Dictionary: A'GUL – AID'LESS

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A'GUL, n.

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.

A-HA', n.

  1. An exclamation expressing triumph, contempt, or simple surprise; but the senses are distinguished by very different modes of utterance, and different modifications of features.
  2. 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.]

  1. 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.
  2. Onward; forward; toward the point before the stem or head; as, move ahead.
  3. 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.

A-HIGH', adv.

On high. [Not used.]

A-HOLD', adv.

Near the wind; as, to lay a ship ahold. [Not in use.] – Shak.

A-HO'VAI, n.

A trivial name synonymous with Cerbera, a very poisonous species of plum.

A-HOY', exclam.

A sea term used in hailing.



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'IA, n.

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.

AID, n.

  1. Help; succor; support; assistance. – Watts.
  2. The person who aids or yields support; a helper; an auxiliary; also the thing that aids or yields succor.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. An aiddecamp, so called by abbreviation.
  6. 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.]

AID'ED, pp.

Assisted; supported; furnished with succor.

AID'ER, n.

One who helps; an assistant, or auxiliary.

AID'ING, ppr.

Helping; assisting.


Helpless; without aid; unsupported; undefended. – Shak.