Dictionary: HIR'ED – HIS'TO-RI-ED

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HIR'ED, pp.

  1. Procured or taken for use, at a stipulated or reasonable price; as, a hired farm.
  2. Employed in service for a compensation; as, a hired man; a hired servant.


Without hire.


Serving for wages; venal; mercenary; employed for money or other compensation. A tedious crew / Of hireling mourners. Dryden.


  1. One who is hired, or who serves for wages.
  2. A mercenary; a prostitute. Pope.

HIR'ER, n.

One that hires; one that procures the use of any thing for a compensation; one who employs persons for wages, or contracts with persons for service.

HIR'ING, ppr.

Procuring the use of for a compensation.

HIR-SUTE', a. [L. hirsutus. Qu. hair.]

  1. Hairy; rough with hair; shaggy; set with bristles.
  2. In botany, it is nearly synonymous with hispid, but it denotes having more hairs or bristles, and less stiff. Martyn.


Hairiness. Burton.

HIS, pron. [possessive of he, and pronounced hiz. Sax. gen. hys, and hyse, male.]

  1. Of him. Thus in Alfred's Orosius, “Sume for his ege ne dorstan.” Some for fear of him durst not; literally, for his awe, for awe of him. Lib. 3, 8. In this instance, his does not express what belongs to the antecedent of his, [Philip,] but the fear which others entertained of him.
  2. The present use of his is as a pronominal adjective, in any case indifferently, corresponding to the L. suus. Thus, tell John his papers are ready. I will deliver his papers to his messenger. He may take his son's books. When the noun is omitted, his stands as its substitute, either in the nominative or objective case. Tell John this book is his. He may take mine, and I will take his.
  3. His was formerly used for its, but improperly, and the use has ceased.
  4. It was formerly used as a sign of the possessive. The man his ground, for the man's ground. This use has also ceased.
  5. His is still used as a substitute for a noun, preceded by of; as, all ye saints of his; ye ministers of his. Scripture. Hisself is no longer used.


A mineral found in the cavities of calcarious spar, in Sudermanland. Phillips.

HISK, v.i.

To breathe with difficulty. North of England.

HIS'PID, a. [L. hispidus.]

  1. Rough.
  2. In botany, having strong hairs or bristles; beset with stiff bristles. Martyn.

HISS, n.

  1. The sound made by propelling the breath between the tongue and upper teeth; the noise of a serpent, a goose, &c. He hiss for hiss returned. Milton.
  2. An expression of contempt or disapprobation, used in places of public exhibition.

HISS, v.i. [Sax. hysian, hiscan, hispan, hyspan.]

  1. To make a sound by driving the breath between the tongue and the upper teeth; to give a strong aspiration, resembling the noise made by a serpent and some other animals, or that of water thrown on hot iron. Hissing is an expression of contempt. The merchants among the people shall hiss at thee. Ezek. xxvii.
  2. To express contempt or disapprobation by hissing.
  3. To whiz, as an arrow or other thing in rapid flight.

HISS, v.t.

  1. To condemn by hissing; to explode. The spectators hissed him off the stage.
  2. To procure hisses or disgrace. – That of an hour's age doth hiss the speaker. Shak.

HISS'ED, pp.

Expressed contempt by hissing.


  1. A hissing sound; an expression of scorn or contempt.
  2. The occasion of contempt; the object of scorn and derision. I will make this city desolate, and a hissing. Jer. xix.

HISS'ING, ppr.

Making the noise of serpents.


With a whistling sound. Sherwood.

HIST, exclam. [Dan. hyst. In Welsh, hust is a low, buzzing sound.]

A word commanding silence; equivalent to hush, be silent.


Historical. [Obs.] Chaucer.

HIS-TO'RI-AN, n. [Fr. historien; L. historicus; It. istorico. See History.]

A writer or compiler of history; one who collects and relates facts and events in writing, particularly respecting nations. Hume is called an elegant historian.

HIS-TOR'IC, or HIS-TOR'IC-AL, a. [L. historicus; Fr. historique.]

  1. Containing history, or the relation of facts; as, a historical poem; the historic page; historic brass. Pope.
  2. Pertaining to history; as, historic care or fidelity.
  3. Contained in history; deduced from history; as, historical evidence.
  4. Representing history; as, a historical chart; historical painting.


In the manner of history; by way of narration. The Gospels declare historically something which our Lord Jesus Christ did, spoke, or suffered. Hooker.


Recorded in history. [Not much in use.]