Dictionary: GOW'AN – GRAC'ILE, or GRAC'I-LENT

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GOW'AN, n.

A plant, a species of Bellis or daisy. Fam. of Plants.

GOWK, n. [See GAWK.]

GOWN, n. [W. gwn; Ir. gunna; It. gonna. This is probably the καυνακη of Hesychins, and the guanacum of Varro; a garment somewhat like the sagum or sack, said to be of Persian origin, and among rude nations perhaps made of skins, (W. cènysgin,) and afterward of wool; a kind of shag or frieze. Ch. גונכא, mentioned Judges iv. 18, and 2 Kings viii. 15. See Varro de Ling. Lat. lib. 4. Bochart. de Phoen. Col. lib. 1. cap. 42, and Cluv. Ant. Germ. lib. 1.]

  1. A woman's upper garment. Pope.
  2. A long loose upper garment or robe, worn by professional men, as divines, lawyers, students, &c., who are called men of the gown or gownmen. It is made of any kind of cloth worn over ordinary clothes, and hangs down to the ankles or nearly so. Encyc.
  3. A long loose upper garment, worn in sickness, &c.
  4. The dress of peace, or the civil magistracy; cedant arma togae. He Mars deposed, and arms to gowns made yield. Dryden.


Dressed in a gown. Dryden.


  1. One whose professional habit is a gown. The gownman learn'd. Pope.
  2. One devoted to the arts of peace. Rowe.


A gooseherd. [Vulgar.]

GRAB, n.

A vessel used on the Malabar coast, having two or three masts. Dict.

GRAB, v.t. [Dan. greb, a grasp; griber, to gripe; Sw. grabba, to grasp; gripa, to gripe; W. grab, a duster.]

To seize; to gripe suddenly. [Vulgar.]


Seized suddenly.


Seizing suddenly.

GRAB'BLE, v.i. [dim. of grab; D. grabbelen; G. grübeln; allied to grope, grovel, and grapple; Arm. scraba; Eng. scrabble; allied to rub, or L. rapio, or to both.]

  1. To grope; to feel with the hands. Arbuthnot.
  2. To lie prostrate on the belly; to sprawl. Ainsworth.


Groping; feeling along; sprawling.

GRACE, n. [Fr. grace; It. grazia; Sp. gracia; Ir. grasa; from the L. gratia, which is formed on the Celtic; W. rhad, grace, a blessing, a gratuity. It coincides in origin with Fr. gré, Eng. agree, congruous, and ready. The primary sense of gratus, is free, ready, quick, willing, prompt, from advancing. Class Rd. See Grade.]

  1. Favor; good will; kindness; disposition to oblige another; as, a grant made as an act of grace. Or each, or all, may win a lady's grace. Dryden.
  2. Appropriately, the free unmerited love and favor of God, the spring and source of all the benefits men receive from. And if by grace, then it is no more of works. Rom. xi.
  3. Favorable influence of God; divine influence or the influence of the spirit, in renewing the heart and restraining from sin. My grace is sufficient for thee. 2. Cor. xii.
  4. The application of Christ's righteousness to the sinner. Where sin abounded, grace did much more abound. Rom. v.
  5. A state of reconciliation to God. Rom. v. 2.
  6. Virtuous or religious affection or disposition, as a liberal disposition, faith, meekness, humility, patience, &c., proceeding from divine influence.
  7. Spiritual instruction, improvement and edification. Eph. iv. 29.
  8. Apostleship, or the qualifications of an apostle. Eph. iii.8.
  9. Eternal life; final salvation. 1 Pet. i. 13.
  10. Favor; mercy; pardon. Bow and sue for grace With suppliant knee. Milton.
  11. Favor conferred. I should therefore esteem it a great favor and grace. Prior.
  12. Privilege. To few great Jupiter imparts this grace. Dryden.
  13. That in manner, deportment or language, which renders it appropriate and agreeable; suitableness; elegance with appropriate dignity. We say, a speaker delivers his address with grace; a man performs his part with grace. Grace was in all her steps. Milton. Her purple habit sits with such a grace / On her smooth shoulders. Dryden.
  14. Natural or acquired excellence; any endowment that recommends the possessor to others; as, the graces of wit and learning. Hooker.
  15. Beauty; embellishment; in general, whatever adorns and recommends to favor; sometimes, a single beauty. I pass their form and every charming grace. Dryden.
  16. Beauty deified; among pagans, a goddess. The graces were three in number, Aglaia, Thalia, and Euphrosyne, the constant attendants of Venus. Lempriere. The loves delighted, and the graces played. Prior.
  17. Virtue physical; as, the grace of plants. [Not used.] Shak.
  18. The title of a duke or an archbishop, and formerly of the king of England, meaning your goodness or clemency. His Grace the Duke of York. Your Grace will please to accept my thanks.
  19. A short prayer before or after meat; a blessing asked, or thanks rendered.
  20. In music, graces signifies turns, trills and shakes introduced for embellishment.
  21. The gospel. Receive not the grace of God in vain. St. Paul.
  22. In English universities, an act, vote or decree of the government of the institution. Day of grace, in theology, time of probation, when an offer is made to sinners. Days of grace, in commerce, the days immediately following the day when a bill or note becomes due, which days are allowed to the debtor or payor to make payment in. In Great Britain and the United States the days of grace are three, but in other countries more; the usages of merchants being different.

GRACE, v.t.

  1. To adorn; to decorate; to embellish and dignify. Great Jove and Phoebus graced his noble line. Pope. And hail, ye fair, of every charm possess'd, Who grace this rising empire of the west. D. Humphrey.
  2. To dignify or raise by an act of favor; to honor. He might at his pleasure grace or disgrace whom he would in court. Knolles.
  3. To favor; to honor. Dryden.
  4. To supply with heavenly grace. Bp. Hall.


The cup or health drank after grace. Prior.

GRAC'ED, pp.

  1. Adorned; embellished; exalted; dignified; honored.
  2. adj. Beautiful; graceful. [Not in use.] Sidney.
  3. Virtuous; regular; chaste. [Not in use.] Shak.


Beautiful with dignity; elegant; agreeable in appearance, with an expression of dignity or elevation of mind or manner; used particularly of motion, looks and speech; as, a graceful walk; a graceful deportment; a graceful speaker; a graceful air. High o'er the rest in arms the graceful Turnus rode. Dryden.


With a pleasing dignity; elegantly. with a natural ease and propriety; as, to walk or speak gracefully.


Elegance of manner or deportment; beauty with dignity in manner, motion or countenance. Gracefulness consists in the natural ease and propriety of an action, accompanied with a countenance expressive of dignity or elevation of mind. Happy is the man who can add the gracefulness of ease to the dignity of merit.


Void of grace; corrupt; depraved; unregenerate; unsanctified.


Without grace.


Destitution of grace. Dr. Favour.


Good graces, favor; friendship.


One who says grace.

GRAC'ILE, or GRAC'I-LENT, a. [L. gracilis.]

Slender. [Not in use.]