Dictionary: READ-Y – RE-AL-LEDGE

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READ-Y, a. [red'y; Sax. ræd, hrad, hræd, quick, brisk, prompt, ready; gerad, prepared, ready, prudent, learned; hradian, gehradian, to hasten, to accelerate; gerædian, to make ready; D. reeden, to prepare; reed, pret. of ryden, to ride; reede, a road; bereid, ready; bereiden, to prepare; gereed, ready; G. bereit, id.; bereiten, to prepare, and to ride; reede, a road; Dan. rede, ready; reder, to make the bed, to rid; rede, an account; Sax. ræd, from the root of read; bereder, to prepare; rider, berider, to ride; Sw. reda, to make ready, to clear or disentangle, Eng. to rid; redo, ready; rida, to ride; bereda, to prepare; Ir. reidh, ready; reidhim, to prepare, to agree; Gr. ῥαδιος, easy; W. rhedu, to run. The primary sense is to go, move, or advance forward, and it seems to be clear that ready, ride, read, riddle, are all of one family, and probably from the root of L. gradior. See Read and Red. Class Rd, No. 23.]

  1. Quick; prompt; not hesitating; as, ready wit; a ready consent.
  2. Quick to receive or comprehend; not slow or dull; as, a ready apprehension.
  3. Quick in action or execution; dextrous; as, an artist ready in his business; a ready writer. – Ps. xlv.
  4. Prompt; not delayed; present in hand. He makes ready payment; he pays ready money for every thing he buys.
  5. Prepared; fitted; furnished with what is necessary, or disposed in a manner suited to the purpose; as, a ship ready for sea. My oxen and fatlings are killed, and all things are ready. – Matth. xxii.
  6. Willing; free; cheerful to do or suffer; not backward or reluctant; as, a prince always ready to grant the reasonable requests of his subjects. The spirit is ready, but the flesh is weak. – Mark xiv. I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus. – Acts xxi.
  7. Willing; disposed. Men are generally ready to impute blame to others. They are more ready to give than to take reproof.
  8. Being at the point; near; not distant; about to do or suffer. A Syrian ready to perish was my father. – Deut xxvi. Job xxix. Ps. lxxxviii.
  9. Being nearest or at hand. A sapling pine he wrench'd from out the ground, / The readiest weapon that his fury found. – Dryden.
  10. Easy; facile; opportune; short; near, or most convenient; the Greek sense, ῥαδιος. Sometimes the readiest way which a wise man has to conquer, is to flee. – Hooker. Through the wild desert, not the readiest way. – Milton. The ready way to be thought mad, is to contend you are not so. – Spectator. To make ready, to prepare; to provide and put in order. #2. An elliptical phrase, for make things ready; to make preparations; to prepare.

READ-Y, adv. [red'y.]

In a state of preparation, so as to need no delay. We ourselves will go ready armed before the house of Israel. – Num. xxxii.

READ-Y, n. [red'y.]

For ready money. Lord Strut was not flush in ready, either to go to law, or to clear old debts. [A low word.] – Arbuthnot.

READ-Y, v.t. [red'y.]

To dispose in order; to prepare. [Not in use.] – Brooke.


Already made.


Having ready wit.

RE-AF-FIRM', v.t. [re and affirm.]

To affirm a second time.


A second confirmation. – Ayliffe.


Affirmed a second time.


Affirming again.

RE-A'GENT, n. [re and agent.]

In chimistry, a substance employed to detect the presence of other bodies. Bergman reckons barytic muriate to be one of the most sensible reagents. – Fourcroy.

RE-AG-GRA-VA'TION, n. [re and aggravation.]

In the Romish eccesiastical law, the last monitory, published after three admonitions and before the last excommunication. Before they proceed to fulminate the last excommunication, they publish an aggravation and a reaggravation. – Encyc.

REAK, n.

A rush. [Not in use.]

RE'AL, a. [Low L. realis; It. reale; Sp. real; Fr. reel; from L. res, rei, Ir. raod, red, rod. Res is of the Class Rd, from the root of read, ready, from rushing, driving or falling. Res, like thing, is primarily that which comes, falls out or happens, corresponding with event, from L. evenio. Res then denotes that which actually exists. The L. res and Eng. thing coincide exactly in signification with the Heb. דבר, a word, a thing, an event. See Read and Thing.]

  1. Actually being or existing; not fictitious or imaginary; as, a description of real life. The author describes a real scene or transaction.
  2. True; genuine; not artificial, counterfeit or factitious; as, real Madeira wine; real ginger.
  3. True; genuine; not affected; not assumed. The woman appears in her real character.
  4. Relating to things, not to persons; not personal. Many are perfect in men's humors, that are not greatly capable of the real part of business. [Little used or obsolete.] – Bacon.
  5. In law, pertaining to things fixed, permanent or immovable, as to lands and tenements; as, real estate, opposed to personal or movable property. – Blackstone. Real action, in law, is an action which concerns real property. Real assets, assets consisting in real estate, or lands and tenements descending to an heir, sufficient to answer the charges upon the estate created by the ancestor. Chattels real, are such chattels as concern or savor of the realty; as a term for years of land, wardships in chivalry, the next presentation to a church, estate by statute-merchant, elegit, &c. Real composition, is when an agreement is made between the owner of lands and the parson or vicar, with consent of the ordinary, that such lands shall be discharged from payment of tithes, in consequence of other land or recompense given to the parson in lieu and satisfaction thereof. – Blackstone. Real presence, in the Romish Church, the actual presence of the body and blood of Christ in the eucharist, or the conversion of the substance of the bread and wine into the real body and blood of Christ. – Encyc.

RE'AL, or RE'AL-IST, n.

A scholastic philosopher, who maintains that things and not words, are the objects of dialectics; opposed to nominal or nominalist. – Encyc.

RE'AL, n. [Sp.]

A small Spanish coin of the value of forty maravedis; but its value is different in different provinces, being, from five or six to ten cents, or six pence sterling. It is sometimes written rial.

RE'AL-GAR, n. [Fr. reagal or realgal; Port. rosalgar, red algar.]

A combination of sulphur and arsenic in equal equivalents; red sulphuret of arsenic. Realgar differs from orpiment in the circumstance that orpiment is composed of two equivalents of arsenic and three of sulphur.


The doctrine of the Realists, who maintain that things and not words are the objects of dialectics.

RE-AL'I-TY, n. [Fr. realité.]

  1. Actual being or existence of any thing; truth; fact; in distinction from mere appearance. A man may fancy he understands a critic, when in reality he does not comprehend his meaning. – Addison.
  2. Something intrinsically important, not merely matter of show. And to realities yield all her shows. – Milton.
  3. In the schools, that may exist of itself, or which has a full and absolute being of itself, anti is not considered as a part of any thing else. – Encyc.
  4. In law, immobility, or the fixed, permanent nature of property; as, chattels which savor of the realty. [This word really is so written in law, for reality.] – Blackstone.


That may be realized.

RE-AL-I-ZA'TION, n. [from realize.]

  1. The act of making real; realizing. – Beddoes.
  2. The act of converting money into land.
  3. The act of believing or considering as real.
  4. The act of bringing into being or act. – Glanville.

RE'AL-IZE, v.t. [Sp. realizar; Fr. realiser.]

  1. To bring into being or act; as, to realize a scheme or project. We realize what Archimedes had only in hypothesis, weighing a single grain of sand against the globe of earth. – Glanville.
  2. To convert money into land, or personal into real estate.
  3. To impress on the mind as a reality; to believe, consider or treat as real. How little do men in full health realize their frailty and mortality. Let the sincere Christian realize the closing sentiment. – T. Scott.
  4. To bring home to one's own case or experience; to consider as one's own; to feel in all its force. Who, at his fire-side, can realize the distress of shipwrecked mariners? This allusion must have had enhanced strength and beauty to the eye of a nation extensively devoted to a pastoral life, and therefore realizing all its fine scenes and the tender emotions to which they gave birth. – Dwight.
  5. To bring into actual existence and possession; to render tangible or effective. He never realized much profit from his trade or speculations.

RE'AL-IZ-ED, pp.

Brought into actual being; converted into real estate; impressed, received or treated as a reality; felt in its true force; rendered actual, tangible or effective.

RE'AL-IZ-ING, ppr.

  1. Bringing into actual being; convening into real estate; impressing as a reality; feeling as one's own or in its real force; rendering tangible or effective.
  2. adj. That makes real, or that brings home as a reality; as, a realizing view of eternity.

RE-AL-LEDGE, v.t. [reallej'; re and alledge.]

To alledge again. – Cotgrave.