Emily Dickinson Lexicon
Dictionary: AU'GUR-AL – AU'RA
AU'GUR-AL, a. [L. auguralis.]
Pertaining to an augur, or to prediction by the appearance of birds. The Romans had their augural staff and augural books.
To judge by augury; to predict. [Little used.] – Warburton.
The practice of augury, or the foretelling of events by the chattering and flight of birds. It may be used for prediction by other signs and omens.
Conjectured by omens; prognosticated.
An augur. [Not legitimate.]
Relating to augurs. – Brown.
To augur. [Not in use.]
Predicting; foretelling; foreboding.
AU'GUR-Y, n. [L. augurium.]
- The art or practice of foretelling events by the flight or chattering of birds.
- An omen; prediction; prognostication. – Shak. Dryden.
AU-GUST', a. [L. augustus. The first syllable of this word is probably from the root of augeo, or of awe.]
Grand; magnificent; majestic; impressing awe; inspiring reverence. The Trojan chief appeared, august in visage. – Dryden. It is related that this epithet was first conferred by the Roman Senate upon Octavius, after confirming him in the sovereign power.
The eighth month of the year, containing thirty-one days. The old Roman name was Sextilis, the sixth month from March, the month in which the primitive Romans, as well as Jews, began the year. The name was changed to August in honor of the Emperor Octavius Augustus, on account of his victories, and his entering on his first consulate in that month. – Gebelin.
- Pertaining to Augustus; as, the Augustan age.
- The Augustan confession, drawn up at Augusta or Augsburg, by Luther and Melanchthon, in 1530, contains the principles of the Protestants, and their reasons for separating from the Romish church. – Encyc.
Those divines, who from St. Augustin, maintain that grace is effectual from its nature, absolutely and morally, not relatively and gradually. – Encyc.
An order of monks, so called from St. Augustin. They originally were hermits, and called Austin friars. They were congregated into one body by Pope Alexander IV., under Lanfranc, in 1256. They clothe in black, and make one of the four orders of Mendicants. – Encyc.
Dignity of mien; grandeur; magnificence.
AUK, n. [contracted from Alca.]
The Alca, a genus of aquatic fowls, of the order of Ansers, including the northern penguin or great auk, the little auk or black and white diver, the puffin, &c.
AU-LA'RI-AN, n. [L. aula, a hall.]
At Oxford, the member of a hall, distinguished from a collegian. – Chalmers.
AU-LET'IC, a. [Gr. αυλητικος, from αυλος, a pipe.]
Pertaining to pipes or to a pipe. [Little used.]
AU'LIC, a. [L. aulicus, from aula, a hall, court or palace; Gr. αυλη.]
Pertaining to a royal court. The epithet is probably confined to the German Empire, where it is used to designate certain courts or officers composing the courts. The aulic council is composed of a president, who is a Catholic, a vice-chancellor and eighteen counselors, nine of whom are Protestants, and nine Catholics. They always follow the Emperor's court, and decide without an appeal. This council ceases at the death of the Emperor. The Aulic, in some European universities, is an act of a young divine, on being admitted a doctor of divinity. It begins by a harangue of the chancellor addressed to the young doctor, after which he receives the cap and presides at the Aulic or disputation. – Encyc.
AU-MAIL, v.t. [Fr. email.]
To figure or variegate. [Not used.] – Spenser.
A Dutch measure for Rhenish wine, containing 40 gallons. – Encyc.
AUNE, n. [A contraction of aulne, ulna.]
A French cloth measure, but of different lengths in different parts of the country. At Rouen, it is an English ell; at Calais, 1.52; at Lyons, 1.061; at Paris, 0.95. – Encyc.
AUNT, n. [L. amita, contracted. Qu. Fr. tante.]
The sister of one's father or mother, correlative to nephew or niece.
AU'RA, n. [L. from Heb. יאר, iar, a stream; Gr. αυρα. See Air.]
Literally, a breeze, or gentle current of air, but used by English writers for a stream of fine particles flowing from a body, as effluvia, aroma, or odor; an exhalation.