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elucubration
elucubration [ē lo͞o΄kə brā′shən, ē lo͞o΄kyo͞obrā′shən; ilo͞o΄kə brā′shən, ilo͞o΄kyo͞obrā′shən] n. LUCUBRATION * * * e·lu·cu·bra·tion ...
elude
—eluder, n. /i loohd"/, v.t., eluded, eluding. 1. to avoid or escape by speed, cleverness, trickery, etc.; evade: to elude capture. 2. to escape the understanding, perception, ...
eluent
el·u·ent also el·u·ant (ĕlʹyo͞o-ənt) n. A substance used as a solvent in separating materials in elution.   [Latin ēluēns, ēluent- present participle of ēluere, to ...
Elul
/el"ool/; Seph. Heb. /e loohl"/; Ashk. Heb. /e"leuhl/, n. the twelfth month of the Jewish calendar. Cf. Jewish calendar. [ < Heb elul] * * *
Elura
/e loor"euh/, n. Ellora. * * *
Eluru
▪ India also called  Ellore        city, northeastern Andhra Pradesh state, southern India. It is located at the junction of the Godavari (Godavari River) and ...
elusion
/i looh"zheuhn/, n. the act of eluding; evasion. [1540-50; < LL elusion- (s. of elusio) deception, evasion, equiv. to elus(us), ptp. of eludere to ELUDE (e- E- + lud- play + -tus ...
elusive
—elusively, adv. —elusiveness, n. /i looh"siv/, adj. 1. eluding clear perception or complete mental grasp; hard to express or define: an elusive concept. 2. cleverly or ...
elusively
See elusive. * * *
elusiveness
See elusively. * * *
elute
—elution, n. /ee looht", i looht"/, v.t., eluted, eluting. Physical Chem. to remove by dissolving, as absorbed material from an adsorbent. [1725-35; < L elutus, ptp. of eluere ...
elution
See elute. * * *
elutriate
—elutriation, n. /i looh"tree ayt'/, v.t., elutriated, elutriating. 1. to purify by washing and straining or decanting. 2. to separate the light and heavy particles of by ...
elutriation
See elutriate. * * *
elutriator
/i looh"tree ay'teuhr/, n. a machine for separating particles of mineral by elutriation. [1900-05; ELUTRIATE + -OR2] * * *
eluvial
/i looh"vee euhl/, adj. of or pertaining to eluviation or eluvium. [1860-65; ELUVI(UM) + -AL1] * * *
eluviate
/i looh"vee ayt'/, v.i., eluviated, eluviating. to undergo eluviation. [1925-30; ELUVI(UM) + -ATE1] * * *
eluviation
/i looh'vee ay"sheuhn/, n. the movement through the soil of materials brought into suspension or dissolved by the action of water. [1925-30; ELUVIATE + -ION] * * * Removal of ...
eluvium
/i looh"vee euhm/, n., pl. eluvia /-vee euh/. Geol. a deposit of soil, dust, etc., formed from the decomposition of rock and found in its place of origin. [1880-85; formed on the ...
Elva
/el"veuh/, n. a female given name: from an Old English word meaning "elf." * * *
elve
elve (ĕlv) n. An extremely dim, short-lived, expanding disk of reddish light found above thunderstorms and believed to be created by electromagnetic pulses from intense ...
elver
/el"veuhr/, n. a young eel, esp. one that is migrating up a stream from the ocean. Also called glass eel. [1630-40; var. of ellfare, lit., eel-journey. See EEL, FARE] * * *
elves
/elvz/, n. pl. of elf. * * *
Elvira
/el vuyr"euh, -vear"euh/, n. a female given name: from a Germanic word meaning "elf counsel." * * *
Elvira, Council of
▪ Christian Church council       the first known council of the Christian church in Spain, held early in the 4th century at Elvira, near modern Granada. It is the first ...
Elvis
/el"vis/, n. a male given name, form of Elwin. * * *
Elvis Presley
➡ Presley * * *
elvish
—elvishly, adv. /el"vish/, adj. elfish. [1150-1200; ME; see ELF, -ISH1] * * *
Elvstrøm, Paul
▪ Danish yachtsman born February 25, 1928, Hellerup, Denmark    Danish yachtsman who dominated Olympic Finn class sailing between 1948 and 1960. He won four consecutive gold ...
Elway, John
▪ 1999       On Jan. 25, 1998, National Football League (NFL) quarterback John Elway of the Denver Broncos added a much-anticipated credential to his already impressive ...
Elway, John (Albert)
born June 28, 1960, Port Angeles, Wash., U.S. U.S. football player. He had an outstanding athletic career at Stanford University, then played professional baseball briefly ...
Elwin
/el"win/, n. a male given name. Also, Elvin /el"vin/, Elwyn. * * *
Elwood
/el"wood'/, n. a city in central Indiana. 10,867. * * * (as used in expressions) Bly Robert Elwood Shannon Claude Elwood Charles Elwood Yeager * * * ▪ Indiana, United ...
Elworthy, Samuel Charles Elworthy
▪ 1994       BARON, New Zealand-born marshal (ret.) of the British Royal Air Force (b. March 23, 1911, Timaru, N.Z.—d. April 4, 1993, Christchurch, N.Z.), was in the ...
Elwyn Brooks White
➡ White (I) * * *
Ely
/ee"lee/ for 1, 2; /ee"luy/ for 3, n. 1. Isle of, a former administrative county in E England: now part of Cambridgeshire. 2. a town on this island: medieval cathedral. 9969. 3. ...
Ely, Isle of
▪ ridge, England, United Kingdom       historic region of England, part of the administrative and historic county of Cambridgeshire. The Isle of Ely consists of a hill ...
Ely, Richard T(heodore)
born April 13, 1854, Ripley, N.Y., U.S. died Oct. 4, 1943, Old Lyme, Conn. U.S. economist. He studied at Columbia University and the University of Heidelberg. His career ...
Ely, Richard T.
▪ American economist in full  Richard Theodore Ely  born April 13, 1854, Ripley, New York, U.S. died October 4, 1943, Old Lyme, Connecticut       American economist ...
Ely,Isle of
E·ly (ēʹlē), Isle of A region of east-central England with extensive drained fens. The name Isle comes from the high ground amid the fens; Ely probably refers to the eels ...
Elymais
▪ ancient kingdom, Iran       ancient Parthian vassal state located east of the lower Tigris River and usually considered part of the larger district of Susiana. It ...
Elyot
/el"ee euht, el"yeuht/, n. Sir Thomas, c1490-1546, English scholar and diplomat. * * *
Elyot, Sir Thomas
▪ British author born c. 1490 died March 26, 1546, Carleton, Cambridgeshire, Eng.       English author and administrator, memorable for his championship and use of ...
Elyria
/i lear"ee euh/, n. a city in N Ohio. 52,474. * * * ▪ Ohio, United States       city, seat (1823) of Lorain county, northern Ohio, U.S. It lies along the Black River, ...
Elyse
/i lees"/, n. a female given name, form of Elizabeth. * * *
Elysée
/ay lee zay"/, n. 1. a palace in Paris: the official residence of the president of France. 2. the French government (usually prec. by the). * * *
Elysian
/i lizh"euhn, i lee"zheuhn/, adj. 1. of, pertaining to, or resembling Elysium. 2. blissful; delightful. [1570-80; ELYSI(UM) + -AN] * * *
ElysianFields
Elysian Fields pl.n. Greek Mythology The abode of the blessed after death. * * *
Elysium
/i lizh"ee euhm, i lee"zhee-, i liz"-, i lee"zee-, i lizh"euhm/, n. 1. Also called Elysian Fields. Class. Myth. the abode of the blessed after death. 2. any similarly conceived ...
Elytis, Odysseus
or Odysseas Elytēs, orig. Odysseus Alepoudhelis born Nov. 2, 1911, Iráklion, Crete died March 18, 1996, Athens, Greece Greek poet. The scion of a prosperous Cretan family, ...
Elytis,Odysseus
El·y·tis (ĕlʹē-tēs'), Odysseus. 1911-1996. Greek poet. He won the 1979 Nobel Prize for literature. * * *
elytra
/el"i treuh/, n. pl. of elytron. * * *
elytroid
/el"i troyd'/, adj. resembling an elytron. [1860-65; ELYTR(ON) + -OID] * * *
elytron
—elytrous /el"i treuhs/, adj. /el"i tron'/, n., pl. elytra /-treuh/. one of the pair of hardened forewings of certain insects, as beetles, forming a protective covering for the ...
elytrum
/el"i treuhm/, n., pl. elytra /-treuh/. Obs. elytron. [Latinized var. of ELYTRON] * * *
Elzevir
—Elzevirian, adj. /el"zeuh vear', -veuhr, -seuh-/, n. 1. Louis, c1540-1617, Dutch printer: founder of a printing firm at Leyden (1591?) that was operated by his descendants ...
Elzevir family
or Elsevier family Family of Dutch booksellers, publishers, and printers, 15 members of which were in business between 1587 and 1681. Members of the family operated at The ...
em
/em/, n., pl. ems, adj. n. 1. the letter M, m. 2. Also called mut, mutton. Print. a. the square of any size of type used as the unit of measurement for matter printed in that ...
EM
1. electromagnetic. 2. electromotive. 3. electronic mail. 4. electron microscope; electron microscopy. 5. end matched. 6. Engineer of Mines. 7. enlisted man; enlisted men. * * *
Em
Symbol, Physical Chem. emanation (def. 3). * * *
em dash
Print. a dash one em long. * * *
em pica
Print. a unit of measurement equal to about one-sixth of an inch (4 mm). Also called em. * * *
em quad
1. a square unit of area, one em on each side. 2. a quad having such an area. Cf. quad2 (def. 1). [1870-75] * * *
em-
em-1 var. of en-1 before b, p, and sometimes m: embalm. Cf. im-1. em-2 var. of en-2 before b, m, p, ph: embolism, emphasis. * * *
emaciate
/i may"shee ayt'/, v.t., emaciated, emaciating. to make abnormally lean or thin by a gradual wasting away of flesh. [1640-50; < L emaciatus, wasted away, equiv. to e- E- + ...
emaciated
/i may"shee ay'tid/, adj. marked by emaciation. [1655-65; EMACIATE + -ED2] Syn. thin, wasted, puny, gaunt, haggard, scrawny. * * *
emaciation
/i may'shee ay"sheuhn, -see-/, n. 1. abnormal thinness caused by lack of nutrition or by disease. 2. the process of emaciating. [1655-65; < L emaciat(us) (see EMACIATE) + -ION] * ...
emagram
/em"euh gram'/, n. Meteorol. a thermodynamic chart indicating temperature as the abscissa on a linear scale and pressure as the ordinate on a logarithmic scale. [EM + ...
Emain Macha
Political center of Ulster during pre-Christian and early Christian times. Now called Navan Fort, it is located near the town of Armagh in Northen Ireland. It was the seat of ...
emaki
▪ Japanese art also called  Emakimono,         Japanese illustrated text, or narrative picture scroll. The makimono, or horizontal hand-scroll, format was used, and ...
emalangeni
/em'euh lahng gen"ee/, n. pl. of lilangeni. * * *
emanant
/em"euh neuhnt/, adj. emanating or issuing from or as if from a source. [1605-15; ( < F) < L emanant- (s. of emanans outflowing, prp. of emanare), equiv. to e- E- + man- flow + ...
emanate
—emanative, adj. —emanator, n. —emanatory /em"euh neuh tawr'ee, -tohr'ee/, adj. /em"euh nayt'/, v., emanated, emanating. v.i. 1. to flow out, issue, or proceed, as from a ...
emanation
—emanational, adj. /em'euh nay"sheuhn/, n. 1. an act or instance of emanating. 2. something that emanates or is emanated. 3. Physical Chem. a gaseous product of radioactive ...
emanational
See emanation. * * *
emanationism
▪ philosophy and theology       philosophical and theological theory that sees all of creation as an unwilled, necessary, and spontaneous outflow of contingent beings of ...
emanative
See emanate. * * *
emancipate
—emancipative, adj. —emancipator, n. /i man"seuh payt'/, v.t., emancipated, emancipating. 1. to free from restraint, influence, or the like. 2. to free (a slave) from ...
emancipated
/i man"seuh pay'tid/, adj. 1. not constrained or restricted by custom, tradition, superstition, etc.: a modern, emancipated woman. 2. freed, as from slavery or bondage. [1720-30; ...
emancipation
/i man'seuh pay"sheuhn/, n. 1. the act of emancipating. 2. the state or fact of being emancipated. [1625-35; < L emancipation- (s. of emancipatio), equiv. to emancipat(us) (see ...
Emancipation Act
the British law of 1829 which made it possible for Roman Catholics to hold public positions of power, including being Members of Parliament, for the first time since 1678. * * *
Emancipation Manifesto
▪ Russia [1861]       (March 3 [Feb. 19, Old Style], 1861), manifesto issued by the Russian emperor Alexander II that accompanied 17 legislative acts that freed the ...
Emancipation Proclamation
U.S. Hist. the proclamation issued by President Lincoln on January 1, 1863, freeing the slaves in those territories still in rebellion against the Union. * * * (1863) Edict ...
Emancipation, Edict of
(March 3, 1861) Manifesto issued by Alexander II that freed the serfs of the Russian Empire. Defeat in the Crimean War, change in public opinion, and the increasing number and ...
emancipationist
/i man'seuh pay"sheuh nist/, n. a person who advocates emancipation, esp. an advocate of the freeing of human beings from slavery. [1815-25; EMANCIPATION + -IST] * * *
emancipative
See emancipate. * * *
emancipator
See emancipative. * * *
emancipatory
See emancipative. * * *
Emancipist
▪ Australian history       any of the former convicts in New South Wales, Australia, in the late 18th and the first half of the 19th centuries, specifically those who ...
Emanuel
/i man"yooh euhl/, n. a male given name: from a Hebrew word meaning "God is with us." * * * (as used in expressions) Bach Carl Philipp Emanuel Lasker Emanuel Smith Alfred ...
Emanuel, Rahm
▪ American politician born Nov. 29, 1959, Chicago, Ill., U.S.       American politician who served as an adviser to Pres. Bill Clinton (Clinton, Bill) (1993–99) ...
Emanuele
(as used in expressions) Emanuele Conegliano Orlando Vittorio Emanuele Vittorio Emanuele * * *
emarginate
—emarginately, adv. —emargination, n. /i mahr"jeuh nayt', -nit/, adj. 1. notched at the margin. 2. Bot. notched at the apex, as a petal or leaf. Also, emarginated. [1785-95; ...
emargination
See emarginate. * * *
emasculate
—emasculation, n. —emasculative, adj. —emasculator, n. —emasculatory /i mas"kyeuh leuh tawr'ee, -tohr'ee/, adj. v. /i mas"kyeuh layt'/; adj. /i mas"kyeuh lit, -layt'/, ...
emasculation
See emasculate. * * *
emasculative
See emasculation. * * *
emasculator
See emasculation. * * *
emasculatory
See emasculation. * * *
embacle
/em bah"keuhl, -bak"euhl/, n. an accumulation of broken ice in a river. Cf. debacle (def. 2). [ < F, equiv. to em- EM-1 + (dé)bâcle DEBACLE] * * *
embalm
—embalmer, n. —embalmment, n. /em bahm"/, v.t. 1. to treat (a dead body) so as to preserve it, as with chemicals, drugs, or balsams. 2. to preserve from oblivion; keep in ...
embalmer
See embalm. * * *
embalming
Introduction       the treatment of a dead body so as to sterilize it or to protect it from decay. For practical as well as theological reasons a well-preserved body has ...
embalmment
See embalmer. * * *
embank
/em bangk"/, v.t. to enclose or protect with an embankment. [1640-50; EM-1 + BANK1] * * *
embankment
/em bangk"meuhnt/, n. 1. a bank, mound, dike, or the like, raised to hold back water, carry a roadway, etc. 2. the action of embanking. [1780-90; EMBANK + -MENT] * * *
embar
/em bahr"/, v.t., embarred, embarring. 1. to stop or hinder, as by a bar. 2. to enclose within bars; imprison. [1425-75; late ME embarren < AF, MF embarrer, equiv. to em- EM-1 + ...
embarcadero
/em bahr'keuh dair"oh/, n., pl. embarcaderos. 1. a pier, wharf, or landing place. 2. (sometimes cap.) a waterfront section in San Francisco: piers and seafood ...
embarcation
/em'bahr kay"sheuhn/, n. embarkation. * * *
embargo
/em bahr"goh/, n., pl. embargoes, v., embargoed, embargoing. n. 1. an order of a government prohibiting the movement of merchant ships into or out of its ports. 2. an injunction ...
Embargo Act
Legislation by the U.S. Congress in December 1807 that closed U.S. ports to all exports and restricted imports from Britain. The act was Pres. Thomas Jefferson's response to ...
embark
/em bahrk"/, v.i. 1. to board a ship, aircraft, or other vehicle, as for a journey. 2. to start an enterprise, business, etc. v.t. 3. to put or receive on board a ship, aircraft, ...
embarkation
/em'bahr kay"sheuhn/, n. the act, process, or an instance of embarking. Also, embarcation. [1635-45; < F embarcation < Sp embarcación. See EMBARK, -ATION] * * *
embarkment
/em bahrk"meuhnt/, n. an embarkation. [1590-1600; EMBARK + -MENT] * * *
embarras de richesses
/ahonn bann rddahdeu rddee shes"/, French. embarrassment of riches; confusing overabundance. * * *
EmbarrasRiver
Em·barras River also Em·barrass River (ămʹbrô) A river rising in eastern Illinois and flowing about 298 km (185 mi) generally south and southeast to the Wabash River in ...
embarrass
—embarrassedly /em bar"euhst lee, -euh sid lee/, adv. —embarrassingly, adv. /em bar"euhs/, v.t. 1. to cause confusion and shame to; make uncomfortably self-conscious; ...
embarrassedly
See embarrass. * * *
embarrassingly
See embarrassedly. * * *
embarrassment
/em bar"euhs meuhnt/, n. 1. the state of being embarrassed; disconcertment; abashment. 2. an act or instance of embarrassing. 3. something that embarrasses. 4. an overwhelmingly ...
EmbarrassRiver
Em·barrass River (ămʹbrô) See Embarras River. * * *
embassador
/em bas"euh deuhr/, n. Archaic. ambassador. * * *
embassage
/em"beuh sij/, n. Archaic. embassy. [var. of ambassage < OF ambasse ( < ML ambactia office; see EMBASSY) + -AGE] * * *
embassy
/em"beuh see/, n., pl. embassies. 1. a body of persons entrusted with a mission to a sovereign or government, esp. an ambassador and his or her staff. 2. the official ...
embattle
embattle1 /em bat"l/, v.t., embattled, embattling. 1. to arrange in order of battle; prepare for battle; arm. 2. to fortify (a town, camp, etc.). [1350-1400; ME embatailen < MF ...
embattled
/em bat"ld/, adj. 1. disposed or prepared for battle. 2. engaged in or beset by conflict or struggle. [1350-1400; ME; see EMBATTLE1, -ED2; def. 2 prob. by assoc. with the general ...
embattlement
/em bat"l meuhnt/, n. battlement. [1400-1450; late ME embatailment. See EMBATTLE2, -MENT] * * *
embay
/em bay"/, v.t. 1. to enclose in or as if in a bay; surround or envelop. 2. to form into a bay. [1575-85; EM-1 + BAY1] * * *
embayment
/em bay"meuhnt/, n. 1. a bay. 2. Physical Geog. the process by which a bay is formed. [1805-15; EMBAY + -MENT] * * *
Embden
/em"deuhn/, n. one of a breed of large, white domestic geese having orange shanks, toes, and bill. Also, Emden. * * *
Embden, Gustav Georg
born Nov. 10, 1874, Hamburg, Ger. died July 25, 1933, Nassau German physiological chemist. He taught at the University of Frankfurt am Main from its founding in 1914. He ...
embed
—embedment, n. /em bed"/, v., embedded, embedding. v.t. 1. to fix into a surrounding mass: to embed stones in cement. 2. to surround tightly or firmly; envelop or enclose: ...
embedded processor
▪ computing       a class of computer, or computer chip, embedded in various machines. These are small computers that use simple microprocessors (microprocessor) to ...
embedding
/em bed"ing/, n. Math. the mapping of one set into another. Also, imbedding. [EMBED + -ING1] * * *
embedment
See embed. * * *
embellish
—embellisher, n. /em bel"ish/, v.t. 1. to beautify by or as if by ornamentation; ornament; adorn. 2. to enhance (a statement or narrative) with fictitious additions. [1300-50; ...
embellisher
See embellish. * * *
embellishment
/em bel"ish meuhnt/, n. 1. an ornament or decoration. 2. a fictitious addition, as to a factual statement. 3. Music. a. ornament (def. 8). b. See auxiliary tone. 4. the act of ...
ember
/em"beuhr/, n. 1. a small live piece of coal, wood, etc., as in a dying fire. 2. embers, the smoldering remains of a fire. [bef. 1000; ME eemer, emeri, OE aemerge, aemyrie (c. ON ...
Ember day
any of the days in the quarterly three-day period of prayer and fasting (the Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday after the first Sunday in Lent, after Whitsunday, after Sept. 14, and ...
Ember Days and Ember Weeks
▪ Roman Catholic and Anglican churches       in the Roman Catholic and Anglican churches, four “times” set apart for special prayer and fasting and for the ...
EmberDay
Em·ber Day (ĕmʹbər) n. A day reserved for prayer and fasting by some Christian churches, observed on the Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday after the first Sunday of Lent, ...
Emberizidae
▪ bird family  songbird family in the classification preferred by some authorities, absorbing some groups otherwise placed in the Fringillidae (q.v.), order Passeriformes. ...
emberizine
/em'beuh ruy"zin, -zuyn/, Ornith. adj. 1. belonging or pertaining to the subfamily Emberizinae, comprising the buntings, New World sparrows, and related birds. n. 2. an ...
embezzle
—embezzlement, n. —embezzler, n. /em bez"euhl/, v.t., embezzled, embezzling. to appropriate fraudulently to one's own use, as money or property entrusted to one's ...
embezzlement
See embezzle. * * * Crime of fraudulently appropriating property entrusted to one's care and converting it to one's own use. It occurs when a person gains possession of goods ...
embezzler
See embezzlement. * * *
embiid
/em"bee id/, n. See web spinner. [ < NL Embiidae the web spinner family, equiv. to Embi(a) a genus ( < Gk, fem. of émbios having life) + -idae -ID2] * * *
embiotocid
/em'bee ot"euh sid -euh tos"id, -toh"sid/, adj. 1. belonging or pertaining to the family Embiotocidae, comprising the surfperches. n. 2. an embiotocid fish. [ < NL Embiotocidae, ...
embitter
—embitterer, n. —embitterment, n. /em bit"euhr/, v.t. 1. to make bitter; cause to feel bitterness: Failure has embittered him. 2. to make bitter or more bitter in ...
embitterment
See embitter. * * *
Embla
/em"blah/, n. Scand. Myth. the first woman, made by the gods from a tree. Cf. Ask. [ < ON, prob. akin to almr ELM] * * *
emblaze
emblaze1 —emblazer, n. /em blayz"/, v.t., emblazed, emblazing. 1. to illuminate, as by a blaze. 2. to kindle. [1515-25; EM-1 + BLAZE1] emblaze2 —emblazer, n. /em blayz"/, ...
emblazon
—emblazoner, n. /em blay"zeuhn/, v.t. 1. to depict, as on an escutcheon in heraldry. 2. to decorate with brilliant colors. 3. to proclaim; celebrate or extol. [1585-95; EM-1 + ...
emblazoner
See emblazon. * * *
emblazonment
/em blay"zeuhn meuhnt/, n. 1. the act of emblazoning. 2. something that is emblazoned. [1790-1800; EMBLAZON + -MENT] * * *
emblazonry
/em blay"zeuhn ree/, n. 1. the act or art of emblazoning; heraldic decoration. 2. brilliant representation or embellishment. [1660-70; EM-1 + BLAZONRY] * * *
emblem
/em"bleuhm/, n. 1. an object or its representation, symbolizing a quality, state, class of persons, etc.; symbol: The olive branch is an emblem of peace. 2. a sign, design, or ...
emblem book
▪ literary genre       collection of symbolic pictures, usually accompanied by mottoes and expositions in verse and often also by a prose commentary. Derived from the ...
emblema
▪ art plural  Emblemata,    central panel with figure representations—people, animals, and other objects—or occasionally another featured design motif in a Hellenistic ...
emblematic
—emblematically, adv. —emblematicalness, n. /em'bleuh mat"ik/, adj. pertaining to, of the nature of, or serving as an emblem; symbolic. Also, emblematical. [1635-45; < Gk ...
emblematically
See emblematic. * * *
emblematist
/em blem"euh tist/, n. a designer, maker, or user of emblems. [1640-50; emblemat- (see EMBLEMATIC) + -IST] * * *
emblematize
/em blem"euh tuyz'/, v.t., emblematized, emblematizing. to serve as an emblem of; represent by an emblem. Also, esp. Brit., emblematise. [1605-15; emblemat- (see EMBLEMATIC) + ...
emblements
/em"bleuh meuhnts/, n.pl. Law. the products or profits of land that has been sown or planted. [1485-95; pl. of emblement < AF, MF emblaement, equiv. to emblae(r) ( < ML imbladare ...
emblemize
em·blem·ize (ĕmʹblə-mīz') v. Variant of emblematize. * * *
emblems
Emblems, logos and other symbols are widely used as a simple way of identifying countries, states, organizations, companies and sports teams.   Emblems of Great Britain ...
Emboabas, War of the
▪ Brazilian history       (1708–09), conflict in the Captaincy of Minas Gerais, Brazil, between the original settlers from São Paulo (Paulistas) and new settlers ...
embodiment
/em bod"ee meuhnt/, n. 1. the act of embodying. 2. the state or fact of being embodied. 3. a person, being, or thing embodying a spirit, principle, abstraction, etc; ...
embody
—embodier, n. /em bod"ee/, v.t., embodied, embodying. 1. to give a concrete form to; express, personify, or exemplify in concrete form: to embody an idea in an allegorical ...
emboîté
Fr. /ahonn bwann tay"/, n., pl. emboîtés /-tay"/. Ballet. a step, performed in series, in which the dancer stands on the toes with legs together and then springs up, swinging ...
embolden
/em bohl"deuhn/, v.t. to make bold or bolder; hearten; encourage. Also, imbolden. [1495-1505; EM-1 + BOLD + -EN1] * * *
embolectomy
embolectomy [em΄bō lek′tə mē] n. the surgical removal of an embolus * * * em·bo·lec·to·my (ĕm'bə-lĕkʹtə-mē) n. pl. em·bo·lec·to·mies Surgical removal of an ...
emboli
em·bo·li (ĕmʹbə-lī') n. Plural of embolus. * * *
embolic
/em bol"ik/, adj. 1. Pathol. pertaining to an embolus or to embolism. 2. Embryol. of, pertaining to, or resulting from emboly. [1865-70; EMBOL(US) + -IC] * * *
embolism
—embolismic, adj. /em"beuh liz'euhm/, n. 1. Pathol. the occlusion of a blood vessel by an embolus. 2. intercalation, as of a day in a year. 3. a period of time intercalated. 4. ...
embolismic
See embolism. * * *
embolite
/em"beuh luyt'/, n. a mineral, chloride and bromide of silver, used as a minor source of silver. [1840-50; < Gk emból(ion) insertion (see EMBOLUS) + -ITE1] * * *
embolization
/em'beuh leuh zay"sheuhn/, n. obstruction of a blood vessel or organ by an embolus. [1945-50; EMBOL(US) + -IZATION] * * *
embolus
/em"beuh leuhs/, n., pl. emboli /-luy'/. Pathol. undissolved material carried by the blood and impacted in some part of the vascular system, as thrombi or fragments of thrombi, ...
emboly
/em"beuh lee/, n., pl. embolies. Embryol. the pushing or growth of one part into another, as in the formation of certain gastrulas. [1875-80; < Gk embolé a putting into place, ...
embonpoint
Fr. /ahonn bawonn pwaonn"/, n. excessive plumpness; stoutness. [1655-65; < F, lit., in good condition] * * *
embosk
/em bosk"/, v.t. to hide or conceal (something, oneself, etc.) with or as if with foliage, greenery, or the like: to embosk oneself within a grape arbor. [EM-1 + BOSK] * * *
embosom
/em booz"euhm, -booh"zeuhm/, v.t. 1. to enfold, envelop, or enclose. 2. to take into or hold in the bosom; embrace. 3. to cherish; foster. Also, imbosom. [1580-90; EM-1 + ...
emboss
—embossable, adj. —embosser, n. —embossment, n. /em baws", -bos"/, v.t. 1. to raise or represent (surface designs) in relief. 2. to decorate (a surface) with raised ...
embosser
See emboss. * * *
embossing
▪ art       art of producing raised patterns on the surface of metal, leather, textiles, paper, and other similar substances. Strictly speaking, the term is applicable ...
embossment
em·boss·ment (ĕm-bôsʹmənt, -bŏsʹ-) n. 1. The act or process of embossing or the condition of being embossed. 2. Embossed ornamentation. 3. The distance between the ...
embouchure
/ahm'boo shoor", ahm"boo shoor'/; Fr. /ahonn booh shyuurdd"/, n., pl. embouchures /-shoorz"/; Fr. /-shyuurdd"/. 1. the mouth of a river. 2. the opening out of a valley into a ...
embourgeoisement
/em boor"zhwahz meuhnt, -mahnt', ahm-/; Fr. /ahonn boohrdd zhwannz mahonn"/, n. the acquisition or adoption of middle-class values and manners. [ < F, equiv. to s'embourgeois(er) ...
embow
embow [em bō′] vt. 〚ME embouen: see EN-1 & BOW2〛 to bend into the form of an arch or bow: now only in pp. [a dolphin embowed on the shield] * * *
embowed
/em bohd"/, adj. bent; vaulted; arched. [1475-85; EMBOW + -ED2] * * *
embowel
/em bow"euhl, -bowl"/, v.t., emboweled, emboweling or (esp. Brit.) embowelled, embowelling. 1. to disembowel. 2. Obs. to enclose. [1515-25; EM-1 + BOWEL] * * *
embower
/em bow"euhr/, v.t., v.i. to shelter in or as in a bower; cover or surround with foliage. Also, imbower. [1570-80; EM-1 + BOWER1] * * *
embrace
embrace1 —embraceable, adj. —embracement, n. —embracer, n. /em brays"/, v., embraced, embracing, n. v.t. 1. to take or clasp in the arms; press to the bosom; hug. 2. to ...
embraceable
See embrace. * * *
embracement
See embraceable. * * *
embraceor
/em bray"seuhr/, n. Law. a person guilty of embracery. [1400-50; late ME < AF; MF embraseor instigator, equiv. to embras(er) (see EMBRACE2) + -eor < L -ator- -ATOR] * * *
embracer
I. em·brac·er1 (ĕm-brāʹsər) n. One that embraces: an embracer of novel ideas.   II. em·brac·er2 (ĕm-brāʹsər) n. Variant of embraceor. * * *
embracery
/em bray"seuh ree/, n., pl. embraceries. Law. an attempt to influence a judge or jury by corrupt means, as by bribery, threats, or promises. Also, imbracery. [1400-50; late ME ...
embracive
—embracively, adv. /em bray"siv/, adj. 1. thoroughly embracing or encompassing. 2. given to embracing or caressing. [1850-55; EMBRACE1 + -IVE] * * *
embranchment
/em branch"meuhnt, -brahnch"-/, n. 1. a branching or ramification. 2. a branch. [1820-30; < F embranchement, equiv. to em- EM-1 + branche BRANCH + -ment -MENT] * * *
embrangle
—embranglement, n. /em brang"geuhl/, v.t., embrangled, embrangling. to embroil. Also, imbrangle. [1655-65; EM-1 + brangle (b. BRAWL and WRANGLE)] * * *
embranglement
See embrangle. * * *
embrasure
—embrasured, adj. /em bray"zheuhr/, n. 1. (in fortification) an opening, as a loophole or crenel, through which missiles may be discharged. 2. Archit. a splayed enlargement of ...
embrasured
See embrasure. * * *
Embriaci Family
▪ Genoese family       a powerful Genoese family, whose members played notable roles in the Crusades in the Holy Land in the 11th and 12th centuries. Guglielmo Embriaco ...
embrittle
/em brit"l/, v.t., v.i., embrittled, embrittling. to make or become brittle. [1900-05; EM-1 + BRITTLE] * * *
embrittlement
/em brit"l meuhnt/, n. the act or process of becoming brittle, as steel from exposure to certain environments or heat treatment or because of the presence of ...
embrocate
/em"broh kayt', -breuh-/, v.t., embrocated, embrocating. to moisten and rub with a liniment or lotion. [1605-15; < ML embrocatus (ptp. of embrocare), equiv. to LL embroch(a) ( < ...
embrocation
/em'broh kay"sheuhn, -breuh-/, n. 1. the act of embrocating a bruised or diseased part of the body. 2. the liquid used for this; a liniment or lotion. [1400-50; late ME. See ...
embroglio
/em brohl"yoh/, n., pl. embroglios. imbroglio. [confused with EMBROIL] * * *
embroider
—embroiderer, n. /em broy"deuhr/, v.t. 1. to decorate with ornamental needlework. 2. to produce or form in needlework. 3. to adorn or embellish rhetorically, esp. with ornate ...
embroiderer
See embroider. * * *
embroideress
/em broy"deuhr is/, n. a woman who embroiders. [1715-25; EMBROIDER + -ESS] Usage. See -ess. * * *
embroidery
/em broy"deuh ree, -dree/, n., pl. embroideries. 1. the art of working raised and ornamental designs in threads of silk, cotton, gold, silver, or other material, upon any woven ...
embroidery needle
a needle with a long eye, used for embroidery and fine darning. [1885-90] * * *
embroil
—embroiler, n. —embroilment, n. /em broyl"/, v.t. 1. to bring into discord or conflict; involve in contention or strife. 2. to throw into confusion; complicate. [1595-1605; < ...
embroilment
See embroil. * * *
embrown
/em brown"/, v.t., v.i. to make or become brown or dark. [1660-70; EM-1 + BROWN] * * *
embrue
/em brooh"/, v.t., embrued, embruing. imbrue. * * *
embrute
/em brooht"/, v.t., v.i., embruted, embruting. imbrute. * * *
embry-
var. of embryo- before a vowel. * * *
embryectomy
/em'bree ek"teuh mee/, n., pl. embryectomies. Surg. removal of an embryo. [EMBRY- + -ECTOMY] * * *
embryo
/em"bree oh'/, n., pl. embryos, adj. n. 1. the young of a viviparous animal, esp. of a mammal, in the early stages of development within the womb, in humans up to the end of the ...
embryo sac
Bot. the megaspore of a seed-bearing plant, situated within the ovule, giving rise to the endosperm and forming the egg cell or nucleus from which the embryo plant develops after ...
embryo transfer
the transfer of a developing embryo to or from the uterus of a surrogate mother. Also called embryo transplant. [1970-75] * * *
embryo-
a combining form representing embryo in compound words: embryology. Also, esp. before a vowel, embry-. * * *
embryogenesis
em·bry·o·gen·e·sis (ĕm'brē-ō-jĕnʹĭ-sĭs) also em·bry·og·e·ny (-ŏjʹə-nē) n. The development and growth of an embryo.   em'bry·o·genʹic (-jĕnʹĭk) or ...
embryogenetic
See embryogenic. * * *
embryogenic
See embryogenesis. * * *
embryogeny
—embryogenic /em'bree oh jen"ik/, embryogenetic /em'bree oh jeuh net"ik/, adj. /em'bree oj"euh nee/, n. the formation and development of the embryo, as a subject of scientific ...
embryoid
em·bry·oid (ĕmʹbrē-oid') n. A minute plant or animal form that resembles an embryo. adj. Resembling an embryo. * * *
embryol.
embryology. * * *
embryologic
See embryology. * * *
embryological
See embryologic. * * *
embryologically
See embryologic. * * *
embryologist
/em'bree ol"euh jist/, n. a specialist in embryology. [1840-50; EMBRYOLOG(Y) + -IST] * * *
embryology
—embryological /em'bree euh loj"i keuhl/, embryologic, adj. —embryologically, adv. /em'bree ol"euh jee/, n., pl. embryologies. 1. the science dealing with the formation, ...
embryonic
—embryonically, adv. /em'bree on"ik/, adj. 1. pertaining to or in the state of an embryo. 2. rudimentary; undeveloped. Also, embryonal /em"bree euh nl, em'bree ...
embryonic disk
Embryol. 1. Also called embryonic shield. in the early embryo of mammals, the flattened inner cell mass that arises at the end of the blastocyst stage and from which the embryo ...
embryonic membrane
embryonic membrane n. any of several living membranes enclosing or closely associated with the developing vertebrate embryo, as the allantois, amnion, yolk sac, etc. * * *
embryonic membrane.
See extraembryonic membrane. [1945-50] * * *
embryonically
See embryonic. * * *
embryonicdisk
embryonic disk n. 1. A platelike mass of cells in the blastocyst from which a mammalian embryo develops. Also called embryonic shield. 2. See germinal disk. * * *
embryonicmembrane
embryonic membrane n. Any of the membranous structures closely associated with or surrounding a developing vertebrate embryo, including the amnion, chorion, allantois, and yolk ...
embryonicshield
embryonic shield n. See embryonic disk. * * *
embryopathy
em·bry·op·a·thy (ĕm'brē-ŏpʹə-thē) n. pl. em·bry·op·a·thies A developmental disorder in an embryo. * * *
embryophyte
embryophyte [em′brē ō fīt΄] n. any of a subkingdom (Embryobionta) of plants, having an enclosed embryo, as within a seed or archegonium, including bryophytes, ferns, ...
embryosac
embryo sac n. The female gametophyte of a seed plant, within which the embryo develops. * * *
embryotic
em·bry·ot·ic (ĕm'brē-ŏtʹĭk) adj. Variant of embryonic. * * *
embryotomy
/em'bree ot"euh mee/, n., pl. embryotomies. Surg. dismemberment of a fetus, when natural delivery is impossible, in order to effect its removal. [1715-25; < F embryotomie. See ...
embryotoxic
/em'bree oh tok"sik/, adj. poisonous to embryos. [EMBRYO- + TOXIC] * * *
embryotransfer
embryo transfer n. In both senses also called embryo transplant. 1. The process in which an egg that has been fertilized in vitro is transferred into a recipient's uterus. 2. A ...
embryotroph
—embryotrophic /em'bree euh trof"ik, -troh"fik/, adj. —embryotrophy /em'bree o"treuh fee/, n. /em"bree euh trof', -trawf'/, n. Embryol. the nutrient material, composed ...
Embu
▪ Kenya       town, central Kenya, located at an elevation of about 4,400 feet (1,350 metres), about 24 miles (40 km) south of Mount Kenya National Park (see Mount ...
Embury, Philip
▪ British-American preacher born 1728, probably in Ballingrane, County Limerick, Ire. died August 1775, Camden, N.Y., U.S.  Irish-American preacher and one of the founders ...
embus
/im bus", em-/, v.i., v.t., embussed, embussing. to get or put on a bus. [1925-30; EM-1 + BUS] * * *
emcee
/em"see"/, n., v., emceed, emceeing. n. 1. master of ceremonies. v.t. 2. to act as master of ceremonies for. v.i. 3. to act as master of ceremonies. [1935-35, Amer.; sp. form of ...
emdash
em·dash or em dash (ĕmʹdăsh') n. A symbol (—) used in writing and printing to indicate a break in thought or sentence structure, to introduce a phrase added for emphasis, ...
Emden
/em"deuhn/, n. a seaport in NW Germany. 53,400. /em"deuhn/, n. Embden. * * * ▪ Germany       city, Lower Saxony Land (state), northwestern Germany. It lies near the ...
Emden, Jacob Israel
▪ Danish rabbi original name  Jacob Ben Zebi,  also called  (by acronym) Yaabetz  born June 4, 1697, Altona, Holstein [now in Denmark] died April 19, 1776, ...
Emden, Robert
▪ Swiss astronomer born March 4, 1862, St. Gallen, Switz. died Oct. 8, 1940, Zürich       physicist and astrophysicist who developed a theory of expansion and ...
eme
/eem/, n. Chiefly Scot. 1. friend. 2. uncle. [bef. 1000; ME eem(e), OE eam; c. D oom, G (arch.) Ohm, Oheim; akin to UNCLE] * * *
Emecheta, Buchi
▪ Nigerian author and sociologist born July 21, 1944, Lagos, Nigeria        Igbo writer whose novels deal largely with the difficult and unequal role of women in both ...


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