Emily Dickinson Lexicon
Lexicon: anger – annihilate
anger, n. [ON angr, trouble, affliction < ang, strait.]
Fury; wrath; rage; grievance; unhappy passion of the mind triggered by a real or supposed injury.
angle, n. [OE angul < IE ank- to bend.]
- Vertex; intersecting point; perpendicular mark; crossing place; meeting of two lines not in the same direction.
- Perspective; projection; twist; curve; diagonal line; point at which nature intersects itself.
- Limit; border; boundary; edge; [fig.] veil; point between life and death.
- Phrase. “Angle Worm”: (see angelworm, n. and worm, n.)
angled, verbal adj. [see angle, n.]
Twisted; slanted; curving; crooked; difficult.
angleworm (Angle Worm), n. [see angle, n. + worm, n.]
Earthworm; tiny soft line-shaped creature that birds like to eat; small segmented creature named for a fishermen's angle-shaped hook.
Anglo-Florentine, proper n. [L. Anglo- < OE Angl-us + L. Flōrentīn-us, of or pertaining to Florence, the chief city of Tuscany.]
Phrase. “The Anglo-Florentine”: Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861); nineteenth-century English poet who lived in Italy, particularly Florence.
anguish, n. [OFr anguisse, the painful sensation of choking < L. angustia, straitness, tightness < ang(u)-ěre, to strangle.] (webplay: agony, despair, mind, narrowness, pain, passion, sorrow, spirit).
- Expiration; cessation of breathing.
- Hurt; pain; severe discomfort from a wound; [fig.] torment; torture.
- Grief; tribulation; distress; extreme suffering of body or mind; keen distress from sorrow, remorse, despair, or similar emotion.
- Spiritual death; fall into mortality; separation from the presence of God; consequences of Adam and Eve's transgression in the Garden of Eden (see Jeremiah 4:31).
- Extreme ecstasy; powerful transport; passionate feeling; painfully intense emotion.
animal (-s), n. [L. anima, air, breath, life.]
Creature; beast; living thing, with properties of sensation and movement.
ankle (-es, ancle, ancles), n. [OE oncléow.] (webplay: joint).
- Topmost part of the foot; connection of the foot to the leg.
- [Metonymy] body walking; person stepping; someone striding.
- [Dual number] feet; legs.
anneal (annealed), v. [an- + OE ælan, set on fire; burn; bake (tiles); fuse minerals by heat; burn glaze or enamel on pottery, glass, or metal; NW says: < OE ælan, kindle, inflame, heat, anoint with oil < OE æl, oil.]
Temper; strengthen; fortify; prove; refine by fire; make malleable and less brittle by subjecting to heat; subject to fire for strengthening and beautification; [fig.] anoint as sacred; sanctify by distress; purify by sacrifice.
annihilate (-ing), v. [L. ad, to + nihil, nothing.] (webplay: existence).
- Remove; abolish; eliminate; erase; take out; [fig.] negate; deny; contradict; disprove.
- Obliterate; wipe out; completely destroy; totally demolish; reduce to nothing.
- Completely unsettle; totally disrupt.