Emily Dickinson Lexicon
Dictionary: A-GRISE' – A'GU-ISH-NESS
A-GRISE', v.i. [Sax. agrisan.]
To shiver. [Not in use.] – Chaucer.
To terrify; also, to make frightful. [Not in use.] – Spenser.
A disease frequent in Bengal and other parts of the East Indies, in which the tongue chaps and cleaves, becomes rough and sometimes covered with white spots. The remedy is some chalybeate liquor, or the juice of mint. – Encyc.
A-GRON'O-MY, n. [Gr. αγρος, a field, and νομος, a rule.]
The art of cultivating the ground; agriculture. – Brande.
A genus of plants of several species, containing the common corn cockle, wild lychnis or campion, &c.
A-GROS'TIS, n. [Gr. αγρωστις.]
Bent-grass; a genus of many species.
A description of certain grasses. [Knowles. 1841]
A-GROS-TOL'O-GY, n. [Gr. αγρωστις, grass, and λογος.]
That part of botany which relates to the grasses. – Brande.
A-GROUND', adv. [Of a, at or on, and ground.]
- On the ground; a marine term, signifying that the bottom of a ship rests on the ground for want of sufficient depth of water. When the ground is near the shore, the ship is said to be ashore or stranded.
- Figuratively, stopped; impeded by insuperable obstacles.
The Jacana, a Brazilian bird about the size of a pigeon. In the extremity of each wing it has a sharp prickle which is used for defense. – Dict. of Nat Hist.
A'GUE, n. [a'gu; Sax. æge, oga, or hoga, fear, horror; Arm. hegea, to shake; Goth. agis, fear, agyan or ogan, to fear; Ir. agh, fear, agha or aghaim, to fear. The radical idea is a shaking or shivering similar to that occasioned by terror.]
- The cold fit which precedes a fever, or a paroxysm of fever in intermittents. It is accompanied with shivering.
- Chilliness; a chill, or state of shaking with cold, though in health.
- It is used for a periodical fever, an intermittent, whether quotidian, tertian, or quartan. In this case, the word, which signifies the preceding cold fit, is used for the disease.
To cause a shivering in; to strike with a cold fit. – Haywood.
A hard tumor on the left side of the belly, lower than the false ribs; supposed to be the effect of intermittent fevers. – Encyc.
Chilly; having a fit of ague; shivering with cold or fear. – Shak.
A paroxysm of cold, or shivering; chilliness.
Able to resist agues; proof against agues.
A-GUER'RY, v.t. [Fr. aguerrir; from guerre, war.]
To inure to the hardships of war; to instruct in the art of war. [Not in use.] – Lyttleton.
A charm or spell to cure or prevent ague. – Gay.
Struck with ague. – Hewyt.
A name sometimes applied to sassafras, on account of its febrifuge qualities. – Encyc.
A-GUIL-LA-NEUF, n. [From a, to, gui, misleto, and l'an neuf, the new year.]
A form of rejoicing among the ancient Franks, on the first day of the year; derived from the druidical custom of cutting misleto, which was held sacred by the druids, and on the first day of the year, consecrating it by crying, aguillaneuf, the year to the misleto. This cry is said to be still observed in some parts of France; and the term came to signify also a begging of New Year's gifts. – Encyc.
Dress. [Not in use.] – More.
A-GUISE', v.t. [See Guise.]
To dress; to adorn. [Not in use.] – Spenser.
Chilly; somewhat cold or shivering; also, having the qualities of an ague. – Her aguish love now glows and burns. – Granville.
Chilliness; the quality of being aguish.