Dictionary: AUD'IT-HOUSE – AU'GUR

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An appendage to a cathedral, in which the business belonging to it is transacted. – Wheeler.


Having the power of hearing. – Colgrave.

AUD'IT-OR, n. [L.]

  1. A hearer; one who attends to hear a discourse.
  2. A person appointed and authorized to examine an account or accounts, compare the charges with the vouchers, examine the parties and witnesses, allow or reject charges, and state the balance. It is usual with courts to refer accounts, on which an action is brought, to auditors for adjustment, and their report, if received, is the basis of the judgment. In England, there are officers who are auditors of courts; as, the auditors of the Exchequer, of the receipts, &c.


The office of auditor. – Johnson.


That has the power of hearing; pertaining to the sense or organs of hearing; as, the auditory nerve.

AUD'IT-O-RY, n. [L. auditorium.]

  1. An audience; an assembly of hearers, as in a church or lecture-room.
  2. A place or apartment where discourses are delivered. In ancient churches, the nave, where the hearers stood to be instructed.
  3. A bench on which a judge sits to hear causes. – Encyc.


A female hearer.

AUF, n.

A fool; a simpleton. [See Oaf.]

AU-GE'AN, a.

The Augean stable, in Grecian mythology, is represented as belonging to Augcas or Augias, one of the Argonauts, and afterwards king of Elis. This prince kept a great number of oxen, in a stable which was never cleansed, until Hercules undertook the task; a task which it seemed impracticable to execute. Hence the Augean stable came to represent what is deemed impracticable, or a place which has not, for a long time, been cleansed. – Lempriere.

AUG'ER, a. [D. avegaar. The Saxon word is nafe-gar or naue-gar, from nafa, the nave of a wheel, and gar, a tool or a borer. It is probable that the real word is naugar, corrupted.]

An instrument for boring large holes, chiefly used by carpenters, joiners, cabinet makers, wheelwrights and shipwrights, It consists of an iron blade, ending in a steel bit, with a handle placed at right angles with the blade. Augers, made with a straight channel or groove, in some places, are called pod-augers; the modern augers, with spiral channels, are called crew-augers.


A hole made by an auger.

AUGHT, a. [aut; Sax. awiht, aht, or owiht, ohwit, oht, from wiht, wight, a creature, animal, thing, any thing. This wiht seems to be our wight and whit; and I suspect the L. qui, quæ, quod, quid, what, to be the same word varied in orthography. This word should not be written ought.]

  1. Any thing, indefinitely. But go, my son, and see if aught be wanting. – Addison.
  2. Any part, the smallest; a jot or tittle. There failed not aught of any good thing which the Lord had spoken. Josh. xxi.

AU'GITE, n. [Gr. αυγη, brightness. Plin. 37, 10.]

A mineral called by Haüy, pyroxene; often found in distinct crystals. Its secondary forms are all six or eight-sided prisms. Sometimes it appears in hemitrope crystals. It has a foliated structure, and is harder than hornblend. The varieties are, common augite, sahlite, fassaite, and coccolite. The omphacite of Werner appears also to be a variety; and the common angite, found near the lake Baikal, has been called Baikalite. Cleaveland. Werner divides augite into four sub-species; granular, foliated, conchoidal, and common; and there is a variety called slaggy augite.


Pertaining to augite; resembling augite, or partaking of its nature and characters. – Cooper.


  1. Increase; enlargement by addition; state of increase.
  2. In philology, a syllable prefixed to a word; or an increase of the quantity of the initial vowel.

AUG-MENT', v.i.

To increase; to grow larger; as, a stream augments by rain.

AUG-MENT', v.t. [Fr. augmenter; L. augmento, augmentum, from augeo, auxi, to increase; Gr. αυξω, αεξω, which seems to be the Eng. to wax, or to eke; Sax. eacan.]

  1. To increase; to enlarge in size or extent; to swell; to make bigger; as, to augment an army, by reënforcement; rain augments a stream.
  2. To increase or swell the degree, amount, or magnitude; as, impatience augments an evil.


That may be increased; capable of augmentation. – Walsh's Amer. Review.


  1. The act of increasing or making larger, by addition, expansion, or dilatation.
  2. The state of being increased or enlarged.
  3. The thing added by which a thing is enlarged.
  4. In music, a doubling the value of the notes of the subject of a fugue or canon. – Busby. Augmentation Court, in England, a court erected by 27 Hen. VIII, to augment the revenues of the crown, by the suppression of monasteries. It was long ago dissolved. – Encyc. In heraldry, an augmentation consists in additional charges to a coat-armor, often as marks of honor, borne on the escutcheon or a canton. – Encyc.


Having the quality or power of augmenting.


He that augments.


Increasing; enlarging.

AU'GUR, n. [L. augur. The first syllable is from avis, a fowl; but the meaning and origin of the last syllable are not obvious.]

  1. Among the Romans, an officer whose duty was to foretell future events by the singing, chattering, flight and feeding of birds. There was a college or community of augurs, originally three in number, and afterwards nine, four patricians and five plebeians. They bore a staff or wand, and were held in great respect. – Encyc.
  2. One who pretends to foretell future events by omens. We all know that augur cannot look at augur without laughing. – Buckminster.

AU'GUR, v.i.

To guess; to conjecture by signs or omens; to prognosticate.

AU'GUR, v.t.

To predict or foretell; as, to augur ill success.