Dictionary: AT'TICS – AT-TRACT'ILE

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AT'TICS, n. [plur.]

  1. The title of a book in Pausanias, which treats of Attica. Trans. of Paus. B. 1.
  2. Plural of Attic on buildings.

AT-TINGE', v.t. [L. attingo.]

To touch lightly.

AT-TIRE', n.

  1. Dress; clothes; habit; but appropriately, ornamental dress. Can a bride forget her attire? – Jer. ii.
  2. The horns of a deer.
  3. In botany, the generative parts of plants. Florid attire, called thrums or suits, as in the flowers of marygold or tansy, consists of two or three parts, of which the outer part is the floret. Semiform attire consists of the chives and apexes. This language is now obsolete.

AT-TIRE, v.t. [Norm. attyrer, to provide; Fr. atours, dress, attire; atourner, to dress a bride, to attire; atourneresse, a tire woman; Arm. atourm, female ornaments; G. zieren, to adorn. We retain tire, the simple word, applied to the band of a wheel, and this word, in the D. toer, coincides with tour. See Class Dr.]

To dress; to array; to adorn with elegant or splendid garment. With the linen miter shall Aaron be attired. Lev. xvi.

AT-TIR'ED, pp.

Dressed; decked with ornaments or attire.


One who dresses or adorns with attire.

AT-TIR'ING, ppr.

Dressing; adorning with dress or attire.

AT-TIT'LE, v.t.

To entitle. [Not in use.] – Gower.

AT'TI-TUDE, n. [Fr. attitude, posture; Sp. actitud, from L. actus, ago. The Italian attitudine is posture and fitness; attitude and aptitude being united in the same word.]

  1. In painting and sculpture, the posture or action in which a figure or statue is placed; the gesture of a figure or statue, such a disposition of the parts as serves to express the action and sentiments of the person represented. – Johnson. Encyc.
  2. Posture; position of things or persons; as, in times of trouble let the prince or a nation preserve a firm attitude. – Washington's Farewell Address. Hamilton. Gov. Smith, N. H.


Pertaining to attitude.

AT-TOL'LENT, a. [L. attollens, attollo, of ad and tollo, to lift.]

Lifting up; raising; as, an attolent muscle. – Derham.


A muscle which raises some part, as the ear, the tip of the nose, or the upper eyelid; otherwise called levator or elevator. – Quincy. Coxe.

AT-TORN', v.i. [L. ad and torno; Fr. tourner; Arm. tairgna, turnein, to turn; Sp. torna; Port. id.; It. attornare, torniare. Hence torniamento, a tournament; Sp. torneo. See Turn.]

In the feudal law, to turn, or transfer homage and service from one lord to another. This is the act of feudatories, vassals or tenants, upon the alienation of the estate. – Blackstone. Encyc.

AT-TORN'EY, n. [plur. Attŏrneys. Norm. attournon; torne, id.; from tour, tourn, turn, change. One who takes the turn or place of another. See Attorn and Turn.]

One who is appointed or admitted in the place of another, to manage his matters in law. The word formerly signified any person who did business for another; but its sense is now chiefly or wholly restricted to persons who act as substitutes for the persons concerned, in prosecuting and defending actions before courts of justice, or in transacting other business in which legal rights are involved. The word answers to the procurator (proctor) of the civilians. Attorneys are not admitted to practice in courts, until examined, approved, licensed and sworn, by direction of some court; after which they are proper officers of the court. In Great Britain, and in some of the United States, attorneys are not permitted to be advocates or counsel in the higher courts; this privilege being confined to counselors and sergeants. In other states, there is no distinction of rank, and attorneys practice in all the courts. And in a general sense, the word attorney comprehends counselors, barristers and sergeants. In Virginia, the duties of attorney, counselor, conveyancer and advocate, are all performed by the same individual. – Wirt. An attorney may have general powers to transact business for another; or his powers may be special, or limited to a particular act or acts. Attorney General is an officer appointed to manage business for the king, the state or public and his duty, in particular, is to prosecute persons guilty of crimes. A letter or warrant of attorney is a written authority from one person empowering another to transact business for him.

AT-TORN'EY, v.t.

To perform by proxy; to employ as a proxy. [Not in use.] – Shak.


The office of an attorney; agency for another. – Shak.


Acknowledging a new lord, or transferring homage and fealty to the purchaser of an estate.


The act of a feudatory, vassal or tenant, by which he consents, upon the alienation of an estate, to receive a new lord or superior, and transfers to him his homage and service. – Encyc. Blackstone.


Attraction. [Not in use.] – Hudibras.

AT-TRACT', v.t. [L. attraho, attractus, of ad and traho, to draw. See Drag and Draw.]

  1. To draw to; to cause to move toward, and unite with; as, electrical bodies attract straws, and light substances, by physical laws.
  2. To draw to or incline to unite with, though some cause may prevent the union; as, the sun is supposed to attract the planets.
  3. To draw by influence of a moral kind; to invite or allure; as, to attract admirers.
  4. To engage; as to attract attention.


The quality of being attractable, or of being subject to the law of attraction. – Asiat. Researches.


That may be attracted; subject to attraction. Lavoisier by Kerr.


Drawn toward; invited; allured; engaged.


Having power to draw to. [Not used.] – Ray.


That has power to attract. – Med. Rep.