Dictionary: EP-I-NYC'TIS – EP'I-SODE

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EP-I-NYC'TIS, n. [Gr. επι and νυξ, νυκτος, night.]

An angry pustule, appearing in the night.

EP-I-PE-DOM'E-TRY, n. [Gr. επι, πους and μετρον.]

The mensuration of figures standing on the same base. Knowles.

E-PIPH'A-NY, n. [Gr. επιφανεια, appearance; επιφαινω, to appear; επι and φαινω.]

A Christian festival celebrated on the sixth day of January, the twelfth day after Christmas, in commemoration of the appearance of our Savior to the magians or philosophers of the East, who came to adore him with presents; or as others maintain, to commemorate the appearance of the star to the magians, or the manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles. Jerome and Chrysostom take the epiphany to be the day of our Savior's baptism, when a voice from heaven declared, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” The Greek fathers use the word for the appearance of Christ in the world, the sense in which Paul uses the word, 2 Tim. i. 10. – Encyc.

E-PIPH'O-NEM, or EP-I-PHO-NE'MA, n. [Gr. επιφωνημα, exclamation; επιφωνεω, to cry out; επι and φωνεω.]

In oratory, an exclamation; an ecphonesis; a vehement utterance of the voice to express strong passion, in a sentence not closely connected with the general strain of the discourse; as, O mournful day! Miserable fate! Admirable clemency! Johnson. Encyc.

E-PIPH'O-RA, n. [Gr. επι and φερω, to bear.]

The watery eye; a disease in which the tears, from increased secretion, or some disease of the lachrymal passage, accumulate in front of the eye and trickle over the cheek. Cyc. Parr.

EP-I-PHYL-LO-SPERM'OUS, a. [Gr. επι, φυλλον, a leaf, and σπερμα, seed.]

In botany, bearing their seeds on the back of the leaves, as ferns. Harris.

E-PIPH'YL-LOUS, a. [Gr. επι and φυλλον.]

In botany, inserted upon the leaf.

E-PIPH'Y-SIS, or E-PIPH'Y-SY, n. [Gr. επιφυσις; επι and φυω, to grow.]

Accretion; the natural growing of one bone to another by simple contiguity, without a proper articulation. Quincy. The spungy extremity of a bone; any portion of a bone growing to another, but originally separated from it by a cartilage. Coxe. Epiphyses are appendixes of the long bones, for the purpose of articulation, formed from a distinct center of ossification, and in the young subject connected with the larger bones by an intervening cartilage, which in the adult is obliterated. Parr.

E-PIPH'Y-TAL, a. [Gr. επι and φυτον, a plant.]

Pertaining to an epithyte.

E-PIPH'YTE, n. [Gr. επι, and φυτον.]

A plant which grows on other plants, but does not penetrate their substance, nor absorb their juices.

E-PIP'LO-CE, or E-PIP'LO-CY, n. [Gr. επιπλοκη, implication; επι and πλεκω, to fold.]

A figure of rhetoric, by which one aggravation, or striking circumstance, is added in due gradation to another; as, “He not only spared his enemies, but continued them in employment; not only continued them, but advanced them.” Johnson.

E-PIP'LO-CELE, n. [Gr. επιπλοκηλη; επιπλοον, the caul, and κηλη, a tumor.]

A hernia whose contents are epiploön.

E-PIP'LO-IC, a. [Gr. επιπλοον, the caul.]

Pertaining to the caul or omentum.

E-PIP'LO-ON, n. [Gr. επιπλοον; επι and πλεω.]

The caul or omentum.

E-PIS'CO-PA-CY, n. [L. episcopatus; Sp. obispado; Port. bispado; It. episcopato; from the Gr. επισκοπεω, to inspect; επι and σκοπεω, to see. See Bishop.]

  1. Government of the church by bishops; that form of ecclesiastical government, in which diocesan bishops are established, as distinct from and superior to priests or presbyters. Encyc.
  2. Watch; careful inspection. James.


  1. Belonging to or vested in bishops or prelates; as, episcopal jurisdiction; episcopal authority.
  2. Governed by bishops; as, the episcopal church.


Pertaining to bishops or government by bishops; episcopal.


One who belongs to an episcopal church, or adheres to the episcopal form of church government and discipline.


The system of episcopal religion, or government of the church by bishops. Bacon.


By episcopal authority; in an episcopal manner.


  1. A bishopric; the office and dignity of a bishop.
  2. The order of bishops.


To act as a bishop; to fill the office of a prelate. Harris. Milner.

E-PIS'CO-PI-CIDE, n. [L. episcopus and cædo.]

The killing of a bishop.


Survey; superintendence; search. Milton.

EP'I-SODE, n. [from the Gr.]

In poetry, a separate incident, story or action, introduced for the purpose of giving a greater variety to the events related in the poem; an incidental narrative, or digression, separable from the main subject, but naturally arising from it. Johnson. Encyc.