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Flying like air. – Thomson.


Prismatoitdal Eruthrone ore. – Shepard.

AISLE, or AILE, n. [Pronounced Ile; Fr. aile, a wing; L. ala.]

The wing of a quire; a walk in a church.

AISL'ED, a. [aled.]

Furnished with aisles. – Byron.

AIT, n.

An islet, or little isle.

AI-ZOON', n. [Sax. aizon, from L. aizoon. It seems to be composed of Gr. αει, always, Sax. aa, Eng. aye, and ζωον, living.]

A genus of plants, called by Miller Sempervive. The name has, by some writers, been applied to the house-leek and to the aloes. – Encyc.

A-JAR', adv.

Partly open; as a door.

A-JA'VA, n.

The seed of a plant brought from Malabar, said to be an excellent carminative, and very useful in the colic. – Quincy.

A-JU'GA, n.

Bugle; a genus of plants. – Encyc.


A species of American parrot, of a green color, with eyes of a fiery red, encircled with white.


An American parrot, of a lively green color, with a blue crown; the throat, and sides of the head, of a fine yellow.


A small parrot of America, of a beautiful green, with the beak, legs, and circlets of the eyes white. – Dict. of Nat. Hist.

A'JU-TAGE, or AD'JU-TAGE, n. [Fr. from ajouter, to join.]

A tube fitted to the mouth of a vessel, through which the water of a fountain is to be played.

AKE, n. [Sax. ace.]

Continued pain.

AKE, v.i.

To be in continued pain. [This is the true spelling.]

A'KER, n. [Gr. αγρος; L. ager; Sax. acer, pronounced aker; Germ. acker. The most correct orthography is aker.]

Originally an open field. But in Great Britain, the quantity of land in the aker is fixed by statute at four thousand eight hundred and forty square yards, making one hundred and sixty square rods, perches or poles; and this is the quantity of land it contains in the United States of America. [See Acre.]

A-KIN', a. [a or of and kin. See Kin.]

  1. Related by blood, used of persons; as, the two families are near akin.
  2. Allied by nature; partaking of the same properties; as, envy and jealousy are near akin. [This adjective is used only after the noun.]

A'KING, n.

Continued pain, or distress of mind.

A'KING, ppr.

Having continued pain; suffering distress of mind, or grief.

AL, adj.1

In Arabic, an adjective or inseparable prefix, answering to the Italian il, and the Sp. el and la. Its use is to render nouns definite, like the English the; as, alkoran, the koran, or the book by eminence; alcove, alchimy, alembic, almanac, &c.

AL, adj.2

In English, is sometimes a contraction of the Sax. æthel, noble or illustrious. More generally al, in composition, is a contraction of ald or alt, old, and it is prefixed to many names, as Alburg. Sax. eald; Germ. alt, old.

AL, prep.

In the composition of Latin words, is written before l for ad, for the ease of pronunciation; as, in allevo, alludo, for ad levo, ad ludo.


Made of alabaster, or resembling it. – Addison. Alabastrum dendroide, a kind of laminated alabaster, variegated with figures of shrubs and trees, found in the province of Hohenstein. – Encyc.

AL'A-BAS-TER, n. [L. from Gr. αλαβαςρον; supposed to be from α privative and λαμβανω, to take or hold, and to be so named from its smoothness, or from vessels having no handles. Qu.]

A sub-variety of carbonate of lime, found in large masses, formed by the deposition of calcarious particles in caverns of limestone rocks. These concretions have a foliated, fibrous or granular structure, and are of a pure white color, or more generally they present shades of yellow, red, or brown, in undulating or concentric stripes, or in spots. – Cleaveland. Among the ancients, alabaster was also the name of a vessel in which odoriferous liquors were kept; so called from the stone of which it was made. Also, the name of a measure, containing ten ounces of wine, or nine of oil. – Encyc. Macquer. Pliny.


Pertaining to or like alabaster.