Emily Dickinson Lexicon
Dictionary: AS-TRIG'ER-OUS – AS'TRO-SCO-PY
AS-TRIG'ER-OUS, a. [Low L. astrig.]
Bearing stars. [Not used.]
AS-TRINGE', v.t. [astrinj'; L. astringo, of ad and stringo, to bind fast, to strain. See Strain.]
To compress; to bind together; to contract by pressing the parts together. – Bacon.
Compressed; straitened; contracted.
The power of contracting the parts of the body; that quality in medicines which binds, contracts or strengthens parts which are relaxed; as, the astringency of acids or bitters. – Bacon.
Binding; contracting; strengthening; opposed to laxative. – Quincy.
A medicine which binds or contracts the parts of the body to which it is applied, restrains profuse discharges, coagulates animal fluids, condenses and strengthens the solids. – Coxe. Modern practice inclines to the use of astringent, for internal applications, and styptic, for external.
A falconer that keeps a goshawk. – Shak.
Compressing; binding fast; contracting.
AS'TRITE, n. [Gr. αστηρ, a star; Fr. astroite.]
An extraneous fossil, called also asteria and astroit. Astrites are stones in the form of small, short, angular, or sulcated columns, about an inch and a half long, and the third of an inch in diameter, composed of several regular joints, which, when separated, resemble a radiated star. – Encyc. Astrites are said to be detached articulations of encrinites, a kind of marine polypier.
AS-TROG'RA-PHY, n. [Gr. αστηρ, or αστρον, a star, and γραφω, to describe.]
A description of the stars, or the science of describing them.
- Star-stone. [See Astrite.]
- A species of petrified madrepore often found in calcarious stones.
AS'TRO-LABE, n. [Gr. αστηρ, a star, and λαβειν, to take.]
- An instrument formerly used for taking the altitude of the sun or stars at sea.
- A stereographic projection of the sphere, either upon the plane of the equator, the eye being supposed to be in the pole of the world; or upon the plane of the meridian, the eye being in the point of intersection of the equinoctial and the horizon.
- Among the ancients, the same as the modern armillary sphere. – Encyc.
AS-TROL'A-TRY, n. [Gr. αστηρ and λατρεια.]
The worship of the stars. – Cudworth.
AS-TROL'O-GER, or AS-TRO-LO'GI-AN, n. [L. astrologus, of αστρον, a star, and λογος, discourse.]
- One who professes to foretell future events by the aspects and situation of the stars. Astrologian is little used. – Wotton.
- Formerly one who understood the motions of the planets, without predicting. – Raleigh.
Pertaining to astrology; professing or practicing astrology.
In the manner of astrology.
To practice astrology.
AS-TROL'O-GY, n. [Supra.]
A science which teaches to judge of the effects and influences of the stars, and to foretell future events by their situation and different aspects. This science was formerly in great request, as men ignorantly supposed the heavenly bodies to have a ruling influence over the physical and moral world; but it is now universally exploded by true science and philosophy.
One who is versed in astronomy; one who has a knowledge of the laws of the heavenly orbs, or the principles by which their motions are regulated, with their various phenomena.
Pertaining to astronomy.
In an astronomical manner; by the principles of astronomy.
To study astronomy. [Little used.] – Brown.
AS-TRON'O-MY, n. [Gr. αςρον, a star, and νομος, a law, or rule.]
The science which teaches the knowledge of the celestial bodies, their magnitudes, motions, distances, periods of revolution, aspects, eclipses, order, &c. This science depends on observations, made chiefly with instruments, and upon mathematical calculations.
AS'TRO-SCOPE, n. [Gr. αςρον, a star, and σκοπεω, to view.]
An astronomical instrument, composed of two cones, on whose surface the constellations, with their stars, are delineated, by means of which the stars may be easily known. – Encyc.
AS'TRO-SCO-PY, n. [See Astroscope.]
Observation of the stars.