Dictionary: O-RIG'IN-A-RY – OR'NA-TED

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O-RIG'IN-A-RY, a. [Fr. originaire.]

  1. Productive; causing existence. The production of animals is the originary way, requires a certain degree of warmth. Cheyne.
  2. Primitive; original. Sandys. [This word is little used.]

O-RIG'IN-ATE, v.i.

To take first existence; to have origin; to be begun. The scheme originated with the governor and council. It originated in pure benevolence.

O-RIG'IN-ATE, v.t.

To cause to be; to bring into existence; to produce what is new. The change is to be effected without a decomposition of the whole civil and political mass, for the purpose of originating a new civil order out of thc elements of society. Burke. That matter which can not think, will, or originate motion, should communicate thought, volition and motivity, is plainly impossible. Dwight.


Brought into existence.


Bringing into existence.


  1. The act of bringing or coming into existence; first production. Descartes first introduced the fancy of making a world, and deducing the origination of the universe from mechanical principles. Keil.
  2. Mode of production or bringing into being. This eruca is propagated by animal parents, to wit, butterflies, after the common origination of all caterpillars. Ray.

O-RIL'LON, n. [Fr.]

In fortification, a rounding of earth, faced with a wall, raised on the shoulder of those bastions that have casemates, to cover the cannon in the retired flank, and prevent their being dismounted. Encyc. Cyc.

O'RI-OLE, n.

The popular name of some species of a genus of dentirostrate passerine birds.

O-RI'ON, n. [Gr. ωριων; unfortunately accented by the poets on the second syllable.]

A constellation in the southern hemisphere, containing seventy-eight stars. Encyc.

O-RIS-MOL'O-GY, n.2 [Gr. ορισμος, a term, and λογος, a discourse.]

In natural history, that department which treats of terms, whether descriptive or denominative.

O-RIS-MOL'O-GY, n.2 [Gr. ορισμος and λογος.]

That department of natural history which treats of terms. [1841 Addenda only.]

OR'I-SON, n. [Fr. oraison, from L. oratio, from oro.]

A prayer or supplication. Lowly they bowed adoring, and began / Their orisons, each morning duly paid. Milton.

ORK, n. [L. orca.]

A whale.

ORLE, n. [infra.]

In heraldry, an ordinary in the form of a fillet, round the shield. [An inescutcheon voided. – E. H. B.]

ORLET, or OR'LO, n. [Fr. ourlet, It. orlo, a hem. Qu. Heb. ערלה, and Ch. Syr.]

In architecture, a fillet under the ovolo of a capital.

OR'LOP, n. [D. overloop, a running over or overflowing, an orlop, that is, a spreading over.]

In a ship of war, a platform of planks laid over the beams in the hold, on which the cables are usually coiled. It contains also sail-rooms, carpenters' cabins and other apartments. Mar. Dict. Also, a tier of beams below the lower deck for a like purpose. Cyc.

OR'NA-MENT, n. [L. ornamentum, from orno, to adorn. Varro informs us that this was primitively osnamentum; but this is improbable. See Adorn.]

  1. That which embellishes; something which, added to another thing, renders it more beautiful to the eye. The chains, and the bracelets, and the mufflers, the bonnet and the ornaments of the legs. Is. iii.
  2. In architecture, ornaments are sculpture or carved work.
  3. Embellishment; decoration; additional beauty. The ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. 1 Pet. iii.

OR'NA-MENT, v.t.

To adorn; to deck; to embellish. Warburton.


Serving to decorate; giving additional beauty; embellishing. Some think it most ornamental to wear their bracelets on their wrists; others about their ankles. Brown.


In such a manner as to add embellishment.


Decorated; embellished; beautified. Shenstone.


Decorating; embellishing.

OR'NATE, a. [L. ornatus.]

Adorned; decorated; beautiful. Milton.

OR'NATE, v.t. [L. orno.]

To adorn.

OR'NA-TED, pp.

Adorned; ornamented.