Dictionary: AN-I-MET'TA – AN-NEX'

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Among ecclesiastical writers, the cloth which covers the cup of the eucharist. – Encyc.


One who maintains that the soul is the only cause of life. – Lawrence.


One who maintains that the functions of plants and animals are dependent upon vitality, instead of mere mechanical and chimical powers.


In law, intent to steal.

AN-I-MOS'I-TY, n. [L. animositas; Fr. animosité; from L. animosus, animated, courageous, enraged; from animus, spirit, mind, passion. So in Teutonic, mod, mind, signifies also pride, passion, anger. Animus, spirit, Gr. ανεμος, wind, breath, is from flowing, swelling, rushing, which gives the sense of violent action and passion. See Animal.]

Violent hatred, accompanied with active opposition; active enmity. Animosity differs from enmity, which maybe secret and inactive; and it expresses a less criminal passion than malice. Animosity seeks to gain a cause or destroy an enemy or rival, from hatred or private interest; malice seeks revenge for the sake of giving pain.

A-NIN'GA, n.

A root growing in the West Indies, like the China plant used in refining sugar. – Encyc.

AN'ISE, n. [an'nis; L. anisum; Gr. ανιζον; Ar. ainison. Cast. 1619.]

An annual plant, placed by Linnæus under the genus Pimpinella. It grows naturally in Egypt, and is cultivated in Spain and Malta, whence the seeds are imported. The stalk rises a foot and a half high, dividing into slender branches, garnished with narrow leaves, cut into three or four narrow segments. The branches terininate in large loose umbels, composed of smaller umbels or rays, on long footstalks. The flowers are small, and of a yellowish white; the seeds oblong and swelling. Anise seeds have an aromatic smell, and a pleasant warm taste; they are useful in warming the stomach and expelling wind. – Encyc. Theoph. lib. 7. 3. Plin. 20. 17.


The seed of anise.

ANK'ER, n. [Dutch.]

A measure of liquids used in Holland, containing about 32 gallons, English measure. – Encyc. Chambers says it contains two stekans; each stekan 16 mengles; each mengle two wine quarts. – Chambers. Encyc.


Paratomous lime-haloid. – Mohs.

ANK'LE, n. [ank'l; Sax. ancleow; D. enkel.]

The joint which connects the foot with the leg.


The bone of the ankle.


A little ankle; an ornament for the ankle.

AN'NAL-IST, n. [See Annals.]

A writer of annals.

AN'NAL-IZE, v.t.

To record; to write annals. [Not much used.] – Encyc.

AN'NALS, n. [plur. L. annales, annalis, from annus, a year, the root of which may be the Celtic an, ain, a great circle. Varro says the word annus signifies a great circle.]

  1. A species of history digested in order of time, or a relation of events in chronological order, each event being recorded under the year in which it happened. Annals differ from history, in merely relating events, without observations on the motives, causes, and consequences, which, in history, are more diffusively illustrated.
  2. The books containing annals; as the Annals of Tacitus.

AN-NATS, n. [L. annus.]

A year's income of a spiritual living; the first fruits, originally given to the Pope, upon the decease of a bishop, abbot, or parish clerk, and paid by his successor. In England, they were, at the Reformation, vested in the king, and in the reign of Queen Anne, restored to the church, and appropriated to the augmentation of poor livings. – Encyc.

AN-NEAL', v.t. [Sax. anælan, on-ælan, to kindle or inflame, to heat; from ælan, to kindle, to heat, or bake, and to anoint with oil. Sax. æl, oil. Hence it may be inferred, that oil is named from inflaming, or burning.]

  1. To heat; to heat, as glass and iron vessels, for the purpose of rendering them less brittle, or to fix colors; vulgarly called healing. This is done by heating the metal nearly to fluidity, in an oven or furnace, and suffering it to cool gradually. Metals made hard and brittle by hammering, by this process recover their malleability. The word is applied also to the baking of tiles. – Encyc. Bailey. Ash.
  2. To temper by heat; and Shenstone uses it for tempering by cold.


Heated; tempered; made malleable and less brittle by heat.


Heating; tempering by heat.


Connecting; annexing.

AN'NE-LID, or AN-NEL'I-DANS, n. [L. annellus, a little ring; and Gr. ειδος, form.]

An animal having rings in the skin, which serve for instruments of motion, as worms. – Bell.

AN-NEX', n.

Something annexed.

AN-NEX', v.i.

To join; to be united. – Tooke.

AN-NEX', v.t. [L. annecto, annexum; Fr. annexer; of ad and necto, to tie, or connect.]

  1. To unite at the end; as, to annex a codicil to a will. To subjoin; to affix.
  2. To unite, as a smaller thing to a greater; as, to annex a province to a kingdom.
  3. To unite to something preceding, as the main object; to connect with; as, to annex a penalty to a prohibition, or punishment to quilt.