Dictionary: HICK'WALL, or HICK'WAY – HI-E-RAT'IC

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HICK'WALL, or HICK'WAY, n. [Qu. hitchwall.]

A small species of woodpecker.

HID, or HIDDEN, pp. [of hide.]

  1. Concealed; placed in secrecy.
  2. adj. Secret; unseen.
  3. Mysterious.

HID'AGE, n. [from hide, a quantity of land.]

An extraordinary tax formerly paid to the kings of England for every hide of land.


In Spain, a man of noble birth.

HID'DEN-LY, adv.

In a hidden or secret manner.

HIDE, n.1 [According to Lye, Sax. Dict. under weal-stylling, this word signified originally a station, covered place, or place of refuge for besiegers against the attacks of the besieged. Qu.]

In the ancient laws of England, a certain portion of land, the quantity of which however is not well ascertained. Some authors consider it as the quantity that could be tilled with one plow; others, as much as would maintain a family. Some suppose it to be 60, some 80, and others 100 acres. Spelman. Encyc.

HIDE, n.2 [Sax. hyd, hyde; G. haut; D. huid; Sw. and Dan. hud; L. cutis; Gr. κως, κωδιον; either a peel, from stripping, separating, or a cover.]

  1. The skin of an animal, either raw or dressed; more generally applied to the undressed skins of the larger domestic animals, as oxen, horses, &c.
  2. The human skin; in contempt. Dryden.

HIDE, v.i.

To lie concealed; to keep one's self out of view; to be withdrawn from sight. Bred to disguise, in public 'tis you hide. Pope. Hide and seek, a play of boys, in which some hide themselves and another seeks them. Gulliver.

HIDE, v.t. [pret. hid; pp. hid, hidden. Sax. hydan; W. cuziaw; Arm. cuza, or cuddyo, or kytho; Corn. kitha; Russ. kutayu; Gr. κευθω. In Sw. hydda, Dan. hytte, is a hut; and the Sw. hyda, förhyda, Dan. forhuer, to sheathe a ship, seem to be the same word. Hood as well as hut, may belong to this root. See Class Gd, No. 26, 31, 43, 55.]

  1. To conceal; to withhold or withdraw from sight; to place in any state or position in which the view is intercepted from the object. The intervention of the moon between the earth and the sun hides the latter from our sight. The people in Turkey hide their grain in the earth. No human being can hide his crimes or his neglect of duty from his Maker.
  2. To conceal from knowledge; to keep secret. Depart to the mountains; hide yourselves there three days. Josh. ii. Tell me now what thou hast done – hide it not from me. Josh. vii.
  3. In Scripture, not to confess or disclose; or to excuse and extenuate. I acknowledged my sin to thee, and my iniquity have I not hid. Ps. xxxii.
  4. To protect; to keep in safety. In the time of trouble, he shall hide me in his pavilion. Ps. xxvii. To hide the face from, to overlook; to pardon. Hide thy face from my sins. Ps. li. To hide the face, to withdraw spiritual presence, support and consolation. Thou didst hide thy face, and I was troubled. Ps. xxx. To hide one's self, to put one's self in a condition to be safe; to secure protection. The prudent man foreseeth the evil and hideth himself. Prov. xxii.


  1. A horse is hidebound, when his skin sticks so closely to his ribs and back, as not to be easily loosened or raised. Far. Dict. Trees are said to be hidebound, when the bark is so close or firm that it impedes the growth. Bacon.
  2. Harsh; untractable. [Not used.] Hudibras.
  3. Niggardly; penurious. [Not used.] Ainsworth.

HID'E-OUS, a. [Fr. hideux; Norm. hidous, from hide, fright, dread.]

  1. Frightful to the sight; dreadful; shocking to the eye; applied to deformity; as, a hideous monster; a hideous spectacle; hideous looks. Shak. Dryden.
  2. Shocking to the ear; exciting terror; as, a hideous noise. Woodward.
  3. Detestable. Spenser.

HID'E-OUS-LY, adv.

In a manner to frighten; dreadfully; shockingly. Shak.


Frightfulness to the eye; dreadfulness; horribleness.

HID'ER, n. [from hide.]

One who hides or conceals.


  1. Concealment. Hab. iii.
  2. Withdrawment; a withholding; as, the hidings of God's face. Milner.

HID'ING, ppr.

Concealing; covering or withdrawing from view; keeping close or secret.


A place of concealment.

HIE, n.

Haste; diligence. [Obs.] Chaucer.

HIE, v.i. [Sax. higan, higian, to hasten, to urge forward, to press, to endeavor; also, hiegan and higgan, to be urgent, to strive.]

  1. To hasten; to move or run with haste; to go in haste; a word chiefly used in poetry. The youth, returning to his mistress, hies. Dryden.
  2. With the reciprocal pronoun; as, hie thee home.

HI'E-RARCH, n. [Gr. ιερος, sacred, and αρχος, a ruler or prince.]

The chief of a sacred order; particularly, the chief of an order of angels. Milton.


Belonging to a hierarch. Milton.


Belonging to a sacred order, or to ecclesiastical government.


  1. An order or rank of angels or celestial beings; or a subordination of holy beings. Some of the Rabbins reckon four, and others ten hierarchies, or orders of angels. Encyc.
  2. Constitution and government of the Christian church, or ecclesiastical polity, comprehending different orders of clergy; as, the hierarchy of England. Bacon.

HI-E-RAT'IC, a.1 [Gr. ιερος, sacred.]

  1. Consecrated to sacred uses.
  2. Applied to a mode of Egyptian writing, chiefly used in papyri, considered as a cursive mode of writing hieroglyphics, or hieroglyphic short hand.

HI-E-RAT'IC, a.2 [Gr. ιερατικος, sacerdotal, from ιερος, sacred.]

Sacerdotal; pertaining to priests. Russell.