Emily Dickinson Lexicon
Dictionary: AM'PU-TATE – AM'Y-LIN
AM'PU-TATE, v.t. [L. amputo, of amb, about, and puto, to prune.]
- To prune branches of trees or vines; to cut off.
- To cut off a limb or other part of an animal body; a term of surgery.
Cut off; separated from the body.
Cutting off a limb or part of the body.
AM-PU-TA'TION, n. [L. amputatio.]
The act or operation of cutting off a limb or some part of the body.
AM'U-LET, n. [L. amuletum; Fr. amulette; Sp, amuleto; from L. amolior, amolitus, to remove.]
Something worn as a remedy or preservative against evils or mischief, such as diseases and witchcraft. Amulets, in days of ignorance, were common. They consisted of certain stones, metals, or plants; sometimes of words, characters, or sentences, arranged in a particular order. They were appended to the neck or body. Among some nations they are still in use. – Encyc.
Pertaining to an amulet.
A-MUSE', v.t. [s as z. Fr. amuser, to stop or keep at bay, to detain; from muser, to loiter or trifle; It. musare, to gaze or stand idle; Ger. müssig, idle. Qu. Gr. μυζω; L. musso.]
- To entertain the mind agreeably; to occupy or detain attention with agreeable objects, whether by singing, conversation, or a show of curiosities. Dr. Johnson remarks, that amuse implies something less lively than divert, and less important than please. Hence it is often said, we are amused with trifles.
- To detain; to engage the attention by hope or expectation; as, to amuse one by flattering promises.
A-MUS'ED, pp. [s as z.]
Agreeably entertained; having the mind engaged by something pleasing.
A-MUSE'MENT, n. [s as z.]
That which amuses, detains, or engages the mind; entertainment of the mind; pastime; a pleasurable occupation of the senses, or that which furnishes it, as dancing, sports, or music.
A-MUS'ER, n. [s as z.]
One who amuses, or affords an agreeable entertainment to the mind.
A-MUS'ING, ppr. [or adj. s as z.]
Entertaining; giving moderate pleasure to the mind, so as to engage it; pleasing.
A-MUS'ING-LY, adv. [s as z.]
In an amusing manner.
That has the power to amuse or entertain the mind.
In a manner to give amusement.
A-MYG'DA-LATE, a. [L. amiygdalus, an almond.]
Made of almonds.
- An emulsion made of almonds; milk of almonds. – Bailey. Coxe.
- A salt whose acid is the amygdalic.
A-MYG-DAL'IC-AC'ID, n. [A-MYG-DAL'IC AC'ID.]
An acid obtained from the bitter almond.
Pertaining to or resembling the almond.
A crystaline substance obtained from the kernel of the bitter almond.
A plant; a species of spurge, with leaves resembling those of the almond. – Ash.
A-MYG'DA-LOID, n. [Gr. αμυγδαλεα, an almond, and ειδος, form; G. mandel-stein, almond-stone.]
Toad-stone; a compound rock, consisting of a basis of basalt, greenstone, or some other variety of trap, imbedding nodules of various minerals, particularly calcarious spar, quartz, agate, zeolite, chlorite, &c. When the imbedded minerals are detached, it is porous, like lava. Cleaveland.
Pertaining to amygdaloid.
AM-Y-LA'CEOUS, n. [L. amylum, starch, of α privative and μυλη, a mill, being formerly made without grinding. – Plin., 18. 7.]
Pertaining to starch, or the farinaceous part of grain; resembling starch.
A-MYL'IC-AC'ID, n. [A-MYL'IC AC'ID.]
A volatile acid obtained from starch. – Turner.
AM'Y-LIN, n. [L. amylum; Gr. αμυλον; αμυλος, underground, α and μυλη, mill.]
The insoluble portion of starch which constitutes the outer covering of the sphericles. – Thomson.