Emily Dickinson Lexicon
Lexicon: Asiatic – aspire
Asiatic, proper adj. [see Asia, proper n.]
- Profuse; torrential; flooding; monsoon; inundating; abundant; jungle-like; rain forest; [fig.] discouraging; impeding; hindering; obstructing.
- Temperate; balmy; moderate; mellow; [fig.] Edenic; Buddhist; meditative; peaceful; hopeful; tranquil; restorative; springtime; paradisiacal; nirvana-like.
aside, adv. [OE an-, on + síde; see side, n.]
Away; apart; off; down; out of sight; separate from a person or person's attention.
ask (-ed, -eth, -ing, -s), v. [OE ascian.] (webplay: age, answer, ask and it shall be given you, ask guests to a wedding, beg, bread, claim, demand, favor, friend, God, house, inquire, more, name, obtain, pray, press, price, request, require, seek, silently, step, words).
- Pray; beseech God; implore Deity.
- Interrogate; question; inquire of.
- Inquire; request knowledge of; seek to know.
- Request; desire; hope; call for (see Matthew 7:7).
- Seek permission.
- Search; inquire about the presence or location of.
- Require; demand.
- Phrase. “Ask for”: request; demand; require.
askew, adj. [origin unknown; possibly < Germanic schief.]
Lob-sided; awry; slanted; leaning in one direction; [fig.] oblique; obscure; circuitous; indirect; paradoxical; looking from two different angles; (see 1 Corinthians 15:42-43).
aslant, verbal adj. [see slant, v.]
Sloping; on one side; obliquely; seen from a different angle; [prothesis] slanting; a'slanting.
asleep, verbal adj. [OE on slæpe, in sleep.] (webplay: fast asleep).
- Dead; resting in the grave; reposing in the tomb.
- Slumbering; dozing; sleeping; unconscious; not awake; not aware.
- Dormant; inactive; not in effect.
aspect (-s), n. [L. ad-, to + spec-ěre, look at.]
Detail; facet; feature; quality; [fig.] creature; being; entity; thing.
asperity, n. [OFr < L. asper, rough.]
Roughness of temper; moroseness; sullenness; sulking; gloom; harshness; bitterness.
asphodel, n. [Med. L. affodillus < Gk asphodil-us; see daffodil, n.]
Day-lily; lily-like plant; a species of Hemerocallis; herb with beautiful flowers and spear-shaped leaves; bloom that grows on the moors of England, edible for sheep; blossom planted anciently near graves to supply the dead with nourishment; immortal flower said to cover the meadows of Elysium, the abode of the blessed after death in Greek mythology; [fig.] heaven; state of rest after mortality.
aspire (-s), v. [Fr.? < L. adspīrā-re, breathe upon, seek to reach.] (webplay: desire).
Covet; crave; yearn for; strive for; aim at; have ambition towards.