Emily Dickinson Lexicon
Dictionary: AN'SWER-A-BLY – ANT-APH-RO-DIT'IC
In due proportion, correspondence or conformity; suitably; as, continents have rivers answerably larger than isles.
Replied to; fulfilled; paid; complied with; accomplished; solved; confuted.
One who answers; he or that which makes a return to what another has spoken; he who writes an answer.
Replying; corresponding to; fulfilling; solving; succeeding; reverberating; confuting.
One who makes a business of writing answers. – Swift.
That has no answer, or that can not be answered. – Byron.
AN'T, conj. [AN'T.]
In old authors, is a contraction of an it, that is, if it. [See An.]
ANT, n. [Sax. æmet, emmet, contracted into ant; Germ. ameise.]
An emmet; a pismire. Ants constitute a genus of insects of the Hymenopteral order, of which the characteristics are; a small scale between the breast and belly, with a joint so deep that the animal appears as if almost cut in two. The females, and the neuter or working ants, which have no sexual characteristics, are furnished with a hidden sting; and both males and females have wings, but the neuters have none. These insects meet together in companies, and maintain a sort of republic. They raise hillocks of earth, in which they live. In these there are paths, leading to the repositories of their provisions. The large black ants, in the warm climates of America, to avoid the effects of great rains, build large nests on trees, of light earth, roundish and plastered smooth. – Encyc.
in our vulgar dialect, as in the phrases I ānt, you ānt, he ānt, we ānt, &c., is undoubtedly a contraction of the Danish er, ere, the substantive verb, in the present tense of the indicative mode, and not, I er-not, we ere-not, he er-not, or of the Swedish ar, the same verb, infinitive vara, to be. These phrases are doubtless legitimate remains of the Gothic dialect.
In ancient architecture, a square column, at the corner of a building; a pilaster; written also ante.
ANT-AC'ID, n. [anti and acid.]
In pharmacy, an alkali, or a remedy for sourness or acidity.
ANT-AC'RID, n. [anti and acrid.]
That which correets acrimony.
Opposition of action; counteraction of things or principles. – Good, B. of Nature.
Counteracting; opposing; combating; as, an antagonist muscle.
AN-TAG'ON-IST, n. [Gr. αντι, against, and αγωνιστης, a champion. See Act and Agony.]
- One who contends with another in combat; used primarily in the Grecian games; an adversary.
- An opponent in controversy. – Campbell.
- In anatomy, a muscle which acts in opposition to another; as a flexor, which bends a part, is the antagonist of an extensor, which extends it.
Opposing in combat; contending; against.
To contend against; to act in opposition; to oppose in argument.
Acting in opposition.
Contest; opposition. – Milton.
AN-TAL'GIC, a. [Gr. αντι, against, and αλγος, pain.]
Alleviating pain; anodyne. [Little used.]
AN-TAN-A-CLA'SIS, n. [Gr. αντανακλασις, a driving back.]
- In rhetoric, a figure which consists in repeating the same word in a different sense; as, whilst we live, let us live. Learn some craft when young, that when old you may live without craft.
- It is also a repetition of words, beginning a sentence, after a long parenthesis; as, shall that heart, which not only feels them, but which has all motions of life placed in them, shall that heart, &c. – Smith's Rhet.
ANT-AN-A-GO'GE, n. [antanago'gy; Gr. αντι, against, and αναγωγη, a taking up.]
In rhetoric, a figure which consists in replying to an adversary, by way of recrimination; as, when the accusation of one party is unanswerable, the accused person charges him with the same or other crime. – Bailey.
ANT-APH-RO-DIS'I-AC, a. [Gr. αντι, against, and αφροδισιος, venereal, from Αφροδιτη, Venus.]
Antivenereal; having the quality of extinguishing or lessening venereal desire.
A medicine that lessens or extinguishes the venereal appetite. – Encyc. Coxe.
ANT-APH-RO-DIT'IC, a. [Gr. See the preceding words.]
Antivenereal, abating the venereal appetite, or efficacious against the venereal disease.