job xxxviii. 31.

    Mildness and sweet reasonableness is the one established rule of Christian working. M. Arnold.

    * Sweet is often used in the formation of self- explaining compounds; as, sweet-blossomed, sweet- featured, sweet-smelling, sweet-tempered, sweet- toned, etc.

    Sweet alyssum. (Bot.) See Alyssum. -- Sweet apple. (Bot.) (a) Any apple of sweet flavor. (b) See Sweet-top. -- Sweet bay. (Bot.) (a) The laurel (laurus nobilis). (b) Swamp sassafras. -- Sweet calabash (Bot.), a plant of the genus Passiflora (P. maliformis) growing in the West Indies, and producing a roundish, edible fruit, the size of an apple. -- Sweet cicely. (Bot.) (a) Either of the North American plants of the umbelliferous genus Osmorrhiza having aromatic roots and seeds, and white flowers. Gray. (b) A plant of the genus Myrrhis (M. odorata) growing in England. -- Sweet calamus, or Sweet cane. (Bot.) Same as Sweet flag, below. -- Sweet Cistus (Bot.), an evergreen shrub (Cistus Ladanum) from which the gum ladanum is obtained. -- Sweet clover. (Bot.) See Melilot. -- Sweet coltsfoot (Bot.), a kind of butterbur (Petasites sagittata) found in Western North America. -- Sweet corn (Bot.), a variety of the maize of a sweet taste. See the Note under Corn. -- Sweet fern (Bot.), a small North American shrub (Comptonia, or Myrica, asplenifolia) having sweet-scented or aromatic leaves resembling fern leaves. -- Sweet flag (Bot.), an endogenous plant (Acorus Calamus) having long flaglike leaves and a rootstock of a pungent aromatic taste. It is found in wet places in Europe and America. See Calamus, 2. -- Sweet gale (Bot.), a shrub (Myrica Gale) having bitter fragrant leaves; -- also called sweet willow, and Dutch myrtle. See 5th Gale. -- Sweet grass (Bot.), holy, or Seneca, grass. -- Sweet gum (Bot.), an American tree (Liquidambar styraciflua). See Liquidambar. -- Sweet herbs, fragrant herbs cultivated for culinary purposes. -- Sweet John (Bot.), a variety of the sweet William. -- Sweet leaf (Bot.), horse sugar. See under Horse. -- Sweet marjoram. (Bot.) See Marjoram. -- Sweet marten (Zoöl.), the pine marten. -- Sweet maudlin (Bot.), a composite plant (Achillea Ageratum) allied to milfoil. -- Sweet oil, olive oil. -- Sweet pea. (Bot.) See under Pea. -- Sweet potato. (Bot.) See under Potato. -- Sweet rush (Bot.), sweet flag. -- Sweet spirits of niter (Med. Chem.) See Spirit of nitrous ether, under Spirit. -- Sweet sultan (Bot.), an annual composite plant (Centaurea moschata), also, the yellow-flowered (C. odorata); -- called also sultan flower. -- Sweet tooth, an especial fondness for sweet things or for sweetmeats. [Colloq.] -- Sweet William. (a) (Bot.) A species of pink (Dianthus barbatus) of many varieties. (b) (Zoöl.) The willow warbler. (c) (Zoöl.) The European goldfinch; -- called also sweet Billy. [Prov. Eng.] -- Sweet willow (Bot.), sweet gale. -- Sweet wine. See Dry wine, under Dry. -- To be sweet on, to have a particular fondness for, or special interest in, as a young man for a young woman. [Colloq.] Thackeray.

    Syn. -- Sugary; saccharine; dulcet; luscious.

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Sweet

SWEET, adjective [Latin suavis.]

1. Agreeable or grateful to the taste; as, sugar or honey is sweet

2. Pleasing to the smell; fragrant; as a sweet rose; sweet odor; sweet incense. Exodus 26:1.

3. Pleasing to the ear; soft; melodious; harmonious; as the sweet notes of a flute or an organ; sweet music; a sweet voice.

4. Pleasing to the eye; beautiful; as a sweet face; a sweet color or complexion; a sweet form.

5. Fresh; not salt; as sweet water.

6. Not sour; as sweet fruits; sweet oranges.

7. Mild; soft; gentle.

Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades?

Job 38:31.

8. Mild; soft; kind; obliging; as sweet manners.

9. Grateful; pleasing.

SWEET interchange of hill and valley.

10. Making soft or excellent music; as a sweet singer.

11. Not stale; as sweet butter. The bread is sweet

12. Not turned; not sour; as sweet milk.

13. Not putrescent or putrid; as, the meat is sweet

SWEET, noun Something pleasing or grateful to the mind; as the sweets of domestic life.

A little bitter mingled in our cup, leaves no relish of the sweet

1. A sweet substance; particularly, any vegetable juice which is added to wines to improve them.

2. A perfume.

3. A word of endearment.

4. Cane juice, melasses, or other sweet vegetable substance.

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