Emily Dickinson Lexicon
Lexicon: assumption – astonished
assumption, adj. [see assume, v.]
Winged; designed for flight; devised for ascent to heaven; used for going up into the sky; [fig.] ceremonial; festive; miraculous; transforming; [word play] investiture; clothing taken upon oneself; [word play] consequential; important; significant; designed for graduation to a higher level.
assure (-d), v. [L. ad-, to + sēcūrus, safe; see secure, n. and sure, adj.] (webplay: conviction, persuasion; trusted).
- Know; understand; be sure; be certain.
- Confirm; guarantee; promise; pronounce; testify; witness; [word play] give confidence; provide a sure knowledge of one's salvation.
- Comfort; encourage; hearten; give confidence.
assured, verbal adj. [see assure, v.]
Certain; not doubting that.
assuredly, adv. [see assure, v.]
Certainly; surely; undoubtably.
aster (-s), n. [Gk 'star'.] (webplay: little).
Flower with ray-like petals; kind of plant with many beautiful flowers.
asterisk (-s), n. [L. < Gk 'little star'.] (webplay: name, star).
Punctuation mark * ; star-like marker; typographical indicator; [often used in writing in place of an author's name.]
asteroid, n. [Gk 'star-like'.]
Shooting star; astral debris; pieces of old planets that appear as streaks of light in the earth's atmosphere.
astir, adv. [prothesis; see stir, v.]
- Alive; living.
- Awake; arisen; waking up from sleep.
- Disturbed; upset; moved into chaos; excited.
astonish (-s), v. [Possibly < OFr estone-r, stun, stupify, shock, strike senseless.] (webplay: stop).
Confound; daze; surprise; fill with wonder.
astonished, verbal adj. [see astonish, v.]
Numb with amazement; overwhelmed with wonder.