A Dictionary of the English Language: Containing the Pronunciation, Etymology, and Explanation of All Words Authorized by Eminent Writers ...

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Oliver and Boyd, 1846 - English language - 564 pages
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Page 381 - Span, the space from the end of the thumb to the end of the little finger extended.
Page 38 - Back, n. (S. bcEc) the hinder part of the body in man, and the upper part in beasts ; the hinder part of any thing ; the rear.
Page 117 - Di"git, a, three quarters of an inch ; the twelfth part of the diameter of the sun or moon ; any number under ten.
Page 74 - A curve line continued till it ends where it began, having all pans equally distant from a common centre ; the space included in a circular line ; a round body, an orb ; compass...
Page 76 - Brightly, luminously : plainly, evidently ; with discernment, acutely : without entanglement; without deduction or cost : without reserve, without subterfuge.
Page 55 - A building raised over water for the convenience of passage ; the upper part of the nose ; the supporter of the strings in stringed instruments of ruusick.
Page 416 - A trance is a state in which the soul seems to have passed out of the body into another state of being ; a state of insensibility to the things of this world.
Page 260 - The name given to an optical illusion, presenting an image of water in sandy deserts, or elevating objects in the air. Mirror, mir-rur (French, miroir). A looking - glass ; any polished substance which reflects the images of objects ; figuratively, an example or pattern ; a reflected image, by which persons may order and regulate their actions and behaviour. Mis (Saxon, from missian, to err, or go wrong). A prefix...
Page 81 - The term colony, signifies nothing more than a body of people drawn from the mother country, to inhabit some distant place, or the country itself so inhabited.

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