Dictionary: TO-COL'O-GY – TOIL'LESS

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TO-COL'O-GY, n. [Gr. τοκος, parturition, and λογος.]

The science of obstetrics or midwifery; or that department of medicine, which treats of parturition.

TOC'SIN, n. [Fr.; Armoric, tocq, a stroke, from the root of touch, and sonn or seing, sound.]

An alarm bell, or the ringing of a bell for the purpose of alarm.

TOD, n. [In Gaelic, tod is a clod, a mass.]

  1. A bush; a thick shrub. [Obs.] Spenser.
  2. A quantity of wool of twenty-eight pounds, or two stone.
  3. A fox. B. Jonson.

TOD, v.t.

To weigh; to produce a tod. [Not in use.] Shak.

TO-DAY, adv. [Sax. to-dæg.]

On the present day; this day or at the present time. To-day, if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts. Ps. xcv. [Ed. note: found originally under “DAY”]

TO-DAY, n. [to and day.]

The present day.

TOD'DLE, v.i.

To saunter about feebly. [Not used.]

TOD'DY, n.

  1. A juice drawn from various kinds of the palm in the East Indies; or a liquor prepared from it.
  2. A mixture of spirit and water sweetened. Toddy differs from grog in having a less proportion of spirit, and in being sweetened.

TO'DY, n.

The popular name of an insectivorous genus of passerine birds of America, somewhat resembling the king-fishers.

TOE, n. [Sax. ta; G. zehe; Sw. ; Dan. taae; Fr. doigt du pied; L. digitus. Toe is contracted from tog, the primary word on which L. digitus is formed, coinciding with dug, and signifying a shoot. Class Dg.]

  1. One of the small members which form the extremity of the foot, corresponding to a finger on the hand. The toes in their form and structure resemble the fingers, but are shorter.
  2. The fore part of the hoof of a horse, and of other hoofed animals.
  3. The member of a beast's foot corresponding to the toe in man.

TO'ED, pp.

In compounds, having toes, as narrow-toed; thick-toed; slender-toed. Hitchcock.

TO-FORE, prep. [or adv. Sax. toforan; to and fore.]

Before; formerly. [Obs.] Shak.

TOFT, n. [probably from the root of tuft.]

  1. A grove of trees. Cyc.
  2. [Dan. tofte or tomt.] In law books, a place where a messuage has stood, but is decayed. Cowl. Cyc.

TO'GA-TED, or TO'GED, a. [L. toga, a gown; togatus, gowned.]

Gowned; dressed in a gown; wearing a gown; as, toged consuls. Shak.

TOGA-VIRILIS, n. [Toga virilis; L.]

A manly gown. In ancient Rome, the toga virilis was assumed by young men at 17 years of age.

TO-GETH'ER, adv. [Sax. togæthre; to and gather.]

  1. In company. We walked together to the wood.
  2. In or into union. The king joined humanity and policy together. Bacon.
  3. In the same place; as, to live together in one house.
  4. In the same time; as, to live together in the same age.
  5. In concert; as, the allies made war upon France together.
  6. Into junction or a state of union; as, to sew, knit, pin or fasten two things together; to mix things together. Together with, in union with; in company or mixture with. Take the bad together with the good. Dryden.


A small wooden pin tapering toward both ends. Mar. Dict.

TOIL, n.1

Labor with pain and fatigue; labor that oppresses the body or mind. Toil may be the labor of the field or the workshop, or of the camp. What toils men endure for the acquisition of wealth, power and honor! Gen. v.

TOIL, n.2 [Fr. toiles, snare, trap; Ir. dul, a snare or gin; L. tela, a web; from spreading, extending or laying.]

A net or snare; any thread, web or string spread for taking prey. A fly falls into the toils of a spider. L'Estrange.

TOIL, v.i. [Sax. teolan, tiolan, to strive, strain, urge, to prepare, to heal, to toil, and tilian, tiligan, to prepare or provide, to till, to toil, to study or be solicitous; Russ. dialayu. The primary sense is expressed in the Saxon, to strain, to urge. Class Dl.]

To labor; to work; to exert strength with pain and fatigue of body or mind, particularly of the body, with efforts of some continuance or duration. Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing. Luke v.

TOIL, v.t.

  1. To toil out, to labor; to work out. Toil'd out my uncouth passage. Milton.
  2. To weary; to overlabor; as, toil'd with works of war. [Not in use nor proper.] Shak.


One who toils, or labors with pain.

TOIL'ET, n. [Fr. toilette, from toile, cloth.]

  1. A covering or cloth of linen, silk or tapestry, spread over a table in a chamber or dressing room. Hence,
  2. A dressing table. Pope.

TOIL'ING, ppr.

Laboring with pain.


Free from toil.