Emily Dickinson Lexicon
Dictionary: AN'O-MITE – AN'SWER-A-BLE-NESS
A fossil shell of the genus Anomie. – Jameson.
AN-O-MO-RHOM'BOID, n. [Gr. ανομοιος, irregular, and ῥομβοειδης, of a rhomboidal figure.]
A genus of spars, pellucid, and crystaline, of no determinate form externally, but breaking into regular rhomboidal masses. The species are five, mostly of a white color. – Encyc.
AN'O-MY, n. [Gr. ανομια.]
A violation of law. [Rarely used.] – Bramhall.
A-NON', adv. [Sax. on an, in one; not, as Junius supposes, in one minute, but in continuation, without intermission; applied originally to extension in measure, and then to time by analogy. “And sædon that hi sægon on north-east, fu micel and brad with thone earthe and weax on lengthe up an on to tham wolcne.” Sax. Chron. A. D. 1022. And they said that they saw in the north-east a great fire and broad, near the earth, and it increased in length in continuation to the clouds. See also An. Dom. 1127.]
- Quickly; without intermission; soon; immediately. The same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it. – Matth. xiii.
- Sometimes; now and then; at other times; accompanied with ever, ever and anon.
A-NON'Y-MOUS, a. [Fr. anonyme; L. anonymus; Gr. ανωνομος, of α privative and ονομα, name. See Name.]
Nameless; wanting a name; without the real name of the author; as, an anonymous pamphlet.
Without a name.
AN'O-PLO-THER, or AN-O-PLO-THE'RI-UM, n. [Gr. αν neg., ὁπλον, arms, and θηριον, beast. So named because not armed with canine teeth.]
This is the name which Cuvier has given to a genus of animals, whose bones are found in the gypsum quarries near Paris; a genus now extinct.
A-NOP'SY, a. [Gr. αν neg., and ωψ, sight.]
Want of sight; invision. [Little used.] – Brown.
AN'O-REX-Y, n. [Gr. α privative and ορεξις, appetite.]
Want of appetite, without a lothing of food. Coxe.
A species of feldspar.
AN-OTH'ER, a. [an, or one and other.]
- Not the same; different; as, we have one form of government; France, another.
- One more, in addition to a former number, indefinitely; as, grant one request, they will ask another favor, another and another.
- Any other; any different person, indefinitely; as, “Let another praise thee, and not thy own mouth.” This word is often used without a noun, becoming a substitute for the name of a person or thing; as in the last example. It is also much used in opposition to one, as in the first and second passages cited. It is also frequently used with one, in a reciprocal sense; as, “love one another;” “bear one another's burdens;” that is, love one, or let one love another.
Of another kind. [Obs.] – Sidney.
Of another sort. [Obs.] – Sanderson.
AN-OTH'ER-GUISE, a. [another and Fr. guise, way, manner; Sax. wise. The Saxon manner of writing this word would be another-wise.]
Of a different kind; different. This is a vulgar word, and usually contracted into other guess.
An elegant red coloring substance, consisting of the dried pulp of the seed vessel of the Bixa Orellana.
AN'SA-TED, a. [L. ansatus, from ansa, a handle.]
Having a handle or handles, or something in the form of handles. – Johnson.
AN'SER, n. [L. a goose.]
- In zoology, the name of the goose, whether tame or wild. The domestic goose is the gray-lag or wild goose, domesticated.
- In astronomy, a small star, in the milky way, between the swan and eagle. – Encyc.
AN'SER-INE, a. [L. anserinus, from anser, a goose.]
- Resembling the skin of a goose; uneven; as, an anserine skin. – Encyc.
- Pertaining to the Ansers.
In Linnæus's system, the third order of Aves or fowls, whose characteristics are a smooth bill, broadest at the point, covered with a smooth skin, and furnished with teeth. The tongue is fleshy, and the toes are webbed or palmated. It includes all the web-footed water fowls, with legs and feet adapted to swimming.
AN-SLAIGHT', n. [See Slay.]
An attack; an affray. [Not in use.]
- A reply; that which is said, in return to a call, a question, an argument, an allegation, or address. A soft answer turneth away wrath. – Prov. I called him, but he gave me no answer. – Cant. v.
- An account to be rendered to justice. He will call you to so hot an answer for it. – Shak.
- In law, a counter-statement of facts, in a course of pleadings; a confutation of what the other party has alledged.
- A writing, pamphlet or book, in reply to another.
- A reverberated sound; an echo.
- A return; that which is sent in consequence of some petition; as, a blessing is sent in answer to prayer.
- A solution, the result of a mathematical operation.
- The reply of a legislative body or house to an address or message of the supreme magistrate.
- To reply; to speak by way of return; as, there is none to answer. – 1 Kings xviii.
- To be accountable, liable or responsible; followed by to before the person, and for before the thing for which one is liable; as, the man must answer to his employer for the money entrusted to his care; we can not answer to God for our offenses.
- To vindicate, or give a justificatory account of; followed by for; as, a man can not answer for his friend.
- To correspond with; to suit with; followed by to. In water face answereth to face, so the heart of man to man. – Prov. xxvi.
- To act reciprocally, as the strings of an instrument to the hand. – Dryden.
- To stand as opposite or correlative; as, allegiance in the subject answers to protection on the part of the prince or government.
- To return, as sound reverberated; to echo. The noise seems to fly away, and answer at a great distance. – Encyc. Art. Echo.
- To succeed; to effect the object intended; to have a good effect; as, gypsum answers as a manure on a dry soil.
AN'SWER, v.t. [ansur; Sax. andswarian, of anti, against, and Sax. swaran or swerian or swerigan, Goth. swaran, to swear. The primitive sense of swear was merely to speak or affirm; and hence, originally, oath was used after it, to swear an oath; which is not a pleonasm, as Lye supposes, but the primitive form of expression retained. The sense of answer is an opposite, a returned word or speech. Hence we observe the Saxon has andwyrd, antiword, an answer; Goth. andawaurd; D. antwoord; Ger. antwort.]
- To speak in return to a call or question, or to a speech, declaration or argument of another person; as, “I have called, and ye have not answered.” “He answered the question or the argument.” This may be in agreement and confirmation of what was said, or in opposition to it.
- To be equivalent to; to be adequate to, or sufficient to accomplish the object. “Money answereth all things,” noting, primarily, return.
- To comply with, fulfill, pay or satisfy; as, he answered my order; to answer a debt.
- To act in return, or opposition; as, the enemy answered our fire by a shower of grape shot.
- To bear a due proportion to; to be equal or adequate; to suit; as, a weapon does not answer the size and strength of the man using it; the success does not answer our expectation.
- To perform what was intended; to accomplish; as, the measure does not answer its end; it does not answer the purpose.
- To be opposite to; to face; as, fire answers fire. – Shak.
- To write in reply; to reply to another writing by way of explanation, refutation or justification; as, to answer a pamphlet.
- To solve, as a proposition or problem in mathematics. This word may be applied to a great variety of objects, expressing the idea of a return; as the notes, or sounds of birds, and other animals; an echo, &c.
- That may be answered; that to which a reply may be made, usually implying that the answer may be satisfactory; as, an answerable argument.
- Obliged to give an account, or liable to be called to account; amenable; responsible; as, an agent is answerable to his principal.
- Obliged or liable to pay, indemnify or make good; as, to be answerable for a debt or for damages.
- Correspondent; agreeing with; in conformity with; as, the features expressed in a picture are answerable to the original.
- Suitable; suited; proportionate; as, an achievement answerable to the preparation for it.
- Equal; correspondent; proportionate; as, the success is answerable to my desires.
The quality of being answerable, liable, responsible, or correspondent.