Dictionary: A-GIL'I-TY – AG'NEL

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A-GIL'I-TY, n. [L. agilitas.]

The power of moving the limbs quickly; nimbleness; briskness; activity; quickness of motion. – Watts.


Aloes wood. – Quincy.

A'GI-O, n. [Ital. aggio, surplus, difference.]

  1. In commerce, the difference between bank notes and current coin. In Holland, the agio is three or four per cent; in Rome, from fifteen to twenty five per cent; in Venice, twenty per cent, but the agio is subject to variation. – Encyc.
  2. Premium; sum given above the nominal value. – Lunier.


The maneuvers of speculators to raise or lower the price of stocks or public funds.

A-GIST', v.t. [If the primary sense is to lie, or to rest, this is from Fr. gesir; Norm. agiser, to be levant and couchant, from giser, to lay or throw down; whence gist, cast; gistance, a casting. Class Gs. No. 18. If the primary signification is to feed, see Nos. 5, 6, 10, 12, and 56. Ch. Class Gs.]

In law, to take the cattle of others to graze at a certain sum; to feed or pasture the cattle of others; used originally for the feeding of cattle in the king's forests. – Cowel. Blackstone.


The taking and feeding of other men's cattle in the king's forest, or on one's own land; also, the price paid for such feeding. It denotes also a burden, charge or tax. [In canon law, a modus, or composition. – Johnson, Qu.] – Cowel. Blackstone. Encyc.


An officer of the king's forest, who has the care of cattle agisted, and collects the money for the same; hence called gist-taker, which in England is corrupted into guest-taker. – Encyc.

AG'IT-A-BLE, a. [See Agitate.]

That may be agitated, shaken or discussed.

AG'IT-ATE, v.t. [L. agito, from ago. See Act.]

  1. To stir violently; to move back and forth with a quick motion; to shake or move briskly; as, to agitate water in a vessel.
  2. To move or force into violent irregular action; as, the wind agitates the sea.
  3. To disturb, or excite into tumult; as, to agitate the mind or passions.
  4. To discuss; to debate; to controvert; as, to agitate a question.
  5. To consider on all sides; to revolve in the mind, or view in all its aspects; to contrive by mental deliberation; as, politicians agitate desperate designs. – King Charles.
  6. To move or actuate. [Not used.] – Blackmore.

AG'IT-A-TED, pp.

Tossed from side to side; shaken; moved violently and irregularly; disturbed; discussed; considered.

AG'IT-A-TING, ppr.

Shaking; moving with violence; disturbing; disputing; contriving.


  1. The act of shaking; the state of being moved with violence, or with irregular action; commotion; as, the sea after a storm is in agitation. – Bacon.
  2. Disturbance of tranquillity in the mind; perturbation; excitement of passion.
  3. Discussion; examination of a subject in controversy. – L'Estrange.
  4. A state of being deliberated upon, with a view to contrivance, or plan to be adopted; as, a scheme is in agitation.


Having a tendency to agitate.

AG-IT-A'TO, adv.

In music, denotes a broken style of performance, adapted to awaken surprise or perturbation. Dict. of Music.


One who agitates; also, an insurgent; one who excites sedition or revolt. In antiquity, a charioteer, that is, a driver. In Cromwell's time, certain officers appointed by the army to manage their concerns were called agitators. – Hume.

AG'LET, or AIG'LET, n. [Fr. aiguillette, a point, from aiguille, a needle, from aigu, sharp. See Acid.]

  1. A tag of a point curved into the representation of an animal, generally of a man; a small plate of metal.
  2. In botany, a pendant at the ends of the chives of flowers, as in the rose and tulip.


A small image on the top of a lace. – Shak.

AG'MIN-AL, a. [L. agmen, a troop or body of men arrayed, from ago.]

Pertaining to an army or troop. [Little used.]

AG'NAIL, n. [ad and nail, or Sax. ange, pain, and nail.]

A whitlow; an inflammation round the nail. – Bailey.

AG'NATE, a. [L. agnatus.]

Related or akin by the father's side.

AG'NATE, n. [L. agnatus, adnascor, of ad and nascor, to be born. See Nature.]

Any male relation by the father's side. – Encyc.

AG-NA'TI, n. [L. plur.]

Relations by the father's side.


Pertaining to descent by the male line of ancestors. – Blackstone.


Relation by the father's side only, or descent in the male line, distinct from cognation, which includes descent in the male and female lines.

AG'NEL, n. [From agnus, a lamb, the figure struck on the coin.]

An ancient French coin, value twelve sols, six deniers. It was called also mouton d'or and agnel d'or. – Encyc.