Dictionary: AL'UM-SLATE – A-MAL'GAM

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A mineral of two species, common and glossy.


The silicious subsulphate of alumina and potash. – Cleaveland.

A-LU'TA, n. [L.]

A species of leather-stone, soft, pliable and not laminated. – Quincy.

AL-U-TA'CEOUS, a. [L. aluta.]

Of a pale brown color.

AL-U-TA'TION, n. [L. aluta, tanned leather.]

The tanning of leather.

AL'VE-A-RY, n. [L. alvearium, alveare, a bee-hive, from alvus, the belly.]

The hollow of the external ear, or bottom of the concha. Quincy.

AL'VE-O-LAR, or AL'VE-O-LA-RY, a. [L. alveolus, a socket, from alveus, a hollow vessel.]

Containing sockets, hollow cells or pits; pertaining to sockets. – Anatomy.

AL'VE-O-LATE, a. [L. alveolatus, from alveus, a hollow vessel.]

Deeply pitted, so as to resemble a honey-comb. – Martyn.

AL'VE-OLE, or AL-VE-O'LUS, n. [L. dim. of alveus.]

  1. A cell in a bee-hive, or in a fossil.
  2. The socket in the jaw, in which a tooth is fixed.
  3. A sea fossil of a conic figure, composed of a number of cells, like bee-hives, joined by a pipe of communication. – Encyc.

AL'VE-O-LITE, n. [L. alveolus, and Gr. λιθος.]

In natural history, a kind of stony polypiers, of a globular or hemispherical shape: formed by numerous concentric beds, each composed of a union of little cells. – Dict. of Nat. Hist.

AL'VINE, a. [from alvus, the belly.]

Belonging to the belly or intestines. – Darwin.


The spotted plover, Charadrius Apricarius. – Pennant.

AL'WAY, or AL'WAYS, adv. [all and way; Sax. eal, and weg, way; properly, a going, at all goings; hence, at all times.]

  1. Perpetually; throughout all time; as, God is always the same.
  2. Continually; without variation. I do alway those things which please him. – John viii. Matth. xxviii.
  3. Continually or constantly during a certain period, or regularly at stated intervals. Mephibosheth shall eat bread alway at my table. – 2 Sam. ix.
  4. At all convenient times; regularly. Cornelius prayed to God alway. – Acts x. Luke xviii. Eph. vi. Alway is now seldom used. The application of this compound to time proceeds from the primary sense of way, which is a going or passing; hence, continuation.

AM, a. [A.M.]

Stand also for anno mundi, in the year of the world.

AM, n. [A.M.]

Stand for artium magister, master of arts, the second degree given by universities and colleges; called in some countries, doctor of philosophy. In America, this degree is conferred without examination, on bachelors of three years standing.

AM, v.

The first person of the verb to be, in the indicative mode, present tense. Sax. eom; Gr. ειμι; Goth. im; Pers. am. I am that I am. – Ex. iii.

A'MA, or HA'MA, n. [D. aam, a vessel.]

In church affairs, a vessel to contain wine for the eucharist; also a wine measure, as a cask, a pipe, &c. – Encyc.

A'MA-BIL'I-TY, n. [L. amabilis, from amo, to love.]

Loveliness; the power of pleasing, or rather the combination of agreeable qualities which win the affections. – Taylor.


A small curious bird of the size of the crested wren; the upper part of the body is brown, the prime feathers of the wings black. – Dict. of Nat. Hist.


A sort of pear, so called, it is said, from a person who cultivated it. Skinner.


A small beautiful bird in Peru; the upper part of its body and wings are of a lively green, its breast red, and its belly white. – Dict. of Nat. Hist.

AM'A-DOT, n.

A sort of pear. – Johnson.

AM'A-DOU, n.

A variety of Boletus igniarius, found on old ash and other trees. – Ure. This is written also amadow, and called black match, and pyrotechnical spunge, on account of its inflammability. – Cyc.

A-MAIN', adv. [Sax. a and mægn, force, strength. See May, Might.]

With force, strength or violence; violently; furiously; suddenly; at once. What, when we fled amain. – Milton. Let go amain, in seamen's language, or strike amain, is to let fall or lower at once. – Mar. Dict.

A-MAL'GAM, n. [Gr. μαλαγμα, from μαλασσω, to soften. Its usual derivation is certainly erroneous.]

  1. A compound of mercury or quicksilver with another metal; any metallic alloy, of which mercury forms an essential constituent part. – Cyc.
  2. A mixture or compound of different things. – Burke.