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A keeper of a herd. [Obs.] Spenser.

HERD'ING, ppr.

Associating in companies.


  1. A keeper of herds; one employed in tending herds of cattle.
  2. Formerly, the owner of a herd. Sidney.

HERE, adv. [Goth. her; Sax. her; G. and D. hier; Sw. här; Dan. her. It denotes this place.]

  1. In this place; in the place where the speaker is present; opposed to there. Behold, here am I. Lodge here thas night. Build here seven altars. Scripture.
  2. In the present life or state. Thus shall you be happy here, and more happy hereafter. Bacon.
  3. It is used in making an offer or attempt. Then here's for earnest. Dryden.
  4. In drinking health. Here's to thee, Dick. Cowley. It is neither here nor there, it is neither in this place nor in that; neither in one place nor in another. Here and there, in one place and another; in a dispersed manner or condition; thinly; or irregularly.

HERE'A-BOUT, or HERE'A-BOUTS, adv. [compound, here and about.]

About this place. Addison.

HERE-AFT'ER, adv. [comp. here and after.]

  1. In time to come; in some future time.
  2. In a future state.


A future state. 'Tis heaven itself that points out an hereafter. Addison.

HERE-AT', adv. [comp. here and at.]

At this. He was offended hereat, that as, at this saying, this fact, &c.

HERE-BY', adv. [comp. here and by.]

By this. Hereby we became acquainted with the nature of things. Watts.

HE-RED'IT-A-BLE, a. [from the root of heir; L. hæreditas.]

That may be inherited. [Not much used.] [See Inheritable.] Locke.


By inheritance; by right of descent. The one-house-owners belong hereditably to no private persons. Tooke, Russ. Encyc.

HER-E-DIT'A-MENT, n. [L. hæres, hæredium. See Heir.]

Any species of property that may be inherited; lands, tenements, any thing corporeal or incorporeal, real, personal or mixed, that may descend to an heir. Blackstone. A corporeal hereditament is visible and tangible; an incorporeal hereditament is an ideal right, existing in contemplation of law, issuing out of substantial corporeal property.


By inheritance; by descent from an ancestor. Pope.

HE-RED'IT-A-RY, a. [Fr. hereditaire; It. ereditario. See Heir.]

  1. That has descended from an ancestor. He is in possession of a large hereditary estate.
  2. That may descend from an ancestor to an heir; descendible to an heir at law. The crown of Great Britain is hereditary.
  3. That is or may be transmitted from a parent to a child; as, hereditary pride; hereditary bravery; hereditary disease.

HERE-IN', adv. [comp. here and in.]

In this. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit. John. xv.

HERE-IN'TO, adv. [comp. here and into.]

Into this. Hooker.


A hermit. [Obs.] Bp. Hall.

HER-E-MIT'IC-AL, a. [See Hermit. It should rather be written hermitical.]

Solitary; secluded from society. Pope.

HERE-OF', adv. [comp. here and of.]

Of this; from this. Hereof comes it that Prince Harry is valiant. Shak.

HERE-ON', adv. [comp. here and on.]

On this. Brown.

HERE-OUT', adv. [comp. here and out.]

Out of this place. Spenser.

HER'E-SI-ARCH, n. [s as z. Gr. αίρεσις, heresy, and αρχος, chief.]

A leader in heresy; the chief of a sect of heretics. Stillingfleet.


Chief heresy.

HER-E-SI-OG'RA-PHER, n. [Gr. αίρεσις, and γραφω.]

One who writes on heresies.


A treatise on heresy.