Dictionary: ASH'LAR – AS-LA'NI

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Common or free stones, as they come from the quarry, of different lengths, breadths and thicknesses. – Johnson.


Quartering for lathing to, in garrets, two or three feet high, perpendicular to the floor, and reaching to the under side of the rafters. – Encyc.

A-SHORE, adv. [a, at or on, and shore. See Shore.]

  1. On shore; on the land adjacent to water; to the shore; as, bring the goods ashore.
  2. On land, opposed to aboard; as, the captain of the ship remained ashore.
  3. On the ground; as, the ship was driven ashore.

ASH-WEDNES-DAY, n. [ash-wenz'de.]

The first day of Lent; supposed to be so called from a custom in the Romish Church of sprinkling ashes, that day, on the heads of penitents, then admitted to penance.


A plant, the small wild angelica, gout-wort, goats-foot, or herb-gerard. – Encyc.

ASH'Y, a.

Belonging to ashes; ash-colored; pale; inclining to a whitish gray. – Shak.


Pale as ashes. – Shak.

A'SIA, n.

One of the four quarters of the globe. [A name originally given to Asia Minor or some part of it; perhaps from the Asses, Ases or Osses, about Mount Taurus. Mallet, North. Ant. i. 60. Plin. 6. 17.]

A'SIAN, a.

Pertaining to Asia. – Dryden. Mitford.

A'SI-ARCH, n. [Asia and αρχος, chief.]

A chief or pontif of Asia; one who had the superintendence of the public games. – Acts xix. Milner.

A-SI-AT'IC, a.

Belonging to Asia; a quarter of the globe which extends from the strait of Constantinople and the Arabian Gulf, to the Pacific Ocean on the east. It is probable, the name was originally appropriated to what is now Asia Minor, or rather a part of it.

A-SI-AT'IC, n.

A native of Asia.


Imitation of the Asiatic manner. – Warton.

A-SIDE, adv. [a and side. See Side.]

  1. On or to one side; out of a perpendicular or straight direction.
  2. At a little distance from the main part or body. Thou shalt set aside that which is full. – 2 Kings iv.
  3. From the body; as, to put or lay aside a garment. – John xiii.
  4. From the company; at a small distance, or in private; as when speakers utter something by themselves, upon the stage.
  5. Separate from the person, mind or attention; in a state of abandonment. Let us lay aside every weight. – Heb. xii.
  6. Out of the line of rectitude or propriety, in a moral view. They are all gone aside. – Ps. xiv.
  7. In a state of separation to a particular use; as, to set aside a thing for a future day. To set aside, in judicial proceedings, is to defeat the effect or operation of, by a subsequent decision of a superior tribunal; as, to set aside a verdict or a judgment.

A-SIN-E'GO, n. [Sp. asnico, a little ass.]

A foolish fellow. – Mason.

AS'I-NINE, or AS'I-NA-RY, a. [rarely AS'I-NA-RY. L. asinus; W. asyn, the ass; which see.]

Belonging to the ass; having the qualities of the ass.

ASK, v.i.

  1. To request or petition, followed by for; as, ask for bread; or without for. Ask, and it shall be given you. Matth. vii.
  2. To inquire, or seek by request; sometimes followed by after. Wherefore dost thou ask after my name? – Gen. xxxii. This verb can hardly be considered as strictly intransitive, for some person or object is always understood. Ask is not equivalent to demand, claim, and require, at least, in modern usage; much less, is it equivalent to beg and beseech. The first three words, demand, claim, require, imply a right or supposed right in the person asking, to the thing requested; and beseech implies more urgency, than ask. Ask and request imply no right, but suppose the thing desired to be a favor. The French demander is correctly rendered by ask, rather than by demand.

ASK, v.t. [Sax. ascian, acsian, or axian; D. eischen; G. heischen; Ir. ascaim; Gr. αξιοω. Qu. Eth. አሰኩ asku, to pray or beseech. In former times, the English word was pronounced ax, as in the royal style of assenting to bills in Parliament. “Be it as it is axed.” In Calmuc, asoc signifies to inquire. The sense is to urge or press.]

  1. To request; to seek to obtain by words; to petition; with of in the sense of from, before the person to whom the request is made. Ask counsel of God. Judges xviii.
  2. To require, expect or claim. To whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more. Luke xii.
  3. To interrogate, or inquire; to put a question, with a view to an answer. He is of age, ask him. – John ix.
  4. To require, or make claim. Ask me never so much dowry. – Gen. xxxiv. Dan. ii.
  5. To claim, require or demand, as the price or value of a commodity; to set a price; as, what price do you ask?
  6. To require, as physically necessary. The exigence of a state asks a much longer time to conduct the design to maturity. – Addison. This sense is nearly or entirely obsolete; ask being superseded by require and demand.
  7. To invite; as, to ask guests to a wedding or entertainment; ask my friend to step into the house.

AS-KANC'E, or AS-KANT', adv. [D. schuins, sloping.]

Sideways; obliquely; toward one corner of the eye. – Dryden.

ASK-ED, pp.

Requested; petitioned; questioned; interrogated.

ASK-ER, n.

  1. One who asks; a petitioner; an inquirer.
  2. A water newt. – Johnson.

A-SKEW', adv. [G. schief; Dan. skiæv; D. scheef, awry, crooked, oblique.]

With a wry look; aside; askant; sometimes indicating scorn, or contempt, or envy. – Spenser.

ASK-ING, ppr.

  1. Requesting; petitioning; interrogating; inquiring.
  2. Silently expressing request or desire. Explain the asking eye. – Pope.

A-SLAKE, v.t. [Sax. aslacian. See Slack.]

To remit; to slacken. [Not in use.] – Spenser.

AS-LA'NI, n.

A silver coin worth from 115 to 120 aspers. – Encyc.