Emily Dickinson Lexicon
Lexicon: abolition – abroad
abolition, n. [Fr.]
Emancipation; act of ending captivity; [fig.] death.
about, adv. [see about, prep.] (webplay: come, house, longest, near, quantity, ready, round, there, turn, wandering).
- Switching places; turning around; changing around.
- All around; here and there; in one place and another.
about, prep. [OE onbutan, about, around, on the outside.] (webplay: around, day, easy, everything, face, father's, men, near, place, sides, take, time).
- Regarding; concerning; respecting; relating to.
- On every side of; concerning the outer appearance of.
- Concerned in; doing business regarding.
- Around; near in place to; in the area of; surrounding; in a defined area of.
- Near in time.
above, adv. [OE abufan.] (webplay: alive, buried, expression, hands, first, higher, last, place, regard).
- Superior in rank; higher in power; greater in size; advanced in wisdom.
- From a position watching over.
- In heaven; in a celestial place; in a higher invisible realm.
- Higher in position; in contrast with something lower.
- In the sky; above the earth.
above, prep. [see above, adv.] (webplay: actions, ancient, beyond, brethren, celestial, comprehension, earth, feared, God, heaven, higher, light, mind, man, of the sun, place, price, regard, serpent, things, weight, woman).
- Higher in altitude than.
- Past the extent of; beyond the limitations of.
- Louder than.
- In a position over; in a place higher than.
Abraham, proper n. [Heb. < av, father + hamon, multitude or goyim, nations.]
Abram's new name; father of Isaac; covenant name of the first Hebrew patriarch; (see Genesis 22).
abreast, adv. [see breast, n.]
Phrase. “Abreast of”: next to; alongside of; side by side with; in parallel position to.
abridge (-s), v. [OFr abregie-r, from L. ad + breviā-re, short; see bridge, n.] (webplay: abutments, debarring, deprive).
- Lessen; diminish in quantity.
- Decrease in quality; reduce the effect of something; [word play on bridge, n.] form a barrier; create a bridge.
abroad, adv. [OE on + brede; see broad, adv.] (webplay: air, beyond, bounds, home, house, out of, tree, walk, walls, widely).
- Broadly; widely; extensively; over a broad or wide surface.
- In dispersion.
- Out of doors; out in the open air; out of one's house or abode.
- In far places; in foreign lands; out of this country; away from this geographic location.
abroad, prep. [see abroad, adv.]
Around; about; through; to various places in (cf. the OED entry).