Dictionary: E-LIC'IT-ING – EL-LIP'SIS

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E-LIC'IT-ING, ppr.

Drawing out; bringing to light; striking out.

E-LIDE, v.t. [L. elido; e and lædo.]

  1. To break or dash in pieces; to crush. [Not used.] Hooker.
  2. To cut off a syllable. Brit. Crit.

EL-I-GI-BIL'I-TY, n. [from eligible.]

  1. Worthiness or fitness to be chosen; the state or quality of a thing which renders it preferable to another, or desirable.
  2. The state of being capable of being chosen to an office. United States.

EL'I-GI-BLE, a. [Fr. from L. eligo, to choose or select; e and lego.]

  1. Fit to be chosen; worthy of choice; preferable. In deep distress, certainty is more eligible than suspense. Clarissa.
  2. Suitable; proper; desirable; as, the house stands in an eligible situation.
  3. Legally qualified to be chosen; as, a man is or is not eligible to an office.


Fitness to be chosen in preference to another; suitableness; desirableness.

EL'I-GI-BLY, adv.

In a manner to be worthy of choice; suitably.

E-LIM'I-NATE, v.t. [L. elimino; e or ex and limen, threshhold.]

  1. To thrust out of doors. Lovelace.
  2. To expel; to thrust out; to discharge, or throw off; to set at liberty. This detains secretions which nature finds it necessary to eliminate. Med. Repos.


Expelled; thrown off; discharged.


Expelling; discharging; throwing off.


The act of expelling or throwing off; the act of discharging, or secreting by the pores.

E-LIN'GUID, a. [L. elinguis.]

Tongue-tied; not having the power of speech.

EL-I-QUA'TION, n. [L. eliquo, to melt; e and liquo.]

In chimistry, the operation by which a more fusible substance is separated from one that is less so, by means of a degree of heat sufficient to melt the one and not the other; as, an alloy of copper and lead. Encyc. Ure.

E-LI'SION, n. [s as z. L. elisio, from elido, to strike off; e and lædo.]

  1. In grammar, the cutting off or suppression of a vowel at the end of a word, for the sake of sound or measure, when the next word begins with a vowel; as, th' embattled plain; th' empyreal sphere.
  2. Division; separation. [Not used.] Bacon.

E-LI'SOR, n. [s as z. Norm. eliser, to choose; Fr. elire, elisant.]

In law, a sherif's substitute for returning a jury. When the sherif is not an indifferent person, as when he is a party to a suit, or related by blood or affinity to either of the parties, the venire is issued to the coroners; or if any exception lies to the coroners, the venire shall be directed to two clerks of the court, or to two persons of the county, named by the court, and sworn; and these, who are called elisors or electors, shall return the jury. Blackstone.

E-LITE', n. [eleet'; Fr.]

A choice or select body.

E-LIX'ATE, v.t. [L. elixo.]

To extract by boiling.

E-LIX'A-TED, pp.

Extracted by boiling.

E-LIX-A'TION, n. [L. elixus, from elixio, to boil, to moisten or macerate, from lixo, lix.]

  1. The act of boiling or stewing; also, concoction in the stomach; digestion. Brown.
  2. In pharmacy, the extraction of the virtues of ingredients by boiling or stewing; also, lixiviation. Bailey. Encyc.

E-LIX'IR, n. [Fr. Sp. and Port. elixir; It. elisire; from L. elixus, elixio, lixo, lix, or as others alledge, it is from the Arabic al-ecsir, chimistry.]

  1. In medicine, a tincture with more than one base. In modern pharmacy, elixirs are called compound tinctures. The mere addition of what is culled an adjuvans, or of a corrigens, to a single base, does not make an elixir.
  2. A liquor for transmuting metals into gold. Donne.
  3. Quintessence; refined spirit. South.
  4. Any cordial; that substance which invigorates. Milton.


Pertaining to queen Elizabeth.

ELK, n. [Sax. elch; Sw. elg; L. alce, alces; Dan. els-dyr. This animal is described by Cesar and Pausanias.]

A quadruped, the Cervus Alces of Linnæus, a ruminant mammal, called Moose in North America, from the Indian name Musu.

ELK'-NUT, n.

A plant, the Hamiltonia oleifera, called also oil-nut. Muhlenberg.

ELL, n. [Sax. elne; Sw. aln; D. ell, elle; G. elle; Fr. aune; Arm. goalen; L. ulna; Gr. ωλενη; W. elin, an elbow, and glin, the knee. Qu.]

A measure of different lengths in different countries, used chiefly for measuring cloth. The ells chiefly used in Great Britain are the English and Flemish. The English ell is three feet and nine inches, or a yard and a quarter. The Flemish ell is 27 inches, or three quarters of a yard. The English is to the Flemish as five to three. In Scotland, an ell is 37 2/10 English inches.

EL-LIPSE, n. [ellips'.]

An ellipsis.

EL-LIP'SIS, n. [plur. Ellipses. Gr. ελλειψις, an omission or defect, from ελλειπω, to leave or pass by, λειπω, to leave.]

  1. In geometry, a figure generated from the section of a cone, by a plane cutting both sides of it, but not parallel to the base. Bailey. Encyc. Harris.
  2. In grammar, defect; omission; a figure of syntax, by which one or more words are omitted, which the hearer or reader may supply; as, the heroic virtues I admire, for the heroic virtues which I admire.