Emily Dickinson Lexicon
Dictionary: AS-SUR'GENT – AS-TON'ISH
AS-SUR'GENT, a. [L. assurgens, assurgo.]
Rising upward in an arch; as an assurgent stem, in botany. Eaton.
Making sure or confident; giving security; confirming.
AS'TA-CITE, or AS'TAC-O-LITE, n. [Gr. ασακος, a crawfish, and λιθος, a stone.]
Petrified or fossil crawfish, and other crustaceous animals; called also cancrites, crabites, and gammarolites.
AS'TE-ISM, n. [Gr. αςειος, beautiful, polite.]
In rhetoric, genteel irony; a polite and ingenious manner of deriding another. – Encyc.
AS'TER, n. [Gr. αςηρ.]
A genus of plants, with compound flowers, many of which are cultivated for their beauty, particularly the China Aster. The species are very numerous.
AS-TE'RI-AS, or AS'TER, n. [Gr. αςηρ, a star.]
Stella marina, sea-star, or star-fish, a genus of the order of Mollusca. It has a depressed body with a coriaceous coat; is composed of five or more segments running out from a central part, and furnished with numerous tentacles, with a mouth below, in the center. There are many species. – Encyc.
AS-TE'RI-A-TED, a. [Supra.]
Radiated; presenting diverging rays, like a star; as asteriated sapphire. – Cleaveland.
AS'TER-ISK, n. [Gr. αςερισκος, a little star, from αςηρ, a star.]
The figure of a star, thus, *, used in printing and writing as a reference to a passage or note in the margin, or to fill the space when a name is omitted.
AS'TER-ISM, n. [Gr. αςερισμος, a little star, from αςηρ, a star.]
- A constellation; a sign in the zodiac. The figures of the twelve asterisms. – As. Researches.
- An asterisk, or mark of reference. [This is less proper.]
or star-stone. [See Astrite.]
A-STERN', adv. [a or at, and stern. See Stern.]
- In or at the hinder part of a ship; or toward the hinder part, or backward; as, to go astern.
- Behind a ship, at any indefinite distance. – Mar. Dict.
AS-TER-OID', n. [Gr. αςηρ, a star, and ειδος, form.]
A name given by Herschel to the newly discovered planets between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter.
Resembling a star; or pertaining to the asteroids. – Journ. of Science.
AS'TER-O-PODE, or AS-TER-O-PO'DI-UM, n. [Gr. αςηρ, a star, πους, ποδος, a foot.]
A kind of extraneous fossil, of the same substance with the astrite, to which it serves as the base. – Encyc.
To startle. [Not in use.] – Spenser.
AS-THEN'IC, a. [asten'ic; Gr. α privative and σθενος, strength.]
Weak; characterized by debility. Brown.
AS-THEN-OL'O-GY, n. [Gr. α privative and σθενος, strength, and λογος, discourse.]
The doctrine of diseases connected with debility. – Coxe.
ASTH'MA, n. [ast'ma; Gr. ασθμα.]
An intermitting disorder of respiration. – Coxe.
Pertaining to asthma; also, affected by asthma; as, an asthmatic patient.
for Stipulate. [Not in use.]
AS-TONE', or AS-TON'Y, v.t. [See Astonish.]
To terrify, or astonish. [Obs.] – Chaucer.
Astonished. [Obs.] – Spenser. Milton.
AS-TON'ISH, v.t. [Old Fr. estonner, now étonner; L. attono, to astonish; ad and tono. Sax. gestun, noise, and stunian, to stun; G. staunen; Arm. eston, wonderfully. The primary sense is, to stop, to strike dumb, to fix. See Tone and Stun.]
To stun, or strike dumb with sudden fear, terror, surprise, or wonder; to amaze; to confound with some sudden passion. I Daniel, was astonished at the vision. – Dan. viii.