Dictionary: A-RE-OM'E-TRY – AR-GIL-LIT'IC

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A-RE-OM'E-TRY, n.

The measuring or act of measuring the specific gravity of fluids.

AR-E-OP'A-GITE, n.

A member of the Areopagus, which see. Acts xvii. 34.

AR-E-OP-A-GIT'IC, a.

Pertaining to the Areopagus. – Mitford.

AR-E-OP'A-GUS, n. [Gr. Αρης, Mars, and παγος, hill.]

A sovereign tribunal at Athens, famous for the justice and impartiality of its decisions. It was originally held on a hill in the city; but afterward removed to the Royal Portico, an open square, where the judges sat in the open air, inclosed by a cord. Their sessions were in the night, that they might not be diverted by objects of sight, or influenced by the presence and action of the speakers. By a law of Solon, no person could be a member of this tribunal, until he had been archon or chief magistrate. This court took cognizance of high crimes, impiety and immorality, and watched over the laws and the public treasury. – Lempriere. Encyc. Pausanias. Acts xvii. 19.

A'RE-O-STYLE, n. [Gr. αραοις, wide, and στυλος, a column.]

A modern manner of arranging intercolumniations, which consists in placing columns in pairs, and throwing two intercolumniations into one. – Elmes.

A-RE-OT'IC, a. [Gr. αραιος, thin.]

Attenuating; making thin, as in liquids; rarefying.

A-RE-OT'IC, n.

A medicine, which attenuates the humors, dissolves viscidity, opens the pores, and increases perspiration; an attenuant. – Quincy. Coxe.

A-RE-TOL'O-GY, n. [Gr. αρετη, virtue, and λογος, discourse.]

That part of moral philosophy which treats of virtue, its nature and the means of attaining to it. – Johnson.

AR'GAL, n.

Unrefined or crude tartar, a substance adhering to the sides of wine casks. – Johnson. Coxe.

AR-GE'AN, a.

Pertaining to Argo or the Ark. – Faber.

AR'GENT, n. [L. argentum; Gr. αργυρος, silver, from αργος, white; Ir. arg, white; airgiod, silver, money; Fr. argent, money; Sans. rajatam, Qu.]

  1. The white color in coats of arms, intended to represent silver, or purity, innocence, beauty, or gentleness. – Encyc.
  2. adj. Silvery; of a pale white, like silver. – Johnson. Encyc.
  3. adj. Bright. Ask of yonder argent fields above. – Pope.

AR-GENT'AL, a.

Pertaining to silver; consisting of silver; containing silver; combined with silver; applied to the native amalgam of silver, as argental mercury. – Cleaveland.

AR'GENT-AN, n.

An alloy of nickel with copper; German silver.

AR-GENT-A'TION, n.

An overlaying with silver. – Johnson.

AR-GENT-HORN-ED, a.

Silver-horned.

AR-GENT-IF'ER-OUS, a. [L. argentum, silver, and fero, to produce.]

Producing silver; as, argentiferous ore. – Kirwan.

AR-GENT'I-NA, n.

In ichthyology, a genus of fishes of the order of Abdominals. – Encyc.

AR-GENT'INE, a.

Like silver; pertaining to silver, or sounding like it. – Johnson.

AR-GENT'INE, n.

In mineralogy, a sub-species of carbonate of lime, nearly pure; a mineral of a lamellated or slaty structure; its lamins usually curved or undulated; its surface is shining, or of a pearly luster. It is found in primitive rocks, and frequently in metallic veins. – Cleaveland.

AR'GIL, n. [L. argilla, white clay, from Gr. αργος, white.]

In a general sense, clay, or potter's earth; but in a technical sense, pure clay, or alumine. – Fourcroy.

AR'GIL, n.

A species of the Ardea, or genus of cranes.

AR-GIL-LA'CEOUS, a. [L. argillaceus.]

Partaking of the nature of clay; clayey; consisting of argil. – Kirwan.

AR-GIL-LIF'ER-OUS, a. [L. argilla, clay, and fero, to produce.]

Producing clay; applied to such earths as abound with argil. – Kirwan.

AR'GIL-LITE, n.

Argillaceous shist or slate; clay-slate. Its usual color is bluish, greenish or blackish gray. – Kirwan.

AR-GIL-LIT'IC, a.

Pertaining to argillite.