Dictionary: AF-FUS'ING – A-FRONT'

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AF-FUS'ING, ppr.

Pouring upon, or sprinkling.

AF-FUS'ION, n. [affu'zhun.]

The act of pouring upon, or sprinkling with a liquid substance, as water upon a diseased body, or upon a child in baptism.

AF-FY', v.t.

To trust or confide in. [Not used.]

AF-FY', v.t. [Fr. affier.]

To betroth; to bind or join. [Not used.]

A-FIELD', adv. [a and field.]

To the field. – Milton.

A-FIRE', adv.

On fire. – Gower.

A-FLAT', adv. [a and flat.]

Level with the ground. – Bacon.

A-FLOAT', adv. [or adj. a and float.]

  1. Borne on the water; floating; swimming; as, the ship is afloat.
  2. Figuratively, moving; passing from place to place; as, a rumor is afloat.
  3. Unfixed; moving without guide or control; as, our affairs are all afloat. [As an adjective, this word always follows the noun.]

A-FOOT', adv. [a or on and foot.]

  1. On foot; borne by the feet; opposed to riding.
  2. In action; in a state of being planned for execution; as, a design is afoot, or on foot.

A-FORE', adv. [or prep. a and fore.]

  1. In front.
  2. Between one object and another, so as to intercept a direct view or intercourse; as, to stand between a person and the light of a candle – a popular use of the word.
  3. Prior in time; before; anterior; prior time being considered as in front of subsequent time. The grass which withereth afore it groweth up. – Ps. cxxix. In all these senses it is now inelegant, and superseded by before.
  4. In seaman's language, toward the head of the ship; further forward, or nearer the stem; as, afore the windlas. Afore the mast, is a phrase which is applied to a common sailor, one who does duty on the main deck, or has no office on board the ship. – Mar. Dict.


Going before. [See Foregoing, which is chiefly used.]

A-FORE'HAND, adv. [afore and hand.]

  1. In time previous; by previous provision; as, he is ready aforehand. She is come aforehand to anoint my body. – Mark xiv.
  2. adj. Prepared; previously provided; as, to be aforehand in business. Hence in popular language, amply provided; well supplied with the means of living; having means beyond the requirements of necessity; moderately wealthy. This word is popularly changed into aforehanded, beforehanded, or rather forehanded; as, a forehanded manner.

A-FORE'MEN-TION-ED, a. [afore and mentioned.]

Mentioned before in the same writing or discourse. – Addison.

A-FORE'NAM'ED, a. [afore and name.]

Named before. – Peacham.

A-FORE'SAID, a. [afore and say.]

Said or recited before, or in a preceding part.

A-FORE'THOUGHT, a. [afore and thought.]

Premeditated, prepense; as, malice aforethought, which is required to constitute murder. – Com. Law.

A-FORE'TIME, adv. [afore and time.]

In time past; in a former time. – Bible.

A-FORTIORI, adv. [A fortiori. L.]

With stronger reasons.

A-FOUL', adv. [or adj. a and foul.]

Not free; entangled. – Columbiad.

A-FRAID', a. [The participle of affray.]

Impressed with fear or apprehension; fearful. This word expresses a less degree of fear than terrified or frightened. It is followed by of before the object of fear; as, to be afraid of death; Joseph was afraid to sin against God.

A-FRESH', adv. [a and fresh.]

Anew; again; recently; after intermission. They crucify the son of God afresh. – Heb. vi.

AF'RIC-A, n. [Qu. L. α neg. and frigus, cold.]

One of the four quarters or largest divisions of the globe; a continent separated from Europe by the Mediterranean sea.

AF'RIC-AN, or AF'RIC, a.

Pertaining to Africa.


A native of Africa. This name is given also to the African marygold. – Tate's Cowley.

A-FRONT', adv.

In front. – Shak.