Emily Dickinson Lexicon
Dictionary: AF-FUS'ING – A-FRONT'
Pouring upon, or sprinkling.
AF-FUS'ION, n. [affu'zhun.]
The act of pouring upon, or sprinkling with a liquid substance, as water upon a diseased body, or upon a child in baptism.
AF-FY', v.t. [Fr. affier.]
To betroth; to bind or join. [Not used.]
To trust or confide in. [Not used.]
A-FIELD', adv. [a and field.]
To the field. – Milton.
On fire. – Gower.
A-FLAT', adv. [a and flat.]
Level with the ground. – Bacon.
A-FLOAT', adv. [or adj. a and float.]
- Borne on the water; floating; swimming; as, the ship is afloat.
- Figuratively, moving; passing from place to place; as, a rumor is afloat.
- Unfixed; moving without guide or control; as, our affairs are all afloat. [As an adjective, this word always follows the noun.]
A-FOOT', adv. [a or on and foot.]
- On foot; borne by the feet; opposed to riding.
- In action; in a state of being planned for execution; as, a design is afoot, or on foot.
A-FORE', adv. [or prep. a and fore.]
- In front.
- Between one object and another, so as to intercept a direct view or intercourse; as, to stand between a person and the light of a candle – a popular use of the word.
- Prior in time; before; anterior; prior time being considered as in front of subsequent time. The grass which withereth afore it groweth up. – Ps. cxxix. In all these senses it is now inelegant, and superseded by before.
- In seaman's language, toward the head of the ship; further forward, or nearer the stem; as, afore the windlas. Afore the mast, is a phrase which is applied to a common sailor, one who does duty on the main deck, or has no office on board the ship. – Mar. Dict.
Going before. [See Foregoing, which is chiefly used.]
A-FORE'HAND, adv. [afore and hand.]
- In time previous; by previous provision; as, he is ready aforehand. She is come aforehand to anoint my body. – Mark xiv.
- adj. Prepared; previously provided; as, to be aforehand in business. Hence in popular language, amply provided; well supplied with the means of living; having means beyond the requirements of necessity; moderately wealthy. This word is popularly changed into aforehanded, beforehanded, or rather forehanded; as, a forehanded manner.
A-FORE'MEN-TION-ED, a. [afore and mentioned.]
Mentioned before in the same writing or discourse. – Addison.
A-FORE'NAM'ED, a. [afore and name.]
Named before. – Peacham.
A-FORE'SAID, a. [afore and say.]
Said or recited before, or in a preceding part.
A-FORE'THOUGHT, a. [afore and thought.]
Premeditated, prepense; as, malice aforethought, which is required to constitute murder. – Com. Law.
A-FORE'TIME, adv. [afore and time.]
In time past; in a former time. – Bible.
A-FORTIORI, adv. [A fortiori. L.]
With stronger reasons.
A-FOUL', adv. [or adj. a and foul.]
Not free; entangled. – Columbiad.
A-FRAID', a. [The participle of affray.]
Impressed with fear or apprehension; fearful. This word expresses a less degree of fear than terrified or frightened. It is followed by of before the object of fear; as, to be afraid of death; Joseph was afraid to sin against God.
A-FRESH', adv. [a and fresh.]
Anew; again; recently; after intermission. They crucify the son of God afresh. – Heb. vi.
AF'RIC-A, n. [Qu. L. α neg. and frigus, cold.]
One of the four quarters or largest divisions of the globe; a continent separated from Europe by the Mediterranean sea.
Pertaining to Africa.
A native of Africa. This name is given also to the African marygold. – Tate's Cowley.
In front. – Shak.