A Dictionary of the English Language, Volume 1

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Page 522 - If we search the writings of Virgil, for the true definition of a pastoral, it will be found a poem in which any action or passion is represented by its effects upon a country life.
Page 338 - ... but whose right of inheritance may be defeated by the contingency of some nearer heir being born : as a brother, or nephew, whose presumptive succession may be destroyed by the birth of a child ; or a daughter, whose present hopes may be hereafter cut off by the birth of a son.
Page 482 - An imaginary being supposed to preside over the material and animal world ; the native state or properties of any thing, by which it is discriminated from others...
Page 462 - A place or cavern in the earth, which contains metals or minerals ; a cavern dug under any fortification that it may sink for want of support, or...
Page 122 - A space upon the surface of the earth, measured from the equator to the polar circles ; in each of which spaces the longest day is half an hour longer than in that nearer to the equator.
Page 494 - OATS [a grain which in England is generally given to horses, but in Scotland supports the people], — Croker.
Page 251 - A great circle, whose poles are the poles of the •world. It divides the globe into two equal parts, the northern and southern hemispheres.
Page 91 - A figure in poetry, by which a short syllable after a complete foot is made long ; a pause in verse.
Page 191 - A thing given or forfeited to God for the pacifying his wrath, in case of any misfortune, by which any Christian comes to a violent end, without the fault of any reasonable creature...
Page 255 - The descent or derivation of a word from its original, the deduction of formations from the radical word ; the part of grammar which delivers the inflections of nouns and verbs.

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