A dictionary of the derivations of the English language

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Page 59 - Greek legend, a monster with the head of a lion, the body of a goat, and the tail of a dragon.
Page 7 - an event that takes place without one's foresight or expectation ; an event which proceeds from an unknown cause, or is an unusual effect of a known cause, and therefore not expected; chance; casualty; contingency.
Page 61 - A circle is a plane bounded by a single curved line called its circumference, every part of which is equally distant from a point within it called the centre.
Page 23 - Government by the people; a form of government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them or by their elected agents under a free electoral system.
Page 118 - In geometry, a figure generated from the section of a cone by a plane cutting both sides of the cone, but not parallel with the base; popularly called an oval. In grammar, a figure of syntax by which one or more words are omitted.
Page 134 - The word factory is a contraction of manufactory, which Webster defines to be "a building, or collection of buildings, appropriated to the manufacture of goods," but a manufactory is something more than a building.
Page 12 - affray" is denned to be "the fighting of two or more persons in a public place to the terror of the people.
Page 274 - A long piece of lead attached to a line, used in sounding the depth of water, or todetermine a perpendicular, &c.
Page 242 - NONES, in the Roman calendar, the fifth day of the months January, February, April, June, August, September, November, and December! and the seventh of March, May, July, and October.
Page 119 - An opening in a wall or parapet through which cannon are pointed and discharged.

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