Emily Dickinson Lexicon
Dictionary: A'GUL – AID'LESS
A species of the Hedysarum.
AH, n. [Ger. ach.]
An exclamation, expressive of surprise, pity, complaint, contempt, dislike, joy, exultation, &c., according to the manner of utterance.
- An exclamation expressing triumph, contempt, or simple surprise; but the senses are distinguished by very different modes of utterance, and different modifications of features.
- A sunk fence, not visible, without near approach. – Mason.
A name of the gar-fish.
A-HEAD', adv. [ahed'; a and head, or at head.]
- Further forward than another thing; in front; originally a sea term, denoting further forward than another ship, or on the point to which the stem is directed, in opposition to astern. – Mar. Dict.
- Onward; forward; toward the point before the stem or head; as, move ahead.
- Headlong; without restraint; precipitantly; as, children suffered to run ahead. [Not used.] – L'Estrange.
A-HEIGHT', adv. [a and height.]
Aloft; on high. [Not used.] – Shak.
A poisonous serpent of Mexico, somewhat resembling the rattle-snake, but destitute of rattles. Its poison is as fatal as that of any known species of serpent. – Encyc.
On high. [Not used.]
Near the wind; as, to lay a ship ahold. [Not in use.] – Shak.
A trivial name synonymous with Cerbera, a very poisonous species of plum.
A sea term used in hailing.
AHRIMAN, n. [See ARIMAN.]
A worm found in the lake of Mexico, four inches in length, as thick as a goose-quill; the tail, which is hard and poisonous, contains a sting. – Clavigero.
An amphibious quadruped of the tropical climate of America, whose body is a foot long, its snout long and sharp, its skin of a mixed black and brown color. – Clavigero.
A Brazilian fowl of the Spoon-bill kind, and resembling that bird in form and size. – Dict. of Nat. Hist.
A large and beautiful species of parrot, found in Brazil; its head beautifully variegated with yellow, red, and violet colors; its body green; the tips of its wings red, and its tail long and yellow. – Dict. of Nat. Hist.
- Help; succor; support; assistance. – Watts.
- The person who aids or yields support; a helper; an auxiliary; also the thing that aids or yields succor.
- In English law, a subsidy or tax granted by parliament, and making a part of the king's revenue. In France, aids are equivalent to customs or duties on imports and exports. – Encyc.
- In England, a tax paid by a tenant to his lord; originally a mere gift, which afterward became a right demandable by the lord. The aids of this kind we chiefly three. 1) To ransom the lord when a prisoner. 2) To make the lord's eldest son a knight. 3) To marry the lord's eldest daughter. Blackstone.
- An aiddecamp, so called by abbreviation.
- To pray in aid, in law, is to call in a person interested in a title, to assist in defending it. Thus a tenant for life may pray in the aid of him in remainder or reversion; that is, he may pray or petition that he may be joined in the suit to aid or help maintain the title. This act or petition is called aid-prayer. – Cowel. Blackstone. Court of aids, in France, is a court which has cognizance of causes respecting duties or customs. – Encyc.
AID, v.t. [Fr. aider, to help; It. aiutare, which seems to be contracted from L. adjuto. In Ar. أَاَد or ايد aid, signifies to assist or strengthen; and أَدَا ada, and أَدَوَ adau, to help. In Welsh, ced is a benefit, and the word was used to denote the aids of feudal tenants.]
To help; to assist; to support, either by furnishing strength or means to effect a purpose, or to prevent or remove evil.
Aid; help; assistance. [Little used.] – Shak.
Helping; helpful; supplying aid. [Not used.]
AID-DE-CAMP, n. [plur. Aiddecamps. Fr., but naturalized, and here anglicized.]
In military affairs, an officer whose duty is to receive and communicate the orders of a general officer. [The pronunciation should be English, according to the orthography, not aid de cong.]
Assisted; supported; furnished with succor.
One who helps; an assistant, or auxiliary.
Helpless; without aid; unsupported; undefended. – Shak.