Emily Dickinson Lexicon
Dictionary: AN'TE-CHAM-BER – AN-TE-NUP'TIAL
AN'TE-CHAM-BER, n. [Ante, before, and chamber.]
A chamber or apartment before the chief apartment to which it leads, and in which persons wait for audience. – Dryden.
The part of the chapel through which is the passage to the choir or body of it. – Warton.
AN-TE'CIAN, n. [Gr. αντι, opposite, and οικεω, to dwell; L. antæci.]
In geography, the antecians are those inhabitants of the earth, under the same meridian, and at the same distance from the equator, but on opposite sides, one party north, the other south. They have the same hours of day and night, but different seasons; it being winter with one, when it is summer with the other. – Encyc.
Before Columbus or his discovery of America.
AN-TE-CURS'OR, n. [L. ante, before, and cursor, a runner, from curro, to run. See Course.]
One who runs before; a forerunner. In the Roman armies; the antecursors were a body of horse detached to obtain intelligence, get provisions, &c., for the main body. – Encyc.
AN'TE-DATE, n. [Infra.]
Prior date; a date antecedent to another. – Good.
AN'TE-DATE, v.t. [L. ante, and datum, given. See Date.]
- To date before the true time; thus, to antedate a deed or a bond, is to express a date anterior to the true time of its execution.
- To anticipate; to take before the true time. And antedate the bliss above. – Pope.
Dated before the true time.
Dating before the true time.
AN-TE-DI-LU'VI-AL, or AN-TE-DI-LU'VI-AN, a. [L. ante and diluvium, a flood. See Lave.]
Before the Flood, or Deluge, in Noah's time; existing, happening, or relating to what happened before the Deluge.
One who lived before the Deluge.
Little white balls found in the hillocks of ants, usually supposed to be their eggs, but found on examination to be the young brood in their first state. They are vermicules, wrapped in a film, composed of a silky substance spun like a spider's web. – Encyc.
AN'TE-LOPE, n. [Qu. Gr. αντι and ελαφος, resembling a deer.]
In zoology, the gazelle; a genus of ruminant quadrupeds, intermediate between the deer and goat. Their horns are solid and permanent, straight or curved; in some species annulated; in others, surrounded by a spiral; and in others, smooth. They resemble the deer in the lightness and elegance of their forms, and in their agility. They inhabit open plains or mountains, and some species in herds of two or three thousand. Their eyes are large, black, and of exquisite beauty and vivacity; and are therefore a favorite image with the Eastern poets. – Encyc.
AN-TE-LU'CAN, a. [L. antelucanus, of ante, before, and lux, light.]
Being before light; a word applied to assemblies of Christians, in ancient times of persecution, held before light in the morning. – Encyc.
AN-TE-ME-RID'I-AN, a. [ante, before, and meridian.]
Being before noon; pertaining to the forenoon.
ANT-E-ME'TIC, a. [Gr. αντι, against, and emetic, from εμεω, to vomit.]
Restraining or allaying vomiting. – Quincy.
A medicine which checks vomiting. – Quincy. Coxe.
Being before the time of Moses.
AN-TE-MUND'ANE, a. [ante, before, and mundus, the world.]
Being before the creation of the world.
In old castles, a barbacan or outwork, consisting of a strong high wall, with turrets in front of the gate, for defending the entrance. – Henry's Brit.
AN-TE-NI'CENE, a. [ante, before, and Nicene, from Nice.]
Anterior to the first council of Nice; as, antenicene faith. – Encyc.
AN-TEN'NAE, n. [AN-TEN'NÆ, plur. L. antenna, a sail yard.]
In zoology, two extended organs proceeding from the heads of insects.
A number that precedes another. – Bacon.
AN-TE-NUP'TIAL, a. [ante and nuptial.]
Being before marriage; as, an antenuptial agreement; antenuptial children. – Kent.