Dictionary: RE-LU'CENT – RE-MAIN-ING

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RE-LU'CENT, a. [L. relucens, reluceo; re and luceo, to shine.]

Shining; transparent; clear; pellucid; as, a relucent stream. – Thomson.

RE-LUCT', v.i. [L. reluctor; re and luctor, to struggle.]

To strive or struggle against. [Little used.]

RE-LUCT'ANCE, or RE-LUCT'AN-CY, n. [literally, a straining or striving against.]

Unwillingness; great opposition of mind; repugnance; with to or against; as, to undertake a war with reluctance. He has a great reluctance to this measure. Bear witness, heav'n, with what reluctancy / Her helpless innocence I doom to die. – Dryden.


  1. Striving against; unwilling; much opposed in heart. Reluctant now I touch'd the trembling string. – Tickell.
  2. Unwilling; acting with slight repugnance; coy. – Milton.
  3. Proceeding from an unwilling mind; granted with reluctance; as, reluctant obedience. – Mitford.


With opposition of heart; unwillingly. What is undertaken reluctantly is seldom well performed.


To resist; to struggle against. – Decay of Piety.


Repugnance; resistance. – Bacon.


  1. Striving to resist.
  2. adj. Averse; unwilling.

RE-LUME, v.t. [Fr. rallumer; L. re and lumen, light.]

To rekindle; to light again. – Pope.

RE-LUM-ED, pp.

Rekindled; lighted again.

RE-LU'MINE, v.t. [It. ralluminare; L. relumino; re and lumen, light, from luceo, to shine.]

  1. To light anew; to rekindle. – Shak.
  2. To illuminate again.


Rekindled; illuminated anew.

RE-LUM-ING, ppr.

Kindling or lighting anew.


Rekindling; enlightening anew.

RE-LY', v.i. [re and lie, or from the root of lie, lay.]

To rest on something, as the mind when satisfied of the veracity, integrity or ability of persons, or of the certainty of facts or of evidence; to have confidence in; to trust in; to depend; with on. We rely on the promise of a man who is known to be upright; we rely on the veracity or fidelity of a tried friend; a prince relies on the affections of his subjects for support, and on the strength of his army for success in war; above all things, we rely on the mercy and promises of God. That which is the ground of confidence, is a certainty or full conviction that satisfies the mind and leaves it at rest, or undisturbed by doubt. Because thou hast relied on the king of Syria, and not relied on the Lord thy God. – 2 Chron. xvi.

RE-LY'ING, ppr.

Reposing on something, as the mind; confiding in; trusting in; depending.

RE-MADE, v. [pret. and pp. of Remake.]


That which is left; a corpse; also, abode. [Not used.]

RE-MAIN, v.i. [L. remaneo; re and maneo, Gr. μενω, μενεω; Pers. مَانْدَنْ mandan, and مَانِيدَنْ manidan, to remain, to be left, to delay, to be like, to dismiss, to leave. The sense seems to be to draw out in time, or to be fixed, or to continue. See analogies in leave. The sense of likeness may be a drawing.]

  1. To continue; to rest or abide in a place for a time indefinite. They remained a month in Rome. We remain at an inn for a night, for a week, or a longer time. Remain a widow at thy father's house, till Shelah my son be grown. – Gen. xxxviii.
  2. To be left after others have withdrawn; to rest or abide in the same place when others remove, or are lost, destroyed or taken away. Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark. – Gen. vii.
  3. To be left after a part or others have past. Let our remaining time or years be employed in active duties.
  4. To continue unchanged, or in a particular state. He remains stupid; he remains in a low state of health.
  5. Not to be lost; not to escape; not to be forgotten. All my wisdom remained with me. – Ecclus.
  6. To be left, out of a greater number or quantity. Part of the debt is paid; that which remains will be on interest. That which remaineth over, lay up for you to be kept till the morning. – Exod. xvi.
  7. To be left as not included or comprised. There remains one argument which has not been considered. That an elder brother has power over his brethren, remains to be proved. – Locke.
  8. To continue in the same state. Childless thou art, childless remain. – Milton.

RE-MAIN, v.t.

To await; to be left to; as, the easier conquest now remains thee. [This is elliptical for remains to thee. Remain is not properly a transitive verb.]


Remaining; refuse; left; as, the remainder biscuit; the remainder viands. [Obs.] – Shak.


  1. Any thing left after the separation and removal of a part. If these decoctions be repeated till the water comes off clear, the remainder yields no salt. – Arbuthnot. The last remainders of unhappy Troy. – Dryden.
  2. Relics; remains; the corpse of a human being. [Not now used.] – Shak.
  3. That which is left after a part is past; as, the remainder of the day or week; the remainder of the year; the remainder of life.
  4. The sum that is left after subtraction or after any deduction.
  5. In law, an estate limited to take effect and be enjoyed after another estate is determined. A. grants land to B. for twenty years; remainder to D. in fee. If a man by deer or will limits his books or furniture to A. for life, with remainder to B., this remainder is good. Blackstone. A writ of formedon in remainder, is a writ which lies where a man gives lands to another for life or in tail, with remainder to a third person in tail or in fee, and he who has the particular estate dies without issue heritable, and a stranger intrudes upon him in remainder and keeps him out of possession; in this case, the remainder-man shall have his writ of formedon in the remainder. – Blackstone.


In law, he who has an estate after a particular estate is determined. – Blackstone.


Continued; left after others have withdrawn.


Continuing; resting; abiding for an indefinite time; being left after separation and removal of a part, or after loss or destruction, or after a part is passed, as of time.