Dictionary: E-VOLVE' – EX-ACT'ED

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E-VOLVE', v.i.

To open itself; to disclose itself. Prior.

E-VOLVE', v.t. [evolv'; L. evolvo; e and volvo, to roll, Eng. to wallow.]

  1. To unfold; to open and expand. The animal soul sooner evolves itself to its full orb and extent than the human soul. Hale.
  2. To throw out; to emit. Prior.

E-VOLV'ED, pp.

Unfolded; opened; expanded; emitted.


Act of evolving.


In geometry, a curve formed by the evolution of another curve; the curve described from the evolute. Ash.


Unfolding; expanding; emitting.


A vomiting. Swift.

E-VUL'GATE, v.t.

To publish.




Making public.


A divulging. [Not in use.]

E-VUL'SION, n. [L. evulsio, from evello; e and vello, to pluck.]

The act of plucking or pulling out by force. Brown.

EWE, n. [yu; Sax. eowa, eowe; D. ooi; Ir. ai or oi; Sp. obeja. It seems to be the L. ovis.]

A female sheep; the female of the ovine race of animals.

EW'ER, n. [yu're; Sax. huer or hwer.]

A kind of pitcher with a wide spout, used to bring water for washing the hands. Shak. Pope.

EW'RY, n. [yu'ry; from ewer.]

In England, an office in the king's household, where they take care of the linen for the king's table, lay the cloth, and serve up water in ewers after dinner. Dict.

EX, prep.

A Latin preposition or prefix, Gr. εξ or εκ, signifying out of, out, proceeding from. Hence in composition, it signifies sometimes out of, as in exhale, exclude; sometimes off, from or out, as in L. excindo, to cut off or out; sometimes beyond, as in excess, exceed, excel. In some words it is merely emphatical; in others it has little effect on the signification. Ex, prefixed to names of office, denotes that a person has held that office, but has resigned it or been left out or dismissed; as, ex-minister.

EX-A-CERB'ATE, v.t. [L. exacerbo, to irritate; ex and acerbo, from acerbus, severe, bitter, harsh, sour, G. herbe. See Harvest.]

  1. To irritate; to exasperate; to inflame angry passions; to imbitter; to increase malignant qualities.
  2. To increase the violence of a disease. Med. Repos.






  1. The act of exasperating; the irritation of angry or malignant passions or qualities; increase of malignity.
  2. Among physicians, a periodical increase of violence in a disease. This term is more generally restricted to the periodical increase of remittent and continued fevers, where there is no absolute cessation of the fever. Cyc.
  3. Increased severity; as, violent exacerbations of punishment. [Unusual.] Paley.

EX-A'CER-BES'CENCE, a. [L. exacerbesco.]

Increase of irritation or violence, particularly the increase of a fever or disease. Darwin.

EX-ACT', a. [egzact'; L. exactus, from exigo, to drive; ex and ago, Gr. αγω, to drive, urge or press.]

  1. Closely correct or regular; nice; accurate; conformed to rule; as, a man exact in his dealings. All this, exact to rule, were brought about. Pope.
  2. Precise; not different in the least. This is the exact sum or amount, or the exact time. We have an exact model for imitation.
  3. Methodical; careful; not negligent; correct; observing strict method, rule or order. This man is very exact in keeping his accounts.
  4. Punctual. Every man should be exact in paying his debts when due; he should be exact in attendance on appoint.
  5. Strict. We should be exact in the performance of duties. The exactest vigilance can not maintain a single day of unmingled innocence. Rambler.

EX-ACT', v.i.

To practice extortion. The enemy shall not exact upon him. Ps. lxxxix.

EX-ACT', v.t. [egzact'; L. exigo, exactum; Sp. exigir; It. esigere; Fr. exiger. See the Adjective.]

  1. To force or compel to pay or yield; to demand or require authoritatively; to extort by means of authority or without pity or justice. It is an offense for an officer to exact illegal or unreasonable fees. It is customary for conquerors to exact tribute or contributions from conquered countries.
  2. To demand of right. Princes exact obedience of their subjects. The laws of God exact obedience from all men.
  3. To demand of necessity; to enforce a yielding or compliance; or to enjoin with pressing urgency. Duty, / And justice to my father's soul, exact / This cruel piety. Denham.

EX-ACT'ED, pp.

Demanded or required by authority; extorted.