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A fossil shell of the genus Anomie. – Jameson.

AN-O-MO-RHOM'BOID, n. [Gr. ανομοιος, irregular, and ῥομβοειδης, of a rhomboidal figure.]

A genus of spars, pellucid, and crystaline, of no determinate form externally, but breaking into regular rhomboidal masses. The species are five, mostly of a white color. – Encyc.

AN'O-MY, n. [Gr. ανομια.]

A violation of law. [Rarely used.] – Bramhall.

A-NON', adv. [Sax. on an, in one; not, as Junius supposes, in one minute, but in continuation, without intermission; applied originally to extension in measure, and then to time by analogy. “And sædon that hi sægon on north-east, fu micel and brad with thone earthe and weax on lengthe up an on to tham wolcne.” Sax. Chron. A. D. 1022. And they said that they saw in the north-east a great fire and broad, near the earth, and it increased in length in continuation to the clouds. See also An. Dom. 1127.]

  1. Quickly; without intermission; soon; immediately. The same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it. – Matth. xiii.
  2. Sometimes; now and then; at other times; accompanied with ever, ever and anon.

A-NON'Y-MOUS, a. [Fr. anonyme; L. anonymus; Gr. ανωνομος, of α privative and ονομα, name. See Name.]

Nameless; wanting a name; without the real name of the author; as, an anonymous pamphlet.


Without a name.

AN'O-PLO-THER, or AN-O-PLO-THE'RI-UM, n. [Gr. αν neg., ὁπλον, arms, and θηριον, beast. So named because not armed with canine teeth.]

This is the name which Cuvier has given to a genus of animals, whose bones are found in the gypsum quarries near Paris; a genus now extinct.

A-NOP'SY, a. [Gr. αν neg., and ωψ, sight.]

Want of sight; invision. [Little used.] – Brown.

AN'O-REX-Y, n. [Gr. α privative and ορεξις, appetite.]

Want of appetite, without a lothing of food. Coxe.


A species of feldspar.

AN-OTH'ER, a. [an, or one and other.]

  1. Not the same; different; as, we have one form of government; France, another.
  2. One more, in addition to a former number, indefinitely; as, grant one request, they will ask another favor, another and another.
  3. Any other; any different person, indefinitely; as, “Let another praise thee, and not thy own mouth.” This word is often used without a noun, becoming a substitute for the name of a person or thing; as in the last example. It is also much used in opposition to one, as in the first and second passages cited. It is also frequently used with one, in a reciprocal sense; as, “love one another;” “bear one another's burdens;” that is, love one, or let one love another.


Of another kind. [Obs.] – Sidney.


Of another sort. [Obs.] – Sanderson.

AN-OTH'ER-GUISE, a. [another and Fr. guise, way, manner; Sax. wise. The Saxon manner of writing this word would be another-wise.]

Of a different kind; different. This is a vulgar word, and usually contracted into other guess.

A-NOT'TA, n.

An elegant red coloring substance, consisting of the dried pulp of the seed vessel of the Bixa Orellana.

AN'SA-TED, a. [L. ansatus, from ansa, a handle.]

Having a handle or handles, or something in the form of handles. – Johnson.

AN'SER, n. [L. a goose.]

  1. In zoology, the name of the goose, whether tame or wild. The domestic goose is the gray-lag or wild goose, domesticated.
  2. In astronomy, a small star, in the milky way, between the swan and eagle. – Encyc.

AN'SER-INE, a. [L. anserinus, from anser, a goose.]

  1. Resembling the skin of a goose; uneven; as, an anserine skin. – Encyc.
  2. Pertaining to the Ansers.


In Linnæus's system, the third order of Aves or fowls, whose characteristics are a smooth bill, broadest at the point, covered with a smooth skin, and furnished with teeth. The tongue is fleshy, and the toes are webbed or palmated. It includes all the web-footed water fowls, with legs and feet adapted to swimming.

AN-SLAIGHT', n. [See Slay.]

An attack; an affray. [Not in use.]


  1. A reply; that which is said, in return to a call, a question, an argument, an allegation, or address. A soft answer turneth away wrath. – Prov. I called him, but he gave me no answer. – Cant. v.
  2. An account to be rendered to justice. He will call you to so hot an answer for it. – Shak.
  3. In law, a counter-statement of facts, in a course of pleadings; a confutation of what the other party has alledged.
  4. A writing, pamphlet or book, in reply to another.
  5. A reverberated sound; an echo.
  6. A return; that which is sent in consequence of some petition; as, a blessing is sent in answer to prayer.
  7. A solution, the result of a mathematical operation.
  8. The reply of a legislative body or house to an address or message of the supreme magistrate.

AN'SWER, v.i.

  1. To reply; to speak by way of return; as, there is none to answer. – 1 Kings xviii.
  2. To be accountable, liable or responsible; followed by to before the person, and for before the thing for which one is liable; as, the man must answer to his employer for the money entrusted to his care; we can not answer to God for our offenses.
  3. To vindicate, or give a justificatory account of; followed by for; as, a man can not answer for his friend.
  4. To correspond with; to suit with; followed by to. In water face answereth to face, so the heart of man to man. – Prov. xxvi.
  5. To act reciprocally, as the strings of an instrument to the hand. – Dryden.
  6. To stand as opposite or correlative; as, allegiance in the subject answers to protection on the part of the prince or government.
  7. To return, as sound reverberated; to echo. The noise seems to fly away, and answer at a great distance. – Encyc. Art. Echo.
  8. To succeed; to effect the object intended; to have a good effect; as, gypsum answers as a manure on a dry soil.

AN'SWER, v.t. [ansur; Sax. andswarian, of anti, against, and Sax. swaran or swerian or swerigan, Goth. swaran, to swear. The primitive sense of swear was merely to speak or affirm; and hence, originally, oath was used after it, to swear an oath; which is not a pleonasm, as Lye supposes, but the primitive form of expression retained. The sense of answer is an opposite, a returned word or speech. Hence we observe the Saxon has andwyrd, antiword, an answer; Goth. andawaurd; D. antwoord; Ger. antwort.]

  1. To speak in return to a call or question, or to a speech, declaration or argument of another person; as, “I have called, and ye have not answered.” “He answered the question or the argument.” This may be in agreement and confirmation of what was said, or in opposition to it.
  2. To be equivalent to; to be adequate to, or sufficient to accomplish the object. “Money answereth all things,” noting, primarily, return.
  3. To comply with, fulfill, pay or satisfy; as, he answered my order; to answer a debt.
  4. To act in return, or opposition; as, the enemy answered our fire by a shower of grape shot.
  5. To bear a due proportion to; to be equal or adequate; to suit; as, a weapon does not answer the size and strength of the man using it; the success does not answer our expectation.
  6. To perform what was intended; to accomplish; as, the measure does not answer its end; it does not answer the purpose.
  7. To be opposite to; to face; as, fire answers fire. – Shak.
  8. To write in reply; to reply to another writing by way of explanation, refutation or justification; as, to answer a pamphlet.
  9. To solve, as a proposition or problem in mathematics. This word may be applied to a great variety of objects, expressing the idea of a return; as the notes, or sounds of birds, and other animals; an echo, &c.


  1. That may be answered; that to which a reply may be made, usually implying that the answer may be satisfactory; as, an answerable argument.
  2. Obliged to give an account, or liable to be called to account; amenable; responsible; as, an agent is answerable to his principal.
  3. Obliged or liable to pay, indemnify or make good; as, to be answerable for a debt or for damages.
  4. Correspondent; agreeing with; in conformity with; as, the features expressed in a picture are answerable to the original.
  5. Suitable; suited; proportionate; as, an achievement answerable to the preparation for it.
  6. Equal; correspondent; proportionate; as, the success is answerable to my desires.


The quality of being answerable, liable, responsible, or correspondent.