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A-TWEEN', adv.

Between. [Obs.] – Spenser.

A-TWIXT', adv.

Betwixt. [Obs.] – Spenser.

A-TWO, adv.

In two. [Obs.] – Chaucer.

AU-BAINE', n. [auba'in; Fr. aubain, an alien.]

The droit d'aubaine, in France, is the right of the king to the goods of an alien dying within his jurisdiction, the king standing in the place of the heirs.

AU'BURN, a. [This word is evidently formed from brun, bruno, Fr. and It., brown, by a transposition of the letters r and n, with a prefix, auburn, for aubrun, from brennan, burn, denoting the color made by scorching.]

Brown; of a dark color. His auburn locks on either shoulder flowed. – Dryden.

AUC'TION, n. [L. auctio, a public sale; Eng. to hawk; G. höken; properly, to cry out. See Hawk.]

  1. A public sale of property to the highest bidder, and regularly, by a person licensed and authorized for the purpose; a vendue. Contracts for services, sometimes, are sold to the lowest bidder. By the Romans, this species of sale was made by a crier, sub hasta, under a spear stuck in the earth.
  2. The thing sold at auction. – Pope.


Belonging to an auction or public sale. – Dryden.

AUC-TION-EER', n. [L. auctionarius.]

The person who sells at auction; a person licensed by government to dispose of goods or lands by public sale to the highest bidder.


To sell at auction. – Cowper.

AU-CU-PA'TION, n. [L. aucupatio, from aucupor, of avis and capio.]

The act or practice of taking birds; fowling; bird-catching. [Little used.]

AU-DA'CIOUS, a. [L. audax; Fr. audacieux from L. audeo, to dare. The sense is, advancing forward.]

  1. Very bold or daring; impudent; contemning the restraints of law, religion or decorum; used for bold in wickedness; applied to persons; as, an audacious wretch.
  2. Committed with, or proceeding from, daring effrontery, or contempt of law; as, an audacious crime.
  3. Bold; spirited. – Johnson.


In an impudent manner; with excess of boldness. – Shak.


The quality of being audacious; impudence; audacity. – Sandys.


  1. Boldness, sometimes in a good sense; daring spirit, resolution or confidence.
  2. Audaciousness; impudence; in a bad sense; implying a contempt of law or moral restraint.


Anthropomorphism; or the doctrine of Audeus, who maintained that God has a human shape; from Gen. i. 26.

AUD'I-BLE, a. [L. audibilis, from audio, to hear. This word is evidently connected with the name of the ear; Gr. ουας, ουατος; Vulg. Gr. αυδια. The verb is contracted into Sp. oir; Port. ouvir; Fr. ouïr, to hear. Hence in law oyer, and from the French oyez, hear ye, the barbarous O yes, of our courts.]

That may be heard; perceivable by the ear; loud enough to be heard; as, an audible voice or whisper.


The quality of being audible.

AUD'I-BLY, adv.

In an audible manner; in a manner so as to be heard.


  1. The act of hearing, or attending to sounds. His bold discourse had audience. – Milton.
  2. Admittance to a hearing; public reception to an interview; a ceremony observed in courts, or by official characters, when embassadors or applicants to men in office are permitted to appear and state their business in person.
  3. An auditory; an assembly of hearers.
  4. In the Spanish dominions, a court; as the audience of Seville, which is a court of oyer and terminer; and the audience pretorial, in the Indies, which is a high court of judicature. The word in Spain also signifies certain law-officers, appointed to institute a judicial inquiry. – Span. Dict.
  5. In England, a court held by the archbishop of Canterbury, on the subject of consecrations, elections, institutions, marriages, &c. – Encyc.


An apartment for an audience or formal meeting.


A court of the archbishop of Canterbury, of equal authority with the arches-court, though of less dignity.


A hearer. [Not in use.] – Shelton.

AUD'IT, n. [L. audit, he hears.]

  1. An examination of an account or of accounts, with a hearing of the parties concerned, by proper officers, or persons appointed for that purpose, who compare the changes with the vouchers, examine witnesses, and state the balance.
  2. The result of such an examination or account as adjusted by auditors; a final account. – Hooker.

AUD'IT, v.t.

To examine and adjust an account or accounts, by proper officers; or by persons legally authorized for the purpose; as, to audit the accounts of a treasurer, or of parties who have a suit depending in court.


In law, a writ of complaint for redress of a wrong.