Dictionary: OLD'ER – OL'ID, or OL'ID-OUS

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OLD'ER, a. [comp.]

More old.

OLD'EST, a. [superl.]

Most old.


Formed according to obsolete fashion or custom; as, an old-fashioned dress. Old-fashioned men of wit. Addison.


Pertaining to an old gentleman, or like one.


Somewhat old. Sherwood.


  1. Old age; an advanced state of life or existence; as, the oldness of a man, of an elephant or a tree.
  2. The state of being old, or of a long continuance; as, the oldness of a building or a garment.
  3. Antiquity; as, the oldness of monuments.


  1. A contemptuous name for an old prating woman. 1 Tim. iv.
  2. A fish of the genus Labrus, and another of the genus Balistes. Encyc.

O-LE-AG'IN-OUS, a. [L. oleaginus, from oleum, oil.]

Having the qualities of oil; oily; unctuous. Arbuthnot.


Oiliness. Boyle.


A plant of the genus Nerium, the rosebay or South sea rose; a beautiful shrub with flowers in clusters, of a fine color, but of an indifferent smell. The plant, especially the bark of the root, is medicinal, and of course poisonous. Encyc.

O-LE-AS'TER, n. [L. from oleo, the olive-tree.]

A plant of the genus Elægnus; the wild olive. Miller.

O'LE-ATE, n.

A compound of oleic acid with a salifiable base. Cheveul.

O-LE-FI'ANT, a. [L. oleo, olfacio.]

Olefiant gas is a compound of two equivalents of carbon, and two of hydrogen. It was discovered in 1796. It is colorless, tasteless, and combustible. Olefiant gas, is so called from its property of forming with chlorin a compound resembling oil.

O'LE-IC, a. [from oil.]

The oleic acid is obtained from a soap made by digesting hog's lard in potash lye. Chevreul.

O'LE-IN, n.

The thin oily part of fate.

O-LE-OM'E-TER, n. [oleum and μετρον.]

An instrument to ascertain the weight and purity of oil. This term should have been Eleometer, from Gr. ελαιον, oil, &c.

O'LE-ON, n.

A peculiar liquid obtained by the distillation of a mixture of oleic acid and lime.


A natural mixture of a terebinthinate oil and a resin.


A mixture of oil and sugar. More properly, Eleosacchurum. Ure.

O'LE-OSE, or O'LE-OUS, a. [L. oleosus.]

Oily. [Little used.] Ray.

OL-E-RA'CEOUS, a. [L. oleraceus, from olus, oleris, potherbs.]

Pertaining to pot-herbs; of the nature or qualities of herbs for cookery. Lee. Brown.

OL-FACT', v.t. [L. olfacto, olfacio; oleo, to smell, and facio to make.]

To smell; used in burlesque, but not otherwise authorized. Hudibras.

OL-FACT'O-RY, a. [L. olfacio, supra.]

Pertaining to smelling; having the sense of smelling; as, olfactory nerves. Locke.

OL'IB-AN, or O-LIB'A-NUM, n. [Ar. لَبَانٌ lubanon; with the adjective al, the, corrupted into ol. The word signifies then frankincense, and it is so named from its whiteness.]

An inspissated sap obtained from Boswellia serrate. It is in semi-transparent globules of a pink color, brittle, and adhesive when warm, its taste is bitterish, somewhat pungent, and aromatic. It burns for a long time, with an agreeable odor, and a steady clear light. It is not easily extinguished. It is brought from Central India. In Arabia, luban it applied to benzoin, which is generally used for incense, and oliban is called condur, whence Gr. χονδρος. In medicine, it is used in fumigations as a resolvent. Fourcroy. Encyc.

OL'ID, or OL'ID-OUS, a. [L. olidus, from oleo, to smell.]

Fetid; having a strong disagreeable smell. [Little used.] Boyle. Brown.