Dictionary: SOL-I-FID'I-AN-ISM – SO-LUTE

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The tenets of Solifidians.


To utter a soliloquy.


Uttering a soliloquy.

SO-LIL'O-QUY, n. [Fr. soliloque; It. and Sp. soliloquio; L. solus, alone, and loquor, speak.]

  1. A talking to one's self; a talking or discourse of a person alone, or not addressed to another person, even when others are present. Lovers are always allowed the comfort of soliloquy. – Spectator.
  2. A written composition, reciting what it is supposed a person speaks to himself. The whole poem is a soliloquy. – Prior.

SOL'I-PED, n. [L. solus, alone, or solidus, and pes, foot. But the word is ill formed.]

An animal whose hoof is not cloven. – Brown. The solipeds constitute a group of quadrupeds with undivided hoofs, as for example, the Linnæan genus Equus. – Ed Encyc.

SOL-I-TAIR', n. [Fr. solitaire, from L. solitarius. See Solitary.]

  1. A person who lives in solitude; a recluse; a hermit. – Pope.
  2. An ornament for the neck. – Shenstone.
  3. A game which one person can play alone.


A hermit. – Twisden.

SOL'I-TA-RI-LY, adv. [from solitary.]

In solitude; alone; without company. Feed thy people with thy rod, the flock of thy heritage, that dwell solitarily in the wood. – Mic. xvi.


  1. The state of being alone; forbearance of company; retirement, or habitual retirement. At home, in wholesome solitariness. – Donne.
  2. Solitude; loneliness; destitution of company or of animated beings; applied to place; as, the solitariness of the country or of a wood.

SOL'I-TA-RY, a. [Fr. solitaire; L. solitarius, from solus, alone.]

  1. Living alone; not having company. Some of the more ferocious animals are solitary, seldom or never being found in flocks or herds. Thus the lion is called a solitary animal. Those rare and solitary, these in flocks. – Milton.
  2. Retired; remote from society; not having company, or not much frequented; as, a solitary residence or place.
  3. Lonely; destitute of company; as, a solitary life.
  4. Gloomy; still; dismal. Let that night be solitary, let no joyful voice come therein. – Job iii.
  5. Single; a solitary instance of vengeance; a solitary example.
  6. In botany, separate; one only in a place; as, a solitary stipule. A solitary flower is when there is only one to each peduncle; a solitary seed, when there is only one in a pericarp. – Martyn.


One that lives alone or in solitude; a hermit; a recluse. – Pope.

SOL'I-TUDE, n. [Fr. from L. solitudo; from solus, alone.]

  1. Loneliness; a state of being alone; a lonely life. Whoever is delighted with solitude, is either a wild beast or a god. – Bacon.
  2. Loneliness; remoteness from society; destitution of company; applied to place; as, the solitude of a wood or a valley; the solitude of the country. The solitude of his little parish is become matter of great comfort to him. – Law.
  3. A lonely place; a desert. In these deep solitudes and awful cells, / Where heavenly pensive contemplation dwells. – Pope.

SO-LIV'A-GANT, a. [L. solivagus; solus, alone, and vagor, to wander.]

Wandering alone. Granger.

SOL'LAR, n. [Low L. solarium.]

A garret or upper room. [Not in use.] – Tusser.

SOL-MI-ZA'TION, n. [from sol, mi, musical notes.]

A solfaing; a repetition or recital of the notes of the gammut. – Burney.

SO'LO, n. [It. from L. solus, alone.]

A tune, air or strain to be played by single instrument, or sung by a single voice.


A plant.


The popular name of several plants belonging to the genera Polygonatum, Smilacina, Streptopus, &c.

SOL'STICE, n. [Fr. from L. solstitium; sol, the sun, and sto, to stand; It. solstizio; Sp. solsticio.]

In astronomy, the point in the ecliptic at which the sun stops or ceases to recede from the equator, either north in summer, or south in winter; a tropic or tropical point. There are two solstices; the summer solstice, the first degree of Cancer, which the sun enters on the 21st of June, and the winter solstice, the first degree of Capricorn, which the sun; enters on the 21st of December.


  1. Pertaining to a solstice; as, a solstitial, point. – Brown.
  2. Happening at a solstice; usually with us, at the summer solstice or midsummer; as, solstitial heat. – Milton.

SOL-U-BIL'I-TY, n. [from soluble.]

The quality of a body which renders it susceptible of solution; susceptibility of being dissolved in a fluid. The solubility of reams is chiefly confined to spirits or alcohol.

SOL'U-BLE, a. [L. solubilis, from solvo, to melt.]

Susceptible of being dissolved in a fluid; capable of solution. Sugar is soluble in water; salt is soluble only to a certain extent, that is, till the water is saturated.



SO-LUTE, a. [L. solutus, solvo.]

  1. In a general sense, loose; free; as, a solute interpretation. [Not in use.] – Bacon.
  2. In botany, loose; not adhering; opposed to adnate; as, a solute stipule. – Martyn.

SO-LUTE, v.t.

To dissolve. [Not in use.] – Bacon.