Dictionary: SO'RY – SOUL-CALM-ING

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SO'RY, a.

A fossil substance, firm, but of a spungy, cavernous structure, rugged on the surface, and containing blue vitriol; a sulphate of iron. – Dict.

SOSS, n.

A lazy fellow. [Not in use; but some of the common people in New England call a lazy sluttish woman, a sozzle.]

SOSS, v.i. [G. sausen. See Souse.]

To fall at once into a chair or seat; to sit lazily. [Not is use.] – Swift.

SOSTENUTO, a. [Sostenuto.]

In music, sustaining the sounds to the utmost of the nominal value of the time.

SOT, n. [Fr. sot; Arm. sodt; Sp. zote, zota; Port. zote; D. zot. The sense is, stupid; Ch. שטי. Class Sd, No. 61.]

  1. A stupid person; a blockhead; a dull fellow; a dolt. – Shak. South.
  2. A person stupefied by excessive drinking; an habitual drunkard. What can ennoble sots? – Pope.

SOT, v.i.

To tipple to stupidity. [Little used.]

SOT, v.t.

To stupefy; to infatuate; to besot. I hate to see a brave bold fellow sotted. – Dryden. [Not much used. See Besot.]

SO-TE-RI-OL'O-GY, n. [Gr. σωτηριος, salubrious, and λογος, discourse.]

A discourse on health, or the science of promoting and preserving health.


The Egyptian year of 365 days, 6 hours, so called from Sothis, the dog-star.


  1. Dull; stupid; senseless; doltish; very foolish. How ignorant are sottish pretenders to astrology! – Swift.
  2. Dull with intemperance.


Stupidly; senselessly; without reason. – Bentley.


  1. Dullness in the exercise of reason; stupidity. Few consider into what degree of sottishness and confirmed ignorance men may sink themselves. – South.
  2. Stupidity from intoxication. – South.

SOTTO-VOCE, adv. [or a.]

In music, with a restrained voice or moderate tone.

SOU, n. [plur. Sous. Fr. sou, sol.]

A French money of account, and a copper coin, in value the 20th part of a livre or of a franc.

SOU'BAH, n. [See SUBAH.]


A kind of black tea.

SOUGH, n.1 [suf. Qu. the root of suck, to draw.]

A subterraneous drain; a sewer. [Not in use or local.] – Ray.

SOUGH, n.2 [suf; Scotch.]

To whistle as the wind.

SOUGHT, v. [pret. and pp. of Seek. pron. sawt.]

I am found of them who sought me not. – Is. lxv.

SOUL, n. [Sax. sawel, sawl or saul; G. seele; D. ziel; Dan. siel; Sw. siäl.]

  1. The spiritual, rational and immortal substance in man, which distinguishes him from brutes; that part of man which enables him to think and reason, and which renders him a subject of moral government. The immortality of the soul is a fundamental article of the Christian system. Such is the nature of the human soul that it must have a God, an object of supreme affection. J. Edwards.
  2. The understanding; the intellectual principle. The eyes of our souls then only begin to see, when our bodily eyes are closing. – Law.
  3. Vital principle. Thou sun, of this great world both eye and soul. – Milton.
  4. Spirit; essence; chief part; as, charity, the soul of all the virtues. Emotion is the soul of eloquence. – E. Porter.
  5. Life; animating principle or part; as, an able commander is the soul of an army.
  6. Internal power. There is some soul of goodness in things evil. – Shak.
  7. A human being; a person. There was not a soul present. In Paris there are more than seven hundred thousand souls. London, Westminster, Southwark and the suburbs, are said to contain twelve hundred thousand souls.
  8. Animal life. To deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine. – Ps. xxxiii. vii.
  9. Active power. And heaven would fly before the driving soul. – Dryden.
  10. Spirit; courage; fire; grandeur of mind. That he wants caution he must needs confess, / But not a soul to give our arms success. – Young.
  11. Generosity; nobleness of mind; a colloquial use.
  12. An intelligent being. Every soul in heav'n shall bend the knee. – Milton.
  13. Heart; affection. The soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David. – 1 Sam. xviii.
  14. In Scripture, appetite; as, the full soul; the hungry soul. – Prov. xxvii. Job xxxiii.
  15. A familiar compellation of a person, but often expressing some qualities of the mind; as, alas, poor soul; he was a good soul.

SOUL, or SOWL, v.i. [Sax. sufl, sufel, broth, pottage.]

To afford suitable sustenance. [Not in use.] – Warner.

SOUL, v.t.

To endue with a soul. [Not used.] – Chaucer.


The passing bell. – Hall.


Tending to betray the soul.


Tranquilizing the soul. – Lee.