Dictionary: IN-VI'TA-TO-RY – IN-VO-LU'CRED

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A part of the service in the Catholic church; a psalm or anthem sung in the morning. Antiphonary, a service-book, which contained all the invitatories, responsories and collects. Encyc.

IN-VITE', v.t. [L. invito; It. invitare; Fr. inviter. This word is formed by in and the Teutonic bid, or its root; inbid. See Bid.]

  1. To ask to do some act or to go to some place; to request the company of a person; as, to invite one to dine or sup; to invite friends to a wedding; to invite company to an entertainment; to invite one to an excursion into the country.
  2. To allure; to draw to; to tempt to come; to induce by pleasure or hope. Shady groves, that easy sleep invite. – Dryden.
  3. To present temptations or allurements to. The people should be in a situation not to invite hostilities. – Federalist, Jay.

IN-VIT'ED, pp.

Solicited; requested to come or go in person; allured.


One who invites. – Pope.


Invitation. – Shak.

IN-VIT'ING, ppr.

  1. Soliciting the company of; asking to attend.
  2. adj. Alluring; tempting; drawing to; as, an inviting amusement or prospect. Nothing is so easy and inviting as the retort of abuse and sarcasm. Irving.


In such a manner as to invite or allure.


The quality of being inviting. – Taylor.

IN-VIT'RI-FI-A-BLE, a. [in and vitrifiable, from vitrify.]

That can not be vitrified or converted into glass. – Kirwan.

IN'VO-CATE, v.t. [L. invoco; in and voco, to call.]

To invoke; to call on in supplication; to implore; to address in prayer. If Dagon be thy god, / Go to his temple, invocate his aid. – Milton. [Instead of this word, invoke is generally used.]


Invoked called on in prayer.



IN-VO-CA'TION, n. [Fr. from L. invocatio.]

  1. The act of addressing in prayer. – Hooker.
  2. The form or act of calling for the assistance or presence of any being, particularly of some divinity; as, the invocation of the muses. The whole poem is a prayer to Fortune, and the invocation is divided between the two deities. – Addison.
  3. A judicial call, demand or order; as, the invocation of papers or evidence into a court. – Wheaton's Rep.

IN'VOICE, n. [Fr. envoi, a sending or thing sent, from envoyer, to send, It. inviare; envois, plur. things sent.]

  1. In commerce, a written account of the particulars of merchandise, shipped or sent to a purchaser, consignee, factor, &c. with the value or prices and charges annexed.
  2. A written account of ratable estate. Laws of New Hampshire.

IN'VOICE, v.t.

To make a written account of goods or property with their prices. It is usual to invoice goods in the currency of the country in which the seller resides. Goods, wares and merchandise imported from Norway, and invoiced in the current dollar of Norway. Madison's Proclamation.


Inserted in a list with the price or value annexed. Robinson, Adm. Reports.


Making an account in writing of goods, with their prices or values annexed; inserting in an invoice.

IN-VOKE', v.t. [L. invoco; in and voco, to call; vox, a word.]

  1. To address in prayer; to call on for assistance and protection; as, to invoke the Supreme Being. Poets invoke the muses for assistance.
  2. To order; to call judicially; as, to invoke depositions or evidence into a court. Wirt.

IN-VOK'ED, pp.

Addressed in prayer for aid; called.

IN-VOK'ING, ppr.

Addressing in prayer for aid; calling.

IN-VOL'U-CEL, n. [dim. of involucre.]

The involucre of an umbellule or umbellet; an involucret.

IN-VO-LU'CEL-LATE, a. [supra.]

Surrounded with involucels. Barton.


Pertaining to an involucrum. Smith.

IN-VO-LU'CRE, or IN-VO-LU'CRUM, n. [L. from involvo.]

In botany, a sort of calyx inclosing those aggregates of flowers constituting umbels, but occasionally inclosing flowers not umbellate. It is usually more or less distant from the flowers which it envelops.


Having an involucre, as umbels, &c. Martyn.