Dictionary: CHARM'ING-LY – CHA'RY

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Delightfully; in a manner to charm, or to give delight. She smiled very charmingly. – Addison.


The power to please. – Johnson.


Destitute of charms. – Swift.

CHARN'EL, a. [Fr. charnel, carnal, fleshly; charnier, a charnel-house, a larder; Arm. carnell; Sp. carnero; It. carnaio; L. carnalis, carnal, from caro, flesh.]

Containing flesh or carcasses. – Milton.


A place under or near churches, where the bones of the dead are reposited. Anciently, a kind of portico or gallery, in or near a church-yard, over which the bones of the dead were laid, after the flesh was consumed. – Encyc.


In fabulous history, the son of Erebus and Nox, whose office was to ferry the souls of the deceased over the waters of Acheron and Styx, for a piece of money.

CHAR'PIE, n.1 [Fr.]

Lint for dressing a wound.

CHAR'PIE, n.2 [Fr.]



A fish, a species of Salmo.

CHAR'RED, pp. [from char.]

Reduced to coal.


Reducing to coal; depriving of volatile matter.

CHAR'RY, a. [See Char.]

Pertaining to charcoal; like charcoal, or partaking of its qualities. – Lavoisier.

CHART, n. [L. charta, the same as card, which see.]

A hydrographical or marine map; a draught or projection on paper, of some part of the earth's superficies, with the coasts, isles, rocks, banks, channels, or entrances into harbors, rivers, and bays, the points of compass, soundings or depth of water, &c. to regulate the courses of ships in their voyages. The term chart is applied to a marine map; map is applied to a draught of some portion of land. A plane chart, is a representation of some part of the superficies of the globe, in which the meridians are supposed parallel to each other, the parallels of latitude at equal distances, and of course the degrees of latitude and longitude are every where equal to each other. Mercator's chart, is one on which the meridians are straight lines, parallel and equidistant; the parallels are straight lines and parallel to each other, but the distance between them increases from the equinoctial toward either pole, in the ratio of the secant of the latitude to the radius. Globular chart, is a meridional projection in which the distance of the eye from the plane of the meridian; on which the projection is made, is supposed to be equal to the sine of the angle of forty-five degrees. Selenographic charts, represent the spots and appearances of the moon. Topographic charts, are draughts of particular places, or small parts of the earth. – Encyc.

CHART'ER, n. [Fr. chartre, from L. charta. See Card.]

  1. A written instrument, executed with usual forms, given as evidence of a grant, contract, or whatever is done between man and man. In its more usual sense, it is the instrument of a grant conferring powers, rights, and privileges, either from a king, or other sovereign power, or from a private person, as a charter of exemption, that no person shall be impannelled on a jury, a charter of pardon, &c. The charters under which most of the colonies in America were settled, were given by the king of England, and incorporated certain persons, with powers to hold the lands granted, to establish a government, and make laws for their own regulation. These were called charter-governments.
  2. Any instrument, executed with form and solemnity, bestowing rights or privileges. – Dryden. South.
  3. Privilege; immunity; exemption. My mother, / Who has a charter to extol her blood, / When she does praise me, grieves me. – Shak.

CHART'ER, v.t.

  1. To hire or let a ship by charter. [See Charter-party.]
  2. To establish by charter. – Buchanan.


  1. Hired or let, as a ship.
  2. Invested with privileges by charter; privileged. – Shak.
  3. Granted by charter; as, chartered rights; chartered power. – D. Ramsay.


  1. Giving a charter; establishing by charter.
  2. Hiring or letting by charter.


Land held by charter, or in socage. – Coke.

CHART'ER-PAR-TY, n. [Fr. charte-partie, a divided charter; from the practice of cutting the instrument in two, and giving one part to each of the contractors.]

In commerce, an agreement respecting the hire of a vessel, and the freight. This is to be signed by the proprietor or master of the ship, and by the merchant who hires or freights it. It must contain the name and burden of the vessel, the names of the master and freighter, the price or rate of the freight, the time of loading and unloading, and other stipulated conditions. – Encyc.

CHART'ISM, n. [from charter.]

In England, the bitter, deep-seated discontent of the laboring classes of people, the distinctions which exist in society, and the distresses which they suffer from low wages, or from want of employment and bread; accompanied with a desire to effect a radical reform, and often, with violent and unlawful efforts to obtain it.


One infected with chartism, or leveling principles.


Without a chart; of which no chart has been made; not delineated on paper; as, the chartless main. – Barlow.

CHART'U-LA-RY, n. [chartulaire; See Cartulary.]

An officer in the ancient Latin church, who had the care of charters and other papers of a public nature. Blackstone uses this word for a record or register, as of a monastery.


A woman hired for odd work, or for single days. – Johnson. [Char-man and Char-woman are, I believe, not used in America.]

CHA'RY, a. [Sax. cearig. See Care.]

Careful; wary; frugal. – Shak.