Dictionary: GLYP'TICS – GNO'MIC-AL

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GLYP'TICS, n. [supra.]

The art of engraving figures on precious stones.

GLYP'TO-DON, n. [Gr. γλυπτος, engraved, and οδους, tooth.]

An extinct animal of the size of an ox, covered with scales and having fluted teeth. Mantell.

GLYP-TO-GRAPH'IC, a. [Gr. γλυπτος, and γραφω.]

Describing the methods of engraving on precious stones.

GLYP-TOG'RA-PHY, n. [supra.]

A description of the art of engraving on precious stones. British Critic.

GNAR, or GNARL, v.i. [nàr, nàrl; Sax. gnyrran, gnornian; Dan. knurrer; Sw. knarra; D. gnorren, knorren; G. gnurren, knarren.]

To growl; to murmur; to snarl. And wolves are gnarling which shall gnaw thee first. Shak. [Gnar is nearly obsolete.]

GNARL'ED, a. [nàrled.]

Knotty; full of knots; as, the gnarled oak. Shak.

GNASH, v.i. [nash.]

  1. To grind the teeth. He shall gnash with his teeth and melt away. Ps. cxii.
  2. To rage even to collision with the teeth; to growl. They gnashed on me with their teeth. Ps. xxv.

GNASH, v.t. [nash; Dan. knasker; Sw. gnissla and knastra. Qu. D. knarzen, G. knirrschen, to gnash, and It. ganascia, the jaw.]

To strike the teeth together, as in anger or pain; as, to gnash the teeth in rage. Dryden.

GNASH'ING, n. [nash'ing.]

A grinding or striking of the teeth in rage or anguish. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Matth. viii.

GNASH'ING, ppr. [nash'ing.]

Striking the teeth together, as in anger, rage or pain.


With gnashing.

GNAT, n. [nat; Sax. gnæt, Qu. Gr. κωνωψ.]

  1. A name applied to several insects, of the genus Culex. Their mouth is formed by a flexible sheath, inclosing bristles pointed like stings. The sting is a tube containing five or six spiculae of exquisite fineness, dentated or edged. The most troublesome of this genus is the musketoe. Encyc. Cyc.
  2. Any thing proverbially small. Ye blind guides, who strain out a gnat, and swallow a camel. Matth. xxiii.


A flower, called also bee-flower. Johnson.

GNA-THON'IC-AL, a. [L. gnatho, a flatterer.]

Flattering; deceitful. [Not in use.]


A bird that catches gnats. Hakewill.


A small water insect produced by a gnat, and which after its several changes is transformed into a gnat; the larva of a gnat. Cyc.

GNAW, v.i. [naw.]

To use the teeth in biting. I might well, like the spaniel, gnaw upon the chain that ties me. Sidney.

GNAW, v.t. [naw; Sax. gnagan; G. nagen; D. knaagen; Sw. gnaga; W. cnoi; Gr. κναω, to scrape; Ir. cnagh, cnaoi, consumption; cnuigh, a maggot; cnaoidhim, to gnaw, to consume.]

  1. To bite off by little and little; to bite or serape off with the fore teeth; to wear away by biting. The rats gnaw a board or plank; a worm gnaws the wood of a tree or the plank of a ship.
  2. To eat by biting off small portions of food with the fore teeth.
  3. To bite in agony or rage. They gnawed their tongues for pain. Rev. xvi.
  4. To waste; to fret; to corrode.
  5. To pick with the teeth. His bones clean picked; his very bones they gnaw. Dryden.

GNAW'ED, pp. [naw'ed.]

Bit; corroded.

GNAW'ER, n. [naw'er.]

He or that which gnaws or corrodes.

GNAW'ING, ppr. [naw'ing.]

Biting off by little and little; corroding; eating by slow degrees.

GNEISS, n. [nīce; Qu. Dan. gnister, Sw. gnistas, to sparkle.]

In mineralogy, a species of aggregated rock, composed of quartz, feldspar and mica, of a structure more or less distinctly slaty. The layers, whether straight or curved, are frequently thick, but often vary considerably in the same specimen. It passes on one side into granite, from which it differs in its slaty structure, and on the other into mica slate. It is rich in metallic ores. Kirwan. Cleaveland. Gneiss often contains hornblend. The only difference between this and granite consists in the stratified and slaty disposition of gneiss. Hitchcock.

GNOFF, n. [nof.]

A miser. [Not in use.]

GNOME, n. [nome; Gr. γνωμη.]

  1. An imaginary being, supposed by the cabalists to inhabit the inner parts of the earth, and to be the guardian of mines, quarries, &c. Encyc.
  2. A brief reflection or maxim. [Not used.]

GNO'MIC-AL, a. [nomical; Gr. γνωμη.]

Sententious; containing maxims. [Little used.]