Emily Dickinson Lexicon
Lexicon: absorb – abundant
absorb (absorbed), v. [L. absorber, swallow up.]
- Preoccupy; engross; totally involve; engage in thought.
- Incorporate; assimilate; soak up; take into itself.
absorbed, verbal adj. [see absorb, v.]
Engaged; completely engrossed; totally involved.
abstemious, adj. [L. abs, off and tēmētum, ancient name for strong wine, intoxicating liquor.]
Temperate; restrained; moderate; abstinent; self-disciplined.
abstemiously, adv. [see abstemious, adj.]
Sparingly; selectively; carefully; moderately; temperately.
abstemiousness, n. [see abstemious, adj.] (webplay: wine).
Abstinence; austerity; temperance; sparing use of strong drink; moderate consumption of delicacies; [oxymoron with “Banquet”.]
abstinence, n. [Fr. abstinence > L. abstinē-re, withhold, hold away from.] (webplay: food, labor).
- Deferring; postponing; not partaking; act of refraining from an activity.
- Act of fasting; refraining from eating; denial of nourishment; [fig.] emptiness.
absurd, adj. [Fr. absurde, inharmonious, foolish > L. ab + surdus, deaf, inaudible, insufferable to the ear.]
Unreasonable; ridiculous; senseless; foolish.
absurdity, n. [see absurd, adj.]
Foolishness; folly; senseless act.
abundance, n. [OFr aboundance; see abundant, adj.]
Fullness; superfluity; overflowing quantity; plenty of food; [fig.] hope of reunion with loved ones.
abundant, adj. [OFr > L. abundant-em, overflowing > L. ab + bundā-re, to flow in waves.]
Plentiful; full; having great quantity.