Emily Dickinson Lexicon
Dictionary: A-GIL'I-TY – AG'NEL
A-GIL'I-TY, n. [L. agilitas.]
The power of moving the limbs quickly; nimbleness; briskness; activity; quickness of motion. – Watts.
Aloes wood. – Quincy.
A'GI-O, n. [Ital. aggio, surplus, difference.]
- In commerce, the difference between bank notes and current coin. In Holland, the agio is three or four per cent; in Rome, from fifteen to twenty five per cent; in Venice, twenty per cent, but the agio is subject to variation. – Encyc.
- Premium; sum given above the nominal value. – Lunier.
The maneuvers of speculators to raise or lower the price of stocks or public funds.
A-GIST', v.t. [If the primary sense is to lie, or to rest, this is from Fr. gesir; Norm. agiser, to be levant and couchant, from giser, to lay or throw down; whence gist, cast; gistance, a casting. Class Gs. No. 18. If the primary signification is to feed, see Nos. 5, 6, 10, 12, and 56. Ch. Class Gs.]
In law, to take the cattle of others to graze at a certain sum; to feed or pasture the cattle of others; used originally for the feeding of cattle in the king's forests. – Cowel. Blackstone.
The taking and feeding of other men's cattle in the king's forest, or on one's own land; also, the price paid for such feeding. It denotes also a burden, charge or tax. [In canon law, a modus, or composition. – Johnson, Qu.] – Cowel. Blackstone. Encyc.
An officer of the king's forest, who has the care of cattle agisted, and collects the money for the same; hence called gist-taker, which in England is corrupted into guest-taker. – Encyc.
AG'IT-A-BLE, a. [See Agitate.]
That may be agitated, shaken or discussed.
AG'IT-ATE, v.t. [L. agito, from ago. See Act.]
- To stir violently; to move back and forth with a quick motion; to shake or move briskly; as, to agitate water in a vessel.
- To move or force into violent irregular action; as, the wind agitates the sea.
- To disturb, or excite into tumult; as, to agitate the mind or passions.
- To discuss; to debate; to controvert; as, to agitate a question.
- To consider on all sides; to revolve in the mind, or view in all its aspects; to contrive by mental deliberation; as, politicians agitate desperate designs. – King Charles.
- To move or actuate. [Not used.] – Blackmore.
Tossed from side to side; shaken; moved violently and irregularly; disturbed; discussed; considered.
Shaking; moving with violence; disturbing; disputing; contriving.
- The act of shaking; the state of being moved with violence, or with irregular action; commotion; as, the sea after a storm is in agitation. – Bacon.
- Disturbance of tranquillity in the mind; perturbation; excitement of passion.
- Discussion; examination of a subject in controversy. – L'Estrange.
- A state of being deliberated upon, with a view to contrivance, or plan to be adopted; as, a scheme is in agitation.
Having a tendency to agitate.
In music, denotes a broken style of performance, adapted to awaken surprise or perturbation. Dict. of Music.
One who agitates; also, an insurgent; one who excites sedition or revolt. In antiquity, a charioteer, that is, a driver. In Cromwell's time, certain officers appointed by the army to manage their concerns were called agitators. – Hume.
AG'LET, or AIG'LET, n. [Fr. aiguillette, a point, from aiguille, a needle, from aigu, sharp. See Acid.]
- A tag of a point curved into the representation of an animal, generally of a man; a small plate of metal.
- In botany, a pendant at the ends of the chives of flowers, as in the rose and tulip.
A small image on the top of a lace. – Shak.
AG'MIN-AL, a. [L. agmen, a troop or body of men arrayed, from ago.]
Pertaining to an army or troop. [Little used.]
AG'NAIL, n. [ad and nail, or Sax. ange, pain, and nail.]
A whitlow; an inflammation round the nail. – Bailey.
AG'NATE, a. [L. agnatus.]
Related or akin by the father's side.
AG'NATE, n. [L. agnatus, adnascor, of ad and nascor, to be born. See Nature.]
Any male relation by the father's side. – Encyc.
AG-NA'TI, n. [L. plur.]
Relations by the father's side.
Pertaining to descent by the male line of ancestors. – Blackstone.
Relation by the father's side only, or descent in the male line, distinct from cognation, which includes descent in the male and female lines.
AG'NEL, n. [From agnus, a lamb, the figure struck on the coin.]
An ancient French coin, value twelve sols, six deniers. It was called also mouton d'or and agnel d'or. – Encyc.