Emily Dickinson Lexicon
Dictionary: AL'PINE – AL'TER-ANT
AL'PINE, a. [L. alpinus, from Alpes.]
- Pertaining to the Alps, or to any lofty mountain; very high; elevated.
- Growing on high mountains; as, alpine plants. – Milton. Thomson.
A kind of strawberry growing on lofty hills.
The seed of the fox-tail; a small seed used for feeding birds. – Encyc.
A measure in Portugal for dry things, as well as liquids, containing half an almude, or about two gallons. It is called also Cantar. – Port. Dict.
A sort of lead ore, which, when broken, looks like antimony. It is found in Cornwall, England; used by potters to give a green varnish to their wares, and called potter's ore. A small mixture of manganese gives it a blackish hue. – Encyc.
AL-READ'Y, adv. [alred'dy; all and ready. See Ready.]
Literally, a state of complete preparation; but, by an easy deflection, the sense is, at this time, or at a specified time. Elias is come already. – Matth. xvii. Joseph was in Egypt already. – Exod. i. It has reference to past time, but may be used for a future past; as, when you shall arrive the business will be already completed, or will have been completed already.
AL'SO, adv. [all and so. Sax. eal and swa; eal, all, the whole, and swa, so.]
Likewise; in like manner. Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. – Matth. xvi.
ALT, or AL'TO, a. [It. from L. altus, high; Celt. alt, ailt, a high place; Heb. עלית, upper, על, high.]
In music, a term applied to high notes in the scale. In sculpture, alto-relievo, high relief, is when the figures project half or more, without being entirely detached from the ground. – Encyc. Cyc.
AL-TA'IC, or AL-TA'IAN, a. [Tart. alatau, perhaps al-tag, high mountain. Tooke 1, 121.]
Pertaining to the Altai, a vast ridge of mountains extending, in an easterly direction, through a considerable part of Asia, and forming a boundary between the Russian and Chinese dominions. – Pinkerton. Encyc.
AL'TAR, n. [L. altare, probably from the same root as altus, high; Celt. alt, a high place.]
- A mount; a table or elevated place, on which sacrifices were anciently offered to some deity. Altars were originally made of turf, afterwards of stone, wood, or horn; some were round, others square, others triangular. They differed also in highth, but all faced the east. The principal altars of the Jews were the altar of incense, of burnt-offerings, and of show-bread; all of shittim wood, and covered with gold or brass. – Encyc.
- In modern churches, the communion table; and, figuratively, a church; a place of worship.
- In Scripture, Christ is called the altar of Christians, he being the atoning sacrifice for sin. We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat, who serve tabernacles. – Heb. xiii.
The profits arising to priests from oblations, or on account of the altar. Also, in law, altars erected in virtue of donations, before the Reformation, within a parochial church, for the purpose of singing a mass for deceased friends. – Encyc.
A cloth to lay upon an altar in churches.
Fire on an altar.
In old laws, an appellation given to the priest to whom the altarage belonged; also a chaplain. – Cyc.
A painting placed over the altar in a church. – Warton.
Placed in the manner of an altar. – Howell.
To become, in some respects, different; to vary; as, the weather alters almost daily. The law which altereth not. – Dan. vi.
AL'TER, v.t. [Fr. alterer; Sp. alterar; It. alterare; from L. alter, another. See Alien. Alter is supposed to be a contraction of αλλοτερῤος, alienus, of αλλος and ετερος.]
- To make some change in; to make different in some particular; to vary in some degree, without an entire change. My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that has gone out of my lips. – Ps. lxxxix.
- To change entirely or materially; as, to alter an opinion. In general, to alter is to change partially; to change is more generally to substitute one thing for another, or to make a material difference in a thing.
The quality of being susceptible of alteration.
That may become different; that may vary.
The quality of admitting alteration; variableness.
In a manner that may be altered, or varied.
AL'TER-AGE, n. [From alo, to feed.]
The breeding, nourishing, or fostering of a child. Sir J. Davies. But this is not an English word.
Altering; gradually changing.
A medicine which gradually corrects the state of the body, and changes it from a diseased to a healthy condition. An alterative. – Encyc. Quincy.