Emily Dickinson Lexicon
Dictionary: A-PER'I-TIVE – APH-O-RIS'TIC, or APH-O-RIS'TIC-AL
Opening; deobstruent; aperient. – Harvey. Fotherby.
A-PERT', a. [L. apertus.]
Open; evident; undisguised. [Not used.]
The act of opening; the state of being opened; an opening; a gap, aperture or passage. [Little used.] – Wiseman. Wotton.
Openly. [Little used.] – Bale.
A-PERT'NESS, n. [L. apertus.]
Openness. [Rarely used.] – Holder.
A muscle that raises the upper eyelid. – Quincy.
- The act of opening; more generally, an opening; a gap, cleft, or chasm; a passage perforated; a hole through any solid substance. – Holder. Newton.
- An opening of meaning; explanation. [Not used.] – Taylor.
- In geometry, the space between two right lines, forming an angle. – Encyc.
The practice of aping. – Coleridge.
A-PET'AL-OUS, a. [Gr. α neg. and μεταλον, a flower leaf, or petal.]
In botany, having no petals, or flower-leaves; having no coral. – Martyn.
A state of being without petals.
A'PEX, n. [plur. Apexes. L. apex, plur. apices.]
The tip, point, or summit of any thing. In antiquity, the cap of a flamen or priest; the crest of a helmet. In grammar, the mark of a long syllable. In botany, the anther of flowers, or tops of the stamens, like knobs. – Martyn.
Aphanistic copper baryte. Shepard.
A-PHAN-IS'TIC, a. [Gr. αφανης, indistinct.]
In mineralogy, indistinct.
APH'A-NITE, n. [Gr. α privative and φαινω, to appear.]
In mineralogy, compact amphibole in a particular state. – Dict. of Nat. Hist.
A-PHEL'ION, n. [Gr. απο, from, and ἡλιος, the sun.]
That point of a planet's orbit which is most distant from the sun; opposed to perihelion.
APH-ER'E-SIS, n. [Gr. απο, from, and αἱρεω, to take.]
- The taking of a letter or syllable from the beginning of a word. Thus by an apheresis, omittere is written, mittere. – Encyc.
- In the healing art, the removal of any thing noxious. In surgery, amputation. – Quincy.
APH-I-DIV'O-ROUS, a. [of aphis, the puceron or vine fretter, and voro, to eat.]
Eating, devouring, or subsisting on the aphis, or plant-louse. Darwin.
A-PHI-LAN'THRO-PY, n. [of α neg. and φιλανθρωπια, of φιλεω, to love, and ανθρωπος, man.]
Want of love to mankind. In medicine, the first stage of melancholy, when solitude is preferred to society. Coxe.
In zoology, the puceron, vine fretter, or plantlouse; a genus of insects, belonging to the order of Hemipters. The aphis is furnished with an inflected beak, and with feelers longer than the thorax. In the same species, some individuals have four erect wings, and others are entirely without wings. The feet are of the ambulatory kind, and the belly usually ends in two horns, from which is ejected the substance called honey-dew. The species are very numerous. – Encyc.
APH-LO-GIS'TIC, a. [Gr. α privative and φλογιςος, inflammable.]
Flameless; as, an aphlogistic lamp, in which a coil of wire is kept in a state of continued ignition by alcohol, without flame. Comstock.
APH'O-NY, n. [Gr. α privative and φωνη, voice.]
A loss of voice; dumbness. – Johnson. Coxe.
APH'O-RISM, n. [Gr. αφορισμος, determination, distinction; from αφοριζω, to separate.]
A maxim; a precept, or principle expressed in a few words; a detached sentence containing some important truth; as, the aphorisms of Hippocrates, or of the civil law. – Encyc.
A dealer in aphorisms. – Milton.
A writer of aphorisms.
In the form of an aphorism; in the form of short unconnected sentences; as, an aphoristic style.