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emeer
/euh mear", ay mear", ay"mear/, n. emir. * * *
emeerate
/euh mear"it, -ayt, ay mear"-/, n. emirate (defs. 1, 2). * * *
Emelia
/i meel"yeuh/, n. a female given name. * * *
Emeline
/em"euh leen', -lin'/, n. a female given name. Also, Emelin /em"euh lin'/, Emelina /em'euh lee"neuh, -luy"neuh/. * * *
emend
—emendable, adj. /i mend"/, v.t. 1. to edit or change (a text). 2. to free from faults or errors; correct. [1375-1425; late ME ( < MF emender) < L emendare to correct, equiv. ...
emendate
—emendator, n. /ee"meuhn dayt', em"euhn-, i men"dayt/, v.t., emendated, emendating. to emend (a text). [1875-80; < L emendatus, ptp. of emendare. See EMEND, -ATE1] * * *
emendation
—emendatory /i men"deuh tawr'ee, -tohr'ee/, adj. /ee'meuhn day"sheuhn, em'euhn-/, n. 1. a correction or change, as of a text. 2. the act of emending. [1530-40; < L emendation- ...
emendator
See emendate. * * *
emendatory
See emendator. * * *
emender
See emend. * * *
emer.
emer. abbr. 1. emerita. 2. emeritus. * * *
emerald
/em"euhr euhld, em"reuhld/, n. 1. a rare variety of beryl that is colored green by chromium and valued as a gem. 2. See emerald green. 3. Print. (in Britain) a 61/2-point type of ...
emerald cut
Jewelry. a type of step cut, used esp. on emeralds and diamonds, in which the girdle has the form of a square or rectangle with truncated corners. * * *
emerald green
—emerald-green, adj. a clear, deep-green color. [1875-80] * * *
Emerald Isle
Ireland (def. 2). * * *
emerge
/i merrj"/, v.i., emerged, emerging. 1. to come forth into view or notice, as from concealment or obscurity: a ghost emerging from the grave; a ship emerging from the fog. 2. to ...
emergence
/i merr"jeuhns/, n. 1. the act or process of emerging. 2. an outgrowth, as a prickle, on the surface of a plant. 3. Evolution. the appearance of new properties or species in the ...
emergency
/i merr"jeuhn see/, n., pl. emergencies, adj. n. 1. a sudden, urgent, usually unexpected occurrence or occasion requiring immediate action. 2. a state, esp. of need for help or ...
emergency boat
Naut. See accident boat. * * *
emergency brake
1. Also called parking brake. a special brake used to prevent a motor vehicle from rolling after it has stopped or been parked. Cf. brake1 (def. 1). 2. any brake meant to stop a ...
Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008
▪ United States legislation       legislation passed by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by Pres. George W. Bush (Bush, George W.) on Oct. 3, 2008. It was designed ...
emergency medicine
      medical specialty emphasizing the immediacy of treatment of acutely ill or injured individuals.       Among the factors that influenced the growth of ...
emergency room
a hospital area equipped and staffed for the prompt treatment of acute illness, trauma, or other medical emergencies. Abbr.: ER * * *
emergencybrake
emergency brake n. A separate brake system in a vehicle for use in case of failure of the regular brakes and commonly used as a parking brake. Also called hand brake. * * *
emergencymedical technician
emergency medical technician n. Abbr. EMT A person trained and certified to appraise and initiate the administration of emergency care for victims of trauma or acute illness ...
emergencymedicine
emergency medicine n. The branch of medicine that deals with evaluation and initial treatment of medical conditions caused by trauma or sudden illness. * * *
emergencyroom
emergency room n. Abbr. ER The section of a health care facility for providing rapid treatment to victims of sudden illness or trauma. * * *
emergent
—emergently, adv. —emergentness, n. /i merr"jeuhnt/, adj. 1. coming into view or notice; issuing. 2. emerging; rising from a liquid or other surrounding medium. 3. coming ...
emergent evolution
the origin of entirely new properties at certain critical stages or levels in the course of evolution, as multicellular organisms, sexual reproduction, or nervous ...
emergent norms
Sociol. new norms that define appropriate behavior in ambiguous situations, as those developed by members of a crowd. * * *
emergicenter
/i merr"jeuh sen'teuhr/, n. a walk-in facility for treatment of minor medical emergencies. [1980-85; EMERG(ENCY) + -I- + CENTER] * * *
emerging
/i merr"jing/, adj. emergent (def. 3): emerging nations. [1640-50; EMERGE + -ING2] * * *
Emerging Equity Markets
▪ 1995 Introduction by John Mullin       By the beginning of 1994, stock markets in less developed countries (LDCs)—known as emerging equity markets—had taken root ...
emerging market
a market in a less developed country whose economy is just beginning to grow: emerging markets open to foreign investors. * * *
emerita
/i mer"i teuh/, adj., n., pl. emeritae /-tee'/. adj. 1. (of a woman) retired or honorably discharged from active professional duty, but retaining the title of one's office or ...
emeritus
/i mer"i teuhs/, adj., n., pl. emeriti /-tuy', -tee'/. adj. 1. retired or honorably discharged from active professional duty, but retaining the title of one's office or position: ...
emerize
/em"euh ruyz'/, v.t., emerized, emerizing. to finish (fabric) with a cylinder covered with emery in order to make the raised nap even and give luster to the fabric. Also, esp. ...
emersed
/i merrst"/, adj. Bot. risen or standing out of water, surrounding leaves, etc. [1680-90; < L emersus (ptp. of emergere to EMERGE) + -ED2] * * *
emersion
/i merr"zheuhn, -sheuhn/, n. 1. Also called egress. Astron. the emergence of a heavenly body from an eclipse, an occultation, or a transit. Cf. immersion (def. 5). 2. Archaic. ...
Emerson
—Emersonian /em'euhr soh"nee euhn/, adj. /em"euhr seuhn/, n. Ralph Waldo, /wawl"doh, wol"-/, 1803-82, U.S. essayist and poet. * * * (as used in expressions) Emerson Peter ...
Emerson College
▪ college, Boston, Massachusetts, United States       private, coeducational institution of higher learning in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S. It is a specialized college ...
Emerson, Alfred Edwards
▪ American zoologist born Dec. 31, 1896, Ithaca, N.Y., U.S. died Oct. 3, 1976, Huletts Landing, N.Y.       U.S. zoologist noted for his definitive work on termites ...
Emerson, Ellen Russell
▪ American ethnologist née  Ellen Russell  born Jan. 16, 1837, New Sharon, Maine, U.S. died June 12, 1907, Cambridge, Mass.       American ethnologist, noted for her ...
Emerson, Gloria
▪ 2005       American journalist (b. May 19, 1929, New York, N.Y.—d. Aug. 3, 2004, New York City), covered the Vietnam War for the New York Times, reporting on the ...
Emerson, Lake and Palmer
▪ British rock group       British band known for its role in the development of art rock during the 1970s. The members were Keith Emerson (b. Nov. 1, 1944, Todmorden, ...
Emerson, P(eter) H(enry)
born May 13, 1856, Cuba died May 12, 1936, Falmouth, Eng. English photographer. Trained as a physician, he began using photography in an anthropological study of East Anglia; ...
Emerson, Peter Henry
▪ British photographer born May 13, 1856, Cuba died May 12, 1936, Falmouth, Cornwall, England       English photographer who promoted photography as an independent art ...
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
born May 25, 1803, Boston, Mass., U.S. died April 27, 1882, Concord U.S. poet, essayist, and lecturer. Emerson graduated from Harvard University and was ordained a Unitarian ...
Emerson,Ralph Waldo
Em·er·son (ĕmʹər-sən), Ralph Waldo. 1803-1882. American writer, philosopher, and central figure of American transcendentalism. His poems, orations, and especially his ...
Emersonian
See Emerson, Ralph Waldo. * * *
emery
/em"euh ree, em"ree/, n. a granular mineral substance consisting typically of corundum mixed with magnetite or hematite, used powdered, crushed, or consolidated for grinding and ...
Emery
/em"euh ree, em"ree/, n. a male or female given name. * * * Granular rock consisting of a mixture of the mineral corundum (aluminum oxide, Al2O3) and iron oxides such as ...
emery board
a small, stiff strip of paper or cardboard, coated with powdered emery, used in manicuring. [1715-25] * * *
emery cloth
emery-coated cloth used as an abrasive. * * *
emery wheel
emery wheel n. a wheel composed of emery or surfaced with emery, used in grinding, polishing, cutting, etc. * * *
emery wheel.
See grinding wheel. [1850-55] * * *
emeryboard
emery board n. A nail file consisting of a strip of cardboard coated with powdered emery. * * *
emesis
/em"euh sis/, n. Pathol. vomitus. [1870-75; < NL < Gk émesis a vomiting, equiv. to eme- (s. of emeîn to vomit) + -sis -SIS] * * *
emetic
—emetically, adv. /euh met"ik/, adj. 1. causing vomiting, as a medicinal substance. n. 2. an emetic medicine or agent. [1650-60; < L emeticus < Gk emetikós, equiv. to ...
emetically
See emetic. * * *
emetine
/em"i teen', -tin/, n. Pharm. a crystalline or white powdery substance, C29H40N2O4, the active principle of ipecac: used chiefly in the treatment of amebic dysentery and as an ...
emeu
emeu [ē′myo͞o΄] n. alt. sp. of EMU * * *
émeute
émeute [ā möt′] n. 〚Fr < pp. of émouvoir, to agitate: see EMOTION〛 an uprising or riot * * *
EMF
electromagnetic field. * * *
emf
See electromotive force. Also, EMF, E.M.F., e.m.f. * * *
EMG
1. electromyogram. 2. electromyograph. 3. electromyography. * * *
EMI
(in full Electric and Musical Industries) a large international music company started in 1931 when two other companies joined together. The new company included many of the most ...
emic
/ee"mik/, adj. Ling. pertaining to or being a significant unit that functions in contrast with other units in a language or other system of behavior. Cf. etic. [1950-55; ...
emiction
/i mik"sheuhn/, n. urination. [1660-70; < LL emict(us) (ptp. of emingere to make water) (equiv. to e- E- + mig- urinate (c. OE migan, ON miga) + -tus ptp. suffix) + -ION] * * *
emigrant
/em"i greuhnt/, n. 1. a person who emigrates, as from his or her native country or region: They welcomed the emigrants from Italy. adj. 2. emigrating. [1745-55, Amer.; < L ...
emigrate
—emigrative, adj. /em"i grayt'/, v.i., emigrated, emigrating. to leave one country or region to settle in another; migrate: to emigrate from Ireland to Australia. [1770-80; < L ...
emigration
—emigrational, adj. /em'i gray"sheuhn/, n. 1. an act or instance of emigrating. 2. a body of emigrants; emigrants collectively. 3. Physiol. diapedesis. [1640-50; < LL ...
emigratory
/em"i greuh tawr'ee, -tohr'ee/, adj. migratory. [1830-40; EMIGRATE + -ORY1] * * *
émigré
/em"i gray'/; Fr. /ay mee grdday"/, n., pl. émigrés /-grayz'/; Fr. /-grdday"/. 1. an emigrant, esp. a person who flees from his or her native land because of political ...
émigré nobility
Members of the French nobility who fled France during the French Revolution. In exile, mainly in England, many émigrés plotted against the Revolutionary government, seeking ...
Emil
/ay"meuhl, ee"meuhl/; Ger. /ay"meel/, n. a male given name: from Latin Aemilius, a family name. Also, Émile /ay meel"/. * * * (as used in expressions) Brunner Heinrich ...
Émile
Fr. /ay meel"/, n. a didactic novel (1762) by J. J. Rousseau, dealing principally with the author's theories of education. * * * (as used in expressions) Baudot Jean Maurice ...
Emilia-Romagna
/e mee"lyah rddaw mah"nyah/, n. a region in N Italy. 3,948,135; 8547 sq. mi. (22,135 sq. km). * * * Autonomous region (pop., 2001 prelim.: 3,960,549), northern Italy. It covers ...
Emilio
(as used in expressions) Aguinaldo Emilio Marinetti Filippo Tommaso Emilio Pucci Emilio marquess di Barsento Segrè Emilio Gino * * *
Emily
/em"euh lee/, n. a female given name: from a Latin word meaning "industrious." Also, Emilie. * * * (as used in expressions) Edith Margaret Emily Ashcroft Balch Emily ...
Emily Brontë
➡ Brontë sisters * * *
Emily Davison
➡ Davison * * *
Emily Dickinson
➡ Dickinson * * *
Emily Dickinson: Two Poems
▪ Primary Source        Emily Dickinson is widely acclaimed as one of America's greatest poets. Though she wrote nearly 2,000 poems, only 7 were printed during her ...
Emily Post
➡ Post (I) * * *
EMILY's List
▪ American political program       American political program and donor network dedicated to identifying and helping to elect to political office Democratic (Democratic ...
Emin Pasha, Mehmed
orig. Eduard Schnitzer born March 28, 1840, Oppeln, Silesia died Oct. 23, 1892, Kanema, Congo Free State German physician, explorer, and administrator in Egyptian ...
émincé
Fr. /ay maonn say"/, n. a dish of leftover meat, sliced thin and warmed in a sauce. [1905-10; < F: lit., chopped up, ptp. of émincer, equiv. to é- EX-1 + mincer, MF mincier; ...
Eminem
(1972– ) a US rap artist (real name Marshall Mathers III) who is well known for the strong opinions, strong language and violence in his songs and he is often criticized for ...
eminence
/em"euh neuhns/, n. 1. high station, rank, or repute: philosophers of eminence. 2. a high place or part; a hill or elevation; height. 3. (cap.) Rom. Cath. Ch. a title of honor, ...
éminence grise
Fr. /ay mee nahonns grddeez"/, pl. éminences grises Fr. /ay mee nahonns grddeez"/. See gray eminence. [ < F] * * *
éminencegrise
ém·i·nence grise (ā-mē-näɴs grēzʹ) n. pl. ém·i·nence grises (ā-mē-näɴs grēzʹ) A powerful adviser or decision-maker who operates secretly or unofficially. Also ...
eminency
/em"euh neuhn see/, n., pl. eminencies. eminence. * * *
eminent
—eminently, adv. /em"euh neuhnt/, adj. 1. high in station, rank, or repute; prominent; distinguished: eminent statesmen. 2. conspicuous, signal, or noteworthy: eminent ...
eminent domain
Law. the power of the state to take private property for public use with payment of compensation to the owner. [1730-40] * * * Government power to take private property for ...
Eminent Victorians
a book (1918) by Lytton Strachey about the lives of four famous Victorians. It was important because, with his other books, it changed the art of biography, by giving real ...
eminentdomain
eminent domain n. The right of a government to appropriate private property for public use, usually with compensation to the owner. * * *
eminently
See eminent. * * *
Eminescu
/ye'mee ne"skoo/, n. Mihail /mee'hah eel"/, (Mihail Iminovici), 1850-89, Rumanian poet. * * *
Eminescu, Mihail
▪ Romanian poet pseudonym  of Mihail Eminovici   born Jan. 15, 1850, Ipoteşti, Moldavia, Ottoman Empire, died June 15, 1889, Bucharest, Rom.       poet who ...
emir
/euh mear", ay mear", ay"mear/, n. 1. a chieftain, prince, commander, or head of state in some Islamic countries. 2. a title of honor of the descendants of Muhammad. 3. (cap.) ...
emirate
/euh mear"it, -ayt, ay mear"-, em"euhr it/, n. 1. the office or rank of an emir. 2. the state or territory under the jurisdiction of an emir. 3. the Emirates. See United Arab ...
emissary
/em"euh ser'ee/, n., pl. emissaries, adj. n. 1. a representative sent on a mission or errand: emissaries to negotiate a peace. 2. an agent sent on a mission of a secret nature, ...
emission
/i mish"euhn/, n. 1. an act or instance of emitting: the emission of poisonous fumes. 2. something that is emitted; discharge; emanation. 3. an act or instance of issuing, as ...
emission nebula
Astron. a bright diffuse nebula that emits light as a result of ionization of its gas atoms by ultraviolet radiation, as the Orion Nebula, planetary nebulae, and supernova ...
emission spectrum
Physics. the spectrum formed by electromagnetic radiations emitted by a given source, characteristic of the source and the type of excitation inducing the radiations. [1885-90] * ...
emission-control system
▪ automotive technology       in automotive engineering, means employed to limit the discharge of noxious gases from the internal-combustion engine. There are four main ...
emissionnebula
emission nebula n. A nebula that absorbs ultraviolet radiation from stars and reemits it as visible light. * * *
emissionspectrum
emission spectrum n. The spectrum of bright lines, bands, or continuous radiation characteristic of and determined by a specific emitting substance subjected to a specific kind ...
emissive
/i mis"iv/, adj. 1. serving to emit. 2. pertaining to emission. [1730-40; EMISS(ION) + -IVE] * * *
emissivity
/em'euh siv"i tee, ee"meuh-/, n. Thermodynamics. the ability of a surface to emit radiant energy compared to that of a black body at the same temperature and with the same ...
emit
/i mit"/, v.t., emitted, emitting. 1. to send forth (liquid, light, heat, sound, particles, etc.); discharge. 2. to give forth or release (a sound): He emitted one shrill cry and ...
emittance
/i mit"ns/, n. Optics. the total flux emitted per unit area. Cf. luminous emittance, radiant emittance. [1935-40; EMIT + -ANCE] * * *
emitter
/i mit"euhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that emits. 2. Electronics. an electrode on a transistor from which a flow of electrons or holes enters the region between the ...
Emlyn
/em"lin/, n. 1. a female given name, form of Emily. 2. a male given name. * * *
Emlyn, Thomas
▪ English clergyman and writer born May 27, 1663, Stamford, Lincolnshire, Eng. died July 30, 1741, London       English Presbyterian minister and writer who first ...
Emma
/em"euh/, n. a female given name, form of Erma. /em"euh/, n. a novel (1815) by Jane Austen. * * * (as used in expressions) Goldman Emma Hamilton Emma Lady Juliana Louise Emma ...
Emma Thompson
➡ Thompson (II) * * *
Emma-ō
▪ Buddhist mythology       in Japanese Buddhist mythology, the overlord of hell (Jigoku), corresponding to the Indian deity Yama. He judges the souls of men, while his ...
Emmanuel
/i man"yooh euhl/, for 1, 2; Fr. /e mann nyuu el"/ for 3, n. 1. Jesus Christ, esp. as the Messiah. Matt. 1:23. 2. Immanuel. 3. Pierre /pyerdd/, born 1916, French poet. * * * (as ...
Emmanuel Philibert
▪ duke of Savoy byname  Emmanuel Philibert Iron-head,  French  Emmanuelphilibert Tête De Fer,  Italian  Emanuele Filiberto Testa Di Ferro  born July 8, 1528, Chambéry, ...
emmarble
/i mahr"beuhl/, v.t., emmarbled, emmarbling. to represent in or adorn with marble; make like marble. Also, enmarble. [1590-1600; EM-1 + MARBLE] * * *
Emmaus
/euh may"euhs/, n. a city in E Pennsylvania. 11,001. * * *
Emmeline
/em"euh leen', -luyn'/, n. a female given name, form of Amelia. * * *
Emmeline Pankhurst
➡ Pankhurst * * *
Emmen
/em"euhn/, n. a city in NE Netherlands. 90,450. * * * ▪ The Netherlands       gemeente (municipality), northeastern Netherlands, on the Hondsrug ridge. It was a centre ...
emmenagogue
/euh men"euh gawg', -gog', euh mee"neuh-/, Med. n. 1. a medicine or procedure that promotes menstrual discharge. adj. 2. Also, emmenagogic /euh men'euh goj"ik, -gog"-, euh ...
emmenia
/euh men"ee euh, euh mee"nee euh/, n. (used with a sing. or pl. v.), Physiol. menses. [ < Gk emménia, neut. pl. of EMMÉNIOS monthly, equiv. to em- EM-2 + mén month (akin to L ...
Emmentaler
▪ cheese also spelled  Emmenthaler,  also called  Swiss Cheese,         cow's-milk cheese of Switzerland made by a process that originated in the Emme River valley ...
Emmenthal (cheese)
Emmenthal (cheese) or Emmental cheese [em′ən täl] n. a hard, pale-yellow Swiss cheese with a mild flavor and large holes: also Emmenthaler or Emmentaler cheese ...
Emmenthaler
/em"euhn tah'leuhr/, n. a Swiss cheese made from cow's milk and containing small holes. Also, Emmental /em"euhn tahl'/, Emmentaler, Emmenthal, Emmenthaler cheese. [ < G, after ...
emmer
/em"euhr/, n. a wheat, Triticum turgidum dicoccon, having a two-grained spikelet, grown as a forage crop in Europe, Asia, and the western U.S. [1905-10; < G; MHG emer, OHG amari, ...
Emmerdale
a popular British soap opera on ITV. It is about the people who live in an imaginary Yorkshire village called Emmerdale. * * *
Emmerick, Blessed Anna Katharina
▪ German nun Anne Catherine Emmerich  born September 8, 1774, Flamsche, Westphalia (now in Germany) died February 9, 1824, Dülmen; beatified October 3, ...
emmet
/em"it/, n. Chiefly Dial. an ant. [bef. 900; ME emete, OE aemette ANT] * * *
Emmet
/em"it/, n. 1. Robert, 1778-1803, Irish patriot. 2. a male given name. * * *
Emmet, Robert
▪ Irish leader born 1778, Dublin died Sept. 20, 1803, Dublin       Irish nationalist leader who inspired the abortive rising of 1803, remembered as a romantic hero of ...
Emmet, Thomas Addis
▪ Irish lawyer born April 24, 1764, Cork, County Cork, Ire. died Nov. 14, 1827, New York City       lawyer in Ireland and, later, in the United States, a leader of the ...
emmetropia
—emmetrope, n. —emmetropic /em'i trop"ik, -troh"pik/, adj. /em'i troh"pee euh/, n. Ophthalm. the normal refractive condition of the eye, in which the rays of light are ...
emmetropic
See emmetropia. * * *
Emmett
/em"it/, n. 1. Daniel Decatur, 1815-1904, U.S. songwriter and minstrel-show performer and producer: composer of "Dixie." 2. a male given name. * * *
Emmett Kelly
➡ Kelly (I) * * *
Emmett, Daniel Decatur
born Oct. 29, 1815, Mount Vernon, Ohio, U.S. died June 28, 1904, Mount Vernon U.S. showman and songwriter. The son of an Ohio blacksmith, he joined the army at age 17 as a ...
Emmitsburg
▪ Maryland, United States       town, Frederick county, northern Maryland, U.S., near the Pennsylvania border, 23 miles (37 km) north-northeast of Frederick. Settled ...
Emmy
/em"ee/, n., pl. Emmys. 1. (sometimes l.c.) any of several statuettes awarded annually by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for excellence in television ...
Emmy award
Annual presentation for outstanding achievement in U.S. television. Its name is taken from the nickname "immy" for the image orthicon, a television camera tube. The Emmys are ...
Emmylou
/em'ee looh", em"ee looh'/, n. a female given name. * * *
emo
▪ music also called  emocore        subgenre of punk rock music that arose in Washington, D.C., in the mid-1980s. Guy Picciotto (who was later a founding member of ...
emodin
em·o·din (ĕmʹə-dĭn') n. An orange crystalline compound, C14H4O2(OH)3CH3, obtained from rhubarb and other plants and used as a laxative.   [New Latin (Rheum) ēmōdi, a ...
emollient
—emollience, n. /i mol"yeuhnt/, adj. 1. having the power of softening or relaxing, as a medicinal substance; soothing, esp. to the skin: emollient lotions for the face. n. 2. ...
emolument
/i mol"yeuh meuhnt/, n. profit, salary, or fees from office or employment; compensation for services: Tips are an emolument in addition to wages. [1470-80; < L emolumentum ...
Emory
/em"euh ree/, n. a male or female given name. * * *
Emory oak
a shrubby oak, Quercus emoryi, of the southwestern U.S. and Mexico, yielding a hard, heavy wood. [1880-85, Amer.; named after W.H. Emory (d. 1887), American engineer] * * *
Emory University
Private university in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. It was chartered as a college in 1836 under Methodist auspices; in 1915 it merged with a school of medicine to become a ...
emote
—emoter, n. /i moht"/, v.i., emoted, emoting. 1. to show or pretend emotion: to emote over the beauties of nature. 2. to portray emotion in acting, esp. exaggeratedly or ...
emoter
See emote. * * *
emoticon
/i moh"ti kon'/, n. Computers. an abbreviation or icon used on a network, as IMHO for "in my humble opinion" or :-), a sideways smile face, to indicate amusement. [1980-85; b. ...
emotion
—emotionable, adj. —emotionless, adj. /i moh"sheuhn/, n. 1. an affective state of consciousness in which joy, sorrow, fear, hate, or the like, is experienced, as ...
emotional
—emotionally, adv. /i moh"sheuh nl/, adj. 1. pertaining to or involving emotion or the emotions. 2. subject to or easily affected by emotion: We are an emotional family, given ...
emotional deprivation
a lack of adequate psychological nurturance, usually occurring in the early developmental years. * * *
emotionalillness
emotional illness n. See mental illness. * * *
emotionalism
/i moh"sheuh nl iz"euhm/, n. 1. excessively emotional character: the emotionalism of sentimental fiction. 2. strong or excessive appeal to the emotions: the emotionalism of ...
emotionalist
—emotionalistic, adj. /i moh"sheuh nl ist/, n. 1. a person who appeals to the emotions, esp. unduly. 2. a person easily affected by emotion. 3. a person who bases conduct, or ...
emotionalistic
See emotionalist. * * *
emotionality
/i moh'sheuh nal"i tee/, n. emotional state or quality: the emotionality of the artistic temperament. [1860-65; EMOTIONAL + -ITY] * * *
emotionalize
/i moh"sheuh nl uyz'/, v.t., emotionalized, emotionalizing. to make emotional; treat as a matter of emotion. Also, esp. Brit., emotionalise. [1875-80; EMOTIONAL + -IZE] * * *
emotionally
See emotionality. * * *
emotionless
e·mo·tion·less (ĭ-mōʹshən-lĭs) adj. Devoid of emotion; impassive.   e·moʹtion·less·ness n. * * *
emotionlessness
See emotionless. * * *
emotive
—emotively, adv. —emotiveness, emotivity /ee'moh tiv"i tee, i moh-/, n. /i moh"tiv/, adj. 1. characterized by or pertaining to emotion: the emotive and rational capacities of ...
emotive meaning
the emotional connotation of a word or expression that is used instead of one having a similar meaning but less affective quality, as the connotation of "murder" when used ...
emotively
See emotive. * * *
emotiveness
See emotively. * * *
emotivism
In metaethics (see ethics), the view that moral judgments do not function as statements of fact but rather as expressions of the speaker's or writer's feelings. According to the ...
emotivity
See emotively. * * *
EMP
electromagnetic pulse: a burst of electromagnetic energy produced by a nuclear explosion in the atmosphere, considered capable of widespread damage to power lines, ...
Emp.
1. Emperor. 2. Empire. 3. Empress. * * *
emp.
(in prescriptions) a plaster. [ < L emplastrum] * * *
empale
—empalement, n. —empaler, n. /em payl"/, v.t., empaled, empaling. impale (defs. 1-5). * * *
empanada
/em'peuh nah"deuh/; Sp. /em'pah nah"dhah/, n. Latin-American Cookery. a turnover or mold of pastry filled with chopped or ground meat, vegetables, fruit, etc., and usually baked ...
empanel
/em pan"l/, v.t., empaneled, empaneling or (esp. Brit.) empanelled, empanelling. impanel. * * *
Empangeni
▪ South Africa       town, northeastern KwaZulu-Natal province, South Africa, directly northwest of Richard's Bay on the Indian Ocean and northeast of Durban. The ...
empathetic
—empathetically, empathically, adv. /em'peuh thet"ik/, adj. of, pertaining to, or characterized by empathy: a sensitive, empathetic school counselor. Also, empathic /em ...
empathetically
See empathetic. * * *
empathic
empathic [em path′ik] adj. EMPATHETIC empathically adv. * * * em·path·ic (ĕm-păthʹĭk) adj. Of, relating to, or characterized by empathy. * * *
empathize
/em"peuh thuyz'/, v.i., empathized, empathizing. to experience empathy (often fol. by with): His ability to empathize with people made him an excellent marriage counselor. Also, ...
empathizer
See empathize. * * *
empathy
/em"peuh thee/, n. 1. the intellectual identification with or vicarious experiencing of the feelings, thoughts, or attitudes of another. 2. the imaginative ascribing to an ...
Empedocles
/em ped"euh kleez'/, n. c490-c430 B.C., Greek philosopher and statesman. * * * born с 490, Acragas, Sicily died 430 BC, the Peloponnese Greek philosopher, statesman, poet, and ...
empennage
/ahm'peuh nahzh", em'-/; Fr. /ahonn pe nannzh"/, n., pl. empennages /-nah"zhiz/; Fr. /-nannzh"/. the rear part of an airplane or airship, usually comprising the stabilizer, ...
emperor
—emperorship, n. /em"peuhr euhr/, n. 1. the male sovereign or supreme ruler of an empire: the emperors of Rome. 2. Chiefly Brit. a size of drawing or writing paper, 48 × 72 ...
emperor butterfly
any of several brush-footed butterflies of the family Nymphalidae, usually having brilliantly colored wings. * * *
Emperor Jones, The
a play (1920) by Eugene O'Neill. * * * ▪ play by O’Neill       drama in eight scenes by Eugene O'Neill (O'Neill, Eugene), produced in 1920 and published in 1921. The ...
emperor moth
any of several large saturniid moths, esp. Saturnia pavonia of temperate forests in Europe and Asia, characterized by heavily scaled wings with large, transparent ...
emperor penguin
the largest of the penguins, Aptenodytes forsteri, of the coasts of Antarctica, having bluish-gray and black plumage on the back, head, and wings, a white chest, and a patch of ...
emperorbutterfly
emperor butterfly n. Any of several brightly colored butterflies of the family Nymphalidae, such as Asterocampa clyton, having orange-tawny wings with dark markings. * * *
emperormoth
emperor moth n. Any of several moths of the family Saturnidae, especially Saturnia pavonia of Eurasia, having distinctively patterned wings. * * *
emperorpenguin
emperor penguin n. A large penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) of Antarctic regions, having yellow-orange patches on the neck. * * *
Emperors and empresses regnant of Japan
▪ Table Emperors and empresses regnant of Japan reign* Jimmu (660)–585 BC Suizei (581)–549 BC Annei 549–511 BC Itoku (510)–477 BC K d;sh d; (475)–393 BC ...
emperorship
See emperor. * * *
empery
/em"peuh ree/, n., pl. emperies. absolute dominion; sovereignty. [1250-1300; ME emperie < AF < L imperium mastery, sovereignty, empire, equiv. to imper(are) to rule (see EMPEROR) ...
empfindsamer Stil
▪ musical movement German“sensitive style”also called  Empfindsamkeit (“sensitivity”)        important movement occurring in northern German (Germany) ...
emphasis
/em"feuh sis/, n., pl. emphases /-seez'/. 1. special stress laid upon, or importance attached to, anything: The president's statement gave emphasis to the budgetary crisis. 2. ...
emphasize
/em"feuh suyz'/, v.t., emphasized, emphasizing. to give emphasis to; lay stress upon; stress: to emphasize a point; to emphasize the eyes with mascara. Also, esp. Brit., ...
emphatic
—emphatically, adv. —emphaticalness, n. /em fat"ik/, adj. 1. uttered, or to be uttered, with emphasis; strongly expressive. 2. using emphasis in speech or action. 3. ...
emphatically
See emphatic. * * *
emphysema
—emphysematous /em'feuh sem"euh teuhs, -see"meuh-, -zem"euh-, -zee"meuh-/, adj. —emphysemic, adj. /em'feuh see"meuh, -zee"-/, n. Pathol. 1. a chronic, irreversible disease of ...
emphysematous
See emphysema. * * *
emphysemic
See emphysematous. * * *
emphyteusis and superficies
▪ Roman law       in Roman law, leases granted either for a long term or in perpetuity with most of the rights of full ownership, the only stipulation being that an ...
empire
/em"puyeur/; for 8-10 also /om pear"/, n. 1. a group of nations or peoples ruled over by an emperor, empress, or other powerful sovereign or government: usually a territory of ...
empire builder
a person who plans or works to extend dominion or control, as over territory, political organizations, or business enterprises. [1890-95] * * *
empire building
the plans, activities, achievements, etc., of an empire builder. [1895-1900] * * *
Empire Day
1. (in Canada) the last school day before Victoria Day, observed with patriotic activities in the schools. 2. former name of Commonwealth Day. * * *
Empire State
the state of New York (used as a nickname). * * *
Empire State Building
an office building in Manhattan(1), New York City, which for over 40 years after it was built (in 1931) was the tallest in the world. It is 1 250 feet (381 metres) high and has ...
Empire State of the South
Georgia (used as a nickname). * * *
Empire style
Style of furniture and interior decoration that flourished in France during the First Empire (1804–14). It corresponds to the Regency style in England. Responding to the ...
empiric
/em pir"ik/, n. 1. a person who follows an empirical method. 2. a quack; charlatan. adj. 3. empirical. [1520-30; < L empiricus < Gk empeirikós experienced, equiv. to em- EM-2 + ...
empirical
—empirically, adv. —empiricalness, n. /em pir"i keuhl/, adj. 1. derived from or guided by experience or experiment. 2. depending upon experience or observation alone, without ...
empirical formula
Chem. a chemical formula indicating the elements of a compound and their relative proportions, as (CH2O)n. Cf. molecular formula, structural formula. [1820-30] * * *
empiricalformula
empirical formula n. A chemical formula that indicates the relative proportions of the elements in a molecule rather than the actual number of atoms of the elements. * * *
empirically
See empirical. * * *
empiricism
—empiricist, n., adj. /em pir"euh siz'euhm/, n. 1. empirical method or practice. 2. Philos. the doctrine that all knowledge is derived from sense experience. Cf. rationalism ...
empiricist
See empiricism. * * *
Empirin
/em"peuh rin, -prin/, Trademark. a brand of aspirin. * * *
empirism
—empiristic /em'peuh ris"tik/, adj. /em"peuh riz'euhm/, n. Philos. empiricism (def. 2). [1710-20; EMPIR(IC) + -ISM] * * *
emplace
/em plays"/, v.t., emplaced, emplacing. to put in place or position: A statue was emplaced in the square. [1860-65; back formation from EMPLACEMENT] * * *
emplacement
/em plays"meuhnt/, n. 1. Fort. the space, platform, or the like, for a gun or battery and its accessories. 2. a putting in place or position; location: the emplacement of a ...
emplane
/em playn"/, v.i., v.t., emplaned, emplaning. enplane. [EM-1 + (AIR)PLANE] * * *
emplectite
/em plek"tuyt/, n. a mineral, copper and bismuth sulfide, occurring in the form of thin gray prisms, found with quartz. [1855-60; < Gk émplekt(os) inwoven (em- EM-2 + plek-, s. ...
employ
/em ploy"/, v.t. 1. to hire or engage the services of (a person or persons); provide employment for; have or keep in one's service: This factory employs thousands of people. 2. ...
employability
See employ. * * *
employable
—employability, n. /em ploy"euh beuhl/, adj. 1. able to be employed; usable. 2. capable of holding a job and available for hire. n. 3. a person who is able to work and is ...
employee
/em ploy"ee, em ploy ee", em'ploy ee"/, n. a person working for another person or a business firm for pay. Also, employe, employé. [1825-35; < F employé employed, ptp. of ...
employee training
or job training or occupational training Vocational instruction for employed persons, first used commonly in the developed world during World War II. Work-related training is ...
employer
/em ploy"euhr/, n. 1. a person or business that employs one or more people, esp. for wages or salary: a fair employer. 2. a person or thing that makes use of or occupies someone ...
employment
/em ploy"meuhnt/, n. 1. an act or instance of employing someone or something. 2. the state of being employed; employ; service: to begin or terminate employment. 3. an occupation ...
employment agency
an agency that helps find jobs for persons seeking employment or assists employers in finding persons to fill positions that are open. Also called employment bureau. [1885-90, ...
employmentagency
employment agency n. An agency that finds jobs for people seeking them and finds people to fill particular jobs. * * *
empoison
—empoisonment, n. /em poy"zeuhn/, v.t. 1. to corrupt: to empoison the minds of the young. 2. to embitter: His own failure has empoisoned him. 3. Archaic. to poison. [1275-1325; ...
Empoli
▪ Italy       town, Toscana ( Tuscany) regione, north-central Italy, on the lower Arno River. During the medieval Florentine wars, Empoli was the scene of the Ghibelline ...
Emporia
/em pawr"ee euh, -pohr"-/, n. a city in E Kansas. 25,287. * * * ▪ Kansas, United States       city, seat (1860) of Lyon county, east-central Kansas, U.S. It lies ...
Emporia State University
▪ university, Emporia, Kansas, United States       public, coeducational institution of higher learning in Emporia, Kan., U.S. It consists of the schools of Business and ...
emporium
/em pawr"ee euhm, -pohr"-/, n., pl. emporiums, emporia /-pawr"ee euh, -pohr"-/. 1. a large retail store, esp. one selling a great variety of articles. 2. a place, town, or city ...
empoverish
/em pov"euhr ish, -pov"rish/, v.t. Obs. impoverish. * * *
empower
—empowerment, n. /em pow"euhr/, v.t. 1. to give power or authority to; authorize, esp. by legal or official means: I empowered my agent to make the deal for me. The local ...
empowerment
See empower. * * *
empress
/em"pris/, n. 1. a female ruler of an empire. 2. the consort of an emperor. [1125-75; ME emperice, emperesse < AF; OF emperesse, empereriz < L imperatricem, acc. of imperatrix, ...
empress tree.
See princess tree. * * *
empressement
/ahonn prddes mahonn"/, n., pl. empressements /-mahonn"/. French. display of cordiality. * * *
emprise
/em pruyz"/, n. 1. an adventurous enterprise. 2. knightly daring or prowess. Also, emprize. [1250-1300; ME < AF, OF, n. use of fem. of empris (ptp. of emprendre to undertake), ...
Empson
/emp"seuhn/, n. William, 1906-84, English critic and poet. * * *
Empson, Sir Richard
▪ English lawyer Empson also spelled  Emson   born , Towcester, Northamptonshire, Eng. died Aug. 17, 1510, London       English lawyer and minister of King Henry ...
Empson, Sir William
born Sept. 27, 1906, Hawdon, Yorkshire, Eng. died April 15, 1984, London British poet and critic. He studied at Cambridge and later taught in Japan and China. His precocious ...
emptily
See empty. * * *
emptiness
See emptily. * * * ▪ mysticism also called  Nothingness, or Void,         in mysticism and religion, a state of “pure consciousness” in which the mind has been ...
emptor
/emp"teuhr, -tawr/, n. (esp. in legal usage) a person who purchases or contracts to purchase; buyer. [1870-75; < L: buyer, equiv. to em(ere) to buy + -tor -TOR, with intrusive ...
empty
—emptiable, adj. —emptier, n. —emptily, adv. —emptiness, n. /emp"tee/, adj., emptier, emptiest, v., emptied, emptying, n., pl. empties. adj. 1. containing nothing; having ...
empty calorie
a calorie whose source has little or no nutritional value: Junk food has only empty calories. [1965-70, Amer.] * * *
empty morph
a morph, as the first o in psychology, which is considered to have no meaning and is not assigned to any morpheme. * * *
empty nest syndrome
a depressed state felt by some parents after their children have left home. [1970-75] * * *
empty nester
a parent whose child or children have reached adulthood and moved away from home. [empty nest + -ER1] * * *
Empty Quarter.
See Rub' al Khali. * * *
empty word
(esp. in Chinese grammar) a word or morpheme that has no lexical meaning and that functions as a grammatical link or marker, rather than as a contentive. Cf. full word, function ...


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