Emily Dickinson Lexicon
Dictionary: AW'FUL – AX-A-YA'CAT
AW'FUL, a. [awe and full.]
- That strikes with awe; that fills with profound reverence; as, the awful majesty of Jehovah.
- That fills with terror and dread; as, the awful approach of death.
- Struck with awe; scrupulous. A weak and awful reverence for antiquity. – Watts. Shakspeare uses it for worshipful, inspiring respect by authority or dignity. Our common people use this word in the sense of frightful, ugly, detestable.
Having eyes that excite awe.
In a manner to fill with awe; in a reverential manner.
- The quality of striking with awe, or with reverence; solemnity; as, the awfulness of this sacred place.
- The state of being struck with awe. A help to prayer, producing in us reverence and awfulness. Taylor. [Not legitimate.]
A-WHAPE', v.t. [awhap'; W. cwapiaw, to strike smartly.]
To strike; to confound. [Obs.] Spenser. [This is our vulgar whop.]
A-WHILE', adv. [a and while, time, or interval.]
A space of time; for some time; for a short time.
- Odd; out of order. – L'Estrange.
- Clumsy in performance, or manners; unhandy; not dextrous. [Vulgar.]
AWK'WARD, a. [awk and ward.]
- Wanting dexterity in the use of the hands or of instruments; unready; not dextrous; bungling; untoward. – Dryden.
- Inelegant; unpolite; ungraceful in manners; clumsy; unnatural; bad. – Shak.
Clumsily; in a rude or bungling manner; inelegantly; badly.
Clumsiness; ungracefulness in manners; want of dexterity in the use of the hands or instruments; unsuitableness. – Addison.
AWL, n. [Sax. æl, an awl, and an eel; Ger. ahl, an awl, and aal, an eel; D. els, an awl; aal, an eel; Dan. aal, an eel; Ir. ail, a sting or prickle.]
An iron instrument for piercing small holes in leather, for sewing and stitching; used by shoemakers, saddlers, &c. The blade is either straight, or a little bent and flattened.
AW'LESS, a. [awe and less.]
- Wanting reverence; void of respectful fear; as, awless insolence. – Dryden.
- Wanting the power of causing reverence; not exciting awe; as, an awless throne. – Shak.
Having the shape of an awl.
AWL'WORT, n. [awl and wort. See Wort.]
The popular name of the Subularia aquatica, or rough-leaved alyssum; so called from its awl-shaped leaves, which grow in clusters round the root. It is a native of Britain and Ireland. – Encyc.
AWM, or AUM, n. [D. aam; G. ahm.]
A Dutch liquid measure, containing eight steckans, or twenty verges or verteels, equal to the English tierce, the sixth of a French tun, and the seventh of an English tun, or thirty-six gallons. – Encyc. Arbuthnot.
AWN, n. [Sw. agne; Gr. αχνα, αχνη.]
The beard of corn or grass, as it is usually understood. But technically, a slender sharp process issuing from the chaff or glume in corn and grasses. – Martyn.
AWN'ING, n. [Goth. hulyan, to cover.]
- A cover of canvas, usually a sail or tarpaulin, spread over a boat or ship's deck, to shelter from the sun's rays the officers and crew, and preserve the decks.
- That part of the poop deck which is continued forward beyond the bulk head of the cabin. – Mar. Dict.
Without awn or beard.
having awns; full of beard.
The preterit of awake.
A-WORK', adv. [Sax. geweorcan, to work.]
At work; in a state of labor or action. [Not used.] Shak.
At work; in a state of working or action. – Hubbard's Tale.
A-WRY', a. [or adv. Dan. vrider, to twist; vrien, twisted; Sw. vrida; Sax. writhan, to writhe.]
- Turned or twisted toward one side; not in a straight or true direction, or position; asquint; with oblique vision; as, to glance a look awry; the lady's cap is awry.
- In a figurative sense, turned aside from the line of truth, or right reason; perverse or perversely. – Sidney. Milton.
AX, n. [improperly written axe. Sax. æx, eax, æse; G. axt; Sw. yxe; L. ascia; Gr. αξινη; It. azza; Eth. ሐፀየ hatzi, an ax; or Ar. حَزَّ hazza, to cut; Ch. and Syr. חעינא, hatzina, an ax.]
An instrument usually of iron, for hewing timber and chopping wood. It consists of a head with an arching edge, and a helve or handle. The ax is of two kinds, the broad ax for hewing, and the narrow ax for rough-hewing and cutting. The hatchet is a small ax to be used with one hand.
A fly in Mexico, whose eggs, deposited on rushes and flags, in large quantities, are sold and used as a sort of caviare, called ahuauhtli. This was a dish among the Mexicans, as it now is among the Spaniards. C'avigero.