Emily Dickinson Lexicon
Dictionary: AL'LI-GA-TING – ALL-MAK-ING
Tying together; uniting by some tie.
- The act of tying together; the state being tied. [Little used.]
- A role of arithmetic for finding the price or value of compounds, consisting of ingredients of different values. Thus if a quantity of sugar, worth eight cents the pound, and another quantity worth ten cents, are mixed, the question to be solved by alligation is, what is the value of the Mixture by the pound. Alligation is of two kinds, medial and alternate; medial, when the rate of a mixture is sought from the rates and quantities of the simples; alternate, when the quantities of the simples are sought from the rates of the simples, and the rate of the mixture.
AL-LI-GA'TOR, n. [Properly allagarto, from the Spanish and Portuguese lagarto, a lizard; L. lacerta. The Latin word seems to be connected with lacertus, the arm; and the animal may be named from the resemblance of his legs to arms.]
The American crocodile. This animal has a long naked body, four feet, with five toes on the fore feet, and four on the hind, armed with claws, and a serrated tail. The mouth is very large, and furnished with sharp teeth; the skin is brown, tough, and, on the sides, covered with tubercles. The largest of these animals grow to the length of seventeen or eighteen feet. They live in and about the rivers in warm climates, eat fish, and sometimes catch hogs on the shore, or dogs which are swimming. In winter, they burrow in the earth, which they enter under water and work upward, lying torpid till spring. The female lays a great number of eggs, which are deposited in the sand, and left to be hatched by the heat of the sun. – Encyc.
A West Indian fruit, resembling a pear in shape, from one to two pounds in weight, (Laurus Persea, Linn.) It contains within its rind a yellow butyraceous substance, which, when the fruit is perfectly ripe, constitutes an agreeable food. – Encyc.
AL-LIG'A-TURE, n. [See LIGATURE, which is the word in use.]
Enlightening every thing.
Imitating every thing. – More.
Absolutely important. – Everett.
Impressive to the utmost extent.
AL-LINE-MENT, n. [Fr. alignment, a row, a squaring, from ligne, line; L. linea.]
A reducing to a line or to a square; a state of being in squares, in a line, or on a level; a line; a row. – Asiat. Res. Columbiad.
Actuating all by vital powers. – Sandys.
Interesting in the highest degree.
Explaining all things. – Milton.
AL-LI-OP'A-THY, n. [See ALLOPATHY, below.]
A star in the tail of the great bear, much used for finding the latitude at sea. – Encyc.
AL-LIS'ION, n. [allizh'un; L. allido, to dash or strike against, of ad and lædo, to hurt by striking; Ir. leas, a sore; D. leed, a hurt; D. beleedigen; Ger. beleidigen, to hurt; Fr. blesser, to hurt. Lædo forms its participle læsus. Class Ld, Ls.]
A striking against; as, the allision of the sea against the shore. – Woodward.
AL-LIT-ER-A'TION, n. [L. ad and litera, a letter.]
The repetition of the same letter at the beginning of two or more words immediately succeeding each other, or short intervals; as f and g in the following line: Fields ever fresh, and groves forever green.
Pertaining to, or consisting in, alliteration.
Judging all; possessing the sovereign right of judging. – Rowe.
Perfectly kind or benevolent.
Having all knowledge; omniscient. – Atterbury.
Licensed to every thing. – Shak.
Of infinite love. – More.
Making or creating all; omnific. – Dryden.