Emily Dickinson Lexicon
Dictionary: A-LEX-I-PHARM'AC – AL-HEN'NA
A-LEX-I-PHARM'AC, a. [Gr. αλεξω, to expel, and φαρμακον, poison.]
Expelling poison; antidotal; sudorific; that has the quality of expelling poison or infection by sweat.
A medicine that is intended to obviate the effects of poison; an antidote to poison or infection. By the Greeks, the word was used for an amulet. – Quincy. Encyc.
A-LEX-I-TER'IC, or A-LEX-I-TE'RI-AL, a. [Gr. αλεξω, to expel, and δηλητηριος, poison.]
Resisting poison; obviating the effects of venom. – Quincy. Encyc.
A medicine to resist the effects of poison, or the bite of venomous animals; nearly synonymous with alexipharmac. Used also by the Greeks for an amulet.
AL'GA, n. [L.]
The name of an emetic powder, prepared from the regulus of antimony, dissolved in acids, and separated by repeated lotions in warm water. It is either an Arabic term, or the name of the inventor, a physician of Verona. – Quincy. Encyc.
In addition to the definition in the general vocabulary, a compound of oxyd and chlorid of antimony, a precipitate obtained by pouring water into the acidulous chlorid of that metal. – Ure.
AL'GATES, adv. [Sax. algeats; all and geat, a gait, a way.]
By all means; on any terms. [Obs.]
AL'GE-BRA, n. [Ar. al and جَبْرٌ gaboron, the reduction of parts to a whole, or fractions to whole numbers, from the verb, which signifies to consolidate; Heb. Ch. Syr. and Eth. גבר, to be strong.]
The science of quantity in general, or universal arithmetic. Algebra is a general method of computation, in which signs and symbols, which are commonly the letters of the alphabet, are made to represent numbers and quantities. It takes an unknown quantity sought, as if granted; and, by means of one or more quantities given, proceeds till the quantity supposed is discovered, by some other known quantity to which it is equal. This science was of Oriental discovery; but whether among the Arabians or Indians, is uncertain.
Pertaining to algebra; containing an operation of algebra, or deduced from such operation. Algebraic curve, a figure whose intercepted diameters bear always the same proportion to their respective ordinates. – Bailey.
By algebraic process.
One who is versed in the science of algebra.
To perform by algebra, or reduce to algebraic form.
A fixed star of the second magnitude, in the right side of Perseus; Long. 27° 46' 12" of Taurus; Lat. 30° 50' 28" north. – Encyc.
Belonging to Algiers.
AL-GE-RINE', n. [from Algiers.]
A native of Algiers, a city and a government on the coast of Africa.
AL'GID, a. [L. algidus.]
Cold. [Not used.]
A fixed star of the third magnitude, called Medusa's head, in Perseus; Long. 21° 50' 42" of Taurus; Lat. 23° 23' 47" north. – Encyc.
AL'GOR, n. [L.]
Among physicians, an unusual coldness in any part of the body.
An Arabic term, signifying numerical computation, or the six operations of arithmetic. – Johnson. Encyc.
AL'GOUS, a. [L. alga, sea weed.]
Pertaining to sea weed; abounding with, or like sea weed.
An inferior civil officer of Spain.
AL-HEN'NA, n. [See ALKENNA.]